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HP Seeks Russell Brand’s Help Against iPad

Written on July 04, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Russell Brand uses his humor to discuss what HP's TouchPad is all about.

After the news that HP is creating an iPad competitor, the company told that their tablet’s target were the enterprise customers. But it seems that people were not convinced. Hence, HP reached for one more resort — make them laugh.

HP, which managed to create a good ad campaign or two this time, sought for Russell Brand’s help to make a series of short videos for the TouchPad. Each one discusses the various features of the tablet, which HP said does not compete against the iPad. Fortunately, Russell Brand was able express the essence of HP TouchPad without being overly intelligent. But whether these videos can lift up the perception of HP TouchPad with ordinary consumers, only the people can tell.

Check out the HP TouchPad video after the jump.

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V-Moda Releases True Blood-themed Headphones

Written on July 03, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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V-Moda, together with HBO, outs on-ear headphones with True Blood themes.

V-Moda, a company known for producing headphones and clothings, recently unveiled their newest on-ear headphones inspired by the True Blood series: The V-80.

Together with HBO, the network which airs the said TV series, V-Moda created a headphone that has themes coming from the show. The V-80 has built in metal shields with the Fangtasia night club name on it, Japanese symbols from the True Blood beverage, and a personalize badge which shows the owner’s blood type. The accessory is created with MIL-STD-810G standards.

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Google I/O 2011 keynotes available on YouTube

Written on May 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google I/O 2011 event which takes place on San Francisco last week May 10-11, has been attended by thousands of people and watch via live streaming by the whole world.

Major Google product / software announcements:

  • Google announces Android 3.1
  • Google TV getting Android 3.1 and Market this summer
  • Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011 to smartphones and tablets alike
  • Android Market launches movie rentals, thousands of titles available to your PC, phone or tablet
  • Google Music Beta to stream 20,000 songs for free
  • Google partners with OEMs and carriers to guarantee timely Android updates
  • Google announces Android Open Accessory standard, Arduino-based ADK
  • Google announces Android@Home framework for home automation
  • Google clarifies 18 month Android upgrade program, details far from solidified
  • Google adding Netflix, Hulu support, offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs to Chrome OS this summer, prices hardware at $20 per month
  • Google unveils Acer Chromebook: $349, 11.6-inches with 6.5-hour battery
  • Official: Samsung reveals Chrome OS laptop — the Series 5
  • Google teases Samsung-built Chromebox, desktop version of Chrome OS

If you miss the change to watch the event you can now watch the whole event via Youtube, Watch the video after the break.

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US Navy Turns to Online Gaming to Fight Somali Pirates

Written on May 12, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The Office of Naval Research turns to the most common used tool for crowd sourcing tactical advice to fight Somali Piracy -- an online game.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is looking for fresh tactics in fighting the Somali Piracy. That said, the US Navy turns to online gaming to crowd source tactical advice. ONR’s Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI) will gather more than 1,000 players in a three-week scenario to deal with the complex nature of an evolving threat.

The MMOWGLI will definitely not look like Black Ops or Counter Strike, as the game is searching for adept gamers from academia, defense industry, government organizations, and other defense or naval-related fields. However, ONR welcomes anyone who wish to sign up. MMOWGLI’s gameplay is like posting a tweet, wherein gamers will have 140 characters to answer each question or scenario that has something to do with the Somali Piracy. They can vote each others’ suggestion then, or comment to improve them. The more ‘yea’ a gamer gets, the more points he can stack up.

By the end of the game, successful solutions to the piracy scenario could be applied to various global problems in the future.

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Samsung Begins Mass Production of 22-inch Transparent LCD

Written on March 31, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Take a peek into the transparent future, as Samsung begins production of their backlight-less LCD screens.

Samsung has announced that they have started producing 22-inch transparent, yes transparent, LCD panels for this year. The company boasts that these LCD panels have the “world’s best transparency rate”, with 20% transparency for black-and-white type and over 15% for colored. That means you get to see clear images despite using only ambient light as a backlight for the screens, plus you get to use less electricity along the way.

The 22-inch screen will have a 1680×1050 resolution panel with a 500:1 contrast ratio, and will also be compatible with HDMI and USB. However, it looks like these will be used for advertising and corporate teleconferencing first, before letting the rest of the world take a crack at them.

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TED 2011 Prize Winner JR Changes the World Using Art

Written on March 07, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The art of changing the world requires no professional training. It's an attribute that's innate in every human being ever since birth.

It’s not only the technology or the gadgets, nor the politicians or the brilliant academic minds that change the world; it’s the people who think outside the box, the people who dedicate their lives for the love of the art. Their works not only inspire creativity, but also evokes a distinct feeling that makes us look into ourselves and the world all over. JR, a French guerilla artist, had humble beginnings as he naively does graffiti on the streets of Paris. Later on in his career, with the use of a camera equipped with a 28mm lens, he uncovers the faces of the world that are arguably controversial, but universally inspiring. As he wins the Technology Entertainment Design 2011 (TED 2011) Prize, he only has one wish, and that is for us to “turn the world inside out.”

Check out his talk at the TED 2011 Conference at Long Beach California after the break.

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TED 2011 Participants Jump into Google’s Self-Driving Cars

Written on March 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google's self-driving cars take TED 2011 participants on a wild ride; may plot to take over humanity soon.

TED 2011 is so far an amazing experience to the attendees. They get to listen up-close and personal to the greatest minds of the world, witness first hand the marvelous innovations people around the country are up to, and go on a wild ride using Google’s self-driving device. Yes, the people over at the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference over at Long Beach, California will aggressively cruise through a series of sharp curves and cones using, of all the companies, Google’s self-driving cars which may look scary at first, but turned out to be one heck of a ride after.

It looks like the car is pretty much self-aware as it is able to identify objects or persons walking infront of it. We’re just staggered because it seems like it’s only a matter of time until the human race will create the harbinger of a post-humanity era. Check out the video after the break!

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Wadah Khanfar Stresses Importance of Technology, Media and Youth [VIDEO]

Written on March 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Wadah Khanfar, the head of the Al Jazeera network, shares his optimistic and profound view of what’s happening in the Arab nations as he gives his thoughts and opinions on how technology, media, and the youth could shape the future. It’s all happening at the Technology Entertainment Design Conference, TED 2011.

For many decades, the Arab world has been in discord with war and political instability that has clouded the future of a region where the world often watches. But never before has the future looked so bright as technology and media empowers the Arab nations’ youth in expressing their firm stand against tyranny and dictatorship with the use of tools like Facebook and Twitter. Proof of this is the recent victory of Egypt against its corrupt leaders and the current heat that’s going on in Libya.

Hit the break to watch the video.

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TED 2011: Virtual Choir Brings Down the House

Written on March 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Internet has evolved into anything the user wants it to become, including an ethereal virtual choir that transcends the barriers of distance.

We’re entering day 3 of TED 2011, and so far this is the presentation that wowed the audience and the world over as it is the only one that has received a standing ovation, which is usually reserved for speakers later in the event’s line-up. But Eric Whitacre and his virtual choir certainly sweeped the crowd off their feet using nothing more than webcams and an internet connection.

The group is composed of choir members from around the globe which includes Austria, Argentina, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America. The title of the piece was “Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold),” a composition based on a poem by Edward Esch. Hit the break to watch the video!

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Is Your Phone Faster than a Windows 7 Phone?

Written on February 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The Windows Phone 7 dares you to try the challenge.

Microsoft is going all out this time for their Windows Phone 7, and why shouldn’t they? Several have already testified how amazing the OS is, and Microsoft’s previous ad campaign didn’t exactly do justice on how great the Windows Phone 7 is. But things may start to turn around as WinRumors have leaked ads of the Windows Phone 7 challenging other phones head-on in terms of speed. Called the ‘Real Time Challenge,’ a Windows Phone 7 demonstrates how efficiently fast navigating through the slick interface is through various challenges ranging from photo uploading on Facebook, getting directions, and so on.

WinRumors have unveiled that the “Your Phone” dotted line image is just a place holder and will be filled with other devices upon completion of the ads. Check out the video after the break!

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