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Robots!

I was watching a TED video by Juan Enriquez: The Ultimate Reboot, in which he covers a wide range of topics like Banking, Economics, Robots, Technology, etc. Somewhere near the end of the video, he shows a small demo of Big Dog. This kind of stuff amazes me. Mind Blowing.

Check this out!

Damn excited about James Cameron’s Avatar

Avatar

Avatar is slated for a worldwide release on Dec18, 2009. Eagerly waiting.

Quote “AVATAR, which opens in Imax and theaters everywhere December 18, 2009, takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption, discovery and unexpected love — as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization in this epic action adventure fantasy. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, AVATAR breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the moviegoing experience.”

Papikondalu Boat Trip

Packed my bags and went on a boat trip with family and relatives on August 15th (also happens to be India’s Independence Day).

We hired a boat and went on a 7 hour round trip journey to Papikondalu across the Godavari River. There were 3 halts at various places across the journey: once for lunch, and twice to experience a waterfall and a river bank. Was a fun trip overall!

papikondalu trip

Snow Leopard – The next Leopard

I love Macs because they are fast, reliable and easy to use. My Macbook runs on Mac OSX Leopard.

Apple is planning on releasing the next version of the Mac OSX operating system: Snow Leopard. Looking forward to more productivity.

MacOSX_SnowLeopardDisk

Update “Got the Snow Leopard OSX disk while on a trip to Singapore. Works great. Loving it!”

MacOSX_SnowLeopard

Sourcebits – Your source for quality software bits

SourceBits is based out of Bangalore and develops cool software for all the future computing platforms: Mac, iPhone, Android and the Web.

Check ‘em out!
sourcebits

Mobileme

Quoted from Apple.com:

“MobileMe is a service that pushes new email, contacts, and calendar events over the air to all your devices. So your iPhone, Mac, and PC stay in perfect sync. No docking required.”

Mobileme is a fantastic service. I’ve personally used it and find it to be a simple solution that works really well. There have been glitches when the service was initially launched, but all that seems to have been sorted out.

iPhone users and those that are constantly on the move, find it difficult and cumbersome to keep their data in sync across various machines. Mobileme solves this problem, but at a rather hefty price of $99.

Problem
You use an iMac at home, a PC at work and carry an iPhone and Macbook while on the move. You constantly check your email on the iPhone, bookmark websites on your macbook and add new data to the contacts and calendar while at work on the PC. You’ll need these to constantly be in sync, in order to be productive. For this, you’ll need to manually connect and sync each of these devices. You could otherwise use third party services like DropBox, etc to do bits and pieces of this mundane task. but thats not a proper solution.

Solution
Mobileme solves this problem by pushing any changes on one machine to the rest of the linked machines, instantly.This is useful and saves a lot of time.

The service also offers iDisk, a virtual storage space that allowed users to store and access files via a browser(me.com) and the iPhone(via an iPhone app, iDisk). Users can also host their websites using iDisk and iWeb. (Mobileme doesn’t however support databases at the time of writing).

A new feature “Find my Phone” has been recently announced for Mobileme users. With this, users can track their lost iPhone, remotely send messages or wipe their data. Awesome!

Movie Review – Magadheera

I just watched Magadheera, a telugu movie directed by Rajamouli.

Rajamouli is one of those directors that I very much admire. He’s got very good story telling skills, and is brilliant when it comes to screenplay. All six of his earlier movies were blockbusters.

Magadheera is his seventh movie. The movie was very good, but the flashback episode in the second half of the movie is even more terrific. The movie is a benchmark for the Telugu film Industry with never before seen visuals and technical brilliance.

In a recent interview, Ram Gopal Varma, one of the most prolific directors in the history of Indian Cinema says: I was blown away with the production values of the film. These were never been attempted before in the history of Indian cinema, and I could even say it is going to take a long time before any other Indian movie even comes close.

A must watch!

magadheera

Smoking Apples

About Smoking Apples, by Smoking Apples

“Smoking Apples is a website and blog dedicated to all things Apple and with a special something for our Indian readers. From Macs and iPods to the iPhone and Apple TV, we strive to be your one-stop solution for any and everything related to Apple Inc. and its products”.

Smoking Apples is one of my favorite apple blogs. I visit it daily for the latest updates and reviews of everything related to Apple.

The website itself is simple and clean, and has excellent content thanks to its passionate editors: Milind, Aayush, Preshit, Brandon, etc. Check out their website, download their Magazine and subscribe to their RSS feed and Podcast. You’ll love ‘em all!



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