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Google’s LA studio now available for YouTube content creators

Published by on Jul 15th, 2013, No Comments


According to an article published by the Financial Times, Google has now made a studio space in Los Angeles exclusively available for YouTube content creators to use. For free.

The hangar space, all 41,000-square-feet of it that once belonged to billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes is part of a film making complex in the city and has seen the filming of blockbusters such as The Aviator biopic, Titanic, Avatar and Iron Man. Hollywood has certainly made its mark here and now its Google’s turn.

The studio, for which Google has spent millions of dollars refurbishing and has leased since 2012, comes equipped with green screens, visual effects stations, make-up and sets all of which aims to assist YouTube content creators to make quality videos for the site, generating more views and increasing ad revenue.


Leaked video reveals Moto X to launch in August

Published by on Jul 15th, 2013, No Comments


Leaked photos and videos aren’t that uncommon in the day and age where everything can be uploaded online in almost an instant. The main thing we’ve been concerned about has been more so the quality of the photos and videos, which when bad, almost adds a mystique around the content. Thankfully, this time around we’ve got a highly polished production video of the Moto X from Rogers and it confirms a few things that we were wondering about. We just hope that some poor sap from Rogers isn’t going to lose their job to this being leaked way ahead of any official announcement.

Net Prophet 2013: Interview with Erik Jan Bijvank

Published by on Jul 12th, 2013, No Comments


Erik Jan Bijvank, co-founder of FONK, was interviewed before he took the stage at the 2013 Net Prophet conference on the topic Tangible Magic in a Digital Era.

In the interview Bijvank, who flew in for the event from Amsterdam, touches on human behaviour in a digital era and how, based on this, FONK is working on making the digital more tangible and tactile and how the company aims to help consumers by creating technology that will be even more part of our world  to make a better life.

Watch the full interview below:


The C.24 wireless music keyboard for iPad

Published by on Jul 12th, 2013, No Comments


This is the C.24, a two octive wireless music keyboard for iPad that also functions as a protective cover with a magnetic latch.

Designed by San Francisco based Miselu that develops music interfaces and instruments to enhance the musical experience through the use of the iPad, the project has already raised over $60, 000 from supportive backers on Kickstarter.

Founder and CEO of Miselu, Yoshinari Yoshikawa, had a vision for bringing physical interfaces to virtual instruments and the team decided that while the iPad was that instrumental tool, the interfaces were not being developed for it.


LG announce world’s thinnest Full HD smartphone display

Published by on Jul 12th, 2013, 2 Comments


LG has created a Full HD – that’s 1080p – display that is 5.2 inches large but comes in at a measly 2.2 mm thick. It also has a very slight 2.3 mm bezel, which is quite astounding.

They credit their new technology, dubbed Advanced One-Glass-Solution, for enabling such a thin panel. It uses dual flexible printed circuits (opposed to a single circuit) that have been inserted between the glass itself and the touch film. This reduces the number of lines etched onto the panel circuit by more than 30-percent. In addition, LG is has a new bonding system using optically clear resin to mate it all together into one very thin piece.

Even more impressive is the fact that these displays aren’t of the pentile persuasion; the 1080 x 1920 displays use a true RBG pixel layout. We truly hope this screen will be included on the upcoming LG Optimus G2, which would certainly make it an appealing flagship. Check out the press release below: (more…)

Nokia announces Lumia 1020 with 41-megapixel PureView sensor

Published by on Jul 12th, 2013, No Comments


Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 1020 on Thursday, its new flagship Windows Phone, highly anticipated for its 41-megapixel PureView sensor, that according to the smartphone maker is “the largest back side illuminated (BSI) sensor available on a smartphone.”

Having previously rumoured to be called the Nokia EOS, the name of the device was recently discovered in the meta data of pictures taken with the handset by Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore and uploaded onto his Flickr account.

According to the official press release, the Windows Phone 8 device has a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display (1280 x 768 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio), is made with Gorilla Glass 3 and is highly sensitive to touch even while wearing gloves.


Net Prophet 2013: Mike Butcher on the need to replicate Silicon Valley

Published by on Jul 11th, 2013, No Comments


Mike Butcher, editor at large of TechCrunch joined the lineup of local and international speakers at this year’s Net Prophet conference as the headline act.

Butcher spoke on the topic Do we really need to replicate Silicon Valley or is there another way? where he shares his own personal experiences and lessons learned from venturing into and taking on various startups in Europe and Silicon Valley.

From a man who sifts through about 500 emails a day, has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology and serves on the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board, advising on smart cities and entrepreneurship, Butchers time and advice is certainly precious.

Watch the full presentation below:


Google introduces new Maps app for Android

Published by on Jul 11th, 2013, 1 Comment


Google has announced a new Google Maps app for Android smartphones and tablets, compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, that provides a new mapping experience with useful search and navigation features.

The app features a number of highlights including Explore that lets users visually browse new places of interest with a tap of the search box upon which cards for eating, sleeping, drinking and shopping pop up on screen.

A new five star rating system lets you find out what others think of various places before you try them out yourself but if you don’t trust them 100%, the Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists integrated into search results provides an expert’s opinion.