Tiny Hippos released a small update to its Ripple Emulator product today. The Version 0.4.8 update includes Compass support for PhoneGap and Accelerometer bug fixes. Ripple is a multi-platform mobile environment emulator that runs in a web browser and is custom-tailored to HTML5 mobile application testing. Ripple aims to reduce the challenges being faced by mobile developers caused by today’s platform fragmentation in the marketplace.
AChecker 1.1 by ATutor has been released. Built with the assistance of the Ontario Government’s Enabling Change Program, AChecker is a free open source Web content accessibility evaluator used to assess Web pages for conformance with international accessibility standards. This release adds a number of significant new features, including:
*CSS Evaluator: Access the validity of external stylesheets, embedded stylesheets, and inline styles while evaluating the accessibility of a Web page.
*Colour Contrast Evaluation: Ten new accessibility checks have been added to evaluate foreground and background colour contrast to ensure text is readable by everyone.
*Paste HTML from Clipboard: Evaluators can now paste the source HTML of a Web page into AChecker to have it evaluated. This makes it possible to assess pages that are not accessible from the Web, such those on an Intranet, or on a local personal computer.
*Updater: Administrators can now keep their AChecker installation up to date in between releases with the AChecker Updater. The Updater lets them apply patches to fix bugs, to add new features as they become available, and to add new accessibility checks as they are created.
*AChecker Translator Site: There are currently English and Italian translations of AChecker. Sign-up for a translator account on atutor.ca if you don’t already have one, and help translate AChecker into your language.
Following in the steps of its award-winning predecessors, Teach My Toddler and Teach My Baby, Teach My Preschooler is the third product from the Toronto-based Teach My brand and recently named one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products and received iParenting’s Greatest Products of 2010 award.
Developed with education consultant, Judith Rowlands, M Ed., Teach My Preschooler is designed to give preschoolers a head start, develop fine motor skills, encourage parent/child interaction and increase school readiness skills. The kit is divided into four sections; Ready to Read, Print, Count to 100 and Early Math. Each section is fully-coordinated with books, flashcards, posters, a print guide and a magic drawing board.
“There is an increasing demand among parents to find simple, educational products without the technology of lights, sounds or music to help their children master the basic fundamentals of learning,” says Christy Cook, mompreneur and founder of Teach My. “Teach My Preschooler is a back-to-basics, all-in-one learning kit that provides modern, educational tools to help preschoolers master reading, printing, numbers to 100 and early math.
Teach My aims to take the guesswork out of early learning. The award-winning Teach My Baby is the first and only all-in-one learning kit for babies 6 to 18 months. The kit introduces First Words, First Numbers, Self and Sound & Touch. For children 18 months to 3 years, Teach My Toddler, is designed to help toddlers master the basics: alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Teach My kits are available online and at specialty retailers across North America for $49.99, and will be at Booth #5748 at the NY Toy Fair.
PNI Digital Media has selected the Strangeloop Site Optimizer to accelerate its Digital Media Platform, which allows the world’s largest retailers to offer personalized products such as photo prints and photo books, ordered online and produced on demand for pick up and purchase at a consumers preferred retail location. The PNI Digital Media Platform connects 14,000 retail locations, 9000 of which offer a one-hour pick up of photo prints and photo gifts ordered online. The implementation of the Strangeloop Site Optimizer came just in time for PNI to take advantage of the peak holiday season, which typically sees more than 5 million image uploads and more than 150,000 orders during a single day.
“We tested Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer after a careful review of all the delivery-based web acceleration technology available in the market,” said Aaron Rallo, President of PNI Digital Media. “We were immediately impressed with Site Optimizer’s ease of deployment, performance benefits, and its ability to scale across our enterprise.”
After implementing Site Optimizer, PNI saw page load times improve by up to 50% for each online photo center. PNI also saved considerable development time, as it was no longer necessary to optimize each site for each specific browser.
“With millions of upload and order transactions every day, the PNI Digital Media Platform is a clear demonstration of Site Optimizer’s ability to perform at scale,” said Jonathan Bixby, Strangeloop CEO. “We are very pleased to see our product being used to accelerate photo services for household name global retailers.”
Teradici Corporation has released a feature-enriched firmware update for its PCoIP zero clients. The update will include USB peripheral, login security enhancements and performance improvements. The firmware update and corresponding management console release are available as a free download from Teradici and OEM partners.
PCoIP Firmware Release 3.3 includes:
* USB enhancements for PCoIP connections between zero clients and VMware View™
* VMware View login feature additions for additional flexibility, including a new auto-logon capability and support for configuring the desktop pool name when starting a session
* Security enhancements to allow enabling/disabling of the web interface and the local configuration menu as well as pre-session secure authentication using RSA SecurID®
* Improved robustness of audio and video synchronization with VMware View virtual desktops
* New optimizations for improved bandwidth and user experience in constrained WAN environments.
Management Console Release 1.4 allows full configuration of all existing and new firmware parameters such as enabling/disabling the new zero client security capabilities. The PCoIP Management Console is a web-based management tool that allows administrators to manage an entire enterprise deployment of PCoIP devices from a central console.