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.
Amazon Has Great Holiday Season
During Amazon’s busiest day this holiday season, Dec. 15th, they were selling a record-breaking 72.9 items per second. What was hot this year? Well, 17 out of the top 25 laptops sold were sub-$500 netbooks.
New 17″ MacBook Pro Coming Soon
Reports are rolling in that a revamped 17″ MacBook Pro should be coming soon at MacWorld, and for whatever reason it won’t have a removable battery. Apple did the same thing with the MacBook Air, but I don’t think consumers will be as forgiving if they decide to do this with a MacBook Pro.
Google Puts Easter Egg in Their iPhone App
The Google Mobile iPhone app has an Easter Egg in it that reveals some hidden settings. While most of the settings are frivolous there is one that lets you actually have links open within the app, instead of in Safari. Why the heck would they hide a useful feature like this?
Wikipedia Raises $6 Million
If you’ve donated to Wikipedia recently you’ll be happy to know that your contribution is part of the $6 million they’ve raised to help power the site until June 30th, 2009. There were 125,000 people who donated about $4 million, and they also received a few major gifts totaling $2 million. The money will be used for servers, hosting, bandwidth, and the staff of 23 people.
Firefox Considered Most Vulnerable App
Many people I know use Firefox because they’re told it’s the most secure browser, but this report says otherwise. In fact it puts it at the top of the list for being the most vulnerable app of 2008. Others on the list include Flash, Skype, Norton, and QuickTime.
IE 8 Final Coming in March 2009?
Current pre-release versions of Internet Explorer 8 Beta will expire on March 31st, 2009, and conveniently Microsoft’s MIX09 conference lands just two-weeks prior to that. You might recall that the first IE 8 Beta was posted during MIX08 this year, which may be a good indication that Internet Explorer 8 will be released sometime in March?
–Special: Windows 7 News–
Windows 7 Beta Leaked
Shortly after the holidays the Windows 7 Beta that is expected to be released by Microsoft this month was leaked. The build, which has since been confirmed as genuine, is being shared by thousands of P2P users.
Windows 7 Handles App Crashes Better
In Windows 7 instead of making a user close a frozen application there will now be an option to cancel the non-responsive command. It will try and let the user continue on with the program so that there is minimal data lost.
Windows 7 Performance Beats Vista & XP
A lot of people are expecting Windows 7 to be great in terms of performance, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be disappointed. According to these real-world tests Windows 7 trumps both Vista and XP in about 21 of the 23 tests
Full Windows 7 Beta Review
Want to know what the Windows 7 Beta is like without grabbing it yourself? This review walks through a lot of the changes so that you can have a glimpse of what the future holds.
Windows 7 Beta EULA Surprises
Ed Bott dove head first into Microsoft’s Windows 7 license agreement to see what kind of surprises it had. He found things like users being allowed to install the Beta on as many machines as they want, the August 1st expiration date, and not being allowed to disclose benchmarks of the operating system.
XP Lovers will Hate Windows 7?
This article is very much true… if you’re still holding on to Windows XP because you’re resisting change you’ll also want to stay away from Windows 7. If, however, you’re already familiar with Vista the learning curve should be minimal.
Windows 7 Taskbar vs. Vista Taskbar in Pixels
The Windows 7 Taskbar looks like it’s bigger than the Taskbar we’re used to seeing in Vista, but is it? There is a small icons mode which is actually the same size (30px high) as Vista, but Windows 7 also offers a large icons mode (40px high). That means you don’t have to give up the extra space to large icons unless you really want to.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Using the Prius as an Emergency Generator
When a man’s power went out in Massachusetts he turned to his Toyota Prius as a power source. Thanks to a power inverter, about 5 gallons of gas, and his hybrid Prius he was able to run lights, a refrigerator, and several other items for three days.
Upload Photos to Picasa via Live Photo Gallery
Flickr users have been able to take advantage of the built-in uploading capabilities that Windows Live Photo Gallery offers. Thanks to this handy plugin Picasa users can get the same simplicity from the program.
Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Firefox Bookmarks
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to make yourself more productive, and with this simple Firefox extension you can create the shortcuts for any of your bookmarks.
Top 10 Android Apps of 2008
Gizmodo has assembled what they believe are the top 10 Android apps currently available. In the mix includes an SMS chat application that resembles the iPhone, a barcode scanner, power manager, visual voicemail, and more.
Two Simple Screenshot Utilities for Windows
If the Print Screen button in Windows doesn’t quite cut it you may want to checkout these two free utilities. They are simple to use, let you annotate your screenshots, and much more.
- 7-Zip 4.64 [Mirror]
- Avant Browser 11.7.21 [Mirror]
- BurnAware Free 2.2.1 [Mirror]
- DVDFab 126.96.36.199 [Mirror]
- FileZilla 3.2.0 RC2 [Mirror ]
- Flock 2.0.3 [Mirror]
- Foobar2000 0.9.6.1 [Mirror]
- Foxit Reader 3.0.1301 [Mirror]
- Gimp 2.6.4 [Mirror]
- GOM Player 188.8.131.5225 [Mirror]
- K-Meleon 1.5.2 [Mirror]
- MediaCoder 0.6.2.4240 [Mirror]
- MediaMonkey 184.108.40.2067 Beta [Mirror]
- Miranda 0.8.0.26 Beta [Mirror]
- Notepad++ 5.1.3 [Mirror]
- Recuva 1.22.384 [Mirror]
- Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 [Mirror]
- TrueCrypt 6.1a [Mirror]
- UltraVNC 18.104.22.168 [Mirror]