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Aliens everywhere

There’s a lot of talk in this days on aliens, Xfiles, disclosures,…

Evan Ackerman at Dvice reports that “[…] a paper on […] website by NASA astrobiologist Dr. Richard B. Hoover that showcases a variety of microscopic fossilized structures from inside meteorites that are possibly the remains of extraterrestrial bacteria. Aliens, for real. […] ” (Full story here, original article in Journal of cosmology, here , Jack Loftus at Gizmodo here).

I’m quite convinced that somewhere in the universe there are living entities, I have imagined them in different ways for years.

I know that on a scientific POV they are likely to be like this one, but, on a more idealistic POV I hoped for something different 🙂 .

But at least this EBE managed to get here….

This is the picture

This post as a comment also at http://dvice.com/archives/2011/03/nasa-researcher.php and at Gizmodo

Google new browser concept is without URL bar?

Raymond Wong at Dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/raymond_wong) reports that some mockups from Google seems to be “[…] killing the URL address bar in its Chrome web browser. Always looking to shave pixels off of its Chrome web browser, Google is toying around with four different layouts that could drastically change the way you browse the web: classic, compact, sidetab and touch. The most notable change is of course the “compact” version that does away with the URL bar, and puts “multiple URL bars into tabs.” It essentially gives you more vertical pixels, which means less scrolling within websites. […]” (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/google-is-think.php, original article at Lifehacker and by Wolfgang Gruener at http://www.conceivablytech.com/5746/products/google-may-kill-chrome-url-bar/).

I think that browsing has made lot of step forwards during time, but one thing remained quite the same the URL bar. But I’ m confident that Google usability magicians will be able to imagine something without the bar.

This post as a comment also at   http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/google-is-think.php

Crematorium heated pool? No thanks!

Michael Trei at dvice.com (http://dvice.com/archives/author/michael_trei) reports that the city of Redditch in UK will use crematorium exhaust to heat up nearby town pool (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2011/01/crematorium-hea.php).

What makes a difference between human beings and animals (not all kinds of) is the cult of deads.

I cannot understand how people can imagine to use the heat of a crematorium as a source of hot water.

I am and always will be a fan of capitalissm and free economy, but I think that some principles and behaviours should be respected and some borders not crossed.

Where are we going to go if we loose also the basics in favour of money?

This post as a comment also at http://dvice.com/archives/2011/01/crematorium-hea.php

Transforming an iPhone into an Android one

Adam Frucci at Dvice reports a trick that allows transforming an iPhone 3G into an android powered one through Cydia availabe bootlace (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/11/turn-your-iphon-2.php).

Worth a read if you have a spare one.


3G on Everest? No thanks.

Kat Hannaford at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/KatHannaford/posts/) and others (Raymond Wong at Dvice – http://dvice.com/archives/author/raymond_wong-) , report that also mount Everest is covered with 3G signal thanks to 8 masts mounted around (Full article at http://gizmodo.com/5676300/the-worlds-tallest-mountain-has-gone-3g and at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/10/mountain-climbe.php).

While I can understand that it helps in giving security to climbers and improves, maybe, local conditions, I suffer for seeing Everest violated and reduced to a commercial locations.

Some respect for culture and nature is always needed.

Hope that at least the technology developed helps in connecting and giving access to informations for 3rd and 4th world people.

This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5676300/the-worlds-tallest-mountain-has-gone-3g and at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/10/mountain-climbe.php

A spy toolkit for iPhone

Michael Trei at Dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/michael_trei) reports that Brickhouse security markets an “[…] innocent looking USB drive has only one purpose, to download and copy most types of data stored on an iPhone. That means everything including your text messages, voice memos, photos, GPS tracking info, and web searches can be copied quickly be anyone who gets access to your phone for a few minutes […]”. The price is $199 and is available at the moment for iOS3, with iOS4 support coming in september (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/08/spy-stick-lets.php, manufacturer site at http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/iphone-spy-data-recovery-stick.html).

While I don’t endorse neither support the use of such a device, I’m curious about it and ask how can Apple have left such a flaw in security. And we were discussing for antenna problems… 🙂

This post as a comment at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/08/spy-stick-lets.php

Automated vans from Italy to China

Michael Trei at dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/michael_trei) reports that “[…] Developed by a team at Vislab, a spin-off company from the University of Parma, the plan is to run the vehicles on electric power, covering 60 miles a day at about 40 mph. The vehicles charge overnight. The large solar panel on the roof of each van is used to power the vast array of control systems, including laser scanners, cameras, and GPS units.

The lead van will be driven by a real human, with the autonomous vans following behind like the pied piper’s hypnotized legions. While they are driverless, a couple of brave people will be sitting in the back seats of the robot vans, ready to take over in the event something goes wrong. […]” (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/07/solar-powered-r.php).

I’m proud of this innovation coming from my home country!

Hope that helps in making street safer and our travels easier.

Polaroid: the return

Charlie Sorrel (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/author/mistercharlie/) at Wired Gadget ad Dvice lab informs us that polaroid is back with a brand new camera using istant developing film (full story at http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/04/polaroid-lives-new-camera-uses-real-instant-film/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29 and at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/04/polaroid-finall.php. Polaroid announcement at http://www.polaroid.com/products/0/353900/Instant_Cameras).

“[…] The PIC-300 has the familiar snap-and-wait action, spitting a photo from a slot in its top whereupon the internal chemical pack goes to work to develop the image. The camera itself has four exposure settings and an automatic flash built into its ugly, bulbous and toy-like exterior, and runs on four AA batteries or a rechargeable li-ion (all included).

The crying shame is that the photos are smaller than the originals, although they do have that classic shape with the fat (chemical-containing) bottom-border. Similar in size to a business card, the print is 2.1 x 3.4-inches (with a 1.8 x 2.4-inch image) versus the old 3.5 x 4.25 (3 x 3.1 image size) […]”

I’m curious to see the photo quality, but happy that a small part of my childhood comes back.

I’ve nothing personal against digital photos, but how “sexy” and “human” is to feel the photo paper under the fingers…

How is tasty to find those old photos after some time a little more yellow….

Does China need an IPhone or does The IPhone need China

Kevin Hall at Dvice writes a small but good article talking about China Unicom and Apple having signed a partnership in order to sell Iphones in China. What Kevin states is that China Unicom will buy the headsets as wholesales and will have the right to decide the content being shown (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2009/08/does-china-real.php).

I think that Apple move, on an economic point of view only, is a smart move, because of the big market is entering.

On the fact of having a less rich Iphone, I remain on my position that those who will have the IPhone for benefiting of all functions will be far less than those buying it “because is glamour”.

What doesn’t surprise me but seems incoherent is that Apple rejects Google Voice app because changes user experience, but when China Unicom cuts some content is accepted.

1.2 Billion potential users are a new frontier that cannot be ignored, also if some exceptions have to be made.

This post as a comment at http://dvice.com/archives/2009/08/does-china-real.php

Office 2010 and web based application

Christian Zibreg at Geek.com comments on Microsoft information on Office 2010 and its web free apllications (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/microsoft-strikes-back-office-2010-arrives-in-h1-2009-includes-free-online-apps-that-rival-google-docs-20090713/). Same thing does Dvice (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2009/07/microsoft-to-ma.php)

We are moving again towards a full webbization of applications, while Internet isn’t so fast and so accessible everywhere.

And average users are not so skilled to use everything on line.

This comment as a post also at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/microsoft-strikes-back-office-2010-arrives-in-h1-2009-includes-free-online-apps-that-rival-google-docs-20090713/comment-page-1/#comment-1663441 and at http://dvice.com/archives/2009/07/microsoft-to-ma.php

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