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iOS 4.2 Brings New Features to Mobile Safari

iOS device users gained access to some pretty awesome perks yesterday when iOS 4.2 became available for download. iPad owners were finally rewarded by Apple for their patience with AirPlay, Wireless Printing and of course, multitasking. If you’re an iPhone user, you may have noticed a few new perks as well. However, it would appear that Apple also threw in a whole bag of awesome that they’ve kept on the down low.

As part of the testing of Safari and JavaScript he’d been doing for an upcoming project, mobile web development guru Maximilano Fritman found that Apple has baked a few new tricks into Mobile Safari, including accelerometer and gyroscope support, updated HTML 5 form support, the ability to support new JavaScript data types and enhanced SVG/Canvas support. What does it all mean? In simple english, how iOS device users interact with the internet is about to get a whole lot closer to what they experience when browsing the web from their computers. Better still, thanks to the accelerometer and gyroscope built in to late model iOS devices, you’ll be able to interact with mobile Safari simply by changing your device’s orientation.

That’s pretty sweet.

 

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LaCie Brings USB 3.0 Goodness to the Mac

Many Mac users have been wondering when USB 3.0 will be adopted by Apple, and it now appears that 3rd party manufacturers are taking matters into their own hands. Today, LaCie announced that they will be bringing some USB 3.0 goodies to the Mac in the form of several hard drives and an express card that will allow those drives to connect to your Mac.

According to the LaCie news release, the following drives now have USB 3.0 ports:

LaCie 2big USB 3.0
LaCie d2 USB 3.0

LaCie Minimus
LaCie Rugged USB 3.0
LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0

And to hook these USB 3.0 drives to your Mac, LaCie is offering two solutions. For notebook users, you can now purchase a USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 on the order of .99, or MacPro users can purchase a PCI Express Card for .99.

To take advantage of the faster speeds of USB 3.0, you will also need to download the USB 3.0 driver from the LaCie website. This driver allows for transfer speeds at almost twice the speed of FireWire 800 devices.

“LaCie is excited to bring full USB 3.0 compatibility to our Mac customers,” said Marketing Director Minh Lê. “This milestone demonstrates LaCie’s industry leadership and longtime commitment to delivering the best performance possible to our valued Mac users.”

You can read more about the LaCie announcement on their website.

 

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Why Wait for AirPrint? Printer Pro Brings It to Your iPad Now

Readdle Printer Pro

Printing is finally coming to iOS with an update in November, but third-party developers clearly feel that Apple’s official solution leaves something to be desired. Among them is Readdle, who is bringing full-featured printing to the iPad with a new app expected imminently.

Readdle, the creator of popular productivity apps such as ReaddleDocs and PDF Expert, is launching a multi-week campaign leading up to the release of iOS 4.2 in November. The company is kicking things off with a brand-new app called Printer Pro which promises to add essential printing capability to the iPad — without having to wait for Apple’s own solution to arrive.

Readdle Printer Pro screenshot

“Printer Pro lets you print right now, month before the release of iOS 4.2 update,” explains Readdle CEO Igor Zhadanov. “It supports a wide range of document formats, integrates with other applications and core iPad services like clipboard, address book and photo library.”

Printer Pro allows iPad owners to print e-mail attachments, documents, web pages, photos and almost any other type of content from their device. The app allows direct printing to any USB or LPT printer connected to a Mac or Windows computer. For the impatient, you’ll be happy to know that Printer Pro has been designed to complement Apple’s forthcoming AirPrint technology, rather than directly compete with it.

With Printer Pro installed, the app will appear when you use the “Open In…” selection in compatible apps such as Mail, Safari, Dropbox, ReaddleDocs and others. It also takes just a few taps to download files from popular cloud services such as MobileMe iDisk, Dropbox or Google Docs and send them right to your printer.

Printer Pro is expected to hit the App Store on Friday for .99 and requires an iPad with iOS 3.2.2 or later. The free companion software, Printer Pro Desktop, is now available as a free download from the Readdle website.

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Mobile iWork Update Brings Exporting and MobileMe Integration to the iPad


Ladies and gents, the powerful iWork suite for iPad has been updated.

To start, Numbers has been updated to enable exporting of spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS), copying of spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or WebDAV service, and the ability to group and ungroup objects. Keynote has been updated with the same exporting and copying abilities, and support for audio when importing Keynote ’09 presentations. Lastly, everyone’s favorite mobile app, Pages, has been updated with the same ability to copy documents, as well as the option to display the word count and support for opening text (.txt) files from Mail.

The new updates are now available and should pop up within your App Store updates page.

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Google Brings Chrome Extension to iPhone, Goggles Could Be Next

If you use Chrome instead of Safari and have an iPhone, we’ve got an extension for you. The Chrome to iPhone extension adds a little button to your toolbar that shares the URL of the page you’re at with your iOS device. Android users have had the extension for a while, with Chrome to Phone.

The iPhone iteration isn’t quite as good as what Android users get–for instance, it doesn’t allow you to send links, maps, selected text, or phone numbers to your deivce, nor does it automatically notify you when you’ve sent content. You have to launch a shortcut created on your iPhone, and it only works with URLs.

But, it is easy, and it is free, so who are we to complain! If you don’t use Chrome and want an alternative app that does a little more, check out PasteFire–it’s also free right now.

Also, another app from Google might be on the way to your iPhone. Google Goggles uses your mobile camera to search the Web.

How exactly does the app work? Just point your camera at a book, and you’ll get a summary of its contents and shopping results. Choose a landmark instead, and get its history. There’s also a Layar style overlay called Nearby Places that overlays labels on businesses in your viewfinder. Sounds like augmented reality at its finest, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately for now, it’s just a rumor. David Petrou, an engineer at Google, just mentioned it in passing while speaking at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford on Monday. He said it could be released for the iPhone by the end of 2010, and even then it would have to survive Apple’s chopping block. But hey, we can always hope!

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