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MightyText sends phone calls, texts to your browser

Posted in Text Messaging by Reuben Drake on July 7th, 2011

Maybe you forgot your phone at home. No need to drive home and get it. Texts and calls can just be routed to your computer and inside Google Chrome. We aren’t talking about Google Voice, but it’s similar. MightyText will route calls and text messages into Google Chrome instead of sending them to your email. Pretty handy when you lose your phone or leave it behind.

The new service was started by former Google employee, Maneesh Arora. It’s basically a routing service for text messages and calls. It’s in Beta now.

LG Optimus 3D to have 3D augmented reality browser

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

If you love 3D, then LG has some good news for you today. The company has revealed that it will use Wikitude’s 3D browser in its LG Optimus 3D smartphone. The browser allows better interaction and engagement with real-time user environments. 3D Augmented Reality can show places, landmarks and objects in 3D, making them easier to distinguish and of course, much cooler to look at. The Optimus 3D, is set to arrive in Europe this summer.

It should be a hit since the Wikitude World Browser is the first AR smartphone browser ever and the LG Optimus 3D also incorporates several other world firsts. Like the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory architecture and they also claim that the phone is the first full 3D platform providing glasses-free viewing, recording and sharing of 3D content.

VUDU Launches In-Browser Movie Streaming

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

VUDU has announced that it will be starting a new movie streaming service from their website that will allow users to watch content directly from their browsers without requiring a VUDU set-top box, DVD player or VUDU enabled device. This should get the company more customers.

To use the new VUDU streaming service all you have to do is visit vudu.com, check out the selection available and purchase. Then you can start watching immediately. This will help VUDU compete with Netflix and Amazon, who both already have web browser streaming. The service will have the same titles found on the VUDU digital storefront but the quality of the video will be lower through web browsers.

Firefox 4 now available to download

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Great news for Firefox users. Mozilla has now launched the official version of its FireFox 4 browser and it is available to download now from the Mozilla website. It has already hit 400,000 downloads and continues to climb.

We wonder if it will beat Microsofts IE9′s 2.3 million downloads on its first day. What do you think? We say yes. Some of the new features included in the official Firefox 4 browser include Panorama to organize your sites into groups and App Tabs which allows you to keep your favorite tabs within easy access. sounds like some nice improvements.

Skyfire Mobile Browser hits 1 million mark

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

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Skyfire browser. Well, now the company has announced that its flash-enabled browser has hit the 1 million mark.

It’s a great browser to use if your mobile device hasn’t received official support for Adobe Flash yet. Skyfire is compatible with a wide range of phones including the HTC EVO 4G, Droid Incredible, Droid X, Droid 2, and Samsung Galaxy S.

Opera Mini 5.1 now available for Windows Mobile

Posted in Opera Software by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

When it comes to web browsers many people don’t like the browsers that ship on their smartphones and start looking for alternatives that work better. Opera makes one of the more popular alternate browsers for many of the smartphone operating systems on the market.

I mentioned back in July that Opera Mini 5.1 had landed for Android devices. Opera has now announced that Opera Mini 5.1 is available for download for Windows Mobile users as well. The new venison of the browser adds some nice new features like allowing Opera to be set as the default browser.

iLunascape Browser for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The new iLunascape browser has been specifically designed for browsing on Apples iPad and will keep all your browsing functions at your fingertips. The iLunscape design takes into account how people hold and interact with their iPads by moving most of you browsing controls to the bottom.

It also offers tabbed browsing, common in standard desktop browsers but not often found in mobile-device browsers. The folks at i4U give the app a 9 out of 10. Should make using your iPad more enjoyable.


Internet Explorer falls below 60% of the browser market for the first time

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, what with all of the browsers available. For the first time ever Microsoft’s Internet Explorer accounts for less than 60% of the browser market. At one point it dominated with 95% of the market in 2003. NetApplications, who published the figure, has IE at 59.9%, Firefox with 24.5% and Google’s Chrome with a 6.7% share (up from 1.7% last year). Safari wasn’t listed.

Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann, said, “There are more viable alternatives now. Google has been advertising and there are more people using Macs and Apple’s Safari. There is just a great awareness that there are alternatives,” And it might just be that MS is losing loyal users as well.

Firefox coming to the PlayStation 3?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2009

Firefox coming to the PlayStation 3?Rumor is that Firefox will be coming to the PlayStation 3. According to a PlayStation Insider source who’s “very close to SONY”, the company has been talking about the possibility of porting Mozilla’s web browser on to the PS3.

Now this is just a rumor right now. A very thin rumor. A rumor about a possibility. That’s all we know. But how many PS3 owners would welcome the Firefox experience on their console? We’re guessing quite a lot.

Zune HD’s browser previewed

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Zune HD's browser previewedOver at CNET, they had a look at a recent build of the Zune HD. Apparently the device is getting close to a final product. The hardware received some praise as well as video playback and a the music player, which has been refined. They really liked the Zune HD’s browser and found it to be excellent.

It was built by the IE team, which is good news for prospective Windows Mobile 6.5 users, and it’s comparable to the iPhone in features as well as speed. You get pinch to zoom, accelerometer-based reorientation, and a decent onscreen keyboard. No Flash though. All in all it sounds fairly awesome.

Microsoft’s Gazelle browser a Google Chrome OS competitor?

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Microsoft's Gazelle browser a Google Chrome OS competitor?Supposedly Microsoft is working on a Google Chrome OS counter. This could be the Gazelle browser, which wants to treat the browser itself more like an OS. The Gazelle prototype supposedly will to do things like protect webapps from each other, and isolate different browser tabs (like Google Chrome does and Firefox is going to do).

It’s just one of many research projects Microsoft is working on, but it would make sense for them to unveil this one next week, to show that they’re not taking a backseat to Google. It won’t replace IE, at least not for awhile.


Bolt Mobile browser grows by leaps and bounds

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2009

boltbrowser-sbWhen it comes to browsing the Internet on a mobile phone, not all browsers are created equal. I hate the type of mobile browser that breaks a site out of its PC format and gives you a big long page of text and links to read.

The latest version of Bolt mobile called Beta3 launched and in the first 24 hours the new version was available the browser rendered over 1 million pages. According to the company behind the browser, it has been growing at a steady rate of 50% per month since it debuted in February.

Moxia Sphere interface

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

Moxia Sphere interfaceThe Moxia sphere is a folding multitouch display with an always-on internet connection and gyroscopic elements that can also be used folded flat. It will be able to display the world, browse web pages or control interactive games. All in a device about the size of an apple.

The device can be recharged by opening one of the petals and can also display an interactive world map like Google Earth. It sounds very promising, but will likely be a while in coming.

Sony Cybershot G3 camera lets you surf the Web

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2009

Sony Cybershot G3 camera lets you surf the WebThe Sony Cybershot G3 is a true first. It boasts direct web browsing from the camera via WiFi. The camera can upload photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot via its built-in Web browser. It comes with complimentary AT&T WiFi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page all the way up until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including participating coffee shops, some bookstores and quick-serve restaurant locations, plus hundreds of upscale hotels and airports. Some specs on the camera include a dedicated WLAN button, direct links to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums; video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion.

The Sony Cybershot G3 also features a high-resolution 3.5-inch (921,600-dot) LCD screen, support for DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) guidelines, 10-megapixel sensor with 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 4GB of built-in storage (optional expansion is Memory Stick only), and Intelligent Scene Recognition feature with Face Detection technology. Sounds pretty sweet to me.

Nikon multimedia Wi-Fi Headset with 8GB & a browser

Posted in Nikon by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

Nikon multimedia Wi-Fi Headset with 8GB & a browserHere’s an odd one from Nikon, but it’s no camera. The Media Port UP300 and UP300x video headset aims to be a wearable computer. The device basically looks like a pair of headphones with a small display, but has some nice specs. It features up to 8GB of flash memory for videos, music and file storage, Wi-Fi, and even, get this, a full internet browser.

The 300x model, even sports motion control. Browsing may be a challenge, who knows. You can also use the Wi-Fi connection to download audio and video content directly. The 300x will cost you $587. Looks like we are now on our way to becoming the Borg. If the next one requires that you dock yourself in a borg ship, I’m heading for the hills.

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