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Online iPhone sales back on in New York City

December 29th, 2009 admin No comments

We may never know exactly why AT&T suspended online sales of the iPhone to residents of New York last night, but it doesn’t matter anymore — the site’s been updated and online sales are back… online. In other news, previously spiking sales of pants in the New York area have suddenly flatlined.

Online iPhone sales back on in New York City originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pedal Brain iPhone kit smartens up your bicycle

December 29th, 2009 admin No comments
Cyclists already have a range of dedicated devices to choose from that will help them with their training, and it looks like they’ll soon have an iPhone app / accessory kit to call their own as well. While the folks behind it are apparently still working on the finishing touches, they’ve nonetheless decided to get official with their so-called Pedal Brain kit, which more or less promises to be a Nike+ alternative for cyclists. That means it comes with an accessory (a case) that relies on the ANT+ wireless protocol to relay all the necessary information form your bike, which in turn is processed and analyzed by the Pedal Brain app (all of which will also work with an iPod touch). Pedal Brain also goes one step further with a coaching component, which will actually let you make your own training plans and sell them through the app (you’ll also be able to determine the price, but Pedal Brain will apparently take a $4 a month cut). No word on an exact price or launch date for the kit itself just yet, but it will apparently sell for somewhere between $130 and $200 (or more if you want the spiffy carbon fiber case).

Pedal Brain iPhone kit smartens up your bicycle originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple’s ‘iSlate’ and other rumors that have given its stock a holiday boost

December 26th, 2009 admin No comments

The Apple tablet rumors are at a fever pitch, yet again. Depending on what you’ve read, it’s all but confirmed that the company’s got a January 26th event scheduled at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, CA. All this, of course, with nary a word or comment from Cupertino HQ, and without the context that this trend has come and gone ad nauseam, both with the tablet and before with the years of lead-up to the iPhone. Here’s the latest bit: MacRumors has dug up information about a Delaware-based company, Slate Computing, LLC, that was founded in November 2006 and owns the trademark “iSlate,” the signatory of said trademark being Apple’s Senior Trademark Specialist Regina Porter. Given that Apple owns “iSlate” trademark in Europe and that the it’s allegedly pulled similar stunts with a “fake” company and the iPhone trademark, sure, we could buy into this being just a dummy corporation… but does it really confirm an impending tablet that’ll be called the “iSlate?” Not at all. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple has done this for numerous other trademarks, either to give itself more options or to prevent others from trying to manufacture products under those names. (Slate Computing, LLC also happens to own the “Magic Slate” trademark, just so you know.) Also bought up in 2006? The domain iSlate.com, which again according to MacRumors was apparently and briefly shown to be owned by Apple at some point during 2007. Food for thought, but trust us, you don’t want to confuse hearsay for concrete fact.

Which brings us to December 24th, where we see a statistically significant uptick in Apple’s stock value. Seeing as the fiscals were released back in late October along with the last refresh of hardware (Mac Pro specs notwithstanding), it seems everyone decided to spend their holiday bonuses on some Apple shares. Now, we’re not claiming to be professionals here by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems a lot of the activity here can be attributed to the recent flux of rumors. Jason Schwarz of The Street has an interesting take on it, which if you’ve got 15 minutes to kill should be worth your time to browse through.

Apple’s ‘iSlate’ and other rumors that have given its stock a holiday boost originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Dec 2009 13:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Latest Apple patent app details multitouch tactile keyboard

December 26th, 2009 admin No comments

We’re not going so far as to suggest that this here patent application foreshadows the kind of keyboard that’ll be on a certain Apple tablet that may or may not be real, but if the suits in Cupertino do actually have such a device in the works, they’d be silly to not apply this technology to it. Dug up by Apple Insider, the latest app details a multitouch tactile keyboard that would boast a dynamic surface for helping typists keep track of where they’re at on the board. Essentially, the surface would utilize an “articulating frame” in order to raise and retract bumps to make typing without physical keys a wee bit easier, and while we’re certain that it would take some getting used to, it’s bound to be simpler than banging on a static surface that requires your eyes to be on it. Don’t go getting your hopes up, though — wouldn’t want to get them crushed when late January brings you an iPod touch with a camera, now would you?

Latest Apple patent app details multitouch tactile keyboard originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Dec 2009 04:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? There’s a (jailbroken) app for that (Update: video!)

December 25th, 2009 admin No comments

The wait has been long, but now there’s finally a means by which to connect your dear, yet almost buttonless, iPhone or iPod touch to a Bluetooth keyboard for some more intense finger tapping action. The project that delivered us this teasing video back in February has at long last reached the application stage, where simple commoners like us can use it to synergize our gear — provided we’ve had the wherewithal to free it from Cupertino’s overbearing clutches first. The BTstack Keyboard app is now available in exchange for $5 at the Cydia store, so if you want to be the first to write a bestseller on his or her iDevice, there’s no time like the present.

Update: We’ve done the inevitable and had a quick play with the app ourselves. Pairing our iPhone and keyboard was a veritable cinch, and we were met by delightfully rapid responsiveness throughout, whether using it in Safari, composing text missives, or jotting those novella notes down. You should note that command, cut, copy, paste, and highlighting functions are not yet active, and then hurry along past the break to see a video demo.

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Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? There’s a (jailbroken) app for that (Update: video!) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Dec 2009 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? There’s a (jailbroken) app for that

December 25th, 2009 admin No comments

The wait has been long, but now there’s finally a means by which to connect your dear, yet almost buttonless, iPhone or iPod touch to a Bluetooth keyboard for some more intense finger tapping action. The project that delivered us this teasing video back in February has at long last reached the application stage, where simple commoners like us can use it to synergize our gear — provided we’ve had the wherewithal to free it from Cupertino’s overbearing clutches first. The BTstack Keyboard app is now available in exchange for $5 at the Cydia store, so if you want to be the first to write a bestseller on his or her iDevice, there’s no time like the present.

Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? There’s a (jailbroken) app for that originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Dec 2009 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cyndi Lee: How Not To Get Fat This Christmas

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments

“I am filled with self-loathing,” I said yanking my tank top down over my bloated belly. “Me, too,” said Jonathan, the other yoga teacher at last year’s annual OM yoga New Year’s Eve class. Well, at least I wasn’t the only one who had overeaten and under-exercised for the last month, ending up with extra-tight yoga tights and a full-blown case of personal disgust.

Every year I vow not to do that again and every year I fail. Some years are worse than others but I never really manage to stay as fit as I am the rest of the year. Perhaps you are thinking, “Well, so what? It’s a once a year thing — isn’t it the right time for a little partying?” My answer to that is “Yes!” But this year I’ve decided that discipline and celebrating don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I really don’t want to start another New Year with a sugar-dairy-wheat hangover and those hard-to-lose extra pounds.

So, (finally!) I’ve done what any smart yoga teacher would do. I’ve applied what I know from my asana, meditation and breathing practices to my life. If you follow these seven tips you gain the sense of control and confidence you need to Not Get Fat This Christmas:

1. Breathe: This is the first one because it is the easiest. Of course, you are already doing it without even thinking about it because breathing is the one body function that is both conscious and unconscious. How does conscious breathing keep you from getting fat? It calms the nervous system, which prevents the release of unnecessary cortisol, the hormone that creates belly fat.

Balancing breath technique: Breathe in and out for six slow counts. That’s all you have to do. The in-breath is energizing and the out-breath is relaxing and when the two are in balance, so are you. You can do this anytime, anywhere — at a boring office party, or a scary first date — nobody will know you are doing it and you will feel alert, yet calm.

Bonus benefit: Cravings only last about 10 minutes and then they fade away — until the next time you come face-to-face with another holiday buffet. When that happens, kick into the balancing breath for at least 10 rounds. By the end of that, the craving will have decreased, if not completely dissolved.

2. Walk. These days I can’t get a taxi anyway and waiting for the subway is a drag because I get all sweaty inside my puffy coat. If you have to take a bus or subway, consider getting out one stop early and walking the rest of the way. You can do your breathing exercises at the same time. You might be thinking that you are just too tired to do extra walking, but trust me on this — energy begets energy.

3. Rest. I know you don’t have time to do this. But, really, think about how much time you waste playing with your iphone apps…

Lie down on your bed, put a pillow under your lower back and put your legs up the wall. Stay here for at least five minutes and do nothing. Relax.

Stress creates a fight-or-flight response in us that overworks our adrenals while temporarily shutting down the digestive and reproductive systems. This position reverses that scenario, relieving anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches, menopause symptoms and PMS.

4. Eat Real Food: Not only do you save money and calories by eating at home, nourishing yourself is grounding, especially during stressful times. Even if you have kids and it’s not totally peaceful, you are still in your own home, and you won’t eat white bread waiting for the menu. The most important meal, as we all know, is breakfast.

My Favorite Winter Breakfast: Quinoa flakes — warm and filling like oatmeal but with less calories and more protein. Add some sunflower seeds and blueberries to the pot and 90 seconds later you’ve got a delicious, healthy breakfast.

5. Make Applesauce: This is an easy way to cut through processed sugar cravings. Buy a few pounds of apples, cut them up, throw them in a pot with an inch of water and turn on the heat. When they are soft, smash them with a fork, sprinkle some cinnamon and that’s it. This can be your afternoon slump snack. You will now be able to resist desserts at parties because you know you have this sweet treat waiting for you at home.

6. Drink more water: You don’t have to drink a whole glass at once. But sip by sip, you will detoxify and the water help prevent stagnation, weight gain and dry lips. If you get hungry, pause to check what you are really feeling. Nine times out of 10, you will discover you are actually thirsty, not hungry.

7. Play with the babies at the parties. You won’t drink too much if you do this and it’s fun. If there are no babies, then make sure to dance. If there is no dancing, then you may as well just go home and eat some applesauce.

I confess that I feel guilty focusing so much attention on the fear of gaining weight, especially in a time when so many are hungry and there are more important causes toward which I could turn my energy and attention. But, when I don’t take care of myself, I don’t feel good and this negativity leaks out into all my other relationships. It takes a little bit of effort to follow the above suggestions but think of it as a gift to your loved ones. More than any other present, what my husband would most love to have for the holidays is a happy, non-grumpy, energetic and loving wife. I happen to know this because, well, because he told me.

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Cyndi Lee: How Not To Get Fat This Christmas

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments

“I am filled with self-loathing,” I said yanking my tank top down over my bloated belly. “Me, too,” said Jonathan, the other yoga teacher at last year’s annual OM yoga New Year’s Eve class. Well, at least I wasn’t the only one who had overeaten and under-exercised for the last month, ending up with extra-tight yoga tights and a full-blown case of personal disgust.

Every year I vow not to do that again and every year I fail. Some years are worse than others but I never really manage to stay as fit as I am the rest of the year. Perhaps you are thinking, “Well, so what? It’s a once a year thing — isn’t it the right time for a little partying?” My answer to that is “Yes!” But this year I’ve decided that discipline and celebrating don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I really don’t want to start another New Year with a sugar-dairy-wheat hangover and those hard-to-lose extra pounds.

So, (finally!) I’ve done what any smart yoga teacher would do. I’ve applied what I know from my asana, meditation and breathing practices to my life. If you follow these seven tips you gain the sense of control and confidence you need to Not Get Fat This Christmas:

1. Breathe: This is the first one because it is the easiest. Of course, you are already doing it without even thinking about it because breathing is the one body function that is both conscious and unconscious. How does conscious breathing keep you from getting fat? It calms the nervous system, which prevents the release of unnecessary cortisol, the hormone that creates belly fat.

Balancing breath technique: Breathe in and out for six slow counts. That’s all you have to do. The in-breath is energizing and the out-breath is relaxing and when the two are in balance, so are you. You can do this anytime, anywhere — at a boring office party, or a scary first date — nobody will know you are doing it and you will feel alert, yet calm.

Bonus benefit: Cravings only last about 10 minutes and then they fade away — until the next time you come face-to-face with another holiday buffet. When that happens, kick into the balancing breath for at least 10 rounds. By the end of that, the craving will have decreased, if not completely dissolved.

2. Walk. These days I can’t get a taxi anyway and waiting for the subway is a drag because I get all sweaty inside my puffy coat. If you have to take a bus or subway, consider getting out one stop early and walking the rest of the way. You can do your breathing exercises at the same time. You might be thinking that you are just too tired to do extra walking, but trust me on this — energy begets energy.

3. Rest. I know you don’t have time to do this. But, really, think about how much time you waste playing with your iphone apps…

Lie down on your bed, put a pillow under your lower back and put your legs up the wall. Stay here for at least five minutes and do nothing. Relax.

Stress creates a fight-or-flight response in us that overworks our adrenals while temporarily shutting down the digestive and reproductive systems. This position reverses that scenario, relieving anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches, menopause symptoms and PMS.

4. Eat Real Food: Not only do you save money and calories by eating at home, nourishing yourself is grounding, especially during stressful times. Even if you have kids and it’s not totally peaceful, you are still in your own home, and you won’t eat white bread waiting for the menu. The most important meal, as we all know, is breakfast.

My Favorite Winter Breakfast: Quinoa flakes — warm and filling like oatmeal but with less calories and more protein. Add some sunflower seeds and blueberries to the pot and 90 seconds later you’ve got a delicious, healthy breakfast.

5. Make Applesauce: This is an easy way to cut through processed sugar cravings. Buy a few pounds of apples, cut them up, throw them in a pot with an inch of water and turn on the heat. When they are soft, smash them with a fork, sprinkle some cinnamon and that’s it. This can be your afternoon slump snack. You will now be able to resist desserts at parties because you know you have this sweet treat waiting for you at home.

6. Drink more water: You don’t have to drink a whole glass at once. But sip by sip, you will detoxify and the water help prevent stagnation, weight gain and dry lips. If you get hungry, pause to check what you are really feeling. Nine times out of 10, you will discover you are actually thirsty, not hungry.

7. Play with the babies at the parties. You won’t drink too much if you do this and it’s fun. If there are no babies, then make sure to dance. If there is no dancing, then you may as well just go home and eat some applesauce.

I confess that I feel guilty focusing so much attention on the fear of gaining weight, especially in a time when so many are hungry and there are more important causes toward which I could turn my energy and attention. But, when I don’t take care of myself, I don’t feel good and this negativity leaks out into all my other relationships. It takes a little bit of effort to follow the above suggestions but think of it as a gift to your loved ones. More than any other present, what my husband would most love to have for the holidays is a happy, non-grumpy, energetic and loving wife. I happen to know this because, well, because he told me.

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Cyndi Lee: How Not To Get Fat This Christmas

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments

“I am filled with self-loathing,” I said yanking my tank top down over my bloated belly. “Me, too,” said Jonathan, the other yoga teacher at last year’s annual OM yoga New Year’s Eve class. Well, at least I wasn’t the only one who had overeaten and under-exercised for the last month, ending up with extra-tight yoga tights and a full-blown case of personal disgust.

Every year I vow not to do that again and every year I fail. Some years are worse than others but I never really manage to stay as fit as I am the rest of the year. Perhaps you are thinking, “Well, so what? It’s a once a year thing — isn’t it the right time for a little partying?” My answer to that is “Yes!” But this year I’ve decided that discipline and celebrating don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I really don’t want to start another New Year with a sugar-dairy-wheat hangover and those hard-to-lose extra pounds.

So, (finally!) I’ve done what any smart yoga teacher would do. I’ve applied what I know from my asana, meditation and breathing practices to my life. If you follow these seven tips you gain the sense of control and confidence you need to Not Get Fat This Christmas:

1. Breathe: This is the first one because it is the easiest. Of course, you are already doing it without even thinking about it because breathing is the one body function that is both conscious and unconscious. How does conscious breathing keep you from getting fat? It calms the nervous system, which prevents the release of unnecessary cortisol, the hormone that creates belly fat.

Balancing breath technique: Breathe in and out for six slow counts. That’s all you have to do. The in-breath is energizing and the out-breath is relaxing and when the two are in balance, so are you. You can do this anytime, anywhere — at a boring office party, or a scary first date — nobody will know you are doing it and you will feel alert, yet calm.

Bonus benefit: Cravings only last about 10 minutes and then they fade away — until the next time you come face-to-face with another holiday buffet. When that happens, kick into the balancing breath for at least 10 rounds. By the end of that, the craving will have decreased, if not completely dissolved.

2. Walk. These days I can’t get a taxi anyway and waiting for the subway is a drag because I get all sweaty inside my puffy coat. If you have to take a bus or subway, consider getting out one stop early and walking the rest of the way. You can do your breathing exercises at the same time. You might be thinking that you are just too tired to do extra walking, but trust me on this — energy begets energy.

3. Rest. I know you don’t have time to do this. But, really, think about how much time you waste playing with your iphone apps…

Lie down on your bed, put a pillow under your lower back and put your legs up the wall. Stay here for at least five minutes and do nothing. Relax.

Stress creates a fight-or-flight response in us that overworks our adrenals while temporarily shutting down the digestive and reproductive systems. This position reverses that scenario, relieving anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches, menopause symptoms and PMS.

4. Eat Real Food: Not only do you save money and calories by eating at home, nourishing yourself is grounding, especially during stressful times. Even if you have kids and it’s not totally peaceful, you are still in your own home, and you won’t eat white bread waiting for the menu. The most important meal, as we all know, is breakfast.

My Favorite Winter Breakfast: Quinoa flakes — warm and filling like oatmeal but with less calories and more protein. Add some sunflower seeds and blueberries to the pot and 90 seconds later you’ve got a delicious, healthy breakfast.

5. Make Applesauce: This is an easy way to cut through processed sugar cravings. Buy a few pounds of apples, cut them up, throw them in a pot with an inch of water and turn on the heat. When they are soft, smash them with a fork, sprinkle some cinnamon and that’s it. This can be your afternoon slump snack. You will now be able to resist desserts at parties because you know you have this sweet treat waiting for you at home.

6. Drink more water: You don’t have to drink a whole glass at once. But sip by sip, you will detoxify and the water help prevent stagnation, weight gain and dry lips. If you get hungry, pause to check what you are really feeling. Nine times out of 10, you will discover you are actually thirsty, not hungry.

7. Play with the babies at the parties. You won’t drink too much if you do this and it’s fun. If there are no babies, then make sure to dance. If there is no dancing, then you may as well just go home and eat some applesauce.

I confess that I feel guilty focusing so much attention on the fear of gaining weight, especially in a time when so many are hungry and there are more important causes toward which I could turn my energy and attention. But, when I don’t take care of myself, I don’t feel good and this negativity leaks out into all my other relationships. It takes a little bit of effort to follow the above suggestions but think of it as a gift to your loved ones. More than any other present, what my husband would most love to have for the holidays is a happy, non-grumpy, energetic and loving wife. I happen to know this because, well, because he told me.

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San Francisco considers displaying phone radiation levels next to price tag

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments

If the San Francisco Department of the Environment gets its way, starting as soon as next month Bay Area residents might start noticing the radiation levels of cellphones displayed prominently next to their respective price at retail outlets. This is, of course, despite no definitive research that the handsets cause harm and the FCC’s insistence that the devices sold to consumers are safe. The proposal is being endorsed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who as it’s noted is not about to stop using his iPhone anytime soon. Not to worry, Maine, you’ll still keep the top spot for most ridiculous cellphone warning label.

San Francisco considers displaying phone radiation levels next to price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Dec 2009 02:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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