May 29, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Transformer getting Android 3.1 [video]

One of the articles I read a few weeks ago said one of the biggest hiccups with Android was how fast the devices get updates and it also said Honeycomb won't be an exception. But here we are post Android 3.1 Update, I don't think that has been the case so far. 


According to a report in AndroidOS.in, the Asus Eee Pad Transform will get a 3.1 Update on the 30th of May. The site also has a link to get a leaked update and the steps to get it running.


AnandTech showed a quick preview of what's in store in the update. Watch the video below.



The Transformer is a low priced tablet with the following specs:
  • 10.1: inch (1280×800 pixels) LED Backlight WXGA display with multi-touch support
  • 1 GB RAM + Nvidia Tegra CPU
  • 16/32GB Internal memory
  • 5 Megapixel rear camera + 1.2 Megapixel front camera
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
  • High Quality Microphone
  • 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-in), mini HDMI 1.3a connector
  • Micro SD card reader
  • G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope
  • GPS with Maps and E-Compass
  • 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Dimensions: 271 x 171 x 12.98 mm
  • Weight: 680 g

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May 25, 2011

User Survey added to Ubuntu Adverts site [video]


The Ubuntu Adverts site launched in the month of November last year which is focussed on creating ads/commercials for the promotion of Canonical's OS, Ubuntu has a new section added to it's site, Surveys. The survey doesn't really ask questions about the experiences with Ubuntu,  but it's more of radio buttons and check marks asking about why you use the computer, how long have you been using Ubuntu, which other OS you use along with personal information.

Ubuntu Adverts gives a platform for creative Ubuntu fans to contribute in promoting the OS. The site says it's looking for static graphic artists, animators, video editors. If you are one, then you can help by get involved. Even if you do not fall in the aforementioned category, you can still help by donating to the project. Well you see, Advertising pays, but you need to pay for the advertisement as well. Pun intended.

Here are a couple of Ubuntu ads that I like. Enjoy!



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May 23, 2011

Hype, the HTML5 Animation tool for Mac

Startup Tumult has released it's first product, Hype. It's a simple tool to create animations in the HTML5 format. Hype is a keyframe based tool; the user can just drag and drop images, videos and texts into the frames. This tool will be considered as a replacement for Flash developers who'd want to build animations for iPhones and iPads.


Tumult is a venture by two ex Apple employees, Jonathan Deutsch and Ryan Nielsen. Deutsch said “It’s pretty clear that HTML5 is the future of the web. It will, of course, run not only on desktop machines but also runs really well on any modern smartphone or tablet like the iPad. The problem is that there are no good designer apps for creating animated HTML5 like there are for Flash.” Speaking about Hype he said  “We made an intuitive recording interface, so you don’t have laboriously layout each individual keyframe. You can just hit record, move your objects and go. It’s really easy to make some powerful, beautiful animations.”


If you want to buy the app, $29.99 is what you need to shell out. Download it from the Mac App Store by clicking below.



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May 22, 2011

WebP Image format ready to take on JPEG?

Although only supported by Chrome and Opera now, Google's WebP  with added features can be considered as a future format for displaying images on your web browser.
A report in the official Google blog says a feature has been added that allows the browser to display images without having to wait for the whole file to download.


The key pickings from the post:


Google products including Gmail and Picasa Web Albums, have also added support to WebP so you can share, send and receive WebP images. WebP support is coming to AppEngine.


Users that want to manipulate WebP images can now do so using software developed by the community including PixelmatorImageMagick, the WebP format plugin for Photoshop and the Java VP8 decoder.


On Windows, users who want to view WebP images natively, can download the WebP codec. This codec brings WebP support to such software as Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Media Center and Photo Edit.


Clearly the development of the format has taken a flying start. With more browsers adding support to the format, it shouldn't have any problems replacing JPEG and PNG

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May 21, 2011

Free XBOX 360 Spartan Commercial [video]

Microsoft announced that a student would get an XBOX 360 free when he/she buys a PC running Windows7 worth $699 or up. The campaign which is named "Get ready to be the coolest student"(what?) will last for a limited time starting 22nd May and Microsoft hopes this will help boost PC sales which took a dip in the Q4 of 2010.
Couple of days ago, Microsoft tweeted this "Spartan was made for college. Free Xbox 360 when you purchase a $699 PC " and had the following video as well.


Update:





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A JavaScript PC emulator that runs Linux in a browser

French developer Fabrice Bellard has written a JavaScript program that could emulate the processor which would enable a web browser to run linux.


Bellard said, "I did it for fun, just because newer JavaScript engines are fast enough to do complicated things. The emulator was a way to learn how to write optimized code for recent JavaScript engines, in particular JaegerMonkey (for Firefox 4) and V8 (for Chrome)." He said that this experiment actually shows how mature JS has become.


Bellard is best known for developing a digital TV signal generator software that uses a computer's VGA card to broadcast TV signals; Linmodem, Linux software that emulates a hardware modem chip; and a program that calculated pi to a then-record 2,699,999,990,000 digits.


If you want to give the emulator a try by clicking here.


[via ZDNet]

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May 17, 2011

Facebook gives app devs 48hrs to fix security issues

Facebook has been sending emails to application developers to resolve the security concerns that may have arisen due to apps still using older authentication methods that allow third parties to gain access over user's account.


Last week Symantec wrote a report on their blog which said that about 100,000 FB apps allowed leakage of data. Following this, facebook asked all developers to move to OAuth 2.0 by September 1. But that's too far away. So it has been asking developers to either make a temporary fix to this or directly move to OAuth 2.0 within 48hrs. The following cut out is from the email by FB


Our automated systems have detected that you may be inadvertently allowing authentication data to be passed to 3rd parties. Allowing user ids and access tokens to be passed to 3rd parties, even inadvertently, could allow these 3rd parties to access the data the user made available to your site. This violates our policies and undermines user trust in your site and Facebook Platform.
Our legacy mechanism passes authentication information in the URL query string which, if handled incorrectly, can be passed to 3rd parties by the browser. Our current OAuth 2.0 authentication system, released over a year ago, passes this information in the URL fragment, which is not passed to 3rd parties by the browser. 
If you discover the issue, you can do one of two things: 
1. Migrate your site to use our OAuth 2.0 authentication system. We are requiring all apps and sites to update to this mechanism by Sept. 1, 2011. Migrating now will address this issue and ensure that you are one of the first to meet the deadline. For more details, please see our Authentication Guide. 
2. Create and use an interstitial page to remove the authentication data before redirecting to your page with 3rd party content. This approach is used by many of our largest developers today (although they are all migrating to OAuth 2.0 shortly). This is a simple and straightforwardchange that should have minimal impact on your site. For more details on this approach, see our Legacy Connect Auth doc. 
Because of the importance of ensuring user trust and privacy, we are asking you to complete one of the above steps in the next 48 hours. If you fail to do so, your site may be subject to one of the enforcement actions outlined in our policies.


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May 15, 2011

Remix the web with BO.LT

Ever saw a beautiful web page and thought you could use it after a few changes with the texts and the images? Well, bo.lt allows you to do just that.


All you have to do is specify the page you wish to change and then all the resources in that page are moved to bo.lt's server and you're given a simple web based editor to make all the changes you need. Now you have your remixed web page and a link to share it with the world.


You have to request for an invite on the website. Here's a video showing how it works.


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May 11, 2011

Startup Visual.ly to provide infographics solutions [video]

"The whole world is DATA"; if the quote didn't make sense a decade ago it sure does now. Infographics today is something that we see everywhere. Market growth, Sales, Future predictions...you name it. Everyone is looking to represent their data in the right way.


Visual.ly, a startup is going to help you with just that. If you're looking for a infographics design solutions then this is going to be the right place. Believe it or not, the Infographics business is much bigger than what we think it is. "Visual.ly wants to offer its services up in a subscription model, providing its team to clients as needed for a monthly retainer fee." says editor, Cliff Kuang.


Check out the video below. Catchy beats, Colorful. Enjoy!



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Google Music is here

Google launched it's cloud based music service at the I/O developer conference yesterday and calls it "Music Beta by Google". While in beta, it allows the users(you've to request for an invite...the usual) to upload about 20K songs on the cloud and then stream it using an app in the market for Android 2.2+ device or your web browser, and the service is currently free.


Any changes you make to your collection on the web or through your mobile device will be in effect immediately at either places. Also you can choose to cache songs on your mobile device, so you don't have to stream it from the cloud. Another feature called "Instant Mix" that builds an entire playlist based on a single song that the user selects. Google, you're almost there.


Check out the Introduction video. Enjoy!



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May 7, 2011

Is your mom on Twitter? [mother's day video]

While Google is asking you to create Google accounts for your young ones, Twitter is asking you to give your mom a mother's day gift by creating an account for them. Twitter posted about this on Facebook and released the following video.


So to all you moms out there, happy mother's day!, and for all those who are going to do what twitter has said, happy tweaching!. Do use #mymomtweets. Enjoy the video.



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May 5, 2011

New Chrome ad. Fantastic! [video]

Here's the Google's new "Dear Sophie" ad. Wonderful I must say. Also a sneak peak at the Google's +1 button at 0:51 mark. Enjoy!



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