Bad news for all you folks who are using the My Phone Service for Windows Mobile 6.x devices: Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing the service this coming summer. In August 7th, My Phone backups will stop, and on October 6th, the My Phone website will be taken offline. Since it’s only June now, you’ve got plenty of time to retrieve all the files that you plan to keep from the service.
If you’re on a limited data plan and you constantly find yourself exceeding your bandwidth cap unknowingly ? you might have to get a larger data plan, or curb your data usage. However, checking data usage on the iPhone is quite a hassle at times, requiring quite a number of presses to reach the data stats.
Threshold makes checking your data just an app touch away, and does a little more than that. You can even define alerts for the phone to remind you whenever you use a certain amount of data. These warnings will help remind you to use less data if you’re reaching your limit. The app can also keep track of all your data usage, monitoring “phantom data charges” so you know which apps are using data even when you’re not using your phone.
Threshold is available now on the Apple App Store for $3.99. A small price to pay to keep you from overrunning your monthly data limit and paying a much larger penalty.
If you’ve always wanted to build and Android app but didn’t have a clue where to begin, you’re in luck. iBuildApp (the folks behind the iPad magazine creator) has just launched a new Android app creator today called the Android Builder. Being a web-based builder, there’s no need to download any files to get started, plus its WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface makes it easy to get the job done. You won’t need to learn Java or any programming language just to build your app.
While you won’t be creating blockbuster games like SHADOWGUN using the Android Builder, you’ll be able to come up with simple apps such as restaurant menus, informative apps, travel guides, interactive books and so on. Even simple games are possible if you have an idea and a plan to figure out how to get it done. Head over to iBuildApp’s website for more details.
As Facebook continues on its path of internet domination, it is gradually giving users even more reasons not to leave the website. Its latest move? The introduction of the “Happening Now” sidebar. Similar to a Twitter timeline, the Happening Now sidebar displays additional information that isn’t usually on the main news feed ? i.e. friends liking a link or making new friends.
The Happening Now sidebar also updates in real time, letting users read updates as soon as they happen without having to click a link to refresh. Do we really need dual-feeds? Not really. But having a news feed bar to block the adverts seems like a good idea for people who aren’t fans of ads. Happening Now is being tested with a small group of users. No word on when or if it will ever make it to everybody on Facebook, but stay tuned.
The flying car meets the light cycle from TRON. Is the Hoverbike the flying vehicle we've all been dreaming of? With an altitude range of 10,000ft and a top speed of about 172mph we are thinking yes - all that's needed now are some glowing blue neon details and a Universal Designs TRON: Legacy leather motorcycle suit. Video after...
Instead of taking down the good guys this time around, Lulz Security has focused their efforts on taking down an Islamist extremism website, AlJahad.com. Lulz Security mentioned on its Twitter feed that it has successfully managed to bring down the website (it is still down at this time of writing). It seems to be a response to another hacker, The Jester, who has been taking down other extremist websites on his own time as well.
Finally, a hacking move we can all agree on. Let’s hope these guys keep going after the bad guys and not video game companies anymore. After all I’m pretty sure all gamers are pretty fed up about having their details stolen and favorite networks going down.
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Folks over at the FCC have taken a closer look at the HTC EVO View 4G, which means the tablet device is very, very close to being released for the masses to part with their hard earned money. Initial test reports from the FCC have surfaced, where the tablet is also known by its model number HTC PG41200, complete with WiMAX support to make sure you will remain connected at the fastest speeds possible without missing a beat no matter where you are – subject to signal strength and availability, of course. No further details were divulged by the FCC documents, but we suspect the HTC EVO View 4G will retail for around $400 a pop by the time it arrives at store shelves, primed and ready to go head to head against the iPad and the rest of its Android-powered brethren.
Solar power is getting more and more pervasive these days, and here we are with the roof of a tunnel which stretches on for two miles over Belgium’s high speed rail line, getting fitted with 16,000 or so solar panels which will no doubt help reduce the average carbon footprint for folks living there – delivering power for trains that run through the Antwerp Central Station as well as the surrounding railway infrastructure. Solar solution provider Enfinity claims that around 4,000 trains per year might soon run on solar power alone thanks to this installation – this is roughly an entire day’s worth of Belgian rail traffic, so all we need to do is make sure that the efficiency of such a setup is increased by another 365 times, and you have a self-sustaining train service.
Those who watched Transformers 2 would have noticed how Optimus Prime received parts from Jetfire after he was resurrected? It is the same old base material so to speak, but with far superior “specifications”. Same goes for the uber tough Panasonic Toughbook 19 convertible tablet that has just received a bunch of upgrades. The updated device will come with a standard voltage processor, and on to the better parts – we are looking at increased RAM and hard drive capacities and a brighter sunlight-viewable screen amongst others.