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12 de mayo, 2008

Las energías emanadas de las composiciones del gran intérprete del reggaetón, Julio Voltio, han sido tomadas en cuenta por los productores de “Grand Theft Auto IV”, quienes han incluido el sencillo del artista titulado “Pónmela”, como parte de la banda sonora de este popular videojuego.

Esta nueva versión de “Grand Theft Auto” ha obtenido éxitos sin precedentes en la industria logrando el mayor debut para un producto del entretenimiento, alcanzando durante su primera semana en el mercado la impresionante suma de 400 millones dólares en ventas.

La versión anterior de este juego, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”, vendió cerca de 21.5 millones de unidades, convirtiéndose así en el videojuego más exitoso de todos los tiempos.

Voltio fue elegido entre un selecto grupo de artistas del mundo de la música los cuales unieron sus talentos para darle vida a las gráficas presentadas por “Grand Theft Auto IV”, el mismo que, según todos los pronósticos, superará con creces las ganancias reportadas por su predecesor.

“Pónmela” está incluida en el más reciente álbum de Julio Voltio, “En Lo Claro”, bajo el sello discográfico Sony BMG Latin.

mira lo nuevo del 2009

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Apart from being the most useful application on my Mac, Quicksilver is also one of the most attractive. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved, either, and weblog MacApper has rounded up a few of the sexiest Quicksilver interfaces on the block. Aside from the eye candy, the other great thing about alternate interfaces is that many of them change the way you interact with Quicksilver—meaning that if you’ve never quite gotten the hang of Quicksilver, a new interface may be just the ticket. If you’ve got a favorite Quicksilver interface that you’ve been using, let’s hear about it in the comments. If a new interface has you aching to dive into Quicksilver, check out our beginner’s guide along with our many other Quicksilver guides.

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Comments Shiznit at 12:05 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
Haha, I’ve been using the pictured BezelHUD interface since it was mentioned on TUAW back in February. It’s nice being ahead of the curb. Also, did anyone else notice that all three interfaces are by Julius Eckert? I think he’s the only person that develops third-party QS interfaces.

aukreaz at 12:33 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
I still prefer the good ol’ standard Bezel interface. Although the BezelHUD is a visual re-work of the originaly Bezel interface, it annoys me because I can’t change the colour or transparency settings of the Quicksilver window.

While the other two interfaces are visually appealing, I still prefer function over form.

Darkmatter91 at 01:16 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
I know there are nice launcher for windows but I always drool when i see Quicksilver

dhaffner at 01:32 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
I use Bezel. The only change I made was to make it look similar to the task switching interface (the transparent black). Since Growl notifications are (by default) black as well, it makes things a little more uniform. That Showcase interface looks pretty nice though.

-flip- at 02:10 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
Perfect timing. I just got OS X up and running on my PC and have been looking for ways to customize Quicksilver.

yanokwa at 02:41 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
@@Shiznit: you mean curve, not curb. ahead of the curb makes no sense…

Jing_ta at 02:49 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
I use Flashlight. I love the symmetry it and spotlight offer.

reclusivemonkey at 03:08 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
@Darkmatter91: I know just what you mean; it was a large part of the reason I bought a Mac Mini. I am glad I did =]

nettoyeur at 05:18 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
@Darkmatter91: It’s also important to note, as people often do, that quicksilver is much more than just a launcher. I use it to manage a lot of things on my computer; it is a wonderful complement to spotlight.

nettoyeur at 05:23 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
A number of comments on the MacApper post mention LaunchBar. Has anyone on LH tried it? Any QS power users familiar with both? Care to give a rundown?

The lack of recent QS development has been a disappointment. I’m willing to try a switch if there are compelling arguments.

Darkmatter91 at 06:18 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
yea I just love me some games and crossover (Wine + nice GUI) just doesn’t cut it for me on OS X though Counter-Strike on school computers (even at like 40fps) is the funnest thing i have ever seen

yea sorry to call it “A launcher”

NeoXY at 07:32 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
For all of you expecting new QS development, don’t.

The original developer have already said although he will try and do minor updates to better stability, don’t expect a new version of QS/w features. QS at this point is basically as good as its gonna get. I still use it because its been rock solid for me. But eventually, we might all have to wave it goodbye.

NineTailedFox at 09:23 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
I love BezelHUD. Goes very nicely with GrowlHUD and Cover Stream; I do prefer it when all these elements can share a unified theme.

Re: future development, it’s not too much to hope now its been open-sourced that someone might pick up the reins and at least maintain it.

nettoyeur at 09:54 PM on 06/01/08 Reply by Email *
@NeoXY: But QS has gone open source now right? [] Or has that plan since changed?

NineTailedFox at 02:25 AM Reply by Email *
Curb, curve or curtains, I’m not sure reading about something on TUAW puts one ahead of it, although tipping them off about it might do.

tyojohn at 04:58 AM Reply by Email *
QS is one of the best utilities I’ve every used. Does anyone know if development is going to continue? I remember seeing a video somewhere of the original developer talking about doing something new that will significantly change QS, but not much recently. Anyone know?

ICEBreaker at 05:32 AM Reply by Email *
Cool. Julius Eckert has real talent. Kudos.

ICEBreaker at 05:38 AM Reply by Email *
@tyojohn: Sadly, no. He was talking about another project. As far as Quick Silver is concerned, he believes it has evolved to the final stages, where only minor tweaks and bug fixing will be released.

I believe you were referring to this interview on Lifehacker:

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    It’s not yet clear whether the image above is actually Gigabyte’s forthcoming M912, but at least we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the Atom-based laptop’s specs. We’re thinking maybe this shot could be of another model, though, given the fact that the M912 only has VGA out listed, while we can clearly see what appears to be a full DVI port above. The rest of those specs, for your perusal:

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    Around 1.5 years ago, we got wind of researchers in the UK working up a battery-free pacemaker. Fast forward to now, and we’ve got yet another breakthrough in the field. Purportedly, a crew of Osaka University scientists have created the “world’s first optical pacemaker,” and in an article published in Optics Express, the team details how “powerful, but very short, laser pulses can help control the beating of heart muscle cells.” In theory, this discovery provides the means for dictating said cells within a controlled setting, which could help researchers “better understand the mechanism of heart muscle contraction.” As amazing as we’re sure this is to the science world, throwing “lasers” and “heart” into the same sentence just doesn’t elicit warm / fuzzy feelings.

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    Converting residual industrial heat into something usable (read: electricity) has proven to be more than a novel concept on more than one occasion, and ElectraTherm’s giving the process one more vote of confidence by installing its Green Machine at Southern Methodist University. Just this past week, the firm flipped on its first commercial waste heat generator at the Dallas-based institution, with hopes to generate “fuel-free, emissions-free electricity at three to four cents per kW/hr during payback period and under a penny/kW hour thereafter.” The 50kW rig has so far exceeded expectations, and the firm is now forecasting that its units will have a “subsidy-free payback period of three years or less.” Of course, we aren’t told exactly how many zeros reside on the left of the decimal or anything, but folks in the area can get a tour of the installation later this month.

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  • HP exec cuts birthday cake with MacBook Air

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    digg_url = ‘’; Those that know Rahul Sood, founder of Voodoo PC and CTO of HP’s global gaming business, might not be so surprised to hear he used a working MacBook Air to cut his thick, rich, chocolatey birthday cake. While wearing an HP shirt. And then posted it to his site. Good luck, Rahul — we’re totally sure the Apple fanboys of the world are going to give you a pass on this one. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • The firebreathing wheelchair is the best worst idea on four wheels this year

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    Now that our wheelchair-ridin’ pals can rock the virtual drums, the natural next step is fire breathing electric conveyances. Built by Lance Greathouse out of golf cart parts, a Marine rescue helicopter seat and, of course, a flame thrower, the “wheelchair” can zip along at 22 miles per hour, burninating whatever might cross its path. Lance says it best: “It was made for the disabled person looking for something a little different, why drive something that looks like a medical device when you can drive something lethal?” Exactly.

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  • Security cameras and a mobile phone help man track down mysterious house guest

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    Look, we’re just as down on crazy Japanese stereotypes as the next guy. We watched Lost in Translation. We’re with it. We know it’s not all cosplay and weird game shows (but seriously, that human Tetris one? Awesome) and people dressing up as vending machines (pictured). That said, this story isn’t doing Japan any favors. A homeless woman was recently arrested in Tokyo after living undetected in a man’s closet for a year and sneaking food out of his kitchen. It was the missing food that tipped him off, so he installed some security cameras in his home to transmit images to his phone. Some motion was detected, so he called the police, and soon enough they spotted her in the closet — where she had planted a mattress. Moral of the story? Move to Japan. Better cellphones and bigger closets. You can’t lose.

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  • Colossal overhead clock tells time, replaces boring light fixtures

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    Realities:United has created a device that will likely bring back fond memories of Coldplay’s X&Y tour a few years ago, particularly if you were there for the first 60 or so seconds when a gigantic timepiece such as the one seen above counted down the show’s start. Without getting too reminiscent up in here, the artistsspace commissioned project not only keeps track of time impeccably well, but it also replaces those mundane fixtures that have become an unfortunate mainstay in corporate offices. Now, if only the workday would whiz by as quickly as the one shown in the demonstrative video located in the read link, you’d be all set. [Warning: read link directs to video]

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  • Sparky the robodog reacts accordingly to surroundings

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    Hate to say it, but Pleo ain’t got nothing on Sparky. Created by five interaction design master students, this robodog actually responds in sensible ways to positive / negative scenarios going on around it. For instance, the creature will drop its head, whimper and collapse down if faced with “carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke, alcohol, too much dark lighting, hitting and yelling.” Consequently, he’ll perk up and show signs of excitement when standing in broad daylight or going on walks. All the pluses of having your own pet, minus the excrement and doggy daycare costs — brilliant! Peep Sparky’s day out on the town after the jump.Continue reading Sparky the robodog reacts accordingly to surroundings

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  • Japanese scientists craft planet’s smallest ramen bowl

    Posted: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 02:01:00 EST

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    Now that just looks extra scrumptious, doesn’t it? What you’re peering at above is believed to be the world’s tiniest ramen bowl, created by a clever bunch of scientists from the University of Tokyo. Reportedly, Masayuki Nakao and his students “used a carbon-based material to produce a noodle bowl with a diameter 1 / 25,000 of an inch in a project aimed at developing nanotube-processing technology.” In other words, they carved a bowl out of nanotubes, which can now only be viewed through a microscope. Best of all, they didn’t stop with just the dinnerware, as they managed to insert a number of inedible noodles to round things off — each of which measured “one-12,500th of an inch in length with a thickness of one-1.25 millionth of an inch.” Don’t get any bright ideas here, McDonald’s, ditching SuperSize was bad enough. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • Rock Band Drum Kit accessibility mod helps everybody rock harder

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 22:50:00 EST

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    While we of course rock oh-so-very-hard on Rock Band‘s drums, the pedal just never felt right under our weakling calves. The problem is naturally exacerbated for folks in wheelchairs, since there’s no way to avoid the kick drum or re-route it to another button — at least out of the box. Some folks at Kinetic Communications modded up a doorbell to work as the kick drum button and screwed it to a drum stick. Not the prettiest mod in the world, but it got their wheelchair-bound buddy drumming for about $20, and it shouldn’t be hard to replicate their instructions. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • Napa Valley winery flips on Flotovoltaic solar array

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 20:42:00 EST

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    Chalk another one up for Sharp. The company has landed yet another partner willing to utilize its solar panels in order to make news, wow onlookers and give Mother Earth a modicum of a break. Napa Valley winery Far Niente has flipped on its self-coined Floatovoltaic installation, which was developed by Thompson Technology Industries and installed by SPG Solar. Nearly 2,300 Sharp solar panels were secured for the job, and we’re told that the array generates 400 kWs at peak output, which “significantly offsets the winery’s annual power usage and provides a net-zero energy bill.” Don’t expect that coveted bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to be any cheaper as a result, though.

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  • FreeHand puts a pocket on your wrist, L on your forehead

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 18:15:00 EST

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    This day and age, there’s really no excuse to have too little room in your average pair of cargo shorts for all the gadgets needed in a day. Convergence and shrinking PCBs have left us with do-it-all handhelds that can fit in the rear pockets of size 2 jeans on a size 4 gal, so really, you have exactly zero reasons to actually buy that abomination pictured above. If you must know, the FreeHand is a wearable neoprene pocket that keeps your keys, flash drives, RSA token and chump change within easy reach, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to convince the boss it’s being worn to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Folks who haven’t listened to a word we just said can ignite a Jackson right now — or spend $19.95 on this, same difference.

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  • Computer designed to read thoughts from brain scans

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 17:10:00 EST

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    Frighteningly enough, this isn’t the first (or second) time that we’ve seen scientists pat themselves on the back for creating a mind-reading machine, but a dedicated team from Carnegie Mellon has just announced a computer that “has been trained to read people’s minds by looking at scans of their brains as they thought about specific words.” In a completely unsurprising move, gurus familiar with the development are suggesting that the breakthrough could be used to better understand how the brain organizes knowledge, and eventually, treat language disorders and learning disabilities more effectively. That’s all gravy from here, but when this stuff starts passing as evidence in court, you’ll know it’s time to seriously investigate a relocation to Mars. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • Giant bunny formed from GPS path

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 16:01:00 EST

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    First things first: considering the huge amount of press garnered by a recent position art scam, this here could indeed be just another spoof to get your hopes up. That being said, we’re pretty sure no one with any level of decency would do such a vile thing on Easter Sunday, which is precisely when the above bunny was purportedly created from waltzing about with a Magellan GPS and a digital camera. The artist himself admits that what you see above is a slightly cleaned-up version of the actual path, but we’re told that any edits that occurred had no huge bearing on the outcome of the piece. You be the judge. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • Prototype iControlPad proves itself on video

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 15:11:00 EST

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    Hah, did you really have the nerve to doubt CraigIX? The iPhone gamepad add-on that we heard about just last week is already inching closer to reality, and there’s a video to prove it. In the somewhat unexciting clip posted up after the jump, you’ll see a PCB mockup of the device doing its thang, though it’s quite inelegant in its current form. If you just needed one more something to boost your interest / confidence that this critter was real, you know where to head.

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  • MSI Wind gets terse pre-release review

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 14:12:00 EST

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    It’s pretty tough to wrap your melon around, but MSI’s Wind has not yet officially launched per se. That being said, it has still managed to end up in the hands of quite a few eager subnote lovers, and Laptop Mag is no exception. Shortly after the UK branch of CNET posted up their initial impressions, along comes yet another mini-review to get you even more worked up about June 3rd. Here’s the skinny so far: the screen is amazing, keyboard is as well, the trackpad is simply too cramped and the port assortment is very respectable. All in all, critics were left “seriously impressed,” and they even threw together a video and image gallery for checking out afterwards. Head on over, alright? ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • Creative’s Vado Pocket Video Cam unboxed on video

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 13:16:00 EST

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    There’s honestly not a lot of mind-blowing material in the video posted up after the jump, but it definitely delivers as advertised. You see, you’ve got Creative’s Flip Video-combating Vado cheapcorder all wrapped up, and over the course of 317 seconds, it manages to slip outside of its shell and get handled. Initial impressions are dished out too (hint: they’re surprisingly positive), so don’t skip out on hitting the read link while your cursor is down in the general vicinity. ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments

  • RIM’s BlackBerry 9500 “Thunder” captured on camera?

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 12:24:00 EST

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    A retailer taking pre-orders for phones that haven’t even been announced is considered business as usual, but there’s something just a little out of the ordinary with Horizon Wireless’ listing for the alleged touchscreen superphone outta Waterloo, the BlackBerry 9500 “Thunder” — it’s accompanied by a somewhat believable picture of the thing. Extreme blur always adds a healthy dose of credibility (we kid), but more importantly, the picture shows no telltale signs of being a render and looks essentially like what everyone’s expecting it to look like. BlackBerry addicts who’ve been desperately fighting the urge to go to the dark side, consider this your shot of willpower for the day.

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  • RhythmFish concept enables Dory to create trippy visuals

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 11:50:00 EST

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    Wait, you did name your guppy Dory, right? Whatever your household fish is named, you can certainly give it a fresh purpose in life with the RhythmFish — if it were more than a mere concept, of course. The setup surrounds your fish with webcams and monitors its movements via sensors in order to translate all of that data and put forth a visual interpretation. In all honestly, it’s probably just some sort of randomizer hooked up to a Windows 95 screen saver, but a boy can dream, can’t he?

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  • projectiondesign to launch F10 AS3D active 3D stereoscopic projector

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 10:14:00 EST

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    Look out, naysayers — projectiondesign is giving this whole “3D revolution” thing some serious street cred with the F10 AS3D. Slated to debut at InfoComm 2008 in Las Vegas, the unit marks the company’s first active 3D stereoscopic projector. Notably, this isn’t the firm’s first foray into the third-dimension, as eight of its F20 sx+ PJs are currently being used in a 3D visualization system at Munich University. Moving on, we’ll also find its brand new three-chip DLP F80, which features a WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, ACOP (Advanced Color Optical Processing) technology and a stratospheric price tag (we’re guessing on that last one). We’ll be holding out for pricing / release information, but we don’t suspect it’ll be too long before those critical points get divulged.

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  • Thanko’s solar-powered DAP urges you outdoors

    Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 08:38:00 EST

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    So we’ve seen a few solar-powered gizmos (that we wouldn’t touch with a ten twenty foot pole), but Thanko’s own sun-lovin’ DAP actually doesn’t look half bad. The Solar Digital Audio Player, from the front, looks like any other ho hum unit, with a 1.8-inch 220 x 176 resolution display, 4GB of internal storage space and a miniSD expansion slot. Flip ‘er over, and you’ll find a thoughtful kickstand that just so happens to have a solar panel slapped right on, enabling the brilliant, outdoor sunshine to give it a few more minutes of life. There’s no official word on a price or release date, but we wouldn’t bank on it ever coming Stateside, anyway.

    Update: Seems this is just a rebadge. So much for thinking ahead, huh? ReadPermalinkEmail thisComments


Posted in General on mayo 31, 2008 by djpao


Posted in General on mayo 31, 2008 by djpao