Came across this Twitpic image that I thought is worth sharing. Check it out!
I’m not sure whose Twitpic account I found this from, but if the person’s reading this, credit to you!
Extremely cool demo of the Meego UI from a random vendor.
The MeeGo Maestro Slate from Evolve III has an interactive panoramic homescreens full of non-restricted widgets, Swipe up for apps, Swipe down for multitasking/notifications. There’s also album art cover flow style, and very neat photo viewing options with normal thumbnail, perspective and bottom bar thumbnails.
The demo video has a cursor because it’s a demo, and needs user interaction. Plus this is a screen-capture.
Do you complain loudly if the Wi-Fi on the airplane fizzles out? Gripe if a YouTube stream falters? Own an HDTV bigger than your couch? If so, you might be spoiled by technology. Read on for more warning signs!
Technology has rewired our brains, altered our expectations, and, frankly, turned us all into cranks.
How do you know if this has happened to you? Look for the following 21 warning signs.
You know you’ve been spoiled rotten by technology when….
1. You no longer complain about how slow, buggy, and crash-prone your PC is. Instead you complain about how slow, buggy, and crash-prone your smartphone is. And now you’re doing it in the checkout line at the supermarket.
2. You automatically assume that every screen is a touchscreen, but you have to touch them all just to make absolutely sure. This explains why you’re no longer allowed to enter Best Buy.
3. Someone else is named Mayor of McFatty Burgers in Foursquare before you are, and you wind up depressed for a week. Don’t worry, you’re still King of the Dorks. Would you like fries with that, Your Highness?
4. You waited in line for 24 hours and spent hundreds of dollars for the latest, greatest iPhone, yet you spend most of your time using it to simulate flatulence. Still, it could be worse–you might actually be that gassy.
5. Nothing is fast enough for you anymore. ATMs, TV remotes, microwave ovens–all now suffer from too much “lag” for your tastes. Fortunately, pressing buttons repeatedly while swearing like a sailor does, in fact, alter the time-space continuum.
6. You can’t attend a meeting or go to dinner without hiding your BlackBerry under the table and secretly responding to e-mail. Worse, you don’t even care that other people wonder what the heck your thumbs are doing down there.
7. Your idea of roughing it is spending a week without TiVo. Those things that keep interrupting the program you’re watching? They’re called “commercials.” Annoying, yes, but usually not fatal.
8. Your flight’s on-board Wi-Fi craps out, and you’re thinking about parachuting down to the nearest Starbucks so that you can log on. Still, that’s better than watching Twilight: Eclipse, the in-flight movie.
9. YouTube just cannot stream videos of cats singing opera fast enough for your tastes. We understand that adopting a Highlander accent and shouting “She canna go na faster cap’n!” helps. If Scotty can’t fix it, nobody can.
10. Somebody cuts you off in traffic, and you immediately search your steering wheel for the ‘Thumbs-Down’ button. The good news: Even when you’re short on thumbs, you still have two middle fingers.
11. You log on to Pandora and find ‘channels’ you don’t remember creating. The Lady Gaga/Madonna station makes some sense, we suppose, but that Disney/Slayer mashup? Time to cut back on the Ambien.
12. You’re seriously considering buying a new Ford Fiesta with Sync just so you can have your tweets read to you while you’re driving. Not to worry–we understand that the folks at Twitter are working on a brain implant. Soon, what’s on Ashton Kutcher’s tiny little mind may also be on yours.
13. You have to find a bigger apartment because your HDTV needs more space. Also, it’s really had enough of your snoring and is demanding separate bedrooms.
14. Your longtime neighbors tell you they’re moving, and you’re really upset because now you’ll need to find another open Wi-Fi connection to “borrow.” That, and they usually kept the curtains open at night.
15. You always keep the lawn neatly manicured and the front of your house spotless, just in case the Google Street View camera van passes by. We’re sure they appreciate the thought, but those lawn gnomes shaped like Sergey Brin and Larry Page are a bit over the top.
16. Your 6-megapixel digital camera isn’t “high-res” enough for you anymore. Hey, if you can’t take bathroom-mirror self-portraits and blow them up to wall size, what good is it?
17. You keep clutching your Apple iPad and waiting for something magical, revolutionary, and life-changing to happen. If that doesn’t occur, don’t blame Apple; you were probably just holding it wrong.
18. You keep telling everyone that you bought an Android phone because you couldn’t abide signing a two-year contract with AT&T, when the real reason is that the Android Market doesn’t ban adult apps. Don’t fret, we won’t tell anybody about your collection of naughty Popeye and Olive Oyl pics.
19. You wear a hoodie 24/7 no matter what the temperature and refuse to take it off, lest someone discover the satanic-cult insignia on the inside. Still, you’re 26 and a billionaire on paper, and they’re making movies about you, so you must be doing something right.
20. You’re bummed that Megan Fox ignored your Facebook friend request. Not to worry–that’s not really Megan, it’s a 400-pound guy in drag. Then again, if 400-pound guys in drag won’t even friend you, maybe you have bigger problems.
And, 21. Your boss is threatening to fire you, bill collectors are calling, your significant other “needs to talk,” your mother is on her way over for a visit, and all you can think about is “I wonder if there’s an app for that.” Hate to tell you, dude, but there isn’t–yet.
Fans of Halo (myself inclusive), here you go! The awesome live-action spot for the upcoming (and leaked, of which I’m not going into) Halo Reach game.
The game goes live and official tomorrow, so I guess I’m right in time for it. This shorty is made in live-action using actual actors; directed by Israeli commercials director Noam Murro, who also made his feature debut in 2008 on the indie comedy Smart People.
Now this is going to make so many people go crazy, with the iPad I mean. I’m not a big fan of the iPad, to be honest, but this video is just too much to handle. It’s filled with the highest level of temptation!
It’s made by this guy called Jesse Rosten, who’s not affiliated with Apple in any way. I on the other hand, think that this guy should just be hired by Apple’s marketing department.
Well, another story-telling-picture post here, this time on DRM. It’s from the famous independent web designer and illustrator, Brad Colbow. And trust me, his diagram-story really makes sense.
Note: Click to enlarge
Finally it happened; the refreshing of the Macbook Pro lineup.
Apple today announced the refreshed family of Macbook Pro, shipping as of now.
The 13-inchers are sticking with Core 2 Duo, but the 15.4-inch and 17-inch models are now Core i5 and Core i7 through and through. The higher end models are nabbing NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M graphics with Optimus switching, while the 13-incher get NVIDIA GeForce 320M scraps. Along with the faster 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz chips in the 13-inch, Apple claims to be able to squeeze 10 hours of battery life from the machine, but the real meat is in the Core i5 2.4GHz (520M), Core i5 2.53GHz (540M), and Core i7 2.66GHz (620M) processors in the larger models. With fast switching on the GPU on and off on the fly based on the needs of the task at hand, Apple still thinks you’ll manage 8 to 9 hours of battery life on these big guys.
All machines come with 4GB of RAM, and while hard drives are standard (320GB and 500GB in the higher end). Interestingly only the 15-incher is getting that top Core i7 chip, with the sole 17-inch model is consigned to the 2.53GHz Core i5 (though you can choose Core i7 in the build to order options). Prices range from USD1,799 on the 15 (up from the last-gen’s USD1,699 base price!) to USD2,299 on the 17 (yes, cheaper!), with a USD1,199 starting price on the 13.
Extracted from Engadget.
There is a strong link between heavy internet use and depression, UK psychologists have said.
The study, reported in the journal Psychopathology, found 1.2% of people surveyed were “internet addicts”, and many of these were depressed.
The authors found that a small number of users had developed a compulsive internet habit, replacing real life social interaction with online chat rooms and social networking sites.
They classed 18 respondents – 1.2% of the total – as “internet addicts”. This group spent proportionately more time on sex, gambling and online community websites.
The internet addicts were significantly more depressed than the non-addicted group, with a depression score five times higher.
Lead author Dr Catriona Morrison said: “The internet now plays a huge part in modern life, but its benefits are accompanied by a darker side. While many of us use the internet to pay bills, shop and send e-mails, there is a small subset of the population who find it hard to control how much time they spend online, to the point where it interferes with their daily activities.”
Sophie Corlett, of the mental health charity Mind, said: “Evidence suggests that active pursuits such as exercise and socialising with people face-to-face are among the factors that help us stay in good mental health. Although excessive internet use can’t be said to cause mental health problems, if a web addict is substituting meaningful friendships and socialising with virtual contact on the internet, this might have an adverse affect on their mental wellbeing.”
Are you one of them?
He is the reason why you’re able to read this post today.
Dr Henry Edward Roberts, the father of the PC, passed away last week at the age of 68.
Dr Roberts was the inventor of the Altair 8800, a machine that sparked the home computer era. Bill Gates and Paul Allen contacted Dr Roberts after seeing the machine on the front cover of a magazine and offered to write software for it.
The program was known as Altair-Basic, the foundation of Microsoft’s business. “Ed was willing to take a chance on us – two young guys interested in computers long before they were commonplace – and we have always been grateful to him,” the Microsoft founders said in a statement. “The day our first untested software worked on his Altair was the start of a lot of great things.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told technology website CNET that Dr Roberts had taken ” a critically important step that led to everything we have today”.
Haven’t updated your laptop’s trackpad driver lately? Then you may well want to consider doing so, at least if your laptop is equipped with a Synaptics trackpad. As a user on the Hardware Zone forums discovered, the latest Synaptics driver seems to enable multitouch gestures on older laptops that didn’t previously support them, including two-finger scrolling, and three-finger click. What’s more, while the drivers themselves come from HP, they should work just fine on other laptops with a Synaptics trackpad.
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