Firefox for Mobile Devices

November 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Links and Resources, Tech News

FirefoxI’m really looking forward to trying out Firefox mobile when it’s released. Below is a video that highlights what Firefox mobile can do.

Swiping left and right to see the controls is a great idea since space is very limited. And the AwesomeBar sounds, well, awesome! I really like the idea of Weave Sync as well. This technology syncs your mobile, work desktop, home desktop, etc. for a seamless transition in web browsing. Location-Aware browsing sounds pretty amazing. It’s like having Yelp for topics you’re browsing on! Check out the video for more features.

Meet some of the members of the Mozilla Mobile Team as they give you a quick tour of the user interface and features of Firefox for mobile devices, including the Awesome Bar, Weave Sync, add-ons and tabbed browsing, to name a few.

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Google Voice with Your Existing Number

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Google, Tech News

Now you can use Google Voice with your existing number! Before, in order to use Google Voice, you had to sign up for a new phone number. But with the recent changes, you can now add the Google Voice service to your existing phone number! Read the Google Voice blog for more information about this new service.

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Did You Know 4.0

September 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Multimedia, Social Networking, Tech News

This is another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. I really enjoyed it because it’s filled with all sorts of statistics from the new media generation and technology shift.

This is another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit http://mediaconvergence.economist.com and http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com.

Content by XPLANE, The Economist, Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Laura Bestler. Design and development by XPLANE, http://www.xplane.com. You can follow us on Twitter at @xplane

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MMS on the iPhone!

AT&T in the US finally made iphone-mmsMMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) on the iPhone today. Yes, finally. Now you don’t have to use my MMS on iPhone workaround anymore. However, if you don’t have an unlimited sms and mms data plan, you may still want to use the workaround to save you money. Otherwise, just use the more simpler way.

So how do you get it on your phone? Here are the steps:

  1. Plug you iPhone 3G/3GS into iTunes
  2. Select you iPhone and click on “Check for Update”
  3. It will ask you to download a new carrier file. Select Download and install.
  4. Now restart your phone.

To test it out..

  1. Click on the “Photos” app.
  2. Select a photo
  3. In the lower left corner, click on the arrow
  4. You should now have a new choice — MMS
  5. Click on MMS and the photo will be inserted into a new MMS
  6. Click on the + button and select a contact to send it to.
  7. Click on “Send”

And that’s it! Congrats, you just sent your first MMS on your iPhone. Welcome to 2002. :)

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New Facebook Design

March 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Social Networking, Tech News

New Facebook Design

Facebook changed their design again and I really like it. The main focal point is now the status update, which does remind me of Twitter. I believe this new change will help create more conversations though. Having the groups on the left is very nice. Now I can separate status updates by groups which is one thing that twitter is missing.

There’s a lot of data on the right side that it seems a bit cluttered. But it doesn’t bother me too much. I like to glance at it to see what’s new. I would prefer the “pokes” to be moved up though. They seem lost being so far at the bottom.

So I’ve played with Facebook user profiles, events, and groups. But I haven’t played with the Facebook pages option yet. So I decided to create a Fan page to test it out. It’s close to a user profile except it’s missing a lot of options like adding other apps/boxes. I can’t seem to find the “add a link” option anymore either. I do like the
Discussions option! It’s a great place if you want to ask me tech questions and such. And this social network seems to be more manageable than a Ning website. So if you’d like to interact with me, please add me here on facebook. Thanks!

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Skittles and Social Media

March 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Social Networking, Tech News

New Skittles.com

The new Skittles.com redesign is an interesting approach to creating a website. It take social media to the extreme!

Every link you click on leads you to popular social media website. The products page now points to their Wikipedia, their media page takes you to YouTube and Flickr, Chatter takes you to a Skittles Twitter search, and Friends take you to Facebook.

The longer I sit and watch the Twitter search page refresh itself, the more I think this is a bad idea. Any mention of the word “Skittles” on Twitter gets displayed on the website. And since this is a candy company, I think it should be more geared towards children more right?

New Skittles RedesignThe website does ask you for your birthdate before you can enter the website. I put in a date that would make me 5 years-old. Since I’m too young, the only thing that gets displayed is “No Way, Jose. Unfortunately you aren’t eligible to visit the site” yet, the Twitter stream still refreshes in the background! A simple fix to this is to display the YouTube page or something else instead. But honestly, I think they’re targeting the wrong audience for their website..

Although Twitter is slowly hitting the mainstream, not everyone knows what Twitter is yet. So the new website would appear quite confusing for a majority of visitors.

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Skittles Site Receives an Extreme Social Makeover (Thanks for the link @mayhemstudios!)

Skittles – Taste the Revolution? (Thanks for the link @djsteen!)

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Viddyho Phishing Scam

February 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Tech News

I got a Gtalk instant messge saying:

Hey check out this video! http://tinyurl.com/BLAHBLAH (not linking it).

The link goes to a website that looks like this, and I thought that was very fishy (or phishing I should say!).

Viddyho Phishing for Gmail Passwords

@veronica only confirmed that it was indeed a phishing scam. So please DO NOT enter in your GMail login or password.

If this new website wanted to connect via google, why not try the Google FriendConnect widget instead?

Update:
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Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at PodCamp Hawaii

October 26, 2008 by  
Filed under Multimedia, Tech News, Wordpress

I was out today, so I missed all the sessions from Podcamp Hawaii! So I’m trying to catch up, starting with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word session. I really love hearing about WordPress news.


Stream videos at Ustream

What I’m really excited about is WordPress 2.7, Automatic Updates, and BuddyPress! Check out the session, it’s very interesting.

Wii Remote Hacks

October 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Gadgets and Accessories, Tech News

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

This video just made me flip with excitement! It’s just amazing the things you can do for little cost! The video features a researcher named Johnny Lee who shows us his amazing Wii Remote hacks. Just wow. I’d love to see these hacks implemented in classrooms!

Source: TED: Talks Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote

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Loving AllTop.com

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Links and Resources, Tech News

I <3 AllTop.com

I really love AllTop.com. What is it you should ask? It’s an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. Tell them what you’re interested in, and they’ll bring you stories from the best websites and blogs on the topic. All the topics, all the time.

So far, my favorite topics are Scrapbooking, Geeks, Egos, Food, Travel, iPhone, and Tech! I’m sure I’ll find more favorites as I keep diving in it.

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Delicious Update

July 31, 2008 by  
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I’m loving the new Delicious website! Even the domain name is easier to spell. ;) I use to google my own site because I couldn’t figure out where all the periods went. haha But I’m very happy with this new website upgrade. It’s about time. There’s been other bookmarking websites, but this is the one I always come back to.

I only bookmark technology websites, so if you’re interested in that, be sure to add me to your network!

Thanks for the video link, Kevin!

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Qik Announces iPhone Support

June 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Tech News

Michael Fortson, a Qik developer, announced earlier today that Qik is now has support for the iPhone, bringing the full Qik experience to legions of iPhone fans the world over.


Michael Fortson demonstrates Qik on the iPhone.

That’s just amazing! That also means there will be a lot more Qikkers soon! I love this piece of software because it just brings you a step closer to your friends and family.

And I can’t forget to mention that I just love the new and improve Qik website. It looks beautiful! Here’s my Qik Profile. Unfortunately, there won’t be any updates for a while.. not until Qik is completely working on all Windows CE phones. I’m back to my T-Mobile Shadow.

Sources: TechCrunch, Michael Fortson

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WWDC08 in 60 Seconds!

June 10, 2008 by  
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If you missed the WWDC08 Keynote yesterday, don’t worry! Mahalo Daily has put a nice 60 seconds version of the keynote for you! Believe me, it does have all the key points!

Sources: Mahalo Daily

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Firefox Download Day 2008

June 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Tech News

Make the pledge to download Firefox 3! Let’s help set the record for the most downloads in 24 hours with the release of Firefox 3 at a soon to be announced day in June!

Source: Download Day 2008

Scoble Interviews Twitter!

May 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Tech News

Robert Scoble interviews Twitter! Take a listen as Twitter Founders Evan Willams and Biz Stone talk about Twitter’s scalability problems.

Thank you Michael Arrington for your post and Robert Scoble for the interview.

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Next Generation Melvyl

May 27, 2008 by  
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Today, the UC Libraries have launched a pilot version of our Melvyl Catalog. This pilot is a single user interface that queries holdings from all UC Libraries, libraries from around the world, and UC books digitalized by Google. For more information, check out this video generously created by UC Merced Library (our newest addition to the UC family!)

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Google Friend Connect

May 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Google, Tech News

I’m currently learning about Google Friend Connect. It looks like an amazing way of adding social networking to any website with little effort.

Watch Scobleizer’s video from Google Campfire One.

I love how you can log into AOL, Yahoo, Google, etc. to connect to the websites. No need to create another login!

The website is going to live tonight, but invite only. If or when I get an invite, I’ll write more about it. ;)

Sign up for the preview: Google Friend Connect

Sources: TechCrunch, Scobleizer’s Qik Videos, and Google News

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Twitter Can Save Your Life

April 25, 2008 by  
Filed under Tech News

Wow, Twitter can save your life! Just look at how it saved James Karl Buck!

Thanks for the link Muppet!

Sources: CNN

Baby Talk Meets High Tech

April 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Gadgets and Accessories, Tech News

Lena BabyI was watching this video earlier today and just thought “wow!”

We all know that talking to our children is important… but did you know how much you need to talk to them? According to this video, 17,000 words a day at the very least!

But who has time to talk AND count all the words? Not to worry, there’s a nifty gadget that can record and count all the words you said to your child, as well as analyze your child’s response.

The device is called LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis), which is like a verbal pedometer. You just put the device in your child’s jumper. At the end of the day, you can plug it into a computer and start analyzing the data.

I think it’s an amazing tool that I might use in the future (far into the future!)

I wonder if the Cat, the hi tech mommy knows about this gadget yet. :)

Sources: Yahoo! News / ABC News and LENA

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Word on the Tweets

April 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Tech News

This was the message that Neal sent me a few days ago. He’s one funny man. I had to put this quote somewhere.

Word on the tweets is that anyone with more than 200 followers isn’t always showing up in timelines. -Neal Campbell

If you’re still having problems with lost Twitter posts or posts from people you follow not showing up (this should have been fixed as of last night.. but if not…), try doing this. Many thanks to Colin for figuring it out.

On a side note, why do I get a 500 error on Mashable.com in Firefox, but it works find in MSIE??

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