OpenSocial Platform Upgraded

30 05 2008

Google has upgraded its OpenSocial platform with a new REST (representational state transfer) API for applications that need to tap back-end servers for data and functionality.

This capability had been eagerly awaited by developers creating OpenSocial applications, particularly because having the REST API (application programming interface) is considered key for mobile applications.

Version 0.8 of OpenSocial also enhances the platform’s JavaScript API, Google announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.

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Logic Express, RAW, and Security Updates

30 05 2008

Separate from the massive Mac OS X 10.5.3 update released on Wednesday, Apple has also posted individual updates to Logic Express, its software for interpreting raw digital camera data, and security software. The files are available for download from Apple’s Web site.

The Logic Express update, version 8.0.2, “addresses specific customer and compatibility issues,” according to Apple, and is recommended for all Logic Express 8.0 users. Apple’s Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.1 extends raw file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto ‘08 to include support for Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel XSi/Kiss Digital x2/450D model; the Epson R-D1; Leaf AFi 5, 6 and 7; Pentax K200D and K20D models.

The security update has been incorporated into the 10.5.3 update, but it’s also available for users who want to apply it separately and distinctly from any operating system updates (it requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later). Apple counts more than two dozen changes in this security update — everything from Mail to ruby, the core kernel, Image Capture, iCal, CUPS printing, Pixlet video and more has been updated to improve security.

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Glide 3.0

30 05 2008

TransMedia on Thursday launched Glide OS 3.0, a new version of its “mobile operating system” that provides universal connectivity to your files regardless of where you are or what device you’re using to access the files.

Using client software you install on a Mac, Linux, or Windows computer, Glide makes it possible for you to access your data remotely using a cell phone, smart phone, PDA, or other device — everything from media files like photographs and music to data like word processing content, spreadsheets, and more. Glide relies on transcoding technology in order to make the data accessible to you regardless of what platform or device you’re using.

Glide OS also features rights management technology that lets you restrict (or un-restrict) access to your files as much as you need to. You can, for example, restrict access to a specific file to be viewed only by a specific user a set number of times, or you can restrict by upload limits, file modification structure, group and project management association, and more.

What’s more, Glide OS features 20 applications (developed using so-called Web 2.0 technologies) so you can create content on the go, as well. That includes a photo editor, word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet application, custom e-mail client, project management tool, calendar tool, meeting software, slideshow creator, and more.

Mobile device support in Glide 3.0 now includes more than 75 devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry Pearl, devices from HP, Kyocera, LG, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and other manufacturers.
Access to Glide-shared data is now governed by a sync application called One, and it works on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux operating systems. One lets you sync music, documents and photos from your computer to the mobile workspace.

Glide is available for free for up to 5GB of storage capacity. Paid plans are available starting at $4.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

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Iraq Can Play Soccer Again

29 05 2008

Soccer’s world governing body abruptly lifted the suspension of Iraq’s soccer association on Thursday, easing concerns that Iraq’s team, a rare symbol of national unity, would be banned from the 2010 World Cup.

The move was greeted with relief on the streets of Baghdad, where soccer fans feared that the players, who became national heroes after winning the Asian Cup last summer, would fall victim to political wrangling between Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government and FIFA, the sport’s Zurich-based ruling body.

On Monday, FIFA suspended Iraq’s national soccer association, citing an Iraqi government decision to disband Iraq’s Olympic Committee and other national sport federations as “serious political interference” in sport.

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Commuter Trains Crash In Boston

29 05 2008

Yesterday two commuter trains collided during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, hurting several passengers and trapping the seriously injured operator of one train, authorities said.  A two-car train slammed into the back of another two-car train approaching Woodland Station.  The trains were packed with commuters.

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Same-Sex Marriages In NY

29 05 2008

Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada. A case involving Patricia Martinez and Lisa Golden was cited in the directive changing policies on gay unions in New York.

In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.
The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses.

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Boston Commuter Train Crash

29 05 2008

Yesterday two commuter trains collided during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, hurting several passengers and trapping the seriously injured operator of one train, authorities said. A two-car train slammed into the back of another two-car train approaching Woodland Station. The trains were packed with commuters.