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Skype iPhone App Is Awsome

iphone_21The official Skype iPhone application hit the iTunes Store last Tuesday and since then it’s seen an astonishing one million downloads to the popular Apple devices, which is nothing short of amazing. I think this is one of the fastest-downloaded iPhone apps ever.

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April 3, 2009 Posted by | electronics, Geeks, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kutiman Mixes YouTube “ThruYou”

kutiIf you haven’t heard of Kutiman yet you’re about a week late on the latest music sensation to be incubated on the Web. Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman, is an Israeli musician and producer that released a project titled Thru You on the Web seven days ago. It has since garnered over a million views and generated a buzz both on the blogsphere and on Twitter.

The project consists of seven music tracks/videos that are made exclusively from video material found on YouTube. Kutiman spent 3 months in his bedroom splicing and dicing over one hundred videos for samples of singers and instruments from guitars, pianos, drums and harps, to synthesizers, a bouzouki and even a cash register.

The resulting seven tracks which range in genres from R&B, Funk and Reggae, to Jungle, Afro and Jazz are quite impressive.

Apart from the revolutionary music creation aspect, this story also has an interesting social media angle. The entire snowball effect that resulted in over a million views, a crashed website and a fair bit of buzz, was initiated by three people associated with the project. They emailed (thanks MC Carolina) twenty people in total and it took a life of its own from there. From zero views to over a million in less than 7 days with no marketing dollars, blackhatting or SEO’ing involved. The team around Kutiman attribute much of this to word traveling across Twitter. If this is true, Kutiman may in fact be the first music star to be born on Twitter. Respect!

Thru You:

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Artists, music, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fragment x Incase Iphone Case

fragment-design-incase-caseWhile the Iphone market is really soaring at the moment, with Apple’s mobile phone sales sky rocketing to #3 position in the entire market behind Nokia and Samsung with only one phone. It’s easy to understand why the people from Fragment may have decided to team up with the folks at Incase on a case for the iphone. Available in a matte rubber white, or a shiny black featuring the signature Fragment thunderbolt. Here is a preview of what may be a possible co-branded release, no official word as yet.

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Artists, Design, electronics, Fashion, Geeks, News, raw art gallery, Technology | , | Leave a comment

Britney Spears New Album “Circus” Debuts On imeem

britney-spearsPop sensation-turned-tabloid punching bag Britney Spears is ready for her comeback. Britney has just released her new album Circus exclusively on imeem, where you can stream the album in its entirety for free (you’ll also be able to embed the album playlist anywhere you’d like). The downloadable/physical version of the album won’t be available until December 2nd, but you can currently pre-order it through imeem and a number of other stores.

The exclusive album launch marks a big win for Imeem, which also recently launched Lil Wayne’s latest mixtape, Dedication 3. The site seems to be in a heated battle for album launches with MySpace Music, which has also launched a number of high profile albums in the last few months, including Guns N’ Roses’ first album in 17 years, Beyonce, The Cure, Oasis, and a number of others. imeem’s Matt Graves says that one advantage imeem has over MySpace Music is its embeddable playlists, which makes it easier for albums to go viral as they get embedded on blogs across the web.

As with every major album release these days, Circus was leaked and has been available on a number of pirate sites since at least last week (some albums have been beaten to the punch by months, so it could be worse). These leaks do take some of the luster away from album launches, but there isn’t much the record labels can do beyond changing their distribution methods or bumping up release dates when there is a leak (which is what happened to Britney’s last album).

In other news the pop princess has also managed to lay claim to the Twitter account BritneySpears, in place of her old account therealbritney.

Via: TechCrunch

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Artists, music, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

2008 Release Unlock SIM

iphone22It will never cease to amaze us how quickly the iPhone Dev Team can bust open a new version of the iPhone Firmware. This time, around 48 hours after iPhone Firmware 2.2 hit, we already have a new version of QuickPwn and PwnageTool.

Before you go ahead and jailbreak your iPhone 3G, please make sure you fully understand the following caveat: If you use QuickPwn instead of PwnageTool, you may not be able to unlock your iPhone 3G once an unlocking tool is made available.

Second generation iPod Touch users are still playing the waiting game while the team concentrates on the all-important iPhone 3G unlock.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | electronics, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Google Celebrates 110th Birthday of Rene Magritte with a Magritte Doodle

magritte_google_doodleGoogle is celebrating the 110th birthday of Rene Magritte by incorporating some of Magritte’s masterpieces with the Google logo. Ever so often, Google does a “doodle”, or a “decoration” they make to their logo. Over the years doodles have become one of the most beloved parts of Google. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries around the world that reflect Google’s personality and love of innovation.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Artists, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Ten Million Users Per Hour Overwhelm ‘Europeana’ Cultural Site

europeanaOn the first day of its launch (20 November 2008), Europe’s digital library Europeana was overwhelmed by the interest shown by millions of users in this new project. On the basis of expert advice, Europeana had anticipated up to 5 million hits per hour on the site. The real interest was 3 times as strong. This massive interest slowed down the service so much that after having already doubled server capacity yesterday at noon, the Europeana management in The Hague (Netherlands) and the European Commission last night had to temporarily take down the site to take pressure off it.

This is an unexpected difficulty, but it is also an encouraging sign that citizens in Europe and around the world have great interest in Europe’s digital library. It also provides strong motivation for the Europeana team and the experts from the Commission working on the project to intensify their efforts and the site’s technical back-up even further.

Europeana must now be made more robust to deal with peak hour requests as they happened yesterday – thousands of users searching in the very same second for famous cultural works like the Mona Lisa or books from Kafka, Cervantes or James Joyce. The European Commission and the experts from the Europeana project are working on this day and night to make a fully functional Europeana service available as soon as possible.

The Commission and the Europeana management are confident that Europeana will be up and running again by mid-December. For the time being, a demo version of Europeana will be available at :  http://dev.europeana.eu/ .

The site was down because of massive interest, which shows the enormous potential of Europeana for bringing cultural treasures from Europe’s cultural institutions to the wide public. The 3 servers employed to support Europeana in The Netherlands could not cope with the traffic of around 10 million hits per hour (3,000 concurrent users – and all users doing the same thing at the exact same time), which led to the slowing down or the temporary unavailability of Europeana on Thursday, 20 November.

The traffic increased in the afternoon and reached 13 million hits per hour (4,000 concurrent users). The most interest came from Germany, France, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands. 4% came also from the United States.

Great interest among European citizens for this early operational version of Europeana was expected by the Europeana management, but not to such a massive extent. To make a comparison: over a period of 4 hours, the site was visited by more individual users and hits than the previous web service ‘The European Library’ run by the national libraries, in a whole year. Stress tests were carried out on the site, and it performed well at levels of up to 5 million hits per hour, a figure based on expert advice. A serious upgrade of computer capacity will be carried out in the coming days and then tested in order to cope with the massive interest from the public.  Users can expect the Europeana site to work normally by mid-December.

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, and the ministers of Culture of the European Union attended the launch of ““Europeana”” in Brussels, Belgium. Europeana, the Eurpean “virtual museum” offers from now on free access to more than two million books, paintings, videos and other digital documents from the cultural centers all over Europe.

The European Commission’s goal for Europeana is to make European information resources easier to use in an online environment. It will build on Europe’s rich heritage, combining multicultural and multilingual environments with technological advances and new business models. Europeana is a Thematic Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2010 policy. Originally known as the European digital library network – EDLnet – it is a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from throughout Europe. They contribute to the Work Packages that are solving the technical and usability issues.

The project is run by a core team based in the national library of the Netherlands, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. It builds on the project management and technical expertise developed by The European Library, which is a service of the Conference of European National Librarians.

November 22, 2008 Posted by | Artists, Books and Magazines, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Norton To Release Gamer-Friendly Antivirus Software

norton2When it comes to a PC gamer, they need certain things that other users might not need in a computer. High-end graphics cards, lots of RAM, fancy keyboards and special mice are all things than you might find attached to a gaming rig. So when it comes to fighting computer viruses, gamers need special software for that, right? Norton seems to think so.

Norton Antivirus isn’t know for its low memory usage. In fact, it can be one of the biggest resource hogs on your computer, which isn’t good for framerates. So what has Norton done? They’ve cooked up a special Gaming Edition of their 2009 antivirus software. This release is supposed to use 80% less memory, and allow for more lax security in leu of better performance. You can even set it to “Gamers Mode” which will suspend all update downloads and antivirus alerts, thus not interrupting your gaming experience. If this special version doesn’t cost anything extra, then it might be worth looking into, that is if you can stand to have Norton on your computer in the first place.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Geeks, News, raw art gallery, Technology | | 2 Comments

Nokia E63

nokia_e63_1Nokia’s just announced a new E-Series handset, the E63 that bears more than a passing resemblance with the E71. Nokia explained that the E63 fits the typical Eseries mould, offering Wi-Fi connectivity, easy access to corporate mail, calendar and business contacts, as well as the QWERTY keyboard that is offered with the Nokia E71. The E63 will also offer a personal mode with a different home screen picture, personal email, and shortcuts to blogs and web sites. Users can switch from a view of corporate mail, appointments, and intranet data to the personal mode with a single key press, according to the firm. The handset will also include Files on Ovi, a service allowing users to access their PC remotely even when their computer is offline. Nokia said that 1GB of online file storage would be given to all users for free.

The E63 will be up against the all-singing, all-dancing BlackBerry Storm, with one of the oldest marketing gimmicks as its only advantage, price. The phone will be offered in dark red and marine blue, at an estimated price of approx $244. The phone will begin shipping in the coming weeks.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Design, electronics, Geeks, News, raw art gallery, Technology | | Leave a comment

Surfline Powers Oakley’s Free Surf Report App for iPhone, iPod Touch

surflineOakley and Surfline announced their free app: Surf Report.

There’s only one other surf-forecasting app, GreenRoom Surf Forecasts, available today and it costs $2.99. It’s limited to spots in California, but you can get a seven-day forecast whereas Surf Report only provides up to three days. However, Oakley’s app is free and you can’t beat that.

With Surfline powering the Oakley app, surfers now have access to spots all over the world with vital stats like air temp, water temp, tide charts, swell breakdown, wind, sunrise/sunset and a brief synopsis for each spot. Projected conditions and weather are provided for the following three days as well. Using the GPS coordinates of your iPhone you can see what’s going on at a handful of spots near you that are within a certain distance that you set.

Driving directions are also included via map links in case you’re going somewhere new. All of the beaches are well known, so the few hidden spots that are left in the world won’t be revealed, but this will surely bring on another wave of iPhone toting kooks to the already crowded lineups.

A community tab launches news surrounding Oakley team riders, profiles, photos and videos for those interested.

Via: MobileCrunch

November 11, 2008 Posted by | News, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment