Microsoft has begun the process of updating Hotmail’s user interface with some users already onboard with the new design.
Aside from the new look which includes both a full and a classic interface, the contacts feature has been updated and there is now integration with Live’s Calendar beta.
If you have a Hotmail account and still the old interface, some users would consider you lucky with some finding the new interface more difficult to use. Of course, it could also just be that some users are having trouble with the change.
For more info about what’s new check out this page.
[Via Download Squad]
Apple has released the first beta of their planned 2.2 firmware update for the iPhone, though Apple doesn’t really say anything about what’s in there.
From what I’ve seen on the web, one change is that in the browser the URL and search boxes, currently stacked on top one another, are now side by side.
[Via Mac Rumors]
PS3 owners eager to get their hands on the upcoming game Resistance 2 are going to want to jump on this: Applications are now being taken to participate in testing a beta version of the game.
This is separate from the invite that was given to PlayStation Underground members. For this round all you need is a PSN ID and after submitting your application you’ll be notified via email if you’ve been selected to participate.
Apply to join the beta testing here–good luck!
Microsoft today released the second beta build of the next version of it’s Internet Explorer web browser, Internet Explorer 8.
With 75% of the browser market share, Microsoft is hoping to keep it’s lead with IE 8 which will include new privacy and security features, a “smart” address bar that remembers and redirects users to sites they’ve visited in the past (like Firefox 3) and a new mode called “InPrivate Browsing” which will prevent history, temporary files and cookies from being saved (like Safari 3).
Windows users eager to check it out can grab a copy here. Remember: it’s beta software so don’t expect things to be polished to normal Microsoft standards. 😉
After some delays in getting an update to the Android SDK released to the masses, Google has finally rolled out their version 0.9 SDK r1 beta, the first formal release of the SDK.
This version includes some pretty significant UI changes along with some bug fixes and lots of new API enhancements.
Hopefully people that had been developing an Android application using the previous SDK build won’t have too many changes to make to their code to get things working on this new SDK release.
Apple has released another beta of their upcoming 2.1 firmware for iPhone’s. The description doesn’t say much more than “bug fixes” but one thing that some developers will notice right away is that early access to the push notification service has been pulled.
No word on whether it will make the initially promised September launch, so if you’re developing an app that would be using this service keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t miss the 2.1 update.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Sony’s upcoming (and very late) test of their PlayStation Home service is about to get under way. Interested in trying to get into the closed beta?
According to Sony, later today the PLAYSTATION Store will be updated with a PlayStation Home theme. If you download and use the theme on your PS3 you’ll automatically be submitting your application for the closed beta.
They say they’ll be “using a variety of criteria including activity on the PLAYSTATION Network to determine eligibility for the Beta community.”
If you’re an existing beta tester, good news–you’re already in.
That’s all I know so far but if I see anything else I’ll be sure to post it.
Adobe’s trimmed down, web-based version of Photoshop named Photoshop Express is still in beta but it has gotten a few updates that should please some users.
There’s a new Adobe AIR-based desktop application that can be used to upload photos to Photoshop Express and since AIR is cross platform it will work fine from a Mac or PC.
Also new is the ability to print your photos through Shutterfly, the ability to drag and drop photos into Photoshop Express, and to resize images with one click.
For a very basic photo editor its not too bad. For more info about Photoshop Express check it out here.
[Via Photography Bay]
A while back you might remember Sony talking about PlayStation Home, a virtual online world you interact with from your PlayStation 3 console.
Sony Japan has finally opened things up for closed beta testing which is expected to start sometime in August.
No exact date on when we can expect the same sort of program in the US but if all goes we’ll we’ll see it sometime this year.
The sequel to the awesome PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man will be coming out in beta later this year and if you’re a Qore subscriber you’ll have a chance to check it out before the rest of the world gets their hands on it.
Qore, in case you’re not familiar with it, is Sony’s US-only monthy online gaming “magazine” available for $25 per year.
Check out some videos from Resistance 2 here.
For more info about the game check out this page.