A few days ago Google celebrated its 11-th birthday. I think it’s a good reason to dedicate my September’s News post to Google innovations. So, this September:
Google Chrome version 3.0 Final released a year after this browser’s birthday. New stable release is claimed to be significantly faster, supports HTML5, has new better Tab page and of course great Chrome Themes. But there is still no version for Mac. Let’s wait.
One more invention of search giant was delivered this month – Google Fast Flip. Controversial yet worth trying news reader that presents news and articles just like in printed magazine. Mobile version of Fast Flip is available as well. As for me, Fast Flip’s interface is not perfect yet, but it does its main job – browsing news becomes faster.
An old idea in the new implementation – Google Sidewiki, an add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer which lets users to discuss web pages from browser sidebar. Sidewiki adds button to Google Toolbar and looks like a sidebar when active. It offers you to add your opinion about web pages you visit. When you highlight text on a page, a little icon appears on the left side. Click it to open sidebar and post your entry about the page.
Happy Birthday Google! We’re waiting for your new achievements.
Let me share a few freewares I use every day. These helpful tools will make the part of life you spend working on computer much easier and more pleasant. Try them out.
1. doPDF – this tool allows converting documents into PDF format. doPDF adds virtual printer driver to your system. That means you can save files as PDF in any program with Print option. Simply select Print from an application and choose doPDF as a printer. The tool allows setting custom resolution and paging scaling, choosing one of predefined page sizes, etc. The great feature: doPDF creates PDF file that are searchable by both people and search engines. OS: Windows all.
2. Q-Dir – a multifunctional file manager. Its distinctive feature is unusual interface with four panels displaying files and folders. The program has to versions – for 32-bit and 64-bit systems/ This file manager lets quickly access most often used folders, generate file thumbnails, etc. Q-Dir integrates into Windows context menu. It supports working with ZIP archives and FTP links. Q-dir includes some great tools to simplify your file management. They are screen magnifier, color filter, highlight filter, file-filter, quick-link’s for fast folder access and many other. OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista.
3. AkelPad – small yet handy and fast text editor. It can process text documents in single or multi window mode, provides full support of Unicode strings and codepages. With AkelPad, you can edit even read-only files and preview files before opening. Other great features: column text selection, multi-level undo, fast search/replace, print option. AkelPad can be installed on Windows Vista and Windows 7 to replace NotePad.
Hope you’ll enjoy them!
“iCalendar is a standard for calendar data exchange. The standard is sometimes referred to as “iCal”, which also is the name of the Apple, Inc. calendar program…”
As iCalendar is to be used in Apple Macintosh operating system environment, there is lots of tips how to show iCal on Mac desktop. And there is so few information about iCal on Windows desktop that one can think there are only Mac users who need iCalendar on their desktops. Nevertheless, iCalendars became much more popular last years than they were in times of iCal invention because of using iPhones and iPods, Google Calendar and other web-based applications that support and use iCal format. And you got the possibility to have iCalendar directly on your Windows Desktop.
Screen Calendar, desktop time-management and calendar application, lets you import iCalendar events from local or remote files, subscribe to web sources in .ics format and have your iCal events always on your fingertips even when you’re offline.
Screen Calendar lets you:
- Import events from iCal files to your desktop calendar
- Add or edit events and export results to iCal file
- Subscribe to iCalendar sources for automatic update
- Always show iCalendar events on the desktop even when you’re offline
Now you can order Screen Calendar with discount and get 20% off the regular price of Screen Calendar till September 30th, 2009
NSS Labs issued results of its second test of web browser protection against socially engineered malware. Social engineering is a technique of deceiving Web users to receive their personal information and get profit out of it. As an example, this can be an email supposedly sent by your bank with the request to confirm your credit card details. Or it may be sent supposedly by your social network support staff and contain a link to the fake page where you should enter your username and password to verify your profile or get access to the new interface. Both credit card details and your profile details will be used by violators to get material or immaterial profit. Even the most experienced Web user can be hooked by “social engineers”. It’s needless to say that newbie can be hooked by them easily. That’s why we need protection against this way too widespread web evil.
12 days’ testing of the most popular web browsers conducted by NSS Labs showed which browsers protect users from visiting malicious web sites best of all. NSS Labs tested the latest generally available versions of web browsers and got the following results:
- Internet Explorer 8 became a leader with almost 81% protection from malware. This great result proves that SmartScreen technology is really worthwhile. The result is even more overwhelming when compared to Internet Explorer 7‘s 4% protection – IE has made a great progress.
- Firefox 3 achieved 27% catch rate against malware. This is the highest result among products based on Google SafeBrowsing API.
- Safari 4 – 21%.
- Chrome 2 – 7%.
- Opera 10 Beta as well as Opera 9 provides almost no protection with 1% catch rate.
Do you hate using Internet Explorer just like I do? Even if your answer is “yes”, this report gives cause to consider using it once again 🙂 . Meanwhile, you can download the full report here.
The post is republished from Flash’y’mania blog by kind authority of its author Helen Grigorieva
In spite of emerging lots of mp3 players software, Winamp still remains the classic of media players. Thousands of skins add to its brilliant features ability to change player’s appearance to anyone’s liking. It’s great to have such options for web audio players too. And we’ve got the possibility to do it with neat FlashWAmp tool.
FlashWAmp is so easy to use – all you need is Winamp skin you like and mp3 tracks you want to embed to the web page. Or you can even use URLs of mp3 files to stream them directly from the web.
Options to customize player in FlashWAmp are rather numerous:
- Player view – normal or small with or without playlist
- Sound options (autoplay, repeat sound)
- Playlist options (playlist height, option to change visible playlist).
Settings can be saved to cookies for further use.
The tool has lots of advantages and the main is that it really allows to make flash audio player of WinAmp skin in minutes. Then the player is saved as SWF file and can be easily published to the Web. But it’s necessary to mention its disadvantages as well:
- audio can’t be embedded into the player, it is external only. That is not very good for bloggers who can’t create folders on the hosts to store player file, mp3 files and playlist file in one folder
- the program is compatible with Winamp 2.x skins only. Still, these skins are easy to find – for example, here.
I think that the idea to make flash audio players of Winamp skins is brilliant. Not only because there are thousands of skins of any kind, but also because Winamp is familiar to everyone. Sometimes I see mp3 web players of so weird design, that I don’t even know where to click to make this futuristic device play. Moreover, I can understand that this is a web music player only when I see playlist. I never want to make my website visitors guess whether this stuff play music, or open game, or what on the earth it can do. I want them just see the player and enjoy the music. Familiar Winamp interface will simplify listening to the music from your web page, even for dummies. That’s why I like FlashWAmp.
So, try and create your own Web Winamp FlashWAmp player 🙂
Do you want to learn who is who on Twitter? Who are your new Twitter friends – promoters or engagers, what are chances they will respond to direct messages, what percent of their posts contains links, retweets, hashtags, etc.? Learn the truth at TwitTruth.com. It gives various statistics about Twitter accounts registered in TwitTruth.
You can add your account by simply logging in to Twitter and allowing TwitTruth to access your account. Also, you can invite other Twitter users to add their accounts.
One more interesting thing – on a home page of TwitTruth.com you will find a list of the top 500 Twitter users and statistics for their accounts. Go and learn the Twitter Truth!
In a year after the record braking Firefox 3.0, Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5 to make web surfing even faster and handier.
Here are the new features of FF 3.5 and tips how to use them:
Private Browsing: surf the Web without leaving a single trace. Start to browse privately by clicking Tools > Start Private Browsing or Ctrl+Shift+P.
Forget About This Site: the option to forget about a particular web site you have visited that means all entries related to that site will be removed from your browser history. To forget a site, go to History > Show all history (or press Ctrl+Shift+H) and in the Library window right-click the site you want Firefox to forget about and select Forget About This Site.
Smooth Scrolling through Tabs: if you have a lot of tabs open, put your mouse on the row of tabs and scroll with the mouse wheel through tabs to easily find the one you need. Note that scrolling works only when you have so many tabs opened that the scrolling arrows appear on the right and on the left of tabs row.
If you have not so many tabs opened, you can try this shortcut for fast moving to the tab you need: press Ctrl + the number of tab you want to view, for example, Ctrl+2 for the second tab.
Location-Aware Browsing: Firefox 3.5 comes with a new location-aware browsing (geolocation) feature that is enabled by default. It identifies your location using your computer’s IP, Google’s random client identifier, etc. and share it with the websites that ask for location data. Don’t be scared, data isn’t shared without your permission. Any time a website asks for your location data, Firefox will show you a message so that you can choose whether you want to share or not to share geolocation data with this website. Settings you chose can be remembered for this site so that you shouldn’t click buttons every time you visit the website.
If you don’t like the idea to share your geolocation data at all, try more advanced way to solve the problem. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar, enter geo.enabled into the filter form. Double-click geo.enabled entry so that its value become “false”. Geolocation feature is now disabled for you.