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A New Patent for Contextual Ads Created by Microsoft

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:48 PM PDT

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Microsoft and Barnes and Noble recently came to terms on a new way to distribute the companies eBooks on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This will drastically increased the footprint of B&N digital titles, which remain USA only. Microsoft may have found a new way to offer eBooks at a cheaper rate with a new patent to display contextual advertising within the books.

Microsoft said that “Contextual advertisements may provide targeted advertising to consumers using relevant consumer information, as well as contextual information associated with the e-book hosting the advertisement.” So basically,  the way the new patent is thought to work is based on the genre of the book you are reading. You will be served advertisements based on the genre. So if you are reading a science fiction book, you might see ads for other books in the similar genre or maybe a new high-tech device. If you are reading an erotica book, you may see furry handcuffs or a cat-of-nine-tails.

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Powering my Raspberry Pi with the BeagleJuice, 2nd Gen Battery

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 06:46 PM PDT

My Raspberry Pi finally showed up today! Naturally, an unboxing event was in order…

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I haven't gotten around to setting up my SD card yet, but I just wanted to see if it would power on with the BeagleJuice sitting on my desk. In theory, it should work, since the BeagleJuice outputs 5V from each of the 2-pin molex connectors.

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I took the micro USB cable that I spliced last week and plugged it into the Raspberry Pi…

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…then I connected the other end to the BeagleJuice.

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And voila! The Raspberry Pi powers on, as indicated by the red power LED next to the audio jack. Just for kicks, I plugged in the BeagleBone to the BeagleJuice as well (with a 5V barrel jack) to make sure they both run simultaneously, and they do :-)

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Cutting-edge Saw

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 06:14 PM PDT

This pole saw attachment combines advanced ergonomics with clean electric power to remove brush and branches. The long reach of the extension boom and a balanced, weight-distributing harness allows the user to easily trim branches without putting strain on the arms or back. The tool also collects and transfers information about its activity wirelessly to better gauge usage and efficiency.

Designer: Viktor Rosendahl

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Overdrive Reaches a New Milestone – One Million eBooks and Audiobooks

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 04:47 PM PDT

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Overdrive, the leading company that facilitates digital lending to libraries and K12 schools has reached a milestone today. They have reported that their internal catalog of content has surpassed one million eBook sand Audiobooks. Over 19,000 libraries and schools currently do business with Overdrive and now have a wider selection then ever before.

The company has reached new agreements recently with a ton of different companies. They include; Holiday House, Mango Languages, Kids Can Press, Amicus Publishing, Kodansha, Cloudary, Santillana, Mondadori, and Mintright. They join almost 1,000 publishers in 52 languages that do business with Overdrive, including Random House, HarperCollins, Pottermore, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orca Books, Saddleback, Sourcebooks and Disney Digital Books.

"In time for 'Back to School,' and in response to global demand for eBooks, we're enriching our catalog with even more popular and diverse content," said Erica Lazzaro, general counsel and head of publisher relations at OverDrive. "Each week, we're adding new publishers offering thousands of new titles—with a particular focus recently on Children's, Young Adult, and foreign-language genres—and this broad digital content is reaching millions of readers through our channels."

With the number of new OverDrive publisher partners accelerating in 2012, the B2B digital distributor has dramatically increased its ingestion capabilities through team additions and process improvements. As a result, in June, OverDrive added a single-month record of more than 100,000 new titles. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Phablets – Where Smartphones and Tablets Meet

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:05 PM PDT

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Mobile devices with a 5 inch sized display presents a strange scenario. This, since we are not sure if we should perceive it as a smartphone with some added functionality of a tablet or the other way round, that is a tablet that can also be a smartphone. However, a recently coined term — ‘Phablet’ comes to our rescue which correctly describes a device that can be both a smartphone owing to its voice calling facility as well as a tablet what with its relatively bigger display. It is a bit to big to be branded a smartphone alone (though smartphones are fast approaching that with the Samsung Galaxy S III having a 4.8 inch display) but still smaller to be considered a proper tablet. As if the unwritten law to be followed here is that a smartphone can’t be bigger than 5 inches while the least size a tablet can be is 7 inches.

So how does one describe a device such as the Galaxy Note or the LG Optimus VU. Its Phablet of course and the segment is still in its nascent stages, with it being the Galaxy Note alone that has the numbers to be deemed successful here. The Streak 5 from Dell was the one that had started the trend though found it hard to hold on to it long enough. Dell was forced to withdraw the device eventually, leaving it to the Samsung Galaxy Note over a year later to give rise to the term Phablet.

Is the segment here to stay? /> It seems yes going by the way Samsung is pushing things here. The first gen Galaxy Note has found enough buyers to make it worth the effort to develop a sequel to it. As things stand right now, the Galaxy Note 2 is slated for an Aug 29 release. The Galaxy Note has sold more than 5 million units in the first 5 months of its its launch and the numbers alone has prompted others to join the party. The secret to Galaxy Note’s success can be in its specs, which speak of a 1.4 Ghz dual-core Exynos processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage with a 5.3 inch 800 × 1280 pixel Super AMOLED display on top of it all. Further, the Galaxy Note couldn’t have been what it is sans its stylus that greatly enhances its functionality and scope.

Who the other players are? /> LG was the second company to have on offer an alternative to the Galaxy Note in the form of the Optimus Vu. However the device hasn’t been as successful as the Galaxy Note so that the segment is still dominated by the former. This does not come as a surprise as LG has been floundering in the smartphone segment and the same applies to its tablet business as well. Consumer confidence on LG smartphones ins’t that great right now which showed in the way the Optimus Vu fared in the market.

However, given the potential the segment holds, HTC has announced they will have a competitor to the Galaxy Note by October. Sure there will be many more to join the list once the existing crop begin to rake in the numbers.

Why should you go for a Phablet? /> Well, the benefits are many. With a phablet, you won’t have to carry two separate devices, a smartphone and a tablet with you. A phablet alone can be enough while also adding to portability and is small enough to be carried in your pockets. With almost as much memory as a 7 inch tablet, you can have all of your contents at your disposal at your disposal. So listening to music or watching videos, a phablet can be enough for the purpose. However, with the latter, it could depend on personal tastes as many prefer watching their videos on a bigger display and a 7 or even a 10 inch display can be perfect for them.

E-book reading is another aspect for which a phablet can be perfect. You can always catch up your reading and for this, a device slightly bigger than a smartphone can be quite practical.

Playing games can be another pastime on a phablet and if you enjoyed doing so on a smartphone, you will enjoy it even more here.

Things you may not like with a Phablet. /> However, web browsing can be a chore though here too, it all depends on how one is able to adjust to the screen real estate that the likes of the Galaxy Note has on offer. The same applies to using the on-screen keyboard while one handed usage of such a device is another thing that we need to get used to. The Galaxy Note is almost as big as a small shaving mirror and it can’t be used with just one hand at all times. In fact, a phablet can lead to frustrating moments when you try to use it as a smartphone but the size limits using it with just one hand.

Should you buy a Phablet. /> If you think you can adapt to the size, a phablet can be perfect for you. This apart, there are enough goodies packed in a device such as the Galaxy Note to go for it. Price can be another factor and one has to decide whether to go for a phablet or the new breed of budget 7 inch tablets of the likes of Nexus 7 that has taken the world by storm.

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Music Everywhere

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:29 PM PDT

Although earbuds are very convenient when on the go, somehow I prefer not to wear them while driving or riding my bike. I get the feel that blocking out essential noises, especially when cycling can be detrimental. Something like this Portable Speaker Design for Cycles is what I'd love to use instead. They look sleek and have an easy way to fit in. Love their simple looks and easy access to controls. Way to go!

Designer: Yu Haibo

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Valve announces new Software section for Steam, games to get some company September 5th

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:06 PM PDT

We’ve had some indication that Valve would soon be expanding its Steam offerings beyond games thanks to a new batch of categories that briefly turned up in its Android app last month, and the company has now made the move official. While not discussing the mobile app specifically, Valve has confirmed that the first set of non-game titles will be hitting Steam on September 5th, offering a variety of (as yet unnamed) applications that the company says “range from creativity to productivity.” As you’d expect, those will all be able to be installed and updated through Steam, and you’ll be able to save your work in the Steam Cloud and access it on any computer. Valve also says that titles will continue to be added in an “ongoing fashion” after the initial batch, and developers will be able to submit their own applications through the Steam Greenlight system.

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Nike Trois

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 11:57 AM PDT

The Nike Trois collection of concept triathlon gear aims to streamline the process of changing from running shoe to biking shoe to cut down on course times. Both shoes were designed with a smart lace-and-strap system that can be set and tightened to the competitor’s preference before they put them on, so that when they arrive they can be slipped on quickly without adjustment. The trio of speed-suit, bike shoe and running shoe are aesthetically cohesive and fit snuggly into a matching compartmentalized backpack.

Designer: Herald Ureña

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GameStop Mobile will not be an MVNO; company still testing sales of prepaid SIMs from other carriers

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 11:46 AM PDT

GameStop Mobile will not be an MVNO company still testing sales of prepaid SIMs from other carriers

In a recent interview with us, GameStop CEO Paul Rainer confirmed that GameStop Mobile — an entity that appeared to be on the brink of selling prepaid GSM SIM cards to GameStop patrons — is nothing more than “a mockup.” If you’ll recall, an entire website launched back in May showcasing what appeared to be GameStop’s portal for hawking SIM cards that relied on AT&T’s network to provide service. At the time, the collective held its breath awaiting a confirmation of truth — after all, it’s not exactly easy to pry a data-only SIM out of AT&T’s hands, particularly one that’s free of a contract. Sadly, the CEO informed us that it was “just a creative thing,” noting that it “wasn’t even an idea being pitched.” Continuing, Rainer stated:

“We don’t have an MVNO (laughing). If you are trying to provide your customers with a bundle that comes with a pre-owned phone and will allow them to play games, make calls, and everything else — you don’t have to have a network to do that; you can sell SIM cards and pre-paid plans, those things exist, and we are in the process of testing several to see which ones makes sense.”

Of course, accidentally publishing an entire website dedicated to the idea seems a bit crazy for something that wasn’t even being pitched — what kind of designer has that much free time? — but at least the story has an ending for now. “For now,” we say, because the aforementioned pitch could finally happen now that AT&T’s Mobile Share plans are debuting this month.

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Google Now Accessible On Some Rooted ICS Devices

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 10:20 AM PDT

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Google’s Google Now is perhaps making as much noise as the Jelly Bean update that it is part of. What this means is that you need to have Jelly Bean on your device first to have a taste of Google Now. However, that is the ideal case and there always are ways to get around such scenarios. As the folks at XDA Developers forum have hit upon, having Google Now up and running on your device is perfectly possible even if it is not running the latest Android version. However as a pre-requisite, you need to root the device and install some codes which makes it possible to have Google’s take on personal assistance on a mobile device even if it is running Ice Cream Sandwich.

To be more precise, the requirements to have on board Google Now include an ARMv7 device, it should be rooted, and should be running ClockWorkMod Recovery and have Ice Cream Sandwich.

Head over to the XDA site for more on this.

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