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People can now download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and install this onto VirtualBox virtual machines to test and experience what Windows 8 has to offer. Rumors have that Windows 8 might be due for an official release in upcoming holiday, but which holiday? The truth is, we can expect Windows 8 to be released this year, and so you don’t have to cross your fingers for this!
Anyhow, the consumer preview version of Windows 8 might be the closest thing to the official release versions of Windows 8 so far, therefore it might be a good idea for everyday folks to just use VirtualBox to test it out beforehand so they can make a wise decision in regarding to upgrade to Windows 8 from their Windows 7. The download link is at windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso.
After downloading the ISO, you also need to copy down the product key, because you will need it to install Windows 8 consumer preview version onto a VirtualBox virtual machine. Meanwhile, if you don’t have VirtualBox yet, you need to grab this also. Go to Google, type in VirtualBox and you will see how to download it! Enjoy!
CCleaner On Mac OS X Image (Capture on Vinh Nguyen's MacBook Pro)
CCleaner is well known to Windows users, but Mac users probably never have even heard about it until now. Yep, CCleaner is now available to Mac users on Mac App Store. It’s no surprise how popular this tool is, because it’s now #1 free download app on Mac App Store. Just like how it works on Windows, Mac users can use CCleaner to clean out temporary data and caches for their Macs. Of course, CCleaner isn’t the only tool/utility to do this on Macs, but the price is too inexpensive to pass up by folks like me. The price is $0.00!
Some elite Mac users might cringe at hearing there is another tool to help Mac users clean up their temporary data and caches. Well, novice Mac users might think utilities such as CCleaner a blessing since using command lines to clear up temporary data and caches on Mac might be hazardous. By deleting the wrong data, Mac users might render their Macs useless. Sure, Mac itself might execute cron jobs that automatically clean up temporary data and caches from time to time, but these cron jobs might happen too infrequently for heavily demanded Macs. This is why I think CCleaner and similar popular apps might be good for cleaning up temporary data and caches when on-demand needs arise. Check out the preview of CCleaner on Mac through the video right after the break.
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I’m impressed how Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt replied to a woman who feared technology would move so fast to a point technology will dehumanize humans by holding up his cellphone and saying it has an off button. According to Physorg, Eric Schmidt isn’t shying away from saying the future we have imagined all along is coming sooner than we think. He implied people might be able to visit places without being there — even if people want to go places, they don’t really have to necessary to manually do so as driverless cars will drive them places. How about the ability to send robots to events and so you might be able to enjoy such events without being there? Hologram technology to be widely used? You can see, Eric Schmidt is confirming the idea of having such future might be here sooner than we think! Hopefully though, just like Eric Schmidt defiantly answered the woman, we all will have an off button for such technologies in the future so the humans will be able to take a break from all things digital and rekindle with mother nature from time to time.
Amusing, but I’m not impressed! Folks at Microsoft have came up with a technology where you can manipulate digital 3D objects behind transparent monitor. I don’t know much about this technology by watching the video right after the break, but I do know that it’s uncomfortable for anyone to reach behind a monitor for typing and manipulating their digital belongings. I guess, no matter how cool a technology might be, to me the comfort of using such technology comes first.
Image of Evi App taken from Vinh Nguyen's iPhone 4
I couldn’t yet upgrade to iPhone 4S from my iPhone 4, therefore I had not a chance to experience Siri. Luckily, I found an article in regarding to how Apple would pull Evi off its App Store by TechCrunch, because Apple did not like how Evi could do similar things to Siri and do them well. I went to the App Store immediately to see if Evi was gone from App Store yet, but to the sigh of my relief it was there still. I purchased Evi for $0.99. I tested out Evi and it was certainly a little nice app for $0.99.
People have been reporting how Evi’s true knowledge search engine may make Siri looks dumb. So, I tested it out, and I’ve found Evi’s server to be super busy as it seemed to tell me that it had gotten trouble from getting a response from its servers. Nonetheless, as long I tried again or few more times with the same questions, Evi eventually got it right by spitting out correct answers. Of course, Evi could not hook me up directly to iPhone 4’s applications and performed tasks, but I think Evi could be a contender for Siri and Google!
Yes, this sort of apps might make Google’s search engine goes the way of the dinosaurs. So, I think if I’m Google, I better create something that is better than this sort of things (e.g., Evi, Siri, Vlingo). Get busy Google!
In conclusion, Evi is cheap enough and nice enough, I don’t regret of having it. Perhaps, I might use Evi for stupid questions such as “Where can I buy a cat?” — even though I know I would never get one and yet I know Evi would give me the answer anyway. That’s the beauty of Evi. Evi would point me to several locations that Evi thinks I might find a cat of my liking. How about this one? “How do I make the best coffee?”
samsung galaxy beam (Photo credit: bhautikjoshi)
I imagine you might have to wear headphones just to hear the sounds of the moving images from a Samsung’s Galaxy Beam smartphone, but the distractions from friends’ own projections might be even more annoying since they too can beam up their own moving images from their Galaxy Beam smartphones next to you. Maybe, you incline to glance at their projections and slowly ignore the one you’ve been projecting. Does this sound like a Galaxy Beam projection party? With few open cans of beer, maybe this sorta party might get even groovier. Hit the source link for in-depth detail on Samsung’s announcement of its new Galaxy Beam smartphone which will allow you to beam your own projection images up to 50 inches (source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/26/samsung-announces-galaxy-note-10-1-and-projector-smartphone/)