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Most Popular Android Launcher: Go Launcher EX [Hive Five Followup]

Most Popular Android Launcher: Go Launcher EX If you’re tired of the UI your manufacturer saddled your Android device with, or you just want more control over how your homescreen looks and operates, it’s time to try a new launcher. There are tons of great ones, but launchers that offer a good combination of features, speed, and customization are harder to find. Last week we asked you which Android launchers you thought were the best. Then we took a look at the five best Android launchers and put them to a vote. Now we’re back to highlight the overall winner.

Most Popular Android Launcher: Go Launcher EXGo Launcher EX took the top spot, bringing home over 37% of the overall vote. The winner was clear, but second place on down was much more hotly contested. With 16.44% of the vote, ADW Launcher EX (which happened to be the launcher in the title image of Sunday’s post, by the way) took second place. Falling into third by a mere 11 votes (and 16.3% of the vote) was the ICS-only Apex Launcher. In fourth place with close to 16% of the overall vote was the ICS-only Nova Launcher. Finally, bringing up the rear in fifth was the mostly abandoned but still popular and functional Launcher Pro, bringing home over 14% of the votes cast.

The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it’s not because we hate it—it’s because it didn’t get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it’s a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at!

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Why Did The Dream Team Choose Laettner Over Shaq? [Shaquille O’Neal]

Why Did The Dream Team Choose Laettner Over Shaq?Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Shaq has the answer.

Shaquille O’Neal joined 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. with the Mike Wise Show to discuss being away from the game, what player is most ready to accept the torch as the best player since Michael Jordan, not being a part of the 1992 Dream Team, if losing in a Finals makes you hungrier to get back and win and why he’s not a fan of teams grinding it out at this juncture.

Is it hard for you being away from the game?:
“Actually it wasn’t hard because I learned a long time ago … when you told me, you said, ‘Shaq, unfortunately you’re always going to be judged if you continue to play at this level.’ So I knew once I dropped off of playing at a high level, it was going to open the doors up for people to say I’m old. So I knew it was time for me to be different. … If I’m not averaging 27 and 10, I don’t feel good about myself. Last year, when I was averaging six or eight points, I really didn’t feel good about myself. … As I sit there and watch the game, do I miss it and do I sit there and get goosebumps? Hell no. It’s over.”

If Kobe Bryant is ready to pass the baton of “Best Players Since Michael Jordan” is Kevin Durant ready for that before LeBron or does it belong to James, especially if he wins a ring?:
“It depends on how you define passing the baton. When the baton was passed to me, I didn’t have a championship, but it was passed to me because I was the youngest and I was the best player. If you call passing the baton by passing the championships, we’ll see by the end of this week. LeBron is more fit … because he’s been spotlighted since 18, named himself The King and there was a movie about his high school. Kevin Durant is more introverted. … But Kobe’s not done yet, either. Kobe has a lot of goals and aspirations. I know he wants to tie Mike.”

On the heels of celebrating the 1992 Dream Team, they only picked one college player on that team, Christian Laettner. Did you want to be on that team? Take us back to that:
“I was pissed off. I was jealous. But then I had to come to the realization that I was a more explosive, more powerful player, but Christian Laettner was a little bit more fundamentally sound than I was. Plus he stayed all four years and graduated. … I just think it helped me grow as a player.”

Does the pain of losing a championship fuel players more than we know and make it even sweeter when you get there?:
“Yes, the pain of losing does make you become stronger. However, though, in [Sunday’s] game, even though Miami won it, I don’t see enough fire. When I was at the Finals, I’m dominating, I’m pressuring the opponent and we’re going to get up by 20 and we’re going to dominate the game. I heard Erik Spoelstra say, ‘We just want to grind.’ No, we don’t want to grind out there. We want to get these guys. … But, however, they won the game. This game [tonight] is going to be a true test. … Their slogan in the locker room should be, ‘We’re not going back to OKC,’ which means you’ve got to win these three games at home and you win.”

More on not wanting to grind games out in the Finals:
“To come back home and for it to be a close game, I didn’t like that. When I was in the Finals, it was my team and teams came to the crib, we tried to blow their ass out. With OKC being up and them being up and them only winning by five and their coach saying, ‘We’re trying to grind the game out,’ nah, we’re not trying to grind the game out. We’re trying to kill OKC.”

This post, written by Eric Schmoldt, appears courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews. For the complete highlights of the interview, as well as audio, click here.

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Finally, a plug-in hybrid with four-wheel-drive is coming

A graphic of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid powertrain.

A graphic of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid powertrain.


News leaked out early today that Mitsubishi will debut its upcoming plug-in hybrid Outlander SUV at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Although there is no official news release or announcement from Mitsubishi, Edmunds InsideLine confirmed with a company spokesperson that the SUV is headed to the auto show next fall. It also confirmed that U.S. buyers will get the vehicle either in late 2013 or 2014.

The plug-in hybrid will be based on the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, and will have three driving modes, including all-electric, serial hybrid, and parallel hybrid. Based on the PX-Miev II Concept that debuted at the 2011 Tokyo Motor show, it’s powered by a 2-liter 70kW engine, two 60kW electric motors, and a 72 cell lithium-ion battery pack. It will have an approximate 30-mile all-electric driving range, and a total driving range of approximately 500 miles on a full tank with the batteries charged.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander on which the plug-in hybrid model will be based.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander on which the plug-in hybrid model will be based.


This news would make the Mitsubishi Outlander the first SUV to enter the U.S. market with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It is also the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to be equipped with permanent four-wheel-drive. The model will be an attractive buy for cold-weather dwellers who want a jack-of-all-trades vehicle with electric drive capability.

Although overseas
car prices don’t always translate, Australian news outlet Herald Sun says that the plug-in Outlander will be $5,000 more than the internal combustion-engine-equipped SUV. That steep premium means that car buyers won’t be choosing this SUV to save money in the long run. But it may be a price drivers are willing to pay to ease their conscience. This combination of fuel efficiency and utility could be the right recipe for U.S. car buyers who are looking to reduce fuel consumption, but not limit where they go or what they can do with their car.

Source: Edmunds InsideLine

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iLuv ships Mo’Beats portable stereo Bluetooth speaker stand

iLuv’s Mo’Beats iSP245 is available now for around $75 (click to enlarge).


Though it’s listed as out of stock on its own website site, iLuv tells me that it’s begun shipping its Mo’Beats iSP245 portable stereo Bluetooth speaker stand.

Since it uses Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, you can can use the Mo’Beats with any Bluetooth-enabled
tablet, smartphone, or laptop, though it’s more ideally suited for tablets. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for mobile use and there’s a auxiliary input to connect non Bluetooth-enabled devices.

iLuv’s highlighting the product’s “cradle” design, which allows for either landscape or portrait viewing “while accommodating most cases.” Naturally, iLuv says the speakers produce excellent sound for its size and slim form factor.

While the company says the iSP245 will have a street price of $89.99, I did see it on Amazon for closer to $75. As soon as I get my hands on one, I’ll let you know how it really sounds.

The Bluetooth speaker stand will prop up just about any tablet or smartphone.


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Nvidia 3D Vision 2 review: Great performance, slim availability

Lynn La, getting her mind thoroughly blown! To be fair, this happens at least a couple times a week.

Josh Miller/CNET)

A few years back, Nvidia released its 3D Vision Kit active 3D solution. At the time, it was the only real choice for 3D PC gaming, but its crushingly dark images and abundant crosstalk were, let’s say, problematic.

The Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses, along with Lightboost technology, attempts to address those issues. Check out my full review now.

Lightboost makes a big difference in performance, but aside from the Asus VG278H, the monitors combatible with the technology are really difficult to find.

It’s too bad too. Even for a 3D disliker, like me, Lightboost makes the best case yet for the technology on the PC. Here’s hoping Nvidia and its partners redoubles its efforts in increasing the availability of these displays.

Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses look more like goggles

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Ford’s 999cc EcoBoost engine wins top honors at Engine Awards

Ford Focus EcoBoost

Ford’s 999cc engine only has three cylinders, but produces 123 horsepower.


2012 International Engine of the Year Awards (pictures)

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This year’s International Engine of the Year Awards saw many repeats from 2011, but stealing the show was a new sub-1-liter engine from Ford. Using direct injection and a turbocharger, this 999cc engine manages to generate 123 horsepower, enough for most subcompact and compact
cars. And in European test cycles, the engine manages well over 50 mpg.

Despite the economy of Ford’s engine, the Green Engine Award went to GM for the range extended electric power train in the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera.

Here are the various categories, with their respective winners:

  • 2012 International Engine of the Year: Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus)
  • Best New Engine of the Year: Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus)
  • Green Engine of the Year: GM 1.4-liter four-cylinder range extender (Opel Ampera)
  • Best Performance Engine: Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (Ferrari 458 Italia)
  • Sub 1-liter: Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus)
  • 1-liter to 1.4-liter: Volkswagen 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Jetta, Tiguan)
  • 1.4-liter to 1.8-liter: BMW 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo (Mini Cooper S)
  • 1.8-liter to 2-liter: BMW 2-liter four-cylinder turbo (BMW 328i)
  • 2-liter to 2.5-liter: Audi 2.5-liter turbo (Audi TT RS)
  • 2.5-liter to 3-liter: BMW 3-liter six-cylinder turbo (BMW 135i, 335i, 535i, X3)
  • 3-liter to 4-liter: BMW 4-liter V8 (BMW M3)
  • Above 4-liter: Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (Ferrari 458 Italia)

The International Engine awards are run by UKIP Media. For 2012, judging was done by 76 automotive journalists from 35 countries.

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