Sunday, July 31, 2011

How would you change RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook?

RIM's 7-inch PlayBook may be lovely to hold, and that gesture area along the bezel is downright genius, but the QNX-powered slate hasn't had the easiest time taking on the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple's iPad 2. Still, RIM's following is amongst the most loyal in the industry, and those who wouldn't leave the house sans a BlackBerry handset may have been inclined to give this guy a go. If that's you, we're overly interested in hearing how you'd do things differently. Would you have preferred a larger screen? Android app support right out of the box? A beefier software store? Go on and get creative in comments below -- something tells us RIM isn't exactly in a position to turn a deaf ear.

How would you change RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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Even Prisons Can Be Hacked Now [Hacking]

Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers. More »


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Qriocity video streaming coming to Xperia packing pocket near you

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Sony's Qriocity video streaming service is going mobile. The on-demand pay-per-view offering (which is probably best known for its supporting role in the recent PSN outage debacle) is making the jump from the living room to your pocket -- provided said pocket is stuffed with a 2011 Xperia smartphone. Initially it will only be available to Mini and Mini Pro owners, but eventually it'll be pushed to rest of the current lineup in nine markets, including the US, UK and Japan. Check out the source link for more details.

Qriocity video streaming coming to Xperia packing pocket near you originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toilet 2.0 Concept Flushes the Competition

It had to happen eventually, and here it is: Toilet 2.0. Nope, it’s not a toilet designed specifically for number twos, but it will handle those admirably, as we shall see. No, the Toilet 2.0 concept is a smart, modern take on the old-fashioned WC.
First, it is lighter, stronger and thinner than porcelain thanks to [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/07/toilet-2-0-concept-flushes-the-competition/

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iHome App-Enhanced Alarm Clock Helps You Get Your Kids Up for School

It’s less than a month until school starts again, and a mother’s thoughts turn to getting those sleepy kids out of bed. �The iHome iA17 App-enhanced Color Changing Stereo FM Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/ iPod� can help kids get themselves out of bed, and it will keep their iPod/iPhone charged, too. �The iHome iA17 [...]

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Watch This Pizza Lover Demonstrate a Pizza Breakthrough In His Cramped New York Apartment [Video]

Continuing the ongoing saga that is outstanding pizza box engineering, Scott Weiner discovered a pizza box from Eataly that does it all: it keeps your pizza piping hot; it has vents for air flow; and it's completely recyclable. Awesome. [Boing Boing] More »


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Scrabble Helper helps you improve your Words With Friends gameplay

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If you play Scrabble (or a scrabble-like game) from time to time, you may want to check out Scrabble Helper. This simple website is a godsend when you're at a loss for words. Simply enter whatever letters you have, and the word you'd like to connect with. Scrabble helper comes up with a whole bunch of suggestions sorted by score.

The site lets you select one of five dictionaries - Scrabble International/US, Lexulous International/US, and Words With Friends. Some people might say this constitutes cheating -- I think if the other side knows you're doing it, it's definitely not cheating. And it doesn't take the challenge out of the game, because implementing Scrabble Helper's suggestions and deciding which words you'd like to connect with still takes a fair bit of thought.

Very handy, though perhaps not one for the Scrabble puritans in the crowd.

Scrabble Helper helps you improve your Words With Friends gameplay originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bluelounge Nest Universal Multi-function Tablet/Phone Stand and Storage Tray

The Nest from Bluelounge looks a little like a bowl, but it’s much more versatile than that. �The plastic bowl has a colored rubber lining that makes it a safe, secure stand for a phone. �It can also serve as a storage valet for your keys and other pocket stuff. �The rubber lining and sloped [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/07/29/bluelounge-nest-universal-multi-function-tabletphone-stand-and-storage-tray/

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A Billion Dollars Isn?t Cool. You Know What?s Cool? Basic Human Decency

'"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing his hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"' - A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

I know, I know. I'm old. Worse than that, I'm nostalgic. In the past few months, I've written about my love for fountain pens, and traditional publishers, and paper books, and handwritten letters, and live theater, and downtown Las Vegas. Those who follow me on Twitter will have read about my enthusiasm for the New York Times Crossword, and hotel writing paper, and socializing with friends sans mobile phones. It's cute to be the token Luddite at TechCrunch -- but it's also hugely disingenuous. I'm writing this stuff on Twitter, and on a hugely popular technology blog. You could cut the irony with a knife. The truth is, I love technology. It's rare that I dismiss or disparage a new gadget, app or company without trying it out at least once; and I certainly believe that - on balance - the more technologically advanced we become as a society, the better the world becomes. And yet increasingly I wonder whether, for the sake of humanity, it might not be a bad thing if the earthquake comes and tips all of web 2.0 into the sea.

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How The Hell Is This My Fault?

You've doubtless heard about the Airbnb fiasco - being dubbed #ransackgate by some - that's been exploding the last couple of days. If you're not familiar with the story, we first covered it here, and there's some terrific source material from the woman who's home was ransacked and robbed here and here. Today Y Combinator founder (and Airbnb investor) Paul Graham wrote this:

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Daily Crunch: Desert Surveillance Edition

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Google refines search experience for big-fingered tablet owners

Having trouble selecting those tiny links with your big, ol' digits on that swanked-out slab? Don't you worry, Google's just made some slate-friendly improvements to its bread and butter search site, and it's available for iPad and Honeycomb 3.1+ users. On deck for this UI refresh: a much simplified search results page, larger-sized buttons and text, and a quick access button located below the search box that skips you off to "Images, Videos, Places, Shopping and more." There's also been some visual tweaks made to its image search results, with enlarged previews, faster thumbnail loading and continuous scrolling. If you're not seeing this overhauled layout just yet, sit tight -- the update's expected to roll out in the next few days.

Google refines search experience for big-fingered tablet owners originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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