Monday, January 28, 2008

Skin colour map

GRIDA: "The twin role played by the skin – protection from excessive UV radiation and absorption of enough sunlight to trigger the production of vitamin D – means that people living in the lower latitudes, close to the Equator, with intense UV radiation, have developed darker skin to protect them from the damaging effects of UV radiation. In contrast, those living in the higher latitudes, closer to the Poles, have developed fair skin to maximize vitamin D production."

FF: "wow, interesting"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A first look at Mobile Firefox

Mozilla Wiki: "Mozilla has just revealed a first look at its new Mobile Firefox interface. Actually, Mozilla has designed two UI's: one for touch screen devices, like most PDA's, smart phones (and the iPhone, of course), and one for non-touch devices, like most cell phones.

The Firefox mobile browser takes some hints from Apple's own mobile Safari browser, with the main Firefox screen reproducing some familiar buttons: back and forward navigation arrows, a bookmarks button, a retractable address bar.

The mobile Firefox UI does include a few new buttons/features: the zoom in and zoom out buttons reside on the bottom toolbar (though we're not sure why they don't use the touch screen itself for zooming in and out). The tabs button gives users a different look than in Safari mobile: when pressed, it displays up to four tab previews on the same screen for quick tab switching.

Firefox mobile browser will likely be integrated with Places (Firefox's new bookmark-like scheme) and the newly introduced Weave. "

Friday, January 25, 2008

GTA IV out April 29th

T3: "It's official: the game we've been pining for finally has a release date.

Six months after its original release date came and went, GTA IV is finally set to wow our consoles, with Rockstar confirming it'll hit stores on April 29th.

The news comes hot on the heels of the game being touted around the web yesterday, with our mates over at CVG getting a first look.

The game is said to be good to go, with graphics, storylines and tunes all in place. This is a marked change from the first plays last year, when Rockstar was still working to their original October release, when the game was said to be somewhat lacking.

All we know is that we're pumped, primed and ready to go. All we need to do now is buy the bugger and take all our annual leave at once to complete it.

FF: "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, so excitin now, kixxin~"

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hands on with Grand Theft Auto IV

T3: "The guys at CVG have had a play of 2008's most wanted game. And they've given us the skinny. Read all about it here.

After originally being slated for an October 2007 release, GTA IV was delayed until spring, leaving gamers round the world pining for some Liberty City action.

Well, the wait is nearly over and our mates at CVG have been kicking it down at Rockstar's London HQ with the latest version of the game.

They were left wanting when they took it for a spin last year, but now it seems that game is a set to become a stone cold classic.

They say that the framerate is bang on and it looks the nuts. To quote our man: "Niko stands on the waterfront at a dock in Broker. It's the kind of rusty, tramp-ridden area of town you'd expect to find flaming barrels and lots of pigeons and that's exactly what surrounds us here."

It sounds amazing and Rockstar is happy to brag about its achievements. "It's improved in virtually every single way imaginable. When we first showed the game a year ago, we said it was really early - it was the earliest we've ever shown a GTA game. A year later and just three/four months away from release you're looking at a game that's virtually complete."

You can get an even better idea of how the game is set to dominate your life and ruin your relationship by heading over to CVG's monster 4,000 word preview. Just the link below. And check out all the new screens while you're at it too. They're a treat."

FF: "Still waiting, and GTA IV is the most wanted games in PS3"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Photobucket and Picasa announced new mobile interfaces

FF: "Photo-sharing and -storage sites Picasa Web and Photobucket announced new mobile interfaces this week. While and (or via Google's new mobile interface: grant access to online albums from any mobile browser, for example Nokia's Nokia Browser and iPhone's Safari browser, however iPhone still bars users from directly uploading iPhone photos to Web sites, Apple sucks~

While this essentially leaves Picasa handcuffed as a mobile photo viewer, Photobucket's site provides an account-linked e-mail address for users to send photos that are then pushed to their Photobucket accounts. It's a decent roundabout uploading technique that's legal under warranty, until Apple enables direct photo and video uploading."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MacBook Air? wtf? its sucks~

Engadget: "Curious minds need to know -- despite the built-in RAM, the fixed battery, single (and soon to be overworked) USB port, lack of integrated 3G and the lofty HK$15000 starting price point, did you still pull the trigger on a MacBook Air pre-order? We know, it is ridiculously thin, and it is ultra-light, so we're wondering just how many of you ponied up the premium for all that sexiness.

FF: "I don't want a notebook without build in CD-rom drive, and only come with 1 X USB.. i know it can fly in the air, but i don't care, cos I have Nokia N82, I can do even more stuffs with Nokia~ Apple sucks"