November 21, 2012

Linux Mint 14 Released!

It is finally here. Linux Mint 14 codenamed "Nadia" has been released. For the first time since Linux Mint 11,  the development team was able to capitalize on upstream technology which works and firs its goals. After 6 months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience. Here are some new changes in this release.

Skype for Android gets a makeover, brings tablet optimization and more

Skype for Android
Skype for Android has been update today bringing it to version 3.0. Not only does Skype add a new tablet optimized UI, there is also improved sound quality, Microsoft Account support and much more.

Skype for Android 3.0 stands out as a massive improvement from the previous version. When using a tablet, the new UI features a two-column design that allows access to all the important areas of the app on the left-hand side and other information on the right. As for the smartphone version, it pretty much looks the same before, with most of the changes being under the hood.

What else is new? For those that don’t know, Microsoft recently announced it is retiring its Windows Live Messenger application, and so Skype for Android 3.0 sees the integration of Microsoft account support in order to help phase out WLM. You can now choose to use your Skype or Microsoft account to login. When signing in with the Microsoft account you will get access to all your existing contacts and can add new Skype contacts as well.

It’s also worth mentioning that the overall sound quality in voice calls and video have greatly improved in Skype for Android 3.0, thanks to the added support for Skype’s SILK wideband audio codec. Wondering if you’ll be able to use the new version? The requirements for Skype are actually pretty low, all you need is an 800MHz processor and Android 2.1, so basically all Android users out there should be able to get in on this update. As always, Skype works both with Wi-Fi or mobile broadband for all of its features.

Skype for Android 3.0 is available now through Google Play.

Which anime fansub groups should I use?

A quick search for an anime title in your favourite anime download site will generally return with bundles of results from various fansub groups. One major dilemma is to decide which group should I choose?
Does it even matter which fansub group to use in the first place? I'm a very picky person, so yes. It bugs me so much when I find typos, grammatical errors and even translation errors in fansubbed anime. So for me, it is important that I choose the "best" available subs.
Because we don't speak 'cow'
What factors should one consider when looking for the 'best' available subs? For example,
  • the quality of the translations - how accurate are they, do they troll the audience, have the scripts been proofread;
  • the quality of the anime file - did they tamper with the colours, what type of encoding is used, the size of the anime file;
  • the typesetting and presentation - do the fonts look nice, are the text aligned, is the timing correct;
  • karaoke - do they bother translating the OP and EDs, do they adjust the translations once the music is officially released with lyrics.
To decide which fansub group to use, I usually do a quick check in anime forums for the highly recommended groups. Another method is to physically compare screenshots of the same anime that are subbed by different fansub groups. The following site has been created to help anime fans do exactly that. 
However, at the end of the day, all we want to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy our dose of animation. Don't forget, we need to be thankful to all fansub groups. After all, they are offering their time and sweat to us for free. So make sure you drop a 'thank you' on their websites for their hard work!

Louis Vuitton Designs Hatsune Miku's Costume for Opera

For THE END opera that will be held on December 1 and 2 at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in Yamaguchi City, director Toshiki Okada and digital music artist KeiichirĊ Shibuya decided to collaborate with French fashion brand Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton artistic director Marc Jacobs is designing the outfits that Vocaloid idol character Hatsune Miku will wear onstage.

No humans will appear onstage during the opera, even to play the instruments. Instead, Vocaloids will take their place, taking over every aria and recitative. The "actors'" onstage images are designed by artist YKBX (also known as Masaki Yokobe), who is known for his video "amazarashi." Shohei Shigematsu, an architect and a partner of OMA New York, is designing the stage.

The clothes Hatsune Miku will wear are clothes based off of Mark Jacobs' spring/summer 2013 collection that were altered in order to fit the virtual singer's body type and unique style. As this is the very first time that outfits from Louis Vuitton will lack the label's signature monogram symbol, the outfits will instead be using a pattern similar to theLouis Vuitton's familiar diamond pattern. The purses have been altered from the standardLouis Vuitton bag into cubical and square shapes to accentuate to the geometric themes.

Tickets were available for pre-order for 3,000 yen (about US$37), but were sold out as of November 14.

Louis Vuitton also collaborated with modern artist Takashi Murakami on his Superflat Monogram and Superflat First Love anime.

Source: Natalie via 0takomuANN

Google promises fix for Android 4.2 December birthday bug

Android Central
Good news for anyone with a birthday or anniversary coming up next month, as Google has confirmed that it has a fix in the works for the recently-discovered "December birthday" bug in Android 4.2. The glitch resulted in December being absent from the date selector in the Android 4.2 People app, as you can see in the shot above.

The fix will most likely take the form of an over-the-air update for devices running Android 4.2 -- the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. No timeframe was provided for the OTA, but with December looming, we'd expect it to hit in a matter of days.

[via Android Central]