Mozilla has announced the availability of the first Mobile Firefox alpha release. The project, which is codenamed Fennec, aims to bring the desktop Firefox browsing experience to mobile devices like MIDs and phone handsets. This early alpha release delivers a compelling user interface and demonstrates the impressive scope of the browser’s potential on diminutive devices, but suffers from performance limitations and instability that reflect the need for significant refinement before it’s mature enough for mainstream adoption.
Startup chipmaker hopes to hook enterprise with 1Gbps WiFi
Startup chipmaker Quantenna Communications says that it can push 1Gbps over regular WiFi without defying the laws of physics. This isn’t as hyped up as it sounds at first glance. The company’s initial goal is to cover houses with a combination of high bandwidth and mesh networking, making it possible to push multiple streams of video and data without glitches at slower rates—as fast as 100 to 200Mbps. Their future sights are set on the enterprise market where 1Gbps might mean something.
40 brilliant Gmail hints, hacks and secrets | News | TechRadar UK
Gmail goes from strength to strength as Google rolls out new features every few months.We’ve dug deep to bring you 40 top tips that’ll make you a Gmail super-user, with total control over every aspect of the service.
How to Improve Your iTunes Experience (Part 1) [Mac Only] | MakeUseOf.com
I love my music and everything else that goes along with it. I love the fact that in my iTunes, every song is properly labelled, is nicely arranged alphabetically by artist and have their particular album artwork attached in high resolution. It is so much easier to search for the songs you want when almost all the fields (i.e. genre, artist, album, year) are completed. Every little bit of information helps Genius to find the songs which match the ones you are listening to, creating a playlist which suits your current musical mood.I grimace when I browse though some of my friends’ playlists and most of the songs are labelled “Track 1, Track 2…. Untitled Artist”. They must have some kind of ESP or monumental memorizing ability to remember what track is by which artist.
Listening to music on iTunes can be more than simply “listening”. It can turn into a pretty interactive hobby which for me, has become an obsession. A fairly rewarding one, at least. Here’s how you can convert from mere music-listening to actively interacting and expanding your music experience. In this part 1, I’ll show you how to enjoy your current music collection.
25 essential Firefox add-ons for power users | News | TechRadar UK
A bare copy of Firefox is a wonderful thing, but when you start stuffing it with add-ons it gets even better.So what are the best add-ons for power users? Here’s our top 25:
Featured Download: LastPass Adds Form Filler, Syncs Form Profiles and Passwords
Windows/Mac/Linux: Previously mentioned Firefox extension and Internet Explorer plugin LastPass has updated, adding an automatic form filler to help you save more time filling out forms on the web. We’ve been on a bit of a password syncing kick lately, what with Foxmarks adding support for password syncing and our own guide to syncing passwords with Dropbox, but LastPass’ seamless browser integration for syncing both passwords and forms could attract a lot of people. After all, these useful features earned LastPass its honorable mention in our Hive Five Best Password Managers less than a week after we covered it. LastPass is a free download, works anywhere Firefox and IE do.
Featured Firefox Extension: Foxmarks Updates, Adds Password Syncing
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Popular bookmark-syncing Firefox extension Foxmarks has expanded to support password syncing between your browsers. Many of you have been looking for a good way to sync your passwords since Google discontinued Browser Sync, and now Foxmarks is filling that very need. We told you Foxmarks had been testing password sync a few weeks ago, and now the latest version of the extension bears the fruits of that labor. Once you’ve updated, syncing your passwords is as simple as ticking the checkbox next to Passwords in the Sync tab of the Foxmarks preferences. You’ll need to set a pin to secure your passwords (Foxmarks uses AES 256-bit encryption), but Foxmarks takes care of the rest. It’s not as comprehensive as syncing your passwords with Dropbox and KeePass or 1Password since Foxmarks only syncs browser passwords, but if that’s all you need, this one’s a winner.
Google Operating System: How to start a linked YouTube video at a specific
Digg - 52 Things To Do With Google
You can do a lot more than search the web with Google nowadays, from reading newspapers in languages you don’t speak to seeing the natural habitat of Komodo dragons.
Asustek to introduce Eee motherboards - TechSpot News
Asustek’s success with the Eee has led them to expand the line in numerous fashions, from creating desktop PC versions to making higher-power ultra slim versions available.
Now, Asustek is planning to expand the Eee line even further, with the introduction of Asustek Eee motherboards. No system specifications are available yet, but it’s easy to imagine that the boards would be similar in spec to existing Eee hardware. It’ll be interesting to see where they intend to compete with this board. They will most likely go up against the Atom and Pico-ITX platform.
Future Eee projects include potential touch screen units and more. What was just a short while ago nothing more than a cheap laptop has turned into an entire portfolio of hardware.
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Cocoa Finder and 64-Bit Changes - Mac Rumors
With the broad seeding of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, a few more details have been revealed about the direction Apple is going with Snow Leopard. According to the seed notes, Apple is migrating more towards Cocoa (rather than Carbon) and continues the transitioning of Mac OS X to 64-bit operating system. AppleInsider recently explored some of the details surrounding the changes.
Apple states that almost all user-facing applications in Mac OS X have been written in Cocoa with Finder being the notable exception. Apple will finally be migrating Finder to Cocoa in Snow Leopard. Despite Cocoa having a reputation amongst end-users that it is "better" than Carbon, AppleInsider notes that both will continue to coexist.
For users, the move to Cocoa means that applications will have more consistent appearance and behavior. Apps that make use of standardized interface controls rather than building their own will not only be more familiar, but users will also benefit from the code exercise and reuse, which removes bugs and allows for centralized optimizations. In other words, Apple can address user interface problems that in turn impact all apps.
Apple is, however, focusing on Cocoa and is now requiring 64-bit applications to make the switch from Carbon. This new requirement announced at the 2007 WWDC caught some developers off-guard and is why Adobe's Photoshop CS4 remains a 32-bit application, while Windows CS4 already offers 64-bit support.
Apple - Business - Theater
Apple Shortcuts explained
plus a whole bunch of other interesting tid bits including Leopard server stuff
People Over Process » Getting used to a Mac - Applications and Behaviors for Every Day Use & Work
Much more so than when I used Windows, I use tons of third party applications on the Mac. On the one hand this is a (positive) testament to the integrated nature of Windows, on the other, it’s a testament to the vibrant third party ecosystem in Mac land.
There is no great, over-riding care for open source on the Mac as there is on Linux desktops. That said, there are many applications that are open source and still more that seem to follow the pre-OSS philosophies of freeware and shareware. What this means is that you often have to pay for software, but it’s also often free. The payments are trivial (usually US$5-30) and, at the same time, the open source software is often high quality.
Here are applications I often recommend for “business users” switching to Macs:
This program is a companion for iTunes (Windows XP or Vista).
Are you frustrated that iTunes does not automatically detect new tracks in certain nominated folders and add them to the library automatically? This program does exactly that. It allows you to set up "Watch Folders" and to evaluate whether there are any new tracks in them which do not exist in iTunes, and allows you to add them selectively or fully automatically.
Firefly Media Server :: Home Page
The purpose of this project is built the best server software to serve digital music to the Roku Soundbridge and iTunes; to be able to serve the widest variety of digital music content over the widest range of devices. Current stable releases have been reported to run on Linux, all the BSDs, Solaris, AIX, and a variety of embedded devices such as the Linksys NSLU2, the Maxtor MSS, and the Buffalo Linkstation, to name but a few.
Current beta (or "nightly") versions run on Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP, as well.
Anapod Explorer™ iPod Software, iPod Backup, iTunes Alternative, iPod Transfer, iPod Manager, iPod Management, iPod Explorer, iPod Utility, iTunes Replacement, iPod Copy, iPod Freeware, iPod Managing, PC Software, Windows Software, Windows Vista Software,
Anapod Explorer, our flagship iPod product, is composed of Anapod Explorer itself, Anapod CopyGear, and Anapod PhotoSync. Anapod offers iPod management through full Windows Explorer integration under My Computer, drag and drop iPod copy, iPod transfer and iPod backup, PDA function support, photo and video transfer, web page interface access to your iPod through a built-in web server, search and reporting capabilities using a built-in SQL database
Hamachi Features From LogMeIn
LogMeIn Hamachi is a flexible VPN service that enables anyone to easily connect multiple internet-enabled computers into their own secure virtual network.
Jing Project: Visual conversation starts here. Mac or Windows.
The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere. It's free.
Password Manager + Automatic Form Filler for Mac OS X
Too Many Passwords to Remember?