Apr 052011

Head over to this site created by Kyle Loughlin and experience the ease of using digital post-its. No registration, no software downloads, nothing.

All you do is click the + sign on the bottom left and post(-it) away.  Head back to the site anytime you want (same computer, any browser) and your notes will be there.

Personally, I am a big fan of the wonderfully courteous greeting telling you what day it is along with the time and date = D

Apr 022011

from Enadget

Zdenek Kalal, a researcher at the University of Surrey, has just created what may be the most sophisticated vision system known to the civilian world.

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Mar 242011

Don’t you miss the days when phones had tangible keys to press to type stuff? The best part for me was that you could type without looking. Not that all phones these days lack buttons, touchscreen devices are definitely becoming the norm. And because of this, there is a desperate need for a text input method for keypad-less phones that’s fast and reliable. Fortunately, some people have been working real hard to get that joy of blind-typing back into our touchscreen-phone lives. Continue reading »

Feb 262011

It seems that Apple is doing whatever it can to attract more and more people into its ecosystem, and its doing this by making all its products look and feel similar, if not the same.

With the launch of Lion, Mac’s new OS, Apple brings to its computers multi-finger gesture controls that mimick those found in the immensely popular iPad and iPhone. Check out the video below to see for yourself.

What’s new


Launchpad basically replicates the grid of apps you see on the homescreen of the iPhone and iPad. As on those smaller devices, programs can be arranged into folders for easy access. There’s nothing to stop you from just arranging your applications into folders now, of course — the only real difference is that Launchpad does it all for you. And of course, when you install an application, there’s no .dmg files or dragging into the Applications folder. Launchpad is launched with a new grabbing gesture on the keyboard.

AirDrop is a nifty little app to wirelessly zap files through the air to other Macs. Lion detects people using AirDrop nearby, adding photos if they’re in your contacts. To transfer a file, simply drag it to someone’s name. Once accepted, the file nips directly into the person’s Downloads folder.

Full-screen apps

Apps fill the screen, getting rid of the pesky top toolbar. You can switch to another full-screen app or to the desktop by swiping across the trackpad with three fingers.

Mission Control

Mission Control gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything your Mac is running. Thumbnails of all your open apps are arranged together on one screen, with open windows neatly stacked on top of each other. It’s essentially Apple’s existing Exposé feature, but with a smarter layout.

Auto Save and Versions

If you’ve ever lost work due to an unexpected loss of power or a cat walking right across CMD + Q — and who hasn’t? — the auto save will be a welcome feature. If not, documents can be locked to prevent them from auto saving so you can experiment knowing none of your changes need be permanent. You can also revert to the state your document was in when you opened it, if you’re not happy with the changes you’ve made.

If you want to go back to a previous version of your document, Versions gives you a cascading view of the document as it developed. It’s like Time Machine, Apple’s backup software, for individual documents. Versions are saved every hour and you can grab bits from old files into the current version.

Lion remembers everything you have open so when you restart, it’s all laid out waiting for you. That means you don’t have to open your favourite apps every time you start up, or remember where you saved the document you were working on.

Mail 5

The new version of Mail is another app to take cues from the iPhone, expanding the message on the right and keeping the inbox on the left. A new Mailbox bar gives you one-click access to your favorite folders across the top of the app.

Mail 5 also borrows some ideas from Google Mail, including an increased emphasis on search, and Conversations view. This groups together the emails you’ve exchanged with a particular contact, rather than listing all your messages separately. Unlike Gmail, Mail will keep conversations together even if the subject line changes.

Read more: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/mac-os-x-lion-gets-lions-share-of-new-features-from-the-ipad-50002926/#ixzz1F8XyOeWQ