Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review – Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship PC Gaming Headset


Last we were lucky to receive the Sonar 5.1 Championship PC Gaming Headset from Cyber Snipa. I was fortunate to be able to take this headset to the past LAN War at Indiana University and really put it through the gauntlet so-to-speak. After a long tandem of hourly gaming, I’ve got the stats on this superior headset.

The Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship headset is a bit unlike any other headset I’ve used. The design is really top-notch, and to be honest, it just looks really cool. It’s very comfortable on the top of your head, but you may run into problems if you have large ears like me. The ear pieces are comfortable, but smaller than they look. I first thought I could turn them, which would be cool, but they’re fixed and won’t slide.After a while, though, you don’t really notice the issue, so it’s not a big complication.

Technically the headset performs at the top of its class. It connects through USB, so it’s great for on-the-go gaming. The drivers installed instantly and the headset was ready to go. With 8 individual speakers, it’s great to use when you’re in a room with a lot of ambient noise. Sitting in a crowded area with gamers all around me yelling, computers buzzing, and people conversing everywhere, the Sonar did a great job of producing enough sound to keep me focused on the game.

Here are the tech specs on the speakers themselves:

SPEAKERS


Front Center Rear Subwoofer
Drive Diameter ø30mm ø40mm ø30mm ø27mm
Impedance 32Ω 32Ω 32Ω
Frequency Response 20~20KHz 18~20KHz 20~20KHz 10~400Hz
Output power 200mW 400mW 200mW 600mW
Signal to noise ratio >50dB >50dB >50dB >50dB
T.H.D 0.4% 0.1% 0.4% 1%
Sensitivity (S.P.L) 108dB 100dB 108dB

Along the connector cord is a channel controller that allows you to change the volume of the main, rear, center, front, and subwoofer speakers in the headset. These come in handy when you want to fine-tune the sound to any game, video, or style of music you’re listening to. Add that to the adjustment software that’s available for download with the Sonar, and you have limitless ability to adjust the settings to near perfection for your playing needs. I was able to hear every spoken word, every creeping monster, and every shot fired in my direction.

The Sonar even comes with its own carrying case once you take it out of its packaging. The case makes it easy to pack up and travel to wherever your gaming takes you, enabling you to take the headset along for the ride. It’s not one of those cases where it’s impossible to fit everything in. I takes about ten or so seconds to pack, zip up, and get going.

The Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset performed great for what it was designed for. With its travel case and USB connection method, it was a great headset to have with me when traveling to game. While it was a little bit uncomfortable to me, I eventually lost sight of that while using it. It did get a bit hot since the ear pieces are insulated to cancel out noise, which required me to take breaks. All in all the headset worked out great for me. Sitting at about $80, this is a perfect headset for the price, and Cyber Snipa delivered with it. If you’re looking for a cheaply-priced headset, the Sonar Championship is what I recommend for you.

Kororaa Linux 14 Beta 5


Chris Smart has released a new development build of Kororaa Linux 14, a Fedora-based desktop distribution: "Kororaa 14 (code name 'Nemo') beta 5 has been released for download, in 32-bit and 64-bit flavours with KDE and GNOME. If you've been waiting to try out Kororaa, this is the version to test! I have finally packaged up all of the system (configuration file) changes we make, into RPMs in the Kororaa repository. This means that future changes can be pushed out via updates - theoretically, no need to re-install when the new release comes out (unless you want to). New features: update to Firefox 4 by default for KDE and GNOME; packaged all Kororaa system changes into RPM repository. Bug fixes: fixed missing dictionaries in LibreOffice." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (SHA1): Kororaa-14-Beta5-i686-Live-KDE.iso (1,708MB), Kororaa-14-Beta5-i686-Live-GNOME.iso (1,521MB), Kororaa-14-Beta5-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso (1,753MB), Kororaa-14-Beta5-x86_64-Live-GNOME.iso (1,567MB).

Download Mirrors https://kororaa.org/download/

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise Cancelling Earbuds


Earbud style headphones already do a pretty good job at blocking out most ambient sounds and noises while you listen to music, but they’re not perfect. Neither are Pioneer’s new SE-NC31C-K earbuds, but thanks to built-in noise cancelling technology they manage to filter out about 90% of unwanted sounds, which could mean the difference between enduring crying babies for hours or catching a few Z’s on a long flight.

The earbuds feature some surprisingly hefty 14.3mm drivers which should deliver impressive bass performance, and the inline sound processing unit is powered by a single AAA battery which is promised to provide up to 120 hours of peace and quiet. Available now for a reasonable $99 given the extra noise cancelling functionality.

Toorox 03.2011


Jörn Lindau has announced the availability of a new development version of Toorox, a Gentoo-based desktop distribution, which previews the latest development snapshot of GNOME 3: "The next generation of the GNOME 3.0 desktop is near completion. If you want to test it, you can get the recent development release of Toorox 03.2011 'GNOME3-RC'. It's only available as a 32-bit image. It contains Linux kernel 2.6.37, GNOME 3.0 RC, X.Org Server 1.9.5, LibreOffice 3.3.2, IceCat 3.6.16.... Attention should be paid to the fact, that GNOME 3 needs accelerated graphics support. If the video driver doesn't support this, the desktop will start in a fallback mode" which can't represent all of the functions and the look and feel of the new generation of GNOME. This will happen, for example, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. But this is no problem - click on Systemconfig in the black panel and start the NVIDIA driver." Here is the full release announcement with screenshots. Download: Toorox_03.2011-32bit_GNOME3-RC.iso (1,482MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://toorox.de/index.php/en/download

openSUSE 11.4 "Edu Li-f-e"


Jigish Gohil has announced the release of openSUSE 11.4 "Edu Li-f-e", a specialist edition of openSUSE designed for schools: "The openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 11.4. This release includes the latest carefully selected software for students, educators, as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make a productive computing experience for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional. Right out of the box, educators and parents will be pleased to see over 150 applications to fit their student's needs. A wide range including mental exercise tools like Brain Workshop and GBrainy, science applications like Chemtool, mathematical programs like Euler, artistic development software like TuxPaint and GIMP...." Read the full release announcement which includes screenshots. Download: openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.4-1-i686.iso (2,862MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://software.opensuse.org
http://mirrors.opensuse.org/list/all.html

Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23

Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23, a new stable version of the specialist live CD designed for disk cloning: "Stable Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23 has been released. This release includes major enhancements, changes and bug fixes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded to Debian 'Sid' (as of 2011-03-28); Linux kernel was updated to 2.6.38; Partclone was updated to 0.2.22; Live-boot was updated to 2.0.15; language files were updated; new packages were added - disktype, ufsutils; Memtest86+ was updated to 4.20; a mechanism was added to check if the saved image is restorable; a better mechanism was added to deal with multiple slices of a BSD system; 'noatime' and 'nodiratime' options are now used when mounting file system in prep-ocsroot...." Continue reading the release announcement for a full changelog. Download (MD5): clonezilla-live-1.2.8-23-i686.iso (128MB), clonezilla-live-1.2.8-23-amd64.iso (134MB).

Download Mirrors http://www.clonezilla.org/downloads.php

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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SliTaz GNU/Linux Cooking 20110329


Christophe Lincoln has announced the availability of a new development build of SliTaz GNU/Linux, a minimalist, but extensible distribution and live CD featuring the Openbox window manager: "The SliTaz team is pleased to announce the release of a new cooking ISO image featuring over 2,900 packages. All packages have been rebuilt using our new cooking tool, now included in Tazwok. It contains Linux kernel 2.6.37 compiled against glibc 2.13, Binutils 2.21 and GCC 4.5.2. The Core live CD includes Midori 0.3.3. Tazpkg is now entirely translated to French and we are open to additional translations. Tazwok have been entirely rewritten and it's now possible to recook SliTaz from scratch using any ISO image. This release is the first of release candidate series which will lead to stable 4.0 release." Visit the project's news page to read the full release announcement. Download the installation CD image from here: slitaz-cooking.iso (31.0MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://www.slitaz.org/en/get/

Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Openbox"


Markus Muttilainen has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Openbox" edition, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager: "Zenwalk Openbox 7.0 is ready. I am happy to bring you the Openbox spin of Zenwalk Linux. This release focuses on being more beginner-friendly by providing an integrated and easy-to-use Openbox desktop. You will get the latest stable software and new artwork. Some of the packages included are Linux kernel 2.6.37.4, glibc 2.13, Mozilla Firefox 4.0, Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.9, Gnumeric 1.10.12 and AbiWord 2.8.6. Tweak it till you geek it. Have fun!" Read the brief release announcement and check out the detailed changelog if you wish to find out more about the release. Download the installation CD image from here: zenwalk-openbox-7.0.iso (503MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://www.zenwalk.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=1

SimplyMEPIS 11.0 RC1


The first release candidate of SimplyMEPIS 11.0, a user-friendly, Debian-based distribution with KDE, is ready for testing: "Warren Woodford has uploaded SimplyMEPIS 10.9.94, the first release candidate of MEPIS 11.0. This RC is available from MEPIS and public mirrors. MEPIS 11.0 RC1 is build from a Debian 'Squeeze' stable foundation with the following major differences: a MEPIS configured 2.6.36.4 Linux kernel, NVIDIA driver 260.19.21, KDE 4.5.1, Firefox 4.0, LibreOffice 3.3.2, and the usual MEPIS tweaks that make it ready to use out of the box. For 11.0, the MEPIS community has produced an attractive new desktop theme and an excellent updated user manual, as well as a quick start guide. Warren said: 'Please let us know what you think of RC1, by posting your comments and suggestions at the mepiscommunity.org forum.'" Here is the brief release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-DVD-TEST_10.9.94_32.iso (1,244MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-DVD-TEST_10.9.94_64.iso (1,246MB, MD5 (2,029MB).

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Griffin PowerJolt Micro Powers Your iPad In Your Car


How many different devices do you power with your car’s cigarette lighter? Now how many of those use a USB cable to draw power? It’s very likely that many of them do indeed use USB, which means having such a port in your car is convenient. I’ve had a couple of different adapters over the years, but they don’t always provide enough power (especially for an iPad), and they are almost always bulky.

Griffin knows what’s good, as they’ve released their PowerJolt Micro, which is a very simple USB adapter for your car. The nice thing is that not only does it provide the necessary juice for an iPad, but the port will actually sit almost flush with the cigarette adapter. No more worrying about bumping and breaking a bulky adapter. For $30, I’d say this is a must-have for the car.

You Can Win This OMG-1 Synthesizer Featuring A Moog Little Phatty, Dual iPads And Even A Mac Mini


Sorry, it’s not an official OhGizmo! contest where winning is as easy as leaving a comment. If you want to win this epic-looking, one-of-a-kind OMG-1 synthesizer built by Spectrasonics’ Eric Persing, you’re going to have to work for it. Featuring a Moog Little Phatty, an Omnisphere, a Mac Mini, dual iPads, dual iPods and an Omni TR built into a hand-crafted curly maple cabinet, the OMG-1 is available to the artist who produces the best original music using Spectrasonic’s Bob Moog Tribute Library for their Omnisphere synth software. The contest does require you to purchase and download the Bob Moog library if you already haven’t, which is $100, but 100% of the proceeds will go to the Bob Moog Foundation.

The contest submission deadline is July 15th 2011, and multiple entries are welcome. The winner will be announced on the Spectrasonics’ website on September 15th, 2011, with the OMG-1 being presented to them at the 2011 Moogfest in October.

Foresight Linux 2.5.0


Og Maciel has announced the release of Foresight Linux 2.5.0, an rPath-based, rolling-release distribution featuring the Conary package management and a choice of three desktop environments: "Foresight is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling-release schedule that always keeps your desktop up-to-date, a revolutionary package manager, the latest GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktop environments, and an innovative set of excellent, up-to-date software applications. What's new? GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.6.1 and Xfce 4.8; Linux kernel 2.6.35.11; the very latest and greatest Chromium and Firefox web browsers, Banshee, F-Spot, OpenShot, Hotot, Pidgin, Gimp...." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (SHA1) the installation DVD images from here: foresight-2.5.0-gnome-x86-dvd1.iso (1,655MB), foresight-2.5.0-kde-x86-dvd1.iso (1,820MB), foresight-2.5.0-xfce-x86-dvd1.iso (1,227MB), foresight-2.5.0-gnome-x86_64-dvd1.iso (2,029MB), foresight-2.5.0-kde-x86_64-dvd1.iso (MB), foresight-2.5.0-xfce-x86_64-dvd1.iso (1,420MB).

Download Mirrors http://www.foresightlinux.org/download/

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Slackware Linux 13.37 RC 3.1415926535897932384626433832


More fun with Slackware's version numbers as Patrick Volkerding announces the latest release candidate for the upcoming Slackware Linux 13.37: "There have been quite a few changes so we will have one more release candidate: Slackware 13.37 RC 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716. Very close now! But we'll likely hold out for 2.6.37.6." The above-mentioned changes include upgrade to Linux kernel 2.6.37.5 and associated rebuilds, upgrade to xfsprogs 3.1.4, a security fix in Qt 4.7.0, upgrade to rsync 3.0.8, addition of Memtest86+ and virtio kernel modules to usbboot.img, and a number of bug fix rebuilds (including GIMP 2.6.11, Firefox 4.0 and Thunderbird 3.1.9) and security patches. Read the full changelog for a detailed of all changes. Quick links to the most recent unofficial installation DVD images (dated 22 March): slackware-current-22_Mar_2011-DVD.iso (1,972MB, MD5), slackware64-current-22_Mar_2011-DVD.iso (1,929MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
http://alphageek.dyndns.org/linux/slackware-mirrors.shtml (unofficial)

Torchwood returns to television under new management


For its new season, Torchwood is being produced in the US, and almost the entire cast is changing.

Last time we saw Torchwood, it was starting to get really heavy: Major characters were being killed off, plot arcs were being disassembled, and the protagonist came close to giving up on life on behalf of, not just herself and her unborn child, but the entire human race.

She wondered if perhaps The Doctor had chosen not to save the Earth because none of them deserved to be saved. The story closed on a hopeful note, of course, but with the Torchwood office destroyed, and most of the team missing or killed, what could they do next?

Apparently, they go to Disneyland.

Or close to it... The series production has been picked up by Hollywood production company Starz, and the new base of Torchwood will be in Los Angeles. Filming began last month, and the series will premier on 8 July 2011.

John Barrowman and Eve Myles will be returning to the cast as Capt. Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, and a few other secondary characters who survived "Torchwood: Children of Earth."

Joining them will be Mekhi Phifer, as a CIA Operative; Alexa Havins, as a CIA analyst; Arlene Tur, as a surgeon; and Bill Pullman, as a convicted child-killer who becomes mysteriously unkillable on the day of his execution.

The plot will center on this strange immortality, which seems to have struck the entire world at once. At first seen as a miracle - thus the subtitle of the series - it soon becomes a nightmare, as the hundreds of thousands of people who are supposed to be dying each day around the world are quickly starting to overbalance food supplies and other resources. Gwen and Jack team up with the CIA to solve the mystery of this "curse," which will span ten-episodes.

The move to shorter ‘mini-series’ style arcs over the old monster-of-the-week format began with the last Torchwood series, Children of Earth, which lasted five episodes. That was an awful long time with a single mystery, and the amount of action and interaction was almost too much, and perhaps, at times, became a bit melodramatic.

What will happen with ten episodes (or, perhaps more appropriately, a ten-hour Torchwood episode). Is that even viable? If the previous series is any indication, the characters are liable to explode with dramatic tension before it’s over.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Bodhi Linux 1.0.0


Bodhi Linux 1.0.0, the first stable version of the Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Enlightenment 17 window manager, has been released: "After two more weeks of hacking and user feedback since our final release candidate the Bodhi Team and I are proud to announce the availability of the first ever Bodhi Linux Stable release (1.0.0). This release includes a couple of minor bug fixes and a few final touches polish-wise. For a full change log see here. The first thing you will notice when starting the newest Bodhi disc is that our Plymouth (boot splash) has a sleek new look. In addition to the standard Plymouth being reworked, a text-based Plymouth is now installed by default so older/virtual systems no longer display the harmless 'missing library' message that had looked tacky in the previous versions." Read the full release announcement for more details and several screenshots. Download: bodhi_1.0.0.iso (383MB, MD5).

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules


Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

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The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

5-in-1 Connection Kit For The iPad


Although we all love Apple products, it is extremely annoying that we have to go to them for every little thing. For the iPad more specifically, you can’t seem to hook anything up to your iPad unless you’ve taken a trip to the Apple store.

There’s a new way to approach that problem with the 5-in-1 Connection Kit for the iPad. Using this device, you can hook up a TV, laptop, and USB keyboard; you even have the ability to plug in SD cards directly to your iPad (just not all of these at the same time). This does sound a little too good to be true, and the main catch is that it might not be compatible in the future as firmware updates could potentially render it useless. The video quality is also less than Apple’s own HDMI dongle, but for $44.99, there are a lot of people out there that would rather take the chance than buy five or six different connectors from Apple.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Casio’s New Baby-G Shock Watch Features Black Light Ultraviolet Illumination


If you’re worried you might be a little too old to be hitting the clubbing scene on the weekends, Casio’s new Baby-G Shock watches will bring the clubbing scene to you. Introduced at Baselworld 2011 in Switzerland, the watches feature a fashion-forward design with oversized and overlapping numbers around the face that are all coated with a special fluorescent ink that glows like neon (hence the feature being referred to as the ‘Neon Illuminator’) thanks to a built-in black light ultraviolet LED.

And since blacklights aren’t always the safest thing to stare at, Casio has ensured the ultraviolet LEDs used on these new Baby-G watches correspond to international safety standards… as long as you don’t over do it:

The ultraviolet LED offers safety corresponding to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for Class 1M. However, an optical lens such as a magnifying glass must not be used for direct viewing of the ultraviolet light source.

Personally I won’t wear a watch I can’t take a magnifying glass to, but I suspect it won’t be an issue for the general consumer populous. Pricing and availability are currently unknown, but the BGA-130 & 131 will come in a variety of color schemes including those pictured above as well as a matte black option.

Zenwalk Linux 7.0


Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.0, a Slackware-based desktop distribution featuring the new Xfce 4.8 desktop: "Zenwalk Linux 7.0 is available for immediate download. Still desktop, Internet and multimedia oriented, Zenwalk 7.0 is a milestone in the evolution of the distribution. This release brings several major changes at user level and system level. At user level, the Xfce desktop environment has been updated to major version 4.8.1, coming with a new VFS, Xfce 4.8 allows CIFS and SFTP shares browsing through the file manager, making it mostly feature equivalent to GNOME while still a lot faster. The new panel has good support for transparency, and is packaged with many plugins out of the box. We are pleased to announce that OpenOffice.org will be replaced by LibreOffice.". Read the rest of the release announcement for full details. Download: zenwalk-7.0.iso (583MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://www.zenwalk.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=1

Trisquel GNU/Linux 4.5


Rubén Rodríguez has announced the release of Trisquel GNU/Linux 4.5, an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution built from free (as defined by Free Software Foundation) components only: "Our latest version is ready for download. It includes a lot of updates, along with an overhaul of the development process which was largely upgraded to simplify automation. This improvements made it easier to apply changes to the upstream packages, leading to a much more polished result. Along with many bug fixes, 'Slaine' comes with a new boot manager for live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. 'Slaine' is based on Ubuntu 10.10, the main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, X.Org 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla-based web browser 3.6.15, OpenOffice.org 3.2.". Here is the full release announcement. Download: trisquel_4.5_i686.iso (683MB, MD5, torrent), trisquel_4.5_amd64.iso (702MB, MD5, torrent).

Download Mirrors http://trisquel.info/download

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Microsoft just scooped up 666,624 IPv4 addresses for $7.5 million


Microsoft has purchased 666,624 IPv4 addresses from the bankrupt networking vendor Nortel Netorks after a period of competitive bidding.

The 7.5 million dollars that Microsoft spent on the IPv4 addresses roughly breaks down to a per-unit price of $11.25. In perspective, that is cheaper than the price of registering a domain name, which usually costs around $10 depending on the registrar used.

An IP address is a numerical string that is used by a computer, or other object on a network, to be identified and located. IPv4 has been the prevalent form of IP address for some time.

Why was Microsoft interested in the IPv4 addresses? Because as a commodity they are nearly gone. In fact, the last batch has been issued, meaning that they are now, in effect, a scarce resource. There will be a nearly infinite number of IPv6 addresses available in the future, but complications with the transition to IPv6 has put a premium on the value of extant, and unused, IPv4 addresses.

IPv6, unlike IPv4, uses 128 bits to form an address, not the 32 bits that are employed by IPv4, creating a vast pool of potential addresses.

There were three other firms interested enough in the addresses to submit a bid, with Microsoft ending as the company willing to pay the most.

ICANN looks down on such sales, and anticipates their future occurrence will be limited. Whatever the case, Microsoft has again used its cash pool to give it an edge.

There has been much media hype on the scarcity of IPv4 addresses, something that this sale is sure to re-ignite. Let’s hope that IPv6 reaches maturity in short order, or the market could become somewhat ugly. Then again, according to Wikipedia, IPv6 is a technology still in its “infancy,” so any easing on the demand for open addresses might be a long way off.

According to court filings from the Nortal bankruptcy case, a decline in the value of IPv4 addresses over time is expected, as IPv6 comes into its own. For now though, IPv4 is still hot:

Because of the limited supply of IPv4 addresses, there is currently an opportunity to realize value from marketing the Internet Numbers, which opportunity will diminish over time as IPv6 addresses are more widely adopted.

If we manage to dig up who the other three bidders were, we will update this post. We would not be surprised if other companies that offer cloud computing and storage solutions were among the group, such as Amazon or Apple.

Hard Breakers


Real-Life Tron Lightcycle Guys Build A Grown-Up Sized Green Machine


If you remember our post about the $55k real-life Tron Lightcycle, then you’re probably already aware that Parker Brothers Custom Choppers have a thing for creating unique rides. Their latest creation is a full-sized version of the classic Green Machine ride-on toy, that forgoes pedal power for an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson Evo engine.

Longtime readers might remember a post about the Green Machine way back in 2007 as Huffy created an updated version of the toy, though it was still designed primarily for children. Thankfully the Parker Brothers decided kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so their version of the Green Machine also features in intimidating 45-inch front wheel, rear-wheel steering like the original, and has managed to reach 50mph in their testing. Sadly because of the rear tires their version isn’t DOT approved, so don’t expect to be placing orders for one anytime soon.

Barbie A Fairy Secret


BARBIE discovers that fairies are real and living around us all. She must visit them to save Ken after he was kidnapped and taken to a magical secret fairy world by a jealous fairy who wants to
marry him.
BARBIE and Raquelle must stick together as they learn that the real magic lies ithin the power of friendship.

Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily


Facebook chief privacy advisor Mozelle Thompson appeared before the Australian Parliament’s cyber-safety committee this week to discuss Internet-related security issues. Thanks to the event, we learned that about 20,000 users are kicked off Facebook every day for various infractions, including for lying about their age.

“There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook],” Thompson told Federal Parliament’s cyber-safety committee, according to The Telegraph. “Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.”

Although the company requires its users to be at least 13-years-old, the limit is easily circumvented, like on pretty much any website on the Internet. “While the social network has mechanisms to detect liars,” Thompson admitted that “It’s not perfect”.

The original report suggested that the 20,000 accounts banned daily are all for individuals found not to be at least 13-years-old. This is not true; the number actually includes accounts deleted for any serious rule-breaking. Furthermore, it does “not include the proactive efforts that actually prevent fake or under age accounts from being created.”

“At Facebook, we take safety very seriously and we were pleased to participate in a hearing in Australia to talk about our safety policies, practices and systems,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “As we explained in the hearing, these efforts include removing numerous accounts everyday for activities including spamming, posting inappropriate content, and violating age restrictions.”

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Casio Reveals What Their First Bluetooth Low Energy Watch Will Look Like


The first prototype of Casio’s Bluetooth-equipped ’smart’watch was shown at CES 2011 back in January, and while it was one of the more interesting things we found at the show, we’ve been curious what the first production version would actually look like. It turns out that the Bluetooth 4.0 profile technology, which allows the watch to wirelessly communicate with a smartphone while still maintaining a 2+ year battery life, is just being integrated into one of the company’s G-Shock models. Definitely not a bad thing, unless you were hoping to have something particularly high-tech looking strapped to your list to draw people’s attention.

The most notable feature of the watch will be its ability to automatically sync the time to your smartphone, which are usually automatically set by the carrier’s network. Auto-setting watches that rely on broadcasts of the atomic clocks are already commonplace, but this should be more accurate and reliable, particularly when traveling. Other connected features will be the ability to monitor calls, emails and messages including who they’re from directly on the watch’s face, as well as providing vibrating or audible alerts for alarms setup on the phone itself. But at this time specific pricing and availability info have not been officially announced.

GParted Live 0.8.0-5


Steven Shiau has released a new stable version of GParted Live, a Debian-based live utility CD designed primarily for disk partitioning task, with some data rescue tools added into the mix. From the release notes: "This is GParted Live 0.8.0-5. New in this release: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system is based on the Debian 'Sid' repository (as of 2011-03-21); the Linux kernel has been updated to 2.6.38; package OpenSSH was added in this release, by default the SSH service is not started, and if you want to start it, make sure you have change the password and the file /etc/hosts.deny; bug fixed - a workaround was added to make setxkbmap work.". See also the changelog for a complete release history. Download the live CD image from here: gparted-live-0.8.0-5.iso (124MB, MD5). As always, don't forget to back up all your important data before employing a tool that modifies your disk partition layout.

Download Mirrors http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

Jade Empire Special Edition ViTALiTY


Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and
follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this
multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions
will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the
destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath
your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and
fighting mastery to bring peace, or will your power bring
pain and ruin?

LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars SKIDROW Cd Key


RELEASE NOTES

The beloved and critically acclaimed LEGO Star Wars franchise is back.

LEGO Star Wars III:The Clone Wars, combines the epic stories and iconic

characters from the Star Wars universe and hit animated TV series Star

Wars: The Clone Wars with all new gameplay features. Players will enjoy

brand new game mechanics allowing them to create, control and explore

in a galaxy far, far away like never before. Promising breathtaking

visuals as well as new characters and levels, the game also features

the signature tongue-in-cheek humor from the LEGO universe. With over

20 story-based missions and 40 bonus levels spanning the entire Clone

Wars era, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will allow fans to explore

endlessly and laugh their way through the Star Wars galaxy in the most

humorous, accessible and action-packed LEGO game to date.

Features:

New Story - For the first time, players will experience their favorite

stories from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, retold in the amazing LEGO

world that fans know and love.

Massive Ground Battles - Brand new to the LEGO Star Wars experience,

players will take control of battalions of clone troopers against the

relentless droid army - building bases, deploying vehicles and calling

in reinforcements to defeat opponents.

SceneSwap - Authentic to the Star Wars experience, a new feature allows

players to take control of multiple teams in separate locations.

Working together to complete various objectives, players will control

each team through the press of a button, while playing in single player

or in multiplayer co-op modes.

All New Boss Battles - For the first time in the LEGO Star Wars

franchise, fans will fight against massive bosses as seen in The Clone

Wars animated series, including Gor, the epic Zillo Beast and many

other favorites.

Multi-Layered Space Battles - Players will be able to take off in their

favorite ships to navigate and fly through multi-layered combat

throughout the galaxy.

New Combat Abilities - Characters will have more dynamic moves allowing

players greater freedom to battle their opponents. Characters will also

have new lightsaber abilities including Lightsaber Cutting, Lightsaber

Throwing, and Lightsaber Climbing. The game will also feature new

grappling abilities allowing players to climb their way through puzzles

and defeat enemies.

Explore the Galaxy - Players will be able to explore exotic locations

in a variety of ships throughout 16 different star systems. Fans will

play as villainous Separatists, the noble Republic heroes or even as

bounty hunters, tracking down characters across the galaxy.

Expanded Force Abilities - Using the Force in all new ways to control

LEGO objects, players will solve puzzles, access new areas, pick up and

throw enemies - even turning them into weapons.

Brand New Clone Weapons, Vehicles and Characters - New clone weapons

including rapid fire guns and rocket launchers, as well as all new

massive capital ships to explore, such as Anakin Skywalker's flagship

the Resolute and Grievous devastating warship , the Malevolence.

Players will also navigate through the galaxy in new vehicles such as

the Republic gunship, Clone Turbo Tank and even Anakins Jedi

Intercepter and the Twilight. Fans will also discover their favorite

classic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker.

Puzzle Solving - The game will feature all new puzzles that reward

creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building

situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far, far away.

All new lighting and animations - A brand new engine brings characters

to life, giving players a whole new level of control in a vibrant

environment, unlike anything ever seen before in a LEGO game.

Split Screen - Improved dynamic split screen for multi-player co-op

with jump in/jump out abilities for friends and families to play

together.

Homefront SKIDROW Cd Key


The year is 2027. The world has suffered a decade-long energy crisis, and economies have crumbled. Reduced to a mere shadow of the super power it once was, the United States became the target of a North Korean takeover. American malls, suburbs and city streets are now battlegrounds as the civilian resistance fights for freedom. Featuring a compelling single player story crafted by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn), Homefront immerses gamers in an interactive and cinematic FPS experience where they will assume an infantry role or take command of a wide variety of aerial and ground vehicles. In addition to the single-player experience, Homefront will deliver a robust multiplayer experience. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hop


E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Tirza


Jörgen Hofmeester is desperately looking for his missing daughter Tirza and heading towards a brutal confrontation with the man who has been the undoing of his favorite child.

Toshiba’s USB Powered Mobile Monitor Gives You More Screen Real Estate On The Go


It’s not the first USB-powered, portable external display designed to complement a laptop, but Toshiba’s new Mobile Monitor is now officially the one to beat, at least when it comes to size and price.

At 14-inches with a widescreen resolution of 1366×768 it’s actually useful for more than just monitoring a Twitter feed or docking a couple of Photoshop palettes. Of course in terms of color fidelity and contrast you’re probably not going to want to rely on it for color critical work if you are using it for Photoshop, but for a bit of extra screen real estate while stuck on a laptop for on-set work like a photoshoot, it looks pretty slick.

In terms of brightness the Mobile Monitor maxes out at 220 nits, but that requires the use of an optional AC adapter. So if you just stick with a single USB cable for power and connectivity for convenience’ sake, you’ll have to settle for a slightly dimmer display, but I’m sure it won’t be an issue for most users. All in all it weighs in at just under 3lbs, includes a handy carrying case that turns into a stand, and is available now for just $199.99.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 Beta


Red Hat has announced the availability of the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1: "Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the beta of the first update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. This beta is an update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform that was made available to customers beginning in November 2010." Updates in this release include a new optional convention for naming network interfaces, full support for hot-adding of CPUs and memory, kernel scheduler updates and performance improvements, a new driver for Intel Generation 6 Graphics integrated into the Sandy Bridge processor, improved support for the configuration of WiFi Protected Access (WPA) Enterprise and IPv6 in NetworkManager, and many other updates. Read the brief release announcement and the detailed release notes for more information. Red Hat Network subscribers can obtain the product from the usual place: "The software and installable images are available for download via the beta channels in Red Hat Network (RHN)."

Download Mirrors http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html

Slackware Linux 13.37 RC3


The third release candidate of Slackware Linux 13.37 is ready for testing: "We'll call this Slackware 13.37 release candidate 3. It seems like most of the important pieces are in place now." The above message comes from the Current ChangeLog which was updated earlier today. Other interesting items found in the log include upgrade to Mozilla Firefox 4.0 ("Thanks to the Mozilla Foundation for all the hard work on Firefox 4.0!"), rebuild of sysvinit-scripts ("In rc.6 use -f when unmounting remote file systems to avoid getting stuck in the case of a dead server."), and addition of Google Chrome to the "extra" repository ("Added a Google Chrome SlackBuild to convert the Google Chrome DEB packages for Slackware. Also added GConf and ORBit2 packages for Google Chrome in this directory."). Quick links to the recent unofficial installation DVD images (built 22 March): slackware-current-22_Mar_2011-DVD.iso (1,972MB, MD5), slackware64-current-22_Mar_2011-DVD.iso (1,929MB, MD5).

Download Mirrors http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
http://alphageek.dyndns.org/linux/slackware-mirrors.shtml (unofficial)