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
If you liked the iBall then you’ll love Oregon Scientific’s sleekly designed 2.1 CD system. It plays MP3/WMA CDs and has an AM/FM Tuner. The flat panel speakers are designed to be angled easily. At £299 expect the system to pack a punch later this year upon it’s release.
Read More | Tech Digest
Defenitly one of the most uniquely designed iPod accessories we have seen - the iBall. Made by Oregon Scientific, the iBall is a wireless speaker system that uses 2.4 GHz technology to broadcast up to 100ft. It runs 6-8 hours after a full charge or you can plug in the AC adapter as well. The iBall will be out later this year for a mere $300.
If you think you can get simpler than this, you’re wrong. This is what I love about people who develop good accessories. This clip unites your iPod buds to your iPod or yourself. It’s simple and cheap in price - $9.99 for a 4 pack. However, those of us that own iPods understand that we never know what do with the ear buds when we are going to put them away. They almost always end up getting unbelievably tangled the next time you are going to listen to music.
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
Have you ever had the urge to drink a nice cold beer or soda immediately, only to find that your roommate didn’t take the time to throw the six-pack in the fridge? Soon enough, this problem may be a thing of the past. Through a partnership of Tempra Technology and Crown Holdings, the world’s first self chilling can, the I.C. Can, is here!
Proprietary engineering creates a temperature drop proven to reduce the I.C. Can’s™ contents by a minimum of 30° Fahrenheit (16.7° C) in just three minutes. When activated, the all natural desiccant contained within a vacuum draws the heat from the beverage through the evaporator into an insulated heat-sink container. It is this patented vacuum-power which lowers the temperature so dramatically and quickly, leaving the beverage inside cool and refreshing.
The can is non-toxic and 100% safe, using no compressed gases, and is also environmentaly friendly. The development of a system to mass produce I.C. Cans is in its final stage, so you can expect to see this new technology on store shelves soon.
Read More | TempraTech
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
According to a report published by Clean Production Action and the Computer TakeBack Campaign, the dust on your computer can be bad for your health. The two groups, which study health and environmental issues related to computers, say that possibly dangerous elements of brominated fire retardants were found in dust samples taken from various computers. The most common substance found in the dust samples are PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) which are known to cause health problems in lab animals.
Read More | News.com
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.
Read More | Neowin
Just a quick heads up - despite beefing up our servers a few months ago, it seems that the need has arisen again. That being the case, we will be upgrading our servers, as as such, there is a possibility that we may experience a bit of downtime. Of course, we will make it as short as possible, if it has to be that way at all.
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