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Google's 3-year-old Map Maker project, as of today, allows users to create points of interest in the United States and edit them as they see fit. Well, pending Google's eventual (and not guaranteed) approval. Why the three year wait? Evidently Google began its editing program in smaller areas of the world that necessitated detailed maps, experimenting to see if their infrastructure could cope with what would be, and will be, an extremely persistent and massive amount of traffic once it would be implemented in the US. With the potential of millions of unique views a day, someone has to ensure that thousands of Clownfart Daycare Centers don't just start popping up all over the bible belt (and that's giving most Americans the benefit of the doubt).
The editing process is pretty straightforward: anybody with a Google account can sign in, add a map POI with all of the corresponding information, and even draw a structure or addition to an existing point. For example, if someone were to make a large change to their house, like adding a wing or a helipad or something, you could draw that in. Google has made it so that edits are approved or denied and added to Google Maps (including Street View) within seconds- a pretty impressive feature considering the amount of editing requests that will start pouring in.
I'm sure people will complain about censorship at some point...
A screenshot of the new Task Manager for Windows 8 has been leaked from Windows 8 build 7850. The new Task Manager is obviously not fully functional at this early stage in the Windows 8 game but we can still tell from the leaked screenshot that is is far different to the previous Task Managers in Windows 7, Vista and XP.
There are now three tabs: Programs, Startup and Users (compared to current Task Managers which are made up of Applications, Processes, Performance and Networking). This is probably set to change but for now it's great to see Microsoft changing up the Task Manager with a new fresh look.
Our Download of the Day today is Dropbox 1.1.23.
Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync and share files online.
2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.
Sync files of any size or type.
Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected.
Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files.
You can see other people's changes instantly.
Automatic backup of your files.
Undelete files and folders.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.1.23
* Translations for Latin American Spanish, French, German, and Japanese
* Redesigned Preferences UI
* OSX: New notification interface for users that don't have Growl installed.
* Stability Fixes
Being able to run Windows on a flash drive has been the dream of many Microsoft loving fans, myself included. Microsoft is finally saying "yes" to those fans by including "Portable Workspace" in Windows 8. It enables a 16GB (or greater) external storage device and put a bootable, runnable copy of Windows 8 on there.
We don't know the exact details of the feature, whether it's a full install, a ghost-image, or if it can be done multiple times - but the feature is there. We'll keep you posted and as details leak and we find more, we'll continue to Windows 8 feature posts. Question, wouldn't this be a great feature for an Apple-based machine? Plugging in a USB stick with Windows 8 on it - somehow works through Boot Camp (or if it boots from itself). Ooooh the possibilities.
So much Windows 8 news is coming through that from today onward any Windows 8 news gets it's own little "Windows 8:" introduction. Windows 8 news is coming in at a steady pace now that the beta versions are jumping quickly and today is no exception, there's a new feature in Windows 8 that is set to replace the OS's default shutdown behaviour so that the boot up process can be sped up.
"Hybrid Boot" uses advanced hibernation functionality when the computer is shut down (instead of actually shutting it down) and allows the machine to start up quicker. The feature can be found by typing "power button" into the start menu and then clicking "Change settings that are currently unavailable".
Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 2.04.297.
Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.
When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.
At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.
Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag
Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation
Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly
Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support
Boot time defrag of system files
Supports 37 major languages
Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!
In a blog post today, Spotify announced they would be making some big changes to its advertisement-funded free music streaming service, and not necessarily the good kind.
- New Spotify users will be able to enjoy our unrivalled free service as it is today for the first 6 months.
- As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.
- Additionally, total listening time for free users will be limited to 10 hours per month after the first 6 months. That's equivalent to around 200 tracks or 20 albums.
10 hours per month? I tend to hit ten hours in a day, depending how long I'm working. And you can only ever play a single track five times? There are some songs I listen to five times a day- but I guess the real incentive is the following:
For anyone who thinks they might reach these limits, we hope you'll consider checking out our Unlimited and Premium services, neither of which will be affected, plus we have a 7-day free trial for Spotify Premium that we'd love you to try. Throughout May, we'll also have a pretty nice 30-day free trial for Spotify Premium - more details...
Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.57.1.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.
Apple is launching their next-generation video editing program Final Cut Pro X in June. Final Cut Pro X will launch at $300 and is written as a full 64-bit application that supports Grand Central Dispatch.
Grand Central Dispatch is Apple's technology that uses a piece of software to dynamically utilise many processor cores. Final Cut Pro X uses an iMovie-like interface which should appeal to the casual movie editors or home users.
Our Download of the Day today is Fresh View 8.18.
Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.
You can convert graphics from one type to another, print, and even create an HTML album. This easy-to-use software supports 86 different formats (more and more added regularly).
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 8.18
- with new Left Diagonal Edge effect.