The company apologized after an Instability forced it to take the preview version of a synchronization tool offline earlier than expected. The service syncs files on mobile devices, the Web, and PCs. [Read more]
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Otherfab’s Kickstarter project offers an easy way to make custom circuit boards at home.
X1 has released the biggest upgrade of its desktop search tool in four years, adding the ability to query SharePoint sites and tap webmail accounts.
Nintendo is trying to get people to buy the new Wii U, but it just isn’t working, according to recent sales numbers. Now, the Japanese gaming giant is hoping that helping developers port their smartphone content to the home gaming console with conversion software will help entice buyers, according to the Japan Times.
A little more than two years after purchasing Java tool vendor WaveMaker, VMware has sold the assets of the company to the Pramati software engineering firm.
Still waiting for Miiverse to show its hide on Nintendo’s 3DS? Maybe the promise of more conventional social networking will tide you over. Thanks to a new web tool, Japanese 3DS owners can now share screenshots from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection:New Life with their Twitter and Tumblr followers. The setup is pretty simple, giving users access to a basic upload interface through the 3DS’ built-in web browser. Just pick an image, add a caption and watch your retweets roll in. Unfortunately, the tool doesn’t work with just any image — attempting to upload a shot taken with the 3DS camera gave us an error, which told us (via a rough translation) that the picture came from “incompatible software.” The tool is written entirely in Japanese, but folks with a knack for Kanji can check it out at i.nintendo.net. Looking for a compatible game? We hear there’s a bundle for that.
Via: Engadget Japanese
Despite its potential, the jury is arguably still out on the best use-case for Augmented Reality. But one startup, Augment, thinks it has the answer: helping to sell products by letting customers see what they might look like in the real world.
A graduate of the Paris-based accelerator Le Camping, today the company is announcing a €220k (~$ 289k) funding round — capital it will use to take its offering to the U.S., where it has recently hired a biz dev and sales person, and incorporated a local subsidiary.
Google has launched a tool that lets users decide what happens with their email, Google Plus and other accounts after they die — or become inactive online for any other reason.
Those red pins look almost like little hearts, revealing which countries have been showered with the affection of Google’s crowdsourced map improvement tool and those — like the UK — that have so far been left out. We can now safely ignore the chart, however, as the UK has just received its dose of Map Maker love, taking its rightful place among nations like the US, France, India and even North Korea. Instead of just reporting problems, which has long been possible, Brits can use the browser-based service to contribute additional local knowledge about everything from bus stations to cycle routes, as well as natural features like parks and even bits of shrubbery. (Hopefully, only really amazing bits of shrubbery.) You can watch folks adding these sorts of things, almost in real-time, at the Google link below — and it’s weirdly addictive.
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Via: BBC News
Source: Google Map Maker
Talk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains.
When Samsung revealed its new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, it literally did a lot of song and dance about its own unique software features, with nary a peep on the built-in Google Android improvements and features brought by the use Jelly Bean 4.2 on board. I argued that it could be a signal that Samsung is looking to move towards an Amazon-style approach to building its own version of Android, but a new investor note from Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu suggests Samsung’s platform bluster might be more useful to the South Korean company as a bargaining chip.
A Michigan developer last week started selling a $ 5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.
When co-founder and CEO Mikael Berner first showed me his app Easilydo last year, he pitched it as a tool for increasing productivity and “making life simpler.” The company is taking another step in that direction today with the launch of the EasilyDo Builder.
The initial version of the app provided user with a list of basic tasks (pulled from their Facebook Account, iPhone contact list, and other accounts that they’ve connected) that they can accomplish within a couple of taps — things like wishing friends a happy birthday on Facebook or merging duplicate contacts in their address book. Berner said Easilydo has already performed 750,000 actions for its users.
SPEC, the standards body for performance benchmarks, has released a new toolkit that should help customers choose the most energy-efficient server for the workloads they need to run.
SAP plans to extend its CRM offering with the acquisition of Ticket-Web, a German specialist in online ticketing for sports and entertainment venues.
AppSense has released MobileNow, a cloud-based service that combines device and application administration features, as it hopes to take a bite out of the growing mobile management market.
Zoom, a startup founded by WebEx and Cisco veterans that wanted to make high quality video conferencing and virtual meetings accessible to everyone, instead of just those with the budgets to invest in expensive hardware and even more expensive software, today announced a new $ 6 million Series A round of funding, supplied by Qualcomm Ventures, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, WebEx founder Subrah Iyar and former Cisco SVP and General Counsel Dan Scheinman.
If users take to Facebook’s new search tool, the social network could be in line to haul in a lot of advertising dollars, say industry analysts.
An anonymous reader writes “Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Windows RT operating system had been jailbroken to allow for the execution of unsigned ARM desktop applications. Microsoft quickly issued a statement saying it does not consider the findings to be part of a security vulnerability, and applauded the hacker for his ingenuity. Now, a Windows RT jailbreak tool has been released.”
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Aviary isn’t done with the news this year. In a nod to power users, it’s sending its advanced flash suite off as an independent product. The suite’s original developer, Mario Klingemann, is leading the effort and today has relaunched a core part of it, node-based photo manipulator Peacock, as a new AIR download called Nodewerk.
An anonymous reader writes “Russian firm ElcomSoft on Thursday announced the release of Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor (EFDD), a new forensic tool that can reportedly access information stored in disks and volumes encrypted with desktop and portable versions of BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt. EFDD runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Windows 2003 and Windows Server 2008.” All that for $ 300.
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Cloud-based security services provider Zscaler has released an implementation for Internet Explorer of the HTTPS Everywhere browser security extension.
Salesforce.com has tied its Sales Cloud CRM application into its Work.com employee performance management software, in a combination the company says can make average salespeople better and good ones great.
We’ve seen a couple of ways to change the depth of field (DOF) in pictures after they’ve been shot, but those methods have all featured specific hardware for the job. Knowing that most aren’t inclined to fork over the notes for such luxuries, online auteurists The Choas Collective have released a free online tool for creating DOF-changeable images — and all you need is a basic DSLR that shoots video. Instead of fancy in-camera tech that captures all the focal range data in one instance, their method requires you to shoot a short, steady video of the subject scene while you manually change the focus from one extreme to another. Upload the clip, and the Collective’s neat tool cuts each frame into a 20 x 20 grid and works out what’s in focus. The result is an embeddable image which allows you to play around with depth of field on the fly. We know you’re probably eager to try this out right now, but before you go looking for your camera, head to the source link for full instructions and tips for shooting the clip. Alternatively, if you’re sans DSLR, check out the example of a DOF-changeable image we’ve hidden below the fold.
Source: The Chaos Collective
Barely a fortnight after Apple unleashed iTunes 11 into the wild, the software’s first notable update is making its way into OS X’s Software Update. While only bumping it to v11.0.1, the refresh adds the ability to easily weed out duplicate items in one’s iTunes library — a feature that was mysteriously removed in the original move from iTunes 10 to iTunes 11. We’re also told that it solves an issue where “purchases in iCloud may not appear in one’s library if iTunes Match is turned on,” makes the program as a whole more responsive when sifting through a vast music library, and solves a quirk where the AirPlay button may not “appear as expected.” For those eager enough, a simple refresh of Software Update should have you on your way to a little newness.
Source: Apple Support
Apple retained its stranglehold on mobile shopping over the two-day stretch of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., IBM said.
Web of Trust (WOT), the safe surfing tool/browser add-on which is powered by the crowd, has raised a fresh €1M (approx. ~$ 1.3M) led by Finland/China-based VC firm, Inventure. Also participating in the round is private investor, Risto Siilasmaa, and Finnish Industry Investment, a previous backer of the Helsinki-based company.
The new capital will be used for “additional product development” as WOT aims to continue on a growth path that has seen it double the number of downloads for its browser add-on over the last year, to total 50 million.
Microsoft has kept its internally-developed Kinect Fusion tool all to itself, but now the firm has announced hot off the heels of Build 2012 that it’s working on baking the software into the Kinect for Windows SDK. Concocted by Ballmer and Co.’s Cambridge, UK research lab, the tool can be leveraged to create 3D models of objects or environments, develop augmented reality applications and even take 3D measurements. By the looks of it, creating a model with the tool is a pretty painless process. When passing an object in front of a Kinect or sweeping the hardware throughout an area, the software will use the continuous stream of data collected by the device’s sensors and compile it into a 3D model. Intrigued by Kinect Fusion? Hit the jump to catch a video presentation made for SIGGRAPH 2011 by the team behind the software.
Happy iPad mini day. Since my review a few days ago, by far the number one question I’ve been asked about the device is: how does it fit into my life? Do I really need another iPad — let alone a smaller, less powerful one with a non-retina screen? Will I use it alongside the regular iPad? What about alongside a MacBook? Instead of those devices?
This question keeps coming up, of course, because everyone is trying to understand how the iPad mini might fit into their lives — or if it will at all. Granted, I’ve only been using one for a little over a week, but I think I already have a pretty good sense of where it will fit into my life.
SternisheFan sends this quote from an article at MIT’s Technology Review:
“In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course. How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two of space-launched paintballs. Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says if timed just right, pellets full of paint powder, launched in two rounds from a spacecraft at relatively close distance, would cover the front and back of an asteroid, more than doubling its reflectivity, or albedo. The initial force from the pellets would bump an asteroid off course; over time, the sun’s photons would deflect the asteroid even more.”
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When it comes to analyzing Big Data, software packages such as Hadoop or the R statistical language come readily to mind. But at least one company, AppNexus, also relies on the Python programming language to help conduct heavy-duty data analysis.
Back in January, Twitter announced that it would allow the company to ban content in specific countries upon legal request, rather than restrict it globally to all Twitter users. Now, for the first time, the company has used its new-ish tool, blocking access in Germany to the Twitter account Besseres Hannover, a neo-Nazi group. This
Tonight at PandoDaily‘s PandoMonthly NYC event, Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley shared some thoughts about the service. The New York-based company now sees itself as a local search tool and check-ins are not as relevant as they used to be. Crowley considered selling the company but “it wasn’t the right move at that time.”
CowboyRobot writes “‘UML too complex? Flowcharts too old school? Mind maps offer a simple way to capture designs and weave them together elegantly.’ The quickest way to begin designing a program is to simply write down the steps in normal text, but this method breaks down with more complex projects. UML can be a useful format for larger projects but can be difficult to get right, especially when trying to use it with a less conventional project. The middle ground are ‘Mind Maps,’ ‘a diagrammatic representation of loosely connected ideas. They are a central tool in brainstorming sessions. Mind map tools help capture ideas and then mush them around until you have the structure you want.’”
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Anticipating greater usage of Ubuntu within the enterprise, Canonical has released a significant update to its Landscape Ubuntu system management tool.