Vmedia, Apple’s Java Fail, Chrome

Even though it was a relatively easy-going week when it comes to the news, we still had some interesting items worth revisiting. A company called Vmedia is trying to push a video version of MiniDisc, Apple did an epic Java fail, Google released Chrome 2.0, and more.

We started off this week with a long story on Vmedia, a company who is trying to push a new MiniDisc-like format for portable video. Their little Vmedia discs, resembling miniature MiniDiscs, pack either 1GB or 2GB of data, and are aimed towards portable devices like phones, MIDs, and netbooks. The idea is that they become a universal standard for selling video for portable devices, but it’s going to be an uphill battle.

We also covered the rise of two Macintosh “clone” makers. Clone makers popped up in both Russia and the United Kingdom, and this has raised the question whether or not Apple can actually do anything about this matter. They can’t continue to rattle legal chains in every country that has its own clone maker, as that would be too costly. In addition, European laws aren’t as restrictive as America’s when it comes to these matters, making it more difficult for Apple to win such cases.

On a related note, it was discovered that Apple’s Mac OS X is the only operating system still vulnerable to a pretty severe Java bug that was fixed six months ago, and reported nine months ago. Apple bakes its own Java implementation, but has so far refused to fix the bug that also exists in their version, even though other non-Sun Java implementations have offered fixes ages ago.

Later in the week, Google officially “released Chrome 2.0” to the general public. It’s between quotation marks because Google doesn’t call the new release 2.0, and also because it’s not really “released” either – Chrome gets continuous silent updates, and all Google did was relabel a beta 2.0 release as stable. It offered several new features and performance improvements.

It was also a week in which Microsoft came to its senses and removed the three-application-maximum limitation on Windows 7 Starter Edition, the limited Windows 7 release slated for emerging markets. TechARP also unveiled the maximum hardware specifications for the lower editions of Windows 7 (in the same article as the application limit).

We also found out that the Palm Pre is going to be launched at June 6, and we ran two original articles: a review of the very cool MIPS-based Loongson 2 Linux netbook, and a review of Mirror’s Edge.


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