Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek. Find her also at lnct.org.
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Facebook have finally released an update for their Facebook app and it is now officially iPad compatible. Facebook app for iOS has been around for ages, but strangely enough, it was never adjusted for the iPad. For iPad users, the latest update means big, high-resolution pictures and full utilization (finally) of the iPad’s bigger screen.
Let me start by saying that this is not a rant against smartphones, or a call for everyone to go back to Nokia 6070s. I think smartphones are basically awesome and I have nothing against the basic idea of replacing our phones with mini-computers. My problem starts when the lines between fun and work, between alone and together, between communication and confusion – become blurred.
The world is divided into two: keyboard lovers and mouse lovers. If you’re a mouse lover and always wished you could do everything with it (on your computer, anyway), it might be time to try some gestures tools. Take your pick from the list below and enjoy a new way to move your body even less while using the computer.
Many people tend to forget that no matter what their privacy settings are, everything they do on Facebook is visible to Facebook. Even if you choose your status updates to be seen just by a few people, Facebook can still use it for their own agenda. uProtect.it is a tool that helps you solve just this problem, and adds an extra security layer to all of your Facebook communications.
Adobe has announced the upcoming release of six new apps designed for tablets, along with a new cloud sharing platform. The new apps go by the name of Adobe Touch Apps, and are aimed at creative tablet users who don’t have the need for an expensive creative suite. The new apps will sell for $9.99 each on the Android Market, and there isn’t a price tag yet nor even a proper announcement for the iOS versions.
Microsoft has announced that we should all “give Hotmail another look“. This does not mean that Hotmail’s whole interface is changed forever, but there are certainly some new additions that are mainly aimed at e-mail organization and war against “greymail”. The most exciting part of this announcement is the release of an official Hotmail Android […]
Many workplaces nowadays find it prudent to prevent their employees from surfing certain websites. Leading that pack of blocked websites is Facebook. Facebook is a true phenomena in our social lives today, and many employers feel that leaving Facebook open for free surfing will cause a major waste of time and loss of productivity. But is it true? Is blocking Facebook really that smart?
Humble Indie Bundle is back! Only two months after the previous installment, you can now download Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle from the Humble Bundle website. The bundle is a bit different this time, and includes only one game – Frozen Synapse – and a bonus game: TRAUMA. Both games work on Windows, Mac and Linux and are DRM free.
There’s one thing about Gtalk that really bothers me. I can only see it when I’m in the Gmail tab, and I easily miss new messages because the only notification I get is when the title of the tab blinks. True, I could go for a desktop client, but many times I have to use other computers, and I can’t always install whatever I want. What then? I set out to find in-browser solutions that will solve this Gtalk problem once and for all.
Amazon has finally launched their much awaited tablet – Kindle Fire. The new lean mean machine is basically a 7-inch Android tablet for only $199, on which you can do anything you would be able to do on a regular wi-fi tablet. In short, Fire is not just for books, it’s for movies, apps, music, and more.
One of my favorite features in Windows 7 is Aero Glass. There’s something really appealing about the whole Aero look, and I love changing the look and feel of my system by changing Aero colors. But Windows 7 only offers 14 pre-set Aero colors, and if I need a change I have to go to my display options and do it manually. So Aero colors are a lovely thing, but let’s admit it, they’re a bit limited.
Today, Facebook will start rolling out their new “Timeline” profile to everyone. Some of you may have enabled it already, but for the rest, the change is dramatic and will turn Facebook profiles as we know them upside down. Your Facebook profile will now (or soon) take the shape of a timeline going all the way back to the day you were born.
Google has launched a brand new look for Blogger – Dynamic Views. These are basically seven new themes that are meant to revolutionize Blogger’s user experience. The new themes are built with AJAX, HTML5 and CSS, and are designed to create a new feel and look for both authors and users. The new designs should be easy to implement and quick to load.
MSN Messenger has been rising in popularity ever since it stole ICQ’s thunder back in the day. I used to be an ICQ fan and never really managed to like anything that came out under the Messenger name. Having said that, I was using it for a couple of years before finding a better solution in Miranda IM.
Google announced a new feature yesterday for Google+ called circle sharing. You can now share whole circles with your friends, and thus introduce or suggest people to them easily. This is especially useful for professional circles. If you want, for example, to share all your professional contacts with your colleagues, you can now do it in two clicks.