When it comes to holding the party down on an iPad or iPhone, djay by Algoriddim‘s been a front-runner ever since it came out. Then came vjay for video spinning iPad owners. Now, that video follow-up is ready for the main arena, as it’s just been release for iPhone / iPod touch. Now you can mash-up your favorite videos right on your phone, add soundtracks to your existing clips, and throw down some effects for good measure. If you kinda dig what you create, you can — of course — share it with the world, or throw it up on the big screen. Not sure your cat clips will cut the mustard? Worry not, as there’s purpose-made bundled content thrown in with the deal. And at just $ 0.99, it won’t hurt the pocket it was built for, either.
We’ve made it, people. All the hard work has paid off. Blood, sweat, and tears for one hundred episodes of daily news, delivered by the dashing staff of The Verge, and it’s brought us here. To syndication.
Just think about it for a minute. The Samsung vs. Apple case in reruns for the next ten years. The Huawei spy probe every night at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. IKEA’s LED bulbs right between The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. These will be our golden years.
Of course, there will be compromises. Cable wants us to cut it down for length, so reruns will air under the title “83 Seconds on The Verge.” And because of a minor typo in the contract, episodes will run in reverse chronological order, skipping Fridays altogether. But the…
In 1987, as the first reduced instruction set computing (RISC) ARM chips hit the scene, programmers at Acorn Computers created RISC OS, a simple, ‘co-operatively multi-tasked’ OS designed for small computing environments. While it’s no Linux, it’s still a great way to get to know RISC computing and, more important, it boots fast and has a working GUI. Now, according to a post on Rasberrypi.org, it’s available for download for all Pi users.
You can download the OS here but the Raspberry Pi creators recommend a quick stroll around the OS using this PDF as a guide. You can also try the OS using an ACORN emulator for Windows and OS X (although the Mac version seems to be missing). There is also an interesting history and tutorial on the site.
People rave about the filer and the consistent UI, but I’m just excited to see seemingly dead OSes resurrected as teaching tools. It gets us back to the bare metal of the machine and, more important, puts budding programmers into a situation where not everything is a given.Related Posts:
Sure, you can already buy Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go on a monthly basis, but what about when you want that data on a daily basis? For instance, what if you’re Johnny Lee Miller in the hit ’90s film Hackers? Exactly. Good thing, then, that Virgin Mobile is now offering a 24-hour daily plan for its Broadband2Go service, charging just $ 5 per day. Unfortunately, if you’re only able to find 3G service, that broadband is limited to just 200MB of data — those who can find 4G get unlimited data access (and much faster access to boot). Currently, Virgin’s Broadband2Go is only offered via a proprietary ($ 70) USB stick or a proprietary ($ 120) mifi device, so don’t think you’re getting off too cheaply. It is, however, available right now.
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Ever since 2000, game consoles have effectively (if not very assertively) been banned in China. There’s already been signs of a warming attitude with official plans for the Nintendo 3DS XL coming this December, but Sony may have slipped out hints of a fuller thaw without anyone noticing until now. A Sina Weibo user just discovered that the 160GB and 320GB versions of the previous-generation PlayStation 3, the CECH-3012, passed through China Compulsory Certificate approval in July — an odd move when the console couldn’t actually go on sale in an official capacity in current conditions. Certification is still far from a guarantee that Sony will actually sell the PS3 in the country, most of all when it’s a slightly outdated model of a console line that’s edging ever nearer to a replacement. The government certainly hasn’t commented on what the regulatory clearance means. If it ultimately leads to more gamers in Chengdu or Shanghai, however, we’re all for it.
Apple had to tone down the attitude in a re-issued “apology” it published today to its U.K. website after losing an appeal in a patent infringement case against Samsung. A U.K. judge smacked down its previous apology for being “incorrect” and “untrue” on Thursday. Above is the pared-down version that appears in a link at the bottom of the company’s U.K. homepage.
And then, here’s the old version (which you’ll note contains several paragraphs praising Apple’s design aesthetic from the ruling). Basically, it just had too much attitude:
On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic(UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do notinfringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the Highcourt is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:
“The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design.”
“The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”
That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.
However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.
At the time the U.K. judge, Robin Jacob, handed down the order, Bloomberg quoted him as saying, “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order.” He ordered Apple to remove it within 24 hours and replace it with a compliant notice within 48 hours.
Last month, Apple lost an appeal against a ruling in a U.K. High Court, saying that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon the iPad’s design. The original ruling by Judge Colin Birss said Samsung’s tablets were not cool enough to be confused with Apple’s because they lacked the “extreme simplicity” of the iPad.
In the October ruling, the court said that Apple had to run notices on its U.K. website and in several print media outlets specially saying that Samsung did not infringe upon Apple’s designs. Given that Apple’s iconic founder Steve Jobs famously said he was willing to go “thermonuclear” on rivals like Google (and the handset makers that Android relies upon), it’s understandable why Apple would be reluctant to run such a statement on its own homepage.
Yet having to rescind and then re-issue a statement seems really too silly.Related Posts:
NOTE: Officer drops an f-bomb at 0:17 because it sounds great right before calling someone a stupid idiot (it really does though is the thing).
This is a brief video of a drunk Ghostbuster (presumably Egon) backflipping off the roof of a cop car, OVER an officer, then getting arrested for mischief and being drunk in a public place. Fun fact: I’ve actually been arrested for both of those on several occasions. I’ve even been arrested for being drunk in a PRIVATE place before because I called the cops after cutting myself trying to open a package of hotdogs and told them my hand was trying to kill me. WHICH IT WAS. Now? Now they don’t even bother answering my calls, which really sucks because I think my hand has been plotting something big.
Hit the jump and cross your fingers none of us get arrested tonight.
Competition in the low-cost tablet space has been heating up for a while now thanks to strong new hardware from the likes of Asus, Google, and Barnes & Noble, but it seems the time has come for the Kindle Fire hucksters at Amazon to go on the offensive against a very prominent rival: Apple’s iPad mini.
The company has recently given its homepage a facelift with a very prominent comparison between the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the iPad mini sitting right at the top. Most of it is pretty tame and points out the disparity in features between the two tablets (ex. the Fire HD sports a higher resolution display and smarter speaker layout than the mini), but the kicker here is the quote Amazon used to drive its point home. It’s a brief snippet culled from a Gizmodo post by Brent Rose on Apple’s perceived hypocrisy when it came to crafting a smaller tablet:
“…your [Apple’s] 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than the competing 7-inch tablets! You’re cramming a worse screen in there, charging more, and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy.”
For better or worse Amazon lopped off the beginning of that paragraph, which began with “Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me.” Sort of a shame, methinks — it would’ve made Amazon’s point that much stronger, though I’m pleased as punch to see Amazon allow such a prominent reference to balls on its front page.
It’s hardly the first time that Amazon has sought to position its tablets as a strong competitor to the iPad — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos noted in an interview with AllThingsD that he felt the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD was “the best tablet at any price” — but this move represents a considerable change in tone for Amazon. Then again, this sort of trash-talking seems to be quickly becoming par for the course in the industry — when Apple officially revealed the iPad mini earlier this month, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller jabbed at smaller tablets (and Google and Asus’s own Nexus 7 in particular) by basically crapping on the sorts of experiences that they’re capable of delivering.
“Others have tried to make tablets smaller than the iPad, and they’ve failed miserably,” Schiller noted on-stage.
One has to wonder what exactly has prompted Amazon to go on the offensive, and it may be that surging sales momentum may have given the company a shot in the proverbial arm. According to a statement Amazon released on Friday, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD enjoyed its biggest day of sales since launch on the same day that Apple’s iPad mini announcement took place. It went on to note that sales for the Seattle company’s tablet lifted “3x week over week” on the day of Apple’s event, though exactly what that works out to in numbers is unclear since Amazon tends to be infuriatingly vague when it comes to concrete Kindle sales figures.
With a season of unabashed consumerism nearly upon us, we’ll soon see if Amazon’s new approach to appealing to would-be tablet purchasers pans out. In the meantime, here’s a tip for anyone from Amazon who may be reading this — next time you need an feisty anti-iPad quote or five, you should spend some time checking out our comments section. Pure gold, I’m telling you.Related Posts:
This is the giant Gollum statue installed in Wellington Airport in New Zealand by special effects maker Weta Workshop to remind everyone that’s where they shoot the Hobbit movies. It’s pretty terrifying. Not sure I could comfortably enjoy a Cinnabon with that staring at me. A creepy fat man either. WHAT ARE YOU AFTER, ME OR THE CINNAMON ROLL?!
Hit the jump for shots from different angles and a video of the installation.
This video was uploaded from an Android phone.Related Posts: