Still tempted by the fruit of another? If you’re looking Microsoft’s way, but aren’t quite ready to toss your adoration for iOS or Android aside, the coders in Redmond are giving you an alternative to quitting cold turkey. By visiting on one’s iOS or Android browser, you’ll be immediately tunneled into a emulation of Windows Phone 7. We gave it a test run here at Engadget HQ, and it seems that every tile and swipe save for Apps runs properly. Can’t say the fonts and such looked as smooth on our Galaxy S II as they do on the Radar, but it’s a solid effort that’ll definitely serve you well if you’re considering the switch. Just don’t try to flip the demo horizontally — that’s clearly a no-no.

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The Oakland Raiders face the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon as they hope to end Chicago’s five-game winning streak, but they’ll be doing so without star running back Darren McFadden. The 24-year-old former first-round pick was exceptional for Oakland early in the season, rushing for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns over the team’s first six games.

Here’s the full Oakland inactives list, via the team’s official Twitter feed:

- RB Darren McFadden

- QB Jason Campbell

- WR Jacoby Ford

- WR Denarius Moore

- RB Taiwan Jones

- DE Jarvis Moss

- OG Bruce Campbell

The team has certainly missed McFadden, but it’s worth noting that the Raiders’ rushing offense hasn’t really skipped a beat. Back-up Michael Bush has started recently, and he’s ran for 461 yards over the past four weeks in McFadden’s absence. Oakland’s third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, so expect Chicago to be challenged there.

For more on this game, check out the Bears blog?Windy City Gridiron?and Raiders blog?Silver and Black Pride. Stay tuned to?SB Nation Chicago?for more Chicago sports scores and updates.


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Teasers for ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ also left us hungry for more.
By Eric Ditzian

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Photo: Warner Bros.

Time, like the theatrical run of “Your Highness,” has disappeared quickly this year. It’s hard to believe it was almost 12 months ago that we were settling into our seats to check out Nicolas Cage’s “Season of the Witch.” That didn’t work out so well.

And so, as the MTV Movies team begins our look back at the cinematic year that was 2011, we’re reminded that time is precious. We don’t have much of it; we must use it wisely. That’s why we’re beginning our series of best-of stories with movie trailers — those neat little packages of footage that let us know in a few minutes’ time whether the full movie is going to be worth it. Picking our 20 favorite trailers was a tough call; just look at the ones that didn’t make it, like “The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Breaking Dawn – Part 1.”

In the end, though, we selected the trailers that truly stuck with us — some since the early days of the year and some newer ones that are sure to haunt us into next year. Read on for our picks for the 20 best movie trailers of 2011.

20. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
The trailer teases everything the movie delivers — a slowly building whodunit of a plot, an ominous score, period details so depressingly ’70s-era British that the footage should come with a voucher for lithium — while at the same time succeeding in one area where the movie falters: It’s not pull-your-hair-out, whisper-to-the-person-next-to-you, throw-your-hands-up-in-defeat confusing.

19. “The Muppets”
An unlikely companion piece to the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” teaser listed below, this “Muppets” trailer — one in a long line of pop-culture mash-ups — had the lovable felt creatures laser-beaming one message to viewers: Our movie may be rated PG, but we swear you’ll totally dig it. And hey, if you want to get stoned in the parking lot beforehand, that’s fine, dude.

18. “Battleship”
The “Battleship” trailer got a lot of crap when it dropped in July — was this just “Blue Crush” meets “Armageddon,” with neither the former’s sugary, shameless sex factor nor the latter’s Bruce Willis? Instead let us float another way of viewing it: as an utterly wacky, probably nonsensical yet potentially blockbustering summer movie for a “Transformers”-less 2012.

17. “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
The footage builds and builds its claustrophobic tension, finally giving way to John Hawkes’ homespun singer/songwriter tuneage, which somehow still doesn’t allow you any catharsis, any chance just to catch your breath: All is not well in Elizabeth Olsen’s world. And it’s simply addicting to watch.

16. “The Woman in Black”
The tagline could have been, “Abandon hope, all ye Muggles who enter here.” The first full trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-”Harry Potter” film was simple and creepy and effective — and unlike anything the boy wizard has ever encountered.

15. “Red Tails”
The second trailer starts off a little hokey, but it soon morphs into a shoot-’em-up dogfight between the Tuskegee Airmen and the Axis powers. Every piece of American history should come wrapped in such fiery pop-culture packaging.

14. “Devil’s Double”
Torture, guns, chicks in bikinis, Dominic Cooper doing double duty as wide-eyed innocent and psychotic tyrant — what else can one ask for in a trailer?

13. “Super 8″
While our favorite “Super 8″ trailer dropped in 2010, the one J.J. Abrams unleashed this past March — with its classic movie-monster intrigue and Spielbergian patina — was still pretty kick-ass. If only the film itself had lived up to the potential of these early looks.

12. “Drive”
In a word: cool. In a few more: awesome score, awesome car chases, awesome hints at violence, awesome performance by Ryan Gosling. Mainly, though: cool as sh–.

11. “John Carter”
After checking out this trailer, we’d gladly jet off to Mars and battle a few of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ baddies if it meant catching an early screening of this sci-fi epic.

10. “American Reunion”
We didn’t realize we actually missed Jim and his randy pals until we glimpsed the goofball and his flute-loving wife separately, secretly pleasuring themselves to R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind.”

9. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
Nicolas Cage pees fire. He f—ing pees fire and says it feels awesome. When do tickets go on sale?

8. “Like Crazy”
One of the best movies at Sundance became the hands-down finest trailer for a romantic drama in 2011, capturing all the beauty and sadness and magic that echoes between Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in the film.

7. “Rise of the Apes”
Anyone mocking the idea of bringing back those damn dirty apes with James Franco in tow was roundly silenced when the teaser dropped in April and we peeped Andy Serkis’ Caesar and his ilk unleashing simian fury on San Francisco.

6. “X-Men First Class”
Was it the sizzling score? The historical weight imbued by JFK’s voice-over? The quick looks at all those mutants? Every single frame in which Michael Fassbender was onscreen? It was all of it and more that made this “X-Men” trailer one of the most epic of the year.

5. “The Hunger Games”
After the most teaser-y of teaser trailers debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards, Lionsgate came through with a ton of footage in November: districts, tributes, games-makers, the Hunger Games arena and three teens looking to swipe the throne of tween obsession-dom from Edward, Bella and Jacob.

4. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
The feel-bad movie of Christmas gave us zero dialogue, oodles of fresh looks without anything so troublesome as context getting in the way, and Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song.” Oh, and chills: it gave us chills.

3. “Snow White and the Huntsman”
Our expectations were not high. So let us apologize to Kristen Stewart and all who are involved with this adaptation: Well done, folks! Sweeping in scale and containing some truly creative visual effects (huge crows splintering into hundreds of smaller crows, an anthropomorphic golden mirror), the trailer already would have been a 2011 highlight on its own merits. But when the silly trailer for “Mirror, Mirror,” a competing Snow White flick, dropped days later, we had to revise our expectations for “Huntsman”: This is how you adapt a centuries-old fairy tale for the 21st-century multiplex.

2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″
Sure, we whooped it up to “Woman in Black.” But the final “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ trailer? That sucker was not only the best “Deathly Hallows” trailer, it was arguably the best trailer of the entire franchise.

1. “The Dark Knight Rises”
This teaser should be encased in glass and studied at every studio in Hollywood as the perfect way to build excitement, deliver what core fans wants and yet not give away the whole shebang — and leave everyone dying to see more, more, more. There is simply no question: This was the best trailer of 2011, and we have a feeling it’s teasing what will be the best movie of 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) ? A doctor has determined that a man accused of trying to assassinate President Barack Obama this month is competent to stand trial, but prosecutors on Monday asked for a fuller evaluation.

Prosecutors are seeking a competency hearing and a full psychological screening of Oscar Ortega-Hernandez. He has been charged with trying to kill Obama when he opened fire on the White House with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, were in California at the time of the gunfire the night of November 11.

An initial screening ordered by a federal magistrate on November 21 concluded that Ortega-Hernandez was competent, according to a court filing.

“The government notes that it was based only on a 50-minute screening and submits a full psychiatric or psychological screening … is warranted, given the serious nature of the criminal charges pending against the defendant and the likelihood that mental health issues may arise in the course of these proceedings,” the prosecutors said in a motion.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay agreed to delay a detention hearing until December 12 and asked prosecutors to provide “more substance” to their motion.

Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was ordered held pending that hearing.

Witnesses interviewed by authorities said Ortega-Hernandez had called the president the “devil” and “anti-Christ.”

His abandoned car was found blocks from the White House after the Friday night shooting. He was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania, the following Wednesday.

If convicted, Ortega-Hernandez faces up to life in prison.

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The Death of Titles

November 30, 2011

And yet the trend signifies an important shift in the tactics of the pitch. In the 1980s, the very concept of High Concept releases was kept strictly ?behind-the-scenes,? the province of industry insiders. Top Gun, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer knew, was really Two Hot Pilots; the cynical courtesy of not naming the movie Two Hot Pilots, while thin, placed an essential scrim between the movie?s producers and its audience, the hustlers and the customers. Today, however, the shorthand of the pitch room has metastasized to the marquee. What?s produced, in other words, are not movies but feature-length pitches, and the viewer, in the multiplex, is flattered into mistaking his stadium seat for a producer?s chair, all the while forking over $15 for the pleasure.


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November 27, 2011 —

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2011

MICROSOFT Partner consulting firm SharePointAce has developed a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) software development kit (SDK) for mobile ad company 4INFO. The innovative new software will enable use of 4INFO’s AdHaven Mobile Ad Platform via Windows Phone 7 Apps.

Founded in 2005, 4INFO is the market leader in SMS ad space with roughly 3,000 publishers using its msgHaven platform. The publishing platform helps marketers manage their SMS content and delivery, and MsgHaven currently logs approximately 400 million text messages per month. Volumes have more than doubled over the past year, according to industry statistics.

“Creation of this new software development kit for 4INFO is a major contribution to the mobile advertising industry and signals not only our acknowledged expertise in SharePoint 2010but also our growing competence in WP7 development,” says SharePointAce managing partner Oscar Medina.


Virtually any business can find vast benefits in mobile advertisingfrom local retailers announcing sales or offering coupons to national brands targeting the broadest possible demographic,” notes Medina.

SharePointAce’s client base includes Exponential Interactive, Microsoft, Wells Fargo and Symantec.

About SharePointAce

Based in Lafayette, California SharePointAce focuses its services on social portals, intranets-extranets based on SharePoint 2010 and related technologies, mobile portal access via iPad, iPhone and Windows Phone 7, business intelligence, enterprise search and Business Process Management. Visit them online at or call (888) 872-9742 x101.

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You may recall that last week we had a cheeky peek at Lenovo’s upcoming tabletphone, and now our brethren at Engadget Chinese are actually touching one in Beijing! Dubbed the LePad S2005 in China (and to be branded under the IdeaTab series elsewhere), this Android 2.3.5 slate packs a 5-inch 800 x 480 LTPS display with 178-degree viewing angle (but same resolution as the Dell Streak 5′s LCD, sadly), a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz chip, 1GB RAM, a five megapixel 1080p imager on the back, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 1,680mAh battery. In terms of connectivity and expansion we have a micro-USB port, micro-HDMI port and HSPA+ radio (so it’s ready for China Unicom’s network). All of this is packaged in a 9.95mm-thick body, weighing a total of 198g. Just as thick as the Streak 5 but lighter, even with the slightly larger battery capacity.

There aren’t any prices just yet, but given that this device is entering the Chinese market in two days’ time, it won’t be a long wait for those obessed with tabletphones (and speaking of which, it’s rather odd that Lenovo’s marketing this as a tablet rather than a phone). Stay tuned for our hands-on photos.

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An Egyptian woman looks at a ballot as she votes in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Voting began on Monday in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising nine months ago. The vote is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

An Egyptian woman looks at a ballot as she votes in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Voting began on Monday in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising nine months ago. The vote is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Egyptian women queue to vote in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Voting began on Monday in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising nine months ago. The vote is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

(AP) ? Today was my first time voting in a parliamentary election in the 20 years I have been eligible. Getting to this moment was a journey from excitement to dismay, and finally empowerment.

Ten days ago, I was overjoyed with these elections. I sifted through candidate names and talked to colleagues and friends about who could best represent us.

There was no question about voting under Hosni Mubarak, the president for most of my life. Leave aside the rampant rigging ? the candidates were recycled from previous elections, either hand-picked by the ruling party or ambitious independents with local connections who, as soon as they won their race, would just join the ruling party.

Violence was a staple of the polls, and riots at the ballot box often left prospective voters dead or injured. I got a taste of it in 2000 while covering a Cairo voting center. I got the worst beating of my life at the hands of two female toughs who were on the government payroll, as one of them confessed when we spent more than 12 hours together under arrest in a police station. It was the regime’s way of driving journalists away from polling stations.

Even the registration process was intended to dissuade voting. We had to register in municipal offices during a single month early in the year long before the vote, and our names were vetted by the Interior Ministry. Voter rosters included names of the dead and many names were repeated. Names of some eligible voters sometimes just disappeared. The only time I considered voting was in the 2005 presidential elections, the first with multiple candidates. But the announcement was made, ironically, after the registration period closed.

With the fall of Mubarak in February, this was my chance to vote for a candidate of my own choosing.

But my excitement faded when protests erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Nov. 19 as revolutionaries raised their voices against the ruling military that replaced Mubarak and were met by force.

More than 40 protesters were killed in the week leading up to the elections as people took to the streets to demand the military cede power to a civilian government. I was covering Tahrir when the protesters were chased away by attacking security forces. I ran for my life for several kilometers, my nose bleeding from a stone hurled during the melee as soldiers fired in the air to disperse us. I witnessed clashes between policemen and protesters and volleys of tear gas and sometimes bullets in a standoff that lasted for five days.

The bloodshed brought sharp clarity to the problems I have with the election: The vote and the parliament that would result had no flavor ? it was a dish that should bring joy but had no taste.

Part of the reason was a feeling that the results were a foregone conclusion. Islamist groups, the most organized political force, have been far better prepared for the race, while other parties have been divided.

But for many, it was also a matter of principle. We wondered how there could be free and fair and free elections under a military that over the past nearly 10 months has done next to nothing to uproot the remnants Mubarak’s regime. Even the importance of the next parliament was in question. Ruling generals spoke on TV of how little say it would have over the coming period.

Many people around me decided to boycott.

My best friend, Selma Abou-el-Dahab, said she would not vote. After I thought I had convinced her to cast her ballot, she said, “As I long as I live feeling that Egyptians’ lives are cheap, I will not participate in theatricals that serve to solidify military rule.”

I thought of the referendum on the process of the transition period that took place in March, the first vote of any kind after Mubarak. I did participate in that, and it was a day of celebration. Now, it seemed to me a shattered hope.

At a dinner in a restaurant on the eve of Monday’s elections, my waiter said, “Nothing good has ever come of elections. They never bring those who deserve it.” His comments rang true after a week of clashes and deaths: Again, elections were bloodied. Little, really, has changed.

Still, I believed my vote would make a difference. I wanted to be part of a new national consciousness to choose the future.

Early Monday morning, I arrived at the polling station an hour before it opened. The line of people waiting stretched around the corner. The determination of so many people to play a part in the transition to democracy settled any hesitation I might have had.

For a moment, I panicked when I couldn’t find my name in the rosters ? a sudden fear that the manipulation of the Mubarak-era was happening again. It turned out I was standing in the wrong line.

In the correct line, Abeer Mohammed el-Muadawi, a 38-year old freelance photographer, was voting for the first time, like me. For her it was settled. “Being here, I am supporting those in Tahrir. I am voting to replace the vote of one of those who died in Tahrir.”

Putting an X by the candidate of my choice made the rationale for voting clear.

For me, it is the obituary for an era when I watched elections rigged, people killed casting their vote, and others smothered in apathy. It is also an introduction to the Egypt I am going to write about and live in from now on.

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Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! We’re well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties surrounding the seasonal shopping experience, so we’re here to help you sort out this year’s tech treasures. Below is today’s bevy of curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the holiday season.

‘Tis the season to go shopping and slightly broke! Unless you’re living off the grid, you can’t escape the marketing merriment amping up the arrival of that most wonderful time of the year. You know, the one where loved ones run themselves ragged skipping from store to store in an attempt to find the perfect gift that just screams, “I care,” and costs a pretty penny, too. Well, we know things can get hectic and the options overwhelming, but for the music aficionado in your family, you can’t really go wrong with a speaker dock. Let’s face it, even Great Aunt Eddie’s rockin’ a portable media player these days. So, why not help her get up off the couch, out of her mind and into a living room hoedown with a wall of MP3 sound? Lucky for you, we’ve whittled down the dizzying array of digital audio offerings into a handy guide fit for the frugal and lavish alike. Need a little inspiration? Then head on past the break to peruse the goods and get psyched for that onslaught of holiday cheer.

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