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Found: Jonathan Ive Says Computers Can Be Sexy

From the archives, cheers 9to5 for the tip.

Best Tip Ever: Rice Saves A Wet iPhone

This is a fantastic tip for anybody who has ever dropped their iPhone (or conceivably any other electrical gadget) into some liquid – pop it into a bag of rice to dry it out.

Blogger Erin Thompson reports her random encounter with an ATT person on Seattle Weekly music site Reverb:

“Last night I dropped my phone in the toilet, and it wouldn’t even turn on afterwards,” she writes. “I was at Video Isle whining about how I was going to have to buy a completely new iPhone, and there was a man there who just happened to work for AT&T.

“I asked him if I should try to blow-dry my phone, and he said: ‘Turn it off completely, put it in a bag of rice, and leave it there for a couple hours. The rice will absorb the moisture’. Continue reading

BBC iPlayer to get Facebook, Twitter, Bebo integration

The BBC is embracing the social Web, confirming that Facebook, Twitter and Bebo integration will be part of the future of iPlayer.

BBC future media chief, Erik Huggers, confirmed these plans when speaking with The Telegraph. As he explains it, the plan begins with integration of these services into iPlayer, with such integration then spread across the BBC site. Continue reading

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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Radiohead House of Cards unfolds online

We mentioned earlier today Radiohead’s move to use advanced technologies to put together the band’s latest music video – entirely camera-free, well, the video was finally made available this afternoon. The video for “House Of Cards” was created exclusively using geometric informatics and Velodyne Lidar technology, the video clip is making its world premiere this week on Google.
In keeping with most of the band’s digital initiatives in recent months, there’s also an all-new House of Cards YouTube group for fans who manage to create a data visualization using Radiohead’s video data they’d like to share.
We can’t (yet) show you the video here, but we can at least offer a film all about how it was all put together.

Radiohead’s ‘House of Cards’ video is camera-free

Radiohead has turned to Google technologies to create the band’s latest music video – entirely camera-free.
The video for “House Of Cards” was created exclusively using geometric informatics and Velodyne Lidar technology, the video clip is making its world premiere this week on Google.
Radiohead have also released the data used to create the video in order that fans can have a go at creating their own short clips. These moves remain in line with the band’s decision not to make conventional music videos for any of the tracks on ‘In Rainbows’, the most recent Radiohead album.
Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, said, “I always like the idea of using technology in a way that it wasn’t meant to be used, the struggle to get your head round what you can do with it. I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points–and how strangely emotional it ended up being.”   
Directed by James Frost of Zoo Films, the video was created using two technologies: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar. The first employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead’s  Thom Yorke, the female lead and several partygoers. The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots. Geometric processed their own data while 510 Systems processed the Velodyne Lidar data. The data was then manipulated to create the final result.  
Google will premiere the video later on today, a short documentary explaining how the video was made will also be made available here.