Google Chrome – Google Enters the Browser Wars

Google announced it will release a brand new open source web browser called Google Chrome. Yesterday a site went up, and has subsequently been taken down at http://gears.google.com/chrome/?hl=en (as of this morning clicking this link take you back to regular old Google).

According to Crunchbase the features include:

  • Tabbed browsing where each tab gets its own process, leading to faster and more stable browsing. If one tab crashes, the whole browser doesn’t go down with it
  • A distinct user interface that places tabs on top of the browser window instead of right below the address bar
  • An “incognito” mode that lets you browse the web in complete privacy because it doesn’t record any of your activity
  • A new JavaScript engine built from the ground up for speed
  • Malware and phishing lists that automatically update themselves and warn you of bad websites
  • A default homepage that displays your most commonly used sites and other personalized information

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21 Amazing Free WordPress Themes

SmashingApps comes up with an awesome list of 21 Mindblowing Premium-Like Free WordPress Themes.

This is quite impressive and covers an array of different layout styles. From the site:

This is not the long list with all the available wordpress themes on the internet but its an exclusive collection of free wordpress themes which are not less than premium themes and you may consider any of these themes as per your need before going to purchase any paid premium theme.

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Executor – Challenger to the Launchy throne

Executor is a multi purpose launcher and a more advanced and customizable version of windows run. It allows you to pretty much ignore your start menu and do all kinds of time saving stuff from the Executor itself.

No doubt I’ve been in love with a similar application called Launchy for quite some time. Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. It indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

Many have come, but Launchy still stands as the king. But Executor brings with it many features that Launchy doesn’t have and it might be time to make a switch.

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One of the major differences between the two is Executor’s emphasis on keywords. Although it does text search for just about anything, Executor gives priority to user-assigned keywords for launching apps, documents, and folders. What’s more, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to any keyword for quick launches without even invoking Executor. It’s also has a small footprint on your system clocking in at just about 10 megs.

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Conditional-CSS

Undoubtedly every web-designer and developer who as made any attempt to use CSS will have found a situation where different web-browsers require different style statements. I’ve just encountered this myself with a side project I’ve been working on. This irritation is due to the varying degree of completeness of the CSS implementation across browsers and browser versions.

Conditional-CSS is a solution to this problem, taking the idea of the conditional comment syntax from Internet Explorer and placing it inline with your CSS statements.

Conditional-CSS is something you need to install on your server to be able to use. It comes in three platform versions:

PHP -Very simple to install and portable to any platform that runs PHP – the right option for you if you want to give Conditional-CSS a go.

C – Exceedingly fast and will run on just about every *nix platform, this is a little tricker to install, but very useful as a global interpreter.

C# -Runs under .NET 2.0 in Windows and Mono on many other platforms, use this version if you are using IIS or a .NET based web-server.

Get Conditional-CSS here.

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Sprint Instinct gets new update from Sprint

Sprint has finally posted information on the massive firmware update planned for the Samsung Instinct. Users should expect to see the update made available for their device over the next few weeks, with each application prompting to be updated when you access it.

Notable improvements include an apparently more robust experience when browsing YouTube and BestBuy in the web browser, as well as overall system improvements that should reduce stuttering and choppy playback in the various multimedia features.

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