First up, the announcement that developers really care about. WordPress 3.1, due in late 2010, will be the last version of WordPress to support PHP 4.
For WordPress 3.2, due in the first half of 2011, we will be raising the minimum required PHP version to 5.2. Why 5.2? Because that’s what the vast majority of WordPress users are using, and it offers substantial improvements over earlier PHP 5 releases. It is also the minimum PHP version that the Drupal and Joomla projects will be supporting in their next versions, both due out this year.
Apple iPad to come in Singapore this week, July 23 (Friday). And that’s the Apple iPad release date.
iPad Available in Nine More Countries This Friday
CUPERTINO, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore this Friday, July 23. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. (Source: PRNewsWire)
It’s Opera, the lesser known browser. But this time, Opera’s new UI impresses:
A couple of caveats though. Firstly is the tabs on the top of the browser. When it is maximize, the tab is not touching the edge of the screen. For users who tend to move their pointing device too much, the cursor overruns the click area of the tab. I keep having to move my mouse pointer lower from the edge. This is undesirable. Also the new recycle bin feature is cool although I wish it remembers the state of my web page, such as the inputs that I have filled in halfway.
All in all, it’s a cool upgrade. I like the new feel. The transparency in Windows 7 pleases me. I noticed the View zooming feature at the lower right hand corner, it’s a nice touch. The browser is breeze and responsive as usual. Yet another great Opera release.
For web developers, Opera 10.50 also supports web storage and web SQL database. Read the full change log here.
As possibly the only NetBeans users coding in PHP in Singapore, I would like to announce in a somewhat lonely fashion that NetBeans 6.8 has been released. Despite being ridiculed for the past two years [insert laughter] for my unusual support for coding PHP with NetBeans IDE, I can never get used to something other than NetBeans so there’s probably something NetBeans did right after all.
If you’re on NetBeans 6.7, I urge you to upgrade. If you aren’t a NetBeans user, do give NetBeans a chance. It’s (probably) slower and Java-ish but the excellent code completion support more than made up for it. Oh yeah, and it’s free too.
Opera 10 has been released, with some turbo charge technology. Opera Turbo, a new compression technology that solves the pain of slow connections.
The craftsmanship under the hood
Browsing speed is a combination of many factors. We fine-tuned our overall speed, making Opera faster and smoother on resource-intensive pages such as Gmail. Opera 10 is 40% faster in page loading than Opera 9.6 … and that is before you activate Opera Turbo. Opera is designed not only to be light and fast, but also smart. Our adaptive memory management is optimized to work with your machine, conserving memory if your computer has less RAM and utilizing more memory to enhance performance if your computer has memory to spare.
Meet Odd & Even who have been working dag og natt to help Opera fine-tune Opera Turbo before the release of Opera 10.
As you probably have heard, Ubuntu released 9.04 today. What I am really excited about is the new Netbook Remix. I haven’t downloaded it and test it on my Netbook but I’m prepare to do so sometime next week.
I have an Acer Aspire One. Here’s the level of support:
Acer Aspire One
Works well for most things, sound, webcam, ports all reported to work correctly. Minor problems include pulseaudio interfering with sound recording, and media card reader issues unless it is booted with a card in the slot.
335843 – media card reader not hotpluggable on acer aspire one
354620 – Recording from microphone stutters when pulseaudio is running
Google Analytics API has been launched as a public beta.
Attention Developers: Google Analytics API Launched!
A Google Analytics API has long been one of our most widely anticipated features. Today we’re pleased to announce that the Google Analytics Data Export API beta is now publicly available to all Analytics users!
What’s so exciting about an API? The API will allow developers to extend Google Analytics in new and creative ways that benefit developers, organizations and end users. Large organizations and agencies now have a standardized platform for integrating Analytics data with their own business data. Developers can integrate Google Analytics into their existing products and create standalone applications that they sell. Users could see snapshots of their Analytics data in developer created dashboards and gadgets. Individuals and business owners will have opportunities to access their Google Analytics information in a variety of new ways. (Source: Google Analytics Blog)
With Google Earth 5.0, you can now travel back in time to see historical imagery, dive below the surface of the ocean and record a tour of your journeys.
And here’s what’s new:
Historical Imagery: Until today, Google Earth displayed only one image of a given place at a given time. With this new feature, you can now move back and forth in time to reveal imagery from years and even decades past, revealing changes over time. Try flying south of San Francisco in Google Earth and turning on the new time slider (click the “clock” icon in the toolbar) to witness the transformation of Silicon Valley from a farming community to the tech capital of the world over the past 50 years or so.
Touring: One of the key challenges we have faced in developing Google Earth has been making it easier for people to tell stories. People have created wonderful layers to share with the world, but they have often asked for a way to guide others through them. The Touring feature makes it simple to create an easily sharable, narrated, fly-through tour just by clicking the record button and navigating through your tour destinations.
3D Mars: This is the latest stop in our virtual tour of the galaxies, made possible by a collaboration with NASA. By selecting “Mars” from the toolbar in Google Earth, you can access a 3D map of the Red Planet featuring the latest high-resolution imagery, 3D terrain, and annotations showing landing sites and lots of other interesting features.