Hot on the heels of the iPad release, Apple has just sent invites "for a sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software." The press event will be held April 8th, this Tuesday, at 10AM Pacific time. Some expected features include multitasking, new UI elements, and better iPad integration.
Digital Economy Bill Goes to UK House of Commons Today
There's fear among interest groups that the Digital Economy Bill will be pushed through the UK Parliment's House of Commons today without a proper debate. Many criticisms have been levied against the bill from consumer rights and privacy groups. The bill includes a graduated response to copyright infringements that could allow the government to suspend internet connections to the infringing sites. There are also concerns about the impact on small businesses who offer free WiFi. Some photographers also don't like the bill because it would allow people to use photos commercially by paying a fee to the government if they can't trace the owner. There is also a vague part of the bill saying that ISPs muss provide "copyright owners" with details of copyright infringers. The full implications of the bill can be found here.
Microsoft Has Announcement of its Own Planned
While Apple makes it's major iPhone announcement on April 8th, Microsoft will be unveiling two new phones, Turtle and Pure. There will likely be less excitement because these phones are based on the Sidekick's Java core and not the much-anticipated Windows Phone 7 OS. These devices may be the last in the Java-based OS Sidekick line.
Intel's Itanium Dumped by Microsoft
Microsoft recently announced that Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, and Visual Studio 2010 would be the last versions to run Intel's Itanium chip architecture. Microsoft is looking at the more scalable architectures now available with more cores. Late last year, Red Hat also stopped using Itanium.
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