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Got a Samsung Galaxy device? You're in for a treat: Amazon is building a custom Kindle store for you and your device—and it comes with perks.
Want to control your Mac without having to touch it? You can, today. But there are some limitations
Many people have been wondering what Apple will do with the technology they acquired when they bought Primesense, the Israeli developer of the 3D sensor technology Microsoft used in the first Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 video game console. That's still anyone's guess. But if you'd like a Kinect-like interface for your Mac, you can buy one today thanks to Leap Motion. How well does it work? Let's take a look.
The Leap Motion Controller measures three inches long. It connects to your Mac using a USB cable, and you lay it in front of your Mac's keyboard. When it's active, the Leap Motion Controller can detect your hand and finger movements and interprets them, working with custom-designed software to understand what you're doing. You can point, you can wave, you can reach for objects on the screen and grab them. Pick them up, move them.
Setting up the Leap Motion Controller is pretty easy. You plug it in and install a software package from the Leap Motion web site. Airspace is the software that controls the device; it's also the name of the online store where you can download apps designed to support the Leap Motion Controller.
The device itself has sensors that detect your hand and finger motion as you move above it. Settings enable you to customize the height of the "interaction area," so you don't trigger it accidentally, along with tracking priority and other functions.
The basic software doesn't support any sort of built-in emulation of mouse or trackpad movements, so you'll find yourself working within Airspace to get started. There are packages you can download — both paid and free — that enable you to use Leap Motion gestures to interact with the system, however - opening windows, positioning your cursor, clicking on buttons and more. There are about a half a dozen different apps to control your Mac using the Leap Motion Controller.
Predictably, gaming is a huge part of the Leap Motion Controller experience. There are dozens of downloadable games, many free, many others costing only a few dollars, that demonstrate the peripheral's ability to sense motion. One of my favorites, Vitrun Air, plays a bit like Super Monkey Ball, with you pushing, pulling and sliding a ball through increasingly complex and treacherous mazes suspended in space. Famed comic book creator Stan Lee's gotten into the Leap Motion game with Verticus, which puts you in the role of a superhero trying to save Earth from alien destruction.
But games are only one starting point for using the Leap Motion Controller. Developers of educational software have figured out how to use the controller to teach geometry, astronomy, even biology with virtual dissection of things like frogs, tarantulas and human skulls. Creative tools abound with musical composition products, virtual sculpting tools, painting, even a plug-in for Photoshop. You can download a tool that lets you control PowerPoint presentations.
Using the Leap Motion Controller is at once an exhilarating and frustrating experience. It's a lot of fun to be able to control on-screen actions without ever touching your Mac, but I recognized the limitations of the controller fairly quickly. It would occasionally lose track of my hands and fingers, and I'd repeatedly have to reorient my hands in order for it to "see" them again. When this happened in games it was usually at the worst time, and I'd reflexively push or punch or do whatever action I was supposed to even harder to get it to work, usually without success. The Leap Motion Controller can also get confused if there's anything covering the sensor area, or if there's bright, directly light on it.
You'll also likely run out of software to buy or download before too long. Much of the offerings in the Airspace Store are fun, but ultimately novelties — not apps that you're bound to make part of your permanent workflow or come back to again and again because they're fun to use and play.
Having said that, Leap Motion has been steadily improving the quality of the Leap Motion Controller drivers since its inception last year and are focused on bringing more developers on board to create products that support the technology.
At $79.99, the Leap Motion Controller is in the same ballpark as a premium game controller or a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. While it is a novelty item at this stage, it gives a fascinating peek into the future of gesture-based control on the Mac. If you're looking for a unique way to work and play on your Mac, the Leap Motion Controller might be a good investment.
Typing in characters with the little [silver remote]( that comes with the Apple TV can be painful. While the Remote app can help ease the pain, nothing beats a full blown keyboard when it comes to typing. As it happens, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV. Here's how to pair them:
Before beginning, keep in mind that not all Bluetooth keyboards will work. Most will but some keys may not function if they don't use Apple's layout. Mostly all Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboards should work just fine.
That's all there is to it! You should now be able to use your Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV. Give it a try and then let me know what you think. Do you prefer having a full keyboard or is the Remote app good enough to meet your needs?
Remember learning about America's "amber waves of grain?" Well, it turns out that the United States' bread basket—a.k.a., the Corn Belt—is even more productive than previously thought. In fact, during its growing season, it's the most productive land on Earth, according to new NASA data.
You always know where to find Barbara Walters in December. Year in, year out, she's there on ABC, informing you about the 10 public figures who grabbed the world's attention that year -- and held onto it with an iron grip. In this year's installment of her annual special, Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People (Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET), the veteran journalist will once again interview some of the most prominent people in the world of entertainment, politics, sports and pop culture. (And, well, some of them she'll just tell us about in a clip package and voiceover.)Source: http://www.ivillage.com/who-will-be-barbara-walters-most-fascinating-person-2013/1-a-554517?dst=iv%3AiVillage%3Awho-will-be-barbara-walters-most-fascinating-person-2013-554517
Anyone with a smartphone knows how impossible it is to take pictures in the dark. At best you get a picture that looks like a pile of dark to darker grains of sand. Researchers, however, have come up with a better way. They've been able to take 'ultra sharp images' with little to no light. Basically, it's creating clear 3D photos from what looks like nothing.
Jony Ive and Marc Newson's charity auction to raise money for (RED), the AIDS charity, has netted nearly $13 million. Forty-three items were auctioned, including several designed by in a collaboration between Apple senior vice president of Design Jony Ive and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson.
The dozens of products weren't only designed by Ive and Newson. They included designer pens, suitcases, a car, an SUV and much more. But Ive and Newson's designs fetched some of the highest prices - a pair of solid rose gold Apple earpods, for example, were expected to fetch $25,000, but were sold for $461,000. Ive and Newson's aluminum "The (RED) Desk" was anticipated to sell for a half million dollars; it went for $1.685 million. A Steinway grand piano customized by Ive and Newson was estimated at $200,000, but it sold for $1.925 million. A Leica digital camera was expected to fetch $750,000; it sold for $1.805 million. A new Mac Pro, customized with a red aluminum exterior, fetched $977,000.
Ive and Newson were recently interviewed by talk show host Charlie Rose on PBS.
She won a Best Actress Academy Award in 2003 for her role in "The Hours" and now Nicole Kidman reveals that the win was bittersweet as she went through a hard time in her life.
"[Winning an Oscar] can show you the emptiness of your own life," Miss Kidman explained. "Which is kind of what it showed me."
"[I] was having professional success and my personal life was struggling," Nicole also recalled.
In regards to her marriage to her now husband, country crooner Keith Urban and raising her younger children, "The Golden Compass" actress stated she's content with smaller roles.
"I'm not carrying the whole film, and it's not six to seven months' work like 'Moulin Rouge!' I get to come for three weeks and then go home."Source: http://celebrity-gossip.net/nicole-kidman/nicole-kidman-chats-about-bittersweet-oscar-win-harpers-bazaar-963872
The next gen is here! Or half of it, anyway. Sony's PS4 has come in first the haphazard sprint to the new-console finish line. And yeah, it's pretty awesome.