Archive for January, 2012

PSA: Facebook Timeline absolutely cannot be undone, don’t be fooled

PSA: Facebook Timeline absolutely cannot be undone, don’t be fooled

The scammers are coming out on Facebook in force this month, right from the start, to get you Timeline haters in their web and snare not just your Facebook account, but your computer's contents as well. This is a public service announcement for you dreamers hoping to de-authorize Timeline from your Facebook account: you can't, no matter what you see in an offer for a plug-in, a simple "like to fix," or anything of that nature. Do not fall for these scams, ladies and gentlemen, there is no way out.

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3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

If 3D printing advances as fast as 2D printing advanced, we'll be working with our own Replicators from Star Trek by the year 2080. It took just 40 years for the original printing press to turn over from the single Gutenberg press to get to a mass production scale across Europe, and much, much less time for computers to advance from massive machines to teeny-tiny chips. With advances like home-bound do it yourself printers and the fact that pirate sites across the web are now sharing model files so that you might print your own objects at home without effort, we've not got much time at all before advances are made to the tune of Earl Gray, Hot.

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LG and Hitachi join forces for clean water initiative

LG and Hitachi join forces for clean water initiative

Both Hitachi Plant Technologies and LG Electronics have expressed their love for the environment and have teamed up to bring a brand new water treatment company to the forefront, this company starting up operations on the first of February, 2012. This new company will be named LH-Hitachi Water Solutions Co., Ltd., and will play what they hope is a significant role in the rapidly growing industry of water treatment. What we're hoping is that this will also bring more attention to the face that, believe it or not, not everyone in the world has access to safe and clean water, this being one of the biggest reasons why disease still runs rampant throughout the earth.

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Twitter CEO: Tweet censoring is a good thing

Twitter CEO: Tweet censoring is a good thing

Twitter has renewed its denials that recent policy changes allowing the social network to censor tweets are a sign that the company is proactively looking to manage shared content, arguing that it was merely a more transparent way of handling different free speech rules around the world. Speaking at Dive Into Media, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo portrayed the changes as a way of in fact making sure more people see tweets, AllThingsD reports, not fewer.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

We're going to start seeing leaked and/or pre-released information about Mobile World Congress 2012 pretty soon, folks, and the flood does begin right here in ernest with a rather intimate look at the HTC Ville with Sense 4.0. We've got a report that iPhone 5 will be rolling out with NFC for the masses to pay their bills. And for your third completely unrelated news bit to start the morning off right: that conversation the president had with us on Google+ ended up speaking about SOPA - as if it's not already dead.

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BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

RIM has found itself the butt of BlackBerry jokes, after a superhero infographic promotion was mistaken for a new advertising campaign. "The Bold Team" was presented as how RIM would "be bold in 2012", a quartet of personalities - "achiever", "adventurer" "advocate" and "authentic" - each representing an aspect of how the company hoped its BlackBerry handsets would be perceived. Unfortunately, the actual perception was one of bemusement.

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Kuel H10 H12 stylus pens review

Kuel H10 H12 stylus pens review

There are so very many stylus pens out there in this digital world of ours that it's difficult not to get lost in the fray, finding yourself picking up a pen that's just not going to get the job done once you're home and painting away. What Kuel has done here is to relieve you of the burden of finding your favorite pen by providing two options, both of them fabulously simple and high quality. The H10 pen is one that comes in a handful of different colors and utilizes a lovely top with strap plug so that you'll have it on hand while you're drawing, and the H12 pen resembles a real ink pen so it'll fit right in with the rest of your writing utensils.

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Apple faces “Cost of iPhone” attention after worker mistreatment petition [Updated]

Apple faces “Cost of iPhone” attention after worker mistreatment petition [Updated]

Apple CEO Tim Cook's outrage at allegations the company knowingly overlooked labor mistreatment among its suppliers may have satisfied some, but that hasn't stopped an online petition of near 150,000 Apple fans demanding the company take further steps in protecting workers. Accruing nearly 150,000 signatures within 48 hours, the campaign was started by Mark Shields on Change.org and demands greater transparency on suppliers found to have committed rights violations.

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Windows 8 Office 15 apps to have fake Metro skin say insiders

Windows 8 Office 15 apps to have fake Metro skin say insiders

Windows 8 will lack a Metro UI version of Office 15, it's been suggested, with insufficient time blamed for what will amount to merely "interface tweaks" to better suit the pared-down menus. Although a Metro version of Office has been tipped for some time, the practicalities involved in rebuilding the software using WebRT in time for the OS' launch later this year mean the actual app will be a halfway house between traditional and Metro, The Verge's sources say.

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Toshiba 4k2k glasses-free 3D TV hits volume production ahead of Q1 US debut

Toshiba 4k2k glasses-free 3D TV hits volume production ahead of Q1 US debut

Mass production of Toshiba's 55-inch glasses-free 4k2k 3D TV has already begun, according to supply chain tipsters, with the pixel-plentiful panels at the heart of the oversized sets already winging their way from display specialists AUO. The new TV is expected to launch sometime this quarter, Toshiba has said, and it's AU Optronics supplying the panel rather than a homegrown Toshiba LCD, according to Chinese language press as DigiTimes reports.

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