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Voyage to Pandora: First Interstellar Space Flight


Found this interesting video on YouTube. If you like science, space and our possible future, please enjoy!

Pandora is the idyllic blue world featured in the movie Avatar. Its location is a real place: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun and the most likely destination for our first journey beyond the solar system.

The year is 2154. Our planet has been ruined by environmental catastrophe. In the movie Avatar, greedy prospectors from Earth descend on the world of an innocent hunter-gatherer people called the Na’vi.

K-Pop Phenomenon and 2EN1


I am still trying to understand the phenomenon of K-Pop. I am amazed at the popularity of the group (2NE1) and their fan base. What’s more amazing is the fact that some of the younger generation seemed to not understand how I could “not know what K-Pop is”? Well I definitely know what it is now, after being formally “trained and quizzed on the music of K-Pop”. However, in case you don’t know, below is a link to one of the most popular bands in Asia.

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Rogers Video no more, time to get an Apple TV device


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The 2nd generation Apple TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rogers Video no more, time to get an Apple TV device

Are you looking to rent a movie? Apple TV makes the process simple and easy. You also get access to a host of other bonus features. With Rogers Video officially putting an end to their video stores it’s now time for you to consider alternatives. Devices like an ATV can help to mitigate the transition. Straight from Apple’s website “The new Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you access to the best content — blockbuster movies, TV shows, sports, your music and photos and more — right on your widescreen TV. You can even play content from your iOS devices on your TV using AirPlay. Best of all, Apple TV is just $109″. It connects to Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, WSJ and other services. I’ve had it for 2+ years and have no complaints.

Finally a gaming device that won’t gather dust


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Xbox 360 (Photo credit: emelgeek)

It’s amazing to see how we consume media. No longer to we care about cable and satellites dishes. Alright, I am exaggerating a bit, but there is a definite shift in the landscape. Gaming devices, like the Xbox 360 and PS3 have now turned into media devices. Microsoft claims that Xbox users are now consuming more music and video content. How long will it last? I suspect that this is a permanent change. We want to consume content on our own schedule. We don’t mind watching old content on Netflix, with the odd sprinkle of updated series.  We want Hulu and streaming radio. We want to watch sports on-demand. We are seeing people spend hours online searching YouTube and watching homemade content. I imagine that we may start to see a run on people simply buying these devices for media. With Roku, AppleTV, and other devices doing so well the only winners maybe broadband providers. The times are definitely changing and advertisers better figure out quickly where they fit in the new media device world.

Cutting the cord through my over-the-air AppleTV and Netflix experience


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It’s been more than 1-2 years and my over-the-air antenna, AppleTV and Netflix configuration has helped me to save a substantial amount of money. To be perfectly honest the experiment started when I began to observe that family members were not watching the TV; opting to go online to get their content. Paying for a monthly plan just did not make sense. There were really only two issues. How do I get my news and what about entertaining guest from time to time?

Starting with cable, with over-the-air HD quality signals I cut the cord. My HD 51 inch plasma TV already had a built in tuner. I purchased a Digiwave yagi antenna and 2 regular HD antenna’s; running them into my attic. The results, after going to TVFOOL.COM, was approximately 20-25 channels.

What about additional content? Well, since we were avid podcast followers the AppleTV seemed to be the perfect fit. We researched many others, but devices like the Roku was not available in Canada and GoogleTV unfortunately was not available either. I loved the Boxee, but not it’s price. I believe it was an error to sell it for so much. In any case I am happy with the ATV2. I can rent movies with ease, use the iCloud for my pictures, connect with YouTube, use Vimeo, the Wall Street Journal and a host of other items from one device.

My Netflix experience is extremely positive. I have no complaints. Content is fine, albeit it would be nice to get more British media. Integration in the AppleTV is seamless. There are a few other features available with the AppleTV, which I have not used. In particular iTunes Match. I may get to it one day. Other bonuses are online radio and the ability to purchase movies and TV, ala cart, from iTunes and have it available from iClould.

All in all the Apple created a simple and easy to use experience. There were a lot of nay-sayers, in regards to my over-the-air antenna. However I can happily say that I have found other uses for the cash. Ironically Netflix did not affect my 60 GB limit as much as I thought it would. Online, through a browser, radio seems to use more bandwidth and bytes. If you want to cut the cord first evaluate what is important to you. It’s not for everyone. However, if you find, like me, you are doing more online it maybe time to look at spending a bit more on bandwidth and cut the cord.

Battle over Canadian big-brother copyright bill C61


OTTAWA — Critics of the Harper government’s proposed changes to the Copyright Act have launched a cyber crusade to fight the controversial bill.

They’re using everything from Facebook to YouTube to Wikipedia to blogs to get their message out. They want the government to either scrap or make serious amendments to Bill C-61 when Parliament resumes next month.

At the helm of the digital movement is Michael Geist, a professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in Internet and e-commerce law. In addition to his own blog, Geist runs a Facebook group called Fair Copyright for Canada that boasts 90,000 members.

The group, which was created in December, has become so large that members have created local chapters by city and riding to better organize their efforts. Many of the local groups have also developed wikis – online encyclopedic web pages – to keep their members informed.

Geist said more Canadians are getting involved because they recognize how the proposed reforms could affect their daily lives.

“We’re talking about more than just copyright here. We’re talking about the digital environment,” he said. “This legislation represents a real threat to the vibrancy of that online environment.”

Industry Minister Jim Prentice introduced the bill in June, calling it a “made-in-Canada” solution to online piracy. But critics responded that the bill was a carbon copy of the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

If passed, Bill C-61 would make it illegal to circumvent “digital locks” on CDs and DVDs and impose a $500 fine on anyone caught downloading illegal copies of music or movies.

Geist also launched a video contest on YouTube inviting Canadians to give their thoughts on Bill C-61 in 61 seconds. A panel of five judges, including Ontario Privacy Commissioner Anne Cavoukian, will announce the winner on Sept. 15 – the day MPs return to the House of Commons.

An Industry Canada spokeswoman said Prentice is interested to see the number of Canadians involved in the online discussions, but it’s up to Parliament to study the issue further.

“The activity online proves that a broad range of stakeholders, with varying interests and vantage points, care deeply about this issue,” said Stefanie Power, in an email response.

The movement isn’t confined to the digital world. The online protests have spurred offline activism.

Kempton Lam, a business consultant from Calgary, used his blog and Facebook to organize a rally outside a breakfast hosted by Prentice last month. Lam said the online discussions have fuelled potential activists.

“There are so many Canadians that have issues will this bill,” he said. “And the online forum has helped us get informed, which leads to offline rallies.

“After we meet, members write about what we learned, post videos back on to the blogs and Facebook group.”

Members of the online movement are also trying to make their voices heard through letter-writing campaigns and one-on-one meetings with local MPs.

Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal held a town hall meeting last month to discuss the controversial legislation after his office was flooded with letters from concerned constituents.

It’s not the first time this digital community has bared its teeth. The Conservative government was slated to introduce the reforms in December but delayed the bill after heavy criticism flooded the blogosphere.

Geist said he is optimistic that the activism will make a difference.

“When you get tens of thousands of Canadians speaking out like this, there’s big political risk for any political party who chooses to ignore it,” he warned.

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Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked? True or Fake?


Steve Jobs’ keynote speech, that he is due to make on stage at the Moscone Centre in San Francicso on Tuesday 15th January, has apparently been leaked via Wikipedia.

With highlights including a 16GB iPhone, details of the SDK for the device, a 13-inch 0.8-inch thick redesigned MacBook and direct YouTube for Apple TV, it would not be a dull keynote if it’s all true.

In its entirety, if the sources are to be believed, here is what Monsieur Jobs is to cover during tomorrow’s time on stage:

MacWorld January 2008 Keynote
Rough Outline; draft 5

Greetings! Welcome to Moscone Center
Quick Overview: iPod/iTunes
– iPod has been extremely profitable for us this holiday season
– Sales figures, market share
– Our new models are doing better than ever
– 3 iPod games released last month accidentally (supposed to be for today)
– Another new game today: Chess
– iTunes doing extremely well (sales figures/market share)
– Today: 30 indie labels releasing their entire catalogs in iTunes Plus
– Many more to follow in the next few months

iPhone
– Best iPod ever
– Sales figures, market share
– Sales beyond our wildest dreams
– Much more than the 1% market share we asked for in January
– Starting today: 8GB $399, 16GB $499
– Four times the memory as original iPhone for the same price
– iPhone is coming to Japan in March with NTT DoCoMo
– SDK is unveiled!

iPhone/iPod Touch SDK
– Apps and Widgets
– Using Cocoa with Objective-C
– Developers submit programs as source code, not executable
– Specify iPhone or both iPhone/Touch (certain features iPhone only)
– Set your own price: Apps $0-$6.99, Widgets $0-$2.99
– Users buy/download in iTunes Wi-Fi Store / iTunes Store (Mac/PC)
– Automatic updating wirelessly or docked

– Demonstration of exporting from XCode 3 to iTunes Store
– Submits source code to Apple for validation (make sure that people aren’t abusing the system, prevent malware and viruses)
– If using microphone or GSM, iPhone only; otherwise, available for both iPhone and iPod Touch
– Apps can be free or up to $6.99; Widgets free or up to $2.99
– Developers recieve 70% of revenue for their products
– Licensed under Apple Mobile Software License
– Can download wirelessly from iTunes Wi-Fi Store or docked to computer from iTunes Store
– Demonstration of wirelessly downloading (and running) the app submitted earlier
– Apps and widgets can be rearranged on front screen; front screen scrolls to show all apps/widgets
– Resubmit updated versions of apps; when added to store, iPhone/Touch will ask you to update it next time you use it (or next time you dock the iPhone/Touch)
– Developers can get their hands on a beta version of the SDK tomorrow on ADC and start developing; final version due early February
– iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch Software update 1.3 allowing for Apps mid-February

Example apps/widgets
Apps:
– iChat (coming with 1.3 update) (AIM, Jabber/Google Talk)
— Quick demonstration
– RSS Feed Reader (coming with 1.3 update) (read feeds online or off)
– One of our partners made something cool: Last.fm (scrobble tracks played on iPhone/touch wirelessly without syncing w/ computer)
Widgets:
– Dictionary (coming with 1.3 update) (quickly look up words, translate, use wikipedia)
— Quick demonstration
– Yellow/White Book (coming with 1.3 update) (search for contacts, add them to your address book directly from the app, will sync back with address book on your Mac/PC)
– Sports Ticker (coming with 1.3 update) (choose your sports and teams, get updates on their progress)
– Another partner: Twitter (update your Twitter on the fly, see your friends tweets)
– Try these out on the show floor today

Mac
– Sales are getting better and better every day
– Hardware sales figures/market share
– Leopard released October; doing spectacularly
– Sales figures/market share
– Selling extremely well; estimated to overtake Tiger in terms of marketshare by June if you only count the new Macs that come with it preinstalled; even quicker if you include boxed copies
– 10.5.2 out today – many bug fixes, also addressing a lot of issues and complaints users had such as list view with stacks and certain HIG non-compliance issues

New MacBooks!
– What would MacWorld be without a new Mac? (sorry about last year)
– Completely redesigned MacBook
– Completely aluminum body like MacBook Pro
– 13″ screen at 1440×900
– Two colors: Black and Silver
– Looks gorgeous at 0.8″ thin
– A major feat of engineering – patents abound
– DVD drive pops open on side when eject button is pressed
– New on all notebooks and iMac: iSight HD (720p)
– New backlit keyboard based on recent Apple Keyboard revisions (keys slightly lighter than that of laptop casing, colorwise)
– New matching MagSafe cable (Aluminum ends, cord color matches that of keyboard)
– New matching Apple Remote (slightly smaller with larger overall buttons)
– Intel GMA X3100 graphics
– 3 models
– Completely phasing out the combo drive on all product lines today
– BTO models can upgrade all the way to 2.6GHz/4GB Memory/320GB hard drive
– 4.5 hours of battery life
– Starting at $1199

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gOS Unboxed: Should Microsoft Worry?


Microsoft’s rivalry with Google heated up considerably this past year when rumors surfaced that Google might release its own operating system to compete with Windows. Has Google finally jumped into the fray with its own OS?

Unfortunately, no; gOS is not a “Google OS” nor is it affiliated with Google (though Desktop Linux has reported that Google has seen gOS and approved inclusion of the Google toolbar with the operating system).

gOS is developed by Good OS LLC out of Los Angeles. It’s based on Ubuntu Linux 7.10 and runs the Enlightenment E17 interface instead of KDE or Gnome. Despite not being created by Google, the focus of gOS is Google’s online applications such as GMail, Google News, Google Maps, Google Calendar, YouTube, etc. It’s a neat concept for a Linux distribution, but how practical is it?

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