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Monday: May 10, 2010

An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.

This post contains most of my reasoning as to why I haven't purchased an iPad just yet. I can't seem to rationalize how the device fits into my overall usage scheme. The iPhone seems to do everything I would use an iPad for - and it does a heck of a good job at everything it already does.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:04 PM | Tags (14) | apps | design | device | findings | gadget | interface | ipad | iphone | nielsen | screen | size | studies | usability | wonky |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A new crop of images have surfaced online for the upcoming Tron sequel.A new crop of images have surfaced online for the upcoming Tron sequel.

I'm loving the upgrades to some of the items from the original Tron and seeing how they've been reimagined for this generation. C'mon, you know you'd want to take a ride on a light cycle. And remember kids, Tron Legacy is due in theaters this December. END OF LINE.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 1:58 PM | Tags (9) | comingsoon | december | flynn | legacy | lives | movies | photos | screens | tron |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.

Shin believes his discovery may be useful in understanding brain malfunctions such as autism, epilepsy and others. While researching brain function, Shin has previously shown that taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may actually inhibit some brain function.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:52 PM | Tags (9) | brain | switch | sciencedaily | functions | malfunctions | autism | epilepsy | discovery | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ten sites that every developer should have in their bookmarks file.Ten sites that every developer should have in their bookmarks file.

No matter what kind of development you do, at least three of these sites will be helpful to you in some kind of programming endeavor. I've just recently discovered the browser sandbox over at Spoon.net (though I'm a still little partial to IETester).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:49 PM | Tags (12) | developer | sites | bookmarks | coding | resources | helpful | testing | scripting | catswhocode | compression | css | browsers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin


An insightful TED video on why people seem to like Apple products so much.An insightful TED video on why people seem to like Apple products so much.

This is a great video that will challenge your common mode of thinking just three minutes in. The method doesn't only apply to Apple (other inspirational leaders are referenced in the video as well) but it serves as a great example for the entire concept. Mental note to self: watch more TED videos.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 11:48 AM | Tags (10) | how | ideas | inspiration | inward | leaders | talks | ted | thinking | what | why |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Android manages to outsell the iPhone in smartphone sales for the first time.Android manages to outsell the iPhone in smartphone sales for the first time.

Verizon (30%), T-Mobile (17%) and Sprint (15%) make up the bulk of the rest of the market. The numbers may also reflect the late lifecycle of the iPhone 3GS compared to the newer android devices. Apple is also widely expected to revise the iPhone in the next month.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 11:42 AM | Tags (11) | android | iphone | google | apple | smartphone | sales | carriers | verizon | attt | sprint | macrumors |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Some new programming jargon that you may not have previously known about.Some new programming jargon that you may not have previously known about.

This should be a fun read for all my fellow code-monkey development friends out there as you'll be able to identify with more than a handful of these all too common  issues and concepts. Yoda conditions, you may have.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 11:08 AM | Tags (7) | coding | geeky | globalnerdy | jargon | nerdy | programming | yoda |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 30 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Apple files and receives trademark usage for iTunes Live.Apple files and receives trademark usage for iTunes Live.

No one is quite sure what this newly trademarked service will actually do. It may refer to iTunes in the cloud for purchasing music online without actually using the iTunes software or perhaps it could be a method for seeing (and purchasing) live concerts as they are performed. Either way, purchasing will probably involved.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 7:14 AM | Tags (10) | apple | cloud | gizmodo | itunes | live | music | program | purchasing | software | trademark |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.

Wired goes into detail about all the recent privacy changes that Facebook has recently undergone and what they mean to you and your data. Long story short, make sure your privacy settings are all up to snuff (or cancel your account).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (8) | changes | data | facebook | privacy | settings | war | wired | writeup |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Twelve stylish and creative sinks for your viewing pleasure.Twelve stylish and creative sinks for your viewing pleasure.

Any sink you come across today will look dated and unappealing after seeing the photos contained on this link. Sure, they may not always be quite as functional as a regular sink but who cares - I've always wanted a sink that resembles a water slide.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 6:56 AM | Tags (9) | artsy | design | faucets | form | function | sinks | slide | stylish | toxel |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 33 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Warner would really like you to upgrade your DVD collection over to Blu-ray.Warner would really like you to upgrade your DVD collection over to Blu-ray.

Do you have a whole bunch of Warner movies still festering on DVD? If those DVDs happen to be in their small list of seventy-five titles - you can upgrade them over to that fancy new Blu-ray format... for a small fee. What, did you think it was free? Silly human.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 6:50 AM | Tags (8) | bluray | warner | dvd | exchange | program | betanews | fee | upgrade |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Verizon customers would really like to have an iPhone to call their own.Verizon customers would really like to have an iPhone to call their own.

Of those polled who are currently Verizon subscribers, 19% said they were 'very likely' to buy an iPhone if it became available to the carrier, with another 34% answering that they were 'somewhat likely' to buy. Both numbers were higher than those for either Sprint or T-Mobile subscribers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:39 AM | Tags (10) | apple | att | customers | iphone | mobile | pcworld | phones | poll | services | verizon |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Cablevision decides not cripple their DVR service for their customer base.Cablevision decides not cripple their DVR service for their customer base.

Don't worry, you won't be losing the ability to fast forward through commercials for now. The article has some interesting tidbits about how your DVR habits are tracked and the legal purposes as to why their DVR system functions the way it does.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:37 AM | Tags (10) | cable | dvr | service | privacy | security | fast | forwarding | stats | information | collection |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Video of Conan O'Brien at Google for those who haven't seen it already.Video of Conan O'Brien at Google for those who haven't seen it already.

...ribbing Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra about the company's infamous aloofness: 'You guys are so power mad here at Google, You're such entitled A-holes. Hey, Conan's in the area, make him come by... Do a dance.' 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 6:33 AM | Tags (7) | google | conanobrien | talk | video | tour | visit | headquarters |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own coffee cup sphere lamp.A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own coffee cup sphere lamp.

Got a couple hundred coffee cups laying around? Put them too good use and make yourself a new lamp. Judging by the comments on the Instructables page, you'll be quite happy with the results.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 6:31 AM | Tags (10) | instructables | coffee | cup | lamp | sphere | neat | fast | easy | tutorial | artsy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 37 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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