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Confidential Images of Apple's New Spaceship Interior Leaked [Apple]
We already saw plenty of exterior images of Apple's new headquarters, which look like a giant spaceship or a spaceport. But these confidential interior images—obtained by 9to5mac's Élyse Betters—truly show the scale of this place. Look at the size of the glass walls! More »
Apple  campus  Cupertino  New  Top  from google
september 2012 by nluken
How I Got At Least $2,000 Worth of Grill for $540 [Home Mod]
I love to grill. A lot. So much so that a proper outdoor cooking spot became the singular focus of my last apartment search. I got the deck, and it came with a beat-up old propane grill, which I, a devout charcoaler, vowed never to use. More »
Home_mod  Bbqguru  Brinkmann  Chargriller  Grills  Memphis  Smokenator  Top  Weber  from google
july 2012 by nluken
Mozilla Thimble Teaches You HTML and CSS with a Side-by-Side HTML Editor [Learn To Code]
We recently told you about Mozilla's new Webmaker projects that teach you how to code, and the first one is ready for a test drive right now. Thimble is an easy to use, in-browser HTML editor that shows you the finished product right alongside your code, so you can learn as you go. More »
Learn_to_code  code  Development  Free  HTML  Learning  Mozilla  News  Teach_Yourself  Top  web_development  Webapps  from google
may 2012 by nluken
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Hands On: A Mirrorless Camera That's Actually for Beginners [Cameras]
Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-GF5 is incredibly similar to the Lumix GF3. It's got some spec bumps, and a design tweak or two, but the main difference is that the GF5 is much more approchable for novices. And frankly, that's a welcome change of pace. More »
Cameras  Gf5  Micro_four_thirds  Mirrorless  Panasonic  Top  from google
april 2012 by nluken
10 Great Clothing Tricks in 60 Seconds [Video]
No matter how hard you try, one thing you can't get away from is the need to take care of your clothes. Whether it's taking care of clothes that are falling apart or simply learning how to fold, store, and keep them, this video will show you the easiest, quickest ways to do a whole slew of clothing related activities. More »
Video_Demonstration  chores  Cleaning  Clever_Uses  Clips  Clothes  Clothing  Household  Laundry  Macgyver_tips  Top  Video  from google
march 2012 by nluken
This Amazing Device Just Made Wheelchairs Obsolete for Paraplegics [Video]
The young man in this video looks like he's riding a Segway. But Yusuf Akturkoglu was paralized after falling from a horse five years ago, and he's being mobilized by an amazing device invented by Turkish scientists. It's going to change lives. More »
Mobility  paraplegic  Robots  Tek_RMD  The_stoner_channel  Top  from google
march 2012 by nluken
Olympus OM-D E-M5: The First Micro Four Thirds Camera Aimed at Replacing a DSLR [Cameras]
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is crammed full of impressive features: the fastest autofocus among interchangeable lens cameras (or so says Olympus). The E-M5 pushes a ridiculous 9 frames per second of 16-megapixel RAW photos. It's the first mirrorless camera with a magnesium alloy body—weatherproof and dustproof, yo!—and packs the world's first 5-axis image stabilization. That's up from 2-axis in the PEN E-P3 and the E5 DSLR. But what does any of that mean to a regular person? More »
Cameras  Em5  Micro_four_thirds  Mirrorless  Olympus  Olympus_om-d_e-m5  Omd  Top  from google
february 2012 by nluken
How to Beat a K-Cup With Simple Coffee Gadgets [Video]
Friend-of-Gizmodo has a cute little comic today bemoaning Keurig K-Cups—the little coffee pods designed to brew single servings of coffee. They're convenient, but they're ridiculously overpriced, and don't make very good coffee. You can do better. More »
Coffee  Aeropress  Clever  K-cup  Keurig  Top  V60  from google
january 2012 by nluken
These Photographs Are Really Amazing Oil Paintings [Image Cache]
Hyperrealist painting is nothing new. Derived from photorealism in the 70s, this early aughts art movement aims to turn actual photographs into paintings. These are extraordinary examples by a young Italian painter, Roberto Bernardi. His command of oil painting defies belief. More »
Image_cache  Art  hyperrealism  Roberto_Bernardi  Top  from google
december 2011 by nluken
Like Scott Pilgrim Before it, To The Moon Tells a Personal Story in the Language of Video Games [Video]
Video games have a language all their own. It's a language that most people understand implicitly—concepts like extra lives, leveling up, experience points, and boss battles have gone mainstream. That language has begun to seep into other media as well—movies like The Matrix, Source Code, and books like those in the Scott Pilgrim series all use the language of games to tell stories in fresh, interesting ways. More »
To_the_moon  Fb  Freebird_games  Indie_Games  Kan_gao  laura_Shigihara  PC  Scott_pilgrim  Top  from google
december 2011 by nluken
Reeder for Chrome Transforms Google Reader into a Clean Feed Reading Experience [Chrome Extensions]
Chrome: Reeder for Chrome is inspired by Reeder for Mac OS and iOS, but it's not from the same developers. Nevertheless, it retains the clean and easy-to-use look and feel of the original, and completely re-skins Google Reader into a clean and attractive three-paned feed reader that looks just like the desktop and mobile app. More »
Chrome_Extensions  Chrome  Design  Downloads  Extensions  Feedreaders  Google_Reader  layout  News  reeder  RSS  Skins  Top  from google
november 2011 by nluken
Shure SE115 Earbuds Are Your Matt-Buchanan-Paid-Too-Much-for-These-Two-Weeks-Ago Deal of the Day [Dealzmodo]
Day 14. Martha won't stop shouting. I've filled the milk basin and tilled as much as I can before sun went down, but it's not enough. The shouting won't stop. I miss it when she used to strum those strings, and we'd drink honey milk and listen to cricket songs together. She was beautiful—she still is. Those cricket songs and our warm palms and the wide-shouldered sky. Now it's nothing but her shrieking, the birdsong of a lunatic. I tried to feed her prawns this morning—a sentimental treat—and she nearly sawed off my hand with that gorgeous jaw. I miss our music. Maybe I should take a gander at the deal of the day—stellar Shure SE115 earbuds for only $40 with free shipping. Martha used to like earbuds. -SB More »
Dealzmodo  App_dealz  Deals  Deals_of_the_day  Dealz  Dealz_of_the_day  Gadget_dealz  Hobomodo  Top  from google
november 2011 by nluken
Watch two guys run wild in an empty airport [Video]
Stranded overnight at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport, photographer Joe Ayala and his buddy videotaped themselves running wild in the terminal that became their home for the night. How is this possible in the TSA era? Watch this amazing video and find out. More »
Planelopnik  Alone_in_Airport  Clips  dallas_fort_worth  Dfw  Empty_Airport  Empty_Airport_Video  Joe_Ayala  stuck  Top  Video  from google
june 2011 by nluken
Find Out if Your Passwords Were Leaked by LulzSec Right Here [Psa]
Another day, another giant LulzSec data dump. This time, the target's not the US government or a big company, but a sprawling list of 62,000 internet strangers (and their login data). Are you one of them? Find out. More »
Psa  Facebook  Gmail  Hackers  Leak  Lulz_security  Lulzsec  Passwords  PayPal  Top  WoW  from google
june 2011 by nluken
Meet the Gömböc, one of the strangest shapes in the world [Video]
Invented by Hungarian mathematicians, the Gömböc can't ever be kept down. It's the world's only artificial, self-righting shape. More »
mad_science  Design  geometry  Maths  Physics  Top  from google
june 2011 by nluken
Maybe A Laugh Track and Tower Defense Are Just What Gears of War 3 Needed [E3 2011]
Gears of War's developers certainly didn't invent "Horde Mode." But Epic Games, creator of Gears, is lucky in that every other game developer who copies their popular multiplayer mode gives the studio credit for it when showing off their own take on Horde. More »
e3_2011  cliff_bleszinski  E3  Epic_Games  Gears_Of_War_3  Impressions  Microsoft  Original  Preview  Top  Xbox_360  Xbox_Live  from google
june 2011 by nluken
Can You Solve the Hardest Puzzle Ever? [Apps]
Esquire makes a pretty serious claim about their new iPad app: they say it's the hardest puzzle ever. In fact, they believe it so much, they just called it The Hardest Puzzle Ever. More »
apps  Esquire  Esquire_Hardest_Puzzle_Ever  Games  Hardestpuzzleever  Iosapps  Ipadapps  Top  from google
june 2011 by nluken
Which Direction Should I Wipe? [Do It Right]
You probably don't remember who taught you how to wipe—your parents, most likely—or why you wipe the way you do. All you know is that once you were settled in on one style of wiping that worked, more or less, there was no real reason to change. But is it the right way? Is it the best way? Let's find out. More »
Do_it_right  Poop  Toilet  Toilet_Paper  Top  which_direction_should_I_wipe  wiping  from google
may 2011 by nluken
Trimensional for iPhone [App Of The Day]
3D? Terribly lame when it's tossed into devices as a bullet point feature. Making stuff in 3D yourself? Almost always cooler than you think. Trimensional for iPhone takes a picture of your face and maps your mug in a 3D model. You wouldn't think it but it's kinda creepy seeing your face in 3D. More »
app_of_the_day  3D  3Dapps  3dCamera  3Diphoneapps  3dMapping  3Dmodel  Top  Trimensional  Trimensional3d  Trimensionaliphone  from google
april 2011 by nluken
These Are the First Three Adobe Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad [Photoshop]
Rejoice, Photoshop junkies of the world, because Adobe is jumping into the tablet world for real. And while this is not Photoshop for iPad (yet), my most precious body appendage is tingling with pleasant turgidity anyway. More »
Photoshop  Apple  Color_Lava  Eazel  ipad  iPad_Apps  nav  Top  Touch  from google
april 2011 by nluken
How to Turn Google Reader into a Customizable Read-It-Later Service [Reading]
You find a lot of interesting articles as you browse the web, but you don't always have time to read them right away. Read-it-later services like Instapaper and Read It Later both help solve that problem, but rather than signing up for yet another service, you can actually turn your Google Reader account into a personalized read-it-later archive. More »
Reading  Android  Customization  Feature  Google_Reader  instapaper  ios  Mobile  Read_it_Later  Top  Web_Browsing  from google
march 2011 by nluken
Epic Games' New Unreal Engine—This Is What Next Gen Gaming Looks Like [Video]
Fresh off the surreptitiously filmed, embargo-breaking train, it's the video footage of the engine that we previously showed you only in stills. This is the engine Epic describes as beyond what modern consoles can do. It's just one of many signs that a new crop of consoles are coming 'round the bend. [VentureBeat] More »
nextgen  Consoles  Epic  Epic_Games  Fb  Gdc  Top  Unreal  unreal_engine  from google
march 2011 by nluken
How urban planning accidentally created the perfect space for protest in Egypt's Tahrir Square [Design]
Dwell magazine has a fascinating interview with UC Berkeley architecture professor Nezar AlSayyad, about the peculiar urban design that went into Tahrir Square, the locus of so many protests in Cairo. AlSayyad, who also heads up the university's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, explains that the square - which isn't in fact square at all - is perfectly designed to host a massive anti-government protest. Here's why. More »
Design  Architecture  Egypt  Egypt_protests  Tahrir_Square  Top  urban_planning  from google
february 2011 by nluken
Become a Command Line Ninja With These Time-Saving Shortcuts [Video]
The command can be quite powerful, but typing in long commands and file paths gets tedious pretty quickly. Here are some shortcuts that will have you running long, tedious, or complex commands with just a few keystrokes. More »
Command_Line  Clips  Cygwin  Feature  Keyboard_Shortcuts  Lifehacker_Video  Linux  Mac_OS_X  Shell  Terminal  Terminal_Tip  Top  Windows  from google
january 2011 by nluken
Review: Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Is More Donkey Kong Than 2010's Other Big Donkey Kong Game [Video]
Some other Donkey Kong game came out from Nintendo in November 2010. Donkey Kong Country Returns, they call it. Yeah, sure. Like the essence of Donkey Kong is running to the right. The ape must stand defiant. Mario must run. More »
Review  Ds  Mario_vs._donkey_kong_miniland_mayhem  Nintendo  Top  from google
november 2010 by nluken
The Sailboat Race that Outpaces the Wind [Sailboats]
Re-adjust what you imagine when you think of a fast sailboat. Forget the floppy sails, majestic prows, and guys scurrying around in silly caps. Those would fly off on a C-class catamaran. Hell, the boats even fly. More »
Sailboats  aerospace  AMERICA'S_CUP  Boat  Boats  C-class_catamaran  catamaran  Feature  Race  Sailing  Top  from google
august 2010 by nluken
Top 10 Tools for Managing and Automating Your Media Downloads [Lifehacker Top 10]
You're handy with BitTorrent, you've learned your way around Usenet, and you have all kinds of files streaming onto your hard drive. Learn how to automatically unpack, rename, convert, and otherwise make your media ready for viewing with these 10 helper apps. More »
Lifehacker_Top_10  Automation  BitTorrent  Conversion  Download_Manager  Download_managers  Feature  Handbrake  iTunes  Media  Media_Center  Movies  Music  Organization  Television  Top  TV  Usenet  Videos  from google
august 2010 by nluken
Shogun 2 Total War: The Difference A Decade Makes [E3]
Artists from The Creative Assembly have spent more than a year learning ancient Japanese ink brush and wood block techniques, just to create transition art for Shogun 2: Total War. Imagine the work going into the actual game. More »
E3  E3_2010  Impressions  Original  PC  Sega  Shogun_2:_total_war  Strategy  The_Creative_Assembly  Top  War  from google
june 2010 by nluken
Stephen Colbert Shows Off His iPad's Vegetable-Slicing Capabilities [Colbert Report]
Stephen Colbert got an iPad and he is very excited to use it. To prepare salsa. Do not click if you are one of those weirdos who always worries about "voiding the warranty" on their gadgets. (What's with those guys?) More »
Colbert_Report  Apple  ipad  Kindle  salsa  Stephen_Colbert  Top  from google
april 2010 by nluken
Analyzing The Fallout: New Vegas Trailer [Class Participation]
The Fallout: New Vegas trailer has gone live, a release date announced, and fans are excited about getting back into the post-apocalyptic world later this year. Does the trailer hold clues about what we can expect in the game?

I've been over the trailer with a fine-toothed comb, picking out choice bits in the hope of finding some meaning in it all. I used a little of my own knowledge, a heaping helping of The Vault Fallout Wiki (thanks guys!), and now it's up to you. Check out what I've singled out, and then add your own thoughts and speculation. Go crazy with it.

The Scary Cowboy

Does the scary cowboy mean something, or is it simply tossed in to make the player afraid of cowboys? Having been taking small doses of cowboy at regular intervals over the past 36 years, I am immune.

The Body

Does one more dead body buried under the sands outside of Vegas make a difference? Is this someone in particular, or just an example of mobster violence being alive and well in New Vegas? In the original Fallout, NPC Tycho said that his father used to tell him about Vegas, reminiscing about a fat mobster who lived there, making reference to Fat Freddy, a character from Wasteland, an ancestor of the Fallout series. Oh great, it's a Mafia clone! I kid.

The City of Lights

References in previous Fallout titles suggest that Vegas had been largely rebuilt after the Great War, which would explain all of the buildings and lights. Vegas isn't the type of city to let a little apocalypse keep it down.

The Figure

Who is this guy supposed to be? Just a random wanderer, or is he something more? He reminds me a bit of the description of the NPC Tycho from Fallout, who was described as "a man in dusty leather armor with a trenchcoat and gas mask." Of course, Fallout's final art for Tycho looks completely different. Perhaps it's just a random desert ranger?

The Flag

If he is indeed a desert ranger, he's a desert ranger that's been to California, as he is holding (or standing next to) the flag of the New California Republic. Is there a war going on? An invasion? Considering the state of most cities following the Great War, a restored city like New Vegas would be a tasty target for conquest.

And Then Came The Glow

Those don't look like the eyes of the figure glowing. It actually looks like something being reflected off of his mask. What's red and glowing and heading towards New Vegas?

77? In A Row?

What's the signifigance of 77 in the Fallout universe? As far as I can tell, the only reference to the number is Vault 77, the Vault storied in the Penny Arcade companion comic for Fallout 3, which consisted solely of one man and several puppets. Perhaps it's a reference to that? Note that the figure also has a single 7 on his helmet. 777? Jackpot? Note - Now that I look over it again, it looks like an A7, seen clearly when he turns his head. Whoops.
Class_Participation  Bethesda  Fallout:_new_vegas  Obsidian  Original  Speculation  Top  from google
february 2010 by nluken
Everybody Loves Conan: All the Video Clips from Last Night's Late Night War [Clips]
Each of the late night hosts responded in their own way to Conan's statement yesterday that he won't follow Jay Leno. Jokes were made, jabs thrown, insults flew — and Matt Cherette was busy clipping at Gawker TV. Here's a rundown:
"My name is Conan O'Brien and I may soon be available for children's parties." - Conan O'Brien Other highlights include: Howie Mandel's special edition of Deal or No Deal, remarks from guest Tom Brokaw, and Tonight Show writer Deon Cole likens the situation to "being pimped." [Watch the video] "The folks here at NBC dont handle these things well, they don't have a lot of tact. They told me if I put on ten pounds I could get on The Biggest Loser. - Jay Leno Other highlights include: Guest Sandra Bullock and Anderson Cooper sounds off on NBC. [Watch the video] "Conan said he made the decision not to follow Leno at 12:05 after he talked to Johnny Carson. And then I got a call—just before I got out here— from NBC saying "Look, we don't want you back." - David Letterman [Watch the video] "Craig, are you burning your bridges there with NBC? Yes. What do you mean, you dont want to work for NBC ever in your career? No. They're lying rat bastards." - Craig Ferguson [Watch the video] Jimmy Kimmel donned a grey wig and faux chin and did his show as Leno all night. He even got guest Chevy Chase to partake by wearing an orange wig à la Conan during part of his interview. [Watch the video]
_Clips_  Conan_O'brien  craig_ferguson  David_Letterman  Jay_Leno  Jimmy_Kimmel  Latenight  Top  Video  from google
january 2010 by nluken
How To: Totally Overhaul Your Phones With Google Voice [How To]
Google Voice, which lets users consolidate all their phones under one number, archive your texts and voicemails, and much, much more, is two things to most people: vaguely promising, and totally confusing. Here's how to make the switch, in plain English.
The Pitch It doesn't really help to describe Google Voice in terms of what it is—a bizarrely fragmented hodgepodge of different telecom and internet technologies, drawn together by Google—so you just have to start with what it does. In short, it can completely change how you use your phones, more or less for free.
• It can give all of your phones the same number for incoming calls. Google will assigned you a new, Google Voice-specific phone number for free, which you can forward to as many phones as you want. What always drives the point of Google Voice home for people is when I have them call my number, which causes three of my phones to ring at once. You can keep this number forever, too, without ever having to worry about porting it from carrier to carrier. • It can give your phones the same outgoing number as well, with which you can make free domestic calls (well, sort of—more on that later), and very cheap international calls. Since Google Voice routes your calls through their phone system, they can connect you directly to cheap VoIP services to the rest of the world. It seems like you're just making a regular call, but behind the scenes you're doing something more akin to Skyping. End result: money saved. • You can send and receive unlimited text messages for free. To make things even better, they're all all archived in your online Google Voice account, where they're fully searchable. • It's got the best voicemail system in the world. Leaving a message at a Google Voice number is nothing like leaving your voice on a regular voicemail service—that is to say, it's not like sending your voice into a barely accessible technological horror pit where it might get listened to, but will probably be ignored. No, Google Voice is different: It stores your messages online, and converts them to text (which can then be sent to you as an SMS or an email). You can archive, forward, delete or save these messages from a simple interface on your phone or computer. Think of it as Gmail, except with voices. Plus, it's flexible in lots of little ways—you can change your voicemail greetings on a per caller basis, for example, or opt to listen to voicemails as they're being recorded. • This voicemail system isn't just for Google Voice numbers, either—you essentially replace your carrier voicemail with Google Voice voicemail, without using a new number. It's brilliant. • You have full control over your calls. You can record them for later listening, and have them transcribed into text. • You can screen callers. You can block numbers, or have callers record their names for your approval. You can have certain contacts only forwarded to certain phones,
Each of these features is compelling enough on its own—together, they'll totally change how you use your phones, changing you from a mere mobile customer to a full-on switchboard operator, self-spy, info hoarder and telco executive. It's like you run your own little phone company, just for yourself. For free. Spectacular.
The Catch(es) Now that I've got you all riled, it's time for me to pour an icy bucket of water down the front of your pants. Google Voice, as incredible a concept and service as it is, isn't perfect. In fact, there are a few things you need to know and accept before taking the dive, and they might be dealbreakers:
• You can't use your own phone number. At least, not in the way you wish you could. In an ideal world, you'd be able to port your old cellphone number to Google Voice, and have that—the digits people have been using to get in touch with you for years—be your new all-inclusive point of contact. You can't do this yet. For now, the closest you can come is to port your voicemail to Google Voice. That means that your T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint number's voicemail can be outsourced to Google, but not its calls. You can unify all your phones under your new Google Voice number, but that means you have to switch. Along with the basic inconvenience of telling everyone about your new number, you're trusting an awful lot in a beta service, the terms of which could change quickly and without notice. It's not something I worry about, but it's not nothing, either.
• You can't record calls that you've placed, just calls that you've received. And every time you initiate recording, Google Voice notifies the other person on the line. This is all makes perfect moral and procedural sense, but just in case you had the impression that there were no limits on your recording abilities, well, there are.
• The mobile app situation isn't ideal. There are apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and iPhone via jailbreak, and they all work. That said, they're not perfect—they can be slow, poorly integrated, glitchy, or hard to figure out. And since they're supposed to replace the dialer on your phone entirely, this isn't wonderful. The online mobile interface is a good fallback for placing calls and sending texts, but navigating to that adds an extra step to any call or text that can get tiresome after a while.
• Lastly, the way American phones work, you're still going to end up paying for your minutes, somehow. Just because Google Voice says you can make free domestic calls and cheap international calls doesn't mean that you actually can: in both cases, you need to dial out to Google Voice's external system in the first place, which means you're still using your monthly minute allotment. There are ways around this which I'll discuss later, but Google Voice, as good as it is, isn't magic.
Discouraged? Don't be. Google Voice is still well worth you time and effort, and it's only going to get better. Now, for God's sake let's get started already.
The Process Signing up. This is simultaneously the easiest and most irritating part of Google Voice: It's still invite only. Lucky for you, "Invite" in this case doesn't mean you actually have to wait for an individual to select you from the masses; it's just Google's way of saying their keeping the signup pace down at manageable levels while the service is still in beta. Just submit your address, after which Google "anticipate[s] that it will be a short wait before you receive your invitation."
What's a short wait? My invite took about four days. Some come within 48 hours. At worst, they take about two weeks. Lots of you will have already received your invite, and just not done a whole lot with it—you guys can keep reading—while the rest of you should just bookmark this post, and come back to it once you get your invite. Protip: check your spam filters.

Ok, hello again, people I was talking to anywhere between two seconds and two weeks ago! How are you? Now that you've got your invite, you can log in to your Google Voice Dashboard. It'll look familiar if you've used any Google Service before:
Logging in. Follow your confirmation link, or navigate here. Click around for a while to get a feel for the interface. This is how you'll manage your phones from now on. It's liberatingly simple.
Picking your number. You'll be given a choice of numbers, which you can choose from practically any available area code. Choose wisely: this will be your primary number from here on out. Choosing your first number is free; changing it in the future will cost you $10. Boo, waah, etcetera! But really not a huge deal.
Adding your phones. This is assuming you want to forward a single number to all your phones, which is kind of the point here, so: Go to the Google Voice settings page (up in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. In the first section, called "Phones," click "Add a Phone" or "Add Another Phone." Give it a name "My iPhone" and enter its phone number. That's it.
Now you'll be given a passcode, which you'll use to authenticate your existing phone. Clicking "Connect" will call your phone from your Google Voice number, and a friendly robot will ask for you code. Enter it. That's it!
Setting up your voicemail. Now that the phone is added, it can accept calls directed to your Google Voice number. If the call is ignored, it will forward the voicemail to Google Voice, where it will be stored online. Alternately, if you only want to use Google Voice for voicemail, you can disable the calling feature (by unchecking the box next to the phone), and set up the service to hijack your actual cellphone number's voicemails—even when the call didn't get routed through Google Voice.
This is much easier that it sounds: Just click "Activate Google Voicemail" next to your newly-added phone, and enter the number they give you exactly as it's written, symbols and all. Once you "call" that number, you'll get some kind of message on your phone. On the iPhone, it looks like this.
Your voicemail has been switched—all you need to do now is set up a quick bookmark in your mobile phone to Google Voice, which provides a functional, if sparse, interface for your Google Voice messages. It's like visual voicemail, except through your browser. (Or a mobile app, which I'll get to soon.)
Choosing the rest of your settings. Now you'll see your phone listed under the "Phones" settings tab. The other tabs contain a few pages of settings for your Google Voice account. How you toggle these is up to you, but here are the most important ones: If you want to forward SMSes to email, you'll have to enable that in the "Voicemail and SMS" tab; call screening settings are located under the "Calls" tab; and international call credit can be added under the "Billing" tab, from a credit card. Finding your feet. Take some time to experiment with some of Google Voice's core features now. Place a call using the button at the top left of the Google Voice homepage. Enter your recipient's number, and choose which of your phones you'd like to place the call with. … [more]
_How_To_  Feature  Google  Google_Voice  Google_voice_guide  Grand_Central  How_to_use_google_voice  Top  VoIP  from google
december 2009 by nluken
I am T-Pain iPhone App Is Auto-Tuning Genius [IPhone Apps]
Smule, the guys who made Leaf Trombone and Ocarina, just ported Auto-Tune—the software T-Pain and Auto-Tune the news uses to make music gold—onto the iPhone. Holy crap is it awesome.
Here is my sample recording. I never heard the original, obviously, so I did my best at freestyling. What's cool about this is that all I had to do was select the track, hit play and basically go freeballing on the lyrics that popped up. Sometimes the lyrics popped a little too fast, but hey, what're you gonna do.
But the fact that you can make your own track, then share it with your friends (or Facebook or Myspace) with just a few clicks is amazing, especially so since it's authentic Antares Auto-Tune technology. As a bonus, you can see the Auto-Tune the News guys with T-Pain allude to the existence of the app in their latest installment:
The Price is $3, and I definitely got $3 worth of fun out of it. [iTunes]
_iPhone_Apps_  I_am_t-pain  I_am_t-pain_iphone_app  iPhone  t-pain  Top  from google
september 2009 by nluken
Panasonic Lumix GF1 Camera Improves on the Olympus E-P1... But Not By Much [Cameras]
As leaked, Panasonic's third Micro Four Thirds camera, the GF1, matches the small size of the Olympus E-P1 while adding a built-in flash and some great new lenses.
Besides the size and shape, the Lumix GF1 is very similar to the E-P1: Same 12.1 MP sensor, same 720p video and HDMI-out and same $900 kit price. But it does bring a handful of improvements, most notably the addition of a built-in flash. For the E-P1, the flash is a $200 attachment that hikes up the price and lowers the portability, so some people will be pleased to see it integrated in the GF1.

The other big refinements over the E-P1 is the LCD. Since there's no optical viewfinder—or even a high-res digital one like on the G1 and GH1, it's important to get all the dots you can on the 3" LCD itself. The E-P1's has a paltry 230,000 dots, while the GF1's has 460,000 dots.
The lenses Panasonic is offering in the kits also look great, though of course we can't make a definitive judgment until we try them out. One kit has the Lumix G 20mm f1.7 "pancake" lens, which seems better, on paper, than the E-P1's 17mm f2.8 kit lens. The other kit includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. Both kits should retail for $900 when they're released in early October.
The LUMIX GF1, the world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with built-in flash*, packs powerful DSLR and HD video capabilities into a sleek and easy-to-use compact body
Secaucus, NJ (September 2, 2009) – Today, Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-GF1, the latest addition to the award-winning LUMIX G Series, which debuts as the world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash*. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 distinguishes itself from previous models with its elegant, compact design reminiscent of classic film cameras, yet builds on Panasonic's success with the revolutionary LUMIX G Series of digital interchangeable lens system cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. With its compact size, user-friendly design and ability to record High Definition (HD) video and take professional-quality photos, the LUMIX GF1 continues to redefine digital photography standards.
"Panasonic changed the digital camera industry with the world's first Micro Four Thirds digital camera, the LUMIX G1 – a compact "DSLR-like" digital camera that produces exceptional image quality. Then, as we continued to raise the innovation bar, Panasonic launched the LUMIX GH1, adding full High Definition 1080p video recording with continuous auto focus," said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "The new LUMIX GF1 continues the evolution and is the perfect addition to our LUMIX G Series, as its sophisticated, small body makes it easier and more convenient to carry. The GF1 is ideal for point-and-shoot consumers looking to step-up to DSLR-quality or for current DSLR users who want greater convenience without compromising performance quality or creative flexibility."
With its lightweight body, the LUMIX GF1 provides experienced photographers with the ideal digital camera to carry with them at all times. Like its predecessors in the LUMIX G Series, the LUMIX GF1 eliminates the pentaprism found in traditional interchangeable lens cameras. Thus, this mirror-free structure allows Panasonic to dramatically reduce both size and weight.
Though small in size, the LUMIX GF1 does not compromise in advanced features. The LUMIX GF1 thoroughly optimizes the advantages of a system camera to ensure high performance, whether capturing photos or HD video. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 can record 1280 x 720 High Definition video in AVCHD Lite, a format that enables longer recording times. With a dedicated video record button, capturing video is convenient and easy. The LUMIX GF1 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and other video recording formats include: QVGA, VGA and WVGA. The LUMIX GF1 has a unique Movie Program Mode that allows consumers to adjust the depth-of-field while shooting in HD video, so background and foreground can be blurred to give creative effects – something typically only possible with expensive professional camcorders.
The LUMIX DMC-GF1 includes the new My Color mode, which includes seven preset effects – Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette and Custom – all which let users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. With the Live View function, users can see how these settings will effect the photo before they shoot, making it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. For even more elaborate effects, users can choose from a total of nine Film modes, and set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each. A custom function lets users store their favorite settings in memory. Furthermore, the exposure meter can be displayed in other shooting modes and the correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown, with a color-coded warning that alerts users when the settings are not in the proper range.
For those users not quite comfortable with extensive manual and creative controls, the LUMIX GF1 provides a user-friendly setting that can address a beginner's comfort level, while helping them evolve their photography skills. For instance, Panasonic's new Scene mode, Peripheral Defocus, lets users take a photo where the foreground is in focus and background is blurred – or vice versa. This popular effect can be intimidating for a beginner, but in the Peripheral Defocus mode, by simply selecting the objects to be blurred and focused using the camera's keypad, it is simple for photographers of any level.
Also, helping to make the LUMIX GF1 more approachable, Panasonic's popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a system of technologies that engage automatically – no setting changes needed – allows for intuitive use when shooting still or video images. While shooting video, iA activates Panasonic's O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), which helps reduce video-blurring due to handshake. In addition, Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it so it always turns out beautifully. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. For still photos, the iA system encompasses: Face Recognition (up to six faces can be registered); Auto Focus (AF) Tracking; Mega O.I.S.; Intelligent ISO; Intelligent Exposure; and Intelligent Scene Selector.
The LUMIX GF1 also comes fully-equipped with a built-in flash and a large, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and a 460,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD offers automatic backlight control, which when combined with its high-resolution, helps improve visibility in all light environments – from sunny outdoors to low-light interior settings. New for the LUMIX G Series, the LUMIX GF1 is compatible with an optional Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), which provides the full-time live view function boasting 100% field of view regardless of the attached lens. To further expand the LUMIX G Series system, Panasonic Micro Four Thirds digital cameras can be used with Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R lenses using Panasonic's DMW-MA2M DMW-MA3R. These adapters give the user access to the unlimited number of lens properties.
The LUMIX GF1's sensor technology offers the best of both worlds - the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the low-power consumption of a CMOS sensor. Advanced technology makes it possible to read four channels of data simultaneously, helping the LUMIX GF1 deliver 60 frames-per-second full-time Live View images, while maintaining fine detail and rich gradation. The LUMIX GF1's Venus Engine HD records stunning high-resolution 12-megapixel images using its advanced Live MOS Sensor. This sophisticated LSI circuit separates chromatic noise from luminance noise and applies the optimal noise reduction to each, helping to capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO levels.
The contrast AF system adopted in the LUMIX GF1 is not only accurate, but also very quick – approximately 0.3 seconds with the LUMIX G H-FS014045 lens. Users can choose from a wide-range of AF modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas; 1-area AF with a selectable focus area; Face Detection; and AF Tracking. The LUMIX GF1 also has a Quick AF function that begins focusing as soon as the user aims the camera - without pressing the shutter button halfway.
As with all Panasonic LUMIX G Series digital cameras, the LUMIX GF1 is equipped with a highly-effective Dust Reduction system. Thus, if dust gets inside the camera (when changing lenses), Panasonic's Dust Reduction system addresses this problem by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor which vertically vibrates around 50,000 times per second, thus repelling the dust.
The content captured on the LUMIX GF1 can easily be viewed on a Panasonic VIERA® HDTV by simply inserting the SD/SDCH Memory Card into the VIERA's SD/SDHC Memory Card slot or into a Panasonic DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player. Alternatively, an optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the LUMIX DMC-GF1 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link™ operation, with control of playback functions, such as slideshows, managed from the VIERA HDTV's remote control.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 will be available in early October 2009 with the option of two kits – both with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95. One kit option includes the newly-announced LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH, a compact and lightweight "pancake" lens, while the other kit features the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. The optional Live View Finder DMW-LVF1 has an SRP of $199.95; while the … [more]
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september 2009 by nluken
How To: Kick Your Torrent Addiction With Usenet [How To]
Usenet: Everyone's heard of it, nobody uses it. This is ridiculous. Not only is it a fantastic way to download—it's not that hard to use. Here's how to drop your torrent habit once and for all, with Usenet.
This point of this guide is to get people acquainted with the basics of Usenet, but if any of you beardy old-timers have any tips, tricks, advice or tearful memories to share about your decades on the 'Net, that party's in the comments. Anyway!
What is Usenet?
I'll spare you a deep historical and technical explanation, because it'd bore you to death, and I'm not the guy to give it: Usenet has been around since the late 70s as one of the bulletin board systems that the first generation of true nerds cut their teeth on. It was designed for discussion, and lived across tons of decentralized servers. For most purposes it's been replaced by the internet as we know it today, but it's still very much alive, albeit with a different face.
You see, somewhere back in the 80s, someone started uploading binary content—files, not words—to Usenet. This was, and in some ways still is, an awkward fit, but it quickly became one of the main uses for the service. Why? Because nobody seemed to care much about regulating it—they still don't, for whatever reason—and because, man, it was fast. These factors made it a perfect refuge for for files of all types, and now the pure amount of stuff available on Usenet rivals—and in a lot of categories, exceeds—the best torrent trackers, which are getting picked off anyway.
Why Do You Want It? This one's easy: Aside from serving a huge amount of content, Usenet is usually the first place popular downloads show up, and unlike torrents, once they're up, the downloads immediately run at full speed. Speaking of which, it bears repeating: Usenet is extremely fast. Unless your service is absolute crap, you're probably going to max out your broadband connection. Once you've tasted this kind of speed, torrents almost seem silly. And lastly, you don't have to seed, or upload, anything.
For download junkies, Usenet is a wonderland. But it's got a longstanding reputation for being a little tough to get into, so most people don't even give it a shot. This isn't really fair, since Usenet isn't at all hard to use. Here's how to get started:
Choosing a Usenet Service There was a time when ISPs weren't just cool with Usenet binaries—they actually hosted them. Some still do, but in those rare cases there are usually crippling bandwidth restrictions, throttling measures and all kind of missing content. To mine the Usenet gold you really care about—the alt.binaries content—you're going to need to buy access. Sorry! Usenet isn't a peer-to-peer service, so you've got to pay someone, somewhere for all that bandwidth and storage. The good news is, you can get away with spending about $15 a month for unlimited, unthrottled access. If you're not comfortable with this, get your feet wet with a free trial, like GigaNews', or just buy a one-off download pass, good for a few gigabytes.
There are a couple things to look for in a Usenet provider, but most major, reputable services are roughly comparable. Retention is a word you'll see a lot: Usenet servers, given the pure volume of content they get loaded with, have to clear themselves out every once in a while, meaning that files have a limited lifespan. Retention is just a term to describe how long a provider can afford to keep uploads, and the longer they can hold onto uploads, the more files they have. You shouldn't settle for much less that 300-day retention nowadays.
Providers also advertise how many parallel connections to their servers they permit at one time. More=faster, but past about ten concurrent downloads, the numbers really stop meaning anything, unless you're on some kind of insanely fast commercial connection, in which case WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOWNLOADING FILEZ, HMM?
Lastly, there are download limits. This should be more obvious, but just just in case: This represents how much you can download from your provider in a given month. This one's all you, so if you really don't think you'll break 10GB a month, only buy 10GB a month. Once you really start to kick your torrent habit, though, you might be surprised at what you're capable of.
I've been using Astraweb for years—they're cheap, and fast enough to saturate my connection—so the rest of the tutorial will assume you've chosen them. If you've gone with another provider, the only difference will be your server settings, which they'll give you after you sign up. Remember: Usenet servers are all meshed together, so no matter who your provider is, the available downloads should be about the same, at least for as long as your provider keeps them around.
Choosing a Client As with torrents, there's some pretty weird stuff going on behind the scenes with Usenet. As I mentioned earlier, adding binary files to Usenet was kind of an afterthought, which means the procedure for downloading them kind of complicated, at least on the back end. For example: Usenet binaries have relatively low size limits, so any larger content—movies, software, etc—needs to be split up into lots of small pieces. You know how sometimes a torrent comes in about about 40 .RAR files that have to be rejoined once they're downloaded? That's because it came from Usenet, where files can't be much more than 20MB. So, your client's got to be able to handle all these group downloads, and preferably join them together for you automatically.
There a plenty of Usenet clients out there, but most of them are either don't support the kind of file downloading we want—your email app probably falls into this category—are command-line-based, or cost money. I'm done spending your dollars for today, so I'll point everyone toward the only free, cross-platform Usenet binary client I know of, and one I've been using for quite a long time: It's called SABnzbd. The rest of the guide will be based around this app, though you can try to follow along with some other free alternatives if you like. Mac OSers may want to try Hellanzb (GUI version linked) and Windows folks could go with Alt.binz. But SABnzbd is, to put it bluntly, pretty great.
SABnzbd runs a local web interface, so it'll look the same no matter what OS you're on. Here's how to get started.
1.) Download and install the client (For Windows, it's an installer like any other app; for Mac OS, it's a .DMG) 2.) Start it up. It should open a browser window to a control panel-esque page, clearly label as SABnzbd. 3.) Navigate to the "Config" Page and click "Servers" 4.) Enter the server settings your Usenet provider gave you after signup (Astraweb's at left) 5.) Staying in the "Config" page, click "Folders" 6.) Choose where you want downloaded files to go, and where you want the temporary files to live before they're finished downloading. 7.) Choose a "Watched" folder. This how SABnzbd will know what you want it to download. Make it a place that's easy for you to save to, from a browser.
That's it! Now just leave SABnzbd running, and we'll start to explore Usenet. Feel free to play around with more of SABnzbd's options, like the themes, one of which is featured on this article's top image, but follow this general rule: if it's not totally obvious to you what an option changes, you should probably ignore it. The only thing you might have to worry about outwith this setup procedure is enabling an SSL connection, if your ISP is throttling your download speeds. More on that here.
Finding Those Files Now that you've got access to Usenet, and the right tools to draw those sweet, sweet files from it, it's time to dive in. Since Usenet in the raw is an incomprehensible mess, something has emerged called the Newzbin, or NZB standard. NZBs are a lot like torrent files: They're little pointers that contain information about all the little scattered pieces of a given download, and which give clients like SABnzbd everything they need to make downloading look seamless to users. To "explore Usenet" is really to explore indexes of NZBs, and to do that, you need a good search engine. The best is at Newzbin, from the people who invented the NZB format. Unfortunately, it too is paid, and currently invite-only. Instead, you should use one of the decent free alternatives, like, Binsearch or Newszleech. Searching takes some practice, but once you get a sense of how people name stuff 'round these parts, it's a breeze.
Once you find your NZB, download it to the directory you marked "Watch" in SABnzbd. Alternately, you can just download it to wherever you want, and add it to SABnzbd at the program's homepage, under "Add File". Now check on your SABnzbd queue, where you should see something like this: It's working! And yes, it's really going that fast. If it's not downloading, you may need to check your server settings: Sometimes ISPs block the default port, 119, meaning you'll have to use another one that your provider supports. 8080 is a common one, as is 1818. Refer back to step four for this; changing it should only take a second.
SABnzbd takes care of all that nasty .RAR rejoining and extracting for you, so once the download is done, your designated download folder should have a fully-cooked, ready-to-watch/listen/run file waiting for you. Bask in it.
So, that's Usenet!
Odd and Ends
As you've probably guessed by now, there are a lot of ways to make SABnzbd more powerful. For that, have a look at this fantastic thread on SomethingAwful by one of the app's developers, and the SABnzbd wiki, which answers just about any support question you might have.
Also, there's a big subject we didn't even address here today, which is how you actually add stuff to Usenet. The process can be a little involved, and hey, you're brand new to the world of Usenet—let the rest of us worry about uploading for now. That said, when you're finally ready, here's a primer.
So that's about it! Please add in your experiences in the comments—your feedback is a huge benefit to our Saturday… [more]
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august 2009 by nluken

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