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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...

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...

Google's Blogger platform gets a new-look Dashboard and Post Editor

Blogger, Google's popular blogging platform, is showing off a sneak peek at the next generation of its user interface. The Official Google Blog has screenshots of upcoming revamps to Blogger's Dashboard and Post Editor. There's also a video (after the break) that shows off the progress Blogger made in 2010 -- including improved stats, spam filtering, Web fonts, a template designer and zero...

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...

TechCrunch now a sister site of Download Squad

There were rumors about it yesterday, but today we find out that it actually happened: AOL has purchased TechCrunch, one of the biggest blogs (and blog networks) in the technology industry. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced the news this morning at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference, noting that TechCrunch will become part of the AOL Technology Network that includes sites like Engadget, Switched, The...

NewsBlur is a slick, impressive, undocumented RSS reader

NewsBlur is a very beautiful feed reader that's laden with tons of JavaScript, but it utterly lacks any form of documentation. It's an open source project by the talented Samuel Clay, who has been working on it for 15 months now. He's currently working on an iPhone version, but the regular version is very impressive in itself. The sources are hosted over on GitHub, and the project uses the Django...

Posterous blogging platform gets static pages, customizable from your browser

It's weird to get excited about a blogging platform adding pages you can customize using your browser (doesn't everyone have those?) but for Posterous, it's a bold new feature. The lightweight blogging service distinguished itself with a unique post-via-email interface that meant you didn't even have to sign up for an account to get started. That works great for impromptu short posts, but what if...

Blog search service Regator 2.0 starts private beta - get your invite here!

Download Squad loves Regator. Maybe it's because we're a blog and they're a blog search engine (can I make it any more obvious?), or maybe it's because we interviewed them at SXSW, but we think Regator is the bee's knees. We've just caught a sneak preview of version 2.0, which is in private beta right now, and it adds some neat features that are missing from the current version of Regator. ...

IBM researchers devise a system to help bloggers get past the 'wall'

Proper writing -- you know, novels and stuff -- shares a few common traits with blogging. The most common is 'writers' block' or THE WALL. You simply run out of things to write. It can either creep up on you slowly, or just suddenly emerge before you like a big... brick thing... but either way, it's a problem. And IBM has a solution! In true, researchers-are-not-very-good-at-naming-things fashion,...

WordPress blogs will update in real time, via PubSubHubbub

PubSubHubbub, the quickly-growing service that pushes out real-time updates to RSS feeds, continued its march toward ubiquity this week when uber-popular blogging platform WordPress started offering PubSub support. PubSub had already hit Tumblr, Posterous, Google's Blogger and more, but I think this is the move that finally takes it mainstream. (Well, as mainstream as anything having to do with...

Silobreaker offers alternative search service for news and current affairs

Who do you think of when you want to search for what's happening now? Increasingly people are searching social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and Google has increased the speed of its index to offer more up-to-date real-time information. In the realm of technology, Techmeme has had a lock on live news for a few years now. But there's a site I recently learned about that you might not be aware...

Multitask - Time Waster

Productivity blogs have told us forever that to truly get things done, you need to focus on one thing at a time. Yet, we all know that in life sometimes we don't have that luxury. So, just how good are you at multitasking? I thought I was reasonably good at it. That is, until I tried a time waster called Multitask. Multitask consists of a few mini-games, none of which by themselves are...

WPTouch makes WordPress blogs look better on touch mobile devices

While most touch mobile devices like the iPhone render web pages surprisingly well, sometimes they are slow to load and difficult to read. Blogs, in particular, with their wide text areas tend to become difficult to read on small screens. If you run a WordPress blog, there's an option available to you called WPTouch. WPTouch is a theme package plugin that allows your blog to render a completely...