Daily archives: 2nd September 2011

Have We Lost The Battle Against The Machines

In the battle against the machine, we always had the advantage because we are mobile, flexible and more intelligent, but recent advances in technology shows that robots and machines are catching up, in some cases they already have overtaken us. Once this happens, there is no turning back, there is no kill switch and the human race who are not multi billionaires will spend a life of suffering, which is a bit like life today anyway!

As the saying goes for ordinary people, “Meet the new boss, same as the old!” it’s funny, because it’s true! In the mean time, why not check out this cool looking graphic by onlineschools.org, they have the right idea!

Source [MTV]


Transcend Developing A 2TB Flash Drive

Imagine the power of a flash drive with a massive 2TB of storage available, it would be awesome to say the least and it could be coming sooner than we think.

Check out the video taken at the Display Taiwan 2011 technology show, the display actually states that the Transcend 16GB flash drive is capable of getting up to 2TB, it uses USB 3.0 technology, well would have to wouldn’t it, but never the less this is real cool tech in development.

Source [Computerworld]



Greggs Take On Krispy Kreme Online

It looks as if there will be a battle of the doughnut later this month when Greggs the bakers starts it first digital marketing campaign, with a range of new doughnut flavours like Strawberry Milkshake, Jaffa Cake, Triple Chocolate and Coconut Snowball. Each doughnut will be getting its one Facebook and Twitter page so that consumers will be able to vote for the best one. The winner will be announced at the Greggs Doughnut Awards. However, consumers will not be missing out, because Greggs are offering 100,000 free doughnut vouchers on the bakers Facebook page from the 12th September.

According to Graeme Nash, who is the head of marketing at Greggs, he said;

“These new products are such a big step forward for us in terms of innovation and product development, we needed a campaign that not only celebrated the launch of four new products but really brought them to life for our customers.”

Source [The Drum]



So How Does Google Search Work

This is question that has been asked by website owners for a decade or more and it seems just when they are getting hang of what Google is all about, they change the rules and it is back to square one. Well that was what we assumed, it seems that in the real world, things are a lot different and Google are changing the way that searches are served all of the time.

In fact according to the team, they are making around five hundred changes every year, which works out at 1.3 changes per day or one change every seventeen and half hours, so maybe we have got it wrong and should not relax at all, as it looks like the Google don’t.

According to the Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman;

“There are almost always a set of motivating searches and these searches are not performing as well as we’d like,”

He finished off by saying;

“Ranking engineers then come up with a hypothesis about what signal, what data could we integrate into our algorithm.”

Source [Techi]


Two Visions Of Future Tech

When we think of future technology it is always shiny and glossy, but most of all it is always working how different this is to the real world. This graphic shows exactly how it is, with our thoughts of everything working nicely, yet in reality the screens remain blank because there is no signal available, isn’t that just the way!

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]


The Pen That Converts To Digital

It makes no difference if you are merely doodling or designing, this digital drawing pen from Wacom will come in very handy when it comes to saving the work to your computer files. What is more, this pen is sensitive, so that no matter how hard or soft the line is; it will be duplicated, as you wanted to it to be.

These are the features for the excellent Wacom Inkling Digital Drawing Pen;

Enhance your professional workflow by capturing digital data while sketching with a ball-pen on normal paper

The ink sketch can be structured in layers while drawing – no need to recreate layers in software

1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for natural pen strokes

Store hundreds of high resolution sketches on the receiver before transferring to your PC or Mac

Save time and export your sketches with layers directly into Adobe® Photoshop® or Illustrator® (CS3 or higher), or Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro or SketchBook® Designer (2011 or higher) as vector graphics

Be versatile by saving your sketches in the following formats: JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF

Priced at $200 in the US or around £140 in the uk

Source [Cool Material]



Working Retro Phone From 1950

This is a faithful reproduction of the classic Scandiphone; this is famous design because it has appeared in a 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone. Now you too can have it for just $60 or £45, now that is what you call retro cool! The phone will work with any landline system that uses the standard phone socket plug, so it is easy to install too.

These are the features and specs for the Scandiphone Retro Telephone;

Retro 50s phone for Mad Men or Farscape fans

Nostalgic styling based on the Ericofon

The original Ericofon is in the Museum of Modern Art

Land line, corded phone: plugs into a standard phone socket

If you have to have a land line, at least make it a swanky one

Features: Push button dialling, redial button, ringer volume, receiver hi/low switch, on/off switch

Priced at $59.99 in the US or around £45 in the UK

Source [Coolest Gadgets]



Super Mario and Portal Mash Up

At last, Mario has the drop on his enemies, but only because he has a little help from the guys over at Valve who have lent him a Portal device, now there is nothing to stop him!

This is great video from Maurice Guégan and Sašo Smolej who are actually developing a game similar to this with portals too, how cool would that be, super cool I think.

Source [Nerd Approved]


Want To Keep Tabs On Your Partner

If you are one of those types that likes to keep a tab on your partner, maybe you have good cause or you are just worried about their safety, whatever the reason there is the Karelog App for all Android devices.

This is effectively spyware, which is installed onto the device. Then the user is issued with an ID and password for a website where they are able to track exactly where the person is, or the device is anyway! Personally, I prefer good old iTrust, it is cheaper and you don’t find out things that you really don’t want to know about!

Prices start at £4 per month, £7 per quarter or £16 per year, alternatively there is the platinum membership which is £16 per month, £40 per quarter and finally there is the annual fee of £73.

Source [Ubergizmo]



Try Out The Gmail Offline App

Google have released a beta version of Offline Google Mail, this is free app and it can be found on the Chrome Web Store. The app has a simple look, which is good and once downloaded it will synchronize email messages so the user is able to check their even if there is no internet connection available.

According to the web page at the Google Chrome Web Store;

Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available. More than just an offline app, the streamlined user interface, based off Gmail’s popular tablet interface, provides extremely fast response time with a pure, email focused experience.

Source [Technabob]



How Big Is The Dog Marketplace In The US

Not all pet sectors are able to the utilise the internet, one sector has successfully carved out a niche for itself and that is the market of products and services for dogs. For the consumer this means discounted products and for the retailers it means that they are able to reach a wider market place and therefore increase revenues. so just how big is the dog market, doggyloot.com have come up with this interesting graphic that explains just how well the market is doing and who are the key players.

Source [Lab 42]


Could You Be A Start Up Founder

Have you got it takes to be the founder of the latest tech start up? Well it seems that it may not be as easy as it seems, this is because the business persons social network LinkedIn have produced this wonderful info graphic that has crunched all of the figures and come up with the details on what makes up the entrepreneur spirit of some of today’s high flyers! Of course, there are always the exceptions to every rule, but none the less, this is a very interesting graphic to look at.

Source [Mashable]


After 18 Years Doom Ban Is Lifted

You have to go back to 1994 to understand what we are talking about here. The issue surrounds the game Doom or rather the classic game Doom as it is now! Eighteen years ago, this game was deemed to be too controversial for the German market and was placed on the controlled titles list, because the authorities believed that it could cause long term harm to children.

But now as with many of these bans, it has run its course and the current owner of the title, Bethesda has appealed the restriction and won. but now eighteen years on the game does not have the same sort of impact now as it did in the mid 90’s, check the video out to see for yourself.

According to a spokesperson for the Bundesprufstelle they said;

“Drastic portrayals of violence directed against human or human-like beings”.

They continued by saying;

“If the game then does not contain any real alternative scenes which might on the whole ‘neutralise’ the violent parts, then the game is likely to be found to have a harmful effect on minors.”

Source [BBC]


Finally Zumba Is Off The Top

Gamers can once again hold their heads up high for the dance hit Zumba Fitness for the Wii has been knocked from top spot by the thriller Deus Ex: Human Revolution. But even this game may not be on top for long as there are some interesting titles about to the be released, which will shake up the charts once again.

These are the UK gamer’s charts for August 2010;

UK individual formats chart – 27 August

1 (-) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360)

2 (-) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3)

3 (1) Zumba Fitness (Wii)

4 (-) Rugby World Cup 2011 (360)

5 (-) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)

6 (-) Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3)

7 (2) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D (3DS)

8 (4) Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

9 (6) Just Dance 2 (Wii)

10 (5) Just Dance 2: Extra Songs (Wii)

UK multiformat charts – 27 August

1 (-) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360/PS3/PC)

2 (1) Zumba Fitness (Wii/360/PS3)

3 (-) Rugby World Cup 2011 (360/PS3)

4 (2) Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean (Wii/360/PS3/PC/DS/PSP/3DS)

5 (18) Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Wii/360/PS3/PC/DS)

6 (3) Cars 2 (Wii/360/PS3/DS)

7 (5) FIFA 11 (PS2/Wii/360/PS3/PC/DS/PSP)

8 (8) DiRT 3 (360/PS3/PC)

9 (6) Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii/360/PS3/PC/DS/PSP)

10 (19) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360/PS3/PC)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 UKIE Ltd

Source [Metro]


Apple Guy Loses New iPhone In Bar

No this is not a time warp or a posting from last year, it turns out that once again as the speculation mounts around the next generation iPhone an employee of Apple has lost a prototype version.

I know it sounds extraordinary, but here is what happened. Apple guy goes into the Cava 22 Tequila Lounge in the Mission District of San Francisco (It’s quite nice there! The place, I don’t know about the bar!), so at some point, Apple guy and the iPhone part company, sound familiar! Well it should because the same thing happened with the iPhone 4.

Apparently, Apple traced the device to house in Bernal Heights, but the police were unable to find anything, maybe whoever has the device will be trying to sell it, but when that happened last year, things did not go very well for all involved.

So where is this phone now, well Apple should show us what it looks like just in case anyone finds it, just a little Friday humour there!

Source [Telegraph]