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Rest in Peace: Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

Posted in Technology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by prolifik1

There were rumors weeks ago that was accidentally leaked by mistake that Steve Jobs had passed away.  Without confirmation, the world continued to speculate on Mr. Job’s condition.

Today, it’s been confirmed by Apple representatives that he has indeed passed away.  Jobs has been in a constant battle with Pancreatic cancer since 2004.  Since then, he’s been in a constant battle with several health issues.  He resigned earlier this year, this past August as CEO of Apple and recommended that Tim Cook be his successor.

Apple is what it is today because of Steve Jobs.  Not only as a co-founder, he contributed to much of their current success with product developments such as their Mac OS, iPhone, and iPad.  The technology world would no longer be the same.  Would this affect how Apple would be perceived now that Jobs is gone?  Will it affect sales? Today officially marks a new age for Apple with Tim Cook at the helm.  Only time will tell on the future of Apple.

Simply a genius, a great entrepreneur, and true innovator.  You will be missed and I truly appreciate the contributions that you’ve made to not only the world of technology, but society itself.

Check out Gizmodo for more details.

Visual Dopeness: Real Time Face Substitution

Posted in Technology, Visual Dopeness with tags , , on September 20, 2011 by prolifik1

This is seriously dope! It’s obviously not perfect, but just imagine the fun someone can have with this?  Just imagine trying to mess with someone on the iPhone’s Facetime or any other phone’s video conference feature.

Here’s the developer Arturo Castro who had developed a face tracking software that operates in real time which can digitally substitute his face with any of the 3D rendered faces he provides.  With this real time features, he can apply any face that he has rendered in 3D onto his very own which matches the placement on the eyes, chin, cheeks and mouth.  Just peep the video for the demonstration.  At first I thought it was unimpressive, until I started seeing some of the faces looking dead on to their actual counterparts. Pretty creepy!

via Gizmodo

E3 2011: Wii U Graphics Demo

Posted in Entertainment, Technology, video games with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by prolifik1

Here’s a demo on what the new Nintendo console is capable of.

Surprisingly impressive in my opinion.

E3 2011: Nintendo announces Wii U

Posted in Entertainment, Technology, video games with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by prolifik1

I’m a big Nintendo fanboy, but it was disappointing with how the Wii turned out. It’s good to know they stepped up with their new system, along with concentration in the graphics too!

The name sucks though. Really? WiiU? WTF…lol

Apple iPad 2 – Coming March 11, 2011.

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by prolifik1

Apple finally debuts the long awaited and anticipated iPad 2. Some improvements over the first one which makes it more appealing to be bought, but I’ll continue to wait for now.  Disappointed that there still is no USB or SD card slot.  Cool thing is it’s thinner and comes in white or black now.  They’re available at the Apple store beginning on March 11th.

With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to millions of iPhone® 4, iPod touch® and Mac® users so they can see family and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Photo Booth lets you apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera. iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari® mobile browsing performance; iTunes® Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay®;** the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.*** Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.

The innovative new iPad 2 Smart Cover provides protection for the iPad screen while maintaining its thin and lightweight profile. Designed with a unique self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the new iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes iPad 2 when it’s opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in vibrant polyurethane for $39 or rich leather for $69 in a range of colors, including a (PRODUCT) RED one which helps support the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Apple also introduced two new apps: iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad, both available on the App Store℠ for just $4.99 each. With iMovie, iPad 2 users can shoot and edit videos right on their iPad and post their movies to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and their MobileMe℠ gallery; watch them on their iPod®, iPhone or iPad; as well as view them on their HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV®. GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of touch instruments and 8-track recording studio, allowing you to perform with onscreen keyboards, guitars, drums and basses using multi-touch gestures–even if you don’t play a musical instrument.

iPad 2 runs almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store gives iPad users access to the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 14 million songs, over 50,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 films including over 3,500 in stunning high definition video. The iBooks® app for iPad includes Apple’s iBookstore℠, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device.

iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps will be available on March 11 for $4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more details, hit up Gizmodo.

The Making of Ray’s Engineering Wheels

Posted in Cars, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by prolifik1

This video never gets old. It’s cool to see the manufacturing processes of Ray’s Engineering. They’re not limited to just the typical forging process, they have several others that makes them one of the top companies in the world of producing wheels.

Sit back and enjoy!

ZOZOTOWN Design Project Vol. 2 – Bape and Stussy iPhone 4 cases

Posted in Fashion, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by prolifik1

These cases look pretty dope! They even have some for the iPad as well. Hit up the Zozotown link at the bottom to view the other offerings of the Zozotown Design Project Volume 2.

For zozotown’s new Design Project Volume 2, they have approached stores and brands that are part of their network to create cases for the iPhone 4 and some of the more notable gadgets. The ones that stand out are from A Bathing Ape and Stussy, with Stussy using the artwork from their 30th anniversary project, and Bape coming with a classic Bape camo all over print. To see the rest of the brands featured head over to zozotown.

via HypeBeast

TomTom GPS Navigation: Yoda Edition

Posted in Cars, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by prolifik1

haha this one is pretty funny. I posted the Darth Vader one a few months back (See: TomTom GPS Navigation: Yoda Edition)

Gimmicks aside, I still prefer Garmins over TomTom’s.

New Redesigned Microsoft X-Box 360

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by prolifik1

Call me lame, but I have yet bought a current gen gaming system. The old Xbox 360 looked wack. I can see why they made weird ugly face plates for them, but with the redesigned version, I think I’ll finally cop one.

A big smaller than the previous version, pretty much doing the whole Sony deal when they brought out the PS3 slim.

Plus it’s shiny. Looks cool, doesn’t look cheap to me anymore.

Downside, still the same price, but now has 802.11 N finally built in. No need for those pricey adapters.

They’re shipped out to stores starting today… Just in time for E3. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Doesn’t look kinda Alienware’ish?

• Touch sensitive on/off and eject buttons (like the PS3)
• “Much quieter”
• 250GB internal hard drive, which is still swappable.
• A custom Kinect port (not the standard USB port)
• There are five USB ports now, with three in the back and two in the front
• AV cable included, an HDMI and optical audio
• Different power supply
• External Xbox 360 hard drives and memory units are NOT compatible with the new Xbox
• Other accessories are
• Internal components that are changed: two small fans changed into one large fan for quieter operation, 45nm integrated CPU and GPU

via Gizmodo

Introducing the new Apple iPhone 4!

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by prolifik1

Well folks, the waiting has finally ended! This morning at the WWDC 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the the 4th generation Apple iPhone! It has been highly speculated that it would soon arrive, after apparent leaks all over the world, including the infamous Gizmodo drama. (See: 4th Generation Apple iPhone Revealed)

Once again, the phone comes in either white or black. Great thing for those who want white, the phone is actually completely white now! Unlike the 3G and 3GS which only had a white plastic backing. That alone is a good start on a color change.

This phone is encased with a glass front and back. The internals consist of a band made out of stainless steel that goes around the whole phone which acts as an antenna system. It still uses the same GSM/UMTS radio used in previous iPhones, hence, the reason why this wasn’t called the 4G. AT&T doesn’t necessarily have that up and running as of yet.

They have finally incorporated a front facing camera. The rear camera that we’re use to on our previous iPhones now have a better lens, along with a LED flash. The iPhone now has a high resolution display which has doubled pixels now rated at 960 x 640. They dub it a “Retina Display.”

The new iPhone now operates on the A4 processor which is found in Apple’s iPad. The new iPhone also sports a smaller engine, despite the larger processor. With this in mind, Apple was able to incorporate a larger battery for longer talk time of 7 hours on 3G connection, 6 hours of 3G browsing, not to mention 10 hours of WiFi browsing (now supporting 802.11N), along with 10 hours of video. Most importantly, 40 hours of music!

The iPhone 4 will be sporting the newly renamed “iOS4” previously known as OS4, which was shown a few months back. (See: Apple iPhone OS 4)

The phone will be available on June 24th in either White or Black. The 16gb model will be retailing for $199 and $299 for the 32gb model.

The 3GS model will now drop to #99 dollars along with the complete discontinuation of the 3G version. Preorders begin next week all over the world which include the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Japan. Eighteen more countries will soon follow afterwards.

All in all, consider one sold! I’m due for an upgrade after having my 3G for 2 years now. At the same time, it’s not much of a major change performance wise. It’s mostly cosmetic along with the new OS, I’m pretty sure I can probably last another few years with my 3G. I would have to think about that one for a bit.

For those who really don’t care about AT&T and the new iPhone, it does bring good news for those who will consider getting an iPad. First and foremost, skip the first gen! The screen and camera specs announced for the new iPhone would most likely make its way for the second gen iPad, which could be probable for next year. A back camera, front face camera, along with a higher resolution screen would definitely make it worth waiting for. Why waste money on such a disappointment that the first gen is considered as?

source and photos: Engadget

For more on the story, checkout Engadget: iPhone 4 Announce

Cool iPad decals

Posted in Random Bullshit, Technology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2010 by prolifik1

Saw these and thought they were pretty cool, works a lot nicer on the macbooks with the glowing Apple logo, but you still get the similar effect with it on an iPad or iPhone.

Here’s the Joker: Click on the image to be redirected to purchase it.

Here’s the “Gothic” princess aka Gothic Snow white: Click on the image to be redirected to purchase it.

The Making of Nike Shoe Music

Posted in Kicks, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by prolifik1

I posted the video a while back, the Nike Japan Ad: Nike Music Shoe. Who knew the shoes were actually functional?

Knowing it actual works, is some pretty cool shit!