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.
New Features in Office 2010
I haven’t downloaded the leaked copy of Office 2010 yet, but it sure is tempting when I look at some of the new things it has to offer. I really like the way Microsoft is bringing all of their applications together with a more unified interface now.
Gmail Inbox Preview
This whole Gmail Labs thing has got to be one of the best things Google has ever added to Gmail. One of the new features called Inbox Preview will show a static (non-interactive) version of your Inbox on the Gmail loading screen. If you’re on a fast connection this might not be a big deal, but I’ve already been making good use of it when being tethered to my Blackberry where things aren’t quite so speedy.
Windows 7 Starter Dropping 3-App Limit?
The “Starter” edition of Windows has always had some rather hefty restrictions since it was targeted mostly at developing nations. The Starter edition might be perfect for netbooks though, which is causing Microsoft to rethink what should be allowed so that users don’t necessarily feel like they’re running a handicapped version of Windows.
Google Chrome 2.0 Released
Just 8-months after Google Chrome’s first release comes the next major milestone. This version includes an improved new tab page, full screen mode, form autofill, and all kinds of performance improvements.
Palm Pre Coming June 6th for $200
Many people are counting on Palm Pre to be one device that can really throw Apple some competition in the touchscreen smartphone market. From what I’ve seen in videos and images I’d say the Palm Pre’s interface is definitely top-notch, but we’ll have to wait to see if it can live up to the hype.
Flock 2.5 Adds Twitter Support
This was a long time coming, but the social web browser Flock has finally added support for the Twitter microblogging service with the release of version 2.5 last week. Twitter has been rapidly growing, and I was always puzzled as to how Flock never had any support for the service. After playing with it for a little while I have to admit that I like how they integrated it all into the browser though.
Pandora Adding Subscription Option
Pandora has managed to stay alive using an advertising-based revenue model, but if you’re willing to pay you can get even more of the Pandora you love. For $36 a year you’ll be able to use their service ad-free, get a desktop app capable of streaming music without a web browser, listen to tunes at 192Kbps, and have the “timeout” period increased from one-hour to five-hours.
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Windows 7 Jump Lists for Firefox
One of the new features Microsoft added to the Windows 7 Taskbar is called Jump Lists, and is basically a super-charged context menu for running applications. Internet Explorer 8 makes good use of this menu, and thanks to an extension Firefox can, too.
Create a 3D Logo with GIMP
If you’re new to the GIMP graphics editor things can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but this tutorial aims to get you on your feet demonstrating how to make a cool looking 3D logo.
Wolfram and Google Results Side-By-Side
I’m becoming a big fan of the Wolfram “search engine”, but one thing you’ll quickly notice is that it isn’t exactly designed to be a replacement for Google. What you really need is to display the results from both sites on the same page, and this Firefox extension will do just that.
Simple, Yet Useful Clipboard Utility
The lightweight clipboard utility called CopyPasteTool makes it easy to paste multiple strings of information that you had previously put on your clipboard. Anyone that loves the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keyboard shortcuts should definitely check this out.
Move Firefox Tabs to the Side
I know some people (like myself) who prefer to place their Firefox tabs on the side of the screen instead of along the top. It’s similar to how some people like to have the Windows Taskbar on the side… because with widescreen monitors it can be easier to give up some of the horizontal space rather than the vertical space. Well, even though Firefox doesn’t offer this feature natively there is an extension that will let you place the tabs on the side.
Middle-Click Previews to Close Apps in Windows 7
In Windows 7 you can close applications from the thumbnail previews by clicking the little red “X” that appears in the corner, but there’s another way as well. Just middle-click on the preview with your mouse… assuming your mouse supports that.
DirSync Pro: Free Cross-Platform Sync Utility
Looking for a free way to backup/sync your files across multiple machines? DirSync Pro might be just what you need. It not only runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but can handle syncing across different filesystems with ease. If you find yourself in a cross-platform household this handy tool might be worth a look.
- Avant Browser 11.7.31 [Mirror]
- FeedDemon 184.108.40.206 RC1 [Mirror]
- Flock 2.5 [Mirror]
- Foobar2000 0.9.6.7 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 220.127.116.11 [Mirror]
- Google Earth 5.0.11733 Beta [Mirror]
- MediaMonkey 18.104.22.1687 Beta [Mirror]
- Paint.NET 3.50.3424 Alpha [Mirror]
- Pidgin 2.5.6 [Mirror]
- Wireshark 1.0.8 [Mirror]
- Yahoo! Messenger 22.214.171.1241 [Mirror]