News – Opera 9 Released, Net Nuetrality Bill to go Senate, iPod in the Bath Tub

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Opera 9 Web Browser Released

Opera Software announced the recent release of the latest version of their browser, Opera 9. New features:

  • A “widgets” function, which are little small applications that reside on your desktop and do nifty things; Mac users will identify with this well.
  • Sessions allows you to save a group of open tabs as a “session”, for retrieval later.
  • Mouse gestures allow you to perform useful functions with the simple flick of your mouse to a specific part of the screen.
  • Voice controls allow you to use Opera with only your voice and a microphone, making browsing for the super-lazy even easier.
  • The Trash Can allows you to retrieve a closed tab or window, in case you accidentally closed it, or the popup blocker blocked a window you actually wanted.
  • And for those who are concerned with standards, Opera has this to say: “We take pride in supporting all major Web standards currently in use, including CSS 2.1, XHTML 1.1, HTML 4.01, WML 2.0, ECMAScript, DOM 2 and SVG 1.1 basic.” That should satisfy you W3C folks.

Net Nuetrality Bill to go Senate Soon

For those not keeping up, large telecom providers like AT&T and AOL Time Warner are proposing that if you run a large website, you should pay more to the bandwidth providers to insure your users are still experiencing a quick connection to your site. Proponents of ‘net nuetrality’, which is in opposition to the ideas of AT&T and Time Warner, say they shouldn’t be allowed to charge Google one rate, and Joe’s Blog of Spoons another rate, for connection to the internet. In net nuetrality, (which is what we currently are under), all sites would recieve the same priority.

You can read more at TMCNet…

iPod in the Bath Tub

Suntac has released a small speaker system for use with the iPod, and powered by four included batteries. And best of all, it’s waterproof. Read more…



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