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Skype 5.0 for Windows busts out of beta, integrates your Facebook friends

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 14, 2010

Nope, it’s not a Facebook “phone,” but it’s probably the closest you’re gonna get to one right now. Skype has just unleashed the no-longer-in-beta version of its 5.0 Windows software, and not only has it drastically tided up the interface, but just like the rumor said, it’s taken advantage of Facebook Connect in a big way. The new version, still has a familiar look and feel, but the most noticeable changes are the addition of photos to the contacts list and the new Facebook tab. Logging into your Facebook account within the program populates your regular News Feed, but also attaches Skype call / SMS buttons next to friends that have either their Skype handles or mobile phone numbers listed on Facebook. Hit one of the buttons and you’re, well, connected! There’s also an option to view your Facebook Phonebook, which basically lists all your contacts’ mobile phone numbers — though, oddly, it doesn’t list Skype handles within that area. Of course, the final version still allows for 10-way video calls and includes the automatic call recovery feature, which brilliantly reconnects dropped calls as if the drop didn’t really happen. If and when these features will hit Skype’s mobile version, your guess is as good as ours — a company spokesperson told us there’s nothing to talk about on that end right now. Of course, we could go on and on about the new software, or you could hit the source link, download it yourself, and let us know what you think about it below.

Update: Skype says the source link should work — even though it says it’s Skype 4.2, the software is 5.0.

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The World’s Most Expensive Diamond Covered iPhone 4

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 14, 2010

We’ve already established that if you’re filthy rich, you probably don’t want the same cell phone as “US” common folk. No, if you’re looking for something higher end, you’ll probably end up talking to Stuart Hughes, who customizes electronics by plating them in gold and diamonds. We’ve already seen his work on a $20,000 iPhone 4, but his latest achievement is downright ridiculous. Called the “world’s most expensive phone” (we’ll see how long that lasts), Hughes made two identical models for an Australian client. Each handset includes over 500 diamonds and totals over 100 karats, and comes in its own special granite box. Its total cost is £5 million — nearly 8 million dollars. Just don’t bother crying when you leave it on the seat of a cab.

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Tired of only getting 16MPG in your Hummer 2 well check out this alternative ~> Kia Pop recharges in 6 hours with 87mph top speed and 100-mile range

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 30, 2010

After an August tease the all-electric Kia Pop concept car is now getting a proper reveal at the Paris Motor Show. Pop is a three-meter long three seater featuring a number of futuristic touches like rear-view cameras in each door, a full length glass roof, and an otherwise transparent OLED panel that displays all your instrument readouts only when the car is running. A second touch panel to the right of the steering wheel controls the vehicle’s other functions including audio, sat-nav, and climate. Under the hood you’ll find a 60-ps, 190-Nm motor powered by lithium polymer gel batteries capable of charging in just six hours. Combined we’re looking at an 87mph (140kph) top speed and 100-mile (160-km) max range. Of course, knowing the auto industry, by the time it hits the assembly lines it’ll likely resemble an unimaginative shoebox using whatever off-the-shelf parts Kia can find. But a boy can dream can’t he?

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Posted by yoMcLovin on September 15, 2010

New design

You will now find @mentions, retweets, searches, and lists just above your timeline – creating a single, streamlined view on the left of the screen. On the right, you can see the features you’re familiar with, including whom you recently followed and who recently followed you, favorites, and Trending Topics.

View photos, videos, and other media content

Now, it’s easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube.

Discover related content

When you click a Tweet, the details pane shows additional information related to the author or subject. Depending on the Tweet’s content, you may see: @replies, other Tweets by that same user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more.

Mini profiles

You can click a @username to see a mini profile without navigating from the page, which provides quick access to account information, including bio and recent Tweets.

Rollout timing

These changes will roll out as a preview over the next several weeks. During the preview, you’ll be able to switch back and forth so you have time to grow accustomed to the way things work. Eventually, everyone will have the updated version of

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Apple introduces new Apple TV and iPods

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 2, 2010

NEW YORK ( — Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a revamped Apple TV device, a new iPod line, an iTunes social network and updates to the operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad at Apple’s highly anticipated product launch event on Wednesday.

Apple TV, which hasn’t sold well and which Jobs has referred to as a “hobby,” got a major revision. The new device is a quarter the size of the current model, fits in the palm of your hand, and sells for just $99 — much less than the $229 of the current model. (Read’s live blog of the event here.)

It’s so small because Apple ditched the prior device’s video purchase model, dramatically reducing Apple TV’s storage requirements. The gadget will now instead be for movie and TV show rentals. Movies can be rented the same day the DVDs go on sale for $4.99, and TV shows are available for 99 cents each.

“Our users want Hollywood movies and TV shows, cheaper; they don’t want amateur hour,” Jobs said. “They don’t want another computer. They don’t want to manage storage. They want it to be silent, cool and small.”

Jobs promised that the device would have the largest library of movies in the world available for rental on the first day of purchase. As for TV shows, Apple was able to strike a deal with Walt Disney Co.’s (DIS, Fortune 500) ABC and News Corp.’s (NWS, Fortune 500) Fox for TV shows, but Jobs said he believes more networks will soon follow suit.

“We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board pretty fast,” Jobs said.

The new Apple TV will also be able to connect to users’ Netflix (NFLX) accounts, YouTube, and Flickr. The device can link to users’ home computers as well, so they can play their iTunes music and video libraries over Wi-Fi.

New iPods

The iPod line got its annual upgrade as well. The flashiest new iPod was the iPod Touch, which starts at $229 and has become the best-selling iPod. The new iPod Touch is thinner and adds many of the new iPhone 4’s features, including a front and rear facing camera, “Retina Display,” and FaceTime, which allows users to make video calls over Wi-Fi.

The iPod Touch is also the best selling portable game player, outselling Nintendo and Sony’s portable game players combined, Jobs said.

The $149 iPod Nano also got a significant upgrade. The tiny device lost its click wheel and will feature a multi-touch screen and a clip on the back. Apple made it almost half the size of the current iPod Nano model and 42% lighter.

Apple went back to the past for its newest $49 iPod Shuffle: After users lamented loss of the buttons Apple took away on last year’s model, the company is putting them back on the new one. The new Shuffle keeps the features of the latest one, including the ability to play custom playlists.

The only iPod that didn’t get an update is the iPod Classic. All of the new iPods will be available next week.

ITunes 10

Apple also unveiled iTunes 10, complete with a new logo. Jobs said that since iTunes sales have long eclipsed CD sales, it was appropriate that the new icon ditch the CD image. It now features just a blue circle and a musical note.

ITunes 10, which launches on Wednesday, has a slightly new interface, with album art now available to view in list mode. But the major new feature was “Ping,” a social network based right in iTunes. People can follow both friends and artists to comment on songs, albums and bands. They can also post videos, and find concert dates.

As always, privacy is a concern with new social networks, but Jobs was quick to say that the settings are “super-simple to set up,” and the feature “is as public or private as you like.”

The iTunes update didn’t include the cloud-based service that many had hoped for. Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) is building a data center in North Carolina, which many believe will be used to give customers the ability to access their iTunes library anywhere.

IOS 4.1

Jobs unveiled bug fixes and minor performance upgrades for Apple’s mobile device operating system. Jobs said that the new iOS 4.1 offers improved photo-taking capabilities, the ability to upload high definition video over Wi-Fi and a new collaborative game playing community called Game Center. The new OS will be available for download in November.

The next update, iOS 4.2, was also previewed. It will feature wireless printing for the iPad and the ability to connect an iPad to Apple TV devices.

Jobs said that 120 million devices with iOS have shipped, dating back to the original iPhone in 2007. Apple is activating 230,000 iOS devices a day, including the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch. There are now 250,000 apps in the App Store, including 25,000 iPad apps. To top of page

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Netflix adds iPhone and iPod touch compatibility in latest app version

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 26, 2010

We knew this was coming and here it is: the Netflix application, heretofore reserved only for iPad users, has trickled down to iPhone and iPod touch devices. Version 1.1.0 makes the TV show and movie streaming app universal — so long as your universe is known as iOS — and looks to massively expand the available audience for Netflix’s mobile effort. What are you waiting for, go get it already.

Netflix iPhone App Video from Netflix on Vimeo.

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Skype has some competition as Google Inc. new VIOP services

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 26, 2010

Hello, Skype, is Google there?

Google Inc. said that users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their e-mail, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and companies such as AT&T Inc.  

While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services; starting yesterday, it said that it will allow calls to home phones and mobile phones directly from Gmail for the first time.

Google promised free calls to U.S. and Canadian phones from Gmail for the rest of this year and said that it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries.

For example, it said that calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as two cents per minute.

Google also said that making a call works like a normal phone, in that a user could click on the “call phone” option in their chat buddy list and type the number or enter a contact’s name.

Skype, owned by private equity firms and eBay Inc., has long allowed consumers to make phone calls from computers, as well as computer-to-computer voice and video calls. Skype said it aims to raise as much as $100 million in a public share offering.

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Whip Game Proper (in my T.I voice)

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 24, 2010

T.I. tore up the Las Vegas strip this past weekend at the annual Magic convention, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The 29-year-old was on hand to unveil a one-of-a-kind R 1 motorcycle, a collaboration between the Yamaha & Voodoo Custom Sport Bikes and the rapper’s AKOO clothing brand.

The bike, customized by Voodoo Industries’ Rob Uecker, retails for a healthy $80,000, featuring wood paneling, air ride rear suspension, full custom paint inspired by AKOO’s style and integrated turn signals. Sporting selections from his clothing brand, T.I. mounted the bike as convention-goers snapped pictures from the sidelines, getting a first glimpse of the vehicle. We wouldn’t mind riding that mean-looking whip, either.

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4 Reason the “Droid X” should be your next phone

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 21, 2010


4 Resons to get the Droid X

Since the Motorola Droid X was announced last month, I’ve been excited to get my hands on one for many reasons. These four features set the Droid X apart from the rest of the smartphone pack, and make it totally worth the $200 price tag.

1. Large 4.3-inch display — The Droid X’s 4.3-inch screen allows you to watch TV or movies with less eyestrain while on the go.

2. Swype —
Folks who have already tried the fast-texting technology Swype swear by it. All you have to do is drag your finger across the keyboard, instead of fumbling from button to button on your touch screen.

3. Noise-canceling abilities —
The Droid X comes with three mics for multidirectional recording, plus multidirectional noise-canceling abilities.

4. Photo/video capture —
Not only does the Droid X come stocked with an 8-megapixel camera, dual-LED flash and autofocus, but it also features image stabilization, 720p video recording and playback, as well as slow and fast motion capture modes.

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Facebook adds new feature ~FaceBook Places~

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 20, 2010

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users, rolled out it’s geo-location service a few days ago, called Facebook Places.

Facebook’s geo-locations service allows you to see where your friends are and share your location in the real world. When you use Places, you’ll be able to see if any of your friends are currently checked in nearby and connect with them easily.

The new features are similar to other location startups such as Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and Booyah.

At the Facebook announcement, Foursquare like Gowalla and Booyah, had a presence on the stage, claiming integration with Facebook. But Foursquare says the company hasn’t committed to anything because the team still needs to try out the service, according to VentureBeat.

The only features Facebook declined to duplicate were the “Mayorships,” merit badges and other incentives earned by users who check in to Foursquare and similar services regularly.

Facebook says that business owners can search for their business in Places. If there is a Place already created, there is a process to claim ownership of it, and if there isn’t already a Place, the business owner can create a new Place for the business. Of course, a business should have a Facebook page to take advantage of it.

To get started, you’ll need the most recent version of the Facebook application for iPhone. You also can access Places from if your mobile browser supports HTML 5 and geolocation.

The introduction of location-based services into the world’s biggest social network will pretty much mark the end of all competing apps, says Lance Ulanoff in PC Magazine.

Places is only available in the United States right now. But they expect to make it available to more countries and on additional mobile platforms soon.

Some highlights:

  • With Places, you control of what you share and the people you share with. You choose whether or not to share your location when you check in at a place. When you check in, you can tag friends who are with you but only if their settings allow it. When you are tagged, you are always notified.
  • Only your friends can see when you visit or are tagged at a place, unless you have specifically set your master privacy control to “Everyone.” You also have the choice to set more restrictive customized settings.
  • When a friend tags you through Places, you will receive a notification on Facebook and on your mobile device. The first time this happens, you’ll be given the choice to allow your friends to check you in to places.
  • When your friends check you in, it is as if you have checked in at that place yourself. You also will appear checked-in to your friends. If you do not allow friends to check you in, then when they tag you at a place, your name will appear in the same way it appears in a tagged status update. You will not appear checked-in at that place.

You can remove any Places check-in or tag using your mobile device or on the web. You also have the choice to turn off the ability for friends to check you in at Places. Go to your Privacy Settings and turn off the setting to “Let Friends Check Me In.”

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