Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mountkestrel DuoPod turns your shaky shoulders into a DSLR steadicam (video)

So you’ve got an expensive new DSLR that can shoot video, and you’ve seen all of the press about people using the things to make movies and music videos. But really, you’re not going to become a DIY Kubrick without … Continue reading

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LulzSec Calls It Quits [Hackers]

LulzSec, after having wreaked all sorts of global havoc over the last several weeks, has officially declared that they’re hanging up their top hats. The AntiSec movement that they revived, however, lives on. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/45DanvgpIFY/lulzsec-calls-it-quits America Movil Amkor Technology … Continue reading

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A Camera That Records Video in HDR [Video]

AMP is a single lens video camera that can capture real time HDR. HDR video, as you know, exposes the living breathing smelling unreality hidden in life. Or something like that. Just watch how AMP’s HDR works. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/slOJg_6MKzc/a-camera-that-records-video-in-hdr … Continue reading

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Ren Ng Shares His Photographic Vision: Shoot Now, Focus Later

After buying his first digital camera, Ren Ng tried to snap a shot of his vivacious 5-year-old daughter. Like many young, active children, it was incredibly difficult to focus the image properly and capture her fleeting smile in just the … Continue reading

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Tony Blair Gets Hacked, Address Book Published [Hackers]

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s address book—including the names, phone numbers, and addresses of members of government, plus Blair’s own National Insurance Number—was apparently leaked to the public by a group of hackers on Friday. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/0EGw2qPLeaE/tony-blair-gets-hacked-address-book-published Hon … Continue reading

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Canon 18-55mm lens torn open to expose visuals of Image Stabilization (video)

Hey there, snap-shooter. If you’ve ever used a Canon DSLR with an 18-55mm lens, you may be horrified to know that the image above is its exposed lens elements. Don’t worry, though, it’s for science! Recently, Preston Scott from Camera … Continue reading

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New phase-changing alloy turns waste heat into green energy, exhibits spontaneous magnetism (video)

Looks like harvesting waste heat is all the rage in 2011. Yet another team of researchers — this time at the University of Minnesota — has found a way to harness energy from our hot castoffs. The group has apparently … Continue reading

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"A-Team" Hacker Group Posts Purported Identities and Locations of LulzSec Members [Last Laugh]

A group calling itself the A-Team has posted what they contend are the names, locations, aliases and even family members of the hacking cabal known as LulzSec. Could this be the real reason the high-profile hacking group disbanded this weekend? … Continue reading

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TiVo’s retail plans for quad-tuner Premiere DVR revealed in FCC filing

If your TiVo-loving heart was crushed last week when we found out the new Premiere Q DVR was only for cable companies with no plans for retail sales, allow us to put the pieces back together. Zatz Not Funny has … Continue reading

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NASA Autonomous Lander Hovers in Midair, in Infrared Video [Video]

Hovering landers or drones look as though they’re suspended in the air, because you can’t see the vortices caused by the propellers or the heat emitted by the thruster, or whatever mechanism enables the hovering. Well, here you can. And … Continue reading

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Potential Hulu deal with Disney increases ads, value to prospective buyers

Now that Hulu’s owners have apparently decided the best thing to do is sell it to someone else, long arrangements for content are needed to bring the highest price. Bloomberg is reporting that after cutting a deal with Fox a … Continue reading

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 preview! (video)

RIM’s BlackBerry 9900 is the device that the BlackBerry diehards have been hoping, wishing, and waiting for since the original Bold launched way back in 2008. However, this time around the company has added in a capacitive touchscreen, swapped the … Continue reading

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Apple confirms iCloud web apps, impending death of iWeb and iDisk

MobileMe’s complete disappearance is still a good ways off, but it’s safe to say that the transition to iCloud is well underway at Cupertino (and Maiden, North Carolina, for that matter). A brief FAQ has emerged today over at Apple’s … Continue reading

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Why Are New York Bagels the Greatest? It’s Not the Water [Science]

New York bagels are the best. Deal with it. The legend, according to old city folk, including Larry King, is that there’s just something in the water. But Slate’s Brian Palmer claims they’re wrong. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/8Mi3lYIXnhc/why-are-new-york-bagels-the-greatestt-its-not-the-water Discover Financial Services … Continue reading

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How Secure is My Password lets you know just that

We’ve all heard it before; you need to select a lengthy password, one that’s hard to guess. Not a dictionary word. And it has to have some capital letters in it too, and some digits, and a symbol or two … Continue reading

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Fujifilm X100 gets firmware update, 22 tweaks make the best even better

The retro X100 brought out all our kleptomaniacal tendencies when we first went hands-on, and it has since impressed virtually every other lucky soul who’s come into contact with its build quality and groundbreaking integration of a big APS-C sensor … Continue reading

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Save your tabs and Panorama tab groups in Firefox 4

When Firefox 4′s tab grouping tool, Panorama, had its keyboard shortcut changed to the finger-breaking combo of Ctrl+Shift+E, we thought Panorama would get dropped before FF4′s final release — but, thankfully, it made the cut! If you’ve used Firefox 4 … Continue reading

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Apple product managers respond to Final Cut Pro X criticism

During our call to discuss Final Cut Pro X earlier this week, an Apple product manager boasted about the product’s low price, media management, and ground-up redesign. Unfortunately, when starting from scratch, developers seem to have overlooked a few features … Continue reading

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Mitoza is a fun, freaky Web toy with an artistic look

While not a game per se, I found Mitoza intriguing enough to spend quite some time with it. You start off with a seed, and are then presented with two choices: you can either click a flower pot, or click … Continue reading

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Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5%

Using some early numbers from both StatCounter and Net Applications, Mozilla’s noisiest hominid, Asa Dotzler, has illustrated Firefox 4′s meteoric rise to around 5% of Web browser global usage share. Internet Explorer 9, which launched two weeks ago, seems to … Continue reading

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Corel releases VideoStudio Pro X4, we go hands on (video)

Corel seems to be on a roll lately; after releasing WinZip System Utilities just last week, this morning the company announced VideoStudio Pro X4. VideoStudio Pro is aimed at home users and small business professionals who want to create professional-looking … Continue reading

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Conan’s editors really love Final Cut Pro X… or maybe they don’t (video)

The web is abuzz with talk of Apple’s new slimmed-down, low-cost Final Cut Pro X, but Cupertino’s beloved video editing platform has also caused quite a stir among professionals, who note its lack of features and glaring absence of backwards … Continue reading

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Top Stories: Friday, June 24, 2011 [Total Recap]

Don’t Look Down | A collection of very high perspectives. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/X5KsZJN9qHE/top-stories-friday-june-24-2011 Osi Systems Oracle Openwave Systems On Semiconductor

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Apple makes more money from the sale of one Mac than HP does from selling seven PCs. [Factoid]

HP makes $52.00 in profit for every PC they sell. Apple makes $370.55. In short: Apple makes more money from the sale of one Mac than HP does from selling seven PCs. [Matt Richman] More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/yw6ofkGHPbE/apple-makes-more-money-from-the-sale-of-one-mac-than-hp-does-from-selling-seven-pcs Seagate Technology Scientific … Continue reading

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Sony shows 3D displays with Dual-View capability

The jury is still out on the verdict regarding the usage of 3D TV’s at home. In the meantime, Sony has showed additional usage for the capability of showing a different image to each eye — Dual-View. Dual-View enables two … Continue reading

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Torus is an impressive 3D Tetris game powered by HTML5

As far as Tetris goes, most variations look quite similar. You’re usually looking at a “wall” of bricks directly from the front. Torus takes that notion and throws it away; as you might have guessed from the name (or screenshot), … Continue reading

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Hacker pleads guilty to AT&T iPad breach

Nearly six months after his arrest, one hacker pleaded guilty to charges that he exposed the email addresses of over 100,000 AT&T iPad 3G users. It’s been a year since Daniel Spitler and his compatriot, Andrew Auernheimer, coaxed Ma-Bell servers … Continue reading

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Telstra will scrap Sense UI to make room for Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

What’s this we spy in the dusty depths of a Telstra software update page? A little sentence that displays some crowd-pleasing logic in bringing Android 2.3 to the hoary old Desire. HTC originally told us the handset had insufficient memory … Continue reading

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Underwater laser microphones listen to the sea [Mad Science]

Scientists have come up with a super-sensitive microphone that works underwater. What did it take? The same thing it takes to accomplish anything worth doing: lasers. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/W2Hnr0phBhM/underwater-laser-microphones-listen-to-the-sea Intersections International Rectifier International Game Technology International Business Machines (Ibm)

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Elephant Quest is an addictive, deep platformer

When someone tells me about a “platformer”, my first thought is that it’s probably a simple game that mainly revolves around running and jumping around, with a minimal plot. [Play a Zelda game! -Ed] Elephant Quest is one platformer that … Continue reading

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The Week’s Best iPad Apps [Video]

Invisibility App: The app uses the iPad’s rear camera and gyroscope to display the background image on your screen, even when you move the tablet around. It’s so seamless that it makes the iPad look almost invisible. $1 More » Source: … Continue reading

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Konstruct for iOS creates generative augmented reality art with your voice

If you have an artistic temperament, but you weren’t blessed with steady hands or an eye for color, Konstruct might be the app for you. Not only does the iPhone app let you produce generative art using words, warbles and … Continue reading

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IRS Databases Aren’t all that Secure [Security]

An audit report (PDF download) conducted by the U.S. Treasury Inspector reveals that 2,200 IRS databases were considered vulnerable to potential cyberattack. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/FyW7YZN-ZiA/the-irs-databases-arent-all-that-secure Sykes Enterprises Inorated Sybase Sun Microsystems Standard Microsystems

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Dutch parliament passes strict new law regulating cookies — the non-edible variety

Well, it’s certainly been an interesting month for those interested in all things technology-related in the Netherlands. Just last week, the Royal Dutch Mint showed off some new coins emblazoned with QR Codes promising untold “surprises,” and this week the … Continue reading

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Foodie iPhone Cases Fool Your Eyes [IPhone]

Flash drives disguised as sushi are totes old fish. But iPhone cases made to look like sushi? That’s fresh. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/I015WLl6lig/foodie-iphone-cases-fool-your-eyes Micros Systems Micron Technology Microchip Technology Methode Electronics

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March 31 is World Backup Day 2011

Those benevolent armchair philanthropist Redditors are at it again! Four days ago a ‘self’ post extolling the potential virtues of a Backup Day exploded with 2500 upvotes and 1000 comments — and now World Backup Day 2011 is actually happening. … Continue reading

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Branch Holder Turns Dead Sticks Into Awesome Swords

Opinion on Naama Agassi’s Branch Holder could go one of two ways. You could dismiss it, clucking like an exasperated aunt, calling it useless. Who needs a gadget to hold a branch after all? Or you might take one look … Continue reading

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Viacom sues Cablevision over its TV-streaming Optimum for iPad app

A day after Viacom took a break from courtroom battling over Time Warner Cable’s iPad app, the media giant has filed a lawsuit against Cablevision over the Optimum for iPad app. Viacom wants a revised agreement before it sees its … Continue reading

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Shot Shot Pirate is a fun, simple physics game

Shot Shot Pirate is very satisfying, because each level is short and to the point. You know what you have to do and you just do it. As you may have gathered from the name, you’re cast in the role … Continue reading

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Shooting Challenge: From Above [Photography]

We’re shorter than most things in our world, natural or manmade. So while it’s pretty common to look up, rarely are we looking down. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, you’re looking down—straight down. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/WtMw97xVNqE/shooting-challenge-from-above Alltel Amazon.Com America Movil … Continue reading

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This Super Sand Makes Even Toxic Water Safe to Drink [Video]

When I think of sand I think of dirt, and when I think of dirt, I don’t think of clean water. But sand is used to filter water in lots of places. This “coated sand” developed by Rice researchers? It’s … Continue reading

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The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!

It’s Thursday, and Tim and Brian are back in our fancy New York City studio for another edition of the Engadget Podcast. We’ve also managed to track Darren down and are forcing him to stay in one place for long … Continue reading

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 to get Android 3.1 on 5th of July, at least in Deutschland

The Iconia Tab A500, Acer’s “better choice” tablet, is set to join the ranks of Android 3.1 slates on the 5th of July, according to the company’s German Facebook page. That’s a little later than the June timeframe we’d initially … Continue reading

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Don’t Inspect a Gas Tanker with a Lighter if You Don’t Want to Catch on Fire [Video]

I would have assumed this was within the bounds of common sense, but, you know, you can never be too careful. Apparently the notion wasn’t obvious to this fellow, who blew apart an entire gas station through his idiot-curiosity. More » … Continue reading

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Verbalizer: the open-source wireless microphone of your Arduino-loving dreams

Google’s Voice Search for desktop is nifty and all, but what it’s really been lacking is a worthy way to trigger it into action. The Verbalizer is an open-source dev board made specifically to be used with the search giant’s … Continue reading

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