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Mobile App of the Day: MoodAgent

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 28, 2010 at 10:14 am CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Moodagent.

Are you angry at the world and feel like rocking to the heaviest stuff in your library? Or are you trying to get that special someone "in the mood" and need tunes that will help you get there? If you can't be bothered sitting down with your music library to come up with a playlist for every occasion, let Moodagent do it for you.

Mobile App of the Day: MoodAgent |

Moodagent is an app that will scan your music library and put together a five to fifty song playlist for you according to your mood. It syncs with your music library and uses the user's "sliders" to decide what songs to put in your playlist. The slider let you choose from Sensual, Tender, Happy, Angry, and Tempo selections and chooses tunes according to the height of the slider. If Moodagent doesn't recognize a song, you can manually adjust the song's Moodagent settings in their profiler for desktop computers. A free version is available, or you can purchase the Pro version that does not have ads for $5.00 USD. Check it out for iPhone or Android here.

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MogoTix uses QR codes for paperless event ticketing

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm CDT

Paperless ticketing is hitting in a lot of places, and now MogoTix is taking advantage of the smartphone boom to offer up a new mobile ticketing service. MogoTix offers event organizers the ability to publish event websites as well as sell and distribute QR code mobile tickets.

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Organizers can also use the MogoTix app to track attendance, access an attendee list, and process the mobile tickets. The platform is also good for end users as they not only have to worry about not losing their tickets, but they also receive the QR codes and event reminders via SMS message. Even if the event attendee doesn't have mobile browsing on their phone, the attendee list can vouch for their purchase on the organizer side. MogoTix charges 99 cents plus 2.5% of the ticket price, which is similar to other ticket outlet prices.

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Droid 2's unused FM radio functionality unlocked

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm CDT

Quite a few people were surprised after seeing an unused FM radio tuner in teardowns of the Droid 2 that the phone does not come with an FM radio function. What's the point of including the hardware if you're not going to use it, right? Fortunately, the industrious cats at XDA-Dev have found their own way to make the Droid 2 radio friendly.

Droid 2's unused FM radio functionality unlocked |

The Droid X, which does have FM function, had its FM Radio tools ported to the Droid 2. Of course you'll need to have rooted your phone and be able to follow some instructions to get this working on your Droid 2, but isn't it worth it when you have the need for some Top-40 action and are away from your car? A person cannot live by playlists alone. Interested? Give the hack a go here.

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Logitech announce 4 new sets of speakers!

Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Sep 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm CDT

Wow, Logitech have been busy!

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They've just announced 4 new sets of speakers to join the currently massive range of speakers already available from Logitech.

The new sets are:

Logitech Z623, a THX-certified 2.1 system - for the high end enthusiast who wants THX-certified, high-grade speakers.

Logitech Z506, a 5.1 system, this set lets you connect nearly any entertainment device, including a laptop, plasma or LCD TV, mobile phone, PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), Xbox 360®, Wii®, iPod®, iPad®, iPhone® or even a DVD player.

Finally, we have the Logitech Z305 and Z105 - which are aimed at the casual or laptop user - who want a USB speakers.

More information at the Logitech home PC speakers website

Hotmail updates protect you from account hijacking.

Anthony Garreffa | Hacking & Security | Sep 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm CDT

Hotmail account hijacking has been a big thing in the past, even my Dad was affected when a Chinese hacker got into his account and changed his passwords. Thankfully - having changed languages in options - we were able to go back through each option (obviously in Chinese) and recover the account - some people however, are not so lucky.

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Microsoft has updated it's security on Hotmail, and flushed out a tonne of hijackers. Today Microsoft are releasing new features to safeguard everyone's account from hijackers. The updates will help protect your password and in the unfortunate event that your account gets hijackers, it will provide a more secure recovery path so you'll always be able to get your account back and kick the hijacker out.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab, haxxing your home

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm CDT

Samsung have shown off a tech-demo of the Home Watcher Remote, which is dream app shown on the upcoming Galaxy Tab.

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A widget on the Galaxy Tab will be able to tell the oven in your house to cook the recipe, add a timer and adjust oven temperature at the touch of the Galaxy Tab's screen - if that wasn't already good enough, it can control other items in your house - such as washing machines, dryers, TV's, stoves and vacuums.

The demo isn't guaranteed to be released to customers - but it's a glimpse of the future of home automation.

Does it mean I'll have to stop dancing around my house in my sexy lil' apron?

Here's a video demo of it:

Antec's breath of fresh air - Antec LanBoy Air

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm CDT

Antec have a new case that's about to be released, in the famous LanBoy range, the LanBoy Air.

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It seems like a great case for lanners, or for people who like a change (within the case). I think I might end up getting one - I loved the previous LanBoy cases and this seems like a next-gen change on that same great case.

Antec have the following speel on it:

"The LanBoy Air sports unprecedented top-to-bottom mesh construction for extensive air ventilation and includes five 120 mm fans (two front-adjustable speed 120 mm blue LED fans and three 120 mm TwoCool™ two-speed blue LED fans) with space to mount up to 15 total fans. The fans are positioned to create positive air pressure, bringing cool air in and around hard drives and graphics cards, and expelling hot air and dust through the chassis' perforated panels.

The LanBoy Air has an entirely reconfigurable interior with 11 total drive bays (including nine modular bays to accommodate six internal 3.5" drives and three external 5.25" drives.) The 3.5" drives can also take advantage of Antec's exclusive AirMount™ suspension mounting system, which suspends hard drives in the drive bays, reducing vibration and increasing ease of use. Additionally, the 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays can be easily configured in three horizontal orientations: facing the front, right or left to accommodate users' desired chassis arrangements. This chassis also comes with two internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive bays.

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Verizon debuts Mobile Recovery app for smartphones on their network

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm CDT

Always losing your Verizon wireless device? Verizon's Mobile Recovery is just what forgetful people need to track down their precious phone. Now offered as a free app for Total Equipment Coverage subscribers, this Mobile Recovery app offers several options for tracking down a BlackBerry, Android, or webOS device.

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When the app is installed, users will be able to remotely lock their phone, sound an alarm (even if the phone is on vibrate or silent), and offer GPS directions to the device with turn by turn directions and an address if the phone is out of earshot. If you can't find your phone, Verizon offers next day replacement and the ability to remotely wipe and use BackUp Assistant to load up their new phone with their address books. This may seem like old hat to iPhone users, but it will be great for those that live an iOS free lifestyle.

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iPhone 4: 200,000 pre-orders in two days in China

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm CDT

It seems that the iPhone 4's invasion of China is going very well. Reports from China Unicom state that over 200,000 units have been pre-ordered since the iPhone 4 went on sale Saturday. Online orders have now been halted due to the demand.

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China Unicom, the sole iPhone 4 distributor in China, has gotten the iPhone 4 into the hands of about 60,000 buyers so far, which will destroy sales of the iPhone 3GS which took six weeks to sell 100,000 units in China in 2009. High prices were blamed for the relative lack of sales of previous generations in China.

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Blackberry "PlayBook" Tablet made official by RIM

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm CDT

RIM has finally put the BlackBerry tablet rumors to rest by unveiling the Playbook at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference in San Francisco this afternoon. The tablet is planned to hit the U.S. in "early 2011" while going international later in Q2.


Most of the rumors of specs were pretty much on point: 7" 1024 x 600 WSVGA screen, dual HD cameras (5mp rear facing, 3mp front facing) to incorporate video conferencing, HDMI and microHDMI outputs with full 1080p recording capability, and Wireless N and Bluetooth integration. More specs and a promo video after the break.

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