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Firefox 4 Released: Better, Faster, Stronger

Trak Lord | Software | Mar 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm CST

A release candidate of Mozilla Firefox 4 is now available for Mac, Windows & Linux. The new version of the open-source browser had previously been in Beta for the past month and a half, but no worries- Firefox 4 Beta users' browsers will update automatically.

Firefox 4 Released: Better, Faster, Stronger | TweakTown.com

Mozilla is reporting that around 70% of their existing plug-ins and "add-ons" are functioning with the RC, including my personal favorite, Panorama, formerly known as Tab Candy. This is a fantastic feature for tab-addicts like myself who commonly have +20 tabs open at any given time. Panorma allows you to organize and aggregate tabs into themed or customized arrangements away from your browser window, so it's easy to see them. A large improvement to cycling 45 tabs who's title heading is one letter long.

Much like the recent Safari and Chrome updates, this update should improve Firefox's speed substantially from its previous version. And according to Mozilla, they've fixed over 8,000 bugs (wow).

If you're a developer or a tester, don't forget to check out Mozilla's Web O' Wonder.

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LinkedIn Today Told Me About LinkedIn Today. Today.

Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Mar 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm CST

LinkedIn, everybody's favorite professional social media networking site unveiled its new "News" feature (still in Beta) today in conjunction with a press conference. "Today" is part of a suite of new features that the already successful startup is rolling out in the near future to further endear themselves to social professionals.

LinkedIn Today Told Me About LinkedIn Today. Today. | TweakTown.com

[I hope everyone appreciates the Inception-level of meta-irony here]

"Today" utilizes a LinkedIn user's already existing professional network and the industry in which that person currently works to share relevant and current news. It is yet another information aggregator, but there's not a heavy degree of customization required if you've already a LinkedIn user. And unless your industry is Aeronautical Internet Pancakes, "following" relevant industries is as easy as the click of a button in a conveniently located side bar.

The other two features are "InMaps", a visual depiction of your professional network, and a "Skills" interface that tells you what people are using what skills in which industry.

This last one doesn't seem that exciting. But, I am definitely excited to replace or otherwise enhance those weekly/daily email digests/alerts I get from LinkedIn.

Here's a somewhat campy promotional video from LinkedIn that made me laugh:

SpyParty: Everyone's Invited To It

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm CST

If you haven't had the chance to play SpyParty yet, it's a combination of Metal Gear Solid and that one level that exists in every FPS where you only have a sniper rifle. But more classic.

SpyParty: Everyone's Invited To It | TweakTown.com

The IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize runner-up (Minecraft won) was one of the most popular indie destinations at GDC last week, with people lined up to get in on the action. The game itself has a nostalgic arcade feel, but the gameplay is wonderfully and psychologically complex. One player is a Sniper, one is a Spy, and the former has no idea who the latter is. The Spy can blend into an entire dinner party of characters, and must complete a host of secret missions while simultaneously avoiding detection. This is difficult, because the Sniper has been "briefed" (i.e. the instructions to the game) on all of the "tells" a Spy could possibly evince. The Spy has the advantage of being able to see the laser-sight of the Sniper, and thus know where he or she is looking at all times. Catch is: there's a time-limit, so one of you has to make a move at some point.

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Internet Explorer 9 gets released, March 14th

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mar 10, 2011 at 10:00 am CST

Microsoft is using SXSW to launch the final version of Internet Explorer 9 to the masses, twelve months after the first Platform Preview of IE9 came out. Supposedly there are still some surprises left in store for IE fans.

Internet Explorer 9 gets released, March 14th | TweakTown.com

You'll have to wait until Monday the 14th of March to find out what those surprises are but MS will be joined by some special guests such as Ze Frank and will feature live music from Yeasayer, The Head and the Heart and Fences which will be live at Austin City Limits Live on the 14th of March. until then feel free to salivate over downloading the latest version of Internet Explorer!

Google Instant Previews, now available on mobiles

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Mar 10, 2011 at 9:30 am CST

Google have just clicked the GO button on Instant Previews. Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results. Google Instant Previews is compatible with mobile for Android (2.2 and above) and iOS (4.0 and above) devices.

Google Instant Previews, now available on mobiles | TweakTown.com

Similar to the desktop version, Instant Previews allows a user to visually compare search results from a webpage of snapshots, making it easier to choose the right result faster. In order to use Instant Previews on your Android or iOS-powered device, do a search on Google and tap on the magnifying glass next to any search result.

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Foursquare evolves, peers at Facebook waiting for their next move

Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Mar 10, 2011 at 8:00 am CST

It's SXSW time and with it comes some changes to social networking giant, Foursquare. Foursquare have started rolling out the changes ahead of the official start of the event on the 11th.

Foursquare evolves, peers at Facebook waiting for their next move | TweakTown.com

The changes are somewhat different to what you'd expect and creates an evolving step toward something exciting for Foursquare. Version 3.0 brings a bunch of changes which are listed below. I'm sure Facebook won't be far behind this, Zuckerberg's fist must be shaking in the wind right about now.

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WinRAR 4.00 release - brings 30-percent faster decompression

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mar 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm CST

After three months in beta testing, WinRAR 4.00 is fully-baked and ready for consumption. It is now available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The biggest improvement over the previous WinRAR versions is the decompression, which is now 30-percent faster depending on the file format used.

WinRAR 4.00 release - brings 30-percent faster decompression | TweakTown.com

Additional features include a password manager for regular compression jobs, although passwords are not encrypted. When extracting multiple archives you are now able to set WinRAR to use the same password for all of them. Something worth knowing is that WinRAR 4.00 does not work on older Windows OS's such as 98, ME and NT. The Minimum requirement for WinRAR 4.00 is now Windows 2000.

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EA says PC gaming market is thriving

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm CST

EA's Frank Gibeau has said some good things about the future of PC gaming, as strongly as saying that he sees the PC platform as possibly being the biggest market for EA over the coming years.

EA says PC gaming market is thriving | TweakTown.com

He said to Gamasutra that 'The use base is gigantic, PC retail may be a big problem, but PC downloads are awesome.' With the recent success we've seen with Steam, this comes as no surprise - it's just good to hear from someone in the market who isn't whinging about piracy on PC. EA has also said that Battlefield: Heroes is doing very, very well with 368, 241 new users every month on the PC alone and now have over 7 million registered users since launch. The free-to-play title shows that it can do very well in the PC world.

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Microsoft have now sold 10 million Kinects - also feature in the Guinness World Records

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm CST

Microsoft's latest press-release is out and with it comes the news of 10 million Kinect sensors being sold and over 10 million Kinect games sold since launch. With the news Microsoft is now able to proudly hold their chest high as they've broken a Guinness World Record: Kinect for Xbox 360 is the Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device.

Microsoft have now sold 10 million Kinects - also feature in the Guinness World Records | TweakTown.com

Guinness World Records officially named the Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest selling consumer electronics device after the smashing success that Microsoft has seen with the Kinect. Personally? I'm waiting for some games to really take advantage of it... but, kudos, Microsoft.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX590, ready to take the dual-GPU crown?

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mar 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm CST

NVIDIA is set to launch their dual-GPU counter-punch-in-the-nuts GeForce GTX 590 on March 22nd. Coincidentally, this is the date of the Crysis 2 launch in which NVIDIA paid a pretty penny (to the tune of $2 million) for some flashy NVIDIA-only benefits. Although Crysis 2 is only launching with DirectX 9 - which is shocking considering the first game from four years ago launched with DirectX 9 and 10 modes.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX590, ready to take the dual-GPU crown? | TweakTown.com

The GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110 GPUs (the same as the GTX 570/580 cards), we can expect the GTX 590 to include 3GB of RAM and out-of-the-box support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround and Vision Surround technologies (which are usually only for SLI users). The card is not far away and I'm sure that they're ready to strike while the iron is hot and I have full confidence it's going to be a great card.

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