Monday, October 31, 2011

Asus Plans to Introduce Two Windows 8 and Two Android Tablets in 2012

Asus has recently held a conference to announce the company's financial results for the third quarter of this year and apart from the usual sales and revenue numbers the Taiwanese maker also revealed that it plans to introduce four new tablets in 2012 powered by the Windows 8 and Android OSes.

Two of these upcoming tablets will arrive in the first quarter of the upcoming year and both run Google's mobile operating system, most probably Ice Cream Sandwich.Asus hasn't disclosed the names or the

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Handcent SMS No Longer Appearing In The Market?

For those of you trying to find the wildly popular Handcent SMS app in the Market today, you may have noticed that it was suspiciously missing. The makers of Handcent didn’t give a specific reason as to why it was down, but said they are working with Google to put it back up.

A temp issue cause can’t list handcent at android market we are contacting and working with google ,it will be online again ASAP,please download from http://www.handcent.com/Download.php temp

Here’s to hoping

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Droid RAZR – the RAZR’s coming back – ultra slim gadget review

If you’re old enough to remember, the Motorola RAZR was once one of the most popular lines of cellphones, in a clamshell form factor and a very slim design for the time (hence the Raz r moniker) and it brought Motorola back from the brink, kind of like the Droid did for them on the smartphone market. But of course, the good streak didn’t last very long, and even though the KRAZR was technically better, the craze was just gone and the RAZR became a part of history… until now, that

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

HP VP Confirms That Ultrabooks Are Coming

Some Ultrabooks are already showing up and, even though it stuttered a bit because of the strange PC-related woes, HP is apparently on the train.Whether or not HP would make Ultrabooks is something that has been the subject of speculation for a while.

Now, speculations do not apply to this exactly, but to just what Ultrabook will appear.“Ultramobile is a notebook category of sub-17 millimeter notebooks,” Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group,

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Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Gingerbread 2.3.4 For All Countries

Owners of Sony Ericsson devices rejoice! We mentioned previously that a few lucky owners in the Nordic/Dutch region receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The moment the rest of you have been waiting for is finally here with SE rolling out the coveted Gingerbread update to the rest of the owners around the world. Owners of SE devices (which will include the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, and so on) can look forward to some noteworthy features with the update:
Google Talk with Video Chat
3D Sweep

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LG DoublePlay – the comeback of both separated QWERTY keyboards and dual displays

LG has been doing pretty well on the smartphones market since they released their first dual core device, but of course, there’s always room for improvement. However, it may not be that easy to compete in traditional niches anymore – there are plenty of great slab and QWERTY slider smartphones out there, and even going for the low end niche has its problems, since there are a lot of cheap phones already on the market, plus the older high end models tend to sell very well at cheaper

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

AMD Prepares New Revision for Its Llano APUs

AMD is currently working on releasing a new revision for its A-Series Llano APUs launched in the middle of this year, which apparently will fix some of the erratas that are present in the current version of these chips.

The new revision of the APUs was spotted in an MSI document which details the compatibility of its motherboards with AMD accelerated processing units.Unlike the Llano chips that are available until now, these new processors distinguish themselves by featuring a new suffix, as

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Nippon Announces New ‘Invisible Glass’ – Removes Annoying Glare

Booyah! What you see above is the possible future for our beloved smartphones and tablets - for all technology with screens for that matter!
What you are looking at is two variations of glass, the left being untreated and glare ridden, while the right, treated and virtually glare free. This new technology called “invisible glass” was developed by Nippon Electric Glass and hopefully device manufacturers team up with these geniuses sometime in the near future.
Studies show that regular

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This week’s top 5 news in the mobile industry from GadgetMania

The mobile industry is very fast paced, and a lot of things are happening every single minute. It would be near impossible to keep up with all the details, but thankfully you don’t have to – most of the stuff doesn’t really matter, because even though a lot of new technologies seem great on paper, for example, not many people will actually use them.
Of all the news and developments in the mobile industry this week, the following five stood out the most:
Google demoed Android 4.0 Ice Cream

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Friday, October 28, 2011

$35 Aakash Tablet Found Quite Satisfying in Early Preview

In a market where tablets sell for an average of $500, the Indian government basically caused tremors when it created a tablet that has a subsidized price of $35.The $35 (26 Euro) Aakash tablet, even though it sells for $60-$65 (48 Euro) in retail, was put through an early preview by VentureBeast.

Needless to say, no one would actually expect too much from such a cheap item. After all, if the common tablet costs so much more, it isn't very likely that this will be any good.It turns out that,

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It’s Official – HP TouchPad is History

Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.
With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and

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It’s Official – HP TouchPad is History

Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.
With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and

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Store and Manage Your Passwords

icon in the menu bar. There aren't any dock icons or complicated interfaces, a smart design decision, which allows users to focus on their work, and access the tool only when they need it.

Clicking the menu bar icon will provide instant access to all stored passwords, as well as basic application options.

The Works

You can add new passwords right after starting the application: all you need to to is click the icon and select New Password. This will bring forth a window where you

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

AMD 28nm Radeon HD 7000 GPUs Entered Mass Production – Report

AMD is getting ready for the release of its next-generation Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards as reports suggest the company has already started mass production of these GPUs which are fabricated using TSMC advanced 28nm technology.

The official launch of these chips is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2012, according to DigiTimes, the same source that revealed the graphics cores have entered mass production.If this report turns out to be true, then AMD won't be able to deliver on its

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HTC Flyer Software Tour (Video)

Raise your hands if you’re interested in seeing the HTC Flyer’s software in action. Of course you all raised your hands, so you’re in luck. The gang at Pocketnow has provided a video of the tablet running with Sense 1.0 for tablets slapped on top of Gingerbread 2.3.4. Overall it looks incredibly fluid and smooth especially with Honeycomb (and eventually Ice Cream Sandwich) out there. Among the noteworthy features are the HTC Scribe functionality to make and create notes, Press Reader,

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A soft-touch silicone panel that grips and holds in place any modern phone – gadget news

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Suspending your phone at a seemingly impossible angle with no base support, the What?Gravity is a nifty little gadget, but how does it work?!
Well, the trick is that the What?Gravity uses its puckered silicon back to create a vacuum from friction and, well, gravity itself to hold the phone in place! Clever! A phone remains safely attached to the holder, even when turned upside down (see the video!) Phone holders aren’t normally the most exciting of gadgets

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HDMI Founders Step Up Development of the Specification

The HDMI interface is basically a default element of PCs and displays nowadays, so HDMI Licensing, LLC decided to create the HDMI Forum, Inc. organization, to broaden industry participation.The purpose of HDMI Forum, Inc. is to take up the task of developing the HDMI specification further.

It is also meant to get more IT players interested in participating in the development process, as the Forum is open to companies that want to become members.This should both make sure that the technology

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GetGlue for Android now supports real-time TV conversations

GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations,

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich – more delicious than Honeycomb and Gingerbread combined

Android sure has grown a lot in the past two years, and especially this year. While version 2.2 Froyo brought a lot of improvements on the inside, 2.3 Gingerbread really shines on the outside – it’s sleek, beautiful and works flawlessly on most smartphones (even those with a seemingly weak processor, although manufacturer customizations and skins really make it slower sometimes).
But of course, with its 6 months period between releases, it is time for another update, and this time, it’s

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hitachi Gets Its Cloud Project Going Forward

Hitachi decided this was an opportune moment for its cloud tactics to be laid out on the table, so it provided an extensive press release to this effect.What Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., will provide for companies are Hitachi Cloud Services and Cloud Solution Packages.

Both of these sets of solutions will enable file tiering, file serving and Microsoft SharePoint Archiving, though the former will be more focused on private data.The

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Apple Wins Patent On Lock Screen Gestures

In a result that surprises many, Apple was granted patent number 7657849. You probably know this patent as “slide to unlock.” Before you start screaming and demanding to the heads of those responsible, realize that there is still a decent chance that this will be invalidated. It took 6 years for Apple to finally convince the US that they deserved this patent, and the US seems to be the only ones buying this. A Dutch Judge has already denied Apple the patent based on the fact that Apple

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Abee Continues Case Launch Spree With AS Enclosure DX4

Abee didn't launch the AS Enclosure DX3 on its own, having also prepared a product for people whose PCs really are big and imposing, namely the AS Enclosure DX3.One would think that one or two cases would be enough to make an impression for any company, but Abee, apparently, is not done with just that.

The first clue was when the Acubic M50 showed up, only to be later joined by the Abee J03 mid tower.Then, not long ago, the same company unleashed the AS Enclosure DX3, a steel and aluminum

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[Deal] Get the HTC EVO Design 4G for $29.99 at Amazon Wireless, $79.99 for upgrades

The HTC EVO Design 4G just launched on Sprint for $99.99, but if you are opening a new account, you can grab it for $29.99 (with a 2-year contract) at Amazon Wireless. To entice you a little more, they are waiving the activation fee till midnight tonight. The $29.99 price will remain though. If you are upgrading an existing account, you can still save $20.00 because they are offering it for $79.99 (with a 2-year contract). The EVO Design 4G won’t wow you with specs, but it’s more than

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5 great apps for Android you should try out today

Until pretty recently, only the iPhone had a large selection of high quality apps on it’s marketplace. Windows 7 Phone, Blackberry OS and WebOS never came close to having a marketplace that could rival that of the iPhone. The main reason is that those companies never got what Apple has – user loyalty.
But the Android operating system, pioneered by Google and now owned by OHA (Open Handset Alliance) – a consortium of some of the largest telecommunications companies and electronics

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Motorola RAZR Will Have Unlockable Bootloader For International Version Only

For those of you who are planning on buying the Droid Razr, we have some good news for you. Unfortunately good news is usually accompanied by the bad.
Motorola has decided to make the device’s bootloader either locked or unlocked, leaving it up to the carrier to decide. The European market will be getting the unlocked version known as the Motorola Razr. Verizon on the other hand unfortunately decided to keep the U.S. variant, the Droid Razr, on lock-down.
If you were hoping to get the Razr

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Sony Reader Wifi vs Amazon Kindle – can Sony still compete on the e-readers market?

The e-readers market is quite crowded right now, but of course Amazon still holds the number one place by the number of users with their Kindle, which has now expanded into a series of devices for different types of use and different budgets.
Sony also has a few e-readers on the market, with e-ink displays and all, but they have always managed to elude everyone’s attention, even though the company was among the first to release a device equipped with an e-ink display. Still, they continue to

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Intel Ivy Bridge Processors to Arrive in March of 2012

Even though Intel hasn't committed on any specific launch date for its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and settled with saying that these will arrive in March or April of 2012, a recent report has now made its appearance that suggests the Santa Clara chips maker is considering March for the release of the chips.

The report cites a series of motherboard manufacturers that talked with the WCCF Tech website about Intel's launch scheduled for Ivy Bridge.The initial processor lineup will be

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Word Game Pro

Word Game Pro is today’s free app download from the Amazon market. A game similar to Scrabble, Word Game Pro’s goal is to spell out words from the 7 tiles you have been randomly given. The game is timed and you get rewarded extra seconds for spelling back to back words without error. Before I started writing this article, I was just going to download the app to be sure I knew what I was talking about, an hour later I had to force myself to put down my phone so I could actually get some

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Top 5 tablets that should be on your watchlist – most popular gadgets review

The tablet market has now grown so big, it’s getting hard to make a choice between all the devices – besides the iPad, there are literally dozens of Android tablets, from various manufacturers, and all of them have different specs, most of the times missing one important feature that really breaks the deal for you. With that in mind, here are five excellent devices that would satisfy nearly everyone and which you should keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new tablet:
Samsung Galaxy

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Friday, October 21, 2011

SanDisk Also Reports Its Financial Situation, Good Tidings

SanDisk issued a press release in which it said that it finished the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 on October 2, with better than average results, to put it lightly.While the recession doesn't seem to be as bad as it was a couple of years ago, it still hasn't completely gone away.

As such, it is somewhat surprising to learn of companies that managed to perform well from a financial standpoint.The surprise is greater the better the corporation does for itself, so SanDisk can be said to

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Burn The Rope: WORLDS Coming To Android Next Week

Burn The Rope: WORLDS is a sequel to Big Blue Bubble’s highly popular game Burn The Rope. In the original game, the goal was to burn a rope with the flame only being able to burn upwards. This meant you needed to rotate your device to get the flame to burn in the direction you needed to burn the rope. In this follow up game the concept is still the same, but brings in four themed worlds: Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Each stage within that world will have a rope designed on that

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Motorola Atrix 2 is finally here – brings a few minor improvements to the table – review

Motorola introduced the first Atrix just half a year ago, and it is a pretty impressive device – at the time it was even more impressive with its dual core processor, big 4 inch display and the ability to run a secondary Linux-based OS (which has a special desktop Firefox build with support for Flash and any other plugins/add-ons you might need) that could be used with one of the two special docks, which transformed the smartphone into a full-fledged netbook or even desktop replacement.
And

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

AOC Launches Two WLED Business Monitors

Apparently, AOC decided this was a good time to launch a pair of monitors aimed at the business sector, so it went ahead and introduced the 22-inch and 24-inch e2219Ph and e2436Pa.AOC Europe is one of those companies that tends to give its products names that aren't particularly easy on the tongue.

That doesn't mean they aren't easy on the eyes, though, as is made more than clear by the e2219Ph and e2436Pa.Set to debut around the middle of next month, they are more or less similar, with the

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Steve Jobs was “willing to go to thermonuclear war” to stop Android

The upcoming biography, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson is scheduled for release next week, but the Associated Press got a copy early. From their descriptions, it sounds like there is some pretty bombshell stuff scrawled on the pages within. Apparently Steve Jobs was so vehemently agitated by Android that no monetary settlements with Google would ever be made. He had every intention to fire all of his guns at once in effort to obliterate Android from the marketplace. Straight from the book,

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Toshiba Thrive 7 – is this the Thrive 10 all over again? gadget review

Toshiba’s entry to the tablet market was a bit disappointing for them, with their first tablet, the Thrive (or Toshiba Handibook, as South Park dubbed it even before it was released) being pretty good specs-wise, with a lot of practical features that would benefit owners in everyday use (like the full sized USB and HDMI ports and SD card slot), but looking so completely generic that it managed to elude the attention of nearly everyone, including the intended target niche (practical users),

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

About Six Million Android Tablets Are Out and About

One would think that six million would be a big number, and they would normally be right, but it looks like, on the tablet segment, it is just an indicator of how unbalanced things are, for now anyway.The tablet market has come a long way since it started off, last year, but the Apple iPad is still in a very clear lead.

One would think that Android-loaded models would have evened the field by now, but this is, apparently, not the case.For whatever reason, Apple has sold many more iPads than

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Sprint announces HTC EVO Design 4G, available Oct. 23

OK guys, we have yet another official device announcement for you and this one will be heading to Sprint. The HTC EVO Design 4G has just been announced and it will come in at a reasonably priced $100. This new 4G phone was leaked last month and now we have an official release date of October 23rd on the Now Network.
The EVO Design 4G definitely has a great price point, but for you high-end aficionados, the specs might leave a little to be desired.
Features:
Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
HTC

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6 great WebOS apps you should check out now

WebOS has had a long history on the market, and it has actually been a leader for quite some time before Windows Mobile took over, but as you may know, it is virtually unknown today. When HP bought the OS from Palm, they had big plans for it, they planned to revive and use it to compete with Android, iOS and Windows 7 Phone.
Technically, WebOS is a very capable system, but HP severely underestimated the sheer amount of resources and time it would take to get it ready for such a big goal. And

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AMD Bulldozer B3 Revision Is in the Works

After many were left disappointed by the performance of AMD's FX-Series processors based on the Bulldozer architecture, the chip maker is now working on a new revision of its CPUs that will carry the B3 stepping.

This information was uncovered by Hardcore-Hardware in a public AMD document entitled “BIOS and Kernel’s Developers Guide (BKDG) for AMD Family 15h Models 00h-0Fh Processors.”The document included a table that mentioned the current stepping of AMD's Bulldozer processors, but

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for 5 minutes [Video]

In about an hour you are going to get the complete goods on Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but you want something now. How about a 5 minute hands on video? Well here’s one for you. Yes it’s filmed with the wrong orientation, but seriously folks, we’ll take anything.


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs Motorola Droid 3 – hardware specs review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is still the only smartphone that is dedicated to gaming and gamers, and despite it being out for almost half a year now (and rumors about it leaking a year ago already!), no other company has tried to get into the niche, which is pretty surprising considering that both Acer and Samsung jumped at the oversized smartphone niche (in which the first such device, the Dell Streak, failed) with a 4.8 and 5.3 inch touch screen phone, respectively.
While the Xperia Play is

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Thor and Star Wars Help Blu-Ray Sales

The big surge in Blu-ray disk sales is something that speaks just as much about the instant popularity increase as it does about the previous lukewarm demand level.People who were wondering about the relevance of Blu-ray's existence got their answer just now, as sales got a nice boost.

Until not too long ago, DVDs were still the primary medium of choice for the marketing of movies and, in more ways than one, they still are.This might not last for too long, though, since this year's movies

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II review

The final carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the U.S. was T-Mobile and with it comes HSPA+ at 42Mbps compatibility and a different different processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor replaced the standard Exynos 1.2GHz. I found no lag with the Qualcomm, but I think if you really look hard you might find it slightly slower than the Exynos. I stress “look hard” because I believe the average person won’t be able to tell the difference. If you are someone that constantly

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Motorola Admiral – sailing the Blackberry seas like it’s no one’s business – review

Motorola has been quite successful, it seems, in the portrait QWERTY equipped smartphone market, and not only because Blackberry users are desperate for something else after years of torture. The Droid Pro, XPRT and Titanium are all great devices that deliver an effective tool for those who want to be productive at all times.
And now, we’re getting news that the Motorola Admiral, the successor to the XPRT, is finally here and ready for heavy duty work. You might’ve already seen the leaked

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Complain App, for those who really want their voice heard

If you are anything like me, I am sure there has been a time when you have been so unsatisfied with a product or service that you felt the need to register your grievance with the offending company. Most of the time complaints go unheard, unanswered, and unresolved usually because the company is too large to have to worry about one little complaint from one single customer. Complain App is here to help! One of the finalists in the App competition at CTIA, they have designed an app that works

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Kyocera Milano – a nice budget compact QWERTY phone with one noticeable drawback

Kyocera is relatively unknown in western countries – aside from the occasional news report from Japan, we don’t really get to see or hear about their products. But they are actually one of the leading manufacturers of smartphones over there, and recently they’ve started moving into the US market, as well. Their first major release here was the Kyocera Echo, which frankly impressed me with its dual screen design (although the performance was pretty average with its single core chip) – I

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Intel Haswell CPUs Could Pack Multiple GPU Cores

In 2013 Intel will introduce a new processor architecture known under the code-name of Haswell and a recent report has come to suggest that chips built using this new technology could include more than one graphics cores.

According to an unnamed source cited by VR-Zone, Intel believes that such an approach would enable it to create more flexible processors that could cater to the needs of both the mobile and the desktop market.Details about how these GPUs will be interconnected with eachother

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Pictures of Gmail, Calendar, and E-mail Apps From Ice Cream Sandwich

Thanks to AndroidPolice we’ve got shots of the Gmail, Calendar, and e-mail apps from Ice Cream Sandwich to look over. In the shots, you’ll see a comparison to the Honeycomb version of the apps. You’ll notice the standard e-mail app and Gmail look alike and the calendar app looks a little cleaner. Hit up the break to check them all out and let us know what you think.



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7 great extensions for the Mac OS X Safari browser

Apple Mac OS X’s stability and functionality are practically the best on the market, and the user interface has yet to be beaten in ease of use and intuitiveness by any other platform. The apps designed for Mac OS X follow this great tradition and set new standards in usability and functionality every year.
Apple’s own web browser, Safari, has always been a great browser, especially for one that comes installed by default (I’m comparing it to the world famous bugger Internet Explorer ,

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Flat-Panel TVs Start Selling Less, Demand Woes Expand

The display market was one of the more well off parts of the IT industry at some point, but it looks like not everything is rosy even there, at least according to analysts' financial findings.The latest research from iSuppli revealed that the performance of flat panels, marketing-wise, during the second quarter was somewhat lukewarm.

The 32-inch size turned out to be the best seller during the period (April-June, 2011), most of the units having sold in China.Overall, though, flat-panel TVs

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Gameloft releases Let’s Golf 3 HD

Gameloft recently released Let’s Golf! 3 HD in the Android Market which lets you play friends from across the globe. This edition lets you travel to six locations including the Great Wall of China and Outer Space. Up to 4 players can compete online and locally (via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) or on the same device.
You can create your own unique golfing avatar by choosing combinations of clothes, hair, gear and more, and you will find four games modes to progressively unlock: Stroke Play, Match

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6 apps for Windows 7 Phone that are also free

Windows Phone 7 is a worthy adversary to all the other mobile operating systems on the market. It has enough new and unique features to make people think twice before choosing between it and an iPhone or Android smartphone.
Windows Mobile was the leader on the market in the first 5 years or so of the new century, however, it sure wasn’t known for its free apps. Most software for it was paid, and it did cost quite a lot compared to what we can get today. Windows Phone 7 is different in that

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

SteelSeries and Gunnar Optiks Create Gaming Glasses

If there is any gizmo that qualifies as unusual, the new pair of glasses that SteelSeries and Gunnar made are probably it, being a special pair for non-3D screens.People probably haven't heard about many tech glasses that aren't meant for 3D, but SteelSeries and GUNNAR just collaborated on making a pair.

Basically, the two built the Desmo, which is supposed to boost visual efficiency, endurance and recovery of gamers.The goal is to allow people to spend more hours than they would otherwise

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Tokidoki edition Huawei M835 heading to MetroPCS

Today, during the final hours of CTIA 2011, I was treated to a glimpse at the upcoming revamped Huawei (pronounced wow-wey) M835. The M835 for MetroPCS is a special-edition Android device designed by Los Angeles-based cult apparel brand tokidoki. Heading to MetroPCS in the “coming weeks”, this stylized phone is available in both men’s and women’s flavors and is designed to fit discreetly in your pocket.

The Huawei M835 Sanctioned by tokidoki includes two interchangeable battery

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EEE Note EA800 – the stylus enabled electronic notepad from ASUS – user review

Tablets are all the rage nowadays, it seems, and the stylus is not only not getting any love, but it actually seems to have become a universally hated thing of the past, when touch screens were soft, very scratch able and had a pretty bad image quality. But the stylus isn’t as bad as everyone thinks, not at all!
To tell you the truth, it’s been a very looong time since I last wrote anything longer than a sentence with a pen – I can’t even write my signature without thinking carefully

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Acura TL

Acura TL by stevelyon

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AMD to Increase CPU Performance by 10-15% Every Year

Today's launch of the FX-Series processors hasn't been the success that everybody has hoped for and AMD knows that, so in the following years the company plans to improve the speed of the Bulldozer cores by 10 to 15 percent with each new generation that arrives.

This information was made public by AMD itself and the chip maker states that the performance increase will come from a series of improvements to the architecture's IPC, timing and frequencies.Energy efficiency should also get better

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PhoneGuard launches app suite aimed at stopping texting while driving

Yesterday, PhoneGuard launched a new application suite in the Android Market that provides “Personal Security” and “Text Responsibly” platforms for mobile phones. The PhoneGuard app suite provides free and paid apps that are designed to not only keep teens safe while driving, but can be used by businesses alike. By disabling all keyboard functions when traveling over 10mph, PhoneGuard will make sure drivers focus on the road instead of their cellphone.
With their new slogan, “It’s

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LG Optimus EX – packing LG’s best technologies, launching in South Korea first

LG are definitely on the right track with their advance into the Android smartphones market. They launched with a bang – the Optimus 2X being the first smartphone with a dual core processor, and it’s still a pretty amazing device, but it’s quickly being overshadowed by the more advanced newcomers like the Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation.
LG isn’t taking it lying down, either, they already have a new high end handset in the works, but until it’s announced and released in the West, it looks

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AMD Postpones the Radeon HD 7000 Launch to 2012 Says Rumor Mill

AMD may be forced to postpone the launch of the next-generation Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards to 2012, says a series of rumors that have recently hit the Web and which blame the problems TSMC has with its 28nm chip fabrication node.

AMD has promised time and time again that the Radeon HD 7000 series will arrive by the end of this year, but rumors regarding the delay of these GPUs started circulating since mid-September.Much like this latest Hardcore Hardware report, the previous rumors also

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Bluestacks Lets You Open Android Apps On Your PC (video)

The Bluestacks App Player has launched an alpha version for Windows bringing you the ability to open Android apps on your PC. Unfortunately, there is no Android Market support at the moment, so apps will have to be installed from the Bluestacks App Channel (which it looks like you need a Facebook login for) or the app on your device itself. What you’ll need to do is download the app both to your PC and your Android device to sync apps. In order to get the pin to enter into your phone, once

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Grid10 is Fusion Garage’s new tablet – will it avoid JooJoo’s mistakes? gadget review

You may have already heard about Fusion Garage, the startup that wanted to be the among the first to release a tablet that could compete with the iPad and profit from the newly formed niche on the mobile market. Sadly, their first product, the JooJoo, which looked and worked pretty damn well, did not take off as the owners planned and still remains buried among the many tablet concepts in dusty forgotten files. However, the company is back in town with a new design and a new attempt at cracking

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SlingPlayer Now Available For Android Tablets

Sling Media announced today that SlingPlayer is now available in the Android Market for tablets running Android 3.0 or later. If your unfamiliar with SlingBox, this is a device hooked up to your cable at home which lets you stream your TV content to another device. SlingPlayer for tablets will cost you $29.99 in the market, but this software will give you the ability to use your existing cable service almost anywhere. You can grab the app from the market right here if you’re already a

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The $4 Retro Computer

The Kenbak-1 apparently predates the Altair and is the earliest “personal” microcomputer in existence. To use it you flipped a bunch of switches and watched the lights. A PS3 this definitely wasn’t.
A tinkerer named Mark Wilson recently rebuilt a mini version of the Kenbak using an Arduino board, timing chip, and some memory, allowing him to add realtime clock functions and storage to what amounts to a very smart Lite-Brite.
Not long after discovering the Arduino

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And The Lion Shall Lie Down With The Lamb: Nintendo Issues Blue Sega-Themed Wii

I remember the time when you were either a Nintendo kid or a Sega kid — assuming you were lucky enough to have one of the consoles at all. You’d ask your friend if they had played Super Mario Bros 3 warpless, and they would respond that no, they were still trying to beat their Casino Zone times in Sonic 2. Things would be a little tense after that. And this was a prejudice that I felt would never be mended. But when Sega went all-software after the Dreamcast

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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Tuesday, October 11th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to

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Daily Crunch: Two Face

Here are some of yesterday’s Gadgets stories:3DPF: Japanese Company Creates Super-Realistic 3D Face Replicas
Remember When Netflix Wanted To Rent DVDs On A Different Website? Yeah, That Was A Fun Week
The $4 Retro Computer
A Ten-Minute Charger For The Nissan Leaf – In Time
Lenovo And YouTube Announce Space Lab: The Ultimate Science Fair

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Sling Media Launches $29.99 SlingPlayer App For Android ‘Honeycomb’ Tablets

Sling Media, an EchoStar subsidiary, this morning announced the availability of SlingPlayer for tablets running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later. The app is available on Android Market now and costs $29.99, the same price Sling Media charges for any of its mobile applications.
The application basically lets Slingbox owners watch home TV from their Android tablets. (The Slingbox retails for $180 and up).
New to this release of SlingPlayer is a revamped program guide that

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id Software Releases RAGE Patch, Carmack Curses

id Software released a patch for Rage Saturday night, right after John Carmack called the driver issues a real cluster !@#$.
After a rocky start, id Software's new shooter Rage has reportedly become a bit more stable thanks to the release of optimized drivers from both AMD and Nvidia. As reported earlier, both Bethesda and id Software indicated that the problems users experienced stemmed from outdated or incorrect drivers. Rage creative director Tim Willits even said that

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Huffington Post Hits 37 Million Monthly Visitors, 1 Billion Pageviews; Acquires Localocracy

The Huffington Post Media Group (HPMG), which I should point out is owned by our parent company AOL, is to announce an acquisition today, along with some key stats, hires and new site launches. Kara Swisher obtained and published the press release.
HMPG has acquired Localocracy, an “online town common” where registered voters weigh in on local issues and come together to solve problems in their communities, using their real names.
According to the release, The

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CMOs not ready for new world of marketing

The majority of the world's top marketing executives recognize the shift in marketing norms but are not well-prepared to deal with it, a new study reveals.

Even among the most successful enterprises, half of all CMOs feel insufficiently prepared to provide hard numbers in regards to return on marketing investment, according to IBM's study, which surveyed more than 1,700 chief marketing officers from 64 countries and 19 industries.

Despite a wealth of tools available to track social media

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With A New Platform And Multi-Browser Support, exfm Turns The Web Into Your Social Music Library

There’s a lot of free, legal music working its way across the world wide web, and there are more than a few ways to access it. Which is terrific, but there are still quite a few paint points out there for we digital music listeners. How many times, for example do you listen to a song, recognize it, but forget who the artist is? Shazam addressed that problem by building a mobile app that lets you play the song in question and get a quick identification. Now, what about

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New Facebook app delivers local deals to Wal-Mart fans

Facebook is cozying up to major brands in a big way.

The latest is Wal-Mart.


The social-networking giant announced it's teaming up with the world's biggest retailer with an aim to make shopping more local and personal. Together, they introduced "My Local Walmart," a new Facebook app designed to give millions of Wal-Mart shoppers information on their favorite and closest Wal-Mart stores nationwide.


More than 3,500 Wal-Mart store-specific pages are launching on Facebook, allowing

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Blackberry Torch 2 (9810) – a small, but welcome upgrade to the first Torch

RIM is certainly going through some bad times right now, with their profits dwindling because of the lost sales and customers who are disappointed with the quality of the software and support from the company. The hardware, however, keeps getting better every day, so there’s still a good chance that the Blackberry won’t go the way of Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile PDAs and just slowly disappear.
One of their latest additions to the Blackberry smartphone fleet is the Blackberry Torch 9810,

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AMD FX-8150 Processor Gets Previewed and Benchmarked

Just a few more days are left until AMD will make official its highly anticipated FX-Series of desktop processors, and the company's flagship CPU based on the Bulldozer architecture, the FX-8150, was just put through a series of extensive benchmarks that compare its performance with that of the Core i7-2600K.

The FX-8150 is the most powerful of the three FX-Series processors AMD plans to launch and it includes four Bullodzer modules for a total of eight processing cores.These are paired

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Easy to Use Timer

If you are a busy person, with a tight schedule, you might end up forgetting various events, like meetings or birthdays. In order to avoid these inconveniences, one could use Countdown.Countdown is a simple tool that allows its users to create their own timers and customize them with ease.Small and practical, Countdown comes wrapped up in a 1.2 MB archive, so it doesn't take a lot of hard drive space and you can download it in a matter of seconds. Aside from that, the application itself is

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Velocity Micro Gets Competitive, Drops The Price Of The 8-inch T408 Android Tablet To $199

Velocity Micro launched the $240 8-inch T408 Android 2.2 tablet on September 7th. Amazon announced the $199 Kindle Fire two weeks later. But Velocity Micro isn’t going down without a fight. The company just sent over a note indicating that the T408 now costs just $199. It’s no doubt a smart move, but that’s where it should have been priced initially.
Velocity Micro sent over both of their new models and I rather like the small Android 2.2 tab. But they were a tough

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'Chromoting': Google Juices Chromebooks With Remote Access

Access from a distance. Photo: Wired.
Google has released a long-awaited Chrome extension that lets users access remote machines from the company’s web browser and its browser-based Chromebook laptops.
Known as Chrome Remote Desktop, this “beta” extension is similar to existing remote access tools such as Citrix’s GoToMyPC and Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection, and it’s an important part of Google’s effort to push its Chromebooks into the enterprise.
According to

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Guest Column: The Beatles ... Run DMC ... the iPod? You Bet

The people who did the most to change music culture in the past have been musicians. In the 60s: The Beatles, The Stones, James Brown, Motown. In the 70s: Led Zeppelin, Sly Stone. In the 80s: Run DMC, Michael Jackson. In the 90s: Nirvana, Snoop Dog.
But in the last decade plus, the American music scene has been changed less by any artist or movement than it has by the iPod. The legacy of Steve Jobs cast a large shadow over the music world. He’s as much of a game changer as the

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Facebook Releases Long-Awaited iPad App

Facebook's iPad app is available today. Image: TechCrunch
It seemed like it would never arrive, but at long last, Facebook has released its iPad app.
One of the key features of the iPad-specific app is its integration with other iOS apps: The Facebook app will send you straight to other apps when you navigate to them from a friend’s news post or status update. For example, if a friend posted a link from The Daily, clicking the link would take you to The Daily app itself. The app

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Steve Jobs' Biological Father: Some Contact (Maybe), But No Facetime

Steve Jobs’ birth father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, learned the identity of his son only very late in life. Then it took years for Jandali to gently reach out to the grown man to whom he bears an unmistakable likeness and whom he gave up for adoption as an infant a half-century earlier.
In an impossibly sad interview published Monday by the Wall Street Journal, we learn that there would never be a reunion between Jobs and his birth father, or even the sort of

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Samsung Stratosphere Targets Professionals With 4G and a Hardware Keyboard

Being on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and having a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard have been mutually exclusive features until now. Today, the carrier revealed the Samsung Stratosphere, a 4G smartphone with a slide-out keyboard.
The Stratosphere targets the business professional crowd, the folks who used to use (or still use) BlackBerries, but are looking to make the transition to Android or iOS.
The Stratosphere features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 5-row QWERTY keyboard

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Critics Be Damned! iPhone 4S Pre-Order Success Validates Apple Strategy

Phil Schiller introduces the iPhone 4S' voice-controlled assistant, Siri. Image: Brian X. Chen/Wired.com
If initial sales figures for the iPhone 4S are any indication, Apple could issue a resounding “I told you so” to critics who initially panned the phone’s new features and unchanged physical appearance as disappointing. Perhaps even more telling: Solid sales of older iPhone models continue to prove Apple’s dominance in the smartphone space.
The iPhone 4S sold over one

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Amazon to offer preorders of digital PC games

Amazon says pre-orders for a digital PC download of Battlefield 3 and many other titles will start soon.
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Amazon is expected tomorrow to roll out the ability for consumers to preorder digital game downloads for PC.


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Amazon)

The Swiss army knife of Internet companies is already offering several titles for sale in download form. Amazon's entry joins a crowded space that includes EA's Origin, Steam, direct2drive, Gamestop, and many other PC game download providers.

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How Microsoft Reduces Memory Use in Windows 8

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Netflix cancels Qwikster spinoff

Netflix's leadership has decided not to follow through with a plan to spin off the company's DVD-by-mail operations.

After only three weeks since announcing a new DVD-by-mail spinoff, Netflix said the curtain is drawing on Qwikster.
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What that means is the service, called Qwikster, is dead, at least for now, barely three weeks after managers disclosed their intentions. It also means Netflix customers get something akin to their old service back, the one that enabled them

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Yahoo out as Hulu mulls other bids, report says

Actor Alec Baldwin starring in an old Hulu commercial.
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As Hulu executives determine the proper direction for the future of their company, the firm that was first to show interest in acquiring the streaming-video provider has withdrawn from the race, a new report claims.
Currently, Hulu's board of directors is mulling bids from Dish Network, Amazon, and Google, The Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing anonymous sources. However, Yahoo, which first met with Hulu to discuss a

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Windows 8 to reduce memory usage

Microsoft has tweaked the use of memory in Windows 8 to help people juggle more applications and files with less physical RAM.
In the latest Building Windows 8 blog, Bill Karagounis, group program manager for Microsoft's Performance team, detailed some of the tricks that the company has employed in the new OS to optimize the use of memory.
One such trick is memory combining. Windows applications can reserve multiple chunks of system memory, not just what for they need now but what for they

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Alibaba looks to break away from Yahoo, report says

China-based e-commerce company Alibaba Group could be planning to buy back Yahoo's stake in its operation, a new report claims.
According to Bloomberg, which cited "people familiar with the matter," Alibaba is in talks with Singapore's Temasek Holdings, a state-owned investment firm, to raise the cash to buy back Yahoo's 40 percent stake. Exactly how much Alibaba will need to raise to get Yahoo to agree to the deal is unknown. Citing a Temasek valuation, Bloomberg said Yahoo's stake, which

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Netflix nixes Qwikster: reaction not all positive

Even after the Web's top video-rental service announced today that it decided to cancel plans to spin off the DVD-by-mail operations into a separate service called Qwikster, there's still a lot of criticism of the company.



Click on photo to read 'Netflix cancels Qwikster spinoff.'
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Greg Sandoval/CNET)


Most of the reaction to Netflix's announcement appears to be positive, but only three weeks ago, the Qwikster idea was widely panned. Why do people have a problem now?

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Facebook finally launches iPad app

Facebook's iPad app is finally here.
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Facebook took a giant leap into its mobile future today by launching the highly anticipated Facebook for
iPad app.


Facebook's app (download here) joins other popular social-networking apps on the iPad including Twitter, Flipboard, and Gowalla, all of which had a heady lead on Facebook.


Facebook for iPad was rumored to arrive at F8, the company's developer conference held late last month, and then it was rumored to arrive at Apple's

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Twitter secures trademark for 'tweet,' report says

Twitter's long quest to secure the trademark to "tweet" appears to be at an end.

Twittad will transfer the trademark to Twitter in exchange for the microblogging site dropping a lawsuit that challenged the Des Moines-based company's right to the trademark, the company's CEO told The Wall Street Journal. Twitter will also restore the Twitter account for Twittad, which helps Twitter users get paid to tweet ads on the microblogging service.

"We've arrived at a resolution with Twittad that

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<cite>Doctor Who</cite> Recap: "The Wedding of River Song"

Doctor Who: The Marriage of River Song ©BBC
Last Time: “Closing Time”
SPOILER ALERT!
London 5:02 PM, 22nd April 2011 — It may be a little different than you remember, with flying cars (of a sort), pterodactyls terrorizing small children, and Charles Dickens on the telly talking about his next big Christmas story:
Bill Turnbull: So do you think you can top last year’s Christmas special?Sian Williams: Yes, and can you tell us anything about it?Charles Dickens: All I can say

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iPhone 4S Sells One Million in 24 Hours

Apple sold one million iPhone 4S's in one day. Not bad for such a disappointing failure
The iPhone 4S, roundly dismissed as a disappointment by many tech pundits and writers, has shifted one million units in just a day. It looks like the pundits have no idea what real people want.
The first hint of demand came when Apple’s entire site crashed after the iPhone 4S announcement event last Tuesday. Then when Apple, along with its cellphone carrier partners, opened their virtual doors

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Game|Life Audio Podcast Returns: Episode 1

A booth demonstrator for the mobile game portal Gree shows a cell phone game at Tokyo Game Show in September 2011.Photo: Robert Gilhooly/Wired.com
Listen to Wired magazine and Wired.com editors discuss the world of gaming in this new weekly podcast.
Game|Life editor Chris Kohler, Wired.com managing editor Marty Cortinas and Wired magazine senior editors Peter Rubin and Chris Baker join forces this week to talk about Steve Jobs’ impact on gaming, the social platforming game Glitch

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A Hands-On With The Metawatch

We’ve been “watching” the Metawatch for a while now, wondering if it will ever take off. While I feel that the phone-watch connection is tenuous at best, it’s cute to watch people try to get it to work over and over again.
Geek.com took a closer look at a beta version of the product and found it interesting.
From the ground up, the Metawatch has been built to serve as a tool to make using your phone simpler. What exists now, the watch that I placed on my wrist,

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Purported Apple e-mail dates Steve Jobs remembrance

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Apple)

Apple's celebration of the life of co-founder Steve Jobs for its employees is set to take place later this month, according to an alleged company-wide e-mail sent by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.

The correspondence, which was posted by French site
Mac Generation this afternoon, says that the company plans to hold the private event on October 19 at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.:

Team,

Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime

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Begun, These Army Phone Wars Have

After 20 years, the Army has finally figured out how it wants to network soldiers together in a warzone: through something like a smartphone. It’s called Nett Warrior, and it’s got the Army very excited. There’s only one problem: defense companies already want to render it obsolete.
Defense giant ITT picked just the right time to roll out its new secure smartphone. It debuted what it’s calling the GhostRider, pictured above, at the Army’s annual Washington D.C. gala,

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Google, Vocre, Apple, And Now Raytheon Diving Into Cloud Speech Recognition

If you were following along at Disrupt SF, perhaps you caught Vocre’s impressive demonstration of their near-real-time spoken translation app. As I was watching, I was picturing the gears turning behind the veneer of the app, though: the cloud transcription, translation, and speech APIs, and how there’s a nice big market for this kind of thing. Google knows it, and of course we’ve had speech on Android for a long time. Apple knows it, but took its time to release

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Xbox 360 sales nearly double that of Wii's, analyst says

September was another strong month for the
Xbox 360, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note to investors today.
According to Pachter's estimates, Microsoft sold 360,000 Xbox 360 units in the U.S. last month, easily besting all other hardware competitors. In second place, according to Pachter, was the
PlayStation 3 with 260,000 units sold. Nintendo sold 190,000
Wii units in September, Pachter estimated. On the portable side, Pachter said he believes Nintendo sold 225,000 3DS units

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Deus Ex: HR Played on AMD Eyefinity 5x1 Portrait

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How many Flash Player updates is too many?

You want to set off a firestorm of comments from angry and frustrated PC users? Just write about Adobe’s Flash Player.
Last week I wrote about a pair of new security studies that emphasize the importance of updating widely used third-party products like Adobe’s Flash Player and Reader to avoid becoming a victim of drive-by malware installations. I was prepared for, shall we say, full and frank feedback. (That’s the euphemism politicians use when they really

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Ubuntu Linux heads to the clouds

The first Ubuntu circle of friends logo.
Last week, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced at the OpenStack cloud software conference that HP has chosen Ubuntu as the lead host and guest operating system for its Public Cloud. That’s impressive. It’s Canonical’s biggest enterprise win to date, but that’s only a hint of what Canonical is up to with the cloud.
Canonical started its move to OpenStack from Eucalyptus in February. While

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Qwikster nixed, Netflix catches some flak

Even after the Web's top video-rental service announced today that it decided to cancel plans to spin off the DVD-by-mail operations into a separate service called Qwikster, there's still a lot of criticism of the company.



Click on photo to read 'Netflix cancels Qwikster spinoff.'
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Greg Sandoval/CNET)


Most of the reaction to Netflix's announcement appears to be positive, but only three weeks ago, the Qwikster idea was widely panned. Why do people have a problem now?

"Netflix

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Windows Phone chief dumps on iPhone, Android

Mango in action.
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Hurtling a couple of digs against Apple and
Android, Windows Phone chief Andy Lees is naturally playing up the ripeness of Microsoft's Mango with a variety of phones expected for the holiday season.
Speaking with The Seattle Times yesterday, Lees, president of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, said he believes Apple missed an opportunity with the
iPhone 4S. Comparing the new iPhone with Mango-enabled Windows Phone devices, Lees expressed

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday to target Windows, IE

Microsoft is gearing up for another Patch Tuesday.
In its regular series of monthly security fixes, the company tomorrow is launching eight separate bulletins to patch 23 different holes in a small but key range of products. Marked as "critical," two of the bulletins are aimed at stopping hackers from remotely running code in Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, and Silverlight.
Specifically, these two bulletins are deemed critical for the desktop versions of Windows and should be applied to

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Netflix kills Qwikster but still considering games

Video game enthusiasts can hold out hope that Netflix will still make a foray into video game rentals.


Earlier today, Netflix announced that it had canceled plans to break out DVD-by-mail operations into its own service, called Qwikster. Last month, CEO Reed Hastings unveiled the strategy for the new service, which included video game rentals.
While Qwikster may be gone, the idea for enabling people to rent
Wii,
PS3, and
Xbox 360 titles is still on the table, Netflix Vice President of

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Facebook Acquires Social Q&amp;A Service Friend.ly — Team To Work On New Things, But Service Will Stay Open

The acquisitions continue for Facebook. Last week, the social network bought Friend.ly, the social question and answer service, both sides confirm today.
Friend.ly has more details in their blog post here. Meanwhile, Facebook has this to say on the deal:
We’re excited to announce that we recently acquired friend.ly, a Silicon Valley startup that created a really compelling way for people to express themselves and meet others through answering questions. We’ve admired

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Microsoft Is Getting More Serious About Daily (Bing) Deals

Microsoft appears to be readying the formal launch of a Bing-branded daily deals website powered by white-label group buying platform service provider Tippr, a well-informed source tells me. You don’t have to take my word for it: Microsoft and Tippr are testing the service right now, and the Bing-exclusive daily deals site is hiding in plain sight (see here and here, or check screenshots below).
For the record, this offering is notably different from Microsoft’s

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Beware, Facebook users: Zynga launches Mafia Wars 2

The popular Mafia Wars franchise, which has entertained millions and annoyed just as many, has a new addition.
Dubbed Mafia Wars 2, the sequel to the popular game from social-gaming company Zynga, is debuting today in 16 languages, including Italian, French, and German, in addition to English. Once they sign up for the title, Facebook gamers around the globe will be able to "rise up, get revenge, and build the largest crime empire the world has ever seen."
According to Zynga, players will

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iPhone 4S Sells One Million in 24 Hours

Apple sold one million iPhone 4S's in one day. Not bad for such a disappointing failure
The iPhone 4S, roundly dismissed as a disappointment by many tech pundits and writers, has shifted one million units in just a day. It looks like the pundits have no idea what real people want.
The first hint of demand came when Apple’s entire site crashed after the iPhone 4S announcement event last Tuesday. Then when Apple, along with its cellphone carrier partners, opened their virtual doors

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Ex-Googlers Bake Enterprise Security Into Android

Tightening security on the phone. Image: Screengrab
Tom Moss and Gaurav Mathur left Google’s Android team because the wildly popular mobile operating system needed better security. Google had pushed the security burden onto third-parties, they say, and the third parties weren’t up to snuff.
“We were tired of seeing these bad solutions,” Moss told Wired. “Everyone else is working on applications. But we’re working at the platform level.”
The pair parted ways with Google

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Siine Launches Innovative Icon-Based Keyboard For Mobile Phones

Think there’s only one way to type on your phone? Think again.
Siine, a Spain/UK-based developer of software that aims to change the way we communicate using touch-screen phones, is today formally launching Siine Writer for Android, a keyboard application that basically lets people personalize text messages and save time while they’re at it, in public beta.
In addition to a traditional keyboard with letters and numbers, Siine Writer features a screen with special

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A Pirate’s Life For Me: Police Bust Hungarian Movie Ring

If you had any misconceptions about the noble pirates fighting the nasty, dirty MPAA, put those to rest now. Here’s the inside of a pirate’s lair in Budapest where we find a 70TB disk array (the article claims it held “5000 movies, 4000 songs, 6000 games and 500 pieces of software,” which is a ridiculously low number), blow, and what appears to be a shotgun.
A pirate group called CiNEDUB has single-handedly “forced” Warner Brothers to stop releasing films in

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FeTRAM: A New Idea to Replace Flash Memory

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Free texts to hurt carriers' bottom line?

Apple plans to launch a new platform Wednesday that could help put a big dent in wireless carriers' bottom line.

Introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, iMessage lets users on iOS devices chat with one another like they would send a text message. Like the BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage allows them to bypass the SMS text-messaging network--along with carriers' texting charges.
Instead of routing the text message over the cellular network using SMS, it sends the message

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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Monday, October 10th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to

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Gadgets Week in Review: Spheres

Here are some of the past week’s stories on TechCrunch Gadgets:Huge Military Blimp Getting Ready To Fly And Spy
Hitachi Updates Its Amazing Naked-Eye 3D Display Technology
Video: Mini Stress Meter Displays Your Stress Level In Real-Time
Save Yourselves: Cosmo Noah Tsunami Shelter/Playhouse
Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

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Corsair Ships the Carbide Series 500R Case

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Man allegedly hit wife because she didn't 'like' Facebook update

Being liked is very important to people. Especially, it seems, if it means being liked publicly.
A Texas man is alleged to have become rather agitated when his wife, from whom he had recently separated, didn't exert herself to click the "Like" button beneath his status update on Facebook.
The way the Carlsbad Current-Argus has it, Benito Apolinar was arrested and charged with one count of battery against a household member when he allegedly confronted his wife about his latest Facebook

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KDE takes on Android, Apple's iOS on smartphones and tablets

If another group was trying to take on Android and Apple’s iOS on smartphones and tablets, I’d dismiss them. RIM, BlackBerry’s parent company, is having a heck of a time getting anyone to buy into PlayBook and while HP TouchPad users loved it,HP killed the TouchPad after only a few weeks. So, why should anyone think that KDE, makers of one of the two most popular Linux desktops, should stand a chance with Plasma Active? Well, because KDE has a long history of

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Jerry Yang eyeing buyout of Yahoo, report says

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One certainty about Yahoo these days is uncertainty, especially when it comes to who might take control of the company in the coming weeks and months.
The latest surmise, via the Reuters news agency, citing people familiar with the situation, is that Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is looking to take the company private.
Yang, Reuters says, is interested in a deal with private equity firms in which Yang would roll over his approximately 3.6 percent stake in Yahoo. Fellow

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Steve Jobs' death: Why the tears?

Do we choose our heroes? Do we decide that some people are worth looking up to, while others just aren't? Or do heroes arrive unexpectedly and insert themselves into our emotions without our even knowing it's happened? This week has seen much emotion directed toward what, for many, is a tragedy. One of the world's most important business and pop culture figures died too young. His was a story of a man who defied the odds. He was adopted, created his own company, and then got kicked out of it.

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Guest Post: Steve Jobs, In And Out of Exile At Apple (Part II)

In Friday’s excerpt from West of Eden — Wired contributor Frank Rose’s account of the three-year period at Apple that began with John Sculley’s recruitment as CEO and ended with Steve Jobs leaving to found NeXT — Jobs is removed from his position as head of the Macintosh division and installed in an otherwise empty office building he dubs “Siberia.” Though nominally still chairman of the company, he has been stripped of any role in running it. Now he has to decide

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Apple has 1,000 engineers working on chips, report says

Steve Jobs discusses the A5 chip at the introduction of the iPad 2 in March 2011.
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CNET)


Some 5 percent of Apple's workforce is reportedly working on improving the company's mobile processors.

The company has 1,000 engineers working to refine its processors, Steve Jobs had told a "veteran Silicon Valley CEO," according to TechCrunch report. (The company has about 20,000 non-retail employees.)


Apple's A5 processor, currently found in the iPad 2, will soon appear in the iPhone

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Tablet vendors scurry to undercut $500 iPad

Lenovo K1 is the latest tablet to go on sale. Now $329 at Best Buy, reduced from $499.
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Best Buy)

What's the sweet spot for
tablet pricing? We're finding out as Hewlett-Packard, RIM, HTC, and others learn that trying to sell a tablet at the
iPad's starting price of $500 may be a fool's errand.
Lenovo and Best Buy are the latest to bring down pricing, selling the 10-inch Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet with 32GB today and Monday for $329, down from $499. And that 10-inch tablet comes with a

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The GeekDads Episode #101: Han Shot First, Fahgettaboudit! (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Ken, Matt, and John Booth talk about the Apple iPhone 4S announcement, the Kindle Fire, Real Steel, The Muppets, and more. Enjoy!
GeekDad.com is the parenting blog at Wired.com, edited by Ken Denmead, Matt Blum, Jonathan Liu, Z and Chris Anderson. It is a community of like-minded geeky parents writing about our experiences raising our kids in the digital age, and about our obsessions with technology, family-friendly projects, and pop-culture. The GeekDads podcast is a biweekly

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Review: Do <em>iPad Butler</em> iPad Mount Systems Carry Their Weight?

Image: iPad Butler Shop
At first I thought that any gizmo that can securely hold an iPad up for easy viewing deserves a closer look. It’s time to check out the iPad Butler series of iPad mount systems, the iPad Butler Carbon Deluxe Stand аnd the iPad Butler Floor Stands.
Thе Carbon Deluxe stand іѕ a multi-post system for your iPad that саn bе used in several different configurations: wall adapter, table stand, οr even a side car window. When using the Carbon Deluxe Stand,

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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Sunday, October 9th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

German government accused of spying on citizens with state-sponsored Trojan

A well-established group of German hackers, the Chaos Computer Club, has accused the German government of releasing a backdoor Trojan into the wild. According to Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure, the announcement was made public on the group’s website in the form of a 20-page PDF (in German).
The accompanying English-language post claims the group reverse-engineered and analyzed the program, which it calls “a ‘lawful interception’ malware program used by German

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What I learned from Steve Jobs

Guy Kawasaki


guest column Many people have explained what one can learn from Steve Jobs. But few, if any, of these people have been inside the tent and experienced first hand what it was like to work with him. I don’t want any lessons to be lost or forgotten, so here is my list of the top 12 lessons I learned from Steve Jobs.
1. Experts are clueless
Experts—journalists, analysts, consultants, bankers, and gurus can’t “do” so they “advise.” They can tell you what is wrong with

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Casting about for actor to play Jobs

Jobs (left) with Jobs.
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Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET)


Who would you pick to play Steve Jobs in a feature-length fimic biography of the tech titan?
You can bet that question is being pondered mightily by producer Mark Gordon and his production entity MG360, who, along with Sony Pictures, may eventually bring such a biopic to the screen. (And you can bet an actor or three is howling at his agent to "Get me that part!")
We're wondering if Noah Wyle is possibly in the running. As

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Apple's Jobs still shapes PC laptop future

Steve Jobs' imprint on PC laptop design in 2012 and beyond will be large. But we have to step back a few years to see the arc of that influence.
In January 2008 Apple introduced the MacBook Air. That groundbreaking design bore most of the hallmarks of PC laptops that are expected to flood the market in 2012.
Let's look at what Jobs said at that time (see video below).
Highlights of Jobs' MacBook Air presentation in January 2008: "Instant-on the minute you open it up" "Generous trackpad"

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Nvidia Giving Away Two Gaming Notebooks

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Sandy Bridge Owners Can Rent CinemaNow HD Movies

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Bravo casting Real Crazies of Silicon Valley

Do you know high-minded, self-absorbed characters who are deeply committed to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"? (Do they ever get to keep up?)
Do you happen to live with someone whose very being is rocked every time a Real Housewife or a Situation invades your TV screen?
If you happen to be one of these purgatorial souls, I bring supreme tidings. For it appears that Bravo, perhaps the greatest of the reality show cable channels, is casting a new show about Silicon Valley.

How can I possibly

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Daily Crunch: Blimp

Here are some of yesterday’s posts on TechCrunch Gadgets:Print Your Own PadlockHuge Military Blimp Getting Ready To Fly And SpyWhat’s Cooking At Rovio? Angry Birds Cookbooks, Movies And – Gasp – Games (TCTV)CEATEC 2011: Panasonic’s Assistance Robot And Awesome RoboticBed In Action (Videos)The Ultimate Fanboy Mashup: Apple’s Siri Meets Portal’s GLaDOS

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Steve Jobs at the heavenly gates--there's an app for that

With the passing of Steve Jobs comes some humor. The Oct. 17 New Yorker cover shows him at the gates of heaven, getting checked in by St. Peter with an
iPad.

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The New Yorker)

The New Yorker also published online a slide show of Apple cartoons from years past.
The cartoon below, found on cartoonist Pailheads Facebook page, was also posted near Jobs' home at the Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.

Posted at the Apple store on University Ave. in Palo Alto, Calif.
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Steve Jobs Social Media Tributes (Infographic)

The other day we shared an infographic of the global outpouring of grief for the death of Steve Jobs, based on an analysis of Tweets in non-English languages — an impressive grid which about the illustrated the reach of Apple’s visionary co-founder. The people at Meltwater, the social media analysis company, have come up with their own word wall, and we are glad to share it.
Quoting Meltwater:

… (W)e identified the top themes and words that people used on social networks to

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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Saturday, October 8th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to

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Guest Post: Steve Jobs, In And Out of Exile At Apple

In West of Eden, Wired contributor Frank Rose recounts what happened at Apple during three pivotal years in the company’s history. The story begins with Steve Jobs, then 27 and excited about the idea that Apple could sell computers as if they were packaged goods, recruiting Pepsi-Cola president John Sculley to run the company. It ends with Jobs stripped of any responsibility in the company and leaving to form NeXT. In between came the launch of Macintosh, a project Jobs had taken

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Twitter Analysis: Massive Global Mourning for Steve Jobs (Infographic)

In the hours after Steve Jobs’ passing, researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute tried to track the spread of memorial tweets spreading through the internet. Their computers were overwhelmed.
Rather than focusing on network dynamics, they decided to analyze the tributes by language. Jobs wasn’t just an American visionary, but truly global.
Above is a breakdown of two million tweets containing the name “Steve Jobs” and posted between 9 pm on Oct. 5 and 9 am

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Google App Engine Goes Old School With SQL Database

Google revving up. Photo: bianconero/Flickr
Google was at the forefront of the NoSQL movement, an effort to build a new breed of database that can spread epic amounts of data across a sea of low-cost servers. But it has now acknowledged that SQL is still alive and well.
On Thursday, the company added a good old fashioned SQL database to Google App Engine, a means of building and hosting applications atop Google’s online infrastructure. The Google infrastructure is underpinned by the

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Construct Music-Playing Cities in <em>Isle of Tune</em> for iPad

We haven’t seen anything remotely like Isle of Tune for iPad, which was released Friday, with the exception of the web-based Isle of Tune, which impressed us late last year with its utterly unique approach to songsmithery.


Both apps let you draw roads, populate them with houses and trees to indicate beats and notes, and then activate the whole thing with cars that drive down the streets in predictable patterns, “playing” each thing they drive

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Millions of tweets reveal global mood trends

It may not be terribly surprising that many of us find our moods dipping over the course of the day, and that by nightfall we light up again. Or that our moods are perkiest on weekends, regardless of which days our weekends fall on (i.e., Fridays and Saturdays in the United Arab Emirates).


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What's of note, according to an analysis of 2.4 million tweets in 84 countries by researchers out of Cornell, is that these mood trends hold

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Barnes &amp; Noble protests Kindle deal by yanking books

The DC Comics deal with Amazon for exclusive content on the Kindle Fire (pictured) has Barnes Noble seeing red.


What does Barnes Noble think of the Kindle Fire? While it may not have released a statement about the device, the company's actions speak louder than its words, at least regarding an exclusive digital graphic-novel deal that freezes out the maker of the Nook.

Just after announcing its Kindle Fire tablet last week, Amazon also announced a partnership with DC Comics to sell

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Guest Post: Steve Jobs In And Out of Exile At Apple

In West of Eden, Wired contributor Frank Rose recounts what happened at Apple during three pivotal years in the company’s history. The story begins with Steve Jobs, then 27 and excited about the idea that Apple could sell computers as if they were packaged goods, recruiting Pepsi-Cola president John Sculley to run the company. It ends with Jobs stripped of any responsibility in the company and leaving to form NeXT. In between came the launch of Macintosh, a project Jobs had taken

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Wired Remembers Steve Jobs

As many of you know by now, Apple chairman of the board and co-founder Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday at the age of 56. Instead of bringing you our usual episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, we thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on what Apple under Steve meant to us, and how his vision for products shaped the very way we interact with technology today.
We’ve gathered a number of Wired staff members to discuss some of our experiences with Apple’s gadgets from

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Turning The iPhone Into A 350x Medical Microscope For Under $50

Using the iPhone (or any mobile smartphone or tablet device, really) for medical purposes isn’t a new thing, but it’s nice to see the applications people cook up. Just recently at Disrupt we saw Smartheart, and apps like Skin Scan are decentralizing some simple self-monitoring tasks like melanoma detection.
We’ve also seen lots of physical additions to the iPhone camera. You can get wide-angle lenses, telephotos, and even a 12x microscope lens. But a team of

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Prototype 3G MacBook buyer gets parts back

Some of the parts Frega had purchased to get the prototype machine running have been returned.
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The North Carolina man who unknowingly purchased what turned out to be a prototype Apple notebook computer earlier this year has had some of the parts he added to the machine returned roughly a month after the company reclaimed it.
Carl Frega, a North Carolina resident who had purchased the machine from someone on Craigslist for parts to fuel his repair business, today told CNET

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Post-it Notes to Steve Jobs

Post-it notes cover the clear glass at the Apple store at Broadway and 67th street in New York
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Nearly two days after the death of Steve Jobs, the outpouring of messages from the cult of Apple and those who simply admired what the company co-founder accomplished in his lifetime continues. The messages in the image above, taken at one of the New York City Apple stores, capture some of the sentiments and ideas that define Steve Jobs and Apple.
Simplicity, as expressed

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AT&amp;T: 200,000 iPhone 4S preorders in 12 hours

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ATT says that this morning's preorder session for Apple's
iPhone 4S was its most successful iPhone launch yet, with the company grabbing more than 200,000 preorders in the first 12 hours the device was on sale.

"ATT has seen extraordinary demand for iPhone 4S with more than 200,000 preorders in the first 12 hours alone, the most successful iPhone launch we've ever had," a company spokesperson said in a statement.

The news comes despite a bumpy start for the carrier, which

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Design Competition Yields Bikes Of The Future

Oregon Manifest, a nonprofit located in Portland, has been running a competition over the last few months in which students and pro teams work to create a next-generation city bike. This isn’t about speed (like the McLaren Venge) or concept design (like the Vienna Bike), but rather about creating a bike that provides the maximum amount of utility for someone looking to ditch their automobile.
These innovation-from-competition events are really blowing up; there have

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Sony Pictures making deal for film rights to Jobs bio--report

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It looks like Sony Pictures wants to release a biopic about Steve Jobs based on Walter Issacson's upcoming authorized biography.
According to Mike Fleming at blog Deadline New York, the studio is working on a deal that would give it film rights to the book, which is set to be released later this month.
Fleming says the film's producer will be Mark Gordon, who produced "Saving Private Ryan," among many other projects.
Sony, the studio behind last year's hit

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Off The Couch: Explorence Wants To Turn Your Outdoor Activities Into Interactive Video Games (Invites)

Some startups and apps (like Joypad and Brass Monkey to name a few) are turning your iPhones into customizable game controllers, while Wii and Kinect have turned you into the controller with their motion-sensing consoles.
You’ve heard it hundreds of times, but smartphone technology is advancing at an astonishing rate. Five years ago, video recording was still a novelty. Now, our phones can understand human speech, make reservations, and tell us our new shirt makes us

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Zotac Intros Dual-Core ZBOX Nano VD01 Series

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AMD Releases New Preview Driver for Battlefield 3, Rage

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Rambus Under Fire in Patent Battle With Nvidia

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Microsoft's Skype purchase gets the EC green light. Now what?

The European Commission’s antitrust authorities have given Microsoft’s $8.5 billion Skype acquisition regulatory clearance. So now it’s all systems go for Microsoft to integrate Skype into its product line.
EU regulatory clearance was announced on October 7 — just a couple of weeks after an Italian Skype rival raised concerns over Microsoft’s bundling plans for the technology. U.S. antitrust authorities already granted their approval of Microsoft’s Skype

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Free software founder, Richard M. Stallman is glad Jobs is gone

Some stuff you can’t make up. While many of us sorrow at Apple founder Steve Jobs’ death, and others acknowledge Jobs’ genius while also admitting that he had his flaws, Richard M. Stallman, aka rms, founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), stated on his blog that “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.”
Stallman’s complete posting, reads:
Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their

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Dell: No comment on its future Windows Phone plans

Dell was one of Microsoft’s original Windows Phone partners with the Dell Venue Pro. However, Dell was not officially listed as one of the Microsoft hardware partners committing to produce a new Windows Phone preloaded with the Mango operating system.
Given that fact, why are there new reports surfacing this week about Dell not doing a Mango phone? According to WPCentral, there was, back in February, a rumored Dell Mango phone, codenamed “Wrigley,” in Dell’s

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YouTube finally brings full-length films to the U.K.

Movie rentals on YouTube in the U.S.
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YouTube users in the U.K. can now rent feature films on the video service.
The movie-rental service boasts more than 1,000 films from both Hollywood and British studios, YouTube said in a blog post today announcing the launch, including "The Dark Knight" and "Reservoir Dogs," as well as Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life."
Film rentals have taken a long time to make their way across the pond. In May, YouTube

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Google+ now makes it easier to lock your posts

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Google+ users can now lock their posts or disable comments before they share them, courtesy of the latest update to the social network.
Both options have been available for awhile. Disabling comments ensures that no one can respond to a post, while locking your post completely prevents someone from sharing it as well. But until this week, you could turn on these features only after you had already shared your post with your circles, a rather backwards

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98 billion apps to be downloaded in 2015, study says

Mobile application downloads are set to explode in the coming years, a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight has found.
According to the firm, total app downloads in 2015 will reach 98 billion. If they hit that figure, the firm says, the compound annual growth rate of downloads between 2010 and 2015 will be 56.6 percent.
Berg is far more bullish on the future of mobile apps than In-Stat. That research firm said earlier this year that it believes mobile app downloads will reach 48 billion

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Steve Jobs book to share his memorable quotes

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A new book revealing many of Steve Jobs' most illuminating quotes is being rushed to the market following the passing of the Apple leader on Wednesday.
Initially slated to be published next March and then pushed to November 15 following Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO, "I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words," is being shipped to retail stores early next week and should be available to consumers by the end of the month.
The book has already been available for

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'The Walking Dead' among AMC shows coming to Netflix

Netflix has expanded its partnership with AMC Networks to bring many more shows to its streaming service.
The companies today announced that they have inked a multiyear agreement that delivers AMC hit "The Walking Dead" to Netflix. In addition, content from AMC's other networks, including IFC and the Sundance Channel, are also available on Netflix, thanks to the deal.
However, as with other deals Netflix has signed with television networks, there are some stipulations in this latest

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Guest Column: Steve Jobs, Obsession, and Those Whales

Apple Store, Fifth Avenue 59th Street, New York City, Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by John C Abell. Taken with an iPhone 4.
I interviewed Steve Jobs multiple times while a writer at Fortune magazine, but by far the most insightful — and most memorable — was the most informal. Maybe that’s because it turned out to be the last time in February of 2008. Or maybe it was because of the whales.

We spent the afternoon on the shoreline of Kona, Hawaii, where Jobs and his wife, Laurene, had

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Cybook Odyssey E-Reader Shows Arrives With Touchscreen, Web Navigation

This probably won’t affect the e-reader wars over here in the states much, but I can’t say no to a handsome device like this. And when they put Homer on the screen as well, that’s just icing on the cake. The Cybook Odyssey, from French e-reader maker Bookeen, has a trick or two up its sleeve that I hope our US devices will learn one day.
The Odyssey sports what Bookeen calls the high speed ink system, or HSIS. They describe it vaguely in a comment: Bookeen has long

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Reporters' Roundtable: Guy Kawasaki on what we learned from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple and of Next Computer, and the CEO of Pixar, passed away this week. So for this Roundtable, we will start with that, and look forward from here. There are several life lessons in the way Steve Jobs started Apple, then left, came back, ran the company, launched products, and disrupted several industries. All of us in technology--or indeed in any business--can learn from them. The good and the bad.
To have that discussion, I can think of no better

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How Apple and Greenpeace made peace

In 2008, Apple introduced its new MacBooks as the "industry's greenest notebooks."
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James Martin/CNET)



Steve Jobs had a hand in another lesser-known Apple achievement: more environmentally friendly electronics.

Apple and environmental watchdog group Greenpeace waged a public battle over how "green" Apple's products were over several years while Jobs was CEO. Environmental groups continue to pressure Apple to improve on some issues, but Apple's products today do not have the toxic

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The Ultimate Fanboy Mashup: Apple’s Siri Meets Portal’s GLaDOS

Oh, be still my beating heart.
Boiling down two fanboy-filled worlds into an amalgamation of concentrated glory, a guy evil genius named Jeff Heimbuch has mashed up the demo video of Apple’s new virtual assistant Siri with the voice of Portal’s malevolent machine mistress, GLaDOS.
Comments about the meaningless of one’s activities? Check. Weight insults? Check. The only thing missing is the false promise of cake and a controversial crack about whether or not the

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