SkyDrive web interface gets a Modern UI face-lift, jumps into Android territory with official app too

SkyDrive

I’ve been a SkyDrive user for a long time though I have not used the service much because of its limitations back then. I preferred Dropbox over SkyDrive because it allowed no file size limits and an easier way to synchronize files. I started to use SkyDrive more through automatic backups of photos and videos I took with my HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone but not much else. Their web app was clunky and cross-platform syncing of files through an official app was missing so I stayed with using Dropbox as my main cloud-storage solution.

Things have changed for the better though as SkyDrive underwent a transition that I think makes it a better service than it was before. Microsoft introduced a Dropbox-esque Windows (Vista and higher) and Mac OS X Lion app – a feature I’ve been waiting for (you can grab them here). Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices were also introduced. Windows 8 has it integrated. Only two problems left: the web interface and Android official app availability.

Not anymore…

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Samsung Ativ S, the first Windows Phone 8 device ever revealed

Windows Phone 8

I own two Windows Phones – an HTC 7 Mozart and a Nokia Lumia 710 which I bought yesterday. I do know that current Windows Phone devices will not be upgraded to the latest installation (WP8) due to some huge changes with its underlying code but that didn’t stop me from getting a Lumia 710. I’m still pretty much excited about WP8 and am willing to shell out some cash on a PureView-enabled Lumia if ever one gets announced next week or within the next few months. Samsung beat them to it though by being the first to announce their flagship Windows Phone 8 device – enter the Samsung Ativ S. Drum roll please!

Samsung ATIV S viewed from the side

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It’s the last night of the Perseids and I have yet to see a single streak of burning rock or ice or whatever falling from the edge of space!

Artwork by Seafh.

Today marks the last night the Earth passes through the debris of the comet Swift-Tutle and I haven’t seen a single shooting star to wish upon – not that I believe in wishes anyway. The problem is that I live in a city that literally glows with lights all over! Star-gazing is a hobby you can never enjoy in Riyadh! I have seen comets and the Milky Way back home in the Philippines when I was a kid but I have yet to see a meteor shower. I was hoping this year’s Perseids would be it but I was wrong. I guess I have no choice but to wait for next year or the one after that. I might just schedule my next vacation to have a chance at seeing and photographing a meteor shower. Damn I wish I lived in a place where I can watch the stars without the obstruction of city lights!

 

Curiosity rover is going through a “brain transplant”

Mars Science Laboratory

Curiosity is currently updating her smarts with a new version of its software optimized for its surface mission. The software will be installed on her redundant computers which started last August 10 and will complete on August 13. One key capability in the update is image processing to detect obstacles in her path. NASA dubs it a “brain transplant” which seems appropriate. I can’t wait for the next set of information and images from Mars but until the update is complete I should wait patiently.

Read more about the update at NASA’s press release.

Update: Oops! Forgot the title! My bad!

Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S gets “dragged behind a car” scratch test

I find it such a waste to drag two brand spanking new devices at the back of a car just to scratch test them. They should have just given me the devices instead so that I could review them. I expected the results but it still makes me sad. Really makes me sad. I guess there are some people who has some cash to spare for such a test…

On another note, that guy must keep his blood pressure in check! Hahaha!

Pulse finally has a web app, plays best with Internet Explorer 10

Pulse web app interface

One of the apps I first used on my Galaxy Tab was Pulse and I loved it. It allowed me to view my favorite tech news site updates with ease. Later on I learned more about Pulse and learned that I could add custom feeds as well. I started feeding it my favorite anime fansub sites so that I could get updated about new episodes without viewing each site one by one on my browser which I used to do. I was hoping to write my own app to automatically update me about new episodes but my laziness got over me! Haha!

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CryENGINE 3 is mind-blowingly awesome

CryENGINE3

Crytec creates one of the most beautiful game worlds, assuming you have a graphics card that can pump all those polygons to your screen. I’ve never owned a computer powerful enough to let me enjoy Crysis (the first one even!) in full beauty and therefore didn’t bother to play it but then here comes the third installation with the third version of the graphics engine. I’m mind-blown! Anyway, videos type faster than words so here’s the video for your viewing pleasure!