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Opera launches Touch, a mobile browser aimed at one-handed use

Opera Software today launched a new mobile browser dubbed Touch and upgraded its desktop browser so that the two can better stay in sync.

The Oslo-based browser maker rolled out Opera Touch, an Android application that features one-hand operation and focuses on search, with the latter dominating the screen as users launch Touch.

“The current browsers are not doing their job properly,” argued Maciej Kocemba, an Opera product manager, during an early-Wednesday live-streamed launch event that was made available later as a recording. He then showed how designers had cast the browser’s UI (user interface) so that buttons and functions, including search and tabs, are all within reach of the user’s thumb.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: April patches infested with bugs, but most are finally contained

People think I’m joking when I refer to bug fixing as Microsoft’s next billion-dollar business. I’m not. This month woefully demonstrated why patching Windows has become much bigger – and more critical – than developing new versions. Microsoft’s hell-bent move to bring out new versions of Windows twice a year “as a service” makes things worse, but quality control problems dog patches to every version of Windows. Except, arguably, Windows 8.1.

In April, we’ve seen a return to two massive cumulative updates per month for all supported versions of Windows 10. The second cumulative update, with luck, fixes the bugs in the first cumulative update. Windows 7 turned into a fiery pit when it was discovered in late March that every patch to Win7 (and Server 2008R2) pushed out this year enables the Total Meltdown bug. Fortunately, by April 23, we finally saw some stability return to the process.

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from Computerworld

Where is Apple’s AirPower?

What is happening with Apple’s AirPower? Announced months ago, expected in spring, Cupertino’s wireless charging solution still hasn’t launched. Why?

Apple’s slipping shipping schedules

It has now been over 200-days since Apple announced AirPower. It is not the first recent Apple product to be announced in a blaze of glory, only to ship months later than originally promised:

  • Mac Pro isn’t now expected until 2019
  • Apple Watch was announced in May 2014 to ship April 2015;
  • HomePod was expected in time for Christmas but didn’t actually hit market till early 2018
  • AirPods were delayed
  • Even the original iPhone shipped later than originally expected.

Apple always excuses its perceived product delays by saying it likes to ship new products “when they are ready”. I

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from Computerworld