If you are hunting around for a new logo or design sites for others, LogoInstant has plenty to choose from free of charge. They claim they do it when bored, but we know that those who can, do and love to share. Categories of the Web 2.0 designs include e-commerce, communication, animals, food and beverage, and logotype. While it really is free, the creative team would love a donation and a link to their site in exchange for their talent.
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Get rid of some of that last minute shopping rage with the iPhone application eSnowglobe. With 1,700 animated snowflakes that move at 60 fps, you can tilt to make it move or turn it upside down to create a mini-blizzard. With three different backgrounds and 2 modes, you can even pack a snowball to launch inside your phone. Pick a photo for background, change the colors and add sound effects or music to complete your globe. The eSnowglobe can be found at the App store for a mere $2.00.
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McAfee has announced that a Koobface variant virus is hanging out on Facebook. The subject line message states, “You look just awesome in this new movie.” Open it and it tells you that your flash player is out of date and gives you a download site to update your player. Apparently the worm has been around since August but the variant is new. Next time you are hanging out on Facebook, remember your flash player is just fine.
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The Zeebo from Tectoy is aiming to make its way into the very difficult video game market. The one advantage they have is they are using a 3G wireless network at no cost to the user. The Zeebo is launching in July of 2009 in Brazil and will then branch out to other markets in developing countries. The console will be always connected to a 3G network, allowing games and content download. The system comes with 3 games pre-loaded, Action Hero 3D, Evil Prey, and Quake. Although not the greatest titles of today, they obviously are not competing with the traditional market, but the $258 price tag certainly does. The games will cost between $10 and $30, but there is no note of supporting developers or any other titles in the works. The Zeebo features an ARM 528MHz CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 130 graphics, 1GB NAND flash memory, 160MB RAM, 128MB DDR SDRAM and 32MB stacked DDR SDRAM. The 3G wireless portion of the Zeebo would be a great concept to see in the U.S on the next generation of consoles if only the carriers would allow it, but we doubt it.
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The word is out that Mozilla has officially set a record for the most downloads in a 24 hour period. The official number is 8,002,530 copies of Firefox 3 downloads.
“As the arbiter and recorder of the world’s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla’s achievement to our archives,” Gareth Deaves, Guinness’ records manager, said.
Microsoft has about 74% of the world market share for browsers while Firefox accounts for about 18%. We realize that this was conceived as a publicity stunt, but now that XP is retired, we expect that number will go up.
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For those who bought a (RED) iPod, there will now be a new music service which will donate half of its profits to fighting AIDS in Africa. Set to launch in September, a subscription will cost $5.00 a month. Similar to a newsletter, members get an e-mail weekly that has an exclusive song from well known artists as well as one from an emerging one. The subscribers will also get a bonus “Crackerjack Surprise,” such as a video and an update about Project Red. All songs are DRM-free so even non-iPodders can take part.
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Download podcasts without a PC with the Castgrabber. Get yourself a network, plug in your iPod, Zune, or other MP3 player via USB cable. The device magically and automatically downloads. We are not sure exactly how that happens although the company says that it is similar to TiVo and that installation is simple when you select through iTunes software or any other Net sites of your choice. It also acts as a recharging dock while it does its thing. We found the Castgrabber at the online Home Depot for $119.95.
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We wish we had one of these on our last trip to Mexico. Visual Byte’s Better Measure is a nifty app for those with Windows Mobile. Supporting portrait, landscape, square and dynamic orientation, it will convert both currency and units set up in configurable tabs. You can select those that you need as well as making custom currency, such as poker chips. Better Measure also includes a calculator and digital ruler. The download application will cost you $19.99. Think of the investment as actually saving a few pesos down the road.
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An interesting meeting took place during the Song Summit Sydney (S3) in Australia. Mark Meharry, co-founder of Music Glue, said that consumers are changing and that the record industry will have to respond to the fact that there is now much more file sharing as opposed to purchase. He says that downloaders are music fans, not thieves.
Considering the fact that the current generation can get what they want without spending a dime, Meharry suggests they let the music be free and concentrate on other products available, such as music players or concert tickets. Some of the bands listed on Music Glue, which was started about a year ago, offers free downloads in exchange for an e-mail addy or small donation. We like the idea but suspect that this is a debate that will not end for quite a while.
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