A coming of age to me, Back to the Future was the very first sci-fi I ever watched when I was young and was also the very film that turned me into a huge fan of watching sci-fi movies and still watch it occasionally due to pure nostalgia. However for those who haven’t watched Back to the Future before, the film is about the story of Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) a typical teenage boy of the Eighties who is accidently sent back in time to 1955 Hill-Valley in a “time-traveling” DeLorean, invented by the mad-scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Llyod.) During Marty’s amazing and often hysterical trip back in time, Marty has the tough task of making his teenage-parent’s meet and fall in love again or else risk being erased out of existence, and also has task of trying to talk to the 1955 version of Doc Brown into fixing the DeLorean and sending him back to the ordinary 1985 Hill-Valley before it’s too late.
However I do believe that this film is undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time. This is because the film shows some elements of comedy e.g. Biff Tannen accidently driving into a manure truck when Marty McFly is trying to escape on a skateboard (borrowed from a little girl) after nearly being run over by Biff in his car during the chase scene in the film. The film also includes some references to science fiction e.g. in the scene where Einstein (Doc Brown’s dog) is sent back in time in the DeLorean, Doc Brown tells Marty that the DeLorean is electric but needs a nuclear reactor (powered by plutonium) to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity for fuel, which of course in reality is not physically possible.
I would also recommend for those die-hard fans of the Back to the Future trilogy and people who have never watched the trilogy before to consider purchasing the 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-Ray, which has been digitally remastered to sound much better, look more detailed, crisper, bolder and a lot more exciting. The new trilogy also includes the classic extras from the previous trilogy, never before seen footage of the “Nuclear Test Site Ending” a brand new 6-part documentary “Tales from the Future” and finally “The Physics of Back to the Future.”
By Jordan Ewbank.
HTC Sense 3.6 Preview - Source Engadget
If you are an owner of a HTC smartphone and have been eagerly waiting to make the jump from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, well HTC has just listed 16 of it’s existing smartphones to receive the update according to a blog that was posted on Tuesday. The company is currently in the early stages of rolling out the Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will soon follow.
HTC also added that it’s currently working with carriers to schedule updates for the other smartphones such as the Droid Incredible 2, Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt and Vivid. So stay tuned for more news on the up-coming update for the selected smartphones, and hopefully your delicious ice-cream sandwich update is just around the corner…
If you are one of those dedicated fans of Firefox who simply cannot wait for the next version to come out, well I’ve got some good news for you. A unofficial version of Firefox 11 has been leaked on Download Crew and Major Geeks to download and try out on your computer. Firefox 11 does have some nice new features e.g. the ability to import bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome and the synchronization of add-ons across computers (if you have Sync enabled, of course). Also included are a few bug fixes, several Developer features, such as SPDY protocol support to help load pages faster and a style editor for developers dealing with CSS.
However Mozilla clarified that these builds are not final and are still going through QA testing. Mozilla also notes that the early downloads from FTP put a strain on its server, so ideally it’s best to try and hold off until tomorrow unless you are really desperate to try it out…
Apple TV Prototype: Courtsey of russel400.
Meet the early ancestor to today’s modern AppleTV. The Apple Interactive Television Box was basically a modified Macintosh LC-475 and was Apple’s first attempt at converging television, the web, gaming, and music into a single product. It was designed to download and watch content, similar to today’s DVR’s. Their plans included interactive game shows and educational content for children, as well as add-on hardware such as a mouse, a keyboard, and a CD-ROM drive. In 1993, Apple partnered with British Telecom to produce the box.
However in 1994 after brief trials in Britain and Belgium, Apple tested the product in the US. They quickly found out that the demand was not there and wouldn’t sell that well. Back in 2008 PC World published a list of the “Top 15 Vaporware Products of All Time”. The Apple Interactive Television Box was #6.
The unit for sale on Ebay
has chips inside from Motorola, VLSI, and Texas Instruments. It includes the following ports: composite and S-video, Ethernet, serial, and RF coaxial. So if any of you Apple fan boy’s or Collectors are interested in buying this very rare prototype, you will need to have US $599.00 spare in your wallet!
In the 21st Century the web is the most commonly used application on our computers and mobile devices and rely on it to bring us things such as news, images, social-networking, games and web-articles. In doing so we have to rely on search-engines such as “Google” or “Bing” to discover all this new content and can sometimes be confusing when you don’t always get the right results back and can sometimes lead to information-overload.
But luckily this application for the iPhone called “Summly” can change that for you by using a special algorithm that extracts text from a web page using HTML processing, which the text is then analysed and “genetic” algorithms are applied to summarize the condensed portions of articles as bullet points. This will hopefully make browsing & searching the web a whole lot easier and “less time-consuming ” for iPhone users who want to have the best search results they can in a matter of seconds.
If you are interested in trying this App then feel free to download it from the App Store or on iTunes since it’s free to download, which in my opinion is 100% worth downloading if you wish to waste less time searching and spend more time reading. This is all thanks to a 16 year old boy called “Nick D’Aloisio” who made this App in his spare time to help people be able to browse & search the web a whole lot easier which he has fully managed to accomplish and succeed in. He also managed to attract a billionaire investor into investing into his own company in order to progress this application much further.
Check out his official website if you wish to learn more: http://www.summly.com/en/introduction.html
Thanks for reading Folks!
Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2011
Yesterday’s event marked a major milestone in Facebook’s history since the first ever F8 conference, and announced new features that will be coming soon on the social-networking site, such as the new “Timeline” (which is basically a re-vamped version of the current Profile layout, making it look like a “diary of your life”) and also a new version of “Open-Graph” (will allow Facebook users to add activities to their news streams without being bothered by prompts asking for their permission). Facebook also introduced a new feature on the site called “Music” (which lets you listen to music with friends using third-party apps such as ‘Spotify’, providing that they both subscribe to it) and also deeper integration with video with third-party apps such as ‘Netflix’.
But overall it was a great time at the f8 conference yesterday, and was great to see the ‘social-networking giant’ expand into the music & video industry by teaming up with big companies and developers to make a greater place to connect with friends, family and work-colleagues. But the only problem is that the search-giant “Google” will have to step up it’s game with its new social networking site “Google+” in-order to stay in the game and defeat the competition (or other wise end up like the old favourite “Myspace”), But I’m sure Page & Co. will have something up its sleeve to make the competition even stronger.
Anyway thanks for reading everyone, and I’ll carry on posting about the latest going-ons in tech.
The Facebook Ticker
For those of the people who may be wondering what that annoying “Ticker” thing in the top right corner on Facebook is, well really it’s to display what your friends are doing on Facebook in real-time to enable things like this e.g. “Someone liked a link” to not clutter up the news-feed. So really the Ticker is a good thing since it makes the news-feed (only display relevant feeds first), and makes reading friends status’s a whole lot easier to read. So it would be nice if people could actually try and find out what it actually is for before presuming that it’s simply to “Annoy you”.
Also with today’s F8 conference, Facebook announced that the new Open Graph will use the new “Ticker” for tight-integration with apps, to enable users to see less app notifications in their news-feed e.g. “someone is now listing to Green Day” will now only show up in the Ticker to not jam-up the space in your news-feed.
Feel free to comment about your opinion of the new “Ticker” and whether you think it’s good or not.
Thanks for reading everyone!
The New Facebook Timeline
At today’s live F8 conference for developers, Facebook announced a new feature coming to the site called ‘Timeline’ (which is basically a re-vamped version of the current Timeline and the Profile layout), and will make your friends be able to see more deeper into your life by enabling the new Timeline to show all the important things that happened in your life (in one whole simple time-line). So basically this new feature will make your friends on Facebook be able to see the most important things that happened in your life the first thing on your ‘wall’ and will be able to view and comment on them.
I know that most Facebook users will panic because of this, since their friends will be able to see everything single thing they posted on Facebook in a whole timeline, and could even class it as a breach in privacy. It may sound like I’m crazy saying this, but if I were to add someone I just met at a bar or nightclub on Facebook they will be able to see a ‘Timeline’ of my entire life on Facebook, so really I’m not entirely impressed about this but I’ll have to see how it all goes.
If you think this is a bad idea, then please feel free to leave a comment about your opinion of this new ‘Timeline’ or if you agree it’s a good idea.
Update: You can now try out the Beta version of the new Timeline here: http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline
Thanks for reading everyone!
The F8 Logo
Well as I said yesterday, today is a big day for Facebook and also for the users and developers who use the social networking site and I will be here blogging about the new features coming to Faceboook very soon. I know that you may want to watch the live event so here’s the link to the live video feed, and also all the times for around the world.
Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM GMT for live interviews and session tracks throughout the day.
The F8 Logo
Tomorrow could possibly mark a big day in Facebook’s history, with rumors going around of a new ‘Music & Video’ service, improvements for the future ‘Mobile App’ and an improved ‘Social Gaming Platform’ on the social-networking site, and also with a possible major-redesign on the site in the coming weeks. I’m led to believe that this could be an aim at Google’s new social networking site ‘Google+’ and Twitter (the micro-blogging site that currently has over 200 million users) to stifle up the current competition. If Facebook can manage to get these new improvements on the site to work “just right” it could make the site a whole lot more stronger for users and developers to use, and to also boost the amount of users that are currently using the social-networking site.
I will be excited to see these new changes to the site that have been rumoured for months now at tomorrow’s f8 conference, and could possibly tempt a social-networking addict ‘like me’ away from using other sites such as Google+ and Twitter if Zuckerberg & Co. make tomorrow’s event a “game-changer” in social networking history. All I can say is that I’ll have to stay tuned for tomorrow’s event and keep everyone up-to-date on what’s happening with the social-networking giant, and to spread the word about the up-coming changes.
Thanks for reading folks,