الأحد، 31 يوليو، 2011

Google Talk Guru answers questions via your IM app

google talk guru answersBots -- like the kind which automate IRC rooms and Google Wave -- are a good thing to know about. There are plenty of useful bots worth knowing about, too, including the Google Talk Guru.

Just add guru@googlelabs.com to your GTalk buddies, and you can start firing off questions. Lifehacker suggests that the same types of queries supported by Google SMS will work, though we didn't have any luck getting a response out of the Guru with phrases like "score detroit red wings" or "sushi R3N 1Y1."

Still, Guru does answer a good variety of questions and it works right within your favorite IM app. It's well worth adding to your friend list, especially for getting answers on the go on your mobile device of choice.

Google Talk Guru answers questions via your IM app originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Software Update Causes Headaches for Some Droid Customers

A software update is supposed to deliver the latest and greatest features to your device. It's not supposed to cripple your device. And yet that's exactly what happened to a number of customers who received the most recent update to their Droid X phones.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/07/droid-x-update-problems/

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BMW unveils new i3 and revamped i8 concepts, we await our automotive future (video)

BMW's been teasing us with its vision for electric motoroing for years, and today, folks, the trend continues. The German automaker has unveiled two concepts from its upcoming i sub-brand: the city-dwelling i3 and a rehashed version of its i8. This is the first time we've officially seen the smaller of the two, as the car formerly known as the Megacity had only been spied in an official render and during routine testing at the arctic circle. It'll haul four peeps with its 150km range (around 100 miles) and accelerate from 0-60mph in around 8 seconds. As for those with range anxiety, the German company will soothe such fears with an optional range-extending motor dubbed "REx." Either variant could land in your garage in 2013, where you'll be able top them up in 6 hours with a standard socket, or up to eighty percent in an hour if you're rocking a spiffy high capacity charger.

The i8, which you'll recall for its radical aerodynamic design and hybrid diesel-electric drivetrain, has received a bevy of aerodynamic tweaks and junked its oil burner, opting for a gasoline one instead. Engine swap aside, the sporty coupé apparently drinks only 2.7 liters per 100km -- 87 mpg (!) for yanks -- which is unreal in a car that'll accelerate to 62mph in 4.6 seconds. Sound too good to be true? We'll have to wait until 2014 to see if München can make good on those promises, but in the meantime feel free to peruse the galleries, videos, and PR after the break.

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BMW unveils new i3 and revamped i8 concepts, we await our automotive future (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yahoo! Messenger now censors the links you share

Yahoo Messenger Big Brother censorshipWe've all thought it, but never dared think it could be true: what if Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL actively monitor our instant messenger chats? What if mentions of 'bomb' and 'underage' are tracked and sent to law enforcement agencies? What if chat providers don't agree with the things we say, or the links we share, and filter or censor the content of our transmitted messages?

Well, it looks like our fears may actually have some basis in reality: Yahoo Messenger strips FilesTube links from instant messages. It doesn't tell either party that a URL has been removed from chat -- it just deletes it. Poof. FilesTube, in case you were wondering, is one of the largest file hosting meta search engines on the Web -- it indexes RapidShare, Megaupload, Mediafire, and many other 'cyberlocker' services.

It's fairly obvious why FilesTube links are being removed -- the Censor General at Yahoo is probably one of those perplexed primates who think all uses of BitTorrent are illegal -- but this situation poses a far more important question: is Yahoo censoring messages on the client side, or the server side. Does the messenger client itself maintain a list of 'blacklisted' words -- and if so, why are we not told that FilesTube links are banned? What other words and terms does Yahoo protect us from?

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Yahoo! Messenger now censors the links you share originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 05:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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XBee grows up, delivers WiFi to DIYers and Arduino enthusiasts

XBee WiFi
Good news DIYers, XBee now comes in WiFi flavors. The favorite wireless module of Arduino tinkerers everywhere is growing up and adding 802.11n to its normal compliment of RF and ZigBee options. Development kits are available now starting at $149 per board, with add-on modules like embedded or wire antennas and RF connectors clocking in at $49. It might not seem like a big deal to some of you out there, but anyone who's contemplated building a Tweet-a-Watt or a Yarn Monster will appreciate being able skip adding a ZigBee adapter to their PC. Check out the PR after the break.

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XBee grows up, delivers WiFi to DIYers and Arduino enthusiasts originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dell's 10-Inch Streak Is Business Up Front, Party Out Back

Dell on Friday launched the Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet in China. This is the company's first 10-inch tablet. It runs Android Honeycomb 3.1. The device has work and personal modes, with a firewall of sorts between them so there's no leakage of information between the two.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72974.html

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Duke University's underwater invisibility cloak stills troubled waters

Everyone's jumping on the invisibility cloaking bandwagon these days, but no one's quite managed to fully deliver on the promise. The same goes for two Duke University researchers who believe their mesh casing could grant the gift of concealment to underwater craft -- submarines, anyone? According to the proposed model, a specially designed shell punctuated by complex patterns of permeability and millimeter-sized pumps would eliminate the drag and turbulent wake caused by an object as it moves through the water. Utilizing the penetrable gaps in the case, water would at first accelerate, and then decelerate to its original speed before exiting -- rendering the fluid around the object virtually undisturbed. Now for the bad news: the design doesn't quite work for large-scale, real-world implementations -- hello again, submarines -- since the tech can only cloak small structures, like "a vehicle one centimetre across... [moving] at speeds of less than one centimetre per second." It's a massive bummer, we know, but we're getting there folks -- you just won't see it when it actually happens.

Duke University's underwater invisibility cloak stills troubled waters originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google launches Hotel Finder, finds a way to recycle Google Maps reviews

By now, it should be no secret that Google wants to get up in your online trip-planning business (if it wasn't somehow there already). First, there was the announcement that El Goog would buy ITA, the company serving up pretty much all of your online ticketing options -- a deal that still hasn't closed. Then came flight schedule searches and now, the outfit's rounding it all out by throwing hotels into the mix. The company just launched Hotel Finder, a service that lets you -- wait for it -- find a place to lay your weary head in these great fifty states. At first glance, it's little more than a specific use case for Google Maps -- just type in a city or US zip code to get a map with the usual spreads of pinpoints. Though Google won't be the middleman booking your hotel reservation, you can use the tool to fine-tune your search, drawing circles on the map to scour multiple neighborhoods. As you'd expect, you can also whittle the search by price and rating, and read reviews that people originally posted on Google Maps. One thing we're liking about the UI is that you don't have to open a new tab to read the full spill on a hotel -- you can just click the listing to see it expand right there, alongside pretty photo collages. Hit the source link to poke around, though if its bare-bones simplicity turns you off, don't say Google didn't warn you -- the tool is so new that Google isn't calling it a "beta" so much as an...experiment.

Google launches Hotel Finder, finds a way to recycle Google Maps reviews originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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السبت، 30 يوليو، 2011

Start the Day With an Nice Cold Glass of Whiskey [Alcohol]

Imagine pouring these into your morning bowl of cereal. Genius! Titled "Ecohols" by designer Jorn, I can see this turning into a whole new food group. [Fubiz] More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/6BIrh_yXXHA/start-the-day-with-an-nice-cold-glass-of-whiskey

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Book Of 'Roadside Prostitutes' Made Entirely With Google Street View [Sex]

Mishka Henner went online to find out where men sought prostitutes, and then he visited — on Google Street View. The result is No Man's Land, a self-published book of photography, showing women, mostly alone and often scantily clad, in Spain, Italy, and Romania. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/FMWQiYIS-zM/book-of-roadside-prostitutes-made-entirely-with-google-street-view

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3G for iPod touch? ZTE Peel 3200 says yes.

You’re quite fond of your iPod touch.� But often it would be nice to have wireless capability without being tied a WiFi hotspot.� Have a look at the ZTE Peel 3200 available from Virgin Mobile.� It’s a case for your iPod touch that gives you a 3G data connection.� $29.99 plus no-contract $20 for 500 [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/07/26/3g-for-ipod-touch-zte-peel-3200-says-yes/

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The Most Amazing But Least Effective Way to Pickpocket Somebody Is to Use Chopsticks [Video]

How good are you with chopsticks? Probably good enough to pick up sushi but probably not even close to Miyagi-ing a fly, right? Well check this out, this guy managed to pickpocket a phone with chopsticks. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/2IQQuYm-HGU/the-most-amazing-but-least-effective-way-to-pickpocket-somebody-is-using-chopsticks

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