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Saturday, August 22, 2009

All Of Your Remote Controls Are Belong To Us

Media Interaction Labs is taking touch control to the extreme by using in a Microsoft Surface like device, called Cristal, as an interface to everything in your living room. The system uses a ceiling mounted video camera to provide the user interface projected on a coffee table in the room. The user interacts with the television, lamps in the room, a Roomba, stereo, etc. by activating it on the video image. Check it out...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Air Canada Launches iPhone App

Air Canada has released an iPhone/iPod Touch application that, according to the CBC, allows passengers to "check in with their device, select their seat, retrieve electronic boarding passes and keep track of real-time flight status and information."

"This is only the first iteration of our app, and we will continue to add new features in response to customer demand." Air Canada executive vice-president Ben Smith said of the application developed for the airline by IBM Canada.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Google Groups - The Upgrade

Google is listening to it's clients and tuning up it's collaboration tool, Google Groups, in it's push to get us all working in the cloud. With a recent roll out of improvements Google Groups has been tweaked to make sharing of calendars, sites and documents with multiple people easier. Primarily, instead of adding people one at a time, you can share your calendar, site, spreadsheet, etc., with an entire Google Group. On the other hand, when someone joins or leaves a Google Group, they automatically gain or lose editing privileges to the application. Nice!

Source: Official Google Blog

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Research Concludes That Zombie Attack Would Mean The End Of Us All

You may wish to polish up your Zombie killing techniques as a group of mathematics students and their professor from University of Ottawa have concluded that "A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilization, unless it is dealt with quickly," While they admit that the scenario is highly unlikely if taken literally, the research is said to provide a useful framework in instances where scientists are dealing with the outbreak of an unknown disease.

I don't know about you, but I'll be stock piling supplies and honing my zombie eradication skills on Left4Dead! :-)

Source: CBC

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Heathrow Airport Ads Driverless Taxi Pods

According to Engadget, Heathrow's driverless taxi pods have now become a reality offering passengers an easy and efficient alternative method of shuttling to and from the airport to the business car lots. "The ULTra Personal Pod cars are fully automated battery-powered pods that zoom around at up to 25mph on a special road network, and can transport four passengers and their luggage..." Can you say Johnny cab?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Review Says Windows 7 Microsoft's Best OS

Wired's Gadget Lab blog gives kudos to Microsoft Windows 7. "Microsoft delivers a slickly designed, vastly improved OS that will warp you to the world of today. This upgrade is big, and it’s hugely recommended for Microsoft users." Gadget Lab has great things to say about the user interface upgrades and performance and is promising more reviews leading up to the launch, but it looks like they have nothing but praise for Microsoft and the Window 7 team.