links for 2010-02-26

  • When your mind replays your iPhone's ill-fated fall to the pavement, followed by that gut-wrenching sound of shattered glass, it'll no doubt be in slow motion. Jet City Devices is an iPhone repair service that on Monday, March 1, will open a new location in Chicago's Orland Square Mall. (The Seattle office: already open.) Both locations will replace your glass in 15 minutes for a flat rate of $85. There are, of course, countless other services that offer similar repairs at similar prices, but Jet City Devices is the only outfit I know of that lets you walk in the door and, minutes later, walk out with a fixed iPhone.
    If neither of those two cities is geographically desirable, you can ship your device (at your expense, natch) and enjoy 24-hour turnaround. The repair rates are the same; return shipping will cost you $6.95 for Priority or $19.95 for Next Day. -iphone Atlas
    (tags: iphone repair)
  • free Audio and Video conversion software. What makes this free tool different is its interface, which is very simple and easy to use and also the number of formats available for conversion. Supported Video Formats:
    * AVI (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, Uncompressed and other)
    * MPG, MPEG, VCD(MPG), SVCD(MPG), DVD(MPG)
    * WMV
    * MP4, M4V, iPod(MP4), PSP(MP4)
    * 3GP
    * RMVB, RM
    * FLV, SWF
    * MKV, MOV, VOB, IFO, YUV, AVM, ASF, AVS, DAT, OGM, TS, TP, NSV, AMV, ASV, FFV
    * H261, H263, H264

    Supported Audio Formats;
    * WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, FLAC, M4A, MKA, MP2, OGG, RA, AIF, AIFF, AIFC, AU
    SABFree Converter is an express video and audio conversion tool. It can convert video file to another video format and extract audio from video file. You can set the audio and video parameters from the options. -Life Rocks

  • Google has added a new Location featured to their Options sidebar, allowing you to filter search results to find things near you. To access it, click the Show options link near the top of the search results page, then click the Nearby link. (You can also customize the location if your default isn't right and tweak the search depth based on city, region, or state.)-lifehacker
  • Like Kevin Bacon's co-stars, topics in the news are all connected by degrees of separation. To examine how every story fits together, News Dots visualizes the most recent topics in the news as a giant social network. Subjects—represented by the circles below—are connected to one another if they appear together in at least two stories, and the size of the dot is proportional to the total number of times the subject is mentioned.

    To use this interactive tool, just click on a circle to see which stories mention that topic and which other topics it connects to in the network. Double click a dot to zoom in on it. From there, you can click on any connected dot to see which stories mention both subjects. To zoom out, just double click in white space or use the zoom out button in the upper left corner. The buttons in the upper right can toggle the emphasis between the importance of a subject and how recently it has appeared on the radar.

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