Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Daily Crunch: Dialog Edition

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Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/05/31/daily-crunch-dialog-edition/

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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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The Windows Phone 7 Apps Everyone Should Have May 2011 [Apps]

Windows Phone 7 is home to many beautiful apps but which ones are the best? We got 'em all for you right here. More »


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Whoops Redux: Looks Like Partner Just Leaked Google?s +1 Button For Websites Launch

Oh, Google. Hate to do this again, but you really need to lock up these partners and get your PR in order. A week after we got a pitch from a partner NFC company all-but-confirming that Google's New York City event would be about their mobile payment system (Google Wallet), another partner has reached out ahead of another announcement. This time, an email seemingly confirms that Google is going to launch their +1 button for websites tomorrow.

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Daily Crunch: Black Box Factory Edition

This Tape Dispenser Is Likely Not TSA Approved Livescribe Releases Connect, Puts Ink In The Cloud Government-Mandated Black Boxes In Your Cars? Why Not? Fan + Umbrella = Fanbrella (Video) The TechCrunch Disrupt NY Drinking Game: Day One

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/05/24/daily-crunch-black-box-factory/

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The Next 6 Months Worth Of Features Are In Facebook?s Code Right Now (But We Can?t See)

A few days ago, Facebook held a tech talk at their headquarters. The topic of the talk was pushing changes ? bug fixes, new features, product improvements, etc. Every day, Facebook engineers push hundreds of these; some big, some little. Most of the 600 million-plus users never notice a thing. And apparently, we're even less likely to notice changes due to a special feature Facebook has. The "Everyone But TechCrunch Can See This" feature. As Facebook engineer Chuck Rossi details around minute 23:00 in the video, Facebook has a tool they call "Gatekeeper" which allows them to be in control of who can see what code live on the service at any given time. As Rossi points out, right now on Facebook.com there is already the code for every major thing Facebook is going to launch in the next six months and beyond! It's the Gatekeeper which stops us from seeing it.

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Deal of the Day ? Vizio M320VT 32? 1080p LED-backlit LCD HDTV

Today?s LogicBUY deal is the 32? Vizio M320VT 1080p LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $389.99. $539.99 – $150 instant savings = $389.99 with free shipping.� This is the current lowest price found by LogicBUY.� (Taxable in most states.) This deal expires May 27, 2011 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, [...]

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Chocomize personalized chocolate: giveaway and discount code

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Okay, I know what you're thinking: chocolate on Download Squad? That's right! That's because Chocomize is one of the nerdiest ways to get chocolate online: it's a website where you customize your own bar using a multi-step process.

We've covered Chocomize before in our holiday gift guide, so when they reached out to us offering to do a giveaway, we really couldn't resist.

Chocomize is giving away ten gift certificates, each worth $50, for you to create your own customized chocolate. They sent us some pictures of their recent creations, which you can find in the gallery below.

Regardless of the giveaway, you can use the discount code switched to get 10% off any Chocomize order. The code is valid through April 20th - just in time for Easter!

To participate, simply leave a comment. Fine print is after the jump.

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Chocomize personalized chocolate: giveaway and discount code originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Color vulnerable to simple GPS hack, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere

Color, the $41-million-in-funding location-oriented photo sharing startup, is susceptible to simple GPS spoofing. With nothing more than a jailbroken iPad or iPhone, you can use FakeLocation to trick Color into thinking you're somewhere else. Within seconds you can be browsing photos that were snapped thousands of miles away. With a little digging, you can pore through photos not intended for your eyes.

Of course, such a hack isn't illegal as such -- every photo you take with Color is public. With FakeLocation you are simply circumventing Color's very limited location-oriented security mechanism. It does undermine Color's usefulness (and uniqueness), though -- if nefarious types can sit in their bedroom or basement and eavesdrop on classy dinner parties and wild night club soirees, people might be less inclined to share personal photos with those around them.

Fortunately, both for Color and its users, this is an easy security hole to plug -- at least in the short term. The app (or server-side) code simply checks to see if the user has 'teleported' an impossibly large distance, without any intermediate steps in between. In the long term, though, Color's users must be aware that its social graph is completely public. Color's users must realize that every photo they upload is visible by anyone, from any place.

After the break, just to elucidate a little on Color's actual business model and ultimate intention, we have two amazing quotes from Bill Nguyen, Color's founder.

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Color vulnerable to simple GPS hack, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Crunch: Lights Camera Edition

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Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/05/10/daily-crunch-lights-camera/

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Scrabble Helper helps you improve your Words With Friends gameplay

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If you play Scrabble (or a scrabble-like game) from time to time, you may want to check out Scrabble Helper. This simple website is a godsend when you're at a loss for words. Simply enter whatever letters you have, and the word you'd like to connect with. Scrabble helper comes up with a whole bunch of suggestions sorted by score.

The site lets you select one of five dictionaries - Scrabble International/US, Lexulous International/US, and Words With Friends. Some people might say this constitutes cheating -- I think if the other side knows you're doing it, it's definitely not cheating. And it doesn't take the challenge out of the game, because implementing Scrabble Helper's suggestions and deciding which words you'd like to connect with still takes a fair bit of thought.

Very handy, though perhaps not one for the Scrabble puritans in the crowd.

Scrabble Helper helps you improve your Words With Friends gameplay originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CrunchGear Week in Review: By Air Or By Sea Edition

Here are some of the stories that appeared in the past week on CrunchGear: Be A Sky Pirate At Last With This Sweet Kite Airship! This Bulbous Craft Could Launch In 2013 Nintendo DS AR Card Tattoo (Possibly Sharpie) Indicates Extreme Fanboy Levels Games Are Now Officially Recognized As Art By The US Government Weekend [...]

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/05/09/week-in-review-by-air-or-by-sea/

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Natural Speakers, Handmade From Porcelain and Wooden Sticks

You’d think that making a speaker from hard, brittle porcelain would result in an equally splintered, frangible sound. Apparently, though, according to Joonsoo Kim and Jungyou Choi of Joon & Jung, it lends the sound a resonance, a “natural vibe and ambiance,” which lends music some properties of acoustic instruments.
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Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/natural-speakers-hand-made-from-porcelain-and-wooden-sticks/

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Mad Man Builds Mad Slingshot That Fires Mad Circular Sawblades [Video]

Well, he's not a mad man. He's Joerg Sprave, a very nice guy who built the slingshot of mass destruction among many other deadly slingshots. In his own words: More »


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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.

Add a Windows 8 user tile to your Windows 7 taskbar originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on)

Computex 2011 is fast approaching here in Taipei, and today Shuttle introduced a trio of Android-based tablets to complement its fleet of small form factor computers. The 10-inch (WXGA) N10CN12 and 9-inch (XGA) N09CN01 models are both based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 CPU paired with 1GB RAM, and target the consumer market. The 8-inch (SVGA) V08CT01 -- a ruggedized tablet for education -- features an 800 MHz Texas Instruments Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of memory. Pricing and availability are still up in the air -- no surprise considering the Froyo-running devices we handled still felt very much like prototypes. Take a look at our hands-on gallery below and hit the break for the full press release.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 May 2011 15:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best Buy preps for Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Best Buy

We're a little more than a week away from the June 8 launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and the 8.9-inch version as well), and that means it's just about time for retailers to get their acts together. First out of the gate is Best Buy, which has just listed the Android 3.1 (guess it's going to launch with the update) tablet on its website as "coming soon" -- which, as we all know, it is.

Best Buy doesn't list pricing, but we figure it should be in line with the $499/$599 16- and 32-gigabyte versions mentioned back at CTIA in March. Just a few more days, folks.

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy Tab forumsThanks, Adam!


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