12 Jul 2012


Star Wars: The Old Republic
the MMO from EA, which is set 3500 years before the Star Wars movies, is now free to play until your character is at level 15.  EA has offered previous trials, but they were time based or even reward based.  People who have done previous trials are eligible for this one as well.

10 Jul 2012

 

By now if you have used the Windows 8 Start Screen enough, you have probably discovered the "All Apps" view.  The "All Apps" view  shows you every shortcut that is installed on your machine but perhaps not pinned to the main Start Screen.  In particular if you have upgraded your Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you may have noticed that your All Apps view shows the folder names that you may have had shortcuts placed in before upgrading.  Here I'll outline the basic steps to customize the "All Apps" view.

10 Jul 2012

One new company called Ouya (pronounced ooh-ya) proposes to take on big companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  The Los Angeles start-up wants to develop a console that offers "free" games popular on smartphones and tablets and bring them to the big screen.

Ouya is trying to raise money through Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money on various projects.  Ouya needs to raise around $950,000 to get going.  Among the investors include Jay Adelson the founder of Digg, Hosain Rahman the founder of Jawbone and Joe Greenstein the founder of Flixster.

27 Jun 2012

There are now vidcast versions of the Tech-Stew Podcast on the web, which you can find below.  Including YouTube and UStream.  See below for the links and embedded Ustream player.

25 Jun 2012

With all the talk of flying cars in recent days and over the years, one possibility seems to have gotten left behind:  flying bicycles.  A few Czech engineers and hobbyists have proposed a flying bike that can float above the pavement thanks to four battery-powered propellers.

Design Your Dreams team has used only a few off-the-shelf components and turned an e-bike concept into what is basically a two-wheeled multicopter/quadcopter called the f-bike.  This device should be capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and up to five minutes of flight.

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

Summary: 

Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

21 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

Summary: 

Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

21 Jun 2012

As of around 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Twitter has been down now for some time.  You could hear the productivity of people increasing as a result.  A Twitter spokesperson at the time had said they were looking into the issue and didn't give any word on when the service would return.  By 1:10 p.m. they got their services back online and thus the productivity has gone back down around the world.

Pingdom stats revealed this was one of Twitter's worst crashes in months.  The outage lasted around 59 minutes.


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