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Jun 22

 

If you regularly use cloud services for remote file access or if you are doing some web site/server administration via SFTP service,  you probably need tool that will simplify your daily tasks. ExpanDrive 3 is the right tool to do this that enables you to easily mount remote services, folders and files as a local mounted drive.

 

Concept is so simple – it enables remote content to act as a local USB drive plugged into your computer. You can open, edit or save files to remote computer directly from your applications even when they are on a distant server. So using Expandrive enables all your application as cloud compatible applications.

ExpanDrive mounted in Finder

 

There is nothing to configure on remote server (if you already have that service setup and running). Local configuration of ExpanDrive is very simple, you just enter your user name, password, remote computer address and choose service type among following:

  •  SFTP
  • FTP/FTPS (but you should consider more secure remote access or additional layer of security)
  • WebDAV
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Openstack Swift

 

Expandrive setup remote drive

 

Under advanced settings you can easily setup custom port (for SSH service) or remote path.

 
Expandrive custom port settings
 

For more advanced users there is simple settings page where you can tweak application behaviour or – my favourite install additional command line utility called “expan” that enables you to mount or eject remote connections right from your terminal

 

Expandrive shell utility

 

 

Also there is nice addition for users of Alfred 2, small addition – workflow that enables you to mount drives from within Alfred. 

 

 

Overall, advanced users with extra time could do this on their own, using SSH File transfer Protocol and opensource projects like sshfs, or simply could use SFTP clients like CyberDuck or WinSCP on Windows with combination of additional clients for each service like Dropbox. ExpanDrives makes everything easier and saves a lot of time and we can easily recommend it.

 

 ExpanDrive 3 is available for Mac and Microsoft Windows platforms. For more information check company website

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May 27

If this is true, there is more money form Android market for Microsft than new Windows Phone OS?

Image via Flickr The CBI

According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who released a big report on Microsoft this morning, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone running Android

Microsoft is getting that money thanks to a patent settlement with HTC over intellectual property infringement.

Microsoft is suing other Android phone makers, and it's looking for $7.50 to $12.50 per device, says Pritchard.

We knew hardware companies were paying Microsoft, we just didn't know how much. (In October Steve Ballmer said, "Android has a patent fee. It's not like Android's free.")

Via Businessinsider

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Jan 29

wac

The Wholesale Applications Community has been established to increase the overall market for mobile applications. Since 2010, operators and manufacturers have been defining the standard and communicating with developers. At the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011, WAC is organizing a developers' event on Monday 14th of February. The official statement says:

Listen to presentations from WAC experts and many of our 59 member companies and watch demonstrations of how you can use WAC device APIs to create great widgets. Hear about the commercial opportunities offered when you can upload your application once, have it distributed worldwide across many application stores and have a single point of settlement. Learn about the plans for WAC enabled devices being launched throughout 2011 and experiences of your peers in the development of WAC widgets….

Check out WAC website for more details and info on how to register for the event…

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Dec 09

Google has just released a new version of YouTube application for Android. Some of the new features are:

  • In-page playback: you can read the video description, browse related, rate or flag videos without having to interrupt video playback.
  • Posting comments: you can post a comment while the video is playing, just like on the desktop website.
  • Subscription updates: we've made it easier to access new videos from your subscriptions. If you are signed into your account, you will see all your subscription updates right on the home screen of the app.
  • New full-screen UI: To enter full-screen mode simply rotate the phone. The new player controls make it easier to seek within the video, and you can pause or resume the playback by just tapping on the screen.
YouTube 2.1 for Android 2.2+

This new version works on Froyo and above and applies to 43% of Android users that have it. A good move from Google to update apps regardless of the system updates.

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Check out the video demonstration on Nexus S.

Source: IntoMobile

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Oct 09

Mozilla has announced that first Firefox 4 beta 1 (Fennec) is available for mobile phones on Android and Maemo platform.. Overall performance and responsiveness is improved by new architecture. Firefox 4 Beta now includes Firefox Sync in order to enable seamless experience and synchronization with desktop Firefox so you can now take your browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords anywhere with you. Also pinch-to-zoom is supported on multi touch devices. Detailed information is available at release notes or at Mozilla mobile engineer blog.

for easier download and installation ai.rs has provided you the following QR code.

Via Mozilla blog

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Oct 01

If you are an active Android developer, you have probably already heard this: Google has expanded its support for paid applications selling and buying on Android Market.

Developers from following countries can now start selling their applications: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. This brings total sum of countries that can sell applications on Market to 29.

Users from following countries can now buy applications from Market: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. This expands Market to a total of 32 countries that can buy applications.

Google is also announcing that it will bring paid apps to even more countries in the following months. We're keeping our fingers crossed that Serbia will be in at least application buying category in the following expansion of Market.

Do you feel like you are robbed of some of the Android experience because your country is not yet in paid applications ecosystem? Do you think that Google contributes to software piracy by not expanding paid apps Market faster? Would introduction of vouchers (like those for iTunes) speed up expansion of paid apps Market? Drop a comment, and let us now what you think.

Source: Android Developer's blog

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Sep 12

I love Windows Phone

As the launch of Windows Phone 7 is getting near, more information surfaces.

We already had a dedicated WP7 post earlier this year, Engadget had it too. The chance is, if you're not living in EFIGS (English, French, Italian, German, Spain) speaking countries, you will not get the complete experience -- at least not from the start:

  • Marketplace functionality will be limited
  • No Xbox Live service
  • No Zune support
  • Only web and e-mail content could be displayed on native language without localized phone menus
  • Just default keyboards for starters, no local characters
  • No copy/paste -- global limitation :(

On top of that Windows Phone 7 UI will not be customizable in a way we are used at. No TouchWiz, Sense and other add-ons, the manufacturers will have to compete with hub upgrades and separate applications.

Two days ago a bunch of photos surfaced on Flickr (user Trioculus) from an interesting parade where the competition was buried (literally).

Windows Phone 7 parade

Windows Phone 7 parade

Then it was the promo video. Could it really be official ?

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Sep 09

BlackBerry AppWorld

As far as the mobile applications go, things are getting really interesting. Apple is still at the throne with more than 250,000 apps, and Google is approaching fast (100k). BlackBerry now has more than 10,000 in their App World.

The question remains, what percent of them are just senseless pranks that just add to the count. The efforts of Google and Nokia to involve non-developers in the application creation could lead to even bigger mess on application stores.

The upcoming Windows Phone 7 unveiling and one more Marketplace will give us a chance to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of mobile apps.

Via: Engadget

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Jul 12

The era of WYSIWYG mobile development has just begun. App Inventor is another cool free Google Labs product that enables anyone to start making Android applications with a couple of clicks. With no programming skills whatsoever, only good idea can be sufficient for the success of the application.

App Inventor - Google Labs

An application is born just by combining building blocks and arranging components on the screen. We suppose that this will boost the growth of Android Market even faster. So, what are you waiting for, check out this location and apply for the App Inventor.

App Inventor - Google Labs

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Jun 09

Just recently, Long Zheng uploaded photos from this year's TechEd conference on FlickR. Check out the improvements in newer test version of Windows Phone 7. Sure looks good. Even though Microsoft planned WP7 for the "Holidays", or so we heard at MWC 2010, a miracle just may happen. Could Microsoft deliver earlier than planned ? :)

The manufacturers are ready, and we want our HD3 in full glory.

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