Archive for October, 2009
  • Shell [BlackBerry Theme]
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    After seeing some Rachel vids, I'm feeling a little artsy. So how about something for the BlackBerry folk? This latest theme to come out of Elecite has a rather unique color switching feature built directly into the theme. At the click of a button, you can switch between Black, White, Red, or Blue color schemes giving Shell a cool trick that other themes can't claim as their own -- for now. Those who can't make up their mind as to what icons should inhabit their main screen can be at ease. ...
  • Sony’s Rachel UI flaunts her goods for the video camera!
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    Ya, this is one of those times where I just need to keep words to a minimum and let the video do it's thing. In case you can't see the movie, in short: these leaked conceptual demos of Sony's "Rachel" UI are stunning and give Android's pathetic stock media capabilities a kick in the digital groin. So much so I would even compare these as good or better than the iPhone. I love the iPhone's media capabilities and perhaps it could just be that I'm tired of seeing the same thing attempted on so...
  • Aneurysm for iPhone/iPod Touch
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 9:24 am
    No it's not a stroke or play on a stroke. What it is, is a highly addicting game. The concept is simple: navigate your orb around and avoid the growing number of multi-color "hater" orbs coming at it. The developer ties the game in with a theory that the human mind can only track up to 8 things at once. Is it true? I spent some time on dear friend Google and saw varying numbers from 5-20 and so on. I think it's highly subjective and varies form person to person. Science theory aside, the ...
  • Radeon HD 5870 X2 is a massive, massive card
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 9:09 am
    As sad as it is, I don't have a pimped out gaming PC. I've lusted for one for years. I don't have a preference as to pre-built or custom though I know custom is the way to go for us picky folks. Still, other things keep getting in the way. In the world of gaming PC's, the gamers #1 concern is a big burly graphics card. One that will move pixel based mountains and pwn Crisis framerates like a champ. Once such card that could be capable of such has so graciously allowed itself to be snapped ...
  • PrePaid phone scene in Jammu & Kashmir? Banned.
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 8:43 am
    Seeing a headline mentioning anything geeky or tech based being banned often conjures up initial reactions of malice and disgust as such governments and government bodies that do such things do so for their own agenda -- not the citizens'. With that in mind, hold off on any initial feelings you may have when hearing that the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has banned prepaid cellphones in Kashmir and declared that any existing SIM cards with such plans not be renewed. Again, it's deeper than i...
  • Motorola: It’s not the quantity. It’s the quality
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 5:40 am
    Choosing a new smartphone in the current market is quite the challenge. You have the iPhone, a number of Android devices, the Palm Pre, countless WinMo units, and very, very soon the Droid. If you know a little something about the industry, you probably already know the most obvious differences between the devices, the manufacturers of said devices, and the environments those devices and manufacturers live in. What exactly do I mean? Look at the iPhone and Apple. They're pumping out one mod...
  • by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    Is Google going buttonless? That's what the picture above and various comments via Twitter/blogosphere seem to suggest. This new layout cropping up does away with the standard "Google Search" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" buttons and instead incorporates some simple text that states "Press Enter to Search". Why would such a design be implemented? Beats me. I don't see any logical nor aesthetic reason. So far, the only affected users are reporting it on Windows machines using Firefox. Weird ...
  • “Concrete sponge” to filter parking lot run off. Mother earth gives thumbs up.
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    You may thing there isn't anything "technological" about a parking lot. It's a simple mass of various minerals and compounds that are unmoving, unchanging, and wholly static. People, it's a concrete slab for crying out loud. What could it do. While all sorts of energy regenerating technologies can be incorporated into the concrete floor that covers large swaths of cities, one thing that many people tend to over look is how to prevent waste run off. Introducing the parking lot of tomorro...
  • The xpPhone UI detailed in pictures
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    The xpPhone was almost a joke back when we first heard about it many ago. The thought of running not only a full blown desktop OS on a phone, but a 5+ year old desktop OS had many second guessing and discounting this phone long before any real pictures could be seen. Not to mention, such an odd and unique device rarely comes stateside. Well, take comfort in knowing that the "seeing" part can now be partially fullfilled. Now, don't forget. This seemingly vaporware-esqe device had some pretty...
  • Coke Zero Spy Cam: A carbonated beverage…James Bond Style
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    Being a real spy means you need at least one spy gadget. Spy pens get a lot of attention these days as they're ubiquitous and everyone has one. But only the really sly spies have cameras hidden in even more "out of the ordinary" objects. Objects such as your ordinary Coke can. The cool thing about this Coke Zero hidden camera is that everything is hidden inside the can ($GB of storage and all) meaning you don't have any give away seams, clips, or fasteners. To get the captured media out, ...
  • HTC “Book” UI coming to a smartphone near you?
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 12:01 pm
    Companies get ideas, services, and products patented everyday. If it's an idea, they may never even implement or use it in any current or future products. They're protecting themselves. Because of this, we can't take every patent we see literally or as if it is "set in stone" but instead more as "suggestions" as what could be coming in the future. With touchscreen's the new "it" feature on dumbphones, featurephones, and smartphones alike, distinguishing yourself from the playing field that...
  • Nvidia Fermi to bring *amazing* graphical power.
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 10:23 am
    **Update: As RedSpectacle pointed out below, they are not renders. I updated my original post as it is/was slightly confusing. Hopefully some real rendered pics surface in the near term. Nvidia's upcoming "Fermi" chipset set to debut on the 300 series desktop graphics will usher in a new era of photo-realistic gaming. I'm not even kidding. Packing the visual punch comes by way of 512 cores which make previous challenges such as facial hair, skin glare, and ray-traced lighting are no match...
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