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 2008 in Pictures
This has been a pretty big year for Google in terms of what they’ve managed to release. They got the G1 Android phone out, introduced Gmail Labs, and unveiled a few new services. Here’s a nice recap of what they’ve accomplished
iPhone Nano Coming?
Rumors are once again floating around that an Apple is planning a release of an iPhone Nano. Word is that it will be essentially the same as the existing iPhone 3G, but have a slightly smaller screen. Duh!
Mobile Firefox Chugs Along
Mozilla has released the second Alpha version of Mobile Firefox, and it has faster panning/zooming, improved responsiveness, and more.
Pocket IE 6 Hacked
Microsoft may have said that they don’t have plans on offering Pocket IE 6 to existing Windows Mobile users, but that hasn’t stopped the hackers. As of right now owners of the HTC Touch HD can download a customized ROM that runs IE 6. That might be a good sign that other phones will be following suit.
Turn Emails into Documents with Gmail
Google has released yet another Gmail Labs feature that lets you turn any email into a document via Google Docs. This is very handy for when I want to archive an email onto my machine.
Search Google Images by Style
Want to find specific types of photos? Google Image Search will now let you search according to clipart, line drawings, and more.
Sony at CES
Gizmodo managed to scrounge up a photo of what Sony is shipping to CES in January 2009. No, this is not Santa’s workshop. Try to keep the drooling to a minimum.
The Pirate Bay Releases Video Converter
The Pirate Bay is often know for the place where you download torrents, but they are also serving as the home of a free video converter. Not only can it make videos iPod or Blackberry compatible, but it also reduces their size by up to 20%.
Google Apps Gets Labs
It’s taken a little while, but Google has unleashed the awesome Labs functionality to Google Apps users as well. I’m not sure if this is something they are rolling out, but it is available in both of my Google Apps accounts already.
Joost is Discontinues Software
To my surprise Joost has decided to discontinue their software application in favor of their new online video viewing experience. That way users across multiple platforms will all have the same viewing experience, and Joost doesn’t have to worry about maintaining multiple clients for the various operating systems. It’s a good idea, but it doesn’t really make the content any more appealing to me.
RIAA Abandons Mass Lawsuits
The RIAA apparently can’t afford to keep suing people, and so they’ve decided to turn to ISP’s to help resolve music piracy. The details are still a bit sketchy, but from the sounds of it ISP’s will be sending out warnings to users pirating music in what appears to be a 3-strike policy. If you’re sent 2 or 3 warnings the ISP will either start to limit your usage or cut you off completely. Guess it’s better than getting sued.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Online Alarm Clocks
It’s not always possible to have an alarm clock in front of you, but if you have access to the web there are plenty of solutions available. Now you can get in those necessary naps while you’re at work, and wake up just before the boss walks by.
Anonymize Google Chrome
Sick of Google tracking you? UnChrome will remove the unique ID that Google uses to associate you with the Chrome installation.
SafariStand for the Safari Browser (Mac only)
Mac users who lean more towards using the built-in Safari browser might find that their experience is a little better with the free SafariStand application installed. It adds features like Cover Flow for history browsing, workspaces, automatic searches, and more.
Killer Songbird Add-ons
If Songbird hasn’t won your heart over maybe that’s because you haven’t been taking advantage of some great add-ons that are available. These are a few you should definitely check out.
- Avant Browser 11.7.20 [Mirror]
- BurnAware 2.2.0 [Mirror]
- Digsby Build 45 Beta [Mirror]
- DVDFab 126.96.36.199 [Mirror]
- Firefox 188.8.131.52 [Mirror]
- Firefox 3.0.5 [Mirror]
- Flock 2.0.3 [Mirror]
- Foobar2000 0.9.6.1 Beta 2 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 184.108.40.206 [Mirror]
- ICQ 6.5.1005 [Mirror]
- Instantbird 0.1.3 [Mirror]
- KMPlayer 220.127.116.114 [Mirror]
- Mandriva 2009.1 Alpha [Mirror]
- Opera 9.63 [Mirror]
- Picasa 18.104.22.168 [Mirror]
- Windows Live Messenger 2008 Beta 2 [Mirror]
- WinMerge 22.214.171.124 Beta [Mirror]
- ZoneAlarm Free 8.0.065.0 [Mirror]