Nokia Facet: One Watch I Won’t Be Buying

Sure, it’s easy to bag Nokia as a company that’s on the downward slide due to a lack of innovation. That said, I’m not sure I want innovation if this is what it looks like:

This COULD be a joke – the iMovie template used for the video gives a hint to that, or it’s further proof of how low a budget the company now works on. If it isn’t a joke, then maybe it deserves to be. To be fair, all prototypes can look clunky, but for the life of me I can’t see how you could make this clunker look stylish.

Do you agree?

[Via Endgadget]

Adobe hacked

Fire-Effect-TutorialsIn case you haven’t heard – 2.9 million of Adobe’s customers have had their details hacked, and that ‘may have’ included info like credit card details.

Here’s a little more via Wordfence (which I highly recommend by the way):

 

Within the last 48 hours Adobe announced that they have been hacked and that the user account data of 2.9 million Adobe users has been breached. They also confirmed that the attackers may have gained access to the user’s financial information. The Washington Post are covering the story.

Adobe products are used extensively in the WordPress community, so we are issuing a special alert to ensure that our subscribers are aware of the breach and know what action to take.

Adobe has issued a bulletin on their Help website which details what happened and what to do and it includes a FAQ about the incident at the bottom of the page. You can find the Adobe bulletin here.

I’d like to add special emphasis to two items:

 

  1. If you have the bad habit of using the same password on multiple websites, make sure you change your password on all other websites that used the same password as your Adobe account.

  2. If you purchased something from Adobe within the last few years, keep a close eye on your credit card or bank statement for illegal activity.

Here’s the full blurb from Adobe, including info on changing your password etc.

[Pic via http://webdesignerfan.com]

Five Cool Cases For The iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5S has been out for a couple of weeks now, so I thought it might be worth a quick roundup of some of the more different case options out there for the phone. Of course, most iPhone 5 cases will fit the 5S too, so unless you see otherwise assume those below are iPhone 5 compatible. All prices in US dollars.

BookBook_for_iPhone_5_5s_-_BookBook_for_iPhone_5_5s_-_Twelve_South 1. BookBook

I’ve owned a MacBook Pro version of the BookBook for a few years now, but the iPhone 5S version has a wallet built in as well.

If you only have a few credit cards to stash and you don’t mind having to open the BookBook to chat on the phone, then this is worth considering.

It looks great and although pricey at $59.99, it’s leather and looks solid.

Find out more here.

 

 

2. Bling Biscuit

Ok, it’s gimmicky and appears only available on Ebay, but I like it:

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3. iLuv Camera Case

If retro is your thing, the vintage camera case design might appeal. $44.99 from iLuv.

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4. Danchi Government Housing Case

Not sure how many of these have been sold, but I suppose there’s a market for everything. $41 will get you one from here.

danchi-government-housing-iphone-5-cover-case-1 5. Thumbs Up Pill Case

This one’s been out for quite a while for the iPhone 5, but it deserves a special mention. Not sure how you’ll go putting it through customs at the airport though! Cheaper than real pills at just over six euros from Amazon.

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If you know of a particularly cool iPhone 5S case, drop a line in comments to let us know.

How to turn off your Mac’s spelling auto-correct

If you’re like me and driven to distraction by OSX Mountain Lion’s determination to change the words you type, it’s actually very easy to turn it off:

1. Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences

2. Click on ‘Language and Text’

3. Uncheck the box ‘Correct spelling automatically’:

Language___Text4. That’s it!

 

How To Get Feedly Working With Safari

feedlySpeaking from personal experience, there was a bit of mystery for me about getting Feedly to work on Safari for OSX. So for your benefit here’s what to do (I’m on 10.8.4 OSX):

1. Go to Feedly.com

2. Download the Feedly Safari extension

3. Double click on the downloaded extension and you’ll get a prompt asking if you want to install it – click that you do want to.

4. The next step is where I got lost: how do I access the extension? Well, it’s not obvious unless you have a sharp eye, but look up to the left of Safari’s search/URL bar:

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There’s the Feedly button. Click on it and you start the process of importing your Google Reader feed into Safari!

5. That’s it!

Five Great Sources of Humour on Facebook

ItuDSIf like me you spent the odd minute or two on Facebook, you may be looking for some reliable sources of humour. Below we have five Facebook pages that deliver just that.

1. Three Laughs Per Day

First some transparency: this is a page that I run for pure enjoyment. It has a mix of humorous pics with some attention to avoiding racist / sexist posts. Only a handful of posts are made each day at the most. Usually safe for work although contains some language – overall for over 18s only.

2. Creepypasta

A good cross-section of humour, mostly safe for work. Over 18s. Usually 6-8 posts a day.

3. Cop Humour – Australia

All police-related humour but still broad enough to appeal to most. Quite a few posts per day but not enough to be annoying.

4. Collective Noun

Given the title, you assume this is a more full-om page but it’s generally ok although there are definitely a number of NSFW images posted. Over 18s only.

5. No Hope For The Human Race

Although there’s some more general humour, this one’s not for the faint-hearted and definitely isn’t safe for work at times. Also has some more contentious humour that will get some people’s backs up. Absolutely for those over 18 only.

Post your favourite Facebook humour pages in links below!

OSX Lion: How do you remove the modem icon from the system menu?

How do you remove the modem icon from the system menu?I think it’s safe to say most of us don’t use a modem anymore, internal or external. So it’s annoyed me for years that the modem icon still appears in the system menu at the top of your screen, just near the time.

So it was with some pleasure I worked out how to get rid of it and it’s pretty damn simple to do: you hold down the command key while clicking and dragging the icon downwards to remove it – the same way you remove an icon from the Dock.

How simple is that?

[Pic via Endgagdget]

Best Rock Cover Band Opening Songs

If like me you’ve been in a rock covers band or three, you’ll know that the first song of the night is important for a couple of reasons. First, if there’s an audience there, it’s the initial impression that can sometimes set the tone for the whole gig. Second, whether you’ve had a good sound check or not, it’s the time for your sound person to get their levels right.

For the hell of it, I thought I throw together a list of what I think are great rock songs a band could open with and make a big impression. I’ve kept it 1970s to today, and it’s all obviously subjective. I’d love to hear your thoughts in comments of opening songs you’ve had that have gone down a treat.

One other disclaimer: some of this songs would require a major commitment to pull off well – personally I think there needs to be more of that approach as it gets too easy to decide to play Sweet Home Alabama or Mustang Sally instead…

Here we go, in no particular order:

1. John Mellencamp – I Need A Lover

The album version of this song gives every member of the band a chance to jump in boots and all:

 

2. Hothouse Flowers – Hardstone City

The Hothouse Flowers themselves have opened with this and for good reason – it kicks arse:

3. Boy and Bear – Feeding Line

If you’re outside of Australia you may not know this song. Even so, have a listen and tell me it wouldn’t make a good opener:

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4. U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name

A worthy inclusion although I doubt a lot of bands actually cover this:

5. The Who You Better – You Bet

Not for the faint hearted – particularly if you play bass, but what a song:

6. The Killers – Somebody Told Me

’nuff said:

7. REM – Me In Honey

This is a bit of a left field REM choice but it’s always made a great impression on me as a potential opening song – particularly if you have both a male and female vocalist.

8. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – My Love Will Not Let You Down

If it’s good enough for The Boss to open his 10th night at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2000, it’s good enough for me. Also watch the clip to see a true band master at work:

9. Spacehog – In The Meantime

10. Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom

Some will argue this is definitely saved for later in the night but it has a good place as an opener:

The Impossible Dream: Dave Matthews Band -Drive in Drive Out

If you’re in a cover band that can pull this one off, I hope you’re aware you have a very bright future. Drummers in particular should listen to this one from start to finish:

Over to you: what openers have worked well for you?

Marvel MMO unveils first developer diary

Have a look for yourself – it even contains some gameplay footage. I’m happy to make a prediction: there are going to be a LOT of people wanting to plan the Hulk.

I’m more of a Dazzler character myself – how about you?

Game Masters: Play Dozens of Games from Your Life

I had the pleasure this morning of attending the Australian Centre for the Moving Image‘s Game Masters exhibition.

I’ve been to ACMI exhibitions before and they’ve been superb, but this one beat them all hands down. If you’ve ever spent more than a couple of hours playing video games, you need to see this exhibition if you can.

It’s hands-on, with most of the exhibits able to be played. I’m talking everything from 1970’s arcade games right up to today’s console games. I spent a little time typing the names of every playable game I saw into my phone.

So for your benefit, here’s what you can play if you go:

Gun Fight
Space Invaders
Centipede
Asteroids
Donkey Kong
Gee Bee
Pac Man
Xevious
Rip Off
Reactor
Elevator Action
Scramble
Robotron 2084
Tempest
Missile Command
Metal Gear Solid
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 2
New Super Mario Bros
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Hang On
Out Run
Virtua Fighter
Shenmue
Mario Kart 7
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Sonic the Hedgehog – full series of games (I think)
Ico
Shadow of the Colossus
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Diablo III
LEGO Star Wars
LEGO Batman
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4
LEGO Clone Wars
Populous
Dungeon Keeper
Black & White
Fable III
Sim City
Sim City 2000
The Sims
Spore Creature Creator
Monkey Island 2: Lechucks Revenge
Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle
Grim Fandango
Ultima Underworld
Deus Ex
System Shock
Disney Epic Mickey
Singstar
Amplitude
Frequency
Rock Band
Lumines
Sega Rally Championship
Space Channel 5
Rez
Child of Eden
Minecraft
Blueberry Garden
Braid
Journey
Critter Crunch
Flight Control
Spy Mouse
Real Racing 2
Angry Birds
Machinarium
Botanicula
Samorost 2
From Dust
Heart of Darkness
Another World
Darwinia
Defcon
Parappa the Rapper
Vib-Ribbon
Jetpack Joyride
Fruit Ninja
Castle Crashers
Alien Hominid
Winta

I missed a couple of handheld games too I think, so there’s even more on offer than above. For me, playing the full working arcade version of Xevious for the first time since the mid-1980s made the price of admission worth it alone. Seriously – if you’re in Melbourne or are planning to be there in the next couple of months, go and spend half a day at Game Masters.

If you’ve already been, would love your thoughts in comments

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