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Mac Users: Apple has released a beta version of their Messages app, available for download now.

According to Apple:

When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. But iChat services will continue to work. And Messages brings iMessage to the Mac — just like on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5. Here are the features you can expect with Messages:

  • Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.*
  • Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
  • Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
  • Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

Apple – Mac OS X – Download the free Messages Beta.

In 2010, I reviewed the ErgoTron WorkFit-S sit-stand workstation. Last month, I posted a follow up with how I’ve fared with the equipment over the last year. One of the issues I mentioned related specifically to workflow efficiency when using the product: by itself, it can be difficult to perform tasks that involve anything other than your keyboard, mouse, and display.

Well, there must have been a little bird watching me attempt to clamp my iPad to the keyboard arm to do some studying one day, or reading my mind whenever I had to access some item from my desktop periodically, because accessories were released not long afterward that addressed these exact situations. Enter the Tablet Holder and Work Surface accessories.

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Heya! A friend posed a question today about automatically downloading podcasts to their iPhone. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but there are a few things you need to do to make this happen. I decided to help her out, but thought it would be a good opportunity to post Explorabam.com’s first “how to”.

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This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I need to do more research on how this thing operates.

Click through to watch XBOX guy Major Nelson’s video.

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In a former life as a retail toadie, I had the pleasure of hawking a ridiculously expensive 11″ OLED display from Sony. At $2500, we sure didn’t sell them quickly, but that didn’t stop people from drooling when they saw it. The image capabilities of a well crafted (read, not your cellphone) OLED are downright disturbingly realistic.

Sony XEL-1

image courtesy of wikipedia

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, in which the pixels themselves are both the color and light sources for the image. It’s more comparable to plasma than to LCD in this regard, because LCD displays shine the light through the pixels, where as plasma (PDP) pixels create their own light when energized. Where PDP and OLED diverge is in how much juice is required to get the light flowing — OLED requires far less of it than plasma, which among other things allows the panel to be much thinner, and even flexible.

And hopefully, we’re on the cusp of these things becoming mainstream, and potentially more affordable than what’s available now. LG is supposedly going to display a 55″ set at CES this month.

Start saving now; you’re going to want one.

Maker to unveil worlds largest OLED TV – CNN.com

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Today, Gamefly announced their subscriber base now has access to their “Unlimited PC Play” service, currently in beta. I think this is a smart move – the USPS is considering doing away with all next day services, which will surely impact by-mail services like gamefly and Netflix.

To me, this is more evidence that physical media is on the way out as more consumers opt for the convenience of streaming services. Music, movies, television, literature, and now game catalogs are all available for a monthly fee that grants affordable, broad access to content with a relatively short shelf life.

Are any of you interested in a service like this? I know I am.

Gamefly press release:

GameFly Launches Public Beta for Digital PC Client — Access to Hundreds of Free PC Games for all GameFly Members in “Unlimited PC Play”

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – GameFly, Inc., the leading online video game rental subscription service, has launched the public beta for its new one-stop shop PC client. Available to all gamers for free, the PC client features up-to-the-minute news and vibrant games pages with HD videos and screenshots. In addition to the ability to manage one’s GameQ, all GameFly members have access to hundreds of PC games they can play anytime, anywhere. The Unlimited PC Play library will continue to grow with more core, casual, classic and independent games that gamers can download onto any of their PCs to play for no additional cost as long as they are active GameFly subscribers.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to open up the beta so anyone interested in video games can start using the client, and we are hard at work expanding our catalog of PC titles for our users to play for free in the Unlimited PC Play section,” said Sean Spector, GameFly co-founder and SVP of Business Development and Content. “Casual to hardcore gamers can enjoy titles like Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex or Saints Row 2, to Earthworm Jim, Jewel Quest or World of Goo at no additional cost to their GameFly subscription.”

GameFly will also begin selling PC games at GameFly.com, and on their leading video game mobile App for iOS and Android. There will be over 1,500 Windows/Mac games for sale, in addition to used console games and new console and PC releases for pre-order.

Current Unlimited PC Play publishers include:

1C
2D BOY
Atari
Bohemia Interactive
Capcom
Iceberg Interactive
Interplay
iWin
Kalypso Media
Layernet
Legacy Interactive
Meridian4
MumboJumbo
Paradox Interactive
PlayFirst
Playrix
SelectSoft
SouthPeak Games
Spicy Horse
Square Enix
Strategy First
Telltale Games
THQ
Ubisoft
Viva Media

Via BGR