Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax
Posted by samzenpus on Monday August 28, @01:38PM
from the map-it-out dept.
Michael J. Ross writes
"Just as PHP and other Web scripting languages have made it possible
to create dynamic Web pages, online mapping services are making it
possible to create dynamic maps that can be customized by a Web site
owner, or made customizable by a site visitor. In the case of Google
Maps, this is done using the built-in application programming
interface (API), which is described in a new book, Beginning Google
Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax: From Novice to Professional."
Universal backs free music offer Vivendi Universal, the world's
biggest music group, has signed a deal to make its music catalogue
available on a free legal downloads service. Under the agreement,
Spiralfrog will offer Universal's songs online in the US and Canada.
New York-based Spiralfrog will launch its service in December and
make its money by carrying adverts on the site.
How many times have you thought "I wish I could just fold up these
speakers and take them with me?" OK, me neither. But for the travel
vagabond, student, art student, MUJI has designed these fold-up
speakers. Known in Japan as a company that makes simple, elegant
products that are environmentally friendly, their name literally
translates into "No Brand Goods."
These MUJI Cardboard speakers retail for $42 for a pair, and are
easily assembled . Besides, they would be a big conversation piece
when you pull them out of your purse at a party.
Small in size, big in design.
QSST, new supersonic jet, will travel coast-to-coast in two hours
Posted Aug 29th 2006 4:57AM by Cyrus Farivar
Filed under: Transportation
Many of us here at Engadget are, or at least wish we were, the
jetsetting type. The type to constantly bounce around to Boston, San
Francisco, Hong Kong and other exotic locales. We'd definitely
appreciate being able to traverse the continent in two hours, and
while our overloads, erm, friendly bosses might appreciate that, our
accounting department probably wouldn't. And surely this new
generation of supersonic flights, which will reach top speeds of Mach
1.8, aren't going to come cheap. According to Wired News, this new
supersonic private jet, called QSST ("quiet supersonic travel") is in
production by Lockheed Martin. The new jet sports a "patented
inverted V-tail", which will reduce the sound of its sonic boom to
less than a hundredth of the original Concorde, one of the reasons
why it was met with limited success in the US. The QSST's current
price tag of $80 million is still cheap by comparison to the first
generation of Concorde jets, which cost $46 million in 1977 (nearly
$150 million in 2005 dollars when adjusted for inflation). So save
your pennies, kids, we'll be saving ours.
AO+ Pen Table
Aimed at design professionals, the AO+ Pen Table works in conjunction
with Adobe Photoshop, allowing users to easily create digital
masterpieces. This system can be projected onto any flat surface for
maximum flexibility. Video after the jump.
(Video) Philips READUS
The Philips READUS is “the world’s first prototype of a functional
electronic-document reader that can unroll its display to a scale
larger than the device itself.” See a functional prototype after the
Philips READUS E-Reader Scroll Prototyp You've heard of e-ink
devices, like the Sony Librie, or e-reader, or whatever. But you've
never seen a real working prototype of an electronic reader based on
a flexible e-paper, that rolls up like a scroll. And you've never
seen a video of said device being explained by a Norwegian named Hans
to an Austrailian guy named Max...Mad Max. Whatever, I don't care
what his real name is. What we care about is the prototype's 5-inch
screen that runs at 320 by 240 pixels. The screen, by E-Ink
corporation, only uses power to change states, so battery life is
measured in page turns. Vid, after the jump.– BRIAN LAM
Philips READUS [TechEBlog]
Ban Beater Recycles Your Bathwater For Plant Watering/Car Washing
This may be old hat to our UK readers, but the Ban Beater device is a
gadget that helps you recycle your used bathwater for outdoor use.
After you bathe, use the Ban Beater to suck up the "greywater", take
it outside, and you've got enough water to feed your plants. You
could technically use the water to wash your car, but considering the
stuff coming off of your body when you take a shower, we wouldn't
recommend it. Either way, you're saving money and water by
repurposing your own filth.
Available now for 39.99 ($73). – JASON CHEN
Mozilla accepts Microsoft's offer of assistance Posted Aug 29th 2006
8:00AM by Chris Gilmer Filed under: Business, Developer, Internet,
Windows, Web services, Mozilla In shocking news released in the past
few days, Microsoft will actually be working with the Mozilla
Corporation to get Firefox and Thunderbird to play nicely with
windows Vista. A few weeks ago as we reported here, the Director of
Open Source for Microsoft had invited Mozilla developers to Redmond
for a Vista Lab. Even though the two compete in the browser wars,
Microsoft invited Mozilla developers to a full four day session with
Vista engineers so that they could get a better idea on the new
technologies and structure set to be used in the new operating
system. Through the new training, the Mozilla developers have been
testing and developing new integration points with Vista.
BookMooch Online Book Exchange Posted Aug 29th 2006 7:30AM by Chris
Gilmer Filed under: Business, Internet, Web services, Social Software
BookMooch does exactly what their tagline states and helps bring new
life to old books. BookMooch is similar to a used book library
online, making it easier to search and locate books that you might
not have wanted to pay full price for, but are totally worth
reading. BookMooch is also trying its hand at social networking by
creating a community for exchanging books online, and have developed
a points program for listing and buying books. Being that the site is
extremely simple to use, and from my searches on it, they have a nice
selection listed, BookMooch just might have a nice swapping
community. The exchange process is simple. Search for the book of
your choice,save the search or mooch the book, then buy it. Users can
also check out the Amazon info on the book.
17 Web Based Competitors to MS Office
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday August 28, @07:38PM
from the wildly-flailing-for-vc dept.
prostoalex writes"Red Herring magazine takes a look at 17 projects in
the Web 2.0 space competing with Microsoft Office for the attention
of the office workers worldwide. The table lists Thinkfree, Zoho
Writer, Writeboard, Google Writely, Rallypoint and JotSpot Live as
Microsoft Word competitors, JotSpot Tracker, Numsum, iRows, Zoho
Street as Microsoft Excel alternatives, S5, Zoho Show as PowerPoint
contenders, ThinkFree, gOffice and Zoho Virtual Office as suite
offerings. Even Microsoft Project has its fair share of Web 2.0
competitors: Basecamp and JotSpot Project Manager made the list."
Sphelar®, Spherical Microsolar Cell Applications From Kyosemi Corp.
August 29, 2006 07:34 AM - John Laumer, Philadelphia
The photo is of two new photovoltaic device prototypes: a flexible
see-through Sphelar® sheet; and, a dome-style Sphelar® module.
“Sphelar® is the trademark given to a proprietary spherical solar
cell product Kyosemi Corporation has developed on its own. This tiny
solar cell measuring a mere 1 mm across…” “Sphelar® captures
light from all directions, which means it can catch reflected light
and diffused light. In addition, there is no need for the superfluous
operation of tracking the sun.” “Sphelar is produced using a
unique process whereby melted silicon is subjected to free fall , and
spheres are formed naturally by the microgravity conditions, so there
is hardly any waste of raw materials at all”. Pretty much like a
modern version of the “shot tower”, but for use in the war on
climate change (WACC). For details on projected energy efficiency,
sheet stock and dome applications, commercialization strategy, and,
also, a general description of how Laurie Anderson put Sphelar to use
in a performance piece, look here . For engineering design details of
the Anderson installation, look here . Kyosemi Corp. projects that
cost of manufacturing will be roughly half that of rigid solar cell
Via: Sustainable Industries Journal (subscription only).