“Sesame Street” Unveils E-Bookstore

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Elmo and his Sesame Street friends have already set up shop in Apple’s App Store, but today Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and the rest of the crew now have their own e-bookstore to call home. The Sesame Street e-bookstore is an online collection of 121 character-driven e-books — covering learning subject areas like letters, numbers, counting and colors — offered …

New Canon Portable Scanner Lets You Scan Directly to Evernote

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Canon has just released a Mac version of its popular image and document scanner, the imageFORMULA P-150M, complete with built-in support for the popular organizational service Evernote. The small scanner, which Canon calls the “Scan-tini,” lets you quickly scan documents and route them to Evernote automatically. The scanner, which is also available for Windows, uses embedded drivers to start up …

Google TV: Will You Pay for It? [POLL]

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Even more details about Google’s Smart TV service have swept the web as its likely debut approaches. Will it succeed in bringing the web to TVs across the world? We first got word of Google TV in March with rumors that DirectTV and Google were partnering on programming for a set-top box. The picture became clearer though when Sony and …

Multi-Touch Musical “LinnStrument” Demoed on YouTube [VIDEO]

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Inventor Roger Linn is famous for creating the drum machine as we know it today, so there’s good reason to be excited about his latest creation; it has just been revealed. It’s a multi-touch surface not all that dissimilar to an iPad. Take a look at the video here to see for yourself. The instrument — which Linn calls the …

Microsoft’s Project Natal Could Cost $200

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Several Swedish retailers are currently listing a price for Microsoft’s full-body motion controller Project Natal, and if the price is real, it’s much higher than expected. The price listed on all these websites is 1,499 SEK or approximately 197 U.S. dollars. Even if we consider the fact that prices for games and gaming equipment in Sweden are a bit higher …

The Web Makes the World Happier [STUDY]

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New research from UK research firm BCS suggests that, on average, people around the world think that information technology (i.e. Internet access) increases their sense of freedom by 15% and improves their overall well-being. Altogether, our life satisfaction increases by 10% when we have IT access, the study concludes. BCS’s study set out to better understand the relationship between IT …

Firefox 4 Plans: Faster, Friendlier, More Secure

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Almost one year ago, we’ve gotten a glimpse of the next major iteration of Firefox, at least when it comes to its gorgeous new visuals. Now, however, Mozilla’s Mike Beltzner has shared a presentation that reveals quite detailed plans for Firefox 4. HTML5 and CSS support are mentioned, as well as faster operation, a greater focus on security and stability, …

Microsoft’s Project Natal to Launch in October

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Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal is a full-body motion controller, promising an incredibly immersive gaming experience and biting into the market first tapped by Nintendo Wii, back in 2006. Now, Project Natal was all but confirmed for October launch by Microsoft Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq in an interview with GamertagRadio. “It is going to be somewhere in October. We …

How Much Energy Do Your Home Appliances Use? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you leave your computer on over night, how much does that cost you? What about all those unnecessary lights you have turned on in your house? How much money could you save if you had bought an energy saving refrigerator instead of a regular one? General Electric answers this question with a nifty interactive tool that shows energy consumption …

First Non-Latin, International Domain Names Finally Launch

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The first significant change to internet domain names in many years was made today when ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved and deployed three domain names using a non-Latin script: Arabic. You can already visit http://????.?????-?????????.???/ and two other Arabic script domain names, though they might not display correctly if your browser doesn’t have IDN (International Domain …

Chrome Gains, IE Slumps in Browser Wars [STATS]

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Google Chrome was the fastest growing web browser for the fifth month in a row in analytics company Net Applications’s April market report, while Microsoft Internet Explorer again lost market share. Chrome’s market share increased from 6.13% to 6.73% — almost a 10% improvement over last month. Internet Explorer saw the most significant loss in this month’s numbers, slipping from …

Five Cities Get Free Civic Apps Through Code for America

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Five American cities have been selected for a random act of kindness from software developers. Boston, Boulder, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Seattle will all receive free web and/or mobile apps to help administer government and serve citizens, thanks to a program called Code for America. Back in February, Code for America asked cities around the U.S. to submit their requests …

iPad Gets Custom Install in the Kitchen Cabinet [VIDEO]

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The iPad is really starting to get around — not only is it in the car, but now it’s also embedded in the kitchen. Alan Daly custom mounted the “magical” Apple device inside his kitchen cabinet. The headphone jack funnels sound into a MIDI system for audio output duties, and apps like Epicurious turn Daly’s kitchen cabinet into a modern-day …

Remember Microsoft’s Courier? Well, You Can Forget About It

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Microsoft’s Courier was supposed to be the tablet of the future, Microsoft’s answer (and challenger) to Apple’s iPad, with two screens, multi-touch support, camera and a bunch of other goodies. But now, close on the heels of a rumor that HP might be giving up on a Windows 7-powered tablet, we know that Courier wasn’t meant to be. With its …

Dating War: Plentyoffish CEO Blasts Match.com After Legal Notice

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Renegade entrepreneur and Plentyoffish CEO Markus Frind doesn’t take kindly to legal threats — especially when those threats come from competitor and foe Match.com. After a receiving a letter from Match.com demanding that he “cease and desist” from making “false claims” about its business, Frind published the letter on his blog along with comScore data that shows that Plentyoffish is …