Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Google set to tackle the eBook market with Google Editions

Google Editions

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is set to launch their own ebook store, Google Editions by the end of the month.  The idea has been kicked around since May 2010 and was initially set to launch this past summer.  Scott Dougall, a Google product management director, tells the WSJ it is set to debut in the U.S. by the end of the month and internationally in the first quarter of next year.  There's also word from some independent booksellers who say they have received their contracts for the venture from Google already, so it does appear that things are ready to launch.

What does this mean for us?  Google is set to take on the big players in this space with a new distribution model -- web-based book reading.  The goal is to have content purchased from Google, or any of its independent partners entered into an online library tied to your Google account, and accessed via any modern web browser.  Of course plans for applications for popular platforms are in the works, and you can bet that Android is high on that list.  While we don't know how well this model will work, you can bet devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab will soon be seeing some Google Edition love.  [WSJ online]

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Google Wave looks set to be rescued by Apache

Google Wave ApacheThe Apache Software Foundation, that is, not an ominously portentous, Wagner-blaring helicopter.

The beleaguered Wave project, which Google has ceased developing, will soon shut down. Last week, Google gave us the ability to export our existing waves as Zip files, and now, thanks to Apache and the Wave in a Box off-shoot, you may soon have somewhere to import them to. It won't be exactly the same as Google Wave, but it could be pretty damn close.

The Register is reporting that the Apache Software Group is looking to roll Wave in a Box into its current management and build systems. It's currently only in the incubator phase, but the the full proposal for Apache Wave reads like a serious, concerted effort. There are a ton of Googlers on the list of code committers, at any rate.

If all goes to plan, you may soon be able to easily set up your very own Wave server, for internal collaboration efforts. Who knows, maybe big-name email and instant messaging providers like Microsoft, Yahoo and Google will one day provide an end point for our waves!

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Comcast, Level 3 Communications square off over video streaming, network neutrality principles

According to networking company Level 3 Communications, Comcast just couldn't wait for its NBC deal to go through before getting all jerky with the access to online video, telling Level 3 on November 19th that it would need to pay a fee to deliver video to Comcast customers. Level 3 delivers videos from many companies over its networks, but the timing is particularly notable since on November 11th it signed up bandwidth-chewing Netflix as a major customer. While this sounds like exactly the kind of anti-net neutrality nonsense that makes us want to crank some OK Go, Comcast has responded saying it's doing no such thing, and it's actually Level 3 seeking a competitive advantage by suddenly sending far more information onto Comcast's network than it accepts. The cable company goes on to claim this situation is no different than its existing deals with Level 3's competitors, and that as long as traffic remains in balance it is willing to allow access settlement free, but if they want to push their growth (read: Netflix) onto Comcast's pipes, they'll have to pay up. We'll wait and see if this is all just a simple negotiating ploy or a true strike in the battle over net neutrality, but you may still want to get a refresher course on exactly what net neutrality is all about from our friend Tim Wu just in case.

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Comcast, Level 3 Communications square off over video streaming, network neutrality principles originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 L FSI 150 hp with 4MOTION System

2006 Volkswagen Passat - Front SidePress Release: The new generation Passat can now also be ordered with permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It will be available at first with two engines: In the two-litre class, customers can choose between the 2.0l 110 kW/150 hp direct-injection petrol engine or the 2.0l 103 kW/140 hp turbo diesel engine. The diesel version is also available with a diesel particulate filter. The proven Haldex coupling is electronically controlled for optimum positive engagement. The 4MOTION system can adjust the engine torque to the road conditions ...

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Fiat 500 Abarth by Novitec


While a standard Fiat 500 develops around 100 HP, Abarth managed to do a bit of tweaking to the hatchback’s engine to increase this output to 135 HP. This was a pretty good little boost, but in the hands of another tuner, this output could still be improved. And this is where Novitec took the hatchback coupe and gave it a little makeover of its own, providing some engine updates and a couple of minor exterior modifications.

The first kit to come upon the Abarth 500 is the NT4-CORSE power kit. This kit runs 3,016 Euro and boosts the 500’s power to 164hp. Novitec accomplished this by adding a special turbocharger with a more efficient air supply to cool it down. Assisting the engine are larger injection nozzles and a special fuel pressure control. After that it was an optimized air-cleaner box with sport air-filter cartridge and a Novitec CORSE high performance exhaust system to round off the kit.

The second kit from Novitec is a tuning kit called the NT4-CORSE. This package provides a power boost to 212hp with the use of stainless-steel sport mufflers and high performance exhaust systems, available with one or two tailpipes in various shapes. The cost for this kit was not provided, but whatever the base price is, it is slightly increased if the customers opts for sport springs, a height-adjustable sport suspension made from stainless steel, 17 or 18" light alloy wheels, and a carbon front spoiler lip.

Press release after the jump.

Fiat 500 Abarth by Novitec originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 09:30 EST.

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Motorola Backflip, Cliq get multitouch support

Motorola Backflip gains Multitouch

Must be rooted: One of the coolest things about Android is the development community it fosters.  These developers bring features and software upgrade to devices long after carriers and manufacturers write them off as out dated.  One of the newest upgrades froms from  J_r0dd who worked multitouch support into his latest Roms for the Backflip and Cliq. It's great seeing even these "entry-level" devices get the updated software like their newer cousins. [via ModMyMobile]Thanks Rohit R!

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Renntech makes the Mercedes SLS AMG snort like a raging bull


Anytime you have a car that has become the apple of an auto tuners’ eye, you should give yourself a pat on the back and revel in the unbridled attention you?re new exotic is getting.

We figure that?s what the brass over at Mercedes are doing now, congratulating themselves over the enormous success of the SLS AMG. We?ve already seen it subjected to performance upgrades from here to the other side of the world so it really doesn?t surprise us anymore to see that another aftermarket company has taken a stab in outfitting the SLS AMG with a new package.

This time around, it?s our boys over at RennTech giving the SLS AMG a new performance exhaust that features a secondary catalytic bypass and x-pipe, tuned with their new ECU tuning software and producing, as RennTech puts it, ?an intoxicating growl?.

More than the new exhaust system, RennTech also gave the SLS AMG a few exterior upgrades, including a carbon fiber front splitter that increases the downforce and overall functionality of the car. There?s also a new carbon fiber rear diffuser that also increases the SLS AMG?s downforce while also improving the air drag.

If you want to learn more about these upgrades on the SLS AMG, RennTech wants you to contact their sales department directly where, we figure, they?re going to give you the full lowdown on their new package for the already awesome SLS AMG.

In the meantime, check out the video of the RennTech-improved supercar in action.

Renntech makes the Mercedes SLS AMG snort like a raging bull originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 29 November 2010 18:00 EST.

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An early look at Winamp for Android's SHOUTcast integration

Winamp for Android, SHOUTcast integrationThis morning, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at an alpha version of Winamp for Android. The beta version currently available from the Android Market is already a lot better than other media players, but judging by what I've seen today, it's going to get even better.

For this alpha build, Nullsoft has focused on SHOUTcast integration. The implementation is still a little rough around the edges, but it works -- it works really well. You can browse the top stations, and browse by genre or search term. Click a station to listen to it, or push-and-hold to add it to your favourites for easy access in the future. Presumably, if you listen to one station enough, it might be automatically added to your favorites, too. Rounding up the changes, there's 'My recent stations', which is exactly what it sounds like. For more details, check the gallery below.

Streaming radio for Android isn't exactly new, but this is by far the most easy-to-use and functional implementation that I've seen. You might point to Pandora, but not only is it only available to American users, it's simply not in the same league as SHOUTcast. At the time of writing there are 44,454 free SHOUTcast radio stations, and the Android app can listen to any single one of them. If you're not excited by that, let me know: I'll send some goons around to forcibly remove your smartphone.

[Download Squad and Nullsoft, the developers of Winamp, are both owned by AOL.]

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Toshiba's 32-inch Power TV runs for 2 hours on integrated battery

You read that headline correctly, Toshiba just announced its new Power TV family of battery-powered LED TVs. Mind you, these aren't tiny portables. Toshiba's PC 1 sets are pushing 32- or 24-inches and are the world's first (according to Toshiba) to integrate a rechargeable battery good for about two hours of power. Why? Because even people lacking clean, consistent power desire the mind-numbing escape afforded by a large televised soccer football match. The sets feature "auto signal booster" tech to enhance viewing in areas with weak signal coverage and "auto view" to optimize the picture based on ambient lighting conditions. Tosh is also announcing its new 55-inch 55ZL800 3D LED flagship TV with new multiprocessor CEVO Engine as well as its 29-mm deep WL700 series of slim LED TVs available in 46- and 55-inch models. See the full press release after the break.

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Voogle brings Google Voice to webOS

Been waiting for a solid Google Voice app you can use on your webOS smartphone? Check out Voogle, which has just landed in the App Catalog at the bargain price of $1.99.

Voogle supports all the important Google Voice features you'd expect. You can make voice calls, send text messages, playing recorded calls, and check voice mail. If you so desire, you can even use Voogle to replace your carrier's built-in voicemail with your own from Google Voice (slick!). Future plans include the addition of MMS support and real-time notifications.

If you're a Google Voice fan and you own a Pre or Pixi, Voogle is a must-have app.

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TopWinPrio gives a priority boost to your focused application window

TopWinPrio's function is mashed right into its name. Once you launch the app, it hides in your system tray and automatically bumps the process priority of your foreground window. If you're focused on an app and working in it, it might as well have dibs on available CPU time, right?

Head to the options window, and you can set TopWinPrio to run at startup, boost Explorer processes, and change the update interval. You can also switch the default process priority from AboveNormal to High or Realtime (danger, Will Robinson!) Your mileage will may vary, of course, though I've found TopWinPrio to provide a nice shot in the arm for my Atom 270 netbook.

On my desktop and full-size laptop, however, I don't see myself switching from Process Lasso. It's much more configurable and offers a slew of additional features.

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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder MIVEC 260 hp 3.8 L V6 6 Speed

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - Front SidePress Release: Designed to appeal to convertible and sports car enthusiasts of all ages, the 2007 Eclipse Spyder echoes the concept-car design of its coupe sibling with sleek, taut, muscular lines and engaging details such as bright finish LED tail lamps and monocle-lens head lamps. ‘The new Eclipse Spyder captures the essence of Mitsubishi by offering customers a stand-out design and performance at an affordable price,’ said Rich Gilligan, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America. ‘Its high-quality automatic top makes Eclipse Spyder a ...

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CloudBees Raises $4 Million From Matrix Partners For Java Cloud Computing Play

CloudBees, a Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider, has raised $4 million in Series A financing led by Matrix Partners with participation from individual investors, including JBoss founder Marc Fleury and JBoss/HP/Bluestone vet Bob Bickel. The round is said to be only the first in a multi-stage investment to provide CloudBees with the resources to build out a cloud-agnostic, cloud-native Java PaaS that covers both development services and a production runtime for Java.

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Firesheep comes to webOS

It's not as fast or pretty as its desktop cousin, but an ambitious tinkerer has still managed to port Firesheep to webOS. Yes, all the Wi-Fi tomfoolery that made you shudder as a Firefox extension can run on your Palm Pre.The man who performed the shoehorning -- who happens to be called Sebastian but probably isn't our Sebastian-- has shared a YouTube video of his handiwork which you can check out after the break.

Homebrew and hacking is part of the fun of owning a webOS device, so it's not really a surprise to see Firesheep running -- and it's pretty darn cool, if only as a proof-of-concept.

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Firesheep comes to webOS originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Merge case shows up - but just like the phone, it's not yet available

HTC Merge Body Glove case

No, the HTC Merge still hasn't been announced. But a Body Glove case for the HTC slider has been spotted, lending even more credence to the whispers that this Verizon phone has been delayed at least once. When will it drop? Your guess is as good as everybody else's at this point (and likely just as wrong). In the meantime, you'll have to continue to make do with our exclusive hands-on, benchmark tests and video preview. And that's not too shabby. One more pic after the break. [Droid Forums via Android Central Forums]

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Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC, redefine convergence (video)

If, like us, you've been waiting to see Kinect in control of a truly marquee game, your wait has now come to an end. The same fella that brought us the Kinect lightsaber has returned with a hack enabling eager nostalgics to enjoy a bout of Super Mario controlled only by their body contortions. OpenKinect was used to get the motion-sensing peripheral -- originally intended exclusively for use with an Xbox 360 -- to communicate with his PC, while a simple NES emulator took care of bringing the 25-year old plumber to life. The video awaits after the break.

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Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC, redefine convergence (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Samsung Nexus S gets new Wifi, GPS antennas, shows them to the FCC

Samsung Nexus S FCC

What would you do if you were a smartphone and your maker just gave you new Wifi and GPS antennas? Why, you'd show them to the Federal Communications Commission, of course. And that's just what's been done with the Samsung GT-i9020T, otherwise known as the yet-to-be-announced-but-seen-a-plenty Samsung Nexus S. That mean we're going to see the phone anytime soon? Your uneducated guess is a good as ours. [FCC via Engadget]

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