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6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts sarah perez Adobe’s AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser. Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it’s time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today. And if you want to know why we here at Read Write Web are so excited about AIR, read more of our analysis about the platform to get caught up. Did your favorite app make the list?Twhirl It goes without saying that one of the most popular AIR applications is the Twitter client, Twhirl. Although it never got a write-up by any top blogs, it seems that everyone discovered this app on their own anyway. One of the best things about Twhirl is that it can be used to connect to multiple Twitter accounts. This is very useful for those that keep a Twitter account for personal use and a separate one for a business or service that they run. The Twhirl app demonstrates how AIR apps bring the web to the desktop, as it can dock in the system tray, just like a real desktop application does. You can search Twitter users, view their timelines, and choose to follow or unfollow them as you like. You can also search the public timeline in a feature that is powered by another web service, terraminds. Twhirl automatically fetches your friends’ status updates, direct messages, and replies, while color-coding different types of messages. You’ll receive both visual and audible notifications of tweets, with new messages displaying in a preview pop-up. Within Twhirl, you can easily post links via the URL-shortening feature provided by snurl.com. The app is skinnable and comes with multiple color schemes built-in that you can choose from. Overall, Twhirl is one of the best Twitter clients, and one of the best AIR apps, too. Download it here.Google Analytics For web site owners, measuring traffic and visitor stats are crucial tasks to managing the site and improving performance. With the Google Analytics AIR application, those who use Google’s free analytics software can now view those stats without needing to log in using a web browser. This robust application allows for multiple profiles from different Analytics accounts. Within the app, all the visitors, traffic, and content reports are available, just as they are online. A tabbed interface allows you to easily switch between the various reports. Within each area, you can drilldown into the data to view things like goal values and data segmentation. The app provides animated, interactive graphs, making viewing the data just as useful, if not more so, than when you view it online. You can also quickly swich between the interactive reports to viewing them in a PDF format instead. These reports can then be saved or printed, just like any online PDF. Alternately, reports can be exported to PDF, Excel, or XML formats. Download it here.RichFLVRichFLV is an AIR app that lets you edit Flash Video (FLV) files. The app reads FLV metadata – while importing the video, the app outputs the number and types of tags found for video, sound, keyframe (Keyframe Tags), and data (DataTags). With RichFLV, you can read, edit, modify, or delete cuepoints and cut FLV files. You can also use the app as a conversion tool, and convert the FLV files to SWF (Shockwave Flash) format. The sound in the FLV can be converted to an MP3, as well. Although serving a niche audience, this popular app has already been downloaded 654 times from the AIR Marketplace. Download it here.AgileAgendaAgileAgenda is a project scheduling utility which lets project managers enter data about tasks. The app, an Adobe AIR Derby Best in Show winner, dynamically adjusts to the changing conditions of a project. It knows today’s date and it will automatically adjust tasks that are or aren’t complete based on that. Tasks can be moved, extended, or split as needed. A light table lets you view the tasks, reassign them, change their priority, or change the durations. And like most project scheduling utilities, a GANTT view is available as well. Your data can either be stored locally, or even better, on AgileAgenda’s web service. AgileAgenda supports data sharing via XML or PDF exports and/or a web-based view on their web service. Download it here.AOL Top 100 Videos For some fun with AIR, check out the AOL Top 100 Videos application. This desktop widget lets you view the latest music videos, related artist videos, and special features provided by AOL. The music videos are sorted into various genres, like “Rock & Alternative,” “Hip Hop,” “Pop,” “Country,” “Latin,” and there is also a category for the “Most Watched” videos. The Top 100 app offers three different views – a Standard View, which is just a normal window, a Full Screen View, and a cool, sidebar-like Docked View. You can bookmark your favorite videos and via the related info sections, you can purchase the album, download ring tones and more, while reading up on your favorite artists. Download it here.Xdrive LiteXdrive Lite is a new AIR app that was just launched today, but it certainly has potential to be one of the better apps. With the AIR client app, Xdrive users can upload files and folders to the online Xdrive web storage service right from the desktop. When logged into the Xdrive Lite app, everything in your Xdrive folder is shown within the app in the upper portion of the window, and below this is a local browser. Uploading files and folders is as easy as dragging and dropping them from one pane to the other. A Transfers section allows you to view the progress of the uploads and downloads. The app can also be used to share files with your friends through email, or by grabbing the embed code or file link. Download it here.That’s just a brief look at some of the apps Adobe AIR currently offers, though I am sure there are many more that you might find just as good or even better [update: go2web20 followed up with more apps]. Do you agree with our list? In the comments, let us know who would be in your favorites!(Note: some of these apps still require the beta version of AIR to run). last_img read more

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Daily Wrap: Microsoft’s Apology for IE and More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Most Adults Under 35 Own a SmartphoneIt hasn’t even been five years since Apple unveiled the first iPhone. The device wasn’t the world’s first smartphone, but was arguably the most capable and well-designed and Apple’s marketing prowess it made it the first must-have gadget of its kind. Soon after came Android, which has powered increasingly impressive devices by a range of manufacturers. (more) Open Source Challenger to Dropbox and Box.net: ownCloudThe file sharing, synchronization market led by Dropbox is a popular target these days. For many companies, it’s a chance to horn in on a growing market and carve out a piece of the pie for themselves. For open source projects, it’s a chance to return control of personal data to the user. For the folks behind ownCloud, it’s both. (more) More Must Read Stories: Microsoft says they are sorry for all the time you wasted because updating IE isn’t an automatic process. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. Storify Compiles 10 Most Quoted Tweets of the YearStorify has just released its compilation of the top 10 tweets of the year. The number one tweet was Bill Gates’ farewell post to Steve Jobs. Second place was Sohaib Athar’s observation of a helicopter over Abbottabad, Pakistan, which turned out to be the first report of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. (more) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Requiem for SilverlightThere are some products that appear to have been doomed to circumstance since birth – that despite the most ambitious goals, the grandest intentions, and often the wildest strokes of luck, still manage to end up on the wrong side of public perception. No more prominent example exists in the history of software than Microsoft Silverlight, a textbook case of a platform that was never, for one moment, given the benefit of a doubt. (more) The New Delicious UI Updates Make It Look Just Like PinterestEver since its redesign, Delicious has looked increasingly like mainstream social bookmarking site Pinterest. The latest Delicious UI overhaul applies the same visually focused look to the link-saving page, which was operating under the “old” look until just today. The new design is focused on visuals and stacks, whereas the old version was more about tags and recommended tags. Is it bad that Delicious is trying to copy Pinterest’s look? (more) robyn tippins Facebook Timeline Goes Live On Android, Mobile Site But Not iOS AppToday Facebook launched the much anticipated Timeline and Timeline mobile for Android and its HTML5 mobile site m.facebook.com. But Timeline mobile for the Facebook iOS app is nowhere to be found. Timeline on the iPhone will be available in a future update of the Facebook iOS app, a Facebook spokesperson tells us. For now, iPhone and iPad users will have to use Facebook Timeline through the mobile site. (more) 2011 ReadWriteWeb Trivia Challenge: Mobile EditionIt has been a good year here at ReadWriteWeb. We have had some great stories, breaking news, thoughtful diatribes and a ton of brilliant news about innovation. Mobile leads the way. We want to thank our readers this week with a series of trivia contests with fun (and sometimes goofy) prizes. So, we partnered with ThinkGeek and conjured some trivia to put our readers’ brains through the wringer. (more)Keep up with ReadWriteWeb by subscribing to our RSS feed or email newsletter. You can also follow ReadWriteWeb across the web on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Microsoft to Developers: Sorry About the Whole IE6 Thing, Won’t Happen AgainOver the past few years, you’ve spent hours upon hours making your sites work in all mainstream browsers including, unfortunately, IE 6. The time is near that you may finally be able to stop the madness. From now on, starting with a roll out in Brazil and Australia, IE will automatically update to the most recent version that is compatible with the version of Windows on the machine. It’s not nirvana, but it’s a start.In response, @temojin said: Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google Zeitgeist 2011: A Glimpse Into A Weird YearAs the go-to place for finding anything on the Web, Google has unique insight into the spirit of the times. The trending Google searches of the year are a glimpse into what’s on our minds. For the past 10 years, it has published a year-end Zeitgeist report on the major search trends around the world. Zeitgeist 2011 was released today. (more) Tags:#community#web TeleNav Brings GPS Navigation To the Mobile Browser With HTML5In another move that shows how the browser is the definitive killer app on mobile devices, location-based services company TeleNav is using HTML5 to give developers the ability to implement GPS turn-by-turn directions into Web apps. The service will be completely browser-based and free. No native app platforms needed at add GPS to the browser. (more)last_img read more

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How One Startup Aims To Solve The Wired VR Issue

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Tags:#AuraVisor#virtual reality#VR david nield Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… A growing number of hardware makers are searching for the best way of bringing virtual reality (VR) to the masses: Current contraptions cover every price point and style from Google Cardboard to the Oculus Rift (consumer version due 2016). The AuraVisor, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, sits somewhere between the two. Like Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR, the AuraVisor goes for a cable-free approach. Unlike those phone-based offerings, this one integrates all the computing power directly into the headset itself—no need to drain your smartphone’s battery or feel like you’re jacked into The Matrix, just to enjoy a 360-degree film. See also: Samsung Unveils A Cheap, Mass-Market Gear VR For $99 That’s the big sell here: Not only is there no need to run a thick cable from a computer, there’s also no need to slot in a smartphone. Everything you need is integrated and ready to go out of the box. The AuraVisor makers say that makes for a smoother, more powerful graphics experience. Consider AuraVisor more evidence of how VR makers, small and large, are trying all sorts of approaches to tackle the varying issues brought on by this nascent technology. Going All In With VRThe AuraVisor platform is based on Android, and its technical documentation covers both 3D movie and 360-degree video support. To get up and running quickly, users can get started with Cardboard-compatible apps already available on Google Play. A developer kit will be available soon, while backers pledging £135 ($210) or more get a Bluetooth controller thrown in.Of course developers are likely to gravitate toward the bigger names and more popular products. But it sounds like the AuraVisor team aims to take on Oculus—there’s support in the SDK (software development kit) for Unity Engine titles, for instance. The SDK is coming out “as soon as possible” after the campaign ends at the start of December, AuraVision said.“We are working with a number of key partners to deliver more apps and content, including movies, live streaming events, games and educational experiences,” the campaign page reads. “There is already a huge selection of apps and videos ready to use. The AuraVisor will ship with a number of apps and games pre-installed to provide a true ‘out of the box’ set up.”Earlier this year the makers of the Fove VR headset also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, making for a cheaper, smaller-scale run of devices that could give the likes of Oculus, HTC and Sony something to think about. (Samsung announced a $99 headset in September.) Although an independent project may not have compatibility from the likes of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One to call on (yet), they’re priced competitively enough to attract the casual gamer or intrigued VR movie fan. That the AuraVisor can now offer integrated high-quality graphics in a wireless headset costing just a couple of hundred dollars is testament to how quickly the technology is moving—and even Oculus founder Palmer Luckey knows the importance of a tether-free virtual reality experience. No doubt he would approve of the Kickstarter funding route too.Images courtesy of AuraVisorcenter_img How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Related Posts Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W…last_img read more

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IPS officer’s murder exposes Madhya Pradesh’s mining mafia

first_imgThe murder of 30-year-old IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh on Thursday in Morena by the driver of a tractortrolley involved in the illegal mining trade has brought into the limelight the nexus between corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen and how they are carrying out illegal mining in the state.Singh, who was posted as a subdivisional officer in Banmore, had taken on the mining mafia by seizing a number of tractors and trucks used in the transportation of illegally mined stones from Morena to Gwalior.What is left of the mountain after the stone has been mined.Driver Manoj Gurjar, who has since been arrested, had a lot to lose. An impounded vehicle meant a fine of Rs 20,000, which is much more than what he earned in a day.The thriving mining mafia is believed to be active in several districts, including Sehore, the home district of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. And they seem to be operating right under the nose of the administration.A senior officer, who has in the past served as the Katni district subdivisional magistrate, said the local politicians and staff were usually with the mining lobby and so it was difficult for an officer to check the menace. No wonder they were playing havoc with the fate of the state’s lifelines – the Narmada and Betwa, he added.Stone, which is quarried between Rs 2,400 and Rs 2,800 per load of truck fetches between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,500 in Delhi. According to a rough estimate, the sandstone business is worth more than Rs 400 crore.advertisementThe Opposition blamed the illegal mining on political patronage. “Nearly one-third of the state has been given away for mining. Permits have been issued to 93 firms. Ministers’ kin are running these mines,” Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh alleged.Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also blamed the CM. “I have requested the CM to set up a judicial probe for my and his tenure and we should go into leases granted under my and Shivraj’s tenure,” he said.”There is ample evidence to prove that the CM’s family is involved in illegal mining, he added.Illegal mining hotspots.Click here to EnlargeJD-U leader and NDA convener Sharad Yadav has also called for strict action against the murderers. “Both the BJP and Congress leaders are looting the natural resources in the state,” he said.”The mineral resources department is not bothered about the rampant illegal mining. It may be that the department is not ready to make the information public for obvious reasons,” RTI activist Ajay Dubey alleged.On a day Kubar Singh, who is part of the sand mafia was arrested for firing on a judicial team in Panna, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhury sought a CBI probe into the IPS officer’s killing. The action will send a clear message that the CM’s government stands for probity, Chaudhury said. Earlier, the police officer’s widow had also demanded a CBI probe.The state government sought to dismiss the murder as a one-off incident. “I am not denying illegal mining. It is a huge state, so illegal mining is a possibility. But it will be too early to say anything on the incident,” home minister Uma Shankar Gupta said.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar inaugurates cricket museum in Pune

first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday inaugurated a cricket museum in Pune. The musem will exhibit his memorabilia. While speaking to the media after inaugurating the museum, Sachin recounted his cricketing experience.He said that his contribution to the museum is just a friendly gesture and he is humbled by the gesture of his fans.The master blaster and now a Rajya Sabha MP felt that “it was a matter of pride to have a museum dedicated to you”.last_img

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Valverde unsure over starting Dembele

first_imgBarcelona Valverde on the fence about starting Dembele against Juventus Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 01:09 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) dembele-cropped Getty Images Barcelona Barcelona v Juventus Ernesto Valverde Ousmane Dembélé Juventus UEFA Champions League The forward’s wait for a first Blaugrana start may continue after his coach seemed unsure about playing him against Juventus Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is unsure if record signing Ousmane Dembele is ready to make his first start for the club against Juventus on Tuesday because he has not had long to “blend in”.The France international joined Barca towards the end of the transfer window as a replacement for Neymar, who completed a world-record €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain in August.Dembele 19/20 to score anytime Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dembele made his debut as a substitute in Barca’s 5-0 hammering of Espanyol on Saturday, setting up Luis Suarez for the final goal of the match and potentially putting himself in contention to start their Champions League opener at home to Juve.But Valverde hinted that the former Borussia Dortmund star may have to contend with a spot on the bench once again.”You’ll find out [if he will start] tomorrow,” Valverde told reporters. “If I play him it’s because I think he’s ready.”But he’s a player, like everyone, who is training well and fitting in better each day. He could start any game.”If he doesn’t start tomorrow, he will start soon. Perhaps if he arrived earlier we’d be able to do more, but he’s not had long to blend in.”One player certain to start at Camp Nou on Tuesday is Lionel Messi.Lionel Messi BarcelonaThe Argentinian scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s win and Valverde feels safe in the knowledge that an in-form Messi makes Barca that much stronger.”It doesn’t necessarily calm me [having an in-form Messi], but to see Messi playing well certainly makes us a better team.”It’s very important for this game for him to be feeling confident. Let’s see how it goes.”Paulo Dybala is another who comes into the match in fine form, with the Juve striker scoring five times in three Serie A matches so far this season, but Valverde insists Barca will not be concentrating solely on the former Palermo star, who scored twice at Camp Nou in last season’s quarter-finals.”He’s an important player in his team and in the world,” Valverede said. “We’re sure of that, but no more than [Gonzalo] Higuain or other players.”The Champions League is a competition that motivates everyone, we are ready. Juve look to be in great form” #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/oVIbVDFQMy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 11, 2017″Juve are a unit and play consistently well as a team. They have individuals, but it’s the team which concerns me the most. They look good, I watch the Italian league.”They look strong and ready for the season. You could say they’ve lost or gained a player, but those are the kind of comments people make about every team in every country.”last_img read more

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