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Wednesday: January 2, 2013

Avis acquires Zipcar for a mere $500 million.Avis acquires Zipcar for a mere $500 million.

Avis says it expects to generate $50 to $70 million in ‘annual synergies’ as a result of the deal. FYI: The company booked $7.3 billion in revenue for the full year 2012, and employs roughly 29,000 employees today. The transaction is expected to close in the spring of 2013.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 10:20 AM | Tags (7) | rental | avis | acquisition | car | sharing | zipcar | thenextweb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: December 19, 2012

Buy some video games while supporting charity via Humble Indie Bundle 7.Buy some video games while supporting charity via Humble Indie Bundle 7.

Need some new games to play and want to help charity out at the same time? The seventh annual Humble Indie Bundle is here just in time for the holidays. Pay what you want and enjoy cross-platform DRM free games from some great gaming developers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 4:23 PM | Tags (6) | humble | indie | bundle | charity | videogames | gaming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 18, 2012

Panic takes a look at the magic behind the album art color schemes in iTunes 11.Panic takes a look at the magic behind the album art color schemes in iTunes 11.

If you've used iTunes 11 you may have noticed the adaptive colors used in some of your favorite albums. Apple could have just displayed a thumbnail and used the same colors for text everywhere but instead chose to theme each album to go along with it's individual art. This kind of little touch is really what has always se Apple apart from the rest. The good folks at Panic delve into the kind of programming and logic that may have gone into this kind of display paradigm. It's a great read even if you aren't a developer but its an even greater read if you because they include sample code.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 8:01 PM | Tags (8) | album | blog | blog | colors | itunes | panic | themes | xcode |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: December 13, 2012

Apple selects the Best of 2012 awards from notable iTunes Store apps and games.Apple selects the Best of 2012 awards from notable iTunes Store apps and games.

For the first time in two years, no photography apps made it in to the top listings. 2012 also marks the first year that an Entertainment app was given an editor’s choice award. As always, during the end of the year wrap up Apple highlights games and apps from a wide variety of categories, so it’s well worth skimming the list for hidden gems.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:34 PM | Tags (12) | 2012 | apple | apps | appstore | best | editors | entertainment | itunes | macrumors | movies | music | podcasts |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The Monsters University movie website is academically detailed in every way possible.The Monsters University movie website is academically detailed in every way possible.

Click around the teaser site and you'll find everything from a list of Monsters University student clubs all the way over to a Monsters University academic calendar. Not really sure what to make of the actual movie plot at this point other than its Mike and Sully in their college days presumably in some kind of Revenge of the Nerds scenario. Whatever it ends up being I'll be at the theaters wearing some sort of MU paraphernalia (which you can buy on the MU online campus store).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 9:19 AM | Tags (7) | college | disney | monsters | movies | pixar | prequel | university |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The Verge reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and finds some unexpected issues.The Verge reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and finds some unexpected issues.

Rather than the majestic grandeur presented in the first films, the new entry looks more like a Renaissance Faire recreation shot on your brother's mini-DV camera. It's most jarring in the movie's opening, where we briefly visit Frodo and Bilbo in the moments leading up to Fellowship; we know what these characters in that world should look like, and it simply feels wrong.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 8:24 AM | Tags (10) | 48fps | bilbo | frodo | gandalf | hobbit | lotr | movies | review | rings | verge |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Nirvana reunion song to be part of soundtrack to Dave Grohl's directorial debut film.Nirvana reunion song to be part of soundtrack to Dave Grohl's directorial debut film.

The song you heard last night at the 12/12/12 concert (if you stayed up late enough) was titled 'Cut Me Some Slack'.  This song is the result of the Nirvana reunion / Paul McCartney mashup and it will serve as part of the soundtrack to Sound City. Sound City ity is a film that Dave Grohl directed. It's a documentary chronicling the history of the Sound City recording studio over in Van Nuys, California. It has a notable history with some of the most legendary artists in music history laying down tracks there.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Music @ 8:05 AM | Tags (7) | movie | nirvana | paulmccartney | performance | song | soundcity | soundtrack |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 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


Nirvana reuniting tonight with Paul McCartney filling in for Kurt Cobain. Wait, what?Nirvana reuniting tonight with Paul McCartney filling in for Kurt Cobain. Wait, what?

This unexpected bit of news should make for an interesting music performance this evening. Sorry Wednesday night programming - consider my television viewing and whatever other planned activities blocked off for the night. Good on you Sandy Benefit concert, good on you. Here's to hoping for a Scentless Apprentice > Polythene Pam > Polly medley.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Music @ 2:00 PM | Tags (7) | benefit | kurtcobain | nirvana | nydailynews | paulmccartney | reunites | sandy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 11, 2012

New trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger surfaces online.New trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger surfaces online.

There is something very wrong with that horse.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 2:28 PM | Tags (8) | adventure | aintitcool | disney | horse | johnnydepp | loneranger | movies | trailer |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

Apple pulls the curtain back on iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match.Apple pulls the curtain back on iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match.

Unlike competing cloud storage music services from Amazon and Google, iTunes Match saves a lot of bandwidth and time in your initial synchronization, because Apple can identify which songs in your iTunes library are already available in the iTunes Store. If Apple can positively match a song in your library with any of the 20 million tracks for sale in the iTunes Store, it won’t bother uploading that song; only unmatched songs get uploaded to the cloud.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 12:30 PM | Tags (8) | apple | release | itunes | match | macworld | software | music | cloud |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 9, 2011

Nintendo hard at work to find way to use more than one tablet for their next console.Nintendo hard at work to find way to use more than one tablet for their next console.

It seems that Nintendo had originally planned to have only one controller / tablet accessible to the Wii U at launch time (the other controller would have been your standard Wii-mote variety). Someone at Nintendo must have realized that this would probably be a bad idea so they have been hard at work at trying to make two tablets work for the console. The console's processor and RAM constraints may have played a part in pairing a singular tablet. However, Nintendo may have solved this so multi-tablet gaming may be coming to a living room near you.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 9:27 AM | Tags (10) | controllers | develop-online | gaming | limitations | multiple | nintendo | tablets | technical | wii | wiiu |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: November 8, 2011

Daily Grind: Ebullient

Name: Anthony (aka Alpha to an Ant)
How Anthony feels today: Ebullient @ 3:31:44 PM
What Anthony really wants today: To go to sleep as its after 11pm where I am right now. Can I say what I want for tomorrow?

Music Stuck in Head: Jeremy Enigk - Been Here Before
Its the lead singer of Sunny Day Real Estate doing solo work where he plays almost every instrument himself, composes everything... Its beautiful stuff. This guy is a hero of mine

Stuff to do today:

  • play around with base64 encoded images
  • prove that sprites are still more efficient than base64 from a page performnace perspective
  • avoid meetings in NY office because I am 7 hours ahead
  • Joke that i living in the future to my friends in NY
  • Learn more about Microformats and create a plan to implement some updates to current ones on our websites
  • Eat dinner with great friends in Romania
  • Help my best friend Vin test the new GLM multi user system
  • Post this as a test
  • Go to sleep

Posted to Daily Grind filed in Life @ 4:31 PM | Tags (6) | base64 | css sprites | food | microformats | romania | sleep |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Anthony


Base64 images... An alternative to sprites?Base64 images... An alternative to sprites?

While I don't fully agree with the drawbacks that were mentioned for using sprites (most of my disagreement comes from how organized I keep my image files) I do think this article raises some very awesome points about what base64 can do.  I would like to build a test to see how a sprite would compare in the charts presented so I am going to try to take that on this week.  Either way its alwasy good to learn a new frontend approach from time to time - especially if it relates to performance

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:30 PM | Tags (2) | base64 | css sprites |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Anthony


Thursday: August 11, 2011

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy app coming soon to an iPad near you.Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy app coming soon to an iPad near you.

Canadian indie developer Hothead Games is producing a Hitchhikers Guide app, aiming to replicate the titular guide itself (rather than the novels). When it arrives this fall, we can expect beautifully animated sequences describing the Babel Fish and Vogon Poetry -- but just a single word about planet Earth (the addition of the word 'Mostly' should come in a second, more sinister update). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 4:29 PM | Tags (7) | hitchhikers | guide | galaxy | app | ipad | engadget | panic |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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