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Feedly Opens Cloud to Lure Homeless Google Reader Fans
June 20, 2013
Feedly, one of the services vying to fill the void once Google's Reader is gone, has launched its RSS infrastructure Feedly Cloud. Feedly was already on the scene before Google announced its popular Reader would expire on July 1, but it required a plug-in and was available only on Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Feedly has scrapped that requirement and now is available as a standalone Web app.
Adobe Sends Creative Suite to the Cloud for Good
June 18, 2013
After announcing last month that all of its Creative Suite apps would soon move to the cloud, Adobe on Tuesday made good on its promise and delivered the resulting subscription-based software. Now included under the umbrella name Creative Cloud, the latest versions of apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro are now available exclusively to Creative Cloud subscribers for prices starting at $19.99 per month.
Spotify Gets Pink Floyd to Break Down Wall
June 18, 2013
Honoring a previous agreement, legendary British rock group Pink Floyd has given the green light to music streaming outfit Spotify to host the band's catalog. Pink Floyd announced earlier this month that it would resist releasing its music on Spotify until the 1975 classic "Wish You Were Here" hit 1 million streams. Well, the song hit 1 million, and Pink Floyd's tunes are now unlocked.
Airmail Flies Into Sparrow's Email Space
June 18, 2013
Two schools of thought have begun to emerge about email. One says the technology has passed its prime and needs to be replaced by some kind of social networking technology along the lines of Facebook. The other maintains that email can be saved by better software, like Airmail. Airmail is being compared to Sparrow, a popular email client that became too popular for its own survival.
Opera Tantalizes With Its Next Browser
June 12, 2013
In the browser wars, Opera is hardly noticed. In can barely be seen on a battlefield dominated by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Mozilla and Apple. Yet the little browser that could keeps chugging on. It recently released a beta version of what will be the next version of the browser. A distinctive feature about this version of Opera is something you can't see because it's under the hood.
Great Little Radio Player Tunes In Simplicity
June 12, 2013
The Great Little Radio Player is a perfect example of how great things can come in small packages. This robust Internet radio station streamer does not burden system resources and packs a powerhouse of listening pleasure immediately after installing it. It's so fine-tuned that it needs no configuring to use it, but you can still tweak a few pleasantries to make it feel more at home on your PC.
Google Offers a New Bag of Gmail Sorting Tricks
May 30, 2013
Google has unveiled a new Gmail design to give users more organizational control over a cluttered in-box.The revamped in-box is an option; users who like the approach can separate their email into four tabs: primary, promotions, social and updates. Primary is for the mail from friends, families or colleagues that a user would want to read and perhaps save.
Chrome Games: To Play, You Must Persevere
May 29, 2013
Chrome Experiments has debuted two very innovative games this week, suggesting that Google might be in play to break into the casual game market, even taking on the likes of Nintendo and other portable game developers. At first glance that might be a valid assumption, but the shortcomings of these offerings suggest Google might have something different in mind.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Real Estate Tools
May 29, 2013
The days of reliance on real estate agents to tell us which homes are available are long gone. The same raw data that the agents used to have an exclusive on is now fed to anyone who wants it. Now all you have to do is choose your source. Here's a look at the top five real estate apps in the Chrome environment. This app also lets you compare mortgages -- including rates, rate trends and lenders.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Social Networking Tools
May 22, 2013
This week we take a look at the top five must-have social networking tools for the Mozilla Firefox desktop environment. Social networks have taken mobile by storm, but the PC is still a player -- particularly based on its copious screen real estate. Aggregation across social networks, one-click helpers, easy search, sharing, and detailed image viewing present themselves well in this field.
Yahoo Throws in 1 TB of Free Storage With Flickr Revamp
May 22, 2013
Yahoo has announced the overhaul of Flickr, its photo and video sharing site, after purchasing social microblogging website Tumblr. The new Flickr has "a beautiful, completely reimagined experience that puts photos front and center," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a blog post that is reminiscent of what Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said when announcing his company's overhaul of NewsFeed.
GrubHub, Seamless Merge to Boost Restaurant Delivery Chops
May 21, 2013
Two well-known restaurant delivery services -- GrubHub and Seamless -- announced plans to merge on Monday. The services enable users to search local restaurants that deliver by ZIP code and food specialty. Combined, the companies' footprint will cover 500 cities and connect users to more than 20,000 establishments.
Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers
May 17, 2013
In an effort to boost adoption of Google Wallet, Google this week added features to the service that allow users to send money as an Gmail attachment. The company is also trying to simplify the mobile payment process for consumers and businesses. As a way to market the new features, Google Wallet payments via Gmail are being sent out through invitations.
Twilio Lets Devs Build Contact Centers in the Cloud
May 09, 2013
Twilio last week rolled out capabilities that extend its communications API platform into the cloud contact center market. The new functionality is aimed at companies that want to migrate part or all of their traditional contact center operations to the cloud, or those that want to enhance existing traditional operations with a cloud-based component.
The Real Mozilla Stands Up to Firefox-Cloaked Spyware
May 02, 2013
Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox browser, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International, a German company that sells spyware to governments and law enforcement agencies. The move was a reaction to the news that a booby-trapped Microsoft Word document -- sent out for upcoming Malaysian elections -- embeds a copy of Gamma's FinSpy spyware that masquerades as a Firefox executable.
Reeder's a Comfy Refuge for Google's RSS Orphans
April 23, 2013
When Google announced it was killing its Reader app July 1, it not only annoyed hordes of users, it pulled the rug out from under app developers who built their livelihoods on the web software. One of those app makers is Silvio Rizzi, maker of Reeder. a free RSS program for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Like all the developers that plugged into Reader, Rizzi is facing extinction. However, he's not quite ready to go into that good night.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Chrome Finance Apps
April 17, 2013
It's mid-April, and spring is in the air -- that time of year when a young man's or young lady's thoughts turn to money. Conveniently for us all, the Web browser is a fine place to organize finances, whether you want to get the process over with as fast as possible, or enjoy it in king-is-in-the-counting-house mode. Google's Chrome Web browser is resplendent with numerous add-ons fit for the purpose.
Iran To Launch 'Islamic Google Earth'
April 11, 2013
Iran -- long irked by Google's mapping systems -- said that it will launch its own 3D mapping service, one liberated from the geographical inaccuracies and "Zionist" bent of Google Earth. The system will be an "Islamic Google Earth," according to Mohammad Hassan Nami, Iran's minister for information and communications technology.
Rumblings in the Browser World
April 11, 2013
There may never be any shortage of topics to debate and discuss here in the Linux blogosphere, but it's not often that we see not just one but two major developments happening in the same area on the same day. That, however, is just what happened last week in the world of browsers. The day started off just like any other ordinary Wednesday; then news about Servo and Blink arrived, and it quickly became clear fate had more in store.
How to Do Your Part in Foiling Spammers
April 11, 2013
Due to a concerted effort by ISPs and email providers, new laws and education, we've seen a gradual drop in the amount of spam that appears in our email in-boxes. However, some gets through. Here's a look at the steps you can take to minimize this disruptive, time-wasting intrusion. First, set your email client spam filters by looking for the Settings area within your email program or Web interface.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Chrome Entertainment Apps
March 20, 2013
Here's a look at the top five must-have free entertainment apps for the Chrome Web-browser based platform. Google's Chrome Web browser features three types of add-ons -- Web apps, themes and extensions -- available at the Chrome Web Store. Crackle, owned by Sony, supplies a vast array of free movies on demand. They aren't the latest, but they are full-length and uncut, and a lot of them were blockbusters at one time.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Add-ons for Mobile-Desktop Syncing
March 13, 2013
One of the killer features in the Firefox Web browser is its ability to sync between desktops and mobile devices. Well, you don't have to stop there. Firefox's desktop Web ecosystem includes add-ons that will let you sync open tabs across other ecosystems, like over to Chrome; keep favorite Firefox extensions synced with all your computers; sync passwords; and sync reading matter.

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