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Shower with your favorite fruit: iShower Curtain

Saturday, May 2, 2009 13:23
Posted in category Apple

If your idea of a sweet and stylish shower curtain is a mural of a bunch shadows dancing aimlessly standing in various poses as if they dance and sing in the shower, then your morning showers are soon to be a tad more enjoyable.  The iShower as it is so cleverly named, will surely please you, or the Apple fanboy in your life and make his or her daily self cleaning ritual all the more fun.  So how much do you really like Apple and iPods?  Enough to shower with them everymorning?

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Source: Foolish Gadgets, Chip Chick,

Windows 7 minimum specs let loose

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:12

In the 2009, if you don’t meet the freshly released minimum requirements for Windows 7, it’s either time for you to give up with computers, or get a new one because these are far from bank busters here folks:

1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)

1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/ 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)

16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/ 20 GB of available disk space (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Again, in 2007 land, these were more respectable numbers. However, that time is no more. Also of interest is that unlike Vista, these specs are specs for the entire range of Windows 7 versions. (Yay?) Please for the love of god, if you can’t meet these…upgrade. Happy computing! :)

Source: Gizmodo, Zdnet

Palm/Sprint playing the numbers game with Pre launch?

Friday, May 1, 2009 11:26
Posted in category Cool Stuff, Palm, Smartphones, Sprint

Whenever a hyped up device is released, people always crunch the numbers days, weeks, months, and even years afterwards to see if the device ever met pre-sale expectations. According to Bloomberg, the Palm Pre might be in short supply. Could it be because Palm’s manufaturing facilities simply can’t produce them any faster. *laugher* Doubtful. Instead, as Bloomberg hypothesizes in the article above, Palm and Sprint could be intentionally shorting lauch day/week users as to drum up a sense of “urgency, hype, and short supply” all when there really isn’t any reason. This method of reaching a goal of “selling out” is neither a very pro-consumer idea, nor is it an image boosting character trait to uptake (if the real source of the shortage becomes known). With shortages come increased media attention as lucky users will brag to their not so lucky friends of how much awesomeness they’re missing out on. Of course, Palm and Sprint would never admit to any claims of that sort, so we’ll just have to watch and see how the launch goes and make the assumptions for ourselves. What if they really are playing the numbers game? Would it disgust you enough to skip over the Pre/Sprint?

Source: Crave, Image Source

How to use Skype and other VoIP services over AT&T 3G [Suckers!]

Friday, May 1, 2009 6:47
Posted in category AT&T, iPhone

So are you tired of being jerked around by AT&T and paying for a service that continually gets restricted? Even though AT&T as well as several other cellular carriers around the world have blocked VoIP apps from their networks, a certain app exists in the jailbreaking world that will open up your iPhone to not just Skype, but any VoIP app that you can get your hands on! First off, you have to be kosher enough with jailbreaking (if you really want to tap the iPhones full potential, you will), after jailbreaking, head to Cydia and download and install the app “VoIPOver3G”. After the silent install, no icon or visible marker is noticeable. It simply works. After installed all of your VoIP apps will now “just work” over 3G. Sweet! If you are a big VoIP user, this is definitely something you want to take a look at. You won’t be sorry. Oh and by the way…VoIP sounds fantastic over even AT&T’s network! (Of course, performance will vary depending on locaiton)

Source: Into Mobile, Image Source

iPhone developers = :( [thanks Apple]

Friday, May 1, 2009 5:45

If you were a mobile app developer who actually makes a living by creating, designing, and developing apps, not getting paid, or getting paid in a timely manner could certainly be detrimental. Well, that is exactly what many iPhone app developers are having to deal with. Apparently, the craptactic team that handles app approvals and rejections must also handle app developer billing. When someone spends weeks to months on a single app and expects cash flow in, and then the distributor drops the ball and either pays them late or neglects to pay them at all, it can certainly cause tempers to flare. Just how far behind is Apple? You know where to go.

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Palm Eos: webOS debut on AT&T?

Thursday, April 30, 2009 13:02
Posted in category AT&T, Palm, Smartphones

While the Pre has been the talk of the town concerning Sprint and Palm, a new beast has come forth to take the spotlight, the Palm Eos, or more secretly known (castle). The phone physically will be thin…10.6mm thin. And with a 320 x 400 capacitive display, I’m sure multimedia capabilities will at least be a small part of the Eos’s future. As with all good bleeding edge leaks, the info should be taken with several grains of salt and put in the nice little rumor bin that you have sitting in the corner of your mind for the time being. While you sit on that rumor, here are the specs that have been leaked so far:

Quad-band GSM/HSDPA

2 megapixel digital camera w/flash/fixed focus/and video record capabilities

4GB onboard storage

2.63-inch, 320 x 400 capacitive display (finger friendly)

Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP & EDR, USB not forgetting A-GPS

SMS, MMS, IM

Media net

Cellular Video

Email support for: POP3, IMAP4, and EAS support

For Audio: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ ringtones/Video: MPEG4, H.264, H.263

Removable 1150 mAh battery with up to 4 hours of 3G talk time.

Size: 55mm x 111mm / 100 grams. (rougly 2.1 by 4.3-inches for standard measurement users)

Whew! So, was the Pre not doing it for ya? What about this? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Source: Engadget

Palm Pre too big and ugly for ya…how about a Mini-Pre?

Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:53
Posted in category Palm, Rumors, Smartphones

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The Palm Pre hasn’t even been released yet, however that isn’t stopping Palm from grabbing the cellphone market by the horns and trying to own the market like they used to.  While rumors of a smaller “iPhone nano” have been persistent on the web, nothing has materialized either physically, or in writing.  Many even suspect that Apple doesn’t want to have a stratified line up of phones.  Palm on the other hand isn’t taking the slow road wit their new webOS powered devices and is now rumored to be “very far along” on a “mini-Pre”.  How mini?  Dunno.  I would assume some of the excess fat would be trimmed and possibly the slide out qwerty tossed in favor of an onscreen jobby that will directly compete (sorta kinda) with the iPhone/Blackberry Storm, and several other full touchscreens out there.  Only time will tell if the “mini-Pre” is really just that - a miniature sized Pre, or if it is in fact a completely new model line.  I’m hoping for the latter.  A new model will help grab more market share and attract more users as opposed to simply a shrunken Pre.  Thoughts and concerns?

Source: Tech Crunch

Office 2010 interface gets spied - looks good

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 13:14
Posted in category Microsoft

office2010

Office junkies are no doubt looking forward to the next update, Microsoft Office 2010.  While it isn’t bringing any new major updates to the table (that we know of yet), pictures always make people happy.  Above is a screenshot of the Office showing off a unique voicemail feature.  At first glance, the new interface actually looks pretty darn good looking.  Office 2010 looks as if it will be quite a worthwhile upgrade as far as design is goes.  Do you like the new look?  Or are you still rockin’ Office XP?  For a much more in depth in picture look at Office 2010, head on over to Neowin and get your eye candy fix!

Source: Lifehacker,

London to get first European RIM/Blackberry store. [Crackberry Happiness]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:03
Posted in category Blackberry, RIM

Crackberry users that claim residence in London will soon be the envy of many European friends as RIM is looking to open their first European store right in London.  The new store will be located in Selfridges flagship department store and operated by Carphone Warehouse.  Some loose lipped Slefridges employees have let it slip that we can look forward to this new found Berry goodness opening within the next couple of months, providing European Crackberry users a place to go and get all touchy feely with the latest that RIM has to offer.  RIM is of course denying the rumors and refusing to speak on the matter, however the Selfridge location on Oxford street is what many believe to be a good start for RIM overseas.  Anyone care to pipe in and toss some added info into the mix?

Source: Pocket-Lint

Widows 7 “XP mode” comes with…you guessed it…some attached strings

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:27

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I’m sure when Microsoft recently announced “XP Mode” in Windows 7 for compatibilities sake, many a IT admin cried out in happiness and disbelief.  However, like many good things in life there are some nagging little strings that also are coming along for the ride.  The first string being that if you want compatibility mode you’re going to have to pony up for either Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate as those are the only versions that will be able to download XP Mode for free.  One would think that since a majority of users who are more “basic” users that are upgrading and just want their stuff to work would have access to this XP Mode for free.  Not so.  It looks like they’ll have to open up their wallets further at checkout time if they really want to run their old software in Windows 7.  Good call Microsoft.  The rest of the strings await you just inside.  Happy clicking.

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Motorola Calgary bringing Android to Verizon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:12
Posted in category Android, Motorola, Smartphones

Moto fans who have weathered out the multi-year storm of disappointment after disappointment with each and every “new” phone falling short will now have something to lust after and hopefully eventually brag about.  The Motorola Calgary will obviously be toting Android within.  Moving forward, another sweet piece is the slide-out qwerty keyboard tucked away beneath that will surely please those who like more tangible keys to go along with their cupcake induced on screen keyboard.  From the picture above, it definitely looks like a pretty sweet deal that Moto is working on (save for the stupid/ugly Verizon skin they have tacked on there).  Skins and visual appearance shouldn’t be the sole purchasing decision however as it’s Android…you can change it.  Let’s just hope that Moto doesn’t drop the ball on this one and can finally make a smartphone to wow us all.  They’re on the right track.  Is your interest in a Moto handset piqued?  So far a rumored Q2 release has been floating around, though it isn’t confirmed meaning take it with a solitary grain of salt.  Lust away.

Source: Boy Genius

Windows 7 to be a little more choosey with auto-run/flash drives

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 19:13

auto-run

**The box bordered in red will no longer be an option on most flash drives after Window 7’s latest security update**

Microsoft announced today a move to make it harder for viruses such as Conficker to piggy back on Windows’ auto-run feature when a flash drive is inserted.  Instead of the flash drive having access to auto-run features as soon as the drive is inserted, users will have to manually launch programs contained on the storage device.  However, Microsoft cautioned that DVD’s and CD’s will still have access to auto-run option upon insertion.  So, users of certain “specialty” drives such as those powered by the U3 GUI, which is treated and loaded as a CD/DVD, should take extra precaution when using their flash drives in conjunction with auto-run.  According to Microsoft, the update that will disable auto-run for most flash drives is set to appear in the next release candidate of Windows 7 slated for a public May 5th release.  Legacy XP and Vista users need not worry as you will also be getting the security update via some form or another.  Once the update hits, I suggest everyone download it as soon as possible so malware such as Conficker has yet another hurdle to clear all while making Windows users everywhere a tad bit safer.

Source: Cnet

Microsoft finally jumping head first into smartphone market with phone of their own?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 14:13
Posted in category Microsoft, Rumors, Smartphones


The iPhone has enjoyed complete dominance in the younger crowd because of its tight integration with a music download service (iTunes), a very successful App Store, and a UI and device functionality that many manufacturers still have some time before they catch up on. Since the dawn of the iPhone, Microsoft has been included in many rumors telling of an impending Microsoft/Zune phone. Time and time again, Microsoft has countered that they are a software business and leave the hardware desging and development to the companies which do it best. Microsoft instead sells licenses to its wholey mediocore Windows Mobile operating system. Even giving Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and rounding up, they only make around $300 million per year, mere pocket fuzz when you take into account that they are projected to earn over $70 billion this year! Now you see how little they make on Windows Mobile. Could Microsoft finally be looking to jump into the hardware side of things and bring in some much needed mobile revenue?

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Does Apple own the rights to your user created iTunes content?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 13:23
Posted in category Apple, Audio, Tech Politics

Love the iTunes Music Store but hate iPods and iTunes itself? Don’t fret as their are many options for you such as GTK Pod or Amarok just to get the juices flowing. We all know Apple loves their walled garden approach to the products and is now getting yet another lawsuit because of it. This time it cetners around BlueWiki getting a DMCA violation claim from the almighty fruit stating that their site, which reverse engineers the iPod/iTunes code in order to develop 3rd party progams to sync you iPod with, is in direct violation of copyright clauses within the DMCA. Naturally Apple wants you to only use iTunes because it is the best. No software is ever the best at anything, merely a favorite or one that holds popular majority, but never “the best”. The fighting is about to get uglier as the EFF has sued Apple over their legal threats stating that they are operating well within the law and that Apple has no right to dictate how a person syncs his or her iPod, or even if reverse engineering is illegal. Care to explore? You know what to click.

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Missing Sync 2.0 for iPhone adds “Two-way syncing” to the feature list

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:22
Posted in category iPhone

If you were a bit peeved by the iPhone and iPod Touches lack of syncing certain files such as notes and documents just to name a couple, Missing Sync was your saving grace. It allowed you to sync files that your Mac that you normally wouldn’t be able to borrow from your device. Though, with the first rendition you could only sync files on the mobile device to the Mac, and not the other way around. However, Missing Sync 2.0 now brings the ability for true two-way syncing as to make the most of your mobile life and allow you mobile and desktop devices to always be in sync. As far as iPhone/iPod Touch app compatibility goes, Fliq Notes 2.0 and Fliq Docs 2.0 are supported. If the 2.0 update is exactly what you’ve been waiting for, you’ll have to part with $40 for the added functionality. Previously registered pre-2.0 users will be able to get the upgrade for free. You down?

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Source: Macworld,