Thursday, 31 March 2011
[Thanks, Anonymous]Permalink | | Email this | Comments
[Thanks, Andrea]Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Google has also delivered a massive internationalization update for the Google Places app. Version 1.1 now supports a total of 30 languages, and it adds a saved places feature which allows you to quickly access your favorite check-in locations while you're out and about. Your saved places will also sync with Maps and Hotpot.
Head to the App Store and grab the new Google Latitude and Google Places apps for your iOS device!
[Thanks, WMax]Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Some keyboard shortcuts only work from some pages, but we'll mark those where appropriate.
- n -- post a new status update (works from any page)
- r -- reply to your selected tweet
- t -- retweet (only works on Twitter profiles other than your own)
- m -- direct message (but it doesn't auto-fill the recipient)
- / -- move the cursor to the search box
- . -- move back to the top of the page, and check feed for updates
- g then h -- go to your home page (twitter.com)
- g then r -- see your @ mentions
- g then m -- see your direct messages
- g then p -- go to your profile page (twitter.com/username)
- g then u -- go to a specific user's profile page (it pops up a dialog box)
Now, if you don't use Twitter.com (which is about 65% of Twitter's users), these keyboard shortcuts probably won't work. Every installed Twitter client has different keyboard shortcuts (and some don't have any at all). If you want to lessen your mouse hand dependency, your best bet is to simply head to Google and type the name of your client + "keyboard shortcuts".
For more tech tips, check our tips index.
Once installed, you simply type the letter s and press space to invoke a Google-powered site search for the domain you're currently visiting. The top five matches load in a flash, and you can also click through to Google via the top link for complete results. It's a fast, simple way to get results which are limited to a specific domain -- and as we know from experience, Google search is nearly always a lot better than most on-site search boxes.
Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string -- results load as you type.
There's a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.
Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It's also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
There's no dearth of multiplayer games either for Android or for iOS. But finding multiplayer games that can cross the platform boundary is an entirely different matter.
Jay recently posted Words with Friends which is one such game. It's actually an ideal example, because it's turn-based so you don't necessarily both have to be next to your device at the same time (great for long-distance gaming).
But what other examples are there? What multiplayer games are there that let iOS users play with Android users?
[Why am I now humming 'Ebony and Ivory'? -Ed]
Gallery: Boxee iPad app hands-on
The first thing you notice about IE9 is its absences. With this release, Microsoft has stripped out from the interface pretty much everything nonessential to power users and reduced the size and prominence of the remaining widgets. This helps bring Web content front-and-center, and it also invites comparisons to Chrome and its similarly less-is-more design.
In keeping with Microsoft's recent focus on integrating its various software assets to work together, IE9's most eye-popping features come in conjunction with Windows 7. These include the ability to drag-and-drop a Website tab to the Windows 7 taskbar, transforming it into an icon that can, when right-clicked, open up a "jump list" full of one-click links to that Website's most vital content.
Windows 7 users can also "Aero Snap" their browser windows to the left or right of the screen, which comes in handy when organizing multiple Websites or trying to view two Web pages side-by-side. I've played around with IE9 through multiple builds, on multiple PCs, and I've found that Aero Snap comes in particularly useful with a widescreen monitor; your own mileage, as always, may vary.
IE9 might work great with Windows 7, but its incompatibility with Windows XP effectively shuts off a wide swath of users from downloading the browser. In turn, those users will either gravitate toward a rival, such as Firefox, or stick with one of the antiquated versions of Internet Explorer that Microsoft is trying so desperately to kill off. Microsoft evidently hopes that Windows 7's adoption will continue at a fast enough pace to prevent this from becoming a major issue, although with 55.09 percent of PCs still running XP (according to analytics firm Net Applications), it could be some time before it's negated entirely.
IE9 is also compatible with Windows Vista, from which users are fleeing like first-class passengers from the Titanic.
This newest browser also comes with some nifty security features designed to assuage the paranoid and match its rivals' capabilities. InPrivate Browsing allows for Web surfing without leaving any traces that can be discovered later. The baked-in SmartScreen Filter evaluates potentially suspect Websites based on their reputation and notifies the user accordingly with pop-up windows and lists of suggested actions. Tracking Protection lets users decide which types of information they want viewable by third parties.
IE9 hits the market at a somewhat odd time for Microsoft. According to Net Applications, the company's share of the browser market currently stands at 56.77 percent, followed by Firefox at 21.74 percent, Google Chrome at 10.93 percent and Safari at 6.36 percent. For the Internet Explorer franchise, that represents a significant decline from the 68.46 percent it held in March 2009.
In other words, Microsoft is facing a slow but steady erosion in market share. Whether IE9 can help halt or even reverse that slide remains to be seen, but it's definitely a browser capable of going toe-to-toe with the latest versions of its rivals.