Electronic Piano [design]

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A cool electronic piano we came across today. Designers: Yun Jin-yeong & Jeong Seong-hun


Astronaut Suicides [photography we love]

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a set of photographs depicting an astronaut’s reaction after hearing about the shutting down of the Space Program. We liked the dark humor in this this work.

By photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips

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Portal II – A game for the smart ones [VG]

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we are currently testing this game, and I got to tell you, it’s fun. It’s basically a 3D puzzle that utilizes the use of a simple portal [two doors you projectile on to a surface make a portal] this portal allows you to travel between two points in space. For example, you drop a door on the floor, then projectile one on the sealing, and you can simply drop from the sealing by passing through the door on the ground and so on.

I say it’s a fun game becasue it requires analitical thinking, and it ain’t really easy. It’s a puzzle you know, not supposed to be easy.

Portal’s rating is off the roof, and we love it. Rated 9.5/10.

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  • “While it’s exciting to think about all the insane puzzles Valve is putting together that take advantage of all the new mechanics in Portal 2, what’s especially interesting is the co-operative mode.”IGN.comRead more
  • “The original ‘Portal’ took the gaming world by storm with its story-themed series of puzzles. This sequel, which will be longer and deeper, hopes to build on that. It’s a rare beast – a game that has an action vibe, but in which you never shoot or fight anyone.”CNBC.comRead more
  • “Valve has taken its time crafting the sequel into something much grander than the brilliant-but-short experience of the original.”Gamasutra.comRead more
  • “The sleeper hit of 2007 gets a much-deserved sequel, with expanded single-player and cooperative adventures.”Wired.comRead more
  • “With Portal 2’s new co-op dynamic, the challenging platforming puzzles you loved in the first game will now require two portal guns to solve.”1UP.comRead more
  • “Portal’s GLaDOS was voted the best character of the past decade, and we can’t wait to spar with her again in this FPS puzzler that introduces new gameplay elements and co-op play to test our mental meddle.”Gameinformer.comRead more
  • “While the first Portal was over in four or five hours, the sequel looks likely to be a much more comprehensive experience.”Videogamer.comRead more
  • “…Tons of new test chambers requiring liberal use of the Portal gun, along with a compelling new co-op mode.”Yahoo.comRead more
  • “It’s a simple, but great game that I am hoping to get a copy of as soon as it first comes out.”ComicBooked.comRead more

Batman Arkham City is the best superhero game on the market [ratings]

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 Rocksteady Studios

We personally played the first part Arkham Asylum and it was extremely entertaineining despite being a little odd to our taste [ slow for our taste], but it surely a game to remember.


9.5 /100 on IGN 

96/100 on Metric

9/10 on Gamespot

Summary: Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Sources – Metric, Gamespot, IGN

BlackBerry 9980 – a fancy ugly phone [stupid designs]

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What you’re looking at is the BlackBerry Bold 9980 [left] which is due to launch in Dubai next week – a collaboration between RIM (obviously) and Porsche Design.

Effectively it’s a posh Bold 9900 and comes with the same 1.2GHz processor, BlackBerry OS 7, 5-megapixel camera etc as expected. There’s always the chance it will have some form of souped-up OS 7 but we doubt that as it’s a lot of fuss to make for just one phone. Buyers will probably get a nice Porsche-themed wallpaper or ringtone thrown in, though.

We can’t tell you when it’s going to be released but we should have more info after the October 27 official unveiling. Good idea to hold it somewhere like Dubai where there’s obviously a bit of wealth rolling around, even in these austerity-flavoured days.

source – GSMARENA 

Steve Jobs: Android is a stolen product [say what]


Steve Jobs was the kind of man who did things his way. He had a lot of pride in his company’s products and his character was typically a serious one… the type of guy who can hold a grudge.

Even so, his true hatred for Android—now surfacing post-humously—will shock many.

It would of course be expected that Apple isn’t exactly on hugging terms with Google after the latter launched Android post-iOS. But now, as details from Walter Issacon’s forthcoming authorized biography of Steve emerge, it becomes clear that Steve had a burning passion for the competitor—or, in his eyes, thief.

The emotional quote that the Associated Press obtained really makes one think:

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

Apple shows no signs of letting up on Android lawsuits and actually has double the cash in its bank now. Whether or not Android can actually be “destroyed” remains to be seen but I certainly would surrender if it got to the point of thermonuclear warfare.

The book is called Steve Jobs: A Biography and launches this Monday. It was originally called iSteve: The Book of Jobs but that working title was not deemed very Apple-like.

Steve officially authorized this biography—a first for the legend—but never got a chance to read it.

sources techvibes.com, Associated Press