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Designer envisions the birth of an organic basketball with Nike SEED

Creative Bao Nguyen has combined his passion of design and basketball for a very special project.
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In Nike SEED, a “personal pitch”, Bao Nguyen fuses his two great passions in life: design and basketball. The Sacramento-based graphic designer and typographer used the self-initiated project to explore the germination of a basketball as a living organism, inspired by a simple but profound quote that he saw: “Basketball is my life.”
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It’s an allegorical work that captures the imagination – a piece that exists in the cross-hairs of science and art. “My main aim in the project was to make everything organic and create real atmosphere,” Nguyen says.

“Adobe Creative Cloud helped me a lot throughout the process. It enabled me to put my 3D models into Photoshop CC and modify them easily.” -Nguyen

Copyright 2013 by creativeblog.com

Tumblr towards the future

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Tumblr, stylized in their logo as tumblr., is a microblogging platform and social networking website, owned and operated by Tumblr, Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.

Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything.

Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.

Tumblr, stylized in their logo as tumblr., is a microblogging platform and social networking website, owned and operated by Tumblr, Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.

Blog management

  • Dashboard – The dashboard is the primary tool for the typical Tumblr user. It is a live feed of recent posts from blogs that they follow. Through the dashboard, users are able to comment, reblog, and like posts from other blogs that appear on their dashboard. The dashboard allows the user to upload text posts, images, video, quotes, or links to their blog with a click of a button displayed at the top of the dashboard. Users are also able to connect their blogs to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, so whenever they make a post, it will also be sent as a tweet and a status update.
  • Queue – Users are able to set up a schedule to delay posts that they make. They can spread their posts over several hours or even days.
  • Tags – For each post a user creates, they are able to help their audience find posts about certain topics by adding tags. If someone were to upload a picture to their blog and wanted their viewers to find pictures, they would add the tag #picture, and their viewers could use that word to search up posts with the tag #picture.
  • HTML editing – Tumblr allows users to edit their blog’s theme HTML coding to control the appearance of their blog. Users are also able to use a custom domain name for their blog.

Copyright 2013 by Tumblr.com & YouTube

SONY releases kernel source for the Xperia Z

Would you like a side of kernel source with your Sony Xperia Z? If the answer is yes, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Sony has released the kernel source code for its latest flagship phone — despite the fact that the Xperia Z won’t be hitting stores internationally for another few weeks or so.

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SONY Xperia Z

This is just one of the many good gestures that Sony has been showing to the developer community. Last month, the Japanese phone maker shared the alpha build of Jelly Bean for the Xperia T prior to the official rollout of the Android 4.1 firmware.

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What exactly separates Sony from the likes of Samsung? As pointed out by XDA-developers, Sony actually releases a “complete, compilable, and working kernel source.” There you go.

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Shape, solid & water proof

If you’re up for some compiling fun, you can head to Sony Developer’s website to grab the Xperia Z kernel source. Of course, you won’t be able to test it out on the handset right away, unless you live in Japan.

Does this make you ache for the Xperia Z more? Feel like giving Sony a virtual pat on the back? This new technologies from SONY would give a terrific impact on global tech. Sony still have a lot more years to comeback on mobile smartphones tech. As long every new ideas was implemented, nothing impossible for them to rise again.

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SONY Xperia Z + dock charger

Copyright 2013 by androidauthority.com & YouTube

Future share photos – Just pinned IT

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site where users collect and share photos of their favorite events, interests and hobbies. One of the fastest growing social networks online, Pinterest is the third-largest such network behind only Facebook and Twitter.

Pinterest made its first acquisition on Thursday, buying up Punchfork, a 2-year old recipe sharing and discovery website, for an undisclosed sum.

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Punchfork was founded in early 2011 and relies on algorithms to surface popular recipes based on how much they are getting shared and discussed online. The site is very visual with a layout similar to Pinterest and the goal has been to help home cooks share recipes with friends and family.

Pinterest, meanwhile, has emerged as a go-to destination for sharing and discovering lifestyle content, including recipes and food pictures. By acquiring Punchfork, the company will likely be able to boost its food content and perhaps eliminate a potential competitor in the process.

“Punchfork helps people discover popular new recipes in a visual way and encourages them to share these recipes with their family and friends,” Pinterest said in a statement provided to Mashable. “People come to Pinterest to find inspiration for their everyday lives and we think Punchfork’s mission aligns with this well.”

Copyright 2013 by mashable.com

Discover new Twitter profile

Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or twitter.com, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.

New profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen.

While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo – a background photo – on twitter.com. Upload a background image to complement your header and profile photos.

>New profiles now feature header photos so you can express who you are more meaningfully on Twitter. Upload an image from your mobile device and see the same beautiful profile design on your phone, tablet or computer. Read more about the new profiles.

>Photo streams for profiles display the images people have shared on Twitter. Whenever you see a photo stream, swipe left or right through the thumbnails or tap to view photos in fullscreen mode. Android users can also get closer to photos with pinch-to-zoom.

Copyright 2012 by Twitter.com

Twitter Music Revolution

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Twitter Revolution may refer to different revolutions & protests, which were coordinated using Twitter. But, what’s on music. Twitter was the best platform to build-up music revolution. It means the way to discover new phase of technology on music. Twitter. Love it or hate it, the short messaging network just keeps getting more interesting, with people wiring their brains into it.

The service’s growing fame as a text platform is slightly deceiving. A huge amount of music gets posted to Twitter every single day — the trick is knowing how to find it. Fine, you say.. But why on earth would I use Twitter to discover music when I already have blogs, interactive radio, iTunes Genius, satellite radio, social networks, file sharing networks, my cousin Larry and thousands of other sources for new music at my command.

The main reason you should use Twitter to find music anyway is that once you find a like-minded fan on the network, you can follow their feed. If you keep doing this, your Twitter account will develop as a passive music discovery engine. Eventually you won’t need to do much music will be delivered to you on the proverbial silver platter, courtesy of the thousands (or millions) of people who regularly post music to the network.

Here are the best ways I’ve found so far to discover music through Twitter.

Twitter Music Support

Twitter Music Search Services

Twitter started as a way for people to alert other people about what they’re doing, more worth while tools exist for broadcasting music than for finding music on Twitter. That said, we did track down a few good services that let you scour the network for new music without using the Twitter search box.

Twitter Music Search Add-Ons

By inverting the way music-tweeting services are normally used (to share music with one’s followers), you can find lots of great music on Twitter. The key is to add the right terms to your searches.

If you want to cut to the chase and find some music before we explain what each of these terms does, try pasting the following text into the Twitter search box along with the name of your favorite band. All of the below search terms can be used simultaneously, thanks to Twitter’s Boolean search feature.

Example (Twitter search): beatles ? OR #musicmonday OR blipfm OR hypem OR imeem OR song.ly OR tweetj OR twisten.fm OR twiturm OR twt.fm

Latest News on Twitter Music

Sonic artist and programmer Daniel Jones and composer Peter Gregson have joined forces with Britten Sinfonia orchestra to create The Listening Machine, a tool that listens to the social networking activity of 500 people in the United Kingdom & uses algorithms to translate that into music.

The machine is a piece of software that monitors the Twitter activity of 500 people (the team won’t reveal their identity to ensure that the musical outcome is not affected by people becoming aware that they are part of it) selected from eight different fields — arts, business, education, health, politics, science, sport and technology. Whenever these people post an update, the properties of the tweet are analyzed in terms of the sound and meaning of the words, and generates music based on it. Many different elements of the music have been prerecorded as individual musical cells, which are then recombined by the generative software.

The aim of the project is to create a six-month musical installation that is a “live soundtrack to the thoughts, opinions, feelings and conversations of the U.K.’s population, as played out on Twitter.”

The overall rate of tweeting is linked to the rate and speed of the music triggered. Emotional trends govern the piece’s musical mode, while certain keywords or topics are used to trigger larger movements within the piece.

Thousands of short instrument fragments have been recorded with Britten Sinfonia and are played based on people’s speech patterns. Recorded samples or individual notes are used to generate more complex patterns, with their speed and density controlled by the broader trends in social behavior — so if people are tweeting quickly then the tempo will increase.

The piece — funded by the BBC and the Arts Council — runs 24 hours a day until October 2012. You can hear it on digital arts channel The Space or directly at thelisteningmachine.org.

 

Copyright 2012 by Twitter.com, wired.com & YouTube

Google upgrading Voice Search

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The new version of Google’s Voice Search debuted at a press launch in San Francisco. The company unveiled a version of the voice-based search app for its Android software earlier this year. Google also said a new version of its web search that integrates its Gmail service with its search engine to personalise the results of everyday searches would also become available soon.

The new version of Google’s search app for the iPhone and iPad will let users find information about everything from the weather to nearby movie showings by speaking into the devices and reciting answers to search results in a human sounding voice, similar to Siri. Google said the technology behind the two new options – what it calls its Knowledge Graph – was an initial effort to extend search engines’ understanding of the world beyond keywords, so they can better recognise what the user is really looking for.

Engineers said the company’s search engine now “knows” half a billion real-world objects and 3.5 billion connections among those objects. Rather than simply provide ranked lists of other pages with the information it thinks the user is seeking, the search engine will try to extract and condense that information from elsewhere on the web in a user-friendly format. This means a search for the weather should result in the forecast being displayed in a use able format, rather than having to click on a link, while asking for a particular video could bring it up and start it playing.

The app answered quickly and clearly, though in a voice that sounded slightly more robotic and stilted than Siri’s, according to wired.com. The enhanced version of Google Voice Search is already available on Android 4.1 and it will become available to iOS users within a few days, but users of older versions of Android are not yet catered for.

Copyright 2012 by SkyNews.com & YouTube

Facebook set off new social-network wars with Twitter

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There’s been a lot of virtual ink spilled lately about how Twitter has been flexing its platform muscles by cracking down on the use of its API and—some argue— squeezing the life out of its ecosystem. It’s worth noting, though, that Facebook (FB) is not above throwing its weight around, too. Developer & Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell has written an enlightening tale about a meeting he had with the company’s platform-and-partnerships team, in which he says Facebook basically threatened to destroy his startup if he didn’t agree to sell it. While social networks such as Twitter and Facebook may be relatively new, the struggle over control vs. openness when it comes to platforms is as old as technology itself.

Caldwell—who has since pivoted App.net, his startup, and is trying to turn it into a user-financed version of Twitter through a Kickstarter-style funding campaign—says in an open letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg that he expected the meeting to be about how his company could work with the social network to benefit both sides, but it turned into something much more threatening. As Caldwell describes it: “Your executives explained to me that they would hate to have to compete with the ‘interesting product’ I had built, and that since I am a ‘nice guy with a good reputation’ that they wanted to acquire my company to help build App Center.”

The obvious implication, Caldwell says, was that Facebook was prepared to destroy the startup venture unless the entrepreneur agreed to sell it: a modern version of the old mob shakedown routine, in which the enforcer says something like “Nice family you got there—be a shame if something was to happen to them.” Or, as Caldwell puts it in his letter to Zuckerberg, “Your team doesn’t seem to understand that being ‘good negotiators’ vs. implying that you will destroy someone’s business built on your ‘open platform’ are not the same thing.”

Ironically, Caldwell says in his letter that one of the reasons he wanted to develop something on top of Facebook was that the Twitter platform was “even more of a joke than the Facebook platform” when it came to treating outside developers well. Twitter’s moves to close down more of its API—as it did recently by shutting off Instagram’s access to the follower list of Twitter users—have stirred widespread criticism from developers, many of whom argue that outside services were a large part of what generated the social value Twitter is now trying to monetize.

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Both Facebook & Twitter have gone through similar evolutions in their relationships with outside developers and third-party services: Just two years ago, Twitter held a developers’ conference called Chirp that was aimed at reaching out to companies—in part to clear out some of the bad blood in a relationship that co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams later admitted had been handled badly. At almost the same time, Facebook held a developers’ conference called f8, where it launched the“open graph” platform that services such as Caldwell’s app center (and Zynga’s (ZNGA) social games) were built upon.

As pressure to monetize their networks has increased, however, both companies have stepped up the control they exert over their platforms—by restricting what outside services can do, by acquiring companies or recreating the features that they offer, and in some cases by making veiled threats of the kind.

There are obvious similarities between what both Twitter and Facebook are doing and the approach taken by previous technology giants such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL). Microsoft was infamous for what was internally called its “embrace, extend, and exterminate” strategy, which some say often involved meetings with outside services whose features were then duplicated by the software giant. Apple is well-known for controlling its platform more tightly than probably any other technology player in recent memory—and for making changes that benefit itself, regardless of the impact on others.

In some ways, this kind of process is completely nature land even has some parallels outside technology. Twitter & Facebook have taken to the economic doctrine of “mercantilism,” in which states try to control the way their subjects and colonies can trade with outside parties. Not surprisingly, this approach has also been the cause of a number of wars—the real kind, with guns, not the metaphorical kind. Others have called it “API Darwinism,” implying that it’s a form of natural selection that favors the strongest.

Does this make what Facebook & Twitter are doing right, just because it’s common behavior? That depends on whether you’re an investor, a developer, or a user. Even developers can’t seem to agree: In comments at Hacker News on Caldwell’s post, as many people argue that Facebook’s behavior was completely justified and normal—and the entrepreneur was naive to expect otherwise—as those who support him with criticism of the social network.

Twitter & Facebook must beware becoming so controlling & dismissive of their ecosystem and/or their users that they wind up giving their competitors more ammunition & eventually lose their network effects to a newcomer, as Myspace did to Facebook. Apple may have been able to increase its dominance, despite taking a strong-handed approach. But if recent history has shown us anything, it’s that not every company can be Apple.

Copyright 2012 by businessweek.com & YouTube

Twitter on new plan to retrieve old tweets but not ‘timeline’ project

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Twitter is working on a tool that would let users export every tweet they’ve ever made on the site, the company’s chief executive, Dick Costolo, told The New York Times.

But why would someone want all their tweets –possibly going all the way back to 2006, when Twitter was first launched?

Facebook already lets you download a “personal archive” that includes a list of every message you’ve ever sent to someone, a list of every friend you have on the network, copies of any photos or videos you have ever uploaded to the site, and much more. I recently fetched mine and was surprised at the amount of data I’ve shared –packaged up by Facebook into 46MB worth of files and folders — and I consider myself a light user.

Now imagine data from Twitter’s 140 million users who are firing off 140-character tweets throughout the day, every day, whether about their own personal trivia, or their thoughts on current news as it unfolds.

In fact, Twitter has evolved into an important real-time news feed and communication tool.

So the idea of a person being able to see perhaps tens of thousands of his thoughts over time, all in one place, is pretty compelling. For some people it would work out to be like a virtual diary and news chronicle all in one.

Currently Twitter only gives users access to a certain number of their tweets and Costolo did not say when the company would release the personal export tool it is working on. In the meantime, if retrieving old posts is important to you, try SocialSafe.net, which backs up social networks, or CloudMagic, which is a lightning-fast way to search for things across Exchange, Twitter, Gmail, Google Apps, Chat, Docs, Calendar and Contacts.

Another thing to note is the tool Twitter is developing will only be for user’s own tweets, not for digging through Twitter’s entire trove of posts.

“It’s two different search problems,” Costolo told the Times. “It’s a different way of architecting search, going through all tweets of all time. You can’t just put three engineers on it.”

Copyright 2012 by The New York Times & PC World

Google Translate for Android has been expanded to 40 languages

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I’m sure you’re all familiar with Google Translate by now. The admittedly flawed tool does its best to provide an accurate translation of Web pages for those of us who couldn’t pay attention during our classes on ancient Latin and its influences on modern romance languages. We’re not talking about the Web version though. The Android app has seen a major update that’s loads of fun.

If you’re familiar with the Google Translate app on Android, you know that a user can speak or type a phrase into their phone and have the translated version read back to them. It’s a great way to, as Google puts it, “break through the language barrier.”

The big change this time around is that the app’s text-to-speech capabilities has been expanded to 40 languages. You can type in a phrase or a word and the app will read it back to you in a near perfect accent. It’s pretty impressive.

We tried out this particular feature here at the office with the phrase, “What is the secret of the ooze?” It seems that the reference was not lost on the Spanish translation as it even used “verde” to describe the green ooze. Other languages including Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic returned results that may or may not have been legitimate. They sounded authentic and that’s all that matters.

Playing around with the app also led me to a feature that could possibly change how we communicate with others while in foreign countries. Google Translate features a “Conversation Mode” where the user chooses two languages and can switch between them on the fly as if in a real conversation. It’s currently in Alpha and only supports 14 languages, but it’s already mighty impressive.

For the linguists and those that just like playing around with languages, Google’s new Translate app is a lot of fun and extremely useful. I heartily recommend it just for the fun of having it translate nerdy references in all matter of languages.

If you want to play around with the newly updated app, it’s available on Google Play as a free download. The iOS version still only supports text-to-speech in 24 languages. That fact doesn’t make it any less fun.

Courtesy from CNET News Media :

Google Translate for Android is a simple, versatile tool that supports more than 50 languages, offers an SMS translator, and speaks some of your translations aloud.

Google Translate is incredibly simple to use. Just select your input and output languages, then type in your text. You can also set the app to automatically detect your input language for even faster results. To quickly interchange your input and output languages, just hit the conveniently placed (center screen) arrow icon. That’s it.

It’s no secret that Google Translate performs a solid job translating, but what really makes it shine are the extra conveniences it offers. It automatically keeps a history of your translations, and lets you star any of them for easy access later. Text-to-speech output is available for select languages, and can be a huge help when you’re dealing with unfamiliar phonetics. There’s also an SMS translation feature that lets you pull in any of your text messages for a quick translation.

One thing we felt the app was missing was offline support. We realize caching entire libraries of languages locally would probably overkill, but we can’t help but wish for the ability to save one or a few basic libraries. Regardless, we still think Google Translate is a winner, and we highly recommend the download.

Copyright 2012 by WebProNews.com, CNET.com & YouTube