June 2009 - Posts

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 – Firefox download what are the new features
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:09 PM

 

The new Firefox version came out today with some really cool options and features. The first thing they have improved is the speed. Firefox is not more than twice as fast as Firefox 3.0 and three times as fast as 2.0. I have downloaded the new version and I have to admit it does seem a lot faster.

Another feature Mozilla has added is the something they call open video. They have included video and audio support for Ogg Theora videos. Ogg is a video encryption that is free and open source. You can export your videos in this format and embed them into your page. People using Firefox will be able to play your video and audio without downloading a plug-in because it is already built in. The video elements can also interact with content like no other plug-in can do. You can download the components of the codec here. http://www.theora.org/downloads/

Firefox has also added a feature they are calling Privacy Controls. This will allow you to enter a Security Mode that will not record where you are going and will not save any information about the website. As soon as you exit the security mode it will delete all the cookies and saved information from the sites. You can also select website from your history that you want to delete and Firefox will delete all traces of that site from your computer.

Location Aware Browsing was also added which allows your browser, with your permission, to pass your location to a website. This will allow a website to provide information about their products or draw a map for your area without you having to enter your zip code, city, or state information.

I think Firefox is the best browser in the world and it keeps on getting better. They make great improvements while IE keeps getting worse. I think the video feature is nice but it will not work in IE, which would be a problem for developers who have to then go out of their way to put a format or plug-in for IE. However, I think this could be a great tool and might catch on like wildfire.           

 

Download the new Firefox 

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iTunes gets Push Applications
Monday, June 29, 2009 10:40 AM


Ever since the iPhone 3.0 came out about 2 weeks ago, I have been waiting for applications to hit the iTunes store that take advantage of the new push notifications feature. For those who don’t know push notification allows your iphone applications to notify you when something has happened in their app since you left. If you are doing something else on your phone like watching a movie or surfing the web an application can let you know if you have a message or something else requires your attention.

The notifications will come to you in the form of an alert, that look similar to a text message, or a badge, which shows as a number next to the icon. You will only get the message if your phone’s screen is on. This means your phone will not be beeping and making noise in your pocket all day. Once you turn on the screen you will see your notifications that you have received.

This is a huge feature that will be great for so many reasons. One of the main applications that I am excited about is a multi client IM chat applications with the push notifications. You can log into all your accounts and get all your IMs right there on your phone. Now granted, you will only be able to see them if your phone’s screen is on but this is still a great way to stay connected. You no longer have to go into the application to see if anyone has messaged you. The application will keep you logged in at all times so people can send you messages whenever.

As far as I can tell there are only a couple apps that have IM chat with Push: AIM, Beejive, and IM+ push. AIM is only for AOL instant messenger so if you want other clients you will have to do either Beejive or IM+ Push. I chose Beejive and I think it works pretty well. The interface is really clean and easy to use which I love. There aren’t that many options however but it hasn’t bothered me much yet. I am looking forward to their updates and see what they can improve.

Keep a lookout for other push apps coming soon to the itunes store.

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News of Michael Jackson’s Death brings Websites to their Knees
Friday, June 26, 2009 4:16 PM

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I was always a fan of the Jackson Five and I would say that I was a Michael Jackson fan. Yesterday after a heart attack Michael Jackson Died at the age of 50. Yes this is awful but I am not really that interested in talking about what happened to Michael Jackson but what he did to the Internet.

This man was so loved by so many that when he died the Internet was a boom with traffic and a hoard of people trying to figure out what had happened took down many websites and web services.

Google news was unavailable for a period of time because of all the traffic. Websites such as TechCrunch, TMZ, Wikipedia, The LA Times and Perez Hilton’s Blog all experienced outages because of the increased traffic caused by Michael Jacksons death. AOL’s AIM service was out for 40 minutes because of all the traffic on the servers. Of course twitter went down several times saying later that they had to temporarily disable its search results, saved searches and trend topics to keep the traffic down.

A reaction like this is well known but the magnitude like this has not been seen for a while. It seems that a lot of people loved Michael Jackson and I’m sure they all miss him. RIP Michael.

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updates to Remote iphone app lets you control your Apple TV
Friday, June 26, 2009 3:41 PM

 

Good news for people with Apple TV. You can now control your Apple TV with your remote application on your phone. The remote application that was originally configured to control your itunes using your WI-FI can now control your apple TV as well.

Using a series of multi touch features you can control and do everything that the controller could do and more. Now when you go into a search your keyboard will pop up on the iphone, allowing you to type in your search rather than having to use the analog pad on the controller. This is great for those of you that have every tried to watch youtube videos from the apple TV and have labored over the keypad entering one letter at a time.

The controls are pretty simple and make a lot of since. They are pretty much self explanatory but here is a quick run down of the new controls.

•    Tap: play or pause the current song or video.
•    Flick left or right: skips to the next track (music), fast-forwards or rewinds (video).
•    Drag left or right: fast-forward or rewind.
•    Flick down (video only): show chapter markers, then flick left or right to skip chapters.
•    Drag two fingers left (video only): invoke a 10-second replay.

In order for this to work you have to first update your apple TV and make sure both the iphone and Apple TV are connected to the same router. Once you do that you can go into the Setting>> General>> Remote and add the iphone as a remote. If you have the Romote app fired up on your iphone you can generate a key that is then entered into the Apple TV.  Here is a list of the other new updates to the Apple TV firmware 2.4.

•    Flickr Search: Search Flickr photo tags to find recently updated photos of interest. Save searches to quickly find new photos or use as a screen saver for Apple TV.
•    New view options: View movies By Genre, By Movie, or Unwatched. View TV Shows and Podcasts By Date, By Show, or Unwatched.
•    Updated transport and chapter modes: During video playback, click right or left to fast forward or rewind. Additional clicks increase the speed. Click down to show chapter markers.
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So there you have it save some time and enjoy the new control you can have with your Apple TV.

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ManyCam Lets your iSight camera work with multiple Applications at Once
Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:45 AM



Have you ever need your isight camera to work with more that one application at once? Currently your isight camera can only be used with one application at a time. If you want to use the camera with a different application you have to close the one application and open the other one.

With Manycam you can use the isight camera with multiple applications at once. This comes in handy if you want to video chat with someone and record video clip on youtube. Manycam can also be used to display images,video, or your desktop as a video source. This means you can go into imovie and select the manycam source and record your desktop right into iMovie. You could also show someone you are video conferencing with what you are doing on your desktop or demonstrate something.

Manycam is a free application that creates a virtual video source that can allow you to use your isight camera in multiple applications as well as use your desktop, video, or image as a video source. http://www.manycam.com/

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Jon and Kate Plus 8 – What do you Think?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:02 PM



Okay so it’s been all over the newspapers, tabloids, and the Internet that Jon and Kate Gosselin are getting a divorce. The very popular show Jon and Kate plus 8 is a TLC show that follows the couple around as they try and care for their eight kids. The drama started when a celebrity magazine printed a story claiming that Jon had cheated on his wife. Jon of course denied allegations of cheating but what really happened will probably never be known.

Well it didn’t help Jon’s claim about the allegations when a couple months after the celebrity magazine’s article was published TLC started running commercials implying that Jon and Kate were in fact splitting up. When all the scandals and rumors of the separation were circulating Jon and Kate plus 8 went from 4.6 million at the end of season 4 to 9.8 million. When the one hour special aired, the episode where they were going to confirm the separation, the show was being watched by an audience of 10.6 million people.

After all the drama of the split the episode following the special was only viewed by 2.9 million. This I feel is people trying to say that they don’t want to watch two people get a divorce with eight kids. They don’t want to see two people argue and be unhappy. Many people have that in their own life and don’t need a reminder. The interesting thing is they want to continue doing the show. TLS has no intent to change the name of the show and they are going to continue shooting the show but just separately. I think this is really sad and I don’t know if people are still going to watch it.

My question to you who are reading this is, what did they do wrong? Do you think Jon cheated? Or do you think Kate is just too much of a control freak and bosses Jon around too much. I tend to wonder is all the money and the time spent making the show was too much and they couldn’t handle it. From what I hear Kate was the one that wanted to do the show not Jon. Kate was also the one that wanted more children and Jon really didn’t want any more. Seems as if Kate is a really controlling person and tends to get what she wants. Is this what broke them up?

I think the mistake they made was sacrificing their family to make money. They put the TV show first and let it turn them into monsters. I hope people stop watching the show because I don’t think what they did to those kids is right.

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The iPhone Turn-by-Turn navigation Fight Begins
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:11 PM



Ever since the iphone 3g and it’s GPS capability there has been a need and an outcry for a turn-by-turn navigation application for iphone. With the improvements the to iphone OS it is now a possibility to do turn-by-turn navigation. The question is who will make the best navigation application and who will find themselves raking in the dough.

The first to break into the market is the AT&T Navigation application, which is going to be free, but it will require you to pay a $9.95 monthly fee to use the application. I have a huge problem with this. I don’t like paying a monthly fee for something that you can get for free with a little more upfront money. You can buy a GPS now for $50 or less and there is no reason you should have to pay $10 a month to have turn-by-turn navigation.

AT&T navigation does not load the maps from the memory it loads them in real time from the Internet. So this breeds a lot of questions. What if you are taking back roads on a trip and you loose phone signal and can’t download the maps what then? I think this is a huge problem for AT&T. They make you pay $10 a month and if you loose signal you loose your way.

At this point if you don’t already have a GPS I would say forget about iphone turn-by-turn navigation and stick with a GPS unit that has all the maps installed and don’t have to worry about getting lost when you loose signal.

There is hope however. TomTom is making a turn by turn navigation system that you buy with a special windshield dock that charges your iphone increases it’s signal and has a built in speaker for loader turn by turn commands. Oh yea and it also has a microphone for hands free dialing. You can’t get much better than that. We will see if the tomtom app is any good and if there is going to be a $10 monthly fee to use it. This in my opinion is the way to go if there isn’t a monthly fee. TomTom is going to wipe the floor with the AT&T navigation app.



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Quick and Easy Way to Get Weather updates on your iCal
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:31 PM


 I look at the weather all the time. I always want to know what is going on and what I can expect the weather to be like. One of the reasons I watch the weather is to ensure it will not interfere with my plans. Where do I keep my plans? In my iCal,  so wouldn’t it make sense to have your weather right next to what I am planning on doing.
 
There is an easy way to do this for free. In iCal you can subscribe to calendars that are published to the web. Well at wunderground.com you can search for your cities weather and then in the top right of the screen you will see a little green button that says ical. Right click the ical button and click “Copy Link Location.” After you have done that you can fire up ical and select in the top menu bar “Calender” and select “Subscribe.” Paste in the url you copied and hit subscribe.

There you have it the weather right along side your schedule. If you click on the event in the notes it will give you a short rundown of the day. This is a great way to keep track of the weather in ical and it will automaticly update for you when you want it to. To change the update setting you can right click the subscription and select “Get info” this will allow you to change how often it updates.

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Video Walk through of Snow Leopard 10.6
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:14 PM

If you are excited as I am about the new Snow Leopard OS from Apple then you are going to love this. This guy has posted on youtube a series of walk-thoughs of the new OS Snow Leopard. Apple has information about the new OS on their website if you want to get a rundown of all the new features and the new structure, however they don't have video up so this is a treat to get to see it in action. The OS in the video doesn't have all the features because it is the developers version, but some of the features are there and the guy in the video will show them to you. 

Apple is always making their OS better and better. They always have thoughtful and useful changes to their OS that make it the best and most powerful OS is the world, in my opinion :) . The upgrade is coming in September and the upgrade price is only $30. A good deal if you ask me.  

 












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Don’t have Photoshop? Use Sumo Paint online web app for free
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:27 AM

 



Photoshop is a great program that has a lot of really awesome features. The only problem is it’s $700 to get a copy of the software. I think the price is outrageous but at the same time there is nothing that can edit images quite like Photoshop. On a Mac there are a couple programs that can do some Photoshop type editing. Gimp is one and it works pretty well for standard image editing. What if you’re not on your computer or you’re on one that doesn’t have Photoshop?  

Sumo Paint is a web based image editor that looks and feels like Photoshop. It has many of the standard tools that you would find in Photoshop and is 100% web based and 100% free. Your not going to do heavy image editing on this thing but it’s great for quick fixes and for added text. The drawing tools are also pretty good and can be used make vector graphics.

The registration process takes about 2 seconds and you can immediately log in to give it a try. It’s worth the time to try it out. It may come in handy when you’re without Photoshop and you need a quick photo fix.

Sumo Paint


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The Appshelf – Keep Track of all your Applications
Monday, June 22, 2009 2:10 PM



Have you ever needed to find the serial number for an application that you purchased only to discover that you lost it? Or maybe it wasn’t lost but just hidden deep in the archives of one of your email accounts. I know I have spent my fair share of time sifting through old emails from the developer’s email that contains the license key.

Well if you are like me then you need to get Appshelf. Appshelf is an application that will keep track of all your applications and their supporting information. It will keep track of your serial numbers or licensing numbers for you so when you need to reinstall it or move the application you will always have the serial number and any other supporting information that could prove useful.

Appshelf will keep a list of our applications in alphabetical order. It will allow you store Application’s name, website, where it was purchased, version #, price, date purchased, who it’s registered to, email, serial key, and comments. You can also attach documents that are related to the applications simply by selecting the attachment tab and dragging them to the window.

Appshelf is $7 and is an asset to someone who has many applications that they need to keep tabs on. This application comes in handy when it comes to reinstalling, moving, or upgrading applications.  

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One Girl's Twitter Obsession gets Her Electrocuted
Friday, June 19, 2009 3:16 PM


A 17-year-old girl from Romania has electrocuted in the bathtub when she attempted to plug-in her dying laptop. She was on the social networking site twitter when she tried to plug-in her laptop with wet hands. She subsequently dropped the laptop into the tub and was electrocuted. She was found dead by her parents with the laptop next to here.

Okay this is not funny because she died but I have to say that was pretty dumb of her to plug in her laptop while she was in the tub. I mean come on that is like Darwin Awards worthy. Rule of thumb never have anything that is plugged into the wall with you in the tub unless you want to die. That in my opinion is just common since am I right?

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Pixar Grants a Wish to a Dying Girl
Friday, June 19, 2009 2:30 PM


Pixar animation studios have granted a wish to a dying girl. Colby Curtin was a 10-year-old girl who had a rare form of cancer. She was trying to stay alive so she could see the new Pixar Movie “UP”. Ever since Colby saw the previews she had always wanted to see it. She was too sick and could not be transported to a movie theater to see it.
 
A friend of the family made several calls to Pixar and explained the situation. Pixar showed compassion on the little girl dying of cancer and flew an employee out to Huntington Beach with a DVD copy of the movie for a private viewing of the movie. The little girl died seven hours after viewing the movie.

Stories like this one make me feel like there is still love in this world. I don’t know if Pixar was only trying to be nice for the good public relations it would stir up, but I hope they did it because they truly cared about the girl. They make kids movies they should care about their audience and the fact that she wanted to watch the movie so badly proves that Pixar is truly speaking to their audience.

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Iphone Tethering with AT&T without Jailbreak or Torrents
Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:26 PM

The internet has been a buzz about the new iphone 3gs. I have to say that I’m very excited to see it come out. The internet also has been talking about the fact that AT&T is at this point in time not supporting MMS or Tethering on the iphone.
Since AT&T is the only carrier of the iphone in the US the US is SOL when it comes to tethering. I found a blog post that showes you how to enable the tethering capabilities on your iPhone 3g.

Now I have not tried this because I’m still sporting the first gen iPhone, but the worst thing that would happen is that you have to restore your iphone’s carrier settings which takes like 5 seconds.

On a Mac:

Open terminal and paste in:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool TRUE

Hit enter, it’ll look like nothing happened… but it put iTunes into a testing mode that lets the rest work.

After that, the steps become a lot more simple.
1. Download this file (for AT&T) and mount the disk image

2. Option-click on “restore” in your iTunes with your iPhone attached. Browse to the opened disk image file and hit OK. It will update phone settings for a few seconds.

3. You have tethering. Now go into your iPhone/settings/general/network/Internet Tethering and turn it on.

How to courtesy of http://www.deathcarrot.com/2009/06/enable-tethering-shortcut-found-iphone-3-0-is-live/

There you have it. I have been hearing that this may prevent you from using your visual voicemail and the MMS but if you don’t like that you can restore your carrier setting but holding down option+restore button in itunes and getting the original carrier file in this folder   /users/yourusername/Library/iTunes/iPhone Carrier Support/ in that folder is the original .ipcc file that should fix the visual voicemail problem but will remove the tethering. ☺


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Recover Deleted Photos from your Camera
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:17 AM



Have you ever accidently deleted all your photos from your camera, only to find out that there were some that you didn’t import. I know there have been times were I left bunch of pictures on my memory card and without thinking I reformatted the card losing all the pictures. All those images are gone right. Wrong you can recover those pictures using Klix.

Klix is a memory card recovery tool that you can use with your Mac to recover any lost or deleted photos. The software is easy to use all you have to do is pop the memory card into your camera or memory reader and start up Klix. Click the start button and you’re off to the races. Klix searches the card for any pictures or video on the card and presents them in a recovery window.

Klix is able to recover just about any image format and video format from any card despite what condition it’s in. Once Klix is finshed all you have to do is drag and drop the photos onto your hard drive and your done.

Flix is $30 but I think it’s worth it if you can recover lost photos that may cause you to shoot them again.


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