Monday, 28 February 2011

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Jesse Eisenberg—not an Oscar winner. However! As part of his Hey sorry, no hard feelings goody bag from the Academy, he's getting a $200,000 free trip on Virgin Galactic—along with all the other losers. [NYP via Hairpin] More »


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Mockingbird is a fantastic in-browser tool for creating website wireframes

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Sometimes you've got an idea in your head for a website or page layout, or even for an application. But then you need to somehow get it out of your head and actually look at it, or show it to someone. While drawing on the back of a napkin is a time-honored strategy, that is not always ideal because you can't edit your drawing later, and it may be difficult to share.

Mockingbird is like a digital version of the back of a napkin, but on steroids. It runs in-browser, and is powered by the magic of HTML5 (so it might work on an iPad). Mockingbird provides you with a rich toolbox of UI widgets like buttons, rectangles (both rounded and "regular") and image placeholders, as well as more Web-specific elements like a "search box" or vertical/horizontal navigation bars.

All you have to do is drag-and-drop the elements around the screen and resize them until it looks just right. I've tried it with one website mockup, and the result was pleasingly clear - it communicated exactly what I had in mind.

Mockingbird is a paid service (starting at $9/month) but you can use the tool itself even without an account - you just won't be able to save your work. That's not as bad as it sounds, because more often than not you may just want to relay a quick idea.

Mockingbird is a fantastic in-browser tool for creating website wireframes originally appeared on Download Squad on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 08:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola to bring Webtop to all future 'high-end' smartphones

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Motorola Mobility chairman Sanjay Jha announced at an investor relations conference this morning that starting this June, all future Motorola high-end smartphones will include Webtop.  Webtop so far is unique to the Motorola Atrix 4G, but it looks that will be changing soon.  Mr. Jha also made note that the only reason the Droid Bionic did not ship with Webtop was due to time constraints.  Hopefully, this means that it may be enabled in a future update.  Motorola's definition of high-end also remains to be seen, but phones that can drive the second "shell" for Webtop mode will likely have dual-core processors and either dual-channel RAM as in the Bionic, or at least 1 GB of "normal" RAM like the Atrix.  Don't look for this on the Cliq 2, no matter how bad we want it.

Placing your smartphone into a specially designed dock to create a web appliance does sound like a very nice idea on paper, but the verdict is still out on just how functional it will be.  One thing that would help further it along would be to design the docking stations to be universal, and I hope Motorola has this in mind.  We'll know more in June.  [Motorola]

Motorola to bring Webtop to all future 'high-end' smartphones posted originally by Android Central

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This Is What Dictators Are Really Scared About [Image Cache]

Ahmadinejad, Qaddafi, Chᶥz, Mugabe and Kim Jong-Il. All the same dogs with different collar, scared about the same thing. More »


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How to Piss People Off In One Easy Step [Wtf]

Step one: Alter benches in New Zealand so that they press advertising messages about short shorts into the back of a person's bare thighs. You're done. [Copyranter via Neatorama] More »


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Flight challenges you to fly a paper airplane to London

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Who doesn't like flying paper planes? I know I do, but I can never make them quite right - they never fly for more than a few seconds. Flight has just given me another chance to fulfill my lifelong dream of flying a paper plane all the way to London, England!

The background story is not the best - a lonely girl is sending a note to Santa to bring her mommy home for Christmas (not sure why Santa would be in London) - but the game itself is super-fun.

You need to fly your paper airplane as far as it would go, and collect as many stars as you can along the way. The stars, the distance you travel and some other parameters like velocity and altitude help you accumulate money. With this money you can buy cool upgrades for your plane that will help you get it to London that much faster.

The graphics for this game are pretty impressive, but you might want to engage that mute button before you really get into it - the music is rather annoying.

All in all it's a fun little game. There are just two things I still couldn't figure out: What does the pink origami swan do? And what happens when you get to London? Tell us in the comments if you made it!

Flight challenges you to fly a paper airplane to London originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Let?s Calm Down On The Google-ITA Deal

This guest post is written by Daniel A. Crane, who is Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is an expert in antitrust law. Google?s proposed acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a management system for airfare pricing and shopping services, has become ground zero for the burgeoning coalition of interests intent on stopping Google?s perceived dominance in Internet search. The Justice Department is reviewing the deal and is reportedly preparing to block it if Google does not agree to substantial concessions. Meanwhile, an anti-Google coalition has made stopping the acquisition its Maginot line. The ?FairSearch? coalition, consisting of a host of anti-Google forces including Microsoft, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Kayak, and Hotwire, presents the ITA deal as Exhibit A on its website, warning that the deal will bring ?consumers higher prices and less choice in travel.? These claims are overblown. Google?s competitors naturally fear Google?s emergence as a formidable rival in travel search, but that is hardly a reason to block the transaction. Indeed, it?s a reason to approve the deal. The most likely scenario is that Google?s acquisition of ITA would allow Google a quick and efficient entry point into travel search that would expand consumer options and increase rather than decrease competition.

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GParted 0.8 can recover data from lost partitions

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GParted is an extremely handy LiveCD to keep in your technician's toolbox, and its new version features one very major addition: GParted 0.8 can now help you recover data from lost partitions. After analyzing your drive and doing its best to resurrect missing information from the partition table, GParted will now let you mount partitions it finds in read-only mode so you can copy your data to another drive.

Whether you're trying to recover a partition from your Windows, Mac, or Linux system's hard drive, GParted is up to the task. It supports 17 common filesystems, RAID arrays, and even flash drives.

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GParted 0.8 can recover data from lost partitions originally appeared on Download Squad on Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter overhauls its Translation Center, adds Turkish, Indonesian and Russian

First launched in 2009, Twitter has just overhauled its 'gameified' Translation Center. It now has a very shiny UI, and voting on suggested translations or adding your own is easier than ever.

Translating phrases earns you experience points, and ultimately yields level-ups. You don't actually get anything by leveling up -- you just end up at the top of a feel-good leader board. If you're an active translator, though, you do get a badge on your profile page -- and as we all know, except for having wheelbarrows of cash, badges are the single most important metric of social status.

To get started, head on over to the Twitter Translation Center and connect it to your Twitter account. You can choose from a bunch of languages, and your translation services aren't limited to just the Twitter.com website: you can translate the mobile website and iPhone and Android apps, too.

Twitter overhauls its Translation Center, adds Turkish, Indonesian and Russian originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get LTE on your Motorola Xoom in one week, and a dozen or so easy steps

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We've known since its unveiling in January that you're going to have to take the Motorola Xoom somewhere to be upgraded to LTE date. The question was where, and how. The answer(s)? Back to Motorola, via FedEx.

Verizon's posted up instructions on everything you should do before shipping your new Honeycomb tablet back to the mother ship for some LTE re-education, and it all it takes is three simple steps (one of them is optional) -- in a dozen or so parts.

The first step is backing up your user data and saving it locally onto a computer -- something that's a bit foreign in this day an age, but something we'd still recommend doing. (We're anal like that.)

The second (and optional, but very cool) step is to encrypt and hard-reset your Xoom. You've gotta have a full battery to do it. And if you leave it encrypted, you'll have to enter a password each time you log on. Or you can unencrypt, which also involves a hard-reset, but you'll restore all your date in the process. Time-consuming, but safe and cool.

The third step is to actually ship the device to Motorola via FedEx. You'll be provided a bubble pack -- wonder how long it'll take to get to you -- and then ship it off. And a week or so later, you'll get it back, LTE-enabled.

Sounds like a good time. [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

Get LTE on your Motorola Xoom in one week, and a dozen or so easy steps posted originally by Android Central

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Visual VoiceMail pulled from Android Market, Google accused of 'pulling an Apple'

Visual VoiceMail from Android Market for possible payment violations, Google accused of 'pulling an Apple'
Looks like Apple isn't the only one wanting to make sure that app payments are being run through appropriate channels. The Visual VoiceMail app, which has been downloaded about a million times (literally), has just been pulled from the Android Market. When developers at PhoneFusion asked the reasonable question, "why," they were simply directed to section 3.3 of the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement:
If you want to collect fees after the free trial expires, you must collect all fees for the full version of the Product through the Payment Processor on the Market... All fees received by Developers for Products distributed via the Market must be processed by the Market's Payment Processor.
The service allows users to purchase premium features through the company's website, something that many other apps do and that is certainly not new to Visual VoiceMail. What's next remains to be seen, but sadly Google is saying PhoneFusion must re-submit the app with a new name -- losing all the positive reviews it's racked up. Hardly an ideal solution.

Visual VoiceMail pulled from Android Market, Google accused of 'pulling an Apple' originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chinese designer makes Megatron tank a steel-toothed reality

It doesn't move and it certainly doesn't transform, but we're still not sure we'd stand anywhere near this jagged metal contraption ripped right out of the silver screen. The giant Megatron tank replica from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen not only looks like it'd grind us up like so much beef beneath its spiky treads, it reportedly weighs five tons and stands eight feet tall. It's allegedly constructed entirely out of scrap metal by a designer known as "Steel Legend" -- a honorific that we imagine few will dare question now. If only it could take on junkyard Optimus Prime in a Beijing Battle Royale. More pics of the tank at our source links below!

[Thanks, leungxd]

Chinese designer makes Megatron tank a steel-toothed reality originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 02:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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