Category Archives: Design

Microsoft Envisions A Future But Are They Truly Capable Of Creating It

We have seen this before, it’s a concept video designed to show off  what one company envisions for the future. Some companies are able to turn their visions into reality while others struggle to achieve their vision. Others seem to lose their way entirely, in time forgetting the great vision they once had. Microsoft had all the ingredients they needed to dominate the tablet market segment, the smart phone segment and internet search yet missed the mark allowing other companies to surge ahead of them. So it is no surprise that we here at Ebongeek are quite skeptical about the likelyhood that Microsoft can deliver on this beautiful vision they have created. To its credit these videos are well produced, awe inspiring and futuristic. Its a world where technology is everywhere, seemingly embedded and integrated into everything from the tables to the walls, the tools and applications depicted appear not only useful but truly beautiful. Oddly that’s the problem, Microsoft’s future vision is not truly as radical and revolutionary as one would expect or hope for. This future is just like now but better, with wider, thinner, brighter and faster versions of devices and applications that exist today. If one is to strive for a vision of the future it must be more than a better version of the present it must be truly transformative and revolutionary. So come on Microsoft surprise us, astound us, show us something we have never seen before. Are you up to the challenge?

123D And The New Industrial Revolution

3D Printing and personal fabrication tools are poised to take the world by storm. This disruptive technology will soon change the nature of manufacturing and consumer culture. In this talk Carl Bass CEO of Autodesk with host Chris Anderson explore the future of American manufacturing and reveal how it will soon be possible to scan almost any object from reality, modify it and replicate a new manufactured object for use in the real world. If you are an artist, designer, maker or just want to play around with these fun new tools, check out Autodesk’s 123D and start making creations of your own.

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Also See 3D Printing is ready for prime-time

And The World’s First Multi Material 3D Printer

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The iPhone 5 is Here

Well sort of…the folks over at have created this slick mockup of the next iPhone based on all the current rumors circulating around the net. We won’t know for sure until the big reveal on Oct 4th 2011 when Apple makes their big announcement in Cupertino California but you can rest assured that the rumors will continue to fly right up to the very last moment. According to; “We currently believe that the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the current generation, it’ll also come with a larger 4 inch display. That being said, the biggest obvious change will be the teardrop design, which already made some news in the past months.” Source:

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Data Storage Goes Infinite With Bitcasa

This is one of the most innovative services we have seen in a long time, it’s called Bitcasa it provides secure, real-time streaming of all your data seamlessly to the cloud and does so on any device. If you have a Mac, PC, or Linux Box, Bitcasa keeps your data safe and secure. It uses a encryption method called Convergent Encryption to secure customer data which is what makes Bitcasadifferent from other cloud storage offerings. Convergent Encryption uses a function of the hash of the plaintext of a chunk as the encryption key: any client encrypting a given chunk will use the same key to do so, so identical plaintext values will encrypt to identical ciphertext values, regardless of who encrypts them. (Storer, Greenan, Long, Miller) According to Bitcasa CEO Tony Gauda “when you encrypt data, I have a key and you have a key. And let’s say that that these are completely different. Let’s say that we both have the exact same file. I encrypt it with my key and you encrypt it with your key. Now the data looks completely different because the encryption keys are different. Well, what happens if you actually derive the key from the data itself? Now we both have the exact same encryption key and we can de-dupe on the server side.” (Gauda) In his pitch at Disrupt Gauda demonstrated the ability to play two HD videos using Bitcasa. This service could be a major game changer for consumers that never want to worry backing up their data or moving their data from old devices to new devices. The enterprise sector could also benefit from this technology given the ever expanding need to provide its user base with high volume cloud storage solutions.

For other news from Disrupt 2011 check out LTG’s coverage of the event. And check out the LTG podcast.


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Convergent Encryption :  Secure Data Deduplication by Mark W. Storer Kevin Greenan Darrell D. E. Long Ethan L. Miller

Storage Systems Research Center University of California, Santa Cruz {mstorer,kmgreen,darrell,elm}