Google Chrome Canary for Mac available


If you are a fan of Google’s Chrome Browser than you will be interested in Google latest incarnation for the Mac – Chrome Canary. It is now available from Google’s Chrome Canary download site.

Google Chrome Canary

Canary is a developer version of Google Chrome, not unlike Chromium. However, Canary comes with some extras. Windows users have had the option to download Canary, essentially an experimental build of the Chrome browser, for some time now. Now, at least, Mac users get the same access to these developer versions and the great thing about them is they don’t overwrite your existing installation of Chrome.

To get Chrome Canary for Mac, head to the download page or check out some of the other more stable releases on the Chromium Early Access Release Channels page.

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Safari Extensions – Tumblr site


Apple Safari icon
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If you use Safari on a Mac then you may want to install some of the extensions that are now available since Apple added the feature to its popular browser platform.

You can, of course, find many on Apple’s site at http://extensions.apple.com/ but they don’t have a complete list as Apple likes to check them out for itself before it includes them.

Another source that is more complete is http://safariextensions.tumblr.com/ so why not head over there right now and check it out. You will find the latest extensions including previewForBlogger (from Prime Design Works), which allows you to immediately preview your blog post to Google’s Blogger (Blogspot). After installing it, when you access the pages “New Post” or “Edit Post”, the preview box is displayed below the text box.

You could just download the extension form the Prime Design Work site but of course you’d have to know it was there in the first place. Its much better to go to one site that lists all the extensions and then click on the links there. That way you don’t have to do numerous searches in Google.

So, well done to Safari Extensions for providing a very useful service to Safari enthusiasts.

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Safari 5 now available for download


Apple Safari icon
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Although everyone was concentrating on the new iPhone, for the majority of Mac (and Windows) users Safari 5 is a much more important release. After all, not all of us will be able to afford the new iPhone (I still haven’t been able to justify any of them!).

It didn’t receive as much publicity but its arrival is still to be welcomed. Its now available for download through Apple‘s Software Update. Features include:

  • Safari Reader – an improved way to read articles in Safari itself
  • Enhanced HTML 5 support – over a dozen new features
  • Faster – Improved Nitro engine gives 30% increase in speed to Javascript
  • Bing Search – more choice for search engines with Microsoft‘s Bing added to the mix
  • Safari Extensions – the introduction of extensions (finally!) bring Apple into line with Mozilla and Google
  • ARIA Support – enhanced features for making content more accessible for those users with disabilities
  • Enhanced Navigation – keyboard navigation without using a mouse now possible
  • Full-page Zoom – the ability to zoom in or out of content using shortcuts, Multi-Touch gestures or the Zoom Toolbar
  • CSS Enhancements – Safari is the first browser to support CSS Animation and CSS Web Fonts for cutting-edge websites
  • Javascript – now supports ECMA 262 Version 3, the latest version of Javascript. Promises improved dynamic features in AJAX applications

Other improvements include:

  • Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of webpages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.
  • Tabs Setting: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.
  • Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC as well as Mac.
  • Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when webpages were viewed.
  • Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.
  • Private Browsing Icon: A “Private” icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
  • DNS Prefetching: Safari looks up the addresses of links on webpages and can load those pages faster.
  • Improved Page Caching: Safari can add additional types of webpages to the cache so they load quickly.
  • XSS Auditor: Safari can filter potentially malicious scripts used in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
  • Improved JavaScript Support: Safari allows web applications that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to run faster and more securely.

For more information about fixes that improve performance, stability and compatibility, please see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4134

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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Eric Schmidt resigns from Apple board


Eric Schmidt
Google and Apple are now more direct competitors than ever before nd for this reason, Eric Schmidt ha had to resign from Apple’s board. The Google Chief Executive was a non-executive director of Apple but with Google’s Android platform competing with Apple’s iPhone and now Google’s Chrome OS announcement its becoming more awkward for him to excuse himself from meetings when there is a conflict of interest.

According to Steve Jobs, “unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric‘s effectiveness as an Apple board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest,”.

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Pogoplug allows you to share and access your data from around the world!


The Pogoplug
The Pogoplug is a small device that plugs into your wall, and connects to your home router and to any external hard drive. After a very simple setup, you can share and access media and files from anywhere in or out of the home. All you need is an Internet connection!

The Pogoplug is the perfect accessory to your connected life. Imagine accessing all your files and media from any laptop or desktop computer, anywhere in the world. There’s even an iPhone application so you can always “phone home” to get your files!

The device has several features that make it an attractive appliance. These include:

  1. Easy installation – connect just two cables and then visit the Pogoplug website to configure and get going!
  2. All your files are accessible via your web browser from anywhere. – no extra software needed!
  3. iPhone support – access your drive from your iPhone and even send pictures  to your drive at home with a single click!
  4. Explore your files – use Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer to browse through your files remotely!
  5. Share your files – share files with friends and family easily!
  6. Add-ons – easily expand Pogoplug over the web. new add-ons coming soon!

Te device is quite small, measuring only 4″ x 2.5″ x 2″ (L x W x D). It use USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet coonections. Its Mac (OS x 10.5) and PC (XP & Vista) compatible, and works with Safari, Firefox 3, IE7 and Chrome browsers. It should also work with Flock and Minefield that are based on the same code base a Firefox.

Available now for $99.00 from http://store.pogoplug.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=POGO-E01

Evernote for Mac Gets Quick Look and HTML Export


Evernote Logo
Evernote, which allows you to capture all sorts of things (tasks and dates, web pages, notes, snapshots and even Twitter messages) and sychronise it all online, has announced an update for the Mac version. An option to export notes in HTML makes it easier to share your data. In addition, Quick Look for attachments has been introduced. This makes it easier to view attachments within Evernote.
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Another addition is the All Notes button. this lets you clear out any searches and filters you may have set up and resets the view to All Notebooks.

Other great improvements

  • ‘Save As’ now works for audio files contained within notes
  • Improved and simplified menus – we’ve scrubbed every menu with a fine-toothed-mixed-metaphor-comb to make them all consistent
  • Numerous bug fixes throughout

To read more about the recent updates, visit http://blog.evernote.com/2009/05/26/evernote-for-mac-update-2/

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Introducing Safari 4 Beta



Apple has released the Beta of Safari 4 for both Mac and Windows. You can download it today from the Apple site (Click on the graphic above).

Safari 4 web browsers demonstrating Top Sites and history search features
Features include:

  • Top sites
  • Cover Flow
  • Full History search
  • Tabs on Top
  • Nitro Engine
  • Windows native look and feel
  • Developer Tools
Top Sites:

Safari 4 web browser demonstrating Top Sites feature

Thanks to Top Sites, you can enjoy a stunning, at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites without lifting a finger. Safari 4 Beta tracks the sites you browse and ranks your favorites, presenting up to 24 thumbnails on a single page. You can even customize the display by pinning a favorite site to a specific location in the grid. That locks it into position, so you know just where to find it every time you open Top Sites.

Wonder which sites have changed since your last visit? Sites with a star in the upper-right corner have new content. A single click opens the page and updates its thumbnail. Whenever you want to return to your ever-evolving Top Sites page, just click the new Top Sites button in the bookmarks bar.

Cover Flow

New to Safari, Cover Flow offers a highly visual way of reviewing your site history and bookmarked sites, presenting full-page previews of the websites that look exactly as they did when you last visited them.

One look is all you need to recognize the site you want to visit. Simply flip through website previews in Cover Flow the same way you flip through album art in iTunes. Directional arrows let you browse forward and back. Or you can quickly flip through multiple sites using the slider. And when you find the site you want, simply click to open it.

Safari 4 web browser demonstrating full history search with coverflow visuals

Full History Search

With Full History Search and Cover Flow, what you see is where you went. Safari introduces a dramatic new way to revisit sites, letting you flip through full-page previews of the sites you visited in the past. You may not have total recall, but Safari does, automatically storing all the text and a thumbnail of every page in your history. That makes it easy for Safari to get results even if you remember little about the site you’re searching for.

Just type a word or phrase in the History Search field in Top Sites, and Safari quickly presents you with a list of possibilities. In fact, you can search for anything that was on a page you visited, even photo captions. To jog your memory, Safari presents the sites it finds in Cover Flow, giving you the opportunity to spot the right site on sight.

Safari 4 web browser with tabs in the menubar for tabbed browsing

Tabs on Top

Tabs offer a great way to have multiple pages open at the same time in a single browser window. And to switch back and forth with a click. Now Safari takes tabbed browsing to new heights — to the very top of the browser window — instantly providing more room for you to enjoy the sites you’re reading.

Safari also makes it easy to create and manage tabs. To create a new tab, just click the + button in the upper-right corner of the Safari window. Want to rearrange tabs? Simply drag a tab by its handle and drop it in a new location in the tab bar. You can also use the handle to drop a tab into another Safari window. Or quickly create a new window by dragging the tab out to the desktop. You can create a bookmark from a group of tabs. Or even tell Safari to open a set of tabs every time you open a new Safari window.

Nitro Engine

Still the world’s fastest web browser, Safari outraces Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. On even the most demanding Web 2.0 applications, Safari delivers blazingly fast performance thanks to the industry’s most advanced rendering technologies.

Using the new Nitro Engine, for example, Safari executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and more than 3 times faster than Firefox 3 based on performance in leading industry benchmark tests: iBench and SunSpider.

In addition to superior JavaScript performance, Safari offers top-flight HTML performance — the best on any platform — loading pages 3 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and almost 3 times faster than Firefox 3.

Bar graph icon for performance data

Blazing performance

How does Safari performance compare to other browsers on the Mac and Windows?

View the performance charts

Safari 4 web browser for Windows Vista with native browser chrome demonstrating top sites feature

Windows Native Look and Feel

If you’re using Safari on a PC with Windows Vista or Windows XP, you’ll feel right at home. That’s because Safari features a native look — just like other Windows applications — including a native title bar, borders, and toolbars. To provide a consistent Windows experience, Safari now uses Windows standard fonts, but you can choose to use Apple’s crisp anti-aliased fonts if you prefer. Of course, Safari in Windows delivers the same lightning-fast performance provided by the Mac version.

Safari in Windows features a native look, complete with a native title bar, borders, and toolbars. Thanks to its native look, Safari fits right in with other Windows Vista applications. If you’re using Windows XP, you’ll feel right at home when browsing the web with Safari for Windows.

  • Cover Flow view of Safari on Windows
  • Top Sites feature of Safari on Windows Vista
  • Top Sites feature of Safari on Windows XP

Safari 4 developer tools window

Developer Tools

In Safari, developers will find the best set of development tools ever included in a browser. Just turn them on in Safari preferences and use them to examine the structure of a page, debug JavaScript, optimize performance and compatibility, inspect offline databases, or test experimental pieces of code on the fly. For more specific information about each of the development tools, visit the Safari Dev Center page.

Your command center, the Web Inspector offers access to all the developer tools. Use the Elements Pane to take a close look at web pages under development. You can graph the order and speed at which website components load using the Resources Pane.

  • Close up of Developer tools
  • Close up of Developer tools
  • Close up of Developer tools

More Safari 4 Features

Image highlighting new page zoom buttons on Safari

Full-Page Zoom

Get a close look at even the finest print using Full-Page Zoom. Safari scales images and graphics as you zoom in and keeps text razor sharp while preserving the page layout perfectly.

Close up of Safari smart field drop down

Smart Address Field

Just start typing, and the Smart Address Field instantly offers suggestions. You’ll see the Top Hit and the best matches from your browsing history and bookmark collections, each in their own easy-to-read section.

Close up of Safari smart search field

Smart Search Field

Safari offers excellent search suggestions courtesy of Google Suggest and your recent search history, making it even easier to conduct productive searches. You can even search for text on the page you’re viewing.

Close up of Safari Phishing/Malware warning

Phishing and Malware Protection

Land on a suspicious website, and you’ll know right away. Safari automatically alerts you and won’t open the page. EV Certificate support lets you easily spot legitimate sites.

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