Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CrunchGear Week In Review: Indoor Games Edition

Here are some stories from the past week on CrunchGear: Strange Video: Happinet Lets You Play Table Tennis Against Invisible Opponents Sweet DIY Book Light The Infinite Loop Tablet Holder: Actually A Cool Idea Day 1: My Week In The Nissan Leaf Weekend Giveaway: A Kobo eReader Touch (And Some Gift Cards)

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Sharp AQUOS SH-06D arrives from Japan, we go hands-on (video)

Sharp's AQUOS SH-06D will most probably never leave the Land of The Rising Sun. That doesn't stop us, however, from lusting after its 4.5-inch. This 720p display also manages 3D, spread across a slinky 10mm frame that houses NTT DoCoMo's recently launched NOTTV streaming broadcast system. The device arrives in pink, white and blue options -- all provided with a matching dock and built-in aerial. Like several eastern phones with the ability to tune into live TV broadcasts, the AQUOS SH-06D has its own extendable antenna built into the side. The device, despite its largely plastic build felt solid in our hand, although the minuscule power and volume buttons proved difficult to manipulate at times. The screen technology is still a closely guarded secret, but it aims to bring both 3D functionality alongside a crisp HD display performance during two-dimensional antics. Viewing angles are great -- a welcome trend we've seen on plenty of handsets at this year's MWC -- but the heavily customized Android 2.3 skin took away some of that sheen. Applications are stowed away into several drop-down menus that took some getting used to -- regardless of any language barrier. Sharp hasn't revealed any plans to join its Japanese competitors in the frenzied global smartphone market, but some import options wouldn't go amiss. See why in our hands-on right after the break.

Sean Cooper contributed to this report


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Voddler's Windows Phone streaming video app is Lumia-exclusive

Scandinavian video streaming site Voddler (think: Spotify for video) has teamed up with Nokia to launch a Lumia-exclusive app the company's current markets. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and (the distinctly non-Scandinavian) Spain will get free, unlimited access to a wide library of movies and TV from April. Windows Phone users will also be able to schedule "Movie Night" streaming parties and riff on them, MST3k-style. If you're fortunate enough to be within those territories, head on past the break to find out more details. The rest of us will sit here, jealously eyeing-up the immigration service website and pondering how easy it would be to learn Danish.

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Voddler's Windows Phone streaming video app is Lumia-exclusive originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SwiftKey launches SDK, phones and tablets get more predictable

SwiftKey is responsible for as many saved typing hours, as it is crushing affirmations of just how predictable we really are. A fact that can now be drilled home by infinitely more devices, thanks to a new SDK for OEMs. Developers for a variety of platforms and programming languages (including C++, iOS and JVM) can access SwiftKey's core language-engine technology for their own UI or on screen keyboard, and with support for over 40 languages, we can expect many more tablets, phones and even white goods to worryingly know what we were going to say.

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SwiftKey launches SDK, phones and tablets get more predictable originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Slowly But Surely Software Will Eat Mobile World Congress Too

480px-Mobile_world_congress_09As 60,000 people flooded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, multiple bars and restaurants were suddenly hit by wave after wave of men (it's mostly men) in blue and grey suits. The suits at MWC are there to do one thing. Sell mobile base stations to each other, get carrier partnerships for their new Latin American MVNO (or similar), and generally be those mobile corporate drones that flood the Fira conference centre annually. This year some companies have gone all out with their trade stands - Alcatel's looks like a cross between MacDonalds and a scene from Logans Run. The irony that socialist troops paraded on the same ground is lost on most. But amid all this razzmatazz and hype about the future of mobile, one can't help wondering: Has Mobile World Congress outlived its usefulness? The signs are there. Carriers are losing their position as the centre of gravity in mobile. It used to be the case the that big stories were about Verizon/AT&T/Vodafone/Whichever signing some big deal. That's no longer the case. Today it's all about software and handset operating systems like Windows Phone and Android (Apple never exhibits, but now and again you can spot their executives wandering around). These days the conversation around mobile is all about apps and platforms. Angry Birds launching on a handset or tablet is the news, not some carrier deal.

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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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Deal of the Day ? 23? Dell Inspiron One 2305 2.8GHz Dual-core AMD All-in-one PC

The LogicBUY Deal for Wednesday is the 23″ Dell Inspiron One 2305 2.8GHz Dual-core AMD All-in-one PC starting at $449.99.� Features:� 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, integrated 8X DVD burner, 802.11n WiFi, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS, 1-year warranty, and more. $599.99 – $150 coupon code = $449.99 with free shipping. This is $50 [...]

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Charts For Everyone: Cloud-Based iCharts Picks Up $3.1 Million For Consumer Push

iCharts growthThis is another one for those who love to mark the consumerization of enterprise technology: iCharts, the cloud-based charting service that once described itself as the "YouTube for interactive charts", has now picked up $3.1 million in funding to try to do precisely that: make its platform something used by the public at large. The Series A round comes from a group of private equity investors that include German super-angels Regehr Capital Management Group; Saeed Amidi, founder and CEO of Plug N Play; and Lorenz Graef, founder and former CEO of Globalpark.

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BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 screenshots leak

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A leaked early version of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Messenger 6 has been making the rounds since late February, but images of the new app are just now beginning to appear. Over at CrackBerry, the crew has shared a handful of images of BBM 6 in action. Unfortunately, you won't get a glimpse at a chat or file transfer -- only the profile screens (after the break) and what you see above. All that's really revealed so far is the option to set custom contact and chat colors and BlackBerry OS 6.1-style icons.

CrackBerry also warns against installing the leaked BBM 6 app. There's no guarantee this app hasn't been tampered with, and BlackBerry devices are becoming a more common target for cybercriminals.

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Ford brings SYNC and AppLink to Europe

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America, I hate to say it, but you're no longer special. Sure, maybe you'll always be number one in Ford's heart, but the company has got to sow its wild oats, and that means heading across the Atlantic with SYNC and AppLink in tow. The manufacturer hopes to sell 3.5 million SYNC equipped vehicles in Europe by 2015, starting with the B-Max which will ship later this year. SYNC will be available in nine different languages at launch and will quickly spread to other vehicles.

Ford brings SYNC and AppLink to Europe originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:34:00 EDT. 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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iPad 3: Everything We Think We Know (Updated) [Ipad 3 Rumors]

It's that magical time of year again, when everyone expects a new iPad to be right around the corner. Which in turn means an amassment of iPad 3 rumors clogging up our lives. Here's a quick guide to making sense of them. More »


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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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Pacemaker and RIM announce exclusive DJ app for PlayBook

We loved the original Pacemaker, and were sad to hear of its eventual discontinuation. News just in this morning, however, is that the DJ tool is back as a PlayBook app thanks to an exclusive collaboration with the tablet's maker. Details are sparse right now, as the information spilled at RIM's event this morning at MWC, but we do know that there will be auto beatmatching, vinyl mode with scratching, digital mode, looping, loop travel, pitch control, beat skip and "pro level" effects. All we have in terms of availability is that it will be out this spring, with no word on price. In the meantime we're going to start prepping up that music collection.

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