Beat Hazard Ultra is a unique dual-stick arcade shooter that uses music from your music library to create the pace of the game. Each song in your music library has a unique rhythm and flow and as the power builds in a song, Beat Hazard Ultra sends more enemies for you to blow away. Even if you have no music on your iOS device, the game lets you choose from several Internet radio stations to stream the musical backdrop of the game. The graphics are worthy of note, too; this game has so many blinking lights and colors that there'… Read more
Google Music launched with much fanfare and anticipation, but with one giant flaw for downloading your library: you could only download one track at a time.
With the latest release of Music Manager, you are now able to download either your entire library, or only purchased music from Google Music in just a few clicks.
To see the new download option, you will have to have previously uploaded some of your library to Google Music via the Music Manager tool, as well as be running the latest version of Music Manager. The current version number for both Mac and Windows … Read more
Some readers may remember the flickering, old-timey, surprisingly three-dimensional GIFs that made a splash on the Internet back in 2008. Writer and artist Joshua Heineman created them from images of 19th and early 20th century stereoscope cards he culled from a collection placed online by the New York Public Library.
Heineman took the two slightly offset images on a given card, separated them, dropped them into Photoshop, and created animated GIFs that quickly "flipped" from one image to the other, over and over (a technique known as "wiggle stereoscopy").
Now--thanks to that online fame, and to the New York Public Library's push to reinvent itself in the Internet Age--you too can breathe new three-dimensional life into these stereoscopic artifacts.… Read more
Your tweets are about to become part of American history.
The Library of Congress plans to create an archive of every public tweet sent in Twitter's five-year history.
The library has an agreement with Twitter to move the billions and billions of public tweets from Twitter servers to its own servers, Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program, said in an interview with Federal News Radio yesterday.
Twitter is full of uninteresting noise, no doubt. But its aggregate data will be a valuable tool for researchers who want … Read more
Penguin Group is the latest company to balk at allowing libraries to lend digital copies of its books to patrons.
The book publisher, whose imprints include Viking, Riverhead Books, and Dutton, among others, has suspended authorization for libraries to distribute its books electronically, citing security concerns.
"Due to new concerns about the security of our digital editions, we find it necessary to delay the availability of our new titles in the digital format while we resolve these concerns with our business partners," Penguin spokeswoman Erica Glass said in a statement.
Glass didn't disclose Penguin's specific security … Read more
Want free two-day shipping on Amazon but don't want to pay for it? Well, if you know the right person, you don't have to.
That's right, last year around the holidays I offered up a little Amazon Prime tip for folks planning to do a lot of last-minute online shopping on Amazon.com. Now, with the holidays approaching again and a lot of people interested in the Kindle Fire, I thought I should update the story with some additional info.
There's now an easy way to see the full list of free e-book titles available to Kindle owners with Amazon Prime.
In case you missed it, Amazon recently launched the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which allows Amazon Prime members to check out up to one e-book a month for free with no due date.
The only problem is that it wasn't so easy to find all the more than 5,000 titles in the Kindle Store that qualify for free borrowing. However, as one might expect, a somewhat helpful link has cropped up in the blogosphere.
Click on … Read more
eBay speaks out against the latest Internet sales tax proposal, BlackBerry Messenger adds a music service, and Amazon sweetens the Kindle with free book-borrowing for Prime subscribers.
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:Amazon Prime adds book borrowing eBay fighting Internet sales tax proposal Apple: Battery fix is coming Flow is a smooth scanning app BlackBerry Messenger Music Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (HD) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS HD
In an interesting twist on e-book lending that's sure to rile competitors, Amazon has launched the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which allows Amazon Prime members to check out up to one e-book a month for free with no due date.
Amazon didn't put an exact figure on the number of books that will be part of the new program, but says that it's "over 5,000" and includes more than "100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers." Not surprisingly, we found a number of Amazon-published e-books on the list. … Read more
Along with today's release of the iCloud service and OS X 10.7.2, Apple has issued an update to iPhoto '11 (version 9) that incorporates support for iCloud and devices running iOS 5, in addition to fixing a number of bugs, and performance and compatibility issues that have cropped up for users. According to the update, the following features have been added or fixed in the update:Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view. Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window. … Read more