Monday, February 28, 2011

HP Tablet Saves Dr. Dre?s Life In ?I Need A Doctor? Music Video

?I Need A Doctor? is the second single from Dr. Dre's upcoming album Detox, which has been in development, I think, for 400 years. It feel like that anyway. You've seen the Grammy performance, but have you seen the official music video? More importantly, have you seen the blindingly obvious product placement featuring good ol' HP? As Matt and I were just discussing in the official CrunchGear chat room, how bizarre is it to see an HP tablet save Dr. Dre's life? You've got some fantastical floaty semi-transparent manifestation of Skylar Grey, then, out of nowhere, it's an HP tablet. Makes sense. (Fast-forward to 4m15s if you want to skip directly to the tablet.) A fine way to start your week.

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Epic Makes Unreal Engine More Realistic for Small Devs

Epic Games has created award-winning series like "Gears of War" and "Unreal Tournament," as well as a popular proprietary development platform. That platform, Unreal Engine, doesn't only appear in Epic titles, though. The company has allowed other developers to license it -- for a fee. Now, it's opening up that platform to independent developers with no upfront cost.

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Motorola subsidiary 3LM to offer enterprise-class device management for Android; HTC, Sony Ericsson, others on board

Apple's been working hard to chip away at RIM's lead in the enterprise over the last couple years by beefing up iOS' IT policy management chops in ways that traditionally only BlackBerry (and the now-marginalized Windows Phone 6.5 / Windows Embedded Handheld platform) have excelled at, but Motorola -- a company that's got virtually 100 percent of its skin in the Android game -- would obviously like to see that change. To that end, it acquired a little company called 3LM (that's "Three Laws of Mobility") last year that's been working on an enterprise management platform for Android, and it appears they've pulled off a bit of a coup -- not only will its parent company be supporting it on devices starting in the second quarter of the year, but devices from competitors like HTC, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and Pantech are on board, too. A standard software package for this sort of thing is just what IT bosses like to see -- and it could be Android's most dangerous strike yet on the enterprise side of the market. Follow the break for Moto's press release.

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WinZip releases new System Utilities Suite, we go hands-on

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Most people know WinZip for its compression products, but with more and more people using Windows's built-in file compression utilities, WinZip is expanding into previously unexplored territory with the new System Utilities Suite. The system optimization tool, debuting today, packs 20 separate utilities, each with its own UI, own Start Menu entry, etc, though the Suite fortunately pulls everything together into an easily accessible 'master utility' that I explore in the video below.

The master utility serves as a desktop or start screen for the package's complete tool set, and offers quick access to a three-click process that optimizes the registry, removes temporary ("junk") files, scans and updates drivers, and more. This would be the first thing new users would run, and once that's done, they could use each of the other tools as needed (or according to their comfort level) to optimize specific aspects of their Windows PC. System Utilities is aimed both at novice users and more advanced nerds; it leans more towards the "advanced" end of the spectrum, as the sheer wealth of tools it offers may appear daunting. There's a tool for just about every purpose, starting with a Duplicate File Remover, through a Registry Cleaner and Optimizer (packaged as two tools), all the way to a Secure Encryptor for sensitive files. There's even a 'Game Optimizer,' which is a full-fledged virtual machine (a "computer in a computer") running your game as its single application, with support for custom keymaps and other goodies. Some of this may sound similar to what CCleaner offers, but as you can see, System Utilities is far more comprehensive.

As you may have noticed, System Utilities uses short, descriptive names, so that even non-expert users would be able to find the right tool at the right time. This is a step in the right direction, but I think for many users, just seeing so many Start Menu entries could be quite confusing.

For $39.95, System Utilities is good value for money, but only for users who are not afraid to dive into the wealth of different tools and find out what each does. For novice users who want to take things to the next level, it's a good gateway from a trusted company. Advanced users who like to keep their PC in tip-top shape could certainly cobble up a collection of loose freeware utilities, but they might also enjoy the cohesive feel of one well-built suite. I know I do.

You can watch me taking my first steps with System Utilities after the jump.

Note: We're going to be running a 10-license giveaway of WinZip System Utilities later on today, so keep your eyes peeled and your RSS reader open!

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WinZip releases new System Utilities Suite, we go hands-on originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lifelike Craig Turns Craigslist Into Your Local Classifieds [Apps]

Craigslist is a vast sea of treasures, but it's one that's kinda frustrating to navigate. When I'm really ready to dig in, I'll just search for something and open like 50 new tabs with anything that catches my eye. But for more leisurely second-hand shopping, Lifelike Craig looks great. It arranges Craigslist results in newspaper-style columns, allowing you to save favorite searches, view results on a map, and post your own ads. Ugh. I'm gonna have like 24 mid-century dining chairs before the day's over. [iTunes] More »


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc system dump appears online

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One enterprising XDA forum member has managed to snag a copy of the still unreleased Xperia Arc's /system partition via ADB, and has posted the resulting files online. The /system partition typically contains the core applications and files at the heart of any ROM.

As the Arc is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this system dump may help developers working on custom ROMs for the Xperia X8 and X10, both of which are stuck on Android 2.1 with no prospect of an official bump to Froyo or Gingerbread. For everyone else, there's always the prospect of grabbing a few cool wallpapers or ringtones. [XDA]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc system dump appears online posted originally by Android Central

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Daily Crunch: Impossible Zombie Edition

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Kontagent Adds Real Time Monitoring To Facebook Analytics Platform

Kontagent, an fbFund winner and social analytics platform, is adding real time functionality to its social application monitoring system. Kontagent's platform gives Facebook app developers, game studios and publishers detailed data of demographics based on geographic location, age groups, gender, user engagement times, social event interaction and other variables. The new version allows developers to track and optimize advertising efforts, user virality, in-app mechanics, virtual goods, currency monetization, and more.

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Opera 11.10 Barracuda incoming

With nothing more than the most tantalizing of teasers, the Opera team has just announced that an early build of Opera 11.10, codenamed Barracuda, will emerge "in the near future."

As far as Barracuda's feature set is concerned, all we know is that "another popular Opera feature will be taken to the next level."

If any of Download Squad's seven Opera users are out there: shall we take some bets on which feature the Opera team is hinting at? Our money's on hardware acceleration, though that doesn't really fit with Opera's hint...

Opera 11.10 Barracuda incoming originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Kork Case for iPad

Introducing the Kork for iPad, a slick case with a great look and feel. With it’s light weight and ergonomic design you’ll find it’s one of the most comfortable iPad cases available. Get a Grip: Comfortable & Convenient Those of you who have experienced using an iPad know that it’s smooth surface can cause the [...]

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Teardown: What?s Inside The Motorola Xoom

From the outside, tablets are almost all the same, especially when seen from the front. But like a pretty actor in a reality TV show, once you get under their skin you find out what really makes them tick. So it is with the Motorola Xoom, which has been opened up and photographed by — [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/02/teardown-whats-inside-the-motorola-xoom/

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Z-Type is a fun way to learn to touch type

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If you're a skilled touch-typist, this time-waster isn't for you. But if you're just learning to touch-type (or have recently switched to a superior layout), Z-Type might prove a nice way to practice your typing skills while having a bit of fun.

It's a basic shooter game: Spaceships come at you from the top, and you need to shoot and destroy them before they hit the bottom and destroy you. You do the shooting by typing the words associated with the baddies: Each spaceship has one word, and every letter sends a shot aimed at it. Once you finish typing the word, the ship explodes.

The graphics are very nice, and when you're done with the game it shows you your score and accuracy. The only thing I didn't like about this game is that it wouldn't let me set the speed, and it seems to be aimed at novice typists. If I could just select the level of difficulty before starting to play, I suspect it would have been much more engaging.

Still, for novice typists it's a great little way to practice!

[This was the Community Choice winner in the Mozilla Labs Game On 2010 competition! -Ed]

Z-Type is a fun way to learn to touch type originally appeared on Download Squad on Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Further proof that Android apps are slated to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook

It's nothing we haven't heard before, the BlackBerry PlayBook is said to be able to run Android applications. But up until now we have never really had documented proof of this. During Mobile World Congress this month, during a hands on with the device one of the employees seemed to have slipped up and stated "we'll also support Android apps," which is pretty big. (Or they read the blog rumors, we gather.) Interesting none the less to see some cross platform Android applications, would certainly open the doors to plenty of new developers and ultimately can help strengthen the Android platform even further. [via CrackBerry]

Further proof that Android apps are slated to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook posted originally by Android Central

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Deal of the Day ? HP TouchSmart tm2t 12? Core i5 ULV Tablet with Multi-touch

Today?s LogicBUY deal saves you up to $300 on the HP Touchsmart tm2t 12? laptop that converts to a multi-touch tablet. This convertible laptop/tablet has the low-voltage Intel Core i5-470UM cpu, 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 switchable graphics, and a zero-force touch display that can rotate 180 degrees and fold flat into a tablet. [...]

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Help Bob make money in Sticks, a fun physics game

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Sticks is another one of those rare games where the intro is actually worth watching. It introduces you to office worker Bob, who is basically a wage slave fantasizing about a better existence.

Then, on his way back home from another grueling day at the office, he passes a huge sign which says "Sticks." This is where the game starts.

Each level has a number of coins hovering in mid-air, and your goal is to place sticks that lead those coins to Bob -- but you only have a limited amount of wood to play with. As soon as you're done placing your sticks strategically, hit the big Play button and let nature, or rather gravity, run its course. The coins will drop down, and if you place your sticks correctly, they will roll all the way to Bob.

The soundtrack is soothing and playful, and didn't get on my nerves even after playing for quite a while. All in all, a very cute game, especially for a day at the office.

Help Bob make money in Sticks, a fun physics game originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Freestyle for AT&T hands-on

Last time we checked in with the Freestyle back at CES, we couldn't turn it on -- but things are a little different here at our luxe meetup in San Francisco this evening. Honestly, the phone looks and feels great, doing a great job hiding its Brew MP-based, not-quite-smartphone underpinnings; pricing is still a concern, but the month-to-month dumbphone data is a bonus, and you've still got a full HTML browser plus a capacitive display at your disposal. Check shots below -- video after the break!

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