Saturday, July 31, 2010

Video: a look at Google Chrome's upcoming in-tab options menu

Video: a look at Google Chrome's upcoming in-tab options menu

Filed under: Google, Browsers

Not too long ago, Google moved the Chrome bookmarks manager from a separate application window into a tab. Recently, work began on moving Chrome's options menu into a tab as well. While it's still not totally functional, chrome://options has come a long way in a short amount of time.

For the most part, all the UI elements are now active. Certain sub-menus have yet to be activated (like font settings and sync), but I was surprised to see that features like settings import, content settings, and clear browsing data were now live -- just 8 days after tabbed options arrived on the Dev channel.

So why move everything into tabs, anyway? Once Google has everything sorted out and running in-tabs, future changes to Chrome's UI should be easier to implement across different platforms. Since it's Chrome itself rendering things, developers won't have to worry as much about a change looking good on Windows while breaking something on Mac, for example. The switch should also lead to a more consistent experience across Chrome's entire user base (pretty much the opposite of Apple's approach with Safari).

Curious to see tabbed options at work? Check out the video after the break (I recorded Chromium, but you can test in Chrome Dev and Canary as well -- just add --enable-tabbed-options)!

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Microsoft thinks Apple is selling too many iPads

Microsoft thinks Apple is selling too many iPads
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, under whose watch Office, Windows, and Server profits have soared while mobile has stumbled and faltered, was bombastically candid when addressing Apple’s 3.3 million strong iPad install base: “they’ve sold certainly more than I’d like them to have sold.” In response, Microsoft is hard at work on a Windows-based alternative (which [...]

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, under whose watch Office, Windows, and Server profits have soared while mobile has stumbled and faltered, was bombastically candid when addressing Apple’s 3.3 million strong iPad install base:

“they’ve sold certainly more than I’d like them to have sold.”

In response, Microsoft is hard at work on a Windows-based alternative (which is curious given Bill Gates’ almost singular drive to popularize Tablet PC over much of the last decade):

“They’ll be shipping as soon as they are ready,” Ballmer said, offering few details on the products, which he said will come from partners, not Microsoft itself. “It is job one urgency. No one is sleeping at the switch.”

So Microsoft won’t be making their own tablet the way they made their own Zune music player or Xbox gaming console, nor will they be using the panoramic Windows Phone 7, set for release this fall:

“We have got to make things happen,” he said. “We’re in the process of doing that as we speak. We’re working with our hardware partners. We’re tuning Windows 7.”

Apple of course didn’t try to put Mac OS X on the iPad, they went with iOS. HP has gone out and bought Palm webOS, and Google is readying both Android and Chrome OS, and even RIM is showing signs of life. There were tons of Windows-based tablets being touted at CES 2010 back in January, but none have really appeared on the market yet and while Microsoft’s Courier project was interesting but they KIN’ed it pre-launch. 3 months and as many million sales later and iPad pretty much still has the category it created to itself. It needs competition (from more than just the Kindle).

Hey, maybe if they call it WinPad?

[CNET, thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Hands-On with Streaks Motivational Calendar for iPhone

Hands-On with Streaks Motivational Calendar for iPhone
Do you remember as a kid marking off the days on the wall calendar until your birthday, or some other random special future event? I sure do. Like back in ‘82 when I was wasting away in prison, x-ing off the days until I could walk out of that joint and reclaim my life in [...]

Do you remember as a kid marking off the days on the wall calendar until your birthday, or some other random special future event? I sure do. Like back in ‘82 when I was wasting away in prison, x-ing off the days until I could walk out of that joint and reclaim my life in society proper; that calendar was my only friend in those dark times.

[Editor's Note: Jamie was 8 in 1982, you do the math.]

Well anyway, that’s almost exactly what Streaks Motivational Calendar is like! It’s actually a fantastically simple concept for an app, but that’s what makes it so ingenious. Streaks is a simple motivational calendar which allows you to check off days as they go by, and that’s basically it in a nutshell. You want to quit smoking? Set up a calendar called, ‘Days Without Cigs’ and start marking off the days you successfully go without one. It’s the whole visual progress thing, it gives you something a little more than just knowing in your head that you’re reaching your goals, whatever they may be.

Like I said, it’s so simple it’s shocking. Any kind of thing you want to keep track of such as cardio workouts, or days without chocolate, or half-hour meditation sessions, or how long you can go without punching another person in the face. There’s something deeply satisfying about making that little X to show that you’ve once again done something you’ve set out to do. Streaks keeps track of the longest period that you’ve done whatever it is you’re trying to do, hence the name Streaks. If you miss a day or more, the app resets your current streak count and starts counting again all while reminding what your longest successful streak was.

It appears that you can have any number of calenders, tracking multiple things, and it couldn’t be simpler to setup; simply give your new calendar a name and start marking time. It’s just that easy and uncomplicated and that, for me, is pretty refreshing to find for such a useful app. Streaks [iTunes link] is well worth the $1.99 price at the iTunes App Store; if you’re like me and find yourself taking two steps forward and 1 step back when it comes to accomplishing certain things then you will no doubt find Streaks very useful and rewarding.





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Hands-On with Streaks Motivational Calendar for iPhone

Hands-On with Streaks Motivational Calendar for iPhone
Do you remember as a kid marking off the days on the wall calendar until your birthday, or some other random special future event? I sure do. Like back in ‘82 when I was wasting away in prison, x-ing off the days until I could walk out of that joint and reclaim my life in [...]

Do you remember as a kid marking off the days on the wall calendar until your birthday, or some other random special future event? I sure do. Like back in ‘82 when I was wasting away in prison, x-ing off the days until I could walk out of that joint and reclaim my life in society proper; that calendar was my only friend in those dark times.

[Editor's Note: Jamie was 8 in 1982, you do the math.]

Well anyway, that’s almost exactly what Streaks Motivational Calendar is like! It’s actually a fantastically simple concept for an app, but that’s what makes it so ingenious. Streaks is a simple motivational calendar which allows you to check off days as they go by, and that’s basically it in a nutshell. You want to quit smoking? Set up a calendar called, ‘Days Without Cigs’ and start marking off the days you successfully go without one. It’s the whole visual progress thing, it gives you something a little more than just knowing in your head that you’re reaching your goals, whatever they may be.

Like I said, it’s so simple it’s shocking. Any kind of thing you want to keep track of such as cardio workouts, or days without chocolate, or half-hour meditation sessions, or how long you can go without punching another person in the face. There’s something deeply satisfying about making that little X to show that you’ve once again done something you’ve set out to do. Streaks keeps track of the longest period that you’ve done whatever it is you’re trying to do, hence the name Streaks. If you miss a day or more, the app resets your current streak count and starts counting again all while reminding what your longest successful streak was.

It appears that you can have any number of calenders, tracking multiple things, and it couldn’t be simpler to setup; simply give your new calendar a name and start marking time. It’s just that easy and uncomplicated and that, for me, is pretty refreshing to find for such a useful app. Streaks [iTunes link] is well worth the $1.99 price at the iTunes App Store; if you’re like me and find yourself taking two steps forward and 1 step back when it comes to accomplishing certain things then you will no doubt find Streaks very useful and rewarding.





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iPhone 4 international speed tests

iPhone 4 international speed tests
iPhone 4 international Speed Test You know the drill — iPhone 4 just went on sale in 17 additional countries so hit up your favorite speed test (I used the speedtest.net app) and let us know how the new HSUPA (high speed upload) radio is treating you. (And if you’re in the US and have just gotten yours fixed, let us [...]

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iPhone 4 international Speed Test

You know the drill — iPhone 4 just went on sale in 17 additional countries so hit up your favorite speed test (I used the speedtest.net app) and let us know how the new HSUPA (high speed upload) radio is treating you.

(And if you’re in the US and have just gotten yours fixed, let us know how that’s working as well).

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uTorrent 3.0 features live streaming video and uTorrent Web, works with iPad and Android

uTorrent 3.0 features live streaming video and uTorrent Web, works with iPad and Android

Filed under: Utilities, Windows, P2P


uTorrent, one of the most popular BitTorrent clients around, just got an update so big that they renumbered the version from 2.1 to 3.0. What new features were that important? Streaming torrents, for one, and a web interface that works on iPad and Android, for another. uTorrent 3.0 is now in alpha and available for download.

To use the new web interface, download uTorrent 3.0 -- for Windows only, so far, sorry! -- and set a username and password in your preferences. Then you can log in at web.utorrent.com on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and control your torrents on the go. Convenient!

As for streaming, there's a new protocol called Project Pheon that has been in the works for some time. It's not for streaming movies and TV shows from torrent files, though (that feature was added back in 2009). It's about live video broadcasts, a la Justin.TV or Ustream. Apparently, the latency is impressively low. Let me know if you have any luck testing out this new protocol.
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