iTWire – One app can make a difference

I find it really heartwarming when I read about simple solutions to problems that can cause the greatest of issues. A bit thanks to Charmian Gaud for her post on iTWire.

I have a hearing disability and despite very expensive hearing aids I find it almost impossible to hear what’s being said at public meetings. I’ve tried the induction loop at theatres, and although some hearing is possible it is still an enormous struggle.

During the next couple of weeks I must attend a government advisory committee and I know hearing will be nigh impossible. I’ve visited the site to test the induction loop and it’s like the theatre – OK, but not really good.

So what does an Apple fan do when faced with a problem? She searches for an appropriate app for her iPhone.

soundAMP R ($5.99) is the most wonderful app for anyone who is hard of hearing. I am gobsmacked by how well it works. It seems like sound is magnified fourfold, and it has a range finder so you can ‘zoom in’ according to the distance from the sound source.

via iTWire – One app can make a difference.

YouTube – Sesame Street Science: Sink or Float? – START THE EXPERIMENT HERE

As a Techie I love science and Sesame street has come to the party.

Ask a question, make a hypothesis, and observe what happens in this Sesame Street interactive science experiment!

Help renowned scientists, Cookie Monster and Emma, investigate what sinks in water and what floats in water!

Experiment with a rubber band ball, a lime and lemon, Ernie’s rubber duckie, and a coconut. Start the experiment here!

Will Bert’s underpants sink or float? Go to http://www.sesamestreet.org/sinkorfloat for the full interactive experiment and find out.

via YouTube – Sesame Street Science: Sink or Float? – START THE EXPERIMENT HERE.

iTWire – Joomla 1.6 arrives

As an avid Joomla user I am very excited about iTWire news from today.

Version 1.6 of the Joomla CMS was released this week. Despite being a point release, it delivers a wide range of improvements.

Joomla is a popular open source content management system used by a variety of web sites including iTWire. Joomla 1.6 was released this week, delivering changes in many aspects of the software.

From a site designer’s perspective, significant new features include the ability to modify the appearance of specific pages by using template styles and template overrides, a colour-coded HTML and CSS editor. and nested categories.

Those responsible for content may be pleased to learn that the media manager now allows the upload of multiple files at once, even if the uploader is Flash based. (But is there now a rich text editor that works with Safari? That’s been one of the biggest frustrations here.)

Administrators may welcome the access control system, which allows unlimited groups, assigning one user to multiple groups, unlimited access levels, and access permissions applying at various levels from the entire site to an individual object. Also new is an option to manually approve all new registered users to keep the membership list clean.

The software runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

More than 100 Joomla add-ons have already been updated to work with version 1.6.

via iTWire – Joomla 1.6 arrives.

iTWire – AAPT: Multiple Brisbane co-lo sites “under threat”

The floods in QLD are taking their toll and it appears that the IT industry is needing to show its resiliance also. As told in the following iTWire article.

Telco giant AAPT this afternoon revealed a number of its Brisbane-based co-location hosting sites were in danger of being affected by rising floodwaters in the capital, in the wake of news this morning that it had powered down one site in Eagle Street.

via iTWire – AAPT: Multiple Brisbane co-lo sites “under threat”.

Our thoughts at LittleBluePixel go out to the people in South-East Queensland and hope that the waters subside quickly.

Samsung’s crazy CES 2011 keynote — the highlight reel — Engadget

As a tech guy I would love to attend at least 1 CES and 1 E3 in my life just to see the awesome new technology. Being in Australia makes that a little hard at the moment but if the Samsung’s keynote is anything to go by, the longer I leave it the more crazy and wild it’ll become as shown by Engadget’s highlight reel.

It’s been nearly a week and we’re still trying to figure out exactly what was going on during Samsung’s wild CES 2011 keynote – even though we liveblogged it, talked about it on the showcast, and named it best presser of CES, we’re not sure you can fully understand the insanity of the dancers, the random moments, and a futureboy named Zoll unless you’ve seen it yourself. Samsung’s put the whole thing up on YouTube in six segments you can find the first below but we cut together a little highlight reel you can watch above. Trust us — it’s worth it.

via Samsung’s crazy CES 2011 keynote — the highlight reel — Engadget.

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