It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about you. It recently made headlines when the internet realised every time someone speaks to Google, it records their voice. And you can listen back to it. But that isn’t the only bit of Google data that users with the right know-how can track down.
Long time no post, but this is way too good for a Mac lover like me to pass up on. All the sounds of Windows XP put together to form a Waltz performed by Rainer Hersche and his orchestra.
Check out Rainer Hersch: [Link]
I think it’s pretty safe to say now that almost everyone with an internet connection knows that Google has a new logo. A few weeks after the company announced a huge restructuring effort that will split the search, advertising and internet giant into several different organizations, the new Google is showing off a new identity. The iconic four colors and “Google” over a white background remains unchanged, but the font is significantly different, removing the serifs that have been part of the letters for years. All in all, it’s a flatter, slightly more modern design It is also one that evokes the company’s new Alphabet logo.
Personally, I like it.
Investors following Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) know that the company follows what has been widely referred to as a “tick-tock” development model for its iPhone. In one year, the company releases a new industrial design, and in the other, it uses the same basic industrial design as in the prior year, but with upgraded internals.
Last year, Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were fundamental redesigns of the consumer electronics giant’s popular handsets. This year, however, Apple is expected to focus principally on internal improvements while retaining the same basic iPhone 6/6 Plus designs.
Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure 1980s nostalgia—it’s the Super Mario Brothers theme, right down to the sounds of Mario collecting coins and mushrooms. Amazing!
Music was a big part of the old school Nintendo experience, and it’s eerie how the notes coming out of an instrument you probably never heard of sound so shockingly familiar. This young musician has certainly put in a ton of practice—clearly, all those hours playing Super Mario have paid off.
I suppose it was inevitable that an App as successful as WhatsApp would eventually attract some attention from one of the big boys. Mark Zuckerburg last night announced that Facebook would be purchasing WhatsApp for a cool $9.5 Billion. Not bad for two developers who left Yahoo to follow their own direction. To be fair to them they left it a long time to sell out; only recently adding a subs charge once a user had trialled WhatsApp for 12 months – pretty reasonable really.
The big question now is what exactly Facebook plan on doing with WhatsApp. Do they continue the current business model, or do they incorporate it into the Facebook App and leach off the juicy info that gets passed through the WhatsApp servers every day from the 400 million+ active users – for marketing purposes of course.
I’m sure we’ll find out eventually, but in the mean time I hope Jim and Brian enjoy the fruits of their success.
Source: [WhatsApp Blog]
Christmas is always a busy time for BBC iPlayer as people seek out the unmissable TV they would otherwise have missed and unwrap new devices capable of accessing iPlayer (of which there are now over 1,000).
BBC iPlayer at Christmas
The festive season started with an early Christmas treat for viewers and fans in the lead-up to the much-anticipated third series of Sherlock – Many Happy Returns; which has since been viewed over 1.5 million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button with millions more watching on YouTube.
So the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have finally been eclipsed by newer, higher spec models.
It seems like only yesterday since the Xbox 360 was thrown onto centre stage as the dawn of HD gaming. There was just a gap of 3 and a half years between the original Xbox and the Xbox 360; which at the time caused a bit of an uproar.
It seems that Microsoft and Sony lived up to their promise of delaying any more releases of concoles for longer than previous. The launch of the Xbox 360 in 2005 is now so long ago that YouTube wasnt used to share it with the world because it wouldn’t launch until one month later!