If you enjoy watching Flash video on your iPhone browser, you'll want to check out Skyfire 3.0 for iPhone, updated today.
Skyfire is a WebKit-based alternative to the iPhone's default Safari browser that uses Skyfire Labs' servers to render pages more speedily by first compressing data before delivering it--up to 85 percent, the company claims.
However, the app's most significant draw, and the reason the company is charging $3 per download, is its ability to work around Apple's blocking of Flash video content.
Skype is expanding its video- and audio-conferencing options through a new deal that will let it tap into Citrix's popular GoToMeeting software.
Skype said yesterday that partnering with Citrix to integrate GoToMeeting technology will help it expand its business service by offering more robust and user-friendly collaboration and online meeting tools.
Specifically, the company plans to enhance its Skype for Business option with Web- and audio-conferencing features to add to the service's existing IM, video calling, and file-sharing tools. Business users will be able to more easily and quickly set up online audio conferences using either Skype or … Read more
LONDON--A day might be coming when the power of Facebook means that major companies no longer bother with their own Web sites.
That was the startling if self-promotional possibility sketched out by Stephen Haines, commercial director of Facebook's U.K. operation, while speaking today at the Technology for Marketing and Advertising conference here. Essentially, Haines argued, companies' interactions with their customers could take place so often on Facebook that company Web sites would fall by the wayside.
To bolster his argument, Haines showed statistics comparing how many times Facebook users have clicked a company's "like" button … Read more
The debate between using Adobe Flash or HTML5 for online videos could be winding down, but the war among different video formats is heating up.
A whopping 63 percent of all videos on the Web are now HTML5-compatible, compared to only 10 percent just a year ago, according to video-sharing site Mefeedia. Instead of relying solely on Flash to display their videos, many more Web sites are adopting video formats that can run directly in HTML5-compatible browsers.
The majority of the sites uncovered by Mefeedia are using H.264, the most common video format since it's also compatible for … Read more
Google apparently has used a kill switch to remove 21 malware-infected apps from both its Android Market and from people's Android devices.
Calling the Trojan the "mother of all Android malware," enthusiast site Android Police said yesterday the infected apps were discovered by a Reddit user. That Reddit user found that pirated versions of legitimate apps were infected by a Trojan called DroidDream, which uses a root exploit dubbed "rageagainstthecage" to compromise a device.
This piece of malware is especially virulent because it apparently cannot only capture user and product information from a device but … Read more
Updated at 9:30 a.m. PT: The account is accessible once again. Updated at 10:15 a.m. PT: The account has apparently been renamed.
Twitter suspended a popular (and fake) Steve Jobs Twitter account recently, only to see the page come back up today.
When people had been attempting to access @ceoSteveJobs, a message would state that the "profile you are trying to view has been suspended." The suspension of @ceoSteveJobs was discovered yesterday by technology blog Geek Smack. In addition, when people would try to click on @ceoSteveJobs in a tweet, a message would state … Read more
The confab gives young companies six minutes to make their spiel. In a landscape brimming with such shows, is Demo still worth the admission fee?
At Demo Spring, a 'social' tsunami At this week's tech showcase, products, services, and apps built around connecting people are dominating at perhaps an unprecedented level. (Posted in Geek Gestalt by Daniel Terdiman) March 2, 2011 4:00 AM PST
Microsoft has issued a progress report on its Live Mesh sync tool since it was wrapped up with the Live Sync tool last year, saying that it's now being used by 3 million people who have connected 5 million devices. Collectively that amounts to 2.2 petabytes of data, the company said in a blog post today.
Microsoft first launched Live Mesh at the Web 2.0 Expo in 2008 as an ambitious sync service aimed at ferrying data across a number of devices, be it PCs or Macs. It's since gone on to become a part of … Read more
It's important to know who you're talking to. But in our e-mail in-boxes, we're deluged with messages from people we don't know, companies we're not familiar with. Even messages from our friends and coworkers could be better handled if we had social or business context with the message.
To see what I mean, try at least one of the these three good tools: Xobni, Rapportive, and a new kid on the block, WhoSent.It. These tools all give you dossiers on the people e-mailing you by using data gleaned from around the Web, including Facebook profiles, Twitter postings, and, for business users, data from apps like Salesforce.com.
Of these apps, Xobni is for Outlook users. Rapportive works nicely with Gmail and Google Apps. WhoSent.It has a clever twist that makes it work with anything.
If you're an Outlook user, get Xobni. Like the other apps, it pulls personal data from Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in, and company data from Hoovers. Xobni also gives you relevant data from within your own e-mail archive: It gives you links to e-mails you've exchanged with the sender, and also shows you which other people the sender communicates with (taken from multi-addressed to: and cc: fields). Xobni's sidebar data panel looks great and is the front-end for a ton of additional info, though on a crowded notebook's screen it can be a little intrusive. … Read more
Thankfully, there are ways to save the contents of your e-mail account online and on your desktop, and I show you three of them in the video above. While I focus on Gmail specifically this time around, the principles are the same for any Web mail service that supports POP forwarding, as most of them do.