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Skype for Mac updated, adds support for Lion and HD video calling

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After launching an iPad version of their app and updating the Android version to support more devices in the last few days, Skype has now turned its attention to their Mac application, which has just been bumped to version 5.3.

The two major changes in this new version include support for OS X Lion as well as HD video calling. Read more »

Google adds preview pane to Gmail, makes us wonder what took it so long

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The Google dev team announced a new feature for the Gmail web interface. The world’s most popular mailbox just got a preview pane, which allows you to check out an email without opening.

It’s almost hard to believe that this feature, which has been available on most desktop email clients and even the web interfaces of some competing mail services for a while now, is only now making its way to Gmail. Read more »

Apple releases Find My Mac for developers with iCloud beta access

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Find My iPhone, that convenient service from Apple that you wish you would never have to use, has found its way to the Mac. Aptly renamed to Find My Mac, this new service does what it did on the iPhone, it helps you track down your Mac in case you have lost it.

The service is currently available only to developers who have access to the iCloud service. Along with being able to locate your Mac, Find My Mac can also play a sound, send a message, remotely lock it and even wipe the hard drive clean to prevent unauthorized access. Read more »

The latest official Firefox design mockups are the stuff of the future

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Now it’s been a while since we last saw Firefox get a facelift, but you can bet the guys over at the Mozilla camp are hard at work designing the next-gen Firefox.

The design mockups that I am about to show you say a lot about the direction the team is going. The next major Firefox edition will have a minimalistic, button-less face where the various buttons are cleverly situated along the nooks and crannies of the Menu shortcut and the tabs so that less space is wasted.

I really dig the direction the Mac OS version is going in and though I’m not familiar with the current design on this platform, I really hope we see more of that mojo transferred to Windows too. Read more »

Microsoft adds native support for previewing RAW image files in Windows

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Downloading Microsoft’s camera codec pack (16.0.0652.0621) will enable your Windows 7 or Vista OS to show RAW format pictures in Windows Explorer and Photo Gallery and it has support for about 120 DSLR cameras. This means that you’ll no longer get the “unknown file” icon when looking into an album of RAW format images.

The RAW photo format is like a digital negative of a photo made with a DSLR camera. It contains (ideally!) uncompressed data from each individual pixel of the camera’s sensor and in layman’s terms it’s a bigger, unprocessed version of the JPEG photo. Read more »

Microsoft Q2 results are out – things are looking good

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Microsoft has just released their financial results for the quarter ending in June and it appears that all is rosy at Redmond. The company recorded its highest ever revenue – $17.37 billion, which is 8% higher than Q2 of 2010.

Profits rose by the amazing 30% over the same period of last year and reached $5.87 billion. Just about every division of the company had a good quarter, but the Entertainment & Devices division is certainly the most impressive with its 30% growth in revenue, driven by the hugely successful Xbox 360. Read more »

Apple launches Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, available through the Mac App Store only

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Apple has just released the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion into the Mac App Store. It’s available everywhere and you can get it right now.

The Lion requires a compatible Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. It costs $30/€24 and you can find it in the Mac App Store right away. Read more »

Mac OS X Lion hitting the App Store on July 20, hopes you have finished backing up by now

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We finally have a proper date from Apple regarding the launch of their latest and greatest operating system for the Mac. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said during today’s earnings call that the Mac OS X Lion will be available for download starting July 20, which is only a couple of hours from now.

Just to refresh your memory, Lion will be available for download from the Mac App Store for $29.99 and will weigh in at around 4GB. For $50, you will be able to turn Lion into Lion Server. Mac OS X Lion brings 250+ new features, including stuff like advanced multi-touch gestures, full-screen apps, Read more »

Mozilla launches Firefox Beta 6, seems to be in an awful lot of hurry

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Continuing with their newly adopted speedy release cycle for Firefox, Mozilla has now launched the first beta for the Firefox 6 desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers along with the Android version.

The following are the list of changes in the desktop version of Firefox 6: Read more »

Facebook now offers video and voice calling to your Facebook buddies, thanks to Skype

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Now here’s something you may have been expecting for some time. At a dedicated Facebook event today, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced some new Facebook features that are going to make their way in the already popular online social service (popular as in 750 million user base popular).

Now the powerful Facebook messaging system gets the option for video calls, group chats and some other new things. Read more »

Google redesigns Gmail and Calendar, makes it cleaner and more minimalistic

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Hot on the heels of the Google+ launch Google has updated the look of two of its most popular web apps, Gmail and Calendar. The new look jibes well with the look of the new Google homepage and Google+, providing a more unified interface.

In Gmail you will notice just how clean the new interface is. Every thing looks simpler, focused, more direct. There is also plenty of negative space being used to provide some relief to your eyes and the whole thing seem less cluttered. Read more »

Internet Explorer 10 second platform preview out

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A popular joke has it that Microsoft’s default browser best feature is that it allows you to download a rival browser. But the fact is that IE is still the most popular browser worldwide and one that Microsoft is dead set on pushing to all of its devices – PCs, tablets and WP7 smartphones.

So the release of the second platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 should still be pretty good news. Meant mainly for developers those platform previews are hardly anything to download and use on your PC, but they are a good indication that a release is nearing. Who knows, maybe Microsoft will finally be able to arrest the fall of IE market share. Read more »

Opera 11.5 is out now, few novelties but still a great looker. Opera users are now 200 million.

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The Opera browser has received yet another update – version 11.5. Bringing performance updates, widgets for the Speed Dial (like weather), as well as improvements to the Opera Link sync service.

The new “live” Speed Dial means that widgets can be placed where only webpages used to be. So now you can, for example, place a weather widget on a Speed Dial window and it will display weather information for a city of your choice with hourly updates. Read more »

Google+ is GOOG’s latest foray on social networking, is all about social circles and hanging out

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Google has had several attempts at cracking social networking and it’s fair to say that they weren’t terribly successful (there were lawsuits involved). The latest project, called Google+, however looks like it could be a winner.


           XKCD describes Google+ in a nutshell

After having a quick look at it, it’s a lot like Facebook (as XKCD so eloquently put it) but it also differs from Facebook in some respects. Read more »

Firefox 5 now officially available for download on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android

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Just as promised, today Mozilla released the next version of their widely popular Firefox browser. Firefox 5.0 has been available for download through the company FTP servers for a couple of days now, but now that it’s officially finalized you can get if straight from the Mozilla website or the Android Market.

According to the developers Firefox 5.0 brings over 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements compared to its predecessor. That is no mean feat considering that its development only took three months. Read more »