Firefox 4 Beta 3 For Android And Maemo Released

The team behind the popular desktop browser Firefox Mozilla has released an updated beta of Firefox for Android and Maemo. The new update brings with it number of bug fixes and features including copy/paste in URL bar and new style menus. Firefox for mobile is based on the same platform as Firefox for desktop.

Here is the list of the new features introduced in Firefox 4 Beta 3 for Android -:

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  • Improved support for Android keyboards, both hardware and on-screen
  • New Android-style menus
  • Fixed a bug in opening links from other apps
  • Support for uploading files
  • “Save as PDF” command in the site menu
  • Fixed rendering of Arabic and Farsi text (on devices with Arabic/Farsi fonts installed)
  • Firefox Sync
  • New UI for simpler setup
  • Support for custom Firefox Sync servers

Video :

  • Full-screen open video
  • Improved audio performance
  • User interface
  • Copy/paste in URL bar
  • Search engines appear in the awesome screen as you type
  • Browse recommended add-ons through the add-on manager

For developers -:

  • localStorage API
  • orientation events (new on Android)

Support :

  • Crash reporting for crashes in web content

I had tried the previous beta of Firefox for Android and was left totally unimpressed. The application was slow, took forever to start and by the time it loaded the desktop version of Engadget on my phone I was able to finish a level of Angry Birds. I am yet to try to the new beta but I hope that the Mozilla team has solved these issues.

Android and Maemo handset(s ) owners can download Firefox for their handset from here.

Ubuntu One For Windows Enters Beta

ubuntu one logoUbuntu One, the cloud storage service available with Ubuntu, is coming to Windows as well. The Windows client was first announced at the beginning of 2010 and now it has entered the public beta stage.

Ubuntu One is a cloud storage service which allows users to sync files between different computers and to share it with others. It also has other features like streaming music to Android devices, 7digital Music Store integration etc.

Cristian Parrino of Canonical explains why porting Ubuntu One to Windows is important:

Expanding to Windows is actually a fantastic thing for Ubuntu users. There are many of you out there that use Ubuntu at home and Windows, for example, at work. This platform expansion will make it easier to integrate Ubuntu into more aspects of your digital world.

Right now the Windows client is rather limited in features. It allows for only the basic synchronization of files between Windows computer(s), Ubuntu One personal cloud and Ubuntu computer(s).

In the coming months Canonical plans to add new features like:

  • Automatic sync when files change
  • Information about your account, added devices, and more finite sync settings
  • Sync folders outside of the Ubuntu Onefolder
  • Enhanced desktop sync notifications
  • Support for contacts, notes and bookmarks
  • Support for notes and the music store – Tomboy and Banshee as optional components of the application installation

Ubuntu One for Windows is under limited trials now. If you uses both Windows and Ubuntu, you can click here to request access.

[via: Ubuntu One Blog]

Swype Beta For Symbain S60v5 Updated

The folks over at Nokia Beta Labs have just released a new beta version of Swype for Symbian S60v5 edition. The new beta update not only makes Swype smaller and faster but also improves the stability of the application.

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Here is the official change-log from Nokia Beta Labs -:

* Several crashes have been resolved including those related to backspace
* Spanish keyboard properly displays national character
* Performance relating to auto-capitalization, auto-spacing and general application speed has been improved
* A new language selection dialog has been implemented to improve readibility and UX
* Rotation no longer reverts Swype back to the default keyboard
* Application size has been reduced by 1.5mbs

Swype users on Nokia S60v5 based handsets can download the latest update from here. Users who are still unaware of what Swype is can have a look at this page.

Apple iOS 4.2 Beta Released

Apple has just released the Beta 1 of iOS 4.2 to developers. All people who have an iPhone Developer Standard or Enterprise account will be able to download the Beta version. iOS 4.2 brings with it numbers of new features including Multi-tasking, AirPlay, AirPrint, GameCenter and Folders etcetera to the iPad. The final version of iOS 4.2 will be released in November by Apple.

iOS 4.2 will bring with all the features to the iPad which the iPhone got with the iOS 4 update. Apple has even setup a dedicated page for the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad which mentions about all the feature it will be getting with this update. The iOS 4.2 update is aimed mainly at iPad but it will also bring new features like AirPlay and AirPrint to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

There is still another one and a half months to go for the final version of iOS 4.2 to be released. Until then, we can expect many more Beta(s) and Golden Release Candidate from Apple.

Steam Wallet is Out on Public Beta

I can totally see one fine day when this happens:-

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings releases on Steam for a blowout pre-order price an offer that lasts just one day. I do not have any money on my PayPal account or on my debit card, and I desperately want that game yes more than food or the other bare necessities (I’m a fanatic gamer, you know?). So, do I run around begging people for money for a game (instead of for sustenance) or do I invoke the power of the almighty god [insert supremely powerful Entity name here] and somehow put in money into my bank account? Neither! Being a well prepared gamer, I put in money on Steam’s Wallet (around $50 should cover it, am I right?) and merrily click on the Buybutton and all is well.

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Steam Wallet? Yes pre-paid wallets like what they get on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. Instead of using your credit/debit card, you put in some currency to Steam’s Wallet and let it ferment there (without interest, of course) until your favorite game is released. It can also be made into a gift cardfor those of us who are not old enough to pay for themselves. Let the flame barrage begin!

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You can either add funds via the web link or directly from your Steam client. While you’re at it, could you send some funds along my way? I just opened my Steam wallet and a couple of moths flew away from it…

TweetDeck For Android V0.9.8 Beta Released

The folks behind TweetDeck have just updated the beta version of TweetDeck for Android. This new beta update brings with it a trio of widgets and a new Add Column interface. Along with this, the beta also fixes the various bugs found in the previous beta and aims at improving the performance of the application. snap20100910_214909

The three new widgets include TweetDeck Bar, TweetDeck Column and TweetDeck post. The TweetDeck Bar widget contains shortcuts to all your columns. The TweetDeck column shows the recent tweets of the column you select. However, according to me this widget has a very odd size. It needs to be a bit bigger. The TweetDeck Post widget allows you to quickly compose and tweet new messages.

I have been using TweetDeck right from the time the first beta rolled out. The application is downright impressive with a very pleasing UI. However, it still lacks a very important feature and that is the number of tweets to load.

Here is the link to download TweetDeck Beta for Android.

Slim Down and Speed Up Your Computer with SlimComputer

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Even new computers have too much junk on them. Many PC manufacturers include special software packages and trial offers that you’ll probably never need. The common term for this stuff is crapware. As time goes on, your computer may also get slower because many different programs add themselves as startup programs. This means that every time you boot your PC, you’ll have to wait while lots of hidden programs automatically start.

In the past, I’ve used a program called PC Decrapifier to get rid of crapware. I also use WinPatrol to keep a close eye on the startup programs. A new program called SlimComputer now offers to do all of this and more.

On first run, you’ll be offered a chance to scan your computer for pre-installed software that you don’t want. All you have to do is to hit the big orange Run Scanbutton to get started.

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When it’s done scanning, you’ll get the chance to uninstall the programs that it believes are crapware. Be sure to un-check any apps you want to keep, then click the Removebutton to continue.

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After that, the Optimize section (button on left sidebar) allows you to view your startups and services. You’ll find that many of the items listed have a color rating that will tell you if the item is good to keep or needs to be removed.

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If you remove things from Startup, you can always restore them later by using the Restoresection, which can be accessed on the left sidebar. There’s not much danger to removing startup applications. However, the next tab, Services, is a little easier to deal with.

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There are only two choices when you are optimizing the Services. You can use Original Settingsor you can choose what they call SuperCharged.

Next, you can visit the Uninstaller page to remove programs from your PC. It’s not much different from the Add/Remove applet in your Windows Control Panel, except that they give you a colored rating on each app.

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Finally, there’s an interface called Windows Tools. There you’ll find most of the common tools that you can usually find in your Accessories System menu on the PC.

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arrow-down-double-3 Download SlimComputer

Techie Buzz Verdict

SlimComputer offers nearly every utility you need to speed up a computer. The only thing missing is a registry cleaner and optimizer. I might hesitate adopting this suite since it’s still a beta version, and there may still be hidden bugs. They might also decide to sell this application once it gets out of beta. It’s certainly better than most of the junk that’s offered on TV commercials.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 Good

Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” has finally entered the beta stage. And, as usual, along with Ubuntu its other official derivatives have also entered the beta stage.

Here are some of the changes with the download links:

(Warning: This is not a stable release and is meant for testing only.)

Ubuntu Desktop

  • The desktop environment has been updated to GNOME 2.31.
  • Shotwell is now the default photo manager.
  • Gwibber has been updated with OAuth support. It has also received some in the  back-end  to improve its performance.
  • The Software Center has an updated look with new “Featutes” and “What’s New” sections.
  • The Ubuntu One desktop integration has been polished.
  • The sound indicator now includes the music player controls.

Download: http://releases.ubuntu.com/10.10/

Ubuntu Netbook

  • Unity is now the default interface.
  • Global Menu bar is included by default.
  • Shotwell is the default photo manager.
  • Evolution Express is the default Email client.

Download: http://releases.ubuntu.com/10.10/

Kubuntu

Download: http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.10/

DivX Version 1.0 Beta For Symbian Released

The folks over at DivX Labs have officially released version 1.0 of the DivX mobile player for Symbian. This new version is compatible with Symbian S60 v3 and v5. However, the software still has a beta tag to it. Various reports on the internetdivx suggest that the desktop class DivX files have such a high bitrate that the Nokia phones are not able to handle. Nokia phones are usually powered by an ARM11 processor running at 369 MHz for most S60v3 phones and at 434MHz for all S60v5 phones and some S60v3 phones.

Only the latest Symbian phones from Nokia are powered by an ARM11 600 MHz processor. Nevertheless, the ARM11 processor is out-dated and its high time Nokia ditches them for something else.

Here is the official press release :

ATTENTION: We have released a new 1.0 version for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th edition phones.

DivX Mobile Player 1.0 is beta software available for a limited time only and will expire.

Even if your phone isn’t officially DivX Certified, you may still be able to watch DivX ® videos by downloading and installing the DivX Mobile Player. Find out below if your phone supports the DivX Mobile Player and follow the link to download according to your phone’s operating system.

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BlackBerry App World Leaves Beta

Research In Motion (RIM) has given the BlackBerry App World a much needed upgrade. First and foremost, RIM has dropped the minimum price of the application to $0.99 from the earlier $2.99. Hopefully, this means that weBlackBerry will see developers releasing applications which cost $0.99, and $1.99.

Along with this, RIM has also added support for carrier billing and credit card. The App World itself has got a facelift and now features a tabbed section for easier navigation. Like Android, RIM has also added support for QR codes. BB owners can now find an application in the App World by just scanning its QR code.

RIM has also added an option called BlackBerry ID for users to transfer their application from one device to another without repurchasing them. RIM has also decided to split the revenue from the sales of App World in 70:30 ratio instead of the earlier 80:20.

Here is the full press release :

BlackBerry App World Update

Hello,

Just wanted to let you know that the latest version of BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ is out of beta and available for everyone to enjoy. And as of today, BlackBerry App World will allow developers to offer applications for US$0.99 and US$1.99.

BlackBerry App World users will receive upgrade notifications over the next few hours.

When we launched the beta just a few weeks ago, we were able to offer new views, and carrier and credit card billing support. We also integrated BlackBerry ID as a new way of tying BlackBerry customers with their use for easy device switching and management.

Credit Card Payment Option
With the new BlackBerry App World, customers are able to purchase applications using major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard. Carrier billing may also be supported by certain carriers.

Easier Application Discovery
BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various applications lists. Users can horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as the Newest Apps and Recently Updated Apps.

QR barcode scanning is also supported, allowing users to scan a QR code associated with an application from anywhere the web, print ads, brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related application, and automatically open and download its page.

BlackBerry ID
BlackBerry ID provides customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) for BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.

Stay tuned as BlackBerry App World continues to grow and incorporate new features requested in our beta program.