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Twitter For BlackBerry Version 2 Beta Now Available

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2011

Good news for Twitter users who also use a Blackberry. Twitter for BlackBerry version 2 Beta is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. RIM will do things differently this time, offering more frequent beta versions with features added and the current version 2 of the Twitter app brings a simplified navigation bar at the top.

It puts the Search, Find People, and Popular Topics screens into one Single Search Screen in addition to integrating with the Universal Search feature. It also offers a new Black Chrome color scheme and the Compose Tweet button is accessible and allows you to tweet from anywhere in the app. Sounds like some useful improvements.

DC Universe Online beta for the PS3 is a hefty 15GB

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

PlayStation Plus members can now enjoy the DC Universe Online beta on their PS3, but first you will have to take care of the 15GB download. The PlayStation Store has been updated to include the beta, and at 15GB this is one of the largest PS3 installations yet. But the game looks well worth it.

If you still have one of those old 20GB PS3s, you might want to skip this one. The beta will be downloaded in segments, which is nice for those with unreliable Internet connections. If you have problems you won’t need to start over again.

BlackBerry News Feeds beta launches

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

BlackBerry users, like everyone else, want to be kept up to date with the latest news, so having a decent RSS feed reader on the BlackBerry platform is a good thing. And we have just that with the BlackBerry News Feeds app.

This app will aggregate and deliver all of your RSS feeds in a clean and easy to use way, however one downside is that Google Reader support is not there. Even so, it’s easy to use when adding feeds and allows you to sift through unread items quickly like any other RSS feed reader.

PlayStation Rewards coming on October 28

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Good news PS3 owners, PlayStation Rewards will launch tomorrow through an invitation-only beta to all eligible PlayStation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP) members. This beta will collect feedback from the most loyal PS3 fans, making sure that the end result will be the “best possible rewards program it can be”.

The beta phase might include PSP users sometime later. For now just PS3 users. PlayStation Rewards will be free. The more you play and participate, the more progress you’ll make on the three reward tiers which are “Select,” “Pro,” and “Legendary.”

Internet Explorer 9 goes beta

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

Internet Explorer’s global browser market share has declined year after year, moving away from its 90% figure back in 2003. Microsoft hopes to gain some ground with its Internet Explorer 9 beta announcement. Maybe they can reclaim some numbers from Google Chrome and Firefox.

Faster than IE8, IE9 will also be more compliant with HTML5, CSS3 and SVG2 standards. Microsoft is pinning all of their hopes on IE9 being the only browser to take advantage of full hardware acceleration when you surf the Internet. However, Mozilla disputes that claim, saying that they are faster and first. Hopefully this isn’t a case of too little too late for the big M.

Snaptu app store hits AT&T app beta site

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you have an app store. But if you have a mobile phone without an app store, Snaptu might be able to help. It’s basically an app store for mobile phones that don’t have one built-in, like phones that run Java ME.

Platforms like Windows Mobile and Symbian can also benefit from Snaptu. It’s available on AT&T’s Apps Beta site and has about 20 apps so far, but hopefully that number will grow.

OnLive beta program is live

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

OnLive beta program is liveNow’s your chance to play a game here that’s actually running over there somewhere. OnLive announced today that it’s opening a public beta of its game streaming service. If you sign up on their website you will be asked for “general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location” so OnLive can build “test groups” of users working under varied conditions.

If you are chosen, you’ll get an invitation and a Performance Test. If your settings pass muster, you’ll be part of a Test Group and playing games in no time.

Nokia Point & Find beta service

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Nokia Point & Find beta serviceThis sort of thing would have seemed like magic to us many years ago. Imagine pointing your handset at an object, taking a photo of it and sending it to a database to get further information. It’s like a real life Google. It’s called Point & Find by Nokia. The beta version is now available in the UK and the US, and it will be expanded to other services and countries in the future.

According to Nokia Point & Find general manager, Philipp Schloter, “With Nokia Point & Find, businesses are able to target engaging experiences and calls-to-action to consumers. We believe that this first Nokia Point & Find-based service for movies will add something special to the cinema experience. Simply by pointing their camera phone at a poster for a new movie, people can watch the trailer, read reviews, and find the closest cinema where it is playing.”

Hello Kitty Netbook runs Windows 7

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

Sotec’s latest netbook is Hello Kitty-branded, but don’t let that fool you. It packs some heat when it comes to performance. Powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.60-GHZ processor and 1GB of RAM, it runs Windows 7 with ease, as you’ll see in the video below.

The netbook performed decently with normal web surfing with data being transferred in the background and also when opening 400 pictures in Bridge. Need more? Even while editing in Photoshop CS3 with that 1.6 Ghz Atom CPU and 1 GB of RAM.

Google launches Chrome browser

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

Google launches Chrome browserGoogle has decided to get into the browser business. Meet the Google Chrome browser. They will release the browser in beta, refining it as they go just like Gmail. Google’s plan is to simplify the interface while simultaneously improving it’s inner workings. Will it eventually take on IE, Firefox and Opera? It says Google doesn’t it?

It should be released by Wednesday, if you can believe the rumors and should be available on Windows only, while Mac and Linux versions will be available later. Some of the features include: A UI that places the tabs above the address bar, Incognito mode, which allows users to browse the web in privacy, without recording any your activity, and a new JavaScript engine for speed.

Apple posts fifth beta version of the iPhone SDK

Posted in iPhone by Darrin Olson on May 7th, 2008

Apple iPhone SDK Beta 5Apple has recently announced the beta release of the 5th version of the iPhone SDK, which contains the framework, tools and compilers for making your own custom applications for Apple’s iPhone operating system. It provides also provides a simulator to run your apps on, which represents both the iPhone and the iPod touch. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of changes to this kit other than bringing it up to the latest OS version, but the download is free and there’s no sense working with the older version.

iPhone Developers

Skyfire: full internet for your mobile

Posted in Browsers,Mobile Accessories,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2008

Skyfire promises better browser
Skyfire is a new mobile browser that promises a nicer browsing experience on your mobile phone as well as speed and simplicity. Right now it’s in private beta mode and just available to those with a US phone number.

According to the site, the browser can go anywhere and get anything, which would make it a nice step up in mobile browsing. Supposedly it just like browsing on your PC. Check out a demo of Skyfire after the jump. If it’s even half as good as they claim, users are going to be very happy indeed. At least it has a cool name. Things always sound cooler with fire.

Google reveals online knowledge service

Posted in Google by Nino Marchetti on December 14th, 2007

Google competes with Wikipedia through knolGoogle late yesterday revealed it is working on what could easily be considered a competitor to the popular open-ended online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Google’s new offering is being called knol and it’s currently in closed beta testing.

knol, as Google describes it, means “unit of knowledge.” The idea behind knol is to let “people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it.” Google said a knol on a particular topic is “meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read.” This seems to imply that when one searches on a particular topic the “knol” for that will appear as the first search result, though Google states it will “rank the knols appropriately when they appear in Google search results.”