Understand How Things Work With AnimatedExplanations

Reading informative how-to articles help to a certain extend but sometimes you really need to see an illustration to understand the topic. AnimatedExplanations is a new web service that aims to do exactly that. It is a collection of short animations that help you understand things related to health, technology and life in general.

The collection is still pretty small but the quality of content is top notch. The animations are all well made with a clear narrative. Topics include simple things like “What is Twitter?” and “What is a Migraine” as well as complex issues like ‘What is IPv6″ and “What is Multiple Myeloma?”. Most of the animations can also be downloaded, shared through social media and email and even embedded on web pages using the provided code.

Animated Explanations

With a clean and easy to use interface, browsing through the animations is simple and fun. Organizations can create custom channels to explain their products and reach large audience through some high quality content. If you have an organization but no time to spend on creating an animation, you can also sponsor one related to your industry. Over all, AnimatedExplanations is a neat idea that will grow tremendously with the number of animations of the site given that the quality of the animations is not compromised.

Motorola Droid vs Droid 2 Comparison Video

Motorola Droid has been one of the first phones which really went ahead to show what one could do with the Android platform. Of course the was a much better implementation and HTC has been manufacturing Android phones left and right.

Motorola Droid 2

However, the attention has now shifted to Droid 2, which will be unveiled most likely on June 23. Droid 2 is the successor to the popular Motorola Droid and will be much better than its predecessor.

Motorola Droid 2 reportedly has a 3.7" screen with a 5MP Camera (come on we have 12MP camera phones these days) and will have a 1GHz TI OMAP3630 processor and 512MB of RAM. Catch the video of Motorola Droid 2 below.

(Android and Me via Engadget)

Avant Window Navigator Gets A New 3D Style [Video]

Avant Window Manager (AWN) Lucido has been updated with an cool new 3D effect thanks to its developer Alberto.

Check out the video given below: (Click here if you cannot see the embedded video for some reason)

I prefer panels to docks but if were to use a dock, this would be what I use. What about you?

You can get this new AWN effect through the AWN Lucido PPA. To install AWN Lucido in Ubuntu, you can refer to this article.

YouTube to launch online video editor

YouTube is all set to release a web-based inbuilt video editor. This will be a great news for all the video enthusiasts who are regular up-loaders at the video sharing website. Right now it will be a basic video editor having the most commonly use functions such as trimming and joining with promises of more functionalities in the future.

The feature will surely be light-weight but should suffice for the nominal video editing requirements while uploading videos to the website. The YouTube editor itself is based on JavaScript. The editor will be looking to use the capabilities of cloud computing to the maximum so as to enable users with average computers to edit videos easily. The main task of processing will be left to Google’s own systems.

More features are sure to be added to this innovative tool with time. The YouTube video editor is slated for release later today. This new concept is sure to increase the existing very large user base of YouTube.

Source : TechCrunch

Presidential Address for Gulf Oil Spill Live Streaming on Hulu

Hulu the free online video service which offers hit TV shows online, is diving into live streaming with the Presidential Address by Barack Obama to address the Gulf Oil Spill issue from the White House.

Unlike other Hulu videos which are limited to the United States, The Presidential Address for the Gulf Oil Spill crisis will be available internationally at 8PM EST.

As President Obama addresses the nation regarding the oil spill in the Gulf this evening, you can catch the speech in its entirety as it streams live from Hulu

Hulu is also allowing websites and blogs to embed the video. You can also watch the Presidential Address live streaming in the embedded video below. Video after the jump.

BP Spills Coffee and Makes You Responsible For Your Own Spills [Humor]

We all know how hard it has been for people after British Petroleum or BP as we like to call them have been lagging at their cleanup act or as many of you might want to call sucking up at the oil they spilled, however, there is always a need to take a break from the disaster and have some fun.

Though this is not a funny situation at all, it is definitely OK to take a break and have a few laughs at the irony of all the things happening while you are not friending BP on YouTube.

Here is a really funny parody created on the BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico called BP Spills Coffee, have fun and watch how they are trying to contain the Coffee Spill.

Oh and before you leave, according to BP, you are responsible for your own spills, so please do not leave the pumps unattended at all times.

Ironic BP Oil Spill Sign

Image via Twitpic via @manan.

Watch WWDC 2010 Video: Steve Jobs Keynote Official Videos

Last night we posted a video of the Steve Jobs Wi-Fi issue at , however, that video was not official. Apple usually does not allow for live broadcasting of the WWDC 2010 due to several reasons, however, they have now uploaded the official WWDC 2010 video of the Steve Jobs keynote on their site.

If you missed the event yesterday, Steve Jobs unveiled the at WWDC 2010 along with several other updates to apps and more, you can read the highlights of the Steve Jobs keynote to get a brief overview.

To watch the WWDC 2010 Steve Jobs keynote video, you can visit this link. You can also watch the entire video in the embedded video below. Video after the jump.

If you are iTunes user, you can also download a high-quality version of the video by clicking this link.

Steve Jobs WWDC 2010 Keynote Video – Wi-Fi Issue

Earlier today during the Steve Jobs keynote at , there was a hilarious moment where when demonstrating the device, Steve Jobs had some problem while loading NYT on the 4.

However, instead of getting angry or panicking, Steve Jobs instead asked the attendees to switch off their Wi-Fi devices so that he could access the internet.

If you were not at the event, here is a video of Steve Jobs WWDC 2010 Keynote when the Wi-Fi issue happened on the iPhone 4. Video after the jump.

200,000 Students a Month: Learning Science and Math on YouTube

salman-khan Sometime last month, Shankar posted a tweet about the Khan Academy. Have you ever heard of it? I followed the link and learned about Salman Khan, a man who gave up a successful career in Silicon Valley to teach people using Youtube videos. He’s posted over 1200 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance.

Why does Khan do it? He’s not in it for the money. According to a recent interview, Khan said You know, I think I’ve always enjoyed teaching.

I believe him. His videos are not the dry lectures you’d expect from a geek. His enthusiasm shines through in the 10 to 20 minute videos. Here’s a video overview of the academy:

Link to this video at Youtube

When talking about his teaching style, he says:

I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him. The concepts are conveyed as they are understood by me, not as they are written in a textbook developed by an educational bureaucracy. Viewers know that it is the labor of love of one somewhat quirky and determined man who has a passion for learning and teaching. I don’t think any corporate or governmental effort–regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem–can reproduce this.

Students all over the world are viewing Khan’s videos and are finding that they are learning previously difficult subjects much more easily now.

To find out more, visit the Khan Academy website.

Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP Server Deployed In 5 Minutes [Video]

Just to prove Ubuntu’s ease of use (and to settle some score) dooratthe deployed an Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) Server in 5 minutes and made a video of the installation. This video just goes to show how easy it is to use Ubuntu even on a server.

In just 5 minutes he did a complete install of Ubuntu 10.04, create a user, select SSH and the LAMP stack for install  options, and fully update the installation, including kernel, then perform a reboot, and a very quick  ‘ab’ benchmark against the installed apache.

Click on the image below to watch. (Be warned that it is a huge GIF image.)

For those interested, here are some details. This deployment was done in VirtualBox, with the CD image stored remotely on the storage server, not  locally. Specifications are single cpu, 1G of ram, bridged networking to eth0, and 12M of display memory.