mardi 25 mai 2010

Google Chrome for Mac: Ready, beta, now stable!

In the past five months, we’ve counted lines of code, given thanks in Lego, and even waxed poetic -- but most importantly, we’ve been working hard on bringing Google Chrome for Mac from its initial beta to the stable channel.

Today, I’m happy to announce that Google Chrome for Mac is being promoted out of beta to our stable channel. We believe that it provides not only the stability, performance and polish that every Mac user expects, but also a seamless native Mac application experience that Mac users will feel instantly at home with.

(First dev, then beta, now stable! Many thanks to Christoph Niemann)

Just like its Windows and Linux siblings, the stable version of Chrome for Mac comes with all the goodness of one of our biggest speed improvements to date. We’ve worked to make Chrome for Mac fast, fully-featured and extensible - with access to more than 4,500 extensions in the gallery. Some of Chrome for Mac’s most-requested features are now available, including full-screen mode (just hit Command + Shift + F!), easy and powerful bookmark management, as well as the ability to synchronize not only bookmarks, but also browser preferences across computers.

For those of you already on the beta channel, you’ll be auto-updated to the stable channel soon - or, if you don’t want to wait, you can download the stable version of Chrome for Mac today. If you later decide that you’d like to return to the beta channel to experience new, experimental features and improvements, you can always find the link back to the beta channel on

mardi 18 mai 2010

Google I/O: live keynote streams

By Greg Robbins, Software Engineer

Google I/O, which starts tomorrow, is our annual conference to help developers learn about the latest ways their applications can work with Google services. If you develop applications or just are enthusiastic about using applications that interact with your Google account, you can learn the highlights of this year’s announcements by watching the live keynote streams. See the Google Code blog for more details.

mercredi 12 mai 2010



mardi 11 mai 2010

Volkswagen Touareg Free iPhone Game

Commissioned by Volkswagen to famous iPhone games developer company FishLabs, Touareg Challenge free iPhone game allows you to virtually drive one of the latest Tourareg models, V6 TDI Bluemotion or Hybrid. There is a good assortment of terrains and car styles (colours, alloys etc).

As you can watch from the following iPhone game video of VW Touareg Challenge, it is a pleasing game regarding graphics quality and adrenaline level. The best part is that it is free thanks to VW's advertising efforts of their flagship cars.

lundi 10 mai 2010

Top15 iPhone Tips

1. Quickly get to the first Home screen
Say, like me, you’ve gone a bit wild on the App Store and currently have a large number of apps installed. I have 101 apps, which means 7 Home screens to flick through. Your most important apps are on the first screen, right? Say you’re currently on screen 7, and want to get to the first screen. Simply click the Home button to jump there. Nice!

2. Flip between pages by tapping
Many iPhone apps feature a paging system with dots at the bottom of the screen, such as:
  • The Home screen
  • Safari
  • Weather
You probably know that you can flip between pages in these apps by swiping left or right across the screen. As an alternative, you can also tap the areas either side of the row of dots at the bottom of the screen:

(I find that, with a bit of practice, tapping is slightly quicker than swiping, but your mileage may vary.)

3. Instantly access iPod controls from anywhere
You’re working on an email and listening to a podcast when your landline rings. You want to pause the podcast quickly. If you’re using headphones with a pause button then no problem. (If your headphones don’t have a pause button then you can simply pull the headphone jack out to pause, though it’s not a particularly elegant approach!)

Handily, there’s another quick way to pause the track. Just double-click the Home button, and a window pops up with iPod controls, allowing you to pause/play, as well as skip tracks and adjust the iPod volume:

You can also tap the iPod button in the window to go straight to the iPod.

By default, this trick only works if an iPod track is playing.
However, you can change the behaviour of the Home button double-click action by going to:
Settings > General > Home Button:

Choosing Home means that double-clicking has the same effect as single-clicking: it merely takes you to your Home screen. Phone Favorites – the default setting – brings up your favourite contacts for quick dialling. However, if you choose iPod then double-clicking takes you straight to the iPod app, regardless of whether a track is playing.

You can also use the iPod Controls setting to turn off the feature that displays iPod controls when a track is playing.

4. Keyboard trick #1: Quickly type a period and space
When you finish typing a sentence, you usually want to type a period, followed by a space. This is a bit awkward as you have to tap the bottom-left Number key, followed by a period, followed by the space bar. There’s a much quicker way: just double-tap the space bar.

(If this doesn’t seem to work, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and turn the “.” Shortcut option on.)

5. Keyboard trick #2: Quickly type a single number or symbol
The usual way to enter digits or symbols is to tap the Number key, then tap the digits or symbols, then tap the Number key (which now shows ABC) again to return to the regular keyboard.

However, if you only want to type a single digit or symbol then there’s a quicker way. Tap and hold the Number key to bring up the number/symbol keyboard, then drag your finger to the digit or symbol you want to type, and let go. This types the digit or symbol and immediately returns you to ABC mode.

6. Keyboard trick #3: Caps Lock
The iPhone’s keyboard has a Caps Lock mode for typing all-caps words (acronyms and so on), though it’s disabled by default. To turn it on, go to Settings > General > Keyboard, and flick the Enable Caps Lock switch to ON. Now, when using the keyboard, quickly double-tap the Shift key to enable Caps Lock (the Shift key turns blue). Type your capital letters, then tap the Shift key again to turn off Caps Lock.

7. Keyboard trick #4: Hold down keys for more options
Many keys bring up a list of other symbols or options if you tap and hold them for 1 second. For example:
  • Hold down E, Y, U, I, O, A, S, L, Z, C, or N to bring up accented letters
  • Hold down $ in the number/symbol keyboard to display other currency symbols
  • Hold down “ or ‘ in the number/symbol keyboard to access alternative quote characters
  • Hold down ? or ! in the number/symbol keyboard to bring up the ¿ or ¡ symbol
  • Hold down the .com key when entering Web addresses to bring up options for .net, .edu and .org. (You can also do this trick when entering email addresses in Mail by tapping and holding the . (period) key.)

8. Save drafts in Mail
With the Mac OS X Mail app, it’s easy to save your currently-edited message as a draft by clicking the Save as Draft button in the toolbar.

Saving a draft in the iPhone Mail app is a bit counter-intuitive. First, from the message editing screen, tap the Cancel button. You can then tap Save to save the current message as a draft, or Don’t Save to scrap the message altogether:

9. Jump to the top of the page
Flicking up and down to scroll through a Web page, an email message or a list of messages is fairly quick; however if you’re near the bottom of a long page or list it can take ages to scroll back up to the top.
Thankfully there’s a quick way to return to the top: just tap the status bar at the top of the screen:

This works for most screens that involve scrolling.

10. Customize the iPod dock icons
iPhone ships with 5 icons in the iPod’s dock – Playlists, Artists, Songs, Videos and More – for quick access. However, let’s say you hardly ever watch videos on your iPhone, but you do listen to a lot of podcasts. iPhone lets you change the default dock icons, replacing the Videos icon with a Podcasts icon.

To do this, tap the More icon, then tap the Edit button at the top left of the screen. You’ll see a list of all available icons; simply drag an icon onto an existing icon in the dock to replace the icon:

Tap Done when you’re done. Couldn’t be easier! (This trick also works in the YouTube app.)

11. Quickly zoom out in Maps
Pinching to zoom in and out in the Maps app is pretty neat, but can be a bit fiddly if you’re, say, walking along holding your iPhone. You probably know that you can double-tap to zoom in quickly, but how to zoom out quickly? Easy: tap with 2 fingers!

12. Save an image in a web page or email
If you want to keep an image you see in a web page or email message, tap and hold your finger on the image for 1 second to get a Save Image button:

Tap the button to save the image in your Photos library, in the Camera Roll album.

13. Access the scientific calculator
Did you know the iPhone has a scientific calculator as well as the normal calculator? 
I didn’t, until one day I accidentally rotated my iPhone sideways into landscape orientation while using the calculator:

14. Scroll inside frames
Many web pages contain frames that you can scroll through to view all their content, but Mobile Safari doesn’t give you scrollbars for frames. No problem: Just tap and drag with two fingers inside a frame to scroll the frame.

15. Take screenshots
Finally, ever wondered how all these iPhone screenshots are taken? Simply press the Sleep/Wake button (the button on the top right of the iPhone) and the Home button at the same time, then release. The screen flashes, and your screen shot is stored in your Photos library in the Camera Roll album.

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vendredi 7 mai 2010

Internet access on the move

The answer to pretty much anything is quite literally in the palm of our hands. With the advent of mobile broadband, on smartphones and laptops, plus WiFi access available in most cafes, pubs, trains and even beaches (think Brighton) wherever we are, the internet is never more than a few clicks away.

There’s a wide range of providers and a large selection of gadgets and operators promising to provide access to internet on the move. So, where to begin when choosing mobile broadband?

Get smart

Smartphones have revolutionised the mobile phone, providing an all in one media package to call, browse the web, manage emails, listen to music, find your way home and even make a cup of tea (not quite! – maybe next year...) With new models hitting the shops and online stores practically every day, choosing the best smartphone for your needs is a tricky business.

When deciding on a smartphone, think about what you’re going to use it for. If it’s just checking your emails there may be no point going for something all singing, all dancing – although most offer an exciting range of functionality. The all round king is the iPhone, with its range of fun and usefulapps, good looks and intuitive touch screen.

Apps and emails aside, the most important thing to ensure is that your broadband speed cuts the mustard and your contract accommodates the data usage you require. Do you want to download music and even movies? Some of the best smartphone providers offer good deals for heavy downloaders, so shop around. Many also include impressive add on storage options, which means keeping and backing up the data you access is easier than ever before.

If you really want your mobile to be ‘mobile’, make sure the phone has 3G internet, or HSDPA which is even quicker – 3G can be sporadic on a train. WiFi capability means that you can access fixed-line internet, at home or work, which may be more cost-effective.

Dongle dilemmas

Smartphones are all very well, but for business and watching films you can actually see, making your laptop mobile might be a better option. Dongles are a great way to keep online on the move and while they may have previously had a reputation of being expensive, prices are coming down.

The dongle works like a mobile phone, with a Sim card embedded in a USB stick or laptop that connects to the network of your chosen provider. Like mobile phones, there is now an increasing number of pay as you go or contract deals, with the laptop provided ‘free’. The ‘free’ option can sound very appealing but check the small print and how long you’re tied in for – in some cases 24 months.

What do you want to use your laptop for? Check how many downloads you’ll be allowed a month, measured in gigabytes (GB). Look at this carefully – if you do want to download films, make sure you’ve got enough – 1GB for example, equates to 250-1000 songs, but only one poor quality movie. Speeds are advertised at hugely varying rates, but in reality, there isn’t that much difference.

The downside of all this fun at your fingertips can be the price. Like for like, mobile broadband is more expensive, with fairly low usage limits compared with fixed-line alternatives. If you don’t use the internet on your phone or dongle that often, there are some great pay as you go packages available and for those with higher usage, an all-inclusive contract’s probably the best option. If you’re at home, use your fixed-line broadband – it’s probably cheaper and quicker.

Still confused? For independent broadband comparison and advice across all mobile internet options, visit Broadband Genie (

mercredi 5 mai 2010

New Google Chrome beta: speedy!

By Scott Knaster, Google Mac Team

There's a new beta of Google Chrome, and it's very, very fast. Check out this post over at the Google Chrome Blog for details. And if you haven't used Chrome on your Mac, why not give it a try? You can download it here.