by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: maplestory, online, stuff
(*Above: Don’t trust the little bastards… One of these critters could be a ruthless killer…) In a perfect example of what happens when you don’t get out enough, a woman in the far east has been jailed for ‘virtual murder’ after killing her virtual exh-husband who had just got a virtual divorce from her in a virtual reality game called Maplestory.The whole sorry – and let’s face it, bloody bizarre, story is here… Though, surely, rather than jailing her in the real world the most reasonable and appropriate (and nerdy) thing to do would be put her Maplestory character in a virtual jail….?
by Garethin Environment, Technology3 commentstags: Apple, application, google earth, iphone, stuff, Technology
Google Earth hits the small screen with the release of its iPhone (and iPod Touch) version.Although a natural for a nice big monitor and a fast computer, it holds up surprisingly well within the confines of the iPhone.As well as some decent smooth zooming and searching – and the inclusion of familiar functions such as photos and Wikipedia location notes, it also holds the odd nice touch in reserve such as using the iPhone’s tilting to alter the view from ‘above’ to the more 3D angle treatment.I need to get to know it a bit more but first impressions are pretty sweet :)Here’s a quick trial run… 1 – Initial view 2 – Searching for “Talavera de la Reina” 3 – View of Talavera de la Reina, with picture icons and Wikipedia icon showing up (activated by tapping…) 4 – Tilted over, looking in 3D ‘landscape’ view, north from Talavera (the compass icon shows up in the top right corner) Just go to the iTunes Store, and seaarch for “Google Earth”… Enjoy :)
by Garethin Media, Technology2 commentstags: Apple, Media, stuff, Technology
I just thought it’d be worth posting this as I noticed Microsoft have started running their “I’m a PC” ad on British TV. It’s worth shedding some light on where it came from, and Apple’s response. Here’s the story…Fro some reason that’s genuinely beyond me, Microsoft felt sufficiently threatened by Apple’s ongoing “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads where John Hodgman and Justin Long take on the personalities of said hardware, that they decided they needed to spend some $300 million on a big-guns response. I’ll just say that again… $300 million. First thing they did was they decided to make this response about three years after Apple’s ads started running. D’oh! Second thing they did was run two ads of Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld in shopping malls and foisting themselves on a small family home. This was one of the most baffling and creepy things on TV since Twin Peaks quite frankly. Oh and it contained less humour than Twin Peaks. Third thing they did was do a “direct” response to the “I’m a Mac” ads – with one tiny flaw… Instead of people pretending to be PCs (and explaining their network problems, rebooting problems etc) they […]
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: stuff, Technology
Bit of trivia / guff… Today, in honour of a visit to Google’s UK headquarters, the Queen is part of the logo on the front page of Google. The company occasionally bastardises its logo / masthead for things like Christmas, Valentines or Halloween. Amazingly they’ve still allowed it to look like it’s been done with MS Word Clipart…OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, macbook
Although I have to say that the main point of the Apple media event yesterday – the launch of new MacBooks – left me a bit cold, a bit “Meh…” (although it’s good news that they’re the industry’s greenest notebooks) and sadly in product design terms a bit “eeewwwww” (isn’t that plasticky black screen-bordering and keyboard honestly a bit Fugly and tacky?) the Question and Answer session, Steve Jobs responded to a number of questions of ongoing interest to the Mac faithful. Most notably: Blu-Ray – “It’s great to watch the movies, but the licensing of the tech is so complex, we’re waiting till things settle down and Blu-ray takes off in the marketplace.” TouchScreen Display – “so far it hasn’t made a lot of sense to us.” Netbook (low cost laptop) – “a nascent market that’s just getting started.” I have to admit that I’d rather see a bit more of a result from the “Think Different” philosophy rather than yet another plain-ish upgrade and complication of a standard product line.Things like the trackapd technology and the learnings from the iPhone project msut surely be able to push touch-screen displays into some interesting places, like the ever-awaited ‘tablet’ / […]
by Garethin Music, Technology0 commentstags: application, art, bloom, brian eno, iphone, Music
Er… well, Yes actually.Superb piece of work – and as creative, refreshing and innovative as you’d expect from Britain’s national treasure in charge of brainiac music.Bloom is not merely a music generator – a very clever ambient music generator – it’s also an experience to be enjoyed passively or interactively. Probably why it’s described as “part instrument, part composition and part artwork.”And it *is* pretty much a work of art in its own right.Having set a basic “Mood” – which defines tone and colour, a drone starts up and you tap / press the screen wherever you want to create musical notes, which repeat in looping patterns and drive blossoming and fading ‘dot’ visuals across the colour gradients of the screen.The application will even evolve and develop the ‘music’ if you leave it alone.Then in the best traditions of Etch-a-Sketch you simply shake your phone around to clear the composition. It’s beautiful, and strangely addictive – and the fact that it’s done with such a non-musical interface (just coloured washes, with no need for keyboards or buttons or anything) makes it a genuinely enjoyable and non-technical experience.It’s only a couple of quid and it’s worth every single penny.Awesome. Here’s the […]