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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

History of visual effects

Gizmodo writer Brian Barrett posts here an amazing 9 minutes video on 100 years of visual effects in film industry. Have a look.

Recovering lost data

Brian Mahoney at maximum PC (http://www.maximumpc.com/) writes a useful tutorial at Gizmodo on different methods to recover lost datas (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5741708/how-to-recover-your-data-mostly-free-and-easy).

I think that regular back up is the only way to sleep well at night, but, of course real time back up is quite time and resource consuming, so that some ways to recover file might become quite handy.

Worth a read.


Why batteries die

John Herrman at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/melvinjunko/posts/) writes a good article explaining why batteries come to an end (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5681005/giz-explains-why-batteries-die).

Worth a read.

iOS 4.3 coming in mid december

Chris Foresman at Ars Technica reports that “[…] iOS 4.2 took a little longer than planned to roll out; a last minute WiFi bug in the 4.2 golden master caused a delay of a few weeks to rev up to the 4.2.1 version that was released on Monday. Despite this, Apple is rumored to have iOS 4.3 already waiting in the wings for a mid-December release. That update is said to bring a new subscription billing API for in-app purchasing, according to MacStories, enabling app developers to collect recurring charges directly through iTunes for print, video, or other content. […]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/ios-43-rumored-for-mid-december-with-in-app-subscriptions.ars).

Same does Brian Barrett at Gizmodo (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5697563/is-ios-43-just-around-the-corner).

Ok. I agree that the market is demanding and the continuous release of new versions is a way to adapt the system to developments and market needs.

But in my opinion would be a little better to have a unique realse in december than having two separate ones at the distance of less than a month.

Is not a matter of complexity, of course, but is a matter of being pragmatic.

This post as a comment als at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/ios-43-rumored-for-mid-december-with-in-app-subscriptions.ars?comments=1&p=21058072#comment-21058072 and at http://gizmodo.com/5697563/is-ios-43-just-around-the-corner

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

Unlocking all stages in Angry birds

Casey Chan at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/caseychan/posts/) gives a possible scape in my last game obsession, Angry birds.

Casey suggests to “[…] 

1. Go to a World Select Screen
2. Center a locked world on your screen
3. Hit the back button on your Android phone until you exit Angry Birds
4. Load Angry Birds back up
5. When you see the ‘Play’ button, tap the button repeatedly
6. You’re now inside a locked world

[…] ” (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5671609/how-to-unlock-all-the-stages-in-angry-birds).

While I decide to use it or not, at the moment the cheat is checked only in android.

What’s strange with Google street view and corpses?

Chris  Matyszczyk at Cnet (http://www.cnet.com/profile/ChrisMatyszczyk/) and Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo report that Google streetview service launched in Brasil captured two distinct dead bodies and that images were removed by Google (full article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20018320-71.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 and at http://gizmodo.com/5656497/murder-captured-by-google-street-view-car).

I’m not surprised of cams having captured this sad moments. Is like having a lot of people watching for you and sometimes you get good things, someother you don’t.

On the other side I think that is quite impossible to censor this images before going live.

This post as a comment at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20018320-71.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20#addcomm and at http://gizmodo.com/5656497/murder-captured-by-google-street-view-car

Survey show we are not ready (or intersted) for 3d tv

Jack Loftus at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/J%20B%20Cougar/posts/) reports a Nielsen study presented also by USA today and engadget where users are less interested in 3d after giving a try on their own (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5635518/study-consumers-less-interested-in-3d-tv-after-experiencing-it-firsthand, original articles at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/u-s-consumers-show-high-interest-in-3dtv-but-cite-some-concerns/, at http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/09/study-glasses-for-3d-tv-are-no-fun/, at http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/11/nielsen-survey-shows-high-interest-in-3dtv-low-interest-in-payi/).

I think the limit is in the hardware we are using. Glasses don’t help in being familiar with 3d TV and use is limited. Once solved (if any solution is find), the user experience will boost and so will sales.

This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5635518/study-consumers-less-interested-in-3d-tv-after-experiencing-it-firsthand, at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/u-s-consumers-show-high-interest-in-3dtv-but-cite-some-concerns/ and at http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/11/nielsen-survey-shows-high-interest-in-3dtv-low-interest-in-payi/

Google again in the business of voice calls?

Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company, Arcamax, NPR, Kit Eaton from Fast Company, Michael Calore at Wired (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/author/howto_admin/) and Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo report a CNET source on “[…] an as yet unconfirmed rumor that Google is testing a voice calling service, to be embedded inside Gmail and thus a web-based VoIP product. The service will, according to the rumor, be launched from the Google Chat window where contacts reside, and will be a sort of combination of Google Talk and Google Voice.  Google Talk, launched a few years ago, is a combination of instant messaging and VoIP, while Google Voice consolidates various phone numbers into a single one, along with other services like voicemail transcription. But what CNET is reporting is a bit different: true web-based phone calls, for free (or very cheap). Users won’t even be required to have a Google Voice number to use the upcoming service. […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail and original at CNET at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20014617-265.html at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001 ,at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail and at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/gmail-gets-dialed-up-a-notch-with-new-calling-feature/comment-page-1/#comment-55101).

I think Google will be a great competitor for Skype and MSN, because of some important factors:

a) Broadness of services offered

b) Potential integration of services

c) Reliability

d) Capability of service visioning

The hope is that they don’t go too far in imagination just like they did with Wave and do something simple and effective like they did with other service (Docs, Mail,…)

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail , at http://gizmodo.com/5621146/soon-youll-be-able-to-make-phone-calls-from-your-gmail-inbox, at http://www.arcamax.com/businessnews/s-770638-840175#posts ,at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?verified=true&storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001#commentBlock and at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail

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