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Lewis’ picks from the Interwebs #2

fluxWelcome back to week 2 of my picks from the Interwebs, and I would like to start off with an application which has really helped me recently and was suggested by @linkyboy321. It’s called F.lux and it changes the colour of your laptop screen based on the time of day, while this may seem useful it makes using a computer at night much easier and has allowed me to stop being so  affected by the bright screen keeping me awake. The only slight hiccup is that the auto location doesn’t seem to work too well so your will need to set this manually other than this it’s a fantastic little app and will do wonders if you suffer from eye strain at night. (http://stereopsis.com/flux/)

 

Alpha GovNext comes much needed experimental revamp of the government website in the UK, alpha.gov.uk  has completely changed the workings of the government website and certainly for the better. It is much easier to navigate around and has a much simpler and nicer layout and look to it. For anyone who as used the some of the websites the UK government has issued(direct.gov.uk anyone?) this is a very welcome change and I hope it is fully implemented soon.

 

NYANicornAnyone that knows me will know that I love NYAN cat and if you haven’t visited it do so now(My best is 12624 seconds with no breaks see how long you can last). Now I thought NYAN cat could not get any better, but it did. NYANicorn take NYAN cat and throws in some Robot Unicorn Attack to make one incredibly addicted game(I tried to start this post at 6 I got distracted by various NYAN games). If you have 5 minutes to spare don’t play this game because before you know it half an hour is gone and your late for something however if you have more than 5 minutes enjoy.

 

textyNotificationFinally if you have an Android phone running 2.2+ and you use Google Chrome as your main browser then Texty app is a great new app and extension which allows you to be notified, read and reply to any texts your phone receives all in the Chrome browser and this works on both a Wi-Fi and 3G+ connection. The way it works is seamless and I haven’t had any problems yet unless my phone has no signal, textyreplythe notification system works well and isn’t intrusive allowing you to choose to reply to the text or just close the notification. It’s also great for discretely replying to texts while in a meeting/lesson etc. The app hasn’t had a noticeable effect on the battery life or data use of my phone either. While this is still in beta it’s free to sign up for and will make your life so much easier. My phone isn’t even on the same floor as me and I received and replied to that text(and yes that is Dan from Geek Tech Blog)

That’s it again for this week, if you have anything you feel should be mentioned next week then also leave a comment, tweet @ me or Email me. See you again next week.

New weekly section : Lewis’ picks from the Interwebs #1

I’m constantly browsing the wonderful world of the Internet and finding cool, interesting, amazing or just plain stupid things. However I only really share these things with a few people so I thought why not start a new section where I can share all of these with you and so this new weekly section was born. From now on every week probably on a Wednesday I’ll make a new post for you to hopefully enjoy so here goes nothing.

Firstly something which I only discovered recently and you may know about “The Slow Mo Guys”. They take the coolness of slow motion and add the immaturity of 22 year olds which equals some amazing and hilarious outcomes. It’s not just messing around either they also do truly beautiful work one of which involved droplets of coloured water and milk. Check out the video below and their Youtube channel for more.

 

Next EmpireAvenuecomes a website that was introduced by fellow blogger @dansgalaxy, it’s called Empire Avenue and this website allows you to buy virtual shares in your friends and anyone/anything else on the website with the idea being to buy and sell shares and try to maximise your net worth and it’s not everyday you can say own shares in your friends. I own just over 3% of Dan and I plan to own most of him someday so get yourself registered buy some shares and increase your net worth.  Also feel free to buy some shares in me.

Now from slow mo to shares in friends I now bring you one of my friends who has an amazing voice which I wish to share with you, her name is Emily Stoneham and while she does have twitter(@trammpp) it hasn’t been updated since January however if you bug her she might start using it more. Please check out her video below and if you like it check out more on her channel(ELMOisaROCKSTAR) and leave her a few comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DoctorWhoJacketFinally comes something for anyone who loves Doctor Who which should be everyone reading this. There is a new product ready to Pre-Order now, officially licenced by the BBC comes a replica of the 11th Doctors Jacket. The good news is it’s awesome, the bad news its just shy of £325. Yeah, I know. You best start saving now for when this starts selling on the 23rd October but you do get a high quality jacket and its sure to impress a lot of your friends. Assuming your friends are geeks anyway. If you are interested of just want to see more of it check out Forbidden Planet now.

 

That’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed this new section let me know what you think in a comment, tweet @ me or Email me and if you have anything you feel should be mentioned next week then also leave a comment, tweet @ me or Email me .

Extreme Unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy SII

There are some incredible videos of “Extreme Unboxing” of the Samsung Galaxy SII coming out currently, which I just have to share.

Firstly we have the Stunt Flight, in this we see Matt Brian of TheNextWeb.com unboxing while being tossed around like a rag doll in the air at great speeds. This in it’s self is worth a look!

Then we have Basil Knorfli unboxing, in a cloud hanging off a mountain… It’s incredible seeing the device being used and shown off by someone rock climbing. This video in particular shows off how easy to use the Galaxy SII seems to be, particularly the responsiveness of touch, as well as showing off the 8 Megapixel camera with impressive results.

In the next video with Gareth Beavis from Techradar.com unboxing, speeding up the river Thames on a speedboat, and still able to discuss the fantastic features of Samsung’s new Galaxy SII phone. He also shows off the 8 Megapixel camera, the clips shown are of surprisingly good quality and incredible considering the circumstances the phone is being used under.

After seeing these videos it has only enhanced my need for a better phone, still running on a (very crappy) LG Intouch Max, which is limited to a painful Android 1.5 it’s impressive to see both how the Android software which is running Gingerbread on the Galaxy SII has come, particularly when bundled with a fantastic dual core processor and the awesomely vivid screen. This is one of the best phones I have seen one the market and definitely worth checking out… I know I will be!

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