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APPLE Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming Movie, Claims Variety

By Jamie Condliffe, gizmodo.com Apr 2, 2012 4:31 AM

Since Steve Jobs’ death, there’s been some speculation as to who might play him in the inevitable string of biopics. Here’s the first: according to Variety, Ashton Kutcher is set to play the role of Jobs in a new indie movie.

Over the weekend, Jeff Sneider wrote for Variety that Kutcher will appear in an indie flick directed by Joshua Michael Stern from a script by Matt Whiteley. Apparently, the movie already has funding and filming will commence in May.

Cynics—including me—might point out that it’s likely an April Fools joke, but Snieder is on record as saying that Variety considered “holding it until Monday for fear of readers dismissing it as a joke, but felt it was too big a scoop to risk losing”. So it looks like it could well be true.

Of course, this won’t be the only Steve Jobs biopic—we already know that Sony Pictures is developing its own based on the best-selling book by Walter Isaacson. [Variety]

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ARCHITECTURE
This Building’s Balconies Are Actually Swimming Pools

By Jesus Diaz, Mar 30, 2012 7:00 PM gizmodo.com

Witness this architectural nightmare and deadly accident waiting to happen: a 37-story, twin tower apartment building that has apartments with swimming pools instead of balconies. Or balconies that are really swimming pools enclosed in glass. Or… whatever. No matter what you want to call this, I would call it crazy.

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The building has been designed by James Law for real estate company Wadhwa Group in Mumbai, India. The complex has 200 apartments. Each of them has three sides which, according to the company, allows for cross-ventilation.

If you win the Megamillions lottery today, remember: don’t buy this shit. [My Modern Met]

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3D iPhone

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Tech
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Apple Patent Hints at iPhone’s Hideous 3D Future

By Brian Barrett, gizmodo.com Mar 30, 2012 8:40 AM

We’re getting to the point where 3D is about as likely as Dippin’ Dots to be the future. And for all of its clumsy, forced iterations, there’s maybe nowhere that third dimension has been less successful than in phones. This recently discovered Apple patent indicates that Cupertino’s either going to cure all our 3D headaches with a better system, or taint one of our favorite gadgets with its crushing pointlessness.

The patent, unearthed by Patently Apple, applies to both still and video shots, and would hypothetically vastly improve on the 3D imaging used by smartphones today. Apple’s solution involves using microlenses to better handle polarized light, and multiple sensors for better depth perception:

In one embodiment, the first imaging device may be a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor. The LIDAR sensor may emit laser pulses that are reflected off of the surfaces of objects in the image and detect the reflected signal. The LIDAR sensor may then calculate the distance of an object from the sensor by measuring the time delay between transmission of a laser pulse and the detection of the reflected signal. Other embodiments may utilize other types of depth-detection techniques, such as infrared reflection, RADAR, laser detection and ranging, and the like.

It’s a comprehensive patent that runs through several means to the 3D end, and more than a few applications (such as facial recognition).

But more importantly, it doesn’t mean that the iPhone 3D is anywhere in our immediate—or distant—future. Patents are often filed defensively, in case a company at some point might want to explore a technology. And more and more frequently, they’re used offensively, to beat down competitors with similar specs. This is one case in which I hope it’s the latter: A sword to beat down an army of terrible 3D handsets, rather than a shield to protect them. [Patently Apple]

Free Internet

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Tech
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Google Fiber

Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, following a selection process. Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology. Google announced on March 30, 2011 that Kansas City, Kansas will be the first community where the experimental network would be deployed. On May 17, 2011, Google announced that the service would be expanded to include the Kansas City, Missouri metro area. The service is expected to be functional in early 2012. From wiki

Now you can get it too, simple just check out the screen shot I took. I am so Excited can’t wait for my set to come in the mail. I believe it’s 1 g bites a months. Have fun

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Wahoo

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Tech
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Cool but the best device to wear is the six sense technology. It’s not the same service this Wahoo does something else the the six sense T. Do way cooler features.

ElectricSproket

Everyone loves his or her gadgets and accessories that can be added on to them. Runners are no different, just because they like nature and the outdoors doesn’t mean they lack in technology. Wahoo Fitness has introduced the Wahoo Blue Heart Rate Monitor. This new gadget can be used with numerous apps to allow a runner to track their heart rate along with the other items these apps track straight from their smart phone. The battery runs from a standard watch battery and should last about a year without needing replacing. Sounds fantastic, who doesn’t want a something new to add-on to their smart phone and for the cost of only $79?

Downfall it is currently only compatible with the iPhone 4S, so those consumers who are avid Blackberry or Android users are left out and all of the iPhone users who have chosen to wait for the iPhone 5…

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Cisco

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Tech
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Cisco goes beyond BYOD

The Cisco Connected World Technology Report found that more than 40 percent of college students and young employees said they would accept a lower-paying job that had more flexibility with regard to device choice and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility.

 

To help companies meet these demands, Cisco is taking IT organizations beyond the basic step of connecting user-owned devices to the network by introducing a comprehensive approach that unifies policy, supports a better user experience and simplifies management to deliver an uncompromised user experience in any workspace.

 

Sujai Hajela, VP & GM, Wireless Networking Business Unit, Cisco said, “The BYOD trend is here to stay, but companies must move beyond the basic act of connecting user-owned devices to a comprehensive BYOD strategy to meet employee demands. Unlike competitors, Cisco is approaching BYOD holistically. With a comprehensive strategy designed around the network, unified policy and simplified…

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Today on my way to work I heard on the radio an interview regarding People commenting on their friends posts in Facebook. The interview talked about studies that were conducted on people status posts, their popularity to others, the ones they like and the ones they ignored. I found the results very funny, but not my posts. They said if people post negative status all the time and always in the sad mood, they attened to get more comments and likes on happy status. And the other way around with people who always post positive status, they get more likes and comments about their sad status. I would like you to go through your Facebook acount and see if the interview was for real or not. I went through my account and I didn’t see any of that at all.