Monthly Archives: January 2011

Daily Crunch: Mario Mine Command Edition

Will People Flip Out Over The New THQ Logo? This Is A Felt Test Pattern What Super Mario All-Stars Collector?s Edition Could Have Been Woo! Minecraft Hits 1,000,000 Purchases Atari?s ?Missile Command? Live-Action Film is Moving Forward Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/01/13/daily-crunch-mario-mine-command/ Oracle

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Study shocker! Mobile users piddle around on the internet while watching TV

Shocker of shockers, folks: people do more than just watch TV when they’re watching TV. A study of over 8,000 willing individuals from Nielsen and Yahoo recently discovered that some 86 percent of mobile internet users tinker around on their … Continue reading

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A Blind Man Drove a Car at Daytona International Speedway [Cars]

Mark Riccobono is legally blind. But that doesn’t stop him from trying to enjoy life. Today, thanks to tactile technology, he became the first blind man to drive around the track at Daytona International Speedway. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/wKN1iMeecqY/a-blind-man-drove-a-car-at-daytona-international-speedway On Semiconductor … Continue reading

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Vuze 4.6 adds uTP support, speeds up torrent downloads

Vuze is a solid torrent downloader, especially for less-savvy users. Its built-in media streaming and transcoding features make it a nice start-to-finish app for downloading and playing videos on just about any device. With the release of version 4.6, Vuze … Continue reading

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Watch Pro Bowl practice through Michael Vick’s eyes — and his ContourHD 1080p helmet cam

This weekend’s NFL Pro Bowl might be one of the more useless spectacles in American sport, but since there’s nothing at stake, the NFC coaches allowed Michael Vick to strap a ContourHD 1080p camera to his helmet during practice — … Continue reading

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How to check how readable your Microsoft Word document is

This week’s series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. If you use difficult words, your documents will be difficult to read and understand. … Continue reading

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Facebook temporarily removes developer access to your home address and mobile number

Facebook, after a quiet announcement of the new home address and mobile phone access permissions, has made a quick about-turn. Citing some “useful feedback,” Facebook has decided to to make changes “to help ensure you only share this information when … Continue reading

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LauncherPro for Android updated, brings fancy home screen transitions (video)

LauncherPro, the fan-favorite Android home screen replacement, has been updated! This is not the much-hyped complete rewrite of the codebase — that’s coming soon! — but it does bring one of the most-requested features: home screen transitions. Rather than tell … Continue reading

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Nikon patents DSLR camera / projector, high-end photographers may get to join the projection party

Nikon’s done the projector-in-a-camera thing before, but the S1100pj was aimed at the compact digital camera crowd. In what appears to be an effort to take its game to the next level, the company has obtained a Japanese patent for … Continue reading

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Facebook to let advertisers use your posts in Sponsored Stories

Can’t stop gushing about your favorite new gadget or your latest album purchase? If you’re posting about it on Facebook, there’s a chance your words could wind up used by advertisers without your knowledge. Facebook has begun allowing companies to … Continue reading

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David Karp: ?Tumblr Is Growing By A Quarter Billion Impressions Every Week?

Tumblr is growing like a weed, but “the last four or five months totally overshadow everything that came before it,” founder David Karp tells Chris Dixon in a taping today for TCTV (watch the video above). “We are growing by … Continue reading

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Sony’s Latest Pocket PlayStation Packs Dual Cams, Quad-Core Chip

Sony Computer Entertainment has disclosed further details about the PlayStation Portable 2, nicknamed the “Next-Generation Portable,” or NGP, at a press conference in Tokyo. The NGP will have a 5-inch OLED front display and a multitouch pad in the rear, … Continue reading

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BlueGriffon: a cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML5 and CSS3 editor based on Firefox 4

If you want to get in on the HTML5 and CSS3 revolution, and would prefer some training wheels while you learn all of the new HTML tags and CSS transitions and transforms, look no further than BlueGriffon. It’s free, open-source, … Continue reading

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New Rickshaw Mini Commuter Messenger Bag

With smaller computer-type gadgets all the rage, Rickshaw Bags has picked up the cart and run with it.  Their new Mini Commuter Messenger is sized for iPads, netbooks, and e-readers as well as your trusty Moleskine journal and all of … Continue reading

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Insidia is a dark-yet-forgiving platformer — Time Waster

So you’re an alien, tooling around in free space in your little spaceship… when suddenly, disaster strikes! Your craft is hit by a meteor, and you’re forced to crash-land on an unfamiliar, dark planet. That’s where Insidia starts off. Now … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Typography [Design]

Evan Travelstead has created this poster of Darth Vader using only typography and all his famous quotes, from I find your lack of faith disturbing to ***SPOILER ALERT*** Luke, I am your father. The results are… remarkable. Here’s the full … Continue reading

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Reserve Bank Of India Restricts PayPal Payments To Merchants To Under $500

This is sure to cause a backlash among Indian online merchants. Due to restrictions from the Reserve Bank of India, PayPal has amended its user agreement for Indian merchants, imposing a number of restrictions on merchants using PayPal as an … Continue reading

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Sony’s Latest Pocket PlayStation Packs Dual Cams, Quad-Core Chip

Sony Computer Entertainment has disclosed further details about the PlayStation Portable 2, nicknamed the “Next-Generation Portable,” or NGP, at a press conference in Tokyo. The NGP will have a 5-inch OLED front display and a multitouch pad in the rear, … Continue reading

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New adapter from Mitsubishi brings Samsung’s old 3D-capable TVs up to spec

Although 3D as a feature didn’t become commonplace on HDTVs until 2010, Mitsubishi and Samsung have both been shipping a number of 3D-ready models for several years. However, they rely on a different input format than the one used by … Continue reading

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AT&T Added Nearly 2 Million Non-Phone Wireless Device Connections In Q4 2010

After reporting Q4 2010 earnings yesterday, AT&T has published additional statistics on the number of mobile broadband connections the telecommunications company has facilitated in the last quarter. The company says that in terms of emerging devices (this includes non-phone wireless … Continue reading

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Leatherman Squirt PS4 Packs a Lot into a Little

Standard pocket knife not cutting it for you?  Need a few more tools your pocket, but not more bulk?  Only 2.5 in long, the Leatherman Squirt PS4 is a little gem that packs no less than 9 tools into a … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 11.04 switches to LibreOffice in latest daily builds

Back in September 2010, when Google, Novell and others announced the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice, Canonical frontman Mark Shuttleworth said “The Ubuntu Project will be pleased to ship LibreOffice from The Document Foundation in future releases.” In recent 11.04 Natty … Continue reading

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Pomodroido is a beautiful Pomodoro timer for Android

The Pomodoro Technique is a simple way to stay focused while you work. In a nutshell, you choose a task, focus on doing only that for 25 minutes, and then take a 5-minute break. The interval during which you work … Continue reading

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Hearing This Voicemail—and Knowing That It Went to the Wrong Person—Will Make You Cry [Video]

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and go tell your dear ones that you love them. You’ll be glad you did once you listen to this voicemail recording. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/Df_m1ME7E8k/hearing-this-voicemail++and-knowing-that-it-went-to-the-wrong-person++will-make-you-cry International Business Machines Inventec Kddi Kla-Tencor

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Kongregate’s Snake is an utterly classic low-fi Time Waster

If you’re looking for a groundbreaking time-waster, something you’ve never ever played before, a new concept in gaming – this post is not for you. But if you enjoy the odd bit of classic retro gaming, Kongregate’s bare-bones implementation of … Continue reading

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Skype Mac Video Group Chat Now a Ripoff at $5 Per Day [Skype]

The best part of the recent Skype beta was its battle royale video chatting. But the beta label is gone—and now the (free) fun is too. Group chat will now cost $4.99 per day, or $8.99 a month. More » Source: … Continue reading

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Help save the earth in Survivosaur — Time Waster

Everybody knows how the dinosaurs became extinct – you know, the big meteor and everything. But did it really have to happen? How would things have gone had you been there, dressed up as a huge dinosaur with a jet-pack … Continue reading

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Sony trots out MDR-XB1000, MDR-XB41EX and MDR-XB21EX headphones

So, here’s a refreshing change of pace. Rather than a new set of cans coming with a superstar’s name on them, Sony’s just fine with its four-lettered label. And given the success of the Walkman, we’d say it’s still elite … Continue reading

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The Massively Intimidating Size of the Internet Visualized [Internet]

The internet! We’ve all spent enough time burrowing down the rabbit hole to know that it’s really, really big. But it’s not until you give its manifold parts some perspective that you understand how truly massive it is. More » Source: … Continue reading

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Engadget interview: SCEA’s Jack Tretton talks Sony NGP, announces (and then denounces) PlayStation Suite for PS3

Ever since his candid and humorous E3 2009 Sony keynote introduction — wherein he thanked the audience for showing up despite the big news (PSP Go) having already been leaked — we’ve always had something of a soft spot for … Continue reading

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LauncherPro for Android hands-on: it works, but it won’t wow you

The most popular home screen and ‘app drawer’ replacement app for Android is LauncherPro — but I’m not sure why. I mean, sure, it gives you a scrolling dock, and up to seven home screens — big whoop. Maybe I’m … Continue reading

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Butterfly Wings Offer Guiding Light for Nanotech Innovation

The Morpho butterfly’s highly evolved wings are so unique that scientists at Simon Fraser University have teamed up with NanoTech Security to reproduce their iridescent blue coloring for a new anti-counterfeiting technology. A clever pairing of nanotechnology and entomology used … Continue reading

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Vuze 4.6 adds uTP support, speeds up torrent downloads

Vuze is a solid torrent downloader, especially for less-savvy users. Its built-in media streaming and transcoding features make it a nice start-to-finish app for downloading and playing videos on just about any device. With the release of version 4.6, Vuze … Continue reading

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Korean researchers demonstrate LTE-Advanced in a custom RV, score 600Mbps downloads

We’re just giddy like kids on the way to Disney World at the prospect of LTE and WiMAX sweeping like wildfire across the country, yet someone always has to come along and be a downer by showing off something even … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank ditches BlackBerry for iPhone, Apple puts chink in RIM’s enterprise armor

For years, suit-and-tie circles have bowed to BlackBerry as the king of corporate communication, but iOS has been creeping in on enterprise territory, calling into question RIM’s sovereignty in the boardroom. The folks at Deutsche Bank Equity Research struck the … Continue reading

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Atrix 4G, Xoom coming at the end of February, Motorola Mobility CEO says

  It pays to listen to Motorola Mobility’s quarterly earnings calls, because new CEO Sanjay Jha (OK, old CEO, but new CEO of the newly separate MM … you know what we mean) dropped a little news on a couple of … Continue reading

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LauncherPro for Android hands-on: it works, but it won’t wow you

The most popular home screen and ‘app drawer’ replacement app for Android is LauncherPro — but I’m not sure why. I mean, sure, it gives you a scrolling dock, and up to seven home screens — big whoop. Maybe I’m … Continue reading

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From Now On We Will Only Be Using The Word ?Pivot? In Mockery

After months of over-saturation, word on the street is that “‘Pivot‘ is the new ‘Fail.’” And while Instagram, Twitter, Foodspotting, Groupon have all successfully pivoted in recent years, it seems like everyone and their mother is doing it nowadays, to mixed results. … Continue reading

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Conceal & carry your EDC with Bill?s Urban Wallet

Are you an EDC junkie?  Got a bunch of gadgety essentials bouncing around in your pockets or bag?  Organize ‘em with Bill’s Custom Cases.  Bill is a one-man show that produces cases in several shapes and sizes made from rugged … Continue reading

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Report: Skype Delays IPO Until Second Half Of 2011 To Build Up More Revenue

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Skype’s IPO is being pushed back to the second half of 2011. Last August, Skype filed for an IPO registration statement with the SEC, with the maximum proposed offering amount listed as $100 … Continue reading

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Deals of the Day [Dealzmodo]

Today’s deals include a 14″ Lenovo Core i3 laptop, a 16GB flash drive, and a free sample of Focus Factor Supplement. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/bNKsrT8zi2I/deals-of-the-day Linear Technology . Lexmark International Level 3 Communications Lawson Software

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Nikon Patent Puts a Projector In a DSLR… Dangerously [Patents]

Nikon’s already stuck a projector into a point-and-shoot. We loved it! So it’s only natural that Nikon would want to bring that technology to the DSLR. Except this time, the solution seems a bit less practical. And more blinding. More » … Continue reading

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Big Questions Surround Sony’s Little Gaming Machine

This week, Sony will officially unveil the PlayStation Portable 2, the sequel to its original PSP mobile gaming device. Several rumors surround the upcoming gaming console, one of which is that it will incorporate a smartphone. However, at least one … Continue reading

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Volkswagen’s XL1 concept plug-in diesel hybrid has 313MPG fuel efficiency, questionable aesthetics

Steaming down the autobahn could be about to get a whole lot more efficient. Volkswagen has carted out its newly updated Super Efficient Vehicle concept, now dubbed the XL1, which — after a great deal of fuzzy math, we’re sure … Continue reading

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President Obama’s All-New, Amazing, Electrifying, "Enhanced" State of the Union Address [Politics]

President Obama’s State of the Union address is in a few hours. There’ll be plenty of places to get live commentary: arguments, counter-arguments, facts, misinformation. For the first time, the president’s site is one of them. Presenting the “enhanced” SOTU. … Continue reading

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