Facebook's Hot Mom enjoys more cold stares

Innocence can be a practiced art.

Wide eyes, raised eyebrows, arms spread apart, palms upward. They're all quite effective.

Some, though, are suspicious that a fit and fetching Facebook mother is less innocent that she might appear.

No, I am not talking of Sheryl Sandberg. I am talking about another Lean-In Tower of Facebook: Maria Kang.

Should you not have heard of Kang, she's colloquially known as Facebook's "Hot Mom." This complex epithet was given her because she is, in the estimation of many, hot and she is a mom of three.

One problem some people have is that Kang seems to think she's quite hot too.… Read more

'Fat-Bottomed Girls' ringtone interrupts BBC politics show

What does your ringtone say about you?

If your phone or tablet alerts you with "Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing you Goodbye," would anyone who heard it think you have green beans for brains?

If it emits "I Wish You Were a Beer" from touchingly tight girl metal band Cycle Sluts From Hell, might someone think you were an alcoholic -- or had a questionable relationship history?

And where do you stand on "Fat Bottomed Girls"?

This Queen classic -- of a sort -- suddenly emerged during a live … Read more

Review: Partition and format your drives with MiniAide Fat32 Formatter

MiniAide Fat32 Formatter lets you format or create fully customizable partitions in any hard drive. It merits using just for the detailed information it gives you about your computer's hard drive or drives alone. It's also worth recommending, even if it is a mouthful to say.

This program gives you a graphic organizer of your hard disk/s and partitions. It shares status information like the available space, style of formatting, and what they're being used for. You can create new partitions of any size, as well as delete and relabel existing partitions. If a drive's … Read more

Review: FatBits eases creating icons with touch screen display of single pixels

Fat Bits is a fun, cleverly-made app that allows you to create and edit icons pixel by pixel with great effect. The resulting images and icons you create are unique in a number of ways, but most importantly, you can make them with a few basic taps of the screen. There are no pallets or overly-complicated tools needed. Just tap and drag and pixels change colors at your whim.

The interface for FatBits is where it really shines the most. Onscreen is a selection of icons to choose from, a canvas on which to edit what you've selected, and … Read more

Using external drives to save space on your Mac? Format them first.

If you purchase an external drive for your Mac, you might be doing so to free up space on your boot drive, or to provide a central and unrestricted area for all user accounts to access. While this is a common and often recommended practice, if you simply purchase an external drive, plug it in, and start using it, you might be overlooking a detail that could result in slower performance or even data loss.

When you purchase an external hard drive to use with your Mac, it is likely going to be formatted with a FAT32 file system. Since … Read more

New breath analyzer knows if you're burning fat

Tired of stepping on the scale to get a vague idea of whether all the hard work you put in at the gym is paying off? A new device developed in Japan could help people better gauge which activities are actually burning fat.

At 10 centimeters in length and weighing 4.4 ounces, the portable device measures acetone levels from the user's exhale. (Elevated levels generally indicate that the body has begun to break down fat.) It then sends the results to a smartphone via Bluetooth or a cable within 10 seconds.

Acetone is expelled through tiny sacs called alveoli when we exhale, though it is also produced when fat is broken down. This means that breath acetone levels can also help diagnose and monitor diabetes, which the researchers are looking into as well.… Read more

Clay Jam: Zynga goes claymation, with help from new partner

Clay Jam -- the latest game to come out of Zynga's recent push for mobile -- launches today, bringing a new type of game to the social-gaming platform.

Update, 10:38 a.m. PT: The game shows up in the Google Play store, but isn't ready for download, which is why some people may be seeing a "This item cannot be installed in your device's country" message. The creators said this should change any minute now. Android devices need to be on 2.3.1 (Gingerbread) or greater to play.

The claymation-based game, filmed in … Read more

Microsoft, RIM ink patent deal on storage tech

Microsoft and Research In Motion today said they have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM access to Microsoft file system technology.

That technology is called Extended File Allocation Table -- or "exFAT" for short -- and Microsoft says it optimizes files for use on flash storage, which is overwhelmingly the storage of choice on smartphones and tablets.

"Today's smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones," David Kaefer, the general manager of intellectual property licensing at Microsoft said in a statement. "This agreement with … Read more

Keep your disks spinning happily with DiskTune

DiskTune is a simple, free disk defragmentation and optimization utility from DIY Datarecovery. It's a fast, on-demand tool built upon the Windows defrag API, so it's safe but thorough. But DiskTune is no mere clone; its VSS safe-mode minimizes the tool's interaction with stored shadow copies, and its thermal monitor detects when your hard drive gets too hot and shuts down the defragmentation process. It can defragment FAT, FAT32, and NTFS volumes, so it works with a wide range of disks, too.

DiskTune's installer lets you include the program on context menus in Windows. We selected … Read more

German judge: Motorola violates Microsoft's FAT patent

A German court has found Motorola Mobility in violation of a Microsoft patent, according to a new report.

Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court today ruled that Motorola's Android-based devices are infringing upon a File Allocation Table (FAT) patent related to "a common name space for long and short filenames," according to FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, who first reported on the case.

According to Mueller, who has aided Microsoft in intellectual property matters in the past, the software giant can enforce an injunction against Motorola's infringing devices after posting a 10 million euro bond. … Read more