Apple releases iOS 4.2 beta 3 to developers

By on October 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM.

Apple releases iOS 4.2 beta 3 to developers

Apple has just released iOS 4.2 beta three, along with iTunes 10.1 beta 2, to developers. The iOS code weighs in at a hefty 620 MB and is waiting at the ready in Apple’s developer web portal. If you install the new bits on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, let us know what you find.

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Firefox 4 beta 4 to enable hardware acceleration for Windows users

By on August 19, 2010 at 7:10 PM.

Firefox 4 beta 4 to enable hardware acceleration for Windows users

If you’ve enjoyed mucking around with the beta builds of Firefox 4, you might want to pay close attention to the next release. Slated to drop on Monday, Firefox 4 beta 4 will enable hardware-accelerated graphics for some Windows users. As CNET explains, “Hardware acceleration [...] is designed to shift some tasks from a computer’s main processor to its graphics processor. One way Firefox is tackling the technology is by using Windows’ Direct2D interface, which can speed up the display of text and graphics on newer versions of Windows.” The feature will be off by default, but you can enable it by:

  1. Entering about:config in the Firefox Awesome Bar
  2. Accept warning asking you to “be careful.”
  3. Search for mozilla.widget.render-mode and set its value to 6
  4. Search for gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled and set its value to true.

The ability to group tabs into “tab sets” is also scheduled to be available in beta 4. Anyone out there using Firefox 4 beta as their primary browser? More →

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Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

By on August 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM.

Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

If you like to be on the bleeding edge of browser releases you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla has released a third beta of its Firefox 4 browser. The update includes improvements to the JavaScript processing engine, built-in multitouch support for Windows 7, as well as a handful of bug fixes. Mozilla is due to release two more beta versions of Firefox, and a feature-freeze is scheduled for Monday, August 16th. You can grab the new version from here. Enjoy!
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Apple adding email-based FaceTime calling soon, found in latest iPhone beta

By on August 7, 2010 at 4:12 PM.

Apple adding email-based FaceTime calling soon, found in latest iPhone beta

You know how we reported on FaceTime probably linking up with emails instead of just phone numbers? It looks like it’s coming true, and possibly as soon as this month or next with Apple’s next iPod-focused event. There is a new option to initiate FaceTime calls from email addresses in the latest iPhone 4.1 beta 3. There’s a shot of the button above basically showing how simple this would be, in theory. No idea how Apple will plan to address multiple devices with the same email address, but we’re sure they’ll figure something out. More →

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Apple releases iOS 4.1 beta 3

By on August 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM.

Apple releases iOS 4.1 beta 3

Hey there kids, if you have iOS 4.1 installed on your iPhone, and are registered as an Apple Developer, hit up developer.apple.com as the Cupertino company has just released their third iOS 4.1 beta. The update weighs in at a hefty 598.7 MB… yikes! Let us know what you find in the comments!

Thanks, D! More →

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Hot new features uncovered in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3

By on May 4, 2010 at 7:17 PM.

Hot new features uncovered in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3

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Here’s the thing… We just installed the newly released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3 and found quite a few changes. There are a lot of minor things like how the background of the multitasking interface matches the background in the iPad’s browser, but all of the big new changes are awaiting your perusal after the jump. More →

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