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Jumat, 20 Februari 2009

Microsoft Renames, Revamps its Phone OS

Don't call them Windows Mobile phones anymore. In announcing the latest revision of Microsoft's OS for handsets at Mobile World Congress today, MIcrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that henceforth, the devices will be known as Windows phones.

"It's a mouthful to say, 'You want a Windows Mobile phone?'" Ballmer said when asked about the decision to once again re-brand the OS, which has over the years been known as Windows CE and Pocket PC.

Ballmer's three main announcements to a crowd of journalists in Barcelona, Spain, had been widely leaked beforehand: Windows Mobile 6.5, a new version of the handset OS with a revamped, touch-optimized user interface; My Phone, an online backup and sync service for Windows phones, and the Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store.

My Phone and the Windows Marketplace will be accessible to Windows phones running Windows Mobile 6.5; Ballmer said support will be available via download, at the discretion of the vendor, to Windows Mobile 6.1 devices, but not to handsets running earlier versions of the OS.

Windows Mobile 6.5, which in addition to the new user interface sports an improved, more desktop-like browser, will make its debut later this year on handsets also announced on Monday, including the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the LG-GM730.

Interestingly, however, neither handset presents the new user interface unadulterated: Both HTC and LG have made changes they believe make the UI more user friendly. In fact, fiddling with the Windows Mobile UI is not uncommon, and Ballmer squirmed when asked how bothersome this was to Microsoft.

"It's not the area where I would have aspired to see the first add-ons," he admitted. But he said that with the new UI, Microsoft hopes to get more vendors on board without significant changes.

American Recovery and Reinvestmen

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, recently enacted by Congress, many details regarding the allocation of funds for high-tech projects remain blurry. Nevertheless, the nation's tech community appears to be encouraged by the $7.2 billion provision for broadband in the near $789 billion economic stimulus package signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this week. Many observers believe that the allocation is a clear first step toward establishing a nationwide broadband strategy.

Officially known as "Title VI--Broadband Technology Opportunities Program," the $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus money accounts for less than 1 percent (and only five pages) of the entire package. Its purpose is to spur broadband growth in underserved areas of the country.

What the Law Says

The bureaucracy to allocate the money has not been set up yet, and no one can be absolutely sure exactly how the broadband program will work. Still some definite elements have emerged.

First, two entities will issue grants under Title VI: the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service. Tech companies, telecommunications service providers, and other ISPs large and small will compete for the grant money through a bidding process managed by the two organizations.

But confusion exists even on this point. "There's no clear way to know which government entity they should apply to," says Derek Turner, research director of Free Press, a Washington media-reform think tank.

Urban vs. Rural Broadband

The debate has begun in earnest over how much of the money should go to developing and extending rural broadband service and how much to improving quality and choice in existing urban broadband service. The division of the $7.2 billion between the two agencies provides some clue: The NTIA will be responsible for about $4.7 billion of the money, while USDA will dispense about $2.5 billion of it.

Language in the new law explicitly mentions expanding broadband to rural areas: "The purposes of the program are to (1) provide access to broadband service to consumers residing in underserved areas of the United States; (2) provide improved access to broadband service to consumers residing in underserved areas of the United States."

The law does not define any of those terms, however, nor does it identify the mechanism for issuing funds. Rather, it simply states that "the grant program [will be created] as expeditiously as practicable" and that "if approved, provide the greatest broadband speed possible to the greatest population of users in the area."

The USDA has been operating a Rural Utilities Service since 2002 to help small towns obtain broadband access; but the program, operating with a much smaller budget than the one it will administer under the stimulus act, has achieved only limited success.

We also know something about the timing of the allocations. The new bill states that "all awards are [to be] made before the end of fiscal year 2010."

Many Unknowns in Allocation Plan

While the Obama Administration would like to dole out this money as quickly as possible, many industry experts say that several months--and perhaps a year or more--will pass before any tangible services are up and running. Furthermore, many of the program's details have yet to be determined.

According to Bart Forbes, spokesperson for the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the White House's technology policy arm, and one of main distributors of the new infusion of broadband money, no bureaucratic process is in place yet to move the funds to their needed destinations. "There's no procedure; there's no staff; there's no program," Forbes says. "The key players have not been put into place."

Forbes adds that the NTIA has no permanent head at the moment--and hasn't had one since November 2007. Moreover, the Department of Commerce, of which the NTIA is a component agency, has no secretary either.

Despite these ambiguities, many industry analysts seem hopeful about the broadband initiative's prospects for success. "There's lots of potential for waste, fraud, and abuse [in the new law], but our country is in trouble right now," Turner says. "I'm cautiously optimistic."

HTC's Second Android Phone

HTC's Second Android Phone

High Tech Computer (HTC) unveiled its second Google Android-based smartphone, the HTC Magic, with mobile service provider Vodafone on Tuesday. The new smartphone will soon battle its predecessor, the T-Mobile G1 (also called the HTC Dream) in Europe. Vodafone plans to launch the HTC Magic in the U.K., Spain, Germany, France and Italy and several other Vodafone markets over the next few months, the company said in a statement. T-Mobile has said it would roll out the G1 in continental Europe in the first quarter of this year. Vodafone did not provide pricing information, nor nail down a specific launch date.

7 Technologies that Changed the World

Today life without a cell phone, a laptop, or an Internet connection seems unthinkable. Tech has infiltrated daily life in so many ways that it's hard to remember entire generations found ways to reach others, stay up-to-date, and do their jobs without the technology innovations we take for granted.

PBS Nightly Business News took a close look at tech innovations and innovations from other fields. To celebrate its 30th year on television, the news show partnered with Knowledge@Wharton to select the top 30 innovations in the past 30 years -- innovations that may seem standard now, but whose creation changed the way business is conducted, directly affected quality of life, broke new ground, and more.

Here are seven technology innovations from that list.

RFID and applications (#23)

Long before Nike+ used radio frequency device to tell you how fast you're running, the technology was being used in World War II radar systems. In the '80s it was put to use in automated toll payment systems, enabling speedsters everywhere the ability to fly through the tolls.

GUI (#21)

The first graphical user interface was invented by Douglas Englebart in 1968, and in the late '70s and early '80s GUI design advanced, largely thanks to Apple. Because of these pioneers, we can take it for granted that we interact with our computer using a mouse and have easy-to-understand icons and other graphical controls instead of having to remember a bunch of computer commands.

Social networking via internet (#20)

Internet-based social networks really are very new. (1997) is the earliest social network site, according to PBS, but it wasn't until MySpace, which launched in 2003, that social networks began to appeal to the masses. Now, of course, there's Facebook, which gives you endless opportunities to have worlds collide, and Twitter, which empowers you to become your own paparazzi by dropping life tidbits, wisdom, and your comings and goings to your anxious followers.

Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (#15)

Where would we be without Amazon, eBay and other online stores? Stuck in traffic on the way to the mall, that's where. Thanks to the Internet being opened up to commercial use, the ability for companies to capitalize on electronic transactions took off. As did our hunger for a more peaceful shopping experience.

Mobile phones (#3)

Take a look at your tiny little cell phone and be thankful. The first mobile phones, which Motorola unleashed on the market in 1983, were confined to the car (until a few years later when they became more mobile) and were the size of a briefcase.

PC/ laptop computers (#2)

1981 was a big year for computers: IBM launched the 5150 model (which it called a "personal computer") and the Osborne 1 became the first portable computer. Weighing in at 24 pounds, it challenges our current notion of laptop.

Internet/broadband/WWW (#1)

Coming in at #1 is the Internet. Our slavery to Google, our addiction to Twitter, our ability to keep up-to-date on any given news topic, our ability to send and receive far too many e-mails...The Internet enabled so many other phenomenon that it's startling to realize the Internet as we know it only arrived in the '90s. But it didn't take long to change our lives forever.

Image Overview

Image Overview: Sneak-a-Peak at Windows Mobile 6.5

Bee's knees? New Honeycomb Start Screen

Windows Mobile 6.5's new honeycomb Start screen is designed for easy application access, says Microsoft.

More from Mobile World Congress where this OS was first seen:

Mobile World Congress: A Reporter's Notebook

Next-Gen Cell Phone Stars Shine in Barcelona

Modu: A Mobile Phone With Many Faces

Photos courtesy of Microsoft.

Great Game-Ready Laptops


HP's HDX line is fairly straightforward--it courts multimedia fiends. From its double-wide demeanor to all the plugs and ports offered here, the HDX18--a fairly fashionable desktop replacement--will stand out on your desk and let you play games in the process. The HDX18 has some brawn to match its beauty. In our WorldBench 6 tests, HP's notebook scored a solid 102. It's not quite the fastest we've seen, but it's more than powerful enough to play some games as well as video. A 2.8-GHz Core 2 Duo CPU (T9600), 4GB of RAM, and nVidia's 512MB GeForce 9600M GT GPU fuel our review unit. I can spit out frame rates of games like Doom 3 (it ran at a respectable 90 frames per second at 1280-by-1024 resolution), but what matters is that this machine can play this season's big guns without much of a hitch. I tooled around Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead on the screen's native 1920-by-1080 resolution. Both looked good and ran fairly smoothly. Combine that with the BD-ROM drive (for Blu-ray discs), HDMI port, flashy finish, and neat exterior, and you have an incredibly handsome home solution you wouldn't mind lugging from room to room. PCW Rating: 84

--Darren Gladstone

Tips Mengkonfigurasi Network dan Internet

Cara berikut ini bisa untuk mempercepat browsing sewaktu kita ada dalam jaringan computer.

  1. Hapus Shortcut yang ada di [My Network Places].
  2. Ganti registry untuk share folder di remote computer yang tidak bekerja secara otomatis dengan menambahkan di [My Network Places] ketika membuka dokumen share folder.

- Klik [Start] > [Run] > ketika [Regedit]

- Lalu Buka folder registry [HKEY_Current_User] > [Software] > [Microsoft] > [Windows] > [CurrentVersion] > [Policies] > [Explorer]

- Lalu Buat [DWORD] baru dengan nama [NoRecentDocsNetHood] dengan value data 1.

- Kamu juga harus melihat [UseDesktopIniChace] dengan nilai 1 pada folder registry [HKEY_Current_User] > [Software] > [Microsost] > [Windows] > [CurrentVersion] > [Policies] > [Explorer].

3. Untuk menambahkan jumlah data pada satu waktu untuk dikirim ke client, anda harus merubah registry di computer anda dengan share direktori berikut,

- Buka registry folder: [HKEY_Local_Machine] > [System] > [CurrentControlSet] > [Service] > [LanmanServer] < [Parameters]

- Buat [DWORD] baru dengan nama [SizRegBuf] dengan nilai hex [FFFF]

4. Lalu yang terakhir Restart komputer anda untuk mengoptimalkan setingan yang sudah diubah.

Memperbaiki Browsing yang lelet / lambat di semua Windows

Kalau kamu merasa proses browsing terasa lambat, coba hapus registry berikut :

  1. Klik [Start] < [Run] > ketik [regedit]
  2. Buka folder registry: [HKEY_Local_Machine] ==> [Software] ==> [Microsoft] ==> [Windows] ==> [CurrentVersion] ==> [Explorer] ==> [RemoteComputer] ==> [NamaSpace] ==> [(D6277990-4C6A-8D87-00AA0060F5BF)].
  3. Klik kanan pada registry di atas kemudian klik Delete.
  4. Lalu yang terakhir jangan lupa Restart computer lagi untuk mengoptimalkan setingan yang sudah diubah.

Selamat Mencoba yah.....

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