11 Jun 2012

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today, Apple has announced the new Retina display MacBook Pro along with updates to the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros.

The new MacBook Pro is just 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.46 lbs, one of the lightest ever made.  It also includes the new Retina display found in many iPhones and the new iPad.  The new MacBook Pro Retina comes in a 15.4 inch screen with 2800 x 1800 resolution in an IPS panel.  Apple claims a 75% reduction in glare and reflections.  The display is now integrated into the unibody allowed apple to remove the cover glass.

11 Jun 2012

In this article I will outline my experiences with an in-place upgrade of my corporate Windows 7 x64 Ultimate machine to that of Windows 8 Release Preview (RP).  Granted this is a release preview and not the RTM (Release to Manufacturing), but most of the underlying bits should remain the same in the end in a few months.  I have a large range of software installed on this test machine, which should be useful for compatibility testing.  I've included a compatibility chart to organize my findings.  In addition, this setup is a multi-monitor setup of 4 screens over the two video cards to make things more interesting.  This is a work in progress, as I will likely update this article over time.

11 Jun 2012

What do you get when you take a personal art project and combine it with scientific data?  You get an amazing Wind Map of America.  The map is on Hint.fm, which was founded by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who also lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

11 Jun 2012

Do you cringe when you see people taking pictures and shooting videos with their modern cameras vertically?  Well don't despair there is hope!  Maria and Fafa talk about the Vertical Video Syndrome in this PSA video and what you should do.  Hopefully after this you have some sense of action on this very serious problem world-wide.


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10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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06 Jun 2012

Are you frustrated with sending messages from your smartphone because you mistype on the cumbersome onscreen keyboard?  Those days could be a thing of the past thanks to Tactus Technology, who has demonstrated a technology that allows for a tactile keyboard that appears and disappears on the screen like magic.

06 Jun 2012

The Venus Transit of 2012 has now finished, but thanks to the Solar Observatory, we can view the event in its entirety from a different perspective. 

This transit of Venus was rare.  The next transit won't occur until Dec 11, 2117, so mark your calendars.  The data obtained from this transit will assist scientists in both discovering some unknown secrets of Venus as well as techniques for searching for planets around other stars.

06 Jun 2012
Ray Bradbury, who has wrote books ranging from science fiction to mystery and humor, has died at 91. Shown here at a 1997 book signing. (CREDIT: Steve Castillo, AP)

Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and many more classic novels has died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  Ray Bradbury's work inspired millions ranging from artists to film over the years.

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