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WordPress 3.1.1 is a recommended security update, also improves performance

WordPress.org, the insanely popular self-hosted blogging platform, has just received an update that bumps it to version 3.1.1. According to the official blog post on the matter -- and made obvious by the minor revision number -- this isn't a release centered on exciting new features, but that really shouldn't deter any WordPress.org user from updating. WordPress 3.1.1 contains many security...

Blogger Dynamic Views for Google Chrome lets you toggle blog designs while browsing

Google's Blogger service has launched a new extension for Google's Chrome browser today, called Blogger Dynamic Views. As its name implies, this is related to last week's unveiling of five new HTML5-based Dynamic Views for Blogger. The extension adds an orange Blogger icon in your address bar when you're visiting a Blogger blog. If you click on the orange icon, you'll get a list of the five...

Google's Blogger platform adds five new HTML5 Dynamic Views

Google, as part of its ongoing and much-needed overhaul of its popular Blogger platform, has just enabled five dynamic, HTML5ish, AJAXy 'Dynamic Views'. There's a video introducing the new layouts after the break. The five new views provide fresh and interesting ways to explore your favorite Blogger blogs. The Mosaic view, for example, creates a wall of thumbnails -- click one, and it zooms...

WordPress enables new iPad-optimized layout for its 18 million blogs

WordPress has just announced the introduction of a 'pure HTML5' iPad-optimized theme. It has been automatically activated for all 18 million WordPress.com blogs, and self-hosted WordPress.org users can download and install the plug-in manually. The iPad-optimized layout, which was developed with tablet publishing specialist OnSwipe, supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation and 'many other...

WordPress 3.2 to remove support for old tech and introduce distraction-free writing

According to a developer post from WordPress, the popular content management platforms has its sights set on becoming both lighter and faster than ever before. The company is focused on moving ahead, and that means it's time to leave behind some old technologies. A minimum of PHP 5.2.4 will be required, as will MySQL 5. IE6 support is also being shoved to the back burner -- security updates...

WordPress for iOS 2.7 features improved data management, better stability

WordPress for iPad and iPhone has always been usable, if somewhat clunky and unstable. Version 2.0 made huge leaps in both interface and reliability, and it's been getting a tiny bit better with each new version. Now, enter WordPress for iOS 2.7, which uses Apple's Core Data framework for even greater stability. The post editor has been updated, and it offers easy access to tags and categories,...

Yahoo shuts down MyBlogLog, a $10 mil purchase you never heard of

In the grand scheme of things, $10 million isn't a ton of money for a big company like Yahoo! to spend acquiring another company. Still, for an embattled Yahoo!, shutting down MyBlogLog is another sad trombone in its symphony of missteps. MyBlogLog was a service which allowed bloggers to create a community for their sites. The shutdown was called out in the famous "sunsetting" slideshow in late...

WordPress 3.1 released, features massive writing workflow and admin overhauls

With over 2,000 code commits and 820 bug and feature fixes, WordPress 3.1 has been released. You can download the new version in its entirety, or simply log into your WordPress.org installation and update via the Dashboard. The most notable new new change is a massively overhauled writing interface, which should make the entire publishing process both more streamlined and less intimidating for...

Blogger Android App finally emerges, lets you publish on the move

Android, at long last, has an official Blogger app that lets you publish posts and photos from your smartphone. You can grab the app from the Web-based Android Market. The app is fairly rudimentary, letting you compose new blog posts, and attach photos; but that's about it. With the app installed Blogger joins the 'share' menu, meaning you can quickly post photos to your blog. You can also see...

WordPress.com blogs get premium paid-for themes

Automattic has just announced that premium themes have become available for WordPress.com blogs. Self-hosted WordPress.org installations have long been benefiting from a thriving theming ecosystem, complete with many paid themes -- but this is the first time that users of WordPress.com, the service that hosts your blog for you, are able to buy premium themes. For starters, only two themes can...

Google adds 35 more Web fonts to Blogger

Web fonts have been available to Blogger users since late last year, when Google introduced 32 ready-to-use typefaces to spice up your blog's design. Now, Google has more than doubled that number -- bringing the total to a whopping 77 fonts, all of which render nicely in just about any Web browser. No, they don't work in IE6. You'll find the new fonts in the Blogger Template Designer behind...

Drupal 7 launches with friendlier UI and simpler installation

In the world of open source content management systems, it's easy to forget that there's another big player aside from WordPress: Drupal. With Drupal powering 1% of all the websites in the world, including such high profile sites as WhiteHouse.gov, it should probably show up on your radar if you're looking for a solid CMS. Some of the quirks that have always been associated with Drupal have...

Letters of Note showcases historically significant letters

Letters of Note is a fantastic personal project by Shaun Usher. It's a clean looking blog with some extraordinary content: historical letters by people like Franz Kafka, Ray Bradbury, Jochen Rindt (the only posthumous Formula One World Champion), and other celebrities. It's not all celebrities, though. The letter in the screenshot, for instance, was written by a bank manager from Hiroshima on May...

Tweet Nest is a self-hosted online tweet archive

While I'm as excited as the next guy about Twitter's new Web interface, one shortcoming that I'd really like to see fixed soon is Twitter's lack of archiving. If you're not aware, once you get over 3,000 tweets on Twitter, you'll find that your oldest tweets start to disappear. Apparently, Twitter isn't purging them, and they still have them somewhere in their database -- but at that point, they...

WordPress.com can now tap Zemanta's magic photoifying, taggy and related linky juice

Despite being posted by someone with a thoroughly unbelievable name ('Joy Victory'? Really?), I can confirm that WordPress.com users now have access to Zemanta's rather sexy functionality. Zemanta, if you've not heard of it before, is best explained as a blogging buddy. It doesn't write your blogs for you, but it can help your posts along. As you write your posts (and update your title),...