Mozilla world's known  web browser has extended it's innovation by launching its own marketplace were users will be in position to download and install games, softwares and many more onto their PCs

The Mozilla Marketplace - which happens to look a lot like the Google Play Store on Google TV - gives users a one-stop shop for all sorts of Web-based apps, games, and everything you could want to do in the comfort of your Firefox browser. It just launched, so it remains a work in progress.

Even though it is just an early version, it is already fully compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it's designed to give users the same point-and-click ease of use as the App Store or Google Play, or to be even more relevant, Google's Chrome Web Store.

So far there are fewer than 200 apps, but obviously Mozilla expects that number to grow rapidly as consumer and developer interest increases. Read More

The Mozilla Marketplace actually treats its apps as desktop applications.Each app is given the same treatment as a regular computer program, which means it can be launched from the Windows Start Menu or given its own desktop icon. It's more of an extension of your operating system than your browser.

The Ubuntu operating system for smartphones is getting closer to release, with Canonical officials hinting the release will possibly come as early as later this year or sometime next year.

Canonical will make announcements on the Ubuntu OS for smartphones later this year, said John Barnard, global marketing manager at Canonical, at the Computex trade show in Taipei. He said development was continuing on the smartphone OS, and couldn't say if the announcements were tied to the release of the smartphone OS.

But when asked whether the release would be later this year or next year, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said "possibly," though he could not provide a specific date. Barnard echoed Shuttleworth's comments, saying the OS was possible for next year, though a specific date couldn't be nailed down.

Barnard said any smartphone OS would not be directly released for download, but be available for device makers to load on smartphones. He did not provide further insight into the OS, saying people would have to wait until later this year when the announcements are made.

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After years of teasers, Canonical finally announced the intent to develop the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones and tablets last year. An earlier version of Ubuntu was available for smartphones, but the version was scuttled in favor of the desktop and server OS versions.

But at the Computex trade show, Canonical hinted at the readiness of Ubuntu for smartphones by merging a version of the OS with Android. The company demonstrated a smartphone that doubled up as a PC running Android and Ubuntu side by side. The smartphone booted with Android, but could load Ubuntu when the smartphone was placed on a dock that was connected to a monitor.

The version of Ubuntu is using the same kernel to run Android, Barnard said. When connected to a dock, the version of Ubuntu that fires up from the smartphone provides a full experience also found on the desktop version of the OS, which also includes access to Ubuntu Software Center to download applications. The Ubuntu OS loaded from the smartphone also has the Unity user interface, which is found in desktop versions of the OS.

There is commonality between the Android and Ubuntu versions as users can access contacts and can continue to receive SMSes and notifications when the smartphone is in Ubuntu mode.

The dual-OS will take advantage of multicore ARM CPUs and graphics processors that are being included in smartphones today, Canonical officials said. Barnard hopes the Ubuntu-Android OS combination will be found on smartphones later this year. There is a lot of interest from device makers to load the dual-OS on smartphones, Barnard said.

 

From: PC World

The stable version of Linux 3.4 is officially out providing users of the open source operating system with new filesystem, driver and performance updates. This follows  follows the Linux 3.3 release by two months and is now officially "stable" after Linux creator Linus Torvalds pushed out seven release candidates.

In terms of features, enhancements to the Btrfs filesystem top the list. The Btrfs effort was initiated by Oracle engineer Chris Mason as a means to provide a more robust filesystem for Linux than the default Ext4 system. Linux Kernel Btrfs first debuted in March 2009 as part of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel and has been steadily evolving ever since.

Linux 3.4 adds a new btfs-restore utility for Btrfs, which can help to recover data from a filesystem that is not mountable. Performance in Btrfs has also been improved with support for metadata blocks of up to 64KB in size, up from the previous 4KB. Read More

A critical part of Btrfs is the use of something known as extents, which define the part of the disk being used for storing a given piece of information. In Linux 3.4, Btrfs has improved the way it handles extents.

"Previously we could exit writepages with only having written half of an extent buffer, which meant we had to track the state of the pages and the state of the extent buffers differently," Kernel developer Josef Bacik wrote in his kernel commit message."Now we only read in entire extent buffers and write out entire extent buffers. This allows us to simply set bits in our bflags to indicate the state of the extent buffer, and we no longer have to do things like track uptodate with our iotree."

Among the other new features in Linux 3.4 is a set of improvements to B.A.T.M.A.N. BATMAN, or Better Approach To Mobile Adhoc Networking, first landed in the 2.6.38 Linux kernel back in March of 2011. In the 3.4 kernel, B.A.T.M.A.N has been improved to now have the ability to alter the routing algorithm used to create the ad hoc mesh network.

KVM virtualization also gets a big boost in Linux 3.4. New kernel features contributed by Red Hat expand the maximum number of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) that can be supported in Linux, from 64 all the way to 160.

The Apple App Store is certainly pleased with itself, for reaching 25 billion downloads about two weeks after the contest was declared. While the winner has not been named, we do know that he or she is from China (apt). Apple has also released another list of "winners", as one may call them. This list comprises of the top 25 apps (seperate list for free and paid) across all their iOS devices. The list exists in iTunes and you can check it out by going to the Apps page in your iTunes. Here's how it looks.

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iPhone Top Paid Apps

1. Angry Birds

2. Fruit Ninja

3. Doodle Jump

4. Cut the Rope

5. Angry Birds Seasons

6. Words With Friends
7. Tiny Wings
8. Angry Birds Rio
9. Pocket God
10. Camera+
11. The Moron Test
12. Plants vs. Zombies
13. Skee-Ball
14. The Game of Life
15. Scrabble
16. Monopoly
17. Fat Booth
18. WhatsApp
19. UNO
20. Color Splash
21. The Sims 3
22. Flight Control
23. MotionX GPS Drive
24. Where’s Waldo
25. I Am T-Pain 2.0

iPhone Top Free Apps

1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words With Friends Free
4. Skype
5. The Weather Channel
6. Google Search
7. Google Earth
8. Angry Birds Free
9. Shazam
10. Netflix
11. Paper Toss
12. Twitter
13. Movies by Flixster
14. Bump
15. PAC-MAN Lite
16. Flashlight.
17. Unblock Me FREE
18. Temple Run
19. Instagram

20. Touch Hockey
21. Angry Birds Lite
22. ESPN ScoreCenter
23. Fruit Ninja Lite
24. Groupon
25. Angry Birds Rio Free

 

Top Paid iPad Apps

1. Pages

2. Angry Birds HD
3. Angry Birds Seasons HD
4. Penultimate
5. Scrabble for iPad
6. Fruit Ninja HD
7. GarageBand
8. GoodReader
9. Angry Birds Rio HD
10. Cut The Rope HD
11. Numbers
12. Keynote
13. Words With Friends HD
14. Star Walk for iPad
15. MONOPOLY for iPad
16. Plants vs. Zombies HD
17. Where’s My Water?
18. Friendly Plus for Facebook
19. QuickOffice Pro HD
20. Notability
21. Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad
22. Pinball HD
23. MyPad+ – For Facebook & Twitter
24. Infinity Blade
25. Real Racing 2

 

Top Free iPad Apps

1. Angry Birds HD Free
2. The Weather Channel for iPad
3. Netflix
4. Skype for iPad
5. Kindle
6. ABC Player
7. Pandora Radio
8. Angry Birds HD Free
9. CNN App for iPad
10. Words With Friends HD Free
11. Google Earth
12. Calculator Pro for iPad Free
13. Fruit Ninja HD Lite
14. Calculator for iPad Free
15. NYTimes for iPad
16. USA TODAY for iPad
17. Facebook
18. MyPad – for Facebook & Twitter
19. Flipboard
20. eBay for iPad
21. Angry Birds Seasons HD Free
22. Dictionary.com
23. Twitter
24. Solitaire
25. Friendly for Facebook

 

Of course, iPhone apps, include apps downloaded for the iPod Touch. The list doesn't include the top 25 apps downloaded for the Mac platform. This may be because the Mac App Store has only been around for a little over a year. Looking at the apps, games are still the more popular genres of applications to download and Angry Birds still dominates. Furthermore, Facebook retains its position as number one free app for the iPhone. For more on popular applications, check out Tech2's article on top 10 addictive mobile games.

The latest version of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) – BBM 5 – makes it easy for BlackBerry Smartphone users to share their BBM pin codes with each others using two-dimensional barcodes (QR codes) that can be scanned directly into BlackBerry Smartphone using their integrated cameras.

You can add new contacts to BBM simply by using your BlackBerry Smartphone’s camera to scan a barcodes off your computer screen or the screen of a BlackBerry device. You can also share and display your own barcode on your phone, email signature or social networking profiles to make it easy for your friends to add you to their contact lists. Read More

Here’s how to make BBM barcodes work for you. Remember to upgrade to the latest version of BBM before you try.

To display and share your personal barcode:

* Click the BBM icon

* On the contact list screen, press the Menu key

* Click My Profile

* Click Display My Barcode

* Another BlackBerry Smartphone user can then scan the barcode from your phone using his or her device’s camera

Sharing your BBM barcode via social media and email:

* Follow steps above, then press Menu and select Save Barcode Image.

* From your pictures folder, select Send or Share for the social networking app of your choice (including Twitter and Facebook) to share the barcode and a caption or Tweet with your friends

* You can also email the barcode to yourself and then save it on your computer to use as your email signature

* Using the Facebook BBM PIN barcode app, you can generate your BBM barcode for your Facebook friends to scan

To scan a personal barcode from a BlackBerry screen or the screen of your computer:

* Click the BBM icon

* On the contact list screen, click Invite contact

* Click Scan a person’s barcode

* Hold your device so that all four corners of the barcode appear on your device screen and wait for confirmation that it has been scanned.