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!

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AT&T CEO Might Not Know How His Android Phones Get Updated [Video]

It’s not easy out there for a carrier these days. Apple and app developers are swimming in cash, while you bear the brunt of consumer dissatisfaction. So you can understand when AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the chance to put the record straight once and for all about how Google decides when his company’s Android phones get upgraded. Except for the part where he’s wrong. More »


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Teal Panels Are Like Lego For Campers Who Hate Tents [Wish You Were Here]

As the story goes, Lawrence Drake wanted to go camping with a pop-up camper instead of a tent, but his ride could only tow 1,000 pounds. So to stick it to the ‘camping-man’ he invented a set of lightweight modular panels that can be assembled just like Lego to create various sized temporary dwellings. More »


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Nevada lets Google’s driverless car hit the open road, requires it to bring a driver

Nevada lets Google's driverless car hit the open road, requires it to bring a driver

Driving through Las Vegas can be distracting — bright lights, sun-powered death rays and international Consumer Electronics Shows have a tendency to catch a geek’s eye — good thing, then, that Nevada’s deemed Google fit to test its autonomous automobile on public streets. The state’s Department of Transportation was tasked with penning a set of safety standards for self-driving cars last June, and is now letting the cars run amok on city streets, with a few restrictions.

Mountain View’s three test vehicles, for instance, will need to haul a carpool of at least two passengers before driving down the strip, one person to take the wheel in case of an emergency, and another to monitor a computer screen that details the car’s planned route. Test vehicles will also don red license plates and an infinity symbol to mark them as self-driving prototypes. Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow says those plates will be green once the vehicles are ready for market, something he hopes to see in three to five years.

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TripAdvisor app for Windows Phone 7 now available

tripadvisor windows phone 7TripAdvisor, the popular travel planning tool, has just launched an app for Windows Phone 7. Just like the mobile website, the app allows you to search for anything travel-related — from hotels and flights to restaurants and points-of-interest to visit once you reach your destination.

Geolocation is supported, which allows TripAdvisor to quickly locate places nearby. But while that’s a neat feature, it’s also a bit of a downer — because, really, it’s about the only feature TripAdvisor for WP7 brings to the table that its mobile Web app doesn’t already offer (its browser-based geolocation doesn’t work with WP7 at the moment).

While it’s nice to see Windows Phone 7 users getting some big-name apps, it’d be even nicer if we saw some packing a bit more swagger.

Still, TripAdvisor for WP7 might just be worth installing on your device if you’re frequently on the go — at least until a better browser arrives with the Mango update.

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There Is a Poisonous Alien Caterpillar Threatening to Invade the London Olympics. Seriously. [Bugs]

The Oak Processionary Moth is a nasty little beast. It’s native to Europe, but didn’t show up in the United Kingdom until 2006, when a few eggs hitched a ride on oak trees transplanted to London. Since then, it’s been causing environmental chaos. Now it’s threatening to seriously screw up the Summer Olympics. More »


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Email widget takes on viral rumors, fact checks for you

Email widget takes on viral rumors, fact checks for you

If you’re one of those people who actually believes that Facebook is going to start charging users tomorrow, you’re probably going to want to skip this post. LazyTruth is working on a Gmail widget — something that could’ve easily been borne out of Google Labs — that will automatically vet your messages and determine if they’re full of viral misinformation. When it detects specific unique phrases that are consistent with known fallacies, it immediately circles back to Snopes.com and Factcheck.org (a pair of myth busting portals, if you couldn’t guess) to provide original source links and even rebuttals. It seems like it could be a great way to make us all even lazier more efficient when it comes to debunking some of the wilder rumors that tend to affect our most gullible friends. Of course, given that there’s no set release date just yet, perhaps the source link could use a scrubbing itself. We kid… we think.

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Rovio makes a Mighty Eagle’s $68 million in profit in financial squawk

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Rovio has announced that in 2011, it made a huge $106.3 million turnover and a whopping $67.6 million in profit (before tax), showing that flinging feathery fowl is a very serious business. Fueled by the success of Angry Birds, Seasons and Rio, the company grew by a factor of eight in the last year, from 28 employees all the way to 224. The company adds that the three games were downloaded 648 million times and are now used by 200 million daily users, while sales of merchandise contributed to around 30 percent of the total revenue. The report adds that the only barrier to future profits is if people stop buying new smartphones, but we’re not sure that’s likely to be the case for a while.

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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!

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

Now that Windows 8 images have begun leaking out, it’s only a matter of time until developers start releasing mods for Windows 7 which mimic upcoming features. Over at Into Windows, they’ve spotted one such mod already.

In the earliest Windows 8 images, we saw Windows Live integration on the taskbar. In the far right corner, there’s a user tile displayed. If you’d like to do the same on Windows 7, download Taskbar User Tile from DeviantArt user AngelWZR.

Once installed, your current picture will appear on the taskbar. Click it, and a menu appears which allows you to log off, switch users, and access the control panel. Right now, the mod only works if your taskbar is displayed on the bottom of your Windows desktop.

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Color announces Verizon partnership, preaches the dream of streaming HD

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Color founder Bill Nguyen describes the startup’s early life as being “in the wilderness,” a state, he adds, that can also be used to describe past projects he’s helmed (a point we can’t exactly argue). Of course, Lala finally found its way — eventually being scooped up by Apple. And now Color, an app that’s already lived through its share of lives, has a big name on its side. The company has partnered with none other than Verizon to help soup up its life-streaming service. The two sides have signed an exclusivity deal that promises to harness Big Red’s zippy LTE.

The version of the app which will be exclusively available to subscribers of that carrier brings with it some much welcomed upgrades, including sound and a higher frame rate. Color was pretty insistent that such things weren’t key to the app’s functionality when it first launched, but it has apparently seen the error of its ways. As Nguyen told us, simply, “we were wrong.” Now, thanks to Verizon’s 4G technology, it’s now able to offer up a product closer to an ideal streaming situation — a scenario Nguyen apparently decided upon after playing around with a Red camera at CES. The dream now is live HD streaming. More after the break.

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Gogo grabs 1MHz spectrum from JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV, beefs up in-flight bandwidth

Gogo grabs 1MHz spectrum from JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV, beefs up its in-flight bandwidthIn-flight internet provider Gogo’s been increasing its domestic presence of late, so it makes sense for the company to snag some additional spectrum as well. Its new wireless license is for a chunk of 1 MHz spectrum that Gogo got from Live TV, the subsidiary of JetBlue that handles all of that airline’s in-air entertainment and communications services. Gogo’s new spectrum will augment its existing Air-to-Ground network here in the US — pending FCC approval, of course — and provide road (sky?) warriors with a bit more bandwidth once above 10,000 feet. For all you jet-setters, we should mention that your Gulfstream’s Airfone bill will be going to Gogo from now on, as LiveTV tossed the venerable voice service in the deal, too.

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Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers

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Just a little under two months after its release candidate went live, Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 has been finalized and released into the wild. The new version of Microsoft’s slick, do-it-all server OS is a big step forward from its predecessor.

Built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 base, Home Server 2011 features a simpler dashboard, a better backup solution, dead simple remote access to your home computers, and Silverlight-powered remote media streaming. For a more detailed look at what’s new in Windows Home Server 2011, you check out Microsoft’s official breakdown.

Drive Extender, of course, didn’t resurface for the final release of WHS 2011 and that’s something a lot of power users are still pretty irked about. Even without Extender, Windows Home Server offers a boatload of useful functionality and might be a good fit for your home network. Manufacturers have already begun building hardware, so you should be able to pick up a device in the very near future.

An evaluation download for Windows Home Server 2011 will be made available in April — we’ll let you know when the links are ready.

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Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar

Now that Windows 8 images have begun leaking out, it’s only a matter of time until developers start releasing mods for Windows 7 which mimic upcoming features. Over at Into Windows, they’ve spotted one such mod already.

In the earliest Windows 8 images, we saw Windows Live integration on the taskbar. In the far right corner, there’s a user tile displayed. If you’d like to do the same on Windows 7, download Taskbar User Tile from DeviantArt user AngelWZR.

Once installed, your current picture will appear on the taskbar. Click it, and a menu appears which allows you to log off, switch users, and access the control panel. Right now, the mod only works if your taskbar is displayed on the bottom of your Windows desktop.

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Screen Grabs: Are agents on Fringe flashing their Google Wallet?

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Screen Grabs: Are agents on Fringe flashing their Google Wallet?

We’re not sure exactly what the FBI’s standard issue kit consists of, but we imagine it has more than a few bits of secret tech. These screen grabs from this week’s Fringe, however, would have us believe that the rogue agents like to pick up their tabs with what looks like Google Wallet. We can clearly see a Sprint-branded Galaxy Nexus being used to for a not-so-undercover financial transaction. At least it looks like the agents might have had an upgrade since we last saw them around these parts.

Update: As many of you have pointed out, there was something wrong with our own intel on this case, and it wasn’t one of the agents using the service. Perhaps the bureau isn’t comfortable with e-wallets just yet.

[Thanks, Te-je]

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Scosche debuts Revolt H4, a four-port, 10W USB charger at CTIA Wireless

Scosche debuts Revolt H4, a four-port, 10W USB charger at CTIA Wireless

Say goodbye to swapping out the litany of chargers at your desk or nightstand. It’s time to streamline, and the crew at Scosche have a rather nice solution. The company is taking the wraps off of its Revolt H4 USB charger, which offers four 10W (2.1A) USB ports that’ll properly (and quickly) reinvigorate up to four smartphones or tablets simultaneously. Sure, it’s nothing like the 16 port behemoth of the PowerPad, but this is for home use, and we can’t deny — it’s quite the temptress. Consumers may choose between the base model or the Revolt H4 Pro, which offers a micro-USB cable along with an adapter for Apple’s dock connector. As another product of interest, Scosche is similarly introducing its 2.1 amp Recoil II car charger, which allows users to cut down on the clutter with its retractable cable while also quickly juicing up a single iOS device — just hop the break for a peek. Pricing isn’t yet available for either, but keep your eye on Scosche’s website for the official word. For other charging solutions, you’ll find the full PR after the break.

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Sprint CEO takes pay cut as investors voice concern about cost of iPhone deal

Sprint CEO takes pay cut as investors voice concern about high cost of iPhone deal

Sprint Nextel’s $15.5 billion gamble on Apple’s iPhone will apparently lighten CEO Dan Hesse’s proverbial wallet by $3.25 million this year. That’s how much compensation Hesse agreed to give back to help placate investors unhappy about the high cost of the company’s iPhone deal. Securing the iPhone has already paid dividends for Sprint in terms of sales. The company sold 1.5 million iPhones in the first quarter while posting a net subscriber growth of 263,000. That didn’t stop Sprint from posting an $863 million net loss during the same period, however, causing some investors to grumble about the cost of subsidizing Apple’s phone. The subsidy Sprint pays for each iPhone is 40 percent higher — about $200 — than what the company pays for other competing devices. Don’t feel too bad for Hesse, though. Apparently, the financial gesture basically brings back his “compensation target opportunities” to 2010 levels.

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Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

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Zen Coding made quite a splash when we first covered it almost a year ago. For those who aren’t familiar, Zen is a fantastic form of shorthand for quickly hand-coding HTML. And today, a new version is out!

Here are some of the goodies version 0.7 brings to the party:

  • Text nodes: Writing something like a[href=/]{Click here} now works, and puts “Click here” within the link.
  • New actions added: Increment/decrement number under cursor, evaluate math expressions, and more.
  • Wrap with Abbreviation was upgraded.

There are several other improvements but they’re all rather technical. If you use Zen Coding (or are intrigued by the concept) go ahead and read the release notes for this new version.

Zen Coding has official implementations for a ton of editors, including TextMate, Apatana, Coda, E2, Komodo, Notepad++, PSPad, and more. It also has unofficial builds for Vim, UltraEdit, Visual Studio and more.

If you want to play with Zen Coding without installing it, you can use the online demo to see some of its magic in action.

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10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 pre-order at Office Depot, ships May 11

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet is now officially up for pre-order at Office Depot's online storefront. With a limit of two per customer, the 16GB version of the Tab 2 will set you back $399, and your order will ship next-day delivery (for free) on May 11. Starting May 13, they will be in brick-and-mortar Office Depot stores along with the full line of accessories.  

We had a nice long look at the Tab 2 at MWC, and we think Samsung did well with it. Dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM under a very nice 10.1-inch IPS display and running Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're interested in picking one up, hit the link below to pre-order. The press release is after the break.

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Dodge is a space-shooter in which you have no weapons

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Space-shooters are usually a fairly fiery affair, with many types of guns, weapon upgrades, power-ups and more. Dodge does away with all of that, while keeping the very essence of a space shooter: Dark background, fast action, and stuff blowing up all over the place.

Your vector-looking spacecraft is the fastest thing on the screen, most of the time. And as the header implies, you have absolutely no weapons; you can’t get any, either. All you have is agility and maneuverability.

Your opponents shoot heat-seeking missiles at you; the missiles lock on and start tracking you. The trick is to dodge the missiles while putting them in the path of one of your enemies, thus letting them have a taste of their own medicine.

There are three types of enemies, at least in the first few levels: “simple” spaceships which fire slow projectiles, “tanks” which seem to be more serious and take more hits to destroy, and “circles.” The circles simply explode, spewing twenty or thirty very fast projectiles. This sounds dangerous, but is actually great once you learn to use them; they are very destructive for tanks, and can even blow up other circles.

The soundtrack is very techno, but it meshes very well with this type of game. Intense fun!

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Proof That Even A Screwdriver Becomes Obsolete [Design]

Stanley Works has been making hand tools in New Britain, Connecticut, since the middle of the 19th century. Some time in the 20th, the company came up with this terrible screwdriver. It has a handle with rigid, jagged plastic edges that gouge your palms at every inch-pound of torque. Yet the handle is somehow always slick, requiring a firm, skin-sacrificing grip. The screwdriver is downright painful to use. It is, as far as toolbox technology goes, obsolete. More »


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OS X Lion update accidentally outs user passwords in plain text, stumbles over FileVault

Are you an avid user of OS X’s FileVault encryption and running a recently updated version of Lion? It may be time to consider changing your passwords. According to security researcher David Emry, users who used FileVault prior to upgrading to 10.7.3 may be able to find their password in a system-wide debug log file, stored in plain text outside of the encrypted area. This puts the password at risk of being read by other users or enterprising cyber criminals, Emry explains, and even opens the door for new flaw-specific malware. FileVault 2, on the other hand, seems to be unaffected by the bug. The community doesn’t currently have a way to fight the flaw without disabling FileVault, so users rushing to change their password now may find it being logged as well. Obviously, we’ll let you all know once we hear back from Apple regarding this matter.

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How Effective is the iPad as a Business Tool?

Right from the start the iPad was marketed as one of the best unique devices to be launched on the market. It’s screen size and ability to render amazing images as well as it’s great video playback lives up to this claim. However, there is more to the iPad than just this because the device offers business-savvy users some very interesting apps they can really benefit from. Although Apple is pretty independent, it does however, have in-built support for Microsoft [...]

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May the 4th Be With You! Free Pit Droids for iOS!

May the 4th Be With You!  A happy Star Wars Day, I wish you!  To celebrate this Star Wars Day, Star Wars Pit Droids is free to download this weekend from the iTunes App Store. A fun little game it is.  And for free—try it, you should.  Enjoy it, you just might!  Hmm, yes!

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Sherlock actor uses iPhone to audition for Star Trek

On Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is a heavy iPhone user. Indeed the first episode of the first series revolves almost entirely around a pink iPhone. And according to The New York Times, Cumberbatch is almost as ingenious with his iPhone in real life.



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Intel’s PCI-E 910-Series SSD reviewed: blazing fast, even under pressure

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Intel’s not one to mess around when it storms a new market, and its jump into enterprise-level PCI Express SSD seemed no exception. Now, a full review by Hot Hardware of its 400GB ($1,929) and 800GB ($3,859) 910-series confirms that while not as stupid-fast as some, the 2 GB/s read and 1 GB/s write speeds are still sublime. On top of that, throughput holds steady even when the device is besieged by thousands of IO demands. A lack of bootability and on-board RAID were complaints, but these SSDs are intended for datacenters, not your gaming PC. And for its target market, the lowish $4.82 price per GB and chart-topping 14 Petabyte max endurance are also endearing qualities. Given its history of SSD reliability, Intel is bound to draw a crowd of corporate admirers to its 910 series — even though it’s fashionably late to the boardroom.

Intel’s PCI-E 910-Series SSD reviewed: blazing fast, even under pressure originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 May 2012 04:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Firefox 4 Friday: 25 million downloads, anti-aliasing, and how to make it look like Firefox 3

Firefox 4 racks up 25 million downloads in 3 days

If you’ve had your head under a rock for the last few days, here’s this week’s Firefox news in brief: Firefox 4 was finally released.

Yes, 13 months after the initial release of Firefox 3.7 alpha 1 and four more alpha builds, a renumbering to 4.0 and 12 beta releases, and finally a release candidate (or two), Firefox 4 has been released into the wild.

Just like every other Firefox release, initial reception for the new browser has been nothing short of insane. 7.1 million downloads were registered in the first 24 hours and the download rate continued to accelerate, clocking in more than 15 million downloads after two days. At the time of writing, three days in, Firefox 4 has been downloaded over 25 million times. In case you’re wondering, the United States accounts for 7 million of those downloads, just beating out Germany’s Firefox-downloads-per-capita.

But now that you’ve installed Firefox 4 (you have, right?), what do you do now? Well, obviously, in true Download Squad fashion, it’s time to tweak Firefox 4 using add-ons and about:config hacks!

First up is an add-on called Stratiform that lets you change every aspect of the Firefox 4 browser chrome — including the color of that orange button!

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Party-Pooping Scientists Want To Make Air Shows Less Awesome With Jet Engine-Quieting Sponges [Science]

Dammit science. For all the good you do, you can be a real Debbie Downer sometimes. We like it when you cure diseases and invent awesome new materials like silicene, but when you take away the mighty roar of a jet fighter, that’s when you’ve gone too far. More »


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CERN scientists explain what would happen if you put your hand in the LHC’s beam (video)

CERN scientists explain what would happen if you put your hand in the LHC's beam (video)

Sure, concerns about the Large Hadron Collider creating a world-destroying black hole may have been more or less put to rest, but there’s still plenty of pressing questions that remain unanswered. Like, what would happen if you put your hand in the beam? The folks from Sixty Symbols recently asked some physicists that very question and got some rather puzzled responses, so they went straight to CERN itself to get a definitive answer. You can see that in full after the break, but the short version is that it’s something like the force of a moving aircraft carrier concentrated down to a laser-like one-millimeter-wide beam (accompanied by a wider beam of particles that would irradiate your entire body). Bad news. As they’re quick to point out, though, actually getting anywhere near the beam is virtually impossible.

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CERN scientists explain what would happen if you put your hand in the LHC’s beam (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 14:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New iPad Smart Covers

At the release of the iPad 2, Apple also brought out its Smart Cover product, which quickly became a favorite. Although the new iPad 3 is a little thicker through the middle than the iPad 2 (due to a bigger battery), it is still compatible with the previous Smart Covers that are currently for sale. This is excellent news as the Smart Cover not only protects the iPad screen from scratches and scrapes but is also functional and practical, and [...]

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Sorting Out the Image Format Jumble

Have you ever wondered what the differences are among the scores of digital image formats out there? Some of the more common ones we see are GIF and JPEG but what does it all mean, and why are there so many? Plus, how do you know which one to use for the Web, and how can you take advantage of the different feature sets each one offers? Read on.



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iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S III

Apple’s iPhone 4S has been on the market for 6 months already and the Samsung Galaxy S III doesn’t even hit store shelves until the end of May. Yet the iPhone 4S remains the best selling handset in the world and the Galaxy S III claims to be the best handset on the planet, period, so let’s put them head-to-head, Mobile Nations style.



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Rovio intros Angry Birds Facebook Share & Play, helps you get your feathery fix

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Granted it’s not quite, you know, organ donation, but Rovio’s offering up some Facebook magic of its own. The casual game maker has rolled out the Share & Play feature, which lets users embed their latest Angry Birds level onto their friends’ Timelines for some slingshot-happy bragging rights. Sharing goes beyond just Facebook however — you can embed the playable level on other sites as well. Behold: after the break.

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Rovio intros Angry Birds Facebook Share & Play, helps you get your feathery fix originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC exec: we didn’t have much time with ICS when making Sense 4, but our skin is still better

HTC exec: we hardly saw ICS before releasing Sense 4, but our skin is still an 'improvement'

HTC’s Drew Bamford is a long-time defender of the Sense UI, but in a fresh interview he’s switched tactics and rushed headlong at the competition. He told Laptop that Sense 4 beats native Android 4 (as seen on the GNex) on a number of fronts, possessing a more inviting look, greater personalization of the lockscreen and wallpaper, plus faster camera performance. Of course, he would say that, but having spent many balmy evenings with both the One S and the One X we’re inclined to agree that the latest version of the skin is lighter-footed and, actually, pretty nice. What’s perhaps more revealing is Bamford’s statement that HTC’s software guys had “not a lot of time” with ICS before they released Sense 4, and had to build key components in isolation from the new OS. This could explain why HTC was forced to see sense (ahem) and tone down its custom layer. More broadly, if manufacturers are struggling to keep their handset launch schedules in sync with Google’s in-house development, it’s no wonder that Android skins seem so unsympathetic to the green robot’s natural complexion.

HTC exec: we didn’t have much time with ICS when making Sense 4, but our skin is still better originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 08:24:00 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!

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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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Future Dubai Hotel Will Sit 21 Stories Underwater [Video]

Imagine waking up in a hotel room, and instead of getting a view of a bustling city, or beach, or maybe a parking lot, you are greeted by underwater wildlife 200 feet below the surface. And while it sounds like something out of a early 20th-century sci-fi novel, one group is trying to make this a reality in Dubai. More »


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Best free iPad apps

Looking for great free apps and games for your iPad? The App Store is home to over half a million apps and games, and a surprising number of them are available for free. That’s free as in free of charge to buy, free of subscriptions to use, and free of any crippling or time-bombing to make you pay later. They’re just free. But which free apps are the best? Which are the top free apps you just absolutely have to download right now? That’s where iMore comes in! Here’s your ultimate, authoritative guide to the top, 100% free iPad apps for social networking, IM and communications, education, entertainment, finance, fun and games, health and fitness, kids, music, navigation and location, news, photography, productivity, reading, shopping, sports, travel, and general utility. Whether you’re new to iPad and looking for a fast, free way to get started with apps, or you’re just bored and looking for a little free fun, check out the apps and games below. And hey, since they’re free, you can download them all!



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Kid Invents Candy Cure for Historically Incurable Ailment [Genius]

A 13-year-old girl from Connecticut named Mallory Kievman has come up with a pretty clever cure for hiccups: vinegar lollipops! She developed the idea after researching various at-home remedies—a teaspoon of vinegar, hard candy, etc—as well as the physiological reason for a bout of hiccups. More »


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Samsung announces Galaxy S III, biggest iPhone competitor to date

Samsung has announced their next generation flagship Android phone, and as expected it’s the Galaxy S III (no, they didn’t go with “the new Galaxy”). Android Central is covering everything live from London and they’ve already gone over all the big stuff.



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New Start Up CodeNow.Com Lets You Build And Test Code In Real Time, In Your Browser

Screen Shot 2012-05-05 at 2.11.43 AMTrying new APIs is tricky. You can spend hours setting things up, gaining permissions, and learning syntax before you even get to write one line of code. That’s why CodeNow.com is cool. In short, it allows you to try APIs before you invest too much time into them and, as an added bonus, it acts as a code repository. The site is currently in private beta but it’s accepting users tonight.

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OmniGraphSketcher for iPad review: easily create beautiful graphs and charts

OmniGraphSketcher is an iPad app that makes it easy to create gorgeous and precise graphs with lines, curves, shaded regions, and more. Instead of using specific equations, like a graphing calculator, OmniGraphSketcher let’s you use multitouch gestures to chart your points and draw cuves and bar graphs.



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BattlePaint is an addictive geometric shooter game

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In BattlePaint, you play a cube. In fact, you’re not even a cube — just a square. But boy, are you fast! And you can shoot in all directions. That’s important, because there are baddies coming in from all over the place.

The “baddies” are swarms of other squares, in all sorts of pretty colors. They track you all over the screen, and you run around very quickly and just shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. If that doesn’t sound very emotionally deep, it’s because it isn’t. But it’s fun!

After you shoot a baddy, it splashes paint as it disappears. You need to skate across this blob of paint and “eat it up” to get points. This game is fast. It clocked in at around 60-70 FPS on my system, and was loads of fun to play. It does tend to insult you when you die, though, but don’t be offended — I don’t think it’s personal.

BattlePaint is an addictive geometric shooter game originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shazam Encore Pretty Much Nails ‘Name That Tune’

I think I may have asked Shazam Encore to do the impossible. I had downloaded the app just before a planned lunch that included a sojourn to my neighborhood car wash — which conveniently features a simple Mexican eatery. Sitting on the bench in the shade after the nosh, I detected the faint yet unmistakable tinkling sound of elevator music above the roar of the blowing drier. “Aha,” I thought, wits about me, “Shazam reckons it can identify songs instantly?”



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UC Berkeley freshman shows us his ridiculously automated dorm (video)

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Besides beer pong, the whole point of going away to college is to blossom into an independent, motivated, self-sufficient adult. That is, of course, unless your dorm’s name is BRAD (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm), where freshmen Derek L. My controls devices all around his room without even getting out of bed. An app on his phone can adjust ambient lighting and curtain position depending on the situation. His laptop uses Dragon Dictate to turn shouts into tasks his pile of servos and motors can accomplish. Just saying “Romantic mode” makes a disco ball pop out of the ceiling and plays the epically passionate Elton John song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” As if that wasn’t enough, the emergency “party mode” button located next to the bed activates a bunch of lasers and strobes, as well as fog and blacklights while a bumpin’ stereo system cranks out dance music. This dorm is clearly every college freshman’s dream. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up with Justin Bieber every morning? Check out the video after the break.

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UC Berkeley freshman shows us his ridiculously automated dorm (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 16:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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