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Winamp 5.552 Build 2458 + KeyGen

Winamp 5.552 Build 2458 + KeyGen

Winamp - is the most popular media to date. The program allows you to work with files in the formats MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI, etc., supports video (AVI, ASF, MPEG, NSV), has a large number of settings and parameters capable of changing skin, has a good visualization module, a med

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Nanomagical Material Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Nanomagical Material Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Fighting cancer or making nuclear reactors that constantly self-repair themselves, helping to avoid the possibility of another Chernobyl. Clearly, nanotechnology will either save Earth or convert us into Borgs. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are betting on the first option. Their ne

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Why Alcohol Is Good For You

Why Alcohol Is Good For You

It's one of those medical anomalies that nobody can really explain: Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that people who don't consume any alcohol at all tend to die before people who do. At first glance, this makes little sense. Why would ingesting a psychoactive toxin that increases our

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Wrist-Worn, Flexible OLED Out in the Wild

Wrist-Worn, Flexible OLED Out in the Wild

The Universal Display Corporation (UDC) have themselves a wrist-worn, flexible OLED prototype that they built with support from the US Department of Defense. As you can see, the 4-inch screen looks a bit too unwieldy for practical use in the field, but the UDC believes that this technology wil

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Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?) All-in-One PC on the Block

Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?) All-in-One PC on the Block

Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 is a pretty splashy debut: Its first ever all-in-one is a simple curved slab that's supposedly the thinnest all-in-one in the industry. Beyond the form factor—which borrows liberally from the new Star Trek and the iMac (the frameless black bezel looks like it was copy

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Disposable Paper Laptops

Disposable Paper Laptops

I quite agree with Je Sung Park when he says that disposable cameras and cell phones have gained acceptance, so why don’t we take the next step and bring out a disposable computer. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is quite a raw version and could do with some refinement. It uses recycled paper or pul

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HTC Rosie Screenshots

HTC Rosie Screenshots

Main Screen: We’ve seen the videos from Haykuro’s HTC Hero ROM and apparently the brand new UI is called “Rosie”. The upcoming June 24th HTC Event flyer shows a hipster laying in the grass with a rose laying on his chest, further proof that the issue at hand will be the announcement of the

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Twitter gets hacked...again

Twitter gets hacked...again

Over the Easter weekend, Twitter fell victim to yet another attack against the micro-blogging service. This time the attacker was 17 year old Mikeyy Mooney, who claims full responsibility for the attack, saying "I am aware of the attack and yes I am behind this attack". The attack was harmless in a

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Top 5 features in Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

Google has released a preview SDK for the long awaited next version of : version 1.5, a.k.a “Cupcake”. I’m happy to report that this time it’s for real, and not just another rumor.

Android 1.5 is expected to be featured on the new Magic that is coming out in Europe next month from Vodafone. There are unconfirmed reports of other several other Android phones this year (from Samsung, Lenovo, Motorola, Dell, and others), and it would make sense for them to be pre-loaded with Cupcake too, but we’ll see.

Check out the New and Improved page for a full list of the new features in 1.5. For this article I’ve picked 5 of my favorite features: 3 for users and 2 for developers.

From a user’s perspective the new features include:

  • Support for an on-screen soft keyboard (like the iPhone). This will be essential, of course, for phones that do not have a hardware keyboard (like the Magic). But even if you do have a physical keyboard it’s sometimes not worth the trouble to slide it out just to type in a couple of words.
  • Video recording and upload to YouTube. Now you can capture your barbershop frog quartet in action and post them for all the word to see.
  • Faster and more polished user interface in all applications. It was already fast, but now it’s even more fasterer. Double-plus fast. With smoother, creamier controls and gradients.

Cupcake serves up a number of goodies for developers as well, including:

  • Android Virtual Devices (AVDs). This is a convenience for developers who need to create and test their applications for multiple types of devices running the Android . For example you could create an AVD configuration for a G1-like emulator running Android version 1.1, a second AVD for a Magic-like emulator running Android 1.5, and a third for your Tesla Model S. Ok, maybe not the Tesla, but in any case several AVDs can run at at once on your development computer, so you can design multi-player games or other client-server applications.
  • APIs for creating home screen widgets. Android 1.5 comes with several widgets built-in including a calendar, music player, and picture frame, but now developers will be able to write their own for users to download and enjoy.

In the coming days I’ll be digging into the new Android 1.5 “Cupcake” early release SDK and if I find anything interesting I’ll be sure to share it with you.

So what’s after Cupcake? The next development branch is called “Donut”. I sense a pattern developing.

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