Tech Stuff guest columnist
Posted on September 1, 2005 by Kris Nelson
Welcome to another edition of Tech News. As usual, news in tech has been moving with the pace of a freight train on crack. Everything from major real world viruses infecting Microsoft to Google being sued for posting copyrighted pictures, life in the tech world has been in one word ‘strange.’ But going back to Google, if you have not already heard, Google has officially launched their new IM client dubbed Google Talk. With the logical progression of moving onto the IM side of the business (also see AOL’s new IM chock full of Ads), Google is once again trying to revolutionize the art of IM including an integrated structure in tandem with your gmail account which allows you to import your contacts list, email someone straight from Google Talk and also allows you to get a little pop up preview when someone emails you (see gmail notifier). With the success of their launch of Google Earth as well as their user friendly Google Maps, their goal (as it would seem) is for you to never have to leave Google. But going back to Google Talk, it is currently under beta, and will probably go through a slew of changes within the next few months.
The beloved iTunes offered by Apple may also be going through some changes, and not for the better. As reported by the New York Times, the 99 cent download policy might be need to be changed in order to keep Apple from losing a whole bunch of music. Expect a price hike (not unlike your gas) in the very near future.
In smaller news, Adobe has a leaked secret that Photoshop CS3 is currently in the works (damn, I just got a pirated copy of CS2 a few months ago). And what would the headlines be without news on IE7? Here is an alleged link
for the beta version. I have yet to try it as I am a Firefox person and I also don’t want to install IE7 with the fear that my laptop will crash and you will not be able to read this. However, your die hard IE fans (your grandma) as well as schools and businesses should be happy to hear that the next IE is coming soon.
Until next time, this has been your tech news.