Amazing Spiderman Trailer #2

The second trailer for the Amazing Spiderman was released last week, to mixed responses. The film which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is a re-boot of the semi-successful trilogy staring Toby Maguire.

The new film uses a different rendition of Peter Parker story, which sees ‘spidey’ use a mechanical web slinger rather than the genetically fused one used in the last films.

The trailer has attracted quite a lot of criticism for showing too much, leaving them not very interested in seeing the final product.

I think it looks quite good, I will definitely see it. However I can’t see it topping the likes of Avengers Assemble, and The Dark Knight Rises which is due for release later this year.

iPad Keyboard Concept, Simple But Effective.

The default on-screen keyboard on the iPad serves it’s purpose well. It’s big enough to be able to see the keys clearly, and small enough that it doesn’t take up too much of the screen. It’s responsive, and all the keys are in a familiar qwerty layout for ease of use. But it could be better.

This video appeared on YouTube earlier this week, and it demonstrates a very simple tweak that could be made to the iPad keyboard which would greatly improve it.

The concept is that the user is able to control the cursor by simply dragging fingers across the keyboard. And then you can simply highlight and delete text quickly by holding shift and dragging the finger across the screen to highlight, then tapping the back button to delete it all.

This is still just a concept, and the video tells us that if we want to see this become a reality, tell Apple. I hope they see this, but I also hope that the Jailbreaking community is already creating a keyboard tweak which imitates the vision.

UPDATE

Just as I said just hours ago, an imitation of the keyboard concept we see in the video has arrived on Cydia, available to download to anybody with a jailbroken device, for free. Search ‘SwipeSelection’ in Cydia to download!

DIY Web Design vs Pro: which one you should go for?

 Having your business online has lots of advantages including attracting customers from around the world. People gauge who you are and what your business is, based on what you present in your website and equally important is how you present your website. Sometimes, even if the information you provide on your web site is vital, people won’t pay much attention to websites that are shabbily designed or poorly maintained. Therefore, depending on your business or personal needs, it is highly essential to design your website elegantly, and keep it clean and clutter free with easy navigation.

The aspect

 Now, coming to the design aspects, you can do it either yourself (DIY) or get it designed from a professional. Irrespective of which method you choose, you need to do your own little homework and educate yourself by finding out different platforms and technologies available out there for you. So in the later stage, even if you decide to hand it over to a freelancer or a web design company, you will know what is expected from a service provider. This can save a lot of time and energy in the later stage. Then, choosing between DIY or opting for a pro isn’t much difficult provided you understand the pros and cons of both the approaches.

Interest and inclination

If you have interest and inclination towards web designing and adapting new technologies, then the downside of DIY may not be a hurdle for you. If you are a starter, then DIY can be time consuming, as you need to learn a wide array of technologies and keep updating yourself as and when any new technology comes up. For instance, if the number of users to your website increases and if your web pages are loading slowly, then to fix them, you may have to port your website to an entirely new technology. This is quite contrary to desktop development where you define a set of technologies in the beginning of the product lifecycle and you stick to those until the end of the product with minimal changes in between. If you have enough time and energy, then DIY website designing shouldn’t be a problem for you.

Designing

With basic programming knowledge, designing a website wouldn’t a great deal for you, provided you do systematic planning. Moreover, there are also out of the box software packages like Joomla which can help you to design a web site with minimal knowledge. If you aren’t planning to spend too much of time, then you can just use Joomla and brush up some of the essential web designing skills like graphic designing, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, PHP, and Mysql. With Joomla or wordpress, you can either develop templates from scratch or buy templates from others and customize them. In any case, having knowledge of basic web technologies will only make your work easier.

When to seek professional help

On the other hand, if you don’t have much technical knowledge or wouldn’t like to learn or don’t have enough time to learn, then it is better to hire a professional. Even in this case, you need to decide your budget and go for either a freelancer or a web designing company as both of them have their own strategies of working. The key elements of outsourcing your work is choosing a right professional, working out a clean and clear budget at the beginning of the project, and by maintaining a clear communication.

Conclusion

Irrespective of which method you choose, it is highly essential to have little bit of creativity and aesthetic sense. You needn’t be an artist, but you need to go for a layout that is clean, clutter free and elegant, and have an eye for easy navigation, right color combinations and arranging elements, as these are some of the things that would help you in maintaining your website.

About the author: Alyssa Clarke is a blogger who also happens to be a tech buff. She loves splurging on tech stuff and recently bought a new BlackBerry Curve 8520, smartphone. She is a car lover too and her favorite is the BMW 7 series.

The New BlackBerry 10 OS

Since the BlackBerry keynote yesterday (May 2nd) revealing the BlackBerry 10 OS I have been scouring the internet trying to learn all I can about what is to come. I love BlackBerry’s and have been a fan ever since the Pearl rolled out in 2008. Although there were some things I was saddened to learn, BlackBerry has held my fandom with some amazing new features.

Of course, this is all the OS, so when it all comes out on actual phones some things will be different from model to model.

There are a few unfortunate things for my fellow BlackBerry fans. Current phones will not be able to update to the new OS, and they’re going to make us wait until August for a phone with the new OS to even be revealed. It seems as though it will be worth the wait.

The New Keyboard

Unfortunately, BlackBerry is following the trend to have an on-screen keyboard. Fortunately, it seems to be the best of the lot. The keyboard is as large as can be managed on the screen. There are all sorts of swipe features that have been added. For instance, you can swipe to the left in order to delete. You can swipe down to switch to the numbers and symbols page. The prediction text has the words appear over the letter that the words begin with and you can simply swipe up to float the words up into the text. I love the idea of swiping to make everything go more quickly.

The Camera

The camera seems as though it will be wonderful. It has automatic face detection, and you take a picture by touching anywhere. My favorite part is the “miss the moment” feature. If someone blinks or sneezes or moves when you take the photo, you don’t need to retake the photo. You simply select their face and scroll back in time (several seconds are available) to a moment when they look better and it auto ‘shops the face from that moment into the photo. This is a feature I am really looking forward to.

Samsung Reveal ‘Pebble’ MP3 Player

Who said the MP3 player was dead?

Submerged inthe announcement of the Galaxy SIII, is the announcement of the S Pebble, a new MP3 player which good rival the iPod Nano.

The Pebble looks like it was designed by the same team as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, as it has the same curved casing. The MP3 player comes with just 4GB of storage and 17  hours of playback battery life.

You can put music onto the new MP3 player by simply plugging in your Galaxy phone charger and using the drag and drop feature we all love.

What do you think of the Pebble? It seems a bit odd that Samsung would announce a product like this on a day that they announce a phone that can no doubt do what the pebble can do and more. That’s the problem which may lead to the MP3 player’s failure as a whole – just about every phone has an in-built mp3 player anyway.

Samsung Galaxy SIII Launching on May 29th

Following months of leaked images, details and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy SIII has finally been annonced at Samsung Unpacked 2012.

It Looks Amazing!

The design looks like a cross between the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note. Packing the beautiful shape of the Nexus, with the huge screen of the Note. I’m not sure why, but it reminds me of this Mozilla Seabird concept

Intelligence
The Galaxy SIII ‘predicts intelligence’. One of the ways it does this is with something called ‘Smart Stay’.

Smart Stay is almost creepy. The phone watches you using the front facing camera to identify whether you are looking at it or not. if you aren’t looking at it, the screen goes off, if you look at it…you get it.

The SIII comes with a voice feature, which lets you say ‘Hi Galaxy’ to turn the phone on. Then it becomes similar to Siri, in that you can ask it questions such as the weather. The voice recognition can also launch applications, such as the camera which was used in the demo.

Also new is Direct Call. ‘The instant you raise your Galaxy to your ear, it knows you want to call the person you are texting’. This is done with proximity sensors.

Smart Alert is a new feature which will alert you to any missed calls or texts you have as soon as you pick up your phone.

Social Tag is an addition to the Gallery which automatically finds your the people from your photos with their social network accounts, so you can tag them quickly.

S Beam is the new version of Android Beam we first saw with the Galaxy Nexus last year. Using a new Wi-Fi direct system, you can hold two phones together and tap the item you wish to transfer, which is apparently very fast.

Using, the SIII can recognize any of your contacts in any photo you take, and give you the option of sending them the photo as soon as you have taken it.

The Galaxy SIII is measures in at 8.6mm thick, and comes in blue or white (surprisingly no black). The new TouchWiz 4.0 interface is inspired by ‘nature and human emotion’. Nature UX uses natural sounds and live wallpapers to bring you a very relaxing experience. It also comes with an information lockscreen, which displays the weather and news before you unlock it.

One of my favourite features from the announcement is Pop Up Play. In the last few weeks we have seen true multi-tasking come to the iPad in an application which allows you to have more than one window open on the screen. A feature like this is going to be available on the new Galaxy, and will allow you to have a video playing while you search the web or text. Pretty amazing.

Samsung have introduced an ‘intelligent camera’ which has zero shutter lag, and takes less than a second to load up. The camera can take up to 20 images in a burst shot, and uses a new service which finds the best photo out of a burst of 8. I wonder how well this will work.

The camera also has an 8MP camera. Not as ground breaking as some of us may have hoped, but pretty good. It also comes packed with a HD front facing camera for brilliant quality video calling. Yet another feature of the camera is a feature which allows you to take a still image while you are videoing.

The super HD AMOLED 4.8inch screen is a lot bigger than the SII. They’ve done this by only expanding the size of the actual device a little bit, and greatly reducing the bezels.

Please note that I have written this article whilst watching a live stream, and will tweak it when I can.

My Opinion

Samsung have really outdone themselves. Earlier this year Samsung took part in an ad campaign which saw them basically make fun of Apple users as the waited outside an Apple store. I thought they were sort of clutching at straws, as they both had good features and the SII wasn’t so superior that it could be held high above the iPhone. However now, they can do that advert campaign and it would work.

The SIII has some ground breaking features, provided they work. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to try, the amazing design of both the user interface and the actual phone makes this one of the best sounding phones of all time.

 

Flipboard Coming To Android

Flipboard is officially coming to Android!

Revealed today, the social news reader previously exclusive to iOS will land on Android, starting with an exclusive window for the new Galaxy SIII.

You can sign up for the Android version of Flipboard here.

Flipboard is probably one of the best news readers available, and will no doubt challenge the likes of Pulse and FLUD, which have already secured a place in the Android Market.

Spotify Releases iPad App, It’s Beautiful

It’s taken a very long time, especially for people from the UK, but Spotify has finally released it’s iPad application to iTunes.

As joked in the launch day trailer, it’s not just a larger version of the iPhone application. It has it’s own completely exclusive user interface which is just glorious, both to look at and to use.

Much like the official Twitter application, Spotify uses swipe gestures to give the experience a layered experience. Once you have selected  one of your playlists, you can enter full screen mode. Spotify have taken the idea of cover flow by Apple and changed into a more modern  looking way to skip backwards and forwards through your music.

This is one of the greatest applications I have ever seen on the iPad, and goes right up there with Tweetbot and Paper as the best and most user friendly apps available. It’s totally been worth the wait.

All though this isn’t a review, I thought I’d rate it with a 5 out of 5. So far after a solid day of use, I haven’t found anything I don’t like about it – I will update the rating if I change my mind!

A quick search on iTunes on either your iPad or Desktop will find the app. As usual for separate devices on Spotify, you need a premium account to use it.

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