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Argentina-Based Wideo Wants You to Ditch PowerPoint and Make a Cartoon Instead

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The market for online tools that let you make and share presentations is pretty crowded already. But a new entrant in the field is pushing hard for casual users with serious ambitions. Wideo (formerly, Wideoo) hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and officially joins the 500 Startups accelerator program today...
Argentina-Based Wideo Wants You to Ditch PowerPoint and Make a Cartoon Instead

Mobile Game Developers Reconcile Monetization: In-Apps or Ads?

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Mobile game developers are some of the leaders in app development. They push the bounds of what devices can do, how to implement constructive user experiences and handle privacy situations. By studying mobile game developers, one can see the macro environment of the mobile app ecosystem at large. Yet, when...
Mobile Game Developers Reconcile Monetization: In-Apps or Ads?
With Simplified Profiles, Twitter Makes It Easier To Browser Celebrity Accounts
Google Biz Chief: Over 10M Websites Now Using Google Analytics

Panasonic Overhauls Touch Interface With Swappable-Lens Lumix GF5

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An interchangeable-lens camera built for casual users, the mirrorless Lumix GF5 will have a dramatically redesigned touchscreen interface....
Panasonic Overhauls Touch Interface With Swappable-Lens Lumix GF5
Apple's OS X 10.9 Will Reportedly Allow Multi-Monitor Fullscreen, More Power-User Friendly Finder

Everyone Went Nuts Over MakerBot's New 3D Printer

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MakerBot's CEO Bre Pettis held a press conference at his company's booth at CES today. The company is innovating in the consumer 3D printing market and unveiled the new Replicator 2X 3-D printer. The Replicator 2X makes it even easier for casual users to manufacture right at home. The new device...
Everyone Went Nuts Over MakerBot's New 3D Printer

Clear to-do app for Mac will support Leap Motion Controller, the first in a wave of consumer apps

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Clear for Mac, a to do app we’ve covered before, has announced that the next version of its app will feature Leap Motion Controller integration. This will allow you to control Clear with gestures detected by the Leap, effectively letting you use Clear without ever touching your mouse or keyboard....
Clear to-do app for Mac will support Leap Motion Controller, the first in a wave of consumer apps

The Facebook Phone Consensus From 7 Reviews: An Impressive First Try For $99

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Why trust one reviewer to tell you what phone to buy? Better to get a consensus, and across reviews by seven leading publications the verdict is that the HTC First features a stylish yet casual design, efficient messaging, reliable battery, and an addictive feed reading experience. But its “apperating system”...
The Facebook Phone Consensus From 7 Reviews: An Impressive First Try For $99
Why Yelp is the Digg of local

RANKED: Best Budget Headphones Under $100

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Great sound doesn't have a make a dent in your wallet. You can spend $8,000 on a pair of fancy audio gear, but that doesn't mean you're getting the most value out of your investment. From professional music producers to the most casual gamers, we found great headphones to...
RANKED: Best Budget Headphones Under $100
Yelp's had some (subtle) work done

How Microsoft solves touch on the desktop

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Here at ExtremeTech we’ve talked fairly extensively about Windows 8, particularly about how the changes coming to the operating system will affect longtime Windows users. This certainly remains a concern, and the Building Windows 8 blog has been keeping us informed with semi-regular, gargantuan epistles, but I’ve still been thinking...
How Microsoft solves touch on the desktop

Google Blocked For At Least Some in China

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Google results were blocked for (at least) some in China for the past few hours... this includes the search results of all types of Google country domains (e.g. google.de just as much as google.com or google.com.hk) but not the homepage of the service itself, and not an app like Gmail...
Google Blocked For At Least Some in China

Metabones Speedbooster promises faster EF lenses when mounted on NEX cameras

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There aren't too many lens adapters that catch our eye, but the $600 Metabones Speedbooster has so many tricks up its sleeve that we can see it tempting a lot of serious NEX camera users -- like us. Big words, but what it purports to do is nothing short...
Metabones Speedbooster promises faster EF lenses when mounted on NEX cameras
The Kindle Fire HD Is Amazon's Lean, Mean, Content-Selling Machine

Faster, better, stronger: Get your PC in tip-top shape

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Trying to keep your PC running smoothly sometimes feels like an impossible task. Windows is prone to all kinds of bloat, which can bog down your PC or--in severe cases--even render a system functionally useless. Over time, it's almost impossible to prevent unsavory apps and other files from infiltrating...
Faster, better, stronger: Get your PC in tip-top shape

New FitBits Use Bluetooth to Sync Directly to Your iPhone

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FitBit, the tiny device that clips onto clothing and helps users monitor their activity levels and sleep patterns, is undeniably popular as far as activity-tracking devices go. But over the past year, products like the Nike+ FuelBand, the (now-paused) Jawbone UP and even the BodyMedia Fit Link Armband have elbowed...
New FitBits Use Bluetooth to Sync Directly to Your iPhone

FreedomPop lets customers rollover unused megabytes each month - for a fee

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If you’ve ever been an AT&T Mobility customer you’re probably familiar with the concept of rollover: you can take a portion of unused voice minutes one month and add it to next month’s talk bucket. Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) FreedomPop this week jumped on the rollover bandwagon, but instead...
FreedomPop lets customers rollover unused megabytes each month - for a fee

O2 crash hits Barclays London bike rental scheme

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Almost one in five of capital's bike terminals out of commission for pay-as-you-go customers as O2 network used for paymentsBoris Johnson's popular fleet of rental bikes have become an unexpected victim of O2's nationwide outage, as more than 100 bike stations across London were hit by the network blackout.Some Londoners...
O2 crash hits Barclays London bike rental scheme

Soundcloud’s savvy way of mixing HTML5 and native apps for growth on mobile

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HTML5 may fall into the experimental category for many app developers (especially in games) because of problems with performance and monetization. But for a handful of highly-social apps, a dual strategy with HTML5 for brand new users and native apps for devoted ones is the way to go. Germany’s Soundcloud...
Soundcloud’s savvy way of mixing HTML5 and native apps for growth on mobile

Hands-on with Arqball Spin, the app that lets you create interactive 3D models

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Sometimes, two dimensional photos, even those taken by a 41-megapixel sensor, simply aren't enough to accurately depict a three dimensional object. Enter Arqball Spin, a free app that lets anyone with an iOS device create high-quality 3D models of whatever they like. Using the iPhone's camera, the app takes...
Hands-on with Arqball Spin, the app that lets you create interactive 3D models

How Facebook's New Sound Notifications Could Boost Engagement

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Hear that? No? Well, that's because Facebook is testing a new audio notification system to select members, and if you're not one of the first batch of guinea pigs, all is still quiet on your profile.  But if this feature catches on, you and the rest of Facebook's billion networkers...
How Facebook's New Sound Notifications Could Boost Engagement

Q&A: Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley on What He's Learning From Twitter and What's Next

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Foursquare, about to celebrate its third birthday, is big but not huge. It has signed up 15 million users, hired over 100 employees, and now boasts several million check-ins per day. That is impressive work for three years, but it must keep growing. To do so, Foursquare co-founder and CEO...
Q&A: Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley on What He's Learning From Twitter and What's Next

Review: PhotoPeach makes online slideshows a breeze for Picasa users

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PhotoPeach is a Web-based slideshow builder that makes it easy to get started. The service directs you to upload your photos, either from your computer or an online service. But where rival PhotoSnack supports a whole host of online services, PhotoPeach is limited to Facebook and Picasa. That limitation...
Review: PhotoPeach makes online slideshows a breeze for Picasa users

Social Publishing Startup Scribd Gets A Facelift: New Website, New Logo, New iPhone App

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Social publishing site Scribd has given itself a new look over the past month or so, with a new logo, a redesigned website, and an update to its iPhone app. CEO Trip Adler and his team gave me a quick tour of the new features last week. The website was...
Social Publishing Startup Scribd Gets A Facelift: New Website, New Logo, New iPhone App

YouTube Tries to Become More Like TV

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YouTube introduced a redesigned site that it hopes will encourage casual users to visit when they have spare time to see what their favorite video creators have posted, as opposed to visiting only when they receive a link or want to search....
YouTube Tries to Become More Like TV

Google Books Ngram Viewer Gets A Larger Dataset, Now Understands Parts Of Speech

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Google’s Ngram Viewer for Google Books, a tool that lets you see how the usage of specific words has increased and decreased over time, just got an update. The Ngram Viewer now draws upon a larger dataset (though Google sadly doesn’t say how large exactly it now is) and got...
Google Books Ngram Viewer Gets A Larger Dataset, Now Understands Parts Of Speech

Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

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When Siri was announced strictly for the iPhone 4S, the mod community likely took that as a challenge. Before long, the service had been hacked and shortly thereafter ported to a number of potentially compatible devices. The problem, of course, is that Apple gets to decide what devices are compatible,...
Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race
Can new editor for crowdsourced OpenStreetMap project help it beat Google Maps?
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