As It Moves Away From The Wikis, Wetpaint Launches TV News And Entertainment Site

Online publishing company Wetpaint has been undergoing a strategic shift in its business model over the past year. Wetpaint began as a simple wiki/social publishing tool but then started to build entertainment sites for big brands, including MSN. And the heavily funded startup succumbed to layoffs last July and December. But today, Wetpaint is taking the company in a new direction: original content. The startup is launching Wetpaint Entertainment; a TV news site that covers news and gossip from over 15 major TV shows, such as Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, and Gossip Girl.

Each show has a dedicated online channel (the site is launching with 15 channels), and will compile the most popular photos, videos, fashion gossip, and headlines to provide one place for all the information about fans? favorite shows.

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Entelligence: A tale of two TVs

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore where our industry is and where it’s going — on both micro and macro levels — with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

This week at what’s become Apple’s fall music event the company unveiled a revised Apple TV. The small $99 device delivers a new rental model and support for Netflix, but there are no apps, contrary to much of the speculation leading up the event. That’s in stark contrast to the Google TV project announced at I/O last spring. Unlike Apple, Google is looking to provide DVR functionality, search, and an app marketplace. Some say Apple isn’t being bold enough, but I think Apple might be right.

Google wants input one on your TV. Apple wants input two. The difference? Input one is where your cable box goes. Input two was where your VCR or DVD player used to live. It’s a port that’s up for grabs.

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Entelligence: A tale of two TVs originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Sep 2010 20:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The World’s Biggest Water Balloon Fight Will Make Anyone Smile [Image Cache]

120,000 water balloons, 4,000 happy people, and one very cute song. If the combination of those things doesn’t bring a smile to your face, then I don’t know what will. More »







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Samsung suggests Galaxy Tab will cost between $200 and $400 — also coming to Vodafone

Early reports indicate Europe will pay a pretty penny for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, but the 7-inch tablet may cost a good bit less when it comes to US shores — the Wall Street Journal paraphrases a Samsung executive who claims it could run between $200 and $300 depending on the all-important carrier subsidies. The Korea Times, meanwhile, suggests a $300 to $400 retail price according to a different Samsung bigwig, who added that the Tab “will cost slightly more than the Galaxy S smartphone.” As you’re probably aware, Sammy’s Galaxy S typically retails for about $200 in the US — excepting Sprint’s Epic 4G at $250 — so if you held a bursting Li-ion battery to our head and forced us to guess, we’d say the latter range of dollar signs is far more likely.

By the way, Vodafone shows the Galaxy Tab as “coming soon.” Hit our more coverage links for details.

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Samsung suggests Galaxy Tab will cost between $200 and $400 — also coming to Vodafone originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Sep 2010 18:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FileKiller is a tiny, portable utility which can securely delete files

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I’ve previously covered Eraser for deleting files securely. Eraser stayed installed on my system for a while, and I must say that, eventually, I found it annoying. It autostarted on boot and despite my attempts to keep it from doing so, it persisted.

Just the other day, I finally uninstalled Eraser — and today, I found FileKiller. It’s a tiny (27KB), open source, portable GUI utility for doing the same thing.

FileKiller is a single window. It doesn’t support drag-and-drop and won’t add any context menu entries, but it gets the job done. You add files using the Select Files button, and then you click the red-captioned KILL Files on Grid button (way to go on the drama there). The application then BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERS all of those files by overwriting them with random data, blank characters, or specific ASCII characters for however many times you wish (default is five iterations).

I wish I could drag files onto the list or the program’s icon (to add them to the list), but besides this minor irritation, FileKiller seems like a low friction way to securely remove unwanted files.

FileKiller is a tiny, portable utility which can securely delete files originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 03 Sep 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie…

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In a move that is surely an effort to keep pace with Firefox’s helter-skelter development of Jetpack, Chrome Beta now has a context menu API!

There’s also a bunch of other new APIs, the most exciting being the Omnibox API. Imagine Chrome’s built-in search engines (type ‘Amazon’, then a space, and then a book name — it searches Amazon!), but with extension access. Type the name of an extension into the Omnibox, and then any further input is redirected to the extension. Actually, having said this is an exciting addition, I’m really not sure what an extension would do with it… Perhaps something Ubiquity-esque?

The new Infobar API might be of interest, too. You know that blue bar that appears when Chrome asks you whether you want a page to be translated? Well, extensions can now pop those up for you. I can see security and privacy extensions like LastPass making use of them, or an extension that alerts you when a page you’re visiting has an ‘official Chrome extension’ (you know, instead of that awful JavaScript hack…).

Oh, and if you make an extension (featuring the new APIs? It’s not clear), let Google know and they might send you a free Chrome hoodie! Hooray.

Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie… originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Looking to switch carriers? Amazon has insane deals for you

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Remember when we reported Amazon was selling the Captivate and Vibrant for insane discounts? Well, Amazon has many other Android phones available for purchase now at far below what you will find in any carrier store or website. You do have to be a new customer to the carrier to get the price, but this should make it easier than ever to jump your current carrier’s ship for that new Android phone you have been craving. We’ve rounded ’em all up for you after the break. [Amazon]

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