Monthly Archives: November 2012

Review: Umano for iOS, Listen to Articles Read by Real People

It’s an understatement to say that there are a lot of different blogs and news sites you can visit to keep up with what’s happening in the world. Of course, if you’re someone who commutes a lot, or someone who just doesn’t have time to sit down and read longer articles, those won’t work. You can always rely on the radio, or a streaming radio app on your phone, but those don’t help you out with the written content you’re missing out on.

Enter Umano, a streaming article-reading audio app for iOS. I know what you’re thinking: I’ve tried apps like this before, and I’m not interested in being read the news by a robot. I have some good news for you; articles on Umano aren’t read by robots. They’re read by real people.

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EntryDNS Launches A Free DNS Management Service

Prior to Dyn Inc’s acquisition of EveryDNS back in 2010, I used to recommend EveryDNS as a great free and reliable DNS service. At the time of the acquisition, EveryDNS was providing DNS services to over 400,000 domains. Today, Dyn has discontinued EveryDNS and no longer provides its free services, which is why I’m excited to share with you a brand new free DNS service that I found.

If you looking for a free DNS management service provider, then you may want to check out EntryDNS. The service provides a modern and easy-to-use user interface and a lot of features.

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Microsoft’s New IE 10 Ad Hopes to Turn IE Haters Into IE Lovers

Have you seen the latest Internet Exploder, I mean, Internet Explorer 10 advertisement? If not, you need to check it out (video above). The video features an “Internet troll,” trolling blogs, Twitter, and Facebook saying that IE sucks, to which, the Internet Explorer social accounts reply back and troll the troll. It’s quite amusing and fun to watch.

This is a really well done commercial. Instead of showing how flashy IE 10 is (and it is much better in my experience), it’s almost issuing an apology for how bad previous versions of Internet Explorer actually were and in doing so promises better things to come. In fact, the commercials ends on a statement, “Progress. Comebacks come in many shapes and sizes.”

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Malwarebytes Partners With StopBadware To Help Make The Web Safer

In a press release put out by Malwarebytes today, the company has announced its partnership with the non-profit organization StopBadware. With the new partnership, Malwarebytes is joining a number of other Internet and software companies, including Google, Mozilla, Paypal, and Facebook, all of which are looking to make the web a safer place.

The partnership will allow Malwarebytes to participate in StopBadware’s new data sharing initiative which seeks to build a thorough database of malware URLs which can be used to help the security community. Additionally, Malwarebytes will be taking part in StopBadware’s Partners Forum, where companies involved with StopBadware share threat intelligence and strategies to help fight malware. Aside from sharing intelligence and strategies, the Forum also works to figure out ways to better assist website owners whose websites have been compromised by malware, which is becoming a growing problem.

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Review: Palaver An IRC App for iOS

IRC, otherwise known as Internet Relay Chat, is the grandfather of chat protocols and believe it or not, IRC is still popular today. There are thousands of different IRC networks out there which cater to all different types of people and topics, so it’s really easy to find a group of people who share similar interests as you to chat with. If you are interested in searching through various IRC networks to find one that you like, check out SearchIRC, a site dedicated to indexing and categorizing IRC networks.

Once you find an IRC network you like, you can connect to it using an IRC client. In the past, we’ve featured mIRC for Windows and Textual for OS X, however, today I’m going to share with you my favorite IRC app for iOS. That app is called Palaver. It was designed by a friend of mine, Kyle Fuller and he’s done a really excellent job.

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Why Does Google Need a Touch Chromebook?

On Monday, Taiwan’s Commercial Times financial newspaper reported that Google was getting ready to sell a line of 12.85-inch touchscreen Chromebooks. Now, don’t get me wrong — keyboard/mouse/tablet hybrids are almost certainly the future of computing. Even Microsoft seems to know that. But what makes this decision really bizarre is the fact that the company already has a very, very capable touch-based operating system running on millions of devices around the world: Android.

You know, the mobile OS market share leader. That little guy.

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Lenovo Issues Hotfix for IdeaPad Yoga 13 to Increase Storage Space

If you’re the brand new owner of a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, you might have some mixed emotions about your device. Sure, it has a touchscreen. Sure, it can bend and fold and turn into a tablet. But the storage! Lenovo packs a 128 GB solid state drive into the Yoga 13, which should offer you a sufficient amount of space. However, we learned a few weeks back that users only had access to 60 GBs of that space. Why? Partition madness. Lenovo split the SSD into seven separate partitions; some much larger than the files they contained, others with no apparent purpose at all.

Thankfully, Lenovo heard the pleas of frustrated Yoga 13 owners everywhere, and has released a hotfix for the issue.

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Apple Fires Manager in Charge of Maps App

Apple looks to be taking the task of improving its Maps app seriously, firing yet another employee connected to the panned iOS 6 replacement for Google Maps. Richard Williamson, the Vice President of iOS Platform Services, was reportedly dismissed by Eddy Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Internet Software & Services. Cue stepped into his role after the departure of Scott Forstall back in October, and has been trying to right the ship with regards to the quality and dependability of Apple’s Maps product.

So far, this appears to be his first major move.

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Apple Store vs Microsoft Store on Black Friday

Regardless of what I think of Black Friday, this is a truly remarkable video. It tells a tale of two stores, one owned by Apple the other by Microsoft. One was packed on Black Friday, one was empty. I’m sure you can figure out which of the two was the crowded one.

Now in fairness, it does appear that the Microsoft Store is a bit bigger than that particular Apple Store, but even still that just means more people could fit so what’s stopping them from going in? That being said, I think it’s also worth noting that the Apple Stores by me look like that on most weekends so it isn’t too much of a surprise.

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It’s Official: 21-inch iMac To Be Released on November 30

Well, enough speculating! Apple is keeping their promise of delivering the 21-inch iMac in November. According to a press release put out by the company the newly redesigned 21.5″ iMac will be available for purchase starting on November 30, 2012.

While Apple only specified a date for the 21-inch model, they did reaffirm the December shipping timeframe for the 27-inch model — which is a good sign. I would imagine, they will try and have it out before Christmas.

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How To: Remove Preloaded Software from Android

If you own an Android phone or tablet, there’s a very good chance that it shipped with some bloatware. And, as you probably know, it can be rather challenging to remove software that has been installed by the manufacturer as the typical uninstall methods will not work. Luckily, there is a way to remove the preloaded software, it just takes a little bit of work. This tutorial assumes that you have root privileges on your Android Device and that you know how to connect to the device using the Android Debug Bridge.

Be very careful with these instructions. Every Android device is different and when you start messing around with low-level system files, you always run the risk of accidentally bricking your device. Also make sure you are not violating and Terms of Use with your device manufacturer or carrier.

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How To: Improve Cell Service At Home

We’ve all been in those buildings that seemingly shut down our wireless devices to the outside world. The kind that you walk out of hours later, only to receive dozens of texts, app notifications, and missed calls. I like to call these “bunkers,” since they’re so impenetrable to the cellular signals we rely on, they might as well be built to withstand mortar attacks, as well.

While some only have to enter these structures every once in a while, others live in them on a daily basis. Not being able to use your cell phone in your own home can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re paying almost $100 a month. Home Wi-Fi networks can at least keep you connected to your data, but you’re still out of luck for voice calls.

That is, unless you invest in a home femtocell.

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