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Google new browser concept is without URL bar?

Raymond Wong at Dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/raymond_wong) reports that some mockups from Google seems to be “[…] killing the URL address bar in its Chrome web browser. Always looking to shave pixels off of its Chrome web browser, Google is toying around with four different layouts that could drastically change the way you browse the web: classic, compact, sidetab and touch. The most notable change is of course the “compact” version that does away with the URL bar, and puts “multiple URL bars into tabs.” It essentially gives you more vertical pixels, which means less scrolling within websites. […]” (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/google-is-think.php, original article at Lifehacker and by Wolfgang Gruener at http://www.conceivablytech.com/5746/products/google-may-kill-chrome-url-bar/).

I think that browsing has made lot of step forwards during time, but one thing remained quite the same the URL bar. But I’ m confident that Google usability magicians will be able to imagine something without the bar.

This post as a comment also at   http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/google-is-think.php


Fix desynchronized video and audio

Adam Pash from Lifehacker wrote sometime ago an how to on how to fix desynced audio and video with VLC, but a similar method works also with other players (full article at http://lifehacker.com/367558/fix-desynchronized-video-and-audio-with-vlc).

Adam explains “[….] In the VLC Preferences, click on Audio and then tick the Advanced options checkbox;there is an Audio desynchronization compensation setting that allows you to set apositive or negative time delay between the video and audio tracks in milliseconds.”

If you find this useful consider telling Adam at his own site


Facebook revisited: do we really need another email system?

Tim Conneally at Beta news (http://www.betanews.com/author/tim) reports that “[…] Popular social networking site Facebook today announced it is rolling out a whole new messaging system over the next few months that “isn’t just e-mail,” but integrates four common ways users communicate: email, Facebook messages and chat, and SMS, and archives it all in a single thread. [….]” (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427).

Same thing is done by Sharon Gaudin at Computerworld (full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196618/Facebook_messaging_throws_a_blow_at_Google), Jacqui Cheng at Ars technica (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars), John Brownlee at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/jbrownlee/ and full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/), Om Malik at Giga OM (http://gigaom.com/author/om/ and full article at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook) and Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system).

In some ways it reminds me Google wave, but I wish for Facebook it doesn’t follow the same path.

I agree with Google CEO that this new Facebook features aren’t a threat to Google activities, because the target is different (Google is a quite serious email provider and most of all is more secure than Facebook) and though messaging is integrated with Facebook, IMHO Google is more usable.

Again, I understand FB need to cover a gap and use his vast “installed base” (or addressable market),  but it would have better consolidate and strengthen his features before getting into a such complex addon, with no (substanntial) innovations and more risks for privacy.

This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427, at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9196618#comment-708663, at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars?comments=1&p=21020590#comment-21020590, at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/comment-page-1/#comment-3924221, at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook/?go_commented=1#comment-513643 and at http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system


AppMakr, a good iPhone development application

Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/adachis/posts/) writes an article on a site called AppMakr that helps you building you iPhone app in WYSWYGstyle (Full article at http://lifehacker.com/5673309/appmakr-helps-you-create-your-own-iphone-app-for-free-no-coding-necessary)

Hope that Apple doesn’t go through this site and decide to do some legal mumbo jumbo on this, because though app store is really rich of apps, new ways of development are welcome.

This post as a comment also at http://lifehacker.com/5673309/appmakr-helps-you-create-your-own-iphone-app-for-free-no-coding-necessary


Breaking into Windows more or less complex, depends on you

Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker reports some different ways to break into windows or prevent others from doing so, ranging from using a Linux liveCD to access files to more complex passsword attacks (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5674972/how-to-break-into-a-windows-pc-and-prevent-it-from-happening-to-you).

Nicely written and usefull, at least to understand a little more.


Ubuntu 10.10 Final release

Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker reports the Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) announcement that Ubuntu 10.10 Final is ready for release (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5660245/ubuntu-1010-final-release-now-available).

I agree that it has no big changes, but definitely is a good fine tuning.

This post as a comment also at http://lifehacker.com/5660245/ubuntu-1010-final-release-now-available


Preventing iTunes updating jailbroken devices

Whitson Gordon at Gizmodo (http://lifehacker.com/people/Gyroscope352/posts/) reports a trick to prevent jailbroken iPhones from being updated (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5659226/prevent-itunes-from-updating-jailbroken-devices-with-a-bash-script and original article at http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100912150621603).

I’m not sure it will last forever, but in the mean time…for those who need it, here it is.


Google url shortener open to the public

Tom Krazit at Cnet (http://www.cnet.com/profile/Tom+Krazit/) reports that Google service to shorten urls (goo.gl at http://goo.gl/)  is now open the public, while previosuly available only through Google toolbar. (full article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20018212-265.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20).

Same argument is covered by Nancy Messieh at Make use of (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-url-shortener-launches-website-news/), Matthew Humpries at Geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/Matthew/, full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/now-everyone-can-use-the-google-url-shortener-goo-gl-20100930), Martin at ghacks (http://www.ghacks.net/author/martin/, full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/10/01/goo-gl-google-url-shortener-do-we-really-need-it/), Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/adachis/posts/, full article at http://lifehacker.com/5652533/google-url-shortener-finally-gets-its-own-web-site)

I think is a good service and I understand the option of make it available through a dedicated site. On the other side, I don’t think will be a remarkable service from Google (Maybe I don’t catch where is the innovation,while I understand where is a differentiator).

This post as a comment also at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20018212-265.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 and at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-url-shortener-launches-website-news/#disqus_thread and at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/now-everyone-can-use-the-google-url-shortener-goo-gl-20100930/comment-page-1/#comment-3889247 and at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/10/01/goo-gl-google-url-shortener-do-we-really-need-it/ and at http://lifehacker.com/5652533/google-url-shortener-finally-gets-its-own-web-site


iOS 4 Manual delivered

For those having an iPhone with iOS 4 installed or just curious of knowing the features, Kevin Purdy at Lifehacker gives us the direct links to Apple iOS4 manuals (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5574305/apples-ios-4-manual-explains-the-nitty+gritty-of-new-iphones, Apple site at http://support.apple.com/manuals/, TUAW article at http://www.tuaw.com/2010/06/25/apple-releases-iphone-user-guide-for-ios-4/).

Direct links for download at http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iPhone_iOS4_User_Guide.pdf for iPhones and at http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iPod_touch_iOS4_User_Guide.pdf for iPod touch.

I only wonder why every time a software is released there’s a quest for finding the manuals in the overload of information that follow the release 🙂

This post as a comment also at http://lifehacker.com/5574305/apples-ios-4-manual-explains-the-nitty+gritty-of-new-iphones and at http://www.tuaw.com/2010/06/25/apple-releases-iphone-user-guide-for-ios-4/2#comments


Computer overheat

Erica Ho at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/ericamho/posts/), writes an article on how to prevent computer overheating (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5570909/how-to-prevent-your-computer-from-overheating-and-why-its-important).

Take a look at it, may save you pc from some unwanted crashes or damages.


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