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Ask Engadget: Best AT&T smartphone for occasional tethering?

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from Paul who is looking for a handset for his tethering needs. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“Hello! Can you help me decide if I should take my freshly available upgrade on AT&T or hold on for a while. In the past I’ve made some rash decisions that led to immediate regret and two years of gadget envy. If I had to choose today, I’d pick a Samsung Focus S, because of the overall feature set of Mango and its small size. It’d be nice to have a mobile hotspot for syncing my Kindle Fire while I’m camping and a camera should Bigfoot happen across my path. Please help me, Engadget gurus!”

If you asked us, we’d advise keeping our powder dry for a month or two, because there’s a whole slew of handsets that were announced at MWC we’ll be seeing in Q2 of this year. But heck, what do we know? There’s a river of eager commenters below this post all desperate to help, so help away!

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Hacking Lego Star Wars Into Star Trek

Star Wars Hacked to Star Trek

Jon Ippolito, Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Maine and an oft-quoted source in some past Wired stories, has a problem. You see, Jon purchases Lego sets for his son — specifically Star Wars Lego sets. That’s not the problem, as we all know how awesome those sets are. Lego has done a great job expanding their universe to include the Star Wars one as well. So back to Jon’s problem. His problem is that the Lego universe has not expanded far enough to include the Star Trek universe as well as the Star Wars one. That’s Jon’s problem, because like his son and daughter, he loves Star Trek.

However, it’s not his son’s problem. With the occasional help from his sister, Jon’s son has found a way to incorporate the Star Trek universe into the Lego universe by utilizing the Star Wars universe. Did you get all that? He’s using the Star Wars sets to create smaller but accurate Star Trek sets. So Jon built his son a blog to honor his work, as it’s best shared with the world. The blog is accurately called Legohacker and celebrates creative misuse. As Jon states on the blog,

“This spirit of creative misuse has been key to the history of art and technology of the past fifty years, from Nam June Paik’s lugging a magnet onto a TV set to the invention of remote scripting through a hidden iFrame hack. Children naturally think outside the box, and I think adults could become more creative by emulating their example.”

As the above picture demonstrates (a Republic Walker from the Star Wars universe hacked into a Klingon battlecruiser from Star Trek) the hack works. Creative misuse at its simple best. Here at GeekDad, we celebrate creative misuse because it does lead down the creative path.

From taking apart and reassembling G.I. Joe in different assemblies to using a Lego set intended for one purpose for another. That is not a particularity easy feat. We all know how specific the pieces in Lego sets are these days, very much so. To able to take those highly specific pieces and turn them into something else, that takes creative talent and all kinds of patience. GeekDad tips its collective hat to the Ippolito family for their clear understanding of creative misuse and complete disregard for the directions. Head over to the blog for more pics of their Lego hacks.

Image Credit: Jon Ippolito, NASA

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Fruit Ninja Goes HD for the iPad

My children now have a new favorite game on the iPad. And they don’t mind the trailers that the folks at Half Brick have been producing for their Fruit Ninja game, either.

Like so many popular iPad games, this is another super-sized version of an iPhone game, with improved graphics and improved game play that comes thanks to the larger screen that developers have available to them. One nice addition to Fruit Ninja HD (thanks again to the screen size, but obviously not a requirement) is the addition of multiplayer mode. Two players can now play head-to-head in either Classic Attack and Zen Duel. This has been a bonus from this GeekDad’s perspective, as it saves the arguments over who gets to play with this new toy, only to be replaced by the occasional argument over who is cheating.

My real desire is to see this game branch out and use the Bluetooth functionality of iPad and iPhone as they have for Scrabble on the iPad. I can see multiplayer games of up to five players, where some players throw fruit from their iPhones onto the iPad screen and another player has to “ninja” it. The potential to really branch out with these new generation of touchscreen games is much greater than we are currently getting. I’m looking forward to seeing where developers can take it in coming months.

Fruit Ninja HD is available on the iTunes App Store for $4.99.

Wired: A bigger screen gives better ninja slicing finger experience.

Tired: Another up-sized game that leaves you wondering … what else could we be doing here?

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