Apple Gets Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard Out Of The Bag For Developers

The Gold Master edition (final version to you dudes) of Mac OS X 10.6.6 has been released to Mac developers for their amazement and ability to code. Mac users can expect the update to arrive in a few days or weeks, but one important listing in the changes is “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts”, hinting at the Mac App Store that has been announced, but not yet released, to arrive onboard your Mac soon enough.

Via: Apple Mac Dev Center

Gowalla Unifies The Checking-In Game By Allowing Foursquare To Party

The check-in war maybe at its climax everyday – therefore creating more useless apps for you and me to check-in to — but Gowalla, which can heavily be considered number two (behind Foursquare) has released Gowalla 3.0 for iPhone, and allows check-ins and sharing through Gowalla, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. How long Foursquare might allow their APIs to be accessed by Gowalla’s app is unsure, but it’s a sure win for the end-users. Also, the app brings Retina display support, bug fixes, tweaked user interface, and bookmarks for visited locations. Via: Gowalla

Google Launches Chrome 8, And It’s Just A Load Of Bug And Security Fixes

A new Google Chrome is here? Yeah, if you didn’t know, a new version is launched on or about every 6 weeks, but this time it’s merely mentioned on the Chrome Releases blog. Also, this Chrome is Chrome 8, which brings a dump of bugfixes and security fixes with more stability and speed (according to Google, anyway). Other than that, a built-in PDF viewer is offered, which may or may not hint perfect harmony with the Chrome Web Store that’s launching. I’ve already updated to Chrome 8 and kept it as my default and only browser, so it should be your turn.

Via: Chrome Releases Blog

Google HK Officially Gives You A Short Walkthrough Of Gingerbread

Gingerbread! Before Google realizes the mistakes of Google Hong Kong, we will all forget (or cease to know it even existed) a short video walkthrough of Android. Which is exactly what happened, unfortunately; Google took it down. But the video did demonstrate several things, like the small but important changes to the entire Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI, and a “Related” tab for apps in the Android Market. It was cool while it lasted, you could say. Via: AndroidNoodles

Good News: Now 83% Of Androids Run Version 2.1 Or Higher

It turns out fragmentation is on the decline in Android, according to Google’s latest report, now with 83% of devices that have accessed the Market “recently” have Android 2.1 or above. Android 1.6 on the other hand is still a stubborn mule; it still has a small share, as well as 1.5. This is good news for Android, no doubt, but when the Gingerbread comes in time for Christmas, everything will go back to loopy-town. Via: Android Developers

RIM Gets The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) Under Its Belt, Might Make A Big Change

Have you heard of concept phones? See how pretty they are, but no one ever makes them? Even the software the run is out of this world, and still — they’re never made. TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) is a company of said profession, even developing software systems for cars. Long financial/acquisition story cut short, RIM has bought the company. This either means your next BlackBerry will carry the most awesome looking interface of all time, or RIM will keep the company behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a good cookie to have in the jar for the upcoming QNX-based OS for RIM.

Via: BlackBerry Blog USA

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Stef’s Favorite Gadgets

While I’m still composing the lists of gadgets that will be posted here on LaptopMemo for Christmas (all the way till Christmas Eve), I’ve decided to make a list of my all-time favorite gadgets of this year, that I’ve followed day-by-day, used and tested, and would want for Christmas myself. Despite this list coming from a 14-year-old with a knack for tech writing and some contacts in the tech industry, this is as serious as any gadget personal list can get, and it’ll be updated as I’m testing new gadgets that I’m receiving every week here to test. Onwards to the list!