Monthly Archives: May 2011

Minno Rebrands As BuySimple, Partners With SoundCloud, Raises $700K For Micropayments

Online payment methods are old and in the way. Sure, whether or not the world will have a generally-agreed-upon payment system is up for debate, but it seems that a new era of micropayments is here — hopefully to stay. … Continue reading

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Nokia X7 and E6 Symbian Anna phones start shipping into obsolescence

While we eagerly await Nokia’s first Mango device, millions of others (we’re told) have been patiently anticipating shipments of the first Symbian Anna smartphones. Well, today’s the day, good sir. Nokia just loosed its 4-inch X7 media slab and E6 … Continue reading

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Yammer Adds Badges And In-Line Videos To Enterprise Communications App

Enterprise social networking platform Yammer is adding two new features to its platform today that are worth noting. The company is supporting in-line videos within news feeds, and is also allowing users to recognize colleagues with badges. Now you can … Continue reading

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Security firm RSA attacked using Excel-Flash one-two sucker punch

It has emerged that the underlying cause of RSA’s SecurID gaffe was the recently-reported zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe’s Flash Player. The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since … Continue reading

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Cueboy Quest is an adorable 8-bit style physics game

Yes, that’s right, I said adorable. Because Cueboy Quest really is! You play an 8-bit cowboy whose goal on each level is to get to the door (and thus to the next level), but the door is often locked. To … Continue reading

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MSI WindPad 100A, 110W, and 120W hands-on at Computex 2011 (video)

What’s this? It looks like the MSI WindPad 100A that we discovered at CES and the WindPad 110W that we first saw at CeBit decided to make an appearance on the show floor here at Computex 2011. Only this time … Continue reading

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Twitter Likes Photo-Sharing So Much It May Launch Its Own Service [Blip]

Twitter may kick off its own photo-sharing service according to a rumor from All Things D. Just like TwitPic and Yfrog, this official service could let you upload photos and share them using a shortened URL. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/L795bMIwR8Y/twitter-likes-photo+sharing-so-much-it-may-launch-its-own-service Openwave … Continue reading

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CNC mill and Sixaxis controller make beautiful DIY music together (video)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “my CNC mill is pretty cool, but I really want to make it more awesomer”? Well, first, “awesomer” totally isn’t word, and second, have we got a hack for you! A reader wrote in … Continue reading

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Larry Ellison Is No Friend of the Majestic Redwood (Updated) [Lawsuits]

Lest we forget that the mega-rich simply do not think like we common folk, take a look at this lawsuit from Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Updated. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/1ewlV-Pzc0o/larry-ellison-is-no-friend-of-the-mighty-redwood-tree Yahoo Xilinx Western Digital Volt Information Sciences

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Hands-On: Incredible 2, a Phone That Lives Up to Its Name

I scoffed when HTC first released the Incredible 2. Not necessarily at its hardware or features, but rather for its presumptuous name. But after spending some time with the device itself, I can safely say the phone’s title is no … Continue reading

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Catch Andy Rubin’s tease during the Google IO keynote?

Dunno how we all missed this during Google IO — but we did. There in the demonstration of how you can resize widgets is either a fun little Easter egg, or a very excited Andy Rubin, who on May 6 … Continue reading

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro boots an Intel Oak Trail CPU into Windows 7 Pro, virtualizes Android

The ViewPad 10 era is over, here comes the epoch of the ViewPad 10Pro. Beyond the introduction of Intel’s Oak Trail Z670 1.5GHz processor, the new Windows 7 Pro / Android 2.2 dual-boot tablet throws in a 3G radio, 32GB … Continue reading

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How Can I Play Blu-Ray Discs on My Computer? [Ask Lifehacker]

Dear LifehackerMy laptop came with a Blu-ray drive, but I can’t seem to play Blu-rays with it, and everyone says I need to buy extra expensive software to use it. Even VLC can’t play them. (I thought it played everything!) … Continue reading

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Poof! Android Market Emulators Go MIA [Blip]

Popular Android emulator developer “yongzh” has had all of his apps yanked from Android Market without warning, he told users today, signaling that Google’s recent bans (started last month at the behest of Sega) are all but over. More » Source: … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Drop-Off Edition

Videos: Brainwave-Controlled Cat Ears ?Necomimi? Gameboys? Innnnnn? Spaaaace Smithsonian Announces Art Of Video Games Exhibition Winners An Atari 810 Disk Drive For MicroSD ? Built To Scale LA Noire To Ship On Three Discs For 360, One For PS3 Source: … Continue reading

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How to Share Photos of Your Adorable Child or Pet Without Annoying Your Friends [Etiquette]

That picture of your baby/dog/child on the couch is almost as cute as the one of her on a chair! Which is almost as cute as the one of her sleeping! Which is almost as cute as? OK STOP. More » … Continue reading

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Use your LEGO helmet to listen to comic books [This Is Awesome]

In case LEGOs aren’t cool enough for you on their own, how about if we throw a gold-visor space helmet, USB drive, and some comic books into the mix? That’s the ingenious thinking behind Jonathan Robson‘s concept design for the … Continue reading

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This is the ASUS Padfone

Wow, so our theory and mockup turned out to be pretty much spot on: indeed, the oddly named ASUS Padfone does tuck itself into a shielded docking bay on the back of its companion tablet, and the latter’s hinged cover … Continue reading

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

Now that Windows 8 images have begun leaking out, it’s only a matter of time until developers start releasing mods for Windows 7 which mimic upcoming features. Over at Into Windows, they’ve spotted one such mod already. In the earliest … Continue reading

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1923 Leica 0-series becomes world’s most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

Just when we thought ancient wooden boxes were all the rage among camera collectors, a compact beauty has shattered our theories — this 1923 Leica 0-series just sold at auction for €1,320,000, or about 1.89 million in US money. Curiously … Continue reading

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D-Wave sells first commercial quantum computer to Lockheed Martin

Who found ten million dollars to drop on the first commercially available quantum computer? Lockheed Martin, it seems, as the aerospace defense contractor has just begun a “multi-year contract” with the quantum annealing experts at D-Wave to develop… nothing that … Continue reading

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Arduino, magnet wire, and Android combine to create poor man’s NFC (video)

Jealous of your Nexus S-owning friends and their fancy NFC chips after yesterday’s Google Wallet announcement? Well tech tinkerer Joe Desbonnet has whipped up what he dubs “poor man’s NFC” using an Arduino, some magnet wire, and any compass-equipped Android … Continue reading

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Lodsys shifts in-app purchasing target to Android devs following Apple response

We figured Apple’s firm response to Lodsys earlier this week regarding its claims against iOS devs would prompt the patent holder to move on to its next target, and sure enough, it looks as if said target has been selected. … Continue reading

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Where in the World Is the Linux Desktop Thriving?

The old “market share” debate is one that’s all too familiar to most Linux fans, particularly the tired — not to mention wildly unrealistic — “1 percent” figure detractors love to cite as desktop Linux’s portion. So it was hard … Continue reading

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

Now that Windows 8 images have begun leaking out, it’s only a matter of time until developers start releasing mods for Windows 7 which mimic upcoming features. Over at Into Windows, they’ve spotted one such mod already. In the earliest … Continue reading

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Massive Anchor From Blackbeard’s Flagship Raised From Wreckage [Video]

What you’re seeing is the 3,000 pound anchor from Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, being raised off the coast of North Carolina. The wreck was found a few years back, but discoveries are still being made. Even swords. More » … Continue reading

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Windows 8 welcome screen revealed, looks very Metro

It’s not really a secret the Microsoft had planned on bringing bits of Windows Phone 7′s Metro UI to Windows 8, but we haven’t seen a lot of really telling evidence. However, with the Windows 8 milestone 3 build now … Continue reading

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Gillmor Gang 5.28.11 (TCTV)

This week’s Gillmor Gang comes at the end of travel ? to New York for TechCrunch Disrupt and Las Vegas for the Forrester Analyst Forum. Disrupt continues to gather a head of steam, with the social effects of an emerging … Continue reading

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1923 Leica 0-series becomes world’s most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

Just when we thought ancient wooden boxes were all the rage among camera collectors, a compact beauty has shattered our theories — this 1923 Leica 0-series just sold at auction for €1,320,000, or about 1.89 million in US money. Curiously … Continue reading

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Ask Engadget: best sub-$100 5.1 surround sound system?

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Greg, who needs 5.1 surround sound in the … Continue reading

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Engadget Investigates: Samsung Nexus S 4G WiMAX performance issues

In Engadget Investigates, we explore major issues, working with tech manufacturers and service providers to improve your experience with the gadgets we’ve all come to depend on. If you’d like us to look into an issue, please send us a … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? Vizio M320VT 32? 1080p LED-backlit LCD HDTV

Today?s LogicBUY deal is the 32? Vizio M320VT 1080p LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $389.99. $539.99 – $150 instant savings = $389.99 with free shipping.  This is the current lowest price found by LogicBUY.  (Taxable in most states.) This deal expires … Continue reading

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New Signal Process introduces BreakOut Stereo and Stomp for the most serious of iOS musicians

If your iPad or iPhone is set to play a starring role at your next, sold-out concert, you may want to check out two new, iOS-friendly interfaces from New Signal Process. Pictured above is NSP’s BreakOut Stomp — a die … Continue reading

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Daily Tip: How to ditch the Facebook for iPhone app (and still get notifications)

Not a fan of the official Facebook for iPhone app, desperate for an alternative, but still need to get notifications? Join the club. I’ve never been a fan. Their cryptic “bug fix” updates never seem to improve anything and notifications … Continue reading

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Farragomate is a social fridge magnet game where you make up sentences

You know those fridge magnet kits composed of a whole bunch of words? The ones you put all over your fridge door and then try to arrange into all sorts of juvenile and/or amusing sentences. Well, Farragomate is the social, … Continue reading

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HTC Sensation review

A hotly anticipated smartphone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a “Super” 4.3-inch screen, and a manufacturer-skinned version of Android 2.3 — we must be talking about the Samsung Galaxy S II, right? Not on this occasion, squire. Today we’re taking … Continue reading

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Drawing Machine Converts Photos to Sketches, Robotically

A number of artistically inclined robots showed up at this year’s Maker Faire, but The Drawing Machine really stood out among the competition. Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/the-drawing-machine/ Red Hat Radisys Rackable Systems Quest Software

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Google’s Blogger platform adds five new HTML5 Dynamic Views

Google, as part of its ongoing and much-needed overhaul of its popular Blogger platform, has just enabled five dynamic, HTML5ish, AJAXy ‘Dynamic Views’. There’s a video introducing the new layouts after the break. The five new views provide fresh and … Continue reading

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Security firm RSA attacked using Excel-Flash one-two sucker punch

It has emerged that the underlying cause of RSA’s SecurID gaffe was the recently-reported zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe’s Flash Player. The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since … Continue reading

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This is What 43,000 Galaxies Look Like On a Map [Science]

The image above is the most complete map of our local universe to date. It took more that ten years to create, has 43,000 galaxies and extends out 380 million light years from the earth. The 3D coordinates of each … Continue reading

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Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.2 gets smarter, faster

Auslogics Disk Defrag has been part of my system maintenance toolkit for quite some time. With the release of version 3.2, it’s now even better at tidying up and optimizing your system’s hard disk drives. In addition to a cleaner, … Continue reading

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NHK demos Hybridcast streaming, teams up internet and cable TV for superior 3D delivery

With all the hubbub surrounding competing 3DTV technology, it’s easy to forget the all important delivery process: how is your TV getting its content, and what does it mean for the viewer? It may seem trivial, but the answer is … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Screen Test Edition

The RoboDynamics Luna Robot: We?re Getting There, Perverts Video: Robot Lightsaber Duel A Peek At Google TV?s New Interface The Google Chromebook Breaks Cover At I/O 2011, Hits Retailers June 15th 3M?s Uniformity Tape Reduces ?Stage Light? Effect On Cheap … Continue reading

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Brennan JB7 Music Player

This is the first I have heard of this device, but The Brennan JB7 is a music player that apparently has been available in the UK for a while. They now have a US web site at www.thebrennan.com. It’s essentially … Continue reading

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Words With Friends for Android updated, promises “smoother game experience”

As several of you noted in the comments to our post asking for cross-platform iOS/Android games, Words With Friends for Android does not provide the smoothest gaming experience… and that’s being rather charitable. You might be happy to hear that … Continue reading

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