Millions of loyal iFans held their bated breath while waiting for the release of the much-anticipated iPhone 5, but unfortunately instead of breathing a sigh of relief their expelled air was used to form their favorite curse word as they gazed on the iPhone 4S. Son of a…
Apple surprised the world, and shocked the hell out of their users, by releasing the iPhone 4S, instead of the more-anticipated iPhone 5 — but this shouldn’t have been a surprise really. The release of the iPhone 4S falls right into the typical release pattern from Apple, which also happens to coincide with the product life-cycle created by cellphone carrier contracts — two years.
The love-hate relationship that millions of computer geeks around the world have with Flash is about to change. Flash Player has gotten a makeover and released its version 11. The widely-used browser plug-in from Adobe got an overhaul, undoubtedly due to threats to its monopoly from rapidly-growing web standards competitors like HTML5, Silverlight and Java FX. Web standards coming to market is the only threat to Flash’s supremacy though, Adobe’s brainchild has also been locked out of iOS devices and has only a small foothold with Android.
With this new release of Flash Adobe seems to be forgetting the iOS lockout and other cellphone and tablet platforms, and instead is targeting high-end technology — specifically within gaming, high-end video, in-house application building and the growing 64-bit world.
Vmware’s new vSphere 5 is technologically superior, but financially draining. Vsphere’s new licensing model has the virtualization community, and Vmware’s online community up in arms — and for good reason.
Their new cloud-inspired licensing model changes their pricing from their traditional hardware-based framework to a more cloud-like consumption model. The new licensing model gives up their per-processor pricing and instead will license pooled vRAM — in a move dubbed a cash grab by users and a flexibility improvement by VMware. The only silver lining to this is that vSphere users can distribute the vRAM however they see fit.