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Dare you to take your own leg off.
These are Butcher Briefs, a pair of men’s boxer briefs that look like a butcher’s chart. *shivers* The last thing I’d want is anybody trying to take cuts 17 and 18 while I’m wearing them. Granted even a slice of 17 could feed a medium sized village, but still — peckers don’t grow back like starfish tentacles.
Hit the jump in case you were wondering what they’d look like in black.
The engineers in Microsoft’s windowless next-gen Xbox silicon lab are rattled. And understandably so. We’re in their office, after all, and we have a mess of cameras in the one place you’re not allowed to have cameras (or even cellphones). We’re obviously outsiders on Microsoft’s multi-building, security-heavy Mountain View campus, especially given our quartet of esteemed escorts: Todd Holmdahl, Ilan Spillinger, Nick Baker and Greg Williams. These four gentlemen are leading the charge on both Microsoft’s next big thing and, perhaps more importantly, a major effort to internalize silicon architecture at the traditionally software-focused megacorp.
The skittish engineers aren’t worried we’ll film the mess of 24-inch LCD screens running video-compression tests, or the rows of desks with water hose stations used for temperature stress tests, or even the sea of circuit boards in various states of disrepair — that’s all standard for any Silicon Valley computer lab. It’s really just a single chip that’s causing concern: a custom-built Microsoft SoC that sits at the heart of the Xbox One. It’s this SoC that has us in Mountain View, Calif. — in Silicon Valley, literally down the road from Google — a mere five days before Microsoft will unveil its next game console to the world. Over six hours last Friday, we learned not just about that SoC, but also how the company plans to utilize it in the new console. We spoke with its four lead hardware architects. We toured the labs where they are testing the silicon, and where the next-generation Kinect was born. What follows is more than a look behind the silicon that drives the next Xbox — it’s a deep dive into the changing approach Microsoft’s taking to creating devices.
When was the last time you talked about Acer? Never? Me too. The company, which is the fourth largest PC maker in the world by the way, announced the Acer Aspire R7 this morning. It’s a mighty morphing Windows 8 portable. Like the Lenovo Yoga, it features versatile hinges that allow the computer to take different forms.
The Aspire R7 is not the next big thing. No one is going to buy this thing. But that’s probably just fine.
The Acer Aspire R7 is a halo device. It’s an attention grabber. It’s advertising in the form of product. It’s Acer’s proof to the other big players and startups alike that the company can still hang. It’s designed to sit pretty in the showroom window and entice buyers to come inside to the dealership. It is, in automotive terms, the Chevy Corvette of Acer’s lineup.
Dealerships prominently position the Corvette outside their doors. It’s not around back with the Chevy Econoboxes. It’s right out front. It draws attention. It gets buyers near the door and talking about the brand. It will never outsell the Impala. In fact it’s designed to help sell the Impala.
Expect to see the Acer Aspire R7 on electronic store retailers’ end-caps and nowhere else. Just maybe, with this hot portable occupying prime real estate in Best Buy, more buyers will view Acer as a serious computer company rather than a list of competitive specs available at good price.
Every company produces these high-end products to get the blood moving again. Remember the Dell Adamo XPS? That $ 2,200 netbook was once displayed at CES on a turntable protected by a bulletproof cube of glass. It was “technically” available for sale, but Dell didn’t expect it to sell en masse. Sony had the uber-high end Qualia line from 2003 to 2005. With prices ranging from $ 1,400 (MiniDisc player) to $ 25,000 (SXRD video projector), these products were more of a design exercise than legitimate push into the upper echelon of consumer electronics.
Back to Acer.
The company’s Wikipedia page says it best: Acer sells “inexpensively-targeted” computer electronics. The products are available from nearly every retailer. Acer is, in short, the Lee Jeans of computer: They’re perfectly acceptable, available at Walmart but not a brand that generates excitement.
Now there’s the Acer Aspire R7. The Internet is excited about this computer. Gizmodo says they’re not ready for its level of crazy. But crazy is good. Crazy gets attention. And crazy sells.
Acer is losing marketshare. The company was the second most prolific computer maker in 2009, second to only HP in global sales. It ended 2012 in fourth place, after HP, Lenovo, and Dell. Worse yet, sales and shipments are still trending down.
The consumer marketplace has changed a lot since Acer was near the top. Like Giz said, we’re not ready for the R7′s radical design. But I for one can’t wait to see what else the firm is capable of producing. I would be totally on board with a similar Windows 8 computer albeit one that’s a touch less crazy. And now I’m looking to Acer to provide that where I wouldn’t have even considered the company before.
Oh, and Acer did announce new lower-end notebooks today. Engadget covered them. They’re good, but nothing exciting — which is just about right for Acer.
Presumably to match his existing brass knuckles and tribal face tattoos, this is a shot of some man who got his eyelids tattooed to look like they’re always open. That’s probably gonna make it hard for him to find a sleeping partner. Because I keep in mind dating a lady in university who had an eye that wouldn’t close all the method when she slept and I needed to ask her to sleep facing the wall so I wouldn’t have headaches. Incredibly, she really broke up with me for speaking in my sleep. Struck it, Alanis! ♫ And isn’t it odd– don’t you think? ♫ I have no clue if it is or not but YOU OUGHTA KNOW I was hoping for ‘Hand In My Pocket’ instead.
Thanks to chichi, who’s not especially head over heels for eyelid tattoos. I’ll stop now.
Google felt it appropriate to highlight some of Glass’ specs earlier this week, but there’s much more to the company’s wearable display than just the 5 megapixel camera and its 16GB of internal storage. In case you were hankering for a taste of what else makes Google Glass tick, Android developer (and Glass Explorer) Jay Lee spent some time tinkering with his preview unit and managed to figure out what kind of hardware it has under the hood.
Lee managed to confirm that Glass runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (CEO Larry Page noted during Google’s most recent earnings call that Glass “obviously” runs on Android), and also determined that it has a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 chipset. In case you haven’t been keeping abreast of developments in the mobile chipset market, the OMAP 4430 was used in devices like the original Motorola Droid RAZR and Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2.0 — solid devices during their prime, but the chipset that powered them is far from new.
Sadly, some of the particulars are still shrouded in mystery — Lee wasn’t able to figure out the processor’s clock speed (the 4430 CPU can be clocked between 1 and 1.2 GHz), and the device only reports that it has 682MB of RAM, but Lee suspects the total is actually 1GB. Still, that’s not too shabby a spec sheet for a device that essentially lives on your face, and some recent reports reveal that the ambitious headset may be surprisingly too simple to root to. Liam McLoughin, an intern for Google’s Chrome team, recently tweeted to note that gaining root access to the search giant’s curious head-mounted display seemed simple in theory, a development that prompted Lee to go digging in the first place.
Meanwhile, Cydia founder and administrator Jay Freeman revealed on Twitter that he too had made progress in gaining access to the device, and even posted a picture to show off how far he’d managed to go. At this point we’ve already seen some companies embrace the Glass platform (Path and the New York Times immediately spring to mind) and others like Evernote are known to be crafting experiences for Glass, but some moderately powerful hardware and seemingly easy rootability could make Glass an even bigger hit for Android tinkerers.
Sure, watching YouTube videos in HD is great when you want clarity, but maybe you’ve been yearning for that grainy, tape-recorded look. Marking what’s apparently the 57th anniversary of cassette-based video recording, the YouTube team has snuck a VHS tape-shaped button on select videos. Clicking it will the throw a filter over the content, providing a highly distorted and nostalgic feast for the eyes. There’s no official list of compatible content, but the option seems to be available on most of the videos on YouTube’s native channel. We have a feeling at least one VCR enthusiast will be quite pleased.
Source: YouTube (Google+)
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Question by Mike Ryan: Droid Concern- Is there anyhow to access your trash can to look at deleted pictures?
I have one of the first Droid’s and I in some way erased some photos I needed for a course. Is there any possible way to see them in some way. As mentioned, it is among the firs Droid’s that moves open.
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n’t have a trashcan. When erased, they are gone for good.:(
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In a world of infinite headlines, there's no need for one.
Here’s a question: On the internet what exactly are headlines for?
This post doesn't have a canonical headline (that is, a single, main, authoritative headline, chosen by me, that isn't a joke). But it has a large number of other headlines that you can't see right now. It has, for example, three headlines on the BuzzFeed front page, none of which are attached to this post when you actually arrive at it, but which will be shown to different visitors to the main page of this site (the idea being that the least successful headlines are culled). Those headlines serve a purpose to me: to get you to this page. Once you're here, though, their use is fulfilled. They don't need to continue to exist, and in our system, they don't. Those frontpage headline is replaced with the main headline which, at least on this post, unusually, doesn't really exist. But why should it?
This post will also spawn a multitude of headlines on Twitter and Facebook — I started with “Infinite Test: Why We Don't Need Headlines Anymore,” and “RIP Headlines” on Twitter, because I thought those were both fair representations of the post and might get people to read it.
For someone to read one of those tweet headlines and to come to this piece would be a small success — that is clear. What isn't clear is why I would want those people to come to the story and find another, similar-but-different headline. To click on “RIP Headlines,” a headline, and arrive at a page that has another headline, along the lines of “Why We Don't Need Headlines,” is something we're very used to doing. But it should feel like a form of deceit. It tells a reader, though you might not receive it this way, that the headline you were initially interested in isn't as good as the original headline — that the one you were interested in is not the best one, just the one we thought you'd be interested in. Or, to put it another way: you're not good enough to be interested in the best headline, but maybe this lesser one will do. We have ours, you have yours. Ours is the most right. But welcome to our website! Please click the ads.
If you consume much of your news through Twitter, as I do, you often see two or three headlines for a story before you ever see the story (and you probably accept the premise that website front pages are dying, or at least becoming less important). Here, for example, I saw a tweet with the headline: “Artisanal refuses to die,” tweeted by a the story's author. The headline on the site, also presumably by the story's author, is “Artisanal Won't Die.” When I tap on it, I see no fewer than three headlines when the story loads: the one in the title bar, the one in the tweet, and the one on the page.
Twitter’s app makes literal the context we almost always have when we discover a story — a process that increasingly feels like hearing a book read aloud by a child: “Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.” *opens cover* “Moby Dick, Published in whatever, by Herman Melville” *turns page* “Moby Dick, Chapter One. Ok. Ready? Ok. Call me Ishmael.”
Headlines, in their original 17th-century form, existed to tell you what section of a book you were in and what page you were on. Usage in a newspaper context came later, in the 1890s. Then, their existence was justified because it had been freshly born of necessity: if your primary mode of story discovery is to look at a newspaper frontpage, you need headlines to tell you where to go.
That function, now, has been largely outsourced. On a site like BuzzFeed, or the New York Times, the front page headline still serves that diminished original purpose (and as long as we have front pages, it always will). But for many stories — a growing number — that headline is not the most important one. The headline that's most successful on Facebook or Twitter, or in a link from another site, is that story's headline *by default.*
This might seem like a subtle change, but it's experientially significant. When someone arrives on a story, the headline they followed, be it a newspaper-style, is the only headline they need to see — to show them another promotional headline is to oversell or tell them they've been misled; it's like welcoming someone to a “casual get together” by saying, “welcome to Joe's birthday party.”
Canonical online headlines, at most, tell you you're in the right place; that the tweet you followed was not a lie. But headlines as we write them today aren't even very good at that. If they're nü-internet-style headlines, they're sales pitches or orders (see Choire Sicha's fantastic Take A Minute To Watch The New Way We Make Web Headlines Now from a couple weeks ago). If they're classic, print-style headlines, they're meant either to stand out in sea of text or tease you into reading more (online, however, the choice has already been made — you chose to visit the page). What stories on the internet need, then, is not a headline but what's known as a dek — a simple description that both confirms the remote headline and adds to it. A boldfaced introduction, in other words, that flows seamlessly into the first sentence. There's no need to reset with yet. another. headline.
From a writer's perspective, maintaining your own authoritative headline may be a way to assert your taste, or message, over the tastes and messages of the thousands of people sharing or aggregating your story, photo or video. (It's not always easy to see how people tweet your stories; while it's nice that they're reading, and showing them to people, they quite often zero in on the part you're least interested in or proud of). And “outside” headline writers don't follow the same standards as someone accountable for the story might, so it's easy to understand unease in relinquishing the headline to them; Upworthy, a sort of reductio-ad-absurdum experiment for this concept, sometimes tests dozens of headlines for its aggregated stories, which are then targeted at Facebook, and settles on the most effective, whether or not it's even accurate:
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