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If you don't recall, Google April Fool's Day pranked the tech community by announcing Gmail Motion. Evidently the members of University of Southern California Institute for Creatie Technology MxR Lab were laughing at Google rather than with them.
USC's ICT MxR lab develops the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), a Kinect-based motion-recognition system that allows you to develop motion-controlled interfaces for application commands, amongst other things.
The prank was on Google, as the MxR's duplicated Gmail Motion entirely, including all of the ridiculous gestures, using a system they call Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW).
Still love that the stamp slapping works.
Good work guys! Video below:
BoB was a huge success for iiNet - it combined the modem, router and home phone and rolled it into a single, stylish device. BoB 2 was announced in February and will now be released in April.
The feature list for the new device is also quite good:
This one is only sort of a joke. Arianna Huffington, infamous Editor-in-Chief of online news site, The Huffington Post, did not pull a single punch today when satirically criticizing the New York Times recent Paywall implementation. Huffington announced in a post today that her news site would now be "offering" digital subscriptions exclusively to New York Times employees (and residents of Winnipeg, but that's another story). Huffington writes that current readers of "HuffPo" that are not Times employees will not be affected.
Biting snippets include the introduction of a "first 6 letters at no charge" plan and content availability depending on what site redirected the Times employee to the Huffington Post:
If you come in through Facebook, you'll be able to access for free all stories involving animals born with extra limbs.
If you come in through Twitter, you'll be able to access for free words that contain more than six letters, but only those that refer to antiquated transportation machines (i.e. "funicular").
If you come in through Google, you'll be able to access stories of criminals who break into people's houses and then do strange things, such as take a shower or eat a snack.
If you come in through Digg, you'll be able to read for free all stories that refer to TV's Erik Estrada.
Huffington also took stabs at Bill Keller...
They almost had me until the guy in the video mimes licking a stamp and placing it on an envelope, where the "envelope" is his lifted knee. And it just gets better from there. Google might be the most infamous April Fool's Day prankster since they began the tradition in April of 2000 with the MentalPlex
Economy passengers flying internationally with Qantas are now able to select where they want to sit when they purchase their tickets online, this comes as an additional $20 cost.
Sophia Connelly, a spokesperson for Qantas has said:
We've had [seat selection] for a while and widened it to include all our customers
There is just something really, really wrong with this video.
GoDaddy CEO Cecil Rhodes- I mean, Bob Parsons, is the new Great White Hunter. He has successfully saved an African village from a terrible, awful elephant that was allegedly destroying their crops, like, every day.
In all fairness to Parsons, the villagers did ask him to help them out, but what's with the video? Like this shot:
Was this really necessary? What's the moral here- you kill one elephant for fun, give it to a village, throw some GoDaddy.com hats on some people and blast the AC-DC?
About an hour ago, Google announced the addition of the "+1" search rating feature, now available through your Google profile. Google is touting the +1 as a way to refine search to be as friendly and familiar, literally, to the user as possible.
Say, for example, you're planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you're looking for a new pasta recipe, we'll show you +1's from your culinary genius college roommate. And even if none of your friends are baristas or caffeine addicts, we may still show you how many people across the web have +1'd your local coffee shop.
Google users will soon start to see these icons popping up next to search results based on the participation of friends and family in their already existing social connections. Google claims they're going to be implementing +1 "slowly", but if you want to get in on the launch, check out Google's Experimental Search Site for more information.
This is something that is quite close to me, the difference between high FPS and low FPS. I'm an avid 60 fps or more fan and run a triple monitor setup comprising of Alienware AW2310, 120hz screens. It's amazing and I traded my 30" HP LP3065 for it.
The above link shows the difference between a square block bouncing up and down in three FPS settings, 15fps, 30fps and 60fps. 15fps is instantly visible as jerky, 30fps is a little better but 60fps is quite fluid. What I hope is next-gen consoles feature 60fps minimum at 1920x1080 which I am personally confident is easily attainable with current hardware.
Everyone's favorite search engine today adds its 146th interface language: Cherokee. Google has been working with the Cherokee Nation to translate its operating interface to Cherokee as an effort to stave off what could be potential extinction for the now-endangered language. In a press release from the Cherokee Nation's official website, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said,
I believe that efforts like those of Google are essential to keeping our language alive.
The language option is available on one of the drop-down menus on google's home page, and for the select people that don't have a physical Cherokee Keyboard, a digital version is available, made possible by Google's Virtual Keyboard API.
Rumor has it that Google plan to launch their Facebook competition at the next Google I/O which is on May 10 - 11, 2011. There is not much else to know right now apart from it 'may be happening'.
Back in September of 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that a "social layer" was coming to all Google products. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always been weary of such things saying that a social layer does not cut it, a service needs to be built from the ground up with social in mind.