Ze Frank (And Memari) Get Featured In A TechCrunch Article

e Frank, the popular video blogger and internet personality, recently announced that he is getting $500,000 in VC money to fund a new startup for social video games.  The startup is in its early stages and still doesn’t even have a website.

Interesting HTML5 Projects That Further Prove Flash Is On Its Way Out

I for one am very excited about the adoption of HTML5. Now with Canvas, WebGL, and Web Sockets among many other libraries, you now have the power to create robust web applications that truly function like their desktop equivalents.

I wanted to share with you, some of my favorite up and coming HTML5 applications that make me happier and happier each day that I didn’t waste my time learning Actionscript.

Great Resource For Testing Regular Expressions

Through my travels through the internets, I have stumbled upon a very useful resource. It is a site (written in rails of course) for testing your regular expressions. It has a very clean interface and uses fancy ajax to give you real time results about your regular expressions. The URL of the this site is http://rubular.com/

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Not only does it provide real-time feedback on your regular expressions, it also will give you information about your matches. This is much more useful than trial and error in your code. Also, if you have an error in your regex, rubular will let you know about it.

A little rusty on your regex skills? No problem, the site even includes a box at the bottom detailing all of the most important regex strings. So be sure to check it out

iPhone Tethering Without Jail-breaking Your iPhone

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With the 3.0 update coming out for the iPhone, people have been talking about one of the new features called tethering. Tethering is the process of using your mobile device’s internet connection on your computer. This allows you to have internet on your computer anywhere there is cell service.

While phones like the Blackberry and Palm have had tethering for a few years, Apple has finally updated the new iPhone to include this feature. The problem is the US carrier for the iPhone (AT&T) will not support tethering for quite some time. And when they do decide to support it, they will charge an additional monthly fee.

Up until now, the only way to get tethering on your iPhone was to hack it. An app also came out a while ago that allowed you to do this, but it was quickly pulled from the app store.

So, the crew over at 9to5mac have discovered a way to have tethering with any iPhone running the 3.0 update. They give you step by step instructions on how to do it. All it requires is iTunes 8.2, Their tethering app , and the 3.0 iPhone update.

While this solution is only temporary I’m sure as Apple/AT&T is bound to catch on and fix the vulnerability, it is still very interesting. So be sure to check it out.

Mozilla Labs Launches JetPack!

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With Mozilla Firefox having such a large following, it is obvious why one would want to extend the browser. Currently, it requires some intimate knowlege of their API and there is quite a bit of a learning curve when it comes to developing browser plugins (useful ones anyway)

Well, the Mozilla Labs team aims to solve this by creating an API that can be understood by anyone who has ever created a webpage. According to their website:


In short, Jetpack is an API for allowing you to write Firefox add-ons using the web technologies you already know.


The easy to use API is based on Javascript and HTML. It also comes complete with the JQuery library to do fancy AJAX and Animation effects.

Here is some sample code that you might expect to write to extend the browser.

jetpack.statusBar.append({ html: "Boom<i>!</i>" });

Sure, this code just puts the word Boom! in your status bar. But this is the most basic example. One thing I want to point out here is the fact that it accepts HTML markup. I was able to put the italics tags on an element in the status bar!! You could do all sorts of things, even put an iFrame there (gross).

While JetPack is still in pre-release, it still packs a punch. Be sure to check it out! https://jetpack.mozillalabs.com/