Saturday, 31 March 2012

This is What Foxconn Can Do to Improve Its Poor Working Environment

The Fair Labor association has just concluded its month-long report on its investigation of Apple's labor conditions at the Foxconn factories in China, which has found "significant issues" among working practices at Chinese plants making Apple iPhones and iPads. The US Fair Labor Association (FLA) was asked by Apple to audit its factory after reports of long hours and poor safety.

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No More Chinglish Menu in Beijing Restaurant

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'Chicken Without A Sex Life', 'Tofu Made By Woman With Freckles' and 'Red Burned Lion Head', these Chinglish dish names might disappear from Beijing restaurants in the near future. The Beijing authorities have published a book entitled "The English Translation of Chinese Gourmet Dishes" (PDF download) to give the official English translations for 2,158 Chinese dishes. This could mean an end to the unintentionally humorous renderings of the mistranslates names to be found on Chinese menus which have amused tourists for years ...

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Case-Mate Glam Sparkle case for iPhone review

The Glam Sparkle case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is just the latest in a long line of beautiful, shiny cases from Case-Mate. They sent this back from CES 2012 for me to look at and what can I say, they know my weakness and they exploit it well!


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Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers

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Just a little under two months after its release candidate went live, Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 has been finalized and released into the wild. The new version of Microsoft's slick, do-it-all server OS is a big step forward from its predecessor.

Built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 base, Home Server 2011 features a simpler dashboard, a better backup solution, dead simple remote access to your home computers, and Silverlight-powered remote media streaming. For a more detailed look at what's new in Windows Home Server 2011, you check out Microsoft's official breakdown.

Drive Extender, of course, didn't resurface for the final release of WHS 2011 and that's something a lot of power users are still pretty irked about. Even without Extender, Windows Home Server offers a boatload of useful functionality and might be a good fit for your home network. Manufacturers have already begun building hardware, so you should be able to pick up a device in the very near future.

An evaluation download for Windows Home Server 2011 will be made available in April -- we'll let you know when the links are ready.

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Evoluce Win&I brings Kinect gesture controls to Windows 7

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We've been looking at some pretty cool Kinect and Windows interactions for a while now, but we were hoping that the release of an official SDK would lead to even more coolness. Evoluce has stepped up, and is now offering Win&I -- a full-featured gesture control system for Windows 7.

The company claims that a range of up to four meters is supported, which should be perfect for just about any home theater setting. In the video embedded after the break, you can see an Evoluce demonstrator flip through a photo album, pan through a map, rearrange application windows, browse the Web, and control media playback. Two versions of Win&I are offered -- the home version goes for about 20 Euros, the business version for 40.

Anyone else having fun pretending his stance is a little "Iron Man"? We're tempted to put a repulsor on that hand.

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Mission Complete: Tim Cook Leaves China, Back to California

Apple CEO Tim Cook went to China earlier this week and Cook was first spotted posing with Chinese Apple fans at the Xidan Joy City retail store in Beijing. He then met with Chinese government officials, including Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, to discuss intellectual-property issues. Cook was also spotted at the headquarters of China Telecom and he even toured the iPhone production facility in Zhengzhou. Today, someone managed to snap a shot on Cook at the airport in California. So, this means that Cook has completed his business trip and left China!

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Mission Complete: Tim Cook Leaves China, Back to California

Apple CEO Tim Cook went to China earlier this week and Cook was first spotted posing with Chinese Apple fans at the Xidan Joy City retail store in Beijing. He then met with Chinese government officials, including Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, to discuss intellectual-property issues. Cook was also spotted at the headquarters of China Telecom and he even toured the iPhone production facility in Zhengzhou. Today, someone managed to snap a shot on Cook at the airport in California. So, this means that Cook has completed his business trip and left China!

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New iPad – 4G and WiFi versions

The new iPad 3 comes in two versions: one which connects only via WiFi and one which can also use the 4G network. Choosing one of these options can be a puzzler. Before choosing one you should consider the difference carefully and understand how it will impact your intended use of the iPad. You will need to think about where you are likely to want to use the device, for what purpose, and you will also need to take your [...]

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Friday, 30 March 2012

The Perfect Gift: A Personalized iPad Case

It’s hard for consumers to find the right gift. Sometimes it’s takes a lot to really find something that will fit a person and their needs. A personalized iPad case may be exactly what is needed to provide the perfect gift solution. Apple has made a real impact on consumers with the birth of the iPad. They have been selling in record numbers. More than 70 million people now own one. That is why the personalized iPad case is such [...]

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Amazon App Store updated to v2.3.0 - 3G/4G download limit increased, notification bugs addressed

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Although the last update to the Amazon App Store brought us all the ability to go ahead and disable notifications it really didn't work all that reliably. Amazon however has now jumped the version number up to 2.3.0 and aside from fixing the notification bugs, also went ahead and updated the 3G/4G download limit from 20MB to 50MB along with the usual stability enhancements. If you already have the Amazon App store installed, you can update from there otherwise hit the link below to grab it.

Source: Amazon Thanks, Kurt and Eli!



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How to play your favorite Facebook games on your new iPad

If you've got a new iPad you're probably already aware of how great of an experience gaming is on it. But what about those Facebook games that you're addicted to that may be Flash based? Odds are, you'll be able to enjoy those on your new iPad too.


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Sony to launch NEX-FS700E 4K cinema camera for $9,000 at NAB?

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What would you pay for the ability to capture cinema quality 4K video? $36,000? $18,000? Try $9,000. That's the expected price of Sony's rumored NEX-FS700E, which could launch at NAB next month with a June ship date. EOSHD reports that the camera will pipe 4K video to a dedicated external recorder over 3G HD-SDI. It will reportedly use the same NEX E-mount as its predecessor, the FS100, and may include a trio of neutral density filters to increase versatility. We haven't been able to track down an image of the rumored cinema cam (the model in that image above looks identical to the FS100), but we wouldn't be surprised to see another detail or two leak out before the broadcast community's annual Vegas gathering kicks off in a little over two weeks. For its part, Canon is also expected to announce a 4K EOS-format DSLR at NAB, as a less-expensive alternative to the $16,000 C300, while RED's Scarlet already has 4K capabilities, and a $9,000 price tag.

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DICE+ digital chance cubes rolling out at E3

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As far as random number generators go, the traditional die is about as low tech as it gets. Or at least, it was. Gaming startup GIC has taken it upon itself to update the old chance cube by outfitting it with LED backlights, anti-cheat roll detection and Bluetooth connectivity. DICE+, as the shakers of tomorrow are called, will sell for between $30 and $40 when they launch later this year. Although the digital dice promise compatibility with iOS, Android, Symbian, Linux and Windows, GIC has yet to announce what platforms will be available at launch. We'll have to wait for E3 for the details, but the possibilities are intriguing -- hit the break to see the cubes in action. In the meantime, we'll be dreaming of Dungeons, Dragons, a digital D20 and Microsoft Surface.

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Liquor stores will laugh in the Face.com at your fake ID

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Okay, it's only 3 months till your glorious 21st birthday, so near, yet technology has to come along and rain on your parade. You might think you look legal, but if claims by engineers at Face.com are to be believed, they're not having it. Using the firm's face recognition technology and a new API, they believe it can determine age based on a photo. The technology is open to all developers who might want to add age restriction into their apps, although it's unlikely that you would want to rely on this as your sole method of verification. The algorithm takes a number of factors into account, such as face shape, and skin smoothness, so at the very least you'll be able to find out if your t-zone routine is working. Hit up the more coverage, where there's a free iOS app to learn the harsh reality.

Liquor stores will laugh in the Face.com at your fake ID originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Opera 11.10 gets HTML5 File API support, IMAP improvements

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The crew in Oslo keeps plugging away at Opera 11.10, and the latest snapshot build includes a number of improvements to Opera's built-in email client -- as well as HTML5-related additions.

On the IMAP front, Opera now supports special folders like sent items, spam, and trash. It also better handles duplicate items in Gmail -- such as those which appear in all mail and under your custom labels.

Opera 11.10 now partially supports the HTML5 File API as well, which means your favorite Web apps (like Gmail) may soon begin adding Opera to the list of supported browsers.

You can download the latest Opera 11.10 snapshot for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the official release post.

Update: The Opera 11.10 RC is now available, as pointed out by SlashZaku in the comments. Thanks!

Opera 11.10 gets HTML5 File API support, IMAP improvements originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Opera 11.10 includes improved power saving features

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Just recently, the Opera 11.10 release candidate was made available for download. It brought a handful of important feature additions -- like HTML5 File API support and IMAP enhancements -- and loads of bugfixes. Nestled in amongst the other details in the Opera team's announcement is one more interesting tidbit: Opera 11.10 offers improved battery optimizations.

The timing here is certainly interesting, what with Microsoft's recent report on how much power the top five Web browsers consume. In its findings, Opera 11 was fairly low in the standings. While we've not seen any new benchmarks yet, we're curious to know whether the Opera 11.10 RC offers any significant gains.

If you're running Opera 11.10 on a laptop, let us know if you're seeing an improvement in your battery life while browsing!

Opera 11.10 includes improved power saving features originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Verizon LG Lucid now available

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Right on cue, Verizon Wireless has today launched the Lucid, a mid-range 4G LTE smartphone from LG. The Lucid packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch IPS screen and a 5MP rear camera. On the software side, there's Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of a future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. It's nothing too fancy, but for $79 on a 2 year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate), you wouldn't expect a bleeding-edge device.

We'll have a full review of the LG Lucid in the next week, so stay tuned.

Source: Verizon Wireless



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