Archive for June 17th, 2009
Opera 10 Beta launched a while back with lots of new and innovative features and updates. Now the Opera team has got something new to show us — Opera Unite. We do not know how to put Opera Unite in words — but it’s like a cross between the web and a web browser. Previously, if you want to share something, let’s say a video, you would most likely upload it on YouTube and then tell your friends the link to the video. Now, with Opera Unite, its takes out the middleman and make use of your browser as a sharing portal which is pretty nifty. Currently, some of the main features highlight include:
Securely share a file from your personal computer without waiting to upload it. First select the folder from which you would like to share files. Opera Unite then generates a direct URL to that folder. By giving that link to your friends, you can share files without routing through a third-party Web service.
Run entire Web sites from your local computer with the Opera Unite Web Server. After selecting the folder containing your Web site, you can share and host it from the given Opera Unite URL. Opera Unite will automatically recognize index files and create the Web site as you designed it.
Rock out wherever you are by accessing your MP3s and playlists from any machine. After selecting the folder containing your playlist, use the Opera Unite direct link to play your tracks directly in any modern Web browser.
Share your photos direct from your PC, without uploading them online. Once you select your photo folder, the photo-sharing service will create a thumbnail image gallery of your photos. Clicking the thumbnail will present the photo in its original resolution.
The Lounge is a self-contained chat service running on your computer. Your friends can access the chat room via the direct link, which will not require them to sign into any service. Depending on your privacy settings, you need only provide the generated password to your service in order for people to log in to your chatroom.
Post a note on your friends’ virtual refrigerators. By sharing the direct link to your refrigerator, you and your friends, family or colleagues can exchange notes securely and privately in real time.
Opera Unite is available in a special version of the Opera 10 desktop browser and will run within the browser and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The Opera team talks of more services to come in addition to the six basics services — we are very much looking forward to a Twitter or Facebook app or some sort.
What do we have here — it has been a busy day as Tweetdeck launches an iPhone version and gets an update on Tweetdeck Desktop. And now, the Seesmic team is launching a new version (0.3rc) of its popular desktop client. In case, you can’t update it through your desktop, it is because the new version is only available to TeamSeesmic members (just add your name and email in the form at http://desktop.seesmic.com to get it) And in this new version, we are talking about lots of new features and updates such as:
Multi-Account Posting with Smart Account Enabling:
We’ve upgraded the user interface to select which accounts to send posts to, saving you the time and effort it takes to post to each account separately. We’ve also added an option for Smart Account Enabling. With this feature turned on, this will allow Seesmic Desktop to change accounts when messaging your friends based on whom you are replying or direct messaging to. Seesmic will not change the accounts if you do not enable Smart Account.
Authenticated bit. ly Integration:
You can now use your own bit.ly account when using bit. ly as a shortener for Seesmic Desktop. By simply entering your bit. ly API key, you can now keep track of your URL clicks when sharing your links with your friends and followers.
New Services Panel:
Along with bit. ly, we have set a foundation for managing your accounts for sending images, and be able to set them in our new Services Panel. The Additional Integrated Account Services panel currently includes image services such as Pikchur (where you can set your own account), Posterous, TwitPic, Twitgoo & yfrog (which is currently using your twitter account). More importantly, this allows us to give you more options for integrated accounts with other services that will be coming soon.
Continued UI modifications, enhancements and fixes:
We’ve made continued modifications to the Seesmic Desktop user interface saving time when using Seesmic Desktop and space when reading your stream.
Some of the enhancements include:
Minimizing the message panel until you start entering messages to send
Enabling replies in your Facebook friends’ avatar to quickly add comments
Inline reminders of what account you are posting from
An added “Cancel” button to erase your messages in the message panel
Updated scrolling arrows for enhanced browsing
Ensuring all replies appear in your integrated timeline
and many other additional fixes
It’s pretty sweet and we can’t wait to try it out and you should really give it a go too. Here is a cool video to show you the new Seesmic Desktop in action.
The launch of username vanity URLs might just be fresh a few days back, but now Facebook has another new feature up to its sleeve. Behold the new Facebook search engine: Facebook Search. Facebook Search is a new search engine that is currently in closed beta among a very small test group and is set to take on its counterpart — the Twitter Search. As the Facebook blog says:
Those of you in the test group will see new layouts for search results that will continue to include people’s profiles, Facebook Pages, groups and applications, and some entirely new Search features. With the test, you will be able to search your News Feed for the most recent status updates, photos, links, videos and notes being shared by your friends and the Facebook Pages of which you’re a fan. You will also be able to search for status updates, posted links and notes in Search from people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone. As always, you can control what content you’re sharing by editing your privacy settings here.
It’s a lot like Twitter Search but there’s a greater scope on what the stuffs you can search for. Not that we are complaining, but Facebook has been taking its own time to get involved in a real-time search which Twitter has for a long time now. And it’s gonna take a long time before it gets the official launch, I guess we will just have to wait. What’s your take on this — comment and let us know!!
Citizentube is a YouTube channel by YouTube that has been around for quite a while, which highlights the latest videos that people use to change the world that also encourages citizen journalism. Now, Citizentube is also using blogging as a platform to keep track of all that’s happening in quicker way. Here is what YouTube has to say about this:
These are the sorts of things you can stay on top of with Citizentube, a special YouTube blog devoted to chronicling the way that people are using video to change the world. If you’ve followed news and politics on YouTube, you might have noticed that we started Citizentube as a video channel on the site a few years back, but we soon realized that keeping track of all the phenomenal uses of YouTube by posting our own videos just wasn’t fast enough — so now we’re blogging, too. We generally focus on two types of posts: the compelling political and social uses of YouTube that we see the community bubble up every day, and our own programming initiatives and partnerships in the political, news, and nonprofit arenas.
Citizentube has been a great idea from YouTube on the use of videos to change the world and it pretty much sums up what world-issues is happening around the world. With the new update on blogging, Citizentube is taking a step forward on keeping us informed on the latest update through a neat little filter on what’s important
Along with the release of the new TweetDeck for iPhone, the Tweetdeck Team is also releasing a new version of their Tweetdeck Desktop. Some of the mains highlights in the new version include the following:
- Sync – you can automatically synchronise TweetDeck between your desktop and iPhone, making it really simple to import your columns and groups so you can be up and running on iPhone in a matter of minutes – no reinventing the wheel. Sync works in the background so whenever you change a group or add a new search column it’s updated and available on all your computers and your iPhone. This also means that everything can be backed up in case your computer ever crashes.
- Multiple account support – you can now have multiple accounts with no need to switch between them. Whether you’re on the desktop or iPhone we’ve made it simple to see all your columns, for all your accounts and tweet from any account or even cross-post tweets to numerous Twitter accounts at the same time.
- Unlimited columns – you’ll be happy to hear that you can now have as many columns as you’d like on TweetDeck. No more 10 columns limit, now the sky’s the limit.
- Local trends – rather than only being able to see what’s trending on Twitter as a whole, with local trends, you can now see what’s hot among your own friends and colleagues. You’ll be able to run local trends on any of your columns in TweetDeck.
Here’s a quick list of everything else that you can expect to see in the new desktop version:
- Conversation window – View an entire dialogue all at once.
- Video playback – Watch Qik or 12seconds video clips from the comfort of TweetDeck.
- New ‘Block & Report Spam’ button – Just one click will delete the message from view, block the user and report them to Twitter.
- TweetDeck Recommends column – Find new and interesting people to follow whether you’re a Twitter newbie or a veteran of the Twitterverse.
- ‘Reply All’ – Tweet everyone mentioned in a tweet in just a couple of clicks.
- YFrog – Share and preview YFrog photos inside TweetDeck.
- Smart filter – Start typing a username to find a person and add them to a group quickly and easily.
- RE (In reference to) tweets – Easily comment on a discussion.
Now that’s a lot of mouthful — be sure to download it and try it out yourself!!
Do you use TweetDeck?? Now you are gonna love it more — because it’s now available on the iPhone and iPod Touch for free and we are kinda loving it a lot. It’s sweet and easy to use and has all the main features from its desktop counterpart such as multiple account, columns, groups and saved searches. The interface is pretty slick and we have to say it’s comparable to Twitterrific, except it has a much richer feature set and might be a bit more complex to use, but other than that, the app is one of the best iPhone Twitter app out there. Some features include:
- Tweet directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.
- Manage multiple Twitter accounts.
- View notifications for new tweets received.
- Use columns to create your personal dashboard.
- Simply sync to set-up
- Continuously updates between your desktop and iPhone.
- Create Groups to easily follow all your friends.
- Follow topics in real-time with saved searches.
- Reply to tweets and send direct messages.
- Easily re-tweet messages.
- Share photos with Twitpic and YFrog.
- Shorten links with your favourite URL shortener.
- Follow and un-follow people.
- Shake your iPhone to refresh columns.
We have played and tested it out for a few hours or so and here are some pictures to show you what it’s truly all about: