Text Box:  Issue 5, Vol 1

Jun 09


Technology Update


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What’s New

Windows 7 is not a new operating system. It's SP2. Rightly, it's what Vista should have been.
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new experiences you will actually encounter are cosmetic in design or function: the new desktop functions are nice, Windows gadgets are an exploded version of the Vista sidebar, Homegroup is just a rebranded way to set up network sharing, the Taskbar uses icons instead of icons and words, et cetera.

Truly novel innovations: an extensive Firewall system, a brand-new Backup and Restore tool

Perhaps the biggest surprise - and for Microsoft, possibly the biggest boost - is a feature that has been announced but not yet available: Windows XP Mode, which will run XP applications in an XP compatibility box, but make them appear as if they are running directly in Windows 7 itself.

Easy Upgrade

If no news is good news, we're pleased to report that our own upgrade went off without a hitch. The actual install time was roughly 40 minutes, and the system rebooted more times than seemed necessary for a simple OS upgrade, but the final result was a fully functional; on machines with more-complicated software loads the results may vary.

This year is shaping up to be another banner year for advanced cell phones. Here's a look at three of the most popular models

How it works: As you zip around the iPhone 3G's multitouch interface with your fingertips, hardware and software blur into one pleasing experience. With other OSs, it's all too easy to get lost in menus or forget how to accomplish simple tasks; iPhone apps, however, are remarkably sleek and consistent. Version 3.0, includes cut and paste, OS-wide search, better support for landscape-mode use, and voice control

The bottom line: The iPhone 3G delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. Critical features are still missing, and the battery depletes quickly under heavy use, but the iPhone 3G is a big improvement over the original model..

Apple iPhone OS
What it is:
iPhone  OS is a pocket-size version of Mac OS X, shrunk down and redesigned to power the iPhone 3G.

phones in the future.
How it works: Overall, really well--it's responsive and fun. In some respects, it feels like the iPhone OS, such as in the way it uses multitouch input to let you resize Web pages and photos. But it also introduces features and concepts not found on the iPhone--most notably the ability to multitask multiple applications and manage them using "cards" that appear on your desktop.

The bottom line: Despite some missing features and performance issues, the Palm Pre offers consumers well-integrated features and unparallel multitasking capabilities.

Palm OS

What it is: The all-new Palm operating system that debuts on the much ballyhooed Palm Pre. Palm says that WebOS will appear on other


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