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 Improves iTunes App Store Interface
Last week Apple unexpectedly made some changes to the iTunes App Store that left developers scrambling. The new interface places more emphasis on screenshots, and less on the description. In fact if you want to see all of the description you’ll first have to hit the “more” link on the page. The best addition, however, might be that you can actually add apps to a wish list so that you can easily find those apps you wanted to keep an eye on.
Demonoid is Back!
My favorite BitTorrent site, Demonoid.com, is now back online after being unavailable for several months. In September they went down due to hardware failure, and as a result lost some data. The fact that they are back online will be just the present file sharers were hoping for this holiday season.
Google Testing a “Mobile Lab” Device
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Google was really working on their own Android-powered phone, and it appears to be true. Some of the first glimpses are floating around thanks to Googlers who are apparently getting the devices in their stockings for Christmas. From what everyone has said on the hardware side of things the device is an HTC Passion… now we just have to wait for an official release from the Google gods.
Windows Live Wave 4 Screenshots
Neowin got their hands on some screenshots of the next major milestone for the Windows Live suite of applications. They only have them available for Live Messenger and Live Writer at the moment, but I’m very happy to see that Windows Live Writer 2010 will include the Office Ribbon interface. That by itself is a rather major upgrade to my favorite blogging software.
–News in Brief–
Google Suggest Enhanced
Google has decided to include instant calculator and weather results in the drop-down suggestions that you see, but only when they’re relevant.
iTunes Offers Free Holiday Songs
Apple is offering 20 free holiday songs on iTunes.
Mozilla Employee Recommends Bing
Asa Dotzler was caught recommending Bing on his blog last week due to privacy concerns with Google.
Best Windows Laptops from $400 to $1500
Gizmodo puts together their list of best Windows laptops in varying price ranges.
Droid Trumps iPhone for Time Gadget of the Year
The Motorola Droid smartphone beat out the iPhone as Time’s Gadget of the Year.
Google Speed Tracer for Web Developers
Google has released a set of tools for web developers to optimize the performance of sites.
Purchase 200GB Google Storage for $50, Get Free Eye-Fi
Just in time for the holidays Google has decided to offer a deal… buy 200GB of storage for $50 and get a free 4GB Eye-Fi SD memory card ($95 value).
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Using Netvibes as Your Feed Reader
I’ve really been getting into using Google Reader because of the number of third-party apps that have started supporting the service, and it’s been awhile since I had checked out Netvibes. After reading this review I jumped over to test out some of the latest RSS capabilities, and was pleasantly surprised at how full-fledged Netvibes is becoming in that department. Give it a whirl if you haven’t done so in a little while.
Google Chrome Quick Scroll Finds Search Terms on Page
There aren’t too many stand-out Google Chrome extensions yet, but this is one of the few I’d put in that category. It recognizes when you click a link from a Google Search, and helps highlight those terms on the page you land on.
–Tips in Brief–
How to Make a Portable Version of Winamp
Take your Winamp library with you on your USB drive by using these instructions.
Add a Spotlight to Your Desktop
This may not be the most useful thing in the world, but it has it’s place. Maybe you are doing a presentation and want something to standout on the screen… this will do the trick.
Lifehacker’s Most Popular How-To Articles
Lifehacker rounds up their best how-to posts from the last year, such as building an Xbox Media Center PC.
Command-Line Surfing in Firefox or Chrome
Keyboard junkies will find peace in using Gleebox in their browser, which brings a command-line interface for common tasks.
Free and Easy Backup Utility
Backup your entire PC using the free Macrium program.
Download Info in Your Firefox Statusbar
Keep an eye on your Firefox downloads from the Statusbar.
Save Picasa Albums to Your Computer
This app will actually let you download images from any Picasa user’s account.
Bulk Download Your Google Docs
Grab all of your Google Docs in one swoop… up to 2GB at a single time.
Monitor Disk Speed
Check how your hard drives are performing (in terms of read/write speed) with this quick and easy tool.
Windows Device Manager Replacement
Get some additional tools to help with the management of drivers and devices.