Tuesday, July 31, 2007

iPhone Hack: EDGE internet on your laptop

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Recent developments have allowed iPhone hackers to compile background applications for the iPhone - among the most interesting so far is srelay, a SOCKS proxy server.

srelay running on your iPhone opens up a very exciting possibility - you can use your iPhone's EDGE connection with a laptop or other Wifi-enabled device.

A note of caution: Accessing your EDGE data plan through a laptop may be against your AT&T terms of service. Even modifying your iPhone to enable this service may be a violation. Please check before attempting this procedure.

Currently these instructions only work for Windows - as I don't have a Mac I can't really test anything on that side. I was hoping a blindly created script would work but it does not appear to.
Hit the right-chevron button to go into the IP settings.
Hit the "Static" button on the top and fill in the settings.

Make sure to set the IP address to one on the same subnet as your laptop, here I use and the subnet mask should be the same as well. Leave all other spaces blank.

Now set whatever application you want to use to use the SOCKS proxy at port 1080. In Firefox this is under Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Network -> Settings. You'll also have to head into about:config (type that in your URL bar), type in socks_remote to the search bar, and double-click that setting to change it to true.

In Mac OSX, NerveGas reports that you can set a system-wide proxy:

1. Go into your laptop's network preferences
2. Double-click the AirPort connection to bring up the proeprties
3. Click the TCP/IP Tab
4. Select "Manually" from "Configure IPv4"
Enter the IP address:, subnet mask
5. Click the 'Proxies' tab.
Scroll down the list of proxy servers until you come to "SOCKS Proxy"
Check the checkbox, and in the "SOCKS Proxy Server" box to the right,
enter the IP address of the iPhone:, and a port number
of 1080.
6. Click 'Apply Now' for the changes to take effect

Your iPhone should be giving you Internet access now! Browse happy.

For Mac users, epogue posts:
I created a package that, hopefully, should get everybody working properly on OS X. You might still need to set chmod +x on tetherify-osx-intel.sh because of the unarchiver. I haven't tested that yet.


Also, if you're getting the AFC error, try using the jailbreak bundled with the tetherkit. That's how I got mine to work.

Mad props to:
- ziel (for writing Jailbreak)
- NerveGas (for compiling these programs for iPhone)
- Nightwatch (for making a working iPhone compiler)
And the rest of the #iphone dev team. Also thanks to the writers of srelay!

I've done my best to make the procedure as simple as possible. You must first have run jailbreak on your phone - you need to go through the custom ringtone tutorial minus the part where you add ringtones (though you still can add ringtones if you want).

Now that your iPhone is freed from its jailed shackles, download the iPhone Tethering Kit and extract its contents to a folder on your hard drive.

Now double-click "tetherify-windows.bat" if you're on Windows, or if you're on Mac OSX (Intel procs only), open a Terminal and run "tetherify-osx-intel.sh".

Follow the instructions that appear - here's what you will see:

Hello, this batch file will install and enable a SOCKS server on your iPhone.

--------PHASE 1: Getting files off your iPhone---------

1 file(s) copied.
iPhoneInterface v0.3.1 built on Jul 14 2007

Waiting for phone... established.
iPhone state: Activated
type "help" for help
iPhone:/# iPhone:/usr/sbin# fileref: 1
iPhone:/usr/sbin# iPhone:/System/Library/LaunchDaemons# fileref: 1
iPhone:/System/Library/LaunchDaemons# 1 file(s) copied.
1 file(s) copied.

--------PHASE 2: Uploading files and reconfiguring your iPhone---------

iPhoneInterface v0.3.1 built on Jul 14 2007

Waiting for phone... established.
iPhone state: Activated
type "help" for help
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
--------PHASE 3: Restarting your iPhone, twice---------

Press and hold the Power button on your iPhone until it shows the "slide to turn off" red slider.
Slide it, wait for the phone to turn off, and press the power button to turn it on again.
Then do it again. When your iPhone has started up the second time, press a key to continue.
Press any key to continue . . .

--------PHASE 4: Restoring original update configuration---------

1 file(s) copied.
1 file(s) copied.
iPhoneInterface v0.3.1 built on Jul 14 2007

Waiting for phone... established.
iPhone state: Activated
type "help" for help
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# fileref: 1
iPhone:/# ---------DONE!--------

It's kind of a mess of things. There is no error-checking, so if you see "fileref: 0" in any of the output, that's how you know something went wrong. Otherwise it all should have gone just fine.

Congratulations! You now have an open SOCKS server on your iPhone.

To utilize it, you need to create an ad-hoc Wifi network without a router. This way the iPhone will remain connected to both EDGE and your laptop.

Wireless clients between Mac OSX, Windows XP, and Windows Vista vary, but the concept is the same. Create an ad-hoc network with your laptop, preferably using encryption.

Then set your IP address to a static address, without a default gateway. In Windows XP and Vista you can run this command:

netsh interface ip set address "Wireless Network Conenction" static

You would substitute "Wireless Network Connection" with the name of your wifi adapter if it's named something different.

Then use your iPhone's Settings panel to join to the ad-hoc network you created:

source : Cre.ations.net

60 Million Vistas Shipped, 1 Billion Windows by 2008

Although many PC users are still satisfied with their Windows XP experience, Microsoft was proud to announce that it has shipped 60 million copies of its Windows Vista operating system.

In particular, Microsoft boasted that it had quickly surpassed the entire install base of another computer maker that’s better known these days for its music players. "By our math, we eclipsed the entire install base of Apple in the first five weeks of shipment," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO.

While 60 million copies would be an impressive number for any other software maker, an operating system from Microsoft must aspire to reach completely new heights. Microsoft isn’t simply looking at millions of units – it’s looking at the billions.

"The install base of Windows computers this coming 12 months will reach one billion," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. "If you stop and think about that for a second, by end of our fiscal year '08 there will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which to me is kind of a mind-numbing concept."

Earlier this year, shortly after the launch of Windows Vista, Ballmer blamed piracy for the operating system’s sluggish start, while also viewing the stop of illegal activity as a chance to grow sales. "Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we'll make some piracy improvements this year," Ballmer said.

Shortly after Ballmer's comments, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was more upbeat and stated that Vista had been "incredibly well received." Gates continued, "People who sell PCs have seen a very nice lift in their sales. People have come in and wanted to buy Vista."

via (dailytech)

Problems with the Google Analytics:

Google's Analytics service stopped delivering data to users on Saturday, another in a series of recent performance and availability problems affecting this popular Web site traffic-monitoring service.
The latest problem remains unsolved and is apparently affecting all Google Analytics accounts, according to a message posted Monday afternoon by a Google employee in the official Google Analytics blog.

Google didn't immediate respond to a request seeking comment about the extent of what it is calling a "temporary reporting delay."

Users can log in to their accounts, but the data hasn't been updated since Saturday night. Although the data hasn't been delivered, it hasn't been lost, according to the Google blog posting.

Organizations of all sizes use the free Google Analytics to monitor traffic and analyze usage of their Web sites. Using the data collected by Google Analytics, Web publishers make decisions regarding their sites' design, content, and ad space.

Last week, Google Analytics suffered what the company called a "brief processing delay" . Another such delay hit the service during the weekend of July 14 and 15, affecting "a small percentage of users," Google said then.

The previous weekend, a server outage prevented "many" users from creating and logging into new accounts, according to Google. A significant data outage left many users fuming in late May as well.

Google Analytics got a major upgrade in early May, and some users are wondering if the performance problems are a result of the changes made to the service back then.

In a discussion forum about this latest problem, a user wrote that Google Analytics worked better prior to the upgrade.

"I was comparing the two interfaces while they were side-by-side, and the old interface consistently reported more quickly," the user wrote.

Another user had a similar opinion. "I have had bad stats ever since they switched to this new so-called improved version of analytics. For me it has been much slower to show activity and has not reported all the data my AdWords shows. I wish they would have just left things as they were," this user wrote.

via (Yahoo News)

Vista performance patches releades for testers:

Microsoft has released to Windows Server 2008 beta testers two new hot-fix packs for Vista which aim to improve the OS's performance and reliability in a number of categories, fixing many of the mass-reported performance issues in Vista, along with some unexpected improvements.

The "938979 Vista Performance and Reliability Pack" improves the performance when copying or moving entire directories containing large amounts of data or files. Other improvements include faster boot times and fixes to Vista's Memory Manager. The "938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack" contains a variety of updates including improved compatibility with newer graphics cards, and better performance in games with advanced visuals.

Early non-benchmark tests on these patches show some interesting results, with substantial decreases in file operation times. The two update packs have been leaked and are now available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista. Needless to say, the patch was released as private beta, so you should proceed at your own risk.

via (Techspot)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Japanese Wooden Supercar

A Japanese furniture maker has produced a “Wooden Supercar,” which as the name suggests, is made out of wood. The vehicle, which can go up to 80km/h, costs around $32,000 . Here is a video of the SuperCar:

And another video showing Wooden Car being driven by President of the furniture company.

This car is produced by a local furniture maker in Maniwa city - and like all small companies in Japan, they dont have a site that I can direct you to.
The "Wooden Supercar" is 1.3 meters wide x 2.5 meters in length x 1.1 meters high and has a max speed of 80km/h.
You can see last nights coverage of this car at WBS (video is only available for today and is darn Real Player).

Microsoft revolutonalises a High School

The state run high school system in America is often viewed as under-funded and over-crowded, especially in large urban cities such as Philadelphia.
So when Microsoft announced its intention to join up with the city school district and bring all its resources and software know-how there was a mixture of shock and surprise from across the community.

But one year on all seems to be going well.

West Philadelphia is a place of high crime rates and low incomes, the last place you would expect to find a new bright white gleaming school building packed with technology.

There are digital writing boards, built-in audio systems, auditoriums that swivel into place and lots more.

Controversial combination

"In the gym there are cameras with which we are able to capture kids' games. So the next day the kids can deconstruct the game by watching it and better their skills," said High School principal Shirley Grover.

"We can also capture their best shot or pass, which helps us build portfolios for universities."

There is hardly a book in sight.

Every student is issued a laptop and not much else to complete their studies. Homework projects are e-mailed to all the students, and their parents.

Every digital mark made on the board is downloadable to the family home.

What makes this possible is a partnership with Microsoft - a rare and potentially controversial combination of public tax payer money and private enterprise.

Microsoft's Mary Cullinane said: "The reality is we have a very vested interest in our education system. We will be the organisation that hires these kids, we are the organisations that economies are built around. So these kids need to be successful.

"But we're not educators. So we need to work out what is the appropriate contribution and how can we support their endeavours. That's what this place is trying to do."

Life-changing opportunity

Parents are not put off by corporate involvement.

More than 9,000 applications came in this year alone for 175 places.

Academically gifted pupils were not given priority. For many youngsters getting in is like winning a Willy Wonka golden ticket.

Jessica Nichols, like most of the students, had never even touched a laptop, let alone owned one before she won a place. And she is well aware that this opportunity could change her life forever.

"It's not just another school. It's THE school, and it's all about new beginnings," she said.

"When you live in a neighbourhood like this, when you're dealing with the schools that you're coming from, with little money and text books from 25 years ago with pages missing, you realise what you really want and need for your future to go on and be successful.

"This is a school that said it would help you, and it really does."

When students turn up first thing in the morning they use their ID cards to get into the school - the time is recorded of course. And they need it to access their locker. It is even used in the cashless school cafeteria.

In other schools the bullies' favourite target is lunch money.

The cards also keep track of the foods eaten and calories consumed. But being in a technologically advanced environment, with wi-fi available everywhere for example, does raise some concerns.

Global plans

Websites like YouTube and MySpace have been blocked.

"A lot of the kids do get distracted. I know that I would have been horribly distracted at 14 or 15 if I'd been given the same opportunity," said John Disston, a teacher at the school.

"But with this generation their brains seem to be structured much more readily to multi-task."

There are other issues that are constantly debated around the school and amongst parents - does a Microsoft culture, which includes hiring practices, lead to a more efficient school system?

Is it a good idea to rely on the internet to supply information to parents at home, some of whom cannot even afford telephones?

But with student attendance rates now at 93% compared with 60% for the school district as a whole, there is overwhelming support for the school from almost every direction.

"We wouldn't enter into a programme where we would get five years down the road and said 'hey, we made a mistake'," Gregory Thornton, Chief Academic Officer of the School District of Philadelphia, said.

"We're watching this very closely, looking at key performance indicators, and making mid-course corrections as we go along to ensure student success.

"Every indicator that we look at today, from teacher attendance to student attendance, to formative assessments indicates that we are on the right track of changing the lives of young people in the City of Philadelphia."

The educational experiment is being examined closely by other American school districts, many of which are failing badly.

And since the project began the world has also been watching. The School of the Future receives visitors from around the globe frequently and Microsoft recently announced plans to take the concept worldwide.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ubisoft Developing Avatar Game

James Cameron and 20th Century Fox's upcoming high-tech 3-D SF movie Avatar is being adapted into a video game by Ubisoft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Capping an extensive yearlong runoff among four game companies that presented creative briefs, Cameron selected the French game publisher to develop a next-generation video game to be released alongside the film in May 2009.

For Ubisoft, the deal with Fox and Cameron represents the company's biggest bet yet on a movie property, even eclipsing the terms of its landmark deal with Peter Jackson and Universal for the game based on King Kong.

Avatar, Cameron's first fictional feature film in more than a decade, tells the story of Jake (Sam Worthington), an ex-Marine who persists in an alien world as an avatar, a human mind in an alien body. The concept is similar to that in many video games, in which a player creates a virtual manifestation of himself or herself, often referred to as an avatar.

While yet to be confirmed, it is expected that all the actors from the film, including Sigourney Weaver, will reprise their roles in the video-game version.

(via Scifi)

Man burns down trailer in online feud

A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

"I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said.

Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice."

Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign.

Tavares obtained Anderson's real name and hometown from Anderson's Web page about his Museum of Horrors Haunted House.

Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving. Investigators say he told them he planned to point a shotgun at Anderson and shoot his computer.

Instead, when he got to Elm Mott — after posting one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign — Tavares threw a piece of gasoline-soaked plastic foam into the back of Anderson's mobile home and lit a flare, authorities say.

Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.

James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

Tavares told investigators that Anderson had spread computer viruses and insulted his online friends for too long, Pack said.

"He lost everything — all over an Internet squabble," the investigator said.

Tavares was discharged last year from the Navy, where he earned several medals — including the pistol expert and rifle expert medals — in his nine-year career, said Navy spokesman Mike McLellan.

Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cell-phone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

Anderson, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, said he continues to be harassed online, has been startled by people knocking on his window late at night and found bullet holes in a door to his business.

He said he is convinced the harassment is related to the Internet feud and plans to spend $30,000 on more fencing topped with barbed wire.

(via Yahoo)

Friday, July 27, 2007

NJIT Researchers Develop Inexpensive, Easy Process To Produce Solar Panels

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Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. “The process is simple,” said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT’s Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. “Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations.”

“Fullerene single wall carbon nanotube complex for polymer bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells,” featured as the June 21, 2007 cover story of the Journal of Materials Chemistry published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, details the process. The Society, based at Oxford University, is the British equivalent of the American Chemical Society.

Harvesting energy directly from abundant solar radiation using solar cells is increasingly emerging as a major component of future global energy strategy, said Mitra. Yet, when it comes to harnessing renewable energy, challenges remain. Expensive, large-scale infrastructures such as wind mills or dams are necessary to drive renewable energy sources, such as wind or hydroelectric power plants. Purified silicon, also used for making computer chips, is a core material for fabricating conventional solar cells. However, the processing of a material such as purified silicon is beyond the reach of most consumers.

“Developing organic solar cells from polymers, however, is a cheap and potentially simpler alternative,” said Mitra. “We foresee a great deal of interest in our work because solar cells can be inexpensively printed or simply painted on exterior building walls and/or roof tops. Imagine some day driving in your hybrid car with a solar panel painted on the roof, which is producing electricity to drive the engine. The opportunities are endless.”

The science goes something like this. When sunlight falls on an organic solar cell, the energy generates positive and negative charges. If the charges can be separated and sent to different electrodes, then a current flows. If not, the energy is wasted. Link cells electronically and the cells form what is called a panel, like the ones currently seen on most rooftops. The size of both the cell and panels vary. Cells can range from 1 millimeter to several feet; panels have no size limits.

The solar cell developed at NJIT uses a carbon nanotubes complex, which by the way, is a molecular configuration of carbon in a cylindrical shape. The name is derived from the tube’s miniscule size. Scientists estimate nanotubes to be 50,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nevertheless, just one nanotube can conduct current better than any conventional electrical wire. “Actually, nanotubes are significantly better conductors than copper,” Mitra added.

Mitra and his research team took the carbon nanotubes and combined them with tiny carbon Buckyballs (known as fullerenes) to form snake-like structures. Buckyballs trap electrons, although they can’t make electrons flow. Add sunlight to excite the polymers, and the buckyballs will grab the electrons. Nanotubes, behaving like copper wires, will then be able to make the electrons or current flow.

“Using this unique combination in an organic solar cell recipe can enhance the efficiency of future painted-on solar cells,” said Mitra. “Someday, I hope to see this process become an inexpensive energy alternative for households around the world.”

Source (NJIT)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Combined skills and Tools it takes to be a Hacker

Do you want to become a hacker in Just ten minutes? I know It seems like a joke for you right now, but this is real. It is as easy as watching TV. All you need to do is to press that little "play button" on the left and you are on. What are you waiting for, watch this video and start hacking.
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Sprint flashlight-animation

Takeshi Nagata and Kazue Monno made this wonderful animated film titled "Pika Pika 2007" by taking long-exposure photographs of people waving flashlights and stitching the photos together. You may also have seen their work in a recent Sprint television commercial.

(Via tochka)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network

The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities. These up-and-coming companies provide so-called “white label” social networking platforms that enable their customers to build their own social networks (often from scratch) and to tailor those networks to a range of purposes.

The idea of white labeling a network is to make the platform provider as invisible as possible to the social network’s users and to brand the network with the builder’s identity or intent. While definitions of “social networking” may vary, social networks are primarily defined by member profiles and some sort of user generated content. There are roughly three types of companies that have emerged in the space of white label social networking. The first provides hosted, do-it-yourself solutions with which customers can largely point and click their way to a brand new social network. Companies of this type interact minimally with their customers and rather focus on providing the network-building tools that they demand.

We have taken a sample of nine of these companies - Ning, KickApps, CrowdVine, GoingOn, CollectiveX, Me.com, PeopleAggregator, Haystack, and ONEsite - all of which provide free baseline services, and reviewed them individually below. We have also included the chart on the right summarizing all of these companies’ offerings. Credit for initial research into these companies goes to Jeremiah Owyang who compiled a comprehensive list of white label social networking services.

The second type of company provides social networking software for download and installation onto one’s server. The third type works very closely with clients to build a social network based on their needs. These companies might suite your needs much better than any do-it-yourself social networking service, so you may want to check out companies such as Social Platform (a personalized service) or phpFox (a downloadable solution). We’ll take a deeper look at these services in Part 2 of this post.

Out of the services that we review below, we found that Ning provides the best platform for setting up good-looking, sophisticated social networks with minimal effort. KickApps provides the best platform for integrating social networking components into existing websites. CrowdVine and Haystack are viable options for organizations that are looking for simple social networks to improve personalized communication online. CollectiveX is most suitable for existing groups that want to collaborate online. And GoingOn provides a promising hybrid solution with capabilities shared by both Ning and KickApps. Continue Reading>>
(via techcrunch)

Toshiba Ships first Notebook with HD DVD-R

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of the Qosmio G45-AV680, a cutting-edge audio-video notebook computer with Dolby surround sound technology and the first U.S. model to feature an HD DVD-R optical drive and full 1080playback resolution.

As the first U.S. notebook computer with an HD DVD-R optical drive, the Qosmio notebook provides users with a state-of-the-art multimedia machine that can burn up to 30 GB of data, including home-videos, entire photo albums and music libraries onto a single HD DVD recordable disc. In addition to storage capacity, the HD DVD-R optical drive also plays HD DVD movies at a resolution six times sharper than the DVD format.

The enhanced technology of HD DVD provides Qosmio users with a groundbreaking level of interactivity that will change how people watch movies. Features such as in-movie commentary and downloadable internet content will provide layers of valuable options that reach deeper into the moviemaking process, highlighting interesting details concerning real-life set locations, as well as high definition movie trailers and music videos.

A key benefit of using a notebook computer as a conduit for HD DVD playback is the standard 1 gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless internet connections, which makes it possible to quickly and easily access internet content. New releases, such as Warner’s blockbuster “Blood Diamond,” provide enhanced High Definition content that’s only available through the internet.

The Qosmio G45-AV680 sports a striking piano-key white glossy finish, which is starkly contrasted by a silver volume control knob and Qosmio AV Controller. Adding to the effect, each control knob is backlit by a halo of blue light. An impressive machine right out-of-the-box, the Qosmio G45 comes with such high-end features as four Harman Kardon Bass Reflex stereo speakers, a built-in subwoofer, a 1 Bit Digital Amplifier and Dolby Home Theater technology. This high-end speaker configuration dramatically enhances the visual experience by delivering a sophisticated suite of audio technologies, such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Speaker. As a result users have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy rich surround sound in a variety of playback environments as well as more vivid and engaging experiences from a user’s favorite music, HD movies and games.

Built around a stunning 17-inch diagonal widescreen Ultimate TruBrite display, the Qosmio G45 delivers an image resolution of 1080p. While at home, users can connect the Qosmio’s HDMI port to a High Definition TV to expand the functionality of their home entertainment center. Once connected to an HDTV, the Qosmio G45 can deliver a 1080p movie with all of the quality users expect from HD DVD. Additionally the Qosmio includes the TOSHIBA USB HDTV Tuner, an external device for viewing and recording live high definition TV from an antenna, satellite set-top box or cable line.

As the most complete entertainment notebook available, the Qosmio G45 also takes the gaming experience to the next level, through NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600M GT GPU, which empowers gamers to take full advantage of Microsoft’s cutting-edge DirectX 10 graphics technology to deliver modern visual effects. The DirectX 10 enabled NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card propels next-generation games to new heights of realism by producing realistic textures in hair, facial and body features, while providing a richly detailed environment for an immersive gaming experience.

To download large files, such as movies and television shows in a fraction of the time, while providing greater security, faster internet browsing, and a richer wireless internet experience, the Qosmio G45-AV680 incorporates the draft 802.11n wireless protocol. For users, this new wireless technology delivers transfer speeds up to five times(3) faster than the previous 802.11g standard.

To maximize the functionality of the Qosmio and its HD DVD-R drive, the digital lifestyle application Ulead(R) DVD MovieFactory(R) for TOSHIBA has been included. With this value-added software, Qosmio users can easily import and edit high-definition and standard digital home movie footage to create personal family masterpieces. In turn, the Qosmio G45-AV680 makes it possible to add the finishing professional touch to personal films and home movies that were originally captured using an HD or digital camcorder by burning them onto an HD DVD complete with graphical menus and chapter markers. With this feature, the Qosmio brings HD DVD production capabilities within reach of the video enthusiast.

The Qosmio G45 is available at www.toshibadirect.com, as well as a variety of major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide in the following configuration:

Qosmio G45-AV680 Unique Specifications (ESUP $3,199.99)
• Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit version)
• Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300
o 2.00 GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB with 64-bit
• 2048MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory
o Maximum capacity 4096MB
• Intel(R) Turbo Memory
o 1024MB
• 320GB using two Serial-ATA hard disk drives
o Primary 160GB + Secondary 160GB
• HD DVD-R/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive) supporting 13 formats
• Toshiba USB HDTV Tuner (External)
• 17-inch diagonal widescreen Ultimate TruBrite display
o 1920x1200 native resolution (WUXGA)
o Supports 1080p content
• PCI-Express x16 graphics subsystem, featuring:
o NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT with 512MB DDR2 discrete graphics memory, plus up to 255MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory using NVIDIA TurboCache technology
• 1-bit Digital Amplifier
• Four built-in Harman Kardon Bass Reflex stereo speakers with subwoofer
• Dolby Home Theater
• Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
• Toshiba Remote Control
• Embedded Webcam and microphone
• Fingerprint reader

The Qosmio G45 series is available with a one-year standard, limited warranty, which includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country; or customers may utilize any of the 4,460 UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations nationwide for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt turnaround service. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook’s service plans, including up to four years of extended warranty coverage.

All new Toshiba notebooks are RoHS-compatible, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Toshiba also offers a computer trade-in and recycling program to reduce environmental impact and promote efficient utilization of resources. All Toshiba computers qualify for free recycling, while non-Toshiba computers and other consumer electronic products can be recycled for a small fee. For more information please visit: www.reuse.toshiba.com.

via (Boing Boing)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NASA to Dump Junk in Space

It's not the politically correct way to dispose of trash, but NASA says it has no better option than to dump from the International Space Station a refrigerator-sized container holding ammonia and a 200-pound camera stand.

Station flight engineer Clay Anderson will do the deed during a spacewalk planned for Monday.

"We agonized over this for a very long time before we came to this decision," space station deputy manager Kirk Shireman said in an interview. "It sounds bad."

NASA is not as concerned about its image as it is about the potential damage the ammonia container, which weighs more than 1,400 pounds, could do after it falls from orbit in about a year. Pieces as big as 39 pounds could survive re-entry and crash on Earth.

The U.S. space agency calculates the odds of the debris hurting or killing a person at one in 5000. That sounds high, but consider that engines flown on the country's heavy-lift Delta and Atlas rockets have a one in 1,000 chance of affecting a person. Continue reading>>

Emotion-Sensing Furniture Changes Hues

Ancient Japanese people believed that gods lived in all things, whether animate or inanimate. Talking to a wall was not an idle act, but actually a kind of soul-searching. And usually, the wall talked back.

Now a table and a set of chairs embodies that philosophy. Called Fuwapica, which loosely translated means "soft and flashy," the furniture senses people's presence and gradually changes colors accordingly. The interactive set, which could be in shops, airports, museums, or bars within a year or two, uses technology to extend people's emotional state into a room that may be devoid of ancient ideas.

"We want modern people like us to remember that there was an interaction between people and furniture," said Ichi Kanaya, assistant professor at Osaka University. Continue reading>>

Story Machine Captures Sound, Images

When it comes to writing, the pen and paper can take storytelling only so far.

Now a new technology allows kids — big and small — to embed sound into traditional drawings and create an interactive story-game. The Jabberstamp, invented by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not only just fun to play with, it can also allow children to capture and share intricate ideas before they have mastered the skill of writing narratives.

"We can help them learn new things that are really complex by giving them new toys," said Hayes Raffle, a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant. Raffle developed the device with fellow Ph.D. candidate Cati Vaucelle and Cornell University researcher Ruibing Wang.

These days, a new toy most likely is computerized. But electronic toys and books are akin to television, said Raffle. Most of the content is already preprogrammed with stories that have been created by someone else.

"I always thought that it was a shame that kids couldn't create their own stories," said Raffle.

That's why he and his team created Jabberstamp. The device consists of three components: a position-sensing tablet, a microphone with a rubber stamp at one end to record sounds, and a trumpet-like tool for listening.

The child places a regular piece of paper on top of the electronic tablet and draws images with pencils or crayons. When she wants to embed a sound, she uses the stamp. Pressing the tool onto the page turns on a tiny microphone and prints a tiny icon onto the paper. She can press it over an image of ogre and record his voice or press it over an image of a horse and record the sound of a whinny. As long as she presses, the tool records.

When she or someone else wants to listen to the story, she touches the trumpet-shaped tool to the printed icons. The formerly recorded sounds play back.

Tiny radio frequency sensors in the tablet and in the tools make the interactive sound possible. The sensors in the tablet keep track of the position of the stamp, measure the degree of pressure exerted from the tip, and encode the audio at that location. When the tablet senses the trumpet over an audio position, it plays the sound back.

"The main innovation comes in providing children with very familiar materials that they can play with and adding the technology on top of that," said Juan Pablo Hourcade, assistant professor of computer science at that University Iowa.

But there are always challenges when designing electronic toys for children, said Hourcade.

"Children are moving targets. Something perfect for a child today, six months later it won't be right," he said. "We need to have technologies that support a child's growth. I think in this case Jabberstamp does that." A four-year-old can use it, albeit for different stories, just as well as an eight-year-old.

The biggest challenge, said Hourcade, is tracking the child's use of such a tool over a long period of time. Are they creating more sophisticated stories or getting bored?

"Are we making a positive impact or are they better off drawing on their own without any computing power?" Hourcade asked.

At least in the short term, the Jabberstamp kept children engaged. They collaborated with one another and in some cases worked together for hours on a single, interactive story.

(via dicovery news)

Nintendo DS, Wii Continue Hardware Sales Lead for June

The sales numbers released by research firm NPD Group for June continue to highlight Nintendo’s current strength in the market. Both the Nintendo DS and Wii lead all of its competitors in terms of software and hardware sales.

The Nintendo DS collected even more sales than during May, moving an amazing 561,900 units. The Wii followed closely behind with 381,800, also slightly up from the previous month.

Nintendo’s near-obsolete Game Boy Advance sold a surprising 109,400 consoles, despite there being no new software released for the handheld.

Sony took sat next in the ladder, with the PSP selling 290,100 and the undying PlayStation 2 at 270,700 units. The PlayStation 3, which was once again the lowest-selling, current-market console, only managed to sell 98,500 units.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 198,400 units, also up from May’s figures.

Overall, video game hardware sales were up 34 percent for the month as compared to the same period last year – accumulating $398.6 million.

(via Dailytech)

Protect Your Mobile Phone From Unwanted Access Using Iris Recognition

Iris Recognition Technology

The Japanese company Oki Electric announced the development of an iris recognition technology for cell phones, in the first application that uses the existing video camera of your phone or PDA, in an ultra high level of security protection. No one will ever be able to make any calls, or to access the web from your phone, unless it is authorized by you. The software Iris Recognition Technology version 1.0 needs a 1 or 2 megapixels camera to function properly, and is based on a proprietary algorithm designed to work with standard cameras on mobile phones.

Iris Recognition Technology

The program runs on both Windows Mobile and Symbian, so it’s compatible with a lot of cool mobile phones on the market, and it should probably work with your current phone.

Find out more about this cool technology at Oki Electric (translated).

86 Essential Photoshop shortcuts

Photoshop Shortcuts

Working with Photoshop isn't that easy for both beginners and advanced users.
There are times when applying a simple effect to your image can be so much time consuming. What follows is a list of often used(and much abused tools) tools and their shorcuts to make working with them second nature-we don't want to handle our tools clumsily while unleashing our creativity, do we?
  1. H (Hand Tool) — When zoomed in to a portion of your photo, this command brings up the hand tool which allows quick panning.
  2. B (Brush tool) — The brush is an extremely useful tool when working with masks, and I’m constantly using this command along with the hand and zoom tools.
  3. Sift + B (Cycle through Brush tools)- Use this shortcut to bring up a list of other tools in brushes palette.
  4. Z (Zoom Tool) — This command brings up the zoom tool, which allows you to zoom in.
  5. Ctrl + 0 (Fit to Screen) — This is a command to get the entire photo in front of your eyes.
  6. Ctrl + Z (Undo) — Very useful for going back one step...umm, mistake.
  7. [ (Decrease Brush Size) — Decrease your brush size to get into tighter spots.
  8. ] (Increase Brush Size) — Increase your brush size for the larger spots.
  9. Shift + [ (Decrease Brush Softness) — Decrease the softness of the brush by 25%.
  10. Shift + ] (Increase Brush Softness) — Increase the softness of the brush by 25%.
  11. Tab (Hide/Show Palettes) —With this you can show or hide your all palettes and take a quick look only on your picture
  12. 1->0 (Tool Opacity) — Pressing any number from 1 to 0 gives tool opacity from 10% to 100%.
  13. Shift + 1->0 (Tool Flow) — This works the same like the opacity changer, but you have to hold the "Shift key" while you hit the numbers.
  14. Ctrl + Tab (Next Point on Curves Adjustment) — you can place multiple points on the curve and adjust them accordingly when using the curves adjustment dialog. Use this command to switch focus from point to point without moving them around.
  15. Right click (Brush Presets) — Right click on the image to bring up a list of brush Presets
  16. E (Eraser tool) — Brings up the eraser tool.
  17. Shift + E (Cycle through other tools in this group) Use this to Cycle through other tools in Eraser tools group this group.
  18. R (Blur tool) — Brigs up the blur tool
  19. Shift + R — Use it to cycle through other tools in blur tools group.
  20. O (Dodge tool) — Brings up the dodge tool.
  21. Shit + 0 — Use this to cycle through other tools in dodge tools group.
  22. T (Type tool) — Brings up the type tool.
  23. V (Move tool) — Use this to move layers around in an image.
  24. C (Crop tool) — Brings up the crop tool.
  25. N (Notes tools) — Brings up the notes tool.
  26. W (Magic wand tool) — Brings up the magic wand tool
  27. M (Marque tool) — Brings up the marque tool.
  28. Ctrl + Shift + O - Photoshop's File Browser
  29. Ctrl + Shift + P - Page Setup Dialogue Box
  30. Ctrl + Shift + S - Save As Dialogue Box
  31. Ctrl + Shift + K - Color Setting Preferences Box
  32. Ctrl + Shift + F - Fade Dialogue Box
  33. Ctrl + Shift + X - Liquify Filter Tool
  34. Ctrl + Shift + N - Create New Layer Preferences Box
  35. Ctrl + Shift + M - Launches ImageReady
  36. Ctrl + Shift + E - Merges all layers into a single layer
  37. Ctrl + Alt + Z - Step Backward
  38. Ctrl + Shift + - (Minus Sign Key) - Zoom Out
  39. Ctrl + Shift + + (Plus Sign Key) - Zoom In
  40. Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N - Creates a new empty layer
  41. Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S - Save For The Web Dialogue
  42. Ctrl + Alt (in most Dialogue Boxes) - Changes the 'Cancel' command to 'Reset'
  43. Ctrl + Alt (in the 'Save For Web Dialogue') - Changes the 'Cancel' command to 'Reset' & the 'Done' command to 'Remember'
  44. Ctrl + Alt + ~(Tild Symbol) - Selects the brightest area of the currently selected layer
  45. Ctrl + Shift + I - Inverts a selection
  46. Ctrl + Alt + X - Extract
  47. Shift + -/+ signs(on a layer) - Toggles the different layer modes
  48. Shift + Ctrl + Z - Step Forward
  49. Ctrl + N - New Document Dialogue Box
  50. Ctrl + M - Curves Dialogue Box
  51. Ctrl + A - Selects all in the currently foreground document or currently selected layer
  52. Ctrl + D - Deselects all in the currently foreground document or currently selected layer
  53. Ctrl + J - Automatically creates a duplicate of the currently selected layer
  54. Ctrl + K - Preferences Dialogue Box
  55. Ctrl + L - Levels Dialogue Box
  56. Ctrl + F4 - Closes current document
  57. Ctrl + ' (Single Quote Key) - Toggles Grid Lines
  58. Ctrl + Q - Quits Photoshop altogether
  59. Ctrl + R - Toggles Rulers
  60. Ctrl + U - Hue/Saturation Dialogue Box
  61. Ctrl + O - Opens New File
  62. Ctrl + P - Print Dialogue Box
  63. Ctrl + Z - Undo last Action
  64. Ctrl + Tab - Toggle between open documents
  65. Ctrl + Shift + C - Copy Merged
  66. Ctrl + C - Copy
  67. Ctrl + H - Toggle Extras
  68. Ctrl + ; - Toggle Guides
  69. Ctrl + Shift + ; - Toggle Snap
  70. Ctrl + X - Cut
  71. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + X - Pattern Maker
  72. Ctrl + V - Paste
  73. Ctrl + Shift + V - Paste into selection
  74. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + V - Paste Outside
  75. Ctrl + T - Transform Tool
  76. Ctrl + Shift + T - Repeats the last performed Transform
  77. Shift + F5 / Shift + Backspace (Key) - Fill Layer Dialogue Box
  78. f1 - Toggles Adobe Online Help
  79. f5 - Toggles Brush style palette
  80. f6 - Toggles Colour, Swatches, Styles palette
  81. f7 - Toggles Layers, Channels, Paths palette
  82. f8 - Toggles Navigator, Info palette
  83. f9 - Toggles Actions, History, Presets palette
  84. Shift + Tab (Key) - Toggles palettes on screen, excluding the Toolbar.
  85. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E -Stamp Visible
  86. Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K -Show Keyboard Commands

Monday, July 23, 2007

Microsoft, Ask.com pressure Google on privacy (computer world)

Microsoft is joining Ask.com in offering web surfers a way to use its search engines anonymously, and the two companies are now calling on the search and online advertising industry to develop a common set of privacy practices. By year's end, Microsoft will give users a way to search anonymously on its Microsoft Windows Live websites, and it will also implement a new data retention policy that after 18 months will scrub all search query data of any information that could be used to identify the searcher.

"We think that we as an industry ought to take a look at ways to further enhance privacy protections," said Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen. "We're really trying to make sure that people always have the ability to have a trusted experience."

These steps are similar to those taken by Ask.com last week and are part of an effort to create industry consensus on privacy practices, Cullen said.

When visitors use Microsoft's Windows Live search engine, Microsoft stores the search queries along with some information on the person doing the searching in order to provide them with targeted advertising. Like all the major search providers, Microsoft doesn't associate names or email addresses with this data, but it does keep IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and some other identifying information, such as the zip codes of Windows Live users.

Privacy advocates are concerned that this data could be misused.

"Search terms are often about drugs, they're about sex and they're about rock and roll," said Peter Swire, a law professor with Ohio State University who was the White House's Chief Counsellor for Privacy under the Clinton administration. "There are a lot of people who are feeling that they're doing a private exploration and wouldn't want their search terms as part of their permanent record."

Last year, AOL researchers inadvertently illustrated how this data could be misused when they posted data on about 650,000 searches made on the company's website. New York Times reporters were able totrack down one of the searchers based on the information in the database.

Ask.com and Microsoft's announcements put pressure on Google to improve its privacy practices, Swire said. Google retains part of the IP address associated with searches and has not promised to provide anonymous searching, he explained.

It is becoming even more important for companies to safeguard consumers' privacy as the online advertising and search industries consolidate, Swire said. Both Microsoft and Google have made major moves in this space over the past few months with their planned acquisitions of aQuantive and DoubleClick.

More pressure is coming from the European Union, which has placed limits on the amount of time search companies can retain this type of data and is reviewing Google's DoubleClick acquisition.

Microsoft and Ask.com will invite privacy advocates and internet search and advertising companies such as Google, AOL, and Yahoo to come together and more clearly explain how the industry will handle privacy. "The first step is, we'll be in contact with all the other players in this space and talk about what a summit might look like," said Cullen. "We're very happy to host it, if that's the answer ... both Microsoft and Ask.com think that this is the time to make this happen."

The two companies expect to report on the results of this outreach by September. That's right around the time that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to host a workshop discussing these same issues, Swire said. "Now we're getting public debate and corporate debate on best practices. And the FTC will be trying to push that this fall."

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ubuntu logos

I have collected some cool Ubuntu logos, and funny pictures about Ubuntu made in different colors and having different design elements. Click on the images to view them in High res.
(Disclaimer: I have not myself created any of these logos, that is why i have maintained the original links)
Ubuntu Original

Ubuntu Crystal

Ubuntu Logo Dog bone

Ubuntu Original

Ubuntu people

Ubuntu people

Ubuntu girls

Ubuntu wine

Ubuntu breezy

Ubuntu wine

Ubuntu T-Shirt

Ubuntu Cats

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Google tips, tricks, hacks, SEO and Secrets

Google secrets for Reserchers:

Part 1)

Part 2)

Part 3)

Part 4)

Search engine optimization(SEO)

Google tips and Tricks:

Google Adsense Tips:

Five surefire Adsense tips that work:

Funniest video of July 2007, Internet has crashed

Internet crashed and all data has been lost. Now they are trying to make a backup of internet.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Yahoo takes less Time than google to Load

Hey! This is serious. Google Takes more time to load than Yahoo. Now this Doesn't matter much, but for those who hate google (I am not one of those),this makes them laugh about google. What does the home page of google contain, only a colorful logo and a form and why it takes time to load. Compared to Yahoo which contains relatively more images, Google should load faster but it is the other way round. If you don't believe me check for yourself.
I know it is not clearly visible, try testing for your self at http://www.iwebtool.com/speed_test.
In my test average speed of google was 0.17 secs and that of Yahoo was 0.07 secs.
You can also use this website to check your own website's speed and load time and help your readers by tweaking your website's layout and source code to speed up the page download.
Find the entire article here.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Gorgeous paintings drawn In Photoshop......Oops MS Paint.

I have colected some cool videos from youtube to show you how even a smal software like MS paint can be used to create painting which can't be even created in Photoshop.

Need for Speed Race car

Monalisa Drawing by Da-Vinci...Oops EclecticAsylumArt

Sony PSP.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Best Blogging Hosts

So many of you may be already familiar with the most popular blogging hosts like "google's blogger" and "Wordpress". But there are a number of other blogging hosts who provide much more options than these platforms. Let us take a look at some of them. Click on the images to visit the respective website.

1.) This doesn't need any introduction. Probably the best host in the world.
Pros: Insert html/javascript with ease, fully customizable CSS, good available templates, can be used with custom domains.
Cons: Less resources available as compared to wordpress.

2.)Wordpress is open source means its source code id freely available and you can be its developer too. It provides both free as well as paid services.
Pros: Downloadable, has vast directory of plugins and templates, Great support available.
Cons: Little bit tough till you get used to it, and Css not customizable in free wordpress.com blogs.

3.)Livejournal.com A good blogging host and also one of the earliest in this field. It is designed for individuals as well as communities.

4.)multiply.com Multiply had blog/photo/video/audio embeds when the other guys were one dimensional. Multiply is the only free blogging host with a built-in communication subsystem to enable private, network or public publishing.