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ThinkGeek’s Joystick-It offers a more traditional arcade joystick for your iPad’s screen

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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You’ve probably seen the Fling, which is TenOne’s stick-on joystick for the iPad. Now ThinkGeek has introduced a competitor — the Joystick-It is another stick-on joystick for the iPad’s touchscreen, this time styled a little more closely to an actual arcade controller. The bottom of the stick has what looks like a suction cup that attaches to the device, and then you can move the stick around to control a capacitive widget on the bottom that acts as your finger normally would. 

Skype 5 for Mac intentionally blocks Flash and other programs from using your webcam

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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It seems that Skype 5 for Mac, by design, blocks any other application from using your webcam while it’s installed. A commenter on the bug report suggests that it also affects Windows machines, but we were unable to replicate the bug with Windows 7. The crazy thing is that you have to uninstall Skype 5 before using your webcam with other programs, including Flash applets on websites. It almost makes sense that Skype would reserve your webcam when it’s running — but even when it. 

Nokia Wants Windows Phone 7 on Their Devices

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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According to Businessweek, Nokia is expected to announce a partnership with Microsoft this week, which will put the Windows Phone 7 mobile OS on future Nokia devices. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop basically said this was going to happen in his memo, and from the looks of it he’s wasting no time making it happen. Nokia also talked with Google CEO Eric Schmidt about the possiblility of putting Android on Nokia phones, but those dealings fell through. (Sidenote: GOD DAMMIT.) Both companies hope the. 

Mark Zuckerberg Has Obtained a Restraining Order Against His Stalker

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man who took the term “Facebook stalking” to a literal level. According to TMZ, 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda sent Facebook’s CEO messages through Facebook, left flowers and a handwritten note at his home, and showed up at several Facebook offices looking for him. At one point, security intercepted Manukonda walking up to Zuckerberg’s home. According to the handwritten note and Facebook wall posts obtained by TMZ, Manukonda consistently. 

Sony’s next PSP, codenamed NGP

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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Betcha didn’t think this day would come, but it finally has. Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable. It’s actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite and is backwards-compatible with downloadable PSP games and content from Sony’s PlayStation Store. Specs. 

Hands on: Dolphin HD browser for Android is swimmingly good

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - 3 Comments
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One of the strengths of Google’s Android mobile operating system is its support for customization. Android enthusiasts can augment the capabilities of their Android device by replacing key components of the platform with superior third-party alternatives. There are a growing number of really great third-party home screen implementations and Web browsers that users can install directly from the Android Market. Some of the popular Web browsers include Opera, Skyfire, Firefox, and Dolphin HD.. 

Twitter dumps “social responsibility” threatens to move over local taxes

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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The San Francisco Bay Guardian (SFBG), a local newspaper, has published an editorial that recommends the city government not give tax breaks to Twitter. The SFBG reports that Twitter “is threatening to leave San Francisco and take 350 employees to a new headquarters in Brisbane.” The move might be avoided if city officials come up with a favorable tax plan: “The latest plans call for a payroll tax exemption that would cap the company’s future tax bills at $250,000.” The SFBG calls it “corporate. 

First taste of Honeycomb: Android 3.0 user interface preview

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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Google has released an early preview of the Android 3.0 software development kit (SDK). Android 3.0—codenamed Honeycomb—introduces Android’s new tablet user interface, which is expected to officially debut next month on Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Developers will be able to use the SDK preview to get a head start on updating their applications to support the tablet form factor. The SDK also offers Android enthusiasts an early look at the new tablet user interface. It includes a partial. 

Nokia takes its MeeGo theme code offline, likely preparing custom UI

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - 9 Comments
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It has been almost a year since Intel and Nokia began converging their respective mobile Linux platforms to create the MeeGo project. The effort has attracted interest among hardware vendors, but hasn’t quite reached the stage where it is ready for mainstream consumer devices. A growing body of evidence suggests that the wait might soon be over. Nokia had hoped to deliver its first MeeGo-based product in the fourth quarter of 2010, but pushed back the launch into 2011. Nokia’s MeeGo. 

Intel Gives Out Free MeeGo Netbooks

By admin | OnThursday, February 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
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Free hardware has somewhat become the norm lately, if you want to promote your new platform (at least if you aren’t Apple or Google). We hear that HP is apparently planning to hand out WebOS tablets and Intel just confirmed that it has given developers MeeGo netbooks. How do you convince developers to start using and developing for a new platform. Hardware would help and that seems to be a common theme these days. Remember Microsoft, which handed out more than 30,000 Windows 7 phones? Or Google,.