Since I bought my iPod Touch I have become a true fan of all Apple gadgets and devices. Unfortunately I was busy with my exams during the MacWorld Expo 2008 and could not highlight the great gadgets unleashed there but now as I am free of all the study-business, I would like to introduce to you a new Apple device revealed recently that has been creating a lot of “buzz in the air”.
MacBook Air that was recently unveiled at the MacWorld Expo 2008 is the stunning new device introduced by Apple. It was marketed and promoted using the tag line “There is something in the air!” as Apple claims it to be the most light weight and thinnest notebook laptop in the world.
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Google has a special interface for mobile devices called Google Mobile (http://www.google.com/m) but when we talk about the iPhone or iPod Touch, Google has a separate interface for these Apple devices which makes use of the ajax technology in Safari.
Last month, Google introduced a special interface for iPhone and iPod Touch devices to help users get a more better Google experience and has since then streamlined the interface even further.
On the first day of MacWorld 2008, Google announced new improvements to the integrated Google experience on iPhone. These improvements have been made to Google applications such as Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and more.
- Improved User Interface
- Customization of Default Tabs
- Speedier Gmail
- Speedier Calendar
- iGoogle for iPhone
For as far as I have experienced the new Google applications on my iPod Touch, I would say that I have seen good improvements in Google web applications e.g. Gmail and iGoogle. However rest of the applications and services need a lot of dressing up.
To test all these Google applications and services on your iPhone, just open Safari and visit the respective Google application or service.
Running my new iPod Touch was a whole new experience for me as I am not familiar to any of the devices by Apple at all.
First of all it took me one whole hour to figure out how to put MP3 songs and MP4 videos on my iPod Touch using iTunes.
The second biggest challenge that I faced was to figure out how to convert videos to MP4 Format so they can run on my iPod.
Google gave me a list of good video converters for iPod but they were all paid so after much research I got hold of two Free iPod Video Converter softwares that can be used by you to Convert Videos to iPod Format.
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As we know that Google usually sends Christmas gifts to Adsense publishers and Adwords advertisers every year. Dan was perhaps one of the most (or probably one of the only) lucky people who got a Google Fridge.
He is now giving the Google Fridge as a Free Giveaway to a lucky person who wins the Google Fridge contest. The contest is about telling what would you do with the Google Fridge if you won it and to enter it all you have to do is link to the contest post.
The winner shall receive a fully loaded fridge by Google and will be honored with unlimited bragging rights.
The contest runs till January 14th, 2008 and the good thing is that you don’t even need to be a blogger to participate in this contest. You just need to email Dan and answer the question.
As for me, If I were ever to win this Google Fridge I would simply pass it on to one of my loyal readers on another Free Giveaway contest. Simple and easy 😉
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Electronic Mail is the best and the fastest means of communication on the Internet. Email has now become such a popular trend that practices like letters, drafts and fax have almost become extinct.
Apart from sending emails to a recipient in the present time there is also a way to Freeze your email so that it can be sent to the specified recipient on a particular date or time ranging from 1 to 100 years in the future.
MailFreezr does the job for you. It will save your email and will send it to the specified recipient on the date and time you have mentioned. Your emails are kept confidential and the developer of the site promises to pass the site legacy to his grand children (lol kidding but don’t you think that 100 years are a lot to live just to keep the service alive?)
MailFreezr is a really good service with a nice concept and can turn out to be pretty much useful too. You can wish your loved ones through email without the need of remembering the dates always.
Plus you can write email to your grand children (Unless you know how many grand children you are going to have and what their email addresses would be)
Have you ever tried reading blogs on your mobile device? If yes then you would certainly be aware of the fact that blogs do not look the same on mobile browsers as they do on the PC because of the small screen size and low end settings.
Though the iPhone and iPod Touch offer a fully functional Safari Browser to surf the web but as I have experienced it myself on my iPod Touch I would say that reading WordPress blogs on your Apple device is not a good idea. Therefore to make WordPress blogs compatible for iPhone and iPod Touch the best option is to use iWPhone.
iWPhone is a WordPress Plugin specially designed to make your blog iPhone and iPod TOuch compatible. It automatically reformats your blog’s content for optimized viewing on iPhone and iPod Touch. It detects the iPhone/iPod touch’s User Agent and serves up the content with the special theme only to iPhone and iPod touch visitors, all other browsers will view your WordPress blog with your current theme.
The plugin will soon support a new feature that will allow bloggers to write blog posts through iPhone and iPod Touch however currently this function is not supported.
Here are some of the key features of this plugin:
- Formats your blog content for optimized viewing on the iPhone and iPod touch.
- Automatically detects the iPhone/iPod touch’s Safari browser and only displays the custom theme to iPhone and iPod touch visitors, other visitors get your standard theme.
- Simple iPhone/iPod-like theme with common interface elements that compliments the iPhone/iPod touch’s internal applications.
- Images larger then 300 pixels wide are automatically scaled down to fit the iPhone/iPod touch optimized width.
It is highly recommended that if you own an iPhone or iPhone Touch and you are also a blogging addict (Like me) then you must install this plugin on your blog immediately.
Feed Reader is the ultimate tool of a blogger through which one can read all the content of various blogs without the need of visiting the blogs again and again.
FeedDemon is my favorite feed reader software which I have been using for over 1 year now. I bought a 1 year paid subscription of FeedDemon for $30 last year and soon when my subscription was about to expire I just came to know that NewsGator (RSS Company that created FeedDemon) is now offering FeedDemon as a free download so you don’t need to pay anymore to use this brilliant Feed software.
FeedDemon has some excellent features which make it better than any other feed software like Google Reader. It provides an excellent way to organize and manage your feed subscriptions. It comes with Feed Station which is a Podcast manager for iPod and Windows Media Player devices. The latest FeedDemon version is 2.6 which offers these cool new features:
- Panic Button – detects when you have a ton of unread items and offers to mark them (or a subset of them) as read
- Significant performance improvements
- Redesigned newspaper UI
- Significant improvements to offline reading support, including redesigned “prefetching” of feeds
- Inline page search
- Attention reporting/APML export
Download FeedDemon 2.6 for Free
gOS might seem a familiar yet new name to most of the users. gOS is basically a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and Enlightenment. It is a kind of new Operating System for the modern Web 2.0 users which is totally powered by Google Apps and Web 2.0 Apps and introduces the concept of using the Web for everything.
gOS Rocket 2.0 was recently released at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 and is now available to download for free.
gOS works perfectly on low specification computers as it uses very little amount of RAM and processing speed. It highly depends on Web 2.0 and Ajax web technology and almost all applications on the gOS are web based.
gOS Rocket also comes integrated with Google Gears, which suggests that in the future the on-line google applications can be used while off-line.
The primary UI of gOS has a Mac OSX Leapord-like Dock menu called the iBar which features icons for the following Google applications and services:
- Google Mail
- Google News
- Google Calendar
- Google Maps
- Google Docs
- Google Products
and many more.
gOS Screenshots and Videos
You can see a video of gOS in action here.
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