Monthly Archives: February 2010

E4 rips some laughs out of Apple’s ‘magical’ iPod ‘cool’ hype machine

How to take something amazing and make it amazing-er. Magical. Cool.

UK channel E4 shows us why Apple’s advertising sometimes makes us all feel a little creeped-out.

Microsoft app store collapse, WinMob 7 phones may support OS X

Microsoft is considering including support for Mac OS within future Windows Phone 7 series of devices.

Speaking to Engadget this weekend, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman, (director of consumer experiences for Microsoft’s mobile division) would neither confirm nor deny the plan – all he seemed prepared to commit to was to concede that there are “internal discussions” as his team is considering the plan.

What could make this interesting is Microsoft’s confirmation the other week that Windows Mobile 7 will offer a Zune client, in order that devices powered by the OS won’t be completely out of the iPhone’s league.

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Video: Wonderful WiFi musical art gadget delights

Liking this video which shows us Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher, a piece of techno art.

What it does:

This contraption has antennae on board which sense WiFi signals, and then alter the sounds being made by the analogue synthesiser that make up the rest of the device. Sounds alter on the basis of signal strength and direction.

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Sunday and need a little handheld horror? There’s an App for that…

Sunday, what a great night for some handheld horror – so give it up for ZooVision who are offering just that for iPhone users. Yes, that’s right, right now for just a few cents you can stream George Romero’s original 1968 classic Night Of The Living Dead to your iPhone today.

The film ships with a handful of Night Of The Living Dead inspired wallpapers and other bits and pieces.

What we find most interesting in view of Apple’s recent decision to pretend the human races only urge is to wander a perfect world of Starbucks and long-necked black tops with the eviction of thousands of vaguely nudey rudey apps last week – this new App is available only to users of 17-years old or more.

Wonder how they manage that?

Click right here to download it yourself while it’s available!

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Got Catholic tastes? There’s an App for that…

Meet the Reverend Michael Manning, 69. He’s the San Bernardino priest who has been selected by the Vatican to host the first-ever Vatican-affiliated iPhone app show.

Host of a longtime show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, rev. Manning will deliver daily inspirational video messages via the app, which should ship in early April.

Most of the Observatory Foundation shows will be filmed in the San Bernardino studios of Wordnet Productions, a Catholic television ministry that Manning founded. Others will be filmed in Rome and other locations, said Robert Thorne, CEO of The Robert Thorne Co., a Beverly Hills firm that co-manages global licensing and media for the foundation.

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Video: Meet the maker of Apple’s Startup Sound

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This video features an interview with Jim Reekes, the creator of the Apple Startup and the “sosumi” chime.

Among other things he tells us that until 1999 Reekes wrote “pretty much” all Apple’s audio software. “I was responsible for the sound manager and making it make sound. Like the ability for it to make sound. And then I completed rewrote it. Got a couple patents for those designs. Became a member of the QuickTime team and just sorta owned audio.”

Enjoy the clip. (Thanks to TUAW).

Android rings Flash as iPhone battle calls

So here’s part of the Apple versus Flash versus Android future – this video shows us a user remotely controlling an Adobe AIR-made app using an Android phone.

(Though do take careful note of the platform the guy’s using to have all of his fun, love those white power cables..).

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