Unboxing the New Samsung Central Station Wireless Hub Monitor

Not you average unboxing of the New Samsung Central Station Wireless Hub Monitor!

It is a stop motion film to promote the Samsung Central Station range of USB hub monitors, that help clear your desk of messy cables. They include a wireless USB 2.0 dongle that connects to a USB port on the portable computing device. The monitor then apparently ‘comes alive’ if your computer is within 3 feet of the ‘Central Station’ and what’s more is that you can plug desktop peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse into it.

For more information about The Samsung Central Station product range, check out: www.samsung.com/centralstation

Minecraft Beta 1.8 Adventure Update Gameplay at PAX 2011

The title of this post “Minecraft Beta 1.8 Adventure Update Gameplay at PAX 2011” pretty much says it all – enjoy! 🙂

Thanks goes to the uploaders. I suggest you click the videos to go to the main youtube channels where the videos come from for more information on what you are seeing in each video at what point.

These videos certainly give me an insight on how we need to prepare ourselves in my server, Yet Another Minecraft Server (YAMS). There’s going to be some interesting changes happening on YAMS over the next 4 months or so, so be on the lookout for hints I leave around! If you have never been on YAMS feel free to check us out at: http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft

RIM Announces BBM Music – A New Social Music Sharing and Discovery Service

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BBM™ Music, a new BBM (BlackBerry® Messenger) service for socially connected music fans.

BBM Music is an easy-to-use cloud-based service that enables social and viral music discovery by allowing users to build an evolving, community-based music library that is shared amongst their BBM Music friends. The size of the music library continues to grow as new friends join the community and each user can select music from a catalog with millions of songs from leading music companies – Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

“More than 45 million customers already love the social communication benefits delivered through BBM and we are thrilled to be extending the experience into a uniquely social and interactive music service,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “We have partnered with leading music companies to provide a ‘full track’ music sharing and discovery experience that will provide users with quality music on demand and allow them to connect with friends on a whole new level.” 

Key features of BBM Music include: 

  • Music made social – BBM Music is a cloud-based, social music service that allows you to share and discover music with your friends, creating a continually evolving music library:
  • Build a personal music profile with 50 of your favorite songs. You can refresh your profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.
  • Invite your BBM friends to subscribe to BBM Music and to join your BBM Music Community.
  • With each friend that is added to BBM Music, you grow your music collection since the songs from the profile of each BBM Music friend are available to you at any time.
  • Up to 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM Music Community, and each member of your community shares up to 50 songs from their profile with you.
  • Enjoy a truly social community-based music experience – the more friends who join your community, the more songs you can listen to.
  • Easily discover music that your BBM Music friends are listening to, and comment on your friends’ songs and playlists.
  • You can create multiple playlists from music in your profile as well as all of your friends’ profiles, and with one click you can shuffle the entire collection of music from your BBM Music Community. You can even see which friend contributed each song while it plays.
  • Within your BBM Music app, you also see a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all users within your community. It gives you a chronological view of community updates, including who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created and what comments were made by your BBM Music friends.
  • Listen to Full Tracks – BBM Music subscribers can listen to full tracks from their friends’ profiles – not just previews.
  • Offline Listening – Music can be saved to smartphones for offline listening, allowing users to access songs even when they don’t have wireless coverage.
    Topping the Charts – Keep track of how many friends are listening to your tracks.

Omnifone, a premier cloud music service provider, is providing RIM with a back-end solution for the BBM Music service that provides content management, music hosting and reporting functions based on Omnifone’s award winning technology. As part of RIM’s proprietary service, Omnifone’s back-end solution helps facilitate the delivery of a full music catalog to BBM Music users and comprehensive compensation reporting for copyright holders.

“A major component of online music continues to be about community, and the ability to discover new artists and music through word of mouth,” stated Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. “BBM Music dynamically and elegantly integrates the excitement of this social music discovery process with a high quality music service, enabling tens of millions of BlackBerry users to experience new music and to share those experiences with their friends virtually anywhere and at anytime.” 

“We are pleased to be partnering with Research In Motion on their BBM Music service. RIM and its large base of BlackBerry Messenger users represent an exciting platform for expanding the reach of commercial digital music around the world,” stated Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “The combination of a premium music solution and instant messaging will enable viral music discovery and emphasize the social power of digital music. It also offers an effective way of serving younger consumers by integrating music into the fabric of an important hub of their digital activity.”

“A dynamic social music experience is a powerful way for our artists to connect with fans and also for fans to discover music by interacting with each other,” said Michael Nash, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group. “Addressing more than 45 million BlackBerry Messenger users with a service tailor-made for its mobile community, BBM Music has the opportunity to reach a broad and engaged audience.”

“We are very excited to work with Research In Motion to bring our artists’ music to BBM’s huge and very loyal user base,” said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at EMI Music. “BBM Music’s unique social discovery experience offers fans a great new way to discover music, share their favorite tracks with their friends and build a stronger connection with the artists they love.”

“The widespread adoption of mobile devices provides the perfect foundation for consuming and sharing music. Brands that want to deliver a unique interactive experience must create services that are mobile, social, and contextual,” said Maribel Lopez Principal at Lopez Research and Constellation Research Group. 

A closed beta trial of the BBM Music service is starting today in Canada, the United States and the UK. The BBM Music service is expected to be commercially available to customers later this year for a monthly subscription of $4.99 USD in Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information about BBM Music, and to sign up to be notified of its availability in your country, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbmmusic.

Notch the creator of Minecraft codes a new game in 48 hours!

Right now Notch is participating in the Ludum Dare, live! Ludum Dare is a regular accelerated game development Event. Participants develop games from scratch in a weekend, based on a theme suggested by community. This contest’s theme is “escape”. Notch has just over 4 hours left at the time of posting this… You can watch him too below.. Though be careful of the chat, theres so much vulgar langauge in it for no real reason at all! 🙁

Watch live video from realnotch on www.twitch.tv

Link: http://www.twitch.tv/realnotch#/w/1651037168/6

“Revenge” – A Minecraft Parody of Usher’s DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love – Crafted Using Noteblocks

Youtuber CaptainSparklez brings the world a Minecraft parody of Usher’s DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love.

Download the song on iTunes here at this link.


So we back in the mine, got our pick axe swinging from side to side,
This task a grueling one, hope to find some diamonds tonight,
Heads up, you hear a sound, turn around and look up, total shock fills your body,
Oh no it’s you again,
I could never forget those eyes

‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all our stuff again,
‘Cause baby tonight, you grab your pick, shovel and bolt again,
And run, run until it’s done, done, until the sun comes up in the morn’
‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all our stuff again,

Just when you think you’re safe, overhear some hissing from right behind,
That’s a nice life you have, shame it’s gotta end at this time,
Blows up, then your health bar drops, you could use a 1-up, get inside don’t be tardy,
So now you’re stuck in there, half a heart is left but don’t die

‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all your stuff again,
‘Cause baby tonight, you grab your pick, shovel and bolt again,
And run, run until it’s done, done, until the sun comes up in the morn’
‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all your stuff again,

Captain Sparklez:
Creepers, you’re mine

Dig up diamonds, and craft those diamonds and make some armor,
Get it baby, go and forge that like you so, MLG pro,
The sword’s made of diamonds, so come at me bro

Training in your room under the torch light,
Hone that form to get you ready for the big fight,
Every single day and the whole night,
Creeper’s out prowlin’ – alright

Look at me, look at you,
Take my revenge that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m a warrior baby, what else is new,
And my blade’s gonna tear through you

Bring it

‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all our stuff again,
Yeah baby tonight, grab your sword, armor and go, take your revenge,
So fight, fight like it’s the last, last night of your life, life, show them your bite,
‘Cause baby tonight, the creeper’s trying to steal all our stuff again,
‘Cause baby tonight, you grab your pick, shovel and bolt again,
And run, run until it’s done, done, until the sun comes up in the morn’
‘Cause baby tonight, the creepers tried to steal all our stuff again


DIY website builder WebEden.co.uk launches blog feature

Award winning do-it-yourself website building tool WebEden.co.uk today announced the launch of their new, long awaited, blog feature.

The new blog tool opens up blogging to anyone with a PC who has little or no technical knowledge. Much like websites created with WebEden building system, it can be set up and stylised using simple drag and drop software and is aimed at both business and pleasure users.

WebEden MD Ken Builder says ‘Whether it’s a business wanting to interact with their customers more effectively, or an individual wishing to interact with like-minded people, blogging an incredibly effective way to do it.’

Blog content can be published through an RSS feed which in turn can be used to automatically update other services such as Twitter. With Facebook ‘Like’ and Twitter ‘Tweet’ buttons also included by default within the new blog feature, posts can instantly be shared by individuals reading posts to their own networks.

‘As they say, the blank page awaits, all that’s needed is a great thought to fill it!’ says Ken.

Download DAZ Studio 4 free registration serial code

A friend of mine sent me a link to this article here on My Digital Life in which you can get DAZ Studio 4 for Free! Worth a look if you like 3D.

DAZ Studio 4 (the newest version to date), from DAZ 3D, is a powerful, comprehensive 3D figure creation, posing, art and animation tool, which is designed to allow hobbyists and beginners who’re new to 3D art and animation as well as professionals to easily create their unique stunning artwork and animation by utilizing virtual people, pets, vehicles, accessories, environments, props and so forth. For folks who like to enjoy optimal freedom in the diversity of 3D figures creation without sacrificing the integrity of the character itself, the latest DAZ Studio also introduces an interesting new Genesis figure platform that offers a virtually limitless set of additional figure shape variations that can be built from a common base.

A Brief Timeline History of the Internet 1971-2011

1971 – Bolt Beranek and Ray Tomlinson invent email by adapting an internal messaging
program and extending it to use the ARPANET to send messages between sites.
Within a year, three quarters of ARPANET traffic is email.

1976 – The Queen sends an email from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in

1982 – Scott Fahlman kick-starts smiley-culture by suggesting using the 🙂 and 🙁
smileys to convey emotions in emails.

1986 – Internet newsgroups are born. Rick Adams, Center for Seismic Studies,
releases software enabling news transmission, posting and reading using
internet-standard TCP/IP connections.

1989 – Tim Berners-Lee and the team at CERN invent the World Wide Web to make
information easier to publish and access on the internet.

1994– Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web is renamed Yahoo! and receives 100,000 visitors. In 1995,
it begins displaying adverts.

1995eBay is launched to enable internet users
to trade with each other.

1996 – Broadband is introduced to the UK with the aim of replacing the slower dial
up technology.  The phenomenon                really took off and by 2011 71%
of UK homes had broadband internet.  The
Sky Broadband sign-up rate alone stands at
77 new customers an hour, every hour since 2006.

1998Google arrives. It pioneers a ranking
system that uses links to assess a website’s popularity.

2000 – The dotcom bust. After several years of venture capitalists throwing money at
proposals with ‘internet’ on the cover, many businesses fail to find a market .

2003 – Nearly half of us are connected: UK telecomms regulator Oftel reports that
47% of UK homes have internet access and 58% have a PC.

2004 – As broadband becomes more popular, media companies start selling music and
video online. Napster relaunches as a paid music download store, competing with
Apple iTunes.

2004Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook at Harvard University, and photo sharing
website Flickr is born, coinciding with the rise in digital photography.

2005 – The internet starts to threaten television and telephone companies. Youtube
launches to enable people to easily publish videos online.

2006 – Twitter is created. In stark contrast to the proliferation of lengthy blog
posts online, Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters.

2009 – Actor Ashton Kutcher becomes the first person on Twitter to have a million
followers subscribing to his ‘tweets’.

2010 – In February, Facebook announced it has 400 million active members. That’s
larger than the population of the US and UK combined.

Courtesy of Sean McManus at www.sean.co.uk

Forty Years and Counting: A Birthday milestone for the simple Email

2011 marks an unbelievable 40 years since the creation of email, and with this month also having been the birthday of World Wide Web creator, Tim Berners-Lee, Sky Broadband has put together a factual homage to the lowly email and a celebration of all things online.

Engineer Ray Tomlinson is widely credited for sending the first ever email in 1971. It was sent from one computer to another computer sitting right beside each other in Cambridge, Massachusetts and it is thought to have read “QWERTYUIOP”. Forty years later and research by Sky Broadband shows that 91% of Britons own an email account, with the average person sending 24 emails per day .

Sky Broadband’s email fact file:

  • 42% of the UK population hasn’t sent a handwritten letter in over six months.
  • More than double the number of UK workers would prefer to send an email (51%) to a colleague than pick up the phone (24%).
  • A quarter of naughty Brits (25%) would panic if their boss could see all of their sent emails.
  • One in every ten amorous email users (11%) has flirted with someone they shouldn’t on email.
  • One in five (21%) access our emails on the move from our mobile phone handsets.

Today, in addition to the celebrated email, there are over 1 billion messages sent on Twitter every week and 500 million active Facebook users – the internet and social networking have become integrated into the daily lives of homes up and down UK. Little did Tim Berners-Lee realise that his World Wide Web creation in 1989 would result in 71% of homes in the UK having a broadband service 22 years later. With the average goggle eyed Brit spending 4.5 hours a dayi Sky Broadband decided to question the nation on their surfing habits and discovered some fascinating regional variations .

The results showed that nation’s busiest shoppers herald from the South East of the country with 42% of the region using the internet for retail pursuit. Those surfing just for amusement hailed mainly from the Northern Ireland with nearly three quarters of the region admitting that broadband makes their life more fun.

The most sociable region was revealed as the West Midlands, with over two-thirds (66%) using social networks every week – higher than anywhere else in the country. Over a quarter of the Welsh public (28%) revealed that they play online games more than once a week, whilst the region with most passion for a gamble was the North West with one in ten revealing they place a bet at least once a week.

The research also asked respondents to reveal what they couldn’t live without. Broadband internet polled highest every time, beating chocolate, alcohol, sex and even mobile phones to the top spot. Quizzed on why having broadband internet at home was beneficial, top of the list was saving time (78%) and making life easier (70%).

“We are always keen to learn about what makes our customers tick and when we started this research, our aim was to fully understand the broadband market.

What we found in fact was a fascinating series of regional saving habits which seem to be as varied and as interesting as local dialects!” commented Jon Blumberg, Commercial Director at Sky Broadband. “Whilst obviously most of us will use the internet for a multitude of reasons, it’s really interesting to see that the peaks in activity really do vary and spike across the nation.”

Sky Broadband Infographic