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Ladies and gentlemen…your first Internet pseudo-celebrity of 2011 is none other than Ted Williams. Ted’s journey has led him to panhandling at an intersection. Like many of us should resolve to do for the new year, Ted is looking forward…leaving the past behind. As a result of this video, he’ll get a second chance…if the comments are any indication.
Watch the video from your mobile phone at YouTube…click here
Best of luck, Ted!
UPDATE (01/05/2011): Look at Ted “Golden” Williams in this interview with Erica Hill and Chris Wragge on The Early Show! All cleaned up and ready for the next chapter! Literally overnight, Ted has been offered a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and also by NFL Films according CNBC sports biz reporter, Darren Rovell.
During Sunday’s Ryder Cup, photographer Mark Pain found himself in a unique position: directly in front of a Tiger Woods’ chip shot. When combined with the fact that Tiger hit it fat, the ball travelled directly into Pain’s lens, which captured one of the greatest sports photos ever.
Naturally, a few of the gallery members contribute to the photo’s greatness including the little boy getting a view from below, the gentleman in the red shirt that appears to be passing gas, and the guy with the cigar in his mouth. It’s only a matter of time before this cigar guy is superimposed over random photos by photoshoppers everywhere. Is it just me, or does he remind you of a character that would appear in a Wes Anderson movie? It’s probably safe to assume that by the time the meme dust has settled, the legend of Cigar Guy may rival that of Chuck Norris and the Most Interesting Man In The World.
When there are only 10,000 apps available for the BlackBerry, it’s easy to get excited about the ones on deck. The last time I was this excited about a new BlackBerry app, it was also for a Twitter app (I know…boooorrring).
The buzz around Blaq — a BlackBerry Twitter app — has been growing over the past few months. I only heard about it a few weeks ago…through Twitter, of course. But after getting acquainted with the app’s features on its website, I was hooked.
The user interface is to blame for my obsession. The attractive black background highlighted by bright greens and blues make it the most pleasing Twitter app so far. Not even the latest UberTwitter update (which I gawked at since its most recent facelift) can touch its beauty.
But what functionality sets it apart from other Twitter apps?
While viewing Twitter profiles with Blaq is aesthetically pleasing, there is one feature that the Blaq developers are “most excited to share with you”: BlaqOps.
On its blog, Blaq developers claim that “selecting the BlaqOps icon brings you to a pop-up menu…Blaq will pull the corresponding information from your device and send a direct message to the selected user with a special code (e.g. #blaqBBM) and your information (in this case, your device’s PIN).”
The Quick Tweet option stands out as the most appealing feature in my opinion. By opening the BlackBerry menu and selecting “Quick Tweet”, a status window appears giving you the ability to let the world know that you’re eating a sandwich. This can be done even when other apps are open. With the installation of a 10KB plug-in, you can set Quick Tweet to a convenience key for easier access to this feature.
Adding to the convenience factor is the ability to tweet from multiple accounts without having to toggle between accounts to do so. Blaq lets you choose which account to post from by selecting the respective box of the account(s).
One other feature worth mentioning is tucked away in the ‘Settings’ menu. With Blaq, you have the ability to customize your URL shortener. I’ve always stuck to bit.ly, but I know that others prefer to use an alternative shortener. There are a few other features that focus on integration, but this was my favorite since I’d likely use it regularly.
The app is expected to launch today in BlackBerry App World.
Today, we’ll be bringing you the 480 x 360 resolution (9700, 96xx and 89xx) and the 320 x 240 resolution (93xx, 85xx and 83xx) in both the full, paid version for $4.99, and also BlaqLite, our free version. Blaq updates and upgrades will be free…for life.
A Twitter update from Blaq claims that there will be a version for the Bold 9000 as well.
I plan to use Blaq exclusively for awhile longer before I can claim it the “Best BlackBerry Twitter app”. For the record, I’m still high on UberTwitter. But with innovative features that focus on convenience and a UI that’s easy on the eyes, Blaq is well on its way to the top.
When a friend of mine told me he broke down and bought a 3D TV, I couldn’t help but laugh. I’m definitely at the skeptical end of the 3D TV spectrum. But don’t get me wrong. I love the latest and greatest in technology, and I’m a huge fan of 3D movies. But if I have to buy a pair of $300 3D glasses (even $100 is too much) not to mention settle for a limited number of 3D channels and movies, you can count me out. For now.
The camcorder itself sounds impressive with enhancements to its noise reduction technology; it offers 1080/60p (1,920 x 1,080) recording ability; and, there are plenty of manual controls. The camera also features time lapse recording, which just sounds cool. Sound will come from a 5.1-channel audio system. With five built-in microphones, multi-directional recording should compliment the 3D viewing nicely.
Artificial visual disparity through left- & right-eye recording—
To record in 3D, the camera requires a conversion lens, which artificially reproduces visual disparity. Therefore to watch it, you’ll need a 3D TV that’s capable of side-by-side (SbS) 3D playback like one of Panasonic’s own VIERA sets.
Despite my skepticism, this could be just the
toy gadget to get me excited about 3D TV. Who wouldn’t want to create their own 3D masterpiece?
The largest obstacle still remains the price of entry into this technology. Factor in the cost of the TV, 3D programming packages and media, a pair of 3D glasses for each family member, and now this camera…it will be tough to justify 3D in the budget with the Mrs. But I’m interested.
“Stream thousands of movies instantly to your TV.”
“Setup is a breeze.”
“Open the door to a whole new world of entertainment.”
DIRECTV’s video on demand service sounds great! Only one problem. My router is way over there, and I’m not crazy about running an ethernet cable across the room…or down the hall for that matter. No worries. Drop some cash on a wireless adapter…problem solved!
The Wireless-N adapter offered up by DIRECTV is a hundred bucks; and if you don’t have one of those money trees, then that’s another problem. There are a few less expensive options that offer the same quality and streaming capability as the one endorsed by DIRECTV. Of the choices I found while lurking around on the satellite forums, the best all-around option based on price and reviews appears to be the TRENDnet Wireless N Gaming Adapter (Model TEW-647GA).
SETTING UP YOUR ADAPTER. One of the common issues regardless of which adapter you use seems to be setup. But I found this process to be a breeze. My TRENDnet came with an AC power cord, ethernet cable, and a setup CD. I tried using the Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) method; but after a couple of failed attempts, I used the setup CD. The directions that come with the adapter are perfect. Take your laptop with you to the room with your HD DVR. Setup involves plugging your adapter into the laptop via the ethernet cable, powering up the adapter, and following the TRENDnet setup menu.
Once setup completed, I removed the ethernet cable from the laptop and plugged it into the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR (I’m using model HR22). Next I pressed the MENU button on my DVR remote, chose “Parental, Fav’s & Setup”, and then “System Setup”. Go to “Network Setup” and choose “Connect Now”. This will prompt your DVR to begin accessing the VOD menu. You’ll get a message that says something about taking 24 hours to complete the process. Regardless, there should be VOD offerings to begin watching immediately.
So far, my experience has been great. Streaming quality is excellent although that’s helped by a buffer. It’s important to point out that I’m using a cable connection piped through a Wireless-N router; but if you have an opportunity to use dual-band wireless router (like the Linksys E3000), you’ll better off in the long run especially if you have simultaneous usage across your home network.
Now go watch something. I’ve got Hot Tub Time Machine queued up.
As a loyal BlackBerry user, it’s hard to turn my nose back down toward the Apple “light”. But Flipboard had me at “Hello”. Dare I admit that I’m considering an iPad?
The iPad app turns the ‘fancy tablet reader/website viewer’ into a more useful tool. Flipboard sorts content from your Facebook and Twitter feeds into a flipboard grid — articles, images, videos, links — and allows you to flip through that content like pages in a magazine. In addition to having the ability to like and comment on those items, the app aggregates others’ tweets and comments into view as well.
If I had to choose one significant feature that Flipboard lacks, it would be updates across multiple social networking sites…think HootSuite. However, I’d have to assume that they’ve already got some new features in the works. There’s just so much potential here. Nicely done, Flipboard.
Download the Flipboard app from iTunes.
Pretty sure I’ve never been this excited about rainbows before…not even a sun dog. Now football season? Definitely.