pbarker3 writes: What’s skeuomorphism? If you’ve ever used an Apple product, you’ve experienced digital skeuomorphic design: calendars with faux leather-stitching, bookshelves with wood veneers, fake glass and paper and brushed chrome. Skeuomorphism is a catch-all term for when objects retain ornamental elements of past, derivative iterations--elements that are no longer necessary to the current objects’ functions. Skeuomorphism has seeped into all areas of UI design, especially in Apple’s software, where text documents, for example, are made to look like yellow legal pads."
Do we still these visual metaphors complete with details like wood grain and leather stitching in every facet of the OS? Link to Original Source
SternisheFan writes: "$109 will get U.S. gamers an Ouya as well as one controller. Overseas players will have to fork out $119 --to pay for shipping. The Los Angeles-based company behind Ouya (a machine designed to make it affordable for developers to get their games up on a TV screen) has been able to line up a pretty impressive slate of partners to give the gadget a boost when it launches. OnLive will be bringing streaming, AAA games to Ouya at launch. Square Enix will bring "Final Fantasy III" to the machine. It will also have an exclusive game: "Human Element" from Robotoki. And Namco Bandai announced it is in talks with Ouya to deliver its games as well." Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: Hugo Campos got an implanted cardiac defibrillator shortly after collapsing on a BART train platform. He wants access to the data wirelessly collected by the computer implanted in his body, but the manufacturer says no. It seems weird that a patient can't get access to data about his own heart. Hugo and several medical device engineers are responding to live Q/A on Sunday night on such topics via ACM MedCOMM webcast at ACM SIGCOMM.
hypnosec writes: Want to trace the source of virus that has infected your computer? Researchers at a Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland have the answer. The scientists have devised software capable of tracing computer viruses back to their source. Beyond computer viruses, the software can also trace terror suspects, rumor-mongering and even infectious diseases back to their source. Pedro Pinto, one of the researchers, explained that the algorithm works by going through information in a reverse direction back to the original source. He said, “Using our method, we can find the source of all kinds of things circulating in a network just by 'listening' to a limited number of members of that network.” The team tested their software on a known data maze to check if their research actually pinpoints the individuals behind the 9/11 attacks and they were able to pin-point three suspects, out of which one was the master mind behind the attacks. Link to Original Source
pbarker3 writes: "The outspoken Steve Wozniak is not doing any favors for supporters of the cloud, going so far as to publicly label it "horrendous."
The Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) co-founder spoke his concerns Sunday to monologist Mike Daisey after a performance of Daisey's one-man show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," according to a report by Agence France-Presse.
Wozniak expressed serious concerns about how content is stored in the cloud and predicted catastrophe in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.
"I really worry about everything going to the cloud," AFP reported Wozniak as saying. "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."
"We all want to believe we're in control," the CNET story stated. "But we are but mere pawns on the imaginative chessboard of those in the nerd herd who take their pleasure in gaining access to your digital life."" Link to Original Source
Diggester writes: As smartphone cameras get better and better, many people are starting to act like professional photographers adding filters and effects, then posting all of their work on Instagram. It is an age of, aptly named, iPhoneography, but what if actual professional photographers are actually using their iPhones to capture current events? Well, that is exactly what Dan Chung, a photographer for The Guardian, is doing while covering the Olympics in London. Link to Original Source
Has the blocking begun? In checking on the famous site just now, I was unable to browse to their home page. Testing with a basic ping from my PC yielded timeouts — no packets returned. DNS tools testing shows the domain is active and on valid DNS servers, and it is still appearing in search results on Google. All links fail to load that I can find. Link to Original Source