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Opera 9 Beta 2

Opera 9 Beta 2 is now ready for download. Take a peek at what’s to come to the world of Web Browsers. With integrated torrent support, widgets, content blocking, thumbnail preview, customized search and improved standards support, browsing hasn’t looked so good.

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May 23, 2006 Posted by | Browsers, Web | Leave a comment

Windows Media Player 11 beta

Download windows Media Player 11 beta for windows XP

Windows Media Player 11 Beta

if u downloaded it and cant install it cause u dont have a genuine winows copy, do the steps below and ull be enjoying the new media player in no time

1) Extract installer (mpsetup.exe), using WinRAR

2) run "wmfdist11.exe" in folder (not setup_wm.exe)

3) restart your pc,

4) run "wmp11.exe"

5) run the wmp shortcut

now u have media player 11…enjoy !!!

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May 17, 2006 Posted by | software, Windows | 48 Comments

Skype out for free

“Calls to friends and family on Skype have always been free. Now we’ve
made calls within the US and Canada to all phones totally free till the
end of the year. Starting from today it doesn’t matter if it’s a
Skype-to-Skype call or a call to landline or mobile phone – it’s free
as long as you’re calling from within the US or Canada to US or
Canadian phone number.” Totally awesome.

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May 16, 2006 Posted by | Web | Leave a comment

Firefox 2.0 alpha 2

Mozilla has released a 2nd alpha version of Firefox 2.0. As usual, this release is not recommended for any kind of serious use, but if you’re salivating at some of the new version’s features, check out what has been incorporated in this 2nd development milestone:

 * Links default to opening in new tabs, not new windows

* Close buttons now appear on every tab, and the close behavior is slightly different
* Inline spell checking in text boxes (Works well, though apparently not on all sites yet)
 * Automatic restoration of your browsing session if there is a crash
* Search suggestions now appear in the search box auto-complete for Google and Yahoo!

* New search plugin manager for removing and re-ordering search engines

* Improved support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
* New microsummaries feature for bookmarks (Really interesting new feature)

* New Add-Ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes

* Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions

* New search service that supports Sherlock and OpenSearch engines

* Support for SVG text using svg:textPath

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May 14, 2006 Posted by | Browsers, Web | Leave a comment

Phot contacts

As of yesterday  Google announced they are now rolling out contact pictures to Gmail, with some special sauce to boot. Not only will you be able to add pictures to contacts and see them in their emails you receive, but users can suggest pictures for each other. If you don’t see these features in your Gmail account yet, have patience, grasshopper. Google said they’re rolling these out to accounts over time, though they didn’t specify an ETA for when they’ll be done.

Another handy but less whiz-bang feature Gmail rolled out is sound for chat windows. You’ll receive a ping for new chat messages now, and this feature is enabled by default (you can toggle it in the prefs). Oddly, you need to have Flash enabled in order to hear the ping.

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May 12, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Windows live messanger public beta

At long last Microsoft has opened beta-testing of Windows Live Messenger, formerly known as MSN Messenger 8, to the public. The biggest new features are Sharing Folders, the fruits of Microsoft’s acquistion of FolderShare, which aims to simplify sharing photos and files with your contacts, and Windows Live Call, a pre-paid service that lets you call regular phones, a la SkypeOut, via Verizon. Also new is a simplified interface, integrated MSN Video (I’m still not sure who wants this), and a semi-customizable GUI. To get in on the beta you’ll have to have a (free) Passport account, natch.

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May 10, 2006 Posted by | Web, Windows | 11 Comments

WiFi umbrella

We’re often at a loss as to why the citizens of earth deem it necessary to partake in these “outdoors” of which they speak, but if such an action must be done, might we recommend a WiFi umbrella to help combat the elements? The premise is pretty simple, the umbrella handle has an LED that glows based on the likelihood of precipitation, so instead of taking the 30 seconds necessary to look up the weather on the Internet, or sticking your head out of a window, you can just glance at your umbrella on the way out. Sounds a lot like Ambient’s Weather Forecasting Umbrella, but beyond looking just plain snazzier, this version pulls all its information off of your Internet via WiFi. It really sounds like quite the functional use of usually superfluous technology, even if it is just a clever ploy to draw us outside for our demise. No word on price or availability.

[Via – Engadget ]

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May 4, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mac OS X with integrated BitTorrent support

Mac OS Rumors says that according to some of their “oldest and most reliable sources,” Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” will be shipping with an integrated BitTorrent system that will be utilized for delivering software updates and iTunes content. For sharing their bandwidth, Leopard users would get rewards like credit at the iTunes Music Store and Apple would save “hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars per year” in bandwidth costs. Head over to Mac OS Rumors for the full story.

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May 4, 2006 Posted by | software | 1 Comment

Windows Vista to be delayed even longer?

Another significant delay for Windows Vista would drop it firmly into the vaporware category right next to Duke Nukem Forever, but that’s what analysts are saying is about to happen. Research firm Gartner Inc. says that Vista’s release date will slip by at least three more months, making a consumer release fall in Q2 ’07, between April and June. Microsoft disagrees, however, saying that it’s still on track for November and January release for the corporate and retail markets, respectively. Gartner is almost nonchalant about its projected delay, however, saying that a slip to March (March? Didn’t you just say April-June?) would be nowhere near as bad as the slip to January that has already put Vista out of Christmas shopping territory.

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May 4, 2006 Posted by | Windows | Leave a comment