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Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 February 2011

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Flash Player 10.2 -- With much fanfare, Adobe has announced the release of Flash Player 10.2. The highlight of the new version is Stage Video, which Adobe says offers “a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.” Also included in the release is support for custom native mouse cursors, new full-screen support for multiple monitors, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering that should result in improved typography. (Free, 5.54 MB)

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BusyCal 1.5.1 -- BusyMac has bumped its “iCal Pro” software BusyCal to version 1.5.1. The update fixes a bug with time zones and improves support for scheduling meetings when syncing with the new MobileMe calendar. CalDAV syncing is also improved. New features include added preferences for meeting organizers and support for sending email invitations through additional email clients. With this release, BusyCal also becomes available in the Mac App Store. ($49.99 new in Mac App Store, $49 direct from BusyMac, free update, 6.6 MB)

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TweetDeck 0.37.3 -- Twitterers who don’t fear Adobe Air may be intrigued by news of the release of TweetDeck 0.37.3. New in version 0.37.2 is support for deck.ly, TweetDeck’s new, semi-ridiculous system for allowing tweets longer than 140 characters (the 0.37.3 version, currently available only via direct download from TweetDeck’s Web site, adds an option in the preferences to turn off deck.ly). More satisfying is the software’s added support for Instagram image previews. Also new is an upgraded version of the Squiggly spellchecking library. The update fixes several bugs, too: problems where punctuation in searches prevented them from working, a bug with Facebook’s login screen, and an issue with Twitter lists not updating properly. (Free)

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