Archive for January 3rd, 2009



You know, the world really needs more wall-mountable PCs. We mean, who hasn’t had the urge lately to pull up in one’s hallway and check their email on something other than a handheld? All unwarranted sarcasm aside, Originatic is planning to reveal a rather unique machine at CES, with the Smart-Leaf PC boasting a “space-saving” in-wall design with a fold-out, spill-proof keyboard, touchscreen panel, WiFi module and even a TV tuner. For those with incredibly acute memories, you’ll likely recall that this very rig debuted in prototype form at last year’s CES, though the commercialized Oasis and Mountain variants will be ready for shipping in March. Sadly, there’s no word on pricing nor detailed specifications, but we get the feeling you’ll end up paying too much for too little.

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Originatic to bring wall-mountable Smart-Leaf PC to CES originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 23:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ZvPro add in CE Pro

Well looky here, the wonders that is print media isn’t useless just yet — thanks to very long lead times and an ambitious postal worker, the latest edition of CE Pro Magazine reveals the evidently soon to be announced ZvPro. The ad doesn’t offer up enough details for us, but it does look like some of our biggest gripes about the original ZeVee Box are addressed. For example, now we have component and Toslink input as well as RS-232 control and an IR port — no indication if that is an input or an output. The rack mountable device is obviously geared towards the prosumer so it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume this little baby will demand a premium price — if we were the betting type, we’d have our money on over $800. But even at that price, we’re sure this box will find at least a few homes as there are plenty of people trying to figure out how to send HD over the existing coax in their home without mounting a STB on the wall below the HDTV.

[Thanks, Utah]

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Latest CE Pro Magazine reveals the ZeeVee ZvPro originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 21:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Phishers are up to the same old tricks, with a new target: your Twitter password. Several Twitter users received a direct message today that included a Blogspot link purporting to be about “a funny blog about you!” They clicked on it and found themselves redirected to a spoofed Twitter login page that grabs passwords and may use your account to propagate the phishing messages to more users.

To be safe, don’t click on suspicious links, even though they’re coming from people you follow on Twitter, and don’t compulsively enter your login info without checking to make sure you’re actually on a Twitter.com domain. This scam is particularly tricky because of the nature of direct messages, which have to come from people you’ve allowed to contact you. The Twitter Eng and Ops teams are aware of the problem, according to a tweet from Twitter’s Biz Stone, and a warning message has been added on the Twitter homepage.

Phishing scam hits Twitter. Don’t get sucked in! originally appeared on Download Squad on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 21:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup hits a dry spell

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We’re all for taking a well-deserved holiday vacation, but we find it tough to argue for those in web-related industries to take a complete sabbatical from their regular work schedule. For instance, if we were able to tear ourselves away from an all-day New Year’s Eve desert rave to write about Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, we don’t see why many of our regular contenders couldn’t stop whatever it was they were doing, and whip up a hasty webcomic.

Luckily, we received a surplus of reader suggestions this week — including a few nods to the surprise return of Hiimdaisy’s fantastic illustrated Metal Gear Solid summaries. Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions — and thanks in advance to those who, bearing witness to our open-mindedness, are going to tell us what comics should/shouldn’t be included next week via a friendly, grammatically sound comment. Get your poll on after the jump!

Let’s Destroy the Shagohod; MGS3 part 1 (Hiimdaisy’s LiveJournal)
Party (xkcd)
Patently Ridiculous! (Penny Arcade)
Gamer’s Resolutions (2P START)
A Game of Resolution Chicken (Sidescroller)
120 (Brawl in the Family)
The House of Miyamoto #6 (Hsu and Chan)

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup hits a dry spell originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Rogue Amoeba has just released a public preview of their new desktop player for XM and Sirius called Pulsar. It provides instant access to either service, or both, and since the recent merger of the services they are pretty similar anyway.

The application does not require a browser and can just sit on your desktop pumping out that Sat-Rad love.

There is a free public preview that plays for 20 minutes and then overlays noise on the audio. If you ever bought a product from Rogue Amoeba, they will let you download a fully working app for free. If you haven’t, you can get a license key for 15 dollars. The app is not a 1.0 version yet, but seems to work from most reports posted to the web. I tried it myself on both XM and Sirius. At first, it failed with some XML parsing errors, so I shut it down and tried later, and it worked just fine.

It should be noted that there are some other ways to listen besides buying an app or listening through your browser. One promising solution is the donation-ware app called StarLightXM. The software requires a streaming plug-in, so check the documentation. StarLightXM works on both satellite services. I tried a new build which came out yesterday and it worked fine. Beta 6 of the player can be found here.

Of course for any of these solutions to work, you’ll need an online subscription to satellite radio. Both services will let you try their online offerings for 3 days for free, and both Sirius and XM have hinted they may be creating their own players, including one for the iPhone, but so far nothing has appeared. The developers who did the StarLightXM desktop app also say they are going to have an XM/Sirius player for the iPhone/iPod touch soon.

TUAWXM or Sirius on your Mac without a browser originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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With CES just around the corner, it’s no surprise to hear whispers of a new lot of laptops from HP (or anyone else, for that matter). A smattering of from reports around the web have it that Hewlett-Packard is looking to debut a few new machines here in the near future, starting with the AMD-powered 13.3-inch Pavilion dv3z ($799.99), the 16-inch dv6t entertainment notebook ($679.99) and the 17-inch Pavilion G70 ($799.99). We’re also clued in on a Compaq Presario CQ60, which will tout a 15.4-inch panel, AMD CPU and not much else considering the $469.99 price tag. Finally, it looks as if the company could introduce a new “Mi” (for Mobile Internet, duh) Mini 1000 edition, which could ship as early as next week with a Linux-based OS and a $379.99 starting tag. Check the links below for all the details, and keep it locked right here for any updates from HP.

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New HP laptop releases rumored, Mini 1000 Mi included originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 19:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is how you know you’re an Apple fan: AppleInsider’s pictures of covered banners at Moscone Center make you desperately want to know what’s on them.

Five 60-foot banners grace the South hall, while Apple’s booth on the expo floor has massive banners hanging from the ceiling, hidden behind black cloth.

AppleInsider also has pictures of the mobile production studio that will handle Tuesday’s keynote presentation. Inside, you can see engineers setting up camera angles and making finishing touches for Phil Schiller’s talk.

The keynote presentation begins Tuesday, January 6 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (noon Eastern), but TUAW’s coverage will begin early that morning. If you’re interested in drinking from the firehose of Macworld news from the show floor, feel free to follow Twitter user @tuaw_mwsf09. (Otherwise, our regular Twitter stream, @tuaw, will remain at a moderate volume.)

TUAWShrouded Macworld banners ready for Tuesday originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Last November, Square Enix dropped a portable port of their web-based puzzler Yosumin on an unassuming Japan. Despite receiving middle-of-the-road reviews, it seems that Squeenix has decided to release an XBLA port of the game, titled Yosumin Live, as evidenced by a few screengrabs from Portuguese site RumblePack as well as a few leaked screenshots from Destructoid.

Yosumin, for those not in the know, is a Bejeweled-esque title in which the player must clear similarly-shaped blocks by swapping them into rectangular formations. A screenshot clearly showing an “Achievements” tab in the opening menu is the main evidence that the game is coming out on XBLA, though RumblePack claims Yosumin Live will make its move to the PSN shortly thereafter. There’s no source given for said hypothesis, though — we’ll have to wait for word from Square Enix for further details.

Square Enix likely bringing Yosumin Live to XBLA originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Of course we’re checking the couch in the editors lounge for spare change, it’s only natural when an impeccable collection of vintage race cars goes on the block. We’ve found 63 cents so far; if we can avoid the siren song of a Milky Way when we fuel up, we’re well on our way to the $855,000 price for this package deal. Chuck Fausel is retiring, and his impressive stable of vintage racers is up for sale, either individually or as a collection. The newest car is a NASCAR veteran from the 1990s, and the oldest is a 1920 Model T fitted with a Rajo overhead valve conversion. The provenance and history of the cars is fascinating and genuine, unlike some of the other schlock you see on eBay. We’d gas ‘em up and go off to shred some tires, but you could also build a viewing hall around them and charge admission.

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eBay Find of the Day: Vintage Racecar Collection originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NASA’s Spirit rover landed on mars on January 3rd, 2004, with Opportunity joining up 21 days later, and both are going strong five years later. Still no sign of Don Cheadle.

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Mars rovers mark off five years of tireless servitude to humanity, boredom originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Jan 2009 18:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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