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Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Set to Defy the Gravity of a Conventional Office

Soon before the tech community could finish the debate of apple going on cloud with its iCloud services, Steve Jobs surprised the world with Apple’s ambitious ‘Spaceship’ campus.

Courtesy, Cupertino City Channel

‘Spaceship’ conceptualized by Apple’s CEO Steve Job and designed by finest architects, is a proposed campus for the organization’s new headquarter. The mothership will staff close to 13,000 employees and is estimated to acquire an area of 3.1 million square foot at Cupertino, California.

Apparently Jobs seems to already have convinced the officials of Cupertino with his usual style of awe-inspiring presentation. Mayor Gilbert Wong has extended his support to Jobs in his press conference and believes in the city’s growth with the presence of the tech giant.

Apple's Spaceship Plan Image Courtesy, Cupertino City Channel

The ‘Spaceship’ is expected to be completed by 2015 with a promising quality of a spaceship fueled with natural energy. The circular building will resemble the apple’s product in terms of no sharp edges, meaning the building will require large sheets of curved glass. The proposed plan will have four storey building with highlights such as complete underground parking, 3000-seater cafeteria and fitness centre.

The Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ will also symbolize life on the highly industrial terrain of Cupertino. With the lush green belt and around 6000 trees which may include apricot orchids ‘Spaceship’ will surely change the landscape of the city.

Steve Jobs may not suffice you with his answer on the demands for free wi-fi but surely he has silenced the critics who were speculating the downfall of Apple with his presence, be it the recent launches of Apple products or the making of the ‘Spaceship’.

 Pixies Say:

When Steve Jobs says Apple is going out of space, he surely means the growth of Apple’s dominance in the digital sphere. Jobs foresight is heavily based on the recent market insights which have shown the strong demand for Apple products.  Market experts have projected the growth of Apple stock to $310 which can even touch the $400 mark.

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Game Review: King Mania

Developer: 300AD

Publisher: Phantasm Games

Game Genre: Action Strategy

Platform: Windows and Mac

The game’s plot depicts a story of the maniac king who wants to dominate the world by conquering diverse enemy terrains in order to fulfill his maniac ambition of growing potatoes.

As funny as the plot may sound the game is surely an engaging affair. With cartoon style, soothing blending music, well-polished 3D levels, and variety of in-game characters the game stands out in its overall presentation. This is definitely a big plus for King Mania.

The action strategy gameplay is well supported with variations in maps and randomization of level items. The game flaunts 30 unique levels with over 30 upgrades and 5 different spells. You can also play the game with your buddies online in the multiplayer mode.

The difficulty level of opponents may feel not greatly challenging until you progress the initial levels but nevertheless the game never gets boring. The game is slightly inclined towards the casual gamers and for gamers who can enjoy the action strategy gameplay.

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King Mania is definitely worth buying and it is priced for just $6.99. Click here to buy King Mania


Game Review: Little Space Duo

Little Space Duo (LSD)

Developer: Jugilus
Game genre: Platform Puzzle (Casual Game)
Publisher: Phantasm Games Studio

So you tripped on ‘Lucy in the sky with diamonds’? Its time now you help Lucy in the spaceship to reach her destiny.

LSD presents a fresh approach in platform-puzzle game genre. With well-designed levels and challenging puzzles the gameplay definitely makes it engaging for casual gamers.

The game advances with the adventure of little Lucy who is mistakenly picked up by an alien spaceship as a cargo. The round yellow tiny robot ‘Sunny’ pairs up with Lucy to help her get through the obstacles in the spaceship and find her way back home.

The gameplay involves strategy of the duo, Lucy and Sunny, to crack the puzzles and advance the levels. You can control the characters individually as well as combined to beat the obstacles.

The enemy robots can appear not so challenging but to beat them you will require a well thought strategy and stealth skills to surpass them.

This 40 level engaging puzzle game can also be enjoyed with a partner in two-player mode.

LSD makes it as good puzzle game for casual gamers who likes to be challenged and can pass the test of their patience.

This game surely deserves a try for its innovative gameplay and the well polished smartly designed levels.

Click here to buy the game


Augustana at SXSW 2011 – Photos

Augustana was the soulful self at the high-profile South By Southwest (SXSW) 2011. Photos of the band performing at the event emerged on Facebook. The images attributed to the artist Jesse DeFlorio are in the slideshow below:

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Samsung to Unleash Galaxy Tab 10.1: The Complete Entertainer

Samsung is ready to unleash its complete entertainer, Galaxy Tab 10.1. A tablet promising the grandest of multimedia experience ever! Besides the sleek and bold look, the 599 g lightweight, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is fully loaded with features to keep you amazed and entertained.

Features
Highlighted features include Full HD movies support (HD recording & Full HD playback), 8 MP AF rear-facing camera, games and flash website compatibility on the large 10.1″ WXGA TFT LCD display with dual surround sound speakers. The tab is powered by 1 GHz Dual Core Processor with Android 3.0 on Honeycomb platform to provide a smoother, faster and better performance compared to the other available tabs.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports HSPA+21Mbps and Wi-Fi access which means you can experience smooth web browsing and faster downloads with mobility. Now you can access Google Mobile Services (Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, etc) on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just as on your PC to get the true Google experience. If you are looking further to customize the functionality of Galaxy Tab 10.1, you can select and download apps from the Android Market.

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Launch Analysis
As Samsung declares ‘Everything will come to life with the GALAXY Tab 10.1’, we have to wait for the pricing to see how much of life can Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 can bring into the expanding tablet market.

Samsung is yet to announce the US release information but the company has already declared its partnership with Vodaphone to launch their smart media device.

Disclaimer: All trademarks used in the post are only for informational purpose and belongs to its owners. LexicalPixies does not claim any ownership on the facts provided in the post as it may differ from the actual devices.

Image courtesy: Samsung Mobile Press


WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange turns muse for Artists

Since the dawn of mankind, art – to a great extent – has been influenced by the external world. At some level artistic expression can be defined as the result of the mingling or rather clashing of the internal with the external. Events across the world and international politics are therefore muses for several artists. Street art and graffiti probably illustrate this phenomenon the best. In the recent past, an unusual muse has emerged for artists across the globe – Julian Assange.

From a coloring book to full-fledged tribute art – the art world seems to be at the awe of the silver haired Australian. The founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is easily one of the most spoken about and debated about personality in the world. Assange’s efforts to bring out the secrets that the authorities want to push under the rug have shaken the world order. A hero to many, villain to few – artistic tributes to the controversial man is now popping up in every street corner, as well as on the world of internet.

Dubbing Assange the “new folk hero”, a post on Brooklyn Street Art observed,”Pre-dating the modern ‘Street Art’ movement, the street has traditionally been an outlet for the voice of the people and social movements have almost always gained purchase there.

“Posters of underground heroes are as old as ‘Wanted: Billy the Kid’ nail-ups that people used to rip down and take home. The amount of politically motivated Street Art you see or even themes surrounding social issues seem to ebb and flow in quantity, but they are ever present. Villain to some and emerging folk hero to others, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has already inspired a comic book in addition to some pieces on the street.”

At the fun end of the spectrum, a website simply called Julian Assange Colouring Book allows users to enjoy the relaxing benefits of “Coloring in” ready made outlines of the gifted computer hacker/journalist/founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

“‘Collateral murder’, ‘Cablegate’, sexual misconduct charges against Julian in Sweden, calls for his assassination by the CIA, intrigue, suspense, and conspiracy theories – it all makes for pretty serious stuff.

“So where does the Julian Assange Coloring Book fit in? Well, simply put, it’s not “serious stuff”. It’s a coloring book about Julian Assange (with the occasional WikiLeaks page for good measure),” reads the website’s about section.

Che-Assange-Rasta

Pixies got creative on Julian Assange Colouring Book - mixing Che with Rasta's Red, Gold, Green

But the frivolity – so to speak – ends there as the versatility of the tribute art dedicated to Assange does not fail to awe. A point that needs to be stressed here is the fact that the pieces of reverence towards Assange come from all corners of the world. Amorfart, Hungarian street art site, showcased the making of a five layer stencil on a vinyl album, while the street art from Melbourne has been displayed for the world to see on the photo-sharing website Flickr by Regan Tamanui.

But the best of the lot comes from a French artist called Thierry Ehrmann. Ehrmann is quite a controversial figure. The artist born in Lyon is the founder and current chairman of the Serveur Group, a company that manages databases of art auction quotations through ArtPrice website. Ehrmann sparked off a row in connection with the decoration of his house, the Abode of Chaos. The house located in the peaceful village stick outs as the artist turned it into a replica war zone. Ehrmann is fighting a legal battle to sustain his house in which lives over 2,500 artworks from different artists.

Ehrmann’s photostream on Flickr contains an impressive collection of Assange-inspired art. The first of the three portraits of Julian Assange at the Abode of Chaos has been painted by an artist called Thomas Foucher. The second one has been posted on the occasion of Assange’s arrest, while the third and the most impressive one by Ehrmann has been posted to celebrate Assange being named the Man of the Year by Le Monde. The third portrait of Assange incorporates the fictitious cult-rebel hero ‘V for Vendetta’. While the right half of the portrait is that of Assange, the Guy Fawkes mask that ‘V’ wears forms the left half. This portrayal is extremely striking due to the parallel drawn between the man who fought against the totalitarian government in the Graphic-Novel series by Alan Moore and the man who is fighting against the tightlipped and seemingly scheming leaders and authoritative bodies in a world – present and real – plagued by many miseries.

Julian Assange - Portrait 1 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 1 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 2 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 2 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 3 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos

Julian Assange - Portrait 3 @ Thierry Ehrmann's Abode of Chaos


Banksy’s Identity put on sale on eBay

In yet another one of the unusual eBay Auctions, the ‘Identity of Banksy’ has gone on sale.

As of 8:53 Tuesday (GMT); the highest bid stands one dollar short of a million dollars at US $999,999.00. A total of 38 bids have been made in the auction, which is scheduled to end on Jan 19, 201107:22:22 PST.

Identity of Banksy on sale

Identity of Banksy on sale (eBay Screenshot)

The description from the seller reads, “If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of ‘Banksy’.

“I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details.

“The winner of this auction is the only person I will ever share this information with. The piece of paper will say his name, nothing more.

“I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as “Banksy”.

“Ebay previously ended this auction because I was selling something that was not “tangible”. It is now tangible.”

Banksy is the elusive street artist whose identity remains a huge mystery. The British graffiti artist, political activist and painter is known for his thought-provoking and subversive street art.

Most recently Banksy made news in October 2010 when he directed an opening sequence for The Simpsons.


Apple’s CEO Jobs on Medical Leave

Steve Jobs has announced his medical leave to the Apple employees in his email. Jobs has cited the focus on his health as the reason for his medical leave. However he has also mentioned that he will continue as CEO and remain involved in major strategic decisions.

Steve Jobs (Photo Courtesy: Matt Yohe @ en.wikipedia)

In the absence of Jobs, the company’s control will be shifted to Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. Jobs has expressed his confidence in Cook and the Apple’s management for executing their plans for 2011.

In his email Jobs has requested for his family’s privacy along with his wish to return soon. In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He underwent surgery and returned to work.

Jobs’ last medical leave, which lasted 6 months, made news in 2008, when he had a liver transplant. Jobs absence will surely raise a question on Apple’s innovation and speculate Apple’s stock.


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Giffords Shooting: Enter gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s mind via internet

History has seen several assassinations, including the recent killing of a Governor in Pakistan for opposing the archaic Muslim blasphemy law. The latest assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, however, stands different as the world has been given a chance to actually enter the mind of the suspected gunman.

22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner was held immediately after the shooting at a political meeting held by Democratic Representative Giffords in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. Media reports that five people died in the shooting including a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, while Giffords is battling for her life in a hospital.

Jared Lee Loughner

Yearbook photo of Jared Lee Loughner (Mark Henle/ The Arizona Republic)

Just hours after the arrest, the suspect’s internet presence has been dug into. While the feds are taking a look into Loughner’s “rambling Internet manifesto” accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency, every person across the globe with an internet connection can get into the head of the gunman through his YouTube and MySpace channels.

On YouTube account of ‘Classitup10’, the youngster wrote sometimes baffling and sometimes nonsensical tirades against the government. He describes himself as a “conscience dreamer” speaking against the American government’s alleged mind control tactics and brain washing.

The youngster, who lists Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno as his favorite books, studied grammar. He urges people to get grammar “literate”.

“Secondly, my hope – is for you to be literate! If you’re literate in English grammar, then you comprehend English grammar. The majority of people, who reside in District 8, are illiterate — hilarious. I don’t control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure,” he writes white on black in video titled ‘Hello’.

“You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?” he says in ‘My Final Thoughts’.

While his accounts provide a passage into his mind, Twitter users are using the microblogging site to vent out frustrations and share what ever information they can. Users are uploading Twitpics [See: Jared Lee Loughner/ Giffords]  – giving a sense of proximity to the whole incident to anyone reading about the shooting from anywhere on the planet. Incidentally, the Congresswoman had also tweeted just before the meet inviting everyone to take part and to give feedback later through tweets.

Pixies say:

Our hearts have sunk, the violence has rendered us speechless. We just wanted to share our observation of how internet has changed the way he get to interact with reality, no matter what the distances. The suspect’s manifesto gives us a peek into his mind. At the same time, we can gauge the responses of the people through sites like Twitter.

The following are the YouTube videos of Loughner

http://www.youtube.com/v/7uRjwPWaxiY?version=3

http://www.youtube.com/v/nHoaZaLbqB4?version=3

http://www.youtube.com/v/PnNx0WThoF0?version=3

http://www.youtube.com/v/VhAx8WzNJT0?version=3

http://www.youtube.com/v/E8Wr6AeZTCE?version=3