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Clever JavaScript Flashes the iPhone

posted Saturday Jan 16, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Clever JavaScript Flashes the iPhone

iPhone users, in this article you are presented with a ray of hope that one day your "internet" phone might be bestowed with the ability to use flash and of course it won't be brought to you by Apple. Tobias Schneider has created a JavaScript hack called Gordon that will allow iPhone users to view flash (.swf) files inside a nifty little runtime (software that allows code to be run inside it) that in tern works with the Safari browser. Since the runtime uses Safari and is not an app it isn't subject to the arbitrary Apple approval process which is good or you would never get to use it. There are some problems however. This hack takes up a lot of the CPU and doesn't technically allow the iPhone to run Flash. This means that you would have to apply the hack to every instance of flash on a website.

Gordon is an open source project so I urge those interested to check it out and help bring some much needed flash deprivation relief to iPhone users who want to use the other 80% of the internet. Don't forget to check out Gordon in action using your Safari and Safari Mobile browsers.

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Facebook to the Rescue

posted Saturday Jan 16, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Facebook to the Rescue

Facebook is a great place to find old friends, connect with new friends and even help support causes. And now, it is the premiere location for trying to get out of a well-deserved punishment. Tess Chapin, a 15-year-old sophomore in Queens New York, was recently punished for what she considers "a MISTAKE that i didnt fully know the outcome of." Her response? Create a Facebook group - 1000 to get tess ungrounded.

Welcome to the new age of social networking - using your friends (and total strangers) to try and reverse a punishment from your parents. I know when I was her age, not only would my parents not have cared if I got 1000 people to support the movement, but I wouldn't have even had access to the Internet to start the movement. The fact that Tess does indicates that her 5-week "groundation" will not be all that punishing.

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Jin Air is Go for PSP GO

posted Saturday Jan 16, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Jin Air is Go for PSP GO

A Korean air subsidiary airline Jin Air has embraced the gaming industry by making the Sony PSP GO available for rent for some in flight gaming. This is awesome but I'm not really surprised to find a Korean airline doing this. Seriously, they have had several 24 hour TV stations that show nothing but Starcraft 2 matches almost since Blizzard announced it there in May 2007. Actually, the most surprising thing about this story is that they seem to think everyone in and around Korea doesn't already own one. Airlines here could learn something however and it would be nice to pay for something during a flight that I might actually want. At the very least I would rent it for Sudoku or maybe even buy it from them since I still don't have one.

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PLuGHiTz Live! Notes From the Consumer Electronics Show 2010

posted Tuesday Jan 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

PLuGHiTz Live! Notes From the Consumer Electronics Show 2010

Now that the convention is over in Las Vegas and we are back to work in the offices, we have compiled our notes from the keynotes at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Every year, as the presenters give us exciting announcements, we keep a list for our wrap-up show, and this year we have published it for everyone to see the things we ended up skipping over.

You can also use it to follow along with the show, which you can listen to right here, below. We would also love to know your thoughts on what we covered, and anything you think we should have covered in more depth. Trying to compress a week of announcements and 2500 exhibitors into a 2 hour show, it is easy to miss something.

To hear this year's wrap-up show hit the break

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Samsung's Ice Touch May Cause Cold Shoulders

posted Sunday Jan 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Samsung's Ice Touch May Cause Cold Shoulders

Samsung has created the world's first transparent OLED touchscreen MP3 player, called the Samsung Ice Touch. It may not have very many special features, but the fact that it is transparent alone makes it a top pick of mine. The ice blue has a sleek look, making it very appealing to the eye. This device has 8GB of storage and like most other MP3 players, can store music, videos and of course, pictures. You also have access to FM radio when purchasing this "cool" device. Many file formats are supported including DivX, .wma, .wmv, and a new format known as MP3 HD. There is no price point at this time, but if you're looking to purchase a revolutionary MP3 player, keeps your eyes peeled in the second quarter of this year.

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Tivit Makes a Divit in DTV

posted Sunday Jan 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Tivit Makes a Divit in DTV

Ever get the urge to watch television on the go? Well, the Tivit Mobile TV Receiver may be for you! This device is compatible with the iPhone, the iTouch, Blackberry phones, Android phones and PCs. Using WiFi, the receiver catches a mobile digital TV signal that is specifically designed for smaller screens and then displays it on your device. All you have to do, is select a channel and you're set. Available in March at only $100.00, this is very convenient when forgetting to download your favorite TV show to your iPod before a long trip.

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