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Monday: January 7, 2013

Disney unveils next generation guest experience in the form of digital wristbands.Disney unveils next generation guest experience in the form of digital wristbands.

The new wristbands will work in tandem with a new Disney app that you can use on your smartphone. The wristband (officially called MagicBand) can be used as your rooom key, theme park ticket, photopass, payment information and even access to FastPass for quicker access to rides and attractions. So long Key to the World cards!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Fun @ 3:04 PM | Tags (6) | disney | wristband | experience | bracelet | themepark | technology |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 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


Friday: December 14, 2012

University of Chicago receives mystery package addressed to one Henry (Indiana) Jones Jr.University of Chicago receives mystery package addressed to one Henry (Indiana) Jones Jr.

An interesting read if only for the care and detail that went into the package itself. The package was received by the admissions department and reportedly almost thrown out until a student worker made the discovery. Could this be some new viral marketing in the making or a student with a really unique application package? Who knows - but either way, this is pretty neat.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:15 AM | Tags (7) | admissions | college | indiana | jones | mystery | package | uchicago |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: December 13, 2012

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

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


Sunday: December 9, 2012

Rumors swirling that Disney's Hollywood Studios will be getting a Radiator Springs makeover.Rumors swirling that Disney's Hollywood Studios will be getting a Radiator Springs makeover.

While this news is by no means official it sounds like a formal announcement may be right around the corner. Full disclosure: I am a gigantic Disney nerd. My kids, by association, are also gigantic Disney nerds. But they also happen to be huge fans of the Cars movies. Ask us to recite any line and you'll hear the whole movie. The recently opened Cars Land in California has been met with postivive reviews from fans and non-fans of the franchise. Being that we reside on the East Coast, a trip to Florida is way more feasible than a trip out to California. Ka-chow!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Fun @ 10:26 PM | Tags (14) | cars | land | coming | disney | wdwinfo | unofficial | florida | california | hollywood | themepark | vacation | travel | pixar | movies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.

According to the article, this magical place (dubbed 'Google X') is where Google may or may not be working on the following futuristic concepts:  1) an internet fridge that orders food when it's low, 2) driver-less cars, 3) space elevators, 4) personal assistant robots for your home, 5) networked coffee pots and gardening tools and finally 6) training monkeys to fly airplanes for special covert operations.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:27 PM | Tags (9) | airplanes | dreaming | future | google | lab | monkeys | nytimes | secret | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Five future technologies for passenger air travel presented by National Geographic.Five future technologies for passenger air travel presented by National Geographic.

What does the future hold for passenger air travel? National Geographic takes a look at some future technologies being developed right now. You just might be commuting at twice the speed of sound in a dart-like airplane and then arriving at the airport of the future. Do all airplanes of the future all have free in-flight wi-fi? That would be totally cool.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Travel @ 1:10 PM | Tags (10) | air | barrelroll | concord | future | natgeo | passenger | pictures | technology | techs | travel |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.

Engadget covers everything here from the packaging to the performance of Amazon's first real entry into the tablet field. Engadget hails the device as quite an achievement at it's current price point ($200) but they do knock the device some by saying that it can't compete with 'normal' tablets that are currently on the market in some key factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 10:32 AM | Tags (10) | amazon | battery | engadget | fire | interface | kindle | packaging | performance | review | thorough |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 9, 2011

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

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


Ever wondered what the back of your favorite websites looks like?Ever wondered what the back of your favorite websites looks like?

There's a Tumblr account for that.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 4:01 PM | Tags (5) | back | behind | tumblr | webpage | website |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Before and after renderings of Apple's Fifth Avenue cube redesign.Before and after renderings of Apple's Fifth Avenue cube redesign.

The new Apple cube will sport only fifteen panes of glass as opposed to the previous use of a whopping ninety panes of glass. The cost of upgrading their iconic glass cube on Fifth Avenue? Just a mere $6.6 million bucks, which in reality is actually chump change for Apple. If you're interested in the technology behind how these giant peices of glass are actually made MacRumors points to this article over on ifoAppleStore.com.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:41 PM | Tags (11) | after | apple | before | cube | glass | macrumors | manhattan | newyorkcity | nyc | panes | upgrade |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 3, 2011

New study suggests that Earth may have originally had two moons.New study suggests that Earth may have originally had two moons.

A tiny second moon may once have orbited Earth before catastrophically slamming into the other one, a titanic clash that could explain why the two sides of the surviving lunar satellite are so different from each other, a new study suggests. The second moon around Earth would have been about 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) wide and could have formed from the same collision between the planet and a Mars-sized object that scientists suspect helped create the moon we see in the sky today, astronomers said.

 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 3:34 PM | Tags (9) | crashed | earth | form | lunar | moon | moons | planet | space | study |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Push Pop Press is the latest acquisition in Facebook's growing design talent roster.Push Pop Press is the latest acquisition in Facebook's growing design talent roster.

Mike Matas, one of the co-founders of Push Pop Press, is one of the designers behind some of the most familiar iPhone and iPad user interfaces that you've come to know and love. This kind of talent acquisition doesn't come along simply to tweak the look of an iPhone app. They must be working on something big. On a sadder note, Push Pop Press has announced that they have abandoned their planned publishing platform. However, their one offering is still available in the App Store - search for Al Gore's 'Our World'.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 2:35 PM | Tags (11) | acquisition | algore | apple | facebook | ipad | mikematas | our world | pushpoppress | roster | social | talent |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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