Posts Tagged ‘internet’
  • BerryWeather 2.0 allows desktop weather background and more!
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 6:12 am
    Back in my BlackBerry days when I took a brief hiatus from my iPhone to rekindle the love fest that got me hooked on smartphones to begin with, I stumbled across a pretty good weather app called BerryWeather. It wasn't terribly deep or full of features but it looked pretty nice to most eyes -- something many BlackBerry apps simply can't claim. I have since strayed from my roots but do find it interesting to keep up with BlackBerry app news most days. If you're looking for a fairly robust and ...
  • Iranian government tries to silence the sound of freedom and opposition by closing the internet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm
    Those silly Iranian government employees. They think closing off internet access in the country because of citizen protests concerning the rigged election and "re-election" of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well as remembrance of December 6, 1953 -- the killing of three of University of Tehran students by Iranian police -- will stop the truth from leaking out to the rest of the civilized world. They can silence the people within their own country, blackout Twitter and Facebook access, and ove...
  • WolframAlpha responds to the great mobile site slaying of ‘09 [follow-up]
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    Yes folks, another follow-up. This time it's the good boys and girls over at WolframAlpha, the intelligent, thinking search engine. If you recall, the big stink was raised yesterday when WA pulled their mobile optimized page leaving the normal page the sole solution for mobile users. To make matters worse, they made it so you were starring at a massive page filling ad encouraging you to purchase the $50 (yes that's $50 with two digits to the left of the decimal) iPhone app. Well, there's a p...
  • Spotify to have exclusive first listen/initial release for Alicia keys
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 am
    Good news for UK Spotify Premium members: Alicia Keys will be releasing her latest album "The Element of Freedom" for streaming purposes early on Monday, December 7th. This puts the stream only option a full week before it is available via traditional physical discs (December 14th). For a world that is so hell bent on keeping the media world in the past and dragging their feet with the whole move to digital, seeing someone as famous as Alicia Keys actually taking the time to negotiate the need...
  • What’s the big deal behind Google’s fade-in homepage?
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    The web's in a tizzy tonight over Google's new home page layout that it's rolling out to all users. The design takes minimalism and the "less is more" philosophy to the nth degree. When navigating to Google.com, at first all one will see is the Google logo and the search box. After moving your mouse, the rest of the page elements such as the various search options at the top quickly fade into view. In case you didn't realize, Google's new minimalistic layout is now a complete opposite of Bin...
  • Opera Mini 5 beta 2 now available!
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 am
    Using a mobile device to browse the web was nothing short of an excruciating experience not too long ago. In fact, before the iPhone came along, it out right sucked. That is unless you had some flavor of Opera Mini running on your phone. The beauty of this browser was that the main rendering was done on Opera Mini's servers wit the resulting content arriving at your phone being roughly 10% of the original size cutting loading time and increasing browsing speed greatly. Opera Mini 5 ushered i...
  • YouTube to begin streaming full TV episodes for $1.99 a piece?
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 9:35 am
    Are you a fancier of movie rentals or simply rentals in general? Some people like constant change. For those individuals, renting items and services for short periods of time and constantly switching things up is the way to go -- for them anyway. I myself am more of a buy/rent-to-own kind of person. iTunes started dipping it's toes in the streaming/rental program recently giving users $1.99 access to individual TV episodes that could be streamed and stored locally on their hard drives. For ...
  • Chrome for Mac to come in a tad underweight…
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    I can't wait for Google Chrome on Mac. Almost since day 1, it replaced Firefox as my main Windows browser and over the last couple of weeks each build release has inched closer and closer to perfection. Granted, I use perfection loosely, merely using it to describe a "finished", stable product. While we can expect a Chrome 4 for Mac of some sort in the next couple of weeks, it will be far from perfect, finished, or full featured. Features such as bookmark manager, mutli-touch gestures, gears...
  • MPAA to FCC: Everyone loves Selectable Output Control. Critics = liars.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Selectable Output Control or "SOC" as it is abbreviated is nothing short of movie studios trying to nickel and dime consumers more by *digitally* breaking older TV equipment, limiting choice, and all around making our lives that more difficult. Against claims from various consumer groups, the MPAA has stepped forward claiming that everyone loves SOC and anyone who criticizes it is a liar. Hmmm. Can we see yet why this industry as a whole has such a negative image? Between repeatedly stepping...
  • Emergency warnings coming to New York Xbox Live users.
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:09 am
    If you're in the heat of the battle within a Halo/Modern Warfare 2/GTA mission on your Xbox and are completely oblivious to any and all threats in the immediate reality surrounding you, a new mandatory warning system coming to New Yorkers will benefit you greatly. The New York Emergency Management Office will soon start issue warning messages via Xbox Live. Messages such as Tornado, flood, thunderstorm, amber alert, etc. will come through the Xbox Live channel into your humble abode alerting t...
  • So how heavy is the internet…?
    by Mike
    Posted November 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm
    An article appearing on Cnet today presented information trying to put a nice number figure on the actual weight of the internet. Now right off the bat, a lot of people are going to question the plausibility of such a calculation. Can you really weight the internet? In Cnet's article they go through the various parts that constitute the internet. Parts such as computers, wiring, smartphopnes, etc. Now while those use the internet and help shuttle the internet, they aren't "the internet". T...
  • Chrome OS revealed!
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    Google junkies and all around simpletons with curiosity bouncing off the charts in regards to Google's Chrome OS can finally have some visual treats to munch on. Taking a quick glance above, you can see that it's a lot like the Chrome browser. To some that's good, to others it's bad. It's highly effective though. After going through several different live blog events, the ease at which you switch between browser tabs and applications tabs really does blend the whole desktop/cloud line. But ...
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