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cole

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Must-have Firefox 4 add-ons for Chrome and Internet Explorer converts (Download Squad)

Mar 22nd 2011 12:38PM I'm not sure how you can say IE8 gets you safely around the web, you must really have something against Volvo if you compare it to IE8. I'll reserve judgement on IE9 until I've really seen it in action. I would compare IE8 to a delivery van: it will get you around, but it's big, slow, clunky and not particularly safe.

Times Square Video Screens Allegedly Hacked With iPhone (Switched)

Mar 15th 2011 4:42PM I call BS. For one thing, the iPhone can't play video over its headphone jack, that little trick was only possible on the original iPod video. It would have to use the dock connector.

Second there is no way of knowing what the aspect ratio of the display will be and how it is configured if you are just "transmitting". Some displays would probably be configured to stretch the picture while some would black out the other area as in his picture. There would be no way of knowing how the display would react or getting its resolution to adjust your output accordingly.

Finally, even if the above two issues were resolved, what is the likelihood that Times Square displays are using some broadcast method (NTSC, ATSC, etc) much less the same method. If they were, you would have to broadcast on the proper frequency which would be different for every display (else they would all show the same picture). Then once you found the proper frequency and protocol, you would have to broadcast at sufficient power to override the original signal with your own. That seems unlikely given the portable rig he is using.

Combine that with the fact that the crowd around doesn't seem to react to the changing pictures above and I think you have nothing more than an elaborate hoax.

Apple iPhone and iPod touch confused over daylight saving time... again (Download Squad)

Mar 15th 2011 4:28PM Mine changed time correctly, but the alarm goes of an our early. It shows it is set for 7:05am, but it goes off at 6:05am. Of course it has to be a recurring alarm due to the fact that since Jan 1st a single alarm no longer works at all.

I'm a developer and I understand that time can be a difficult thing to work with-especially when timezones and daylight savings changes are involved, but this is absurd for a top-tier company. Where is there QA? Surely someone thought to force a time change and see what happens.

Android '2.4' Gingerbread will arrive in April, will support dual-core Honeycomb apps (Download Squad)

Feb 8th 2011 9:46AM And the Motorola Atrix 4g is not a dual-core processor phone running Gingerbread 2.3?

Switched Giveaway: iRobot Roomba 570 (Switched)

Dec 16th 2010 12:33PM My favorite robot is the roomba because who wants to vacuum when you can have a robot do it for you.

And I clearly read the directions ;)

Switched Giveaway: Motorola Flipside, Bravo and Flipout (AT&T) (Switched)

Dec 1st 2010 11:43AM I don't have an android yet, but I think one of my first purchases would be EasyTether to get my netbook online.

Aram Bartholl's 'Dead Drops' Embeds USB Drives in NYC Walls (Switched)

Nov 1st 2010 12:00PM So the real question is, "Which will come first; full of porn or smashed by vandals?"

Amazon Mobile for iPhone Adds Barcode Scanning Search (Switched)

Oct 13th 2010 2:22PM It doesn't work on the 3G because the camera sucks and doesn't autofocus. I've tried some other barcode/qrcode apps and they are very difficult to use on the 3G because of the poor camera. Clearly amazon has an image to uphold and their users expect features to work, so better to leave off support that provide a feature that only works 1% of the time.

Firefox finally gets "paste and go" in FF4 nightly (Download Squad)

Sep 23rd 2010 10:41AM This functionality has been there for years and IMHO easier to use than Paste&Go in the address bar.

Yes I'm talking about middle-click anywhere on the page. In more recent builds I think it was turned off by default, replaced by the multi-direction scroll thing.

In Linux you get auto-copy, so you just select the text and middle-click and viola, you're there.

IBM's Watson is really smart, will try to prove it on Jeopardy! this fall (video) (Engadget)

Jun 17th 2010 9:28AM Let me guess, they are bringing back Ken Jennings to compete against the machine?