Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thicknessgate: White iPhone 0.2 mm Fatter than Black iPhone

We may have discovered the secret behind the new white iPhone, and why now, 10 months late, Apple finally thinks it will stay white instead of fading to a dirty, stained yellow. Extra paint, and lots of it.
The internet is abuzz today with comparison photos showing that the white iPhone is noticeably thicker than its [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/thicknessgate-white-iphone-0-2mm-fatter-than-black-iphoen/

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Video: Transformers 3 Trailer Looks Awesome

Paramount Pictures has just released the first full trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (or TF3 as it is being branded), and it is pretty damn awesome. Take a look:

As far as I can tell, the US sent astronauts to the moon not just to play golf but to investigate some mysterious alien [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/video-transformers-3-trailer-looks-awesome/

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Anonymous Aims At Iran This Weekend [Video]

Anonymous, the group behind the Denial-of-Service attacks that hit Visa, HBGary Federal, and the Egyptian government, has once again set its sights on Iran, according to a recent statement. More »


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Ridiculous Finger-Nose Smartphone Stylus Is a Must-Have [Wtf]

Finally! For those of us who happen to take our smartphones into the bath with us—admit it—Dominic Wilcox has the answer. It's a stylus wrapped in plaster that you wear on your nose to peck at your phone. More »


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Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads

A few moments ago, version 2 of the Banshee music player for Linux was released, bringing with it a whole slew of new features, and the addition of an official -- but alpha-quality -- Windows build. The Mac OS X build of version 2 is due later today.

The most notable new feature is support for the Amazon MP3 store -- you can buy and download music from within Banshee -- but unfortunately it's only available in the Linux build at the moment (OS X and Windows support are planned, however). There have also been some significant improvements to artist, album, and queue interactions -- and yes, you can finally right click a track, album or artist and select 'play after' to insert it into the queue.

Beyond actual playback, the user interface has been tidied up -- it now looks a whole lot smarter -- and the Ubuntu One Music Store and SoundMenu extensions have been made official. For a complete list of changes, additions and bug fixes, check the change log.

When Windows support initially appeared in February, we found it rough around the edges and fraught with stability issues. With version 2, Banshee for Windows is still a bit unstable, but it's shaping up to be a good alternative to Winamp, iTunes, or whatever other music library manager you use. It's almost as attractive as its GNOMEish brother, too!

Download Banshee 2 for Linux and Windows (Mac OS X coming soon)

Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Evernote Web gets a new interface, Facebook sharing, and more

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Evernote, the popular multi-platform 'digital memory' app, has done some serious re-tooling of its Web interface. In addition to a more polished UI that more closely mirrors the look of Evernote on the desktop, the update brings features like notebook stacks and snippet view to the Web.

Auto-saving is now enabled as well, and you can select multiple items by holding down the Cmd or Ctrl key on your Mac or Windows keyboard. If you've got items stored in your notebooks that you want to share with friends or co-workers, Evernote has improved that process, too. You can quickly post an item to Facebook, share it via email, or generate a Web sharing link to paste into an IM conversation or status update.

Head over to the Evernote Web login page to try out the new interface.

Evernote Web gets a new interface, Facebook sharing, and more originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser

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While this slick little HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features of your favorite desktop media application, it's still a very cool demonstration of what a Web app can do with access to local resources -- like MP3 and OGG files.

Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string -- results load as you type.

There's a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.

Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It's also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.

HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Words With Friends for Android updated, promises "smoother game experience"

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As several of you noted in the comments to our post asking for cross-platform iOS/Android games, Words With Friends for Android does not provide the smoothest gaming experience... and that's being rather charitable.

You might be happy to hear that a couple of days ago Zynga released an update which promises to solve many of the Android-specific issues, such as notifications not popping up.

Sadly, installing the update is not a smooth experience; you have to manually uninstall the previous version, and then go to the Android Market and install it. What's nice is that it doesn't lose your saved games - this screenshot shows a game I've started before the update and continued after updating.

How's the new update working out for you? Let us know in the comments!

Words With Friends for Android updated, promises "smoother game experience" originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CrunchGear Week In Review: Drones Edition

AR Drone And Kinect, Enough Said Technicolor Teams Up With Canon For New Digital Cinema Tools Solus Spinal Fusion Device Looks Evil Video: Talking Parakeet Toy Repeats What You Say, Randomly Blurts Out Phrases The DIY Bullet Bill Rocket Is All Of My Childhood Dreams Come True Video: A Truly Functional DIY Iron Man Mark [...]

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/04/11/week-in-review-drones/

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White iPhone 4 thickness creates issue for case makers, owners

By now you've probably seen the latest spectacle to consume the white iPhone 4: it's thicker than the black model. The image above illustrates the point using a piece of lead from a mechanical pencil. So what, you say, in righteous indignation to a device that shipped ten months late. Well, the size difference creates a potential consumer issue since cases (at least the good ones) are manufactured against the tight tolerances supplied by Apple. We've confirmed ourselves, that an Incase slider that fits a black iPhone 4 just fine has to be forced into place on the new white model. Unfortunately, Apple's own spec page doesn't highlight the change in thickness (measured at 9.5mm by TiPb). Instead it still shows a 9.3mm depth with a tiny disclaimer stating, "Actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process." The result is confusion -- will this case fit or won't it? -- which is never a good thing for consumers.

But why is the white iPhone 4 thicker? Phil Schiller mentioned that Apple needed to add extra UV protection among other tweaks, in an attempt to reduce the "unexpected interactions" between the white cover and the internal components. As such, Apple apparently needed to sacrifice some slimness for a better functioning white phone. In the end, we have what looks to be four different size / button configurations that must be considered when purchasing a shrink-wrapped case for your white iPhone 4, black iPhone 4, white Verizon iPhone 4, or black Verizon iPhone 4. Good luck with that.

Additional reporting by Sam Sheffer

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White iPhone 4 thickness creates issue for case makers, owners originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TiGr Bike Lock: Thin, Strong, Stylish

TiGr is a newly invented bike lock which uses a titanium band instead of a chain, shackle or cable. The lightweight “bow” is secured by a titanium-encased Abloy Protec steel lock, and is long enough to thread through both wheels and around a secure post.
The TiGr comes from cyclist and lock-maniac John Loughlin, who is [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/tigr-bike-lock-thin-strong-stylish/

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Interlocked is a three-dimensional brain teaser

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Back when I was a kid, I used to love crafting ornate puzzle boxes out of Lego. There would be just one way to open the box, by carefully shifting and rotating a bunch of pieces. Well, either that, or breaking the box in frustration.

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

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

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

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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Friday, April 29, 2011

Daily Crunch: Tailed Edition

The Chargepad Is Panasonic?s New Wireless Charging Solution For Mobile Chargers Miyamoto: New Console Definitely In The Works, Tanooki Suit As Well The Nissan Leaf Wins World Car Of The Year, Chevy Volt, Green Car Of The Year Pentax Outs Camouflage Design Grips For Its K-r Camera Lego Factory Separates Blocks, Will Soon Separate Humans

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/04/22/daily-crunch-tailed-edition/

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Super Roasting Coffee With 600 Mirrors and a Giant Ball of Fire in the Sky [Coffee]

A not atypical coffee roaster, like an old-school Probat favored by Stumptown, looks like this (or this). Not a small machine. Unless you compare it to Dave Hartkop's Helios 4, a solar-powered coffee roaster. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/9vGDWrqxXao/super-roasting-coffee-with-600-mirrors-and-a-giant-ball-of-fire-in-the-sky

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25 Geeky Weddings that are just as fantastical as the Royal Wedding [Video]

While the rest of the world dons their fancy hats for the Royal Wedding, we wanted to pay tribute to the great amazing science fiction and fantasy-themed weddings that have rocked our universe. More »


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Hello Expense is a simple, reliable expense tracker for Android

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A good mobile application is a fine balance between simplicity and functionality. You're using it on the go, so you don't have a lot of time to sit there and fumble with the phone to figure it all out. But you also need it to be powerful enough to let you do whatever it is you're trying to get done.

Hello Expense is one mobile app that gets it right. It's an expense tracker that lets you use your Android-powered phone to quickly log the money you spend and then analyze it and see where it all went.

I recently had the chance to use it in a real-life situation - a road trip that took a few days and involved quite a few expenses. Logging each expense took seconds, and at the end of each day I could get a great overview of how much money I spent on each category so far.

Categories and tags are user-configurable; the app also sports its own number pad to make number entry easy, regardless of what keyboard you're using.

Hello Expense is a simple, reliable expense tracker for Android originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to Use Airbnb Like a Pro [Etiquette]

Airbnb is more than an amazing site that lets anybody put their spare couch, room, or house up for rent-it's a game. The goal for hosts: to rise through the search rankings, allowing them to get bookings, meet great people from all over the world, and swim in cash. For guests: to stay at amazing and unique places for a fraction of the price of a hotel room. Here's what you need to know to win. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/4sSJ5hQ8NKY/how-to-use-airbnb-like-a-pro

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