Oct 26, 2013

asdfmovie7!

For those of you who do not know TomSka, he his a comedian on YouTube and he like to make videos that feature action, sketch comedy, and cartoons. His most popular cartoon (series) is asdfmovie and the last we saw of it was asdfmovie6 which came out 8 months ago. But yesterday TomSka finally released the long-awaited asdfmovie 7.

Oct 25, 2013

What People Do On Cell Phones To Pass Their Time? [Infographic]

We've teamed up with Coupon Audit to produce an infographic about cell phones. Enjoy. And remember, you can share this infographic on your blog (even Tumblr) using the HTML code at the bottom of this post. 

What People Do On Cell Phones To Pass Their Time?

This Infographic is produced by Coupon Audit (provides Toms promo code) and Teenagers of High School.

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Jul 19, 2013

Google Glass Review !


     Hey guys, sorry Ive beeb gone for so long, but I have just been very busy lately. No need to fear, Bradley is here with some more tech news for you. This time Im here with a review of Google Glass the explorer edition. I was able to get my hands on one. 

     I'd expected a lot more from Google Glass. The hype around this wearable device – a pair of glasses which incorporate a little screen in the top right of your right eye's field of vision – has been colossal since the release of the first teaser video in April 2012.
Glasses that let you see a map without using your smartphone! Hands-free Googling! Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who had been spotted wearing them in a carefully careless manner on the New York subway, suggested that using a smartphone was "emasculating", and the company sold around 10,000 to "explorers" who are, right now, its guinea pigs. It's the future – or is it?
     I'd thought so, until I had a tryout with a pair. My reaction? They're great for particular uses, but you're going to struggle to find a use for them all the time. They're not going to replace looking at your smartphone any time soon. Emasculation may be here to stay, Mr Brin.
     I'm a fan of wearable computing. I own a Pebble watch, and love it. If someone calls or texts my smartphone, the number and/or the message pops up, with no need to take the phone out of my pocket. I've tried ski goggles which displayed my speed and altitude, as well as a map of the ski resort showing runs and lifts. 
     So I was expecting a lot from Google Glass. Perhaps too much.
     The device, lent to me by one of the explorers (whom I won't name, as Google has been known to disable devices), is pleasantly light. You can wear it without lenses, so you just have the frame, and a little lens above your eye. It doesn't feel strange, though of course weirdness is in the eye of the beholder. And I wear that Pebble, so don't ask me for style tips. The frame is made of titanium, which you can happily bend to fit your face without breaking. 
                                                  Getting Started:

     You turn Glass on by tilting your head up, or tapping the side of the frame. This activates the tiny screen. It then just shows the time, and the phrase "OK Glass", which seems to float about six inches in front of the right of your face.
     Say "OK Glass", or tap the side again, and you get a menu – options such as "Google … ", "take a picture", "record a video", "get directions to … ", "send a message to … ", "make a call to … ", "hang out with … " – the latter being a shared video feed. All require a smartphone connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to function. Otherwise Glass is just a fancy low-res camera.
     The menu is too long to fit onto the screen, so you have to learn to tilt your head up or down to see the others (though after time you'd remember them).
     You then say aloud what you want: "Get directions to King's Cross", or "Google 'how high is the Empire State Building'". The voice recognition is accurate, though it misfired a few times on the Empire State Building, which we tried a few times for our film. The results are read back to you by a microphone just beside your ear using bone conduction, so it's almost inaudible to outsiders.
     Of course, you won't have been inaudible. By this stage you've already given your instructions to the crowded train carriage. You're also wearing something that makes you look like something from Star Trek's Borg, with no lenses. Normal people don't do this. If you were worried about what people think of you using this technology, you might not have left the house.
     Taking pictures and videos is easy. You don't even have to say: "OK Glass, take a picture". You can just press a button on the top of the sidepiece, or hold it down for video. There's no warning to anyone around you that you're doing so, no red light, no audible click. That seems like a potential privacy concern, and very different from the situation that has pertained ever since mobile phones became camera phones.
     The best use for Glass, said the explorer who lent it to me, is for maps. You don't have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket when you're walking around somewhere unfamiliar. All you do is ask for directions, and it updates the display.
     OK Glass, that's great. But is it worth the estimated $500 (£330) to $1,000 cost? It's hard to see, especially considering the nitty-gritty of trying to make the device work nicely with a smartphone, which consumed about half an hour of our time as we tried to join Wi-Fi networks (it can't join password-protected ones) and link over Bluetooth (it kept dropping the connection). 
                                                      Final Thoughts:

     Since this is just basically a dummy model, a beta you could say, I cant give a final rating. For now I think that Google should take a lot of time to focus on Glass, because right now I dont find it as interesting as I had hoped. PEACE !

Jun 28, 2013

Guest Post: How To Become The Next Adele

Singing sensations like Adele are an inspiration to performers and wannabes around the world. At just 25 years of age, she has Grammy awards and features in the Guinness World Records for a variety of achievements. Her success is what motivates people to get into the industry and become professional singers. Success didn't just land on the doorstep of Adele though, or countless other singers before her. So how did she do it and how can you strive for the same level of achievement?



Know What You Want

Adele is not just a singer, but a songwriter, musician, composer and arranger. Her huge list of talents has helped her along the way to become the superstar she is today, but you don't have to do all of these things together. Singing and songwriting often go hand-in-hand but it's not the end of the world if you don't like composing, or playing musical instruments doesn't come naturally to you. Figure out what it is that you want to do and focus on that. Don't feel that you need to learn to play half the instruments in an orchestra just to make it as a musical performer. If you have a talent for the piano and want to pursue it as well as having the voice of an angel, then combine the two. Just don't feel like you've already limited yourself if you don't want to be a musician.


Commit Yourself

Once you've decided what you want to do, you need to make a commitment to it. If you want to make it as a singer, you can't use it as a part-time activity; it has to become a priority. Take singing lessons and practice every single day. Work on the points that are weaker and rest your voice when you need to. Obviously you have to keep practicing, but if you are struggling with a throat infection, it's best to rest your vocal chords as much as possible. If you try to work through it, you may cause permanent damage to your voice. Join after-school club choirs and singing groups that allow you to work with other singers and perfect your voice.


Be Confident

It can be quite common for singers to suffer from stage fright and a lack of confidence in their performances. This can adversely affect your voice so if you are shy, make a conscious effort to overcome this. Consider enrolling into a stage school, which will allow you to be around other performers and work on your confidence. Sing in front of people whenever you have the opportunity, even if it's just family and friends. The more you do this, the greater chance there is of improving your confidence. Enter local and school talent shows to get used to performing to bigger crowds and make a conscious decision not to let your fear of performing affect you. Adele has been said to suffer from severe stage fright so imagine what it would be like if she let it overcome her. When you consider the confidence and strength behind her performances, it may help you to maintain your own composure on the stage.



About the Author

Twinkle toes blogger and journalist Lauren Sutton is a former child performer herself, having had dancing lessons at young age. She writes this post for Stagecoach UK, a leading school for young performers. Find out more about Stagecoach on Facebook and Twitter (@Stagecoach_GBR).