While YouTube mostly serves up pre-uploaded videos for on demand viewing, they've streamed a few live events in the past, and today they started making it a regular occurrence. If you head to YouTube's new Live channel, you'll see a list of upcoming events that you can watch live, and chat with other YouTube users watching with you. Right now, they're rolling it out gradually, but quite a few popular channels are already streaming, like Hak5, Beyond The Trailer, and Geek Beat TV (pictured above). Head over to the Live channel to check out the upcoming events, and check out YouTube's blog post for more info.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Have you ever wondered why the keyboard you are using right now has the characters laid out in that particular order? The standard keyboard layout is called the Qwerty layout, and was designed around 1875. But what if you wanted to try a more efficient layout? The Dvorak keyboard layout was invented just for that reason.
Instead of buying a new keyboard to try out this newer layout, why not just hack an old keyboard so that they keys use the Dvorak layout?
BiOzZ, an intrepid user over at the Hack a day forums, has disassembled an old Kensington keyboard, washed the parts, and then re-assembled it using the new key mappings.
Everything was relatively easy to change over, with the exception that some of the keys had backwards connections that required a 90 degree change to the orientation of the key. With a little correction using a label maker, they keys are now very usable.
The final step is telling your OS to use the Dvorak layout rather than the standard Qwerty layout that you are using right now.
Have you attempted to make the change to a Dvorak keyboard layout? Let us know how it went in the comments!
Posted by Augustine at 9:56 AM
Animated gifs are the best thing about the internet age, I think we can agree, and it fills me with excitement that we are now able see our mobile internet devices realize their true potential as tools for creating them. 3Frames, a $3 iOS app, makes mobile gif-making a snap: it'll use your iPhone's camera to capture anywhere from 3 to 10 frames in rapid succession, then turning them into an animated gif played back at the speed of your choosing. Very nice! Mine is not representative of how cool they can turn out.
Once your masterpiece is complete, there are options for sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr—though curiously I couldn't figure out anyway to just get a link to send it over email?—or you can add the gif to the 3Frames gallery. Gifs! [3Frames]
Posted by Augustine at 9:19 AM
The current generation of holograms are generally monotone creations, requiring a single color laser to construct. However, Japanese researchers have devised a new type of hologram technology that could be just around the corner.
They work with normal light and can produce full-colored 3D images — where the color stays the same no matter how you look at it.
This new technology works by hitting a thin metal film with three beams of white light, each from a different angle. Each beam excites a different color of light, which then passes through an RGB hologram, combining to form a full-color 3D image. The technique promises to more efficient, simpler, and more scalable than current color holograms.
Who's up for a nice game of dejarik?
Posted by Augustine at 9:18 AM
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology turns 150 this weekend! You're probably thinking—150? That's old! Who cares about something so old! What a geezer!—for shame. MIT's produced the brains behind some of the world's coolest stuff. [via FastCo]
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Yeah, right, Wi-Fi isn't even the new hotness anymore. Our computers have it, our phones have it—wireless is old hat, and the most super-convenient way to network. But ethernet remains a big, snaky part of the internet. And one of the men behind the ubiquitous cord? Robert Metcalf, class of '69.
Intel & The Microchip
Robert Noyce, who picked up his doctorate from MIT, and went on to both co-invent the microchip and found Intel. Not too shabby! So, the odds are fairly high that you've either used or are using something that (indirectly) sprang from this guy's cranium. His alleged earliest childhood memory is the agony of beating his father in ping pong, and having his mother comment, "Wasn't that nice of Daddy to let you win?" I guess that explains a lot about microchips, if you really think about it.
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Ol' TI, founded by MIT grad Cecil Howard Green, has had its fingers on almost every piece of electronic gut there is—lasers in missiles, digital signal processors in audio gear, processors in phones—but at the very least, you've probably held dear a TI-83+ at some point in your educational career. Unless you were one of those supernerds with a more advanced graphing calculator, in which case I hate you. But the things are still everywhere, synonymous with exam anxiety and covert in-class gaming.
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Yeah. Soup. Soup. Probably not what you associate with tech wizardry, but John Thompson Dorrance absorbed the chemical knowhow to turn mass-produced soup into an empire at MIT.
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Live in a city? Don't feel like owning a car? Maybe you use Zipcar! It's a neat convenience, and was co-spawned by MIT grad Robin Chase.
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It's not all as peaceful as graphing calculators and tomato soup, however—some MIT grads go on to make stuff that blows up other stuff, such as James Smith McDonnell. His firm is responsible for linchpins of American air power such as the F-15, the F-18, and the ever-popular Tomahawk missile. Kablooey!
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Okay, so he's not a thing or a company, but he's designed some of the most incredible and significant structures in history—the Louvre's pyramid, the East Wing of the National Gallery, and, controversially, the Hancock Tower in Boston. Where did I.M. Pei pick up his architectural prowess?—Hancock tower aside—you guessed it.
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Posted by Augustine at 9:16 AM
Fancy yourself a suave military gaming tactician? Is prestige level 24 starting to bore you on Black Ops? DARPA wants to put your strategic savviness to real military use by integrating its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) configurations into the sub-hunting simulator game Dangerous Waters. Download and play the game, and your tactical prowess may just be implemented into ACTUV's prototype software.
DARPA's ACTUV program aims to develop new tools for anti-submarine warfare that include unmanned autonomous ocean-going vessels that can track quiet submarines hiding in the depths. But in order to figure out what tactics work (and don't work) for their ACTUV software, they need to test a variety of maneuvers and sub-hunting configurations in naval scenarios.
That's where the crowdsourcing comes in. At the end of each round, the software will ask if you want to send your game data to DARPA for analysis—and for possible use in the crafting of ACTUV's software brain, once it is developed. Corner the crafty AI sub commander, and your data could inform a future line of defense against threats from the deep.
Posted by Augustine at 9:15 AM
When you think power generation in the early 1900s, coal and steam generally come to mind. But in Alexis Madrigal's upcoming book, Powering The Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, he shows that people were trying to find environmentally friendly alternatives via ocean waves in the nascent days of household electricity.
Madrigal recounts the adventures of Terrence Duffy, Alva Reynolds, and Fred Starr, three men who sought to use the motion of ocean waves to generate power via motion or air compression. Starr, in particular, played up the environmental perks of such technology all the way back in 1907:
Starr went on to declare that by December 1908, "Los Angeles will be a smokeless and sootless city, clean pure. It will be made so by all the power and heating plants being supplied with power and heat from the ocean waves by the Starr Wave Motor."
Obviously this didn't pan out so well, but it's kind of cool (or possibly demoralizing) that clean energy was a consideration even before global warming entered the international lexicon. For the full excerpt from Madrigal's book, be sure to check out [Wired].
Posted by Augustine at 9:14 AM
Canon's XF305 and XF300 pro camcorders can now shoot in 3D... if you buy two of them originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 9:09 AM
Kondo's spring-loaded spider robot cre! eps on t he cheap (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CrunchGear | Robots Dreams | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 9:05 AM
Aurasma's AR iPhone app to turn everyday objects into multimedia triggers (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Apr 2011 01:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds! .Permalink | New York Times | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 9:00 AM
Delkin Elite 633 claims to be the fastest SDHC card with 80MBps write speeds originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Apr 2011 07:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Delkin | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 9:00 AM
Packard Bell debuts Liberty Tab Honeycomb tablet, clearly adores freedom originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Apr 2011 09:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Notebook Italia | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 8:59 AM
Friday, April 08, 2011
Last.fm is one of our favorite music recommendation and statistics engines, and if you've fallen in love with Amazon's new Cloud Player service, you're probably looking for a way to scrobble the songs you listen to. This script will do the trick.
Last.fm is pretty powerful, but only really works well if you keep scrobbling what you listen to. The more you scrobble, the more accurate your recommendations will be. To make sure your Last.fm account keeps up with your cloud listening habits, just install this userscript into Chrome, Firefox with Greasemonkey, or your other favorite compatible browser. Then reload Cloud Player, and you'll notice a Last.fm option in the upper right hand corner. Click it, authenticate your Last.fm account, and let the jamming begin. From then on, Cloud Player will scrobble anything you listen to from that browser to Last.fm.
You can contact Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.
Posted by Augustine at 7:27 AM
Pandora mobile app found to be sending birth date, gender and location information to ad servers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Ars Technica | Veracode | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:21 AM
White Nexus S with AT&T 3G bands hands-on! (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Update: Android Central got hold of some new shots of the actual phone itself, which shows off its model number ADR6350 and firmware 2.2.1. Thanks, Bla1ze.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 struts its stuff in leaked press shots? (Updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Droid-Life | PocketNow | Email this | Comments
Facebook's Open Compute Project shares plans for energy-efficient data center originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 21:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Open Comput! e Projec t | Email this | Comments
Manual for Alienware M11x with Sandy Bridge confirms NVIDIA GT540M graphics originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 03:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Dell (ZIP) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:19 AM
Intel licensing Kno hardware for partners with manufacturing knohow originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Bloomberg Businessweek, All Things D | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:19 AM
ASUS releases Eee Pad Transformer source code, physical bits to come later originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 07:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Android Community | ASUS &! nbsp;|&n bsp;Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:17 AM