Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Acer to launch app store, will pre-load on PCs

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Our pals over at Engadget covered the Acer hullabaloo this morning, and there's one bit which blipped on the Download Squad radar. Yes, software aficionados, Acer is launching an app and content store.

It'll be called Alive, and you can't really blame Acer for the move -- they're a top-3 manufacturer selling millions of laptops and desktops every year. The opportunity to glean a few percentage points in commission for selling an app or album could amount to a significant revenue stream. Plus, there's the 'we're providing a convenience for our customers' angle. To the average computer user, finding, downloading, and installing quality apps remains a bit of a mystery. A curated store, of course, offers a solution that just about everyone is familiar with in 2010.

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Twitter Tuesday - Twitter not launching news network, celebrities quit social media, Tim Burton crowdsources a story on Twitter

Twitter Tuesday - Twitter not launching news network, celebrities quit social media, Tim Burton crowdsources a story on Twitter
Hey, Twitter fans! Welcome to another Twitter Tuesday. This week, we had Biz Stone dropping rumors about a Twitter News Network, but the official word from Twitter is that the site has no plans to do anything like that. Here's what happened:

In an interview with Reuters, Biz was asked whether Twitter -- which is already trying to distance itself from the "social network" label and become more of an information source -- would consider harnessing Twitter's agility and tendency to break news stories into a Twitter news service. Biz started riffing on the idea and came up with ideas like giving news outlets their own special news firehose of tweets and letting the reporters sort it out, or putting news orgs in touch with tweeters at the scene of a breaking story, allowing them to serve as instant reporters.

Afterward, Twitter's Sean Garrett quieted the Twitter News Network rumors with a tweet saying, "Ask @biz a "can you imagine Twitter doing..." Q, & he's going to get creative and imagine. Related: No plans for a "Twitter news network".

So, although Twitter is open to collaborating with news orgs, it looks like they're not ready to make it happen yet. The whole area where Twitter and news reporting cross over is fertile ground for some new ideas and services, and I wouldn't doubt that Twitter will explore it in the future.


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Apple’s latest iPad ad is magically… Amazing

Apple’s latest iPad ad is magically… Amazing
Apple's latest iPad ad is magically... Amazing Apple’s latest iPad commercial is “Amazing” and highlights iOS 4.2 including creating (Pages), printing (AirPrint), vital, ideas (email), multitasking, facts, figures (Numbers), and of course… amazing (Toy Story). Video after the break. (We’ll replace the bad quality placeholder with Apple’s official version as soon as it hits their YouTube account.) [Thanks Trevor!] Apple’s latest iPad ad is magically… [...]

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Apple's latest iPad ad is magically... Amazing

Apple’s latest iPad commercial is “Amazing” and highlights iOS 4.2 including creating (Pages), printing (AirPrint), vital, ideas (email), multitasking, facts, figures (Numbers), and of course… amazing (Toy Story).

Video after the break. (We’ll replace the bad quality placeholder with Apple’s official version as soon as it hits their YouTube account.)

[Thanks Trevor!]

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Google's beautiful HTML5 guide to the Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web is a beautiful and educational example of what we can expect from the HTML5 Web. It was developed by the Google Chrome team to showcase both the power of its browser, and of HTML5 itself.

20 Things is fully illustrated, too, and on each page a cheesy subtitle or piece of poetry awaits. Put simply, it's a delight. If you're a hardened Web expert, spend a few minutes leafing through it to enjoy the HTML5esque features -- the offline storage, the page-turning, flipping the light switch in the bottom-right corner -- and then send the link to a friend or family member. Check the Google announcement if you want more details.

It's a damn sight better than Google's last attempt at an HTML5 showpiece, that's for sure. At least this one actually works with Firefox and Internet Explorer 9! It's a little bit slow with Opera, but there should be a hardware-accelerated beta version of Opera 11 any day now...

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Google's beautiful HTML5 guide to the Web originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Angry Birds Christmas update will be free for Halloween buyers

Angry Birds Christmas update will be free for Halloween buyers
Angry Birds Christmas
There's no denying that Angry Birds is an addictive little game -- and an unbelievably popular one at that. Sales are still going strong in just about every mobile platform's app store and seasonal versions are have fans clamoring for more. Well, good news, Birds lovers! If you ponied up your hard-earned 99 cents for the iOS Halloween version you're getting a special gift in your digital stocking this holiday season.

Rovio has confirmed via Twitter that the Christmas update for Angry Birds will be yours, absolutely free. It's a nice gesture by Rovio -- especially since it could just as easily charge for it and top off its coffers.

Update: Android users, this is heading your way, too! [via Rovio Mobile]

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Web Seer lets you visually compare Google Autocomplete results

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I find Google's Autocomplete (or "suggest") feature very interesting because it seems to have spawned a quite a few by-products. Web Seer is a nice example. You feed it with a couple of prefixes, and it polls Google for all of the suggestions for them and then spews out a simple visual representation.

The screenshot above shows a snippet of the output for "should they" versus "will my cat." Perhaps that's not the best example because these two searches aren't fully comparable; when I tried "can he be" versus "can she be," I got some more comparable results, such as "be so cold" for the guys and "be so heartless" for the girls (ouch!).

It's a Flash app, so if you happen to be taking part in the crusade against Flash, it won't work. But on the bright side, where it does work, it's very fast. There's no Submit button or anything like that - it's completely live and on-the-fly, with the graphic updating right as you type.

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Malwarebytes 1.5 detects and cleans more malware faster than ever

Malwarebytes 1.5 detects and cleans more malware faster than ever
Malwarebytes is one of the most trusted and effective tools for removing all kinds of malicious software. Over at the Malwarebytes forums, there's big news today: MBAM 1.5 has been released, and it's faster, smarter, and better than ever. Startup time has been trimmed to just a few seconds and scanning speed improved by as much as 500%. There's also a host of new detection algorithms which allow MBAM to better detect all the frustrating, shifty malware floating around cyberspace.

Users can now manually add files and folders to the Malwarebytes ignore list, too. If you own the pro version, you'll get enhanced command line tools, a smarter, faster "Flash scan" which takes as little as 10 seconds to complete, and one-touch automatic updating.

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Warpia SWP100A Wireless TV Display Adapter Review

The difference between a computer monitor and a TV screen seems to be becoming more irrelevant every day. Whether because we dropped cable or want a second computer display, more and more of us are connecting our computers to TVs. Devices like�Warpia’s SWP100A Wireless USB PC to TV Audio/Video Display Adapter claim to let you [...]

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Sprint's holiday smartphone lineup [Sponsored post]

Sprint's holiday smartphone lineup [Sponsored post]

Sprint Holiday Smartphone LineupCome to Sprint for a great Android smartphone lineup – From 4G to budget-friendly to the latest innovation. Get the most out of your Android with unlimited wireless from Sprint starting at $69.99.

  • Sanyo Zio: $49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate.
  • Samsung Transform: $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab: $399.99 with a 2-year contract

Sprint's Holiday Smartphone Lineup

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Jing Pro giveaway

Jing Pro GiveawayEarlier today I reviewed TechSmith's latest and greatest screen capture and recording tool, Jing.

The free version is great -- and it's fantastic that the only branding is at the end of the video, not slathered all over it like most watermarks -- but, as always, the pro version is better.

Pro enables a bunch of funky things: it removes branding from videos, enables MPEG-4 encoding, and it lets you upload directly to YouTube (very cool). It also lets you hook up your webcam, if you want to add a personal touch to your videos.

We have 20 Jing Pro licenses to give away -- and to enter the draw, just post a comment. Full terms and conditions are after the break.

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Jing Pro giveaway originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine

HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine

HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine 

Has the HTC Merge been announced and we missed it? (Heh, not hardly.) Because it's got a hell of an advertisement in the latest Entrepreneur Magazine. It's being touted as "a work phone that's updated for your life ... Everything your work phone couldn't do." That's an interesting line for Verizon's manufacturing partner, given that the Motorola Droid Pro -- an obvious play for the business type -- was just released, and maybe that's part of the reason why we've yet to see the Merge be announced.

Anyhoo, check out more pics from the Entrepreneur Magazine ad after the break. And then check our our exclusive hands-on with the Merge, as well as our video preview, benchmark tests and comparison to the Droid 2. Thanks, Steven!

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Neato XV-11 robot vacuum gets its very own open source LIDAR hack

There's nothing like a little bounty to light a fire under a group of open source fanatics, is there? We saw this principle applied recently when Adafruit offered up cold, hard cash for an Open Source Kinect driver, and now one enterprising reader over at robotbox.net has gone and hacked the LIDAR unit on a Neato XV-11 robot vacuum -- and won $401 for the effort. What's this mean to you? Well, the gentleman (who goes by the nom de hack Hash79) can now read data sent from the optical ranging hardware on the vacuum to a PC. There has been a pretty enthusiastic group of hackers surrounding the device for a while now and now with a little hard work (and a $399 autonomous robot vacuum) you too can have a 360 degree scanning LIDAR with one degree accuracy and a 10Hz refresh rate. Pretty sweet, right? Video after the break.

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RSS Live Links for Chrome lets you monitor news feeds in real-time

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Not everyone uses Google Reader; some people (a dying breed, perhaps) like to consume their RSS feeds locally, using a desktop feed reader. Firefox has long had a Live Bookmarks feature that gave it some of those "desktop feed reader" powers: Live Bookmarks understands RSS, and it can always show you a list of a website's most recent headlines.

RSS Live Links brings just that sort of functionality to Google Chrome, along with a nice extra feature: instant notifications.

Whenever one of the feeds you've subscribed to updates, you get a nice sound effect (a human voice going "Boing!"), the icon shakes, and an unread count appears. When you then click the icon, you can see a list of the unread items in each feed, and hover over them to see a preview. Naturally, clicking an item opens it in a new tab.

This is a powerful add-on; it has a very rich configuration interface, with no less than 20 different options (I counted!). You can also configure the color scheme, select one of several different notification sounds, and customize it in a myriad other ways. Slick!

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TiPb TV 03: iPhone Case vs. Naked

TiPb TV 03: iPhone Case vs. Naked
Should you go around with a naked iPhone or do you need a case? If you do need a case, what kind should you get? That’s a question we get asked all the time and it’s the topic for the third episode of our new, conversational video podcast, TiPb TV. Rene and I discuss the pros [...]

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Should you go around with a naked iPhone or do you need a case? If you do need a case, what kind should you get? That’s a question we get asked all the time and it’s the topic for the third episode of our new, conversational video podcast, TiPb TV.

Rene and I discuss the pros and cons of bare, barely there, and full on armor for iPhone 4. We also show off several of our favorite cases including the Case Mate Chrome and Ivy, the Incipio Ultra Light, the Golla Bag, the Otterbox Defender, and more.

We take on the argument of case vs. case vs. naked, the cost and benefits of protecting against the bumps and scratches of avoiding bulk. So if you’ve been trying to decide which type of case is best for you, or if you’re daring to go bare with no case on at all, we’ll help you make the best choice possible.

Watch along and then leave us a comment and tell us — which case, if any, do you use?

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