An "amateur" filmmaker by the name of Dan Trachtenberg has created a short movie by the name of "Portal: No Escape", the entirety of which you can watch in under 6 minutes, the enjoyment out of which you'll be glad you harvested. This movie is available for viewing below and takes the ultra-popular cult-classic game series Portal and turns it into a fan film of sorts for the enjoyment of all. Portal game addicts as well as everyday science fiction and action lovers will be glad they took 7 minutes out of their day to take a peek.
Emily Price has an interesting piece on TechnoBuffalo about whether the Internet is killing our memory. In fact, she’s really talking about nostalgia, not recall memory in general, but it’s a fascinating topic worth some exploration. The real question is whether the existence of things in digital form or physical form is more pleasing to our recollection, and I do not think there is an easy answer. Undoubtedly, there are things that feel better in the hand than on the screen, and there are ways of storing valuable memories digitally that are more reliable than their physical versions. But I also wonder if this transition, from physical to digital memory, won’t also teach us that there are certain memories we should simply give up for good.
If you want to see how your website will look in Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 mobile browser, then you can now do so with a new Mobile Test Drive site. Microsoft has just launched the tool so that developers can make sure their sites mesh with the new browser that's set to launch with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update.
Ryan Gavin and Dean Hachamovitch, Marketing Guy and Engineer, respectively, for Internet Explorer, have announced that the final build and release of Internet Explorer 9 will indeed be at the party they're throwing at South by Southwest in Texas on March 14th, 2011. They've decided to first announce this to their very favorite community at Channel9, a bunch of developers who are in love with the internet platform, and they've spoken here in a video at length what the browser will be able to do.
Withings seems obsessed with shaming us into sharing our weight with whoever might be interested; their WiFi scales tweeted out our chubby readings last year, and now you can bypass the latest sports game and put your weight on the big screen instead. If you've a Panasonic VIERA Connect HDTV, you can now access the Withings health dashboard as a widget.
LG continues its steady pre-CES 2011 drip of announcements with the LT Smart TV Upgrader ST600, an 11cm-square STB that brings all of the functionality you'd normally expect from an LG internet-connected HDTV to your regular set. Hooking up to your network via WiFi or ethernet, the DLNA-compliant box also has a USB port for attaching a mouse or an external drive.
If you are in the car a lot and live in an area where your favorite music genre isn’t available things can get tedious. You can only listen to your CDs so many times before you want something different. DICE and Livio have announced a cool new system that allows drivers to take internet radio stations with them on the road.
The iPhone can be used in a lot of different ways, outside of the standard things that Apple let out of the labs. Applications give the device a breath of new life, and this new app, or system if Snapstick has their way, is meant to deliver the "full web" to your TV, thanks to your iPhone (and laptop). CRAVE got some time to play around with the iPhone application, and tested it out. So, how does flicking your shows from an iPhone to your TV work? Better than some may have thought.
In 1988, Michael Dukakis was asked a question at a debate that probably helped end his career. Moderator Bernard Shaw asked him if his wife were raped and murdered, would he favor the death penalty? You can see a video of the exchange on YouTube, but needless to say Dukakis' answer is completely unsatisfying. He talks about how the death penalty is not a deterrent. He talks about Massachusetts and the drop in crime there. He never talks about his wife, even in the hypothetical. I've thought a lot about this question. I am not in favor of the death penalty, and this seems to be the sort of question that always pops up to challenge people who think like me. Here's how I would have answered: