Monday, April 30, 2012

Quasar runs apps on Windowed mode on iPad

Quasar is a tweak that allows you to run your apps in windows in your jailbroken iPad. Just like in a window-based operating system, you can resize, move, close or full-screen windows. Quasar is available in Cydia Store for US$9.99.

The Pringles Packaging - Chips too little hard to reach

The number of chips packed in a Pringles container is too little and the chip level sunk to a critical expletive-laden stage just below the reach of your fingers. So where is the problem? Is the Pringles container just too big for its too little chips?

Designers from the Co.Design company came out with a solution on how to start enjoying your Pringles chips again. See illustration below.


» The Pringles Package Sucks. This Chip Can Blooms Into A Bowl | Co.Design

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes

Read more here on how Apple sidesteps billions in global taxes.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

4 Million Digits of Pi in a Single Image

A visualization showing 4 million digits of the Mathematical PI.

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111 ...

Click here for the visualization.

Comparing SkyDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox services and pricing plans

The Ars Technica has published an article to compare the services and pricing plans offered by the various online storage service providers - Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync, Box and SpiderOak.

It also offered some charts showing each service's free tier sizes, file size limits, and pricing, as well as some of the perks and drawbacks of each service. There is also a compilation chart showing which services are compatible with which platforms.



» Cloud storage: a pricing and feature guide for consumers | Ars Technica

Microsoft SkyDrive API SDK

More here on Microsoft SkyDrive API and SDK.

Google Drive SDK

More here on Google Drive SDK.

Did Samsung stage a "Wake Up Australians" marketing campaign?

Did Samsung stage a "Wake Up Australians" marketing campaign? Mashable think so.

Anonymous group in black shouting "Wake Up" in front of an Apple store in Sydney.


A website counting down to something and timed to run to zero near May 3 which coincides to launch of Samsung Galaxy S3.

Plus yet another Samsung video teaser on the Galaxy S3, which indirectly implied that iPhone owners are sheep.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

SMRT excuse sheet (MC) in case of train breakdown


Given train breakdowns is now so common, train operator SMRT has decided to provide an excuse sheet (MC) to whoever affected. The excuse sheet can be used as a proof to your employer or teacher to explain why you are late for work or school.

Speechless.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gmail Meter offers analytics on how you use your email

After launching Google Account Activity last month, Google Gmail now releases Gmail Meter. Gmail Meter, a simple Gogole Docs script, uncovers statistical analytics on you uses your email.

So what does Gmail Meter offers?

  • Volume Statistics show you the number of important and starred messages, the number of people who sent you emails, and more. Volume statistics can be very useful in determining how you are using email efficiency tools like Priority Inbox.
  • Daily Traffic gives you an estimate of when you receive messages and when you send them during a given month. For example, in the graph below you can see how the peaks in my “Sent” curve indicates that I write emails in spurts.
  • Traffic Pattern lets you get a sense of your overall email activity over the past week.
  • Email Categories tells you how you are managing your Inbox. In the pie chart below, you can see that the majority of my emails are labeled. My Inbox is tiny compared to other labels which indicates that I keep a lean and mean Inbox.
  • Time Before First Response shows you how long it takes you to reply, and how long it takes others to reply to you. By looking at this chart, I can infer that I reply faster than others I communicate with.
  • Word Count tells you whether you are writing long emails. The example below shows that most of my emails are shorter than 200 words.
  • Thread Lengths help you understand whether you participate in long conversations resulting in long threads. Top Senders and Top Recipients help you identify who you communicate with more frequently.

How to Setup Gmail Meter


Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Log into your Google Docs account and create a new spreadsheet. Name Gmail Meter.

  2. From the Tools menu, choose Script Gallery.

  3. Type Gmail Meter in the search box and click the Search button. You should see one search result.

  4. Click the Install button next to it and Authorize the script when prompted. You will also need to grant access to the script after that. You should now see a Gmail Meter menu option now. Note that installation may take a while.

  5. From the new Gmail Meter menu, choose Get Report.

  6. Choose the type of report to generate e.g. Monthly Report.

  7. The script will start generating the report and you will receive an email when it's ready.
Once submitted for report generation, you should see this screen.


» Know Your Gmail Stats using Gmail Meter | Official Gmail Blog

Implementing Pagination Attributes Correctly For Google

An interesting read on how Google handle the pagination attributes.

How the Pagination Attributes Work

The pagination attributes can be used for any set of content that spans multiple pages. Typical scenarios include multi-page articles, product listings, and forum discussions. Simply use the rel=next and rel=prev attributes to link all pages in a series together. For the following set of pages:

  • www.site.com/products?page=1
  • www.site.com/products?page=2
  • www.site.com/products?page=3

The pagination attributes would be as follows:

Page 1:

<link rel=”next” href=”http://www.site.com/products?page=2″>

Page 2:

<link rel=”prev” href=”http://www.site.com/products?page=1″>

<link rel=”next” href=”http://www.site.com/products?page=3″>

Page 3:

<link rel=”prev” href=”http:// site.com/products?page=2″>

FREE online photo editors

Some free online photo editors as recommended on Mashable.

  1. PicMonkey
  2. BeFunky
  3. iPiccy
  4. Pixlr Express
  5. SumoPaint
  6. Thumba
  7. PsykoPaint

PM Lee Hsien Loong Facebook Page and Twitter

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday afternoon launched his Facebook page together with his Twitter account.

PM Lee's

Official Website of DPR of Korea (North Korea)

It was found out that the Democratic People's Republic (DPR) of Korean (North Korea) official website cost only $15. The site was based on a $15 "Blender" web template from IgniteThemes.

DPR of Korea Official Website Landing Page

FYI, the loading time of the website is very slow - either due to heavy traffic or bandwidth-limited web servers. And a click on Forum will give you an "Error establishing a database connection" error.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Air Asia humourously hilarious safety regulation instructions

Monitor your website uptime using Google Docs (scripting)

Do you have a website? Would you like to receive alerts on your email address as soon as your site goes down or becomes inaccessible to users? It is possible to do just that using Google Docs and a bit of scripting and all for FREE!

» Monitor your Website’s Uptime with Google Docs | Digital Inspiration

Google+ new interface

Google+ has a new interface - completely new. With the new interface, it is now possible to customize the shortcut icons in the new left vertical navigation bar. On the right side, it is now spotting a significant whitespace, occupying half of the screen, especially if you are on at least 21 inch monitor. You may wish to follow #whitespace hashtag on Google+ on suggestions on how to best utilize the whitespace (just for entertainment).

The new interface has a vertical navigation bar that lets you reorder and hide apps. When you mouse over an app, Google+ shows a list of quick actions. This change will make it easier to add third-party apps in the future.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wix is a do-it-yourself FREE HTML 5 website builder

Wix is a do-it-yourself website builder: a free online tool that lets you create and customize your own websites. Built with a powerful, user-friendly interface, Wix gives you total control over your web design without knowing the first thing about fancy coding or programming.

You may find some sample websites created using Wix here. Pretty good.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

15 year old girl from the Incan Empire who has been frozen for 500 years. (She was a sacrifice)

Simply stunning.

4 Problems Google Glasses Have To Solve Before Becoming A Hit

Google revealed some information about their ongoing research project on Google Glass - a project that will make Google Goggles and other mobile apps more useful. Using a special pair of glasses, it is able to search for information, share information, and many more, just like using a smartphone.

An interesting read on the 4 problems Google Glasses have to solve before it can be a hit.

Google Project Glass - How can it be used?

Google revealed some information about their ongoing research project on Google Glass - a project that will make Google Goggles and other mobile apps more useful. Using a special pair of glasses, it is able to search for information, share information, and many more, just like using a smartphone.
Photo of Google co-founder Sergey Brin with Google Glass


According to a New York Times reporting,

the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.

The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What Facebook shouldn't do with Instagram?

With the $1 billion mega acquisition of photo sharing Instagram by Facebook, many critics surfaced over the internet space suggesting what Facebook shouldn't do.

An article posted on Experts-Exchange made six suggestions.

Should NOT
  1. Require Instagram users to have a Facebook account
  2. Automatically start posting photos to people’s Facebook wall
  3. Serve ads on the Instagram app

Should
  1. Give it a web presence
  2. Allow Instagram filters and photo editing tools to be used on previously uploaded Facebook photos
  3. Integrate with brand pages

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Sticky Notes Application in Windows 7

Oh okay. Sticky Notes gadget is now part of Windows 7 by default. To create a new Sticky Note, simply search for "Sticky Notes" from your Start Menu and you will find it. This is really an easter egg to me.

McDonalds' Filet O Fish Buy 1 Get 1 FREE


McDonalds is now offering a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE promotion on its Filet O Fish. Simply print or flash this coupon on your mobile to redeem. The promotion is valid from 5 - 6 April 2012 in all stores.

*While stocks last!

Instagram for Android and its alternatives

Instagram for Android is finally here after a long wait ever since it was available on iOS devices only. The popular app can be downloaded from Google Play here.

Instagram aside, Mashable published an article on the top 5 alternatives for Instagram.
  1. Pixlr-O-Matic
  2. Hipster
  3. Lightbox Photos
  4. Streamzoo
  5. Vignette

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Google's April Fools' Day Joke - Google Maps 8-bit map

Google launched an April Fools' Day joke today in the form of a Google Maps in 8-bit version. Google Maps posted this video to introduce their new product.

To access Google Maps in 8-bit version, simply click on the "Quest" button located on the top right corner.


City Hall MRT Station Singapore on Google Maps regular map.

City Hall MRT Station Singapore on Google Maps 8-bit map

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