Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Yahoo first rolled out a federated OpenID login to Flickr back in October, but Google was the only accepted third-party sign-in. With the upcoming change, you will be able to use Facebook and Google across all of Yahoo's Web properties -- which admittedly, after signing the death warrant of a bunch of its sites, is not a whole lot. Still, it means you'll be able to customize your Yahoo search experience, comment on Flickr photos, and play with the awesome Pipes RSS remixing service, all from the comfort of your Facebook sign-in.
Incidentally, you won't be able to use your Facebook or Google details to log into "desktop or mobile clients," which presumably means Yahoo Instant Messenger.
The MotorStorm series of action-packed racing games really seemed to come out of nowhere with the launch of the PlayStation 3, and the franchise has gone on to effortlessly claim the crown in its unique offshoot of the off-road racing genre.
With the release of MotorStorm Apocalypse in March and April this year, developer Evolution Studios looks set to not only grip that crown even more tightly, but also conclusively stomp its authority in the videogame world.
The developer has just released a new trailer for its urban ?off-road? racer and it?s a stunner, showcasing the game?s crumbling, dangerous and explosive environments as a dozen daredevil racers battle their way through the city:
MotorStorm Apocalypse ? ?3D? Trailer
A stereoscopic 3D version of this trailer will become available on the PlayStation Store for you to view on a 3D TV.
MotorStorm Apocalypse is scheduled for release on March 16th this year in Europe and the UK, and then on April 12th in North America.
El33tonline?s previous coverage of MotorStorm Apocalypse will provide you with a good few batches of screenshots and videos, as well as more information on this ambitious and extremely exciting action racing title.
Honda has announced that it will use the world stage of the Geneva Motor Show to pull the covers off its latest Accord sedan and wagon for Europe. Just to be clear, this car is very different from the Accord offered in the United States. In fact, the European Accord is very similar to the Acura TSX that's available Stateside. 'Course, we do wish we could get the European Accord's fascia on our TSX, but we digress...
So what's new? Naturally, the exterior styling has been revised ever so slightly, mostly to the front fascia and headlights. Honda has also added what it calls Active Cornering Lights that illuminate when the steering wheel is turned more than 90 degrees and a High-Beam Support System that uses a CMOS camera embedded in the windscreen that senses when to turn the brights on and off.
There are also three new colors: Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre and Celestial Blue Pearl, while inside you'll find a few detail updates to the finishes, including red interior lighting for the Type S models and blue interior lighting for all other trims.
Perhaps more important are subtle changes to the car's 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine (mostly the rather nebulous "reduced internal frictional losses") that, coupled with a "host of underbody aerodynamic aids," increase fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, if even just a small amount.
As for the stuff you can't see on the surface, Honda says it has quited the cabin and revised the dual-mode dampers for greater high-speed stability and "a significant improvement in ride quality, even on poor road surfaces." If you like what you've read so far, you're bound to love the entire press release, which can be found after the break.
Gallery: 2011 Honda Accord (Europe)
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Fire up Kongregate Arcade, browse or search for a game, download it to your Android device, and you're ready to play. The games are all mobile-optimized, and those we tested worked quite nicely with touchscreen input. There are plenty of great games available via Kongregate Arcade, like Monster Slayers, Ink Ball, and Assembler. If you've been saying to yourself "I wish there was a way I could game, chew up my battery, and devour all the free space on my microSD card all at the same time!" your prayers have finally been answered!
Android 2.2 or better is required, as is Adobe Flash (obviously). Kongregate is a free download from the Android Market -- hit the link below to install, or take the jump for the QR Code!
Download Kongregate Arcade for Android [AppBrain]
Rather than focussing on a single protagonist as in their previous titles, this game will feature an online mode with support for a ?large number? of players, according to Platinum Games? Atsushi Inaba.
That doesn?t mean Max Anarchy won?t contain a singleplayer mode, though, and Inaba says that the game will indeed still have a solid story, while it sounds like the online modes will be knitted into that singleplayer experience, with options for cooperative gameplay and free-for-all combat.
Inaba is confident that Max Anarchy will provide a style of game that is largely unattended by developers, and when asked to describe the genre and style, he said that it was a ?fighting game? but with ?multiplayer melee action.?
Judging by the name of the game and what sounds to be a setting where gangs and groups of fighters have formed to survive, it all sounds very ?Mad Max?ish, and could possibly be set in some sort of post-apocalyptic world. Most-suited to this ?kill or be killed? universe is Jack, the star of Platinum Games? first title on the Wii, MadWorld. Jack will join a cast of playable characters in Max Anarchy as the developer wanted to use him again.
Platinum Games hopes to release Max Anarchy by the end of the year, with SEGA handling publishing duties once again. More official information on Max Anarchy (as well as a proper announcement) is expected a little later this year.
"I think the decision was made to slow down the speeds because the speeds were too high at the first test,'' said Pat Tryson, veteran crew chief of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota.
"It's a good move on the side of safety because no one wants to see a car go airborne at the potential speeds that could be generated with the plate they had last month. It will be better for the driver and better for the fans in the stands. Safety always comes first.''
The new carburetor restrictor plate will have a 29/32-inch hole compared to the 30/32-inch hole the cars used last month in the first major test session on the fresh pavement. Speeds reached 197 mph in December with 17-car drafts.
"By slowing down the cars, it will make the draft bigger and tighter,'' Tryson said. " Before with a little more power, the cars would spread out a little bit. I think now, we can expect to see the cars a lot closer together and more in one pack versus two, three or four.
"It's going to make for some great racing for sure because I expect to see more three, maybe four-wide racing at Daytona which is exactly what we saw at Talladega Superspeedway. It's going to be a lot of fun for everyone to watch."
The extension, which is simply a free download from the Chrome Web Store, takes an utterly brute-force approach to the problem. It has a blacklist of known targeted advertisers, and it simply blocks any cookies originating from their domains. The blacklist will be regularly updated as advertising companies adopt the industry's self-regulated privacy standards.
Google notes that the extension is only targeted at U.S.-based ad companies, but a blacklist with European and international advertisers is in the works. The extension will also soon be updated to provide granular control over which cookies are kiboshed, so you'll be able to pick and choose which sites get to show you targeted advertising.
The blokes over at Top Gear are starting to make a habit of being spotted in obscure settings all over the world. Guess they?re really taking advantage of all those frequent flyer miles, eh?
A little over a month ago during their taping of the show?s Christmas Special, the whole crew of Top Gear was spotted in Israel sporting their own versions of custom drop-top roadsters on their way to meeting the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. We all know how that turned out.
This time around, the troika of Clarkson, Hammond, and May have been spotted in Albania. That?s right. Albania.We can only assume that the three chaps were taping an episode of the show in the country, after word leaked courtesy of Albarent, a local rental agency that was responsible for their transportation. According to Albarent, as soon as the hosts and the crew arrived at Tirana Airport, the rental agency went ahead and picked them before driving them to Saranda on the ?Albanian Riviera? with a rental fleet including a Mercedes S350 VIP-LOUNGE, Hyundai H-1 VIP-LOUNGE 11+1 Minibus, and an IRISBUS IVECO Tourist Class 19+1 Minibus. Wow, that’s quite a motley crew.
Unfortunately, details as to what happened on their Albanian adventure have been kept under wraps. For us to find out, we?re going to have to tune in to the show, which quite frankly, we?ve never had a problem doing.
From the whispers we're hearing, BMW plans on mixing its DNA with Mini even further. The Bavarian-obsessed minds at BimmerFile are reporting that the German automaker is currently hard at work on a partnership with Getrag to produce a new hybrid powertrain to be shared between both BMW and Mini. Details are skimpy at the moment, but BimmerFile has ventured a few guesses as to what we can expect from the platform when it debuts. Word is that the system will likely boast a plug-in capacity that it will probably show up on larger Mini models like the Countryman and its rumored BMW counterpart.
There's also some indication that the hybridized drivetrain will keep the current 120 horsepower four-cylinder at the heart of the system. The move is only part of the BMW master plan to keep Mini as efficient as possible. BimmerFile also hints that Mini may see a small turbocharged three-cylinder engine debut in a few short years with more horsepower, less weight and greater efficiency than the current four-cylinder line up. Join those thoughts with the rumored arrival of a diesel Cooper on American soil, and it begins to look like Mini will be in a good position as fuel prices continue to edge upwards.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There's now a second alpha of Conversations available to download and it brings a number of updates to the handy quick reply feature. Mozilla also says that "If you've been reluctant to use Thunderbird Conversations because some bug would annoy you, there's good chances it's been fixed."
Conversations alpha 2 also adds a "send and archive" option, and we're glad to see that -- it's one of our favorite Gmail Labs features, after all.
Download the Conversations add-on for Mozilla Thunderbird (alpha 2)
From in-dash systems in your new vehicle, to your Wii, to your 60" Sony LCD, Opera has steadily grown into a force to be reckoned with in the world of non-computer browsing. Where will the Norwegian browser wind up next?
Rather than tell you all about them, we've made a video that shows off the four new Compiz-like transitions -- it's embedded after the break. Suffice it to say, they're very, very sexy. And elastic-y. The other thing this update ushers in is even smoother app drawer scrolling, which is also shown in the video (though it really is hard to say, objectively, whether it's smoother than before!)
You can download LauncherPro from AppBrain, or scan the QR code after the break.
YouMail not too long ago sent out a rather awesome update to their visual voicemail application, making it more social. YouMail now allows users to easily share voicemail not only through e-mail or text messages, but also by posting them directly to Facebook and Twitter. Great for those times when you getting those funny voicemail messages or just have one that you want to hang onto forever. Some other new features were added as well, full breakdown is below:
- Simple Sharing - With just a couple of clicks, users can now easily post voicemail on their Facebook wall, and tweet voicemails using existing Android twitter clients, like HTC’s Peep.
- Smart Reply - YouMail automatically maps incoming phone numbers to e-mail addresses, so users can easily reply to an incoming voicemail with an e-mail or text message, either directly through the YouMail client itself, or through other messaging clients like Gmail – with the reply automatically including a link to the original voicemail to provide context.
- Expanded Caller ID - Whenever a caller leaves a message, YouMail now pulls and displays incoming caller photos from the phone’s address book and the user’s Facebook account – giving users truly visual voicemail. YouMail also provides the caller’s city and state, in addition to their phone number and name.
Conventional, carrier offered voicemail is rather limited when you compare it to YouMail, add on the transcription service and you've got a pretty sweet system for controlling your voicemail. You can hit the download after the break to try out YouMail or you can check out the Android Contest Forums for your chance to win 1 - of 6 premium subscriptions YouMail so kindly provided us.
[Contest] YouMail Social Voicemail - Win 1 of 6 premium subscriptions posted originally by Android Central
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THQ has released a batch of shiny new screenshots for Homefront, the publisher?s upcoming first-person shooter.
Homefront is set during the year 2027 in a North Korean occupied United States of America (you can read our preview to find out more if you like). The game is scheduled to be released across North America on the 8th of March 2011, with UK, Europe and Australia following on the 20th of March 2011. It will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Take a gander at the screenshots below to see if Homefront will crack the nod for your gaming wishlist this year.