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Mobile Miscellany: week of October 10, 2011

This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of … Continue reading

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Facebook Founders Reportedly Fight Over Spotify [Spotify]

The New York Post is reporting that Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Justin Timberlake Sean Parker had a boozy sissy fight over whether or not Spotify (a company Parker invests in) should make Facebook a requirement. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/vuoebK4i3yo/facebook-founders-reportedly-fight-over-spotify Avnet … Continue reading

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Samsung ChatON Mobile Messenger now available

Back when it was announced in August, Samsung had no official launch date for their ChatON messaging service so many were left to wonder what, exactly it would arrive. As it turns out, it's available now in the Android Market. … Continue reading

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Huawei blocked from first responder network contract, US cites ‘national security concerns’

The inability to win US government approval isn’t exactly an unfamiliar issue for Huawei, which by now must be conditioned not to expect a nod from major US telecom companies. But now, The Daily Beast reports that the U.S. Commerce … Continue reading

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Panoramic ball camera gives a full 360-view of you nervously throwing it in the air (video)

Yes, it isn’t the first ball camera we’ve seen, nor is it the first camera to hawk 360-degree panoramas. But, the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera marries these two concepts together, and packs them into a sturdy-looking sphere made mostly of … Continue reading

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AVG launches LiveKive cloud sync and backup tool

A while back, we told you about AVG’s new LiveKive service, a new cloud synchronization and backup tool which appears to have been named after a vat in which mash is made during the brewing process. But enough about AVG’s … Continue reading

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NVIDIA intros 3D Vision 2 glasses with brighter field of view, comfier design

NVIDIA’s 3D Vision is impressive and all, but one trade-off you’ll have to accept when you put on those active shutter glasses is a markedly dimmer field of view than what you’d get if you settled for plain-Jane 2D gaming. … Continue reading

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Robert Galvin, former chairman and CEO of Motorola, dies at age 89

We’re very sorry to report that Robert W. Galvin, former chairman and CEO of Motorola, died this week in Chicago at the age of 89. Over the course of his nearly three-decade tenure at the helm, Galvin oversaw Motorola’s transformation … Continue reading

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Verizon wants to know where you go, what you look at, that’s all

Verizon’s got a couple of loose ends to tie up. It’s nothing important, you understand, just a tweak to its privacy policy that will allow the carrier to monitor your physical movements and browsing activities. It actually did much the … Continue reading

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The Motorola Xoom Family Edition Hits Best Buy For $379, Comes Loaded With Extra Apps

Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t just a special edition of the original Xoom. This is a new tablet that comes loaded with a bunch of family apps. The specs are similar to the original: Android 3.1, a … Continue reading

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British royal family announces iOS and Android wedding app

To celebrate the imminent marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Royal Collection will release an Android an iOS app that chronicles the last seven royal marriages, including Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840. Ironically, the app … Continue reading

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Windows 8 getting a built-in PDF reader, Metro-style

For what seems like an eternity, Download Squad readers have reacted to news of security exploits targeting Adobe Reader with a common sentiment: why doesn’t Microsoft build its own secure PDF reader into Windows? Apparently the Windows 8 team agrees, … Continue reading

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Are You Buying An iPhone 4S Today? [Iphone 4s]

It’s iPhone 4S day! Are you a fanboy who weathered a night in the rain for your iPhone? Or did you stay home cuddling with your Android plushie? More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/L8ebwDZMipI/are-you-buying-an-iphone-4s-today First Solar Finisar Fei Company Fairchild Semiconductor International

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The T-Rex Was Even Bigger and Scarier Than We Thought [Dinosaurs]

As if the Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn’t big and scary and sharp toothy enough, scientists are now saying that they’re EVEN BIGGER. Using 3D laser scans, scientists virtually weighed T-Rexes and found that those badass beasts weighed in 30 percent heavier … Continue reading

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BlackBerry’s Thorny Problem Chokes Service in North America

Research In Motion’s continuing BlackBerry service disruptions hit customers in North America Wednesday. This makes the disruptions, which first emerged in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Monday, a worldwide phenomenon. RIM states that subscribers may be experiencing intermittent … Continue reading

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Interlocked is a three-dimensional brain teaser

Back when I was a kid, I used to love crafting ornate puzzle boxes out of Lego. There would be just one way to open the box, by carefully shifting and rotating a bunch of pieces. Well, either that, or … Continue reading

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SimLab SQ1: Korea’s adorably unstable robot dog (video)

After the recent score of creepy robots, it’s great to see a mechanical creature that doesn’t look like it would trample you to death if you insulted its parentage. This is the SimLab SQ1, built by the Korean software company … Continue reading

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Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs

Mozilla, continuing its year-long crusade to speed up Firefox startup and shutdown times, has published a name and shame list of the Firefox’s slowest add-ons. The list is just one part of Mozilla’s new efforts to highlight slow add-ons, and … Continue reading

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Special Edition Sigma SD1 Dipped In Wood

If there’s one name in the camera business that is synonymous with endless special edition hardware in ever more exotic materials, its Sigma. Wait. What? Yes, Sigma is pulling a Leica with this special edition SD1, only its doing it … Continue reading

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100 Weeks of Shooting Challenge Winners (and Your Next Challenge!) [Video]

Two years. Thousands of entries. 99ish jaw-dropping winners. Today is our 100th Shooting Challenge. Your assignment? Watch that video of all our past winners. Then, try to be our next. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/ZgIPUiE8wEM/100-weeks-of-shooting-challenge-winners-and-your-next-challenge Novell Network Appliance Netgear Ncr

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Microsoft responds to disgruntled users, unveils changes to Windows 8 UI

You can unpack your suitcase and drop that custody suit, because Microsoft has heard your Windows 8 complaints, and it’s willing to change its ways. Yesterday, in a lengthy post on its Building Windows 8 blog, the company acknowledged that … Continue reading

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Foxconn?s Brazil Plant Back On Track

Just two weeks ago it was reported that the relationship between Foxconn and Brazil regarding the proposed $12 billion production center there was on the rocks. Foxconn was making demands the government felt were overreaching, and negotiations were stalled. Government … Continue reading

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Dodge is a space-shooter in which you have no weapons

Space-shooters are usually a fairly fiery affair, with many types of guns, weapon upgrades, power-ups and more. Dodge does away with all of that, while keeping the very essence of a space shooter: Dark background, fast action, and stuff blowing … Continue reading

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Dennis Ritchie, pioneer of C programming language and Unix, reported dead at age 70

We’re getting reports today that Dennis Ritchie, the man who created the C programming language and spearheaded the development of Unix, has died at the age of 70. The sad news was first reported by Rob Pike, a Google engineer … Continue reading

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Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads

Google Chrome already sports a number of security-minded features, from Incognito mode to a software sandbox which makes exploiting the browser a Herculean task. Now, Google has announced additional protection for Chromium and Chrome users. Built upon the Safe Browsing … Continue reading

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EcoATM offers instant money for your old phone, we go hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video)

Old-fashioned ATM meets modern-day phone recycling program. That’s the idea behind EcoATM, a startup aimed to help reduce electronic waste and beef up your wallet at the same time. Of course, it’s not a new concept: phone recycling programs have … Continue reading

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Union Square Ventures, Others Invest In Alternative Search Engine DuckDuckGo

In a blog post, Union Square Ventures‘ Brad Burnham just announced that the firm has invested in DuckDuckGo, a startup building a nifty search engine with less clutter and more privacy. Scott Banister, Jim Young, Jeff Miller, Joshua Schachter, Kal … Continue reading

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And the TiPb iPhone 4S giveaway goes to?!

We said it, we meant it. We’re giving away an iPhone 4S, and it’s going to an member of the TiPb forums! And that member is…! Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~3/IpTnX4z5LAM/ Seagate Technology Scientific Games Sandisk Salesforce Com

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Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

Zen Coding made quite a splash when we first covered it almost a year ago. For those who aren’t familiar, Zen is a fantastic form of shorthand for quickly hand-coding HTML. And today, a new version is out! Here are … Continue reading

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Sony locks 93,000 PSN and SOE accounts due to ‘massive’ hack attempt

Sony’s not having a good morning. In addition to having to recall 1.6 million Bravia TVs, it’s also been forced to temporarily lock 93,000 customers out of their PSN and Sony Online Entertainment accounts. You won’t be surprised by the … Continue reading

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RIM Responds to Global BlackBerrypocalypse (Updated: They’re Wrong) [BlackBerry]

You might have noticed BlackBerry service has collapsed for a lot of people around the entire planet. Two full days later, RIM’s decided to say something about it: “We’re working on it.” Great! More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/xQ4TZ6mDkJ4/rim-responds-to-global-blackberrypocalypse Tibco Software Thq Texas … Continue reading

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Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with iCloud support

One of the announced features of iCloud is the ability to keep all your files from Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps up to date. The update to those apps that bring this support is now available. I am particularly … Continue reading

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Google TV 2.0: app developers get final add-on for Android SDK

If you hadn’t heard, Google TV is (over)due to get a major boost with Honeycomb and access to the Android Market. We’ve seen a few compatible apps leak out thanks to Google’s early efforts to woo developers, but it’s only … Continue reading

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Samsung and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich / Nexus Prime event back on for the 19th?

This week’s CTIA festivities aren’t the same since Samsung and Google decided to postpone their new product announcement that was originally scheduled for today, but now we’re hearing the Ice Cream Sandwich / Nexus party has already been rescheduled. An … Continue reading

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Another Bonus iOS 5 App: Airport Utility [IPhone Apps]

Controlling your wireless network no longer requires a computer. Apple’s dropped another app surprise this morning: an iOS Airport Utility. Change your passwords, reset your routers, update firmware—all in your hand. This computer-less computing thing is fun. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/7BQ98K_SDQw/another-bonus-ios-5-app-airport-utility … Continue reading

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How Secure is My Password lets you know just that

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

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Have You Been Hit By the BlackBerry Outage? [Qotd]

RIM’s worldwide service outage cluster-diddle spread to the U.S. and Canada today, meaning BlackBerry’s email and messaging has been knocked offline on every continent but (maybe) Australia and Antartica. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/q_HAerXmzws/have-you-been-hit-by-the-blackberry-outage Emulex Ems Technologies Emc Electronics For Imaging

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Daily Crunch: Brick Is Red Edition

Kinect Fun Labs: Try Out Crazy Kinect Experiments Android Malware Rears Its Ugly Head? Yet Again Post-Apple Palate Cleanser: More Swiss Army Axes! Nintendo Admits Hack, But Says No Personal Data Stolen Everything You Need To Know About iOS 5 … Continue reading

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Evolio’s 2.2-pound U9 to drop softly in December

We hadn’t heard all that much about Evolio until this summer, when the Romanian company caught our attention with the Neura, a device it happily deemed the “most powerful Android tablet.” The company has re-entered the scene with another bold … Continue reading

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

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

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Americans Like To Secretly Record People In Embarrassing Outfits [Video]

Americans love to use their mobile phone cameras. We take videos of our pets, videos of our kids and shockingly 50 percent of us covertly take video of someone else. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/Ai_fdScBPmg/americans-like-to-secretly-record-people-in-embarrassing-outfits Ims Health Imation . Ikon Office Solutions … Continue reading

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Double Exposure Digicam Does What It Says On The Tin

There are still a few things film cameras do that digital cameras don’t. One of those is double-exposures, something easy with every film SLR, and all but impossible in digital without digging into Photoshop. Enter the Double Exposure Digicam, a … Continue reading

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