Tag Archive for "Mac" - Arun's Blog

Sep

17

Posted by : Arun | On : September 17, 2010

I was planning to write in the last couple of days that Ubuntu and other Linuz distributions can’t improve their market share by trying to catch up with Windows and Mac regarding features, usability etc. To attract more users towards Linux, Linux distributions should innovate and offer features that Windows or OS X doesn’t have. Apart from making Linux more user friendly, they have to come up with new ideas that can make people take a look at Linux and try it.

I was happy when I saw this news in PC World yesterday. According to PC World, Canonical is experimenting with context aware technology that could let users control Ubuntu by body movements instead of using input devices like pen or keyboard etc. Ubuntu will utilize hardware sensors using cameras to respond to the body movement.

A gesture from the user, meanwhile, could affect the launcher appearance or even launch applications through a “windows parallax” mode, which would make the desktop appear three-dimensional. In such a case, users could lean to one side to see what’s behind the window in the foreground, for example. As an alternative to cameras, proximity could also be detected with infrared or ultrasound sensors.

This news along with multi-touch gestures introduced in Ubuntu 10.10 are good news for Linux.

Jun

15

Posted by : Arun | On : June 15, 2010

Mac OS X parental control sucks in some aspects. I bought a new Macbook for my daughter. I enabled parental control for her account. This created couple of issue.

She couldn’t access her GMail or Picasa web albums since the link is secured. Mac parental control denies access to secure sites since it can’t read the site data to verify it’s kids friendly. Adding Google.com or gmail.google.com etc. didn’t work. After some struggle, I finally got it to work after Googling. All you have to do is add https://74.125.45.100 to the exception list which you can access by clicking the content button under Parental Control which is under System Preferences, then selecting Try to limit access to adult websites automatically and click customize. Press the + sign under Always allow these websites, add the IP address given above and press enter. Click OK to save. Check the pictures below for the screenshots. Once the IP is added, She was able to access GMail and Picasa web albums.

The other problem is adding GMail chat to iChat through Jabber. If you have parental control enabled, you won’t be able to access your Google Talk account through iChat. All you can add is AOL account or Mac account. I still couldn’t find a way to work around that. Let me know if you know how to enable Google Talk.

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May

25

Posted by : Arun | On : May 25, 2010

Google has released their first stable release of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac. The stable release brings the following features:

  • Sync bookmarks across multiple computers
  • Sync browser preferences including themes, homepage, startup settings, web content settings, preferred language & page zoom settings across multiple computers.
  • Extension can be enabled to work with incognito (private browsing) mode through extension manager.
  • Includes HTML5 featuers like Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets and file drag and drop. 

If you’re already using Chrome for Windows, Mac or Linux, you’ll be auto-updated to this latest release.


Credit: Chrome Blog.

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Dec

08

Posted by : Arun | On : December 8, 2009

Google has released a beta version of Google Chrome for Linux. The beta version comes after a long delay in introducing it in Linux while Windows has seen couple of versions released already. Google acknowledges that most engineers use Linux machines at Google, but they didn’t act quickly enough to get a Linux version out. Google Chrome for Linux now includes tight integration with native GTK themes and updates are managed by standard system package manager.

So far, about 50 developers outside Google have contributed code. Linux version embraces HTML5, like Windows.

Google has also released extensions for Google Chrome in Windows and Linux. There are around 300 extensions in the extension gallery. Extension is not yet available for Mac. It should show up soon in developer channel.

Source: Google Chrome Blog.
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Jun

05

Posted by : Arun | On : June 5, 2009

Google has released the alpha version of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac. For more information, click here.

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Dec

10

Posted by : Arun | On : December 10, 2008

Mozilla Messaging team has released the first beta of Thunderbird 3.0. Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 includes new database technology that will make it possible to build fast new ways of navigating mail. Here are some of the new features or improvements in Thunderbird 3.0.

  • Tabbed EmailEmail messages, folders, and calendars (with the Lightning extension installed) can be opened in tabs.
  • Improved Message Reader ViewThis is the first stage of a series of refinements to the message reading experience. The first stage brings email controls closer to the area in which the user is operating.
  • New Add-ons ManagerThe new Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to find, download, and install Thunderbird Add-ons which includes Extensions, Themes, and Plugins. Note that few Add-ons are compatible with this beta at the time of release, as Add-on developers need to upgrade them.
  • Improved Address BookIf someone is in your address book, it is indicated by a new star icon which you can click to edit contact details inline. If they are not in your address book, you can add them with one click of the icon. A new birthday field allows you to keep track of your friends’ birthdays.
  • For Windows Vista users, Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now integrated with Vista search results. On first start, Thunderbird will prompt to install its indexing system into Windows Vista and you can choose to see Thunderbird email and news messages in Windows search results.
  • For Mac users,Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 can import from Mail.app, read your OS X address book, and use Growl for new mail alerts.
  • Faster Message Loading for IMAPThunderbird will now download IMAP messages in the background to allow for faster message loading, and better offline operation. This feature can be enabled on an individual folder basis (via folder properties), or for all folders in an account, via Account Settings / Sync & Disk Space.

Source: Mozilla Messaging.

Sep

03

Posted by : Arun | On : September 3, 2008

Google has released the beta version of Google Chorme – a new open source browser. Google Chrome is based on the open source web engine called Webkit, which also powers Safari browser. Some other features of Google Chrome are:

  • Tabs are independent. Each tab has it’s own location bar, navigation buttons etc. If one tab crashes, it won’t take the entire browser down.
  • Tabs can be detached and move around.
  • A task manager that shows memory used, bandwidth etc for each tab.
  • Opening a new tab will launch a dynamic dashboard instead of the usual
    blank page, presenting a search box, the nine most recently visited
    pages, and links to the sites you frequently search.
  • Location bar (called Omnibox) searches most visited pages, history etc. similar to Firefox.
  • Privacy mode, which leaves no traces of your browsing, similar to IE8.
  • All popups are blocked by default. All of them are sent to the bottom right area where you can drag them out from to restore.
  • Supports Prism, Google Gears.

Chrome is currently available for Windows only. Google is working on the Mac and Linux versions. I’m going to give this a try sometime this week to see if it’s just another browser or is it worth using. We have to wait and see if Google can penetrate the non-tech user market like Google search and how soon. It took Mozilla few years to reach this level, but since Google is already famous, it should be slightly easier for them to market. We’ll know if it’s another famous product from Google or if it’s one of the many flops from Google.

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Source: Mozilla Links, Google.

Update: Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet bombing flaw. Read more here.

Update: Google Chrome browser URL handler crash – Another security issue with Chrome.

Apr

30

Posted by : Arun | On : April 30, 2008

KDE team has released an alpha version of their next KDE release, KDE 4.1. KDE 4.1 brings the following news features:

  • Akonadi is among the new big things in KDE 4.1. Akonadi is the desktop-independent storage engine for Personal Information Management (PIM) data. While not yet based on Akonadi, KDE 4.1 also brings a KDE 4 port of PIM applications such as KMail and KOrganizer.
  • With KDE 4.0 being available for X11 platforms, KDE 4.1 will also be available on Windows, Mac OS X and OpenSolaris. The ports are not yet completely finished yet, but good for a first preview nevertheless.
  • KDE 4.1 Alpha1 is based on Qt 4.4. Qt 4.4 brings improvements in performance and functionality to KDE 4.1. SVG rendering speed has vastly improved, and widgets and layouts can now be used on canvases such as the Plasma desktop and panel. Migrating the Plasma codebase to these new features is still work in progress, so some instability here is to be expected.

Source: KDE.

Dec

05

Posted by : Arun | On : December 5, 2007

I wanted to watch the video of my school’s football match on ESPN 360. I logged into my desktop (I use Ubuntu), opened Firefox and went to ESPN 360 website. I was shocked to see that ESPN 360 supports only Windows and Mac OSes (Screenshot below). It sucks. The same thing happened with BBC‘s iPlayer. The player was initially released only for Windows, but BBC later changed tracks after the pressure from the corporation’s (BBC) regulators. BBC Trust said that the iPlayer was approved on the condition of platform neutrality. BBC then said they would support the online video streaming for all platforms by the end of 2007 and also a downloadable player for all platforms soon. I hope ESPN will learn from BBC‘s experience and offer ESPN 360 for all platforms.

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Nov

12

Posted by : Arun | On : November 12, 2007

Close on the heels of launching Prism for Windows, Mozilla lab has released it for Mac and Linux. According to Mozilla lab, Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. With Prism, you can add your favorite web apps like GMail, Google Calendar etc to the desktop environment and run them as a normal desktop. Each application will be opened in it’s own window. For more information, refer to Mozilla Lab.

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(Image source: Mozilla Lab)

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