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.
Another Browser Migrates to WebKit
The WebKit rendering engine is on a roll. Safari started the whole thing, and then Google Chrome thought it would be good to use, then just recently Maxthon followed up with support, and now Epiphany. Sure, Epiphany may not be the most popular browser since it’s Linux-only, but that’s besides the point. What this shows is a growing trend of browsers migrating over to WebKit, which could prove to be a positive thing for users. If WebKit is established as a common rendering engine we may start to see an increasing number of sites making sure they work well with it. We might finally be able to pick a browser based upon the features it offers instead of whether it can display sites properly.
Phoenix BIOS Boots PC in Seconds
Phoenix has developed a BIOS that can “POST” in a mere one second, which leads to an overall fast boot time. They used a Lenovo T400s with an SSD, and it was able to reach a useable Windows 7 desktop in just 10-seconds. It’s not quite as fast as resuming from standby, but this can make having to restart your PC much less painful. I look forward to seeing this available in the future.
Dropbox Hits 2 Million Users; 1 Million Active
I have to admit that Dropbox is one of my favorite services. The main reason I like it so much is the fact that they offer 2GB of online storage that can be used to keep all the files I upload in sync across all my machines regardless of the OS. I was actually surprised to see that they only have 1 million active users… they definitely deserve more than that.
–News in Brief–
Wii Price Cut Available on Amazon
Amazon is already showing the price cut on the Wii, bringing it down to $199. To top it off they are also throwing in a $25 Amazon gift card with it.
Microsoft’s New Prototype “Wall”
Want a glimpse of the future? Here’s a new video put out by Microsoft demonstrating yet again what our offices may look like tomorrow. And by tomorrow I mean 50 years from now.
Firefox 3.6 Provides Tools for Better Support
Mozilla is adding an about:support to their browser that will give the users details about their Firefox setup that can be provided when they are in search of support.
DirectX 10.1 vs. DirectX 11
The difference between these two versions of DirectX doesn’t appear to be that great, but it might be more significant at higher resolutions.
Hide Read Labels in Gmail
A new Labs feature in Gmail will let you show only those labels that have unread items.
Video Interview with Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer sits down with TechCrunch and talks about Yahoo, Zune, and more.
FeedDemon 3.0 Released
The final version of FeedDemon has made it out the door, and is complete with Google Reader synchronization.
Microsoft’s Tablet… the Courier?
Rumors are that Microsoft is working on on a new kind of tablet PC that could be pretty amazing if the “leaked” image ends up being real.
Google Taps into IE with Chrome Frame
A plugin for Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 offered by Google lets web pages render with Chrome.
Picasa 3.5 Gets Name Tags and More
The new version of Picasa can identify the people in your photos, and will also let you geotag them.
Push Gmail for the iPhone and Windows Mobile
Both iPhone and Windows Mobile users can receive push email notifications if they’re using Gmail thanks to the new Exchange/ActiveSync support.
Netflix Makes Out Like a Bandit with their $1 Million Competition
We’ve covered the Netflix $1 million competition before, and we may see other companies following their lead. It’s said that if you look at everyone involved in the competition that Netflix was getting “Ph.D.’s for a dollar an hour.”
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Auto Shutdown Firefox and More
I’ve seen extensions to shutdown Firefox after your downloads are done, but this one is rather unique. How so? First off it can integrate with the popular DownThemAll extension. Second, you can specify command line operations you want executed before your computer shuts down. Now that’s impressive.
GIMP is Getting Single-Window Mode
If you follow me on Twitter you know how excited I was last week when it was announced that the next version of GIMP would include a single-window mode. That’s right. Should you choose to you’ll no longer have windows floating all over the place. Not only that but the new version will also have several other great improvements that actually make me excited for the next release.
XPize Polishes Up XP
If you’re still holding off on upgrading your copy of XP then maybe you should consider giving it some new life with XPize. It updates a lot of the icons so that they are much more modern, and comes bundled with some themes that can even skin your login screen. It’s a completely free way to make your PC feel a bit more up-to-date.
Evernote Beta for Windows Gets a Facelift
I use Evernote all the time to take notes when I’m on the go, at home, or at work. The great thing is that Evernote stays in sync no matter where I’m at, and now the refreshed Windows version has some of the features only the Mac version had. The most prominent example is probably the thumbnail previews that go along with the awesome three-pane view.
–Tips in Brief–
How to Try Out Microsoft Office Web Apps
If you’re impatient and want to try out Microsoft Office Web Apps these are the instructions you need to follow.
Top 10 Ways to Get More From a Cameraphone
Here’s a variety of different ways you can use your cameraphone to ensure that it’s put to good use.
Create Beautiful Drawings with Livebrush
Got some artistic talent? This free app will transform that talent into a digital form.
Force IE to Use Chrome Frame
If you really like Chrome Frame you can force IE to always use that to render websites. Or, you know, you could just use Chrome.
CNet Techtracker Checks for Software Updates
Yep, another app that will check for updates to the software you have installed on your computer.
Selectively Block Flash Animations in Chrome
This will block all Flash animation on websites until you explicitly approve them.
Tux Paint: Great Image App for Kids
This is a pretty cool app for kids because it makes it simple for kids to find the various tools they need to draw.
Digsby Gets New Twitter Features
My love for Digsby has diminished a bit, but the new Twitter functionality is pretty cool.
John’s Background Switcher Updated
The new version includes a bunch of features including Google, Yahoo, and Bing image search results.
3 Tools to Manage Virtual Drives
Get some virtual drives hooked up to your PC with these free programs.
- AIM 188.8.131.52 [Mirror]
- BurnAware Free 2.4 [Mirror]
- Digsby Build 65 Beta [Mirror]
- Drupal 6.4 [Mirror]
- FeedDemon 184.108.40.206 [Mirror]
- FileZilla 3.2.8 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 220.127.116.11 Beta [Mirror]
- Google SketchUp 7.1.4871 [Mirror]
- iTunes 9.0.1 [Mirror]
- Mandriva Linux 2010.0 RC1 [Mirror]
- Maxthon 3.0.48 Alpha [Mirror]
- Maxthon 18.104.22.1683 [Mirror]
- Miranda 0.8.7 [Mirror]
- Notepad++ 5.5.0 [Mirror]
- Opera 10.10.1792 Beta [Mirror]
- Paint.NET 3.5 Beta 1 [Mirror]
- Picasa 22.214.171.124 [Mirror]
- RSSOwl 2.0 RC1 [Mirror]
- Sandboxie 3.39.20 Beta [Mirror]
- Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 4 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 126.96.36.19967 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 2.0.16625 Beta [Mirror]
- VLC Media Player 1.0.2 [Mirror]