Archive | March, 2011

Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference 2011 announced

Apple has revealed that its Worldwide Developers’ Conference is to take place 6 June in Moscone West, San Francisco.

The conference which runs for five days is to predominantly look at the future of iOS and Mac OS.

“If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, about the event.

WWDC 2011: what to expect

Apple has outlined some of the things that will be taking place at the event. Continue Reading

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer UK release date announced

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer UK release date has been announced by the Taiwanese giant, with the company’s first Android Honeycomb tablet/laptop hybrid arriving on 30 March.

The Asus Transformer, which comes with a Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, has just been made available for pre-order in Taiwan.

The Eee Pad Transformer’s major selling point is an optional keyboard which slots in and converts the tablet into a laptop-like machine.

Optional functionality

As TechRadar’s Hands on: Asus Eee Pad Transformer review points out, the tablet section sports a miniHDMI port, but the (possibly crucial) USB ports are only on the optional keyboard.

The date, as revealed in DigiTimes, has not arrived with confirmed UK pricing, but we’re still expecting the price to be between £379 and £399, depending on the amount of storage (16, 32 or 64GB) and whether it includes 3G, with a probable £479 price tag for a bundle including the keyboard.

Asus is expecting to ship 1.5 to 2 million tablets from its Eee Pad range – which includes a larger 12-inch Windows toting version (Eee Slate EP121), and will be joined by an Eee Pad Slider with Android 3.0 Honeycomb in May, and the 7-inch Eee Pad MeMo in June.



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How to Make Old Addons Work with Firefox?

Mozilla has recently released its new version browser named as FIrefox 4 which is available for download from the official Firefox website. There are many encouraging features and enhancements. Also the visual appeal has been changed to provide much better UI. Although, everything looks fine, one disadvantage of Firefox 4 is that the old add-ons that worked in Firefox 3 will not work in the latest version as they’re made for Firefox 3x Version.

Recommended:

How to Make Old Add-Ons work with new Firefox?

Option1: Install the Compatibility Reporter add-on which will make the old addons work properly in Firefox 4.
Option2: If not interested to install an extra add-on, then simply follow the below steps to avoid Compatibility Test.

  1. Goto your address bar in Firefox 4 and type about:config
  2. A new window will be opened. Now right click anywhere on it and select New -> Boolean.
    New Boolean Firefox
  3. A new pop up box will appear where you need to type extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0
    Extension Compatibility for Firefox 4.0
  4. And in the next window, set the value to false.
    False Boolean

That’s it! Now all your old addons will work on Firefox 4.0

Note: You can use the same work around in the upcoming Firefox versions to make the old plugins compatible with the new version. In the step 3, simply change “extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0” to the version you like.

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How to Make Old Addons Work with Firefox?

Mozilla has recently released its new version browser named as FIrefox 4 which is available for download from the official Firefox website. There are many encouraging features and enhancements. Also the visual appeal has been changed to provide much better UI. Although, everything looks fine, one disadvantage of Firefox 4 is that the old add-ons that worked in Firefox 3 will not work in the latest version as they’re made for Firefox 3x Version.

Recommended:

How to Make Old Add-Ons work with new Firefox?

Option1: Install the Compatibility Reporter add-on which will make the old addons work properly in Firefox 4.
Option2: If not interested to install an extra add-on, then simply follow the below steps to avoid Compatibility Test.

  1. Goto your address bar in Firefox 4 and type about:config
  2. A new window will be opened. Now right click anywhere on it and select New -> Boolean.
    New Boolean Firefox
  3. A new pop up box will appear where you need to type extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0
    Extension Compatibility for Firefox 4.0
  4. And in the next window, set the value to false.
    False Boolean

That’s it! Now all your old addons will work on Firefox 4.0

Note: You can use the same work around in the upcoming Firefox versions to make the old plugins compatible with the new version. In the step 3, simply change “extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0” to the version you like.

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Hands on: Google Chrome OS netbook review

We first glimpsed the CR-48 prototype Google Chrome OS netbook at CES in January and they’ve finally appeared in the UK courtesy of the Big G.

Our Chrome OS netbook has arrived in the office today, so we’ve ignored the big hot sun to bring you more in-depth thoughts on Google’s Windows basher than we were able to put together in a few minutes on a baking show floor at CES.

First thing’s first, this is still very early kit. Some of the creases we’ll explain here will be ironed out by the time Chrome OS gets into your hands in hardware from many of the usual netbook vendors.

Second thing’s second, Google Chrome OS looks like Chrome the browser because, essentially, that’s exactly what it is. Here’s a few of the different bits. That’s what it is. It’s a browser. There is no desktop. And that in itself takes an awful lot of getting used to. We won’t lie – we’ve been spoilt with fully-fledged operating systems.

Chrome OS does attempt to make up for the limitations of this in many of the ways that phone OSes fail to – there is a (very basic) file browser so you can transfer files between somewhere like Dropbox and Google Docs. Or where you might save an image from the web to upload as your Facebook profile pic.

Chrome os cr-48

Chrome OS also comes with the Scratchpad note-taking tool. Of course, you don’t need Chrome OS for this, but it’s a handy tool and can sync with Google Docs.

Chrome os cr-48

You sign in using your Google Account, though you’ll need to be connected to the internet (or the integral cellular) to sign in – so you can have multiple people signing in on your Chrome OS netbook. Guest access does exist, but you can disable this.

Google cr-48

If you already sync your Chrome browser to the cloud like us, your Extensions and other details download automatically. You’re offered to take a webcam pic for your account picture when you first sign in….

Google cr-48

…while there are also options for logging onto Wi-Fi and cellular networks, even before the point of login should you not already be connected…

Google cr-48

…and there’s also the ability to set the time and date. Otherwise, pretty much everything is handled inside the standard Chrome interface including all the settings.

Google cr-48

There are some usability flaws. Our main criticism is that, well, things are a bit slow. We know how fast the Chrome browser is (answer: fast) and strangely that speed just isn’t replicated here.

Admittedly, we have a fair amount of Extensions installed – could that be a factor? – but it doesn’t seem a problem for the versions we’ve used on Windows or Mac OS X.

Also fonts in the browser seem really rather patchy in terms of the way they render – as do some other elements. Despite us having the new Google bar on all our other machines, it isn’t replicated on Chrome OS. As we said, it’s early days.

And then there’s the issue of connectivity. The key issue of connectivity. Chrome OS is currently a bit rubbish without the internet. Google Docs will again support offline use in due course but until this happens and becomes reliable,

Google cr-48

We mentioned the cellular data support of the CR-48 – the SIM slots in inside the battery compartment. This is essential to the success of Chrome OS as a system.

Google cr-48

Hardware-wise, the CR-48 prototype is surprisingly tidy in appearance and very usable. The keyboard is pleasant, the matt finish smart and the matt screen excellent for usability. There’s a webcam, mic and a VGA connector. Here we’re using the webcam through Google Talk, which pops up at the base of the browser.

Google cr-48

So what else is there to shout about hardware-wise? Well it seems pretty well-prepared – the sole USB port accepted our Logitech cordless mouse without issue, for example.

Google cr-48

There’s also a VGA adapter. Like the decals? They were included in our Chrome OS box.

Google cr-48

The function keys atop the keyboard for maximising and minimising Chrome OS, changing brightness, switching tabs and the like work well.

Google cr-48

Indeed, the marriage between hardware and software isn’t too shabby and many Windows netbooks could take a look at the simplicity on show here. Leave it on and it will sleep. Any key will wake it. Close the lid, it will sleep. Resume is instant.

CR-48

The Caps Lock key has been replaced with a search key that brings up a new tab for us. If you really want Caps Lock back, you can get it though.

Google cr-48

So although Chrome OS is quite usable for basic web use when you have connectivity, it’s those moments offline that Google really needs to think about.

Naturally, the real battle will be price. How cheap can Chrome OS netbooks be? They’ll have to be sub-£300 to be a serious alternative to Windows netbooks for starters.



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