The desktop search arena is an interesting one, with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and even some independants all vying for your attention. Today, Google dropped a major upgrade to its desktop search tool appropriately called Google Desktop 2. This one includes a Sidebar, which allows you to view and manage just about every component of your search experience, including stock management, weather, Gmail, Outlook information, RSS, and instant messaging. This one is for Windows users only, but I don’t see too many Mac users complaining - after all, we have Spotlight.
We’ve also improved your desktop search experience. With Quick Find, you can now launch applications and see search results as you type without even opening a browser. We’ve also extended our Outlook integration, so you can search Google Desktop with the Outlook Toolbar and see results within Outlook itself. Finally, you can search even more stuff, including your Gmail, files on network drives, many Outlook data types (including Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Notes and Journal) and MSN Messenger chats. And if you yearn for even stronger security, you can encrypt your entire index.
Magix, a media software company, will release Movies on CD & DVD 4. For those of you unfamiliar with the previous versions of the software, this is a video authoring tool. Here are the newest features included in the latest version:
- Copyright-conforming backup copies and 1:1 DVD & (S)VCD duplicates
- MovieShow Maker with rhythmic editing and 12 styles
- Fully automatic TV ad killer
- Enhanced MPEG2 handling
- Easy On editing
- Practical Task Assistant
- Compatible autoplay CDs
- Perfect 1-click optimization
- Dynamic “picture-in-picture” effects
- Great effects combinations
- Improved DVD player menus
- Easy CD/DVD multi-copying
- Supports digital TV streams (DV)
- Burn extended CD-ROMs
- “Overburn” CD-R(W) blank disc
- Easy-to-follow disc capacity display
- Full screen program interface
- Enhanced MJPEG import options
This is a cool all-in-one type of software. You can make backups of your DVD’s - legally, according to them- bypassing those pesky copyrights usually blocking you from making copies of your DVD’s. However, it also converts your DV movies. An additional feature which I find extremely useful is the overburning CD-R’s If you like to make SVCD’s and VCD’s this is perfect for getting 900MB out of your burnable CD’s - pending on your burning hardware and CD-R manufacturer. The software comes out September 15th and will retail for $39.99. So go ahead and start
making backups of your DVD’s. Check out the press release after the jump.
This is a nifty little application for smartphone users. Photo Contacts PRO allows you to manage your pictures on your phone, and integrate them to your contacts. You can have a full screen photo pop up when you receive a call, or click on a photo to initiate a call. You can download a demo version on the site or purchase it for $26.95. Upgrade customers get a discount for a total of 14.95.
So you want to post something real quick to your Blogger site, but you’re on your laptop and can’t find a WiFi signal anywhere? Fret no more, Blogger’s heard your plea and now you can download this plug in for MS Word. Blogging on the go can’t get any simpler. R.I.P. bold, italics, and underline
tags, we hardly knew ye.
Read More | Blogger
Google continues its acquisitions of interesting, forward-thinking companies as they have just purchased Android. Little is known about the startup other than that they are 22 months old and have been working on software for mobile phones. If you check out the Android website, all you will see is a logo along with three Google Maps images of Seattle, Palo Alto, and Boston. Interesting. Google has been working hard on trying to build up their mobile resources. They also bought mobile social software company Dodgeball a few months ago.
Read More | BusinessWeek
Jon’s Phone Tool (or JPT) is the first highly evolved voice communications dialer that I’ve seen for the Mac yet. JPT supports Bluetooth phones, Vonage, Skype, SIP phones, the Asterisk PBX and a slew of other protocols - not to mention support for QuickSliver, AppleScript, the OS X Address Book, Palm Desktop and just about any other PIM/Automation tool you can throw at it. With a powerful tool like JPT it’s possible to automate calling friends and family, set up bulk faxing, or even set up your very own high call volume sales center. I’ve used it for a day now and I’m very impressed with its flexibility and power for both my personal and work needs.
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Some of us have gotten the opportunity to play around with the new Internet Explorer 7. While it is set to be a major release in the eyes of Microsoft, after using it myself it really does feel like Microsoft is trying to play catch up with this one. Well, new features aren’t all that IE7 has in store - check out the new Internet Explorer icon and logo! You go, Microsoft! Hey, wait - aren’t those Firefox colors in the new icon?
Read More | MSDN
With a lot of people wondering when PIM software for the PSP will be available, one creative guy by the name of Matan just might have a solution for you: Windows 95. He has successfully ported the Bochs emulator over to the PSP and has been able to run Windows 95 from a large Memory Stick Duo. While this emulation is slow, taking nearly 10 minutes to boot, it does provide full Windows 95 functionality. The directional pad and keys act as a mouse and you can use an on screen keyboard. The folks over at PSPLinux are shooting for native support so that should be faster, but they don’t have a working version yet. For all your PSP computing needs in the meanwhile, it looks like ghetto tech like Windows 95 is your friend.
Read More | PSP Bochs
When was the last time that you have been involved in a phone conversation where you wondered if the person you were speaking with was truly paying attention? If you have spoken to me on the phone anytime recently, then I know you have felt that feeling. The “Jerk-O-Meter” is exactly the device that people like me want to keep on the down low. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are at work developing software for cell phones that would analyze speech patterns along with voice tones to rate how engaged people are in a conversation. Time to brush up on your listening skills.
Nowadays it’s expected that any type of software that is released will get hacked by someone. Well, it seems hackers have made a very impressive hack to Mac OSX, which will allow it to be used on a PC. The better part to this is:
- Of course PC hardware has always run cheaper than its Mac counterpart
- The hacked version of OSX, named OSx86, runs faster on a PC than any G4 or G5 around
OSx86 is designed to run on Apple Computer’s next generation of hardware, which some call “MacIntels” and others “MacTels” because the machines will run on Intel microprocessors rather than the PowerPC processor used in current Macs. The hacked version of OSx86 is based on pirated software, which came from copies of the operating system sent to participants in the Apple Developer Connection. The ADC participants also received MacIntel computers for testing and development.
Read More | Wired News
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