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PixEvo - The Fountain is an incredibly frustrating, pixelated Time-Waster

When PixEvo - The Fountain first begins, you're a tiny, blocky pixel. You can't walk -- you can only skip from place to place, using the up arrow keys and then the left/right arrow while you're airborne. So you start helplessly bouncing around the screen, doing the only thing that you can really do at this point, which is "eat" the tiny dots. Suddenly, something happens! You grow bigger! Now you...

Posterous can now import from Blogger: let the exodus begin!

Posterous, continuing its 15-ways-to-switch-in-15-days tirade, has today enabled its Blogger importer. Posterous's vice president of marketing, while talking to Spanish tech blog Genbeta [translated], says that this importer in specific is one of the big ones: "This launch is very important to us because Blogger has been one of the most requested services by our users, especially outside the...

TwitPic, butthurt and pathetic, brings in the lawyers to fight Posterous

Posterous, as I'm sure you're all aware, is the supremo light-weight blogging platform. Not only is it fantastically easy to use, but it's also the king of flexibility and interoperability -- you can post to your blog via email, bookmarklet, mobile phone and even Twitter! It also has the ability to import from other platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and switch from many others -- but yesterday...

Getting the most out of Google Docs with Chrome extensions

I'm sure most of you have used Google Docs in one form or another. You might've shared a document with a friend or collaboratively planned your trip expenses in a shared spreadsheet -- maybe you've even used the new 'public sharing' feature for more nefarious purposes! Even if you're looking forward to Microsoft's Office Web Apps, the point remains: we're doing more and more processing in the...

Posterous blogging platform gets static pages, customizable from your browser

It's weird to get excited about a blogging platform adding pages you can customize using your browser (doesn't everyone have those?) but for Posterous, it's a bold new feature. The lightweight blogging service distinguished itself with a unique post-via-email interface that meant you didn't even have to sign up for an account to get started. That works great for impromptu short posts, but what if...

Open source FeelHome provides simple, cross-platform remote access to your files

Want to make sure you can access the files on your home (or work) computer from wherever you are -- on any computer or web-enabled device? FeelHome is a hassle-free way to get the job done. The open source server app is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows (Windows users can choose between an installer or a portable version). Register for an account, launch the server and sign in via SSL, and...

Symbian OS goes free and open-source, in the biggest switch in software history

Fans of free and open source software, I hope you have a change of pants handy, because this is some big news. Symbian, a platform that has been proprietary and closed-source for a decade, just opened up its code and turned free. It's been close to two years since Nokia first announced plans to open the source code for the OS. The Symbian Foundation is boasting that this is the biggest switch...

Gravit-eye is a challenging, gravity-bending platformer Time Waster

Gravit-eye is a challenging platformer-slash-puzzle game that asks you to maneuver an eye to a target by running, jumping, and shifting gravity. That means you'll have to play most levels both horizontally and vertically, and sometimes make a tricky mid-air change between the two. If you miss a platform and go flying off the screen in the direction of gravity, you'll have to start over. ...

Livescribe's Pulse smartpen store hands-on

There's little to add to my glowing review of the Livescribe Pulse smartpen I wrote for TUAW last year. This is one of those gadgets that you show people and it looks like magic. It kinda is magic, I think. But this year's model introduces an app store for the pen (plus some nifty paper products), making it a desirable platform for anyone who takes their notes seriously. Read my review for...

The Walls are Not Cheese - cheesy Time Waster

The Walls are Not Cheese is an old-school pixelated platform game. It's so old-school, in fact, that your character is a square. While the graphics may not be that detailed, the gameplay is pretty entertaining: you shoot your way through soft walls that make you suspect the game's title is a lie. Blasting through the walls gets you into new rooms, but your ammo is limited.To replenish your...

StackExchange lets you build a knowledge exchange platform for a pretty penny

Knowledge exchange site Stack Overflow and its cousins Super User and Server Fault created quite a stir when they were released by noted developers Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood. And though it should probably have been obvious, in the process of building out these niche sites, what they had actually done was build a knowledge exchange platform. Now that platform, called StackExchange, has been...

Push is a quirky, challenging platformer - Time Waster

The platform game, centered on running and jumping action, has been around so long that's it tough to introduce new innovation to the genre. Push is a Flash game that manages to twist platform conventions by introducing a force field effect that you can use to push part of the terrain and clear a path for your character. The controls are a bit difficult to manage, and the graphics are very basic,...

Rabbit Wants Cake: rabbity, cakey Time Waster

Rabbit Wants Cake seems like a pretty simple game at first glance. There's a rabbit, there's a cake, and there's a pretty basic platform-style level set up between them. If your rabbit were Mario, he'd have that cake in a jiffy. Unfortunately, your rabbit is remote-controlled. You can't just run and jump him over to the cake in real time, you have to record a program for him and watch him play it...

YouTube launches API for uploading videos from any web site

One of the moves that has made YouTube successful is the ability to embed YouTube videos on any site. Now YouTube is going a few steps further and giving web developers tools that will let users upload and edit YouTube videos from any web page. What that means is you can essentially build a web page that lets visitors upload videos of kittens and puppies doing cute things, send video responses...

LinkedIn gets a beta facelift and developer platform

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, has released new features, including a homepage redesign and developer platform. Sure this is going to be a little more useful to business users, but does LinkedIn need to expand and focus outside the business sector to make things stickier? LinkedIn's new focus seems like an effort to emulate what Facebook has had with outside web applications. The new...