Friday, December 31, 2010

Daily Crunch: A Series of Sneaks Edition

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Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/12/11/daily-crunch-series-of-sneaks/

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Tick! is a fun, simple timer for Android

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A timer is one of those essential applications a phone must have; note that I'm not even saying "smartphone," but just about any phone, even the lowliest S60 Nokia phone, has a very usable timer accessible right from the 'main screen.'

There are a ton of timers available for Android, but most use the stock UI controls and emphasize features like multiple timers, saved presets, and others I don't really need. What I need is a fun, fast way to set up a timer and be able to move on. Tick! fits the bill quite perfectly.

The UI looks kind of like an old six-shooter cylinder. You just turn the big dial around, and the minutes on the slider increment. Once you dial in the duration you want to count down from, just hit the big green 'ON' button in the middle, and the timer starts counting down.

It's accurate down to a single minute. The only flaw I found is that, by default, it uses your phone's ringtone to alert you when the timer is up, so it sounds just like you're getting a phone call. Luckily, this can be changed. Quite a neat little free app, and as usual, you can find the QR code right after the jump.

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New image of Olympus E-PL2 leaks, shows off macro spotlight

We've already seen leaked images of the Olympus E-PL2, the much talked about follow up to the E-PL1. The Micro Four Thirds is expected to boast a new 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 kit lens, a 'direct movie' button, a high-resolution 3-inch display, and an optional Bluetooth model. From the new image above, however, we can see that there will also be an optional 'Medusa' version of the cam with a closeup spotlight for all those insane macro shots you'll undoubtedly be taking. The adjustable LED will also not require an extra battery, so this is one add-on we'll definitely be seriously considering.

New image of Olympus E-PL2 leaks, shows off macro spotlight originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Million-Volt Zap Cane Is Like Real-World Lightsaber

Owning the Zap Cane is about as close as you’ll ever get to being Yoda, combining walking-stick and Lightsaber into one ugly but effective package. The cane is adjustable between 32 and 36-inches (still too high for Dagobah’s favorite Jedi master) for when you’re hobbling around, trying to teach that lazy, whining Skywalker kid to [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/million-volt-zap-cane-is-like-real-world-lightsaber/

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A Look At Some Of The Biggest Tech Stories Of 2010

It's New Year's Eve, and there's nothing that compliments a glass of celebratory champagne better than reflecting on the past year in technology news (really, it's a blast). One of the best roundups just went up over on Techmeme, which has posted its annual "quasi-objective" list of the top 50 stories based how many links and citations each post received. The top five stories shouldn't come as a surprise, but they're a good reminder of what's gone on this year (apparently people like to write about Google and Apple):
  • 1. Gizmodo's huge iPhone 4 scoop
  • 2. Steve Jobs bashing Flash
  • 3. Google's decision to stop censoring Google.cn after detecting hacking attempts
  • Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/Y6RI5j0963w/

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    Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution [Book Excerpt]

    iTunes' dominant position atop the digital music market is not happenstance. Donald A. Norman discusses how, through the integration of its products, design and service, Apple became a media distribution juggernaut. More »


    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/W2AjmhxoZDE/living-with-complexity-how-apple-reinvented-music-distribution

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    Android Watchers See Thunderbolts on Verizon's Horizon

    Verizon Wireless will reportedly unveil the HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show, to be held in Las Vegas next week. This could be one of several new Android devices for the carrier's 4G LTE network. LTE devices will be available by mid-2011, and the lineup will consist of smartphones and tablets, Verizon Wireless spokesperson Jeffrey Nelson told TechNewsWorld.

    Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/71544.html

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    Freemake Video Converter adds Blu-Ray support, Web video downloading

    Freemake's free Video Converter was already a very solid app, handling more than 200 import formats and able to output converted videos for playback on a wide array of devices. In the recently-released version 2.0, however, one major piece of missing functionality has been added.

    Freemake 2 now supports Blu-Ray burning, allowing you to output dozens of hours of downloaded video to a single disc. If you don't have a Blu-Ray burner, no worries -- Freemake claims their media conversion kung-fu lets them cram 20 hours onto a single-layer DVD.

    The upgrade doesn't stop there, however. Freemake 2 also adds the ability to download and convert videos directly from popular sharing sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Metacafe. Beyond sharing sites, Freemake can also grab video from Hulu, South Park Studios, The Daily Show, Megavideo, and several others -- including a good number of sites in the red light district. There's also a more full-featured preset editor, giving you advanced control over your default conversion settings.

    The .Net 4.0 framework is required, but Freemake will install it for you if it's not already on your system.

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    The Last Roll of Kodachrome Film Ever Will Be Developed Today [Photography]

    Even if you don't give two f-stops about analog photography, it's always good to respect our elders. So today, we pour one out for Kodak's legendarily beautiful Kodachrome film, which after today, in Parsons, Kansas, will never be processed again. More »


    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/0kbV3NUywa4/the-last-roll-of-kodachrome-film-ever-will-be-developed-today

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    Angry Birds 'level skip' Mighty Eagle in-app purchase now available -- costs $1!

    Angry Birds Mighty Eagle
    Those cheeky, purse-squeezing capitalists over at Rovio have released yet another Angry Birds update. Not only does the latest version include some new levels ("Ham 'em High"), but you can now buy the Mighty Eagle. It's an in-app purchase, and it'll cost you either $1, a few British pennies, or a handful of Euro cents.

    The Mighty Eagle is a new item that lets you skip the current level, and unlock the next. Despite paying $1 for the luxury, you can only use the level-skip once per hour. There will undoubtedly be a $5 Mightier Eagle in 2011 that removes the 1-hour limitation. The Mighty Eagle also introduces a new Eagle Feather achievement, which you can get by filling up a "destruction gauge." Chrikee.

    In other news, if you haven't been following the Angry Birds industry, 50 million copies of the game have now been sold. Rovio promise that 2011 will be exciting, too: Angry Birds will be released on even more platforms, including every major video game console.

    Buy Angry Birds 1.5 for $0.99 [iTunes]

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    '70s Home Carbonation Gadget Sodastream Gets Re-Imagined In Sleek Concepts [Video]

    The ability to make soda out of plain old tap water still impresses me, but let's face it: the Sodastream contraptions don't match our sleek modern kitchens, do they? These designs, from a German competition, definitely fit the bill. More »


    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/_yj0Wh-WClA/70s-home-carbonation-gadget-sodastream-gets-re+imagined-in-sleek-concepts

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    Internet Tracking May Not Be Worth the Headaches

    In the ongoing argument about whether the government should pass laws to prohibit companies from tracking Internets users' browsing habits, one voice has been conspicuously absent -- the voice of actual Internet users. Both the government agencies and public advocacy groups that have been pushing for the tracking ban claim to be acting in the interest of average users.

    Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/71543.html

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    Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Get Returnil System Safe Pro for free

    Windows Steady State is a great app -- but it's not going to be sticking around much longer and it doesn't work with 64-bit Windows. Returnil System Safe is a nice alternative which does support Windows x64, and while it's normally $40, you can score a one-year license free of charge right now.

    Returnil offers virtualization-based protection of your system, as well as built-in malware protection. It's also got a handy system rollback feature that lets you recover individual files that were changed, or set the entire system back to the way it was at your chosen point in the past.

    With virtual mode enabled, a quick reboot is all it takes to completely undo intrusions from pesky malicious software. It's a great way to keep your less-savvy friends from getting themselves in trouble online. Even if they do install Super Antivirus Pro 2011 Gold Plus and have bogus alerts popping up all over their screen, all they've got to do is shut down and start again to make it all go away.

    Registration is required, so use a disposable email address if you've got qualms about giving out your primary one.

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    Kindle Ebook Loans Are Here [Amazon]

    Amazon promised ebook loans back in late October, and today it looks as though they've finally delivered. And while Kindle loans have matched the excellence of Nook loans, the real shame is they haven't improved on the model. More »


    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/qxApkktlNJI/kindle-ebook-loans-are-here

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