It's nice to have friends :D Last night I got an e-mail from the CoolIris team. You know I'm a big fan of their product. So they launched a new version for the iPhone. With a new redesigned interface and tons of new features. Here are some of them:
* My Social, a brand new feature with complete Twitter integration so you can re-tweet, follow, and view public/friend timelines
* Search Bing, our News and Entertainment channels, or even Twitter for cool content
* Favorite entire feeds and Wall views to save searches for future viewing
* Search filter options for all search providers
For the full feature list and description, visit their blog. And for a DEMO of the program watch this. Hope you enjoy their product, and if you have any questions you can ask me, or ask the cooliris team directly @ cooliris.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A few days ago I found out that Opera 10.0 Beta 2 came out and as I still love Opera ( though I don't use it anymore) I decided to give it a try for old time's sake.
The interface is a little changed, nothing major but better overall. They seem to have resolved the stability issues, the program didn't crash, and they also seem to have resolved the rendering issues. I actually couldn't find any rendering faults this time , which is a big plus. And of course Opera passes the Acid 3 test with 100%. There's a new feature called Turbo, which is designed for the one person in the world that still uses dial-up. When turned on, your pages appear much faster because of a lossy algorithm that makes your pictures look like shit, but hey you see pages a lot faster. It's actually a useful feature for that ONE person out there.
Unfortunately no plug-ins work. I mean nothing besides Flash Player. Quicktime didn't work, Reader didn't work, and Windows Movie Crap didn't work. Plus the program now uses more memory that IE and Firefox. What's up with that? I would have added screenshots but I deleted it immediately and went back to Firefox and crying. Hopefully by the time they have the finished product ( which if I'm not mistaking should be Q1 of of 2010 as if it's a major release) they'll have worked out all of these problems. Cheers.
PS: It kinda seems we're going in circles here with the same subjects coming up over and over Browsers->windows-Apple-browsers-windows-etc and I'm getting sick of it. My next post will be about ..hmm ..muppets. Yeap that's right MUPPETS.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is a must read! Did you know that you could bring down the US nation only by using your iPhone?
As usual Apple outdid themselves with their own bullshit and stupidity. I have written this article in romanian already ( which you can check out here) , but I'll just forward you to the original english text @ Wired.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
So a few days ago the new version of Yahoo Messenger for iPhone came out. Supposedly there are a few bug fixes and other small improvements but what made me curious was the new Push feature.
Taking advantage of the new API in 3.0 SDK they now made Yahoo use push directly. So if you receive a message or notification on messenger, even if the app is not running directly you will still receive a notification on the screen ( similar to the one for SMSs).
So I installed the update and went on to test it. I have to say that I'm quite impressed with how well the whole push thing works. I mean the delay between receiving the message and the notification appearing on the screen is only a few seconds..and that can easily be attributed to crappy signal coverage.
Another thing that I was really interested in was the battery consumption with Push. This goes both ways. Meaning that the Push itself uses quite little batter ..from what I saw only about 5-10% more which is quite decent. The problem appears when you send replies to messages you receive. Because every time you hit reply, the app reloads, and uses A LOT of battery.
With brightness set to 60%, 3G on, e-mail set to manually download, and a full charged battery I couldn't use the app for more than a few hours till it went under 20%. And as I said that's only because of the application itself , not because of the Push feature.
All in all , everything is ok but you can't rely on this app to chat for a whole day. Be sure to check this article in romanian if you can rgstuff.ro
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wow I can't believe how fast time flies. It's already been a month ever since my last article. A busy and kind of stressful month with 6 exams and other such activities. Not to mention the ever daily beers :)) . I haven't messed with my pc lately, mainly because I really needed it and was in no mood to start fixing stuff. The only thing I have been working on if the new romanian site RGStuff.ro . Basically it's this blog plus much more. You can see the logo on the right in the sidebar. Just putting on the final touches , and we should be up and running in the next few days.
Unfortunately the new site is completely in romanian. I mean unfortunately for the english speaking visitors that come here, but RGStuff.ro is designed for a different target audience. Don't worry though, this blog will continue to exist and to be updated regularly. So be sure to check back soon.
If on the other hand you actually speak romanian give RGStuff.ro a try, we promise you are going to like it.
Until next time, cheers guys.