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.
Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked
Microsoft has been pretty quiet about the next iteration of Microsoft Office, and up until now all that we’ve really seen are screenshots of what Office 2010 will look like. Now, however, you can actually hop on over to your local torrent shop and pick up a freshly leaked copy of the Technical Preview yourself. Hit up the link to see a screenshot gallery.
New Firefox Logo in the Works
Mozilla is hard at work on a new Firefox logo for version 3.5, which isn’t a bad idea since the current logo hasn’t been updated since Firefox 1.5. The new logo sticks with the familiar fox wrapped around a globe, but has a much more modern feel to it.
Gmail Makes Switching E-Mail Services Easier
Over the next few weeks Google is rolling out a feature for all Gmail users that will let them import accounts from Hotmail, Yahoo, or AOL. This includes both mail and contacts.
eBay Removing Listing Fees for Casual Sellers
It’s obvious that eBay is trying everything they can to keep people using their service, and their latest gimmick is to let people list items for free if they sell less than 5 things per month. This doesn’t get you out of paying the fees for when the item actually sells, but it’s a nice gesture.
Specs for Next iPhone Leaked?
Let the rumors start! The supposed iPhone that is coming this summer is rumored to have a 600MHz processor (currently 400MHz), 256MB of RAM (currently 128MB), 32GB of storage, a 3.2MP camera with autofocus, a digital compass, and more.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Release for This Year
I think by this point we all pretty much knew that Windows 7 would be coming this year, and now Microsoft has confirmed it. They said that quality remains their top priority, but that they should still be able to have the next Windows milestone out in time for the holidays. Maybe Santa will bring you a copy of Windows 7 if you’re lucky!
Google Calendar Gets Tasks
It took them long enough, but I’m pleased to announce that Google Calendar is finally able to manage your tasks. At least they were smart about it and made it so that Gmail and Google Calendar both use the same task system, which means they can be managed from either service. Now if only they’d integrate the entire Calendar functionality right into Gmail!
Microsoft Ad Targets iTunes Pricing
One of Microsoft’s new ads is targeting Apple’s iTunes pricing scheme, and talks about their lack of a subscription model. The ZunePass will let you download all the music you want for $15 per month, but they focus on how it would take more than $30,000 to fill an iPod. It’s definitely an interesting plan of attack from Microsoft.
Google Chrome Has Most Effective Updater
Reports show that after 3-weeks following a release 97% of Google Chrome users have the latest version, and just 85% of Firefox users have updated. All other browsers are much lower with Safari coming in third place with just 53% being up-to-date. Some of you may not realize it, but Google Chrome never even notifies the user when an update is available. It downloads and installs it even if the browser is still running, and will then update itself the next time it is started. The user is never even notified of an update taking place. This is being attributed to the reason why they have such a high update ratio.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Read Wall Street Journal Articles without Paying
There have been times where I’ve come across a Wall Street Journal article, and haven’t been able to read the whole thing because you have to be a subscriber. This quick guide will show you how you can view the full content, but I’d say it’s really targeted for people who only read it from time-to-time.
Free Video Cutter and Splitter
It’s always nice to find a free application that is simple to use, and serves its purpose well. Free Video Cutter is one of those apps. It will let you split your movies (MPEG, DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, or MOV) so that they are easier to share with other people, and doesn’t come with all the options that could otherwise be confusing.
Easily Convert Media Files for Any Device
There is definitely no shortage of media converts, but hey, when they’re free who’s gonna complain? What’s nice about EncodeHD is that it’s not only free, but also portable. That’s right… no installation needed.
Tools to Uninstall Anything
FreewareGenius has a nice roundup of tools you can use to uninstall some of those pesky apps that don’t seem to get cleaned up on your PC. There’s even an app specifically designed to remove security-focused programs like Norton.
100 Portable Apps for Your USB Drive
USB drives are coming with so much storage now that it can be difficult to figure out what to do with it all. Why not carry some of your favorite apps around with you? This guide breaks down a lot of the available apps by category so that you can easily find what you need.
- AIM 126.96.36.199 Beta 1 [Mirror]
- Avant Browser 11.7.28 [Mirror]
- Defraggler 1.10.143 [Mirror]
- FeedDemon 188.8.131.52 Beta 5 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 2.0.180 Beta [Mirror]
- K-Meleon 1.5.3 [Mirror]
- MediaCoder 0.7.0.4398 [Mirror]
- MediaMonkey 184.108.40.2064 Beta [Mirror]
- Notepad++ 5.4 RC2 [Mirror]
- Safari 3.2.3 [Mirror]
- Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 1 [Mirror]
- VLC Media Player 1.0.0 RC1 [Mirror]
- Yahoo! Messenger 220.127.116.110 [Mirror]