Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The Ribbon, like in Microsoft Word and Excel, is context-aware, adding tabs for specific tasks which apply to the folder you're viewing -- such as library or picture management. You can also make out two new buttons in the status bar, which allow you to change the current folder's view style.
It's clear from all the placeholder images and repeated elements that this is very much a work in progress, but featuring the Ribbon more prominently in Windows 8 would certainly be a logical progression for Microsoft. It's slowly become more ubiquitous, moving beyond Office and into Wordpad, Paint, and several of the Windows Live Essentials applications.
There's more to the screenshots than the Ribbon UI, however. Our friend Long Zheng has noted two interesting elements in the images: Web sharing and sync (image after the break). That would likely mean users will be able to quickly upload files to SkyDrive and synchronize using Live Mesh right from Explorer in Windows 8. That's not a total surprise considering many of the earliest leaked images of Windows 8 showed Windows Live integration on the desktop.
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People in Binzhou, a small village located at Shandong Province East China region, were stealing natural gas from an oil well. An oil well is designed to acquire petroleum oil through the earth's surface. Usually some natural gas is produced along with the oil. The poor villagers used huge plastic bags to inflate it with the natural gas, and carried it home. It is so damn dangerous like carrying a “bombs” home. If someone light up a cigarette during half way on the road ... Boom ! We are wondering how the villagers going to keep those gas while they get back to home. Two more pictures after the break.
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We're curious, though -- how many of you are still printing? Like our pals at Engadget, our printers have been mostly gathering dust for the last few years.
A baseline was determined with test systems sitting idle, and then browsers were pointed at about:blank, a news site, the HTML5 Galactic demo, and the IE9 fish tank demo. Perhaps unsurprisingly, IE9 came out on top -- though Firefox 4 was a very close second on nearly every test. As you can see, the other browsers didn't necessarily fare quite as well, with Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera all posting significantly worse scores. In Opera 11's case, a laptop battery would last over one hour more with Internet Explorer 9 installed.
But what we'd really like to know is where did Microsoft find the dilithium crystals required to run a Galactic Total Power Consumption test...
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
On the IMAP front, Opera now supports special folders like sent items, spam, and trash. It also better handles duplicate items in Gmail -- such as those which appear in all mail and under your custom labels.
Opera 11.10 now partially supports the HTML5 File API as well, which means your favorite Web apps (like Gmail) may soon begin adding Opera to the list of supported browsers.
You can download the latest Opera 11.10 snapshot for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the official release post.
Update: The Opera 11.10 RC is now available, as pointed out by SlashZaku in the comments. Thanks!
A young Shanghai girl is being called “Subway Female Knight” by Chinse netizens because she had confronted a thief by oneself with the Apple's iPad. She has noticed a pregnant woman suspiciously eying people's bags on the subway. She turns on her iPad and start filming the woman for stealing a mobile phone from a passenger boarding the subway train. The brave young girl stopped the pickpocket for leaving and her iPad has being knocked to the ground while pushing and shoving ...
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From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it's clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We've posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google's cache after the break.
Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX -- a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.
After the great success of “Portrait of Yao Ming with a Basketball” and "Portrait of Ai Wei Wei with Sunflower Seeds", the lovely Shanghai based-artist Hong Yi has painted a portrait of Taiwanese singer Jay Chou by using coffee cup stains. Jay Chou is a well-known Chinese singer who starred in Hollywood's re-make movie -- The Green Hornet. Check out the incredible video after the break.
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One of the cooler things we've seen this week at Mobile World Congress was HTC's video of how the HTC One S gets its microarc oxidation (MAO) coating, basically turning aircraft-grade aluminum into a ceramic coating. It feels great, and HTC's video of the baking process is akin to frying metal in a microwave -- it's quite impressive.
As it turns out, there's a second version of the No. 2 phone in HTC's 2012 lineup. The internals are the same, but it's traded in the deep black MAO finish for a more traditional metallic paint job. HTC calls it a "gradient paint color sheet," and it's got a decidedly more traditional feel. It's not bad, just different, with more of a smooth finish. The silver color is straight out of the old-school HTC playbook as well, and we'd be more than welcome to find a place in our pockets for either one of these phones.
We've got loads more pictures of the other HTC One S after the break.
LG brought a lot of phones to Mobile World Congress this year. So many, it took us a while to get around to seeing them all -- but see them all we did. And we have video that we know you wanna see. Rather than dig through the onslaught of news that has been the past two days, we figure it's best to round them all up in one tidy package for your viewing pleasure. That's what we're doing here, in our first inaugural LG Mobile World Congress device hands-on video roundup.
Sit back, navigate through the magic of lightboxes, and enjoy -- we sure did, and can't wait to get some of these in our hot little hands to review.