AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

Quote of the Day →

March 11, 2011 |

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973).

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Devastation as Tsunami Crashes Into Japan | The New York Times →

March 11, 2011 |

TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century. The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America.

Horrific news today. Here’s how you can help (Via @jkottke):

Japanese earthquake relief: text REDCROSS to 90999 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to the Red Cross. More info here: [http://bit.ly/dH3FrN](http://bit.ly/dH3FrN)
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Anand Tech reviews the 2011 MacBook Pro →

March 11, 2011 |

He likes them.

The new 13 is quite possibly the best balance of portability and performance. It’s the single largest upgrade you’ll find in the lineup. If you own a previous generation 13-inch MBP, the upgrade is 100% worth it. Graphics performance is solid under OS X however questionable under Windows.

I knew this review would hurt even before reading it. If you are in the market for a new laptop, however, Anand’s advice is solid gold.

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Mossberg gets scolded by Gruber →

March 11, 2011 |

Walt Mossberg has a 500-word section on “Drawbacks” in his review today of the iPad 2. The whole thing is a crock, an example of trying to be fair/balanced/objective by bending over backwards to find negative things to say about the device. No one is arguing that the iPad 2 is beyond criticism. But almost nothing in Mossberg’s list of drawbacks is valid.

I love Walt Mossberg, I think he’s one of the best at what he does. However, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing something, or how respected and admired you are, you need to stay focused. If you write something that doesn’t make any sense, people will notice. And they will call you on it.

Gruber here does just that.

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Angry Birds goes green in St. Patrick’s Day →

March 10, 2011 |

The game maker is promising hidden surprises and bonus content, in addition to 15 new levels and “fun in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.”

So fun. A friendly warning, though: stay away from this if you are a helpless procrastinator.

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Why Nobody Can Match the iPad’s Price →

March 10, 2011 |

Apple is the most vertically integrated company in the world. In addition to operating its own retail chains, all Apple hardware and software are designed in-house, and Apple also runs its own digital content store, iTunes.

Looks like it’s not so easy to build an “iPad killer” after all.

Via Alberto Lago.

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The Roger Ebert Test for Synthesized Voice →

March 09, 2011 |

Last Friday Roger Ebert, the movie critic who lost his ability to speak several years ago after his lower jaw was removed, used a [computer-created voice](http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100226/PEOPLE/100229986) to tell a joke to an audience of over 1,000 people at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A great example of technology at the service of human beings. Probably the very reason why I started this site.

“If the computer can successfully tell a joke, and do the timing and delivery, as well as Henny Youngman, then that’s the voice I want,” Mr. Ebert said.

Truly inspiring.

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A Checklist for Content Work | A List Apart →

March 09, 2011 |

Let us meditate for a moment on James Bond. Clever and tough as he is, he’d be mincemeat a hundred times over if not for the hyper-competent support team that stands behind him. When he needs to chase a villain, the team summons an Aston Martin DB5. When he’s poisoned by a beautiful woman with dubious connections, the team offers the antidote in a spring-loaded, space-age infusion device. When he emerges from a swamp overrun with trained alligators, it offers a shower, a shave, and a perfectly tailored suit. It does not talk down to him or waste his time. It anticipates his needs, but does not offer him everything he might ever need, all the time.

Online excerpt from The Elements of Content Strategy, a promising new book by Erin Kissane on the importance of Content Strategy on the Web. It seems incredibly interesting to me, as I progressively commit to this adventure. Brought to you by A Book Apart.

Via Jason Santa Maria.

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A5-powered Apple TV to handle 1080p video? →

March 08, 2011 |

9to5 Mac:

When the Apple TV undergoes an update later this year, most likely in September, we’ll most likely see it pack Apple’s new A5 chip, which will handle 1080p video with ease.

As it is, the current Apple-TV is already able to decode H.264 1080p video by hardware, but the HDMI output is downscaled to 720p. However, non-H.264 HD video playback is laggy and practically unwatchable, even if it is only 720p.

If the A5 is indeed able to handle all kinds of HD video with ease (and the iPad 2 specs certainly seem to imply this), we may soon see the end of this limitation.

The little back box is already impressive, and it would only get better with 1080p support. When that happens, maybe it will stop being “just a hobby”.

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