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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Photo Sphere on Google Nexus 4

Forget about panoramic shots. Photo Sphere lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences.

Watch the Weather Channel Live on YouTube

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yahoo will not recognize "Do Not Track" (DNT) from IE 10

In a Yahoo policy blog, Yahoo indicated they will not support the "Do Not Track" (DNT) setting from IE 10 because the DNT feature will come enabled by default. Yahoo believes the opt out should be by user intent and not by the browser creator. This reaction was echoed by Apache's founders.

Just an update on the major browsers - The new released Microsoft IE 10 will have the DNT feature enabled by default. Google is in the process of implementing the DNT feature in their Chrome but had been offering something similar in the form of a Chrome plug-in called Keep My Opt-Outs. Mozilla Firefox has got the DNT feature but will need to be enabled manually.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CSS: How To and Understanding Font Size (em, px, rem)

Confused with which unit of measurement to use for font-size for your CSS? In fact, there are 2 widely accepted ones to use:

  1. px
  2. em

px, e.g. 16px, is used if you wish to give a fixed size mandate on the font.

em is more like in ratio (1.0em is equivalent to 16px) with respect to its parent. One advantage of em is it will scale up or down when the browser zoom in or out is used. Since the ratio is with respect to its parent, 2 occurences of 0.8em can mean different equivalent pixels if their respective parents have different pixels specifications. Here comes the new rem.

CSS3 introduces the new rem unit, which stands for "root em". What the rem unit does is it is now relative to the root—or the html—element. That means that we can define a single font size on the html element and define all rem units to be a percentage of that.

The Jonathan Snook's blog has an article on font sizing with REM in more details.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

Education is modelled on the interests of industralisation and the image of it. Schools are still very much organised on factory lines.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A pixel is not a pixel is not a pixel

A good read on what exactly a pixel in the context of web development means.

Apple published 'Samsung did not copy' notice on UK site

As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet.

The notice is as follows:

Samsung / Apple UK judgment

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 not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link

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 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.

Evolution of Windows

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Ai Wei Wei Gangnam - 草泥马 Style

Google Search Easter Egg - Type 'do a' On Search

There is an Easter Egg on Google Search when you type 'do a' on the search box. Try it now and see for yourself.

  1. Go to Google main page (

  2. Type 'do a' and see the magic.

If you were to search on do a barrel roll, the effect will be the same as above.

Note: It will only work if you start searching from Google main page and of course you have got Google Instant predictions enabled.

Choosing Windows 8 and preparing your computer for it

Microsoft has officially launched their new revolutionary Windows 8 operating system. But before deciding whether if Windows 8 is right for you, you may wish to first find out which flavours (Windows RT, Windows 8 *, Windows 8 Pro) are right for you.

And especially if you have decided to download and install Windows 8 right onto your existing PC or laptop, this article on How to Prepare Your Computer for Windows 8 would be useful.

Introducing Surface

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Watch Live at Microsoft Windows 8 launch event

Alternative direct link here.

Donald Trump $5 million challenge to President Obama

Donald Trump, American business magnate, throw a challenge on President Obama, announced on Wednesday that he would donate $5m to a charity of Obama's choosing, if the president handed over his "college records and applications, and passport application and records".

But when The Guardian requested from Donald Trump to publish his own college and passport records, Trump's adviser deems Guardian request 'stupid'.

» Donald Trump wants Barack Obama to publish his college and passport records but won't reveal his own | Guardian News

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Creating a self-destruct email using Google Docs

It is possible to create a self-destruct email using Google Docs and of course with a bit of scripting involved. The idea is to stop the self-destruct script once the document is opened.

Watch the demonstration video below:

» Send Self-Destructing Messages with Google Docs | Digital Inspiration

How to crack a Wi-Fi network WPA password?

To learn how to crack a Wi-Fi network WPA password, read more at LifeHacker.

How to crack a Wi-Fi network WEP password?

Read more at LifeHacker.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate Schedule

The dates and venues for the 2012 Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, and also for the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan can be found officially here.

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