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Nokia N9 found in a video
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The Nokia N9, rumored before, appears on a video teaser. The looks are good, and there is a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard too. It maybe the first Nokia to run MeeGo OS. Nothing much can be said after watching the video, about weather this is the real N9 or not, but do see the video yourself and see what it reveals.

Nokia N9

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Project Natal Renamed to Kinect.
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Project Natal just got its name changed and guess what , It has been renamed to “Kinect” and the brand has already been confirmed by USA Today. Although there have been no announcement of the price and release date but still Microsoft’s Press Conference is just hour’s away and a recent leakage of an Italian ad showing the New Xbox 360 Slim has also revealed the name Kinect in it.

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Wife founds 2KG Slab of Chocolate to be an iPad.
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Recently, A guy named Stefan bought up a new idea to gift his wife on her Birthday. Well what he did is not just amazing but something Unique. He froze the iPad in frozen chocolate and wrapped it up which looked exactly like a Slab of chocolate and had it delivered all the way from London to Cape Town, South Africa.

On reaching her wife she was a bit amazed to see a slab of chocolate as her birthday gift but later after getting a hint she was surprised and the trick turned out to be successful after all. You can check the source for all the picture’s.

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Italian Ad Reveals New Xbox 360 Slim.
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Some of the big announcements we expect from Microsoft at the E3 2010 are the Kinect and the Official release of its new Xbox 360 Slim. But the 360 Slim seems to be leaked by an online advertisement. The rumor was leaked by an Italian Site “Console-tribe.com” which shows the new design of the Xbox 360 Slim.

The Xbox 360 slim is also compatible with Kinect (Renamed Project Natal) and will offer a 250GB hard drive and embedded WiFi. Also the Microsoft’s E3 conference is just 24 hours away so maybe we can expect an official announcement of the new Xbox 360 Slim.

Check out this video

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Watch out for casings that go bump in the night
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Tired of your stationary casing? want to make it move and attack your little brother? set your eyes on Lian Li’s new spider case

This 4 legged casing moves with the help of a remote control and it was revealed at the last day of Computex 2010, now a full atx version of this spider will definitely be bigger but it will be a shame when it will be limited by the wires connected to it. Well the upside is if there is an ATX version in the works you can give a good scare to people by making your case move.

Sanyo makes first Waterproof Full HD video camera
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Ever wish you could capture family moments underwater? like your sons first time under the water? or your first wedding underwater? (yes it actually happened) but you didn’t have a good enough camera that can survive being submerged in water? worry no longer Sanyo has made the world first Full – HD camcorder capable of surviving under the sea explorations (but let’s no go 20,000 leagues under the sea just yet)


as you can see Sanyo has given us a chance to be able to record stuff to do underwater and that too in 1080p.

Tom’s Hardware was able to tell us some details on the upcoming Video camer

Announced in Japan last week, Sanyo hasn’t provided any details of a worldwide release for the Xacti DMX-CA100, although we do know it costs around $440 in Japan. According to CrunchGear, the camera packs an IPX8 waterproof rating so it’s safe for an hour of underwater activities at up to three meters. Capable of shooting full HD video as well as 14-megapixel pictures, the device packs a 2.7-inch LCD, 1 x USB 2.0, an SDXC port, and a mini HDMI interface. It’s also compatible with Eye-Fi, comes with a digital image stabilizer and a “Face Chaser” function for videos.

The camera comes bundled with a 1/2.33 inch CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom and Sanyo’s proprietary “Double Range Zoom” function, which allows the user to switch between Wide and Tele Mode with the touch of a button.

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LEGO printer is a great nerd accomplishment
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LEGO’s are no new thing they have been around for well over 2 decades now and they have always been useful, whether you are building a lego sized replica of the Washington Monument or building the Eiffel Tower you can always count on the help of LEGO blocks but one dedicated computer nerd was so determined to find a better use for these recreational blocks that he went as far as making a printer out of them.

The following is taken from his YouTube video’s description page:

“Lego felt tip 110″ printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not mindstorms, I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a “wiring” board.

FAQ: Track name? “Christopher and Raphael just popper Shinichi Osawa distortion disco edit”

FAQ: How long did this take? Hard to say, maybe 3 weeks working evenings.

FAQ: Just a remake of the 1092a? No, I’d never seen the 1092a until now. However some of the parts came from a 8094 kit amongst others many years ago. It is made to my own design, but I acknolwedge influences and the great work of the official lego designers !

FAQ: Does this use mindstorms? Nope, wiring demo board + homemade analog electronics and sensors.

FAQ: DPI? Dots per inch? Approx 75 DPI

FAQ: PPM? Pages per minute? Maybe 1 is pushing it, I sped things up a little in the video editing to keep it interesting to watch :)

FAQ: Helvetica? Yes of course, respect to those who noticed :)

FAQ: Full color version/more colours? Originally I was going to do 3 colour version, but I had to simplify as only have 4 lego motors.

FAQ: Open source, schematics etc? Yes, I’ll try to get around to this soon.

FAQ: Wrote your own driver? Yes, how sad is that!!

FAQ: Are you using some sort of MCU demo board(the black pcb)? Yes. [1] http://wiring.org.co/hardware/

FAQ: re: Mac vs PC abuse? Video not meant as a Mac advert and I’m sorry if the Apple logo offends anyone. I just find them easier to use.

FAQ: Felt tip damage drying up? Yes this is a problem, but one felt tip usually lasts for quite a few pages.

FAQ: Felt tip auto-capping? Nope, sorry.

FAQ: Sensor info: Horizontal positioning using homemade shaft encoder (black/white rotating lego squares you see in the vid) with a SY-CR102 photo reflector from Maplins, (only £0.89 or $1.30). This is into a sampled analog input as I couldn’t get full enough saturation to trigger the ext interrupt pins. There are also push buttons built into lego bricks for left and right end stop detection.

As you can see the printer is definitely slow, so don’t expect it to print out your book report in a minute the video was sped up and this thing has a print time of 1 PPM (Page Per Minute) maybe. but considering that there is definitely room for improvement I can just say this is perhaps the most unique use of LEGO blocks i have ever seen and I give the creator a nerd salute over the design.

Altek Leo smartphone with 14 MP Camera, HD Video recording
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Altek has announced Altek Leo, which has a 14MP CCD camera with Xenon and LED flash, and 3x optical zoom.

Specs include a 14MP camera,  HD Video recording, a touchscreen (size is not known yet), Android OS, 3G and HSDPA support in addition to 3.5G.

Altek has announced that the phone will be presented and launched during the CommunicAsia 2010 event in June.

Altek Leo
Altek Leo

Via GSMArena

Samsung will launch Gravity 3 Smartphone on 23rd July.
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Samsung is said to launch its next Generation Gravity 3 Smartphone on the 23rs of July. The new Smartphone will be an attraction among the teenagers because of its main purpose which will be instant messaging and texting as well.

The phone will have many features such as a full QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, Text messaging, IM and picture messaging and there’s also possibility of Micro SD Memory Card Slot , GPS Navigation and Bluetooth.

The phone will be a great partner for those who have to send emails or messages to friends and family and also a nice thing to browse the web.

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Cooler Master launches new HAF X case
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Cooler Master has finally launched its highly anticipated HAF X chassis which is said to be the most powerful HAF (High Air Flow) case yet. The case is build to accommodate all the latest Motherboards, Coolers and GPU’s available and even offers the latest USB 3.0 compatibility. The case offers great and massive airflow with four huge fans and the spacious interior makes it easy to access the installed components inside the case.

The massive fans provide great airflow as the case comes with 2 200mm fans at the top, One 230 mm (Red LED) fan at the front and a 200mm fan with a dedicated air duct at the side panel for unsurpassed VGA cooling.

Some new features the vase offer are that it allows user to swap hard drives with the new Sata dock without removing the side panel. The case also has a tool- free design and there’s also a power cable cover to hide the power cables coming out of the PSU.

The chassis is ideal for those who are looking to build an SLI or Crossfire Setup because the spacious interior of the case allows to fit full length cards such as the ATi 5970 and extra long motherboards.

Here are the specs of the new chassis:

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Inventor of XBOX leaves; letter explains all.
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James Allard the pioneer of the original XBOX 360 and who also gave a significant hand in Microsoft’s Hand-held MP3 device the “Zune” announced his retirement from Microsoft, there were several rumors regarding his leaving, some of which were he was fired by Steve Ballmer and others saying he got offers from Google and Apple but none of these were true, Mr. Allard left the company on his own free will and he will continue to be a consultant for Steve Ballmer.

Before he left he left a very lengthy heart felt letter over why he left and how the company changed since the time he joined it, it’s quite a read so i recommend you put on your reading glasses:

From: J Allard
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:56 AM
Subject: Decide. Change. Reinvent.

Decide.

My first job out of college 19 years ago was really something.

The receptionist typed out my visitor badge on an IBM Selectric typewriter at my interview – a reassuringly “high-tech” welcome in 1991. On my first day, I was ushered to an office that I would share with a co-worker and a spare-no-expense, beige Compaq 386sx computer. I fired it up, and my first dialog with this quasi-32-bit powerhouse went something like this:

c:> ls
Bad command or filename
c:> ps
Bad command or filename
c:> man
Bad command or filename
c:> whoami
Bad command or filename

I was obviously flustered; my new officemate taught me the magical incantation – “wzmail” – which launched an amazing program. Some would describe it as an email client with text editing disabled, but it was actually a time machine that was hardwired to “1982 BBS messaging systems.” It connected me via the tangle of wires at my feet to the rest of our world via a protocol called “XNS.” XNS, like Latin, I had learned a little about in college but hadn’t ever actually experienced it in the real world.

In my first week, I would be asked to do a presentation covering the architecture, milestones and to state my “confidence interval” of the first commercial software project that I would oversee. My command performance was powered by a 3M overhead projector and transparencies I had prepared on the Xerox copier. I was subjected to intense “technical” questioning from the head of my division (a former marketing chief from 80’s Apple) in a room filled with dormitory-grade oak furnishings. After surviving this rite of passage, I stopped by my I/O mailbox and was thrilled to receive 200 black and white business cards, which included our corporate Telex number and my very own Compuserve e-mail address. It was apparent after my first week that I was well equipped to set the world on fire.

My first post-college employer? Microsoft.

It was a complete fluke that I even interviewed. The idea of joining a company with more than 100 people seemed terrifyingly stifling to me. My networking, graphics, Unix and Internet passions and background suggested we didn’t have a lot in common. The mission of “A computer on every desk and in every home” was ambitious, but ambitious circa 1985. By 1991, it was an assumed inevitability for those versed in technology and its adoption rate.

The ~30 million PCs in the world were dominantly powered by DOS, Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect and applications compiled by Borland tools. If you were on a network at the office, it was Novell Netware; if you were connected to the “net,” your choice would have been Compuserve over your roaring 1200-baud modem. You’d buy your floppy discs and printer ribbons at a store called Egghead, and a program called TurboTax would have consumers lined up every April. MS-DOS 5.0 had just launched and we were deep in collaboration with the #1 PC maker – IBM — on a powerful new operating system called OS/2 intended to succeed it. I had joined a small team building a Netware alternative on DOS and OS/2 called “LAN Manager.”

In spite of all of these warning signs and patterns, I still took the interview. At minimum the experience would serve as good practice for future interviews by more compatible employers. However, my interview experience turned all of my assumptions upside-down and drew me toward this place I’ve called home ever since.

During every interview, I’d challenge, “‘A computer on every desk and in every home’ is quaint, but why stop there?” and the typical response would be along the lines of, “That’s just our ante.” I liked that… +1 Microsoft.

I’d push a little further and say something like “Don’t you see the force multiplier in connecting all of those desks and homes and people together across the Internet?” and they’d say something like “Internet? Is that like Compuserve?” However it was said, these responses activated my flight instinct.

My speedball would be, “Well, why in the hell should I join this company that doesn’t have a clue about the Internet when that’s the next big thing? It’s going to completely change the world! It’s what I was put on earth to do! You guys don’t get it!” and the calm response would be, “You’re right. We don’t get it, but it seems that maybe you do. That’s exactly why you should come here. Come here and make it happen. Write the job description!”

I couldn’t believe it, but it was impossible to dismiss the similarity and authenticity I felt in every conversation. On the flight home, I contemplated these discussions, the passion and IQ of the people I had encountered and their invitation to create my own space to drive a bigger agenda alongside them. It clicked. The “computer on every desk…” rhetoric was a ruse, the real purpose and ambition of these people was much, much broader:

“Make the world a better place through technology.”

Like every idealistic college hire, this was the unicorn I was looking for. I wanted to do something bigger than me – “change the world!” – with a bunch of people who respected and could augment my superpowers. I had visited the Justice League of Geeks and they had invited me in and had shown me the secret handshake.

The next day, I joined “The Tribe” – a group diverse in perspective, similar in skills and completely, totally galvanized around one central purpose.

Change.

It felt uncomfortably perfect (apart from the awful office décor), so I protected my youthful optimism by mentally deciding I would give it two years and revisit everything then. The almanac reassured me of the NW’s snow quality, the traffic was nothing compared to Boston or New York and the promise of free soda, lame-but-subsidized cafeteria pizza, $32k/year and an MS-DOS t-shirt were hard to beat.

At my two year checkpoint, things were going along “better than expected.” It was simple to extend my commitment — I was charged up by the progress we were making, the friends I had made, the plans we had made together and the culture and purpose that bound us. I even was allowed to expense copies of Snow Crash as a pre-read for team offsites… The unicorn was real!

Then one day it happened.

Someone ruined it all and shattered the fantasy. When no one was looking, some clown had somehow slipped into The Tribe and brought all of the walls crashing down. They shredded our slice of the vision, they scoffed at my offer to collaborate, they committed to a lifetime of obstructionist behavior and to do everything in their power to stop everything our team had worked so hard to do. The gauntlet was laid, “Read my lips, we will never ship TCP/IP in Windows 95.” I was shocked. I was shattered.

I stormed out.

I walked out the front door in disgust and went to an 11am movie at Crossroads (the aptly titled, Point of No Return). About 30 minutes in I realized what a whiner and victim I was being and that in a company of 8,000 there were bound to be some misses.

I thought about how I stormed out the front door to my car and how the thought of leaving my cardkey at reception had actually crossed my mind. I walked out of the movie and I sat in my car. I took my cardkey out of my wallet and after concluding that I should lose the ponytail, I told myself, “You idiot. This is your invitation to change the world.” I went back to the office and got right back to it.

[In truth, I cranked the Descendents really loud (“You can only be a victim if you… admit defeat”) and flamed Herr Clownshoes to a crisp in wzmail, and then I promptly got back to it.]

Since that crappy day 17 years ago, every.single.time I’ve swiped that damned cardkey I’ve reminded myself of that invitation from The Tribe and our shared purpose.

I repeat the phrase silently in my head and I take it seriously. It’s not about me, it’s not about my career, it’s not about the project or the product or the profit – it’s about the central purpose and obligation we share to change the world and to build stuff that allows our customers and partners to do the same.

With that initial 2 year landscape it would have been very hard to predict what we would accomplish and how we would evolve over the next 2 decades. The 2nd place productivity and DOS company talking about “GUI” I had joined became the unquestioned driver of the PC industry, a networking company, an enterprise company, a communications company, an Internet company, a hardware company, a server company, an entertainment company and true to its heritage, it fuels each of these businesses with amazing software tools.

More important than any of the products, businesses, scale or profit that we’ve built together, we’ve helped redefine how people work, how they communicate, how they manage their lives and how they play. That’s why I joined The Tribe.

Nineteen years later some things remain the same – the pizza still sucks, the wayfinding/signage in the buildings is hopeless and our business cards continue to lack any sense of expression. But most importantly, that common purpose to use technology to make the world better is still alive and well. That simple little “beep” we experience every day when we swipe our cards remains a reminder for all of us.

Reinvent.

If you’ve been following along, you probably understand just how difficult it was for me to decide to leave the tribe and explore new territory, but the time has come.

My passion for our cause combined with my obsessive nature has put many of my other interests on hold for a long time. I don’t know exactly what tomorrow looks like – but if my focus has been 95% MSFT, 5% life until now, I know that the first step is to flip that ratio around. After wrapping some projects up, I will shift to 95% life and 5% MSFT. With that 5% I’ll be working for SteveB on a couple of projects beginning this fall.

In response to the curiosity, no chairs were thrown, no ultimatums served, I am not moving to Cupertino or Mountain View, I did not take a courier job and I require no assistance finding the door. I do know that I’m going to help a couple of friends get their startups going (e.g. The Clymb), I’m planning some races (by foot, bike and off-road trucks), and I’m going to put some energy into my passion for design, the arts and philanthropy. For those of you reporting into one of my organizations, I am committed to working through all of the transition issues and assure you that The Tribe remains committed to the work you are doing and our purpose going forward.

If, at the next juncture, I decide to join a corporate tribe again, this place will definitely top my list. There are a lot of great companies out there doing terrific and meaningful work with better pizza, nicer décor and great implementations of “ls” on the desktops, but The Tribe? No one can touch our talent, our impact or our ambition. We’re the only high-tech company with the track record and self-confidence to reinvent ourselves as we have. If you want to change the world with technology, this is still the best tribe out there.

Please, put my headcount and that cardkey “invitation” to good use. Find a college student that claims we don’t get it and blogs tirelessly about our lack of agility. Track down an EE that has been focusing on fuel cells and has radical thoughts about power management. Or a social networking whiz who is tired of building little islands that go hot and cold and can’t break the mainstream. Hire a designer who’s given shape to 2 decades of beautiful automobiles and thinks we can sculpt technology to better connect to users. Infuse them with our purpose. Give them the tools. Give them lots of rope. Learn from them. Support where they take you. Invite them to redefine The Tribe.

Decide. Change. Reinvent.

Futuremark announces new 3d Mark.
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Futuremark has finally announced its new 3D mark benchmark. The new version of the popular benchmark is based on Direct x 11 and will support all the Direct x 11 features like tessellation and compute shaders.

The new benchmark will let us know just how good the new direct x11 graphic adapters are by testing and bringing them to their knees which 3D mark is best known for. This 3D mark will also feature multi threaded support with Dx11 Tessellation and compute shaders.

The new 3D mark real life preview will be shown at computex 2010 and will be shown at MSI’s computex booth. So whoever wants to see who far the new Dx11 graphics can be pushed can drop by and see the “Deep Sea” part of the benchmark.

Now we would really love if MSI can compare Nvidia and ATI Dx11 capable GPU’s, so we can know how good are the new Gpu’s with such benchmarks.

You can watch the trailer here and pictures are posted below.


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iPad isn’t an Apple original? Genius Alan Kay spills the beans!!
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When Steve Jobs first presented the idea for the iPad fans of Apple were amazed at his idea and on the iPads release date it sold out of stores like hot cakes, but a stranger has come out of the shadows his name is Alan Kay. He isn’t a man of a public but he works in the shadows and unbeknown to us he has helped modernize computers we use today without us even knowing it, Kay is widely known for the Graphical User Interface and one of the programmers of object oriented programming.

dynabook

Kay allegedly came up with The Dynabook 38 years ago with it he promised a plasma screen with the contrast ratio matching a book; a keyboard with no moving parts; a network connection with the ability to purchase, transfer, and download “instantiate” files; world wide web connectivity; such as libraries and he even put a price tag of $500 on his device.

Could it be Jobs read about the Dynabook and stole the idea from the genius Alan Kay? compare the Dynabooks features to that of the modern iPad and see the similarities.

More info and pics at the Source

Sony Bravia HX803 will come packed with 3-D PS3 games!!
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Sony recently announced that they will be adding 3-D support for their console in an upcoming firmware upgrade which will make current and future games 3-D so far the only known compatible LCD TV is the Bravia HX803, which as an added bonus WILL come with complimentary PS3 games!! which is quite a treat for the PS3 owner. The update will also allow movies to be watched in 3-D as well.

Sony said that its list of stereoscopic titles will include three episodes of PAIN, the full version of WipEout HD, a demo of Motorstorm Pacific Rift, and the full version of Super Stardust HD.

the HX 803 is the flag ship 3-D tv of Sony Bravia it will shortly be followed by the LX 903 which will have a refresh rate of up to 200Hz and will also be capable of 3-D gaming at a stunning 1080p resolution. This is most definitely a dream come true for many enthusiast of 3-D movie and gamers who are forced to use expensive options like Nvidia 3-D vision on the PC which has compatibility issues and is very expensive.

But now PS3 fans can enjoy stunning games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2 and even the ground breaking God Of War 3 in stunning 1080p 3-D!! I for one can’t wait till the first review comes.

Source:  Toms Hardware

Golden Words “Go Screw Yourself Apple”
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It was inevitable and was bound to happen that an Adobe employee would get up and say the golden words “Go Screw Yourself Apple”. This is not about the rivalry anymore and it is certainly not about Apple not allowing Adobe Flash to be used by any of the Apple products. It is only about the stubborn and arrogant attitude of Steve Jobs. He is the boss and whatever he says, goes.



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