We are pleased to unveil the cover of the upcoming “GPU Gems 3” book. This image has been rendered in NVIDIA’s “Human Head” demo, which features Doug Jones, who recently starred as the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
The book will be in full color, hard cover, and will contain 41 chapters, including “Advanced Skin Rendering”, which explains how to render ultra-realistic characters. GPU Gems 3 will be released at SIGGRAPH 2007 but can already be pre-ordered.
Have a good Sunday!
From Mac Rumors:
Revolutionary Mobile Phone
- Dial any telephone number with the touch of a finger
- Create and manage a list of telephone numbers you call most
- If you choose to answer the call, the video will pause and resume once the call ends
- iPhone syncs contact information from the computer to iPhone (from Address Book on a Mac or Outlook or Outlook Express on a Windows PC).
- Built-in speakerphone
- iPhone lets you carry on a phone conversation while you simultaneously browse the Internet or send an email.
- There is a vibrate mode.
- Sync photos from Mac or PC
SMS Text Messaging
- SMS text message button shows how many new messages are waiting
- Threaded conversations
- Hear an audio alert for new messages
- Error correction and prevention in the keyboard. Only displayed when you need it.
- iPhone users will not be able to conduct IM conversations with instant messaging users
- Does not support MMS messaging for photos or videos
Music and Video
- All videos play in landscape mode
- If you prefer your widescreen content to take up the entire screen, you can double tap the video and iPhone will automatically scale the video to take up the entire screen
- Sync music with iTunes just like any other iPod
- Select how to display music: by playlist, artist, songs or more.
- Media Net, MobiTV, or Cellular Video are not available on iPhone
- Rich formatting
- Support for IMAP and POP3
- Yahoo! Push Mail
- Automatic address completion
- Double tap an object to make it fill the screen, and double tap to zoom out
- Can have multiple websites open at once and switch between them
- Websites you have bookmarked on your computer will be transfered to your iPhone from your Mac or PC
- iPhone will not support the TeleNav solutions currently offered by other AT&T devices
- GPS is not part of the iPhone feature set.
Yawn... It is interesting how some people get all excited and list vibrate mode as a "revolutionary" thing. I thought vibrate mode was standard in most "smarter" devices anyway?
People, let's be realistic. All those features (and more) are present on Palm OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. And those devices do not use proprietary voice mail services that chain you to a specific mobile operator.
That's the thing in marketing. It seems the key is to make any feature sound as it is only available on that specific product.
It looks like you shouldn't go and buy from Ferrit if you can go to the retailer's own website...
"Auction sniping" is when users place bids in the last seconds of an auction, trying to buy the item, without revealing their intentions by placing bids early on the process.
It seems the software works with local on-line auction giant Trade Me and the American service eBay.
Actually, looking at their logo, even the colours are similar to Trade Me, so we know they are really after the local market for this kind of software. Have a peek:
I think the company might do well with the local New Zealand market, since I haven't seen similar software around. Of course trying to compete with other eBay auction sniper software is going to be tough: Google alone returns a million results for "auction snipe".
I have contacted Rowan Simpson, who's just left Trade Me, about this. He confirms that automated tools are not allowed and changes in the "auto extend" feature means that currently all auctions will automatically extend if there are bids in the last minutes - and this can not be turned off. This change alone makes any "sniper" tactics somehow innefective.
UPDATE: And this is the reply from Trade Me support, which surprisingly came during the weekend (I was actually expecting to receive a reply on a business day):
I have looked into this for you and can see that we do not support the use of third party software that interfaces with the website, due to corruptions that can occur.
If you aren't able to be at the computer when an auction is closing I would recommend setting up an auto bid.
If you have any further questions or if I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great weekend.
The Department of Internal Affairs has written to key IT providers reminding them about this year's change to daylight saving.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Rick Barker, announced in April that the period of daylight saving was being extended to 27 weeks. From this year, daylight saving will start on the last Sunday in September and end on the first Sunday in April the following year. Accordingly, the next period of daylight saving will start on Sunday 30 September 2007 (when 2:00am becomes 3:00am) and end on Sunday 6 April 2008 (when 3:00am becomes 2:00am).
The only change is to the length of the period of daylight saving (daylight time). Daylight time is still one hour in advance of New Zealand standard time, and in the Chatham Islands, daylight time is still one hour and 45 minutes in advance of New Zealand standard time.
Deputy Secretary Keith Manch says IT providers will want to test their systems with the required changes before daylight saving commences on 30 September.
"We will follow up with a reminder to the regulators of the key sectors affected by the change to daylight saving, such as health and banking, recommending that they contact their IT providers about changes to programmes and any testing needs they have," Keith Manch said.
So go on, please read my previous post about this issue. If you work in New Zealand, or your IT organisation is based here, or you have some IT infrastructure in this country you should be aware of this.
Some of the key updates:
Windows Mobile 6 feature support:
- Information Rights Management activation - Automatically configure the Windows Mobile 6 device to open IRM-protected documents and files
- HTML mail – Set up your Windows Mobile 6 device to sync HTML-formatted mail
- Certificate Enrollment - Acquire certificates through the PC the Windows Mobile 6 device is currently connected to
- Allow data connections on the Windows Mobile 6 device when connected to the PC
- File synchronization for smartphones – Synchronize files with your Windows Mobile 6 devices, including both touch screen and non-touch screen devices
- Automatic device authentication - Connect the Windows Mobile device to the PC without the need to enter the device-lock PIN every time upon connect
- Product Registration - Register your Windows Mobile device and get connected to information and offers available for your device
Netscape Navigator, also known as Netscape, was a proprietary web browser that was popular during the 1990s. Once the flagship product of Netscape Communications Corporation and the dominant browser in usage share, its user base had almost completely evaporated by 2002, partly due to the inclusion of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser with the Windows operating system, but also due to lack of significant innovation after the late 1990s.
Netscape wasn't the first browser, being inspired on Mosaic browser. But it was the one that made the world wide web popular.
Popular during the 90s! Back by popular demand? I don't think so. I remember using Netscape Navigator 1.0 (screenshot) on my Windows 3.11 for Workgroups install, back in 1995.
You can download old versions of Netscape as well on their archives, but only back to version 4.0.
I will be "feeding" it while working through my feeds (which is probably half of my work day). So bookmark it and keep coming back.
There's no RSS feed for that yet, since it's a single page listing all those interesting articles. I will create a feed for that later.
Enjoy the reading!
Sounds too good to be true? It is. They fail to say this "flat rate" is limited to 30 MB/month!
That's right, 30 MB. This is what Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke, Vice President Mobile & Convergence for Orange, says:
“Our new pricing structure makes it easy for our customers to understand exactly what they are getting and for how long when they access the mobile internet. Customers can get access to the web on the move, without the fear of being caught out by any hidden charges.”
What's more intreresting is that nowhere in the press release they say anything about the 30 MB limit, instead that's what it was distributed:
From June, five new bundles, starting from just £1, mean both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go customers can browse safe in the knowledge they will know exactly how much they will pay.
A joke? Customers know how much they pay for sure, but had no idea how much they were getting for their money.
True, nowhere they say "unlimited". But nowhere they place a limit. The way things are worded it sounded as it was unlimited. That's all.
No wonder people are already complaining. T-Mobile UK offers 1 GB/month for £7.50. Yes, 1 gigabyte for less than what Orange charges for 30 megabytes.