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D. Sligar

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Angry Farm is an Angry Birds knockoff for BlackBerry (Download Squad)

Feb 26th 2011 4:48PM @KualaBee Likewise, if any of the number of physics-game precursors to Angry Birds decides to do the same to Angry Birds, then what? While it is, arguably, wrong that another company created a game with such similarities, the most I could see being argued is the "Angry" part of the title. Even that can be defended, given all the i-prefixed apps and other titles borrowing from each other.

I'm sure if Rovio ported the app then they'd outsell based on name recognition alone, but who's to say the game play won't be laggy in their app too? It's not like the BB's have the latest and greatest hardware or that the OS will allow for smooth gameplay.

Element Vapor Pro iPhone 4 case: Exclusive first look and giveaway (TUAW.com)

Feb 23rd 2011 11:15PM I need it to prtect my iPhone from the hurt of buying the real Vapor protector @ $150!

lol, actually, I've used a ton of different cases and find I need to protect my phone from getting tossed around and snatched out of my hands by friends still using burner phones... of course getting this case might get it snatched more often.

Hope I win, looks like a great case!

Soldier Spends Own Money to Develop Military iPhone App (Switched)

Feb 3rd 2011 12:54PM Quite frankly I'm surprised that a Captain would assume the US military would allow soldiers to carry cell phones into a battlefield. For starters, there's the security issue of said cellular devices broadcasting their location, couple that with a "smart" device that transmits its actual GPS location adn you have a means for the enemy to know EXACTLY where you're at. Secondly, you don't want your soldiers carrying the kind of psychological baggage along with them when their out on a troop movement, less worrying about making phone calls or what's on the Internet and more on their mission. Next big problem is cellular coverage. Most missions tend to be in third-world countries where there is little to no cellular coverage and if they have to communicate further than their long-range comm can reach, they would need a satellite phone to do so, even then it would be encrypted before leaving its location.

Don't get me wrong, it's a very good idea though it's something should have been developed for a different device.

Smart Meters Draw (Misguided) Opposition from Left and Right in California (Switched)

Feb 3rd 2011 12:07PM I had a smart-meter installed in my apartment in San Mateo and had no problems with it whatsoever. For that matter, it was, in fact, more accurate than prior to its installation. These things are useful in large urban areas where brownouts during summer months are common. How? PG&E uses a tiered billing system, meaning you get charged the basic rate if your usage isn't high and scales from there as you exceed typical usage. I'm not sure what "typical" entails, but the BTUs made sense with my usage (even when I went over).

The argument about electrotoxins and EHS... really?! How many of your neighbors have wireless devices, microwave ovens, cellular devices and other items that emit EM radiation? Even the power running through your home radiates EM. The smart-meters operate in the same spectrum, so what's the issue? You CHOSE to live in an urban area, might as well deal with all the pros and cons that come along with it.

Angry Birds Rio: Rovio secures silver screen tie-in with animated film Rio (Download Squad)

Jan 31st 2011 11:17AM Definitely going a bit overboard, not sure how their game will translate into a movie (maybe a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon), but we'll see. Hope Rovio doesn't blow all their revenue chasing pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Plastic Logic QUE proReader pre-orders halted? (Engadget)

Mar 15th 2010 3:41AM @OZeee

You and all the others comparing eInk to LCD screens & devices have absolutely no clue whatsoever about what you're talking about. You make bold claims that "once the iPad is out..." people will just swoon cause it does the dishes, feeds the pets and drives you to work in the morning. The iPad in itself is another discussion, but comparing an eInk device to anything with an LCD is comparing a rock to animal... they have NOTHING in common.

The current crop of eInk reading devices are designed for being used to read books, magazines, documents, etc.; not play videos, surf the web or play Doom. They are also designed to be viewed outdoors, even in bright, direct lighting. They have battery lives that make laptops, cellphones and PMP's seem to last minutes. They are also light-weight enough you can carry it around without having to resort to a backpack (of course newer netbooks & even the iPad meet this purpose now).

People want color. It's in the works, but unless your reading comics or some other media that requires color, it's really superficial. People want it to be a convergence device; i.e., lets merge it with a phone, camera, laptop, gaming devices... whatever, to get to a single device. The physics of eInk don't allow for the rapid changing of pixels a laptop requires of its screen and color-depth is non-existent in grey-scale, but also an another issue with the color eInk in the works.

The simple fact is, eInk is the best medium for displaying documents hands-down next to paper. Secondly, battery life is measured in weeks and not hours. Weight is measured in grams not pounds and bulk in mm, not inches.

You don't ask your microwave to wash the dishes, why expect your book to let you surf the Internet?

As far as price-point... They are WAY off the mark with their pricing and ultimately they will go under if they try and maintain it. Plastic Logic needs go back to business school 101 and re-learn about profitability and maintaining solvency. Make a great product, sell it at a price that turns a profit yet garners the most amount of sales and increase profits through more sales not higher prices. I was (still am) very excited about the Que, but there is no way in hell I'm going to pay >$300 for a device such as this, especially in this downturn economy.

TUAW at Big Nerd Ranch: now taking (app) requests! (TUAW.com)

Feb 4th 2010 1:08AM There's already a terrific app that does that and records GPS data overlayed onto Google Maps... it's been reviewed here before, check out Trail Guru (it's FREE!)

Sucks the "official" SDK won't let allow for a daemon to run that would turn off wifi when you leave your home; i.e., your SSID broadcast zone, sleep for a set interval & wake up to see if it's time to re-enable wifi. Hate having to turn it off manually every time I leave my home, or worse, forgetting to do this and having wifi eat my battery.

Is eBook piracy the next big thing? (Download Squad)

Jan 27th 2010 3:59AM E-book piracy is already quite rampant, just do a quick search on your favorite torrent tracker, drop into an ebook IRC channel or check the usenet newsgroups that have been there since the Microsoft Reader DRM got cracked for digital content and were there, as you previously mentioned, for physically scanned books. You can find pretty much any book you want and convert it to the reader of your choice, if that's what you choose.

The only reason it hasn't received all the publicized exposure is, as David Gill mentioned, the saturation rate of readers is much smaller than kids d/l mp3s or avis of the latest movie. People don't care how much it actually costs; hell, just check out all the .99 iPhone games that get ripped and you'll see. I personally think they're just asking for it charging dead-tree price for a digital copy you can't loan, resell or trade a couple of for a different book. Publishers continue to remain greedy with their pricing, which in turn, tends to make it easier for people to drop to the dark side.

Engadget's Black Friday giveaway, part ten: win an HP Envy 15! (Engadget)

Nov 27th 2009 10:07PM This would be a tight laptop, way overpriced but when I win... no problemo!

Engadget's Black Friday giveaway, part eleven: win a 32GB Zune HD! (Engadget)

Nov 27th 2009 10:06PM It would be cool to see if it live ups to the hype.