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The Engadget Show won two Webby Awards, now we’re giving away two Nexus 7s!

The Engadget Show won two Webbys, now you can win a Nexus 7!

We’d like to thank the Academy and all the little people who helped along the way — but mostly we’d like to thank you, our viewers, for helping The Engadget Show win not one, but two Webby Awards this year. That’s right, our plucky little show managed to pick up two of the coveted coils, and we’re frankly overjoyed. We’re so pumped, in fact, that we don’t want the winning to end. As our way of thanking you for the support you’ve given the show in the past year, we’re giving away a shiny new 32GB HSPA+ Nexus 7 to two lucky winners (one for each Webby, naturally), which you can use to watch the latest episode! And once you’re done with that, there’s an included $25 Google Play gift card to find more stuff to watch (there are plenty more free episodes for you, once that runs out).

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Google Glass Bulletproof app gives the wearable a lock screen (video)

Google Glass Bulletproof app gives the wearable a lock screen (video)

In our review of the Explorer edition of Google Glass, we were surprised at the lack of security features — there’s nothing to stop anyone from picking up your pair, accessing your data and having complete control. We’re obviously not the only ones to have noticed this, and developer Mike DiGiovanni, who has his own set of high-tech specs, has come up with an app to alleviate those worries. Called Bulletproof, the app registers when Glass parts from face and engages a lock screen, which can then be disabled with a user-defined combination of swipes and taps on the wearable’s touchpad. A brief video demo of the app is available below, and those with the hardware will likely know how to get it loaded using the files linked at the source. It’s good to see the dev community already putting out useful software, but it does make you wonder why Google didn’t think of it first.

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Engadget Giveaway: win a 32GB iPad (4th-gen), courtesy of AnchorFree!

Engadget Giveaway win a 32GB iPad 4thgen, courtesy of AnchorFree!

We’re closing the month out on a solid note: this week’s giveaway involves a fourth-generation 32GB iPad. It’s made possible by AnchorFree, which is celebrating its Hotspot Shield app for iOS. The VPN client aims to keep your information secure, ensure that your identity is safe and gives you the ability to access blocked sites. If iOS isn’t your thing, it’s also available on Android, Mac and PC. So take a few seconds and turn in your entry for a chance to win, and good luck!

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Skype for Outlook.com preview launches in the UK, coming to the US soon

Skype for Outlookcom preview launches in the UK, coming to the US soon

Outlook.com’s 60 million-plus users will have another feature to take advantage of soon, as Skype is previewing built-in web access to its service. Currently available in the UK (headed to the US and Germany in “coming weeks,” — worldwide this summer) it lets users make calls directly from their inbox via a browser plugin available for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Users with existing Skype accounts will also need to link their account to to the website which will allow their contacts to be merged, with the idea of having more choices of how to reach out to close contacts. Gmail’s added easy access to hangouts and even Facebook has integrated Skype-connected video into its messaging so we suppose it’s necessary for feature parity, with the added bonus of Skype’s large install base. There are two demo videos embedded after the break, or you can head to Skype’s blog for more details.

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Sony Xperia SP on sale now in the UK at T-Mobile, Orange and EE

Sony Xperia SP on sale now in the UK at T-Mobile, Orange and EE

Sony’s mash-up Xperia, the SP, is taking its transparent element light show to the UK today, giving budget-minded Brits one stylish and feature-packed handset. The 4.6-inch 720p handset, which is basically a Best of… edition of the Xperia S and P with an aluminum unibody, is shipping now at T-Mobile UK for £250 outright (about $387 USD), whereas Orange and EE are offering up the device for free with qualifying plans. If you want LTE, however, you only have one carrier option and that’s EE — a choice that’ll have you shackled for a two-year period. As for O2 and Three, those carriers still have the SP listed as “coming soon,” but it’s safe to say you won’t find a better bargain than *free.

*Nothing in life is free.

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Adafruit explains how to build your very own HAL 9000 for less than $100

Adafruit explains how to build your very own HAL 9000 replica for less than $100

It may be 2013, but 2001 will forever hold a special place in our hearts, in no small part due to the that lovable, red-eyed supercomputer known as HAL 9000. ThinkGeek has given us a couple ways to purchase HAL for our homes, but for folks who’d rather build their own, Adafruit’s got you covered. User Phillip Burgess has posted the full instructions on how to craft one, provided you’ve got access to a laser cutter and the requisite soldering, spray painting and sanding chops to complete the task. Adafruit’s version will have you making HAL out of an oversized arcade button and a sheet of acrylic — and if you want your HAL to talk (and really, why wouldn’t you), you’ll need to build a voice box from an Arduino Uno board and an Adafruit Wave Shield. Total cost: just shy of $100. Check out the video of it in action after the break, and head on down to the source link for the full how-to. Oh, and feel free to whistle Sprach Zarathustra while you work.

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Microsoft working on redesigns for Xbox, Yammer, Skype and Bing

Microsoft working on redesigns for Xbox, Yammer, Skype and Bing

Considering Microsoft’s efforts to rebrand, redesign and rebuild its Windows platform, it’s no surprise to hear the company is tweaking the visual aesthetics of its other brands, too. Speaking at Design Day 2013, Wolff Olins creative director Todd Simmons and Windows Phone design studio manager Albert Shum talked about the challenges of rebranding a company like Microsoft. “We’re still trying to figure out how to put a consumer face on this brand, as an ecosystem,” Simmons said, explaining how the team wanted to get away from the idea of Microsoft being a top-down, monolithic entity. The discussion touched on the creation of the Windows 8 logo, but also shed light on efforts to revamp other Microsoft brands. “Other brands are coming along too,” Simmons explained, teasing the audience with a pair of sketches. “Bing, Skype, Yammer, Xbox — everything is under development.” With Microsoft’s next generation gaming hardware lurking just around the corner, the time for a new logo might just be nigh. Read on to see the pair’s full 45-minute presentation for yourself.

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Passion and Orange Fruit Juice

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This is a most refreshing juice. you can drink it for breakfast but you could turn it into a cocktail for later in the day by adding a bit of sparkling water.

ingredients

4 large oranges, squeezed
2 passion fruits

lemon zest
A few drops of Orange blossom water
Sparkling water (optional)

Squeeze as much juice as you can from the oranges. Add the pulp from the passion fruit. Now carefully add a few drops of Orange Blossom water. This is one of those ingredients where a very little goes a long way and too much goes the wrong way. It lifts and perfumes but will ruin a dish if you overdo it. I always pour a little into the lid of the bottle so that I can more easily control how much I use. You will need to taste the juice and decide if you want to add another drop or two.
If you are making a cocktail, add a few ice cubes to your glasses, pour in the juice and top up with a bit of sparkling water.