Mozilla Firefox 14 Released!

Search data is now encrypted, fullscreen mode for OSX, improved HTML5 performance, bug fixes.

Mozilla releases Firefox 14 and encrypts Google searches by default

“SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released Firefox 14 for desktop operating systems.
Mozilla’s Firefox web browser has received its six-week update with Firefox 14 automatically encrypting Google searches and supporting the Pointer Lock API. Mozilla has also included support for fullscreen mode in Mac OS X 10.7.

Mozilla said it encrypts Google search data by default, adding that users can now easily verify the identity of a web site by clicking on an icon to the left of the URL. According to Mozilla, the addition of search encryption is particularly handy for those using Firefox on wireless connections.

Firefox 14 support of Pointer Lock will improve mouse control for internet based applications and in particular games, Mozilla said. It cited its own HTML5 Browserquest game as an example of improved performance. With HTML5 expected to become the markup language of choice for web-based games developers, it seems a very good time for Firefox to support it.

Since Mozilla has put Firefox on its six-week rapid release schedule the organisation has come in for vocal criticism, with some people within Mozilla’s developer community questioning whether the move has resulted in users flocking to Chrome. Although Mozilla has produced an extended support release of Firefox, the problems Mozilla has had getting users to download and install the standard version suggest that only the most informed users will move to the long-term release.”

SpeakFaith.TV Goes LIVE in the Public Roku Channel Store!

I know, this is a tech blog. But sometimes I like to share exciting things that are happening to me, personally… and, this is kinda techie. I designed, and published, a channel for the Roku box, and it was approved last night by Roku for their Public Roku Channel Store! Awesome! Click the image below, and if you have a Roku account, you can add it, and see what you think!

SpeakFaith.TV

It is a Christian teaching channel, with video and audio from Word of Faith Ministries in High Point, NC and Faith and Victory Church in Greensboro, NC. The tech involved in creating it was pretty cool! Stay tuned for a Dr. Bill.TV channel, which will be a private channel… coming soon!

Geek Software of the Week: Free File Sync!

What if there was an Open Source project that provided a file synchronization tool for both Windows OR Linux? What if it was free, and allowed tweaking and updates to make your file directories, whether on USB sticks, the network, or local disk drives match each other?

Well, here you go! Free File Sync!

Free File Sync

“What is FreeFileSync?

FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without needless user interface complexity.

Key Features

Detect moved and renamed files and folders
Copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
Detect conflicts and propagate deletions
Binary comparison
Full support for Symbolic Links
Automate sync as a batch job
Multiple folder pairs
Copy NTFS extended attributes (compressed, encrypted, sparse)
Copy NTFS security permissions
Support long path names > 260 characters
Fail-safe file copy
Cross-platform: Windows/Linux
Expand environment variables like %USERPROFILE%
Access variable drive letters by volume name (USB sticks)
Native 32 and 64-bit builds
Keep versions of deleted/updated files
Optimal sync sequence prevents disc space bottlenecks
Full unicode support
Highly optimized performance
Include/exclude files via filter
Local and portable installation

M$ Announces Office 15 and Says It Will Be More Social

Everyone wants to be “Social”… at least they do right now. It is “the big thing!” But Office? Social? Okaaay!

New Microsoft Office gets more social

“Announced today, Microsoft’s latest Office suite will try to help users collaborate more easily through social media.

Demoing the new version of Office at a press conference, Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate vice president for Office, showed a five-person video chat using Microsoft’s Lync application. In the demo, Koenigsbauer revealed how he could drag and drop someone from his buddy list into the live meeting.

Another participant was able to drop a PowerPoint presentation onto the shared canvas for all to see. Koenigsbauer then showed how users could draw directly on the presentation via a touch-screen device, which then appeared on PowerPoint for other meeting participants.

Since OneNote is integrated into Lync, users can share their notebooks with other people on the conference call and even take and display notes while the meeting progresses.

Microsoft SharePoint is also joining the social-media party, offering a “cleaner, simpler” design that borrows the look and feel of its news stream from the likes of such social networks as Facebook, Twitter, and Yammer. That’s likely not a coincidence given Microsoft’s recent purchase of Yammer.

PowerPoint users can comment on messages in the newsfeed, view conversation threads, and even take advantage of Twitter-like hashtags and @replies

And courtesy of another Microsoft purchase, users can see if other people are available via Skype from any application in the new Office suite and make Skype calls directly from within Outlook.”

DrBill.TV #248 – Video – “The More Stupid User Tricks Edition”

UNLIMITED cloud storage for $2.00 per month! Yahoo hacked, GSotW: WinMerge! More Stupid User Tricks, Digg bought for only a 1/2 million, the summer Steam sale, Dropbox doubles it’s Pro offerings, a Korean company’s tiny quad-core ARM Linux computer.

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DrBill.TV #248 – Audio – “The More Stupid User Tricks Edition”

UNLIMITED cloud storage for $2.00 per month! Yahoo hacked, GSotW: WinMerge! More Stupid User Tricks, Digg bought for only a 1/2 million, the summer Steam sale, Dropbox doubles it’s Pro offerings, a Korean company’s tiny quad-core ARM Linux computer.

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More Power, More Power!

ODROID-XNeed more power than a Raspberry Pi? Check out this quad-core!

Korean company’s tiny quad-core ARM Linux computer packs a punch at $129

“Little Linux computers have attracted a lot of interest from hobbyists this year. The $35 Raspberry Pi ARM board, which met with huge demand when it launched in February, is a compelling solution for affordable embedded projects. But what if you need more power than the 700MHz ARM11 board can offer?

A Korean hardware manufacturer called Hardkernel is launching a high-end alternative. The company’s new ODROID-X board comes with a Samsung Exynos 4 processor, a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz. The board also has a quad-core Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, six USB host ports, an ethernet adapter, headphone and microphone jacks, and an SDHC card slot for storage.

With four times as much RAM as the Raspberry Pi and a much more powerful processor, the Hardkernel board seems like a nice option for more computationally-intensive usage scenarios. The system is still highly compact, measuring at about 3.5 x 3.7 inches.

Because the Hardkernel board is based on the Cortex-A9, which uses the ARMv7 architecture, it is capable of running the latest version of Ubuntu in addition to Android. Ubuntu doesn’t support the Raspberry Pi’s ARM11 architecture (the Raspberry Pi foundation recommends using Fedora on its board).

Of course, users can expect to pay more for the higher specs of Hardkernel board. It is available for $129, which is a lot more than the Raspberry Pi’s hobbyist-friendly $35 price tag. It’s still less than the $183 PandaBoard ES, however, which has a dual-core 1GHz ARM CPU and 1GB of RAM.”

Dropbox Doubles It’s Pro Offering

Double the space at the same price! Pretty good. I think they are feeling the competition!

Dropbox Doubles Pro Storage for Same Price

“Dropbox on Tuesday announced an upgrade to its Pro plans that doubles the amount of storage without a price hike.

The company also added a new, 500GB option.

The move upgrades Pro users with 50GB and 100GB accounts to 100GB and 200GB, respectively. The 100GB option costs $9.99 per month or $99 per year, while the 200GB will run you $19.99 per month or $199 per year.

‘We’ve heard from architects with giant drafting files and photographers with huge portfolios,’ Dropbox said. ‘But mostly we hear from families who have more than 100GB of photos, docs and videos.’

Pricing for the 500GB tier was not announced.

The service will automatically update overnight, so existing Dropbox Pro subscribers will wake up tomorrow to a supersized version of their account. The Dropbox pricing page will also be updated tonight to reflect the changes. Dropbox is also offering existing Pro users a three-month Pro 100 trial to share with family and friends.”

Get Your Game On With the Summer Steam Sale!

Looking for deals on games, check out the limited time sale at Steam!

Steam Sale Kicks Off With Huge PC Game Deals

“The PC game download service Steam has launched its annual summer sale, starting with huge discounts on popular games such as Portal 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Every day through July 23, Steam will offer 24-hour discounts on a batch of new PC games. Today’s deals include Modern Warfare 3 ($30 instead of $60), Portal 2 ($5 instead of $15), Terraria ($2.50 instead of $10), and Legend of Grimrock ($6 instead of $15).

In addition to the daily 24-hour deals, Steam will be running ‘Flash Sales’ on shorter time cycles. The deals available at the time of this posting include Mafia II ($7.50 instead of $30) and Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($7.50 instead of $30).

Other games will also be discounted through the sale period. Now is a good time, for example, if you’ve been meaning to try classics such as Counter-Strike ($5) or Left 4 Dead 2 ($10), or the recent critically-acclaimed Walking Dead game ($19). Bundle deals are also available from individual publishers such as THQ, whose 15-game collection is now selling for $50 instead of $311.”

How the Mighty Have Fallen! Digg Bought for a Mere 1/2 a Mil

Digg was once the “darling” of bidders and potential buyers, there was a time that it was being considered for sale at $200 Million in 2008 by suitor Google. Now, after alienating its uswers and changing itself so much that no one wanted to use it, it is being sold for a mere 1/2 million.

Once a Social Media Star, Digg Sells for $500,000

“Digg Inc., a social-media pioneer once valued at more than $160 million, is selling for the deeply discounted price of about $500,000, three people familiar with the matter said.

The buyer is New York technology development firm Betaworks, which is attempting to revive a news-sharing site that was outmaneuvered by Facebook Inc. FB -0.52% and Twitter Inc.

Digg confirmed Thursday it sold its brand, website and technology to Betaworks. The price is a pittance for a company that raised $45 million from prominent investors including Facebook investor Greylock Partners, LinkedIn Inc. LNKD +3.40% founder Reid Hoffman, and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.

Digg received higher offers from bidders that included technology and publishing companies and start-ups but ultimately decided Betaworks had the best plan for reviving its brand, these people said. In May, Washington Post Co. hired 15 members of Digg’s engineering team—more than half of the company’s overall staff—for its SocialCode digital media subsidiary.

Betaworks is acquiring a website that still has a well known brand and sizable audience of more than 7 million visitors per month as of May, according to comScore.

Digg was once one of the most promising start-ups in Silicon Valley. The website was founded in 2004 as a way for consumers to put together their own collections of news and other Internet content, rather than relying on the choices made by newspaper editors.

Digg users would post links on the site’s home page, then others would vote on their choices, determining the prominence of the stories they posted.”

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