Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Apple Approves Skyfire Browser That Can Play Flash Video

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Apple has approved the Skyfire mobile browser which is capable of playing Flash video. It will be available in the App Store soon.

According to CNNMoney, Skyfire will be available for download at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday for $2.99.

To get around Apple's restriction, Skyfire came up with an innovative solution: When users click on a page that contains Flash video, Skyfire's servers download, render and translate the video into HTML5, which is a Web standard that iOS devices support. Skyfire then displays a thumbnail that users can click on to stream the video from its servers. "We will attack those pesky blue Flash error messages," said Jeffrey Glueck, Skyfire's CEO.



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Google to Launch Its Own-Brand Chrome OS Smartbook?

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Global brand vendors are expected to launch smartbooks based on Google Chrome OS later this month. Google is said to be readying its own-brand notebook similar to how it released the Nexus One smartphone, according to a DigiTimes report.

Google's Chrome notebook is expected to be manufactured by Inventec with initial shipments to reach 60,000-70,000 units. The Google Chrome notebook will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels.

The sources pointed out that after Google announced its Chrome notebook, Acer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) will follow suit and launch their products in December, at the earliest, to test the water. Both vendors' products will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while Asustek Computer is currently still observing the market.



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Sophos Offers Free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac

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Sophos today announced the availability of a free Mac anti-virus product for home users. Based on Sophos's flagship security software, which protects over 100 million business users worldwide, Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available for consumers to download at no charge.

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac provides automatic detection against existing and new threats for Mac OS X. The free software also incorporates strong disinfection capabilities, capable of removing malware infections that may already be present on the Mac computer.

Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Macs, there is a growing concern that, as Mac OS X market-share continues to grow, the operating system will become a more attractive target for cybercriminals.

"While most businesses recognise the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not," said Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos. "By offering free industrial-strength security to home users, we aim to protect Mac users against today's and tomorrow's Mac threats. Everyone knows that Macs are beautiful computers - Sophos wants to lend a hand to keep them that way."

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition provides automatic on-access detection, running in the background - meaning Mac users are constantly protected against Windows and Mac viruses, worms, spyware and Trojans.




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Apple Drops Price of the Mac Mini in Some Countries

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Apple has dropped the price of the Mac Mini in some international markets by up to €100.

The Mac Mini is now available for €709 from most European stores. In the UK the Mac Mini now costs £599, down from £649.

The Mac mini with Leopard Server has also been discounted to €999 from €1149.

Upon request from Apple, Macerkopf was informed that the price reduction applies to all countries where the device is not priced in U.S. dollars




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Grazing Web Browser for iPad Adds Sharing, Ad Blocking, TV Out

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The Grazing Web Browser for iPad has been updated with Ad Blocking, Sharing, and TV Out.

Grazing is an alternative web browser for the iPad designed for powerful multitab browsing, flexible searches, and more.

Features include:
- Lots of tabs: Open dozens of tabs, and select and view them from a sidebar, menu, or thumbnail view.
- Thumbpad: Innovative optional Thumbpad lets you open link in the background, switch tabs, and page-up and -down.
- Searches: Easily switch and customize search engines.
- Ad blocking
- TV/video out with supported dock cables
- Sharing: advanced sharing with Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, and lots of other services
- and a lot more, including Find-on-Page, search for selected text, and bookmarks.

What's New In This Version:
- Ad Blocking - hostname-based ad blocking to improve performance, reduce memory load, and declutter web pages. Ad blocking can be enabled/disabled in the settings.

- Sharing - Grazing now includes the Sharekit library, which allows advanced sharing with Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and a lot of other services. Sharing can be done from the Action menu or in the context menu for a link.

- TV Out - Web pages will be output automatically when iPad is attached to a monitor or TV.

Tweaks:
- Smoother scrolling and overall performance and memory handling improvements.
- Most settings are now accessed from the Actions menu in the application itself (instead of the iPad settings application).
- Memory Warnings can now be disabled from the settings.
- You can now access the Thumbnail View with a 4-finger tap on the web page.
- "New Tab" button added to thumbnail view.
- Tabs for links will open next to their parent tab to preserve context. (This can be disabled with the "Open New Tab Next To Parent Tab" setting.)
- Url scheme "grazing://" will open in Grazing on the iPad. See website for details on an "Open in Grazing" bookmarklet for Safari.
- App Store and iTunes applications can be launched from a contextual button when accessing appropriate sites. (App Store links will no longer throw you to the App Store immediately.)
- Typing immediately after tapping the URL bar will replace the current URL; if you'd like to edit the current URL, tap it a second time.
- Help button added to Action menu.
- Status bar at the bottom of the browser has been replaced with more visible status notifications.

Fixes:
- Touching the status bar should now consistently scroll to the top of the page.
- Email and bookmark features should now react appropriately to certain rotations.
- Assorted bugfixes and housekeeping.

You can purchase Grazing Web Browser from the App Store for $1.99.







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Apple Reminds Developers to Submit iOS 4.2 Apps for Review

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Apple has sent an email to iOS developers reminding them to submit any apps they want released when iOS 4.2 becomes available.

iOS 4.2 SDK GM seed and iOS 4.2 GM seed are now available from the iOS Dev Center. Build, test, and compile your apps with these new releases and submit them for review so they can be ready when iOS 4.2 is available to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users.


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The 58-inch iPhone Table in Action [Video]

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This is the first video of the 58-inch Table.Connect iPhone in action. Table Connect for iPhone is a project to bring the iPhone's interface and multitouch capabilities to a 58-inch table.

Yesterday we had a short visit from a friend and he was lucky enough to be the first outsider to test our alpha firmware on the Table Connect for iPhone. 

Take a look below...




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