Sonos Controller gets iPad upgrade

By on June 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM.

Sonos Controller gets iPad upgrade

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The good folks at Sonos just stopped by our office to give us a preview of their brand new Controller application for the Apple iPad, and boy is it sexy. If you’re a Sonos fan (you know we are) and you have an iPad, this will be a no-brainer when it’s released within the next two months in the App Store for free. For starters, just by taking advantage of the extra screen real estate, the software guys at Sonos have masterfully developed a three column view that just looks incredibly slick and functions even better. We’re talking a completely new spin on the Sonos remote control experience, and we can easily see these things taking over living rooms, kitchen tables, and practically anywhere else music is listened to. More →

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Skyfire for BlackBerry back in Alpha, version 3.5

By on August 11, 2009 at 2:51 AM.

Skyfire for BlackBerry back in Alpha, version 3.5

What, you thought Skyfire for BlackBerry was totally dead in the water? Nope. They’re back at it again, restarting their alpha program for testers. The latest version is upped to 3.5 and has some nice improvements like downloading files from the browser to your device, setting Skyfire as the default BlackBerry browser and a bunch more. Check out the release notes after the jump.

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Skyfire pulls BlackBerry Alpha

By on July 27, 2009 at 3:02 PM.

Skyfire pulls BlackBerry Alpha

We just got a heads up that because one of the alpha builds for Skyfire for BlackBerry was leaked earlier, Skyfire is taking the servers offline for the next couple weeks. Our guess is that they’re going to implement some sort of security protocol for alpha testers going forward, and you can chalk this up to leaked software ruining the world forever. Here’s the text:

“Today our alpha application was leaked. We are temporarily halting our Alpha program. As you know, we were working with a small group of you under NDA and our intent was not to open the program beyond that small number right now.

We appreciate your feedback on Alpha3, and in the next few weeks we’ll be sending you a new build to test. In the meantime, the servers will be down and you will not be able to use the application.”

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Fennec Alpha 2 now available for Windows Mobile

By on June 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM.

Fennec Alpha 2 now available for Windows Mobile

We’re getting closer, WinMo fans. Mozilla has just released the second Alpha build of its highly, highly anticipated mobile version of Firefox. Still dubbed Fennec for the time being, Windows Mobile users who aren’t infatuated with Skyfire can now head over to Mozilla’s website and download the official Alpha 2 version of the browser. This latest version is still a testing version as the name might suggest, and it’s quite rough around the edges. Nonetheless, progress is steady and this latest version includes the following improvements:

  • Improved panning performance
  • Newly designed theme
  • JavaScript error console is now built in
  • Improved add-on support
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved UI polish

This release is available for anyone running Windows Mobile 6 — not just HTC Touch Pro users like the last release. Woo hoo! If anyone takes the plunge and installs this alpha version, hit us in the comments section with your first impressions.

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Skyfire begins the hunt for BlackBerry alpha testers

By on April 11, 2009 at 9:18 AM.

Skyfire begins the hunt for BlackBerry alpha testers

BlackBerrys are great for a lot of things but web browsing just isn’t one of them. The default web browser really isn’t all that suitable for anything more than WAP sites and, well, it’s painfully slow. Because of this, a large number of BlackBerry users turn to third-party browsers such as Opera Mini and Bolt to fill the mobile web void that has been forced upon them. While both are good third-party browsers in their own right, they’re nothing like the amazingly adept Skyfire browser that is available to WinMo and S60 users. A BlackBerry version has long been one of the most wanted BlackBerry apps, but so far Skyfire hasn’t done anything about it. That is, until now. We’ve been receiving a steady flow of tips from elated BlackBerry users who have been offered the chance to alpha test Skyfire for BlackBerry. Testing will begin shortly with Bold users and then be expanded to those with a Curve, Pearl and 8830 (no, there is no mention of the Storm) which means that within the next few weeks some lucky people will be running around with Flash, Quicktime and Silverlight-capable BlackBerrys. Hit up the jump for the email that Skyfire sent out.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Apple seeds new 10.5.7 build to testers

By on March 8, 2009 at 4:04 PM.

Apple seeds new 10.5.7 build to testers

Good news, Mac users, as it looks like Apple is kicking 10.5.7 development into overdrive. Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5.7 build 9J22 went out to testers about a week ago and called for attention to a variety of areas of the OS. Apparently testers did a hell of a job because an updated build, 9J27, was sent out yesterday to address a laundry list of issues. We still have no firm word in terms of when Apple hopes to release 10.5.7 to the public, though previous rumors suggest it may happen quite soon. Hit the jump for the current status of 10.5.7 as provided by Apple with build 9J27.

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Qik announces client for BlackBerry devices, world jumps for joy

By on October 27, 2008 at 12:01 AM.

Qik announces client for BlackBerry devices, world jumps for joy

Sure, there are other services that try and do the same thing, but Qik holds a special place in our hearts. Ever since they announced and released the first streaming client for the Nokia N95, we’ve been pressuring them to release a BlackBerry client. As you are all well aware, RIM doesn’t exactly give you access to everything you need as a developer so this was almost impossible until recently. It’s still not 100% as Qik would like even more integration into the device, but for now, this is an incredible feat and we’re thrilled. The client is available starting now in alpha form, so don’t get your panties in a bunch if it’s not perfect — Qik is banging out releases faster than you can stream a 10kb movie. We’ll update you when the client comes out of the alpha/beta, but for now, hit the jump and behold every BlackBerry user’s dream: broadcasting live video from your device! Press release is after the jump.

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Mozilla Fennec aka Firefox Mobile Alpha 1 released for Nokia Tablets

By on October 17, 2008 at 2:52 PM.

Mozilla Fennec aka Firefox Mobile Alpha 1 released for Nokia Tablets

Well lookie what we have here. It looks like Mozilla stepped it up and decided to release a shiny new tablet version of the Fennec (Firefox Mobile) browser. N810 and N800 owners running Chinook or Diablo can now enjoy the fresh new 1.0 alpha 1 version of Fennec, complete with a laundry list of changes:

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar ("awesome bar")
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search – built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out

Security:

  • Instant Web site ID ("Larry")
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Also:

  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane

We’ve played with it for a while and while the look and functionality are fantastic, it’s still slow. When we say slow, we mean sloooooow. The tabbed browsing (pictured above on the left) implementation and navigation controls are awesome – swipe right with your finger or stylus right to open the tabs bar or left to open the navigation menu. Tablet owners can hit the read link to install Fennec or if you’re reading this on your N800 / N810 just click here for the .install file.

[Via nokiAAddict ]

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Flixwagon brings video streaming to your iPhone

By on June 12, 2008 at 2:47 PM.

Flixwagon brings video streaming to your iPhone

You didn’t think the new iPhone announcement would slow down the developer community did you? Flixwagon has just announced a new piece of software that allows users to broadcast live video from any jailbroken iPhone. Here’s a quick rundown from Flixwagon on the feature set of their new application:

After Flixwagon is installed on the phone, users can broadcast videos from it to the Flixwagon website with one click. Videos can be watched live or stored for future viewing. Also, they can be embedded in blogs via our flixee widget or uploaded to the user’s YouTube account. Users can also easily determine which of their contacts to share each video with.

We’re guessing this would be a pretty painful process over an EDGE connection, but Wi-Fi should do just fine until the arrival of the new 3G-equipped handsets. For the time being, the software is only available for those that dare go down the Jailbreaking route, but Flixwagon assures us that they’re working on developing an above-the-board version to release with the App-store when it launches next month. 

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