Lego Store Augmented Reality

14 Feb 2010  1 Comment

We already talked about Augmented Reality more than once but this is so cool.

A Lego store in Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois has a implemented the technology in a very smart way.

Left 4 Dead- Virtual Reality

6 Feb 2010  2 Comments

This is Left 4 Dead in Virtual reality using a Wiimote and GlovePIE. Note, Somehow Adobe screwed up the vid and made interframe blending. Also, GlovePIE now supports the Wii MotionPlus, so I could do more accurate scripts and other things using reaction tracking. This isn’t the best video, using a cell phone for IRL frameinframe. I’ve since improved this script and made it to where you tilt the Wiimote up to reload. Also, it’d be in 3d if I weren’t making the video.

Multitouch Now Enabled on The Nexus One

3 Feb 2010  6 Comments

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Google just released an update enabling a feature we all know that the device is capable of. Multitouch is now available for Google native apps (browser, gallery and maps).

How to update your Nexus One:

  1. You can download the the update from here.
  2. Rename the zip file to update.zip and copy it to the root of your Nexus One SD card (F:\update.zip) and not anywhere else.
  3. Reboot into bootloader by powering off the device and back on while holding in the trackball. (using Volume up and down keys to navigate and pressing the the power button to select)
  4. Select “Recovery” from the short menu. (navigate using the above method).
  5. When the Android with a caution logo pops up, hold down the power button + volume up button.
  6. Select ‘apply SD Card : update.zip’
  7. After the update is finished, select reboot from the menu.

With this update it looks like I’m going to change my review slightly (should have it up this week).

The whole process took less than 5 minutes (including the download). and you wont loss any data or programs you already have on your device.

DSL Prices in Kuwait *Double Update*

1 Feb 2010  25 Comments

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These are the current DSL prices here during the InfoConnect Expo.

Prices are for an annual subscription.

Speed\Company Qualitynet KEMS FastTelco GulfNet
128Kb N/A N/A N/A 50KD
256Kb 49KD 75KD 39KD 62KD
512Kb 85KD 75KD 59KD 80KD
1Mb 120KD 135KD 99KD 141KD
1.5Mb N/A 155KD N/A N/A
2Mb 180KD 204KD 159KD 192KD
3Mb N/A 304KD 239KD N/A
4Mb N/A 404KD 319KD N/A
2-4Mb* 235KD N/A N/A N/A
5-24Mb** 420KD 604KD N/A N/A

 

* If your line can handle more than 2Mb, you’ll get the speed for the same price as the you would for 4Mb. So basically they are saying that the prices of anything more than 2Mb and less than 4Mb are the same.

** subscription from 5Mb onwards will cost the same.

UPDATE UPDATE:

Notes:

Qualitynet: You’ll get double the subscription speed the first 3 months (for 256Kb and 512Kb subscriptions only), and a free wireless router.

Gulfnet: Subscription are for 14 months (2 free months) and you’ll get a free wireless modem.

They also have a new service where you can temporarily activate a 24Mb speed on your subscription (if your line can handle it) for a fee of 3.5KD. It will be activated for a week or till you reach your cap of 1GB, it can be activated via their website.

KEMS: You get 3 months free (total 15 months).

Fasttelco: You’ll get a 6 times your subscribed speed everyday from 1am to 7am.

updated KEMS 5-max pricing and Qualitynet’s note.

Thanks Khalid

Info Connect 2010

1 Feb 2010  4 Comments

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Yesterday we passed by Info Connect at the International Fair Ground to see what’s new. We weren’t expecting much from there except for some new DSL prices but we still had to wonder around checking stuff out before ManU/Arsenal – Egypt/Ghana games.

To our amazement we found a cleaning solution in an Tech/IT expo.

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we ended up buying 3 of this AMAZING Kleaner :/

Also when walking around we noticed an unreleased Android mobile device on display in a protected glass case.

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Yes it is the SonyEricsson’s upcoming X10. it will be the company’s first android device that should be available as early as next month.

Zidaneoo was also looking for a new laptop. So, we had a quick look around and saw an i7 and an i5 HP laptops that had a very good price. cant remember the exact pricing and specs. but I should have the up soon.

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We took our time there wich made us miss both game’s kick-off. and when we got to Showtime’s booth i saw this.

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Of course they were watching the Egypt game.

And when it was time to leave, it was raining and we were greeted with a lightnings show.

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So, not much to say about the Expo. With the exception of semi-good ADSL prices.

Slide Screen – The Ultimate Home Screen

27 Jan 2010  No Comments

Slide Screen

I’ve been waiting for this app for a while now it it just got released recently. It can replace your current Android home screen with over flow of information making the Android’s home screen much more informative than it already is (using the notification bar).

This app is highly recommended and its free (ad supported) and only available for Android OS.

Link

Nokia Offering Turn-by-Turn Navigation For Free

21 Jan 2010  No Comments

Nokia Ovi Maps

Nokia just announced today that most of Nokia owner can download the new map/nav application for free on their devices.

So that puts it on par with android devices. Except we don’t have good Google maps coverage here in the middle east. Hope Nokia’s offering is much better.

Link

iPhone OS 4.0 To Get Multitasking?!

20 Jan 2010  10 Comments

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BGR has an insider that confirms that the new iPhone OS (iPhone OS 4.0) will have multitasking capability (among other tweaks).

  • There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
  • “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.
  • Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
  • The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
  • The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

If that’s true, this takes the iphone to a whole new level. One of my main complaints was multitasking, so this will make me fall in love with the iphone again.

Now we just hope that there will be some hardware upgrades.

Link

Negative Effect – The Photography Blog

20 Jan 2010  8 Comments

Our good friend at Negative Effect has got his photo blog up and running now. You will probably remember him from the Gulf Run videos/photo’s as well as other photo’s from different events. You can check out the website for more of his amazing work. He uses many different camera but predominantly a Canon for his photos. Enjoy NegativEffect.

Another blog out of Kuwait to be proud of. Keep up the great work.

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