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iZac Becomes The First Android-Powered Bartender – Fun, Ingenious, And Open-Source

You might remember this video, which cropped up earlier this month, showing off an Android-powered contraption that mixed drinks automatically. Well, it would appear that the device, lovingly named iZac, (after a barbot from the popular show Futurama) has made its official debut, mixing real cocktails for patrons at the Creative Sandbox in Sydney.

Right now, iZac can handle dispensing up to six liquids, and the Android interface includes an "I'm Feeling Lucky" option, which ostensibly creates a totally random concoction for those feeling bold.

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While iZac already looks fantastic, it will be interesting to track its progress and future refinement, as the inventor, Nick Johnson notes several things that he'd improve in a second iteration.

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Gameloft Delivers Movie Game "Immortals" Unto The Humans; The NES Would Be Proud

Gameloft, the gaming studio behind such games as Modern Combat 2, N.O.V.A. 2 HD, and Asphalt HD, has recently released a new game for all you mythology and movie fans out there. If you're familiar with Gameloft's games, though, this may be a bit different from what you've grown accustomed to.

From the movie "Immortals", you play Theseus, a-hackin' and a-slashin' through all sorts of fun Greek and Roman mythology, including, but not limited to, minotaurs, titans, and generic disposable guys in strange armor holding swords. It's a side-scroller and, on top of what I assume is 100% historical accuracy, the graphics are reminiscent of games designed during that time period.

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[Upcoming] Capta Is A Multi-Functional Accessory That Brings A Tripod Mount To Your Smartphone

Out of all the awesome accessories for smartphones on the market, Capta has to be one of the coolest I've seen in a while. It's a multi-functional accessory that works as a tripod mount/desktop stand, bringing some incredibly useful functionality to your device. Just take a look for yourself:

I know what you're thinking: how does it stick?! Yeah, I wondered the same thing after watching the video for the first time. Fortunately, there's an answer to that, as well:

Honestly, I can't believe someone didn't make this sooner. It looks like a really simple, yet highly useful accessory.

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So, where can you buy it?

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[Updated] Ice Cream Sandwich Is Finally Official, And Here's What To Expect

Update: This post has been updated with links to a deeper look at each feature. Enjoy!

Holy crap. The Samsung/Google event ended just a little while ago, and I have to say, I'm pretty overwhelmed by the amount of awesome that I just experienced. The Galaxy Nexus is official, as is its counterpart OS: Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no doubt that ICS is the most polished version of Android to date. It's elegant, clean, and just downright gorgeous. Let's take a look at all the new features together, shall we?

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One thing that Google is definitely proud of in ICS is the new typeface, known as Roboto.

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[Boot Animation Roundup Part 5] Come See The Amazing Gingergut Man

Welcome back to another lovely edition of our Boot Animation Roundup! We've been scouring the net for the past couple of weeks looking for the coolest boot animations that we could find, and here's what we came up with: a hungry Android, the guts of a Gingerbread man, a new take on a classic, some TRON-esque lovin', and a little somethin' somethin' for all the gamers out there.

Don’t know how to change your boot animation? Take a look at our primer on the matter.

Don’t forget to take a look at the last four editions of this roundup: Vol. 1, Vol.
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[Bootscreen Animation Roundup Part 4] Is That A Tesseract In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

I know, I know... it's only been a week since the last roundup, but when you just happen to stumble upon a gaggle of awesome animations all at one time, what else can you do? If you were thinking "post 'em up for everyone to enjoy," then you win! What do you win, you ask? Why, some sick new boot animations, of course! How sweet is that?

Don't know how to change your boot animation? Take a look at our primer on the matter.

Don't forget to take a look at the last three editions of this roundup here, here, and here.
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[Bootscreen Animation Roundup Part 3] Five Times The Pleasure, Five Times The Fun

Welcome to the third iteration of our super-awesome bootscreen animation roundup. It's been about six weeks since our last one, so it's definitely about time for another go. I'm sure at this point no introduction is needed, so let's get right into the screens.

If you're not sure how to change your boot animation, take a look at our primer.

You can find even more boot animation goodness in the first two editions of this roundup, here and here.

Android Vs. Apple

First up on the list is an animation that really needs little description - it's Andy destroying the Apple logo by way of ingestion.

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[Quick Look] Remotely Access Multiple Features On Your Phone With LazyDroid Web Desktop

I really, really love apps that let me remote access my phone. In the past, I've used apps that let me take screenshots remotely, access my SMS remotely, and do a few other simple tasks without ever having to touch my phone.

Today, though, I've come across the mother of all remote control apps, and it's appropriately named LazyDroid Web Desktop. This thing is super cool - it lets you access your phone over Wi-Fi or USB through a desktop-esque application inside of your browser. Have a look:

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LazyDroid allows you to access your SMS, contacts, camera, clipboard, sensors, and file manager all from the comfort of a familiar interface without ever having to leave your browser.

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[New Game] Death Worm For Android. Need I Say More?

It's not very often that I get the honor of telling people about a game as awesome as Death Worm. Ah, that sparked your attention, yes? Read on to find out more. But first, some obligatory screenshots:

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Death Worm by Playcreek is a new game that has recently been ported from iOS to Android, where you play the part of a giant worm-ish creature set to wreak havoc on everything possible. CJ Lippstreu over at SmartKeitai has done an excellent video review, so I'll let him take it from here:

You can snag this insane worm-on-human slaughterfest for $2.99 in the Android Market, which will get you 45 levels, 2 bonus games, 30 enemy types, and 3 different worms.

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Rovio: Angry Birds Will Get Cross-Platform Syncing Before Summer

You know what I hate? Having to start over from the beginning of Angry Birds every time I flash a new ROM. I won't have to deal with that for much longer, though - according to the official Twitter page of Rovio Mobile, they're working on the greatest thing to happen to Angry Birds since the slingshot. Yes, I'm talking about syncing.

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Once it's finished and unleashed to the world, each time you flash a new ROM, get a new device, or even switch platforms altogether (I'm looking at you iOS crossovers), you will be able to take all of your current bird tossing accomplishments with you.

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