Nexus 5, Nexus 7.7 made by LG for Google I/O, specs, features and prices leaked already…

January 16th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 9 comments »

Nexus 5, Nexus 7.7 made by LG for Google I/O, specs, features and prices leaked already http://t.co/pSsoI4wl

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Connect BOTH Oracle Database and MySQL from SQL "Destroyer" Developer

January 15th, 2013 by Terrence Miao No comments »

Connect BOTH Oracle Database and MySQL from SQL "Destroyer" Developer

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The $35 bare-board Linux computer Raspberry Pi has been sold over, almost, one million…

January 14th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 2 comments »

The $35 bare-board Linux computer Raspberry Pi has been sold over, almost, one million units since released in February of 2012

Read more: http://www.wired.com/design/2013/01/raspberry-pi-million-boards/

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Good-looking Audi for drivers behaving badly

January 13th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 2 comments »

by Jeremy "Big Mouth" Clarkson

The results of a continent-wide survey are in and it’s been announced that the Italians are the worst drivers in Europe. Apparently this is largely due to a strong showing from the Italians themselves, 28% of whom said, “Yup. Nobody does it worse than us.”

Well, I’m sorry, but I’m incredulous about this, because the Italians are in fact the best drivers, not just in Europe but anywhere. They get to where they’re going more quickly, and they have more fun on the way. They also look good in the process.

Just last week I was driving from Turin to Milan in a car that develops 662 horsepower. It was plainly very fast and I was plainly in a big hurry. But that didn’t stop every single Italian I encountered trying to get past. The Italian driver must overtake the car in front. This is a rule. Even if the car in front is an F-15E Strike Eagle and you are in a 17-year-old Fiat with a two-stroke under the bonnet, you must get past or you are not a man.

They say that you never feel more alive than you do when you are staring death in the face. Which is why my drive though Rome last year in a Lamborghini Aventador was such an unparalleled joy. You can’t daydream there; you can’t take in the views. Many Roman drivers have no idea the Colosseum is still upright: they’re so busy concentrating on getting past the car in front, they’ve never even noticed it.

You can’t help but notice, though, the weeping American tourists, marooned on traffic islands, wondering through heaving sobs why no car will stop at the pedestrian crossing. Because they’re racing, you witless idiots.

However, what makes it different from any race you’ve ever seen is that no one knows where the finish line is or where the other competitors are going. That’s what adds to the sparkle.

I was once on the autostrada outside Pisa when the car behind indicated it wished to get past by nudging my rear bumper. It was quite a hefty nudge, if I’m honest. Which is why I was so surprised to note the vehicle in question was being driven by a nun. I promise I’m not making this up. I was rammed out of the way by a nun in an Alfa Romeo.

What fascinates me is that when you drive to Italy through France, you have mile after mile of belligerence and arrogance and big Citroëns being in both lanes at once. Then you go through a tunnel and on the other side everyone is stark, staring bonkers. Rude on one side of a hill. Mad on the other. It’s strange.

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First there is smart phone, then the smart TV, now the smart watch

January 13th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 3 comments »

Pebble watch, the most successful story of placed the 85000 pre-orders through its $10 million Kickstarter campaign, and the most renovated product of CES 2013 I reckon.

Read more: http://getpebble.com/

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Meet Pebble. Pebble is a customizable electronic-paper watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your iPhone or Android smartphone. Learn more at kickstarter….

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How rude: Urban Dictionary taught Watson to swear

January 12th, 2013 by Terrence Miao No comments »

• IBM Watson memorised slang website, Urban Dictionary
• Was meant to be exercise in informal human language
How rude the researchers wiped Watson's memory after he began to swear!

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A supposedly sophisticated computer failed to correctly use the risque terms in Urban Dictionary. So is slang the last frontier for artificial intelligence?

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Shout out for +Tom Lim 

January 12th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 3 comments »

Shout out for +Tom Lim 

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Toyota 86,  the car of a bean counter’s lowest-bidder wet dream

January 12th, 2013 by Terrence Miao 3 comments »

Toyota's 86 sports coupe, which is winning worldwide acclaim, has now been named Car of the Year 2012 by Britain's Top Gear magazine.

In a clean-sweep at the awards, the 86 was also named Coupe of the Year and Top Gear TV personality Jeremy Clarkson's personal Car of the Year.

In the olden days, when people had diphtheria and children were covered in soot, cars had skinny little tyres so that enthusiastic drivers could have fun making them slither about on roundabouts.

Nowadays, though, it’s all about grip. Fast Fords are fitted with front differentials to ensure you can keep a tight line, even when you are doing 1,000mph through a mountain hairpin. Then you have the Nissan GT-R, which uses the computing power of a stock exchange to make the same mountain hairpin doable at the speed of sound.

In fact, all modern cars cling to the road like a frightened toddler clings onto its mother’s hand. In some ways this is no bad thing. It means the befuddled and the weak are less likely to spin off and hit a tree. And it means the helmsmen among us can post faster lap times on track days.

But is that what you want? Really? Because when the grip does run out, you will be travelling at such a rate that you will have neither the talent nor the time to get everything back in order before you slam into a telegraph pole. If you are trying to win a race, high cornering speeds are important. But if you are not, they’re frightening.

For the business of going fast, a Nissan GT-R is unbeatable. But for fun — and I am not exaggerating here — you would be better off in a Morris Minor on cross-plies.

Which brings me neatly to the door of this week’s test car. It’s called the Toyota GT86 and it’s been built in a collaboration with Subaru, which is selling an almost identical machine called the BRZ.

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