Fly6 is a bicycle tail light that reminds others to safely share the road

Some time ago, Kingsley Fiegert was out riding his bicycle when someone in a passing car leaned out and shot him with a slingshot.  Kingsley was understandably in shock and in a great deal of pain, and he didn’t have the presence of mind to note the car’s license plate.  Kingsley and his business partner, Andrew Hagen,Read More…

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Social Robot Jibo Melts Crowdfunders’ Hearts

A crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a little robot designed to become one of the family, kicked off Wednesday on Indiegogo, and it already has raised more than $577,000 — nearly six times its $100,000 target. The voice-controlled robot with a friendly face is a do-it-all personal assistant. It can take pictures, provide information from the Web or apps, order food, display e-books and much more.

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OmmWriter brings its clean, calm writing interface to Windows

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I have a thing for full-screen text editing. I use WriteMonkey for my creative writing needs, and VIM in a full-screen PuTTY session for my Web development work. That being the case, I’m all over the monospace, dark-background, focused editing scene.

OmmWriter attempts to take that aesthetic and make it somehow more spiritual, with three picturesque backgrounds and ambient background audio tracks (there are seven of each in the paid version).

I’m of two minds about this app. On the one hand, yes, it’s beautiful. But if you want music as a background to your writing, why not pick your own soundtrack with Winamp or Foobar2000 running in the background?

OmmWriter also offers three keyboard-clicking sounds, which are kind of nice. None of these features are groundbreaking, really. OmmWriter could be seen as a way to gently ease into the world of distraction-free writing — in case something like WriteMonkey’s dark background is just too oppressive for you.

After the fold you can see a video showcasing several of OmmWriter’s features and creative soundscapes.

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Best iPhone and iPad apps of the week: Overcast, Ingress, Kinomatic and more!

Once again we’ve gathered together the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps and games released this week! We’ll regularly dig up the best, freshest social, music, photography and productivity apps for iOS, not to mention action games, shooter games, puzzle games, and anything in between. Come on and dig in to see our favorite releases over the last seven days!

Ingress

Ingress is a location-based game made by Google’s Niantic Labs. Players join one of two sides in an attempt to take command of real-world landmarks using the mobile game, and connect those points with other landmarks in order to claim large swathes of territory. Players gain resources over time, so long as they can hold onto these landmarks against the attacks of the other side by upgrading them and recharging their resonators. The premise is that there’s a whole other world invisible to the human eye, full of an alien resource called XM. The Enlightened are trying to use the resource as a means of reaching the alien race responsible for it and entering a golden age of technology through them, while the Resistance is a little less optimistic about the situation, and is trying to defend the resource for themselves. We like to think of Ingress as competitive geocaching with a sci-fi twist.

If you’re looking for an excuse to explore your town or somewhere you’re visiting, Ingress is a great way to do it. Beyond that, Ingress is really setting the bar for location-based gaming in the future.

Blackwell

Blackwell is a series of classic point and click adventure games that have recently found their way to iOS. The old-timey pixel art will pluck on the heartstrings of nostalgic gamers, but the stories themselves are extremely well-polished and full of original voice acting. Players control Rosa, who has recently lost her mother and at the same time has apparently inherited a wise-cracking spirit guide in the process. This flings Rosa into a storyline full of tortured souls and a New York full of ghosts that nobody else can see. The other two episodes explore how other Blackwells in the family handled this predicament, and there are still another two on the way.

Blackwell addresses an itch for old school gaming that isn’t often scratched.

Ninja Up!

Ninja Up! is a simple endless jumper from Gameloft where players have to create trampolines for their airborne companion before he drops off the edge of the screen. Shorter trampolines will provide extra speed, and angling to one side or the other will have you bounce off the edges of the screen. You’ll encounter other furious ninjas and other obstacles in the sky which you must avoid in order to continue your ascent. There’s no currency or unlockables, or in-app purchases, only optional social leaderboards. The simple, straightforward gameplay is highly addictive, and the ads in the game are easy enough to deal with.

Grab Ninja Up! for bite-sized, no-nonsense action and its cute, blocky graphics.

Bio Inc.

Bio Inc. is an insidious medical game where players are trying to infect a person’s various bodily systems with a deadly disease. Players can target the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, muscular, renal, skeletal, and immune systems in different ways, all based on real medical conditions. There are 12 different types of people to infect, each with their own different physical characteristics that make ruining their immune system progressively more difficult. Three different difficulty levels are available for each one. New risk factors can be introduced as the player collects bio points, and recovery can be slowed by investing in other factors. Though Bio Inc. is decidedly inspired by the pandemic-scale Plague Inc., it does offer a new range and an interesting twist on the established formula.

Bio Inc. is a dark and detailed sim game that’s a perfect follow-up for those that have had their fill of Plague Inc.

Zombie Commando

Zombie Commando is a cute retro-themed undead shoot-em-up. Players move a squad of hand-picked survivors to evade the shambling hordes, and once they’re still, they’ll automatically open fire or start swinging at the nearest walker. If you make it through enough stages with your motley crew, you’ll be able to upgrade them to be hardened badasses of the post-apocalypse. New heroes are available at the tavern, provided you’ve scrounged up enough gold to buy them. Every stage has a main quest and a few side quests if you’re feeling gutsy (or if you just need the extra rewards). There are five worlds with 10 stages each and three stars to earn depending on which objectives you complete. There are no in-app purchases to worry about, only zombies chewing on your frontal lobe.

Zombie Commando is a fun, cartoony, and imaginative take on shooters where you’re constantly making the decision of fight or flight.

Kinomatic

Kinomatic is a fresh take on shooting and editing video on iPhone. Monitor audio levels, adjust white balance, and add titles in an elegant UI. You can drop in outside audio clips, or trim and move anything you already have placed in your timeline. Kinomatic also includes a video shooting portion, which can lock focus, or set timed zooms as you like. Additional stabilization is provided while shooting. Final creations can be shared out to Vimeo, Facebook, or e-mail.

Kinomatic is perfect for new-age videographers looking for an alternative to iMovie on mobile.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a must-have for anyone running a website. With it, you can monitor real-time statistics of traffic, where they’re coming from (both geographically and from the web), as well as look back at historical data. Of course you can check to see what your bounce rate is like, check new vs. returning visitors, average time visiting pages, and flip through your already-saved views and reports. If you’re busy enough to be monitoring multiple sites, you can register them for monitoring through the app too.

Anybody working seriously on the web will be really happy to have access to Google Analytics on iPhone. Here’s hoping for an iPad version soon.

Hours

Hours is a highly polished timekeeping app for anybody doing freelance work. Easily track billable hours for multiple projects, clients, and tasks, and keep notes for each individual stretch of work. Reminders can be put in place to get you to start and stop timers throughout the day. Rounding rules ensure your hours are as rough or precise as you like. Full days can be exported as CSV or PDF reports for invoicing and other bookkeeping.

Hours is one of the best timekeeping apps available on iOS. Be sure to dive into our full review of Hours here.

Overcast

Overcast is a refreshing new take on listening to podcasts on your iPhone. It features a particularly neat Smart Speed feature that shorts silences in the conversation so you can get the absolute most out of the conversations you’re enjoying. Playlists can be sorted and filtered based on priority, making sure you listen to your favorite shows first. Overcast also helps you find new shows, as well as share shows you’re enjoying yourself on Twitter. Voice quality is boosted and volume adjusted so it suits your surroundings and stays consistent. Dig into our Overcast review for a closer look.

If you listen to a lot of podcasts, you’ll want to give Overcast a try.

Steady Camera

Fix that shakycam syndrome. Steady Camera stabilizes your videos to provide smooth pans and eliminate bounce from walking or other movement. It even supports slo-mo. Recorded videos can be saved in 1:1 or 16:9 as needed and put into the local camera roll, plus you’ll get a live preview of the stabilization while shooting. If you hold two fingers on the screen, you can see a before and after stabilization of the shot.

Though Steady Camera is a fairly single-purpose video app, it’s really good at what it does.

Your favorite iPhone and iPad apps from this week?

A lot happens in the iOS App Store in a week, so feel free to leave a comment with your favorite recent release on iPhone and iPad! We’re always looking for more, so don’t be shy to drop us a line when you find something exciting!








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Deal of the Day: Qmadix Snap-On Cover w/ Holster for iPhone 5/5S

For today only, buy the Qmadix Snap-On Cover w/ Holster for iPhone 5/5S and save 70%

This durable Snap-On Cover protects your iPhone while allowing complete access to the ports and buttons of your device. The included holster features a felt lining that protects your display while faced in and the swivel clip rotates in both vertical and horizontal positions.








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Mozilla Messaging reintegrates with Labs, unifies focus on Web-based communication

Mozilla Messaging, citing Mozilla’s increased focus on Web-borne communications, will be reintegrating with Mozilla Labs.

The Messaging subsidiary was formed in 2008 to focus on Thunderbird, but given Mozilla Labs’ current focus on identity and contact management, it now makes sense for the groups to be merged. Thunderbird will be unaffected by the change — some URLs might change, but that’s it — and presumably Messaging’s F1 and Raindrop will thrive in the Labs playground.

What this means for the end user — for the hundreds of millions of Firefox users — is that the next big additions will be communication- and messaging-oriented. Contacts and F1 will be almost certainly be baked into Firefox 5 or 6, both of which will be released this year — and, who knows, there might be something else even more exciting up Mozilla Labs’ sleeve!

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How to organize photos and videos into albums on your iPhone or iPad

If you take a ton of photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad, you may start finding it hard to find something you want to show someone quickly. Sifting through thousands of photos can get irritating after a while. This is exactly why the Photos app for iPhone and iPad lets you easily sort and organize your photos into albums. So next time you need to find a photo, you’ll know exactly where it’s at!


How to organize and sort your photos into albums with the Photos app for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Albums in the bottom navigation if you aren’t there already.
  3. Tap on the plus sign in the upper left hand corner to create a new album.
  4. Name the album and then tap Save.
  5. Tap on all the photos you’d like to add to that album. You’ll always be able to add more later.
  6. Tap on Save in the upper right hand corner.
  7. Your new album should now appear in the Album tab of the photos tab.

When you’re ready to add more photos to an album from your Camera Roll, just go to the album you created and tap Select in the upper right hand corner and then Add at the bottom. Add any new photos and you’re done!








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Gameover Zombies on the March Again

The Gameover botnet is back, more or less, only six weeks or so after the Justice Department announced that an FBI-led multinational effort had disrupted it. Still, the botnet’s downtime was longer than expected — the UK’s National Crime Agency had warned that the people running it would regain control within two weeks. Sophos this week spotted a new version of the malware.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80749.html?rss=1

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Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

Nokia X2 Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More

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What’s on Joe’s iPad right now!

I like to use my iOS devices as extensions of each other. The Home screen of my retina iPad mini in many ways mirrors the one on my iPhone because these are the apps that I want to have access to no matter which screen I’m using. I use one of Apple’s iOS 7 wallpapers, and I keep only a few of Apple’s stock apps on my screen, but they are the ones I use constantly.

  • Wallpaper: While I change my wallpaper frequently, my current favorite is iPad variant of the Seas by Louie Mantia, and you can find this and more like it over on his website.

  • Fantastical: I was so happy when Fantastical came to iPad back in April. Flexibits did a great job in turning Fantastical into a full-fledged iPad app. The iPad is the tool I use for scheduling, and Fantastical makes it easier than it’s ever been. $14.99 – Download Now

  • Youtube: I find that a lot of the video watching that I used to do on a laptop now takes place on the iPad. That includes a lot of YouTube videos. Just as I do on my phone, I make use of AiRPlay to send videos from my iPad to my Apple TV. Free – Download Now

  • Dark Sky: – Dark Sky replaced The Weather Channel as my go-to weather app on the iPad. It makes good use of the screen real estate of the iPad, confining the three different weather readouts to one screen as oppsed to three on the iPhone. $3.99 – Download Now

  • Editorial: I write mostly on my Mac, but every now and then I like to get some work done on my iPad. Editorial is the best text editor for iPad that I’ve used, bar none. It supports Markdown, supports Dropbox exactly how I need it to (you’d be surprised how hard that is to find), and features TextExpander support. The workflows you can build turn Editorial into a mobile blogging powerhouse. $6.99 – Download Now

  • Simplenote: Simplenote is for in-depth notes that I need to be able to access on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The syncing is easy to set up and very fast and reliable. Free – Download Now

  • Facebook: I don’t make as much use of Facebook for iPad as its place on my Home screen would suggest, but it’s good to have there when I just want to browse through Facebook on my downtime. Free – Download Now

  • Tweetbot: Tapbots hasn’t released an iOS 7-style refresh of Tweetbot for iPad as they have on the iPhone, but Tweetbot remains my iPad Twitter client of choice none the less. While the asthetics are outdated, the functionality is not. I have yet to find a Twitter client that meets my needs quite like Tweetbot. $2.99 – Download Now

  • Tumblr: Tumblr’s official app is just as fun to use on the iPad as it is on the iPhone. Searching through popular and recent posts in tags is easy, and the number of apps and services that Tumblr can connect to gives me a number of sharing options beyond the standard iOS set. Free – Download Now

  • Instapaper: This app has been one of my favorites since before the iPad. Instapaper has been my go-to read-it-later service for years now. $3.99 – Download Now

  • Audible: As with Pocket Casts, i find the iPad version of Audible useful when I need to charge my phone or listen to audiobooks through a speaker. Free – Download Now

  • 1Password: My password manager of choice on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I have a lot of accounts, and I use the app’s password generator to create new passwords that are unique, complex, and secure. Because I’ve started using more complicated passwords, I keep 1Password on my Home screen to quickly access them when I need them. It’s especially useful when I need my complex passwords in apps, where iCloud Keychain doesn’t work. $17.99 – Download Now.

  • iBooks: I mostly read books on my Kindle Paperwhite, but every now and then I purchase something from the iBookstore. I also use iBooks to read and organize my gaming-related PDFs and any user guides I might have. Free – Download Now

  • Launch Center Pro: If I’m creating something on my iPad, Launch Center Pro is usually how I get it started. While the iPhone app mostly facilitates communication and scheduling, on the iPad Launch Center is my go-to to start documents, launch bookmarks, and open entertainment apps. $4.99 – Download Now

  • Beats Music: This is my streaming music service of choice. I prefer the curation features to those of other services, and I think that it does music organization the best of all of the services that I’ve tried. Free – Download Now

  • Pocket Casts: I actually use the iPad version of Pocket Casts frequently. I find it especially useful when I wish to listen to new podcast episodes through a speaker and the battery on my iPhone has worn down. $3.99 – Download Now

  • Mailbox: I complete the same sorts of tasks on multiple devices, and I like to use the same app on all of them whenever I can. As on the iPhone, Mailbox is my email client of choice on the iPad. Mailbox lets me easily sort and archive my mail with gestures that are easy to use. Saving and email for later is easily my most-used feature. Free – Download Now

So that’s my first Home screen. My second page holds interesting or fun apps, but I don’t use most of them regularly. My third page is full of folders. My first page never stays exactly the same for very long. What do you keep on your Home screen, and how do you decide what goes on your front page?








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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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Chocomize personalized chocolate: giveaway and discount code

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking: chocolate on Download Squad? That’s right! That’s because Chocomize is one of the nerdiest ways to get chocolate online: it’s a website where you customize your own bar using a multi-step process.

We’ve covered Chocomize before in our holiday gift guide, so when they reached out to us offering to do a giveaway, we really couldn’t resist.

Chocomize is giving away ten gift certificates, each worth $50, for you to create your own customized chocolate. They sent us some pictures of their recent creations, which you can find in the gallery below.

Regardless of the giveaway, you can use the discount code switched to get 10% off any Chocomize order. The code is valid through April 20th – just in time for Easter!

To participate, simply leave a comment. Fine print is after the jump.

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

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Best iPhone and iPad apps of the week: Overcast, Ingress, Kinomatic and more!

Once again we’ve gathered together the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps and games released this week! We’ll regularly dig up the best, freshest social, music, photography and productivity apps for iOS, not to mention action games, shooter games, puzzle games, and anything in between. Come on and dig in to see our favorite releases over the last seven days!

Ingress

Ingress is a location-based game made by Google’s Niantic Labs. Players join one of two sides in an attempt to take command of real-world landmarks using the mobile game, and connect those points with other landmarks in order to claim large swathes of territory. Players gain resources over time, so long as they can hold onto these landmarks against the attacks of the other side by upgrading them and recharging their resonators. The premise is that there’s a whole other world invisible to the human eye, full of an alien resource called XM. The Enlightened are trying to use the resource as a means of reaching the alien race responsible for it and entering a golden age of technology through them, while the Resistance is a little less optimistic about the situation, and is trying to defend the resource for themselves. We like to think of Ingress as competitive geocaching with a sci-fi twist.

If you’re looking for an excuse to explore your town or somewhere you’re visiting, Ingress is a great way to do it. Beyond that, Ingress is really setting the bar for location-based gaming in the future.

Blackwell

Blackwell is a series of classic point and click adventure games that have recently found their way to iOS. The old-timey pixel art will pluck on the heartstrings of nostalgic gamers, but the stories themselves are extremely well-polished and full of original voice acting. Players control Rosa, who has recently lost her mother and at the same time has apparently inherited a wise-cracking spirit guide in the process. This flings Rosa into a storyline full of tortured souls and a New York full of ghosts that nobody else can see. The other two episodes explore how other Blackwells in the family handled this predicament, and there are still another two on the way.

Blackwell addresses an itch for old school gaming that isn’t often scratched.

Ninja Up!

Ninja Up! is a simple endless jumper from Gameloft where players have to create trampolines for their airborne companion before he drops off the edge of the screen. Shorter trampolines will provide extra speed, and angling to one side or the other will have you bounce off the edges of the screen. You’ll encounter other furious ninjas and other obstacles in the sky which you must avoid in order to continue your ascent. There’s no currency or unlockables, or in-app purchases, only optional social leaderboards. The simple, straightforward gameplay is highly addictive, and the ads in the game are easy enough to deal with.

Grab Ninja Up! for bite-sized, no-nonsense action and its cute, blocky graphics.

Bio Inc.

Bio Inc. is an insidious medical game where players are trying to infect a person’s various bodily systems with a deadly disease. Players can target the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, muscular, renal, skeletal, and immune systems in different ways, all based on real medical conditions. There are 12 different types of people to infect, each with their own different physical characteristics that make ruining their immune system progressively more difficult. Three different difficulty levels are available for each one. New risk factors can be introduced as the player collects bio points, and recovery can be slowed by investing in other factors. Though Bio Inc. is decidedly inspired by the pandemic-scale Plague Inc., it does offer a new range and an interesting twist on the established formula.

Bio Inc. is a dark and detailed sim game that’s a perfect follow-up for those that have had their fill of Plague Inc.

Zombie Commando

Zombie Commando is a cute retro-themed undead shoot-em-up. Players move a squad of hand-picked survivors to evade the shambling hordes, and once they’re still, they’ll automatically open fire or start swinging at the nearest walker. If you make it through enough stages with your motley crew, you’ll be able to upgrade them to be hardened badasses of the post-apocalypse. New heroes are available at the tavern, provided you’ve scrounged up enough gold to buy them. Every stage has a main quest and a few side quests if you’re feeling gutsy (or if you just need the extra rewards). There are five worlds with 10 stages each and three stars to earn depending on which objectives you complete. There are no in-app purchases to worry about, only zombies chewing on your frontal lobe.

Zombie Commando is a fun, cartoony, and imaginative take on shooters where you’re constantly making the decision of fight or flight.

Kinomatic

Kinomatic is a fresh take on shooting and editing video on iPhone. Monitor audio levels, adjust white balance, and add titles in an elegant UI. You can drop in outside audio clips, or trim and move anything you already have placed in your timeline. Kinomatic also includes a video shooting portion, which can lock focus, or set timed zooms as you like. Additional stabilization is provided while shooting. Final creations can be shared out to Vimeo, Facebook, or e-mail.

Kinomatic is perfect for new-age videographers looking for an alternative to iMovie on mobile.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a must-have for anyone running a website. With it, you can monitor real-time statistics of traffic, where they’re coming from (both geographically and from the web), as well as look back at historical data. Of course you can check to see what your bounce rate is like, check new vs. returning visitors, average time visiting pages, and flip through your already-saved views and reports. If you’re busy enough to be monitoring multiple sites, you can register them for monitoring through the app too.

Anybody working seriously on the web will be really happy to have access to Google Analytics on iPhone. Here’s hoping for an iPad version soon.

Hours

Hours is a highly polished timekeeping app for anybody doing freelance work. Easily track billable hours for multiple projects, clients, and tasks, and keep notes for each individual stretch of work. Reminders can be put in place to get you to start and stop timers throughout the day. Rounding rules ensure your hours are as rough or precise as you like. Full days can be exported as CSV or PDF reports for invoicing and other bookkeeping.

Hours is one of the best timekeeping apps available on iOS. Be sure to dive into our full review of Hours here.

Overcast

Overcast is a refreshing new take on listening to podcasts on your iPhone. It features a particularly neat Smart Speed feature that shorts silences in the conversation so you can get the absolute most out of the conversations you’re enjoying. Playlists can be sorted and filtered based on priority, making sure you listen to your favorite shows first. Overcast also helps you find new shows, as well as share shows you’re enjoying yourself on Twitter. Voice quality is boosted and volume adjusted so it suits your surroundings and stays consistent. Dig into our Overcast review for a closer look.

If you listen to a lot of podcasts, you’ll want to give Overcast a try.

Steady Camera

Fix that shakycam syndrome. Steady Camera stabilizes your videos to provide smooth pans and eliminate bounce from walking or other movement. It even supports slo-mo. Recorded videos can be saved in 1:1 or 16:9 as needed and put into the local camera roll, plus you’ll get a live preview of the stabilization while shooting. If you hold two fingers on the screen, you can see a before and after stabilization of the shot.

Though Steady Camera is a fairly single-purpose video app, it’s really good at what it does.

Your favorite iPhone and iPad apps from this week?

A lot happens in the iOS App Store in a week, so feel free to leave a comment with your favorite recent release on iPhone and iPad! We’re always looking for more, so don’t be shy to drop us a line when you find something exciting!








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Deal of the Day: Mobi Hard Shell Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hard cases are strong enough to withstand drops and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The back features a soft coating that’s comfortable to hold, easy to manage and helps prevent unwanted drops.

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VTech announces Kidizoom Smartwatch for kids

The Kidizoom is a kid-durable smartwatch that has been designed to withstand drops and bumps as well as being splash proof and sweat proof. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 weeks. In addition to normal watch functions (alarm, timer and stopwatch), the Kidizoom also features 50+ clock displays, a 1.4 inchRead More…

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/07/16/vtech-announces-kidizoom-smartwatch-for-gadget-crazed-kids/

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Corel releases VideoStudio Pro X4, we go hands on (video)

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Corel seems to be on a roll lately; after releasing WinZip System Utilities just last week, this morning the company announced VideoStudio Pro X4.

VideoStudio Pro is aimed at home users and small business professionals who want to create professional-looking videos, but without the hassle, steep learning curve and price of Adobe Premiere Pro and the likes.

This new version introduces several features:

  • Stop motion animation: You can now capture still frames using a webcam, camcorder or DSLR and use them to produce an animation. Tools such as “onion skin view” let you compare the previous image in the sequence with the current one and make the animation as smooth as possible.
  • Processor optimization: Corel says the app is optimized for Intel’s new Sandy Bridge systems, and have shown us some graphs with very impressive numbers. We’ve been unable to test this particular point, but if you have a recent-generation Intel or AMD Fusion system, VideoStudio performance should be blazing. Even on our older test system performance was quite impressive.
  • Customizable workspace: You can drag the video preview window to your secondary monitor (if you have one) and tweak just about any other element in the window layout. Once done, you can save your ideal workspace in one of three slots.
  • Share-to-Web: VideoStudio Pro X4 hooks directly into YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Flickr, so you don’t even have to launch a browser to upload your final product. Edit, produce and share from within the app itself.
  • Smart Package: Video projects typically consist of many files; Smart Package lets you bundle all video assets for a given project into one ZIP file which you can password-protect and keep in a safe place once you’re done editing.

I’ve had a chance to play around with a pre-release version for a few days, and have put it through its paces editing a short video for my day job. Overall, I’ve been impressed with how easy it was to create pro-looking results. If you do any sort of video editing but are leery of the investment other apps require (both in dollars and effort), VideoStudio Pro is well worth checking out. To see a bit of the interface itself and what the app can do, watch the video after the jump.

Note: We’ll be running a give-away of ten VideoStudio Pro X4 licenses later today, each worth $100 USD. Keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway post!

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Farragomate is a social fridge magnet game where you make up sentences

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You know those fridge magnet kits composed of a whole bunch of words? The ones you put all over your fridge door and then try to arrange into all sorts of juvenile and/or amusing sentences. Well, Farragomate is the social, webby version of that very same pastime.

You get to play with a bunch of random strangers in real-time, and make up sentences out of a pre-set collection of words, including some fairly naughty ones, and all players’ nicknames. As you can imagine, some of the results are not child-friendly.

There are ten rounds to a game. Once a round is done, players get to vote for their favorite sentence from that round. You can’t vote for your own creation, of course. There’s in-game chat, too.

I think the vocabulary could be made a bit more eclectic, but even as it is, it’s a nice way to spend a few minutes and meet random strangers on the Internet (always a thrilling experience).

Farragomate is a social fridge magnet game where you make up sentences originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tasty Planet is a fun flash game where you eat everything in sight

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So this professor comes up with a new toilet cleaner that works by “eating” the dirt; or so he thinks. That’s how the plot starts for Tasty Planet. You play the role of the toilet cleaner, but you’re not really a toilet cleaner after all — you’re a blob of gray goo that can eat anything that’s smaller than yourself.

As you chomp away, you grow — and as you grow, you can eat bigger and bigger stuff. The first level pits you against microscopic particles; by the time I stopped playing, I got all the way to eating cats and dogs. I know that sounds disturbing, but it’s a really cute game, and there’s no gore or anything like that.

Supposedly you keep growing and growing until you’re able to eat whole planets (hence the name). The challenge factor comes when you realize you can’t touch any critter larger than yourself – you’ll get “bitten” and become smaller. In the beginning you’re so small, that a single touch can kill you. Later on, you’re big enough that touching larger animals doesn’t kill you on the spot, but it does reduce your size. Each level is timed, so if you’re not large enough by the time your clock runs out, you need to start again. As long as you don’t touch the larger animals, you should be fine.

All in all, a fun, addictive little game. It’s available for iOS, too.

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

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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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UnHung Hero: A Film of, Well, Moderately Small Proportions

UnHung Hero: A Film of, Well, Moderately Small Proportions

It’s man’s most-pondered question: Does size matter? While there are social and scientific explanations of the varying size of male genitalia, I feel as though none of them truly answer the question for the individual. They seem rather to quell the ongoing question only temporarily, but without an answer you can take into the bedroom.

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Add playback hotkeys to Amazon Cloud Player with a Chrome extension

Sure, Amazon’s Cloud Player works — as long as you’re in the U.S. or willing to do some tinkering — but it’s fairly simplistic at the moment. There are plenty of features missing which we’d like to see added — but since Cloud Player is a Web app we don’t have to wait for Amazon!

Google Chrome users, for example, can add playback hotkeys with an extension called keyMazony. Once installed, you’ll have keyboard control of your Amazon Cloud Player queue. keyMazony commands will work as long as you’re in the same Chrome window as Cloud Player, even if its tab doesn’t have focus. The key combinations are customizable as well — just make sure you don’t set up a combo that conflicts with another extension or Chrome’s built-in keyboard shortcuts.

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Brando offers wood alarm clock with Qi charging and Bluetooth speaker

The W2 QI Wireless Charging Wood from Brando is an attractive light wood clock that features a Bluetooth speaker with A2DP and Qi Wireless charging. Just place your Qi-enabled device on top of the clock and it will be charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The wood clock displaysRead More…

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/07/13/wood-alarm-clock-with-qi-charging-and-bluetooth-speaker/

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Skype 5.3 for Windows released, improves mobile video call quality

Version 5.3 of Skype for Windows has just been released, with the main emphasis of the new release being improved call quality, and the quality of video received by mobile Skype users. Presumably one party of the video call must be using Skype for Windows 5.3, though.

Beyond improved call quality, not much has changed. You can now see your friends’ presence icons when contact cards are collapsed, and the topic editing button is now always visible on the conversation header. For a complete list of changes, hit up the Skype Garage blog.

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Shot Shot Pirate is a fun, simple physics game

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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 of a pirate. Your goal is to shoot at a diamond and make it fall off a tower of bricks. The height of the tower changes as you progress through the levels. It’s not enough to just make the diamond fall off the tower of bricks – it has to fall below a certain line (drawn on the screen) for the level to be completed.

There are also different kinds of bricks, with some heavier than others, and different kinds of ammo. You only get a certain amount of ammo for each level, and when it’s gone, you lose. But don’t worry! If you don’t make it on the first try, it’s very easy to restart the level and just give it another shot (or three).

All in all it’s a cute game. I’ve seen similar games with better graphics and music, but the game delivers on its main promise – a few minutes of pure time wasting!

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Let it Slide is an engaging, difficult puzzle game

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I have a thing for physics games, and I’ve been known to post the occasional platformer or action game here and there. But Let it Slide is one of the brainiest games I’ve posted to date.

The idea is very simple, and far from original: You get a board with pieces arranged in a particular pattern; you have to slide those around until you get the special piece into its target location.

It’s not even about finding out where the target location is – you can just hover over “dim tiles” and instantly see where you’re supposed to bring the special piece. But getting it there is a whole different story.

There are five tutorial levels, which I strongly recommend you do. Then there are twenty “beginner” levels, but that’s really a misnomer. If those are the beginner levels, I don’t want to know what the intermediate and advanced levels look like!

Every time you finish a level you get a score based on how many clicks it took you – each level has a “par” (the minimum number of clicks it could be completed in), and your performance is compared to that gold standard. Because it’s such a brainy game, getting it right is quite satisfying. I was downright proud of myself when I managed to finish a few levels. All in all, quite recommended, especially if you’ve got a few minutes of quiet. It might actually help you focus better later on.

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Bing begins roll out of HTML5-enhanced search interface

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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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Comcast Rep Tears Into Fleeing Customer ‘Like a Pit Bull on a Pork Chop’

Comcast on Tuesday was scrambling to repair the damage after a phone representative’s rude treatment of a couple trying to disconnect their service went viral, thanks to a recording posted on the Web. The couple — former Engadget editor Ryan Block, now at AOL, and his wife, TV host and writer Veronica Belmont — called Comcast over the weekend and asked to cancel their service over the phone.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80736.html?rss=1

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Microsoft trumpets Windows Phone 7 numbers on first birthday

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Happy first birthday, Windows Phone 7! One year on, and the fledgling mobile operating system has 36,000 active developers in its AppHub community, 1.5 million downloads of its Developer Tools, and 11,500 apps in its Marketplace.

Microsoft is quick to take a couple shots at competitors’ app stores, beating its chest about not re-counting tanslations of an app or “lite” apps, “increasing tonnage” by supporting apps from other mobile platforms, and not listing wallpapers as a category.

That’s all fine and dandy, but we spend a lot of time sifting through WP7 app feeds — and we’re still not seeing a lot of awesome apps on the platform. We think a few marquee apps would’ve made a pretty nice first birthday present — along with a much smoother update process for WP7 users.

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Google bids $900 million for Nortel’s patents to protect against litigation trolls

Nortel, once one of the biggest telecoms company in the world but now in the death throes of bankruptcy, has selected Google’s $900 million bid for its patent portfolio as the stalking horse bid. This doesn’t mean that Google will automatically win Nortel’s massive array of telecoms patents, but it does mean that Google is the preferred buyer.

Google, which has a history of lobbying for patent law reform, has been the target of many patent litigation suits. Google’s relative infancy means that it has a lot less patents in the vault than big-hitters like Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, and buying Nortel’s portfolio of 6,000 patents could provide better protection against patent litigation in the future. It’s worth noting that both Apple and RIM have showed interested in the portfolio, too.

Mashable speculates that the patents — which are nearly all telecoms-related — will be used to defend against Oracle’s attacks on Android’s use of Java. We reckon that Google is simply looking to cover its future endeavors in the world of networking. In the absence of patent law reform, and continued threats to net neutrality, owning a bunch of telecoms patents sounds like a very sensible move.

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Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Google in Europe, showdown imminent

Bill Gates and Paul AllenMicrosoft, citing Google’s tyrannical 95% share of the European search market, has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission. It’s not like Microsoft is breaking any ground here — the European Commission has been investigating Google’s alleged violation of European competition law since November 2010 — but there’s no doubt that the addition of Microsoft’s gravitas will affect the proceedings.

Microsoft’s complaint reads like a sincere and plaintive cry for help against the Google Overlord. Microsoft lists no less than six damning reasons why Google’s behavior is anti-competitive — from Windows Phone 7′s incompatibility with YouTube, to its nefarious handling of Google Books — and finishes with a wide-eyed plea to the European Commission to please find Google guilty.

For those of you that have been following Microsoft’s own antitrust troubles over the last decade, don’t worry: MS is quick to point out the irony in the situation. “There of course will be some who will point out the irony in today’s filing. Having spent more than a decade wearing the shoe on the other foot with the European Commission, the filing of a formal antitrust complaint is not something we take lightly. This is the first time Microsoft Corporation has ever taken this step. More so than most, we recognize the importance of ensuring that competition laws remain balanced and that technology innovation moves forward.”

It sounds like Microsoft, having well and truly gone through the wringer, wants Google to be held similarly accountable. That’s fair enough, right?

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Corel releases VideoStudio Pro X4, we go hands on (video)

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Corel seems to be on a roll lately; after releasing WinZip System Utilities just last week, this morning the company announced VideoStudio Pro X4.

VideoStudio Pro is aimed at home users and small business professionals who want to create professional-looking videos, but without the hassle, steep learning curve and price of Adobe Premiere Pro and the likes.

This new version introduces several features:

  • Stop motion animation: You can now capture still frames using a webcam, camcorder or DSLR and use them to produce an animation. Tools such as “onion skin view” let you compare the previous image in the sequence with the current one and make the animation as smooth as possible.
  • Processor optimization: Corel says the app is optimized for Intel’s new Sandy Bridge systems, and have shown us some graphs with very impressive numbers. We’ve been unable to test this particular point, but if you have a recent-generation Intel or AMD Fusion system, VideoStudio performance should be blazing. Even on our older test system performance was quite impressive.
  • Customizable workspace: You can drag the video preview window to your secondary monitor (if you have one) and tweak just about any other element in the window layout. Once done, you can save your ideal workspace in one of three slots.
  • Share-to-Web: VideoStudio Pro X4 hooks directly into YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Flickr, so you don’t even have to launch a browser to upload your final product. Edit, produce and share from within the app itself.
  • Smart Package: Video projects typically consist of many files; Smart Package lets you bundle all video assets for a given project into one ZIP file which you can password-protect and keep in a safe place once you’re done editing.

I’ve had a chance to play around with a pre-release version for a few days, and have put it through its paces editing a short video for my day job. Overall, I’ve been impressed with how easy it was to create pro-looking results. If you do any sort of video editing but are leery of the investment other apps require (both in dollars and effort), VideoStudio Pro is well worth checking out. To see a bit of the interface itself and what the app can do, watch the video after the jump.

Note: We’ll be running a give-away of ten VideoStudio Pro X4 licenses later today, each worth $100 USD. Keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway post!

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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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Google’s Project Zero Cybersecurity Watch: No Excuses

Google on Tuesday announced Project Zero, an effort to speed up the security bug-fixing process. A team of cybersecurity experts will go after vulnerabilities in any and all software, notify the vendors, and then file bug reports in a public database so users can track the issuance of patches. The Project Zero team has promised to send bug reports to vendors in as close to real-time as possible.

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Windows 8 now available to OEMs via Microsoft Connect

windows 8Select Microsoft Connect partners — major players like HP — have been given their first taste of Windows 8. According to various sources, the build string currently sits at 7971.0.110324-1900, which is the third milestone build of the successor to Windows 7.

So far, there haven’t been many details revealed about Windows 8. An actual System Restore — which is being referred to as History Vault — has been reported, and the feature will allow users and administrators to completely roll back a system to a previous state. A factory reset option is also said to be included.

We’ve also seen Windows Live integration taking shape on the desktop. It’s believed that you’ll be able to log in to Windows 8 using your Windows Live credentials, not just a traditional offline Windows username and password.

All that’s left now is for a leaked Windows 8 build to show up on a torrent site. Feel free to tip us if you see that happen.

Windows 8 now available to OEMs via Microsoft Connect originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/07/16/eton-blackout-buddy-emergency-lighting-and-led-flashlight-review/

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DirecTV NFL SundayTicket.TV on iPhone, iPad, Mac requires no satellite dish

In a bold move supporting cord cutters, satellite provider DirecTV is allowing users to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games to their personal devices without requiring a satellite dish in the process. Streaming will work on compatible Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Macs and PCs, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console depending on the package you sign up for.

On its site, DirecTV lists its Max package for $329.99, which brings streaming to all the mentioned devices so you’ll have robust access to Red Zone Channel, Fantasy Zone, and access to all your out of market games.

There are cheaper packages like the entry level $199.99 Digital only that works with Macs and PCs, iPhone, and iPad devices. That package doesn’t include Fantasy Zone package or Red Zone Channel though. There is also a similar Console package that works only with the Xbox and is priced at $239.99.

Before attempting to subscribe to these digital-only packages, be sure to visit the DirecTV site in the source link below to see if your device will be compatible.

Are you ready to ditch the dish this NFL season and tailgate in the backyard with your favorite tablet or phone?

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Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7

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While we’ve still yet to see anything truly Earth-shattering, the tandem of Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott continues to churn out insight about interesting new features they’ve discovered in Windows 8 milestone 3. The latest discovery is that Aero in Windows 8 will be able to automatically adapt itself to match your current wallpaper image. It’s a bit like what Windows 7 already does with your taskbar icons: if a program alert needs your attention, the icon will glow using the predominant color (e.g. Firefox should glow orange).

And yes, you can already make Windows 7 behave this way if you like. Over at CodePlex, there’s a little program called Aura that parks itself in your system tray and automatically adjusts your window borders to compliment your wallpaper images. The effect is quite nice, and you can try it out by minimizing your windows and cycling through your theme’s wallpapers (right click on your desktop and choose next desktop background).

Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7 originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only

Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive

When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features — Test Drive — was disabled just a few minutes after it opened. With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process, and 1-Click purchasing ready to strike at any moment, this caused some problems. Anyway, don’t despair: Test Drive is now enabled.

Before you get your hopes up, Test Drive doesn’t work with every app. The IMDb app works fine — you can even watch movie trailers on it! — but the Angry Birds games are sadly not enabled. Some games work surprisingly well, though, like Bubble Buster. There’s very little latency, and the framerate is really rather good. The Test Drive experience is so true to life that you even get ads; how cool is that?

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Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Misfit Beddit Sleep Systems confirms that your sleep patterns are wonky

Do you toss and turn all night? Maybe your partner snores like a freight train and that keeps you from getting the necessary amount of sleep each night. Or maybe you’re a lucky one who will fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow and wake up all bright eyed and bushy tailed.Read More…

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/07/10/misfit-beddit-sleep-systems-confirms-that-your-sleep-patterns-are-wonky/

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Google Voice Search learns Latin American Spanish, Indonesian, and Malaysian

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Google Voice Search has just introduced localizations for Latin America, Indonesia and Malaysia, enabling native language search for hundreds of millions of users.

Google’s official blog post offers some interesting insights into the process of collecting and analyzing the speech data needed to expand support. Thousands of hours were spent gathering voice samples and choosing key regional accents to analyze, and International Program Manager Linne Ha is clearly very appreciative of the Google users who helped the company complete the expansion. Without an enthusiastic base of users to lend a hand, Google Voice Search’s polyglot powers would have been nearly impossible to deliver.

Google Voice Search learns Latin American Spanish, Indonesian, and Malaysian originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Opera 11.10 gets HTML5 File API support, IMAP improvements

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The crew in Oslo keeps plugging away at Opera 11.10, and the latest snapshot build includes a number of improvements to Opera’s built-in email client — as well as HTML5-related additions.

On the IMAP front, Opera now supports special folders like sent items, spam, and trash. It also better handles duplicate items in Gmail — such as those which appear in all mail and under your custom labels.

Opera 11.10 now partially supports the HTML5 File API as well, which means your favorite Web apps (like Gmail) may soon begin adding Opera to the list of supported browsers.

You can download the latest Opera 11.10 snapshot for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the official release post.

Update: The Opera 11.10 RC is now available, as pointed out by SlashZaku in the comments. Thanks!

Opera 11.10 gets HTML5 File API support, IMAP improvements originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A picnic is in the bag with BuiltNY

You’ve got the Matador blanket that fits in your pocket, so you’re ready for a picnic anytime.  All you need is the food, and you’ll be able to tote everything you need in this Convertible Insulated Picnic Basket Bag from BuiltNY.  The bag measures 16.5″ X 13.6″ X  10″, and it unzips to serve as your eatingRead More…

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/07/14/a-picnic-is-in-the-bag-with-builtny/

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Evoke Is A New Induction-Based Vaporizer That Looks And Feels Like An Old-School Pipe

Screenshot 2014-07-16 16.09.56 The Evoke is the latest electronic vaporizer to grace the industry with its presence, and I sincerely mean that. From the looks of things, the Evoke (from LotoLabs) is one of the first vaporizers I’ve seen that looks to the past for design inspiration, with a wooden, hefty look to it not unlike the tobacco pipes of the olden days. The company touts that its induction-based vaporizer… Read More

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/16/evoke-is-a-new-induction-based-vaporizer-that-looks-and-feels-like-an-old-school-pipe/?ncid=rss

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Tasty Planet is a fun flash game where you eat everything in sight

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So this professor comes up with a new toilet cleaner that works by “eating” the dirt; or so he thinks. That’s how the plot starts for Tasty Planet. You play the role of the toilet cleaner, but you’re not really a toilet cleaner after all — you’re a blob of gray goo that can eat anything that’s smaller than yourself.

As you chomp away, you grow — and as you grow, you can eat bigger and bigger stuff. The first level pits you against microscopic particles; by the time I stopped playing, I got all the way to eating cats and dogs. I know that sounds disturbing, but it’s a really cute game, and there’s no gore or anything like that.

Supposedly you keep growing and growing until you’re able to eat whole planets (hence the name). The challenge factor comes when you realize you can’t touch any critter larger than yourself – you’ll get “bitten” and become smaller. In the beginning you’re so small, that a single touch can kill you. Later on, you’re big enough that touching larger animals doesn’t kill you on the spot, but it does reduce your size. Each level is timed, so if you’re not large enough by the time your clock runs out, you need to start again. As long as you don’t touch the larger animals, you should be fine.

All in all, a fun, addictive little game. It’s available for iOS, too.

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LG’s Flexible OLED Screen Is Totally Tubular

The competition to offer transparent and flexible OLED screens heated up last week, with LG’s unveiling of two 18-inch OLED displays. One is flexible and the other transparent. “Up to now, nobody has come up with an 18-inch flexible OLED display, although both LG and Samsung offer smartphones with flexible displays of less than six inches,” said IHS research director Sweta Dash.

Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80723.html?rss=1

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cPulse Is An Android Smartphone Case That Packs 128 Multicoloured And Programable LED Lights

cpulse_carousel-buttons As smartphone makers look to bring innovation even to the backside of our phones, adding all sorts of extra functionality to otherwise dormant real-estate, it’s perhaps no surprise to see third-party case-makers think along similar lines. But Codlight’s cPulse, which kicks off its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today, has to be one of the more ambitious and garish efforts to date. Read More

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/15/cpulse/?ncid=rss

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Buzz Aldrin once punched a moon hoaxer in the face

Buzz Aldrin once punched a moon hoaxer in the face

Amazingly, there are still some people who don’t think we landed on the moon . These people are complete idiots, to put it kindly. Back in 2002, Buzz Aldrin punched one of those idiots after being followed and harassed at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

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IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison

Over on the Internet Explorer Blog, Microsoft has posted results from an extensive comparison of the top five Web browsers. The goal: to determine whether Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Chrome 10, Safari 5, or Opera 11 is able to squeeze the most life out of your laptop’s battery.

A baseline was determined with test systems sitting idle, and then browsers were pointed at about:blank, a news site, the HTML5 Galactic demo, and the IE9 fish tank demo. Perhaps unsurprisingly, IE9 came out on top — though Firefox 4 was a very close second on nearly every test. As you can see, the other browsers didn’t necessarily fare quite as well, with Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera all posting significantly worse scores. In Opera 11′s case, a laptop battery would last over one hour more with Internet Explorer 9 installed.

But what we’d really like to know is where did Microsoft find the dilithium crystals required to run a Galactic Total Power Consumption test…

IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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