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Dave LeClair

Alternative Monetization Manager / Joined 28 June, 2011

Dave LeClair (Twitter) loves games on console, PC, mobile, handheld, and any electronic device that is capable of playing them! Check out his podcast on Twitch.

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Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]

Browsers Linux

Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]

The official release of Firefox version 8 is actually on Tuesday, but as happens with most Firefox releases, you can actually download the final version a bit early. Fear not, this is not some crazy hack method or anything. You are downloading the files directly from Mozilla’s servers, so you can rest assured that it is safe.

07-11-2011
Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]
YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]

Internet

YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]

Just recently YouTube put out a nice update that made some changes to the end of the video screen and the playlist feature, and now they are at it again, bringing an update to their movie page. Everything looks a lot cleaner now on the new page, and it is certainly easier to navigate. I would say the layout looks somewhat similar to Netflix, which is a good thing.

05-11-2011
YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]
2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]

Browsers

2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]

Google Docs is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to collaborate with multiple people on a single document. It offers a slew of features that make it easy to collaborate with others. However, there are always ways to improve, and thankfully that is where extensions come in. There are two particularly useful ones that I am going to take a look at today.

04-11-2011
2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]
Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]

Windows

Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]

A new virus is making the rounds, and this one has the potential to be very serious. The Duqu virus has source code similar to Stuxnet, which was believed to have played havoc with Iran’s nuclear program. Everyone is looking to unlock the secret behind this serious virus, but for now it looks like it is being linked with a piece of software downloaded from corrupted Microsoft Word documents.

04-11-2011
Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]
Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones

iPhone and iPad

Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones

One of the most talked about features of Apple’s new mobile operating system is the ability to add custom SMS and alert tones to your iPhone. Back in the old days the iPhone limited users to only a few SMS tones, which is why everywhere you went all you heard was that annoying tritone sound. Thankfully, with iOS 5, Apple included many more ringtones right off the bat, and you can add more.

02-11-2011
Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones
WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]

Mac

WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]

Sometimes, when you are trying to write seriously, all the bells and whistles of a word processor can cause more harm than help. When I am in the zone, the last thing I want is all kinds of flashy buttons and crazy little paper clips talking to me and telling me I made a typo. All this does is break my train of thought and completely derail a project. That is where WriteRoom comes in.

02-11-2011
WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]
Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]

Internet

Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]

It feels like it has been a long time, but Google finally updated their popular RSS reader with a new look and some minor new features. The first and most obvious change is the overall look of the app. The basic functionality behind it all is the same, but I have to say that the new look is a lot nicer, and it feels a lot cleaner than the old one.

01-11-2011
Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]
5 Things I Want From Next Generation Video Game Consoles [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

5 Things I Want From Next Generation Video Game Consoles [MUO Gaming]

The current generation of video game consoles is the longest in recent memory. The Xbox 360 came out over 6 years ago, and the PlayStation 3 came out shortly after that. Typically, a console lasts for around 5 years before phasing out in favor of some new, more powerful hardware. However, with this generation, Microsoft and Sony seem to be in no hurry to get their latest consoles to market.

01-11-2011
5 Things I Want From Next Generation Video Game Consoles [MUO Gaming]
Recover Facebook With A Little Help From Your Friends [News]

Internet

Recover Facebook With A Little Help From Your Friends [News]

Facebook is constantly bringing something new to their service, and this one is interesting. It is not the typical Facebook story about some new change to the news feed or a completely new looking profile, but rather, this is a interesting way to recover your Facebook account in the unfortunate event that it becomes the target of an evil password stealing hacker.

30-10-2011
Recover Facebook With A Little Help From Your Friends [News]
6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S [Opinion]

iPhone and iPad

6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S [Opinion]

Some time has passed since the iPhone 4S hit the market, and everyone is screaming from the mountaintops about it. I am coming from a 3GS so the improvements are leaps and bounds for me. I could see how someone coming from an iPhone 4 might not see the changes as profoundly as I do, but nonetheless, the changes are there, and they are noticeable.

28-10-2011
6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S [Opinion]
Microsoft & Mozilla Team Up To Bring A Bing Powered Version Of Firefox [News]

Browsers

Microsoft & Mozilla Team Up To Bring A Bing Powered Version Of Firefox [News]

Mozilla recently put out a new version of their popular browser called Firefox with Bing. As the creative name implies, it is Firefox but with Bing running behind the scenes. Basically, this changes the search engine in the awesome bar and the search bar to Bing, instead of Firefox’s staple, Google. It also changes the default homepage to Bing.com.

28-10-2011
Microsoft & Mozilla Team Up To Bring A Bing Powered Version Of Firefox [News]
Use Gogobot To Capture, Share & Plan Your Travels

Internet iPhone and iPad

Use Gogobot To Capture, Share & Plan Your Travels

When you go on a trip, there are certain things you always need to take with you. Things like underwear, socks, toothpaste and deodorant are necessary if your trip is to be a success. Gogobot hopes that their new iPhone application, along with their website will be another addition. After all, knowing what you are going to do on a trip is just as important as making sure you have all the right stuff.

26-10-2011
Use Gogobot To Capture, Share & Plan Your Travels
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