Rival processor makers Intel and AMD may not agree on much, but they are of one mind about the future of the venerable VGA graphics port: it doesn't have one. The two chipmakers are joined by Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and LG in an industry-spanning agreement to phase out VGA entirely by 2015, and to standardize solely on HDMI and DisplayPort.
"DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA—a technology which is more than 20 years old," the companies wrote in a joint press release. "Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bidirectional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs."
Web security company AVG has issued an apology to its customers after its most recent update caused a significant number of Windows 7 crashes.
The update in question, 3292, caused a number of systems running on the Windows 7 64 platform to become bricked and continuously reboot and has since been pulled by the anti-virus providers.
"AVG has identified a potential conflict between one of our recent updates (3292) and a significant number of systems running on the Windows 7 64-bit platform.
AMD didn't have the best financial news to report, as it went through another third quarter loss, but its graphics division did have some good news. Revealed at the same time as the financials was that AMD has shipped over 25 million DirectX11-capable ATI GPUs since introduction in September 2009.
The added competition from Nvidia may have played a part in ATI's revenue down 11 percent over the previous quarter, but things are still up 33 percent year-over-year.
The ATI division's operating income was $1 million, compared with $33 million in Q2-10 and $2 million in Q3-09.
Today Adobe is announcing the new Acrobat X Family of Products which includes Adobe Reader X as well as Acrobat X Suite, Acrobat X Pro, and Acrobat X Standard. Reader X will be available for download next month and we want to give you a preview of the valuable new features you can expect.
Reader X continues to set the standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. Plus it’s the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia. Building on this strong foundation, we’ve added new features in Reader X to help teams be more innovative and productive in their work.
We’re pleased to announce that we have appointed Gary Kovacs as our new CEO. His first day will be November 8th.
Gary’s appointment as CEO comes as part of a planned leadership transition that we announced earlier this year.
For more information on Gary’s appointment, please see the following posts:
Welcome Gary Kovacs by Mitchell Baker
Introducing Gary by John Lilly
In November we will schedule a series of events around the world for community and others to have an opportunity to meet and talk with Gary.
Tomorrow at 10am PT we will be hosting a community Q&A with Mitchell Baker to talk about Gary’s appointment. More details at: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Ask_Mitchell
Tuesday evening, Mozilla pushed out the fifth beta of its Firefox 4 Web browser. With this update, improvements to the browser's audio, video, and security have been added.
Two weeks ago, the Beta 4 release of Firefox 4 included new features to help users get organized, Firefox Sync and Panorama. This release focuses less on giving users new features, and more on providing the tools for a better experience down the road.
First, Firefox 4 now features hardware acceleration in Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines with DirectX10-compatible hardware. This feature has existed since the very early builds of FF4, but only now is it included by default. What it does is utilize the Direct2D rendering system so the graphics hardware can speed up rendering of page content, such as text and images. Eventually, this will also be able to speed up compositing as well, but that is not ready in Beta 5. Secondly, the new Audio API cuts open the HTML5 audio and video elements, so the raw audio data can be viewed and accessed. Developers will be able to use this data to create new in-browser audio experiences, some of which Mozilla showed off in an impressive demonstration today.