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Despite talk of an exclusive agreement with Verizon, the folks at Skype are now saying that a Skype app will hit the Android Marketplace later this year and be available to everyone regardless of carrier. [SkatterTech via Android Central] More » Android – AndroidMarket – Handhelds – Verizon – AndroidMarketplaceno comments.
Looks like we’ll finally be able to insure our iPhones through AT&T soon. Word is that the carrier will allow us to purchase the iPhone insurance service right through the Apple App Store for $13.99 per month. More » App Store – IPhone – Handhelds – Smartphones – Appleno comments.
Only a small portion of the pill you swallowed earlier is actually an active ingredient, the rest is filler. That bit of information is what caused researchers to explore a way to start printing active ingredients onto blank filler tablets. More » Health – Printing – Medicine – United States – Businessno comments.
After his Counter-Strike character died in a knife fight, 20-year-old Julien Barreaux spent six months tracking down the virtual killer. Then he grabbed a real kitchen knife and paid the man a visit. More » Counter-Strike – History – Julien Barreaux – Working Class – Web Design and Developmentno comments.
We may not all agree about V-Moda products’ quality, but most of us will admit that there’s something appealing about their funky designs. So for those who love the brand, there’s good news: V-Moda has finally started making over-the-ear headphones. More » Headphones – IPhone – Audio – Shopping – Appleno comments.
Hon Hai Precision Industry has announced that it will raise the salaries of employees at its Foxconn factory by about 20 percent. The company claims that the raises were planned for a while and aren’t in response to recent suicides. More » Foxconn – Apple – Suicide – China – Businessno comments.
Uh oh. We’re hearing reports that AT&T service is down in Los Angeles. Anyone experiencing issues there or in other parts of the country? More » Los Angeles – United States – California – Counties – Business and Economyno comments.
The Facebook SDK for Android is the result of an engineering intern’s project and will allow Android developers to easily integrate the Facebook platform into their apps. It is now available as a beta. [Facebook] More » Facebook – Android – Facebook SDK – Handhelds – Googleno comments.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft might be considering lowering the price on its Zune Pass service in order to better compete with Apple and RealNetworks. Currently the service gives you unlimited music streaming and 10 song downloads for $14.99/month. [Bloomberg] More » Microsoft – Apple – Monopolies and Oligopolies – Economic – Businessno comments.
Previously Wi-Fi Sync, the clever app that allows folks with jailbroken devices to sync to iTunes over Wi-Fi, was only for Mac users and iPhones. But now Windows lovers and iPad owners can join the fun as well. More » IPhone – Wi-Fi – Apple – Wi-fiSync – AppStoreno comments.
Despite the fact that it’s opt-in and has decent privacy settings, I find Google Latitude’s location history dashboard a bit creepy. It now gives step-by-step views of where I’ve been and even knows how many total miles I’ve traveled. More » Google – Google Latitude – Searching – Search Engines – Companiesno comments.
Vladimir Grashnov died of cancer, possibly contracted due to radioactive poisoning. Konstantin Dimitrov was assassinated while on a date. Konstantin Dishliev was gunned down during lunch. All three were assigned a cursed phone number: 0888 888 888. More » Cancer – Konstantin Dimitrov – Bulgaria – Health – Konstantin Dishlievno comments.
The Firefox Home iPhone app will allow you to sync your desktop browsing sessions to your iPhone. This means that you’ll be able to access your Firefox history, bookmarks, open tabs, and Awesome Bar right on your iPhone. More » iPhone – Smartphone – Handhelds – App Store – Poemno comments.
My toes are tingly, my head kinda hurts, and last night’s a bit fuzzy. Did I have a seizure? Is it lupus? Where’s my iPad? The WebMD app will help me figure it out—Oh God! It’s Sjögren’s syndrome! More » IPad – Health – Conditions and Diseases – Musculoskeletal Disorders – Connective Tissueno comments.
Bitbop is a clever little app that allows you to stream or download full-length TV shows to your mobile device. Currently only a few BlackBerry models are supported, but other cellphones will soon enjoy the mobile Hulu-like fun, too. More » Wi-Fi – BlackBerry – Television – Smartphone – Huluno comments.
Yesterday an employee at a corporate Verizon gym found an unreleased Motorola Droid Shadow. The device’s owner eventually returned to pick it up, but a photo and specs were still emailed to us. Hours later the gym employee was fired. More » Verizon Communications – Droid – Smartphone – Handhelds – Motorola Droid Shadowno comments.
It’s tough to keep track of books you want to read or random thoughts about them sometimes, but the BookLover iPhone app makes life just a bit simpler by letting you maintain a virtual bookshelf and saving notes with ease. More » iPhone – Handhelds – Smartphones – Wallpapers and Themes – X11no comments.
We rarely write about coding projects, but this particular one is too wonderful to keep to ourselves. It basically makes any song swing by “time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half.” The results sound fantastic: More » Python – Programming – Languages – Development Tools – Modulesno comments.
We knew it would happen rather soon, but WIRED Magazine now finally comes in iPad format. And it looks great: More » IPad – App Store – Magazines and E-zines – iTunes – United Statesno comments.
Tweet Defense HD, the iPad version of the popular iPhone game, looks as fun as the original. The only difference is that now the zombie-filled tower defense game is made specifically for the iPad. And a bit pricier. More » iPhone – IPad – Smartphone – Handhelds – Appleno comments.
Some Holiday Inn locations will soon begin using the OpenWays door system. This means that guests will be offered the option of having a unique melody sent to their smartphones and playing that to open doors instead of swiping keycards. More » Hotel – Travel and Tourism – United States – Lodging – Hotels and Motelsno comments.
A company called Whisper Systems has made two Android apps to aid the paranoid: RedPhone and TextSecure. The apps allow you to encrypt calls and text messages, respectively, and are available through a public beta right now. [WhisperSys] More » Android – Handhelds – Nexus One – Multi-touch – Portable Document Formatno comments.
Inspired by a Photoshop contest, a clever young man came up with a simple yet brilliant multifunction bathroom accessory for laptops and tablets: The iPoop. I just really hope the concept’s name doesn’t get changed if anyone ever manufactures it. More » Author – NASA – Dog – Film – Fecesno comments.
The IcePics iPhone app automatically sends photos and current coordinates to preselected individuals. This is supposed to keep you safe and alert friends if someone creepy approaches you in a dark alley, but there’s a more amusing use: Party photography. More » iPhone – Handhelds – Smartphones – Wallpapers and Themes – iPhone Appno comments.
As if there isn’t enough social networking spam already, the True Blood Season 2 Blu-Ray discs come with a feature that allows people to automatically share their vampire obsession on Twitter and Facebook—complete with “transformed” photos. More » True Blood – Arts – Twitter – Vampire – Online Communitiesno comments.
This review was typed using two sausages on my iPad. More » Sausage – Meat – Stylus – Food – Shoppingno comments.
Uh oh. Apparently the Justice Department is taking a closer look at Apple’s digital music tactics and practices. It’s just an inquiry at this point, but there’s talk that Apple’s been abusing its “dominant market position” and playing the bully. More » Apple – Justice Department – United States – IPhone – IPadno comments.
Earlier we discovered that J. Allard, the Father of the Xbox, is leaving Microsoft. This was the goodbye email he sent to his team: More » Microsoft – J Allard – Xbox – Monopolies and Oligopolies – Economicno comments.
Mac users will have to wait until tomorrow to download Half-Life 2, but in the meantime we can watch a teaser that parodies Apple’s lovely old 1984 commercial. Cute, Valve. Real cute. More » Apple – Macintosh – Steam – Half-Life 2 – Valveno comments.
Rough sketches like this are one of the first steps in creating animated movies like Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Wired took a look at how 49,516 such rough, vague sketches were used to create detailed scenes like this: More » Toy Story 3 – Animation – Movies – Arts – Toy Story Seriesno comments.
Several industrial art groups are collaborating on a project called Syzygryd. It’s basically a 2.5 ton musical instrument with a 20-foot fire tornado in the center. Crazy? Yes. But they’ve got a plan and most of the funds already. More » Tornado – Earth Sciences – Atmospheric Sciences – Meteorology – Weather Phenomenano comments.
Last week, the Google logo was turned into a game of Pac-Man and we all took breaks to play. In theory, we wasted a combined 4,819,352 hours and many, many dollars. Here’s the math. More » Google – Searching – Search Engines – Companies – Toolsno comments.
Looks like the 16GB iPhone 3GS is headed to the discount bin at Walmart. The retailer will be offering the device for $97—assuming you sign a 2-year service agreement—starting May 25. More » IPhone – Smartphone – Handhelds – Apple – Walmartno comments.
The newest addition to the Android Marketplace is a free Adobe Reader app. It looks good, but keep in mind that it requires Android 2.1 or above and is currently only supported on some Android devices: More »no comments.
I can’t resist whispered sonnets or hastily scribbled limericks, but how many guys actually memorize poems nowadays? At least there are apps like this one to help them fake the knowledge and romance with a quick flick of the wrist. More » iPhone – Handhelds – Smartphones – Limerick – Recreationno comments.
While we’ve all noticed the great deal of international media attention regarding the Foxconn suicides, the local press offers a response all their own in this Chinese cartoonist’s take on the tragedies. More »no comments.
Holding up an iPad while snuggling in bed can become tiring pretty quickly, but there’s a simple solution: Get a cheap TV mount, an iPad case, some epoxy glue, and make your own swivel mount. It’ll even look surprisingly good. More » Home & Garden – Business – Recreation and Sports – Television – Flat panel [...]no comments.
LOST may be full of insanely twisted plots, crazy tech, and supernatural mystery, but an exhibition of some props from the show appears to be full of simple, low-tech goodies—the important bits. More » Games – Business – Tools and Equipment – Image Cache – Artno comments.
This video clip shows us what was going on about a day after a devastating explosion led to the Gulf oil leak. It’s absolutely terrifying. More » Oil spill – Environment – Energy – Petroleum in the Environment – BPno comments.
It’s 1973 and Marty Cooper, the father of the cellphone, is about to make the very first public cellphone call while walking past the New York Hilton. He dials Joel Engle, his AT&T rival, and says these beautiful-yet-mocking words: More » United States – New York – Mobile phone – Metro Areas – Business and Economyno comments.
After taking his iPod, wallet, and phone, three thugs decided to beat and kick their victim. They quickly regretted this decision though, because a group of ninjas rushed to rescue the poor man. More » Hardware – Peripherals – IPhone – Audio – Portable Playersno comments.
Until now, you could not purchase an iPad with cash. Instead you had to swipe a credit card and make it easier for Apple to make sure that you’re obeying the two-iPads-per-person limit. Things changed though, because of one woman. More » Apple – IPad – Companies – Macintosh – Homeno comments.
I tell my alarm clock to shut up constantly, but—unlike the Moshi alarm clock radio—it never listens and I have to fondle it in order to get a few moments of blissful silence. Well, no more of that. More » Alarm clock – Shopping – Home and Garden – Clocks – Accessoriesno comments.
At first glance you’d think that someone taught a parrot how to dance, but in reality the devious bird just paused in the middle of attempting to steal that cellphone in order to get freaky to the techno beat. More » Bird – Parrot – Pets – Species – Recreationno comments.
It’s easy for things to get hot and sweaty under the covers—especially in the summer months. But rather than flipping on the air conditioning, why not keep your electricity bill low by letting your bed keep you chilled? More » Shopping – Business and Economy – Home and Garden – Air conditioning – Parts and Accessoriesno comments.
I don’t know what prompted Aram Bartholl to stick CAPTCHA code art in public places, but I like to imagine him announcing that you may not continue walking down a sidewalk before reading an alphanumeric sequence out loud. More » CAPTCHA – Aram Bartholl – Abuse – Google – Video Gamesno comments.
The iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 comes with some gorgeous new wallpapers and many of you have been asking how to download them without having access to the beta. Well, here you go: More » IphoneOs – IPhone – Apple – Smartphone – Handheldsno comments.
Our very own Wilson Rothman teamed up with his friends “Addison Richards, a certified sommelier and the wine director of the Wild Ginger restaurant in Seattle, and Noah Musler, an avid wine collector” to review some bottle-top wine accessories for the NYT’s Diner’s Journal. The article is well worth a read even if you’re not [...]no comments.
As if a video of three men taking a bouncy castle on a five-mile journey across a lake isn’t odd enough, there are an interrupted international sailing regatta, a guy in a shark costume, and police officers involved as well. More » sport – Sailing – Boats – Rowing – Regattano comments.
Straight from the Department of Defense History comes a recently declassified gem: Samuel S. Snyder’s History of NSA General-Purpose Electronic Digital Computers. It’s a wonderful late-night read with plenty of old-school computing trivia. [GovernmentAttic (PDF) via Schneier via Boing Boing] More » United States – NSA General-Purpose Electronic Digital Computers – Samuel S Snyder – Collecting [...]no comments.
Is it a surprise that horror stories like this keep someone who wishes she could code everything in life awake in the wee hours of the night? [XKCD] More » Art – Horror – Image Cache – Movies – United Statesno comments.
I’m sorry, you’ll have to excuse me for a moment. I’m quite in demand as you can see by all these message notifications on my iPhone. Obviously things like this can’t be faked and my Settings app really needs me. More » iPhone – Smartphone – Handhelds – Twitter – AppStoreno comments.
While pixelated images make me cringe, I think that the playful pattern of this wool rug is absolutely lovely. Prices are only available on request and the matching pillows are unfortunately sold separately. [Nanimarquina via BLTD via Unplggd] More » Shopping – Home and Garden – Crafts – Supplies – Businessno comments.
We know that Facebook staff’s been meeting to discuss user privacy, but it appears that these meetings might not be the happiest of events. It actually seems like Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg might be forced to rethink some past decisions. More » Facebook – Social network – Privacy – Online Communities – Mark Zuckerbergno comments.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Those sounds you heard moments ago are the horrified screams of your nearest AT&T towers. Why? Because iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 brings us a new option in the settings menu: Tethering. More » iPhone 3G – IPhone – Smartphone – Handhelds – Appleno comments.
Oh yes! iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 is out and we’re tearing it apart to find out what’s new so that you don’t have to risk your iPhones. Here’s what we’ve discovered so far. Updated. More » IPhone – IphoneOs – smartphone – Handhelds – Appleno comments.
Remember Balloon Boy and his fame-seeking, hoax-creating family? Turns out that despite the criminal charges, fines, and humiliation, their story has a happy ending: They’re getting their balloon back. More » Balloon boy hoax – Balloons – Colorado – Crafts – Artsno comments.
If you’ve been eagerly refreshing the iPhone Developer Center today, the wait is over! iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 is now available for download. We’ll follow up with the usual list of changes soon. [Apple via BGR] More » IPhone – IPhone OS – smartphone – Handhelds – Appleno comments.
A Las Vegas based company called Synchrome Technology has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and DVD burner maker NEC Corporation for infringing on its patents: More »no comments.
You know the drill by now: Once a week or so, I tell you that if you need a place to gossip about shiny gadgets or have some off-topic talk with fellow Gizmodo readers you should head to #whitenoise and join the conversation. More » Gossip – People – Celebrities – Arts – Humorno comments.
Hotmail, that filthy webmail service we’d secretly use for our throwaway accounts is about to turn into something we might want to use regularly. The service is getting a thorough overhaul and plenty of new features: More » Microsoft – Hotmail – Business – Allegedly Unethical Firms – Googleno comments.
These are among the ugliest pieces of art you could possibly waste $150 on, but they’re hiding a devious little secret: Under those terrible layers of paint, there are remote-controlled cellphone jammers. More » Art – Visual Arts – Galleries – Shopping – Virtualno comments.
We’ve seen concept videos for apps that let us try on watches, but now we’ve finally got something we can actually play with. Now we can try on watches without ever having to put on pants and leave the house. More » Augmented reality – Watches – Shopping – Jewelry – Consumer Goods and Servicesno comments.
Japan is launching its first Venus probe and along with it they’re sending Ikaros, a “space yacht” also known as the Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun. Yes, Japan is sending a gigantic kite into space: More » Space – Technology – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – Sun – Venusno comments.
Occasionally Google produces charts showing “the relative number of active devices running a given version of the Android platform.” The latest of these charts is special though: It apparently marks the first time Android 2.1 was the most used version. More » Android Market – Android – Google – Handhelds – Appleno comments.
If only the trick worked, I’d actually learn to code this properly: More » Image Cache – Windows – Shareware – Security – Biologyno comments.
This summer, Android users will finally have their very own Kindle app. The app will allow you to access the Kindle Store, synchronize bookmarks across all your devices, and do just about everything Kindle apps on other platforms can. More » Android – Handhelds – Shopping – Smartphone – VerizonWirelessno comments.
Bryan St. Germain’s dad, Bob, must look a lot happier right now than he did in this picture. After all, Verizon has just dismissed a $18,000 phone bill racked up by the young man after a tedious four-year fight. More » Boston Globe – Religion and Spirituality – Germain – Ascended Masters – New Ageno comments.
The Twilight air purifier concept design has a slender, sheet-like OLED display which allows you to view videos or images while your air is cleaned of impurities, cooled down, and filled with a pleasant fragrance to match what you’re watching. More » Smell-O-Vision – Shopping – Home and Garden – Climate Control – Air Cleanersno comments.
Yikes. While the amounts are only tiny fractions of their revenues, major tech companies are spending quite a bit of money on lobbying. Hell, apparently “Google’s lobbying is half what it spends on advertising.” [BI] More » Google – Searching – Search Engines – Lobbying – Businessno comments.
Yes, there are ninja assassins after that disgusting, germ-ridden toothbrush of yours. They want to brutally annihilate 99% of the mess with their germicidal ultraviolet lights and you should probably just step back and let them do it. More » Recreation – Toys – Shopping – Lego – Collectingno comments.
GQ’s app looks good, but it’s not exactly flying off the iTunes App Store shelves: The December 2009 issue only sold 365 iPad copies. Solution? Slap Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr on the next cover and hope for the best. More »no comments.
Well, this didn’t take long: According to the Dev Team, the iPad 3G is just as easy to jailbreak as the Wi-Fi-only iPad. And they’ve got the video to prove it. [Dev Team—Thanks, Beatrice!] More » Apple – Jailbreak – IPad – iPhone Dev Team – IPhoneno comments.
Well, hello! We knew it was coming, but it looks like an official Twitter app is now available in the Android Marketplace. It’s free and looks fantastic: More »no comments.
Bought a Chumby One and aren’t sure what to do with it? Turn the device into a 3G router! It’s quick and you’ll need nothing but a Chumby One, a 3G USB modem, and these instructions. [BunnieStudios via Make] More »no comments.
With Padracer you can pretend that you’re playing a racing game on a gaming console that consists of an iPad as a display and iPhones as controllers. Heck, you can even make the obligatory vroom-vrooom-eeeeek sounds. More »no comments.
Much to my growling stomach’s dismay, the BrainWave desktop microwave is only a concept and not sitting next to my keyboard. Guess I’ll have to walk all the way to the kitchen to heat up a meal after all. More »no comments.
Apparently Apple has filed to trademark its official app icons. The trademark motions cover the standard iPhone and iPad icon library as well as the iDisk and MobileMe Gallery icons in ridiculous detail. [TUAW via The Loop] More »no comments.
After Steve Jobs announced that he thinks Flash sucks, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch replied with a blog post that we’re interpreting as “Yeah? Well, we’re taking our ball and going home!” Of course, he called it “moving forward” instead: More »no comments.
The teasers got us riled up, but April’s almost over and we still haven’t seen Steam on Mac. Oh, wait! Valve says the magic date is actually May 12. Ok, back to twiddling our thumbs again. [Joystiq via Engadget] More »no comments.
Albert-László Barabási believes that “despite the seeming randomness of human behavior, humans actually act in very predictable patterns.” He’s so convinced of this theory that he posted an incredibly addictive game-like version of his book Bursts online as an experiment. More »no comments.
Adobe may have stopped bothering with iPhones, but they certainly didn’t hesitate to finally give us a tolerable Flash experience on Macs by incorporating Apple’s new video acceleration API in a Flash Player preview release dubbed “Gala.” More »no comments.
Ooh la la! Google’s Image Search has gotten quite a nice makeover for iPhone and Android devices. There are now neater thumbnails, results optimized for speed, and pictures that can be flipped through with a swipe. [Google Mobile Blog] More »no comments.
If Leonardo da Vinci ever had the Inspector Gadget theme song stuck in his head, he would’ve sketched out this shirt design long ago. Then again, it probably would’ve also sold out long ago, just like that Tron Hoodie. [Threadless] More »no comments.
There’ve been rumors of a Windows Live Messenger iPhone app, but now the Neowin team has gotten its hands on screenshots. Good news? The app looks cleaner and less bulky than the desktop version. Bad news? That’s not saying much. More »no comments.
Not even James Bond would scoff at the beautiful Hyper-Sub. After all, how could he not want to step foot onto a $3.5 million submersible powerboat? More »no comments.
On my drive home, I’ll send an SMS to my stove and tell it to start baking the cookies I left waiting. Of course, it won’t really get or understand the message since this futuristic kitchen is only a concept. More »no comments.
The Pearl 3G might be the tiniest member of the BlackBerry family, but it’s definitely not a weakling. It feels sturdy, has features its older siblings don’t (Wireless N support!), and is a full-fledged smartphone with all the BlackBerry basics. More »no comments.
BlackBerry users who are stuck with CDMA-based carriers (like Verizon) now have another option in the form of the Bold 9650, replacing the Tour and its janky trackball with an optical trackpad. (Also, hello Wi-Fi.) More »no comments.
With its ultra-compact two-inch wide, 3.3 ounce body, the Pearl 3G is the smallest BlackBerry yet. Despite its size though, it’s still a full-featured BlackBerry, and oddly, complete with 802.11n wireless support—a first for BlackBerry devices. More »no comments.
As a result of severe autism and learning disabilities, eleven-year-old Callum Lodge is unable to talk. In order to allow his son to communicate with the world around him, his father has developed Speaks4me, an electronic communication system. More »no comments.
YouTube may have been born on February 14, 2005, but the very first time a video was uploaded to the site was on April 23, 2005, five years ago. This was that video. More »no comments.
If you’ve got a self-propelled lawnmower, a stake, and some rope then there’s no reason to waste your day sweating in the yard. Just use a setup like this and your lawnmower will do all the work on autopilot. More »no comments.
The next time you see someone with a make up style that puts David Bowie to shame, don’t laugh too much. He or she may be cleverly fooling face recognition and detection systems with a crazy or asymmetrical design. More »no comments.
We’ve talked about how the commenting system and those crazy tagpages work, but it seems that it’s time for a different sort of discussion. Yeah, it’s apparently time to talk about trolls, jerks, doo-doo heads, lousy commenters, and the banhammer. More »no comments.
While Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein says the company would certainly “consider takeover offers,” he insists that Palm can survive as an independent company. Not only that, but he has hope for the future: More »no comments.
Hello! The mandatory PS3 3.30 update will apparently be available “shortly” and bring some minor updates while preparing your console for 3D stereoscopic gaming. [Playstation—Thanks, Jess!] More »no comments.
First Engadget showed us a Windows Phone 7 beauty, the Dell Lightning, and now they’re showing off Dell’s Android offerings: Flash, Thunder, and Smoke. They’re all lookers in their own ways and full of appealing features. More »no comments.