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National Zoo's panda cam falls victim to government shutdown

The cutest victims of the government shutdown may well be the giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Don't worry, the actual fuzzsters are just fine. It's our vicarious enjoyment of them that has taken a blow. The live panda cam has gone dark until Congress can sort out its budget issues.

The panda cam has been a great pick-me-up at any time, but especially so now that mama panda Mei Xiang has a cute little cub on display. The baby was born on August 23. Cam-watchers have seen it grow from a nearly hairless little stub of a cutebug into a pint-sized critter with all the right panda markings.… Read more

Review: Clean malware with cloud power with Panda Cloud Cleaner

Panda Cloud Cleaner would make an adorable title for a children's book, but it's based on the Collective Intelligence of the cloud, so it's more like sci-fi. Actually, it's a free anti-malware utility with cloud-sourced updates and definitions, which means timely detection and prevention of threats. We're big on anti when it comes to viruses and other malware, so Cloud Cleaner's claim to detect malware that other tools miss caught our attention. You'll need an active Internet connection, and not just for updates: Panda Cloud Cleaner sends your scan data to the cloud … Read more

Yahoo: Miss Flickr during the outage? Try Tumblr!

Trying to make lemons out of lemonade during an eight-hour Flickr outage, Yahoo tried to rally its fans to engage on Twitter and Tumblr instead.

The photo-sharing site planned an outage from 9 p.m. PT Thursday to about 5 a.m. PT Friday, publishing its traditional "bad panda" outage notice. In the meantime, Yahoo fired up the WhileFlickrIsDown Tumblr and the #WhileFlickrIsDown hashtag on Twitter.

"Check out http://whileflickrisdown.tumblr.com/ and let us know what you are doing #WhileFlickrIsDown," Flickr tweeted, pointing to a form to submit entries for the Tumblr blog.

Why the … Read more

The 404 1,322: Where our bark is worse than our roar (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- OkCupid stakeout finds men prefer women who cheat.

- Digital era threatens tenuous future of drive-ins.

- Chinese zoo takes heat for trying to pass dog off as lion.… Read more

Rusty the red panda was lost and found on Twitter

Rusty is safe. The little red panda that went missing roughly 24 hours ago is now back home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. But, in the interim, he caused quite a stir.

The morning after Rusty disappeared, the National Zoo tweeted, "We are looking for a missing red panda, a male named Rusty. He was last seen at 6 p.m. last night."

News outlets across the country wrote stories about the cuddly rare breed of panda that is no bigger than a house cat and has a big bushy tail. Twitter and other social … Read more

Panda Jam 1.1.11 Review

The sheer number of games available for Android can make selecting enjoyable ones difficult. While functional, Panda Jam's dated interface and clunky gameplay make it a less desirable choice.

While the basic game is available for free, payment is required to unlock certain features or give the user additional turns. Despite the use of Wi-Fi, Panda Jam took longer than expected to download and install. Upon startup, the user is prompted to link to a Facebook account, although this can be bypassed. The menus and game interface appeared dated and were reminiscent of games from several years ago. Technical … Read more

Sprint for daylight on your Android gadget in Panda Run

The wildly successful Temple Run has naturally started spawning dozens of rip-offs. This one doesn't sport the same amazing graphics, but it's certainly no slouch. Panda Run has a cuter mascot, good graphics, and very smooth gameplay. Temple Run fans are sure to enjoy it almost as much.

The game turns you into a cute little panda dressed for a fun day of running along a nicely animated path. You swipe on your screen and tilt your phone in various directions to dodge obstacles and collect stones. The game doesn't work in portrait mode, sadly. Its landscape … Read more

Why you shouldn't watch Obama throw punches on Twitter

If you get a direct message on Twitter telling you to click a link to watch a video of President Barack Obama punching a guy, don't do it.

Spammers are using the idea of the president retaliating against someone for calling him the n-word to steal Twitter passwords and deliver malware to computers, security company PandaLabs noted today.

It's a scheme that uses the names of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for nefarious purposes, with spammers creating fake pages to dupe unsuspecting Twitter users.

The scam involves sending a Twitter direct message that reads "Check out Obama punch … Read more

Rumor Has It: Google's secret plan -- a $99 tablet?

Next week, Google is expected to unveil an update to the Nexus 7, an LG Nexus phone, a high-end new tablet, and Android Jelly Bean, but there's a rumor going around that Google has another trick up its sleeve.

What if we told you it was going to make a decidedly "low-end" Nexus tablet for $100 less than the Nexus 7 -- meaning $230 cheaper than the iPad Mini? You'd get your credit card out, right? Or scrounge around for enough change in your couch cushions?

Well, watch the show to see why you might want … Read more

Panda 2013 reaches out, touches its Windows 8 future

Windows 8 support and a new interface for touch screens arrive in Panda's 2013 security suites, released today.

Following the mid-summer update to Panda Cloud Antivirus, Panda's 2013 line-up of Panda Antivirus Pro 2013 (download), Panda Internet Security 2013 (download), and Panda Global Protection 2013 (download) offers a competitive range of security features. But if you're not already a Panda fan, it's hard to see what's in this year's release that would convince you to jump.

There are some solid improvements, to be sure. As mentioned, the new landing screen favors large, mobile-style buttons, … Read more