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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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Adobe Releases Acrobat X Pro, Adds New Features

Adobe has released a new version of their Acrobat PDF creation and editing software. Acrobat X Pro gives users many new features, including the ability to manage and track your files (including Word and other file types) for a particular project with PDF Portfolios. This new release is sure to make the Acrobat-reliant users happy.

PDF Portfolios aren’t the only new features in Acrobat X Pro, below are all of the new features Adobe was able to pack into this release:

– The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.
– Users can speed up everyday work by customizing the Quick Tools area for fast access to the tools they use the most.
– Tight integration with allows users to share large files online, streamlining collaboration.
– Improvements made to the Preflight tool enable creative and print professionals to process jobs quickly and accurately.
– Acrobat X Pro also supports the latest versions of the PDF/X-4 and X-5 standards, enabling users to stay current with industry standards.

“With Acrobat X Pro, creative professionals can rest assured their projects will print as intended, which is critical when working under tight client deadlines and with limited budgets,” said Ali Hanyaloglu, product evangelist for Acrobat Solutions at Adobe. “Acrobat X Pro gives everyone involved in the project the necessary tools to create and collaborate so users can quickly obtain client feedback, streamlining the entire design process from concept to approval through final production.”

Acrobat X Pro is available for preorder starting today from the Adobe website for an upgrade price of 9(US) and a new purchase price of 9 with shipping scheduled within 30-days. The four Creative Suite editions (Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium and Creative Suite 5 Master Collection) will have Acrobat X Pro in the future releases. Customers that have a support plan will be notified when the update is available.


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Everything You Need to Know About the New Facebook Features

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team of developers have just announced several more new features for the massive social networking site, but maybe you’re like us and had a problem deciphering anything from the constant blurping during Facebook’s live streaming presentation. Either way, it’s always good to go back and do a bit of a recap, and that’s why we’re here. Because whether you’re on a PC or a Mac, there’s probably someone in the room with trolling through Facebook profiles right this second.

So, what’s this about a new Groups redesign?

Now, you can separate your friends into finely organized categories, or “Groups”, as Facebook likes to call them. While this may hurt the feelings of junior high girls everywhere, it’s great for those who use Facebook as a means of interacting with their friends, their colleagues, their business associates, their gym buddies and their family, but want to be more selection about the kind of information they share with each group.

While Facebook Groups did exist before today’s big announcement, this is still a major update for the previously under-utilized feature. The new Groups will have selective information sharing just like many of Facebook’s other features, so, for example, your business associates don’t have to have access to your Mobile number. Facebook Groups will also come with the following features:

Group chat: You can now chat with multiple members of a group in Facebook chat, as well as selectively show certain groups if you’re online.

Shared notepad: For kids and business folks that often collaborate on assignments, Facebook has revived Google’s idea for the “wave” and created their own version of the shared notepad. Users can now collectively write and edit notes within a group.

Mailing list-style notifications: You know how Facebook sends you email after email of updates that someone has replied to a thread you left a comment on three weeks ago? Now, you can do this for the groups you’re in. Facebook has added a new way for users to subscribe to certain posts so that they’ll receive emails and notifications when someone else replies.

Unfortunately, you cannot currently convert one of your existing groups into this new design, which we find to be very odd. If you don’t see any new changes to your Facebook page just yet, that’s because Facebook is slowly rolling out these changes and it’ll hit, one-by-one, just like the new Twitter UI update…that yours truly still hasn’t seen the light of day yet.

What else does Facebook have in store for me?

As aforementioned, we’ve seen none of this yet, and Facebook’s employees will be working in overdrive to get this content out to you–the social networking addict–as soon as possible. A couple of other features that they have in store for us include:

The ability to completely download all of your profile information: Basically, expect a whole new open, portable Facebook that you can print out and stuff in your purse or laptop bag. That’s right–a new “Download Your Information” feature will enable users to hit a download button and extract everything off of their profile, including messages, wall posts and photos, all into one nifty, compressed .zip file.

A new way to check on connected apps: If you use Facebook applications for things like Flickr, Yelp, and Digg, you can now check and see how many sites and applications have access to your personal data through Facebook and Facebook Connect. It’s a wonderful way for users to impulsively connect with their favorite websites, but still have an idea about what these sites are actually doing with their information.

An entirely new site redesign–again: Yeah, it’s happening–again–and we’re all just going to have to deal with it one way, or another. We know that chat is going to the the left side of the screen, and that the entire site is going to look a little more like its Places page.

You might be freaking out at all of this change, but trust us, this is a good thing for you diehard Facebook users. The gigantic social networking platform is growing by the minute, and the new changes means that it’s morphing itself to fit with its user’s needs. Now all we have to do is wait for the update to finally hit and ignore the Negative Nancy Facebook status updates that will undoubtedly follow.


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Twitter Fixes Security Hole, Adds Two New Features

Twitter is recovering after an attack on the social networking site earlier today. According to TechCrunch, the site suffered an attack whereby users could tweet some JavaScript code that could in turn cause pop-ups anytime someone moused over a maliciously crafted tweet.

Fortunately, Twitter was able to get the attack stopped before more users became victim to this exploit. This attack only affected the web-based version of Twitter, as users accessing Twitter through a client like the official Twitter client were not susceptible.

TechCrunch is also reporting that Twitter rolled out two new features today to their new Twitter interface (for those lucky enough to have access at this time). The first new feature gives you the ability to reply to all users contained in a tweet when replying to a tweet. The second addition is an auto-complete feature when typing a username into a tweet. Simply type the @ symbol followed by the first few letters of a username and Twitter will suggest users to you in a pop-up list, allowing you to select one.

Unfortunately, the new Twitter interface isn’t being rolled out to everyone at once, but if you are one of the lucky few that uses the web interface, these changes will be welcomed.


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Game Center Games and Their Features

So you got Game Center on your iOS device. Now you have a fancy account. Now which games are available and what are their Game Center Features? We’re diggin through the App Store and trying to get the most up to date information.

The first thing everyone is asking us is, “What games are multiplayer?” So we’ve listed those games first.



Enigmo – Leaderboard /Achievements / Multiplayer

Field Fencer – Achievements / Multiplayer

Cro-Mag Rally – Leaderboard / Achievements / Multiplayer

WordsworthLeaderboard / Achievements / Multiplayer

Nanosaur 2 – Leaderboard / Achievements / Multiplayer

Adrenaline Golf Online – Leaderboard / Multiplayer*

GraalOnline classic+ – Leaderboard / Multiplayer*


*double checking multiplayer feature

The Rest


Zen Bound 2Achievements 

Farmville  – Leaderboards / Achievements

Touchgrind – Leaderboards / Achievements

Ms. PAC-MAN – Leaderboard/Achivements

Flight Control – Leader Board/Schievements

Icarus-X – Leaderboards / achievements

Worldy Wings – Leaderboards / Achivements

Megaplex Madness – Leaderboards / Achivements

PAC-MAN – Leaderboards / Achivements

Cocoto Magic Circus – Leaderboards 

Cannon Challenge 2


Isaac Newton’s Gravity


Apple has added a Game Center page to the App Store. Check it out.


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