الثلاثاء، 15 يناير 2013

Apple?s Warranty Practices Under Fire In Europe Again As Belgian Watchdog Agency Files Complaint

HT1863-AppleCare_Protection_Plan-enApple's warranty plans have drawn the ire of a Belgian consumer watchdog agency, Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats. The group has filed a complaint against the company over how AppleCare is sold and marketed to customers, who in the EU by default are entitled to a free two-year warranty with any consumer electronics purchase. The complaint says Apple markets its warranties in a manner which doesn't properly explain consumer rights to Belgian gadget shoppers.

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Fly Delta for iPad: Know Exactly What You're Flying Over

Ever ridden in a glass bottom boat? Awesome. But what about a glass bottom plane? Nope, sorry, not going to happen unless you're a Richard Branson type. But next time you fly Delta, you can at least imagine what that would be like with the airline's new iPad app. More »

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الاثنين، 14 يناير 2013

CES 2013: Audio roundup

CES 2013 Audio roundup

With CES 2013 wrapped up, it's safe to say that audio wasn't exactly a hallmark of the show in the gadgety sense. As a whole, manufacturers brought their latest creations, but even calling most of them evolutionary would be a stretch. That point was confirmed when Sennheiser, an audio maven, focused its attention on its rare Orpheus headphone system -- something manufactured decades ago. This year, the show felt like a minefield of updates and lineup extensions, with companies -- and Carly Rae Jepsen -- exclaiming, "me too!" When Parrot unveiled Zik last year it was crazy to see all that tech jammed into a pair of headphones, but that quickly became the norm. Now, it's totally common to see the likes of NFC, inductive charging and wireless connectivity in audio gear.

It wasn't a total snooze fest, though. Sure, nothing really stood out the way an 8K UHD TV could, but that doesn't mean it won't be a solid year for audio. However, it may just be a bit boring now that good sound and the latest tech are being brought together at every corner. Join us after the break for this years sonic standouts.

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Jetbus is a retro-tastic physics game, with a bus

Once upon a time, there used to be a DOS game with a caveman and a human powered helicopter. The caveman would shuttle around the screen, madly trying to get customers to where they wanted to go.

Jetbus is not that game, but it's obviously inspired by it. You're driving a yellow school bus which has jets. I guess the jet engine takes quite a bit of space inside the bus, because you can only pick up one person at a time.

There are several doors on the screen, each with its own number. As you pick up a person, the status bar at the bottom of the screen shows you which number door you have to take them to.

You must fly your bus carefully, because if it gets bumped around too much, you lose. You earn money on each level, and can visit the garage to buy better jets and damping, power-ups, or even a whole new vehicle.

So while this game isn't made as well as the original that inspired it, it does provide a few minutes of fun. And now, which one of you guys remembers the original and feels like pointing to it in the comments?

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How Intel Will Build the Holodeck

Mooly Eden steps out of the world of transistors and microprocessors for a moment. "If you want a simple explanation of what we're doing, just look to Asimov," the head of Intel's Perceptual Computing push says, explaining. "Or Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar. The ideas have been in science fiction for years, and now they're becoming fact." They're plainly taking sci-fi concepts and figuring out the road map to get there. More »

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Deal of the Day ? Sony NEX-5RK 16.1MP compact interchangeable lens digital camera with 18-55mm lens and a $100 gift card

LogicBUY’s Deal for Sunday is the�Sony NEX-5RK 16.1MP compact interchangeable lens digital camera with 18-55mm lens for�$729.00. �You’ll also receive a $100 gift card with this purchase. �Features: 16MP APS-C sensor 3? Touch LCD Up to 10 fps shooting speed DSLR-like focus Full HD video WiFi sharing and downloadable camera apps Bundled with: �HDMI cable, [...]

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Zoho Docs 2.0 adds iPad support

zoho docs ipad
Zoho has offered an iOS app for a while now -- at least for the iPhone and iPod touch. Those of you who have been wanting to use the Zoho app on your iPad were out of luck, but that's no longer the case.

Zoho Docs 2.0 has landed in the App Store, and the most notable change is that it's now a universal app. Now you're able to take advantage of the app's mobile productivity powers on your larger iOS device. Retina display support has also been added, as have document sharing options -- which you can utilize in both the viewer and collaboration modes.

Just like the basic Zoho service, the app is available totally free of charge. Paid subscriptions get you additional storage space and start at $3 per month for professional use.

Zoho Docs 2.0 adds iPad support originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Crunch: Swimmingly

1394Here are some recent stories on TechCrunch Gadgets: The PenMoto, Reborn Video: New Construction Material ?CO2 Structure? Could Serve As Alternative To Concrete HDI 3D Projectors Look Like Something Aliens Gave Us CableKeeps Keep Your Jumbled Mass Of Apple Chargers Nice And Neat Video: Free-Moving Kinect Used To Map Room And Objects In Detailed 3D

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/11/daily-crunch-swimmingly/


PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz Attracts Roughly 1,500 Links To Copyright-Protected Research

Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 7.04.32 PMAn online tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old activist who helped create RSS and committed suicide this past week, has attracted more than 1,500 links to research and academic papers. The site with the full list of links and research is here. It’s an effort to honor Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines after he downloaded 4.8 million documents from JSTOR. He had wanted to make them more freely available before he took his life this week. Micah Allen, who researches brain plasticity, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive science, suggested the idea on Reddit earlier this weekend: “A fitting tribute to Aaron might be a mass protest uploading of copyright-protected research articles. Dump them on Gdocs, tweet the link. Think of the great blu-ray encoding protest but on a bigger scale for research articles.” Two acquaintances of Swartz, Eva Vivalt and Jessica Richman, picked up the call and ran with the idea. “Open access is something he was and we are really passionate about,” said Richman, who also co-founded Science Citizen, a non-profit that encourages academic scientists to include citizen science in their research. “Imagine you’re a musician and you have to pay someone to produce your music, and then your can’t even access your own music unless you pay them again,” she added. Swartz wrote a Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto five years ago, in which he criticized research journals for locking up valuable scientific knowledge and history and urged people to engage in civil disobedience to make these works more widely available. “The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations,” he wrote. “Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.” Richman says she hopes that maybe this nascent effort to help lead to the creation of a repository, where research that is funded with public money and grants be available and openly accessible. JSTOR said four days ago that it was making the archives of more than 1,200 journals available for limited free reading by the public. This didn’t happen in connection with Swartz death, however.

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Ask DLS: What's your favorite mobile app at the moment?

The mobile app marketplace is exploding; there are now hundreds of thousands of apps on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry app markets. Heck, even Windows Phone 7 just crossed the 10,000 mark!

But alas, not all apps are created equal; some are way, way better than others. Which leads me to today's Ask DLS question: What is your favorite mobile app at the moment?

We don't necessarily mean the latest craze; we'd like to hear about apps that have stood the test of time on your device, apps that are among the first you install on a new smartphones, apps that have earned their place on your home screen and in your heart.

So, what are some of these apps? Bonus points for links to screenshots in the comments!

Ask DLS: What's your favorite mobile app at the moment? originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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الأحد، 13 يناير 2013

Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers

windows home server 2011 whs
Just a little under two months after its release candidate went live, Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 has been finalized and released into the wild. The new version of Microsoft's slick, do-it-all server OS is a big step forward from its predecessor.

Built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 base, Home Server 2011 features a simpler dashboard, a better backup solution, dead simple remote access to your home computers, and Silverlight-powered remote media streaming. For a more detailed look at what's new in Windows Home Server 2011, you check out Microsoft's official breakdown.

Drive Extender, of course, didn't resurface for the final release of WHS 2011 and that's something a lot of power users are still pretty irked about. Even without Extender, Windows Home Server offers a boatload of useful functionality and might be a good fit for your home network. Manufacturers have already begun building hardware, so you should be able to pick up a device in the very near future.

An evaluation download for Windows Home Server 2011 will be made available in April -- we'll let you know when the links are ready.

Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Crunch: Gundamcraft

1398Here are some of yesterday’s stories on TechCrunch Gadgets: Giant Gundam Robot Statue Returns To Tokyo ? In Parts PrimeSense Positioning Itself For Integration With Next-Gen TVs Microsoft Reader E-Book System Comes To Its Conclusion Glorious Minecraft-Themed Xperia Play For Sale On eBay $200k Fundraiser Means SETI Can Listen For Aliens Again

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/16/daily-crunch-gundamcraft/


YouTube Live now streaming select partners in real time

Not content with limiting its dominance in streaming uploaded videos, YouTube is now ready to take on competitors like Justin.TV and Ustream. The new YouTube Live service is being rolled out to select YouTube partners and will enable real-time broadcasting. In its official announcement, Google states that "The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead."

You can check out live broadcasts at http://www.youtube.com/live, where you'll also find a schedule of upcoming episodes from beta partners like Revision3 and Destructoid. You're also able to subscribe to YouTube Live broadcasts -- which will ensure you're notified when a new episode is coming up.

YouTube Live now streaming select partners in real time originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Live at CES ? Day 6

Live at CES — Day 6
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/ces-liveblog-day-6/


The UK's Tangled Antipiracy Web

In the battle against online piracy, industry and government officials tend to cast a wide net in blocking suspected piracy-enabling websites. Sometimes this process results in the removal of sites that have nothing to do with piracy. Last April, the UK ordered Internet service providers to block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

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PSX games now available in the Android Market, if you own an Xperia Play

PlayStation One games on the Android Market
If you're lucky enough to own an Xperia Play -- Sony Ericsson's new Gingerbread-powered smartphone-cum-gamepad -- you can now buy PlayStation (PSX) titles from the Android Market.

There are five titles currently available, all priced at £3.99: Syphon Filter, MediEvil, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, and Jumping Flash. They don't have an American price yet, but that will surely change once the Xperia Play launches in the States.

Two important questions remain unanswered: How big are these games? The Market descriptions say the games are only 5MB, but that sounds incredibly unlikely -- and more importantly, will it be possible to 'spoof' the Xperia Play and download PSX games onto other Gingerbread-powered phones, like the Nexus S?

In other news, the PlayStation emulator PSX4droid was recently removed from the Android Market. This obviously has nothing to do with today's release of first-party PlayStation games.

PSX games now available in the Android Market, if you own an Xperia Play originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Prevent Analysis Paralysis By Avoiding Pointless A/B Tests

bullseyeEditor's note: Robert J. Moore is the co-founder of RJMetrics, which develops software that helps online businesses make smarter decisions using their own data. At�RJMetrics, we believe in data-driven decisions and that means we do a lot of testing. However, one of the most important lessons we?ve learned is this: not all tests are worth running.

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What Games Are: The Fun Boson Does Not Exist

wpid-Photo-12-Jan-2013-1553.jpgPerhaps the biggest roadblock facing the development of generation-two social games is the addiction to metrics. Social game makers still believe that fun is about finding the right behaviours, the right metric to measure fun and the right way to maximise that. They are wrong. Fun is, and always has been, a dynamic quality. They need to learn that there is no "fun boson".

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السبت، 12 يناير 2013

TourWrist puts a twist on the photo sphere (hands-on video)

TourWrist puts a twist on the photo sphere handson video

You've heard of Instagram, right? Are you familiar with Microsoft's Photosynth and Google's Photo Sphere on Nexus phones and tablets? How about Apple's brilliant continuous-scan panorama mode on iOS devices? Well mash all this up and you get TourWrist, an app / social network for sharing photo spheres. The app started life as a social network for virtual tourism and gained one million users since launching in 2010. Here in Las Vegas, the company just launched the latest version of TourWrist with a focus on capturing photos spheres. Unlike Microsoft's and Google's approach, which stitches 360-degree images from discrete pictures, the app uses continuous-scan like Apple's panorama mode. The resulting photo spheres are truly impressive and look significantly better than the competition, especially when captured in tricky lighting conditions. All 360-degree images can be shared with other TourWrist users, Instagram-style, and with other social networks by linking to an HTML5-compatible viewer. Take a look at our gallery below and peek after the break for our hands-on video and sample photo sphere captured on site.

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Avoid Electrocution By Using This Toaster's Clever Plastic Handles

You'll be hard-pressed to find a multi-slice toaster lacking an automatic pop-up feature these days. But if you're toasting non-standard sized baked goods, they can occasionally get trapped requiring you to either risk your life by jamming a knife in there to retrieve them, or upgrading to Ariete's Toaster Brunch. More »

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Bing begins roll out of HTML5-enhanced search interface

Bing transitions
Bing's new HTML5-and-CSS3-enhanced search interface, which was first demonstrated back in September 2010 to showcase the power of IE9, has started to roll out.

The most notable addition to the new interface is is smooth page transitions -- the fade in and out -- and navigation tabs (maps, images, videos, etc.) now persistently float at the top of the page. WinRumors is also reporting that a feature reminiscent of Google Instant search is being added to Bing, with page elements smoothly transitioning in and out as you type in your search query.

If you want to try out the new Bing UI, your best bet is to set your locale to United States - English and pray that you're part of the initial roll out. Alternatively, just wait a few days until MIX 2011, Microsoft's Web developer conference, which is when the new Bing UI should be officially launched.

Bing begins roll out of HTML5-enhanced search interface originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 06:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sand Trap is a fun and difficult physics maze game

Sand Trap
Sand Trap is one of those games that at first seem too hard to bother with, but when you try to stop playing it you discover you're hooked.

The goal is to get as much sand as you possibly can out of the maze and into the bucket at the bottom of the screen. You need to rotate your maze every which way to get the sand rolling around it. You then try to direct the sand to one of the exits of the maze, and hopefully into the bucket. It took me several tries to actually get sand into the bucket, but that might be due to the fact that I didn't even realize the bucket was there at first. Things improved significantly after that.

As you level up, the mazes get more complicated, with moving parts and other things making your life more difficult. Once you manage to get through all these obstacles and get enough sand into your bucket, you can move on.

As I mentioned, this is not an easy game, but it's highly addictive. The graphics remind me of some long lost game from the 80s, but this just proves that you don't need super graphics and crazy sound to make a game work. There's a soothing guitar track playing in the background and that's it, as far as I could hear, and you can enjoy it just as much with no sound at all.

If you like a fun physics challenge, don't miss out on this one!

Sand Trap is a fun and difficult physics maze game originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2013 ? Create everything similar?

So, the Consumer Electronic Show 2013�(CES) is on right now. A Gadgeteer writer’s heaven wouldn’t you think? I’m probably seeing about 5000+ news items a day from the show via my feeds, but there are lots of repetition there, so let’s say 900 unique news items. �The problem is that, truth be told, I’m not [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/01/10/ces-2013-create-everything-similar/


Phil Schiller reportedly debunks rumors of cheaper iPhone

Phil Schiller reportedly debunks rumors of cheaper iPhone

Despite recent rumors pointing to the development of a less expensive iPhone, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller has reportedly indicated that no such device in development. Schiller criticized competitors for launching multiple mediocre products at once in order to find something that customers will buy. In speaking with the Shanghai Evening News, Schiller reportedly said that this was not Apple?s product strategy:

"So a lot of people in the Chinese market using a functional machine, some manufacturers use cheap smartphones replace feature phones, but this is not Apple's product development direction."

If this is accurate, it isn?t really that surprising. However, while it might not be in active development, it?s likely that Apple is at least thinking about a less expensive iPhone. Such a device doesn?t really make sense for many of the markets in which the iPhone is already sold because those markets also have access to previous iPhone models at lower prices. But there are emerging markets to think about, and Apple may be at least thinking about a device that they could sell in those areas. Apple as previously denied or derided products that they later sold, such as a video iPod. It?s important to keep in mind, whether confirming rumors or debunking them, that Apple is not a company that says ?never? too often.

Update: Reuters, who also reported this story, has withdrawn their article after the Shanghai Evening News made "substantial changes to its content". What these changes are is unclear at this time, and Reuters did not elaborate any further.

Source: Shanghai Evening News, Reuters, via 9to5Mac

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CES Day 5: Mind-Controlled Copters, 4K TVs, and Touchscreens Made of Mist

CES Day 5: Mind-Controlled Copters, 4K TVs, and Touchscreens Made of Mist
Sure, there's plenty of buzz about 4K televisions, but the real fun of CES is dipping into the non-stop stream of inventive, conceptual, crazy -- and crazy-expensive -- products on the showroom floor. Here's today's greatest hits.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/ces-2013-day-5-gallery/


New iPad Quad Core Graphics

Prior to the unveiling of the new iPad 3, there was a lot of speculation and rumors about what processor would be on board and what features the new tablet. The older iPad 2 came with an A5 processor which included a dual core graphics processor and 512mb of RAM. The graphics processor takes care of all the display functions whilst the main processor handles all of the other functions. A lot of the rumors prior to the new iPad [...]

Source: http://tabletbuzzblog.com/new-ipad-quad-core-graphics/


الجمعة، 11 يناير 2013

Apple wins a Technology and Engineering Emmy award

Apple wins a Technology and Engineering Emmy award Apple has been awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy award at a special reception in The Bellagio, Bellagio Ballroom, Las Vegas. The award given to Apple, was for the ?Eco-system for Real Time Presentation of TV Content to Mobile Devices without the use of Specialized Television Hardware?. While that sounds very impressive, we don?t know exactly what that means. We assume it is something to do with Apple?s music, movie and video sale and distribution system utilizing iTunes and iCloud but we could be wrong.

Launched in 1948, The Technology and Engineering Emmy� Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.

Awards are presented to an individual, company, or to a scientific or technical organization for developments and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies which either represent an extensive improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected the transmission, recording, or reception of television.

Whatever the award is for, it is more recognition of how Apple has made the system of watching movies and TV shows so much easier. The iTunes Store offers a fantastic catalogue of shows that can be downloaded and watched in just a few clicks; it?s hard to cast your mind back to how it used to be! Of course the award could just as easily be for Apple's implementation of HTTP Live streaming which is part of its QuickTime applications.

Source: CES via The Loop

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