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After checking out the Blippex search engine for OS X for several days, I would say Microsoft’s Bing team and the folks at Google needn’t be losing any sleep over the new competition. At least not yet. Blippex is still very much a work-in-progress. However, it will be interesting to see how rapidly it improves.
Barracuda Networks’ Copy is a new Cloud storage service that currently offers 15 GB of free space to individual sign ups, and even more with referrals. Dropbox only gives you 250 MB per referral, while Copy gives you 5 GB with a current promotion, and is not capping the amount of space you can acquire during the promotion period. Copy supports iOS, Mac OS X (10.7 and up) Windows, Android, and Linux with client apps, plus access from the Copy Website.
Whether you’re looking to master your Mac or Apple iDevice, or simply want to see if there are any features/abilities you’re missing, online training is often the way to go. If you’ve got some free time left this summer, ScreenCastsOnline offers up over 500 tutorials on Mac, iPhone and iPad hardware and apps. And through their Summer School program, they’re free for one month.
While I think Dropbox Datastore is a great idea and substantial enhancement to the Dropbox service, I’m a long way from ready to say goodbye to my hard drives. For one thing, Internet access is far from universally available. Then there’s the matter of cost. The 100GB, 200GB and 500GB storage options are priced respectively at $99, $199, and $499 on an annual subscription fee basis.
The Last Door is a strange game. It’s a deliberate throwback in lots of ways, from its exaggeratedly primitive pixel graphics to a point-and-click adventure that focuses more on story than on puzzles. However the designers turn what could be a funny retro adventure on its head with a subtle supernatural horror story that has genuine shocks and an atmosphere designed to unease. To wit: the game opens on a prologue where the character you control hangs himself.
With version 15 of its Opera Next indie Web browser, Opera has discontinued development of its in-house Presto browser engine and adopted the Open Source Chrome engine. I’m a longtime Opera fan, having used it off and on (recently mostly on) since the mid- to late ’90s, and after running the Opera “Next” version 15 public beta for over a month now, I can say that this new iteration is the best Opera yet.
Camino—the free, Open Source Mac-only browser—will no longer be developed, according to the Camino website. Users are encouraged to switch to another, modern browser (such as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) as the last update came out more than a year ago, and Camino will no longer be receiving even security updates.
Netatmo has announced a brand new way of accessing your personal weather information. The Netatmo Urban Weather Station a web app featuring a slick interface that makes it easy to see summaries of temperature, air pressure, and humidity data along with historical data so you can identify patterns and trends over time.
It’s been a while since I reviewed the indie Roccat Web Browser for OS X. Roccat was at version 2.3 when it was the subject of my last critique, and it’s now up to version 3.1, which was released a couple of weeks ago. I’m happy to report that it’s been refined and tweaked to a point where most of my previous criticisms have been addressed, and it’s now a stable and speedy performer.
Ever been in a situation where an Apple online service—like iMessage, Facetime, or iCloud—wasn’t working as expected and you weren’t sure if the problem was on your end or Apple’s? Well, there’s a handy web page you can check on Apple.com that will tell you what the status is of every online service they support, including the various web stores and iCloud.
Still a few more days left to get 10 gigs of free cloud storage. Through April 11, Mac users can get a “freemium” 10 gigs of Dolly Drive Storage, Sync & Backup for Mac. Dolly Drive subscriptions include cloud storage for having a virtual hard drive, file syncing and online backup along with integrated capabilities for local backup and a bootable clone for immediate disaster recovery.
Most public WiFi networks are insecure or poorly secured, which means any user on the network can freely view the information you send and receive. If you’re worried about securing your private information, Cloak can help you guarantee your privacy on public WiFi networks.