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 October 10, 2011:

  • US Cellular launched the BlackBerry Curve 9350 this week, and is now available for free (after rebate) with new activations, and $50 with upgrades. [Unwired View]
  • That wasn’t the only smartphone added to US Cellular’s lineup this week: the HTC Hero S has also finally made it into loving hands. [US Cellular]
  • O2 unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Ace, a Gingerbread device with an 800MHz CPU and 5MP camera, in purple this week. [EuroDroid]
  • MetroPCS debuted a couple new basic feature phones, the Kyocera Presto and LG Beacon. The former is a candybar with the standard numberpad, while the latter is a 2.8-inch touch screen device with a full slide-out QWERTY. The two phones retail for $30 and $70, respectively. [CNet]
  • Research in Motion may be planning to launch an all-white BlackBerry Bold 9900, according to a few shots taken in Dubai. [Electronista]
  • Motorola Mobility is sponsoring the NFL internationally in the UK, and is launching an extensive marketing campaign to highlight it. [Motorola]
  • We’ve heard about the LG myTouch and myTouch Q a few times so far, but this is the first time we’ve seen the two devices in the wild. [TmoNews]
  • Nokia’s announced the winner and runners-up of its ringtone contest. Sadly, the Great Marvelous didn’t make the cut. [SlashGear]
  • Samsung announced a new group messaging service called “ChatON.” Sammy’s definitely not the first to come out with a group messaging service, but it does offer the functionality across the board — iOS, Android and Windows are all present and accounted for. [TheNextWeb]

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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 »


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Samsung ChatON Mobile Messenger now available

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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. For now, it's available for Android and Bada phones but iOS and BlackBerry support is coming, making it a complete cross-platform messaging service with plenty of features:

  • Group Chat
  • Image Sharing
  • Video Sharing
  • Music Sharing
  • Location Sharing

In order to use the service you'll need a device running Android 2.2 or higher, which shouldn't be a problem for most folks. You can find the download link past the break, however — at the moment it seems as though a lot of people are jumping on to get activated and servers are a little bogged down.

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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 Department has made it very clear that the Chinese company won’t have a role in building the country’s new dedicated first responder wireless network. A spokesman wasn’t shy about the reason, either, explaining that Huawei “will not be taking part in the building of America’s interoperable wireless emergency network for first responders due to U.S. government national security concerns.” And what about those national security concerns? Well, Huawei president Ren Zhengfei’s former role as a People’s Liberation Army technologist may have something to do with it, considering it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suspect that he still has some fairly close ties to Chinese government officials. We haven’t heard a peep from the feds regarding Huawei’s invitation for US officials to investigate the company earlier this year, but it’s safe to assume that the investigation either didn’t go very well, or more likely that it hasn’t happened at all. We imagine that whole corporate espionage debacle probably didn’t help the company, either.

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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 foam. This shields the 36 fixed-focus phone camera modules, each capable of taking two megapixel snapshots. These are then stitched together to create full panoramic works like the shot above. Somewhere within that squishy core is an accelerometer to measure the apex of its flight, and where the camera array will capture its image. The big question is, can it survive a few rounds of keepie-uppie? You can take a closer look at the ball camera’s 36 x two megapixel images in the video below. Now, do you think there’s any chance of getting one for the next Engadget meet-up?

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AVG launches LiveKive cloud sync and backup tool

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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 odd choice of monikers — LiveKive has launched and is now ready to accept your files into the AVG cloud.

LiveKive takes aim at services like Dropbox and SugarSync, though at the moment it’s lagging behind in terms of features. As it stands, LiveKive is only compatible with Windows and OS X. There are no mobile clients yet, though with AVG’s strong presence on Android we wouldn’t be surprised to see an app arrive in the near future.

The company is offering a heck of a deal right now, however. If you sign up for a paid account during the launch phase, you can score unlimited storage for $80 for a whole year. You can’t even score 50GB per year at that price from Dropbox, so if cost and space are more important to you than cross-platform availability, LiveKive might be worth checking out.

If you’re not interested in ponying up any cash at the moment, you can still get a 5GB account free of charge. Just head on over, and create a LiveKive account.

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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. Well, the outfit just unveiled the second generation of the technology — appropriately named 3D Vision 2 — and this go ’round it promises not to strain your vision quite so much. These shutter glasses have a lens that’s 20 percent larger, promising a brighter experience. As an added perk, the frames have been rejiggered to be lighter and more flexible so that you can comfortably wear headphones without pinching your lobes. As for the newest 3D Vision monitors and laptops, those panels promise reduced ghosting, as well as 120GHz 2D gaming. In tandem with today’s announcement, NVIDIA announced that a trio of products — the Toshiba Qosmio X770 / 775, Toshiba Satellite P770 / P775 and ASUS’s 27-inch VG278H 1080p monitor — will support now 3D Vision 2. If a new rig’s not in the cards, the company also assures us that these glasses will be backward compatible with older 3D Vision panels. Look for them this month in the form of either standalone frames ($99) or as part of a $149 kit. All those details and more in the PR tucked after the break.

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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 from a mid-level radio and walkie talkie manufacturer into one of the world’s leading electronics makers. In the process, he cemented his legacy as one of the industry’s most forward-looking executives. The Marshfield, Wisconsin native first joined the company as a stockroom apprentice in 1940, and would go on to spend his entire career there (save for a tour of duty in World War II). He was named chairman and chief executive in 1959, following the death of his father and company founder Paul Galvin. Under the younger Galvin’s stewardship, Motorola expanded the depth and breadth of its operations, moving into emerging markets and focusing much of its efforts on the burgeoning cellular industry. Galvin spearheaded this transition, which saw Motorola introduce the first commercial cellphone in 1973, and the first cellphone network in the early 1980s. When he first took control, Motorola’s annual sales stood at around $290 million. By the time he retired as chairman in 1990, however, that figure had ballooned to $10.8 billion. Galvin went on to serve on the company’s board of directors until 2001 and, though he may have departed, his impact certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon. “We will continue to honor Bob Galvin’s legacy here at Motorola Mobility,” said current chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha. “He was committed to innovation, and was responsible for guiding Motorola through the creation of the global cellular telephone industry.” Robert “Bob” Galvin is survived by his wife of 67 years, four children, 13 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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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 same thing back in 2007 to monitor phone calls. The aim, of course, is to tailor ads to your interests, while also gathering information about your habits that it can sell on to others in the form of “business and marketing reports.” Oh, one more thing: VZW promises not to share any information about you “personally” and it also gives you the option to opt out. (Opt out.)

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

xoom-family-1Don’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 10.1-inch IPS screen, dual-core 1GHz CPU, 5MP camera and 16GB of storage. The casing is different this time around though. The tablet is decidedly downmarket wherein the original clearly aimed at the high-end of space. Motorola clearly learned a thing or two from its first tablet. This time around it’s all about the software and user experience.

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British royal family announces iOS and Android wedding app

William and KateTo 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 won’t actually feature anything to do with William and Kate’s marriage — rather, it will focus on the “tradition, splendor and romance” that are intrinsic to British royal marriages. “[The app] will share the stories of past royal weddings and offer a wealth of historical context for the ceremony on April 29.”

Unfortunately, the app, which has been lumbered with the fantastically creative name of ‘Royal App,’ won’t be available until April 18 — just 11 days before Kate’s big day. It won’t be free, either: it’ll cost the rather princely sum of £1.79, or three of your Tea Party-loving dollars. The money will go to the Royal Collection, though, which is a good cause!

British royal family announces iOS and Android wedding app originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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, and they’re working away at an application called Modern Reader which is exactly that.

From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it’s clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We’ve posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google’s cache after the break.

Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX — a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.

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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 »


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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 than expected. More »


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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 service delays this morning and that it’s working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

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Interlocked is a three-dimensional brain teaser

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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 breaking the box in frustration.

Interlocked takes that spirit and turns it into a beautiful Flash game. It’s a good thing the soundtrack is soothing, because the game itself can get pretty frustrating.

At the start of each level, you’re presented with a box built out of blocks in different colors. You can click and drag the mouse to rotate the box any which way. Once you decide you want to shift a part of the box, hit SPACE to switch into “move” mode. You can then click any part of the box and drag it. Of course, you can only move a part as long as nothing is in its way. So it becomes a matter of understanding how the box is built, and what parts you need to move around so you could eventually take the box apart.

It’s a tricky, difficult game, but it’s a great brain teaser — and definitely a keeper.

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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 as a testbed for a Government-funded giant version to rival the AlphaDog. After the break you’ll find a little motion picture of the SQ1 comically tottering around. Have your laughs now: it won’t nearly be so funny when it comes for you in the night.

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SimLab SQ1: Korea’s adorably unstable robot dog (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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

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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 to help developers make their add-ons more efficient. Over the next two weeks, ‘slow performance warnings’ will be introduced in the add-on gallery so that users can see, before installation, which add-ons will slow down their browser. If that isn’t enough to spur developers into cleaning up their add-ons, Mozilla has also begun reaching out to developers of slow add-ons with tips on how to improve add-on performance. Finally, add-on developers will soon have the ability to perform ‘on-demand performance testing,’ so that they can test their add-on before it’s deployed publicly.

Mozilla reports that the average Firefox add-on slows down Firefox’s start-up time by 10% — which means, if you install 10 add-ons, you will double your start-up time. On fast desktop PCs that kind of slowdown might be negligible, but on older computers, laptops and smartphones, it could be the difference between a 5 and 10 second startup. Mozilla has obviously realized that while massive performance gains might’ve been made with Firefox 4, the addition of third-party add-ons can destroy any user-perceived improvements.

In other news, Mozilla says that a future build of Firefox will block the installation of add-ons (such as toolbars) by third-party software. Add-ons and toolbars that are bundled in this way will require explicit approval when you next open up Firefox. Hooray!

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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 without Leica’s typically understated taste. In short, if you have any of your lottery winnings left [...]

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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 »


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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 it’s received plenty of feedback since unleashing a developer preview of the OS last month, and pledged to respond with a number changes. For starters, apps displayed within the Windows 8 App Screen can now be organized into groups, rather than alphabetical arrangements (see image above). Apps will also be displayed at a higher density, thereby cramming more content within the same space. Enterprise users, meanwhile, will be able to customize their companies’ Start screens and unify them across networks, though there’s still no word on whether administrators will be able to opt out of the software’s tiled interface in favor of the more Windows 7-esque Desktop app — one of the most highly requested features. These are just two of many, relatively granular changes that Microsoft is implementing to help users maximize the efficiency of its new Start screen, and they likely won’t be the last. To dig into the nitty gritty, check out the full post, at the source link below.

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Foxconn?s Brazil Plant Back On Track

brazilJust 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 officials and Foxconn representatives announced today that the plan was still underway, and the plant is ready to pump out iPhones. iPads will have to wait until December, which was the original deadline.

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

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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 up all over the place.

Your vector-looking spacecraft is the fastest thing on the screen, most of the time. And as the header implies, you have absolutely no weapons; you can’t get any, either. All you have is agility and maneuverability.

Your opponents shoot heat-seeking missiles at you; the missiles lock on and start tracking you. The trick is to dodge the missiles while putting them in the path of one of your enemies, thus letting them have a taste of their own medicine.

There are three types of enemies, at least in the first few levels: “simple” spaceships which fire slow projectiles, “tanks” which seem to be more serious and take more hits to destroy, and “circles.” The circles simply explode, spewing twenty or thirty very fast projectiles. This sounds dangerous, but is actually great once you learn to use them; they are very destructive for tanks, and can even blow up other circles.

The soundtrack is very techno, but it meshes very well with this type of game. Intense fun!

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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 and former colleague of Ritchie’s, who confirmed via Google+ that the computer scientist passed away over the weekend, after a long battle with an unspecified illness. Ritchie’s illustrious career began in 1967, when he joined Bell Labs just one year before receiving a PhD in physics from Harvard University. It didn’t take long, however, for the Bronxville, NY native to have a major impact upon computer science. In 1969, he helped develop the Unix operating system alongside Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and other Bell colleagues. At around the same time, he began laying the groundwork for what would become the C programming language — a framework he and co-author Kernighan would later explain in their seminal 1978 book, The C Programming Language. Ritchie went on to earn several awards on the strength of these accomplishments, including the Turing Award in 1983, election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988, and the National Medal of Technology in 1999. The precise circumstances surrounding his death are unclear at the moment, though news of his passing has already elicited an outpouring of tributes and remembrance for the man known to many as dmr (his e-mail address at Bell Labs). “He was a quiet and mostly private man,” Pike wrote his brief post, “but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.”

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Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads

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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 API, the new feature introduces protection against malicious downloads. If a download link appears in the Safe Browsing blacklist, Chrome and Chromium will warn users against downloading — a save button is still presented, of course, in case you’re convinced a file is perfectly safe to download.

We’d like to see something a bit more eye-catching than the red warning icon — like perhaps painting the entire bar red. Many of the people a feature like this aims to protect probably won’t notice the icon or change in wording as they’ll be focused on clicking the save button.

Google is initially making download protection available to Chrome dev channel users, and you’ll likely see it in Canary and Chromium snapshot builds as well. After thorough testing, beta and stable users will be next in line.

Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 been around for a while now, helping you stay green by giving you some green. Trading in an old phone for the almighty dollar, however, typically involves filling out paperwork, printing labels, shipping the device to the facility and waiting for four weeks for a check. EcoATM’s goal is to eliminate all of that in favor of a simple 5-minute process that ends with cash in-hand. The company has machines set up in popular shopping malls in various cities across the country, ready to help you part ways with your old device. Take a gander at a gallery and the full demonstration below.

Zachary Lutz contributed to this hands-on.

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EcoATM offers instant money for your old phone, we go hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Union Square Ventures, Others Invest In Alternative Search Engine DuckDuckGo

ddgoIn a blog post, Union Square VenturesBrad 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 Vepuri, Joshua Stylman and Peter Hershberg also invested in the round, writes founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg.

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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…!

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Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

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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 some of the goodies version 0.7 brings to the party:

  • Text nodes: Writing something like a[href=/]{Click here} now works, and puts “Click here” within the link.
  • New actions added: Increment/decrement number under cursor, evaluate math expressions, and more.
  • Wrap with Abbreviation was upgraded.

There are several other improvements but they’re all rather technical. If you use Zen Coding (or are intrigued by the concept) go ahead and read the release notes for this new version.

Zen Coding has official implementations for a ton of editors, including TextMate, Apatana, Coda, E2, Komodo, Notepad++, PSPad, and more. It also has unofficial builds for Vim, UltraEdit, Visual Studio and more.

If you want to play with Zen Coding without installing it, you can use the online demo to see some of its magic in action.

Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 reason: an attempt by hackers to “test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords” against Sony’s network database. Some of the affected accounts showed “additional activity prior to being locked” and are being investigated. On the flip-side, Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, stressed that most of the hackers’ details resulted in failed logins and in any case credit card details are not at risk. Users are being told to expect an email if they’ve been affected, which will contain further instructions. Has Sony finally realized the value of timely communication?

Sony locks 93,000 PSN and SOE accounts due to ‘massive’ hack attempt originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 07:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 »


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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 excited about using Numbers with iCloud. I…

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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 now that we’re getting the final add-on for the Android SDK. It brings a couple of revisions, like better placement options for the action and navigation bars, but more importantly it delivers the message that two-point-oh is almost two-point-here.

Google TV 2.0: app developers get final add-on for Android SDK originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 06:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 inside source tells us the two have moved their plans for the Unpacked event to October 19th in Hong Kong (interested US residents should clear out the evening of Tuesday the 18th, time zones), timed to coincide with the AsiaD: All Things Digital event there next week. Naturally, we’ll be in the house, but with not long to go before the potential date, we’d expect to hear something concrete soon.

[Thanks, anonymous]

Samsung and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich / Nexus Prime event back on for the 19th? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 »


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How Secure is My Password lets you know just that

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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 won’t hurt either.

That’s a handy set of rules to keep in mind, but How Secure is My Password helps us understand why they’re important.

It’s basically like a full-screen version of one of those password-strength meters websites sometimes use. But instead of showing you a bar going from “weak” to “strong”, it shows you an estimation of how long your password would take to crack. That’s a much more visceral way to understand why your password is strong.

For example, when I entered “rabbit”, it came back with “your password is one of the 500 most common passwords. It could be cracked almost instantly”. “rabbit5″ would take two hours, “$rabbit5″ would take 38 days, and “$rabbitZ5″ would take 237 years. It’s quite enlightening to see what a difference three simple characters can make.

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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 »


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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

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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 claim, touting “the lightest notebook in the world.” The 11.6-inch U9 is certainly on the smaller side of things, weighing in at around 2.2 pounds. Inside you’ll find some rather netbooky specs, including a 1.6GHz Cedarview processor, 2GB of RAM and an SSD with either 64 or 128GB of storage. According to Evolio, the U9 is set for a December release.

Evolio’s 2.2-pound U9 to drop softly in December originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 Windows 8 images, we saw Windows Live integration on the taskbar. In the far right corner, there’s a user tile displayed. If you’d like to do the same on Windows 7, download Taskbar User Tile from DeviantArt user AngelWZR.

Once installed, your current picture will appear on the taskbar. Click it, and a menu appears which allows you to log off, switch users, and access the control panel. Right now, the mod only works if your taskbar is displayed on the bottom of your Windows desktop.

Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 »


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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 straightforward camera with a straightforward name. The tiny digicam is like a pocket-sized Instagram, and lets [...]

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