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Monday: January 7, 2013

New Lego Mindstorm sets come with iOS and Android support right out of the box.New Lego Mindstorm sets come with iOS and Android support right out of the box.

Its updated Mindstorms EV3 runs on new Linux firmware that's ready for Android and iOS control out of the box, creates an overall more hackable platform and allows further programming on the core Intelligent Brick itself; accordingly, there's an SD card slot for local storage. A built-in infrared sensor expands the possibilities for a more autonomous design, as well -- Lego suggests that EV3 constructs can follow other moving gadgets, or even their creators, around the room.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 2:46 PM | Tags (7) | lego | mindstorms | mobile | infrared | engadget | ios | android |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Apple would like you to know that they've had over 40 billion downloads from their app store.Apple would like you to know that they've had over 40 billion downloads from their app store.

That's a lot of downloads. Apparently half of that number was just in 2012 alone.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:42 PM | Tags (6) | apple | press | downloads | appstore | billions | release |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: December 12, 2012

Want to know what the world searched for in 2012? There's a Google Zeitgeist for that.Want to know what the world searched for in 2012? There's a Google Zeitgeist for that.

They even prepared a little video with inspirational music to go along with it. How very Google of them.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 2:11 PM | Tags (6) | 2012 | google | interwebs | trends | video | zeitgeist |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 9, 2011

Bret Victor's not-so-brief rant on the future of interaction design.Bret Victor's not-so-brief rant on the future of interaction design.

If you haven't seen Microsoft's video entailing what they think the future of technology holds, you should watch it (readily available on source URL as an embedded clip). So watch that video and then read Victor's thoughts on the matter. That being said, I do have a minor point of contention. I did get some hands-on time with a Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 this past weekend and it was a fun, dare I say, semi-magical experience. I highly reccomend Double Fine's Once Upon a Monster (even the demo is fun). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 9:39 AM | Tags (10) | apple | design | future | hands | interaction | microsoft | rant | tactile | touch | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.

That's a shame but it makes sense given Apple's strategy and history of making certain features exclusive to particular iPhone models. Not clear on why devices other than iPhones have to miss out on this. The iPad 2 should have enough horsepower to run Siri without an issue (same for their notebook line as well).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:53 AM | Tags (8) | apple | support | siri | older | devices | macrumors | iphones | ipads |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 11, 2011

Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.

It's an interesting time these days for video game consoles. That is of course, if you happen to be a company called Nintendo. Nintendo's latest handheld has been officially declared as a flop (even by Nintendo itself) and the price has been reduced not long after release.  The caliber of games you can find on the iPhone and iPad do rival what you can find on a Nintendo handheld - and at a much cheaper cost ($40 compared to often times $1-2).  It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 3:35 PM | Tags (10) | 3ds | apple | bloomberg | gaming | iphone | mario | nintendo | pressured | slump | wii |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 1, 2011

Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.

As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:37 PM | Tags (9) | coin | toss | io9 | odds | science | flipped | human | error | machines |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 29, 2011

Some self-help advice for those of you looking to improve upon your self-improvement needs.Some self-help advice for those of you looking to improve upon your self-improvement needs.

I've been reading a lot of Coding Horror lately. This particular post resonated with me a lot more than I initially thought it would. It might be because there is a lot of noise these days (read Internet noise: twitter, facebook, work emails, etc) to distract me from a given task at hand (either that or my perpetual procrastination). If you happen to be in need of some motivational advice this will prove to be a good read.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Self Improvement @ 1:53 PM | Tags (7) | codinghorror | help | improvement | motivation | needs | advice | jeffatwood |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 28, 2011

Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.

But that's not all! If you were an early adopter and have managed to come out of the ordeal eye-strain free you'll have twenty free games waiting for you for being such a loyal customer. Those free games will be comprised of titles from Nintendo's eShop - ten of which have to be NES and the other ten GBA... but hey, free games!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:47 PM | Tags (6) | 3ds | engadget | free | games | nintendo | pricedrop |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 26, 2011

McDonald's takes a stab at making Happy Meals a healthier option.McDonald's takes a stab at making Happy Meals a healthier option.

And just how will McDonald's pull off this healthy task you ask? By shrinking the size of the french fries portion that comes with the meal, of course. And believe it or not, the fast food chain even toyed with removing french fries all together from Happy Meals. According to the LA Times, families in this test group rebelled (non-violently) against this idea. Take that, healthly diet!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Food @ 2:47 PM | Tags (8) | happymeal | mcdonalds | latimes | healthy | fries | calories | food | diet |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 25, 2011

Amazon decides to suspend sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld.Amazon decides to suspend sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld.

A heads up to anyone thinking of purchasing a shiny new Nintendo 3DS from Amazon.com, you can't right now. You'll have to go to a local retailer (edit: or a non-Amazon marketplace seller) , at least for now, to get your hands on one. The official word from Amazon is that there may be something wrong with the method in which the handheld is shipped or the way in which shipping is described. Huh?  

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 11:29 AM | Tags (8) | 3ds | amazon | halt | handheld | nintendo | orders | shipping | suspend |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 18, 2011

Final Harry Potter movie breaks box office records worldwide.Final Harry Potter movie breaks box office records worldwide.

Here in the states, Harry and friends (and enemies) took over the top spot from 'The Dark Knight' for best opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the final Potter film took in $168.55 million. Christopher Nolan's second Batman grossed a robust $158.4 million when it opened in 2008. Around the world, the cumulative Potter numbers were even larger. The movie grossed about $307 million, outgrossing the previous world box office record holder, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' by almost 20 percent.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 2:33 PM | Tags (6) | harrypotter | records | worldwide | cbsnews | deathlyhallows | voldemort |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 12, 2011

Netflix pulls the curtain back on separate plan changes for both streaming and DVDs by mail.Netflix pulls the curtain back on separate plan changes for both streaming and DVDs by mail.

...we didn’t anticipate offering DVD only plans. Since then we have realized that there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs both from our existing members as well as non-members. Given the long life we think DVDs by mail will have, treating DVDs as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan neither makes great financial sense nor satisfies people who just want DVDs.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 2:07 PM | Tags (8) | changes | dvds | mail | netflix | plans | separate | streaming | unlimited |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 11, 2011

Thirteen of the world's greenest restaurants for you green foodie enthusiasts out there.Thirteen of the world's greenest restaurants for you green foodie enthusiasts out there.

Leaving this here for those of you looking for some travel inspiration and/or food for thought (if any of these joints happen to be in your neighborhood). Unfortunatly the closest one to my neighborhood happens to be a couple states away over in Nebraska. Although if I had my way I'd probably pay a vist to the solar-powered Burger King for giggles.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Travel @ 9:33 AM | Tags (9) | burgerking | eats | eco-friendly | foods | greenest | restaurants | solar | travel | webecoist |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Apple would like you to know that they have surpassed 15 billion downloads in the app store.Apple would like you to know that they have surpassed 15 billion downloads in the app store.

Engadget reports on Apple's latest press release in which not only have they hit the fifteen billion download mark, but they also want to point out that they've  paid out 2.5 billion dollars for developing said fifteen billion apps. This number accounts for app sales across iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users (of which there are 200 million) - just in case you were wondering

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 9:42 AM | Tags (12) | 15 | app | apple | billion | developers | downloads | engadget | hits | payout | press | release | store |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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