Monthly Archives: January 2014

SQL Server 2014 Trial Version Available

Trial version of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is available now. This SQL Server 2014 has a new in-memory capabilities that has been built into the core database for data warehousing and OLTP. It also provides new cloud potentials to simplify the cloud adoption for the SQL databases, moreover helping you unlock new hybrid scenarios. The new in-memory capabilities incorporated into the SQL Server 2014 compliments our BI capabilities and the existing in-memory data warehousing making it the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market.

Chrome 33 Beta Lands With Custom Elements and Speech Synthesis API

Google has announced the release of Chrome 33 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux just a day after the release of the stable version of Chrome 32. This release brings some of the interesting features for the developers including the addition of Custom Elements, speech synthesis support in the Web Speech API, and Web payments on Mac.

So far Chrome 33 looks like to be focused on developers as its Custom Elements feature lets developers to define their own HTML elements to use in their Web applications, letting them to:
Define new HTML elements.
Extend existing elements.
Bundle together custom functionality into a single tag.
Extend the API of existing DOM elements.
Overall, developers can now write a much cleaner code when building apps.

Another new feature in this update is the Web Speech API, which was added in Chrome 25, that allows you to add speech recognition to their Web pages along with the built-in speech synthesis. This makes it easier for the developers to list the supported voices from a given machine and then use the synthesized recordings to play back in a different language for the users.

Google has promised a Mac version of the Autocomplete API for the easy web payments to be included in a future release and here it is. Formerly, Google debuted it on Windows and Chrome OS.

Here is a brief of the other API improvements:
The Page Visibility API has been unprefixed.
WebFont downloading has been optimized so that the fonts (at the median) are available before the Blink layout is done, meaning that the net latency impact of using a webfont is usually zero, according to Google.
The Blink CSS Animations and Transitions implementations are now powered by the new Web Animations model. This change should not affect the developers or the sites.
Chrome now supports the latest version of the Web Notification API. Google will be deprecating support for the legacy API down the road, but wouldn’t say exactly when.
Chrome 33 is set to launch in late February or early March. Visit chromestatus.com for a complete overview of Chrome’s developer features.

Microsoft Updates Outlook.com With Improved Sweep And Search

Microsoft has announced some new changes for to its Outlook.com email service, including the popular web based tools Sweep and improved Search. According to Microsoft, these updates will begin rolling out over the next few weeks.

The blog offers certain tips to Outlook.com users to help them with deleting unwanted emails and organizing the rest. Here’s a quick look at the tips that have been advised by the company.

Easier Sweep

It’s one of the best popular features and is used to clear unwanted emails in fewer clicks, leaving you more time to get on with more important things. Microsoft said that Sweep is used 7.5 million times each week on Outlook.com.

To make it simpler Microsoft has made Sweep a button instead of showing it on the menu, which triggers a pop-up resulting in fewer clicks to achieve a cleaner inbox.

Organized Search

The most common activity of an email is searching. Keeping this in mind Microsoft has improved the Search services. The upcoming update to the service will improve Search so that whenever a user searches for a specific person or mail, it brings up their name, pictures and all of their email addresses.

Systematized Categories

Outlook.com supports various categories on the basis of the types of email the user receives such as newsletters and social updates. Now users are able to create their own categories accordingly and are able to send multiple emails using a link rather than a button.

Arrange Automatic Filing

With this upcoming update, a user will be able to select one or more messages and then optionally use a “Move all email from…” choice that will move all the messages of a particular sender from that current folder.

Along with this the update also contains improvements for instant actions for mobile, video and chat capabilities from popular services, including Skype, Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn and keyboard shortcuts. To find a range of advice about how to get your inbox back in order simply visit Outlook Blog.

Linux Kernel 3.13 Released

While it’s coming late but Linus Torvalds has proudly announced the immediate availability of Linux kernel 3.13, which brings major improvements as well as new features.

Linux kernel 3.13 improvements include:
Automatic GPU switching for AMD Radeon video cards
Support for the AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii GPU
A scalable block layer specifically designed for high-performance SSDs.
Improvements include nftables, the successor of iptables
Power management for AMD Radeon graphics cards, which is now enabled by default.
Apart from these improvements the other features which were added includes:
Improved NUMA performance
Power capping framework designed for the Intel RAPL (Running Average Power Limit) mechanism
Improved page table access scalability in hugepage workloads
Support for the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture
Improved SquashFS performance
Support for NFC payments
Support for the high-availability Seamless Redundancy protocol, and
TCP Fast Open is now enabled by default.