Google Docs Mobile Now Available | Lifehacker Australia
Google launches Docs Mobile, a slimmed-down view of Google Docs and Spreadsheets for your handheld. At the top of the narrow page is a search box, followed by a list of recent documents with links to view (but not edit) spreadsheets and documents (presentations are not viewable.) You can also navigate folders, and move between rows and columns or to a particular cell in spreadsheet view
Gmail gets IMAP - Download Squad
Why is IMAP integration a good thing for Gmail? POP was a stepping stone, but IMAP pushes Gmails benefits over the top. With IMAP, users can now access their email via a desktop application like Outlook or Thunderbird, read emails, make changes, delete, and have the changes made across platforms. So if you now log into your Gmail account, the message which you read in Thunderbird, will now be marked accordingly. No more wasting time trying to sift through emails that had already been answered.
Prepare Your Mac for Leopard | Lifehacker Australia
Macworld says there are a few things you can do to clean up and prepare your Mac before you take the leap to OS X 10.5 Leopard. Install the latest versions of your current applications (many are rolling out Leopard updates), clean up your hard drive, uninstall unneeded software, run the Apple hardware test and repair your hard drive using Disk Utility. The list of file and folder deletion candidates is especially impressive.
Recover a Deleted Word Document | Lifehacker Australia
Weblog Hack College lists 10 ways you may be able to recover an accidentally deleted Word document, including searching your hard drive for Word's AutoRecover backup file
Mimic OS X's Finder Sidebar in Windows Explorer | Lifehacker Australia
The default Windows Explorer sidebars—generally either the System Tasks and Other Places view or the file system tree—are handy ways to navigate your filesystem, but if you're an ex-Mac user or you would prefer a Mac-like favourites sidebar that lets you define what folders you want quick access to via drag and drop, weblog UneasySilence's simple guide to mimicking OS X's Finder Sidebar in Windows Explorer is for you. By installing a program called Finder style and performing a simple registry tweak, you can turn your sidebar into an attractive, customizable point of access to all of your most used folders.
How to create a bootable Win XP SP3 CD | Lifehacker Australia
The release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 is coming up, and APC magazine has published a guide on how to create a bootable XP SP3 CD. The tutorial uses Bart's Boot Image Extractor and Nero Burning Rom, but emphasises that you should wait for the official release of SP3 - as the beta's product activation code is bugged and won't accept any key you type in. Oh, and - it'll be a while - SP3 has no official release date yet, but is expected in the first half of 2008.
TED | TEDBlog: 100 Websites You Should Know and Use
Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH, offered an ultra-fast-moving ride through sites in many different areas, from art, design and illustration, to daily news, blogs and curiosity. Here's his list of 100 websites you should know and use. Categories: CURIOSITY & KNOWLEDGE, GRAPHICS, MUSIC & ARTS, E-COMMERCE EXPERIENCE, SEARCHING & FINDING, ONLINE RESOURCES, TOP INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE CREATORS
Joost Coming To The Browser?
Joost CEO Mike Volpi just suggested on stage at Web 2.0 that Joost is working on a browser-based version of its peer-to-peer Internet TV service. “At some point, when we can deliver the quality that Joost is known for, we will deliver an in-browser experience,” he told the audience here. Asked if he faces any legacy issues, since Joost is based on a peer-to-peer client that must currently be downloaded, his answer was that it is possible to separate the file-sharing from the viewing experience and that in fact Joost is working on just such a browser-based solution. It’s not clear whether people would still need to download a separate piece of software to do the P2P file-streaming or whether that could just be a browser plug-in. But with in-browser Flash video about to get a whole lot better over the next few months, Joost will have to respond with its own browser-based experience.
Entire Daily Show archive goes online - Boing Boing
Viacom has announced that it's going to post the entire eight-year Daily Show archive, with advertising, to the web, and include with it a bunch of community and mash-up features. This is great news -- but can Viacom deliver a service that's 0.25% as good as YouTube (whom they're suing for $1 billion)?
BBC NEWS | Business | Apple to open up iPhone software
"We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users," said Mr Jobs. He added that it would take until February to release a software development kit (SDK), as Apple both wanted to "provide an advanced and open platform", at the same time as protecting iPhone users from viruses and privacy attacks. The SDK will also allow developers to make applications for the iPod touch, which uses the same underlying architecture as the iPhone.
P2P vs Radiohead's "free" Rainbows: why P2P can be a hard habit to break
Radiohead's innovative digital distribution arrangement for their new album, In Rainbows, lets people pay whatever they want for the music, including nothing at all. Despite that, BitTorrent swapping of the album has been on the level of other major releases. Are people really so cheap that they won't even register with the band in order to snag a free download? The answer appears to be yes.
Shopping: Buy the Right Size TV to Fit Your Space
If you're finally taking the plunge to the world of HDTV, it's tempting to go out and buy the biggest screen you can afford. But before you whip out your wallet and plop down for a 65-inch HDTV, make sure you take your practical viewing distance into account with CNET's simple TV-viewing distances chart. For example, if you want to buy that 65 incher, you'd better be able to veg out at least 8.1 feet away from the screen.
Featured Early Adopter Download: Instantbird 0.1 is Like Firefox for Chat
Free, open source application Instantbird aims to do for chat what Firefox does for the browser. Based on the same tools used to create Firefox and Thunderbird, Instantbird should ultimately be just as extensible as the former—which means IM customization will be as simple as installing a Firefox extension. Right now Instantbird connects to virtually any IM network and supports a tabbed chat interface. Beyond that, the application is still very barebones, but its upcoming features are very exciting. Aside from the basics you'd expect from any chat app (like status notifications, contact management, and IM notifications), the ultimate roadmap for Instantbird includes video and voice support. What's most exciting, though, is the possibility that the chat application will be subject to the same community of creative extension developers that make Firefox such a killer browser—so that Instantbird can easily be customized to deliver exactly what you want from it. Instantbird is free, works with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's still a very young app, so this one's for the early adopters.
Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system similar to Knoppmyth or Mythdora. Currently, it is a recognized as a community supported project by Canonical. Mythbuntu can be used to install a stand alone Frontend, Backend, or combination machines. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to the Ubuntu Community. This allows easy conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months shortly after Ubuntu releases.
Nokia's S60 Touch Interface announced - Engadget
Nokia is showing off their new S60 Touch Interface at the Symbian Smartphone Show. The touch-interface supports haptic feedback and accepts both finger and stylus inputs depending upon the display technology used.The press release is out and with it, more information about the new S60 software: existing S60 3rd Edition apps will run on touch-enabled devices unmodified (but can be further enhanced); generic proximity and light sensors supported; a UI Accelerator Toolkit enables "impressive" graphical effects; and Flash Video will be supported in the S60 web browser. Available to S60 device manufacturers "during 2008."
Nokia N810 gets official - Engadget
# Same 4.13-nch WVGA (800 x 480), 65k color display as the N800, brightness increased by ~20% # GPS with particular focus on the "context sensitive web" via Ovi # 2GB internal storage (not including memory cards), ships with maps for use with GPS # Has WiFi (802.11b/g), does not have WiMAX # Bluetooth (2.0+ EDR) DUNs to capable phones, totally Foleo-like # 400MHz OMAP 2420 CPU, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM # Integrated frontal camera, ambient light sensor, mini USB 2.0, hardware lock switch # Plays back video: 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, ASF, WMV, MPEG-1/4, Real video; audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, Real audio, WAV # Battery life aimed at 4 hours of "typical use" (movies, music, internet access, etc.), 10 hours music only, and up to 2 weeks totally idle time, and 5 days active standby ("improved compared to previous generation devices") # Runs Nokia's Linux Maemo interface (duh) # 5 x 2.83 x 0.55-inches, 7.97 ounces # Ships in November
Chumby ships to early orderers - Boing Boing
The Chumby -- a squeezable wireless beanbag computer -- is finally shipping! The little beanbag is completely open -- from the flat-pattern for the bag, to the firmware for the device -- and the way it works is, you subscribe to any of hundreds of "widgets" that Chumby hackers have made and published. Though the Chumby isn't generally for sale yet, people who signed up for early notice of it are getting information for buying one today.
Apple releases Leopard guided tour video
demo some of Leopard's key selling points like the new Desktop, Stacks, Cover Flow, Quick Look, Time Machine, and more. Fortunately, the narrator also covers some of the finer details of each feature, such as the ability to customize how Stacks order files and the "Back to my Mac" feature of the new Finder for .Mac members.
Apple - Mac OS X Leopard - Features - 300+ New Features
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Microsoft Concedes in European Antitrust Case - New York Times
Microsoft said it would not pursue a final appeal to the European Court of Justice, which could have drawn the case out another two to three years. Microsoft said it would make the server protocols available for purchase through its Web site, www.microsoft.com/protocols. Under the agreement, software developers will only pay a one-time fee of 10,000 euros, or $14,300, to gain access to Microsoft’s communications protocols, which specify how to exchange data between Windows and rival products. These protocols are trade secrets, not patents. If competitors want to license Microsoft’s patents, they must pay a per-unit royalty of 0.4 percent of the value of the product sold. Microsoft had originally demanded 5.95 percent of sales as royalties.
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