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A creative advert showing the features of the Google Chrome browser.
A new Welsh phrase book, Learn Welsh, has been released for the iPhone. The phrase book is the first of its kind and is divided into twelve themed sections that include greetings, common phrases, food and drink, and travelling.
As well as seeing each word, users can hear a pronunciation. There is also a feature that allows uers to test themselves as they learn.
Techradar.com has posted some original sketches and screenshots showing how Windows 7 may have looked. According to Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President for the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, there were over 400 sketches for the desktop experience alone.
Have you tried out the beta of Windows 7? I've only used it as a virtual machine but it seems fairly stable, boot quickly and isn't as annoying as Vista. If you have, here are 10 tips and tricks including a few must-knows (be careful with MP3s)
Related: Lifehacker has some information on how to get more themes for Windows 7. It's nice to see one featuring a village in Wales.
To celebrate its birthday, Checkpoint Software is giving away the pro version of ZoneAlarm absolutely free for 24 hours. To get download the software visit this link before 6am PST tomorrow morning (2pm GMT).
I used to use ZoneAlarm a long long time ago but didn't get on too well with it. I'm sure it has improved since then and it was rated as one of the top five firewalls by the readers of Lifehacker. [via]
Google has released a version of Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The application takes advantage of the accelerometer and all of the regular iPhone features such as 'pinching' and 'twisting'. The application can also add links to Wikipedia entries and photos from Panoramio.
As I'm using an iPod Touch I can only test the application over a Wi-Fi connection but it is quick. I'm not sure how well it would work over a 3G connection.
ThinkNext has posted some screenshots and videos of Windows 7 (M3 Build 6780). At this stage, there is nothing groundbreaking and 'new features' include a lightweight version of Media Player, the integration of the ribbon UI into WordPad, a more complex calculator, a sticky notes application and no Sidebar (at least not in this build). [via]
Microsoft has started to introduce an update to WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) that will nags users of pirated copies of Windows XP Pro until they by a legitimate copy.
Every 60 minutes the desktop background will change to black and a message will appear in the lower right corner informing the user that their copy is not genuine.
If you're like me and you only get to see your desktop when you reboot your machine every few weeks then a black background wouldn't be much of an annoyance.
Microsoft say that this is something that XP users actually want:-
Lifehacker has a guide to recovering passwords from Windows, Windows applications, Macs, routers and browsers using free tools.
Mozilla is aiming to make Firefox 3 a record breaker. It wants the next release of its browser to be the most downloaded piece of software in a single 24-hour period.
Download Day will begin the minute Firefox 3 is generally available and continue for 24 hours. The Download Day website is asking for people to pledge to download the browser and wants people to place Download Day buttons on their websites.
Mozilla are predicting that 1.6m people will download the browser on its launch day sometime in June. [via]
Piky is a Windows-only application that acts as a 'basket' that you can drop files in that you want to move.
It runs as an Explorer extension and you simply add files and folders to you basket by right-clicking on them. Then you simply navigate to your destination and empty your basket. How handy is that?
Lifehacker's guide to the best free software and webapps of 2007.
In performance tests, Windows XP Service Pack 3 has out performed Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
I'm hardly surprised. We use Vista Business at Ozum and it's god awful. Applications constantly freeze/crash, I've had numerous BSODs, frequently peripherals such as the mouse and keyboard won't work after coming out of hibernation and it takes an age to transfer files between the PC and a thumb drive.
Every (?) Windows startup screen and sound.
A woman has been accused of having sex with 28-year-old son. Whilst being investigated for the rape of a 7-year-old girl, who is also believed to have watched the mother and son having sex, police learned that they had been having sex for many years. It doesn't come much sicker than this. I wonder if he kept her under the bed like on that episode of The X-Files?
The filehippo.com Update Checker is a small, free application that scans for installed applications on your computer and then checks if a new version is available on filehippo.com. Any new versions are displayed on a web page with a link to download the application.
smart2Go is a new mobile mapping application from Nokia that's free to download and use. You can use the application to plan routes in almost every country in the world with the maps being displayed in both 2D and 3D. For a fee you can also use it for GPS navigation. You will need a GPS device for this feature but you don't need a data connection to use the application. You can download map loader which will load selected maps onto your phone.
The site says that it is only available for S60 3rd Edition phones but Windows Mobile devices are liste don the download page.
A security expert claims that he can crash an in-flight entertainment system.
Giveaway of the Day offers a different piece of licensed software ever day for free. Sure you could download a cracked version from The Pirate Bay or get an open source alternative but this is a good way of legitimately getting commercial software for free.
Note: I'm not sure what the quality of the software is like or whether it is free of spyware.
One of the new features in Windows Vista is the ability to type the name of an application or file into the Start Menu rather than navigating to it with your mouse. This is far quicker than trawling through the Start Menu particularly if the application has been placed in a folder where you wouldn't expect it to be (e.g. The Sims 2 residing in an EA Games folder).
If you want this ability in Windows XP I suggest installing an application called Launchy. I have been using it for many months and I now use it so much that sometimes when using another computer I expect it to appear when I press Alt + Spacebar. I only use it to launch applications but you can configure it to open files as well.
BitTyrant is a new Azureus-based BitTorrent client that claims to increase your download performance. Not sure how it works or how well it works but it's gotta be worth a try. It can be a pain sometimes when you are connected to a ton of seeds but get a low download speed.
A Sim City fan is attempting to recreate all of New York City in Sim City 4. The project is already three years in the making and it looks like it will take a good few years more to complete.
Process Scanner is a free application that scans all the running processes on your PC and then generates an online report that analyses each of the processes. This is a handy way of quickly determining whether you have anything dodgy running on your system. This is much quicker than typing each of the processes into a search engine.
Darren Straight has posted some links to 60 day trials of the latest version of Microsoft Office applications. You can download some or all of the applications and try them completely free. It should keep you going until they are released early next year.
It seems that Windows Vista RTM has already been cracked (well sort-of). According to APCMag...
It's impressive how they managed to get a copy so quickly.
Google has released a downloadable Gmail application for Java-enabled phones. The application is an alterative to the mobile Gmail webiste (http://m.gmail.com) and offers a lot more features.
You can mark mail read or unread, star messages, report spam, archive mail and search messages. The application also has hot keys to speed navigation, supports attachments such as images, PDF's and Word documents and preserves the threaded conversations found in the full Gmail.
You can get the application by accessing http://gmail.com/app from your mobile phone.
If you are going to install the application on a smartphone like the Nokia N80 or N73, make sure you use the 'Services' browser rather than the 'Web' browser. If you access the download page using the Web browser the page will identify your phone as a Symbian 9 device (which is correct) but when you install and run the application you will get a Java error. If you use the Services browser the page will correctly identify the handset and serve a version of the application that will work.
Hot on the tails of the recently released IE7, here's the final version of Firefox 2. I've been using the Release Candidates on one of my machines for a few weeks and have been impressed. Mozilla have integrated a range of extensions including the very useful session saver and the ability to close individual tabs using a 'cross' icon on each tab. The built in spell checker is also handy.
One feature that I don't like is how the tabs now 'scroll of the screen' rather than staying on the same screen and getting progressively smaller as more tabs are added. Granted, as the tabs become smaller the titles disappeared but I prefer to see all my tabs open in one screen and could usually tell what each of the tabs were by the sites favicon. Maybe the feature can be turned off.
Supermarket chain Tesco is to continue it's takeover of the UK by releasing software under it's own brand at rock-bottom prices.
The retailer will launch Tesco-branded software in 100 stores this month. An initial range of six products, which will include office software and security suites, will sell for less than £20 each, massively undercutting rivals' prices.
The software launch will be accompanied by the opening of a new website, TescoSoftware.com. The site will offer customer support as well as allowing customers to buy the products.
My beta testing on Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2007, now called Microsoft Office Accounting 2007, finished recently and I've just received an email saying that I have been successful in receiving my gratuities. As part of the deal I get a copy of Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 (with a 1 year payroll license), Microsoft Office 2007 and £150 in cash. I never realised Microsoft were so generous when it came to beta testing.
Incidentally, it is now available as a public beta and can be downloaded here.