Microsoft recently announced the availability of Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator. For hardcore travel or mapping buffs, this is the software to have on hand if Google Maps and Mapquest are too feature-poor for you. The new version features Voice-Prompted directions, which is nice for hands-free operation. What I like most is that the software can be cross-referenced with MSN Virtual Earth. That is sweet. The GPS Locator works on any laptop, Windows Mobile, or Windows Smartphone device. You can grab the software with GPS Locator for $129 USD, or without for just $39.95 USD.
The WinAmp iPod plugin (aka ml_ipod) is a plugin for WinAmp. It allows you to manage your iPod from within the WinAmp media library. It supports all kinds of iPods, from the classic first generation iPods, to the iPod mini, photo, nano and shuffle and everything in between. This allows Windows users to ditch the bloated iTunes product on their platform.
- Transcoding of incompatable files
- Full-Album Autofill
- CD Disc number (this will work in Winamp 5.11 and better only)
- Fixed up dragging code for playlists
- Other bugfixes
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In August, Opera Software launched it’s Opera Mini browser in a limited release - only users of Norway’s TV2 were allowed downloading privledges. All that could change soon according to Eskil Sivertsen, public relations manager for Opera software. Is seems that due to the ” fantastic response from content providers, operators, handset manufacturers and end-users worldwide” the software company is hoping to give Opera Mini a worldwide release by the end of 2005. The Opera Mini browser allows users to view any HTML page from the convienience of their cell phone, allowing users to break away from WAP browsers that limit surfing experiences to WAP only pages. Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research says, “I was able to hit every HTML site I threw at it including heavy lifting sites like the NY Times. This is a really big breakthrough for the mobile space.” Soon enough, y’all will be able to read content off Gear Live, or even post to the forums, from anywhere your phone gets a signal!
Read More | Opera Blog
A couple of things just popped up in my Software Update panel. The first is a new Security Update:
Security Update 2005-008 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users.
This update includes the following components:
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798
The other is a new iPod Updater, which fixes a bug in the iPod shuffle. Others need not worry about it:
iPod software update 2005-09-23 delivers iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle, iPod Software 1.0 for iPod nano, iPod Software 1.2 for iPod with color display, iPod Software 1.4 for iPod mini, and iPod Software 3.1 for iPod with Click Wheel.
Features of iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle:
Bug fixes for iPod shuffle
Google has improved its Firefox toolbar and taken it out of beta for it’s official release. As an improvment to the toobar, users are now able to arrange icons they see fit. They have also added Google Suggest, which shows related search suggestions as you are typing in the Toolbar search box. I can’t remember the last time a Google product actually came out of beta.
Read More | Google Blog
Since removing all ads from its browser, Opera Software has seen over one million downloads of its desktop browser in only two days, breaking the previous record set in April when the company released Opera 8. Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software says, “The success of our free browser proves the world is ready for a fresh option. I’m most excited about the hundreds of thousands of new users who have discovered the speed, security and usability of our browser for the first time.” Still, it’s a long way to go to catch up to the ‘Fox.
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The folks over at SpreadFirefox are announcing that the browser has reached the 90,000,000 download mark. Now, that is great and all, but what it doesn’t tell you is how many unique users have downloaded the browser. That is a figure that would be interesting. I, for one, have downloaded Firefox at least thirty times with the release of new versions and having multiple PCs. Still, it is a nice number to see.
On September 20, 2005 at 4:33:58 EST or 9:33:58 GMT Firefox Reached 90,000,000 Downloads! Only 10 Left and if we can get in before Nov. 9th then we would have 1,000,000 Downloads on the first day of 1.0 Release, 10,000,000 Downloads in the first month, and 100,000,000 in the first year!
I must say, since Opera went free, I have been using that way more.
Read More | SpreadFirefox
I knew it was coming. When Opera was offering free registration codes for a day, but didn’t turn off the auto-generating code email address until way after the day was over, I sensed that it was going to become a freeware platform. The day has come, as Opera no longer had any integrated ad banners. I know, Firefox has been all the rage among the Internet elite, but I urge you to try Opera. It is blazingly fast, and just works. I have yet to experience an Opera browser crash, while Firefox blows up three or four times a day for me on both Windows and Mac OS’s.
EDIT: Here is a great wiki chock full o’ Opera tips.
Read More | Opera
Apple just released iTunes 5.0.1 into the wild:
iTunes 5 features a new even more powerful instant search, including the new Search Bar which helps you find exactly what you are looking for in iTunes or from among 2 million songs on the Music Store, folders for organizing playlists, and new Parental Controls for music, music sharing and podcasts. iTunes 5.0.1 features several stability improvements over iTunes 5.
Those stability problems mentioned include disappearing music and random crashes. Here’s to hoping all that is taken care of. Mac users, check Software Update for the download.
Read More | iTunes
Late last night Apple unleashed a slew of new features and improvements to their .Mac subscription service, including:
.Mac Groups: .Mac members can now easily create private, ad-free online communities that make it easy for family, friends and private groups to communicate, coordinate and share digital media. With .Mac Groups, members can send emails to the entire group using a single address; post files, pictures and movies with a common group iDisk; publish group web pages and post links to other sites; and keep up-to-date with the latest group events with a shared iCal calendar.
Backup 3: .Mac Backup has been redesigned from the ground up resulting in easier setup, quicker backups and the ability to seamlessly automate the process so users don’t have to remember to run a backup. New features include the ability to automatically back up iLife content, Home folder, iTunes purchased music, and other Mac essentials. Built-in Mac OS X “Tiger” Spotlight search capabilities make it easy to select specific files to backup, while incremental backups help to save time and media costs.
Increased Online Storage: .Mac members now have four times more online storage space than before to host their email messages, documents and digital media files. Storage for individual members has increased to 1GB of combined email and iDisk space, .Mac Family Pack customers now receive 2GB of combined storage. Members can utilize their storage any way they choose dedicating more or less storage space to email or their iDisk. Individuals or Family Pack members can optionally purchase an additional 1GB of storage for US$49.95 annually.
French and German Localization: In addition to English and Japanese, localized versions of the .Mac website are now available in French and German.
I will be diving into the .Mac groups later today, but I must say that for now, I am most excited about the storage increase to 1 GB from a measly 250 MB. Good job, Apple.
Read More | .Mac
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