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Start-up company BlueStacks has rubbed their hands together and produced some magical app that allows Android apps to run on all Windows PC, as it is ready to start publicly testing its software. BlueStacks is making an alpha of its software available to the public. But their long-term goals are to have both a free and a paid version of its software and to have it loaded onto new PCs. The alpha version of the software allows most (not all) Android apps to be loaded onto a PC, but prohibits some games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja - which will be left for the paid version of the app.
BlueStacks VP, John Garguilo said in an interview "We're very happy with the degree to which apps work, not every app will work perfectly." That I agree with, we can't expect every app to work perfectly, but for just an app to appear [for what seems] out of nowhere, this is a magic day indeed. BlueStack's app will actually ship with several Android apps already preloaded and users will have the ability to push programs from their phone or tablet to the PC from a program that will be on the Android market.
Apple have just dumped iTunes 10.5 onto the Internet and with it, includes support for wirelessly syncing your iOS-based devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS5. iTunes 10.5 is available as a download from Apple, and interestingly, iTunes 10. no longer requires or includes QuickTime. The release of iTunes 10.5 is just one day ahead of the public release of iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users will require iTunes 10.5 before they can upgrade any iOS device to iOS 10.5.
The full list of features is below:
iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your PC and iOS devices.
Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they're both on the same Wi-Fi network.
Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.5 Beta 2.
SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.
Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.
Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.
Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.
Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.
Adobe shows off new unblur feature for photoshop, able to retouch and perfect your blurred photos in seconds!
I'm sure you have taken many photos that have been blurry, but Adobe is looking at erasing this problem with a new feature that they demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event. It had the crowd gasping from amazement as before their eyes they had a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds. Advanced algorithms calculate the movement of the camera at the time the image was taken, enabling the user to 'fix' the image by unblurring it - saving what would usually be a photo that would end up in your recycling bin.
The video shown below (which ironically, is shakey itself) demonstrates the process can be used on a photo captured on a mobile device to sharpen the quality, and in some cases with text-based images, reveal more data. There is no official release date for the anti-blur feature, but it will definitely be a favorite for millions worldwide when it becomes available.
Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 Build 25756.
µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.
Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 188.8.131.52 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.
Skinnable and Localized
Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!
A source with knowledge close to the deal is claiming that Nuance has scooped up Seattle-based Swype for $100+ million. Swype is an amazing application and would be a great addition to Nuance's lineup. Swype first launched at a TechCrunch conference back in 2008 and is software for mobile devices which helps people input text far quicker than normal typing. It will soon be on over one hundred million devices.
Nuance already owns T9, which if you didn't know is a predictive text application which first popped up in the 90s and directly competes with Swype. Co-founder of Swype, Cliff Kushler, also founded T9 funnily enough. This acquisition should let Swype expand a fair bit, with the power of Nuance behind them, who knows where they'll Swype to next.
Our Download of the Day today is VMware Player 4.0.0.
A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It's like running a PC on your PC.
This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESX, as well as Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.
Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC
Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles
Share data between host computer and virtual machine
Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines
Leverage 2-way Virtual SMP
Use 3rd-party virtual machines and images
Share data between host computer and virtual machine
Broad host and guest operating system support
Support for USB 2.0 devices
Get appliance info at start-up
Gain easy access to virtual machines via intuitive home page interface
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 16.0.899.0 Beta.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.
Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.
Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.
For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.
Our Download of the Day today is Paint.NET 3.5.9.
Paint.NET is an image and photo manipulation application.
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.
Do you overclock your graphics card via software? Chances are these days you're most likely using MSI's own Afterburner for it, seeing as it's one of the most complete, useful tools around these days for not only GPU overclocking, but other various things like video capturing, temp monitoring, setting profiles for different scenarios etc.
With that said, you may like to know that the folks over at the Guru of 3D have released a new updated version of it to the public, albeit in beta form. The changelog is quite extensive, though, with a ton of fixes, tweaks and additions that should have you quickly wishing to update to this 2.2.0 Beta 8 build.