Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.
Apple iPad Hands-On Video
Last week Apple announced their new iPad device that will be available by the end of March 2010, and some people have had the chance to get hands-on time with it. The videos and demonstrations I’ve seen have left me rather unimpressed, but they say that it’s all about the experience you have when using it. The iPad is said to be fast, intuitive, and has a great form factor… and I’ll have to reserve my final judgement until I can actually try it out.
Google Chrome 4.0 Released for Windows
All Windows users can now enjoy the use of extensions and bookmark syncing in the Google Chrome browser. Early last week Google released Chrome 4.0 that included these milestone features, which Beta testers have been enjoying for quite some time. What may even more important is the fact that there’s a 42% performance improvement over the previous stable version, and a 400% improvement since Chrome 1.0.
Avast 5.0 (Free) Gets Heuristics & Performance Improvements
I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials as my antivirus of choice for a little while now, but before that was available I was using (and strongly recommending) Avast. It has always been pretty light on resources, and the new version 5 is even better in that regard. Plus they are finally including heuristics, which means the software will be able to detect viruses that aren’t even included in the definitions list.
–News in Brief–
Google Offers Rewards for Chrome Vulnerabilities that are Found
Google will pay out up to $1337 for vulnerabilities that users find in the Chrome web browser.
Nexus One Censors Speech-to-Text Input
The Android OS censors speech input to make sure it doesn’t mistakingly recognize normal words as swear words.
Sandbox Apps with the Free Comodo Internet Security 4
Run your programs in an isolated environment using the free Comodo Internet Security 4 (currently in the Beta stage).
Bing Search Engine Adds Recipe Interface
Bing will show recipes whenever you are searching for food-related terms that it detects.
Users Still Have Insecure Passwords
32 million passwords were posted a few weeks ago from a hacked site, RockYou, and analysis shows that 1% of them used “123456.”
Bill Gates Launches New Site
The Gates Notes is a site started by Bill Gates to cover his foundation and other items/ideas he would like to publicly address. It seems a bit too formal to me though… I would have liked to seen it be more of a casual blog.
Firefox 3.6 Available
The new version of Firefox includes performance enhancements, personas, and more.
IPv4 Addresses Reaching Critical Stage
Less than 10% of IPv4 addresses remain available, and it’s expected that they’ll run out in 2012.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Weave 1.0: Powerful Syncing for Firefox
Weave has grown very quickly to become the ultimate synchronization tool for any Firefox user. It is able to sync your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history, and tabs across all instances of the browser (regardless of platform). All of your information is securely stored in an encrypted format, and is kept with Mozilla which should give you some peace of mind.
Google Reader Can Watch Any Page for Changes Now
In my eyes Google Reader just got a feature that definitely sets it apart from all other feed readers… it can watch any page for changes. All you have to do is tell Google what URL you want to monitor, and if there’s no RSS feed available it will automatically try to generate a feed that you can use to track changes.
–Tips in Brief–
Advanced Spell Check Add-on for Firefox
After the Deadline is a Firefox extension that can perform spelling and advanced grammatical checking in text fields.
Turn Any Site into a Desktop Widget with Snippage
Snippage is an Adobe AIR-powered application that lets you select portions of a site you want converted into a desktop widget, much like what Safari can do on a Mac.
FreshStart Chrome Extension Syncs Sessions
By default Chrome is only capable of syncing bookmarks, but with this add-on you can sync your browser’s sessions/tabs.
Firefox 3.6 Tips & Tricks
Firefox 3.6 isn’t too big of an overhaul, and so there isn’t a lot of earth-shattering tips that haven’t already been available for previous version. These are a few that you may want to check out though.
7 Sites to Search for Album Cover Art
This is a list of various sources you can use to find cover art for your music albums.
Official Google Voice Extension for Chrome Available
Google has an official extension available for their browser that gives you direct access to some of Google Voice’s features.
Chromium Nightly Builds Adds “Phantom Tabs”
A new feature in nightly Chromium builds let you close pinned tabs and release the memory they are consuming, but their icons will remain behind for easy access.
Protect Your Computer from “Little Hands” with KidSafe
This app will let you “lock” your computer so that little kids won’t get in and start moving/deleting files without you realizing it. These kind of apps are also handy for when you want to clean your keyboard.
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