General Motors is not the name that first comes to my mind when thinking high tech, but it’s certainly trying. One intriguing idea transforms the car windows into interactive, transparent displays:
The idea is too expensive to be practical at present, but it shows great outside the box thinking. See demonstration video.
[Via Consumer Reports]
Gotta admit, I know nothing about football. Our family’s sports fanatic is Robert, my brother-in-law. As I arrived at his place, my first question was “who’s playing”. Yeah, that’s how knowledgeable I am. It turns out that sometimes ignorance is, indeed, bliss.
When the score became 24-17 in the Saints favor, I told Robert that the [...]
Bernhard Jenny in Switzerland wrote Color Oracle, a nifty and free utility for simulating color blindness that no self-respecting programmer, UX practitioner, or web site designer should be without. It runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
I downloaded and tried the Mac version. It works well. When you run it, a small icon installs itself on [...]
This is a post about writing.
See, after I read Rands’ review of OmmWriter, I sceptically downloaded the program. I ran it. And…
And I took a deep breath. No, not the kind of deep breath you take before your first bungee jump. Or the kind you take when you’re just about to run from the bulls [...]
Google has quietly updated its home page, it is now cleaner than ever:
It remains clean if you type your search query and press Enter. Other items fade in quickly if you move the mouse inside the browser window.
This works on all browsers that I tried except Internet Explorer 6 (it works on IE8, I don’t [...]
I’ve always liked the iPhone’s Stocks app, even in version 1.0. In addition to the eye candy, the app showed out of the box thinking. Most other charts have the axis labels neatly rounded, e.g. if the price range is between 11 and 29, the Y axis labels would be 10, 20, and 30.
Until April 2005, some applications provided a dictionary, but each had its own. Then Mac OS 10.4 Tiger was introduced and included a system-wide dictionary: teach it the word “Hisham” in Mail, for example, and all the other Mac programs now knew that Hisham is not a mistake (though some friends might disagree!)
I thought that [...]
What if the folder’s icon gave you an idea of how often you use it? In real life, a wrinkle here and a scratch there lets you know that the folder wasn’t just purchased, but on our virtual desktops, they all look spiffy. Keith Lang takes a stab at this and a pretty good one [...]
Last week, Windows 7 became available for public download and beta testing. Paul Thurrott reports on a new feature called Aero Shake:
“Simply click and hold on the grabbable area of any floating (non-maximized) window and shake your hand left and right vigorously. When you do so the first time, all other open windows are minimized. [...]