Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011

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2011 has been a tremendous year for tech — Amazon launched a $200 Android tablet, AT&T and Verizon continued their LTE expansion, Apple killed off the Mac mini’s SuperDrive and Samsung introduced a well-received killer 5.3-inch smartphone. But tiny tech startups made their mark as well, proving that you don’t need an enormous R&D budget to spur innovation. Still, development isn’t free, and unless your social circle includes eager investors, seed money has been traditionally hard to come by.

For many of this year’s indie devs, crowdfunding sites have been the answer, with Kickstarter leading the pack. We’ve seen an enormous variety of projects — including a deluge of duds and plenty more semi-redundant iPhone accessories — but a few treasures soared above the swill to be featured in our Insert Coin series, with many of those meeting their funding goals and even making their way into the hands of consumers. Now, as 2011 draws to a close, we’ve gone through this past year’s projects to single out our top ten, and they’re waiting for your consideration just past the break.

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Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Health’s New Year’s Resolution is to cease to exist, countdown begins to save your data

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Back in June, Google announced that it would be ‘retiring’ Health effective January 1, 2012. Now, everything appears to be on-track for the shutdown, with Google sending out a final reminder to Health customers earlier today. You have until the stroke of midnight to access the service or port your data to a competitor — after which point you’ll no longer be able to view information saved to your account, though it’ll remain available to download in .zip format for another year. Want to know more? Hit up the source link for the Google Health FAQ.

Google Health’s New Year’s Resolution is to cease to exist, countdown begins to save your data originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SOPA: Who’s in and who’s out?

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By now we’re sure you’re aware that SOPA is more than just a tomato-based noodle soup. The Stop Online Piracy Act’s been stirring controversy with its intentions, and it’ll most likely continue in this path until we hear a final decision. Go Daddy wasn’t shy — before retracting — about its support for the bill, and things have changed drastically since we first heard some of the “top dogs” express their feelings. But who else is behind it, who’s got your back, and who’s had a change of heart? The answers await you after the break.

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SOPA: Who’s in and who’s out? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype gifts NYC with NYE WiFi, so you can miss the ball drop while Skyping the ball drop

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Those kind folk at Skype already served up plenty of glorious WiFi waves across US airports this Christmas, and now it’s New York City’s turn. From noon on the 31st until January 1st, if you spy a “Skype WiFi” network, those tasty bytes are yours for the taking. The VoIP don has teamed up with WiFi provider Towerstream for the give-away, and recommends you load-up on the latest version of its famous software to make sure you don’t miss out. If you pack an iDevice, then it’s the Skype WiFi app you’ll be wanting updated in the lead up to midnight. Just make sure you don’t miss that kiss, just for a festive freebie.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 26, 2011

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This week may not have been incredibly packed with news in the mobile world, but it was still easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of December 26, 2011:

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 26, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dropbox Automator triggers monotonous tasks with uploading of a file

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Dropbox Automater

There are plenty of tools and apps out there that automate the essential computing tasks that face us every day. Some are time consuming others are simply monotonous — but they must be done. Dropbox Automator combines time-saving task mastery with perhaps our favorite cloud storage solution. The service watches a designated folder for uploads, when a new file is added an action is triggered — everything from converting documents, to resizing an image or tweeting a link. And that’s just scratching the surface. There are already plenty of automation scripts in the fledgling service’s repertoire and devs can add there own by creating a SOAP webservice. Hit up the source link to get started now.

Dropbox Automator triggers monotonous tasks with uploading of a file originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Porsche Design theme ported to BlackBerry 9900 / 9930, saves you a small fortune

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If you want some of that Porsche Design look, without the German engineered price, then check what just pulled up on the driveway: a port of the custom theme and icons. Sadly, only BlackBerry 9900 / 9300 owners — which share much of the same hardware as the P’9981 — running BlackBerry OS7 (not 7.1) can give their handset that new car smell. This means the sharp lines and luxurious brushed finish that made the P’9981 catch our eye in the first place will remain firmly in those pockets deep enough to afford it. Tap the source link if you still want to add the racing stripes to your current saloon.

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