There are so many great Web browsers available today that the superpower struggle between IE and Netscape sometimes seems as distant as the Cold War between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. We recently became acquainted with Maxthon, a free browser that offers some unique advantages, such as its Dual Display Modes, Ultra and Retro. Maxthon automatically switches between Ultra Mode, which uses WebKit to render up-to-date sites, and Retro mode, which uses a legacy engine for older sites built with earlier tools. It also offers safe browsing; toolbar apps like notekeeping, translations, feeds, and screen capture; mouse … Read more
Pixlr Grabber is a free screenshot tool for Google Chrome. It can save all or part of your screen's display, like other screen-grabbers, including Windows' built-in snipping tool. However, Pixlr Grabber also lets you edit your images via Pixlr's online Editor and Express tools as well as share them on the imm.io Web site.
Unlike most Chrome extensions, you must restart your browser for Pixlr Grabber to work properly. We clicked Pixlr Grabber's icon and selected Grab a Defined Area. Pixlr Grabber opened a selection box that we could drag around and enlarge, with the option … Read more
Despite rising competition from the likes of Android, Apple's iOS-based iPad will continue to lead the tablet market on into 2015, according to a report out today by Gartner.
Looking at the tablet market by operating system, Gartner pegged Apple's share at 84 percent last year and is forecasting 69 percent this year. Though Apple's dominance may ebb over the next few years, it will still maintain its lead, with 63 percent of all tablets sold next year and 47 percent in 2015, according to the market researcher.
Amid any decline in market share, unit sales of … Read more
Toshiba's upcoming 10-inch tablet may not yet have a name but at least it's found another home.
Best Buy is the latest retailer to announce that it will carry the new tablet. Though no specific launch date has yet been revealed, Toshiba has been pointing to spring for the tablet's debut, while Best Buy is promising that the device is "coming soon."
Best Buy joins Amazon as another outlet that'll carry the new tablet once it launches.
Photographers and videographers with a lot of data spend a lot of time waiting for files to transfer to their computers, sometimes paying a premium for FireWire 800 ports to edge out the speeds of USB 2.0.
Now the USB 3.0 generation of flash card readers is starting to arrive, though, including Delkin Devices' $40 USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader and Writer. The company announced yesterday that the products are now shipping from its San Diego factory.
Its raw data transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second promises to leapfrog the 800 megabits per second of FireWire 800 … Read more
Motorola has sold around 100,000 Xooms since launching the new tablet in late February, says a Deutsche Bank research report released yesterday.
Based on the percentage of Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices showing up on the Android Developer Web Site, Deutsche Bank estimated the total Android installed base at around 50 million units. Of those, only 0.2 percent are running Honeycomb. That points to a figure of 100,000, give or take, for the Xoom as the only known Android tablet so far outfitted with Honeycomb.
The research firm had initially estimated sales of 50,000 Xooms during the first quarter and 150,000 for the second quarter.
In comparison, Apple may have sold 500,000 iPad 2 tablets in the first weekend it was available last month, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, though some analysts believe the figure could be as high as a million, according to Reuters. The original iPad sold to the tune of 300,000 units in its initial weekend a year ago.
Neither Motorola nor Apple has disclosed sales figures for the respective tablets.
Though the Xoom's sales may seem paltry compared with the iPad, Deutsche Bank called 100,000 units after only a short time on the market "a decent start."… Read more
VBOX7 Downloader is a free Google Chrome extension that enables one-click downloads at VBOX7, which is the second-most-popular video sharing site in Bulgaria. You don't need to be Bulgarian, speak Bulgarian, or live in or near Bulgaria to make use of it. You find video online everywhere these days, so why not Bulgaria? We found videos of guys drifting (in cars, not aimlessly) and Russian presidential limousines while just browsing around, but there was a lot of music, sports, comedy--in other words, the usual video share fare, just with a Bulgarian accent. VBOX7 Downloader is extremely small (13.21KB) … Read more
Apple has been granted a patent for a dock connector that would combine powerful new connectivity technology like USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt with its proprietary 30-pin connector for mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
As reported by AppleInsider, "The invention, entitled 'Reduced Size Multi-Pin Male Plug Connector,' was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday and describes a smaller 30-pin dock connector with updated connection standards."
Did you have plans to get anything done any time soon? Other than playing Copter Game, that is? Because that's what's going to happen as soon as you install the free Copter Game extension for Google Chrome: Your productivity will crash, and so will you, or at least the helicopter you'll be flying will. It'll crash a lot--into the ground, the ceiling, and obstacles--as you learn to master the art of flight using nothing but your left mouse button. One more thing: You'll have a lot of fun.
As with all Chrome extensions, Copter Game … Read more
It was a beautiful week in San Francisco, and while conversations about the future of the Web were happening inside Moscone West at the Web 2.0 Expo, some folks were taking advantage of the sunshine to work from the park, tinkering with the data cloud beneath a sunny, cloudless California sky on what turned out to be one of the first warm days of the year.
Here are a few of the cooler, springtime shots I found from in and around the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week. (Click here to see a slideshow of photos from the conference itself.)… Read more