Friday, September 30, 2011

Microsoft taps Samsung for Android royalties

Microsoft has reeled in what could be its largest patent fish yet, now that Samsung has agreed to sign a cross-license agreement related to Android in a deal stressing the companies' partnership on Windows Phone. Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung's Android-based mobile phones and tablets, such as the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet scheduled for release on Oct. 2....


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Buy ipad

For most people and an iPad is part of their lives. This is because the ipad is the best tablet pc in the market. They are many tablet pcs today but none offers impressive specs than the ipad. This is the main reason why it ws even featured on the Oparah show. Many consumers use the iPad for my reasons ranging from reading eBooks to reading their emails and for entertainment. You can buy iPad at many stores both online [...]


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Apple iTunes Announcement Sets Off Rampant Speculation

Apple is prepping for an iTunes announcement Nov. 16, leading to rampant speculation over a possible music-streaming service, or possibly the Beatles' catalog. - Apple is planning an iTunes-related announcement for the morning of Nov. 16,
tipped by an enigmatic message on its corporate Website quot;Tomorrow is just
another day. That you'll never forget. quot; predictably triggering massive
speculation across the blogosphere.
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Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs

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Mozilla, continuing its year-long crusade to speed up Firefox startup and shutdown times, has published a name and shame list of the Firefox's slowest add-ons.

The list is just one part of Mozilla's new efforts to highlight slow add-ons, and to help developers make their add-ons more efficient. Over the next two weeks, 'slow performance warnings' will be introduced in the add-on gallery so that users can see, before installation, which add-ons will slow down their browser. If that isn't enough to spur developers into cleaning up their add-ons, Mozilla has also begun reaching out to developers of slow add-ons with tips on how to improve add-on performance. Finally, add-on developers will soon have the ability to perform 'on-demand performance testing,' so that they can test their add-on before it's deployed publicly.

Mozilla reports that the average Firefox add-on slows down Firefox's start-up time by 10% -- which means, if you install 10 add-ons, you will double your start-up time. On fast desktop PCs that kind of slowdown might be negligible, but on older computers, laptops and smartphones, it could be the difference between a 5 and 10 second startup. Mozilla has obviously realized that while massive performance gains might've been made with Firefox 4, the addition of third-party add-ons can destroy any user-perceived improvements.

In other news, Mozilla says that a future build of Firefox will block the installation of add-ons (such as toolbars) by third-party software. Add-ons and toolbars that are bundled in this way will require explicit approval when you next open up Firefox. Hooray!

Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hitwise: Singaporeans Spend The Most Time On Facebook Per Session

facebookHitwise just published a new study examining how much time people living in different countries spend on Facebook. Singaporeans actually spend the longest on the social network, with an average of 38 minutes and 46 seconds per session, while people living in Brazil spend less than half that with an average of 18 minutes and 19 seconds per Facebook session for August 2011. Singapore is followed by New Zealand (30 mins 31 sec); Australia (26 mins 27 sec); the UK (25 mins 33 sec); and the US (20 mins 46 sec). Brazil actually has the highest percentage of Internet visits going to social sites (18.9% of Internet usage) with 43% of all social networking visits in Brazil going to Google-owned Orkut. In contrast, the UK has the lowest market share of visits going to social networks with 12.2% of visits.


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Dell Precision M6600 Mobile Workstation: Businesslike and Capable

Dell?s monolithic black laptop for professional graphics artists and engineers brings a lot of horsepower--and heft--to the table.

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'Lion' Leaves Us Flat

Mac OS X �Lion� is technically Apples best ever, but disappoints anyway. -
The new release of Apples
desktop operating system is certainly a leap ahead for the Mac platform in many
ways. Mac OS X �Lion��release 10.7�provides a better security architecture, new
data encryption options and introduces user interface paradigms that foreshadow
a time when gesture-based to...


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Deal of the Day ? Toshiba 46? 1080p LCD HDTV (2011 model) for $599.99

Today?s LogicBUY Deal is the 46? Toshiba 46G310U 1080p LCD HDTV for $599.99.� Features:� 120Hz, 1080p full HD, InstaPort, Native mode, Built-in WiFi, Gaming mode, Expert mode, Skype ready, ClearFrame, DynaLight, Internet TV apps, and more. $799.99 – $200 instant discount = $599.99 with free shipping.� No tax in most states.� This is the lowest [...]


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AT&T Wants Their Competitors? Antitrust Suits Dismissed

attmoBy now, we all know that the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Sprint and C Spire Wireless (formerly known as the Cellular South) have filed suits to that same effect, but AT&T has asked the court to reject those companies' complaints. The reason? AT&T believes that Sprint and C Spire are fighting for their own sakes, and not for the public's best interests.


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Scosche myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor

Exercising, working out, getting fit, whatever you want to call it, is a chore that a lot of us don’t enjoy doing. Finding ways to make physical activity actually beneficial can increase the enjoyment. Because, let’s face it, if your workouts aren’t helping you lose weight or get fit, what’s the point in doing them? [...]


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Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes, iPod classic next to go?

Previously, users could access and download click-wheel games for the iPod classic by clicking on a drop down list next to the App Store button within iTunes, but it looks like the option has now been removed completely. With Apple gearing up to announce the next...


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Game and Watch ? It?s Huge

It seems like upsizing is flavour of the day at the moment. �First there was the 23″ Android Tablet�and now there’s the giant Game and Watch hack. Seems appropriate since we did an article on the original Nintendo Game and Watch recently. �The unit is capable of playing the games found at Pica Pic. I [...]


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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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IDF: Ultrabooks, Thin Motherboards, and More

Thin is in at IDF this year. Check out Intel's Ultrabooks, thin-ITX motherboards, and the new X79 chipset.

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Corel VideoStudio X4 giveaway

This morning, Corel released VideoStudio X4. We've already published a quick overview and hands-on of the application, and now is the moment you've all been waiting for: We're giving away ten full licenses of this new version, each worth $99.99!

To enter our random draw, you just have to leave a comment. Full terms and conditions are after the break.

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Corel VideoStudio X4 giveaway originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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'nanoRISC' module offers 1GHz speed and multiple video outputs

MSC Vertriebs announced a 2.75 x 2-inch SOM (system on module) packing a 1GHz Samsung S5PV210 processor, up to 1GB of RAM, and up to 4GB of flash storage. The nanoRISC-S5PV210 offers 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 host and client ports, multiple serial ports, plus RGB, HDMI, and TV graphics interfaces, according to the company....


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The new Amazon Kindles are exciting, but is the Silk browser the bigger news?

Today Amazon announced 4 new devices and I was so excited, that I ordered / pre-ordered 3 of them (Kindle, Touch 3G and Fire). New hardware might be fun, but I think we should all be more excited about the Kindle Fire’s new Silk web browser. It’s not been that long ago that the only [...]


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The New iPhone is Coming; the New iPhone is Coming?Who Cares?

After months of rumors, blurry pictures of prototype cases (or someone?s old loafer) it appears that Apple is going to introduce a new iPhone model and I see little reason for all this excitement. Okay, give me a few minutes before you grab your torches and pitchforks. The iPhone is a fine smartphone. It has [...]


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March 31 is World Backup Day 2011

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Those benevolent armchair philanthropist Redditors are at it again! Four days ago a 'self' post extolling the potential virtues of a Backup Day exploded with 2500 upvotes and 1000 comments -- and now World Backup Day 2011 is actually happening.

On March 31, as part of the global data-saving initiative, you are encouraged to back up all of your cherished photos and videos, and important documents. If you've ever had a hard disk fail, and not had a backup to fall back on, you'll know that it's a bit like losing a sizable fragment of your soul. If you've never backed up your important files -- or if you only back up sporadically -- do it on World Backup Day!

It's not hard to back up your data, either. A 2TB drive costs only a fistful of dollars, and it takes just a few minutes to set SyncToy for Windows, or Time Machine for Mac, to mirror your data every night. If you prefer a cloud-based solution, there's always SugarSync and Dropbox. Finally, don't forget that Bundlelytic has a charity giveaway for three excellent data-backup-and-recovery tools -- $160 of software for only $25, and 100% of the proceeds to go the Japanese Red Cross.

For even more backup options, for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, check our list of 13 great backup programs.

March 31 is World Backup Day 2011 originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nerf Gun Gets Modded With an Antique Chair

[Photo: faustus70 on Etsy]Remember when toys used to be made out of real metal, and not this chintzy chromed-plastic stuff we have today? At least we can go back to the old days by DIY-modding stuff--or go even further back, like Lincoln-logs era, by strapping antique wood to a Nerf gun.

Wait, what?

Etsy seller faustus70 (aka Neil Taylor) had a Nerf N-Strike Barricade gun and an ?at least? 75-year-old wood chair lying around, and he thought, why not put these together? He refashioned the standard-issue Nerf into a ?steampunk big daddy gun?, wrapped in wood planks held together by hand-cut aluminum strips and hand riveted in place.

Hard. Core. [Photo: faustus70 on Etsy]

Of course, the whole thing still works as a Nerf gun, complete with the 10-dart barrel magazine and top chamber access. But the modifications also made the Nerf gun even better with a taller stock, 3x scope, metal paint, and the whole badass steampunk aesthetic.

Sadly, it does look like this particular steampunk big daddy gun, previously listed for $300, has already been sold. But according to faustus70?s profile, he takes commission jobs and has done even more awesome mods, such as the Alien Pulse Riffle or Warhammer 40K Bolters.

[Etsy via Gizmodo]

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AVG launches LiveKive cloud sync and backup tool

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A while back, we told you about AVG's new LiveKive service, a new cloud synchronization and backup tool which appears to have been named after a vat in which mash is made during the brewing process. But enough about AVG's odd choice of monikers -- LiveKive has launched and is now ready to accept your files into the AVG cloud.

LiveKive takes aim at services like Dropbox and SugarSync, though at the moment it's lagging behind in terms of features. As it stands, LiveKive is only compatible with Windows and OS X. There are no mobile clients yet, though with AVG's strong presence on Android we wouldn't be surprised to see an app arrive in the near future.

The company is offering a heck of a deal right now, however. If you sign up for a paid account during the launch phase, you can score unlimited storage for $80 for a whole year. You can't even score 50GB per year at that price from Dropbox, so if cost and space are more important to you than cross-platform availability, LiveKive might be worth checking out.

If you're not interested in ponying up any cash at the moment, you can still get a 5GB account free of charge. Just head on over, and create a LiveKive account.

AVG launches LiveKive cloud sync and backup tool originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Geek Tip: Keep Spotify From Sharing Your Musical Guilty Pleasures on Facebook

Do you hate how Spotify now tells all your Facebook friends what you are listening to,? If so, this simple little tip will help.

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