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PhotoSynth – Very cool!

Saturday, 4 April 2009 04:23 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

I've been working a bit with Nigel Parker in our developer evangelist team on some projects and he's always doing cool stuff with our new technologies, so I wanted to see how hard it was for mere mortals to synth photos - It's surprisingly very very easy - I took a few photos of my office at work.. and put this together (or you can view the embedded version below). For more info check out http://photosynth.net/

Nick.

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WorldWide Telescope is Now a Web App

Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:44 by Nick MacKechnie

Starting today, you don’t have to download any software to your PC to enjoy what Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope has to offer – it’s now available online as a web application! This is good news for folks running non-Windows operating systems who were previously unable to use this amazing tool which lets your computer function as a virtual telescope while bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world.

The new WWT web application (alpha) uses Silverlight 2.0 to display the satellite imagery within your browser and it offers most of the features of the desktop application, including the following:

  • Access to hundreds of terabytes of sky, earth and planet data
  • Ability to navigate seamlessly through 3D spherical environments
  • Finder Scope to quickly identify astronomical objects
  • Instant thumbnail previews of tens of thousands of popular astronomical objects
  • Access to billions of objects in web-based astronomical catalogue
  • Loading tours, images and other WorldWide Telescope data files on local machine
  • Real-time positions of planets and moons
  • Move forwards and backwards in time 2000 years
  • View guided tours (without 3D planets)
  • Browsing local user collections
  • Virtual Observatory Cone search/registry look up and SIMBAD search

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Mac vs PC

Wednesday, 4 February 2009 21:29 by Nick MacKechnie

I saw this on a post by a colleague of mine (Nick King) based in Seattle, Check out this video below!

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Microsoft & CNN to make historians out of inaugural attendees

Wednesday, 21 January 2009 05:00 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Using Photosynth, CNN will stitch photos together into "the most detailed experience of a single moment ever".

CNN.com has put out a call for the millions of people attending President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration at noon on Tuesday (6am on Wednesday, New Zealand time). Anyone there can send in their digital pictures of the moment Obama takes the oath of office and, using Microsoft's Photosynth technology, CNN will stitch the photos together into what it's hoping will be "the most detailed experience of a single moment ever”.

Very cool – you will be able to view the photos by visiting  cnn.com/themoment.

Nick.

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Santa Call is back!

Saturday, 6 December 2008 09:31 by Nick MacKechnie
 

Santa Call is back in action and ready to add magic to your kids' Christmas.


Just visit the Santa Call website [www.santacall.co.nz] to have Santa call your kids and record their Christmas wish-list. You will then receive an email with a voice recording of your child's wishes.

Nick.

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Mount SkyDrive As A Virtual Drive In Windows

Wednesday, 3 December 2008 00:26 by Nick MacKechnie

Love the 5GB (soon to be 25GB) of free online storage provided by SkyDrive, but wish you could access it browser-free? That’s the promise of a new application called Gladinet, a desktop software program that delivers web applications and online files to your desktop. With Gladinet installed, online storage sites like SkyDrive and others become available through Windows Explorer, where they exist as a virtual drive.

To use Gladinet, you only need provide your username and password to the program once, then the credentials are stored in a "Safe Card," which can be managed separately from the application itself. When connecting to remote drives, some reports note that Gladinet may take a minute or two to connect to the resource.

In many ways, this program functions as a desktop app for services that don’t provide desktop access. However, with the upcoming Windows Live Photos service (which stores images on SkyDrive), the Windows Live Photo Gallery desktop app integrates seamlessly with the online service, making the need for another desktop app somewhat redundant if you only use SkyDrive for images. But for those who manage all sorts of files on SkyDrive, Gladinet could be a useful tool.

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Live Search Launches “Big Ticket” promotion

Tuesday, 18 November 2008 00:13 by Nick MacKechnie

Capture The Live Search team has just launched a new search promotion to encourage people to use Live Search. Dubbed “Big Ticket Search,” this promo is a contest that will run from October 31st through December 31st. Every time you perform a search at bigticketsearch.com, you have a chance to win prizes every hour, 24 hours a day. The prizes that will be given away include 2 new Mitsubishi Lancers, Raptors VIP package, Home Entertainment Systems, Laptops, $10,000 cash, Ticketmaster Gift Cards, Zunes, Xboxes, Raptors Season Tickets and Raptors Memorabilia.

After you enter in a search query in the box provided, you’ll be taken to a search results page where you’ll be informed as to whether your search was a winner or not. With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s a great time to try this out because - who knows? – you might just win some cash to go shopping with!

Nick.

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First Look: Live Mesh Client for Mac

Friday, 31 October 2008 22:37 by Nick MacKechnie

Noah Edelstein stopped by and gave Channel 10 a first look at the Mac client for Live Mesh, so now if you've got some electro-diversity in your home ecosphere, you can drag & drop, share & push all your files to your other machines just like the I'm a PC folks. If you're already a Live Mesh user, this will be a familiar look for you, although some of the UI has been tweaked to conform with Mac norms. If you're dying to get your Mesh on your Mac, head over to mesh.com and sign-up, so that you'll be ready to be a part of this limited release once it goes live later today.


First Look: Live Mesh Client for Mac

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Ori Amiga's MeshMobile - Very Cool!

Friday, 31 October 2008 22:34 by Nick MacKechnie
Ori and some other folks from the mesh team decked out his car with a custom display and PC, controlled with touch, voice, a Griffin Powermate and Live Mesh! Because his car is 'on the Mesh', Ori can sync his music automatically, and even send an invite to his mechanic to view his telemetry and diagnostics in real time. With the built in navigation he can even share his location with people through Mesh.


Ori Amiga's MeshMobile - Very Cool!

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Redfly: A Netbook Entirely Powered By Your Windows Mobile Phone

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 23:30 by Nick MacKechnie

A company called Celiocorp has launched a completely different take on the netbook phenomenon. Instead of offering a lightweight computer running either Linux or XP like today’s netbooks do, this notebook PC is entirely powered by a device you already own: your smartphone. Dubbed a “mobile companion,” the Redfly device has an 8-inch screen, a full-sized keyboard and touch pad, and is connected to your smartphone via a USB cable or Bluetooth.

To use the Redfly notebook, all you need to do is install the Redfly driver on your phone (see supported phones here). You can then use the netbook like any computer. Its bigger screen makes it easier to read documents, write emails, or surf the web. Redfly supports remote desktop, virtualization and other cloud-based environments like Citrix, GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop protocol, stoneware, inc., and others. The netbook also features a VGA connector so you can connect your Redfly netbook to a projector for presentations.

As you use the Redfly device, you can be charging your smartphone too, assuming it’s plugged in via the USB cable. The Redfly battery works for up to 8 hours, according to the company.

This is a very cool device!!

Nick.

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