Twitlet Updates Twitter Easily (Without Extra Software)

Twitlet Updates Twitter Easily (Without Extra Software)

Web application Twitlet embeds Twitter updating in a simple, works-in-any-browser bookmarklet that makes updating Twitter easy—without bloating your system with another piece of software. Setting up the service, which requires no signup, is extremely simple—just enter in your twitter account information on the Twitlet site, then drag the bookmarklet up…

How Can You Respond To A Racist Friend?

The BBC News Magazine examines a difficult social question: how can you sensibly respond to a friend who makes a racist comment? While the article was inspired by a UK-centric media scandal, the issue it raises is one that has relevance across the globe. One possible tactic the article doesn’t…

Friendbar Makes Twitter And Facebook Updates Easy In Firefox

Friendbar Makes Twitter And Facebook Updates Easy In Firefox

Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Friendbar is a toolbar add-on for Firefox that can rapidly update your Facebook or Twitter statuses, and show a ticker-style stream of your friends’ own text and photos. Friendbar continuously updates you on the status of people in your Facebook and Twitter networks, though both the text…

EmailThis Adds Instant Email Bookmarklet To Your Toolbar

EmailThis Adds Instant Email Bookmarklet To Your Toolbar

EmailThis is a simple bookmarklet that opens a window to email anybody a link to the page you’re looking at, with no email access or login required. Clicking on the EmailThis bookmarklet summons up a basic email dialogue box, familiar to anyone who’s clicked an “Email this” link on a…

Skype 4.0 Finalises Video Chat, Bandwidth Improvements

Skype 4.0 Finalises Video Chat, Bandwidth Improvements

Windows only: Skype 4.0 is officially out, and it features all the Outlook and problem-reporting tools from last year’s betas. It also beefs up Skype’s handling of bandwidth. The biggest jump noticeable, at least for users of the official 3.8 version, is the window real estate given to video chat…

Another Optus Phone Brand To Hit The Market

Another Optus Phone Brand To Hit The Market

If you want to purchase an Optus-connected phone, you’ve already got a few choices: most notably Optus itself, and its Virgin subsidiary. Now there’s about to be another option. Michael Sainsbury and Mitchell Bingemann at AustralianIT report that Optus is pushing ahead with plans to launch a “white label” phone…

Melbourne Blackout Wrecks Internet Everywhere

Melbourne Blackout Wrecks Internet Everywhere

Last week’s heatwave was clearly bad news for residents of Melbourne, Adelaide and everywhere in between, but it also turned out to be bad news for Internet users over a much wider area. Dan Warne at APC reports that a power outage in Primus’ Melbourne data centre affected service from…

Who Did Win That BRAVIA Z Series LCD TV?

Who Did Win That BRAVIA Z Series LCD TV?

Without further ado, congrats to Lyn, Paul, Matt, Dan, Georgina and Chris, whose extraordinary abilities to fill out a survey have landed them either a BRAVIA LCD TV (onya Chris) or $100 voucher to their choice of retailer. Of course, we all know the real reason you so generously gave…

Does Your VOIP Deal Include Free Mobile Calls?

Does Your VOIP Deal Include Free Mobile Calls?

Using VOIP for your standard telephone calls can save you a bundle on local and national calls, but when it comes to calling mobiles, the savings aren’t so evident. VOIP providers can’t dodge the interconnect charges associated with connecting to mobiles, so you’ll generally pay somewhere between 15 and 30…

GCompose Is The Fastest Way To Compose A Gmail Message

GCompose Is The Fastest Way To Compose A Gmail Message

When you want to quickly compose and fire off a message with Gmail, you’ve got a lot of options. Chances are none of them are as fast as gCompose. We’ve covered similar alternatives in the past, like our very own Supercharged GmailThis bookmarklet, but none of them offer the compose-and-return-to-work…

Whisper Bot Passes Secure Notes In Class

Whisper Bot Passes Secure Notes In Class

If you’ve ever wanted to send an electronic message to a friend without spying eyes reading your network traffic, web app Whisper Bot might be just the ticket. Sending a message is as simple as entering your text, the recipient’s email address, and optionally adding a password to secure the…

EpicTweet Tracks Noteworthy Twitter Comments

EpicTweet Tracks Noteworthy Twitter Comments

The Aussie-developed EpicTweet aims to highlight the most notable posts on Twitter without, as the creators put it, “following 10,000 people and reading hundreds of tweets”. Tracking is by a mixture of obvious selections (Obama, the Hudson River plane crash) and audience voting on tweets (many of which have been…

TweetNews Ranks News Stories By Twitter Links

TweetNews Ranks News Stories By Twitter Links

Noting that breaking news stories move a lot faster through Twitter than aggregation sites like Google/Yahoo News and Digg, a Yahoo BOSS engineer created a news search tool that ranks based on Twitter links. TweetNews keeps an eye on Yahoo News and compares its headlines with which news stories are…

Update Twitter And Chat On Facebook With Pidgin

Update Twitter And Chat On Facebook With Pidgin

Pidgin already has support for a variety of messaging protocols, add to its chat-tacular arsenal with add-ons for Facebook and Twitter. Over at Download Squad they’ve put together a step by step tutorial covering how to soup up Pidgin. We’ve previously covered the the ten must have plug-ins for Pidgin….

Microsoft Opens Up POP3 Hotmail Access In Australia

Microsoft Opens Up POP3 Hotmail Access In Australia

In the Gmail era, Hotmail might feel like a historic relic, but there are still millions of people (my mother included) using it, so it’s good news that Microsoft has finally opened up POP3 access to the service for Australian users (along with a bunch of other countries). While Microsoft’s…

DRM-Free iTunes Tracks Still Have User IDs Embedded

DRM-Free iTunes Tracks Still Have User IDs Embedded

Just because Apple and Big Music dropped the DRM doesn’t mean they want you trading your iTunes purchases. CNET notes that buyers’ registered email addresses are embedded in every file, and so (somewhat) trace-able. [via Slashdot]

Skype 4.0 Due To Go Gold In February

Skype 4.0 Due To Go Gold In February

As I report over at APC, Skype is hoping to have the final version of its 4.0 release for Windows out in February. While it won’t boast the provoked plenty of comment from users. By Skype’s reckoning, only a tiny minority of users have tested out the beta, so it’ll…

Sublight Helps You Find And Download Subtitles

Sublight Helps You Find And Download Subtitles

Windows only: Sublight is a subtitle organizer with a built in search function. Users can search for movie and television show subtitles in multiple languages. Sublight pulls from several popular subtitle databases to save you the hassle of individual searches on each site. The interface is easy to use, although…