The Xbox Media Center for android has finally arrived in beta stage. It should work on almost every device (it works on my Galaxy S II running ICS 4.0.3). I’ve provided a link to download the APK file directly, but you can also download it at the XDA thread. Obviously it is optimized for TV and big screens so it may look a little small. Give it a try and see how you like it. NOTE: This is a beta and there will be bugs. The download link I provided is the newer version. The older version (relatively stable) is at the XDA thread.
The National Highway in Cuba has many stretches where you will not see another car for miles. Then when you do see one, it is an old classic like this 1950s Buick, which looks at home on the open road with the Cuban landscape of fields and mountains in the distance.
A young boy peeks his head out the window of a train car in India.
They were eating fallen cherry blossom petals, peacefully. Suddenly strong wind blew out and cherry blossom petals were started to fall on the deer. It is like a shower of falling cherry blossom petals. It is called “Hana Fubuki” in Japanese, literally means flower snowstorm.
An early morning drive along the Pullman Highway coupled with a pale grey sky revealed this beautiful scene.
Deep, blue and cold. The frightening experience of climbing inside an ice cave on the north face of alpine summit at 3800 meters above sea level is very difficult to describe in words
This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens.
Mount Rainier [rah-neer] in the Pacific Northwest, Washington. Interesting weather these days.
Women praying with all their heart and mind.
Snowflakes on a window.
The ancient Old Town of Split (Croatia) in February 2012 during the heaviest snowfall in its recorded history.
This gorgeous phenomena of clouds pouring over the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, is what gave the mountain it’s name.
When light pours over the Taj Mahal everything else clears your mind.
The village of Gasadalur and the island of Mykines. It was a rare sunny day in the Faroe Islands and I had to wait until the clouds rolled in to provide some softer light. I decided to go with a long exposure (1 minute 10 seconds) to illustrate the force of the wind and a serene sea among the isolated islands.
A well dressed woman crosses the street in a torrential downpour.
Taken in bolivia. 4800 meters above sea level the mountain releases gas everyday from 5am till 7am.
I felt the beautiful landscape of the Earth.
It was mid-morning and he must have wanted to ride into the light. We were shooting for the ABC TV show Born to Explore when I snapped this photo.
Low hanging clouds swept through the city buildings during late afternoon. Taken from the 95th floor of the Hancock building.
An Australian native cools off in a swollen creek bed.
Photographers will love this. The examples above are amazing photos taken by people all around the world. National Geographic receives thousands of applicants and these are the ones that were rated the highest. The best part about these photos is that they are unaltered, and no Photoshop was used. Each caption is a summary of the description each photographer sent with their photo. There are three or four more photos at the source.
Scientists have just discovered how to store a 30-character password in your subconscious. A computer generates a random code using the letters S,D,F,J, and K. Then it makes it into a guitar hero game…without the music. As the dots on the top of the screen come to the dots on the bottom, you press the corresponding key. To mix it up, they added extra characters that are not in the password. You repeat this process six times (each time the extra characters are different). Over time, your brain will know which letters are in the password and which ones are extra letters without you consciously knowing that you’re remembering it. Using this technique, you can’t be coerced into giving a password because you consciously don’t know it. It’s in the part of the mind that can store information but can’t be tapped by the conscious part of your brain. Crazy stuff. Check out the source for a deeper explanation.
YouTube just introduced a face-blurring tool which will allow you to blur out the faces of people in videos that you don’t want to reveal the identity of. It’s open for everyone and many people see this as a welcome addition. An example is above.