Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Future Ain?t What It Used To Be

My advice for the new year: go East and South, young man and woman … and investor. America, Europe, and Japan are stagnant and ponderous. More and more, in the coming years, the real moving and shaking will happen elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Clear iSpot discontinued already

Well, that certainly didn’t last very long, did it? Looks like Clear is already sending its unusual iSpot product to the great WiMAX network in the sky less than five months after its introduction. As a refresher, the iSpot’s claim … Continue reading

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Adblock Plus for Chrome now available

We told you it was coming soon, but we didn’t know precisely how soon: Wadlimir Palant has already pushed the first beta version of Adblock Plus for Google Chrome. It was just four days ago that TechCrunch reported that Palant … Continue reading

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LinkedIn shows technical savvy, deactivates Gawker-compromised accounts

It looks like at least one security team has their finger on the pulse: LinkedIn, after hearing about the Gawker Media hack, obtained the database of email addresses and cross-checked it against every member of LinkedIn. If a match was … Continue reading

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Win A New iPad From the Staff At Klick.com

The creative staff at Klick.com is giving away a brand new Apple iPad absolutely free to one lucky winner this holiday season! For your chance to win a new iPad simply pay close attention to the video below, watch it … Continue reading

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Sophisticated Android Geinimi Trojan appears in the wild

Over at the Lookout Mobile Security blog there’s news of a sophisticated new trojan spreading on Android devices. Dubbed Geinimi, the Trojan has been injected into legitimate versions of Android games (primarily) and apps, and distributed via third-party app stores … Continue reading

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Internet Tracking May Not Be Worth the Headaches

In the ongoing argument about whether the government should pass laws to prohibit companies from tracking Internets users’ browsing habits, one voice has been conspicuously absent — the voice of actual Internet users. Both the government agencies and public advocacy … Continue reading

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Google sends Android astronauts into space

Google, with the aid of some weather balloons and Nexus S handsets, has successfully launched the Android OS into the stratosphere, all in the name of science. Well, ostensibly in the same of science. Yes, there were some interesting findings … Continue reading

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Verizon iPhone to launch between mid January, early February 2011 [Rumor]

BusinessWeek is adding to the Verizon iPhone rumor heap with word that the near-mythical device will launch sometime after CES and before Valentine’s Day — in other words between mid January and early February 2011. Attributed to “a person familiar … Continue reading

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McAfee: Smartphones, Apple devices to be top malware targets in 2011

Traditionally, Windows’ massive user base has made it a juicy target for malware authors, but a new report from McAfee suggests there could be a major shift in 2011. The security company is predicting that attacks on the exploding smartphone … Continue reading

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The 19 Most Wired iPhone and iPad Apps of 2010

See Also: 15 iPad Apps You Should Download Today 10 Stellar iPad Apps That Will Blow You Away Top Five iPad Comic-Book Apps Reviewed GeekDad: IPhone Apps Underwire: IPhone Apps Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/most-wired-ios-apps/ Qualcomm Quanta Computer Research In Motion Rogers Communications

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KinEmote controls Boxee or XBMC via your Kinect

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming, and we’ll probably be seeing even more cool apps released now that first-party drivers are available for download. Today, we’ve got a glimpse at a new open source project called KinEmote in … Continue reading

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Ford MyKey adds radio censorship to further control teen driving habits

Daddy doesn’t have to take the T-Bird away, he can just take all the fun out of driving it. That is, if the T-Bird is actually a Taurus. Ford’s MyKey system has been engendering teen resentment since the release of … Continue reading

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Chopsticks That Repeatedly Snap Open [Chopsticks]

Like the bubble wrap toy, the edamame and the endless chocolate bar, this Stickpecker lets you repeatedly do an activity you usually only do once. It works with magnets! But costs $44. [Stickpecker via Book of Joe via Wired] More » … Continue reading

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Skype’s Giving Up to 30 Minutes Free Talk Time To Those Affected By the Outage [Skype]

Skype went down last week! It was a harrowing 24 hours for VoIPers forced to scramble for a landline, and to make up for the trauma the company’s apparently offering credit vouchers worth around 30 minutes of talk time in … Continue reading

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HTC Thunderbolt Coming to Verizon LTE? [Unconfirmed]

DroidLife’s got a handful of shots of a 4.3″ LTE-ready smartphone from HTC, apparently dubbed the Thunderbolt, and from the look of things it’s gonna be Verizon’s answer to the Evo 4G. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/NlzphxJolDg/htc-thunderbolt-coming-to-verizon-lte High Tech Computer Hon Hai … Continue reading

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Verizon to demo Home Monitoring and Control system at CES, launch pilot in Jersey next month

Looks like home automation may finally be taking baby steps towards the mainstream — Verizon’s just announced that it’ll be demoing that long-rumored Home Monitoring and Control system at CES 2011, with a planned beta rollout in New Jersey to … Continue reading

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If You Want to Keep Using The Internet, Learn Chinese Now [Internet]

According to this infographic, Chinese will become the internet’s dominant language in five years. Obviously, every single webpage won’t be in Mandarin, but it’s a good reminder that China’s rise as a cultural force shouldn’t be ignored. [TheNextWeb via Gizmag] … Continue reading

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China tightens hold on rare earth exports, markets soar

If you own a flat screen TV, a hybrid, a PC, or any number of cell phones, chances are you own a small but very sought after piece of China. The country accounts for 97% of the world’s rare earth … Continue reading

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Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet

The Coby Kyros MID7015 tablet runs Android 2.1 and has a 7″ resistive screen.  It offers internet connectivity with WiFi 802.11b/g.  There’s 4GB of internal memory, and you can add up to a 16GB microSD card.  The Kyros tablet is … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Travellers in Space and Time Edition

Video: TalkTorque 2 Robot Will Be A Master In Non-Verbal Communication Fly Or Die: The Nexus S, Barbie Video Girl, And AR.Drone (TCTV) Go Back To The Future Doc And Marty With This iPhone 4 Flux Capacitor Decal What I … Continue reading

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MSI reveals mad Sandy Bridge motherboard with eight PCIe slots, eight USB 3.0 ports, and three BIOS chips

Straighten up and salute the Big Bang Marshal, MSI’s attempt at redefining the term “overkill.” This XL-ATX board packs a total of eight PCI Express lanes (though it only has the bandwidth to simultaneously feed four x16s or eight x8s … Continue reading

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How Disney World is Making Lines Go Faster [Disney]

Before the advent of smartphones and video games, Disney World bosses didn’t think too much about queues. But now that everyone’s impatient—and tweeting that impatience—they’ve employed heaps of new tech to track and organize growing lines for rides. More » Source: … Continue reading

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LinkedIn shows technical savvy, deactivates Gawker-compromised accounts

It looks like at least one security team has their finger on the pulse: LinkedIn, after hearing about the Gawker Media hack, obtained the database of email addresses and cross-checked it against every member of LinkedIn. If a match was … Continue reading

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iPhone-controlled beer cannon is the robot friend of our dreams (video)

If your morning’s been running low on a little thing called awesomeness, hurry past the break and gorge yourself on the stuff in the embedded videos. For the more patient among you, we’ll set the scene. A young chap by … Continue reading

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Metrodome is a metronome for Google Chrome

So the Chrome Web Store is upon us, and I decided to cover my first Web Store application for Download Squad. Rather than aiming for something high-profile like the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online app, I decided to go with … Continue reading

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App store milestones: Windows Phone 7 hits 5,000 as Android passes 200,000 available apps

Apps, apps, apps! Everywhere you look, more apps. Both Android and Windows Phone 7 have reportedly crossed a couple of round number milestones recently, giving us a decent idea of the maturity gap between the two. Microsoft’s brand new OS … Continue reading

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MSI Wind U270 netbook emerges with 1.6GHz AMD Zacate processor

We weren’t actually expecting to see any Zacate-based machines until CES 2011 kicked off in earnest, but it looks as if MSI is hoping to snag a little wind from the sails of its competitors. In a small Taipei-based event, … Continue reading

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Sonic’s Depressing New Gig: Charging Wiimotes [Sad]

Sonic, that talented hedgehog you might remember for racing around at superhedgehog speeds or flamboyantly collecting golden rings, has a new line of work. Charging Wiimotes. God only knows where Tails has ended up. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/-Cn31UAjSdM/sonics-depressing-new-gig-charging-wiimotes Synnex Symantec Sykes … Continue reading

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IKEA’s New Years Toast App Is Much Cheaper than Actual Champagne [Video]

2011 is tantalizingly close—so how will you ring it in? With bottles of expensive champagne? What are you, some kind of French aristocrat? IKEA’s Skal! (toast, in Swedish) app simulates booze, clinking glasses, and introduces you to strangers. More » Source: … Continue reading

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14 Reader Family Portraits [Photography]

Some of you, dear Gizmodo readers, have lovely families who celebrate the holidays with Hallmarkian rigor. Others…don’t you realize that duct tape wasn’t meant for lips? More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/X9bUtoUPdYo/14-reader-family-portraits Amphenol Anixter International Apple Computer Applied Materials

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Thermaltake’s Max 5G dual-fan USB 3.0 HDD enclosure cools your platters with style

We know what you were thinking: my external hard drive enclosure is nice and all, but why is it so quiet? Well, Thermaltake is here to fix that with its new Max 5G dual-fan enclosure. Outside the fans and the … Continue reading

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5 perfect computery Christmas gifts for your mother, father or family elder

Let’s be honest: if you’re reading Download Squad, you’re in the 99th percentile when it comes to computer technology. You probably know how to touch type, or send a file across the world at the speed of light, and in … Continue reading

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Researchers create ultra-fast ’1,000 core’ processor, Intel also toys with the idea

We’ve already seen field programmable gate arrays (or FPGAs) used to create energy efficient supercomputers, but a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow led by Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede now say that they have “effectively” created a 1,000 core … Continue reading

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Ask DLS: how to change your Download Squad password, the best Android web browser, and tailoring our RSS feeds

We’re back with more of your questions, and more of our excellent answers. This week, with the high-profile Gawker Media hack, we’ve been innundated with commenters asking how to change their Download Squad password. Now, it’s not the easiest thing … Continue reading

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Digits conductive pins won’t make a fool of you in the cold

Ever tried writing a text message or an urgent work e-mail with gloves on? Chances are what you planned to type and what came out couldn’t look more different…if anything came out at all. Digits are a $14 set of … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Against Apple and iOS App Makers Over Secret User Tracking [Apple]

Apple and a number of iPhone app makers including Pandora and Dictionary.com were sued Monday for allegedly helping advertisers secretly create profiles of iPhone users, including their location, without their consent. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/do-0djQtzG4/apple-and-ios-app-makers-are-being-sued-over-user-tracking Directv Group Elpida Memory Emc Fidelity … Continue reading

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AT&T’s Heart-Wrenching Texting and Driving PSA (Is Kind of Hypocritical?) [Video]

Distractedly driving while texting is a categorically reckless activity, like jaywalking, or drunk-IMing an ex-girlfriend. AT&T has a harrowing new film, titled “The Last Text,” illustrating the awful consequences. But are they employing a distraction method of their own? More » … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: A Series of Sneaks Edition

Review: Onaroo Personal Baby Assistant Help Identify A Guy Who Stole Game Consoles From A Children?s Cancer Ward Physical Avatars For MP3s May Be The Vinyl Of The Future Video: Constructing A Working NES Coffee Table Latest Kinect Hack Takes … Continue reading

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Would You Like To Know More About HTC’s Thunderbolt? [Smartphones]

HTC fans are now able to register with the company to be told all about its latest handset. We’ve mentioned it before, but today’s snooping reveals the codename “Thunderbolt” in the URL—but that could change. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/IDLvPhxmddc/would-you-like-to-know-more-about-htcs-thunderbolt Varian Semiconductor … Continue reading

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We know you didn’t get this Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch for Christmas, but you probably want it now, don’t you?

What you’re looking at above is a real, actual object found in the material world. It’s an Etch-a-Sketch so modified, as to look like a glorious leftover from a bygone era that never was. What era, you ask? Oh, the … Continue reading

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Samsung Taking the "Thinnest" 3D Blu-ray Player to CES 2011 [Blu-Ray]

The defining characteristic of most home Blu-ray players isn’t usually their thickness, but perhaps if you live in a house with low ceilings you might fancy Samsung’s new, unnamed Blu-ray device. Seems pretty deep, though, Samsung. Got anything narrower? More » … Continue reading

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We know you didn’t get this Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch for Christmas, but you probably want it now, don’t you?

What you’re looking at above is a real, actual object found in the material world. It’s an Etch-a-Sketch so modified, as to look like a glorious leftover from a bygone era that never was. What era, you ask? Oh, the … Continue reading

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Google Places blocked by TripAdvisor, but no one knows why

In an interesting and slightly inexplicable move, TripAdvisor has blocked Google Places from using its massive wealth of hotel and resort reviews. Now, when you search for hotels on Google, and browse around Google Maps, you will no longer see … Continue reading

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NetFront Browser for Android: Hands-on

NetFront is a free browser for Android with a few features I haven’t seen on any other browser. I took it for a spin, and created a gallery for your viewing pleasure. Now let’s look at those features: Tilt Mode … Continue reading

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