Sunday, 20 April 2014

The secret behind how those washing detergents "brighten" clothes and why LEDs will deter that effect

Couldn't make a shorter subject title without saying less. :/

Finally, I've been enlightened (via Gizmodo) on how some washing detergents actually do brighten clothes. Used to think this was just advertising gimmick but there is some truth to it. Detergents contain fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) that absorb ultraviolet light and then re-emit it as a bluish tone which make old, yellowish clothes look bright and radiant again.

But this trick will not work when these FWAs are exposed to LED light source because LED emit very little to no UV light. Gasp!

There is a solution, though, and these come in the form of non-standard tuned LEDs that emulate halogen bulbs by emitting certain violet rays. Guess detergent companies would need to cut deals with LED manufacturers, huh?

via Gizmodo.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

X in the Evening Sky

Been awhile since I've posted something so here you go - a photo while driving back from work. "X" marks the spot. That's the first title I thought of and I suppose most people would, too. What could be up there at this particular spot in the sky?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ingenious: Tobacco Plant Species Fights Cancer

Ingenuity or irony, a species of the tobacco plant used to make cigarettes, Nicotania Alata, contain the protein NaD1 that fights cancer (and sounds pretty good at it, too):
NaD1 latches onto cancer cells with its pincer-like structure, causing them to form little balloons on the surface until they explode. But, what makes it an ideal cure is that while it attacks affected cells, it leaves healthy ones untouched. 
Sounds like a miracle drug but it is not expected to leave the laboratories for years. It's good that there is hope, though.

via Engadget.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

"No Play Don't Touch"

Have a great weekend, folks! But always remember, if you don't want to play, don't touch the equipment!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Trishaw Parking

After a full day of traveling, it was nice to encounter something amusing such as this - one of those nicely decorated trishaws in Melaka (to attract tourists to take a ride) parked in a parking lot as the owner went in to a store for dinner.

Friday, 28 March 2014

My First Side View Mirror Photo

After watching with much excitement other people's side view mirror photos, here's my rather mediocre one taken while stuck in a jam.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Of which sugars

I was surprised on the sugar content of natural food versus the processed ones shown in the video below. Bet you would be, too.

via One Green Planet.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Apple Upcoming Wearables Analysis

This analysis by Craig Hockenberry is interesting enough to share and get myself involved in the rumour mill about upcoming wearable(s) that Apple may introduce:
...there are a lot of cheap and crappy watches on the market, but they’re not remotely interesting to the demographic that buys Apple products. And to many people, a fine timepiece is more about status than technology.
So maybe, just maybe when the competitors are busy with their smart watches, Apple will upset them with something else... a breakthrough? Now we are talking.

via Daring Fireball.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Something Sir Jony Ive spoke in his interview sounds reassuring!

Sir Jony Ive's answer if he would stop working for Apple if the company stops innovating:
"Yes. I'd stop. I'd make things for myself, for my friends at home instead. The bar needs to be high." But, he adds: "I don't think that will happen. We are at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products will be developed. When you think about technology and what it has enabled us to do so far, and what it will enable us to do in the future, we're not even close to any kind of limit. It's still so, so new."
Wow, very positive! IMHO, designers and engineers tend to be truthful. <3

via MacRumors.

The Vertical Web

I used to think that I would be surfing the web or doing stuff with the phone in the horizontal (or if you will have it, landscape) orientation. However, once I got my very first smartphone, I had been using it vertically almost 99% of the time.

I seldom use my iPad horizontally either (for web surfing) so I was amused that I've never given much thought to this behaviour until I came across the Mashable article just now. I'm not surprised that the web is getting better in the vertical format because tablets and smartphones are taking over from desktops and laptops. Besides, monitors are getting larger and higher resolution at pretty affordable prices these days.

I don't think I'll be changing the orientation of my desktop monitor (not that I have much of a desktop considering the USB ports no longer work and its CPU is a very slow single core Pentium 4) to portrait anytime soon but who knows? How do you read your stuff on your smartphone or tablet? Will you be turning your LCD monitors by 90 degrees?

via Mashable.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Do you eat dropped food?

Frankly, if I dropped my food, I would discard it with a heavy heart but during a meeting a few years back, a boss did just that and told me there's this 2 second-rule. The food is safe to eat if you pick it up within 2 seconds of dropping it. GASP!

Today, Forbes told me there was a 5 second-rule. GASPS x 5! Anyways, there's this research by Aston University, UK that sort of tested this theory...
For the study, Anthony Hilton, a professor of Microbiology, and his students considered a variety of foods – toast, pasta, cookie, and a sticky candy – to see how much bacteria (E. coli andStaphylococcus) they attracted when allowed contact with the floor. They allowed the food to lie on various types of flooring – carpet, laminate, and tiles – for 3 seconds to 30 seconds. 
Not surprisingly, the longer the food was allowed commune with the floor, the more bacteria it accumulated. And the surfaces differed in how likely they were to transfer the bacteria, with carpeting being the least likely, and tiled surfaces and laminate the most likely. “We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food,” said Hilton in a news release. 
The moister the food, the more likely it was to pick up bacteria. Again, an interesting but not surprising result.
Still, I wouldn't want to consume anything that fell on the floor or any other dirty surfaces. Would you?
via Forbes.

Friday, 14 March 2014

What's new on iOS 7.1?

iTwe4kz has most of the features highlighted in his video below:

Besides that, there's a bit of a speed improvement for iPhone 4 users as well. I've also noticed that iOS 7.1 made my iPhone 5 visibly faster because deep inside I've been complaining to myself that my phone was starting to lag... or could it be that it was a restart after the upgrade? Hmmm...

Generally, I like the new updates to the phone app but didn't feel quite right with the keyboard with the thicker text. There is something else that no one seem to have mentioned (but then again this could be something that I didn't notice throughout the previous iOS 7 iterations?) - when you first turn on the phone from standby, the lockscreen wallpaper seems to pop out at me. Anyone notice the difference?

video discovered via MacRumors.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Cartoon Network and the new Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and Scooby Doo

Kids will be in for a treat while adults that grew up on Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo will have the chance to relate their childhood favourites as Cartoon Network breathe new lives to these cartoon classics. Apparently, besides traditional means, these will also arrive in the form of today's popular media - mobile phones and tablets.

The Tom & Jerry Show will follow its classic roots while Wabbit - A Looney Tunes Production will pit Bugs against his arch rivals Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote and new foes. Meanwhile, Be Cool, Scooby Doo follows the group on their last summer together after graduation.

via Variety.

Monday, 10 March 2014

INSANE: Solving 6 Rubik's Cubes in just under 6 and a half minutes

Like Gizmodo Sploid's blogger, I've never solved a Rubik's Cube before but someone appeared to have completed 6 of them (2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6 and 7x7) in 6 minutes 23 seconds on YouTube:

Is it possible to move so fast? =.="

via Gizmodo Sploid.