New Awesome Bar in Google’s Chrome Canary

In Google’s Chrome Canary the awesome bar has been tweaked. Not a fan of the interface adjustment. From the perspective of a search engine, it makes sense. However, from the perspective of the user it is a bit more confusing.

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Once the page has loaded, the URL is now in grey on the left hand side and the user can search on the right hand side. This reminds me of old versions of Safari but with a twist.

Nod: Gesture Control Ring

Is that a ring on your finger? Nod is a gesture control ring that lets you turn your movements into commands.


Nod uses micro-gestures ( swipe, rotate, multi finger and 3D gestures ) which are much more sensitive than traditional gestures that have been used previously.

It allows you to type in the air, control interfaces across the room, and even adjust a smart thermostat such as Nest.

Localized Product Designs: LG Microwaves

Inspired by a Pogo video, I researched the microwave displayed, and what I found was varying products depending on the geographic region.

American Microwave

The product geared towards Americans, a microwave / oven combination. Now you too can warm up pizzas, frozen foods, and biscuits. Talk about stereotypical fattening American cuisine. Leaves one wanting something to actually help you cook. Perhaps the goal was to focus on “heating”.
LG 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Baking Oven
It even has an “Auto Pizza Mode” that “… automatically adjusts cooking times for fresh or frozen pizzas in addition to various baking treats and frozen foods.”

Amazon Roundup

Amazon seems to launch a new service quite often. Recently they have been rolling out some really good services. This article is a roundup of a few of my favorites.

Kindle Matchbook

For those looking to convert a few past purchases into their digital counterparts, Amazon now allows you to buy the matching ebook for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or even free. Kindle Matchbook Go minimal and sell those old paper versions as used on Amazon.

OSX Mavericks’ New Features

The little details really add up to an overall great experience. These are my favorite new features in OSX Mavericks. Be sure to upgrade, you can’t beat the price: free.

Calendar

Holidays calendar used to live in the Downloads section of Apple’s website. It quickly became outdated and required the user to have to understand what it took to subscribe to a calendar in iCal. Now, the newly redesigned Calendar app allows you simply check off “Show Holidays calendar”. Just go to Calendar > Preferences > General and look towards the bottom.

Holidays Calendar

The add calendar sheet has also been revised. Makes it incredibly simple to add a new Exchange, Google, or even Facebook calendars.

Add Calendars