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Tag: Software

Oops: Upgrading Your Mac’S Os to Snow Leopard Downgrades Your Flash Player

Oops: Upgrading Your Mac’S Os to Snow Leopard Downgrades Your Flash Player
If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s much-hyped and well-received Snow Leopard, I recommend that you update your system’s Adobe Flash player – even if you already had the latest version prior to the installation. That’s because in the process of installing Snow Leopard, your current Flash player will be replaced by…

Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?

Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?
Internet Explorer is still the world’s most popular internet browser, but its market share has dropped because of sweet alternatives like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. And if ReadWriteWeb‘s “reputable sources” are to be believed, a new challenger is about to drop a metaphorical token in the metaphorical arcade machine…
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Yo, Joe! Virus Prevention is Half the Battle

Yo, Joe! Virus Prevention is Half the Battle
This has to be one of the weirdest movie and franchise tie-ins ever: just in time for the live action movie, there’s a G.I. Joe-themed version of Norton Antivirus, complete with its own website. It seems like the kind of thing that would be fanart, or the product of a…

Openemu Mac Emulator Lets You Play and Play With Retro Video Games

Openemu Mac Emulator Lets You Play and Play With Retro Video Games
There aren’t as many video game apps for the Mac as there are for Windows computers, and even then I have a feeling that there’s no program, Windows or otherwise, that lets you play and play with retro video games the way OpenEmu does. The basic function of the app,…

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov
Asimov concocted the Three Laws of Robotics in 1942 and built many of his stories around these rules. While Asimov benefited greatly from those rules as an artistic concept, giving him ideas to explore, in the future our lives may really depend on robot ethics.  Fortunately, a computer science professor…

Torrent2exe Makes Torrenting Almost Idiotproof

Torrent2exe Makes Torrenting Almost Idiotproof
If you can surf the Internet and install software without asking for help, then I’m sure downloading torrents is also a piece of cake for you. But of course there are other aspects of downloading torrents that require more knowledge and tweaking, like bandwidth settings or port forwarding. If you…

Camspace Turns Any Object Into a Controller

Camspace Turns Any Object Into a Controller
Almost a week ago, Kotaku’s Brian Crecente wrote an article regarding the re-emergence of video game peripherals, spurred on by the success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and of course the Wii. In the article, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter was quoted as saying, “I think the problem with…

Adobe Cs Pillows: Not Photoshopped

Adobe Cs Pillows: Not Photoshopped
Adobe’s simple and stylish icons are just begging for spin-offs, so I wasn’t surprised at all when I saw these Adobe CS stuffed pillows from My Suite Stuff. These are definitely geekier than the ctrl alt del pillows. Each handmade pillow sells for $15 USD (plus shipping), while a 6…

Download a Very Early Build of Google’S Chrome Browser for Intel Macs

Download a Very Early Build of Google’S Chrome Browser for Intel Macs
A blogger/developer has compiled a very very early build of Google’s browser, Chrome that runs on a Mac. I tested it myself a couple of days ago and it’s fast alright. It’s so fast that it left most of a browser’s functions at Google’s labs: plug-ins don’t work so it…

What if Software Still Shipped on 3.5-Inch Disks?

What if Software Still Shipped on 3.5-Inch Disks?
Remember the good old 3.5-inch floppy disk? Now remember how annoying it was when you had to install a program that spanned 4 or 5 disks? Well, imagine what life would be like if you had to install today’s bloatware on your computer using floppies. That’s exactly what the designers…

Microsoft Songsmith: the Windows Vista of Digital Audio?

Microsoft Songsmith: the Windows Vista of Digital Audio?
The idea behind Microsoft Songsmith is simple: people love to sing. We love singing more than we love playing instruments. How do I know this? Here’s how: How many people do you know play the guitar while taking a bath? Huh? Enrico Fermi? Anyway. So Microsoft thinks, why not create…

For L33t P33ps Only: Video Game Collector Software

For L33t P33ps Only: Video Game Collector Software
You read that right. This one’s only for those who have the funds and the passion for gaming. Aptly-named Game Collector, this Windows-only database software is packed with a ton of features that can make managing your video game collection a snap. The software uses an online database to make…

Faceapi: 3d Head Tracking With Any Webcam

Faceapi: 3d Head Tracking With Any Webcam
Here’s some pretty cool news which could provide entirely new ways to interact with your computer or game console. This new technology will enable automated 3-dimensional tracking of heads and faces using a webcam along with some very special tracking software. Seeing Machines faceAPI is a developers’ toolkit which provides…

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music
This unconventional design tool provides a unique way to create new typefaces. Working somewhat like an analog music synthesizer, knobs and button pushes influence the shape of your font characters. Designed by Rob Meek and Frank Müller, the Meek FM Typographic Synthesizer uses a custom controller device along with special…

Wiiminder:Enhance Your Wii Browser

Wiiminder:Enhance Your Wii Browser
The Wii’s Opera web browser is definitely better than, say, the Playstation 3’s browser by a long shot, but there are still some things that are a bit less convenient than on a normal computer. The folks over at Warp Pipe Technologies have built a web-based service called Wiiminder that…

Xbox 360 HD DVD Playback: Over 4.7 Million Lines of Code

Xbox 360 HD DVD Playback: Over 4.7 Million Lines of Code
In this post by Shaheen Gandhi, an engineer on the Xbox 360 Platform Team, a massive amount of code went into the HD DVD playback system for the Xbox 360. As a result of the complexities of decoding HD DVD audio and video content, as well as providing a user…
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