Google Chrome 11 Now In Beta, Both Dev And Beta Have Voice-To-Text Feature

This is better than your grandfather’s Firefox 4, that’s for sure (albeit the old Firefox has tricks in its fur). Google’s Chrome 11 developer release just went beta, and with it, further finalizing an HTML5 voice-to-text feature (and API) that not only Google, but app and site developers as well could tap into. It works practically like Android 2.x, although not as useful since there hasn’t been much use for it, yet. Also, for those of you with foul mouths, it censors bad language. GPU-accelerated 3D CSS is also present in the beta, and gives web devs the ability to make 3D look awesome on their sites. Download link at the ‘via’ link.

Via: Google Chrome Blog, Chrome 11 Beta Download

Minecraft Beta 1.4 May Land Next Week, According To Jens

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In a recent tweet by Jens Bergensten, Mojang AB’s back-end developer, he mentioned that Minecraft Beta 1.4 would be released next week, if everything goes to plan (the tweet of which you can read above). The update aims to bring beds as respawn points, so if you sleep in a bed successfully for one night without being woken up, it becomes your spawn point until you sleep in another bed, or if you destroy the bed you previously slept in. The new respawn feature also works in SMP (Survival Multiplayer) , and wolves will also be added. With wolves, you can direct them to attack targets, and they also follow you as companions.
Via: Jens on Twitter

LaptopMemo Recap: CTIA News Barrage, Battlefield Giveaway, And Then Some

It’s crazy. Below is a list of the important stories of the day (read: all of them). There’s new devices from Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, coming form manufactures like HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, and — that’s it. And there is news from Microsoft on the NoDo update that’s released, Mozilla on the release of Firefox 4, and Adobe patching Flash, again. Also, we’re holding a Battlefield Play4Free giveaway for 5 closed beta keys. Go get it!

Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update Launches

You’re ready for some NoDo? You’re gonna do it, right (pun wrongfully intended)? Well, if you are, then Microsoft’s first important Windows Phone 7 update is live, and ready for download. It brings copy and paste, faster apps and gaming, a better WP7 Marketplace, improved WiFi, messaging and audio improvements, improvements in Outlook and tons of bug fixes. Hook up your WP7 device to you PC, and check for updates using the Zune app for Windows or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. Don’t fret if you don’t see it yet; it’ll roll out gradually to all users.

Via: WPCentral

Giveaway: 5 Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta Keys!

Listen up readers! My internet frandz at EA just gave me the O.K. and now they’ve been kind enough to hand me over 5 beta keys for Battlefield Play4Free! As a few of you might know, it’s like Battlefield 2, but with massively updated graphics with many Bad Company 2 elements. I’ve been toying around with this game for a while, and can’t say that it’s half-bad — it’s quite fun to play for a “free” title, actually.

Rules: Go ahead and leave a comment below saying why you want a beta key. One comment per person, no silly I.P. address trickery, and you must have the permission of your parents if you are under 18 and want to enter, as well as if you win, to play the game. Winners are announced on Friday, March 25.

Good luck!