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See the awesome architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles [Amazing Photo of the Day]
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California (USA) was designed and built to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated halls in the world. I’m not sure if it this acoustically friendly nature of the the hall that caused the hall to have such an awesome external design or if the architect just wanted to design a unique building; whatever the case maybe, the hall looks pretty amazing from the outside (I don’t know about the inside).…Read More »
I’m not sure if anyone has heard the news yet but, just like how people line up at Apple stores in anticipation of a new iPhone or iPad, there are people who are lining up at Microsoft stores in anticipation for Windows 8.…Read More »
Mount Roraima is a “tabletop” mountain located in South America. More specifically, Roraima is found in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park on the Guiana Shield, bordering Guyana and Brazil. Aside from its semi-unique shape (as you will see in the photo below, it is a flat mountain as opposed to the traditional peaks we think of), one of the most remarkable characteristics of Roraima is that, at an age of roughly two billion years, it is one of oldest geological formations on Earth.…Read More »
WinPatrol is an excellent program that many dotTechies, including myself, are big fans of. If you have been using the freeware WinPatrol, this is your chance to upgrade to WinPatrol Plus for less than a dollar.
For roughly the next 24-hours (this sale ends Friday October 26 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time), WinPatrol Plus is on sale for just $0.99.…Read More »
It seems like since the advent of the internet — from simple HTML pages, to Geocities, to modern blogs — there is always someone or some website reviewing a product (may that be user rated reviews) and giving the product ratings.…Read More »
So far in dotTech’s Amazing Photo of the Day segment we have covered lions, cheetahs, monkeys, squirrels, turtles, elephants, birds, alligators, dolphins, and more lions. Do you know what (animal) we have not covered, yet? Okay, okay — there are many that we haven’t featured (yet).…Read More »
Apple’s “rubber band” (“bounce-back”) patent is invalidated by US Patent Office — justice one step at a time?
Some may call it justice; others, karma. Me? I prefer “music to my ears”. How ever you describe it, it doesn’t make it any less real. What am I talking about? The following: the US Patent and Trademark Office has tentatively invalidated Apple’s ’381 patent, popularly known as the “rubber band” or “bounce-back” patent due to how it is the patent that covers the showing of a bounce-back animation whenever someone on a touchscreen device scrolls beyond the end of a page or screen.…Read More »
After being slapped with a $1.05 billion fine and the potential ban on more than 20 of its devices, Samsung has been handed another set back. This time it is not by a jury but rather by a judge at the United States International Trade Commission.…Read More »
There has been a lot of Windows 8 hate lately. How about some Windows 8 love? No, I don’t mean the kind coming from Bill Gates but rather the kind coming from the average Joe. …The average 3 year old Joe, that is.…Read More »
After long last Apple’s new iPad Mini is here. I’m sure many questions are going through people’s minds in regards to how the iPad Mini will do against the competition (namely Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD), how (if at all) the iPad Mini will change the tablet market dynamic, how the competition will react, etc.…Read More »
This is an absolutely stunning photo of the star-filled night sky above a beach [Amazing Photo of the Day]
In the past, dotTech has featured one or two night sky or star photos in our daily Amazing Photo of the Day segment. However, I have yet to come across (and thus I have yet to share) a photo of the night sky that is as stunning and — dare I risk losing man points by saying it — beautiful photo as the photo I have to share today.…Read More »
Had enough Windows 8 hate to digest? Too bad, ’cause here comes more.
Jakob Nielsen, a user interface expert at Nielsen Norman Group who has been working with user interfaces for years, conducted a test with people on Windows 8. What did he find?…Read More »
Yesterday Apple unveiled its much-rumored and hyped iPad Mini. With a 7.9-inch display and $329 pricetag, Apple is obviously taking aim at the 7-inch tablet niche popularized by Samsung and dominated by Amazon and Google (vis-a-vis Kindle Fire and Nexus 7).…Read More »
The iPad Mini has been one of the hottest rumors since summer: How large will it be? What processor will it use? How much storage will it have? How much will it cost? Is it even real? Today Apple has squashed all rumors by officially launching the iPad Mini.…Read More »
How many dotTechies have or plan on rock climbing? I have once or twice and I must tell you it is harder than it looks or sounds. And, interestingly enough, it is the nimble that seem to do better at it than others (aka I have a chance of beating out the weight lifting buffs).…Read More »
Remarkable photo shows “mammatus” clouds above Canada, clouds with round bottoms [Amazing Photo of the Day]
When you look up in the sky, what do you see? Clouds, maybe. While it sounds a bit odd because of how we think of clouds as three dimensional figures, the clouds you see in the sky typically have “flat” bottoms.…Read More »
Millions of Android users can have their passwords, e-mails, and other data stolen due to poorly coded apps
Have you never done any banking on your smartphone because you had security concerns? Then you, my friend, might have made the right decision. A new study conducted by researchers from two German universities reveals that millions of Android users are vulnerable to data theft due to many apps being poorly coded.…Read More »
I’m sure most everyone has heard the term “cloud computing” at least once. What exactly is “the cloud” and cloud computing? It actually isn’t as magical — or new — as it may sound.
The cloud has been around for a very long time.…Read More »
Some ex-executives are not shy about criticizing the company they founded. Is Bill Gates one such person? Well, for one, he isn’t an ex — he is still chairman of Microsoft. For two, in regards to the original question, I don’t know.…Read More »
It is election year in the United States, with the vote for the office of the President of the United States to be held in roughly one month. The fight between incumbent President Barack Obama and challenger Governor Mitt Romney is in full swing and there have been plenty of inaccurate “facts” claimed by both sides, especially during debates.…Read More »
You know why Google is successful? Data. You know what Google needs to manage and store that data? Data centers. Have you ever seen inside a Google data center? Probably not, unless you work at one or you worked for the contractor that built one.…Read More »
One man has found a novel way to be more productive — hire someone to slap him every time he visits YouTube, Facebook, or Reddit
Maneesh Sethi is a self-employed blogger based in San Francisco, California. As many people that use the internet, Sethi often gets distracted from his work by things like Facebook, YouTube, etc. In fact, Sethi felt he was so often distracted that he started using time tracker tools to measure his productivity… which came in at 38%, largely due to him wasting time on YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.…Read More »
LG makes the bottom of an elevator transparent using “lifelike” IPS monitors, scares the crap out of the people inside
What is one of the best ways to market a product? Show it in action. What is the best way to prove to the public that your IPS displays are of touch-notch, “lifelike” quality? How about… troll elevator passengers.
LG wanted to show the world that their IPS monitors are “lifelike”.…Read More »
Have you ever had an issue, maybe a computer error or some other problem, that you decided to solve by Googling, and when you did Google it the only answer — or answers — you find is incomplete? Not only incomplete, but also posted by someone years ago meaning you will likely never get a follow-up, complete answer?…Read More »
This is an awesome inflatable trampoline bridge, designed by a French architecture firm [Amazing Photo of the Day]
I’m not much of a bridge person. Sure, they are useful when you need to cross a body of water but they aren’t something I wet my bed over… if you get what I mean. (Clearly, I’m not fit to be an engineer.) However, a bridge made of three, large inflatable trampolines?…Read More »
Microsoft asked Google to censor “infringing” links belonging to BBC, CNN, Wikipedia, US government, and more
We have seen dumb takedown notices and requests (via DMCA) in the past, such as when a researcher was kicked off MediaFire. However, we have not yet seen something as ridiculous as the following.
As I mentioned before in my criticism of LeakID, companies are allowed to issue DMCA takedown requests for content on the internet they own that is being infringed upon.…Read More »
Curious as to who you can thank for those glorious spam emails you receive? India, Italy, and United States, the top three countries when it comes to number of spam sent from July 2012 to September 2012.
According to the “Dirty Dozen” report by SophosLabs, a UK-based digital security firm, India sent a whopping 16.1% of the world’s spam during the quarter that ended in September; Italy sent 9.4%; and the United States sent 6.5%:
To be fair to the Indians, Sophos points out that the spam coming out of India does not necessarily mean that Indians or Indian companies are the ones sending the spam.…Read More »
These are seven new malicious emails you should stay clear of — emails from YouTube, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, British Airways, and DHL Express
dotTech has gotten into the habit of warning our readers about web security issues, namely malicious emails that make their rounds in the inboxes of people around the world — such as the fake Windows Update password stealing email and the fake email from Microsoft.…Read More »
I am a guy. As such, I do not cook. Yes, yes, I know — cooking is not only for women. Still. I am a guy. I do not cook. (Although that will change if my wife has her way.…Read More »
Who invented the camera? Man. We don’t really know which man, specifically, so the concept of camera is attributed to a developed innovation over the long years of human history. Did you think cameras are only for humanoids? If so, think again.…Read More »
Marc Benioff is the CEO of Salesforce, a company that pioneered cloud-based CRM and is considered one of the leaders in today’s cloud computing market. Benioff is also the latest person to vent Windows 8 hate.
Speaking to reporters after Salesforce’s Cloudforce show in Manhattan, New York, Benioff stated:
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Windows 8 is the gambit — will [CIOs] upgrade, or will they do something else?
Alto is a web-based email client that syncs all your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Apple accounts into one inbox
AOL used to be a giant, providing one of the largest (if not the largest) dial-up service in the early to mid 2000s. AOL took a nose dive once broadband took over and since then AOL has been working hard to rebrand itself as a Web 2.0 company.…Read More »
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS is an operating system that essentially revolves around the web; it uses Google Chrome as its backbone and everything you do is through that browser and web apps. Until now Chromebooks have been fairly expensive which has probably stunted their adoption.…Read More »
One of the reasons Mozilla decided to go HTML5 with Firefox OS is to allow apps on Firefox OS to be cross-compatible. In other words, any smartphone platform — may that be Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc. — that supports HTML5 should be able to run apps created for Firefox OS.…Read More »