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Custom Car Drives on Water

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

WaterCar Inc develops high-performance amphibious cars that can reach freeway speeds [0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds] in the water.

Custom designed doors are built to keep water out and allow easy access from the water. The interior is based on a boat design with captain chairs in the front and wrapping bench in the back.

Starting at $200,000, WaterCar Python is definitely not for everyone. For more information about this amphibious vehicle


12 Unusual Swimming Pools

October 14, 2009 1 comment

Infinity Pool

An infinity edge swimming pool located at the Alila Ubud, luxury boutique resort hotel in Ubud, Bali

Hanging Pool

Joule Hotel is a five-star, 129-room hotel in Dallas famous for it’s swimming pool that partially hangs off the side of the building – eight stories up

World’s Deepest Pool (I really dont know about you guys but this pool just scares the crap out of me 0.0 )

Nemo 33, a recreational scuba diving center in Uccle, Belgium is home to the deepest diving pool in the world. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 16 ft and 32 ft, and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 108 ft

Bathing Ship Pool

Badeschiff is an old barge or cargo container that has been converted into a public swimming pool in Berlin, Germany.

Sarojin Pool

Unique swimming pool with drape shaded island pavilions located at the luxury Khao Lak Resort Hotel in Thailand.

Transparent Pool

Cool modern swimming pool with transparent glass bottom

World’s Largest Pool

Located in Chile, world’s largest swimming pool is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, and holds 66 million gallons of water

Ocean Pool

Beautiful pool at Coogee in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Guitar Shaped Pool

World’s Largest Indoor Pool

Located in Japan, Ocean Dome is the largest indoor swimming pool in the world. It is 300 meters long and 100 meters wide

Underground Pool

Located in Midway, Utah, Homestead Crater is a 55-foot tall, limestone rock that nature has hollowed out and filled with 90° to 96° water.

Surfing Pool

Since 1991, Wave Loch has been on a mission to ‘wave the planet’ with a broad range of wave-making surfing pools.

17 Creative Anti-Smoking Ads

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Smoking Is Poison

12 meter long chemical tanker that looks like a cigarette was created by Cancer Research UK to highlight the toxic smoke in cigarettes

Passive Smoking Kills

Every year nearly 3,400 people die in UK from lung cancer caused by passive smoking(AND ABOUT 1 MILLION ON A WORLD SCALE)

The Smoker’s Lung

The smoker’s glass lung was installed in front of public buildings in Germany to encourage people to quit smoking.

Tobacco Related Deaths

Terrorism-related deaths since 2001: 11,377. Tobacco-related deaths since 2001: 30,000,000

World No Tobacco Day

No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31

Smoking Crime Scene

Second Hand Smoke

Roy Castle lung cancer foundation reminds us that second hand smoke hospitalises 17,000 UK children a year

Anti-Smoking Stickers

Stickers for quitsmoke.us were places on cars and around smoking areas.

Smoking Causes Premature Aging

Smoker’s Morning

Toothbrush made from cigarettes and toothpaste make from ash

Slow Death

Smoking causes slow and painful death. Quit now!

Effect of Smoking on Lungs.

Not an ad, but still a thought provoking image.

Cigarette Lipstick

Think it makes you pretty?

Anti-Smoking Billboard

Using 15,000 cigarettes butts, glued together one by one in an outdoor panel, the Peruvian League of fight against cancer demonstrated the damage that a person who smokes causes to his family

Marlboro .44 Magnum

Fight Smoking Punching Bag

Exercise is a great way to control the urge to smoke. Go on knock that cigarette out.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The text is written with systematic arrangement of cigarettes

THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY APPROVED BALCONY IN THE WORLD

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

The balcony came to be known as “The bloodframe balcony

Engineered by Hurks. this modern balcony consist of tough all weather materials and controlled by a smoth electronic system

iPhone 3G S Revealed by Apple

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

The fastest, most powerful iPhone to be reavealed, the new iPhone™ 3G S has been announced by Apple. It has some new features which include longer battery life with up to twice as fast improved speed and performance as iPhone 3G, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording capability and hands free voice control. The world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more, the new iPhone OS 3.0 is available with iPhone 3G S. The biggest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps, App Store, offers iPhone 3G S customers access to more than 50,000 applications. With an iPhone 3G S 16GB model for just $199 and a new 32GB model for just $299, it offers twice the capacity for the same price, Apple is now offering the iPhone 3G at the breakthrough price of just $99 for the 8GB model.

Apple’s senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, declared: “iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control.” He continued: “And with a breakthrough price of $99, we are thrilled to get iPhone 3G into the hands of even more users who want them.”

Averaging up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S offers more speed and performance, allowing you to render web pages quicker and launch applications faster. Mobile gaming and other graphic intense applications are better than ever with iPhone 3G S as it takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality 3D graphics. Along with being faster, iPhone 3G S also offers longer battery life so you can watch more videos, listen music much longer, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps more than ever until now. 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for faster networking speeds is a new feature of the new iPhone 3G S.

Now, its easier than ever to capture, edit and share pictures and videos instantly with family and friends with the new 3 megapixel autofocus camera from iPhone 3G S. Coming with an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots, the new autofocus camera adjusts focus, exposure, color and contrast to render the best possible image. The “tap to focus” feature allows you to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure only by touching the display.

You have hand free operation for iPhone and iPod® functions with the new voice control feature in iPhone 3G S. You just have to say the appropriate commands into the built-in microphone or headset microphone and you are able to dial by name or number. You can listen to your favorite music sorting it by artist, album or playlist with voice control. You can use the command to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or to find out what song are you listening to right now by just saying it to your iPhone.

A very cool feature of the iPhone 3G S is the built-in digital compass for instant navigation, showing you which way you are headed and rotating as you change direction. The digital compass it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing because is also integrated within Maps.

People with disbilities have new tools in their hands with a screen reader that speaks what appears on the iPhone 3G S display, called VoiceOver, a new universal Zoom function which can magnify the entire screen, a new feature called White on Black which reverses the colors on screen to provide higher contrast for people with low vision, and the Mono Audio function which combines left and right audio channels so that they can be heard in both earbuds for those with hearing loss in one ear.

More than 100 new features including: Cut, Copy and Paste; Spotlight Search to search across iPhone or within Mail, Contacts, Calendar and iPod; MMS; landscape keyboard for Messages, Mail, Notes and Safari®; expanded parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and the ability to capture and send audio recordings on the go with the new Voice Memo app are available on the iPhone 3G S with iPhone OS 3.0 software. The software is offering a new feature called Find My iPhone which works together with MobileMe to help you locate your lost iPhone on a map, send a message that will appear on the screen, and even play a sound to help you find it even if your phone is set to silent. The new Remote Wipe feature allows you to erase all data and content on your iPhone in the case you cannot find your iPhone.

Intel Xeon ‘Nehalem-EX’ Processor Presented by Intel

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

A new Intel® Xeon® processor codenamed “Nehalem-EX” has been revealed by Intel. Being able to deliver a number of new technical advancements and boost enterprise computing performance, the processor will be running the next generation of intelligent and expandable high-end Intel server platforms.

The Nehalem-EX processor, being ready to enter production later this year, will feature up to eight cores inside a single chip supporting 16 threads and 24MB of cache. Offering the highest-ever jump from a previous generation processor, its performance increase will be dramatic.

New reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features usually found in the company’s Intel® Itanium processor family, such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery will be available with Nehalem-EX.

the new Nehalem-EX processor, being ideal for virtualized applications, server consolidation, data demanding enterprise applications and technical computing environments, will be able to boost up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous-generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform, also doubling the memory capacity with up to 16 memory slots per processor socket, and offering four high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links. Without the need for third-party chips to “glue” the platform together, Nehalem-EX will provide tremendous scalability, from large-memory two-socket systems through eight-socket systems capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously, while, with third-party solutions, additional scalability options including greater sockets counts will also be possible.

Some of the main advantages of Nehalem-EX are:

* Intel Nehalem Architecture built on Intel’s unique 45nm high-k metal gate technology process
* Up to 8 cores per processor
* Up to 16 threads per processor with Intel® Hyper-threading
* Scalability up to eight sockets via Quick Path Interconnects and greater with third-party node controllers
* QuickPath Architecture with four high-bandwidth links
* Integrated memory controllers
* 24MB of shared cache
* Intel Turbo Boost Technology
* Intel scalable memory buffer and scalable memory interconnects
* Support for up to 16 memory slots per processor socket
* Up to 9x the memory bandwidth of previous generation
* 2.3 billion transistors
* Advanced RAS capabilities including MCA Recovery

Nehalem-EX, having new RAS capabilities for high-end enterprises, will be able to accelerate IT adoption of Intel-based platforms over RISC-based platforms by delivering a lower total cost of ownership, higher performance, lower electricity bills and the ability to standardize on a flexible IT environment.

Guitar Hero 5 gets ready to rock

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

SAN FRANCISCO–The first couple of weeks of September are going to be a banner time for music video games. On September 9 (09/09/09), the much-anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band will hit store shelves, just eight days after Guitar Hero 5 gets its chance to rock living rooms everywhere.

With the Beatles game, it’s easy to imagine long lines and huge sales figures. After all, this will be the first time that any of the recent slew of music-oriented video games will feature any Beatles songs, let alone dozens of them.

But with Guitar Hero 5 (see video below)–has so much time gone by already that there could even be five Guitar Hero releases?–one has to work just a little bit harder to envision the big bucks that its publisher, Activision Blizzard, surely is hoping to bring in.

Still, the guys at Neversoft, the game’s developer, have proven time and again that they know what they’re doing. The Guitar Hero franchise has produced hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and created a dynamic in which people everywhere are now comfortable picking up and jamming away on a guitar, albeit a plastic one with buttons instead of strings.

And with that in mind, one has to give the Neversoft team the benefit of the doubt for their new game, which will be released for all the major video game platforms.

On Thursday, I stopped in at a Guitar Hero press event here and had the chance to speak with two of the executives most responsible for the new game: Brian Bright, the project director at Neversoft for Guitar Hero 5, and Tim Riley, who oversees the Guitar Hero franchise’s music licensing.

One of the things I was most interested in was the rationale for a new Guitar Hero game. To be sure, game companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two have a mandate to generate massive revenues, and so franchises like Guitar Hero are tried and true in that regard. But in spite of that, each new edition of a franchise game has to have something significant to offer to entice enough customers to earn its keep.

To hear Bright tell it, the best rationale for Guitar Hero–besides its 85 new songs by 83 artists–is its “Party Play” mode in which players can jump in or out of songs any time they please, all with the click of a single button.

What that means, Bright added, is that Guitar Hero 5 will offer a potentially broad new audience an entirely new level of “accessibility,” in particular because in the previous versions, many people playing for the first time would have found themselves needing a little hand-holding to get started. Now, he said, that’s no longer the case, and players new and old will be able to easily and quickly go right into rocking out.

Another important Guitar Hero 5 innovation, Bright said, is an “any instrument” selection that will, for the first time, allow more than two people to play guitar at the same time rather than someone in a foursome having to play drums and someone having to sing. And even if there isn’t a mad rush to grab a guitar, this features means that any combination of instruments is, for the first time, possible, whether a group is playing cooperatively or competitively.

Downloadable content
Given that many players of the game’s previous iteration–Guitar Hero: World Tour–likely paid to download songs, Activision is making it possible to port most of those songs to Guitar Hero 5. The company said 152 of the 158 downloadable songs from the earlier game will be compatible with the new one, though users will have to pay a “nominal re-licensing fee,” the amount of which the company hasn’t publicly spelled out yet.

And that means that with the 85 songs Guitar Hero 5 comes with, plus new downloadable songs, the new game’s players can have set lists of potentially hundreds of songs, Bright said.

I wanted to know a little bit more about how Activision persuades musicians to allow their songs to be included in Guitar Hero, especially after learning how the Beatles were won over for the forthcoming Rock Band game.

Riley, the publisher’s music licensing specialist, said that as the Guitar Hero franchise becomes better-known, he and his team have an easier time of it. In part, that’s because “the larger the game gets, the more known it gets within the (music) industry (and) with the artists themselves.”

And that means that Riley and his team have now had the chance to get musicians like Arctic Monkeys and Elliott Smith–whom they’ve never worked with before–to contribute songs to the game. Indeed, he said Guitar Hero 5 features songs from nearly 20 artists who have never allowed their music to be in a video game before.

Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. In the case of Arctic Monkeys, Riley explained, it took multiple visits with the band to show them demos and explain what the Guitar Hero franchise is all about to get permission.

One big factor, Riley added, was being able to assure artists that their music is “safe” in Guitar Hero, meaning that users won’t be able to easily pirate the songs from the game.

At the same time, he explained that for a lot of musicians, games like this are now seen as an attractive way to get their music in front of large audiences, particularly because the record industry is becoming more and more notorious for doing a poor job of helping distribute new music.

“Just by having a song in the game,” Riley said, “kids become familiar with the song, or the artist, and will go out and buy (it) or go out and purchase more music from that artist.”