Saturday, January 8, 2011

Deal of the Day ? Save 41% on the Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer

Today’s LogicBUY deal is a great price on the Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer.�� The Dash has a 7? color screen, and it supports internet radio, video services, and over 1500 free internet apps.� You can read more about the Dash in the information posted by The Gadgeteer in May last year. The lowest price [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/01/05/deal-of-the-day-save-41-on-the-sony-dash-personal-internet-viewer/

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Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets revealed in new video

Major news from Google just hit at CES: Android 3.0, dubbed Honeycomb, has been revealed. It might be a leak, but the video is very well made and looks quite solid. While a new Android version is always a big deal, this leak is made all the more significant by the platform's apparent shift in focus. It's all about the tablets now.

While Android for phones is certainly not going away, the Honeycomb video features a bold statement, "Built Entirely for Tablet." And the UI really shows it, as you can see in the screencap above. Gmail looks different, but that's just one change. The whole interface underwent a radical change, to work with the tablet form factor. Other highlights from the video:
  • A 3D-looking task switcher
  • A massive software keyboard, quite reminiscent of a certain tablet that shall remain nameless (ahem)
  • Rich widgets on a roomy homescreen -- the Gmail widget looks basically like the current Gmail app
  • A strong emphasis on Google Books, including "live" widgets (scroll through books on the widget)
  • A tabbed browser, looking vaguely Chrome-like
  • A panorama-like view of YouTube with a 3D "wall" of thumbnails
  • Video-enabled Gtalk
  • Solid zoom-and-pan action with the new Maps app, including 3D buildings. This seems similar to Maps v5, but it looks so much better on a tablet.
  • Lots of futuristic-looking neon text
Exciting times indeed! Now let's see a review unit.

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Daily Crunch: Spring Forth Edition

?Air Conditioned? 2022 World Cup In Jeopardy As Players? Union Calls For Winter Tournament FCC Reveals The JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker System This Super Mario Bros 3 Furniture Set Will Really Impress The Princesses PrimeSense, Co-Creator Of Kinect, To Lead Open Gesture Tech Organization Dear Tech Early Adopters: Manufacturers Don?t Care About You

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/12/22/daily-crunch-spring-forth/

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The Clearest Pictures of the Sony PlayStation Phone [PlaystationPhone]

Hey there PlayStation Phone. You look like a PSP Go. Why weren't you announced at CES? We'll never know. Anyway! Chinese site IT168 gives an in-depth look at the once anticipated PlayStation Phone by posting the clearest images and videos yet. More »


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Friday, January 7, 2011

Flyde is a super-fast retro racing Time Waster

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I liked Flyde from the moment I laid eyes on it. It reminded me of an anciet DOS game I used to play as a kid, where you had to race around in 3D and jump platforms while the level rushes by. [I totally played that game too -- anyone remember the name?! -Ed]

In Flyde there's no jumping per se: you control a white triangle that drives on or flies over a track made out of squares. There are colorful squares and black squares. The black squares are actually "holes" - when you drive over them, you fall into the abyss of space and die.

But it gets a little more complicated than just "not driving over the black squares". Instead of only one track, you have two tracks. When you drive over a square in the color of the other track, you switch tracks! The second track is above you, so when you switch, you're actually flying upside-down.

To keep from driving over the black squares, you have to continuously switch from track to track by touching the colorful squares. You're going pretty fast so navigating between those evil black squares and switching tracks just at the right moment is pretty challenging, and also a lot of fun.

The soundtrack consists of a robot with an attitude problem, but it also tells you how many points you've accumulated. This, along with nice electronic background music, makes Flyde a truly engaging time waster, even if you're not into retro gaming.

Oh, and don't judge me by the score in the screenshot. My top score is actually 12,610 - what's yours?

[Update: The old DOS game is called SkyRoads. Thanks, TnS! Awesome commenting there.]

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Blue Announces Yeti Pro

Today Blue Microphones officially announces the Yeti Pro. I had the pleasure of reviewing the Yeti back in August. I liked it then, and have only found more reasons to like it since. So what makes this a Pro?I mean, besides the slick black paint job. First it adds XLR output to facilitate use with [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/01/05/blue-announces-yeti-pro/

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Hanger is a fun, gruesome physics Time Waster

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The rules for Hanger are quite simple: You've got to reach the end of each level merely by swinging back and forth and grappling with your rope. You use LEFT and RIGHT to swing back and forth; once you gather enough momentum, hit SPACE to let go and fling yourself on; then hit SPACE again to latch onto the ceiling once more.

Careful, though: If you swing too high and hit the ceiling, you start losing body parts. The legs go first, then the arms, and then a few other random tidbits. That's where the gore comes in - when you lose a body part, you start bleeding. But it's not that bad really: You can keep on playing right until you lose all body parts, and there's no time pressure.

It takes a few minutes to master the physics of the game, but it's really quite fun once you get the hang of it (see what I did there?).

ed note: am I the only one who wants to see the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail now? I didn't think so. YouTube clip after the break!

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