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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Google Goes Gaga With LadyGaga, “Musicians@Google”

Brilliant move Google, Now bring Snoop to slam Twitter!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt, Al Jazeera on Google TV

For over two weeks, Al Jazeera has been carrying new on Egypt, even after it was banned by now defunct :) Mubarak. The effort by Al Jazeera did not go unnoticed and the sites, and, enjoyed 2500% traffic increase.
The majority has come from USA where Al Jazeera is not available.
This week a new channel / site, Al Jazeera spotlight site was released and you can watch breaking news clips, scan headline news and dive into the breadth of their web content -- all on the big screen.

The Official Google TV Blog: Al Jazeera on Google TV

Friday, January 28, 2011

Why Knot? 'Cos I Can'T! Seth Goldstein Kinetic Sculpture!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Plastic Bag, Where Environment, Youtube And Great Film Making Come Together

Plastic Bag By Ramin Bahrani (FutureStates)
Struggling with its immortality, a discarded plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) ventures through the environmentally barren remains of America as it searches for its maker.
But ends up in Nirvana in the Pacific Thrash Vortex (Garbage Island In North Pacific Gyre)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Continetal Drift, How It Actually Happened, During The Ice Age Four

"Scrat's Continental Crack Up", the full short film which is a teaser for the movie Ice Age 4 Continental Drift which will be released on July 13, 2012.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Panasonic announces Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

* Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
* Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
* Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin Skywalker as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padmé whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become the Emperor's new apprentice - Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin's own offspring - the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death Star.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Luke Skywalker and his friends have set up a new base on the ice planet of Hoth, but it is not long before their secret location is discovered by the evil Empire. After narrowly escaping, Luke splits off from his friends to seek out a Jedi Master called Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO seek sanctuary at a city in the Clouds run by Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han’s. But little do they realize that Darth Vader already awaits them.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
(4 years after Episode IV) In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor. In the last second, Vader makes a momentous choice: he destroys the Emperor and saves his son. The Empire is finally defeated, the Sith are destroyed, and Anakin Skywalker is thus redeemed. At long last, freedom is restored to the galaxy.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

78th Kasou Grand Prix - Third Prize

This is innocent Fun, Liked it!

Want To Hack GoogleTV OS?

Gtvhacker (Tweet has links to the code and docs) posted a tweet with links to an unofficial SDK/NDK package and docs. Of course I jumped at the opertunity as I am a budding Google TV enthusiast.
he Google TV operating system is based on Android 2.1 and secured via NX (Non eXecutable) Stack and a chrooted chrome Browser. The Operating Systems ability to push updates automatically without user intervention makes general hacking a bit tough.
Right out of the box, the GoogleTV OS  is providing the following Application Base;
  • CNBC Real-Time
  • Gallery
  • Google Chrome
  • Logitech Help Assistant (Logitech Only)
  • Logitech Media Player (Logitech Only)
  • Logitech Vid HD (Logitech Only)
  • Napster
  • NBA Game Time
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Settings
  • TV
  • Twitter
GoogleTV SDK and Toolchain support comes from the Google itself and the Gpl'd portions of the GoogleTV source can be found here.
Since there is no GoogleTV NDK, the gtvhacker team have combined the Intel SDK Toolchain from the Google TV Mirrored Source site with the work of the Android x86 project to provide unofficial support in the interim.
So code yourself out. I am going to see if I can get the OS to run on one of the Intel Atom based boxes.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Vizio, A Leading U.S TV Manufacturer Joins Google TV

Google TV debuted last year with SONY and Logitech. I have not seen or used the Logitech but SONY, I have. Even though it was not brilliant, the product impressed me.
The SONY could easily stream from Netflix and the capability to browse while watching TV is a novel experience. The Netflix interface was more than a mere library access app. One could select any movie or TV show to watch from the catelog as well as adding these to the Netflix DVD queue and have them mailed to you. The picture in web or the dual view was nice as well but I am a one track mind guy. I only do one thing at a time!
But the Remote Control Android App flipped me over. If you thought it as another TV remote App like those on iPhone :) you in for a surprise. You can actually interact with the TV with this app, you can do voice search for TV shows or movies, you can share videos or websites from your phone to TV. I think the video below should explain it better! So those Vizio TVs and Blu-ray players will bring this unique experience to a wider market. And I am looking forward to see the familiar Android Market on Google TV.

The Official Google TV Blog: Google TV: A new partner for the new year

Intel To Launch Insider Movie And Video Service (1080P) Supported By Core-2011 Processors.

Intel will launch new processor line CORE 2011 but Intel is also planning to launch its very own movie and video service in the first quarter of 2011.
The difference is that Intel's Insider will allow those with Core 2011-powered laptops or desktops to purchase or rent the latest movies in full HD 1080p, which is not even available with super streamer iTunes.. I That is not all, Intel is also pushing WiDi 2.0 in a big way, which is a part of the new Core 2011 systems. They will use it to extend the laptop screen to the big screen TV, again at 1080P.

Press release

Intel Brings 'Eye Candy' to Masses with Newest Laptop, PC Chips
Intel® Core™ Processor Features Create New Visual Experience, Lifestyle

• Introduces much anticipated, game-changing 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family. Adds a number of visually stunning features built right into the chips through processor graphics.
• Includes surprising and exciting new features such as, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® HD Graphics, Intel Wireless Display 2.0, and Intel® Insider™ including collaborations with CinemaNow*, Dixons Retail plc*, Hungama* Digital Media Entertainment, Image Entertainment*, Sonic Solutions*, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution* and others.
• Offers stunning video technology that converts a 4 minute HD video to play on an iPod in only 16 seconds or securely download HD movies for viewing on their local screen or beaming from their laptop to their HDTV.
• 20 new processors, new chipsets and new wireless chips including new Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel® 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel® Centrino® Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters will power more than 500 new PC systems from all the major manufacturers worldwide.

INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2010 – With more than one million computers selling each day, Intel Corporation introduced its game-changing 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family today. Intel highlighted several surprising new features, services and partnerships that combine to deliver an entirely new visual experience with processor graphics built in. More than 500 desktop and laptop PCs are expected from all major OEMs worldwide throughout the next year.

New features include Intel® Insider™, Intel® Quick Sync Video, and a new version of the company's award-winning Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi), which now adds 1080p HD and content protection for those wishing to beam premium HD content from their laptop screen to their TV. The company also revealed arrangements with CinemaNow*, Dixons Retail plc*, Hungama* Digital Media Entertainment, Image Entertainment*, Sonic Solutions*, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution*.

"The new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. "The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This combined with improved adaptive performance will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance."

New Visual Experience for Today's Lifestyles
The 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family is the first "visibly smart" microarchitecture to combine visual and 3D graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. Incorporating the newly architected Intel® HD Graphics on each 32nm die enables significant graphics performance improvements over previous generation graphics, for both HD media processing and mainstream gaming. The chips improve performance and yet still offer great battery life and the ability to design thinner, lighter and more innovative laptops and all-in-one PCs.

New processor graphics technology will focus on the areas where most people are computing today: high-definition (HD) video, photos, mainstream gaming, multi-tasking and online socializing and multimedia. Enhanced visual technologies like next-generation Intel® HD graphics are built into every 2nd Generation Intel Core processor. For consumers, this means a dramatically improved PC experience, with better overall power management, greater efficiency and great battery life.
Additionally, a surprise new feature of the next-generation PC and laptop processors, Intel® Insider™, will give consumers access to movies on their PCs in true high definition that were not available before. To show this feature, Eden used a clip from the feature film Inception* from Warner Bros.* and demonstrated how easy it would be to get the movie from CinemaNow* and watch it in full HD on a laptop.

In collaboration with Hollywood and Bollywood studios along with leading content distributors such as CinemaNow*, Dixons Retail plc*, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment*, Image Entertainment*, Sonic Solutions*, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution* and others, Intel creates a protected environment for the distribution, storage and playback of premium content. This enables content owners and video services to release more movies in high definition on the same date as DVD/Blu-ray* releases. Commercial distribution of HD premium content using the Intel Insider technology is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2011. and services will be available in Q1.

Building upon this Intel Insider innovation, Eden then demonstrated how consumers can now also use Intel® WiDi 2.0 to beam content like the Inception film to their big screen HDTVs. Additional Intel® WiDi 2.0 improvements include support for 1080pHD as well as protected content either streaming from the Internet or played locally from a Blu-ray* or DVD player.
Another unique element of the visual experience built into the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family is Intel® Quick Sync Video. This built-in hardware acceleration takes the wait out of editing and sharing videos with astonishing performance that completes in minutes what used to take hours. Now faster than ever, consumers can edit, convert, and share videos with friends and family. Intel estimated that a four minute HD video could now transfer to an iPod* for example in just 16 secondsii.

The power of the 2nd Generation Intel Core processors for immersive mainstream gaming was demonstrated with a teaser from Valve's* Portal 2*, one of the most anticipated game releases of 2011. Eden did the demonstration with precision Hydra motion controllers from Razer* using Sixense* MotionTouch* technology.

Smart Performance, Energy Efficiency and Intelligence Merge
The Core i3, i5 and i7 processors also include the enhanced Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. This feature automatically reallocates processor core and processor graphics resources to accelerate performance, giving users an immediate performance boost when and where it's needed.
Other new chip features include Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), Intel® InTru™ 3-D, and Intel® Clear Video Technology HD. Intel® InTru™ 3-D enables immersive stereoscopic 3D to 3D-capable HDTVs or monitors via HDMI 1.4, making movie excitement almost come out of the screen.
Intel® AVX increases performance for demanding visual applications like audio processing and professional video image editing like stitching together multiple photographs. Intel® Clear Video improves the visual quality and color fidelity during video playback for a spectacular screen experience.

To make it easy for users to find a 2nd Generation Core-based system that is just right for their particular needs, Intel is also announcing a wide array of SKUs including Intel vPro™ enabled processors.

The chips are made on Intel's 32 nanometer manufacturing process on the company's second-generation high-k metal gate transistors. These unique advantages further boost performance; reduce power consumption for better battery life and smaller designs, and lower overall manufacturing costs.

Intel announced more than 20 processors, wireless adapters and chipsets, including new Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel® 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel® Centrino® Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters. More than 500 laptop and desktop PC platform designs are expected from all major computer makers worldwide based on these products.
The quad core (four processors inside one chip) based systems will be available on January 9 and additional dual-core versions in February. Video, benchmarks, photos and more details

About Intel
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