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 Calendar Gets Labs, too
The success of the Gmail Labs appears to be spilling over into other Google products now. Calendar was updated last week with 6 Labs features that are, to be honest, not all that exciting. You have to remember though that the ones first offered in Gmail labs also weren’t that great. The one feature I hope we see offered in Google Calendar is the ability to have past events automatically deleted, because I like keeping a clean calendar.
Microsoft Opening Retail Stores This Fall
It’s true. Microsoft will be opening up their very own retail stores this fall just in time for the holidays. I’m guessing the timing will be around the October 22nd launch of Windows 7, but no firm date or locations have been given. All that was said was that some retails stores would be opened up “right next door to Apple stores.“
Amazon Wants to Buy Netflix?
Now wouldn’t this be interesting. Amazon is widely known for its mass distribution of goods, and having Netflix under their wing would boost that reputation even more. I think if this deal actually happens Amazon should just consider starting their own delivery service while they’re at it.
Opera 10 Beta 2 Released
The next major milestone release of the Opera browser is nearing us as the team pushes Opera 10 Beta 2 out the door to testers. As CNet points out, however, they have so far decided not to include Opera Unite in this release.
Google Tasks Gets Pushed Out to Everyone
If you’re one of the people that didn’t enable Tasks in Gmail Labs when it was first released you’ll now notice that it’s in your Inbox anyways. Unbelievably in only about 7-months Google went from announcing to testing to releasing Tasks, which is interesting given how long Google normally likes to “bake” their products in the Beta stage. At any rate I’m really happy to see this because I use Tasks every day, and I prefer it over their competitors because of its sheer simplicity.
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Google Bookmarks Support in Chrome
When Google released Chrome there were some of their own services that I couldn’t believe weren’t heavily integrated, and the most obvious was Google Bookmarks. After all, bookmarks are one of the most important aspects of a browser. Although Google hasn’t seen the light yet there is one developer who has, and that developer has whipped up a Chrome extension so that you can enjoy your Google Bookmarks no matter what machine you’re at.
Analyzing a Blue Screen of Death
A simple application called WhoCrashed will help you analyze any Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) errors that your computer has received. This is helpful because you don’t always have a lot of time to sit there and read the error when it’s up on the screen, and so this provides a friendly interface for viewing a log of the events that have happened in the past.
Enable the Redesigned New-Tab Interface in Chrome
Are you itching to get your hands on the revamped new-tab interface in Google Chrome? If you’re running a developer version of the browser all it takes is a quick modification of the shortcut you use to launch the browser and you’ll be on your way. Also on the new page you’ll notice a section for tips and suggestions where Google takes a look at your reading habits and recommends links for you to check out.
Add Mouse Gesture Support to Chrome
I’m more of a keyboard person myself, but those of you who prefer the mouse gesture route may enjoy having this extension installed that provides basic gesture support.
Locationbar2 for Firefox Highlights Domain Names
We’ve written about this Firefox extension before, but it’s one of my favorites so I thought it would be worth mentioning it again. If you’ve used Internet Explorer 8 you might have noticed how it tries to make the domain name stand out by graying out the text around it. This extension does the same kind of thing, but unlike IE8 it is completely configurable. As this article points out you can really change the domain name’s appearance so that you won’t be able to miss it even if you were 10 feet away. That might be just what some people need to avoid the phishing attacks.
Some Awesome Google Chrome Themes
I hadn’t been hearing much in terms of Google Chrome themes so I was starting to think that no one was making them. I was wrong. This article lists 6 themes that I have to say are pretty awesome (some are better than others, but still). If you want to give Chrome a fresh look you should definitely go check them out.