Archive for June, 2007
It’s going to be a hot Summer this year, with two interesting releases coming from Adobe Labs.
Not only did Adobe officially release Adobe AIR, but also the beta version of their RIA development environment Flex 3.
Adobe Air, formerly code-named Apollo, is a cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development skills to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop.
Flex 3 (beta) is an Eclipse™ based IDE for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs) that combine the richness of desktop applications with the cross-platform reach of the Adobe Engagement Platform. The Flex Builder 3 beta includes the Adobe Flex 3 SDK and all of the required tools from the Adobe AIR SDK.
You can read Adobe’s official press release here.
Look mom, no wires – Or how MIT scientists use induction energy to (wirelessly) light a 60 watt bulb
Earlier this week, MIT researchers announced they had made a 60-watt light bulb glow by sending energy to it wirelessly. They call their self-proclaimed breakthrough “WiTricity“.
The concept of sending power wirelessly isn’t new. In fact, it was dicovered aprox. 100 years ago by Nikola Tesla. Its wide-scale use has always been considered “inefficient” because electromagnetic energy generated by the charging device radiates in all directions.
In this photo released by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, members of the team that performed an experiment demonstrating wireless power transmission from the coil on the left to the coil on the right, where it powers a 60W light-bulb, are seen. Members of the team that performed the experiment are, Peter Fisher, Robert Moffatt, Marin Soljacic, Andre Kurs, John Joannopoulos and Aristeidis Karalis.
Forget about all those whacked-out computers covered in diamonds, flames, and car manufacturer logos that tell the world how much money you have to spend. Instead, impress the world by whipping out a wooden computer.
Mozilla is working hard on Firefox 3 and although no official statements have emerged so far, it looks like it will contain a lot of interesting features.
Credits go to Alex Faaborg for giving us a sneak preview.
Firefox 3 is going to provide a wide range of improvements to performance, stability, and security, and it’s also going to present several new user facing features. Here is a quick recap of design work that’s been going on in the Mozilla community over the past few weeks for Firefox 3.