Archive for January, 2008

Mozilla presents the first versions of Mobile Firefox

Nokia 810

Back in October 2007, Mike Schroepfer from Mozilla has officially announced plans to port Firefox for mobile devices. No announcement has been made concerning what platform the software would be available for, but you have to believe that Windows Mobile will (also) be one of the targets.

Just after Christmas, Nokia released the N810, the first device to actually use a first version of Mozilla’s Mobile Firefox technology. Furthermore, this nice device also ships with th Flash 9 player ! More info at nokia.com.

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January 29, 2008 at 22:57 Leave a comment

Asteroid TU24 to fly-by earth on 29/01 — WE MADE IT !

Sattelite picture of the asteroidUPDATE: We made it 😉

No signs of any natural disasters caused by the electromagnetic disturbance either…

2007 TU24 came close enough so the Goldstone Solar System Radar Telescope in California’s Mojave Desert, to refine estimates of the asteroid’s size and take this sequence of images. It zoomed past Earth today at such a distance of only 1.4x the distance between Earth and the Moon.

Measuring between 150m and 600m across, asteroid 2007 TU24 would have inflicted devastating regional damage were it to hit Earth. Fortunately, it flew by today, about 537.500km from the Earth at its closest point at 10.33 AM (Brussels time).

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January 29, 2008 at 16:54 Leave a comment

Follow that red line ! Windscreen GPS navigation

Virtual Cable promises to be a safer, simpler and more intuitive replacement of the traditional GPS devices. Only drawback: you can’t take the thin red line with you :o)

display_line

Virtual Cable has been developed by the US company Making Virtual Solid. It displays a red route line on the driver’s windscreen, which shows the upcoming twists and turns that he or she must take in order to reach their destination. There’s no reason to take your eyes off the road anymore.

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January 28, 2008 at 15:59 1 comment

Download faster using a nifty Firefox tip

Firefox tit

Here is an easy trick to speed up your Firefox downloading. First thing you must do is add the “Downloads” icon to your Firefox toolbar somewhere. From there you can do this to download quicker.

Drag and Drop onto the Downloads Toolbar Icon

Instead of right-clicking on a download link, choosing “save to target” and pressing enter, just drag the download link to the “downloads icon” in the toolbar. The download will start automatically.

Very nice quick trick to get around the “Save as…” box when downloading, not ?

courtesy of makeuseof.com

January 25, 2008 at 12:46 Leave a comment

10 years of Mozilla – Time flies when you’re having fun…

Mozilla logoTen years ago already, Netscape announced it would release to the public the code of its flag ship product, Netscape Communicator 5, making it an open source product. The action came at a time when Netscape was still the dominant web browser: 65 million users and 90% market share in the educational segment according to Netscape’s own accounts. But Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was grabbing share at a furious pace thanks to it being free (at a time Netscape was about$30) and specially the fact that it came bundled with Windows 95 and upcoming Windows 98 (released on June 1998).

With a sliding market share, Netscape decided to focus on its enterprise oriented products and gave away the browser but most importantly allow volunteers to work on the product. Mozilla was nothing but Netscape’s user agent (the name a browser uses to contact the web server), a reminder of the first Netscape code name.

Mozilla timelineOver time, Mozilla would become the name of the open source project, AOL would buy Netscape and Internet Explorer would get up to 90%+ of market share leading to the worst period in web browsers’ history where innovation was a niche for Opera and IE remixes users.

In 2002, Mozilla would finally release its first public version with its crazy mantra: we are platform builders, we are for developers, we leave products for others.

Entered Phoenix, which took Mozilla, the application suite, and made a consumer product out of it. At about the same time, AOL spun off the Mozilla Foundation with a $2 million check. Phoenix, then Firefox, would become an instant hit in 2004 proving the user oriented approach to be the most effective way for Mozilla to achieve its goals.

It’s been ten years of hard times and good times, frustration and satisfaction. But in all, Mozilla existence and success is something we can all, as connected citizens, celebrate: having options when it comes to web browsing because it leads to standardization and innovation, no matter it comes from Opera, Safari, Mozilla or Microsoft.

Original Netscape press release from January 2008.

Source: http://mozillalinks.org

The guys at http://www.foxkeh.com have created a nice overview chart (A3 printer advised 🙂 ), which allows you to explore the roots of Firefox and Mozilla back to the early Web era, 1993…

 

January 25, 2008 at 12:31 1 comment

iPhone + Guitar = iGuitar ?

iPhone guitar

What do you get if you combine a nice piece of hardware with a cool piece of software ?

It is, no doubt, the coolset use of the multi-touch interface so far…

Dubbed PocketGuitar, the software installs on all iPhone and iPod touch systems and turns the display into a guitar fretboard, allowing you to use Apple’s much-vaunted multi-touch interface to play a kind-sorta guitar-ish thing.

Possibly the coolest feature of the package is the ability to play along with music stored on your iPhone/iPod – try to keep up with Clapton during the solos, or just strum along to your favourite tunes.

I can certainly see the attraction of a neat guitar-like toy that fits in your pocket, and as a guitar player myself I’m sorely tempted by the thought of an ultra-portable system for practising my fingering (no sniggering at the back there).

Check it out in action:

Want it ?

It’s free: http://code.google.com/p/pocketguitar

January 24, 2008 at 17:49 Leave a comment

Sometimes bigger is better (and I’m talking about your ears !)

Giant ipod ear buds

Sometimes bigger IS really better, especially when it comes to sound.

The small white iPod earphones can be seen all over the place. If you find them a little too small then you could go for these new versions which are 500 times the size of the original and can be used as speakers for your desktop PC or as speakers for your MP3 player if you so wish. The 500XL speakers include a built in amp and have the ability to be powered by batteries, USB or DC.

January 24, 2008 at 17:33 Leave a comment

Phone with foldable e-paper display to be released this summer

telecom italia and polymer vision's readium
Manufacturer Polymer Vision has announced that its Readius e-reader, which features a foldable, roll-out 5in screen, will finally hit stores later this year. Polymer Vision’s Readius: has a 5in display and makes callsA prototype Readius has been around for some time, but this is the first time Polymer, which was created by electronics giant Philips and Telecom Italia, has named an official ship date, however vague it may be.

A potential rival to Amazon’s Kindle or Sony’s eBook, the Readius’ screen rolls out like a sheet of Clingfilm and is primarily designed for displaying text, such as from e-books and RSS feeds, thanks to its 16 levels of grey.

It has tri-band GSM/GPRS connectivity with HSDPA 3G, although the lack of an external display for quickly making calls on the go could be a drawback. If your boss stumps up the cash for one though, then he’ll be glad to know that POP3 and IMAP email is supported, as are web-based alternatives, such as Yahoo! Mail and Gmail.

telecom italia and polymer vision's readiumPolymer Vision claims the gadget gives about 30 hours of continuous reading time when the screen’s unfolded. But it also works as an audio player, so you should be able to fold the screen and relax to tunes stored on it.

As a storage device, the Readius accepts Micro SD cards of up to 8GB. A USB 2.0 port and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity mean it’ll be handy for sending data to other devices.

The bad news is that Polymer Vision hasn’t yet said which countries the Readius will be available in first or how much it’ll cost.

Source: http://www.reghardware.co.uk

January 23, 2008 at 17:39 Leave a comment

Time Capsule From 1791 Found

Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico CityA time capsule was found atop a bell tower at Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral, where it was placed in 1791 to protect the building from harm, researchers said Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

The lead box — filled with religious artifacts, coins and parchments — was hidden in a hollow stone ball to mark the moment on May 14, 1791, when the building’s topmost stone was laid, 218 years after construction had begun.

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January 19, 2008 at 22:06 Leave a comment

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