We'll keep this week's Photo Awesome short for the holidays. Earlier in the week, our Editorial Director Jon Phillips posted a video first look of the Samsung Galaxy tablet 10.1. In it, he showed off the video-taking capibilities of the device, by walking up to Gordon, and asking him to rant right there on the spot.
And, as it often does with Gordon, hilarity ensued. Hit the jump for the footage, and have yourselves an awesome holiday weekend. See you Tuesday!
Wait, wait, we know. Don't freak out yet. In order to show off some cool new mobile features integrated into Photoshop, Gordon had to use an iPad during a video shoot. The app wasn't available for Android yet. He was visibly distraught throughout the experience, which we think you can see in this photo.
Gordon was not happy.
So, for the sake of brevity, (we are in the fourth week of our publication cycle) we've decided to let you guys caption this picture. We'll read through all the captions on Monday, and the five funniest will get Maximum PC coins or t-shirts (up to the winners).
Let the captioning begin in the comments below! Make sure and have yourselves a great weekend while you're at it. See you next week.
We've always thought Microsoft's Photosynth--which allows users to create and share pseudo-3d photo collections and panoramas--was some cool technology, but a little too much of a hassle to actually use.
That all changed when we discovered the new Photosynth app for iOS, which makes it fast and easy to create impressive 360-degree panoramas. To test it out, we used the app around the office and in the lab. Keep reading for the most immersive look yet at Maximum PC HQ, including panoramas of the office, the lab, and what it looks like to be in front of the lights of our video set-up.
The tiny screern shot to the right doesn't do the photosynth justice, hit the jump for all three!
We finally got to spend some time in our brand new video studio, where I was given my first opportunity to ever to use a green screen during a shoot, and my 1,156th (don't quote me there) opportunity to make an ass out of myself on camera.
All joking aside, dropping an image seamlessly over a green screen was actually a bit harder than we had anticipated, as you'll see in some slight hiccups in the video. But it was a learning experience, and we're excited to find new and fun ways to utilize the studio moving forward. But, for now, here's us acting like idiots in front of a green screen. Enjoy!
As you can no doubt imagine, sifting through products we've received from the past can be a hilarious experience. But every now and again we'll un-earth things that make us go, "wait, what?". So we decided to give you a quick geek quiz to round out your week. Have a look at the following four items, and see if you can tell us what they are, or more importantly, why they're hilarious.
Hit up the comments with all your guesses, and stay tuned, 'cause on Tuesday, we'll reveal all the answers for you, as only Gordon Mah Ung could write them. Have a phenomenal weekend guys, we'll see you next week!
This past Tuesday, we decided to have a reader meet up at the Thirsty Bear in downtown SF. Once there, we shared stories, laughs, beer, shrimp, and a whole ton of awesome door prizes with a bunch of our valued readers.
Seriously, to those of you who made it out, we sincerely thank you for an awesome time. And those of you that didn't, well, don't fret! This turnout has encouraged all of us here at Maximum PC to do this again, and soon. We'll keep you posted on the next meet, but until then, check out some photos and video from what turned out to be a really memorable evening.
Oh, and sorry about the blurry photos. There was hardly any light in the bar, and our pop flash literally died the moment we powered on the SLR. Just our luck, right?
Hit the jump for more pictures, and a video of all our prize winners!
Just bought a brand-spankin’ new dual-band router? Don’t pat yourself on the back too hard, Binky; your new toy just might be outclassed as soon as the end of this year by the first generation of tri-band devices with wireless radios operating on the 2.4-, 5.0-, and 60GHz frequencies. These could be the first networking products capable moving bits around your house at supremely fast speeds and cooking a pizza at the same time.
We’re just kidding about the pizza, but wireless routers operating on the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band do promise to deliver data throughput as high as 7Gb/sec. The IEEE Task Group AD (TGad for short; not to be confused with “teabag”) is busy developing a standard—IEEE 802.11ad—but the companies hoping to sell actual products based on this new technology aren’t taking any chances that the famously methodical international standards body might take the same long winding road they did with 802.11n. They formed a trade group—the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig)— in May 2009, and the alliance announced its own first-draft standard today.
Updated 5/06/10 12:30PST to reflect Seagate comments on pricing.
Yesterday Seagate announced their new FreeAgent GoFlex line of external drives, which is actually more interesting than it sounds. Instead of a standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a SATA-to-USB controller inside, a GoFlex drive wears its controller on the outside. The GoFlex drive is not much more than a hard drive with a minimal plastic sheath and a SATA port, into which the drive controller itself is plugged. This allows you to change out drive controllers when you upgrade your system, plug the bare drive directly into a dock (like the GoFlex Net network-storage device or GoFlex TV HD media player, or (hopefully) just plug it into your rig for SATA speed with no overhead.
The GoFlex has modular cables, so today's USB 2.0 drive can become tomorrow's USB 3.0 drive easily.
Unless you spent this morning snoozing underneath a rock or immersed in your new Palm Pre, you are aware that Apple announced the impending release of a new mobile phone, the iPhone 3G S. The additional letter stands for Speed; the new iPhone boasts a longer battery life, environmentally friendly construction, voice commands, and a 3 megapixel camera with programmable macros, as well as the ability to record video. No doubt plenty of Apple fans have since been drooling uncontrollably over the announcement of yet another reason to empty their wallets on yet another Apple product – but not us, mind you, no siree. Here are five reasons why you won’t find us running to the Apple store on June 19th to upgrade our phones.
Microsoft continues its quest to convince people to watch TV on their PCs with today’s announcement that Netflix subscribers can finally stream more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes through Windows Media Center. But there’s a catch; two, actually.