Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Nokia Drop Beta, from Nokia Labs

Nokia Drop Beta, from Nokia Labs

Nokia Labs released a beta for a new application. They posted a demo for a Google Chrome extension that allows the user to drop images and hyperlinks directly onto their Symbian OS equipped phone. Mark Guim demos the extension with a Nokia C7, or Nokia Astound here in the US. Take a look at Nokia Drop.

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Apple’s FaceTime playing Big Brother

Apple’s FaceTime playing Big Brother

Get out your masks! The paranoia police are out in force! A user over at Apple's discussion boards posted this about an experience she had using FaceTime.

My boyfriend and I have both recently experienced this problem several times – when one of us is calling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen, while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen. It’s kind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work, where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We’re just wondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It’s not terribly inconvenient, but it’s definitely unsettling, where is seems that even if we haven’t taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camera is keeping images. If anyone else is experiencing this, we’d love feedback. Thanks!

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Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

This guy, aqwawaf, made an assisted speed run of four different Mario games running at the same time. Then, he posted the video on Youtube. This video uses four NES emulators all hooked up to a single controller input. The only way to get something like this accomplished is using emulators and save states to tweak Mario's every twitch. This is what's known as a tool-assisted speed run. It's technically possible for a human being to actually perform these movements, but the timing would have to be so perfected that it's virtually impossible. Luckily (?) we can manipulate emulators into doing all sorts of strange stuff these days. If you don't know your Mario games, he's running through two copies of Super Mario Bro's on the right hand side. The left hand side has Mario 3 and Mario 2 stacked top and bottom.

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Search for Tilt in Google

Search for Tilt in Google

If you're reading this on a smartphone, this should work for you. Google instigated a bunch of pranks this year. It seems that this one surfaced a little late. Leave it to Google to embed easter eggs so deep that it takes the collective internet five days to find. Simply load up your browser on your iOS or Android phone and search google for the term, "tilt". The search will return with the results tilted ever so slightly to the right.

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Möbius Gear

Möbius Gear

This blew my mind wide open today. This guy, he goes by the name of Aaron M. Hoover. He makes things. He made this model of a Möbius Gear. The black outer ring was laid down layer by layer in thin plastic slices with a computer controlled machine. The white Möbius ring in the center and the blue gears were both constructed from silicone rubber in wax molds also built with computer controlled machines. 3D Printing is very cool. Check it out.

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Ubisoft’s Battle Tag passes FCC

Ubisoft’s Battle Tag passes FCC

Laser tag, many of us have memory of running around in dingy fluorescent mazes, finding the broken sensor vests that gave you a tactical advantage, firing around corners, and shooting your friends in the back. Yes, laser tag. Ubisoft just got FCC clearance for their computer-enhanced laser tag. There's hit points, ammo, virtual med-packs, and various game-modes.

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AT&T Up-charges Off-Contract Smartphones

AT&T Up-charges Off-Contract Smartphones

AT&T might be increasing the upgrade price for off-contract purchase of smartphones. An anonymous tip through Android Central reported several models were going up in price by $50. This increase only affects those who are purchasing a smartphone without a 2-year contract.

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[UPDATED] Does T-Mobile have AT&T by the Spectrum?

[UPDATED] Does T-Mobile have AT&T by the Spectrum?

Could AT&T be on the hook for $3Billion and a chunk of the AWS Spetrum? This little nugget came up in conversation with a friend of mine over the weekend (yes, I talk about wireless telecommunications mergers as part of my social life) and I found some co-corroborating documentation during some searches through AT&T's website today. Oddly, the link took me off of AT&T's press website to a protected domain, mobilizeeverything.com. So I'm uncertain whether this is real or not. The first image here shows the link from AT&T's newsroom that took me to the mobilizeeverything.com website.

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Chrome, meet Lynx

Chrome, meet Lynx

Those cards over at Google released the newest, best, most useful extension for Chrome ever. ChromeLite, speeding Chrome up past the point of no return. Google posted the extension to their app market earlier today. It hearkens back to the command lines of old, ASCII terminal emulation, and the internet before embedded images.

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