Archive for March, 2007

Apollo goes Alpha !!!

Adobe ApolloAdobe just released the first alpha version of Apollo, the cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop.

Want to play around with it yourself ?

Also check out the eBay-branded Apollo application Mike Downey presented at Demo07

And, finally make sure to grab your free copy of the excellent pocket guide “Apollo for Adobe Flex Developers” written by Mike Chambers, Rob Dixon, Jeff Scwartz. This book is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

March 20, 2007 at 16:40 Leave a comment

When Mini meets RFID…

What do you get if you mix a healthy dose of creativity & design with gizmo-high-tech ? Right, something cooool.

MINI USA has launched its latest advertising campaign aimed at MINI owners. Earlier today MINI USA sent emails to select owners asking them to join the “pilot” version of a new program called Motorby. Interactive digital billboards started popping up around Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco.

The idea is simple, first provide some information about yourself (nothing too personal). Next, MINI sends you a special key chain with embedded RFID chip that identifies you to each of the Motorboards you pass. When the boards detect that you are about the drive by, they deliver a personal message based on the information you originally gave.

Cool ! Now, buy yourselves this new Mini !

March 15, 2007 at 12:22 Leave a comment

Yep, there’s gravity on the moon…


The American Flag, planted on our dearest satellite on Jule 1969, no longer stands. It lays down. Flat. On it’s side. Applause… There’s gravity on the Moon ! (and justice — isn’t the Moon *intergalactic* property ?)

This is what Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, former astronaut and first man on the Moon mentioned during one of his last speeches in Delft, Holland.

Good ol’ Ed also debunked another urban legend: it is *not* possible to see the Chinese Wall, for instance. Clouds and other Earth’s surface details would prevent this…

The American ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag, planted by Armstrong and Aldrin, only stood for a very short while. “The Americans like to think their flag is still present. The real story is that we accidentally knocked her over upon our departure. We kind of decided not to tell anyone, knowing how sensitive this is for the Americans.” Aldrin stated.

March 13, 2007 at 23:02 3 comments

Apple to soon release notebook with flash memory ?

Rumour goes that Apple is thinking of introducing a new laptop this year that will save Apple Notebookdata on flash memory chips instead of a hard drive, American Technology Research said.

Apple would like to introduce the product in the second half to further capitalize on its strong MacBook growth.

The release date of Apple’s lighter and smaller notebook personal computer may depend on how much prices of NAND flash memory chips decline as they are still seven-to-eight times more expensive than hard-disk drives.

Semiconductors are smaller than hard drives, allowing electronics makers to design slimmer products. They also process data faster and consume less energy. In 2005, Cupertino, California-based Apple used NAND flash chips to make the iPod Nano, reducing the size of the company’s flagship music player by 80 percent.

Furthermore, the trend is definitely sat, as Apple is to drop the hard disks from it’s iPod devices.

Update: Apple to use mini-OS X for FeatherBook “subnotebook”.

March 8, 2007 at 09:31 3 comments

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