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3Feb/120

Five apps for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is just around the corner which means it's time to get ready for the big game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Rather than our usual five apps, I couldn't contain myself and, instead, put together five categories of apps that'll set you up nicely for food, football and fun this coming Sunday.

Official NFL and Team Apps

if you want to learn more about the Patriots's offense and the Giants's defense, then you should download each team's iOS app. The Giants have a free app for the iPhone, while the Patriots have chosen to go iPad-only with a magazine-style app. The Patriots Football Daily app has a free 7-day trial followed by a paid subscription.

The NFL also has a suite of apps to commemorate the game. Each Super Bowl XLVI app is filled with statistics, images and more about current and past Super Bowl match ups.

Party Prep and Post-Game Pictures

The best part of the game (besides the commercials) is spending it with family and friends. You can use Red Stamp to prepare your guest list and send out party invitations. Once you know who is coming, you can use 170,000+recipes from BigOven to start cooking for your crowd. When the party is over, you can use Pic Collage to assemble your pictures and share them with your party attendees.

Social Apps That'll Let You Share The Game

Part of the fun of the game is sharing it with others. Now that social apps are a dime a dozen, you can share your thoughts and comments with the world, not just your friends in the room. Besides Facebook and Twitter, you can use Football Connect to play along with the game and talk trash with your friends. If you want to know what other NFL Pros are saying about the game, then check out NFL Pro Tweets which will give you a stream of tweets from players who are watching from the sidelines.

There's also IntoNow, a social app from Yahoo that gives you content exclusively for the game while tracking the TV broadcast. The app includes a StatTracker, a way to share the play-by-play action and a sports news feed from Yahoo. If you tag the Super Bowl using the IntoNow app and watch the Pepsi Max ad, you can enter the Pepsi MAX for Life sweepstakes.

Apps For Watching and Listening To The Game

For the first time, the NFL will stream the Super Bowl over the internet. If you're a cord cutter, you'll finally be able to watch the game on your MacBook Air. If you're going to be mobile, then you'll want to download Pro Football Radio Live. You won't be able to watch the game, but the app will let you listen to it live. If you are a Verizon Wireless customer, you can download the NFL Mobile app. It's free to download and requires a US$3 daily or $10 monthly subscription to watch the video streams. The Super Bowl will be broadcast live over Verizon's airwaves on Sunday, so make sure you have the app, an Internet connection and some cash to watch the game.

Football-Themed Games

While you wait for the big game, you can fill your time with football-themed games like Pocket Passer QB, a natural football throwing game with several fun mini-games. If you prefer to be a kicker instead of a quarterback, then NFL Kicker might fit the bill. It's a flick-style game that lets you hone your field goal kicking skills. Lastly, there's NFL Pro 2012 from Gameloft, a full-fledged football game that lets you become a gridiron champion.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogFive apps for Super Bowl Sunday originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 03 Feb 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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3Feb/120

Users report Rosetta problems after Security Update 2012-001

Several OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users are reporting that Power PC-coded apps no longer work after applying Security Update 2012-001.

The Apple support boards are full of stories about Rosetta apps crashing when any command is selected from the menu bar. Complaints seem heaviest from those running older versions of Microsoft Office, Quicken, FileMaker and Photoshop. Some users have recommended unofficial workarounds for the problem (attempt at your own risk), and it isn't known if Apple will fix the issue.

Rosetta was deep-sixed in Lion, but was working fine in Snow Leopard until the security update was issued on Wednesday. Rosetta was introduced in Mac OS X 10.4.4; the code-translation layer allows apps that require a PowerPC Mac to operate on Intel-based Macs.

Meanwhile, this week's Lion update had its own share of issues, with a number of users seeing strange graphics on screen and getting caught in a loop where applications would not close or re-open. Fortunately, it seems that applying the 10.7.3 combo update fixed the issue for many users.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogUsers report Rosetta problems after Security Update 2012-001 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 03 Feb 2012 13:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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3Feb/120

Corning Day Made of Glass 2 video released with making-of add-on

Technology is advancing slightly slower than the minds at Corning would have it, it seems, as the creators of Gorilla Glass present a second video in a series that brings the future to us now, glass based. The video moves from one technology to the next, starting with Handheld Display Glass, this essentially stemming off what Gorilla Glass already presents, it being thin and lightweight, damage resistant and what Corning plans for the future: 3D-projection ready! The loveliness then continues through an impressive display of lights and magic through a future we can only dream of.

Corning continues by showing off Electrochomic Glass, this being a type that in the future will be used for windows to insulate houses, shade or become transparent on command, and is of course, durable. Along these same lines is Architectural Display Glass which allows you to move through your hallways with touch-sensitive boxes galore. Automotive Design Glass will be photosensitive like the Elecrochromic Glass, lightweight, and touch sensitive if need be. Wall-Format Display Glass has the gigantic wall ready to move with a professor, touch-sensitive of course, and Specialty Tablet Glass has your future hand-held book-sized displays ready to roll with anti-microbial, scratch, and chemical resistant formulas to bring you the best overall experience.

The video above is just the short format presentation. Corning has also provided a long-format vision for the future in an explanatory segment that’s twice the length. Enjoy with us the vision Corning has for the glass-filled world of tomorrow in A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision. Head to our timeline below as well to check out extended coverage once again with Gorilla Glass and beyond!

Corning Day Made of Glass 2 video released with making-of add-on is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

Jawbone Jambox BIG details leaked

A brand new Jambox may be on the horizon, this time twice the size of its predecessor and just as bright for mobile devices. This device is a massively impressive speaker for smartphones in its first iteration, last seen here on SlashGear in a demonstration of Qualcomm technology at CES 2012, of all places. This new Jambox Big is being detailed as a 10.1 x 3.2 x 3.7-inch monster weighing in at 2.7lbs and another 2 hour boost of battery power over the original beattastic tiny speaker.

This new slightly larger version of the speaker has a model number J2011-03-US and has a 60 inch USB cable and a lovely 3.5mm audio jack included. This device has the same 33 foot range as the original and will “fill up any room with unbelievable sound” just as well as the original. We must assume that this version of the speaker will have more power than the original in one way or another aside from battery life, but you never know!

You can check out our several workings with the Jambox in the past including its updates that’ve come down the pipe since its first release. You’ll want to take a look at the future of this product as well: Jambox is a bigtime awesome speaker system from Jawbone and wont be going away any time soon. Big Jambox or Jambox BIG will be made for the home, where the original Jambox is for mobile – let’s get stationary!

[via Android Police]

Jawbone Jambox BIG details leaked is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

Woot-sold XOOM refurb-tablets contain previous owners data

Motorola has announced this week that XOOM units sold through Woot.com’s refurbish and sell program in the past few months may have previous users data aboard. This mishap stems from improperly reformatted devices being brought in to various dealers in the last year, the groups leading up to Woot’s resale having not taken measures necessary to assure a clean wipe of the memory these devices held. Motorola is offering up a free two-year membership to an Experian credit monitoring system to make sure their bank account information specifically is not taken advantage of.

Those of you who turned their XOOM in for cash back between March and October of 2011 should be the ones worrying, as this is the period inside which Motorola has tagged most likely to have had their data stuck on the devices. If you knew what you were doing and did wipe your device properly before turning it in to the store, you’ll be just fine. Those of you who were at the time new to Android and did not know how to properly reset your device before exchanging it for cash, know this: Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, eBay, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, and Staples all had the program in-tact at the time and you might want to check out Motorola’s new program to fix up your situation.

Personal data as well as photos and video may still be at risk, and Motorola is attempting to sew up the situation at their customer support line at 1-800-734-5870 or back at their Motorola Xoom Return website. Wouldn’t want those XOOMs to be the end of your future in Android! Those of you still looking to pick up a XOOM, they’re pretty inexpensive if you know where to look. Have a peek at our history with the world’s first tablet-specific Android in the timeline below!

Woot-sold XOOM refurb-tablets contain previous owners data is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

Artist David Choe celebrates massive Facebook cash windfall

One of the biggest cash winners in the IPO for Facebook here early in 2012 is an artist by the name of David Choe, and without a doubt he’ll be the one enjoying it the most. As he writes in his humble blogspot blog today “I get up and see my picture of the New York Times and I find out that I’m the most highest paid decorator alive.” That’s got to feel nice, or perhaps bittersweet in a way, for a fellow who’s already been around the world selling his priceless artworks under the title Graffiti Artist.

Yesterday we reported that David Choe was certainly the fellow who would be living it up the most when it came to people who now had the most cash as a result of the Facebook group going public. Today it seems that Choe himself might not have found out until the blogs and media networks got ahold of the story. That said, there’s no greater irony than the fact that this fellow didn’t make his cash from anything technological in the rise of this otherwise fully internet-based company’s rise to dominance: he simply painted the interiors of their offices.

As you’ll see in the gallery below, Choe painted two Facebook offices and was paid not in cash, but in stock options. He painted the interior of the first Facebook campus in 2005, then another one in 2007, and though he could have been paid several thousand dollars back then, he chose stocks instead. Facebook’s stock prices and the amount of stock Choe currently has at the moment put him in the $200 million USD range, this making him gain the title Highest Paid Decorator Alive despite himself. He’s a fun-loving guy though, and has played off the slight insult with nothing but a snap and a $188k bottle of alcohol. Why not? Have a peek at the gallery of paintings that lead up to this cash, and enjoy!

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BONUS: Time to get busy with some fun and lovely beats with Choe as he prepares for his Facebook tag-fest back in 2007. Get ready to jam!

Artist David Choe celebrates massive Facebook cash windfall is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

LTE DASH standard promises perfect mobile streaming video soon

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI in Berlin are working on optimizing data managers with DASH, this soon allowing LTE to bring citizens across the earth perfect streaming video. Streaming video will no longer judder or stop entirely, but will instead rise or lower in picture quality as the device’s signal gains or loses strength. Until now, RRMs or Radio Resource Managers worked well to provide the amount of data a user needed at any single moment, but because videos are “beyond the grasp” of the current standard, there’s no telling how high quality a stream might be.

What these HHI researchers are doing is working with DASH, or Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP. This standard works with the LTE standard as it’s quickly replacing UMTS for mobile use around the Earth and will have videos and images made available in various qualities at the same time. Different file sizes will then be available depending on how far away from a strong signal the user is, transmitting stations and the mobile device automatically checking for reception and volume of traffic on the network to choose the best version of the media in question.

Poor reception or a massively overloaded network will result in a diminished quality image or video but judders will be taken out entirely. As connection quality improves, so too does the quality of the media in real-time. Thomas Wirth, Group Manager at HHI noted the following:

“With our mechanism, resources can be optimally distributed, and hence saved. The saved resources can then be allocated to others. This means we can increase the number of users that can be serviced.” – Wirth

In other words, this is great for everybody, including the carriers that distribute the data in the first place. These HHI researchers have already completed a prototype of the brand new Radio Resource Manager and will hopefully be delivering to groups worldwide soon. How would you like a perfect stream of your cat doing a dance in a video you’d usually not be able to view in the Grand Canyon? This is a reality soon!

[via Frauenhoffer]

LTE DASH standard promises perfect mobile streaming video soon is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

Android updates in 2 weeks says U.S. Government

The United States government has agreed to use Google’s mobile operating system Android this week for future secure phones and has promised updates inside 2 weeks. Each time Google updates the most basic build of Android, it can take upwards of a half a year before legacy devices will be brought up to speed – with the shortest time this author has ever seen being several weeks at least. What Information-security director at George Mason University Angelos Stavrou, a contractor on the project, has said is that they can get it done in just 14 days!

This would be an absolute miracle to see an update flash out so quick it’d made users heads spin, but given that the US Government would certainly accept nothing less than to work right up elbow to elbow with the software developers they plan on running with, we must assume that they’d have a bit of a leg-up on manufacturers and carriers. These manufacturers and carriers we speak of are the ones that push out the devices, needing to form the software back down to their own units one by one once the newest version of Android is out, then work with the carriers to blanket the software again with their own apps. It’s this process that takes the weeks and weeks we’re used to.

The government, on the other hand, will be choosing certain devices with which to work with, then will be handing out the software aside from the carriers. It should come as no surprise that they’d be able to update MUCH quicker than the double-down of red ribbon the other process must take each time. That said, I’m sure Angelos Stavrou will be given some job offers after working on this project for a few weeks if indeed the time can be shaved down, one way or another.

[via GigaOM]

Android updates in 2 weeks says U.S. Government is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3Feb/120

ComScore on US Smartphone Market Share: Despite Late iPhone 4S Surge, Android Closes Out Q4 Ahead of All

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Comscore have released their Q4 2011 numbers for smartphone market share in the United States. Earlier reports suggested Apple would take a great chunk of the share back from Android with the launch of the iPhone 4S, and while they did have a great spurt to close the year out it didn’t hurt Android as much as some might have thought it would.

They found that Android still grew 2.5% more over the previous quarter at 47.3% vs 44.8%. Apple, on the other hand, grew 2.2% more over the previous quarter with 29.6% vs 27.4%. Everyone else is on the decline, a trend that has held true for quite some time now. RIM now only owns 16% and despite what Steve Ballmer would have you believe, Microsoft is falling, too, at 4.7%.

RIM has recently shaken things up by getting a new CEO who wishes to inspire change for Blackberry OS and within their ranks overall. Needing developers in order to create a robust apps marketplace for users, they’ve recently began poaching Android users by making it easy for developers to port their applications to Blackberry. They’re even offering developers free devices for doing so.

Microsoft is relying on Windows Phone 7 as it is. They believe they have a very good operating system, and they do, but it remains to be seen whether or not users will be willing to leave Android and iOS.

Some suggest that Windows’s slow start is not an issue as Android suffered the same slow start only to become the leading and fastest growing operating system worldwide. It remains to be seen if history will repeat itself. Take a look at the full slate above.


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3Feb/120

MIUI Android ROM is Being Open Sourced

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MIUI, the stylish ROM which transforms Android into an unrecognizable beast, will be getting open-sourced. That’s right, Chinese company Xiaomi has decided to make the source code for their ROM and applications available to the masses via GitHub, the same git repository that the CyangenMod team uses.

They will be open-sourcing individual applications and the ROM in its entirety, apparently. However, not all code is available at this time. They will likely publish more in the very near future, said MIUI. This is great news for everyone and while we’re not exactly sure what will come of it yet (different variants of MIUI is the logical expectation) we’re glad to see that any developer will be able to get their hands on it. [MIUI via AndroidGuys]


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