Monthly Archives: March 2012

ITG xpPhone 2 hands-on: Windows 7 on a smartphone

We got a little worried when ITG missed its January unveiling for the xpPhone 2, but yesterday, this Windows 7-powered smartphone finally made its debut public appearance in Guangzhou, and we happened to be there to scoop up a demo … Continue reading

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Official BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard coming on March 23rd for $120?

While there’s an array of unofficial third-party keyboards willing to pair up with your 7-inch RIM slate, an approved peripheral is likely to be the better option. At least, it’s what the BlackBerry-authorized add-on aims to accomplish. Dubbed Mini Keyboard, … Continue reading

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These iPhone Cases Are Made of Sound [Shapeways]

iPhone cases tend to be pretty generic, but if you can make a sound, you can have your own completely unique case. That’s because Shapeways will turns sounds—any sound—into an iPhone case. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/Pbptr0qhdO8/these-iphone-cases-are-made-of-sound Synopsys Synnex Symantec Sykes Enterprises … Continue reading

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Evernote Web gets a new interface, Facebook sharing, and more

Evernote, the popular multi-platform ‘digital memory’ app, has done some serious re-tooling of its Web interface. In addition to a more polished UI that more closely mirrors the look of Evernote on the desktop, the update brings features like notebook … Continue reading

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Clever Doorbell App Automatically Calls Your Friends When You Get To Their Door [Apps]

As long as the contacts listed in your iPhone include their full address, the Pocket Doorbell app will use your location data to automatically call or text them when you get to their place. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/e4uUfY0BvuE/clever-doorbell-app-automatically-calls-your-friends-when-you-get-to-their-door Sykes Enterprises Inorated … Continue reading

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Tether for iPhone returns as an HTML5-powered subscription service (video)

We’re still not sure how iTether temporarily snuck into the App Store the first time around, but the developers behind that software have returned with a new version that skirts Apple’s guidelines entirely. While Tether.com has standard apps available for … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8 [Windows 8]

While we’re huge fans of Windows 8′s Metro interface, there are plenty of folks who’d rather never let it see the light of day. If you’re one of them, our friends at Laptop Mag explain how to quash it from … Continue reading

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T-Mobile CMO: subsidized pricing hurts wireless competition, undermines hardware value

Could an end to unsubsidized smartphones be on its way for US carriers? If T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman had his way, that familiar on-contract pricing would’ve gone the way of the Dodo a long time ago. Speaking at … Continue reading

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New Firefox Nightly and Aurora logos unearthed, and how to enable channel switching

Later today, Firefox will undergo its biggest developmental upheaval ever. Mozilla-central, the source of nightly builds, will be renumbered to version 5 — and at long last, after years of wallowing around version 1, Mozilla’s rendering and layout engine, Gecko, … Continue reading

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Opera 11.10 includes improved power saving features

Just recently, the Opera 11.10 release candidate was made available for download. It brought a handful of important feature additions — like HTML5 File API support and IMAP enhancements — and loads of bugfixes. Nestled in amongst the other details … Continue reading

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Apple’s new iPad ship date slips to March 19th in the US

Did you wait too long to pull the trigger on a pre-order for Apple’s newest iPad? Well, it looks like you’ll have to join the rest of the US-based iStragglers and settle for a later ship date. The Cupertino-born slate, … Continue reading

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Pottermore departing beta from platform nine (and three quarters) in April

The digital exploits of Little Whinging’s most famous lightning-scarred resident is belatedly exiting beta next month. The six-month delay was prompted because the server platform couldn’t handle the load of the million pottermaniacs who had early access. This led to … Continue reading

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Researchers capture first-ever images of atoms moving inside a molecule

The headline sums it up nicely but really, those photographic acrobatics account for only part of the story. Starting from the beginning, a research team led by Louis DiMauro of Ohio State University used an “ultrafast” laser to knock an … Continue reading

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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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Jeremy Lin Gets His Own Weed, The President of Israel Wants to Be Friends, and Penguins Make an Adorable Break for Freedom [Video]

Roll that spliff phatly, pack some fresh ice into the binger, and set the Volcano to “toastify.” It’s time for tonight’s Stoner Channel. We’ve collected our best high-times material for the discerning pothead so sit back, relax, and pass that … Continue reading

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Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Lightning Review: Love and Vomit (Updated) [Tacos]

J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, quipped famously that upon seeing the destruction his creation had wrought, he was reminded of a Hindu god’s terrible vengeance: “I am become death, destroyer of worlds.” Someone at Taco Bell is … Continue reading

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Apple building $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, Rick Perry approves this message

Looks like SXSW isn’t the only thing happening in Austin. The Apple machine is rolling in, but this time it’s not the Cupertino outfit filling us in on the deets. Outspoken Texas Governor Rick Perry says that one of Apple’s … Continue reading

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O’Reilly helps Japan, offers entire e-book catalog for 50% off, today only

O’reilly make some of the best computer books in the world. They also sell them as DRM-free e-books in a bunch of formats, including PDFs and Mobi for Kindle. They usually offer one “Deal of the Day”, which is a … Continue reading

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The Cops Are Reportedly About To Raid The Pirate Bay [Piracy]

The Pirate Bay claims they’re about to be shut down again. Sources within government have reportedly told leaders at the file-sharing portal that the Swedish authorities are planning to raid them. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/y9q8iSkRe3Q/the-cops-are-reportedly-about-to-raid-the-pirate-bay Electronic Data Systems Electronic Arts Eclipsys … Continue reading

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iPhone & iPad Live 284: The new iPad

Georgia, Rene, and David Barnard of Appcubby are in full post-game mode, reviewing everything Apple announced at the new iPad event, including iOS 5.1, the new Apple TV, the new iPad, and more. This is iPhone & iPad Live! Source: … Continue reading

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A Pressure Suit for Every Occasion and Atmosphere [Space]

When a sealed, pressurized vessel (say, you) is exposed to a vacuum (say, space), things tend to get splattery—hence the exo-suits. These fifteen examples of atmospheric apparel from our friends at Oobject are the hallmarks of life-support design from the … Continue reading

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Nielsen report finds 56 percent of US households have a modern game console, total gaming time up seven percent

Nielsen is out with its annual survey of video game use in the US today, and it’s found that gaming continues to be on the rise across the board. That includes a seven percent increase in total gaming time compared … Continue reading

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Microsoft releases sexy Bing app for iPad

It’s still a bit odd seeing Microsoft deliver apps for Apple’s mobile platform. And it’s even stranger still to see one as sexy as the new Bing app for iPad, which brings a slick, immersive search experience to Apple’s tablet. … Continue reading

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NASA Engineer Explains—Yet Again—Why the World Isn’t Ending [Video]

2012 is shaping up to be an action-packed year for the Earth—it’s scheduled to end on no less than three separate occasions! If the the black hole and supernova don’t obliterate us, the mystical Mayan catastrophe surely will, right? Let’s … Continue reading

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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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iPad Emerges With Sharper Image and Zippier Chips

Apple on Wednesday introduced the world to the latest version of its iPad, equipped with 4G LTE technology, a quad-core processor and a Retina display. Apple also unveiled an updated Apple TV product. It will support 1080p viewing and sport … Continue reading

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Today’s iPad Keynote in Just 99 Seconds [Video]

Were you at Apple’s “Resolutionary” (barf) event today? It’s OK, neither were we—but if you watch this video and put your face close to the screen, you’ll feel like you’re there. All in a minute and some change. More » Source: … 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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Apple TV shipping estimate slips to 1-2 weeks

Bad news if you are planning on pre-ordering the new Apple TV for delivery on March 16. The shipping estimate has slipped to a rather vague 1-2 week instead of the original guaranteed delivery on March 16. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~3/ZFLm3A8OsMc/story01.htm Manhattan … Continue reading

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Funny or Die’s The Occasional: The Very Model of a Modern Humor Magazine [IPad Apps]

You might have grown up reading MAD Magazine. Or maybe you didn’t, because you had a terrible and idiotic childhood. Regardless, today’s deluge of digital comedy content can’t really be contained in the same old magazine format. So here’s The … Continue reading

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Why Apple Doesn’t Need Google Maps Anymore [Apple]

The new version of iPhoto doesn’t seem to use Google Maps for the map features in Journals and Slideshows. It’s a small departure, sure, but it signals a much bigger play. Because thing is, Apple doesn’t really need Google Maps … Continue reading

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iPhoto for iPad Hands On: Pretty and a Little Stupid? [Video]

You can buy a $5 version of iPhoto for your iPad and iPhone now. You can edit your photos to make them look better, on your handheld Apple device. It looks very handsome. But it’s also confusing, superfluous, and a … Continue reading

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IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison

Over on the Internet Explorer Blog, Microsoft has posted results from an extensive comparison of the top five Web browsers. The goal: to determine whether Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Chrome 10, Safari 5, or Opera 11 is able to … Continue reading

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Stun, Spray, Shoot! The New Less-Lethal Weapon That Does It All [Weapons]

From underwater stun guns to burning-hot pain rays, the Pentagon has plenty of far-out ideas for a trove of futuristic less-lethal weapons. But it looks like one American inventor might have outdone the entire military. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/O24D2ESz34o/stun-spray-shoot-the-new-less+lethal-weapon-that-does-it-all F5 Networks … Continue reading

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Wireless Data Could Move 1,000 Times Faster Thanks to Frequency Combs [Wireless]

That 4G connection pumping through your New iPad may seem lighting-quick compared to the 3G molasses you were used to, but LTE flows about as fast as old glass in the face of the Terahertz bandwidth that the University of … Continue reading

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Microsoft Research’s shoulder mounted system makes anything a multitouch display

Remember the nifty new 3D transparent display, augmented reality mirror, and remote sharing technology that Microsoft revealed just over a week ago? Turns out that Redmond’s research arm wasn’t done doling out the gadget goodies, as it’s now showing off … Continue reading

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YouTube and NBC Will Livestream the Entire Summer 2012 Olympics For Free [Sports]

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to watch every single olympic event live. NBC has teamed up with YouTube to livestream more than 3000 hours of coverage from the London 2012 Olympics for free. First the Super Bowl … Continue reading

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Apple’s March 7th event roundup: the new iPad, Apple TV refresh and everything else

Weren’t able to keep up with all the news from the unveiling of Apple’s new iPad today? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking for more info about its Retina Display and LTE-connectivity, the refreshed Apple TV or … Continue reading

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SK Telecom Smart Learning robots add twist to interactive learning, we go hands-on (video)

They aren’t quite up to Johnny Number Five’s level of fame and stature, but SK Telecom’s new “Smart Learning” robots have something it (he?) never could have dreamed of: the power of a smartphone. The mechanical critters are designed to … Continue reading

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Mozilla Messaging reintegrates with Labs, unifies focus on Web-based communication

Mozilla Messaging, citing Mozilla’s increased focus on Web-borne communications, will be reintegrating with Mozilla Labs. The Messaging subsidiary was formed in 2008 to focus on Thunderbird, but given Mozilla Labs’ current focus on identity and contact management, it now makes … Continue reading

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iSites overhauled, now lets you publish cloud-based HTML5 iPhone apps in minutes

iSites — a zero-code cloud-based ‘app creator’ — can now generate HTML5 apps that work on iOS devices. With this new feature, dubbed ‘InstantApp’, you can now design a single app in your browser and publish it natively on Android … Continue reading

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New Microbial Fuel Cells Could Turn Sewage Plants Into Power Plants [Monster Machines]

Microbial fuel cells are notoriously inefficient. Electrodialysis systems are notoriously expensive. However if you combine the two and add some poo, they can turn waste water into a viable power source. The future of green energy is brown. More » Source: … Continue reading

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IOS 5.1 Is Here With Better Battery Life, New Siri Languages and Better Photostream Features [Ios 5]

During the Apple iPad event today, CEO Tim Cook casually mentioned that iOS 5.1 will be available today. In addition to Siri support for Japanese, the OS has a few other new tricks, here’s what to expect. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/sSK3_JhLvXo/ios-51-is-coming-today-heres-what-to-expect … Continue reading

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AppleCare+ extended to new iPad, adds two years of support for a fee

When the iPhone 4S was announced last year, the fine folks over in Cupertino outed an extended, premium protection plan, dubbed AppleCare+. That service, which boosts the standard 90 days of coverage to two years, in addition to ensuring “up … Continue reading

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Our Apple iPad HD Liveblog Starts Now [Apple]

Oh joy! It’s Apple announcement time again. We know you’ve got a lot of live blog options, but we hope you’ll join us on our super meta iPad HD Liveblog with your hosts, Brian Barrett and Mat Honan. More » Source: … Continue reading

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