BugMe! ($2.99) by Electric Pocket, Ltd.
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
You really ought to see my office right now. I’ve got paper shuffled everywhere and sticky notes from well over a year ago plastered all over my monitor, desk, wall and every other available piece of office real estate. Needless to say, organization has never been my forte. My boss, bless his heart, tried to help me in this area by sending me to one of those sacrosanct “Franklin Cover” classes. I probably followed their method for a good 24 hours before I was back to my old routine, clutter and chaos. Don’t get me wrong, I am good at what I do, but I understand that it stresses my partner’s out when they see my lack of organization at work. The thing is, paper is not my friend. As a lawyer the thought of throwing away an important piece of paper paralyzes me to the point where I have become a de facto hoarder of tens of thousands of pages of loose paper, 99% of which should be either shredded or thrown away. As a result, one of my many new year’s resolutions is to go totally digital, and that includes you: annoying yellow tangible sticky notes.
BugMe! has been described by the developer as “the quick and easy note-taker and reminder for your iPhone. You can jot notes, ideas and errands on the fly. Sharing notes is easy, by email or Twitter, or save notes as little Stickies to your iPhone Home Screen as an “in your face” reminder!” So how does it far? Pretty damn well, actually!
I was a bit skeptical of BugMe!, since the iPhone already has a pretty good built in alarm that allows you to set reminders for yourself. BugMe! lets you write and save digital “sticky notes” that you can then save to your alarm with reminders. You can write these virtual sticky notes either freehand or by typing them with the build in keyboard. Once you write you note you can save tiny ‘icon sized’ notes to your app launcher, send it to your friends via Twitter or email, and pin your notes onto the built in virtual cork board.
The true beauty of BugMe! lies in its simplicity and function. The virtual sticky notes look and function just like the ones that are littered around my office, but instead of having thousands of unorganized sticky notes plastered all over my office, I can now contain them in one digital space that auto-organizes them for me. Whenever I go to the grocery store, I now simply write out my list on a BugMe! sticky note and don’t have to worry about forgetting the paper list in the car (I never forget my iPhone).
Of course, no app is perfect and BugMe! is no different. One of the features displayed by the developer is that BugMe! allows you to save your virtual sticky note as your lock screen wallpaper so it’s the first thing you see when you power on your iPhone. What they do not tell you is that the method used by BugMe! to set the sticky note as your wallpaper is about as efficient as our federal government. Once you write a sticky note and decide that you want to set it as your wallpaper you will receive the following pop-up notification:
Now, in defense of Electric Pocket, I do understand that the reason for the convoluted process is because of limitations, or some would say security measures, built in the iOS firmware, but it still does bug me that I have to go through so many hoops to do what seems to be a rather simple task.
Regardless of this limitation, BugMe! is still a solid app that deserves your attention especially if you are a slave to the tangible sticky note. It offers what the default iPhone alarm/notification does, but it does it with a style and simplicity that far exceeds Apple’s calendar.
|Visual Presentation||Looks and works just like a sticky note|
|Ease of Use||Very easy to use|
|Functionality||Does everything that the built in calendar does but with more style and more simplicity|
|Value vs. Price||Definitely worth 3 bucks for me, but maybe not for those that are happy with the default calendar|
|Overall||If you are a sticky note addict like me, get this app!|
|App Name:||BugMe! (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||$2.99. A free version of this app is available.|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Developer:||Electric Pocket, Ltd.|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 3GS, iOS 5.0|
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Sony’s PlayStation Vita portable is set to launch in the US on February 22, but a special First Edition bundle will be arriving on February 15 for those who’ve pre-ordered. With less than a week to count down for the bundle, Sony’s US PR team has posted its own official unboxing video to give a tantalizing preview of the bundle’s contents.
The PS Vita First Edition bundle will include the 3G-enabled unit itself along with a 4GB PS Vita memory card, a limited edition carrying case, and a physical copy of the Little Deviants game. The bundle will also include a set of AR Play game cards that enable augmented reality play with a host of mini games that can be downloaded for free.
Additionally, the PS Vita First Edition bundle packs an AT&T DataConnect Session Pass good for one free 250MB data session when you purchase one 250MB data session and a free PlayStation Network game that can be redeemed when you activate 3G for your PS Vita.
[via PlayStation Blog]
PS Vita First Edition Bundle unboxed early by Sony is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Believe it or not, it was and is possible to track the traffic that MegaUpload and the rest of the piracy-laden file-sharing groups out there have compared to the rest of the web. A series of studies have been conducted by a few sources we’re checking out today and the results are staggering, depending on how you look at it, with the first giant being the one hour following the January 19th raid of MegaUpload. In that one hour, the entirety of the Internet lost between 2 and 3 precent of its total volume in traffic.
This first statistic comes from a report from DeepField Networks called File Sharing in the Post MegaUpload Era. This same study had MegaUpload downloads representing no less than 30-40% of all file sharing on the internet. As MegaUpload’s own MegaVideo and the other biggest sharer of files after that, Filesonic, both shuttered their doors effectively on January 18th, their percentages (34.1% for Mega and 19.1% for Filesonic, if you’d like to know) were distributed amongst the rest of the next biggest hosts. According again to DeepField, “MegaUpload sprawled over more than 1000 servers and 25 petabytes of data in Carpathia facilities.” That’s an intense amount of copies of Skyrim, that’s for sure.
On the 19th of January it was Putlocker up top with nearly 30% of all the file sharing on the web with several services next in line like MediaFire and NovaMov. Both the graphics you see above and below come from DeepField.
What we’re seeing here is the spread of the wealth to many disparate sites rather than one titanic monster in MegaUpload. This hasn’t been a pretty site though, as TorrentFreak reports not just a few sites shutting down in the wake of MegaUpload: Filesonic and Fileserve banned third party downloads, Uploadbox.com and X7.to have shut down entirely, VideoBB and VideoZer have changed their programs drastically.
According to Sandvine, Megaupload accounted for roughly 1% of total traffic to fixed access networks in North America, and that does not include the rest of the affiliate sites MegaVideo, MegaPix, MegaLive, and MegaBox. What’s happening now instead of that massive bulk of traffic coming out of servers here in the USA, the shift is going towards groups like Putlocker, NovaMov and MediaFire, each of these with data based in Europe for the most part. So though file sharing may have taken a hit when MegaUpload was knocked out, the sharing remains – it’s just coming from over the ocean.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 for ARM-based devices will support full desktop applications following concerns that only Metro apps would be supported. Via the Buildings Windows 8 blog, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky further detailed Windows 8 for ARM and previewed a Metro-styled Office 15.
Users of the ARM-based Windows 8 will still be able to access the conventional desktop file system, Internet Explorer 10, and most other core features that are available to the x86 version of Windows 8. However, Windows 8 on ARM will not be sold separately and will be tightly integrated with the devices they ship on. Also, there will be a limitation on the apps available for it from the Windows Store.
Microsoft also revealed beta copies of its Office 15 applications in a preview video, including revamped Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office 15 appears more Metro-styled with more white space and less lines along with touch and power optimizations, although it will be run in the conventional desktop environment.
Microsoft confirms Windows 8 ARM desktop support, previews Metro-styled Office 15 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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As the 2012 election season for the President of the United States comes down upon is in a hailstorm of advertisements and pushes to do the right thing, so too do the brand collaborations begin – right here with Spotify. Though we’ve already seen the President go on Google+ to do a fireside chat after his State of the Union address just a few days ago, this is the first real place, I’d say, we’re seeing Obama really jam on the youth-tip to get back in touch with the citizens of the United States so they can vote for him in 2012. While Barack Obama has never been one to get too far away from this environment, you’re going to see one whole heck of a lot more of this tech-related business as the elections come up – what better way to start than with some Spotify music?
The President has chosen to use everyone’s current favorite service for hosting free to listen to and fee to stream Spotify, here sending out his musical love with links directly to the songs themselves. What better way to get in tune with the 2012 Obama Campaign than to listen to the same music the President is listening to? Of more than 500 million playlists on Spotify right this minute, we’re going to go ahead and guess that this one is about to become one of the most popular. Check out the full playlist on Barack Obama’s Tumblr page or head below to see each song with a link directly to your Spotify account – you’ll have to grab one of those, too, if you want to listen.
No Doubt Different People
Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay Allstars Got To Get You Into My Life – (Live)
Booker T. & The MG’s Green Onions – Single/LP Version
Wilco I Got You
The Impressions Keep On Pushing – Single Version
Performed by Jennifer Hudson; Dreamgirls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Love You I Do
AgesandAges No Nostalgia
Ledisi Raise Up
Sugarland Stand Up
Darius Rucker This
Arcade Fire We Used to Wait
Florence + The Machine You’ve Got The Love
James Taylor Your Smiling Face
REO Speedwagon Roll With The Changes
Raphael Saadiq Keep Marchin’
Noah And The Whale Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
Zac Brown Band Keep Me In Mind
Aretha Franklin The Weight
U2 Even Better Than The Real Thing
Dierks Bentley Home
Sugarland Everyday America
Darius Rucker Learn To Live
Al Green Let’s Stay Together
Electric Light Orchestra Mr. Blue Sky
Montgomery Gentry My Town
Ricky Martin The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone
Ray LaMontagne You Are The Best Thing
Bruce Springsteen We Take Care Of Our Own
As a reminder – we’ve got so much coverage of Spotify from the first few months it was released here in the United States that it’ll make your eyes bleed. Head to our timeline below to get a great dosage of all the fun as it went down throughout 2011 and up here to 2012.
President Obama posts his Spotify 2012 Campaign Playlist is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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The Ultrabook world is continuing its rise to glory as the Acer Aspire S3 (here with the Core i7 processer inside) runs the thin show at .68 inches at its thickest point. This is by no means the thinnest notebook on earth, nor is it the Ultrabook with the most impressive set of specifications, but this relatively basic (if any Ultrabook is basic) model has a stack of features and a full package that will satisfy any general use owner. This notebook has a 13.3-inch Active Matrix TFT display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, CineCrystal (glossy) and clear as day coupled with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement on built-in stereo speakers – that means good entertainment.
You’ll find that the display has a perfectly bright and sharp widescreen view for your gaming, processing, and video viewing needs, but beware the glossiness of the display if you’re planning on using this laptop outdoors. Of course you’re not the type of person to go galavanting around the park with a laptop, so you’ll only be worried about your ability to have a great experience on the run. This notebook is made for your ability to both carry it around all day and provide you the power you need to use it for all of your daily activities be you a student, a journalist, or a graphic designer, all the same.
The keyboard is one made for typing rather than gaming, and you’ll find that using the return key and the arrow keys will be a bit of a learning activity at first as they’re connected in space and not separated by the surrounding base of the notebook. On the back of the device you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, and your power port. On the right you’ll find a full-sized SD card port (that also has the ability to read MultiMediaCard (MMC) units) and on the left you’ll find a headphone jack. On the bottom left and right near the front of the laptop are speakers, each of them part of the Dolby-optimized speaker system which together create a surprisingly nice sounding experience for movie-watching especially.
On the other hand, don’t expect to watch a movie with a group of too many folks to you left or two your right as the viewing angles aren’t too fantastically great here. Watch the hands-on video to see a basic view of how far you’ll be able to see, but note that it’s certainly not more than 60 degrees in any direction from straight on. Straight on though, and inside everywhere 60 degrees looks just as bright and sharp as a Core i7 processor under the hood would suggest. I’ve heard reviewers speaking on how the color accuracy isn’t perfect, and I agree, but the difference between this display and a perfectly tuned display for graphic designers and photography majors is so small that I doubt anyone in the field will have a big issue. Those of you in the photography business should take note though – perfection is needed!
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Motherboard||Acer Aspire S3|
|Processor||Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2637M CPU @ 1.70GHz|
|Processor ID||GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7|
|Processor Frequency||1.70 GHz||Processors||1|
|L1 Instruction Cache||32.0 KB||L1 Data Cache||32.0 KB|
|L2 Cache||256 KB||L3 Cache||4.00 MB|
|Memory||3.86 GB DDR3 SDRAM 666MHz||FSB||99.8 MHz|
Inside you’ve got Bluetooth 4.0, the multi-gesture touchpad is precise and makes for an easy to control experience all around, and the webcam is alright – good enough for video chat certainly. You’ve got 3.86 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 666MHz controlled by your HD 3000 graphics control unit, and a partridge in a pear tree. And that’s just the hardware. The whole thing looks rather nice too, if you don’t mind the similarities to the rest of the ultra-thin super-powered notebook competition out there. Take a peek at this tower of laptops to see the difference between the units your humble narrator has been using lately – up top you’ve got an 11-inch MacBook Air, next the Acer Aspire S3, a MacBook Pro 15-inch, and a gigantic mother of an Alienware gaming notebook M17xR3 complete with lots o’ lights – each of these units has a different purpose, and the size shows their power here, as it were – note that the MacBook air is from a few years ago so isn’t as pumped up as the line is today, and you can check the Alienware machine in action back at Arkham City.
You’ve got Windows 7 Home Premium right out of the box and Clear.fi for all your personal cloud needs. This machine is set to bring you a personal experience for, again, the student or the everyday average user – with the i7 under the hood you’ve got the ability to play some higher powered software if you wish, but for what the machine comes with – not one whole heck of a lot – you’ll be more than prepared to run the heck out of all of it. Take a peek at this hands-on with the machine and get a glimpse of how quick the machine starts up from being off completely, how the display looks, and the basic software set you’ll get with Windows 7 Home Premium.
|Windows x86 (64-bit) - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Integer||Processor integer performance||5309||6657|
|Floating Point||Processor floating point performance||9672|
|Stream||Memory bandwidth performance||4023|
You’re certainly going to see the S3 knocking out the benchmarks as any i7-toting machine should, and as far as the instant-on feature goes: it really truly does make the machine seem much higher class than previous models with a much slower wake-up time. This machine is speedy, hasn’t had a real rough time working with any of the built-in apps or functions it’s got out of the box, and is OK for some random gaming here and there. Again, this machine is by no means built for hardcore gamers, but if you’re just looking to play a racing game here and there, you’ll be set.
One of the most awesome bits in this machine’s bag of tricks is the Instant-On technology Acer is employing, this allowing you to pop your machine open and have it up and running in 2 seconds. The real magic here is when you close the notebook though, as once you’ve closed the machine it goes to one level of sleep, then after 8 hours it goes into a much deeper sleep which will preserve the battery for a total of 50 days — we’ve not had the machine for quite that long, so I’ll report in on that once the battery dies. Thus far we’ve seen this machine play video for 4 hours straight before dying, and with basic functions like typing and web browsing we’re seeing closer to 6.
This machine is a great example of what the Ultrabook line is meant to be: relatively light, thin, and powerful enough to knock the netbook name out of the realm of reality. With the price on this particular setup being a bit more than the standard build, you’ll need to think about what you’re planning on using the machine for – if it’s home use for the internet and simple games exclusively, you’ll want the more basic Core i5 build. If you’re attempting to run some more impressive games and maybe a bit of the ol’ video processing, this i7 build is the one you want. Toss it in your backpack and be surprised at how little it ads to your daily weight, break it out at the coffee shop and impress the denizens of the generally Apple-heavy world of public browsing. Acer has come through with a winner here, folks, make no mistake about it.
Behold the first absolutely wacky advertisement spot for the Lenovo slim notebook V370, complete with no less than Plants vs Zombies characters, Angry Birds, and an epic battle to the death with Bruce Lee! The point this particular spot appears to be trying to get across is that the V370 is both strong and slim, but you wouldn’t know it was a commercial for a laptop if you didn’t see the first and last 5 seconds of the video. Thus is the way laptops must be promoted in the fact of Ultrabooks, we suppose, now that strength beats down the traditional size and shape of a standard laptop.
This video has a young lady reading a comic book on your V370 for a couple of panels, decidedly shaking her head at the absurdity of the situations she’s taking in. Once she folds the notebook up and walks through her workspace to head home, she runs into a pack of zombies as well as a an evil bossman, all of them comical enough to make any television watcher turn their head and pay attention. Then all madness breaks loose.
How on earth it makes sense to have several mobile games and Bruce Lee defend the future of the Lenovo notebook lineup, we may never know. How we’ll reconcile being able to watch such things from the comfort of our own home in preparation for a laptop – we don’t mind skipping thinking about that one either. Enjoy the craziness that is the promotion of a dying breed here in 2012.
Lenovo V370 promotions begin with Bruce Lee, Angry Birds, and Zombies is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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This little monster you see before you is essentially all you’ll need to roll out on a couple of tens and a fiver – a computer for just $25. This is the Raspberry Pi, and after months and years of speaking about it behind the scenes, it’s finally set to be released on the 20th of February. This device was originally supposed to be going on sale in December of 2011, but has now been officially announced by the creators to be coming out on the date announced, right here in the second month of 2012.
The Raspberry Pi $25 PC is essentially a computer motherboard with a low-powered ARM-based processor by the name of Broadcom BCM2835 and a cute set of connections around the Raspberry Pi logo printed on the board near the center. You’ll be running Linux-based software right out of the box and is set to be aimed at education groups, hobby computer builders, and those looking for the cheapest computer on the block. There will be two versions of this device when its released – the basic build for $25, and the slightly upgraded version with internet connectivity for $35.
The board is able to handle 1080p HD video playback, gaming to some degree, and has been shown to roll out on giant screens in testing phases several times already. You’ll be able to see this computer in action within the month and will be able to pick one up for yourself by the end of the month. If all goes according to plan, that is!
- Raspberry Pi $25 USB-Sized Computer Nearly Ready for Public Release on Aug 14th 2011
- $25 Raspberry Pi computer runs Quake III on Aug 30th 2011
- Raspberry Pi $25 USD computer coming in January on Dec 28th 2011
- Raspberry Pi sub-$35 computer hits eBay for over $2,300 on Jan 2nd 2012
- Raspberry Pi $35 PC gets unofficial Apple AirPlay support on Jan 20th 2012
- $25 Raspberry Pi packs 2x iPhone 4S GPU performance, roasts Tegra 2 on Jan 25th 2012
- Cheap Raspberry Pi media streamer will run special XBMC software on Feb 2nd 2012
- Raspberry Pi available to purchase by the end of February on Feb 7th 2012
[via Raspberry Pi]
Raspberry Pi $25 computer set for February 20th release is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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The game that’s still got iOS fans having heart attacks over how awesome it is, Temple Run, was originally scheduled to be dropped for Android today, but its developers have let us know that a bit of postponing is in order. Though we and the developers at Image Studios are hoping to get in on the game for a full release by the end of the month, it’s likely not going to happen this week. Those of you on the iPhone version of this game can continue swinging in glee as your Android compatriots wait for some awesome temple running pleasure for just a few more days or weeks or forever more.
Android Temple Run fans should take note that once speaking with the official crew behind the game we’ve discovered that the original March 9th date was never an official marker for the game to come out, only a guesstimation mostly passed on as a rumor. The postponing of this game’s release isn’t so much an error or a fix as it is a simple reality: the game was not necessarily going to come out today anyway. But so it goes, and so goes the game to a later date and we to the waiting box once again.
For those of you rocking an iPod Touch or an iPhone in the meantime, you can head to the iTunes App Store right this second to pick this game up for free. This game also works on iPad and we can expect that it’ll work on any sized Android device once its released as well. Jump and skip and flip and collect those coins soon!
[via Android Community]
Temple Run for Android postponed, still coming this month is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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If you’re looking for a chance to get some good music for cheap, Google has another interesting sale going on. They’ve put up Grammy award-winning and nominated songs and related albums up for sale. You can get individual tracks for $.59 and albums for $3.99, the cheapest we’ve seen music priced outside of “free”. Highlights include Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” and Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now.” Find these deals and more at the music section of the market.