Google have today released some pretty exciting news news the mobile Google drive app now allows on device/in app editing of your google documents! As far as I know it’s the first in the field of mobile online storage apps to offer such a service.

As you can see from the video below, they have pretty much got it nailed..

There’s only downside to the recent news… As of yet, the app does not support in app editing of Google Spreadsheets. However, I feel confident in saying it won’t be far behind todays release. Once it finally arrives, I will seriously have to reconsider my current alliance to Dropbox and SugarSync.

You can download Google Drive for iOS from the App Store now for free.



DropBox
Online storage solutions seem to be popping up all over the place thick and fast. Each featuring it’s own good and bad points. One of my favourite’s is Dropbox. As with many online storage solutions drop box features it’s own feature rich desktop client. The client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and some mobile devices. Some of the clients features include: File Sync, File Sharing, Online Backup and Web access. For a complete list of features check out the website.
One of the best points of the Dropbox client is it’s ease of use. The local Dropbox file system is just like your native file system and fits in seamlessly with it’s surroundings. The only give away being the slightly different icons and different context menu. 
The context menu (right click) gives you access to some of Dropbox’s main features from inside your local Dropbox location. Features include ‘grabbing’ the public URL, navigating to the Dropbox webpage and reverting to a previously backed up file.
DropBox FileEach file stored inside the local Dropbox folder contains an addition to it’s icon, in the form of a tick. This is a quick and easy way of checking the status of files in your local and remote Dropbox locations.
For example, Dropbox has the ability to make files you place inside the ‘Public’ folder available to download by anyone who you pass the link onto. So if you copy a file into you local DropboxPublic folder, wait for the green tick to appear then right click on the file and click ‘copy public link’. Your clipboard will now contain a link to a public version of the file you have uploaded. An example of this is a PDF file stored in my public dropbox:  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4204803/burgerking.pdf this is a collection of promotional vouchers for a popular fast food chain. This method works with almost any file and on any version of the Dropbox client.
The Dropbox service also offers a web-based front end to your ‘Dropbox files’, thus giving you the ability to access your files from anywhere in the world with an active internet connection. This combined with the ability to Sync the contents to as many devices as you want creates quite a powerful collaboration solution, for groups of people who work on large numbers of files.
The sync’ing also gives you a seamless background backup solution, ensuring that all your critical data is backed up without you having to do a thing!
The online storage can even be used to host a simple website which you can share with your friends and family.
Dropbox accounts are completely free if you are happy with the 2GB’s of storage, however if you are hungry for more you can upgrade your account to either 50GB or 100GB’s of storage space for a small monthly fee.
If you are interested in finding out more information about Dropbox, or in signing up for an account you can find their website here.


NetBeans 6.7

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Upon switching to Mac OS X I needed to find a new development studio for my PHP works. I searched high and low and read many tutorials from many forums around the world. However, I have finally settled with NetBeans. NetBeans is an open-source application, which is not only capable of syntax highlighting PHP but Java, C/C++, Groovy, Ruby and many many more. It supports many platforms such as Windows, Linux, Mac OS C and even Solaris.

The latest version (6.7) includes integration with Project Kenai which is a collaborative environment for developers working on open-source projects.
The NetBeans website also contains many hands on tutorials and how-to’s to get you started with the NetBeans environment. Developed by the NetBeans community, it’s becoming an excellent resource. Not only for NetBeans usage but also general developed tips and tricks! They even offer online training courses!
The NetBeans developers promote plugin development and host a portal boasting a massive collection of application plugins.
So, what are you waiting for? Download your NetBeans IDE now!


SyncMateAs most of you will know, I am predominantly a Linux user, having to put up with Windows foibles through my work, and my ‘love’ of Windows Mobile devices. For the last 11 years I have seen little exposure to the whole Macintosh world. That was until Friday, when I wen’t out and purchased a 17″ MacBook Pro. 

One of the first challenges I can across after installing Snow Leopard was to sync the data stored on my windows mobile. Now obviously I can sync the data stored in the file system using Mesh. However I needed to sync my contactstasks and calendar information. With Google sync not an option as my phone already has an exchange activesync connection.
After many hours of googling, I stumbled upon Eltima software’s website. Eltima offer a software solution called SyncMate. The powerful application boasts many features. The most appealing for me was the ability to manage the SMS folders of the device. On my windows boxes I had developed a bespoke application which did this. But of course am currently unable to port to Mac.
Eltima offer a free version of there SyncMate software which kept me entertained for the first 30 minutes, however I soon found my self upgrading to the expert version! Now I don’t think I could be without it.
On my phone (HTC Touch Pro) SyncMate uses a client which listens for connections via both USB and other my wireless network(s). Which works out perfectly for me. Allowing me to send text messages using my phone from a different room in the house. Which seems like a feature you wouldn’t find useful however, when my phone is docked upstairs charging I can be downstairs still communicating with my friends. Although I have not been using the application very long, its truly proving to be another everyday use app on my tool belt. 
If you have used other Mac sync apps, and would like to suggest them please post a comment below. 


St. Petersburg, August 26th, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of SPB TV for Android phones. SPB TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. SPB TV features exclusive and patent-pending usability innovations like picture-in-picture mode and gives the mobile subscribers easy access to over a hundred of international TV channels, directly from their phones.

Proven track record of high quality customization projects made SPB Software a stratigic partner for many carriers, who manage a wide range of mobile devices. With this release SPB TV becomes available for Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android platforms providing diverse mobile carrier customers with the next generation mobile TV experience.

“SPB was always concentrated on supporting phone manufactures and mobile network carriers in building innovative and user-centric products and services.” – comments Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, SPB Software CEO – “After porting SPB TV to a new platform other than Windows Mobile we got a favourable reception from the mobile market, especially from mobile operators. Now SPB is very pleased with the fact that we can offer mobile carriers an equal solution, a unique powerful application for Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android platforms.”

SPB TV

SPB TV Main Features:

  • 100+ international live TV channels, in 20+ languages
  • Unique TV browser with quick channels preview and list of current & upcoming TV shows
  • Integrated full week’s TV guide
  • Ability to set Calendar reminders for TV shows of interest
  • Fast channel launching and switching technology
  • Picture-in-picture mode (quick channel preview while in another channel)
  • “Transparent” on-screen controls (sound, brightness) as on a regular TV
  • Full support of hardware buttons controls

Pricing and Availability

SPB TV is available for smartphones running Android 1.5 with HVGA screen resolutions, as well as Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 5 and later Professional and Standard editions, S60 3d edition FP1 or higher, qVGA, VGA, Square QVGA, and WVGA screen resolutions are supported. SPB TV has a full and a freeware versions, with the freeware version limited in features and number of channels available. SPB TV requires a reliable 3G or WiFi network connection for proper streaming. Full version of SPB TV is available for 9.95 USD from the Android Market in countries where paid Android applications are available.

Further Information and Downloads

SPB TV for Android web page
SPB TV for Android screenshots page




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