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Dropbox updates Lion computability

If you’ve upgraded to OS X Lion for your Mac, you’d probably realize that Dropbox doesn’t seem to work very well, in that the iconic green status icons are missing. Well, Dropbox has released an update and it’s a manual download (bummer). Nevertheless go get it!

Dropbox before update

Dropbox folder before update

Dropbox after update

Dropbox folder after 1.1.40 upgrade. Notice that the green ticks have returned

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Web.AppStorm writes about the top Web apps that their staff can’t live without

I’m a huge fan of Web apps for the following reasons (there’s more but I’d stick to 3):

  • they are usually free with paid (usually tiered) upgrades to fit my needs
  • they are always updated (no need to download or buy new versions)
  • they are easy to share and allow for great collaboration

And some apps I’ve been using are Instapaper, Dropbox, Popplet and Sliderocket. So check out their list and see if there’s something for you to use and improve your productivity!

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Cheap printers are a bad idea

PCWorld published an article about why cheap printers are best to be avoided. A great read for those looking to pick up yet another printer (and trolley) at the upcoming IT fair (or whatever it’s called) in Singapore.

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Scott Adams’ phone reviews

Scott Adams was approached by the Windows Phone team to test their phone after he complained about his iPhone 3GS and Android phone. So the challenge was for him to use a Windows Phone and if he didn’t like it, they’d donate $1000 to a charity of his choice.

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It’s a great read, though one must bear in mind its context (which Adams painstakingly tried to remind readers) in judging for one’s self.

Interestingly though, he didn’t explicitly mention if the charity of his choice got the $1000.

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Messenger by Facebook

Facebook just released a standalone messaging app for iPhones and Android; Blackberry support coming later. From their product page:

Messenger is integrated with your Facebook messages and chats, so you can access all your conversations right in the app. Each message you send through Messenger is also saved as part of your ongoing conversations on Facebook.

Messenger also offers additional features like one-click access to messages through your phone, location mapping, the ability to message friends, groups and mobile contacts, and more.

If the other party doesn’t have the app installed, the message will be sent as text. Wired* explains:

If a FB user is logged into the new message app, it’ll show up there. If not, they get the message sent to them as an SMS, so long as they’ve registered their phone with Facebook.

Interestingly, I can’t seem to find it in the Singapore’s iOS App Store, and when I’m logged into Facebook accessing the product page, the following was displayed:

What I saw when I went to the product page: coming soon. Image source: Facebook.com

What this means is that the app is probably being rolled out by region, and its going to take a while to reach Singapore.

Well, I’d be tweeting about it when I get it so stay tuned. Oh, and in case you haven’t realized, unlike the other messaging apps like Whatsapp or GroupMe, you’d be talking to your Facebook friends only.

*Wired’s report on Messenger can be found here.

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Casino technologies to prevent cheating

Gizmodo ran an article about 7 technologies deployed in casinos to prevent cheating. It’s an interesting read for both geeks and non-geeks alike.

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OS X Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Wired** reported that Apple finally relented, and released an app that would turn your flash drive into a Recovery Disk Assistant. Apparently, this is the same thing as the partition on your hard disk when you install OS X Lion, and not Lion itself. From Wired:

This Recovery Disk obviously doesn’t contain the full Lion installer. Instead, it acts like the Recovery Disk Partition that Lion hides on your boot drive when you first install it. Thus, you can “reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.”

Head over to the full article for more information about it, links, and also an article about creating an installer for OS X Lion — useful if you don’t want to download Lion again, or might want to do an install without the Internet.

**Wired’s report can be found here.

Most of my friends know that I’m a huge fan of Snapseed, a photo editing app on the iPad. In fact, I use it as my primary editor now despite having Adobe CS 4 and Apple’s Aperture 3.

Since I’d reviewed Snapseed 1.0, the developers have allowed for RAW functionality in version 1.1, checking off one of my wishes for the app.

Today, with yet another version, the developers of Snapseed fulfilled yet another wish of mine: the addition of standard aspect ratio for cropping. As if it’s not enough, Snapseed is now a universal app, and allows for in-app capturing of photos. What this means is that I now can use Snapseed as my camera and editor; no more reliance on Instagram, or having to snap in the Camera app only to import it later.

The last few wishes would be improvement to their Center Focus filter, inclusion of a revert option and sharpening. On a side note, it just crossed my mind that sharpening might not happen for a while because it’s really difficult to implement. I mean, all the filters are essentially layers on my original photo, but sharpening manipulates my photo directly — and that is tough — so I’d gladly wait for it.

Then again, I’m willing to wait for it because the developers have been really great in updating their app. If you haven’t tried it, are looking for an editor on your iOS device, and are only willing to pay US$4.99 (as compared to hundreds for Photoshop), please get this app.

As an aside, here’s my photo edited in Snapseed:

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My original review for Snapseed can be found here, and the update of it here.