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.
Mozilla to Make Firefox Toolbars More Customizable
Toolbars in Firefox have always been customizable to some extent, but the next major Firefox release might be kicking the tweakability factor up a notch. The latest nightly build lets users move even more objects around, and makes it possible for things like the address bar and tabs to coexist on the same toolbar. I can hear minimalists around the world rejoicing.
HP Acquires Palm for $1.2 Billion
The tech world was a bit shaken up last week when HP bought Palm for the sum of $1.2 billion. This news was pretty shocking to me because I hadn’t heard that they were even in talks, but I think the two may be a good fit. HP might be able to come up with some good hardware to put webOS on… including tablet forms. They say that the mobile OS will scale across devices, which leaves some hope that HP will extend their product line with devices powered by Palm’s operating system.
–News in Brief–
Meet the new Firefox Add-ons Manager
The next major release of Firefox will include a revamped add-ons manager that has a strong emphasis on search engines.
Microsoft “Cancels” Courier Tablet
Microsoft dual-screen tablet called the Courier has already been canceled, despite never even have existed.
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is Out
This release of Ubuntu promises a faster boot time, it’s much more sociable, and sports a new interface.
Steve Jobs Explains Why Flash Doesn’t Work on Mobile Devices
In a rather lengthy letter Steve Jobs explains all the reasons why Adobe Flash is not a good fit for mobile devices.
New iPhone Could Hit Stores Same Day as WWDC Keynote
Apple will be holding their annual WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) on June 7th, and according to Mashable you may be able to grab the new devices the same day as the keynote.
Preview of the New Windows Live Messenger
Microsoft previews the next iteration of Windows Live Messenger, which also includes a native iPhone app.
Apple Buys Mobile Assistant App Siri
Apple purchased an iPhone app called Siri, who’s ultimate goal is to become everyone’s personal assistant that responds to your voice commands.
Windows 7: 100 Million Licenses and Counting
Over 100 million licenses for Windows 7 have already been rolled out, and Microsoft says it is the fastest selling OS ever. Going off of those numbers it is safe to say that 1 out of every 10 computers is already running Windows 7… just 6-months after release.
Avatar Most Pirated Blu-ray Film Ever
Avatar has only been out on Blu-ray for a short period of time, but it has been downloaded over 200k times already making it the most pirated Blu-ray film.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Free Remote Access Tools for Windows & Mac
InfoWorld gives a rundown on seven different tools you can use to remotely access your Windows or Mac machine. One of them, LogMeIn, has been a personal long-time favorite of mine. It’s always been reliable, the free version is more than sufficient for what I need to do, and the setup process is a breeze. Check out the other alternatives to see if one is a better fit for your needs.
See if You’ve Bought an App in iTunes Already
One of the most annoying things in iTunes is that I can never tell whether I’ve already purchased an app before. I don’t understand why they don’t put some sort of indicator around the “buy” button. Anyhow, a nifty little trick around this is to try and add the item to your wish list (by hitting the arrow next to the “buy” button). iTunes won’t let you add something to your wish list that you’ve already purchased.
–Tips in Brief–
Identify “Unknown Devices” in the Device Manager
This utility will help you determine what those unknown devices actually are in your device manager.
Try Out Mozilla’s New Account Manager
Mozilla is pushing to streamline online account management with their own add-on.
Change Resolutions Using a Hotkey
This free app will let you assign keyboard shortcuts for up to 9 different resolutions that you may want to swap between.
VidCoder Makes DVD Ripping Easier
VidCoder is a free utility that tries to ease the pain that you’ll sometimes run into when copying DVDs
Firefox Available for Android 2.0+
A mobile version of Firefox, called Fennec, is available for the Android 2.0 mobile OS.
Pdfcrowd Converts Websites to PDFs
This online tool can be used to convert any website (or HTML that you upload) to a PDF.
iTuner: Advanced iTunes Mini Player
This is one of the best mini players for iTunes that I have seen available for Windows users.
Advanced Methods for Recovering Data from a Hard Drive
How-to Geek extensively discusses some alternative methods you can use to try and recover some of your precious data that you may have thought was irrecoverable.
Try out the Next Version of Windows Home Server
Microsoft has posted a preview release of the next major release of Windows Home Server.
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- FileHippo Update Checker 1.037 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 5.0.375.23 Beta [Homepage] [Mirror]
- IE7pro 2.4.9 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- iTunes 9.1.1 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Opera 10.52 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Paint.NET 3.5.5 [Homepage] [Mirror]
- Sandboxie 3.45.09 Beta [Homepage] [Mirror]
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