Friday, April 13, 2012

Facebook revealing the personal data it collects, won't spare your drunk-poking blushes

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Facebook's massively expanding its Download Your Information service into an all-encompassing archive of the data Mr. Zuckerberg collects about your daily dose of people-stalking. DYL was introduced in 2010 and allowed you to pull down all the photos, posts, messages, friend lists and chat conversations in the archives -- but now will also offer stored IP addresses, previous names you've used, friend requests you've made, with further categories due in the future. It'll have to sate the concerns of privacy organizations worldwide, since it's rumored to collect 84 different categories of information about you (85 if you count all those Instagram photos it just bought). It'll be gradually rolled out to all 845 million users in the coming weeks and is available from your general account settings.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Google Latitude check-in deals now available across the US

Recently, Google has been busy beefing up Latitude to make it more competitive with other location apps -- and more fun to use. Location history was added recently, iOS users can post check-ins via Latitude, and now Google has begun rolling out location-based deals which are tied to the service.

If you're in the U.S., you can now score local savings at participating merchants by checking in with Latitude. Google will also be offering "status deals," which users can unlock by visiting a particular merchant on a regular basis. Mashable notes three status levels: regular, VIP, and guru -- though partners can apparently customize those titles if they choose.

Right now deals are available from merchants like American Eagle Outfitters, Arby's, Finish Line, Macy's, Quiznos, and RadioShack.

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Boomshine is a soothing-yet-frustrating time waster

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One click; just one single well-aimed click. That's all you get in Boomshine.

That single click triggers a chain reaction; circles start exploding, and other circles colliding with the shockwaves explode as well, creating their own shockwaves, which then catch other circles.

It's been done before, yes, but this one is a great iteration. The soundtrack is mellow, with lots of piano and some nice percussion (not electronic - it sounds like drums).

At each level you need to make a certain number of circles explode to go on to the next level. I got up to level 12, where you get 60 circles and need to make 55 of them explode. And then I kept trying and trying, but simply couldn't get it. I did get to 54 circles a couple of times, but as they say, you don't get points for trying.

There's no time limit, so you can carefully study the pattern of motion and place your click at the exact right place to create the best chain reaction. I've found that clicking near the middle of the screen works quite well, especially if the balls are slowly moving in that direction. By the time the first shockwave dies off, the oncoming balls usually hit it and the chain reaction continues.

What level did you reach? Screenshots please!

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Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE zips into the FCC, zips back out again

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HTC's EVO 4G LTE swung down on a rope of white mercy and straight into the FCC's cold and dark underground bunker. Given that the device is exclusive to Sprint, it's no surprise to see that it'll slurp down LTE from the network's Band 25. There's also the usual selection of CDMA 2000, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth radios we'd expect from a smartphone in this day and age. Now that the Government's given its blessing, everything's on track for that pre-sale to begin on May 7th, with the device expected to arrive in your paws soon afterward.

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New iPad Battery Life

The new iPad has the same battery life as the iPad 2. This may strike some as peculiar because the iPad 3 has a new more highly-powered battery. However, although the battery does carry more juice, this is offset by the new features of the iPad 3 which require more power, for example the high-definition Retina display and the 4G connectivity. That said, the new iPad battery life is still perfectly reasonable and is suitable both for casual at-home use [...]

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The B&N Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight: Pre-Order Today For $139, Hits Stores In May

nook-simple-touch-glowBarnes & Noble just announced its latest ereader: The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. It doesn't look any different from the previous model until you turn it on. That's when the magic happens. Powered by a front-lit screen dubbed GlowLight, the new Nook emits a pleasant glow that's sort of different from traditional backlighting. It's easier on the eyes but the light cuts the battery life in half -- which honestly is not that big of a deal.

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9 Must-Download Apps for Drivers, Commuters and Buyers of High-Priced Gas

Here are nine useful apps that will find you cheap gas, help you beat traffic, make sure your car is in shape, and maintain your behind-the-wheel sanity.

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Nintendo puts 3DS in the Louvre, France remains generally indifferent

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Sharing a birthplace with Arséne Wenger, Jean-Paul Satre and Jules Verne, the Louvre is France's most prized national treasure. In partnership with Nintendo, the museum finally replaced those cumbersome handheld guides with 3DS units a fortnight after the anticipated March launch. The consoles will provide a variety of tours, offering detailed lectures around the entire museum, or the Cliff's Notes edition for the lazy connoisseur. Shigeru Miyamoto popped up to demonstrate that you can examine HD snaps and 3D images of the sculptures on show, just in case looking up and seeing it in the flesh stone would be too traumatic.

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HandiZoom: Control Your DSLR Like a True Video Camera [Video]

Learning to shoot video with a DSLR after years of using traditional video cameras can be an awkward transition. One feature yet absent from DLSRs is a controlled zoom mechanism. Zooming manually not only produces an entirely different feel to a shot, it also requires the use of an additional hand, besides the one holding the camera. More »


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The Chork Is the Beautifully Awful Lovechild of a Fork and Chopsticks That Will Prevent World War III [Video]

If you went back in time with all the knowledge you have now but none of the habits, what utensil would you invent to eat with? Is the fork, a tiny and instinctive spear, the ideal utensil? Or is the chopstick, a dexterous extension of your fingers, the winner? Which makes the most sense? More »


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