Nintendo 3DS eShop and browser update landing on June 6th

By on June 4, 2011 at 4:00 AM.

Nintendo 3DS eShop and browser update landing on June 6th

On Friday Nintendo announced that the much anticipated software update for the 3DS — which will deliver the eShop application store, a web browser, and more — will officially be available on June 6th. Anyone who installs the update before July 7th will also get a free 3D version of the NES game Excitebike. Nintendo also announced that it will deploy new content to the eShop every Thursday including Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare titles. The initial Gameboy titles include Super Mario Land, Alleyway, and Radar Mission. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Netflix support in the update, but we won’t have long to find out if that’s a last-minute addition. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Nintendo 3DS eShop and browser landing on June 6th

By on May 12, 2011 at 11:27 PM.

Nintendo 3DS eShop and browser landing on June 6th

Nintendo will launch the 3DS web browser and eShop on June 6th during the E3 game tradeshow in Los Angeles. A post on Nintendo’s website confirms: “The Nintendo eShop will be enabled through a system update which has been announced for the evening of June 6, 2011. We’ll have more information for you after this update becomes available.” The eShop should allow 3DS users to download extra game content directly to their devices, although it’s unclear what else will be available at launch. Nintendo has said that a Netflix client is in the works, so our fingers are crossed that it’s part of the package, too. We reviewed the Nintendo 3DS in early April and the lack of an eShop, Netflix, and web browser, were some of our biggest gripes with the device. More →

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Sprint, Google Voice integration gets April 26th launch date

By on April 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM.

Sprint, Google Voice integration gets April 26th launch date

Intel gathered by blog Android Central indicates that Sprint and Google will make their Google Voice partnership ready for prime time on April 26th. The venture, which was announced last month, will allow Sprint customers to seamlessly integrate their current wireless number with Google’s Voice service. Calls and texts sent from your mobile device will be logged by Google Voice’s online system, and calls can be made from the browser using the service’s VoIP feature. International calls made from linked mobile devices will automatically route through Google Voice — which offers deep discounting on international voice traffic. The feature has been available in beta for the last few weeks, but it looks like the two companies are finally ready to let everyone in on the fun. More →

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Skyfire 4.0 for Android sports eight new features

By on April 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Skyfire 4.0 for Android sports eight new features

Skyfire just took the wraps off of Skyfire 4.0 — its latest and greatest Android browser — and it includes a number of noteworthy enhancements. The SkyBar toolbar is now customizable and has been updated with Groupon, Google Reader, and Twitter integration. SkyBar also now includes a “share” button, feeds for sports, news, and finance, and quick access to the browser’s settings. In tandem with the new launch, Skyfire says that the “video optimization feature,” which typically costs $2.99, will be free to all Verizon customers downloading the update. Current Skyfire users will get the 4.0 update for free. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

By on April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

During Microsoft’s MIX conference in Las Vegas, Windows Phone director Joe Belfiore took the stage to demonstrate how well Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 mobile browser can render HTML5 websites. He fired up a device running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone “Mango” update with IE9 installed and hardware acceleration, and then started an HTML5 speed test pitting the Mango device against the iPhone 4 and the Google Nexus S. Belfiore was so confident in the new browser that he gave the iPhone 4 a head start. Nonetheless, IE9 loaded the demo faster and came out on top, having displayed the test at 20 frames per second. It was followed by the Android browser on the Nexus S, which rendered the same demo at 11 frames per second, and then the iPhone 4 at 2 frames per second. This wasn’t exactly an independent test given that it was preformed by Microsoft and likely under optimal conditions, but we are definitely still impressed with what we’ve seen so far — let’s just hope the update to Mango goes a bit smoother than NoDo. Hit the jump for the video comparison. More →

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HP's webOS 3.0 beta 1 gets exhaustive review via emulator [video]

By on April 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM.

HP's webOS 3.0 beta 1 gets exhaustive review via emulator [video]

The brood over at PreCentral have managed to acquire a leaked copy of HP’s webOS 3.0 beta 1 software development kit (SDK). Why is this a good thing? Because contained within said SDK rests a TouchPad, webOS 3.0 emulator, of course. While emulators only provide 50% of the TouchPad story — the other half being hardware — it is useful to get a high-level overview of what user interface will look like. If you want to whet your appetite for this summers TouchPad release, hit the jump. There’s an eighteen minute video overview awaiting your scrutiny. Be sure to click through the read link as well for a host of screen grabs. More →

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Social Web browser Flock shutting down

By on April 13, 2011 at 5:59 AM.

Social Web browser Flock shutting down

Flock, the social web browser that was purchased by Zynga earlier this year, has announced that it is shutting down. The team will instead focus on helping Zynga build socially connected games across multiple platforms. If you’re a Flock user, the good news is that you’ll be able to continue to use the product for a few more days as you transition to a new browser. Flock says that, after April 26th, key features will no longer be available, and it also warned that security will falter without future software updates or upgrades. The team recommends that current Flock users switch to Firefox or Chrome. Hit the jump for instructions on how to migrate your favorites and other features to a new browser. More →

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Mozilla reveals Firefox plugins that slow down performance the most

By on April 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM.

Mozilla reveals Firefox plugins that slow down performance the most

Web browsers always look to strike a balance between speed and functionality, but not enough focus on the former can easily spoil a user’s experience. Mozilla has put a great deal of time and effort working speed improvements into the latest version of its Firefox browser but sometimes all that hard work is for naught due to slow add-ons from third-party developers. In an effort to raise awareness and to push developers to optimize their plugins, perhaps, Mozilla has published a list of the add-ons that slow down Firefox the most. Among the worst offenders are FoxLingo, AniWeather, FoxyTunes and Xmarks Sync. In a bit of irony, an add-on called “FastestFox” that is supposed to speed up browsing by simplifying repetitive tasks is No.8 on Mozilla’s list. If you’ve been experiencing some slowness in Firefox and are wondering which add-ons might be the culprit, hit the read link for Mozilla’s complete list. More →

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Amazon allows Android application ‘test drives’ via virtual machine

By on March 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM.

Amazon allows Android application ‘test drives’ via virtual machine

Here’s an interesting way to add value to your mobile application store, free test drives! An overlooked feature of Amazon’s new Android app store provides users with the ability to try both free and paid applications before making their purchase. Being referred to as “Test Drive,” the company is utilizing an Android virtual machine to allow users to preview applications, in the desktop browser, before purchasing on their mobile. While a VM can’t give you the complete experience, it definitely can aid in weeding out those applications that are duds. The online retailer boasts that it has “hundreds of apps to Test Drive,” with more on the way. More →

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Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM.

Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that the final release version of its Firefox 4 Web browser was available for download. Within its first 24 hours of availability, the browser was downloaded over 6 million times. Microsoft’s latest browser release, Internet Explorer 9, was downloaded 2.35 million times in its first 24 hours of availability. Version 4 of the popular Firefox Web browser features a variety of enhancements including a redesigned UI, improved tab management and faster performance. Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the second most popular browser in the world according to market share tracker Net Applications. Firefox held a 21.74% global browser share in February, behind Internet Explorer’s 56.77% and ahead of No. 3 browser Chrome, which has grown to 10.93% in a very short period of time. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have seen their shares decrease over the past year, while Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari browser have gained popularity. Hit the break for a video highlighting Firefox 4’s new features. More →

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Firefox 4 now available for download [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 2:05 AM.

Firefox 4 now available for download [video]

Mozilla on Tuesday made its latest Web browser available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. Firefox 4 features a redesigned UI, a new panoramic tab manager, improved security and privacy controls, integrated Firefox Sync services, tab grouping, an optimized JavaScript engine designed to improve Web app performance, GPU-accelerated page rendering and plenty more. The new version of Firefox is available for download immediately in numerous languages. Hit the break for a video highlighting Firefox 4’s new features. More →

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Firefox 4 leaked a day early, download it now

By on March 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM.

Firefox 4 leaked a day early, download it now

Firefox 4 has been leaked for Mac and PC a day before the company said it would be officially available. Mozilla promises the user interface in Firefox 4 is sleeker and easier to use, and it enables users to keep open tabs, bookmarks, history, and passwords in sync with other devices running a Firefox browser. Firefox 4 also has a new feature that allow you to drag and drop open tabs into groups that can be arranged and named. The leaked downloads aren’t available direct from Mozilla, so we suppose there’s still a chance the team could pull the launch date tomorrow and issue an RC2 release, but we doubt it. We won’t keep you waiting, though, so hit the jump for a link to download Firefox 4 for PC or Mac. More →

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Internet Explorer 9 racks up 2.35M downloads in 24 hours [video]

By on March 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM.

Internet Explorer 9 racks up 2.35M downloads in 24 hours [video]

Via a recent blog post, Microsoft let it be known that its freshly released Internet Explorer 9 web browser has been downloaded more than 2.35 million times during its first 24 hours on the market. Released on Monday evening, the update brings hardware accelerated graphics, a new JavaScript engine, an updated user interface, and a host of other improvements. As a point of comparison, Mozilla’s FireFox 3 was downloaded more than 8 million times in its inaugural 24 hours back in June of 2008 — although it was trying to break into the Guinness Book of World Records. Regardless, it is quite the accomplishment, and something the folks from Redmond should be very proud of. If you haven’t been prompted by Windows Update yet, Internet Explorer 9 can be downloaded here. More →

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