الأربعاء، 31 أغسطس 2011

Monster-Making App Splatters Virtual Ink in Delightful Ways

I like a good monster. Good monsters can be scary, evil, otherworldly, or well-dressed feathery ink blots like those that spring from the creative genius of Stefan G. Bucher, the guy behind DailyMonster.com. Bucher has been turning blown ink blots into monsters on his website for years, and he's got an amazing eye and style, which you can now tap into yourself through his new app, Daily Monster.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/73158.html


Snapseed Photo Editing Software for iOS

A lot of Apple mobile products now include cameras, so I find myself taking more photos than before. �When I take a photo with my iPhone 4 or iPad 2 that needs a bit of tweaking, I have to transfer it to my laptop because I have no editing software for those devices. �I recently [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/08/29/snapseed-photo-editing-software-for-ios/


Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5%

Firefox 4 usage share graph
Using some early numbers from both StatCounter and Net Applications, Mozilla's noisiest hominid, Asa Dotzler, has illustrated Firefox 4's meteoric rise to around 5% of Web browser global usage share. Internet Explorer 9, which launched two weeks ago, seems to be enjoying a much more casual stroll in the park with just 1.5% of the global Web usage share.

Interestingly, we can see IE9 dipping between March 20 and 21, just before the 'Important' Windows Update rolled out. It's hard to say whether IE9 is only growing because of the installed-by-default Windows Update, but that small dip definitely sticks out -- did excitement peter out? Did people download IE9, try it out, and summarily uninstall it? Perhaps, given their close proximity, the stats show an attention shift from Microsoft to Mozilla?

Numbers-wise, if the bottom left corner of the graph shows 2.3 million downloads for IE9, we can guesstimate that that it has now been downloaded 5 million times. Firefox is clocking in at 37 million downloads after five days of public availability.

We wonder whether Microsoft knew its release schedule would coincide so closely with Firefox 4. Internet Explorer 9 -- a great browser by almost every metric -- was never going to do well against anything emanating from the maws of Mozilla. The main thing, though, is that Microsoft has now shown that it's serious when it comes to the Open Web. If Internet Explorer 10 is good, and 11 and 12, then we might finally see it compete with the zealous Mozillan horde.

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iPad equipped shopping carts arriving in the UK

Sainsburys and Sky TV have teamed up to create a new style shopping trolley which incorporates a tilting iPad holder and speakers. Sainsburys will be carrying out a trial of the high tech trolley in its supermarket (grocery store) in Kensington, West London. The shopping trolleys have...

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Introducing the A-Fold iPad Case

Aside from relentless hoarding of apps, perhaps there would be no other habit that would come close to purchasing accessories for one?s iPad. From protection screens, silicone cases, and leather covers, to peripheral devices and gadgets, there are a lot of distinct items available in the market. However, there is one item that stands out above the rest in terms of uniqueness and functionality. Meet the A-Fold iPad Case, which is a new product by Moss to increase and improve [...]

Source: http://tabletbuzzblog.com/introducing-the-a-fold-ipad-case/


Stickers Turn Magic Trackpad into Magic Numpad

I love to use a number pad to enter lots of data, but I hate having a giant keyboard which forces my Magic Trackpad too far off to the right. So I put up with the regular number row and curse every time I need to type numbers longer than one digit.
Now, though, I can [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/08/stickers-turn-magic-trackpad-into-magic-numpad/


Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers

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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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'Mega Mall Story': An Addictive Battle for Hearts and Wallets

If the idea of an empire-building game in which you construct a shopping mall sounds familiar, that might be because Take Two Interactive published a series starting about a decade ago called "Mall Tycoon." It wasn't part of the Maxis/Electronic Arts Sim universe, but it had that general feel to it.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/73169.html


الثلاثاء، 30 أغسطس 2011

Motorola Pro+ announced with Gingerbread, few other improvements

As it turns out, Plus is becoming the new Moto sequel. Soon after announcing the Defy+, a phone that offers a moderate bump in specs from its predecessor, HelloMoto is back at it again with the Pro+. This obvious follow-up to the Motorola Pro (or Droid Pro, as it's known in the US) doesn't bring much of an improvement to the table. It's adorned with the same 1GHz CPU, 3.1-inch VGA (640 x 480) display, 512MB of RAM and five megapixel camera; the largest differences in the new model are the inclusion of Android 2.3, 4GB of internal storage, an improved battery (1,600mAh) and a rounded design -- in contrast to the original's squared look. It's due in Asia and Europe starting in October, so keep an eye out... if that "Plus" is enough to excite you. Head below for the full press release.

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Motorola Pro+ announced with Gingerbread, few other improvements originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Conquer 4G review

It's peculiar how a simple number and letter can cause the price to skyrocket when added to the end of a phone's name. But that's exactly what the term "4G" does -- ultimately, making a phone or tablet compatible with a carrier's next-generation network seems to add value (and cost) in unthinkable ways. There's a growing concern in the mobile industry; Sprint's WiMAX 4G coverage, once a novelty in the United States, is now just one of the boys. It faces direct competition against its two (much larger) LTE brethren in Verizon and AT&T, and the Now Network is searching for other methods of utilizing its high-speed offerings. In doing so, the carrier wants to keep the value high without escalating the expense.

Enter the Samsung Conquer 4G, the latest addition to Sprint's blazing-fast lineup. Rather than going head-to-head with giants like the Photon 4G and EVO 3D, the company's strategy is to offer a WiMAX-enabled handset that's light on the wallet. It's not the least expensive of the bunch these days -- the Samsung Nexus S 4G takes the cake there -- but it's another option to toss into the network's growing lineup. So does this mid-range handset have a shot at living up to its namesake? Keep on reading to find out.

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Samsung Conquer 4G review originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 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.

Interlocked is a three-dimensional brain teaser originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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World's only turbine-powered Batmobile up for sale on eBay, recession hits Bruce Wayne, too

Remember that Boeing-powered Batmobile we ran across last month? Well friends, it could be yours via eBay auction in about a week. Currently, the highest bid is you can buy it now for $620,000 -- which would be enough to cover the cost of several cars not fit for the Caped Crusader. However, none of those come equipped with a helicopter turbine, now do they? Putsch Racing reminds interested parties that the mean machine is street registered in the US, so you can roll like the Dark Knight without fear of the police pursuing you. An iPad loaded with digital avionics helps you monitor the jet engine, and you can use your choice of three fuel sources to power the thing: Jet A, kerosene, or diesel. Hey now, we never said it was environmentally friendly. If you, like Jay-Z, are "planking on a million," check out the detailed auction shots below and bid on Batman's ride yourself.

World's only turbine-powered Batmobile up for sale on eBay, recession hits Bruce Wayne, too originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTML5 Mobile App Framework PhoneGap Adds Facebook Connect Plugin

PhoneGapLogoNitobi, creators of the HTML5-based mobile app framework PhoneGap, have today launched the PhoneGap Facebook Connect plugin. The addition of the plugin means that developers building apps using Web technologies like HTML and JavaScript can now simplify the log in process for their apps by allowing users to login with their Facebook credentials.

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7 Tools for a Post-Hurricane Cleanup [Video]

Thankfully, Hurricane Irene wasn't as bad as it could have been in some places. But there were still plenty of people affected by the Hurricane in significant ways. What do they do next? Well, they clean up. Here are seven tools to help. More »

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Venturocket Launches An AdWords-Inspired Jobs Marketplace To Kill The Resume

Screen shot 2011-08-29 at 3.03.36 PMIt may not be receiving quite as much media coverage as the VMAs at the moment, but we're all acutely aware of the fact that the economy remains in the toilet. Unemployment is still over 9 percent, and articles like this one detail just how long it takes for the average American to find a job -- and that job seekers are giving up on the search after as little as 5 months. Of course, part of the problem is there just aren't enough jobs being created, but it's also true that the present state of job sites and marketplaces today leaves a lot to be desired. Venturocket, a job connection service based out of San Francisco, is today launching a new spin on the old model that it hopes will prove to be a more effective way to match job seekers to the right employers. With an AdWords nod, to boot.

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Magnetism Has Never Been This Mesmerizing [Video]

Kim Pimmel is no stranger to time-lapse photography. In his latest video, the versatile San Francisco filmmaker pits ferrofluid and food coloring in a pulsating race across an expanse of soap suds. More »

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