On 20th June 2011, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved the expansion of top-level domains in Singapore which will help to big companies and organisation to create domain names for their brands (.nike or .nokia) or more generic names (.blue or .sports). ICANN’s TLD expansion plan was first announced three years ago on 26th June 2008, at the 32nd ICANN Meeting in Paris.
According to ICANN, as per new program between 300 and 1000 new TLDs could be created per year.
ICANN’s Board approves the New gTLD Program during a special session held on Monday, 20 June 2011 in Singapore. (Photo Source: ICANN)
Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012. Subsequent application periods will become available in the future. The evaluation fee from prospective applicants is $185,000. According to the gTLD Applicant Guidebook, a $5,000 deposit is required “at the time the user requests an application slot within TAS, and a payment of the remaining $180,000 submitted with the full application.”
Mozilla Firefox browser has overtaken Internet Explorer in Europe in December 2010, a web analytics firm StatCounter said.
As many of you know the Firefox is open-source browser tool 38.1 % of European marketing share and Internet Explorer move down to 37.5 percent. Google Chrome also gaining market share in Europe to 14.6 % from 5.1 percent.
"This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share," Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive, said in a statement. He also said "We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last year."
Globally, Internet Explorer’s share slipped to 46.9 percent in December, while Firefox was at 30.8 percent and Google was at 14.9 percent, StatCounter said.
Apple Inc passes Microsoft Corp in marketing capitalization on Wednesday. Now Apple is only behind of Exxon Mobil among the U.S. companies.
Apple’s shares rose 1 percent onÂ NasdaqÂ on Wednesday, pushing its market value up to $225.1 billion and ahead ofÂ Microsoft’s $222.7 billion. Apple sharesÂ were up 1 percent above $247 in late afternoon trading. Microsoft shares were down 2.2 percent to $25.50.
This happens in less than 3 months after Apple passed Walmart to become the company with the third highest market cap.
After decreasing in October of 2008 and then again in January of 2009 (when Apple CEO Steve Jobs took a six-month leave of absence), Apple’s stock has been on the rise. In fact, it has increased 95% over the last 52 weeks.
Microsoft has launched Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 version in English, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages.
As far as I know Windows Vista users will have to find the uninstaller for beta 1 and it is located under: Control Panel, Programs & Features and in the left menu: “Installed Updates” under the listing Windows Internet Explorer 8. You will then be required to restart your system before beta 2 can be installed.
In new IE 8 they have enhanced tabbed browsing, good looking address bar, Inprivate browsing, undo closed tabs. Even you can reopen last browsing session.
From yesterday I have been facing slower Internet connection but today my Internet service provider informed me the reason behind slow browsing.
Due to damage of submarine cable systems, we are having difficulty to accessing the Internet or experience slow browsing and to making international calls.
This failure has affected Gulf Arab region, Egypt, India and other countries as well. Egypt’ 70% of Internet network was down, while India reported it has cut 50% to 60% in bandwidth.
Nobody know how the cables were cut or weather was a factor because Storms had forced Egypt to close the northern mouth of the Suez canal on Tuesday.
It is expected to full restoration would take 10 to 15 days.