Welcome to TweakTown's newest daily addition, the Mobile App of the Day. Our Mobile App of the Day today is Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.
The Windows Live Messenger for iPhone app has been out since June, but had not been updated since its initial release. Now, version 1.1 has been made available and a few useful new features have been added to enrich the experience.
Facebook integration has been added to the app, allowing you to chat with friends, view updates, and control who sees your updates through the Windows Live Service account page. A friends list filter has been added so you can view all of your friends or sort them by group. Windows Live Messenger for iPhone also now supports iOS4's fast switching feature, and has added support for 31 additional languages including Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.
I don't like to walk around with fat pocket stuffed with lots of keys and a wallet overflowing with receipts, cards, and other crap. I like to have just my phone and a wallet that is as thins as I can make it. I don't even carry a key ring, my car key has the keyless remote built in so one key is all I carry. A new case for the iPhone 4 has surfaced called the Minimalist 4 that will even let me shed the wallet.
The Minimalist 4 case is designed to protect the iPhone 4 as you expect a case to do and is made from recycled plastic. The hard case will prevent damage if you drop the iPhone and will keep your skin from killing your signal by touching the antenna. The case is also made in the USA.
In roughly three hours from now, Microsoft will be holding a press event in San Francisco at it's Beauty of the Web launch to launch the first public version of Internet Explorer 9 (beta).
"On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Microsoft will announce the beta of Internet Explorer 9 at a worldwide press event in San Francisco. The live webcast of the event and news of Internet Explorer 9 Beta will be available at 10:30 am PDT Wednesday."
It seems a bit odd for Microsoft to be making such a big deal and holding a serious event for a beta, but clearly it is a big launch for Microsoft. You can tune into the live webcast of the event over at this website to see the blows and spills as they happen.
What is the main event going to be like when IE9 actually goes RTM?
UPDATE: Live stream is on now here.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2010 SP3 (16.67).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 15th, 2010
- ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking
- ASUS P7H55D-M Evo Motherboard @ Modders-Inc.
- IDF 2010: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 and GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston HyperX DDR3: 2.5 GHz for Everyday @ InsideHW
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Unboxing @ eTeknix
- Patriot DDR3 Viper II eSector 5 Series 1600MHz Ram @ Bonafide Reviews
Kingston is jumping onto the USB 3.0 bandwagon with their first flash drive to take full advantage of the new interface. The newest Kingston DataTraveler, dubbed the "Ultimate," features maximum read speeds of 80 MB/s and write speeds of 60 MB/s. These are three times faster than the 30/20 advertised for the USB. 2.0 DataTravelers and in line with the real-world performance boost seen when jumping from USB 2.0 to 3.0.
"USB 3.0 is the next major milestone in Flash memory for USB products and Kingston wants to have a solution in the marketplace for early adopters," said Andrew Ewing, Kingston's USB business manager. The drives are backed by a five year warranty, and have recommended price tags of $89, $138 and $270 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 drives, respectively.
Acer was also at IDF today with some interesting goodies for the masses, including their new Revo 2 set-top box running Windows Media Center Embedded. It looks similar to previous versions of Media Center, with simplified streaming integration and the ability to stream live TV, internet, and movies.
The remote also gets some facetime here and is pretty sweet as well, allowing you to use it as a touchpad or a QUERTY keyboard with the push of a button. Acer is expecting the Revo 2 to be available sometime in the first half of 2011.
Intel keeps rolling out the new design ideas at IDF. Next on the list: a new classmate PC design. Featuring "increased ruggedness, longer battery life, improved water resistance and additional anti-microbial protection," this clamshell PC is built to take nearly whatever a kid can throw at it.
This design helps protect the PC against liquid spills of up to 100cc, accidental drops of up to 70cm, and may be implemented in classrooms worldwide with "a wide selection of purpose-built solutions for education tailored to meet their needs." Hopefully the price will also be tailored towards being able to get it in the classroom as well.
Twitter is holding a small and casual press conference at its offices at the moment and it has been talking about the new Twitter.com. We referenced a story from Mashable in an earlier post today and those rumors have turned out true.
Some of the new features include a new "faster and richer" design with mini profiles, easier to discover related content and of course images and video in tweets. "Now, it's easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube."
According to the new Twitter.com promo page, the rollout of these changes will come over the "next several weeks". The folks from Twitter will provide more updates over the next few days.