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Moto X

Jul
11

In May of 2012, Google acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. This gave Google an official entry into the hardware play and puts them in direct competition with Apple.

Their first showing post acquisition? The mysterious Moto X.

Rumoured to launch in either September or October 2013, they’ve recently started a sign-up page to register interest in a phone nobody’s even seen yet.

Based on the rumour mill, it seems like the phone’s hardware will be mid-end, but topped up with a bunch of interesting software features. Below are some of the specs and features speculated, together with a leaked picture of how the phone may look.

Motorola-X-Phone

Source: Tinthe

  • Of course, being a company of Google, we can probably expect the phone to have the native android experience, devoid of carrier bloat and layered UI like HTC Sense or Samsung’s Touchwiz.
  • One of its first selling points is the ability to customise the phone with 12 colourful back panels.
  • It may ship with the new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
  • Display size will be between 4.7″ to 5.0″, with a 720p resolution.
  • Use of Sapphire Glass, which is purportedly 3 X stronger than Gorilla Glass.
  • 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor, with 2GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage.
  • 10MP back facing and 2MP front facing cameras.

Also, it seems that Google is prepared to spend up to $500 million to market the Moto X.

What do you think? Yay or Nay?

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The google roswell incident

Jul
08

Today’s google doodle is a playable game that puts you in the shoes of a poor cute little alien, trapped on Earth. He (i think) needs to find all 3 fragments of his spaceship before he can zip on home.

Along the way, you’ll collect items that will help you retrieve your spaceship parts, meet farm animals who may or may not be of help, and get back home before MIB comes knocking.

Google Roswell Incident

Help him, will you?

You can look at Google’s doodles page for more playable fun.

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3D printing is the future?

Jun
12

It seems like 3D printing is going to be the future, and a pretty near future.

Local firm Pirate 3D Inc has launched a

    Kickstarter

campaign to bring 3D printing to the masses, and with 17 days to go, have already far, far exceeded their goal of $100,000 to receive funding of $850,000 and counting.

If you want to own a piece of 3D printing tech, just pledge $397 or more to get 1 unit of The Bucaneer and a cartridge of print material.

If I were to get one, I’m gonna print me some dragons and take over Westeros!

game of thrones dragons

Need a light?

Hey, if we can 3D print a house, why not dragons?

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Reddit and its awesomeness

May
10

Reddit logo

We all know about reddit and its tight community of people all over the world and walks of life, coming to discuss, create and generally, do stuff together.

As with any other platform, you can see it as a weapon. By itself, it’s just a tool. It can be used for good, and sometimes, it can be used to bad effect. Other times, you just have to sit back and go “whoa, that was cool”.

This is one such example:

Two redditors, unknown to each other, both took pictures of the same bolt of lightning from different places.

The top picture was taken by reddit user chordnine from Coors Field stadium of the Colorado Rockies.

This second picture was taken by reddit user Bobo1010 from Cherokee Station, a coal power plant.

credit: reddit user Bobo1010

credit: reddit user Bobo1010

This coincidence and finding of each other would have been awesome in itself. But reddit wasn’t done. Someone suggested that “technically, we should now be able to 3d model this lightning.”

Lo and behold, someone (reddit user cr42yr1ch) who knows a bit of 3d modelling stood up and said “challenge accepted”, and this is the result:

credit: reddit user cr42yr1ch

credit: reddit user cr42yr1ch

For more details on how he modeled it, go to his site.

Now, all that’s left is to go to the actual landing site of the lightning bolt, and see if we can find the Mjolnir.

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Twitter’s Dick Costolo was an improv comedian, and this speech shows.

May
07

Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, gave a commencement speech at the University of Michigan where he graduated, and it’s a mixed bag of wisdom, wit and encouragement.

He started off by tweeting a photo from his vantage point, and then went into his experiences, first with improv, and then with Twitter, citing some of the impact and milestones Twitter had over the years.

He talks about living for the now, and how we should not plan too much, because “Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it even while you’re having it.”

He talks instead, about making bold choices, particularly with finding your passion, and working toward that.

In a nutshell, it’s really an awesome speech. Watch.

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Is blackberry too late to the casual gaming game?

Apr
08

Blackberry’s often differentiated themselves and marketed themselves as a trusted phone for the power suits, businessmen and government officials. Hell, even the POTUS uses a blackberry (and still does).

Who has time to play games when they’re wheeling and dealing and making multi-billion dollar decisions on a daily basis? All they need is a solid email workhorse.

And that stance has seen them lose market share quicker than celebrities tweeting a rogue nipple.

Casual gaming does not seem to be a fad, and is in fact growing from quarter to quarter, despite Zynga’s falling share price. So its no surprise then that Blackberry is starting to woo game developers with Blackberry 10. Afterall, its do-or-die time.

So Game Developers, if you think Blackberry still has a chance to jump back into the mobile game, you may want to check this out and give it a spin.

If this takes off, the next time you see President Obama hunched over and furiously swiping his phone, its either very bad news regarding North Korea, or he’s in a very bad situation getting his plants to stage an effective defense against zombies.

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How big is the internet?

Mar
28

We use it everyday. For knowledge. For social interactions. For work. For entertainment. Porn.

For a kid born in the 90s, it will be almost impossible for him or her to imagine life without the internet. We all know the internet’s huge. But just how big is it?

Here are some numbers (mostly from 2012):

Now go wrap your head around those for a while…

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Buyral

Mar
22

So you just spent a lot of money producing a funny, high production value video for your company, and want, no, need it to go viral. What do you do? Most people say you can only make a good video, and hope the world turns in such a way that people will take note of it, and spread it virally. Maybe seed it to a few big influencers.

Nope.

You go to Buyral, and spend more money to guarantee it goes viral!

Watch:

OK OK, so it’s not real. Just a very clever self promotional tool by Toronto ad agency John St.

Or is it….

Techcrunch recently reported a network of bots that are costing advertisers up to $6 million dollars a month. An estimated 9 billion ad views a month, are not real views! Wrap your head around that!

Now that video doesn’t seem that funny, does it?

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