Monthly Archives: February 2011

GParted 0.8 can recover data from lost partitions

GParted is an extremely handy LiveCD to keep in your technician’s toolbox, and its new version features one very major addition: GParted 0.8 can now help you recover data from lost partitions. After analyzing your drive and doing its best … Continue reading

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WordPress 3.1 released, features massive writing workflow and admin overhauls

With over 2,000 code commits and 820 bug and feature fixes, WordPress 3.1 has been released. You can download the new version in its entirety, or simply log into your WordPress.org installation and update via the Dashboard. The most notable … Continue reading

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Lion Scopes Out Territory in Apple Ecosystem

Apple may be hoping that Mac operating system release number eight becomes the eighth wonder of the technological world. The company released a developers preview of the OS, code-named “Lion,” on Thursday. However, Lion is primarily a “user interface evolution … Continue reading

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Balls in Space is an addictive retro platformer — Time-Waster

Let me start of by saying there’s nothing NSFW about Balls in Space; I mean, not that playing any Flash game is very “safe for work”, but Balls in Space isn’t NSFW in that way, if you know what I … Continue reading

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Burning Chrome

“A good player goes where the puck is. A great player goes where the puck is going to be”?The Great One Google made a few interesting announcements this week. First, Google Docs Viewer support for a sheaf of new document … Continue reading

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Bendable Graphene Batteries Take a Page from Gumby [Batteries]

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) may be on the cusp of creating something special: Bendable batteries that could have better performance than their stiff, inflexible cousins. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/ASHZL8fItyI/bendable-graphene-batteries-take-a-page-from-gumby International Rectifier International Game Technology … Continue reading

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Z-Type is a fun way to learn to touch type

If you’re a skilled touch-typist, this time-waster isn’t for you. But if you’re just learning to touch-type (or have recently switched to a superior layout), Z-Type might prove a nice way to practice your typing skills while having a bit … Continue reading

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Mac OS X Lion has TRIM support for SSDs, HiDPI resolutions for improved pixel density?

As you’d expect, developers have wasted no time in tearing apart the Mac OS X Lion preview, and in so doing they’ve allegedly discovered some intriguing things — namely, support for the SSD-wiping TRIM command, and a series of high-DPI … Continue reading

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Android Central Editors’ app picks for Feb. 26, 2011

Whether you enjoy cruising the market, or struggle to find applications for your favorite Android device, suggestions of great applications are usually welcomed. We spend lots of time looking for fun new applications, and are always looking for the next … Continue reading

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Firefox Friday: moving that orange button, beta 11, Firefox 7 (!) and Home Dash updates

It’s a rare occurrence indeed when the Google Chrome news is crowded out by Firefox and Internet Explorer headlines — but given Microsoft’s massive investment in Internet Explorer 9, and Mozilla’s excellent Firefox 4, perhaps it’s not such a big … Continue reading

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Madness Takes Physical Form Within the Caduceus Cellphone Hack [Video]

South Korean inventor Mok Young Bak took his apparent obsessive compulsive disorder—an intangible thing—and put it into Caduceus, a very real thing. It serves one, mad purpose: Simultaneous cellphone usage from a remote location. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/nA7v2wGoGKY/madness-takes-physical-form-with-caduceus-cellphone-hack Syntel Syntax-Brillian Synopsys … Continue reading

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Motorola Xoom gets overclock treatment, to the tune of 1.5GHz

A fun part of any Android experience is rooting and flashing custom kernels and overclocking the device to see exactly what it can do. For those who went out this week and picked themselves up a Motorola Xoom, your turn to … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Fly Fishing Edition

Portable Rainbow Machine Makes Cheery Vandalism Easy Augmented Reality-Powered Fishing Reel Toy We Need To Build A Fishing Net In Space To Protect Us From All Of The Junk Honeycomb Is The First Shot Fired Along Apple?s Bow KeepOn Dancebot … Continue reading

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HTC Incredible S, Desire HD, Desire Z and original Desire will all be eating Gingerbread by the end of June

When it launched the Incredible S at MWC a couple of weeks ago, HTC promised the new 4-inch device would be quick to get a Gingerbread update and now it’s giving us a definitive schedule for it by saying that … Continue reading

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Tiny, Stick-On Joysticks for Touch Screen Gaming

Check ‘em out: nipples for the iPhone. Or, more accurately, “removable gaming buttons for touch screens”. We have seen a lot of clever products which add physical, moveable joysticks to touch-screen devices and make many games easier to play, but … Continue reading

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A Baby Was Trapped Inside a Time-Locked Bank Vault By Herself [Crazy]

In Georgia, a 14-month-old toddler wandered away from her mother inside a bank. Crazy, I know. What’s even crazier is that the baby managed to walk inside an open bank vault that locked as the bank closed (and wouldn’t open … Continue reading

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Engadget reader meetup tonight in San Francisco at 6:30PM PST! Win a limited edition gold Xoom!

That’s right human beings — it’s happening again! The Engadget crew is getting together their best party outfits and shipping out west for another installment of our fabulous reader meetups. Our last event in NYC drew loads of people and … Continue reading

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How Hollywood Studios Harness Your Brainwaves to Win Oscars [Video]

One thing you aren’t likely to hear Sunday night from the Oscar-winning producer after accepting the trophy for Best Picture: “I’d like to thank my neuroscience partners who helped us enhance the film’s script, characters, and scenes.” More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/AV4xEE6pL0U/how-hollywood-studios-harness-your-brainwaves-to-win-oscars … Continue reading

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I Never Knew Indigo Smoke Bombs Could Be So Mesmerizing [Video]

The video description says it’s a 60 second experiment with the color Indigo but that’s sort of underselling the beauty of it. There is indigo, yes, but also beautiful smoke, dyed colors and sparks! I don’t know why but I’ve … Continue reading

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TechCrunch Giveaway: Two Logitech Harmony One Remotes #TechCrunch

If you’re like us, you may have a hard time remembering where you placed one of those remotes of yours that keeps secretively slipping away. You may have even given up after searching for it for hours. As a surprise, … Continue reading

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Google to launch unlimited video streaming service in the U.K. first

Google, no doubt more than a little leery of Netflix’s entrenchment in the U.S., is planning to launch an unlimited on-demand movie streaming service through YouTube in the U.K. The Big G has been talking with Hollywood studios for months, … Continue reading

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How to install non-Market applications on Android

This week’s tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system’s built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. When an Android user wants to install a new application, … Continue reading

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Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice

Digging the 1080p LifeCam Studio but don’t feel like spending $100? Or, maybe you don’t need all those p’s? Microsoft has, for you and you alone, announced the new LifeCam HD-3000. It tops out at 720p but retails for a … Continue reading

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Just How Likable Is Each Angry Bird Anyway? [Image Cache]

We don’t really want to think about how many hours we’ve spent flinging little cartoon birds at little cartoon pigs—it’s too sad to consider all that wasted time. Instead we’re going to focus on which of those little cartoon birds … Continue reading

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Samsung’s Google TV delayed by Intel exclusivity agreement?

Samsung’s been waffling on Google TV for quite some time — prototypes aside — and now Bloomberg thinks it might know the reason why. According to an anonymous source, Mountain View’s been requiring that OEMs use Intel’s CE4100 chip in … Continue reading

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Insidia is a dark-yet-forgiving platformer — Time Waster

So you’re an alien, tooling around in free space in your little spaceship… when suddenly, disaster strikes! Your craft is hit by a meteor, and you’re forced to crash-land on an unfamiliar, dark planet. That’s where Insidia starts off. Now … Continue reading

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Visualized: the HTC keyboard slider family

Clockwise from the top left, that’s the the Sprint Arrive, the likely-for-Verizon Merge, the Sprint Evo Shift 4G, and the T-Mobile G2. If we had to rate them, we’d say the Arrive has the best key feel, followed by the … Continue reading

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Screenshot and Feature Tour of Mac OS 10.7 Lion [Screenshot Tour]

Apple’s newest iteration of their desktop operating system is coming this summer, but we got a chance to play around with the developer beta to see some of the new features coming to Mac OS X. Here’s what you can … Continue reading

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10+ Chrome extensions and Web apps for new users

It might only be a couple of years old and its extension interface might not be quite as powerful as Firefox’s, but in terms of developers, big-name publishers, and sheer numbers, Chrome already has a very healthy ecosystem of add-ons. … Continue reading

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Paranormal Shark Activity is a hopping Time Waster

The shark is a majestic creature; it’s also pretty dangerous. When Paranormal Shark Activity starts off, you’re just a dude hanging out on the pier. You quickly discover there’s no way to go left (back to the city or the … Continue reading

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Roll of Distant Thunder Ushers In New MacBook Pros

Apple on Thursday announced four new MacBook Pros with next-generation processors and graphics; high-speed Thunderbolt input/output technology; and new FaceTime HD cameras. These run on the latest dual- and quad-core Intel Core processors and are claimed to be up to … Continue reading

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Sony indicates all future Alpha models will include translucent mirrors

That satisfying clunk of the mirror swinging up and away, the rapid-fire clatter of DSLRs going into burst mode, could be on its last legs. Well, for Sony Alphas at least. The company has confirmed that its translucent mirror tech, … Continue reading

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Rolleiflex Mini Digi AF Camera

This little digital camera is a replica of the famous Rolleiflex 2.8F twin lens reflex camera.  The Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 camera is only about 2.9 x 1.8 x 1.8″ and weighs 3.5 ounces.  It is available in red/black or … Continue reading

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This Week’s Top Web Comedy Video: Mike Tyson Gives Oscar Picks [Video]

Click to viewNotable film critic Leonard Maltin and notable unstable former boxer Mike Tyson take a few minutes to hash out Iron Mike’s Oscar favorites. It’s even more ridiculous than you’d think. I mean, there’s pigeon-whispering. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/7LDIybQxBBo/this-weeks-top-web-comedy-video-mike-tyson-gives-oscar-picks Syntax-Brillian … Continue reading

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Google confirms Nexus S Android 2.3.3 update changed screen color temps

Every now and then updates come with interesting little surprises. Sometimes good, sometimes not. And in the case of the Android 2.3.3 update to the Nexus S, it appears to be the latter. Users in the Android Central Forums and … Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7 For Verizon Next Week? [Rumor]

Sprint just launched their WP7 device, but rumor has it Verizon is going to officially talk about the HTC Trophy next week. Not sure anyone cares, with so many other Android and iPhone devices on Verizon that are better. You … Continue reading

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Shot Shot Pirate is a fun, simple physics game

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

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Paintball Robots! [Robots]

A madcap inventor is seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter, to bring these paintballin’ robots to life. With stair-climbing wheels and a rotating top, they could be used to spice up 10 Things I Hate About You homages or actual combat. Or … Continue reading

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How to change a default application on Android

This week’s tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system’s built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. When you first try an alternative launcher or Web browser, … Continue reading

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Farcical Xoom 4G Upgrade Plan Requires Mail-In, Six-Day Operation

It’s not often I laugh out loud when researching a post, but when reading up on the Motorola Xoom 3G to 4G upgrade procedure, I sounded like barking dog. If anyone has ever designed a more convoluted, ridiculous way to … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Dr. Watson I Presume Edition

Where Does Watson Go From Here? First Stop: Healthcare Irony: Smartphones Can Save The Honeybees Apple ?Bans? The Steve Jobs Action Figure Why Can?t Tablet Makers Just Freaking Ship? The Nissan ESFLOW Concept Breaks Cover A Bit Early Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/02/18/daily-crunch-dr-watson-i-presume/ … Continue reading

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BlackBerry Already Running Android Apps? [Unconfirmed]

ShopSavvy, creator of the fantastic barcode reader/shopping assistant app, noticed something, well, peculiar in their logs. It shows that people in Waterloo, Ontario (where RIM is based) using the Android ShopSavvy app on Blackberry phones. The devices tracked are: More » … Continue reading

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