You might recall the photo carousel feature we launched a few months ago. It has been incredibly popular with both bloggers and visitors, racking up over three quarters of a billion views since then. Today, we’re happy to announce we’re launching v2 of Carousel with significant improvements:
- Images are served double-resolution (Retina!) for visitors on capable devices, like the iPad 3 or Retina Macbook Pro. (Best, laptop, ever.)
- Comments! Visitors can now comment directly on each photo.
- Likewise, you can now like or reblog every individual image.
- You can now select a light or dark theme for your photos to be showcased on.
- If your camera includes EXIF metadata, like aperture, lens, and shutter speed, we now show that next to the photo. (You can toggle this off under Settings → Media if you prefer.)
- We’ve improved performance so it loads and moves faster on browsers old and new.
Want to see it in action? Here are some photos I’ve taken on recent travel, including some from a Nikon D3S, a Nikon D4, and a Sony NEX-7:
But wait, there’s more! This update is simultaneously being released for Jetpack users, our first time doing a release for both at the same time. WordPress.org users can download the latest Jetpack and try out Carousel right away. On stage at WordCamp San Francisco last year I said I wanted a world where there was feature parity between the WordPress.com service and WordPress.org installs, and I’m glad we’re taking this important first step in that direction, in the future we’ll have more and more of the simultaneous launches.
Adding Custom Colors to your blog just got simpler than ever! Now you can change your entire color scheme with the single click of a button. Color has impact: it sets context and should complement your message.
You’ll find the most popular palettes and patterns from COLOURlovers are sure to delight whether you want to paint the town red or always bet on black.
Adjust your color palette by using drag-and-drop to swap colors, view suggestions and variations, or pick colors manually.
To appeal to your inner fashionista, dress up your blog in a gorgeous background pattern—they’re preloaded based on your chosen color palette.
Themes that have Custom Colors support have been set up so each color value can easily find its place. Not only that, color contrast is carefully calculated to make applying colors as easy as pie.
To get started, go to Appearance → Themes, click the Live Previewlinks or the Customize button for your current theme, and select theColors & Backgrounds panel. Custom Colors is part of the Custom Design upgrade. When you save changes, your colors will be stored and then you can apply them live on your blog once you have purchased the upgrade. See the Custom Colors help page for more details.
Whether you want something bold, understated, or with just enough oomph, you can make your message stand out from the crowd by selecting colors that fit your style.
Choose your colors with purpose. Worlds of difference await!
Everyone loves widgets right? They allow you to add neat features to your blog and really make it your own. They are universal, because you can use them on all different themes, so no matter which theme you’ve used to represent your own personal style, widgets can help you round out the features that make your blog tick. Some of WordPress.com’s newer features like Following and Liking have needed some widget-love, so we’ve whipped up a few new ones to help you out. All of these widgets can be used immediately and added to one of your sidebars under Appearance → Widgets.
Blogs I Follow
The first widget, named Blogs I Follow, allows you to display a list of the blogs that you are following via the WordPress.com Reader. You can display the list as a grid of images representing the blogs or just a series of links. This widget is perfect for introducing your readers to the blogs that inspire and interest you.
Posts I Like
Next up, the Posts I Like widget displays an image grid or a linked list of posts that you have liked recently. This widget is a great way to expose your readers to specific posts and content that you really enjoy. It’ll stay automatically updated by only showing the most recent content you have liked.
The new My Community widget allows you to highlight all of the activity happening on your blog. You can show people who have commented, liked, or followed your blog, or any combination of the three.
We have also added a Gravatar Profile widget that will automatically pull in your Gravatar profile information including your photo, bio, verified services, and custom links. There’s no need to type out your information again when you can automatically display it using Gravatar. Drop this widget in your sidebar and introduce yourself to your readers!
Top Posts & Pages
In addition to the four brand new widgets above, we have also expanded the functionality of the Top Posts & Pages widget. You can now toggle between measuring top posts by views or by likes. You can also choose to display the list as a simple text list, a list with images, or a more visual grid of larger images.
We hope you enjoy these new widget choices. Let us know what you think in the comments and be sure to continue to let us know what kind of widgets you’re interested in!
How to search in Chrome
Here are all the other ways you can search in Google Chrome. These tips apply to Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
- Search a specific site (tab to search)
Start typing the web address of the site you want to search in the address bar. If Google Chrome has a record of the site’s search engine, it automatically offers you the option to search that site. If you remember the search engine’s keyword, you can also type the keyword in the address bar. Press Tab to choose the search engine, type your search term, then press Enter.
- Search a page
Use the find bar to find specific words or terms on the page you’re viewing. Press the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+F (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘-F (Mac) to bring up the find bar on the page.
- Search your browsing history, downloads, and bookmarks
You can also use the search boxes at the top of the History page, Download page, and bookmark managerto search your browsing history, download history, and bookmarks respectively. These resources are available via the wrench menu on the browser toolbar.
- Right-click search
Highlight any text on a webpage with your cursor. Right-click (or control-click on a Mac) and select the option to do a search on the highlighted text.
- Paste and search
Highlight any text on a webpage with your cursor and copy it. When you’re ready to search, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the address bar and select Paste and search.
- Highlight and drag search (Windows only)
Highlight any text on a webpage with your cursor and drag it to the address bar. Google Chrome automatically displays the search results from your default search engine for your highlighted text.
Sistemul Siri implementat de catre Apple in iOS 5 pentru iPhone 4S functioneaza in baza unei conexiuni de internet asa ca daca va aflati intr-o zona fara semnal sau cu semnal slab s-ar putea sa nu puteti utiliza asistentul personal al noului sistem de operare Bun, avand in vedere ca functioneaza in baza unei conexiuni de internet inseamna ca el face si trafic pe care il pierdeti din abonamentul lunar. Oare cat trafic de internet face Siri la fiecare comanda preluata? Nu prea mult! Cei de la Ars Technica au descoperit ca Siri inregistreaza maxim 63 KB de date trimise/primite in cazul unor comenzi complexe si mult mai putin trafic in cazul unor comenzi mai simple. If you use Siri 2-3 times per day at an average of 63KB per instance, you might expect to use 126KB to 189KB per day, or 3.7 to 5.5MB per month. For 4-6 times a day, that might come out to 252KB to 378KB per day, or 7.4 to 11MB per month. If you use it 10-15 times per day, you might end up using 630KB to 945KB per day, or 18.5 to 27.7MB per month. Cei de la Ars Technica au folosit Siri pentru 11 task-uri diferite care implicau rularea unor comenzi prin care Siri era pus sa foloseasca Wolfram Alpha sau Google pentru a afla raspunsuri la diverse intrebari. In medie asistentul personal consuma in jur de 63 KB de date pentru un task insa totul depinde de complexitatea intrebarii puse de voi si de pasii pe Siri trebuie sa ii intreprinda pentru a va raspunde. In cazul scrierii unui mesaj text sau a unui email consumul variaza intre 15 KB si 109KB dar totul depinde de complexitatea mesajelor pe care Siri trebuie sa le scrie. In concluzie consumul facut de Siri este nesemnificativ iar in cazul unei utilizari intens s-ar putea sa adunati lunar aproximativ 100 MB de trafic suplimentar in abonament.
Planurile de viitor ale Hewlett-Packard au fost confirmate, după mai multe zvonuri apărute de curând. Producătorul numărul unu mondial de PC-uri va renunţa la ele. Alături de desktop-uri şi laptop-uri, HP va renunţa şi la producţia de tablete şi telefoane mobile ce rulează WebOS. Ce a determinat o astfel de întoarcere la 180 de grade a stragiei unei companii precum HP? În spatele acestei decizii se află Leo Apotheker, noul CEO. El a susţinut faptul că afacerea actuală cu producerea de PC-uri nu oferă perspectivă de creştere pe termen lung şi HP trebuie să se întoarcă la serviciile bazate pe software cu care a început.
Decizia este cu atât mai şocantă dacă ne gândim că HP a achiziţionat rivalul Compaq cu ceva timp în urmă, iar anul trecut a plătit 1,2 miliarde de dolari pentru Palm, companie de la care a preluat telefoanele mobile Pre. Se spune că retailer-ul american Best Buy ar avea în stoc 200.000 de tablete TouchPad cu WebOS şi nu prea ştie ce sa facă cu ele acum, în urma anunţului HP.
Ce va face HP în continuare? Se pare că sunt multe firme foarte interesate de ce va lăsa în urmă producătorul de PC-uri. Noul CEO vrea să transforme Hewlett-Packard într-o companie bazată pe servicii, adresate în primul rând domeniului business şi nu utilizatorului de rând. Acesta se pare că este sectorul cu creşteri foarte mari şi profit pe măsură în domeniul IT. Procesul de transformare al HP va fi lent şi aşteptăm să vedem care va fi primul pas oficial.