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June 30, 2011

ClickToPlugin/ClickToFlash Safari extensions


ClickToPlugin is a highly customizable extension that prevents Safari from launching plug-ins automatically, resulting in faster browsing, reduced fan usage, and increased battery life. It replaces every plug-in object by an unobtrusive placeholder that can be clicked to load the embedded content. Further, it can replace many plug-in-based media players by Safari’s native HTML5 media player.
ClickToFlash is a restriction of ClickToPlugin that only deals with Flash content.
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June 29, 2011

Microsoft seeks patent for spy tech for Skype

‘Legal Intercept’ would allow it to silently record VoIP communications.

A technology called Legal Intercept that Microsoft hopes to patent would allow the company to secretly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls. And it’s stoking privacy concerns. (more…)

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Swiffy: convert SWF files to HTML5

The first version of Swiffy available on Google Labs. You can upload a SWF file, and Swiffy will produce an HTML5 version which will run in modern browsers with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari. It’s still an early version, so it won’t convert all Flash content, but it already works well on ads and animations. We have some examples of converted SWF files if you want to see it in action. (more…)

New discovery might lead to laptops powered through typing

Everlasting batteries and self-powered portable electronics have come one step closer to reality, according to the results of new research by Australian scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). The researchers successfully measured a piezoelectric thin film’s capacity for turning mechanical pressure into electricity. It may sound like an idea from the realm of science fiction, but the discovery could eventually lead to laptops powered through typing. (more…)

Migrating Data to Drupal

Here are some tips to help you with moving from a database like Filemaker Pro to a Drupal site. I presume you have CCK on your Drupal site and your content types are set. I recommend using node import to migrate the data to Drupal. (more…)

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Opera 11.50 earns Web apps powers

Speed Dial extensions land in Opera 11.50, giving the feature more real-time functionality. (Credit: Opera, Inc.)

Web apps made a tepid splash with the public when they debuted in Google Chrome last year, but that hasn’t stopped other developers like Opera from joining the club. Also known as in-browser apps, Opera 11.50 for Windows (download)Mac (download), and Linux (download), released today, now offers Web apps in the form of Speed Dial extensions. (more…)

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Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web


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Microsoft launches a cloud version of Office

CEO Steve Ballmer launches Microsoft Office 365 on Tuesday in New York.


Microsoft started selling Office 365, a cloud version of Office, on Tuesday.

The service will be available in 40 countries. The cloud subscription includes Web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other Office software, and also includes email service, SharePoint collaboration, video conferencing and instant messaging for $6 per user per month. (more…)

June 23, 2011

Complete Hand Recognition With 5-Finger Mouse Amenbo (Video)


This looks like something straight out of “Minority Report”: Japan-based robot venture Double Research & Development Co. [JP] has developed a 5-finger mouse [JP] that can track the movements and pressure of individual fingers and send the information to a computer to trigger actions. (more…)

June 22, 2011

A Start-Up’s Camera Lets You Take Shots First and Focus Later

Lytro, a technology company, is building a camera that will allow users to determine the focus of the photograph after the fact.

Live test drive here.
Read an article by New York TImes about this innovation.

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