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The MakeUseOf Team Spotlight [April 22nd 2010]

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Welcome to another gripping installment of MUO Team Spotlight, the twice monthly post which lets you know what our staff have been getting up to behind our backs. As well as providing our writers with another form of online promotion, this feature also gives you the reader a wider...
The MakeUseOf Team Spotlight [April 22nd 2010]

Chameleon Android launcher appears, preorder and Kickstarter backers get beta access soon

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After a false start to its Kickstarter funding, the Chameleon launcher project for Android is finally arriving -- at least in beta form. It's currently ready for install from Google Play by anyone with an Android tablet running 3.2 or higher, however to actually unlock the software you'll need...
Chameleon Android launcher appears, preorder and Kickstarter backers get beta access soon

Dell's $1,549 Ubuntu-based XPS 13 goes on sale, $50 more than Windows variant

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What once was just an internal skunkworks project, Dell's Project Sputnik has taken off with the release of the XPS 13 Developer Edition. The thin and light darling of the Ultrabook crowd is now shipping with a Precise Pangolin Ubuntu build pre-installed, along with feature-complete drivers that ensure maximum...
Dell's $1,549 Ubuntu-based XPS 13 goes on sale, $50 more than Windows variant
BlackBerry 'L-Series' image surfaces with glimpse of the app launcher

New photos of BlackBerry X10 with QWERTY keyboard leak

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New images of Research In Motion’s (RIMM) first BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard have leaked ahead of the handset’s unveiling later this month. BlackBerry blog BlackBerry Empire on Monday evening published a pair of photos showing the face of the upcoming N-series smartphone along with the home screen...
New photos of BlackBerry X10 with QWERTY keyboard leak

Google's New iPhone App Shows That Search Is Still King

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Google updated its search app for iPhone today with a complete redesign that makes it more like the iPad version. This was already Google's best iOS experience by far, and now it's faster, more attractive, and consistent across devices. This month, it looks like search is back in the driver's seat at...
Google's New iPhone App Shows That Search Is Still King

VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps

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Congo-based VMK has been blazing a trail for mobile devices in Africa: its Way-C tablet proved that the continent could go its own way without leaning on Asia or Europe. The company promised several months ago to address the same gap with smartphones, and the result is here in...
VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps
The best apps for your new Mac
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Spider-Man, Tentacles, Smart Tools and more on this week's top paid app charts

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Despite the movie being released in theaters months ago, The Amazing Spider-Man app hugely benefited from a sale dropping the web slinging game app’s price to $0.99. The game ranks No. 4 on the top paid iPhone apps chart and No. 2 on iPad. Microsoft-owned developer Press Play’s Tentacles: Enter...
Spider-Man, Tentacles, Smart Tools and more on this week's top paid app charts

Bezos’ Blue Origin prepares to test unique system for aborting rocket launches

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Image Credit: Blue Origin Blue Origin, the space venture backed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is pushing ahead with development and testing of its New Shepard rocket, aiming to qualify the system for human spaceflight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program. The next big milestone will be a test this...
Bezos’ Blue Origin prepares to test unique system for aborting rocket launches

20 Best Android apps this week

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Amazon Cloud Player, Chameleon Launcher, Talking Ginger, eMusic, ICC Cricket and moreIt's been a very busy week for new Android apps on the Google Play store, so this weekly roundup is back up to 20 apps.As ever, games are not included, as there is a separate weekly post for new...
20 Best Android apps this week

'Beautiful Clock Widgets' brings delicious digital timepieces to Android

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Some apps set out to change the world, others are hell-bent on bringing beauty to your pocket gadgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets falls into the latter category. This little Android app does exactly what it says on the label, featuring a collection of clock widgets with the choice of additional data,...
'Beautiful Clock Widgets' brings delicious digital timepieces to Android

Launch Center's Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone

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Macworld | iWorld was last week, and as Apple-watchers expected, the emphasis was on the i-part. The iPhone and iPad are becoming blockbusters, so this must have been an exciting year to be at that show. I wasn't cool enough to be there, but I'm pretty sure I read the...
Launch Center's Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone

Google bends on Chrome OS, adds taskbar and windows

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Google's latest developer channel release for Chrome OS has revealed pressure to bring it back to more of a traditional desktop. A new window manager, Aura, now gives it a Windows-like taskbar ("shelf") and multiple windows, much like the conventional operating system it was hoping to avoid. A button on...
Google bends on Chrome OS, adds taskbar and windows

Samsung Galaxy S ICS-like 'value pack' upgrade officially released in Korea

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The so-called Value Pack upgrade that was initially rumored and then later leaked for original Samsung Galaxy S devices after the company announced they would not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich has been officially released, at least in Korea. The official Samsung Tomorrow page has a link to...
Samsung Galaxy S ICS-like 'value pack' upgrade officially released in Korea
MoDaCo's Camera Launcher for Nexus 7 unlocks hidden photography function

CyanogenMod 9 add-on gives your Galaxy Nexus a glass slipper, it will go to the GSIII ball

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If the arrival of the GS III has placed a dent in your "latest Galaxy" street-cred, help is at hand. Once again it's the fine folk at XDA-Developers who come up with the goods, in the form of a CM9 add-on pack for the apparently passé Galaxy Nexus. Included...
CyanogenMod 9 add-on gives your Galaxy Nexus a glass slipper, it will go to the GSIII ball
Must-have Windows widget app Pokki leaves beta, OS X version on the way
KickStarter projects looks to transform Android tablets from boring to gorgeous [video]
Next-generation Xbox developer hardware leak may reveal Xbox 720 specs

Google Maps for Android Gets Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, Sharing, and More

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Starting today, Google Maps for mobile has a few new ways to help you and your friends quickly get to where you’re going whether you’re on 4 wheels or 2 (or maybe even 3). With Google Maps 4.2 for Android you can now get biking directions on the go, start...
Google Maps for Android Gets Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, Sharing, and More

Konka W900 hands-on

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider Konka the number one practitioner of that "craft." The company, (in)famous for its OEM-copycatting ways, has set up a booth here at CTIA 2012, letting us get some up close and personal time with its W900. The HTC-esque handset, previously...
Konka W900 hands-on

Will Samsung ever learn? Samsung's Windows 8 PCs snag Apple's OS X dock

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You would think Samsung (005930) would have learned a thing or two after its trial with Apple — it would appear not. The South Korean manufacturer on Tuesday revealed that its Windows 8 computers will come preloaded with its S Launcher widget, Mashable reported. The launcher includes the forgotten Windows Start...
Will Samsung ever learn? Samsung's Windows 8 PCs snag Apple's OS X dock

The Popinator voice-activated popcorn launcher: because greasy hands are just so 2011 (video)

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Before you ask: it looks like the real deal. Popcorn, Indiana has decided that it's just too much trouble to reach into that bag or bowl and has devised the Popinator, quite possibly the world's only smart popcorn launcher. A binaural microphone array on the machine's front listens for...
The Popinator voice-activated popcorn launcher: because greasy hands are just so 2011 (video)
Upcoming Alfred 2.0 app adding Workflows, a simple visual tool for creating strings of actions

The time is right for an open source Ubuntu tablet OS

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I’ve been reading the Microsoft Surface RT reviews, and while the Surface Pro x86 is really the one everyone should judge the line on, they are pretty much the same when it comes to the Windows RT software. If you don’t know the difference between Windows RT and full Windows...
The time is right for an open source Ubuntu tablet OS
MiHome Launcher brings a taste of MIUI to Android, no tinkering needed

Chameleon adaptive Android home screen returns to view, Kickstarter

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For three days, Chameleon lived up to its name, disappearing from the web as quickly as it arrived. The Android home screen's Kickstarter page spent most of this week offline, after the Amazon Payments account holder departed the company, leaving Chameleon without any way to collect on its pledges....
Chameleon adaptive Android home screen returns to view, Kickstarter
Hands-on with Chameleon: Android tablets get a shot of adrenaline
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?