WOW. I think I just had my faith in humanity restored a little. It seems that some local governments actually have a clue. Three major US metros are making information about the current state of their transit systems freely available for use by App developers. One even going as far as offering a $15K prize!
It’s nice to see government encouraging the free use of public information for a change instead of putting up endless obstacles to anyone who wants access.
Somebody pinch me….
Local governments inspire app developers with contests | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
How ridiculous is this? The HDMI Group who oversees the definition of, well, HDMI, is slapping C&D notices on the sale of cables that have an HDMI connector at one end and anything else at the other. Their argument goes – HDMI standards specify that both ends of the cable must be terminated by an HDMI connector – Any that don’t can’t be an HDMI cable. Stupid!
If they want to enforce use of their connector to that degree then maybe they should have thought about all the devices out there that want to connect to HDMI enabled devices and designed a connector that doesn’t have a nasty habit of FALLING OUT of such things as adaptors.
To quote Ripley “Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?”
HDMI group reportedly putting a stop to Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters — Engadget.
Not what we would call a portable solution today, the Osborne 1 was the first luggable step on a path that just 30 years later lead to the iPad. Happy birthday Osborne 1 !
Osborne 1 celebrates its 30th birthday, and that of the portable computing revolution — Engadget.
I think I might have found an online backup service that works for me.
After several failed and frustrating attempts getting Mozy to deliver on its promises I finally gave up and went searching for alternatives.
OnlineBackupDeals has a good comparison page of currently available online backup services. It was here I found BackBlaze. Written primarily for the Mac user but with a Windows port, it gives me all I need. Most importantly, unlimited backup capacity for $5/mo and the ability to effortlessly backup external drives. This last feature was Mozy’s final undoing. Despite claiming that they support the backup of “Mounted” drives (including permanently attached USB, FireWire, etc) I’ve been unable to get the data on my My Book secured by their service. BackBlaze didn’t hesitate. It scanned the drives on the Mac and immediately started backing up all 2TB of the data it found.
There are some limitations. By default it doesn’t backup System files or Applications. Files over 4GB in size are passed over too. However these settings and the ones that exclude specific file types like virtual images are all customizable in the preference pane, making it easy to craft the protection you need.
Stay tuned for the restore test after the first backup completes.
Easiest Online Backup Service – Backblaze.
Decades of Artificial Intelligence sitting on the bench might to be coming to an end. Two recent articles detail renewed research into neuron-based cognitive modeling which could lead to information processing technology that more closely mimics the way our brains function. This approach is not new, neural networks have been around since the 60s but research seemed to hit a brick wall, only offering limited benefits based on mathematical computation.
Why do we want computers that work like the brain? Well, one of the big advantages wetware has over its current binary counterpart is its ability to do complex pattern matching with relative ease. This ability is the foundation for vision, hearing, and some think understanding iteself, all areas where today’s computational techniques fall woefully short.
It’s good to know that big commercial organizations like IBM still have the commitment to invest in fundamental research. No doubt they’re looking to patent whatever methods come out of this work but at least they are contributing to the science. Others should follow their lead.
IBM Creates the Most Detailed Map of the Brain To Date.
For me Artificial Intelligence is both a fascination and a huge disappointment. Frustration with the lack of progress in this field is probably born out of the lofty expectations set back the 60s but even accounting for that decade’s heady optimism, we’re making slow progress.
Bina48 is a strange duck in the AI pond. Not the progeny of MIT or some Government funding Japanese lab, she springs from private funding at the Terasem Movement Foundation in Vermont. The group dedicated to the development and promotion of AI is developing Bina48 as a type of analog of one of its founders.
The Engadet article linked here has an interesting video shot by a reporter. As such the depth of exploration into the technologies in use is lightweight but it does give a glimpse of the amazing progress they are making.
Bina48 is one humanoid robot you’re going to want to hang out with — Engadget.
Most other smart-phones look like a student design project when compared tot he iPhone. Here’s a student design project that could be a iPhone killer. Taking gorgeous to the next level it wins on looks alone but as we all know a pretty face does not a winner make.
design fabulous: HTC 1.
Blatant link-bait aside…. This is amazing.. Not likely to show up at an airport security post near you any time but the ability to look into the atoms of the world without destroying them in the process opens up whole new avenues for science.
Just not sure I’m thrilled that it’s in my back yard. Still black holes are unlikely according to sources well informed.
World’s Most Intense X-Ray Laser Takes First Shots.
I know we’re not all technocrats but sheesh you’d think that the US patent office would at least be able to turn a fax right-side up! How can they be expected to make informed determinations on the merits of technology patents if they can’t master a 180 degree rotation…. No, wait…. What am I thinking?…….
Someone Should Patent a Fax Rotator So the USPTO Can Read Upside-Down Faxes – USPTO fax – Gizmodo.
Wired has a nice little piece on the current turbine research going on at Jaguar (of all places). Funded in part by the UK tax payer, Jaguar is looking at using a small axial flow turbine to power the car’s generator. The power train is all electric. This approach makes a lot more sense than Chevy’s Volt as these engines are lighter and a lot more efficient and reliable than traditional reciprocating engines of the type proposed for the Volt.
Not Jaguar’s first dance with jet technology but hopefully this one will see a longer life span than the engineering test bed shown above from Rover’s earlier attempt at turbine power.
Jaguar Building a Turbine Hybrid | Autopia | Wired.com.
When your price collapses this quickly you know you’re not an iPhone killer. A few short months after their well accepted launch, the Palm Pre family of smartphones are hitting the bargain bin with a thud.
Verizon is n a price cutting spree for sure but now the Pre is up on a buy 1 get 1 free deal. Not the ld Pre, but the new Plus models. Given the buzz at launch you’d have thought that these puppies would have held their price longer.
the iPhone shrugs…
Verizon Confirms Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Costs, Buy One Get One Free Offer – Palm pre plus verizon – Gizmodo.
If, like me you’ve been chuckling more than a little about the fact that a Sr Microsoftie Simon Aldous came clean was horribly mistaken earlier this week when he admitted inaccurately told the press that Windows 7 owes its look and feel to Apple’s OS X. You’ll be relieved that Microsoft has now settled the matter officially stating that Me Aldous’ comments were “Totally inaccurate”.
Methinks that our friends in Redmond doth protest too much. After all, the fact that Windows 7 has an alpha blended UI at last is total coincidence and that the new task bar highly resembles Apple’s Dock is just a perception issue. Anyone thinking that Windows 7’s new thumbnail view for running application looks anything like Apple’s Stacks must have mud in their eye. Not forgetting that Windows 7 now supports multi-touch (oh what innovation!) is in no way influenced by the fact that Apple brought that technology to market over 3 years ago. Lastly be mindful that the brand new Microsoft retail stores look almost exactly like in no way resemble the Apple stores we’ve all been packing into for years.
Most importantly know that Microsoft thrives off innovation…… just not their own innovation!
Microsoft denies employee’s comments about copying Apple | Mac OS X | MacUser | Macworld.
Tiz a great shame when a really great idea and excellent execution isn’t enough to make a business successful. Like so many other promising start-ups on the internet the URL shortening service Cli.gs will be making its last snip at the end of October.
This is particularly sad for us at NoOneDriving as we’ve been big supporters of Cli.gs over the last 9 months, using it exclusively as are shortening service. We are now transitioning that role over to bit.ly and as such will update previous posts over time to ensure that they are still available via a short URL.
It’s our hope that Pierre will be able to find a backer or buyer to keep the service going. We wish him all the best.!
The Blog of Cligs – » Cligs Shutting Down.
Cloud computing is the current darling of the IT business. Companies all over are looking for new and exciting services to bring to market with no or low client footprint. Read more…
Lately I’ve noticed a depressing plumet in half-way objective blogging about Apple on certain “mainstream” web sites. All too often are they rushing to beat the drum on how Snow Leopard is just like Windows 7 – a bug fix… Dream on people.
Our Friends over at Giz’ have a nice piece on the latest incarnation of Android smartphone OS (as opposed to the Android fictional netbook OS).
What leaps at out me is that all the “gee whiz” features are things that the iPhone has had since 3.0 if not earlier. I’m at a loss to understand the excitement over Android. It’s not ground breaking. It doesn’t have the ease of use of iPhone OS X and it seems that all it’s hopeful of doing is replacing the truly hideous WinMob garbage from our friends in the inspiration and innovation starved North West.
It’s kind of the Linux of smartphone operating systems. Everybody’s talking about it but nobody is really using it. Like the Zune, I’ve still yet to see one being used on the street (maybe I just don’t get out enough).
So whether it’s a Donut or a Cupcake, I still ain’t buying it.
With Iran exploding under their noses the major news networks (in the US at least) were powerless to do little but sit back and watch it happen. With the activities of their correspondents cut short by the Iranian government all the likes of CNN could do was turn to social networking for its information. Read more…
One of the most rational piece’s on the “I’m a Mac” vs “Laptop Hunter” ad series that I’ve read. Aron does a great job of analyzing the ads, their intention and their real message. Nice to see this topic discussed in a way that avoids the finger pointing, name calling and hair pulling of others (yours truly probably included).
We get it, Windows means cheap hardware.
One of things you have to trade off as a tech vendor is what you share with your partners & customers and what you keep secret. Apple is at one end of the spectrum with their legendary secrecy. Intel might be thinking about taking a page from their book as their small form-factor CPU roadmap for the next two years gets leaked to the press. Read more…
Once thought of as a “serious” news outfit, it seems The Times has thrown standards to the wind and is resorting to taking cheap shots at technology they so obviously don’t understand and lifestyles they so obviously can’t afford. Read more…
A few days ago I posted about my disasterous experiences installing Windows 7 RC on my TabletPC. Then I promised I’d try the same expereiment with the latst Ubuntu distro and report back. Here’s that report. Read more…
Well Redmond’s panic over Apple’s increase in market share, both in the USA and overseas seems to be spilling over and clouding its judgement on issues that it needs to be seen as being very cooperative on. Read more…
Rob Griffiths over at the recently downsized MacWorld takes a long hard look at what exactly is in Apples latest OS update 10.5.7 which might well be the last update the OS sees before Snow Leopard ships later this year.
Digging into Apples OS X 10.5.7 update | Mac OS X | Editors Notes | Macworld.
So I know I’m going to get flack for this one, but Windows 7 bunnies, I’m about to burst your bubble. Read more…
Meet HypnoCube! I first saw a version of this device online about a year ago. It was put together by some folks in Japan I believe and if my failing memory serves me I think it was an 8x8x8 matrix. Anywho, a couple of bright sparks in the US have productized it and offer for sale in two forms. One fully assembled (and a bit pricey but cheap considering how much effort goes into making one) and the electronic equivilent of a basket weaving kit. The kit arrived today. I’m off to Fry’s to buy a magnifier and the right kind of solder. Let the basket weaving begin! I’ll keep you post on my progress (big assumption there!).
The faceBook app for Windows Mobile is finally released. There are a ton of reviews of it out there so I won’t try to repeat them or paraphrase. I guess really all you need to do is take a look (click the images for a closer look). WinMob on the left vs iPhone on the right. Which would you chose? (PS. I’m not a PC!)
Our good friends over at MacRumors picked up on BoyGeniusReport that shows the iPhone 3.0 firmware was support for not only the current accelerometer but the ability to log motion and compass heading.
If, like me, you’re a fan of 80’s music you’ll know, unless you’ve been living under a rock, that Depeche Mode have just released their long awaited follow up to “Playing the Angel” called “Sounds of the Universe”. I’ve got to admit that the album is still growing on me with the first single release “Wrong” being a huge stand out. Read more…
Apple’s shiny newversion of itsiPhone OS is getting close to release. Beta builds are coming more frequently and WWDC is just a few weeks away. Coincidence? I think not. Read more…
The newspaper business has been in trouble for a while. Unable to keep up with the changes in internet technology and the switch in reader’s behavior about how they want to get their news. Their subscriber base has eroded dramatically. Read more…