If you’ve installed the Internet Explorer 9 Beta browser, you’ll know that it replaces Internet Explorer 8, and that the two cannot run side by side. The new browser does offer plenty of advantages over its predecessors—speed, uncluttered design, and more standard support—but there are still some reasons you may want IE8 back. For example, a favorite site doesn’t look quite right (Flickr slideshows are a good example). Or maybe you have work web apps that require an earlier version. (Ironically, our content management system works better in IE9 than it did in IE8).
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Lenovo believes its Ebox video game system – manufactured by daughter company Eedoo – will provide a viable alternative to consoles manufactured by Microsoft (Xbox 360), Sony (PS3) and Nintendo (Wii).
According to Eedoo CEO Jack Luo, the Ebox is expected to feature an integrated controller-free platform similar to Kinect, along with 30 pre-installed games when it launches in Q1 2011.
Luo told Reuters that more than 19 million families in China will be able to afford the console if is priced under 3,000 yuan ($446).
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ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley thinks she stumbled upon the user interface for Internet Explorer 9, spying a screenshot on Microsoft Russia’s press website. If this is the real deal, the next IE will look like the lovechild of Google Chrome and Firefox 4.
From Firefox 4, IE9 reportedly takes the oversized back button, translucent window and tremendous amount of wasted space above the navigation bar (seriously, it’s just an empty row with window management at the end, and the next Firefox is just as guilty). From Chrome, IE9 may derive the omnibar for search and URLs, and a series of menu icons on the right side of the screen.