“Apple of My Eye” an iPhone 4 Film By Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James

image Below is a short film realized entirely with the new Apple iPhone 4. The video was captured with iPhone high-definition 1280×720 video and edited with iMovie app.  

The film was made by Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James, USC students at the School of Cinematic Arts, all in less than 48 hours.

Don’t feel so bad if your video does not look like this. The behind the scenes footage shows elaborate prep works, which contribute greatly to the end results.

[Credit Cnet DeepTech]

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Cisco Cius: Tablet Dành Cho Business

Tại hội nghị hàng năm Cisco Live ở Las Vegas, Ông John Chamber, Giám đốc điều hành của hãng Cisco đã công bố một tablet có màn ảnh 7-inch được gọi là Cius, chay trên hệ điều hành Google Android.

At the annual Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, John Chamber, Cisco CEO unveiled a live video conferencing over the detachable 7-inch tablet called Cius (pronounced "see us") powered by Google Android OS.

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The tablet’s 7-inch, high-resolution, touch-target color display, supports WiFi and 3G/4G data capable of running as thin client terminal as well as Web browsing, teleconferencing, light computing, etc.… Cisco touted the Cius is sized between the pocket portability of smartphones and the larger display and functionality of a laptop.

  • The tablet is lightweight, weighing just over 1.5 pounds (0.52 kg).
  • A detachable and serviceable 8-hour battery supports all-day communications under normal conditions.
  • Intel Atom 1.6-Ghz processor and 32-GB of flash memory provide the power to run and store Android applications locally.

Whether at your desk or on the move, you will have a full collaborative experience. You can:

  • Make a voice or high-definition 720p video call
  • Join or initiate an audio, web, or Cisco TelePresence solution conference
  • Create, edit, and share files and videos
  • Browse the web with an integrated Firefox browser
  • Locate subject-matter experts using virtual teaming and presence
  • Communicate using instant messaging (IM), visual voicemail, and email
  • Blog and add discussions on social networking sites

The Cius will be available in the beginning of 2011.

[Source Cisco]

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Control Auto Startup Tasks in Windows with Autoruns V10.01

As your Windows PC getting older, you would be surprised the number of unnecessary tasks that get launched automatically without you knowing it.  Among them, you might find few spy tasks as well.

Autoruns is a small utility from Microsoft, the utility (can be run as portable app – no need to install) has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, Run Once, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

AutorunsHide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

You’ll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically!


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Autoruns

Usage

Simply run Autoruns and it shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration. Autostart locations displayed by Autoruns include logon entries, Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons including Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), Appinit DLLs, image hijacks, boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers. Switch tabs to view autostarts from different categories.

To view the properties of an executable configured to run automatically, select it and use the Properties menu item or toolbar button.

Navigate to the Registry or file system location displayed or the configuration of an auto-start item by selecting the item and using the Jump menu item or toolbar button.

To disable an auto-start entry uncheck its check box. To delete an auto-start configuration entry use the Delete menu item or toolbar button.

Select entries in the User menu to view auto-starting images for different user accounts.

More information on display options and additional information is available in the on-line help.

Download Autoruns HERE!

[Via NY Times Tech Talk]

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Lới Đồn Từ Bloomberg: iPhone sẽ Được Bán Trên Verizon Wireless Tháng Giêng 2010

image According to Bloomberg’s source Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company with over 9 million subscribers, will start selling Apple iPhone starting January 2010. The move ends AT&T exclusive hold on the device in US.

Before the antenna issue reported on the new iPhone 4, many iPhone users in the US have blamed AT&T for the poor 3G and weak voice coverage, they are looking forward to moving to Verizon, looking for “greener pasture”.

“A release at Verizon in the first quarter will help Apple’s sales in the U.S. grow to at least 15 million units next year from 11 million in 2010, Barclays Capital analysts said in a note today. The company’s suppliers have been ramping up production of components for a phone on Verizon’s CDMA network, according to the research report”. (Bloomberg)

The device going to Verizon wireless networks will carry different cellular radio, since its network is using CDMA standard similar to Sprint.

All the spokespersons  from all the parties declined to comment on this rumor.

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Hulu Unveils Subscription Service Plan

After many rumors, today Hulu, the online one-stop-shopping TV service, announced officially a $9.95 monthly subscription service plan called Hulu Plus. The plan initially available by invitation. The Hulu’s new motto: “More wherever. More whenever. Than ever.”

The free Hulu service is still available with ad support, users can watch latest TV shows from NBC, Fox, ABC,..The paid subscription allows users to watch current and older TV shows with  the entire seasons in HD 720P. Ads will be available on both free and paid plans.image

Devices that support Hulu Plus include Macs, PCs, Internet-connected HDTVs, PS3, Xbox360, Samsung Blu-ray, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch with a new Hulu Plus app..  The app for iDevices will be running with HTML5 for video playback.

Many consider this move will help them to cut back on their cable subscription to the minimum of news and sport events.

You can request an invitation HERE!  

Khám Phá Tính Năng Mới của Microsoft Windows 8

imageMột tập PowerPoint cho thấy tính năng sắp tới của Windows 8, hệ điều hành kế tiếp từ Microsoft, đã bị lộ ra trên các trang web trong vài ngày qua.

Tập PowerPoint mà Microsoft xử dụng để thúc đẩy hệ điều hành mới tới những hãng cộng tác với Microsoft, dưới NDA (thỏa thuận không tiết lộ).

A deck of presentation of the upcoming features of Windows 8, the next operating system from Microsoft, has been leaked and circulated on the Web for the last few days. The presentation is used to promote the new OS to Microsoft partners under NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

Windows based desktop still remains the number one position with larger margin when comparing to other OS platforms, however, the trend that many analysts have observed is laptop seems to take over the desktop and consumers and even business users, in many cases have selected Apple Macbook for their daily uses. The user experience-focused design from Apple could gain momentum and slowly spread to desktop market share. And I am glad that Microsoft recognized Apple success in its presentation.  

Below are some highlights

Learn from successful experience (from Apple)

  • It just works
  • Designed to help people realize value
  • Satisfaction turns to brand loyalty
  • Value that people will pay for

Example of hardware

  • Touch screen 17”-30”
  • Sensors: Proximity, Ambient light
  • Camera for face recognition login
  • Keyboard and mouse (hmmm!)

Trends shaping

  • Explosion of form factors – Appliance-like
  • Intelligent facial recognition (Kenect for Windows?)
  • Seamless integration of Enterprise & Consumer
  • Ecosystem (Windows Store)
  • Energy efficient – fast startup and shutdown
  • One-Button reset (several options offered)
  • Internet Explorer 9

For a very near future, other platforms namely Google Android, Google Chrome OS, Apple IOS,.. will run on many new form factor devices along with their app and advertisement ecosystem.. Microsoft will face stiffer competition ahead, something that the company did not see during the last 10 years.

[Via Msftkitchen]

Amazon Kindle App Dành Cho Điện Thoại Android

Amazon công bố App đọc sách Kindle miễn phí dành cho Android.  Khách hàng có thể tải từ Android Market. Sách phài mua từ Amazon.

image Amazon  today announced that its suite of free Kindle reading apps now includes Kindle for Android. Customers can now download this free application from Android Market and enjoy Amazon’s vast selection of Kindle books on their Android-powered devices.

The free Kindle apps allow U.S. customers to discover and read over 620,000 books in the Kindle Store  including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99.

Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android includes Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer’s books and bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and now Android-powered phones so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place.

Android-powered device owners can now take advantage of the features that customers love about Kindle and the Kindle app experience, including:

  • Search and browse more than 620,000 books, including 108 of 111 New York Times Bestsellers, plus tens of thousands of the most popular classics for free directly from their Android device. Bestsellers such as "Backlash" by Aaron Allston, "Big Girl" by Danielle Steel, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, and "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown, and hundreds of thousands of other popular books are $9.99 or less in the Kindle Store
  • Read the first chapter of books for free before they decide to buy
  • Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books storedon Amazon’s servers for free
  • Synchronize last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Android-powered phone
  • Customize background color, font color, and font size to help ease eyestrain
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages
  • Adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier

    Several features will be added to Kindle for Android in the near future, including full text search and purchasing of Kindle books from within the app. Customers can learn more about the free Kindle for Android reading app at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid and can download the app from Android Market.

Customers can learn more about Kindle for Android at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid and can download the free app from Android Market.

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Verizon Announces Samsung Fascinate/ a Galaxy S Android Phone

Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone.

We also learned a variance of this smartphone also comes to Sprint as Samsung Epic 4G with addition of WiMax 4G, Samsung Captivate for AT&T and the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile

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Powered by Android 2.1, the Fascinate is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including, Gmail, YouTube, Android Market and more.  Additionally, the Fascinate boasts a brilliant four-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display, Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, Gyroscope and an integrated entertainment, multimedia, messaging and social networking experience. 

Color: Mirror Black with chrome details

Key features and specifications:

    –  Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services
      including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
  –  Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
  –  Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
  –  3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their
      phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled
      devices
  –  Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant display makes watching
      movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never
      before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
  –  Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch
      pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which
      provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including
      location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
  –  Multiple file formats supported, including DivX support
  –  Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces
      amazing graphics, faster upload and download times and HD-like
      multimedia content
  –  Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to
      provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the
      device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
  –  Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster
      and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across
      the screen keyboard
  –  Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice
      messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
  –  5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD
      video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and
      videos for playback on your HD television
  –  WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
  –  Stereo Bluetooth®  Technology – Support for headset, hands-free,
      stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
  –  Corporate Email – Supports Android Eclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail
      to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office
      e-mail accounts
  –  Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
  –  2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSD(TM) included with
      handset
 

Lifestyle features:

  –  V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID,
Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
  –  Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar
      sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it
      is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
      –  Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on
          Exchange, Google Calendar(TM) and social networking services
          (SNS), including Facebook®
      –  Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and
          Facebook® and displays a user’s contacts in four categories
          including Information, History (previous calls and messages),
          Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking
          sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
  –  Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as
      Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter, which also allows users to update
      their status instantly
  –  AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia
      content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and
      laptops
  –  Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
  –  Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format,
      such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular
      SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
  –  Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city
      (ability to add and select other cities)

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Kindle App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Gets Audio/ Video Edition

Amazon announced a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch, which allows readers to enjoy the benefits of embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books.

image The first books to take advantage of this new technology, including Rick Steves’ London by Rick Steves and Together We Cannot Fail by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store at www.amazon.com/kindleaudiovideo.

"We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch," said Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle. "Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today–from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to Bird Songs with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birds’ appearances. This is just the beginning–we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps."

"We are truly excited to have collaborated with Amazon to launch Kindle Editions with audio/video," said Peter Balis, Director, Digital Content Sales, Wiley. "Innovations like these represent the advantages that digital can offer. Advancing our content in this manner is important for our authors and our readers and it will raise the bar on what digital reading can offer for years to come."

"In the new Kindle Edition with audio/video of Rick Steves’ London, the embedded walking tours allow customers to listen to Rick as they explore the sites of London," said Bill Newlin, publisher, Avalon Travel. "Rick’s narration adds depth to the reader’s experience, while listeners can follow the routes more easily with the text."

Kindle Editions with audio/video are available now with the latest Kindle App on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Kindle for iPhone is now optimized for iPhone 4’s retina display. For more information, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

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New Chrome Browser with Adobe Flash Included

Few days ago, Google released a new stable version of its Chrome browser, Chrome 5.0.375.86 (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux). The new version addresses few security bugs along with usual fixes but the new releases includes notable Adobe Flash Player support and management. Users are no longer be prompt for install nor update manually the plug-in.

Google demonstrates its recent tight relationship with Adobe with the inclusion of Flash support on the mobile Android OS 2.2 and now with the desktop browser.

Google is still pushing for HTML5 adoption and recently launched a playground, tutorial site called http://html5rocks.com for developers.

[Source Google]

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