Monday, February 28, 2011
Before the Geneva Motor Show press conference on Tuesday, Lamborghini let us in on a private Bologna-area photography studio so that we could get our own sex-machine shots of their raging new V12 firestarter, the 691-horsepower Aventador LP700-4.
First off, we're glad they didn't call it 'Jota' as some were peas-and-carroting about because it's just a silly and unpronounceable name. It probably belonged to some wimpy minor league bull, too. Only one true Jota was ever built in 1970, and it was a just an amped-up and flared Miura (we prefer not to think about the mid-90s Diablo anniversary upgrade kits).
"Aventador" was, according to the best detective work we can muster, a bull whose career peaked in 1993 in the town of Saragozza, Spain, when he and the torero had a particularly spirited encounter prior to ol' Aventador's inevitable skewering. This particular beastie belonged to the breeding stables of the sons of Don Celestino Cuadri Vides and, for unknown reasons surely banal, he bore the number 32 singed on his hide. And now he gets the strongest Lamborghini ever built named after him. And about damned time! The British were getting tired of mispronouncing "Murcièlago" over the past ten years and now they have a new proper name to mutilate.
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Gallery: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
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On the Honeycomb side, ASUS tells us the delay is simple -- as it stands, a commercial-grade Honeycomb port doesn't exist for Qualcomm hardware, which is what the Eee Pad MeMO is running (the Xoom -- the only released Honeycomb tablet so far -- is running Tegra 2). The company's confident that it'll be ready by the time the MeMO's slated for release in June, however. Follow the break for video!
Gallery: ASUS Eee Pad MeMO and MeMic hands-on
Speaking on behalf of romantics everywhere, the service is depressingly simple to use. Seriously, it's a 3-step process -- and to be honest, it kind of takes all of the effort (read: romance) out of Facebook-stalking your crushes. Anyone who has successfully chatted up a boy or girl online will know that timing is by far the most important factor, and with Breakup Notifier in your arsenal, rebound hook-ups are an easy, foregone conclusion.
Breakup Notifier is free for now -- but considering Facebook historically bans 'who defriended me?' apps, it might not be around long enough to make the developer any money. Better strike while the iron's hot, eh?
But, wait -- BufferZone still doesn't support x64, and maybe you're thinking that there will be a paid version once a 64-bit Windows version arrives. Not so, Trustware's Efrat Schneider told me in an email: "The product will continue to be free," he replied.
If you're looking for a free way to tighten up security on your Windows system, BufferZone is an excellent app for the job. We'll let you know when the 64-bit version becomes available.
Whoever wins the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup series championship, his name won't be Daytona 500 champ Trevor Bayne.
The 20-year-old rookie, who became the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 Sunday, said he's sticking with his original plan for the season -- a full-time Nationwide series run for the championship and a part-time Sprint Cup campaign.
"I think I am going to stay with Nationwide," Bayne said Tuesday on the weekly NASCAR teleconference. "Nothing has really changed for me other than that I am the Daytona 500 champion, which is really incredible.
"I think we are still going to have an awesome year for Roush Fenway running for that Nationwide championship. Obviously we still have a blank car and I would love to get some partners on it, but as of now we are still running for it full time over there. I am still not full-time Cup and I am going to run for the championship in Nationwide. I don't regret any of our decisions there."
Bayne will also run at least 17 more races in Sprint Cup for the Wood Brothers.
As they have for the past several years and for most of their long and storied history in NASCAR, the Wood Brothers are running only a partial schedule.
Windows 7 Taskbar Items Pinner makes pinning everything from your downloads folder to the control panel to network connections as easy as ticking a checkbox. Just download Pinner from Door2Windows, extract the files, and right-click the executable to run it as Administrator. The app also allows you to unpin existing items, and you can even integrate Pinner into your context menu if you like.
If you want to add Control Panel to your taskbar, we still recommend using the method we showed you -- pinning it with Pinner won't give you a jump list to utilize.
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PlayBook Android app support mentioned during demo at MWC, old BlackBerrys show up in ShopSavvy's Android logs
But it gets weirder. ShopSavvy -- which makes versions of its app for iOS and Android -- has started turning up a couple of older BlackBerry devices in its Android build's usage statistics on Flurry: the Curve 8300 and 8520, to be specific, along with an 8600 model that doesn't exist (at least, not yet). The 8300, in particular, is pretty ancient at this point and we're having a hard time wrapping our brain around RIM's game plan in porting Dalvik (or a Dalvik-like) VM and associated libraries over to it; if anything, Flurry could be confused. Then again, a next-generation full-touch BlackBerry that just happens to run a full suite of Android apps in a sandbox could be a pretty compelling product, indeed.
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Releasing today in South Africa, Europe and the UK: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, Knights Contract and more!
So what?s on the slate for today? And what games will you be frantically busying yourself with this weekend? Let?s take a look?
Available today in Europe, the UK and South Africa:
- Bulletstorm (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Killzone 3 (PS3)
- Kirby?s Epic Yarn (Wii)
- Knights Contract (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Rango (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS)
Available today in Europe and the UK:
- Cities in Motion (PC)
- Dreamcast Collection (X360, PC)
- Gray Matter (Xbox 360, PC)
- Lost Identities (DS)
- Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP)
What did I say? Massive! Killzone and Bulletstorm in one week?! And Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with Rango and Knights Contract to provide doses of intrigue?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR has made another change to cars for the Daytona 500, this one because temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees Sunday during the season-opening race.
Sprint Cup officials say teams can add an extra inch to grill openings, allowing more air to flow to engine-cooling radiators.
The change was made following the final practice session Saturday and should help drivers keep their engines cooler at speeds nearing 200 mph around Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
NASCAR made three changes earlier in the week, reducing the size of the horsepower-sapping restrictor plates, adding a pressure-relief valve to cooling systems and reducing the size of grill openings. The moves were made to slow downs cars after speeds topped 206 mph.
The 43-car field will take the green flag at about 1:15 p.m. ET.
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Us personally we do not like the Ferrari FF and would not pay even a cent for it. But we are sure there will be lots of people interested in this model. However, until we will finally see the car on the streets, Ferrari is offering a limited edition of just 199 models at 1:8 scale. That if you have a 4150 euro on your pocket (or about $5,700 at the current exchange rates). Each model in limited edition of 199 models is sold with a certificate of authenticity and a numbered plaque on the base indicating that this is a unique edition.
The Ferrari FF is powered by a 6,262 cc direct injection V12 engine that delivers an impressive 660 HP at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 503 lbs-ft 6,000 rpm. With this impressive power, the FF will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3,7 seconds and will hit a top speed of 208 mph.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The new interface is beautiful (and boy does it make the Android version look ugly -- as always), but more importantly, Rdio 1.0 for iOS also adds a few vital features that bring it into line with Spotify's mobile offering. You now have complete control over offline syncing, and you can easily see what albums and playlists are available for offline play. The music player now sits at the bottom of the screen, no matter which part of the app you're in, too.
In the social arena, Rdio continues to kick Spotify's ass. Now when you log in, you'll be greeted with a plethora of exciting options, including quick access to Top Charts, Recommended and New Releases. Spotify, meanwhile, only has "What's new." Search has been boosted, too: not only can you search through millions of individual tracks and albums, but you can now also search for playlists and people; neither of which Spotify can do.
Here's hoping that the Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 incarnations of the Rdio app all receive similar updates in the next few weeks! And that Spotify does something with its almost non-existent social layer...
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HTC Incredible S, Desire HD, Desire Z and original Desire will all be eating Gingerbread by the end of June
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Last month Google publicised its first anti-content farm maneuver -- and while that only affected 2% of queries, we still noticed a significant increase of traffic here on Download Squad. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Google launched the Personal Blocklist, an extension that lets you filter out content farms from your search results.
With today's massive alteration of Google's search algorithm, it really could mean the difference between life and death for ad-supported sites that produce original content. A quick look at our logs from last night suggest that it could be a very big boost indeed.
It should be noted that the results from the Personal Blocklist haven't been used yet -- but apparently, Google's search changes filter out 84% of the sites that users have been blocking with the extension; a sure sign that Google has hit the nail on the head.
You might have wondered exactly why the latest Transformers trailer was aired during the Daytona 500. Well, apart from the NASCAR race being one of the most watched sporting events in the US, the new trailer was aptly aired during the race because of a partnership between the movie and the racing series.
If you had no idea before, then let this new trailer be your introduction to three new robots that will be featured in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise: they?re Chevrolet Impalas dressed up as NASCAR race cars that also happen to be Transformers.
Until now, no names or affiliations ? word has it that they?re one of the good guys ? have been given for these three racing robots, but whatever their allegiances are, it?s still pretty cool to see some US-bred NASCAR racers in the movie.
The movie hits theaters on July 1st, 2011, making it another four-month wait for ardent fans of the franchise. And if you?re fans of NASCAR like we are, there?s another reason ? or three ? to anxiously wait for the movie?s release. Until then, check out the new Transformers trailer and keep a sharp eye out for those bad-ass NASCAR Transformers.