Technology wrap-up – 22/11/2009

  • Google releases the Chrome Operating system and its source code. Google claims that its boot-up time is about 7 seconds.
  • Closures (first-class functions) , a feature of the functional languages will be included in Java 7 release which is due in September, 2010.
  • The Cray XT5 supercomputer known as “Jaguar” has finally made it to the title of fastest computer in the world.
    Jaguar overtook IBM’s “Roadrunner” according to the twice-yearly list that got unveiled Tuesday at the SC09 Conference in Portland, Ore.
  • Terracotta announced that it had acquired the Quartz job scheduling framework. Quartz is a Java open source framework, embedded in major containers and products like Spring, Confluence, Appfuse, Sakai, Liferay, etc.
  • Adobe releases Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0 – Both Include Multi-touch Support.
  • eBay has sold Skype back to its founders and a host of investment consortiums for about $2.75 billion.
  • Google has opened up extensions for the Google Chrome browser. So, watch-out for extensions like that of Firefox for Chrome browser as well.

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