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May 28, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Google moves away from the XMPP open-messaging standard

Google moves away from the XMPP open-messaging standard

When Google announced that it was consolidating its Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) instant messaging and video-conferencing services into Google Hangouts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noticed that Google had also sharply diminished “support for the open messaging protocol known as XMPP … Continue reading

January 25, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on High Efficiency Video Coding will help bring 4K video to Internet TV

High Efficiency Video Coding will help bring 4K video to Internet TV

4K TV sounds great, but it has this one big problem: 4K video content is honking huge. An answer may be at hand. The ITU has just given first-stage approval to a new, much more efficient video codec: High Efficiency … Continue reading

August 15, 2012
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Office to finally fully support ODF, Open XML, and PDF formats

Office to finally fully support ODF, Open XML, and PDF formats

Earlier this week, Microsoft Office standards chief Jim Thatcher quietly announced that Microsoft would add ”two additional formats for use: Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. … [and] support for opening PDF documents so they can be … Continue reading