Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet is currently only available in the company’s stores across the US or online in select countries, but that might be about to change. Paul Thurrott over at Windows IT Pro is reporting that Microsoft’s original plans to extend retail store availability, tentatively scheduled for early 2013, have been pushed forward. Thurrott says that within days Surface will be “available far more broadly than via its current, limited distribution system.”
Recent reports have suggested that a lack of distribution is “killing” Surface sales. Surface has been spotted in Verizon stores recently, but Microsoft has continually declined to discuss its plans for additional Surface distribution. If the report is accurate then we…
You never really know what to expect when two of the bigger names in tech join forces and announce something fresh. In some cases you may see an end result of things like that RAZR i, but when Dropbox and Facebook are involved, you can surely bet it has to do with sharing something with your pals — and such is the case today. Dropbox announced earlier that it’s now allowing folks to share files with their friends inside Facebook Groups, giving users the ability to instantly post anything from notes to videos with a couple of simple clicks. Of course, those on the other side will be able to like what you share, leave comments, as well as be updated automatically as soon as an edit has been made. At the moment, not everyone’s seeing the changes just yet, though Dropbox has said it shouldn’t be too long before most people can spot the new feature.
A BitCoin debit card could be in your very near future thanks to the efforts of trader-backed BitInstant. That fund transfer outfit, dedicated solely to the digital currency, has partnered with an undisclosed international bank to launch a branded debit card within six to eight weeks. News of the development first surfaced yesterday during an online chat with company co-founder, Charlie Shrem, in which he confirmed the cards would cost users $ 10 apiece to purchase and carry a 1% bitcoin transfer fee, as well as $ 1.50 ATM withdrawal fee. To further streamline the exchange process, users will be able to make quick transfers under $ 1000 by scanning a QR code overlay on front or by accessing the personal BitCoin address listed on back — all possible with a single confirmation. Initially, the cards will be denominated solely for USD, GBP and EUR, but more foreign currencies could soon be added in the lead up to its official debut. For now, those are the only bits Shrem was willing to share, as further details on this plastic alternative will be forthcoming prior to official launch. Until then, there’s always AMEX.
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We’ve see BBC iPlayer reach many devices over time, but it’s been conspicuously absent on Windows Phone. Nokia has stepped into give us some relief, and it’s now promising that a port of the TV catch-up service will be ready for your Lumia 800 “in weeks.” Good news no doubt, although Nokia’s encyclopedic knowledge of British TV streaming is also dashing hopes of using the Sky Go mobile app on Windows Phone anytime soon: the same Nokia rep doesn’t see Sky being ready for a “good few months” at the earliest. As such, you’ll have no problems keeping up with Doctor Who and Sherlock when they’re airing, but we wouldn’t count on watching live football matches for awhile.
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Those of you that scurried to get an early spot in the pre-order cue for Lytro’s upcoming camera, ought to carefully skim your inboxes for an email confirming shipment of your infinite focusing shooter. Per a ton of tips from you, in addition to a post from the company’s official blog, early orders of the unconventionally shaped camera that allows you to refocus after the fact are now en route to abodes stateside. When we played with it at its launch event, we came away impressed, yet ultimately longed for the underlying technology to be licensed to others — something the company maintains it’s actively exploring. No matter, with a unit in hand, look for our full review in the coming days.
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Occasionally, in this line of work, I need to have a slight freak-out moment where I rave about the fact that things like this OrcaM “reconstruction sphere” actually exist. Not only does this thing look like a prop out of a sci-fi movie (or Transmetropolitan), but it acts like one as well.
Inside that enormous ball are seven high-definition cameras that rotate around the object you put inside, looking at it from every angle and with many kinds of special lighting applied to help determine texture, reflectance, and other factors.
What you get is, within a few minutes, a 3D model accurate to under than a millimeter, in full color and with color and texture included. Perfect for, say, submitting to Shapeways or the like and getting yourself a copy. I can think of many uses for this thing.
It’s not the only 3D scanner in the world of course, just the most sci-fi-looking we’ve seen in a while. And big dedicated rigs like this probably won’t be the future of 3D scanning anyway; the Kinect seems to be filling that role just fine. Either way, it’s cool as hell to watch.
The edited music video, part of Within Temptation ‘s “Faster & Mother Maiden Short Film”. This is the first of three short films, to be released this year. These movies give further insight into the concept of Within Temptation’s fifth studio album “The Unforgiving” and are based on the comic storyline; the characters are impersonated by actors. Each film is followed by a band performance that, all together, form a dark and compelling tale of life, love, revenge, rage, and regret. The first movie, titled “Mother Maiden”, ties in with the band’s first single & video for ‘Faster’, introducing the main characters of the narrative. Stay up to date on any Within Temptation news: Facebook – www.facebook.com Twitter – www.twitter.com Hyves – www.withintemptation.hyves.nl iPhone app – http iPad app – bit.lyRelated Posts:
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Within Temptation presents the first trailer of the Black Symphony DVD, out September 22nd, 2008. Make sure to add the video to your own profile! For more information about the Black Symphony DVD, check www.within-temptation.com Stay up to date on any Within Temptation news: Facebook – www.facebook.com Twitter – www.twitter.com Hyves – www.withintemptation.hyves.nl iPhone app – http iPad app – bit.ly Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts:
Within Temptation ‘s Forgiven, new video off of the Heart Of Everything, featuring footage available on Black Symphony, the band’s latest DVD. For more information about Black Symphony check www.within-temptation.com Stay up to date on any Within Temptation news: Facebook – www.facebook.com Twitter – www.twitter.com Hyves – www.withintemptation.hyves.nl iPhone app – http iPad app – bit.ly Within Temptation is: Sharon den Adel, vocals Robert Westerholt, guitars Ruud Jolie, guitars Martijn Spierenburg, keyboards Stephen van Haestregt, drums Jeroen van Veen, bass Lyrics: Couldn’t save you from the start Love you so it hurts my soul Can you forgive me for trying again Your silence makes me hold my breath Time has passed you by Oh, for so long I’ve tried to shield you from the world Oh, you couldn’t face the freedom on your own Here I am left in silence You gave up the fight You left me behind All that’s done’s forgiven You’ll always be mine I know deep inside All that’s done’s forgiven I watched the clouds drifting away Still the sun can’t warm my face I know it was destined to go wrong You were looking for the great escape To chase your demons away Oh, for so long I’ve tried to shield you from the world Oh, you couldn’t face the freedom on your own And here I am left in silence You gave up the fight You left me behind All that’s done’s forgiven You’ll always be mine I know deep inside All that’s done’s forgiven I’ve been so lost since you’ve gone Why not me before you? Why … Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts: