Archive for Dec 27, 2011

Christmas Lights recycled into slippers in China

Christmas Lights recycled into slippers in China

If you live in North America, chances are you've had a good time purchasing, stringing, taking down and ball wrapping, and next year throwing away Christmas Lights - as the video in this post will show, those lights don't always just go in a landfill, they get turned into nothing less strange than a pair of slippers! The video here shows a Chinese recycling factory that sits in the town of Shijiao, near Guangzhou, and they've got a yearly run-through of 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights per year. They chop them down, mush them up, and flip them out!

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Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50k apps, here’s three anchors that matter

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50k apps, here’s three anchors that matter

When it comes to applications for the mobile platform, it's essentially the same situation for any device ecosystem as it is for a mall: anchor stores are necessary to keep the whole structure active - and the same is true of the Windows Phone Marketplace which just this week hit 50,000 apps. This isn't the highest amount of apps in a mobile market, not by a long shot, but with an environment for apps that is, as many Windows Phone fans will tell you, still developing, it's certainly a milestone to be proud of. What you've got to keep this all anchored down is a set of apps that everyone wants, everyone needs! Let's have a brief look at what those are.

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The Pill iPod Nano 6G dock medicates your media needs

The Pill iPod Nano 6G dock medicates your media needs

There's a way to turn any device into the masterpiece you always though it should be, and in no greater environment is this true than with the iOS suite of devices - quite evident here with The Pill for the 6th generation of iPod Nano. You've got your little display-toting machine plugged in to the middle of this pill, the pill itself being a stark red and white on either side, the speakers for the sound you'll be blasting eschewing forth from either side with skill. This look like the key for the beat junkie in you?

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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update for Galaxy S and Tab now under review

Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update for Galaxy S and Tab now under review

Earlier this month the software teams at Samsung sent out word that they would not be updating their Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Tab devices to the newest version of Google's mobile operating system Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - this week they realized that this was the wrong thing to say to the millions of users out there wanting the opposite news. What we've got this week is news via AJNews that Samsung is reconsidering their position that their own user interface TouchWiz is too difficult to parse to update to the newer system, saying that MAYBE they'll do the work anyway. What does this mean to you, the Galaxy S user? It means you'll perhaps have an update by the end of next year, if you're lucky.

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Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

You read that right, folks, the representatives speaking for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said this week that their Beidou satellite navigation system is currently operational and will have free, global coverage in place by the year 2020. This system Beidou, otherwise known as Big Dipper, will be providing both location data and SMS messaging to any device that can utilize it for free. Beidu is working right this minute mainly in China and the group says that global coverage is in the works for full working operation inside 8 years.

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Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

This week the customers of global intelligence firm Stratfor fell victim to the hacker amalgamation known as Anonymous, and starting today the folks at Dazzlepod have made a webpage available where you, the user, can check your email to make sure you weren't amongst those hit. The Dazzlepod collective has a searchable database which includes all of the information stolen and dumped by Anonymous over the past few attacks, this able to be searched by you to see if your email is amongst those compromised. A lovely service for those wishing to stay clean!

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FIFA 12 cross-promotes PS Vita features in bright lights

FIFA 12 cross-promotes PS Vita features in bright lights

Handheld gaming devices aren't dead yet, not by a long shot if Sony and the FIFA family has anything to say about it, what with their brand new ad spot showing off not just the game FIFA 12, but the system it relies on as well: PS Vita. This device is the ultimate next generation sports experience you can place in the palm of your hands, says the group, and nothing will beat it down for in your face soccer action right out of the box. Call it futball if you really love the sport, and check out how fabulous it's going to be for you when you've got the hardware to match.

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Meizu MX quad-core edition Android coming in May 2012

Meizu MX quad-core edition Android coming in May 2012

It's just been confirmed in the official Meizu forums by Meizu CEO J. Wong that they'd be producing their second big release with the Meizu MX name in 2012: a quad-core version of the handset! This is more than exciting for those of us who've yet to even get our hands on the first version released in Hong Kong late this year, this device running the greatest version of Android out there: Meizu's fully custom interface!

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Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

I've been messing around with a Kindle Fire for the past week or so as my good pal Marty picked one up pre-Christmas for the holiday stay up here in Northern Minnesota - it's been great but for the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich. That is to say, it's OK, but it's not the perfect masterpiece that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would make it. Hackers have taken the reigns this past week and have made a port of the newest Android mobile operating system a relative reality here on this PlayBook form clone, making us once again wonder if it's worth the cheap, cheap price it costs.

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Apple suppliers tip materials prep for iTV in Q1

Apple suppliers tip materials prep for iTV in Q1

The rumors have been flying for a long time now that Apple was looking to make an actual TV. The company has had the Apple TV in the past that was a set-top box. The new TVs would presumably have similar functions built into the set. According to DigiTimes sources, the supply chain is getting the components needed to build the new iTVs ready to go.

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GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

The GSM standard is widely used on mobile phones of all kinds depending on the carrier you are on. A security researcher is claiming that a flaw in the GSM standard has been discovered that could be exploited by criminals and hackers to give them control of the device. Once that control was going that hacker could force the phone to make calls or send text messages.

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