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Free, Remote-Control App TeamViewer Comes To The iPad

Free, Remote-Control App TeamViewer Comes To The iPad

TeamViewer released their free app that lets a user remotely control any computer over the Internet (with permission) back in March for the iPhone. Yesterday, they brought out an iPad version.

While it’s a pretty cool app to have sitting around on an iPhone, it practically gains Essential Status on the iPad because of the latter’s much bigger screen, making remote-access sessions much easier than on the iPhone’s tiny screen — not to mention the fact that the iPad is the kind of tool that lends itself to functioning as a remote client.

As with the iPhone version, if you’re using the app in any sort of professional circumstance, TeamViewer ask that you purchase a $100 license.

Essential App #3: Dropbox

Essential App #3: Dropbox

Regular visitors to this blog will probably have noticed that we mention Dropbox a lot. I mean, we won’t shut up about it. Why? Because it’s so ridiculously useful.

The way it works is simple: It’s a portal for files from your iPhone to your Dropbox account, a free service that gives you your own 2GB cloud to store files and media, and if you want to, lets you share those files and media.

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So How Are You Getting On With Safari Extensions?

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It’s only been about three weeks since Safari 5 was released, and with it support for Safari extensions.

Since then I’ve been exploring all the delights posted at the Safari Extensions Tumblr and finding some really great stuff, and lots of ideas.

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CultofMac.com Goes 100% Solar-Powered With AISO.net

CultofMac.com Goes 100% Solar-Powered With AISO.net

As we watch in horror what’s happening in the Gulf (and ongoing in Nigeria), I’m proud to announce that CultofMac.com is now 100% solar-powered.

We have a new green host, AISO.net, which operates the world’s only 100% solar-powered data center.

Based in Southern California, AISO came highly recommended for quality of service, but I’m most impressed by the company’s green credentials.

Unlike other data centers, which often buy carbon offsets to assert their green bona fides, there’s no oil or coal in sight at AISO.

“Everything is powered by solar, including our office, all servers, a/c systems, networking and other hardware,” the company says. “We are the first and only 100% completely solar powered, carbon free hosting company that does not use energy credits.”

AISO’s data center is powered by a pair of solar arrays mounted on the facility’s roof. The center is cooled by low-energy, water-based air conditioning units, and its office computers will soon be powered by an ingenious wind turbine mounted in the air conditioners’ intake ducts. The company runs on sunair and water.

“The sun is dependable and nobody is waging wars over it,” says the company’s founder, Phil Nail, who took the company solar in 2002.

To prove it’s purely solar, AISO put a live webcam on the roof to show its solar array in action. (Warning: it’s a very boring, very dry joke).

As well as CultofMac.com, AISO hosts websites big and small, including a couple of data-intensive sites for film industry clients in nearby Hollywood.

I couldn’t be happier that we’ve gone green. Renewable energy is clearly the future and as forward-looking, technophile site, it was an obvious choice to make.

We encourage you to join us. If you’re a webmaster and interested in signing up with AISO, please use this affiliate link. We’ll get some credit to apply against our ever-growing bandwidth bill.

MacHeist Tweaks Gruber With Safari Extension Adding Comments to Daring Fireball

MacHeist Tweaks Gruber With Safari Extension Adding Comments to Daring Fireball

Responding to pundit John Gruber’s ongoing debate about website comments, our friends at MacHeist have just launched a Safari extension that adds comments to Gruber’s Daring Fireball site.

The DaringFireballWithComments extension can be found here. Simply download and double-click to install (Make sure you enable extensions in Safari first).

“Get ready for round two,” says John Casasanta, co-founder of MacHeist, who in February launched DaringFireballWithComments.net, a website that briefly mirrored Gruber’s site with, you guessed it, comments.

The site was up for a few days before it was taken down at Gruber’s insistence. It faced a lot of criticism for violating Gruber’s copyrights. However, the Safari extension skirts such issues.

“We’re totally clear this time,” said Casasanta via IM. “We’ll keep this running forever.”

For the last couple of days, Gruber has been debating website comments with writers Joe Wilcox and Ian Betteridge, among others.

“Comments, at least on popular websites, aren’t conversations,” writes Gruber. “They’re cacophonous shouting matches. DF is a curated conversation, to be sure, but that’s the whole premise.”

Not any more.

What Will Mainstream News Make Of Safari Reader?

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Safari Reader: before and after

If Safari 5’s new Reader feature sounds familiar, that’s because it’s not a new idea.

The Readability bookmarklet has been doing a very similar thing for a year or so now, and of course works in many different browsers, not just Safari. Incidentally, Readability’s developers are delighted about Reader.

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Google’s Chrome Browser For Mac Graduates From Beta

Google’s Chrome Browser For Mac Graduates From Beta

Google has graduated its spiffy Chrome browser for Mac from beta to stable release. It’s a major milestone for the browser, and an indication Google is taking the Mac platform seriously. For a while, it looked that Chrome for Mac was an afterthought.

Mike Smith, Product Manager, Google Chrome Team:

Today, I’m happy to announce that Google Chrome for Mac is being promoted out of beta to our stable channel. We believe that it provides not only the stability, performance and polish that every Mac user expects, but also a seamless native Mac application experience that Mac users will feel instantly at home with.

I’m a big fan of Chrome, even though it’s a memory hog with multiple tabs open. It’s fast and there’s a big and growing gallery of more than 4,500 extensions.

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TidBits Celebrates 20th Anniversary As Oldest Pure Digital Tech Pub On Net

TidBits Celebrates 20th Anniversary As Oldest Pure Digital Tech Pub On Net

This week the TidBits website celebrates a special landmark: it’s the oldest purely digital technology publication on the Internet.

Started in 1990 by Adam and Tonya Engst, TidBits is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publishing “all the news that’s fit to byte.”

It started as a Hypercard stack and evolved into a text pub distributed through the web, email, AOL and Usenet, plus innumerable BBSes.

Today it’s stronger than ever, publishing a website, mailing list, iPhone app, Twitter feed, Kindle subscription, and podcast. Plus, it has a popular eBook publishing wing, TidBITS Publishing Inc., which has sold about 250,000 Take Control ebooks.

To celebrate, Adam has put together a testimonials page from more than 50 Mac industry leaders. Add your own comments to the page.

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Video: Cat Playing With Virtual “Yarn” On iPad

Video: Cat Playing With Virtual “Yarn” On iPad

If you can bear to watch a cat dragging its claws across an iPad’s screen, here’s some video of a pussy playing piano and with some virtual “yarn.” Sure to be the start of a blockbuster pussy-‘n’-iPads meme.

Mobile Safari In-Page Search App ‘Find In Page,’ Now For iPad

Mobile Safari In-Page Search App ‘Find In Page,’ Now For iPad

The iPhone’s stripped down version of Safari lacks many of the features of its more well-endowed OSX brother — for instance, Mobile Safari won’t do tabs, or let users make in-page word searches. And iPad’s Mobile Safari won’t perform those tricks either.

A couple of months ago, we reviewed Vais Salikhov’s Find In Page, a $1 app that patched the latter hole, making in page searches possible on the iPhone. Version 2.0 was just released yesterday, making it fully compatible with the iPad.

Find In Page is probably even more of a must-have item on the iPad than it is on the iPhone, since the iPad is such a surf-board that Safari will probably get used much more heavily than on the iPhone. Although, maybe a few hours worth of patience are in order here — it’s entirely possible the tweaks revealed within the next few hours or so might contain this same little fix.