Those of us who live on the web love technology. We revel in the power it gives us, the control over our environment is exciting and invigorating, isn’t it? Control over our media is a particularly sacred gift. We download, organize, archive and play our massive MP3 collections. We rip, sort, and catalog our favorite DVDs, building a personal library that’s playable across all manner of devices and platforms. But there’s one area of personal entertainment that we lovers of technology can’t quite wrestle down — Television.
See, the thing with television is that it’s the content that matters, not necessarily the technology. We’ve already figured out how to deal with generic video in its digital form, that’s not the issue — gaining access to the particular programming unique to television, that’s the issue. So what’s a geek to do?
How does one get to use all the best techno-tricks — time shifting, social media, an all-you-can-watch catalog — on the content of television? Hulu, that’s how.
Today we’re going to take a look at what Hulu can do, put it through its paces, explore it’s subscription option (Hulu Plus), and decide whether or not it lets us cut the cord on our monthly cable bill.
When you want to share a file with someone over the internet, it can often be a much simpler task if it can be completed quickly — leaving less worrying about the status of the file and whether or not it has been uploaded. Of course, you could rely on services such as Dropbox to be your main source of storing the files, but when you’re looking for something a bit simpler, this is where Crate comes in.
Crate creates one of the simplest and most user-friendly file sharing experiences there is and you can find out more about this amazingly-simple app inside the article.
I love comics. So do tens of millions of people transcending age and gender. But sadly, like all the other old media houses, the comics industry hasn’t been very eager to join the digital revolution. Half hearted attempts from publishing houses hasn’t leveraged the full power of the internet as a cheap distribution channel.
Graphic.ly is a great app on the web and on the desktop to not just read a comic but also to engage with it. Follow me after the fold to learn how cool this app really is.
Communicating internally, within the team or office, happens primarily through emails, but emails don’t have the flexibility of a real-time conversation involving multiple people. That’s when instant messengers come to the rescue, which have their own share of issues. First and foremost is privacy and security — you cannot be talking about sensitive business information over MSN or GTalk.
Second is distraction from buddies in your IM list and that’s the reason most IM clients are banned behind the office firewall. A private corporate messaging client for communication and collaboration can solve the problem. HipChat is a great example of one such app.
Mozilla’s Paul Rouget made a splash on the web this week with the question, “Is IE9 a modern browser?” and a most definitive answer, “NO”. The post makes a great argument as to why IE9 is “more modern, but not really modern.”
And of course the post’s accompanying infographic is well worth checking out for a more visual perspective on the subject. Microsoft responded with several valid points of their own on the subject, adding more heat to the continual browser wars.
Many of us are biased for one reason or another, while it’s difficult for others to really say what a “modern browser” is since it isn’t clearly defined. Personally, I’m biased and don’t believe IE9 will be a “modern”, competitive browser for any other reason than it’s what has been used for so long, by so many, but IE — I can only hope — will continue it’s market share decline.
What do you think? Is IE9 a modern browser? Once fully released, do you think it will compete with Chrome, Safari or Firefox?
You can never have enough music, right? Doesn’t it seem like your bank account’s been drained before your hunger for more tunes has been satisfied? Do you wish there were exciting new services that let you pay the price of, say, a CD per month, and gave you access to as much music as your ears could handle? Then this article’s for you.
As freelancers, many of us need to create invoices on a regular basis. Invoicing is about as fun as doing your taxes, except for one nice exception: invoices are all about you getting paid, not you paying someone else. Still, there should be a way to make invoicing easier and cheaper. It’s never fun to have to pay just so others can pay you for your work!
Invoice Dude is an invoicing web app that has two major advantages over most competing invoicing apps: it’s free to use online and is also available for purchase as a self-hosted web app to run on your own servers. So, whether you’re looking for a free way to quickly create invoices online or want to purchase an invoicing app that you can run just as you want, Invoice Dude is a great option for both needs. Let’s dive in and see what more it has to offer.
Killer invoicing app Ronin has released an HTML5-built iPhone app for users to track time on the go and sync with their Ronin account. Because the app is built with HTML5, an Android version will be a relatively simple addition, though with a UI tweaked for the different screen sizes.
If you aren’t familiar with Ronin, be sure to give our review a look: Smooth & Customizable Invoicing With Ronin. The app received a fantastic 9/10 rating, so be sure to give it a look.
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