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.
Google Ditching Gears for HTML5
The Google Gears blog announced that they are not only discontinuing support for Safari, but they will also not be adding any new features to Gears going forward. They will continue to support Firefox and IE for now, but their main focus is on using technologies like HTML5 to provide the same experiences that Google Gears offers but without the additional software.
The Windows Browser Ballot Screen
Starting this week Microsoft, in an attempt to appease the European Commission, will be rolling out a “browser ballot” screen to European Windows users. The rollout will be pushed through Windows Update to anyone that has IE set as their default browser, and will present you with various different browsers you can pick from including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Please note that this is not just a Windows 7 thing. Windows XP and Vista users will also be presented with the ballot screen upon installation of the update.
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Dark Knight Cammer Gets 2 Years in Prison
An individual who had video recorded Dark Knight in the theater was caught, and will serve 2 years in prison as a result of various movie piracy acts he was a part of.
Google Shopper Gets Prices by Image or Barcode
The Google Shopper Android app will let you search for books, CDs, DVDs, and games simply by taking a picture of their barcode or cover.
More Google Reader Recommendations
Google Reader suggests even more sites that you may be interested in following.
Matt Mullenweg talks about the 110 minutes of downtime for over 10 million of their hosted blogs.
Apple Increases Over-the-Air Download Limit
Apple now lets you download up to 20MB apps and/or media from iTunes from any Edge/3G network on your iPhone.
Sneak Peek at a Minor Google Calendar Redesign
TechCrunch got their hands on a screenshot of what an upcoming redesign for Google Calendar entails, but before you get too excited I should tell you that the changes are rather minor.
Google Acquires reMail iPhone App
Google acquired an iPhone app called reMail who’s technology makes it possible to search for emails much faster than any other method.
Android Shipping on 60,000 Handsets Per Day
Google’s CEO announced at Mobile World Congress that over 60,000 Androiod-powered handsets are shipping each day.
Verizon to Allow Unlimited Skype Calling Over 3G
Starting next month Verizon customers will be able to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls over the carrier’s 3G network.
Windows Phone 7 Series: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
BetaNews covers a lot of good points about the Windows Phone 7, and rightfully points out how not shipping these devices until later in the year could have some adverse side affects.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Download Command & Conquer Classics for Free
The Command & Conquer series of computer games have always been entertaining to me, and I tend to purchase new ones as they are released. While we’re waiting for new games, however, there’s nothing like reminiscing with some of the classics including Tiberian Sun, Tiberian Dawn, and Red Alert. To my amazement EA has been kind enough to post those games online, and are available for free via download. Ahh the memories.
TinyPad: Notepad Replacement with Online Synchronization
A lot of Notepad replacements have been forgetting about the simplicity that Notepad is supposed to represent. When I first saw TinyPad it helped revive some of that simplicity by not having a dozen different menus with hundreds of different options you can choose from. At the same time TinyPad throws in some nice text formatting options to put it more on par with WordPad, and can even sync with an online service to make sharing your notes incredibly easy. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a text fiend.
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Top 10 Windows Media Center Plug-Ins
Lifehacker covers a variety of Media Center plug-ins and hacks that help make your experience much better.
Unlock Hidden Themes in Windows 7
Microsoft ships Windows 7 with themes designed for several different countries, but by default most of them will be hidden. This is how you can “unlock” them.
How to Install the New Digsby Without the Crapware
We’ve covered this before, but thought it is important to reiterate that you need to be careful when installing Digsby.
New Mail Notifications in Linux
These are two great apps you can use for checking your email from all your various accounts.
A Dual-Pane Windows Explorer
We’ve seen some dual-pane Windows Explorer apps before, but this is one of the few that are truly free.
Run XP Mode on Windows 7 Without Hardware Virtualization
This thorough guide explains how you can get around the hardware virtualization limitation in Windows 7 using VMWare Player.
Unlock Files and Folders with Tizer Unlocker
This is another free utility you can use to unlock files and/or folders that are in use by an app.
- Firefox 3.5.8 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Foobar2000 1.0.1 Beta 1 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1959 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 2 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Opera 10.50.3260 Beta [Homepage] [Mirror]
- PeaZip 3.0.0 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Pidgin 2.6.6 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- RSSOwl 2.04 RC 1 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- SeaMonkey 2.0.3 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- uTorrent 220.127.116.1144 Beta [Homepage] [Mirror]