Thursday, 30 June 2011

Disney Spotlight: Karaoke on Your iPad 2 (Blackout Insobriety Optional) [Video]

It's lacking the staples of Tiny Dancer, Don't Stop Believin', and Hollaback Girl (am I right?), but if you're into Disney's catalog of croon-alongs, Spotlight could be a lot of fun for the tween in your life (or you). More »


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Microsoft: European cloud data may not be immune to the Patriot Act

If you thought you could evade US intelligence by moving to Europe and storing your dirty little secrets in Microsoft's cloud service, guess again. During this week's launch of Office 365, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, admitted for the first time that cloud data stored at European datacenters could still be handed over to American officials, as outlined by US law. When asked whether Microsoft could guarantee that its EU-stored data would never leave the continent (even if requested under the Patriot Act), Frazer replied: "Microsoft cannot provide those guarantees. Neither can any other company." Because the company's headquarters are in the US, it's obligated to adhere to American laws, meaning that any of the data stored on its servers is fair game for authorities to seize and inspect. Frazer insisted that targeted users "would be informed whenever possible," but claimed that neither Microsoft nor any other US company can guarantee advanced notification. Bottom line: you're better off hiding those nefarious files the old fashioned way -- in an offshore safe deposit box.

Microsoft: European cloud data may not be immune to the Patriot Act originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Anonymous RIM Employee Condemns "Soviet-Era Government" Atmosphere and Other Horrors [BlackBerry]

BlackBerry may have a nice slice of the market-share pie, and some interesting products—and platforms—on the way, but there are increasing fears over their future. This open letter to RIM, written by a "high-level" employee, says it all. More »


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Will Kindle remove the web store button, or will Apple remove Kindle?

Will Kindle remove the web store button, or will Apple remove Kindle?Today, June 30, is supposedly the deadline for apps like Kindle to remove buttons or links to their external web stores or risk expulsion from Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store. Originally, Apple was requiring developers to not only remove external store links but also match any external sales and pricing with identical in-app purchase [...]

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Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads

A few moments ago, version 2 of the Banshee music player for Linux was released, bringing with it a whole slew of new features, and the addition of an official -- but alpha-quality -- Windows build. The Mac OS X build of version 2 is due later today.

The most notable new feature is support for the Amazon MP3 store -- you can buy and download music from within Banshee -- but unfortunately it's only available in the Linux build at the moment (OS X and Windows support are planned, however). There have also been some significant improvements to artist, album, and queue interactions -- and yes, you can finally right click a track, album or artist and select 'play after' to insert it into the queue.

Beyond actual playback, the user interface has been tidied up -- it now looks a whole lot smarter -- and the Ubuntu One Music Store and SoundMenu extensions have been made official. For a complete list of changes, additions and bug fixes, check the change log.

When Windows support initially appeared in February, we found it rough around the edges and fraught with stability issues. With version 2, Banshee for Windows is still a bit unstable, but it's shaping up to be a good alternative to Winamp, iTunes, or whatever other music library manager you use. It's almost as attractive as its GNOMEish brother, too!

Download Banshee 2 for Linux and Windows (Mac OS X coming soon)

Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Previews iOS 5

Apple today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world?s most advanced mobile operating system, with over 200 new features that will be available as a free software update to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications [...]

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Cisco Cius: The Biggest Difference Between a Tablet and a Business Tablet Is $400 [Tablets]

Oh, Cisco. I appreciate that you're elbowing your way to a seat at the Android tablet table. Everyone else is! But dropping a $750 Android slate on an unsuspecting enterprise market is not how you make friends, Cisco. More »


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Google Axes Health Service Due to Feeble Response

Google announced Friday it will discontinue its Google Health service, a program launched three years ago to allow users to upload and store electronic health records in a central, online repository. The service was designed to provide users with an online database where they could manage personal medical records from home, saving costs and adding efficiencies.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Vanquish Hotdogs and Marshmallows with the BBQ Sword

I’m not sure if it’s due to the fact that I’ve been watching Game of Thrones on HBO, but I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the Swashbuckling BBQ Sword on ThinkGeek. This cleverly shaped cooking skewer will be the envy of your buddies at your next cookout. It’s 19″ long, made of heavy [...]

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All iPhone 4s Should Have Handmade Wood JackBacks [Lightning Review]

I've argued this before: Apple needs to explore new iPhone materials because the current glass back sucks. It gets dirty too easily. It's Russian-hooker naff. And it's way too fragile. Thankfully, there's a fix for that: JackBacks. More »


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