Friday, July 31, 2009

100 Things Kids Will Never Know About

Feeling nostalgic? Well, if even Bill Gates feels it, this post's for you, courtesy of Wired.

Audio-Visual Entertainment

1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
2. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.
4. The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
5. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
6. Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
7. High-speed dubbing.
8. 8-track cartridges.
9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
10. Betamax tapes.
11. MiniDisc.
12. Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
13. Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio b0rk this concept.)
14. Shortwave radio.
15. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’



Computers and Videogaming

18. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
19. The scream of a modem connecting.
20. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
21. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
22. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
23. DOS.
24. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
25. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
26. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
27. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
28. Counting in kilobytes.
29. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
31. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
32. Joysticks.
33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
34. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
35. Recording a song in a studio.




The Internet

36. NCSA Mosaic.
37. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
38. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
39. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
40. Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
41. Phone books and Yellow Pages.
42. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
43. Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
44. Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
45. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
46. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
47. Archie searches.
48. Gopher searches.
49. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
50. Privacy.
51. The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
52. Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
53. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
54. The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
55. The time before PC networks.
56. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.

Gadgets

57. Typewriters.
58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
59. Sending that film away to be processed.
60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
61. CB radios.
62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
63. Rotary-dial telephones.
64. Answering machines.
65. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
66. Pay phones.
67. Phones with actual bells in them.
68. Fax machines.
69. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.

Everything Else

70. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
71. Remembering someone’s phone number.
72. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
73. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
74. Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
75. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
76. Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
77. Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
78. Neat handwriting.
79. The days before the nanny state.
80. Starbuck being a man.
81. Han shoots first.
82. “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
83. Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
84. Trig tables and log tables.
85. “Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
86. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
87. Swimming pools with diving boards.
88. Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
89. Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil to break off the first finger
90. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
91. Having to manually unlock a car door.
92. Writing a check.
93. Looking out the window during a long drive.
94. Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
95. Cash.
96. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
97. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
98. Omni Magazine
99. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
100. When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.


I don't really know if I should feel lucky or sad for relating to most (all?) of these...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dreaming Building

You should know by now just how much I love projection mapping, which projects images into real objects and surfaces with amazing results.


In this Urbanscreen project, this building suddenly comes alive just as if it were dreaming.


555 KUBIK | facade projection | from urbanscreen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Disneyland Time-Lapse Construction

It's no secret Disneyland has a very special place in everyone's hearts. But... I bet you've never seen it this way.
Rare and unseen footage of Disneyland's construction narrated by Imagineers. Includes some amazing new footage of Walt Disney walking the site before construction even started and some never-before-seen timelapse footage of the park from groundbreaking until opening day. This film was on the way to deep storage and was found by a curious employee, otherwise there's a good chance we'd never get to see this.

Creative Zii Egg Plaszma

How can this be? Something good and exciting coming from Creative?
If you thought it was impossible someone could come up with an iPod Touch better than the one from Apple, just look at this strangly named but amazing Creative Zii Egg Plaszma.

Besides the physical resemblance with the iPhone/Touch winning looks, it carries pretty much everything you could hope for (and probably more) a 3.5" 320x480 LCD with multitouch touchscreen, accelerometer, a HD camera, a front-facing VGA camera, 32GB + SDHC slot, Flash Lite support, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and... thanks to its Stemcell architecture with 24 floating-point processors, its capable of playing back Full HD 1080p video.


What makes it tick? Couldn't get better: Android, which guarantees you won't have to pray for someone at Apple's App Store approval center being in a nice mood to allow you to have the Apps you want.

And best of all, it's supposed to cost a mere $199 when it becomes available to the public! What more could you ask for?



... well, I would ask for them to spend $50 more bucks and make it a cellphone as well.
And then I would be hard pressed to find a reason for Apple to try and sell  its iPhone at those prices!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Faster Firefox Startup

I can't say I've felt it myself, but some users have been reporting abnormally long startup times when starting Firefox. If you have been waiting for 10+ seconds when you execute Firefox this might be of help.

It looks like the problem has something to do with database fragmentation - which was aggravated by the fact that lots of data are now stored for 90 days (from the 9 days of previous versions)

As data is constantly being manipulated, the database gets fragmented, its size increases, and its performances decreases. That's why you better clean it all up with SQL vacuum.


Doing the vacuum process defragments the DB and recover the "lost" space. You'll not only save disk space, you'll end up with a faster startup time. Some user reported going from a 10s start up time to just 2s.

While the Firefox team doesn't implement a way to do this automatically, I recommend you do this yourself (using the method in the link above) regularly - or whenever you feel it getting slower.


And in case you don't feel comfortable dealing with command line stuff, you can always use IniFox, which does the same in an easier user-friendly way.

Airplane Stunts - Flying without Canopy

Why spend millions of dollars in digital effects when you can simply ask some crazy russian pilots to do some unbelievable air stunts?


What if someone told you there were some guys willing to fly in a fighter plane without a canopy? After the back-seat pilot was ejected in mid-flight, the pilot in front claims we even managed to speed up to Mach 2.0 - (and I remind you: in an open plane!!!) at which time he tried to put his hand a couple of inches outside the cockpit:
 "While on this speed I even managed to pull out my fingers in glove for an inch or two outside - it became heated very fast because of immense friction force plane undergoes with the air."

... All that is left is to find which movie it is, to make sure we don't miss it! :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Apple Tablet Arriving in September

Financial Times says the mucg fabled iTablet PC from Apple is merely a month away, with a September launch  alongside the new iPods.

This 10" Tablet will run a modified iPhone OS version instead of a fully-fledged OS X  - though it's being announced as a fully-featured computer.

The secret is... at what price will it be launched? Considering we're about to face a rush in the low-cost tablet arena (with the CrunchPad being one such contender) what will be Apple's secret to justify paying a small fortune for a device many will want just as a 3rd or 4th computer.

Will Apple be able to pull a "iPhone-like" move in this new segment as well?

Guess we'll know it after the summer holidays...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Baseball Magic Call Tracking

Sports having superimposed tracking effects to better show its "balls" trajectories are nothing new (you've probably seen it in Golf already) but now Baseball is doing the same... in real time:



Though it's simple too look at, the hardware involved is quite complex...

The Ball Tracker utilizes a low-power Doppler radar operating at 2000 Hz to monitor the speed, location and spin of the ball. 400ms after it leaves the bat, an advanced algorithm has already predicted its path, and continually matches it with its real position.

That means it can immediately predict where's the ball is going to land, and show it to viewers in the form of a colored comet tail placed behind the ball in the TV screen. If it's a big hit, the color would turn from yellow to green (as seen on the video.)


The radar hardware is so precise it can even detect the stitching on the ball, allowing for calculations regarding its axis of rotation and speed.

Incredible.

Toyota iQ Font [making of]

Ever tried creating your own font?

... because... if you're really not that good at drawing, but have a professiona driver like Stef van Campenhoudt, how about letting a car do all the drawing?

Check out how the iQ font by Toyota was made.


iQ font - When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo.

And you can get the iQ font here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Future Routers

How about a router that would tell you the best time for you to download content from the internet?


That's one of the proposed models you can see at Future Routers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

YouTube - This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions

Ah, YouTube... the mandatory site for video on the internet.

Of course there are dozen other alternatives, like Vimeo, and Hulu... but I always hate when any of these sites told me that the content was not available in my country (Hulu in particular is nearly impossible to access without "hacks".)

Unfortunately... YouTube seems to be following the same path. The "land of the free" videos seems to be turning into an heavily policed state, and I get these messages more and more frequently:



"This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions." - Go figure!?!

As if these things really worked at all (besides annoying us!) - you just need to use a service like unblockyoutubeproxy.net  - or, in case they shut it down by the time you read this, google around for the working method at that time.

I really can't understand how a simple "home-video" can have these restrictions...


We hear everyone tell us we live in a single world, and that the internet bring us all together... and then they try and shove these ridiculous copyright restrictions down our throats...

Google Latitude in the iPhone at Last

If you recall the post I write about Google Latitude friend tracking service, you'll be pleased to know it's now finally available for the iPhone as well.


Unfortunately, it's not a native App, nor has it been integrated with the existing map app... It's just a simple webpage which accesses your GPS info.

 Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application...

Apple what were you thinking about!?!

So... no way to keep your position updated regularly automatically like you can do in every other platform(!) unless you keep the browser and the Google Latitude web page open.

I'd personally prefer to have Latitude integrated in the Maps App (even more now that Google Maps is introducing layers) and have the option to update our position every X minutes or whenver we moved more than a set distance from our previos position.


Looks like Apple and its iPhone is lagging behind on something that Android, Blackberry, Symbian and even Window Mobile users can use more effectively.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

iPhone 3Gs Multitasking

For those doubting the power of the new iPhone 3Gs, here's a video showing how it handles running 3 apps at the same time (yes, the elusive multitasking Apple doesn't allow us to do) including a straming audio App, and two intensive 3d racing games: Need For Speed Underground and Firemint Real Racing.

Run HTC Hero in Android G1

If you feel your Android G1 suddenly looks "old" when compared to the new Android user interface HTC launched in its Hero device, let me tell you a secret: you can get it running on your G1.



Thanks XDA-developers and GetYourDroidOn.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cellphone Evolution

A short but interesting video showcasing the evolution cellphones since their first appearance.

You'll certainly recognize some instant "classics" from the past century...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sony Ericsson Rachael Interface

Maybe one of the last chances to attract some public before being forgotten, Sony Ericsson is getting some buzz around its SE Rachael - a snapdragon powered smartphone - running Android with a custom-made interface.

Here's a video. Does it really impress you that much, or not at all?

Monday, July 20, 2009

TacTable - Surface for Everyone

We've all heard a lot about Microsoft Surface and saw a lot of demos... but for the most part it sill is a long way from home for most of us.


Let's see if that will change thanks to TacTable, which uses regular off-the-shelf components, and can probably offer a multitouch table at a reasonable price.

No doubt it would help keep kids and grown-ups gathered around the table instead of running to the couch and sit in front of the TV.

Touch-Friendly Windows Mobile 6.5?

Is it possible? After all these years... is Windows Mobile 6.5 finally becoming a touch-friendly OS that can be used without a stylus?


It's no secret Windows Mobile hasn't seen much change throughout the years. But it seems that's about to change. Just check the screens: on the left you have the traditional settings screens, with it's "stylus-friendly" tabs; on the right you have the new touch-friendly ones that you can simply swipe across to flick through.

And several other elements seem to have been redesigned to make it finger-friendly.


... Better late than never?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Netbooks get HD Video Accelerator Cards

Remember the time when a lucky few could spend a lot of money to have an MPEG video accelerator card in their PCs, so that they could watch DVD video in their computers? (I know it now sound ludicrous, but indeed it was true back then.)

Well, it seems we're back to the same thing, with HP giving you the chance to add a high-definition video accelerator card to your HP Mini 110.



  • The good: costing just $30 it isn't that expensive - especiall.y when compared to the price these things had back in the DVD days.)
  • The bad: it will soon be obsolete, just like the regular MPEG accelerator, as hardware evolves and chips like Tegra make FullHD video playing/recording as easy as regular low-def video.

LG Black Series BL40

Looks like that LG BL40 cell phone I wrote about the other day is indeed real and ready for the real world. At least, some more images of a working model popped up on the web.

And... indeed it looks like this device was stretched a bit.


What do you think? Will this new super-stretchy/ultrawide-panoramic model grow on us; or will it be relegated to those who want a phone that just looks different from every one else's?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Official Google Twitter Accounts

If you're twitter addicts and want to keep track of google's latest info, get ready to add... not one, not 20... not even 30 new friends to your timeline... but over 45 google twitter accounts for different services.
(At least they're not keeping it a secret! ;)


Twitter accounts like:
twitter.com/Google - our central account
twitter.com/Blogger - for Blogger fans
twitter.com/GoogleCalendar - user tips & updates
twitter.com/GoogleStudents - news of interest to students using Google
twitter.com/YouTube - for YouTube fans

Geo-related
twitter.com/SketchUp - Google SketchUp news
twitter.com/GoogleMaps - uses, tips, mashups
twitter.com/GoogleSkyMap -Android app for the night sky

Ads-related
twitter.com/AdSense - for online publishers


Developer & technical
twitter.com/GoogleResearch - from our research scientists
twitter.com/GoogleWMC - Google Webmaster Central
twitter.com/GoogleCode - latest updates for Google developer products
twitter.com/GoogleData - Data APIs provide a standard protocol for reading and writing web data
twitter.com/app_engine - web apps run on Google infrastructure
twitter.com/DataLiberation - our initiative for complete import/export of all data
twitter.com/GoogleMapsAPI - about using Google Maps embedded in websites
twitter.com/GoogleIO - Google's largest annual developer event


And many more...

Alienware Psychadelic Keyboard

It's no secret I'm really fond of LEDs and illuminated keyboards... But I guess some manufacturers are taking this a but too far.

Just check the keyboard for the new Alienware M17X:


Of course, you don't really have to use it like that; the keyboard has four separate lighting areas you can adjust independently.

So, you could use it all with the same lighting colour - or, as seen in the photo, as an 80's disco lighting ground.

Nothing you wouldn't expect from a laptop that costs nearly $5000 USD fully loaded.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Toshiba TG01

Finding a smartphone with a 4.1" screen and 800x480 resolution isn't that common, but that's what you'll get if you choose a Toshiba TG01.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon running at 1Ghz inside, it's as fast as you can get. Unfortunately Windows Mobile 6.1 makes it a lot less "intersting" than it could be if it used -for example- Android.





I still can't figure out why they insist on having such glossy screen that mostly look like mirrors...

HTC Hero - Best Android Ever

Looks like HTC Hero is now being considered "the best android device ever".

I still can't get myself to like that Jay Leno jaw look...But that's just me, and it certainly won't detract from its hardware nor its capabilities.

If you're looking for an Android phone and can get past its looks, the HTC Hero definitely seems to be the best choice around.

Google Reader Like

If you're a Google Reader user you've probably noticed a new button popping up on the bottom bar on each article. Next to the favorite "add star" button you now have a "like" button:

This allows you to publicly say you've liked that article, and it will show up in other people's Readers, allowing you to quickly "rate" an article, and also find people with similar interests.


Google Reader is getting more social every day...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

iBar - Longest Surface Table



Just yesterday I was talking about Surface-style technology arriving at the real world, and look just how it was put to use in this Swiss bar iBar.

Made by Mindstorm and nearly 10 meter long, it's probably the longest Surface table around, and it sure is entertaining enough, as you'll be able to see in the following video.

iPhone gets Geo-Location in Google

Thanks to the new HTML5 geo-location features, Google knows where you are when you browse to its main page in your OS 3.0 iPhone.


You can turn it on or off in your preferences (mine was off by default) - and for all your "private-conscious" people out there, don't forget you still have to grant GPS access to both the browser and the google web domain. So, it's not as if they know your location without your permission.

Gmails Tasks are Official

The Gmail Tasks that I've talked about last December has now become an official feature, graduating from Gmail Labs.

If you're still not using it or don't even know what you can use it for, check the following video and learn how it can simplify your task management in your daily life.



... I wouldn't know how to live without it anymore. :)

[Gmail Tasks]

We Choose the Moon

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the amazing Apollo 11 space mission that took us to the moon, the site wechoosethemoon.org will recreate it step by step, in real time.


Highly recommended for everyone: those old enough to remember that adventure from their youth, as well as everyone else that can now experience that "small step for Men, a giant leap for Mankind." :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Unlocked iPhone Push has No Problem at All!

It's amazing to see how much "buzz" a simple "say so" can generate on the web.

Someone said that Push notifications were not working on unlocked iPhones, and a lot of major sites jumped in on the bandwagon.

This simply isn't true - as many thousands of unlocked iPhone owners can testify!

The justification for the reason why it wouldn't work is simply bogus:

"...Every Push application has to request the unique token from the Apple's APNS servers to identify the device it's running on. Thanks to that token, APNS servers always know which device is yours. The token can be understood as an IP address -- the server has to know where to send the notification and for which application. APNS can also change your token regularly for higher reliability, so it's critical that the application requests the token again on every start (or when enabling the Push feature) to replace the old one if new token is forced by APNS.


On any unlocked iPhone, the application requesting the token is stuck. APNS does not provide any response at all and the application can either cancel the request completely by automatic timeout or let user wait with the progress bar forever. Either way, the user will never receive any Push message, because APNS has not provided the token."
 .
There was indeed a problem with it, but that was quickly fixed months ago! Even hacktivated iPhones are working now.

If you have a jailbroken and unlocked iPhone you don't need to worry about Push notifications - rest assured they will work just as fine as they would on any other iPhone.

Activate Secret Emoji Emoticons on the iPhone for Free

I still can't understand why Apple goes to such great length to hide some of the iPhone's features in western iPhone. I'm referring to the popular smiley/emoticon/emoji images that are available in Japan, but not elsewhere.


But now you can easily enable these secret emoji in your own iPhone... for free!


Update: with iOS5, you can now enable the emoji keyboard under international keyboards without the need for this kind of workarounds, and here's a list of all the Emoji on the iPhone.


To enable emoji in iPhone OS 3.0 you only need to get the Spell Number App (it's free) from the App Store, and once you've executed it, enter the number:

91929394.59

Now, you can go to Settings>General>Keyboards
And, in the Japanese keyboard section you'll be able to enable the emoji keyboard.

You can even unistall the Spell Number App, as the emoji keyboard will remain active.

Keep in mind the keyboard will only show up where allowed (as in the SMS section, notepad, etc.)


Also, keep in mind you can use these Emoji and Glyphs to name your iPhone Folders in iOS4!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fonera 2.0n

Just the other day Fonera 2 was launched, and we already have the new Fonera 2.0n to wish for.

Thanks to its new 802.11n WiFi is speedier than ever. And with its built-in USB hub the Fonera 2.0 management software allows users to connect external hard drives and other USB devices. This enables users to share data wirelessly, upload videos or photos automatically to YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Facebook, or download torrents or files directly from BitTorrent, RapidShare, and Megaupload without a computer running at the same time. Additional features include the ability to backup files to a hard drive, print, or access a remote webcam via WiFi, and convert an HSDPA or 3G dongle to WiFi.

Considering the Fonera 2.0n router consumes less than four watts while downloading, while PC averages nearly 100 watts, I can't think of a better gadget to have around the house for most of the 24/7 daily computer tasks.

Virtusphere Virtual Reality

Ready to have some giant spheres in your living room?


This Virtusphere seems to be a very effective way to create a 360º walking/running environment perfect for virtual reality interaction.

Watch the video...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Live Android

Want to try out Android, but you don't want to shell out for an HTC Magic or Hero?
How about doing for free, using your own PC - or preferably a virtual computer, with VirtualBox, VirtualPC, or VMware.)

I present you Live Android, an Android version for x86 CPUs that can run directly from CD or USB - so you don't mess anything in your computer.


Definitely worth a try.

LG Black Series BL40

LG has some cellphones that are particularly well designed. But now they seem to want to go even further with the 4th generation Black Series model.

After ChocolateShine, and Secret, here's what's coming - the BL40 - with a 21:9 super-wide screen with  800x345 pixels:





Flashy interface and all. Anyone interested? :)

iPhone Push Notifications Secrets

There's no secret we have been waiting for it for a long time. After almost one year in waiting - Push notifications were annouced by Apple almost one year ago, as its answer to background-runnind apps - and after continuous delays, we finally got push notifications working with the latest iPhone OS 3.0 firmware update.


What are Push notifications and how they work?


Instead of allowing background-running apps, which would have a negative impact on performance and battery life, Push notifications allow any App to be notified of incoming messages even when not running.

Why should you keep an instant messaging app running in the background, wasting CPU cycles and memory, just to handle an hypothetical incoming message that may never come?
Wouldn't it make more sense to run the App only when and if you really got a message?

That's the principle behind push notifications, and it works rather well for most scenarios.

Of course you don't need to use it only with instant messaging apps, there are a lot of Apps out there that are starting to use Push notifications: from games challenging your friends, to chat programs, to geolocation apps that let your friends know where you are.

All without requiring your friends to have the same apps running at the same time...


Settings

Besides being able to enable/disable these push notification, you can easily adjust its settings individually for each App.


You can specify if you want Push notifications to show as Alerts (with SMS-like popup messages), with or without sound (each App can have a distinct sound) or as "badge" (showing next to the App icon.)

This means you won't have to be constantly annoyed by incoming push notifications for heavy usage Apps: just disable the sounds and alerts, and you'll have only the badge updating quietly.


The Tests

So, let's see how these push notifications work in the real word.
For the most part, they're instantaneous.

As long as you're connected to your cellular network, push works instantly.

But, how does it work when you're away from cell coverage and relying only on WiFi connection?
The issue being, the "sleep" mode of the iPhone that turns off WiFi after beeing "asleep" for a while, to save energy; how will that affect the push notifications?

If you have your iPhone working, using only WiFi Push notifications are still received instantly.

If you have it locked and "asleep" your iPhone will only check for push notifications every 15 minutes. (Which is quite reasonable.)
If meanwhile you happen to actively wake up and connect your iPhone to the WiFi network, you'll receive the push notification right away.


Conclusion

Though they might not be suitable for some specific cases, push really works well for most scenarios, and has the advantage of not sacrificing too much battery life nor requiring background-running Apps.

As you can easily tweak its settings on a App by App basis, the only thing missing is how to easily handle multiple overlapping incoming push notifications. It would be nice to have a way to see a list of the last received notifications, instead of seeing just the last one (and possibly missing a more important one that was received before.)

I hope Apple fixes that in an upcoming update.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Asus Eee Keyboard Ripped Open

Another week goes by, and I still don't know when Asus's Eee Keyboard will finally reach us. But that hasn't stopped a french site from opening up one to see what makes it tick.






Para os mais preocupados com os consumos, ficarão agradados por saber que em funcionamento normal, este computador-teclado tem um consumo médio de cerca de 20W, o que é excelente. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Michael Jackson's Arcade Lair

It's no secret most of us would like to be able to have a room to keep their "stuff". A select few can have something even better, something most people can only dream of.

Be amazed by Michael Jackson's arcade lair, with lots of memorabilia from movies, arcade machine, flippers, and lots other.


Click the image to be taken to a "virtual reality" style panoramic site where you can look around and know more details about it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

6rounds - Your Meeting Point on the Web

If you can't stand being away from your IM client, facebook page, or twitter, you'll love what this new 6rounds site has to offer.

Basically, it hopes to become the biggest meeting point on the web, allowing for unprecedent cooperation; like sharing a website with your friends or watch some videos together...



I don't think I can quite explain this to you; better watch the introductory video:



Request your invite code now, while you can still grab your favorite nickname. :)

Electric Google Tesla

Today, google is elctric celebrating Nikola Tesla anniversary. :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rubik's Cube Goes Spherical with Rubik 360

Remember the times when Rubik's cube became a worldwide mania?

I still recall preciously collecting each and every new puzzle professor Rubik invented since then: like his mesmerizing Magic, or the "easy" Rubik's Clock, among others.

Ah... the magic... how I miss playing around with it.


But now, it's time to dust off the collection, there's a new Rubik puzzle in town, and its called: The Rubik 360.


Professor Ernö Rubik is back with his latest invention (you can watch him here talking about the new puzzle) and this new Rubik 360 promisses to keep us occupied for some time - at least until he comes up with a new puzzle.

Check the video to see how it works:

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