Saturday, 26 April 2014

How YouTube Works

You’re about to watch a video via YouTube. Hell, you watch dozens of videos every day on YouTube. But do you have any idea how it works?
If not, it’s worth watching this video. Where does all that video live? How does it get to you? And why the hell do you have to put up with buffering anyway? Time to find out.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Make a Computer Monitor That Only You Can See

Here’s the ultimate example of someone who values his privacy for watching…um…videos on his PC. YouTube user brusspup shows how to make a DIY monitor that only you can see through special glasses.
What you will need is a standard LCD monitor, a sheet of polarizing filter, 3D glasses and some craft tools. Open up the monitor and strip out the polarizing filter on the screen. This process requires a little care not to damage your screen while you’re at it.
Then, pop out the 3D filters from your glasses and trace the size of your spectacles onto the polarizing filter. Cut it and fix the polarizing filters into your glasses.

There you go! Your monitor will now show a white screen to anyone, unless you look at it through the special glasses you just created.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Story Behind The Android Logo

The well known Android mascot is called Bugdroid. But it is not the original, very first Android mascot. Dan Morrill, head of developer relations for the platform, had to present a slide for the internal developer launch of Android. As a last-minute solution, he started to draw a mascot with Inkscape software, and the mascot called Dandroid was born.
The Dandroids experienced a period of popularity around Google’s offices, but shortly thereafter, Irina Blok came through with her brilliant Bugdroid design that has become the face of the operating system. Irina Block is a is a professional designer, art director.
Here are some pics about Dandroid and the first versions of the famous Bugdroid.
dandroid1dandroid2 android_exploration1
Irina Blok may have drawn one of the most recognized logos in the world, but her association with the green Android has not made her famous. Blok can think of only one incident when she garnered the public’s attention for designing it. In 2010, she and her 6-year-old daughter were in a movie theater waiting for “Alice in Wonderland” to begin when an Android logo flashed on the screen. Her daughter, Blok recalls, suddenly stood up and yelled, “My mommy invented that!” Everyone in the row in front of them turned around to stare. Blok was so embarrassed, she says, that she sank down behind her tub of popcorn.
The Bugdroid logo was bor, when Blok worked as a designer at Google. As Google prepared to endorse the Android software platform for mobile devices, Blok and her design-team colleagues were told to create a look for the software — something that consumers could easily identify. The logo, she was told, should involve a robot, and so she studied sci-fi toys and space movies — anything that might help her create a character. In the end, she took inspiration from a distinctly human source: the pictograms of the universal man and woman that often appear on restroom doors. She drew a stripped-down robot with a tin-can-shaped torso and antennas on his head.
While Blok worked on her design, she and her colleagues agreed that the logo, like the software, should be open-sourced. “We decided it would be a collaborative logo that everybody in the world could customize,” she says. “That was pretty daring.” Most companies, of course, defend their trademark from copycats, and million-dollar lawsuits have been filed over the rights to corporate insignia. This one would remain free.
In the years since, the Android logo has been dressed up as a ninja, given skis and skateboards and even transformed into a limited-edition Kit-Kat bar. Blok (who is now creative director at Edmodo, a social network for students and teachers) says that creating the logo was like raising a child: “You give a life to this individual, and then they have a life of their own.”
via The New York Times | Android Community

Friday, 4 April 2014

7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy

We post our every idea that goes through our mind on Twitter. Every lovely picture, we share on Facebook. Even though, we don’t want our boss know the complaining, we still write it down on our blog. Nowadays, privacy is not that important if those tech-products can enrich our life and make it more convenient. But after former CIA employee, Edward Snowden disclosed government mass surveillance programs to the press; tech-fans began to think about the privacy issue.
So what the problem in front of us is how to hide our secret and at the same time how to share our views with others. Well, I think it is not that easy to answer these questions. Furthermore not only privacy revealed by ourselves, but a stranger or passerby may steal your privacy with these high tech-gadgets.
1. Google Glass
You may be taken picture or shot video by someone wearing Google glass you ever knowing about it.

7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
2. Memoto
Memoto is a small wearable lifelogging camera. It automatically take a picture for every 30 seconds while wearing it throughout the day, a practice referred to as “life-logging”. People raise concerns on integrity and privacy issues about it. It may sometimes take a picture of the others private moments & even the owner has no idea about it.
7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
3. Google Now
Google Now – a really cool application to install on Android or iOS mobile devices. It will records your email and your search text, and then updates the data you may need automatically. It is really a cool app for people usually travelling around. It follows by your track you leave behind.

7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
4. Facebook Picture Search
If you don’t remember someone’s name, you could search him on facebook just describe some of his characteristic. Fortunate, just your friends can search your detail information.
7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
5. Google Street View
It’s sometimes annoying, where ever cars going and it’s shooting all the time. Be careful if it takes pictures of your email, password or something else.
7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
6. Find my phone
If your iphone is missed or stolen, you could find your iPhone using find my phone app. It still has some privacy issue, no one knows you could post the thief home or not.
7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy
7. Password Pill
After you eat the password pill, it could send out 18-bit data signal to connect to outside devices. It uses for ID identified that means we can eat our password. Then you would never forget the password or lost it. But it looks more like that your body is a signal launch tower.
7 High Tech Products May Reveal Your Privacy

Posted by William Frederickson