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The best Windows Twitter clients: from TweetDeck to tweetc

With more than 190 million users, and less than half of those using Twitter.com to post updates, the installed Twitter client market is massive. There are literally hundreds of Twitter clients spanning every desktop and mobile platform, and even a few cross-platform Web apps thrown into the mix. Even if you narrow down the search to just one platform -- Windows -- there's still a dizzying...

Windows Phone 7 Mango update to include Internet Explorer 9 Mobile

Back in December, we learned that the second update to Windows Phone 7 -- codenamed Mango -- would be adding HTML5 and Silverlight support. Mary Jo Foley's sources have now confirmed to her that Mango's improved HTML5 support will be due to the arrival of Internet Explorer 9 Mobile (or IE mobile 9 or mobile IE9, whatever Microsoft ultimately labels the browser). Silverlight, on the other hand,...

Kinect socket server hack brings gesture recognition to Flash, Silverlight, and more

Thanks to the clever work of Blitz, a marketing agency, you will soon be able to easily interface any program to Microsoft Kinect. Rather than having to hack at the low-level C++ OpenKinect driver, Blitz's solution is to create a socket server, which other programs -- including Flash and Silverlight websites -- can then interrogate. The installation process is a bit finickity -- it's a very...

Windows Phone 7 "Mango" may add HTML5, Silverlight support to WP7's browser

Over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley has been speculating about the future of Windows Phone 7. According to Foley, a major update is due around Jan/Feb 2011, adding copy/paste functionality and two major browsing enhancements: HTML 5 support and a Silverlight plug-in. Foley also wonders whether enterprise tweaks might be part of the game plan as well. Microsoft, of course, doesn't comment on rumors -- so...

Microsoft releases details of the upcoming Silverlight 5

Speaking at the Silverlight Firestarter conference yesterday, Scott Guthrie, the vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, reassured the masses of Silverlight's future by detailing the exciting new features in Silverlight in 2011. On the application-development front, there's a ton of exciting new features. Font rendering has been improved (which is no surprise, given Silverlight's new...

Hands on with Skyfire, the 'rich media' (i.e. Flash video) Android Web browser

A lot has been said about the Skyfire mobile Web browser -- and apparently over half a million people have downloaded it! -- but is it actually any good? Sure it offers Flash video playback, but with a built-in YouTube app that ships with almost every new smartphone, is it really necessary to install a separate browser just to watch videos? While 500,000 downloads isn't indicative of 500,000...

Windows Phone Developer Tools beta released; lots of updates, free classes for developers and more

Developers, you can now grab a shiny, new, 'near final version' of the Windows Phone Developer Tools! Since its announcement in February, Microsoft has obviously been ploughing a lot of resources into its next-generation mobile operating system. With consumers (and developers!) are jumping from the ailing Windows Mobile platform in record numbers, Windows Phone 7 can't come soon enough....

Symbian wins the Silverlight race, brings rich media to Nokia phones

While there's much ado about Flash support (or lack thereof) on the iPhone and Android, Silverlight hasn't exactly been at the forefront of mobile software discussions in a while. Don't sell Microsoft short, though: Silverlight for Symbian has arrived, and it's the first version of SIlverlight on any mobile platform. The Microsoft rich media player -- not as ubiquitous as Flash, but still useful...

Firefox 3.6.4 with 'crash protection' released

Stop the press! Mozilla has just released Firefox 3.6.4 -- you can download it by clicking 'Check for Updates' in the Help menu, or by visiting the Firefox website. Firefox 3.6.4 brings crash protection for Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Silverlight plug-ins -- under Windows and Linux (Mac will have to wait, it seems). With 3.6.4, if a plug-in crashes, you will be able to simply...

Microsoft's Project Emporia lets you keep on top of real-time news without a Twitter account

Project Emporia, from the very same FUSE lab that brought us Spindex, has a name that no doubt stems from the ancient mercantile 'emporium' of valuable goods. It is, put simply, a Silverlight app which skims the best of the rest from Twitter. Select a lens (or topic), such as 'technology' or 'business', and watch as Twitter is filtered into two delightful columns -- in real time! You get a...

Skyfire announces its intention to follow Opera Mini on Apple iPhone devices; will bring Flash and Silverlight support?

Skyfire, bolstered by the approval of Opera Mini on the iPhone App Store yesterday, is now looking to bring its super-powered web browser to the 'iDevices'. Under the ingratiating veil of congratulating both Apple and Opera for their good work, Skyfire's CEO Jeff Glueck isrubbing his hands with delight: you see, Skyfire, unlike Opera Mini, also supports Flash and Silverlight. Skyfire is one...

Breaking: Silverlight now on 60% of Internet-connected devices

It seems, backed by many large corporate partners and its superior video quality, Silverlight has now reached 60% market penetration. That's up from 45% at the end of 2009 -- a rather startling leap! At MIX10 they are currently bragging about Silverlight's superior video quality and its ability, when combined with Microsoft IIS's smooth streaming technology, to deliver 720p content to millions...

Novell to bring open source Silverlight clone to iPhone

You've surely heard of Silverlight, Microsoft's shinier and altogether more-fluffy answer to Flash. Silverlight is now at the stage where the only real feature it lacks is ubiquity -- the only real reason we keep using Flash is because the plug-in is installed on almost every computer in the world. Well, Microsoft wants to change that -- Microsoft wants Silverlight to be as prevalent as Flash....

Silverlight beta to be on Symbian next week?

It appears that Microsoft's partnership with Nokia to port Silverlight to Symbian will soon bear fruit. Microsoft posted the developer tools and the beta version of the code on March 11th but then quickly pulled them down again. Mary Jo Foley thinks it may launch at Mix next week. Mobile may be the killer app to get Silverlight in more users hands. With Silverlight being heavily...

Cross-platform Silverlight out-of-browser Facebook client finally launches

Back in April 2009, Microsoft demonstrated a pure-Silverlight Facebook application called Silverface. Everyone thought it had vanished into thin air, especially with Fishbowl's release. It seems, however, they've been working on a Silverlight client the entire time: ladies and gentlemen, the beta Silverlight 4 Client for Facebook! And boy was it worth the wait. I won't bore you with a...