Manage Yahoo Mail and other services in Google Chrome

There is good news for all Yahoo fans that use Yahoo mail and other Yahoo services like news, weather etc. I came across a great extension for Google Chrome, Yahoo Mail Widget for Google Chrome, which allows you to manage Yahoo services in Google Chrome, without opening them in different tabs and checking what’s new.

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Share your iTunes library using Dusty Tunes

image 1 For all you music lovers… Would you like to share the music in your iTunes library with the rest of the world? A new website called Dusty Tunes makes it easy to do just that. It is a FREE online service and very easy to use.

With Dusty Tunes, you can create your own personal web page automatically, with a list of all the music in your iTunes library and other sources. It will organize the XML data into a list and then provide you with the links so that you could share your music further with your friends on blogs, forums, websites, digg, and social networking sites like Facebook.

Within the website you can browse user’s collections and when possible preview and buy tracks via iTunes. If you can’t find anything you like in other people’s lists, then you can use the ‘Tune Search’ feature to search for specific items. You could also comeback to the website again and update your page with all your recent favorites.

Macworld UK said:

“Dusty Tunes offers a rare chance for others to explore your musical tastes from the cool and contemporary tracks to those guilty pleasures that might otherwise be hidden from public view.”

How can you upload your iTunes library?

  • Register for an account and login
  • Browse for your file
  • Select the “iTunes Music Library.xml” file from your computer.
    • Normally found in: My music > itunes > iTunes Music Library.xml
    • Mac users should look here: Music > iTunes > iTunes Music Library.xml
  • Upload file

That’s it… you can start sharing your list!

(Source: Dusty Tunes)

800 Airplanes with Broadband Soon!

image-1 A recent research indicates that by the end of 2009, there will be about 800 planes with in-flight broadband services. And this would generate a worldwide passenger revenue of $49 million.

By the end of 2008, there were only 25 airplanes with broadband enabled. Reports indicate that this market is still emerging and will grow upto $1 billion annually by 2012.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • In-flight broadband equipment revenue will nearly double between 2009 and 2013.
  • Competing providers include Aircell, Panasonic and Row44.
  • In-Stat forecasts over 200 million annual in-flight broadband connects by 2013, with long-haul connects dominating over short-haul connects.
  • Connections from handheld devices will account for about 1/3 of connects, with notebook computers accounting for 2/3.

How will this work?

Airplanes would get their broadband connectivity through:

  1. Satellite (like Row44 and Panasonic’s service)
  2. An air-to-ground network (Aircell’s service based on its own air-to-ground network)

Challenges till date

  • Weak economy
  • Poor availability of in-flight entertainment
  • High costs of the service and equipment
  • Difficulty getting regulatory approval for external antennas
  • Extra weight of the equipment adding to fuel costs

Where are we today?

  • Aircell has been working with American, Delta, United and Virgin America to offer Gogo broadband Wi-Fi services on a number of planes.
  • JetBlue’s “BetaBlue” plane has a narrowband service that allows sending emails and instant messages.
  • American Airlines has plans to install in-flight broadband in more than 300 of its airplanes in the next two years.
  • All 28 planes of Virgin America should have Wi-Fi enabled by June this year.
  • Alaska and Southwest airlines have begun testing Row 44’s satellite-delivered broadband services on some planes.

With service and equipment costs going down, conditions look a lot brighter now. In-flight broadband providers like Aircell, Row44, and Panasonic can now look at large scale deployments.

(Source: In-stat)