Monthly Archives: November 2010

01

Hands-on With The New Facebook Messaging System

November 18th, 2010

Okay, so we’re not exactly the ones testing out Facebook’s new-fangled messaged system, but rather the tech-heads over at BGR. Check out their quite exhaustive preview of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is claiming to be a ‘revolution in social messaging’ yet not quite an email-killer. Color us suitably impressed until we see the final results for ourselves. (image courtesy of BGR)

02

Google Docs To Support Mobile Editing

November 18th, 2010

Google looks set to finally deliver on providing mobile users with the ability to edit Google Docs documents on their handsets. Sure, there are paid options out there which have allowed you to create and edit the occasional .doc file here and there, but this one comes straight from the boys and girls at Mountain View and is therefore, so inherently native. Functionality will be rolling out in the next few days for Android users running Froyo and iOS 3.0+ users. Check out the video below. Hooray!

03

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.5

November 11th, 2010

Just moments ago, Apple released its Mac OS X 10.6.5 update to Mac owners. Fixes in the upgrade include:

• improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
• address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
• address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
• resolve a delay between print jobs
• address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
• resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
• address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
• resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
• improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
• resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
• improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
• resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

The OS update is — reportedly — the first step in a three-stage software rollout due this week from Apple: iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2 are also supposed be hitting servers sometime this weekend. Hit the “Software Update” section in OS X to get the new goodies. Play safe.

04

New Myspace To Face Challenges?

November 11th, 2010

So even though they’ve revamped, relaunched and re-imagined their entire ethos, observers are still calling Myspace out: PCWorld, Gawker, and even mainstream Aussie newspaper The Australian have all given the new Myspace site less than stellar chances of success.

Hit the links for what others are saying, but in our humble opinion, Myspace – as a social networking hub – has been dead a long time. Only time will tell whether it can compete in a world with likes of Spotify or Last.fm, but as an independent artist / band network, it still has a place in our hearts – and bookmarks.

05

Apple Opens Online Apple Store China

November 5th, 2010

Big news for a big country. Now all those Chinese netizens with a hankering for sleek, polished, ubiquitous Apple logos can get their wares online from the official Apple Store China, instead of bringing iPads and the like across the border from Hong Kong, albeit with a tax.