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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 »

Firefox 5 available for download, official release on June 21

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Last month we talked about the Firefox 5 beta and the new faster update cycle that Mozilla has adopted to keep up with the new kid on the block, Google Chrome. Now the final version of Firefox 5 is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

With Firefox 5, you get support for CSS animations and improved performance over Firefox 4. The browser is yet to be launched officially though, which will happen on June 21. However, you can still head to Mozilla’s FTP servers and download the version appropriate for your computer’s operating system. Read more »

Nuance releases Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5, let’s you post verbally to Facebook and Twitter

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I’m sure you are all familiar with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. It lets you input text or control certain functions of your computer just by using your voice. With the latest 11.5 update, it has learned a new trick. You can now send messages on Facebook and Twitter using your voice. All you have to do is say “Post to Facebook [your message]” or “Post to Twitter [your message]” and the software will do the rest.

But that’s not all. There is also a new Dragon Remote Microphone app for iOS, which lets you use the device as a wireless mic for your PC. Read more »

Google introduces three new features for desktop: Voice search, Image search and Instant pages

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Google introduced a trio of new features that make searching from a desktop computer so much better. The first feature is Voice search, something that has been around on mobiles for a while.

Then there’s the Search by image feature, which does what it says and is surprisingly good at it and convenient to use too. There’s Google’s latest attempt to speed up browsing as well, called Instant Pages. Read more »

Hail to the king, baby! Duke Nukem Forever is out, I have the Balls of Steel edition [VIDEO]

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Today the world is coming to an end. All Hell is freezing. Pigs can fly. Many of you will sell their soul to the devil to repay those bets they’ve made years ago. Yes, it’s been 14 long years, but it’s finally here.

Duke Nukem Forever is out. And I’ve secured the special Balls of Steel edition in all of its glory – and here comes the unboxing on video.

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Microsoft plan on bringing self-branded tablets to market in 2012 but are they cool enough?

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It doesn’t take a genius to note that thus far the Windows 8 tech demos we’ve seen have had a big emphasis on touch interface and share a heck of a lot with Windows Phone’s Metro UI. What is more Windows 8 will almost certainly be hitting a host of tablets as well as the next generation of desktops and laptops.

mocked up windows 8 tablet on GSM Arena

Those such as ARM have already demoed a few devices with some iteration of Windows 8 but what about Microsoft stamping their own branding on a tablet. Read more »

Google Chrome 12 gets a stable release, go get it now

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The Google Chrome web browser got a new stable release – version 12 – which brings along a safer browsing experience and faster graphic performance.

The Chrome browser got safer with the enhancements added to its Safe Browsing technology. It will warn you if you’re about to enter a site with malicious content or a phishing site (a site, which tricks you into sharing personal and secure information) and will also warn you while trying to download malware. Read more »

Google Maps on Android getting live public transit timetables

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Google Maps is in league with some transit agencies in the US and Spain and Italy to give its users live updates and time tables right there on your PC or mobile device. They will tell you how long until your bus (train, etc.) will arrive at your stop.

This is actually pretty cool and is already available with no updates whatsoever for desktop browsers and Android smartphones. The currently covered cities are Turin (Italy), Madrid, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Google says that’s just the beginning. Read more »

Mac OS X Lion – all you need to know

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Today’s Apple WWDC started with Mac OS X Lion. The Lion has already been announced and most features have been presented before, but still Apple has saved us a few new things for today.

Mac OS X Lion will bring 250 new features, will cost $30 to upgrade from Snow Leopard and will become available (only) via the Mac AppStore in July.

Now let’s start with those features: Read more »

Sony Pictures gets hacked, 1 million accounts compromised, 50,000 released into the torrent wilderness

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Someone did it again. The LulzSec hacker group has compromised more than 1 million Sony Pictures accounts and had the opportunity to steal EVERYTHING. But the guys didn’t.

Due to the lack of resources, the hackers copied only a few thousand accounts and released them on various torrent trackers as a proof. Read more »

HTC Play could be a new online store for games by HTC

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HTC filed a request at the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect the term HTC Play as a trademark. Reportedly this is the name of a future HTC-exclusive app market for games (I’m guessing Android ones), to which every HTC phone will have access.

Now I’m not sure if another app store is what we most need at the moment, as there are, what, 10 of them already? You have the Amazon store you have the Opera store, a couple of obscure ones like SlideMe and, of course, the Android Market . I just don’t see the point. Android started off as a unified OS with its own ecosystem, spanning through manufacturer to manufacturer. Now there are Xperia PLAY-exclusive games, exclusive application stores and this all makes the choice of which droid to grab all the harder for the end user. Read more »