Daily Outlook: Docs for Facebook gets an update, IE9 RC rumors, and more
Looks like Robert Scoble has some inside (and unknown) sources that Microsoft is ready to release a second wave of “mind blowing” Kinect games this April. This should be interesting and hopefully they will actually be mind blowing, I bet they will be mainly fitness and dancing games, however. Who knows, maybe there will be a Guitar Hero type game without the guitar. That would be fun, right?
Have you heard of Docs for Facebook (or Docs.com)? It seems as though yesterday they rolled out some backend updates which will improve performance and stability of the platform. Not only were backend improvements introduced, but also more languages are supported (about 30 overall) along with spell checking support in the Word Web App on docs.com. For a list of supported languages, checkout http://docs.com/A2E0.
Microsoft is now investigating Bluetooth issues on Windows Phone 7 according to WinRumors. Apparently this issue has been known by Microsoft since last November but nothing was yet done (or even confirmed by them) to try to solve the issue. “I, too, have a similar problem with a Samsung Focus and Acura MDX. Wildly varying volume levels, plus static and garbled sound. Old Samsung Blackjack II, [i]Phone 3GS, and iPhone 4 all work perfectly in the car,” according to one of the commenters on the Microsoft forums. What a way to treat your customers, Microsoft.
There are some more Internet Explorer 9 RC rumors out and about now, including ActiveX filtering according to WinRumors. This “filter will allow users to control what ActiveX elements are displayed on sites they visit,” says WinRumors. Am I missing something here? Are you not already asked to run an ActiveX control in existing versions of Internet Explorer, or am I thinking of something completely different? Also, IE9 RC is rumored to also have the option to put the tabs back under the address bar.
Surprise, surprise! Those Facebook apps that claim they can tell you who is visiting your profile or viewing photos, etc. are all lies! If you are using these fake things, be sure to stop and tell your friends as well. These apps just take your information for other purposes and, as stated, don’t do what they say they do, so who knows what else they are doing. The reason these don’t and won’t ever work: Facebook doesn’t provide any sort of API for apps to implement such things, same goes for those Dislike apps… Yeah, they don’t work because only Facebook themselves can implement such features.
There have been many people complaining about mysterious Windows Phone data usage, using data in upwards of 35-40MB a day when they have done nothing to use that much. This of course has upset many people because some only have 200MB data plans, and um, 35 x 30 = 1,050MB, I think that is a little more than 200MB, don’t you think? Well it appears Microsoft may have found the culprit, they just didn’t tell anyone, according to Paul Thurrott.
We have determined that a third-party solution commonly accessed from Windows Phones is configured in a manner that potentially cause larger than expected data downloads. We are in contact with the third party to assist them in making the necessary fixes, and are also pursuing potential workarounds to address the configuration issue in case those are needed. At this point in our investigation, we believe this is responsible for most of the reported incidents.
We are investigating additional potential root causes for the remainder of the reports. A small (low single-digit) percentage of Windows Phone customers have reported being affected.
We are continuing to investigate this issue and will update with additional information and guidance as it becomes available.
I am still confused though: third-party solution? Is this an app or what?
Apple posted blockbuster earnings for Q1 (FY2011) with $26.74 billion in revenue. Nice! Here are some sales numbers: 4.13 million Macs (mostly thanks to the new MacBook Air — gain of 23% year-over-year), 16.24 million iPhones (86% increase year-over-year), 7.33 million iPads (beating estimates by 1 million) and finally 19.74 million iPods (7% decline year-over-year, though half were iPod Touches, which cost more). Unsurprising, really.
Lastly, Microsoft will begin rolling out an Xbox LIVE Dashboard update today which re-enables the ability to boot from the disc in the drive, so you can go right to playing the game instead of going to the Dashboard first. This option (once installed) will be available under System Settings. Not only will that feature be added, but “the update is also designed to cause issues for users which altered the console’s firmware in order to circumvent the company’s anti-piracy measures for games,” says Softpedia. Also the gamercards on Xbox.com will get a little bit of an update: “We’ve updated the Gamercard look and feel a bit and removed gamerzone from the card. Other than that, the same amount of information is on the card,” according to Larry Hyrb (Xbox Live Director of Programming).