Have you ever heard of Microsoft Mediaroom? Well, neither have I. Apparently Mediaroom “is the latest update of the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition platform software, intended for use in a set-top boxes to access on-demand as well as live television programming on a Microsoft IPTV network,” according to Wikipedia. What’s my point? ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley believes that Windows Phone 7 may get a Mediaroom client, codenamed “Rome,” which would allow you to do video chat something like FaceTime on iOS. The best thing? More than 26 providers have adopted this platform along with AT&T’s U-Verse service, so one would think you would be able to chat with quite a few people right off the bat.
Windows Phone 7 has already been jailbroken using ChevronWP7, but then the tool was eventually pulled (in part by the developers and Microsoft). Now Microsoft is actually inviting the famous iPhone jailbreaker George Hotz (or Geohot) to try and jailbreak Windows Phone 7 with this tweet: “#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone – let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev.” Neowin also mentions Geohot can work on a WP7 jailbreak without worrying about being sued by Microsoft, however he is currently being sued by Sony over jailbreaking the PlayStation 3.
Finally! HTML will now lose its version numbering because “the term is now basically being used to mean anything Web-standards-related, so it’s time to move on!” announced Ian Hickson (HTML specification editor). Instead the HTML specification will “evolve organically as additions are integrated, sort of like a rolling release model,” according to Ars Technica. Now if only we could remove the name 4G…
Windows 7 SP1 isn’t even out to the public yet and according to Neowin, Windows 7 SP2 is already underway (but no surprise, these things always start fairly quickly) and has been since autumn of 2010. Wzor.net (where the leak came from) says “Service Pack 2 is already actively underway since the autumn of 2010, and if all goes according to plan then the appearance of a second service pack, Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 is expected in mid-2012.” But also, “Windows 8 is scheduled for the very end of 2012, so it really can be called: Microsoft Windows 2012 Apocalypse Edition, at least the server version will be named as Windows Server 2012.” But wait, there’s more! Supposedly there will be two betas (at least one, if not both, will be public) and three months after that there will be a release candidate. At last, they say Microsoft will begin selling Windows 8 in the box on January 7, 2013. Seems weird to miss the holiday, but hey, it’s a rumor!
Yeah, Oracle is still suing Google over Android for copying Sun’s Java code without permission (I forgot, and I bet you did too)… However, Oracle has found a lot more evidence, a lot more evidence that will not favor Google at all. This comes from Electronista:
Oracle’s claims that Google copied Sun’s Java code without permission in Android may have gained fuel on Friday. A separate search by Florian Mueller of the code (ZIP) has found more files than Oracle itself cited that appear to lift code directly. Among them, six files attached to Android 2.2 and 3.0 appear to have been extracted from Sun’s Java source code using a decompiler and simply grafted into the just-in-time Dalvik engine Android uses at its root.
About 37 files were even marked as “proprietary/confidential” Sun files, and a separate file included in the code served as a copyright notice from Sun urging users not to distribute the material. Google has since claimed that Oracle was hiding code to make it look like more copying was involved, but Mueller noted that even open-sourced, GPL 2 parts code could have violated Sun (and now Oracle) rights after the latter’s code was distributed without its consent. He suggested that Oracle not only had a case but may have been conservative in presenting its evidence.
Mueller then says “It seems to me that Oracle has not even presented the tip of the iceberg in its amended complaint. The discovery process could be very fruitful for Oracle, and may become dreadful for Google.” Have fun Google, have fun.
To top Friday off, an analyst has said that the “Wii 2 will not sell well,” coming from CNET. I personally am not surprised — yes I know it is only an analysts prediction — because c’mon… There is the Kinect and PlayStation Move, so much better than what the Wii has to offer. To me I look at the Wii and think “Why not just use the Kinect?” especially when it comes to dancing games. What kind of crap is that? The only thing the Wii can track is your hand movements, while the Kinect watches your entire body movement. Well, I guess the Wii isn’t totally useless, they still have the Nintendo games (which tend to be the only good games for their consoles). Could Nintendo be the next Sega? They sure could be.