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November 16th, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.7 Beta 3

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

WordPressReleased just yesterday, WordPress 2.7 Beta 3 is made available for WordPress enthusiasts and developers to try out the latest version of 2.7, prior its official stable release. Compared to the beta release, over 160 fixes were carried out to ensure this major version release is appropriate for production servers.

Some of the changes are as follow:
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November 13th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome Latest Update 0.4.154.18

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Although there is nothing much for current Google Chrome users to do, you may be interested to know that the latest version of Google Chrome is 0.4.154.18.

As I speak, Google Chrome is quietly upgrading your version to the latest release at the background. This can be quite disturbing because if you don’t click on the “About Google Chrome” link on the program, you probably will not realise the change in the version number.

Nevertheless, for new users, this is probably good news for you too: Google is still keeping Google Chrome as updated as possible. It is not a software that they will simply develop and leave it aside. That’s a sign of relief. Thus, if you are interested to use Google Chrome as your web browser, access the download site from the link below.

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November 5th, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 Excels!

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Anyone who uses WordPress should really take a look at this WordPress 2.7 Beta 1! After running it on my personal blog site, I realised this is definitely worth recommending for a trial, despite it currently being in beta development stage. In this version, it contains a complete change of interface and design. The experience whilst surfing using Firefox was absolutely brilliant.

However, as noted by Ryan Boren from WordPress, this release is not free from glitches; there are some issues when used with certain browsers (although I have never tried them myself). It is believed that Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera may have a little problem using this WordPress version.

There will be a release candidate version released on November 10th, 2008. It is intended to be a high-quality, near-finish release that is likely to fix most bugs present currently on the system. Nonetheless, the final official release is likely to happen by end of November.

Download Link
WordPress 2.7 Beta 1

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October 16th, 2008 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 1

Posted in Beta, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

For Firefox fans, this is good news! The next version of Firefox 3.1 is now out; just to make things clear, it is the beta version per se, that is released.

With this long awaiting browser wars between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, this will allow users (perhaps testers and developers) to verify the real speed performance across all the web browsers. Behold Google Chrome’s V8 engine against TraceMonkey to compete for Javascript performance.

What’s new in this version?

  • * Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine.
  • * Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties.
  • * A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to.
  • * Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search.
  • * Support for new web technologies such as the and elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications.
  • * Want to quickly switch between tabs? Press Ctrl-Tab to jump back and forth!
  • * Control the Smart Location Bar results with special characters.
  • * Watch Ogg video without the need for any plugins.
  • * Drag and drop tabs from one Firefox window to another.

Strongly encourage all to give this Mozilla Firefox 3.1 (beta 1) version a try. So far, my experience with it seems very positive. Of course, you may have to be a little lenient on this application as it’s still in beta stage. Kindly note that, as this is still not official, perhaps it is advised not to deploy it on production machines.

Download Software
Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 1

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October 3rd, 2008 by Keith

Picasa 3 for Linux Beta

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Software Companies, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

Picasa should ring a bell when this name is mentioned. I believe most of you will know that this application is a photo software, made free by Google. In the past, only Windows versions of Picasa have been actively maintained and improved. With the rising demand from the Linux community, the Linux-compatible version is also catching up with the Windows compatriot.

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September 28th, 2008 by Keith

Mac Version of uTorrent

Posted in Beta, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Thanks to TorrentFreak, the release of the Mac version of uTorrent is made known publicly, although it is yet to be officially released. Despite made available, this application is still considered to be an early alpha release and is still in heavy development by the uTorrent developers team.

Given a very mac-like interface, Mac fans can now have something to cheer for, especially uTorrent is widely popular amongst Windows users and such progress is beneficial to the community. It was also mentioned in the TorrentFreak that it is better than its Windows counterpart.

The downside is that it’s not available for direct download from the website; it was made known when someone posted a torrent file on The Pirate Bay. You can definitely try downloading the application to use, but at your own risk. Since it is still in alpha development stage, there are likely to be some bugs that has yet to be suppressed. So, enjoy.

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September 28th, 2008 by Keith

Windows Live Messenger Beta

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

Microsoft has release the beta version of Windows Live Messenger. I presume this application should be quite familiar to you. This is the renowned MSN Messenger.

There are quite a number of new things from this release of Windows Live Messenger. Click on the screenshot on the right to see more details.

System Requirement

  • Operating system: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), or Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • Processor for Windows XP: 800 MHz or higher
  • Processor for Windows Vista: 1 GHz or higher
  • Memory for Windows XP: 128 MB of RAM (256 MB or more recommended)
  • Memory for Windows Vista: 512 MB
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
  • Resolution: Minimum 1024 x 768
  • For Movie Maker only: Movie Maker does not support Windows XP, and requires ATI Radeon 9500 (or higher) or nVidia GeForce FX 5900 (or higher).

Download Application
Windows Live Messenger Beta

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September 20th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome Dev Channel Chooser 1.0

Posted in Beta, Development Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

The latest release of Google Chrome version 0.2.149.30 still considered as a beta software, albeit it might be running stable for 99% of the time. Google is very cautious at using the word “stable” as they did not want to perceive a release version to be buggy at any point in time.

To me, this latest version of Google Chrome works like a charm for me. However, to be adventurous, I suppose there must be some developing releases that we can try out, especially we know that Google Chrome is an open source web browser and users can even build them on their own.

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September 17th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome New Update 0.2.149.30 Official Build 2200

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

After its initial release of Google Chrome web browser, Google has finally released the next updated version to patch its bugs and security fixes.

The previous version of Google Chrome was 0.2.149.29 Build 1798. To update to the latest version, simply click on the Tool icon at the top-right hand side of the web browser and then click on About Google Chrome. That will bring up a dialog box, similar to the one shown on the thumbnail at the right.

After updating, the latest version will reflect 0.2.149.30 Build 2200.

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September 12th, 2008 by Keith

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 some time back and it is still making some progress in the browser market to seize back the loyalty from those who have joined the Firefox community, or even Google Chrome. There are several enhanced features, which the Internet Explorer developer team has put together for this browser version.

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