Twitter on Monday launched User Galleries, a new feature that aggregates the images a person has uploaded into a single place.
User Galleries include pictures uploaded directly to Twitter, along with photos submitted to various Twitter-compatible services like yFrog, TwitPic, Instagram, and others. The new feature is still rolling out, but once it’s live for your account you’ll see a Recent Images module on each user’s profile page. From there, you can click into the full gallery for that user.
A strange chapter in the history of Techspansion’s long-ago-retired video conversion tool VisualHub is now drawing to a close with the release of a free update straight from the developer.
Earlier in August, payment processor Kagi began selling a $5 VisualHub update that added Lion compatibility and upgraded the ffmpeg converter at the core of VisualHub’s functionality. That $5 updater used scripts from Techspansion’s sole proprietor Tyler Loch, which he’d made freely available at his website—and which he hadn’t given Kagi permission to resell. Kagi emailed Techspansion customers to promote the updater, though the company had never spoken to Loch about selling the patch.
Even weeks devoid of major announcements and releases from Cupertino can offer exciting (and even stunning) headlines. Couple those with the reviews, hints, and tutorials you’ve come to expect from Macworld, and the past week of stories was not one to be missed. But just in case you did miss something, here’s a roundup of our best stories from the week gone by.
In Lion’s den
If you love nothing more than stories about Apple’s latest operating system, well then hoo boy, are you in luck. Editor Dan Miller wrote a guide to embracing Lion’s new gestures. Senior Editor Dan Frakes, on the other hand, wrote about Scroll Reverser, which lets you muck with various aspects of Lion’s new take on two-finger scrolling; thus, whether you love the new gestures, or want to show them a specific gesture of your own, we’ve got you covered.
The big GOOG joins the battle against Lodsys, the demise of webOS devices was just as surprising to many inside HP as outside, and one Australian politician wants Apple to lower its prices. The remainders for Friday, August 19, 2011 are always a deal.
The giant that is Google has stirred and stepped ponderously into the fight against patent troll Lodsys, filing a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for reexamination of the two patents Lodsys is suing developers over. According to Groklaw, Google is contesting that the patents aren’t actually novel and is citing five pieces of prior art per patent as evidence. When reached for comment, noted patent expert Scooby Doo said: “Ruh roh.”
Mozilla on Thursday released a beta of Firefox 7, putting the lighter-weight browser in front of a large number of users for the first time.
According to Mozilla, Firefox 7 uses significantly less memory than Firefox 4 through Firefox 6, cutting consumption by as much as 50 percent. The savings come courtesy of a two-month-old project dubbed MemShrink designed to drive down Firefox's memory consumption and close "memory leaks," bugs that prevent memory from being released to the system when tabs are closed. Over time, those bugs can degrade the browser's performance, or in extreme cases, cause it to crash or lock up.