Saturday, September 03, 2011

drag2share: The Birdy Is a Super Simple Budgeting Site That Records Your Purchases Via Email [Personal Finance]

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5836887/the-birdy-is-a-super-simple-budgeting-site-that-records-your-purchases-via-email

The Birdy Is a Super Simple Budgeting Site That Records Your Purchases Via EmailIf you appreciate the need for budgeting and tracking your spending but you find typical financial software too tedious, give The Birdy a try. This webapp makes recording your spending really easy by asking you to reply to its daily emails.

Each day, The Birdy will send you an email asking what you bought that day. Reply with one purchase per line, including a description and tags like this: "$10 lunch #food #work" then The Birdy will record it in your account. That's it!

You can also add purchases via the website.

It's a great app if you're prone to forgetting to track your purchases, use mostly cash to buy things, and/or don't want to use services like Mint that connect to your accounts.

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drag2share: Google Voice Gets Full Honeycomb Support [Blip]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5837113/google-voice-gets-full-honeycomb-support

Google Voice Gets Full Honeycomb SupportEngadget reports that Google just planted the latest version of Google Voice into the Android Market, fully optimized to work with Honeycomb. Took them bloody long enough, no? [Engadget]

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drag2share: Jarre AeroSystem One's music makes the audiophiles come together

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/02/jarre-aerosystem-ones-music-makes-the-audiophiles-come-together/

We've all got that one friend who just cannot believe you'd listen to 128kbps MP3s. Well, forget the rent, slap a handful of Benjamins down, slot this AeroSystem One next to your IKEA furniture, and then continue to play those low bit rate tracks -- it should drive'em nuts. Designed with a decidedly anti-regressive approach to sound quality, Jarre's lamp-like audiophile rig is the Lady Liberty of digital music, accepting not only all generations of Apple's iPods and iPhones, but also tunes recorded in any digital format. The stainless steel and toughened glass-made sound system, measuring about three and a half feet tall and weighing about 32lbs, pumps up those iTunes jams with the aid of two 30W satellite speakers and one 60W subwoofer. Oh, and that cost? Yeah, the sound of this music's gonna run you 799 Euros (or $1,135), but hey -- a month or three of ramen never hurt anybody. Right?

[Thanks, Nick]

Jarre AeroSystem One's music makes the audiophiles come together originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: Toshiba FlashAir WiFi SD Card will make your Eye-Fi's water

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/02/toshiba-flashair-wifi-sd-card-will-make-your-eye-fis-water/

Eye-Fi's wireless cards push photos straight from digital cameras without cables, but what if you want to pull some pics back the other way? Toshiba's solving that problem with the two-way FlashAir, an 802.11 b/g/n enabled 8GB SD Card that can also exchange data directly with compatible devices. If pushing photos to a camera isn't your bag you can always always use FlashAir as a mountable wireless drive in your SD-enabled tablet. Sales won't begin in Japan until February 2012 and the price is rumored to be around $90 -- close to that of the equivalent Eye-Fi.

Toshiba FlashAir WiFi SD Card will make your Eye-Fi's water originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: Amazon tablet coming in November for $250?

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/02/amazon-tablet-coming-in-november-for-250/


Much ink has been spilled in the rumor mill about a coming Amazonian tablet, and now those rumors look to be confirmed. TechCrunch has apparently gotten some time with Amazon's forthcoming slate, and reports that it has a 7-inch, backlit color capacitive screen and is bereft of physical buttons. Word on the web is that the hardware is already good to go, and Amazon is making the last few software tweaks before it goes on sale this November. The tablet is running a heavily skinned version of Android that was developed without any help from the folks in Mountain View. It apparently has a Cover Flow-esque UI, and is deeply integrated with all of Amazon's services (Cloud Player, Instant Video Player, Appstore, and of course the Kindle app). Best of all, it will reportedly cost a scant $250 -- not quite TouchPad territory, but well underneath the iPad's $500 price. Let the next great tablet war begin.

Amazon tablet coming in November for $250? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: Visualized: an interactive timeline of the web

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/02/visualized-an-interactive-timeline-of-the-web/

Ever wondered what the World Wide Web's illustrious history would look like if plotted in timeline form? Well, thanks to Google's "Evolution of the web," you won't have to. The delectable chart traces the evolution of HTML, the web technologies that came alongside it and the browsers that've held it all together -- all in a seriously meta HTML5 package. Ready for a trip down memory lane? Hit the source, friend, and revel at how far we've come.

Visualized: an interactive timeline of the web originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: Zotac unveils palm-sized ZBOX nano AD10, packing AMD Brazos APU

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/03/zotac-unveils-palm-sized-zbox-nano-ad10-packing-amd-brazos-apu/

Zotac ZBOX nano AD10
The box looks more like Zotac's VIA-powered mini-PC, but inside the AD10 falls right in line with rest of the AD series, packing an AMD E-350 APU alongside a Radeon HD 6310 chip. You're also looking at integrated 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports -- not bad for something that's (just barely) palm-sized. The AD10 Plus model comes pre-stocked with a 320GB hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 RAM for only $276. The barebones model doesn't seem to have been priced yet, but we wouldn't expect it to be too much less considering how cheap memory and hard disks are these days. Check out the gallery below and the PR after the break.

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drag2share: Fujifilm X10 hands-on (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/03/fujifilm-x10-hands-on-video/


We really like Fujifilm's X100 -- it's a solidly-built camera, with an APS-C sensor, f/2 lens, and a rather unique hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder. But the X100 carries a $1,400 sticker price, and that 23mm lens -- as sharp as it may be -- is permanently fixed to the mount. That's why we were rather exited when Fuji announced its X10 earlier this week. Would this be a much more capable (and affordable) replacement for the X100? Turns out it's not -- well, not exactly -- though this latest model is certainly a better fit for the consumer market. We had a chance to go hands-on with an early prototype on display at the company's IFA booth, and while some features (notably the pop-up flash) weren't yet functional, we're told it's a rather accurate representation of what we'll see when the X10 hits stores in late October, priced within the €499-599 range (about $715-860).

The first thing you'll notice with the X10 is that, well, there's nary a power button in sight. Instead, you'll rotate the 28-112mm f/2-2.8 manual zoom lens to fire it up. There's also no aperture ring, unlike its more powerful sibling, and manual focus is handled electronically, instead of directly on the lens. Upon closer inspection, you'll find that the X100's slick hybrid viewfinder has been replaced with a strictly electronic one. And what about image quality? We weren't able to take away any sample pics, but with a much smaller 2/3-inch sensor, we haven't a doubt that images won't look nearly as good as those shot with Fuji's better-equipped model. To compensate for that, the camera's EXR mode can bump the resolution down from 12 megapixels to six, in turn capturing higher quality images in low light. We're looking forward to checking out a production version sometime this fall, but in the meantime, thumb through the images below, or jump past the break for a video overview.

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Fujifilm X10 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 12:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: Haier's mind control TV prototype hits IFA, we go foreheads-on (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/03/haiers-mind-control-tv-prototype-hits-ifa-we-go-foreheads-on/

The remote control revolutionized the way we watch television, doing away with the need for frequent trips to the set in order to change channels. One prototype in Haier's portfolio makes the whole remote thing look like a back breaking chore by comparison. The Brain Wave (definitely not a final product name) television protoype showcased at IFA this week brings mind control into the picture, promising users a future where channels can be changed and volume controlled with mere thought.

The set is still in the early prototype stages at the moment, however, so we're still a ways away from such life altering precision. At the moment, the only available demo involves blowing up an animated barrel with your mind. Naturally, we had to give the thing a spin. Check out the results after the break.

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Friday, September 02, 2011

drag2share: eHo.st Is an Image Hosting Service That Gives Image Authors Due Credit [Webapps]

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5836570/ehost-is-an-image-hosting-service-that-gives-image-authors-due-credit

eHo.st Is an Image Hosting Service That Gives Image Authors Due CreditThere's no shortage of image hosting and photo sharing websites, but newcomer eHo.st is worth a look for its ethical strong author attribution features, no image size limits, and clean design.

eHo.st has a very unique feature that credits the original author by using Tin Eye to verify the original creators of any image that gets over 10,000 views—a plus for people who are frustrated when their images get stolen. The site seems very dedicated to helping image creators:

If you can prove you are the author and your image receives more than 1,000 views, we will both link to your page with the new Google rel=author tag AND put a canonical tag on the page to point to your page so any link value gets passed onto your site.

For all users, the site's clean design—you can add a "?mode=blank" to any image to only focus on the image, and ads only load after the image finishes loading—is also a nice draw.

As a "Community Owned" image hosting site, eHo.st is selling "nodes" of the service for $10 a month and will in return share revenues with owners. Learn more about this interesting and different image hosting service by hitting up the link below.

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drag2share: Queued.at Lets You Schedule Updates to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn [Webapps]

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5836873/queuedat-lets-you-schedule-updates-to-twitter-facebook-and-linkedin

Queued.at Lets You Schedule Updates to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn If you use social networks to share news or update friends on where you'll be and what's going on with you, it can be tempting to overwhelm your followers on Twitter or colleagues on LinkedIn with updates. Instead use Queued.at to schedule and stagger those updates so no one gets sick of you.

Queued.at is similar to previously mentioned Buffer, another service that allows you to stagger and schedule your updates over a period of time. The difference is that while Buffer makes it easy to snip and save items from the Web, Queued.at makes you add entries manually, one at a time. At the same time, Queued.at is free (at least during beta,) tracks clicks and retweets so you can see how well your message is getting out, and you can schedule as many updates as you choose.

They do offer an "enterprise" plan for $99/month, which allows you the ability to post to multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and offers more analytics. Still, the free plan will be enough for almost all users who just want an easy way to schedule posts without overwhelming their friends and followers.

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drag2share: Toshiba's Wireless SD Goes Both Ways [Storage]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5836569/toshibas-wireless-sd-goes-both-ways

Toshiba's Wireless SD Goes Both Ways Wireless SD cards are a smart product for forgetful/lazy/busy people. Toshiba's new FlashAir card is the first which allows you to transfer data both to and from the card—an idea that's got a lot of potential.

Eye-Fi's wireless cards are awesome. They allow you to automatically beam photos to your computer over Wi-Fi, and in the absence of a wireless network, to blast them directly to any device that can connect to Wi-Fi. Toshiba's FlashAir card does the same, but can both send and receive data wirelessly. If the technology catches on and there are two compliant devices—cameras for example—in range, they'll be able to exchange data as well.

The FlashAir is a logical evolution of wireless SD. The question is what exactly would you use it for? Toshiba clearly envisions people sharing photos between cameras, but that's actually not the best idea. Pro photographers will tell you that shooting photos with multiple cameras on one card can lead to corrupt files. Wireless hard drives already exist. Perhaps these cards could be useful as more tablets with expandable memory are released. We've got some time to figure it out: Toshiba has only demoed a 8GB version, pricing and availability are TBA. [Toshiba]

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drag2share: Some Guy Pranked YouTube Into Taking Down Justin Bieber's Official Videos Because of a Fake Copyright Claim [YouTube]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5836751/some-guy-pranked-youtube-into-taking-down-justin-biebers-official-videos-because-of-a-fake-copyright-claim

Some Guy Pranked YouTube Into Taking Down Justin Bieber's Official Videos Because of a Fake Copyright ClaimYouTube is big fat no fun having missy when it comes to copyright rules. They're so afraid of pissing somebody off (and getting a lawsuit) that they'll even pull official videos now. Like today, when a prankster submitted a copyright claim against Justin Bieber's Vevo and YouTube took down his page.

It effected more than little Biebs too, iLCreation filed copyright claims against Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and other artists and some of their videos were pulled immediately too. How does this happen? Well, YouTube didn't even need to see any form of verification that iLCreation had the right to request the take downs.

Vevo's statement:

"Someone is making false copyright claims against the Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga channels and YouTube has blocked access to the videos as a result. We are working with YouTube to resolve ASAP."

It took a few hours for the videos to be restored but it's amazing YouTube's system allowed the videos to be taken down in the first place. It's VEVO! It's Justin Bieber! What will all the tweenies do without their boytoy's videos? [DMW Media via Geekosystem, Image Credit: Popblerd]


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drag2share: Would You Read The News While Brushing Your Teeth? [Science]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5836773/would-you-read-the-news-while-brushing-your-teeth

Would You Read The News While Brushing Your Teeth? The New York Times Company's Research and Development Lab studies novel ways to deliver news to people. Their latest creation is a bathroom mirror that uses Microsoft Kinect to detect motion and deliver a stream of news while you comb your hair or put on your makeup.

Besides news, the technology will let you send emails, shop online or add calendar entries via your mirror. And it uses the Kinect to interact with the user via motion and voice commands. It's an interesting concept, but, really, is the bathroom the best place to use this technology?

The average person spends a total of one hour per day in the bathroom and most of that time is spent on the commode or in the shower, not in front of the mirror. The amount of time you spend brushing your teeth is just a tiny part of your day.

The bathroom is also a huge breeding ground for microorganisms, especially if you flush with the seat up. Every flush release a plume of virus and bacteria into the air that disperse and land on your sink, walls and your newly installed interactive mirror. Kinda gross, no? [Nieman Journalism Lab]

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drag2share: Samsung announces Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 handheld

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/samsung-announces-galaxy-s-wifi-3-6-handheld/

It got a bit overshadowed by the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 earlier today, but Samsung also quietly introduced a new basic handheld / PMP at IFA: the Galaxy S WiFi 3.6. As you can probably surmise, it's a slightly smaller version of the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 (also known as the Galaxy Player in the US), with it boasting a 3.6-inch HVGA display, Android 2.3, a 1GHz OMAP processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, GPS, a mic for VoIP calls, and dual cameras (2 megapixels 'round back and VGA on the front). Unfortunately for those elsewhere, this one is only confirmed for the UK so far, where it will sell for £149 and £169 (or roughly $240 and $270) in early October.

Samsung announces Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 handheld originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid merges 100GB SSD with 1TB HDD for $499

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/ocz-revodrive-hybrid-merges-100gb-ssd-with-1tb-hdd-for-499/

We heard about OCZ's clever crossbreed a few months ago, but couldn't be sure about pricing for this premium model. Turns out, it's significantly less than we'd guessed: $499 for a 100GB SSD and 1TB HDD happily united on a single PCI Express card. Yup, that's still a heck of a lot more than the $300 or so it'd cost to pick up a SandForce-controlled 120GB solid state beauty along with a separate 1TB SATA 6GB/s hard drive. The comparison isn't entirely fair, though, because OCZ claims its combo boosts overall performance by caching both "hot" and "cold" data, which is automatically organized between the SSD and HDD, on a single card with up to 910MB/s bandwidth and 120,000 IOPS. Nevertheless, it'll take some real-world benchmarking to determine whether the promised speed gain is worth our wages. More details in the PR after the break.

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drag2share: Olympus Pen E-PM1 hands-on (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/olympus-pen-e-pm1-hands-on-video/

Joining the family of Olympus Pen products is the lovingly nicknamed "PEN Mini," or E-PM1. Compared to its big brothers the PEN E-PL2 and E-PL3, this little guy packs some serious punch in a tiny body, with a similarly small price tag of $500. But can this ILC that Olympus claims offers "DSLR quality in a compact camera design" stack up against the big boys in the pit at the US Open? The 12.3 megapixel camera comes with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and includes a Micro Four Thirds mount, enabling it to accept compatible lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic -- something that was really easy to get the hang of for speedy switching between sets. Check out our impressions as we go hands-on with the camera at one of the biggest tennis matches of the year.


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Olympus Pen E-PM1 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 17:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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drag2share: LG goes big with stylus-equipped PenTouch plasma TVs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/lg-goes-big-with-stylus-equipped-pentouch-plasma-tvs/

It's a good time to be a stylus fan. Not only has Samsung debuted its handwriting-friendly Series 7 Slate and Galaxy Note tablets, but LG is also bringing the stylus into the living room with its new series of PenTouch plasma TVs. Available in both 50-inch and 60-inch varieties, each TV comes with a pair of Touch Pens that let you either control the TV and included software like a calendar and photo gallery, or simply draw on it to your heart's content. As if that wasn't enough, the top-end 60-inch model is also a 3D TV, and include one pair of active shutter glasses -- it'll run you $2,199, while the non-3D models come in at $1,699 and $1,099. Unfortunately, you'll also have to supply your own Windows PC to take full advantage of that touch-functionality.

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LG goes big with stylus-equipped PenTouch plasma TVs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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