Microsoft’s Project Siena, Metro Apps in a Flash and the Return of the Programming Enthusiast…

App Builders have come a long way over recent years, web based tools are now available that allow anyone to quickly build code free apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Microsoft has this week released its contribution to the field with Project Siena, and she may just be a game changer.

Project Siena is a blindingly fast, obscenely simple yet surprisingly powerful way to build Metro apps that run on all Windows 8 platforms, from Smartphone to x86. Simple enough that no programming experience is required, if you can use PowerPoint or Excel then you can use Project Siena.

The beta of Project Siena is now available for download from Microsoft’s Store on all Windows 8 platforms, finally a use for those RT tablets, Metro developer? And could Project Siena herald the return of the programming enthusiast to Windows?

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Greetings from Chuck, Google Zeitgeist 2013 and the Christmas Wrap…

From us all here at Highpants we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, may your pants stretch to accommodate the day’s festivities. With 2013 quickly drawing to a close many signs of the impending changing of the calendars has appeared.

The first sign of the time of year is the season’s greetings from celebrities and their imitators, Chuck Norris’s digital doppelganger being one of the funniest this year. The end of another year is also indicated by the appearance of the Google Zeitgeist, the year that was in fast forward.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are two videos that will help you celebrate the season and the year that was. Before another calendar becomes redundant sit back, relax and hit the big red play button to wrap it up.

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Cubli the Acrobatic Robotic Cube with Balance…

What do you call a robot with no arms and legs at your front door? Nope, it’s Cubli the balancing, walking, jumping and all round incredible acrobatic cube. Able to balance on point and even resist attempts to push him over Cubli is one talented little cube.

Performing feats of precise balance and control on command Cubli is the acrobatic cube that is capturing the world’s attention. Combining precision gyroscopes, ample computing power and three axis control Cubli is able to perform seeming unnatural manoeuvres for a robot of its shape.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are all three Cubli videos released thus far. Buckle up and get comfortable these double take generating videos will surprise.

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Those Magnificant Men in thier Air Powered Cars, the Air Powered Lego Hot Rod…

When inventive minds collaborate incredible things can be achieved. Take the Super Awesome Micro Project for example, a project that brought together extreme Lego constructor Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida the 20 year old self taught technology genius. Two great minds working  to produce the ultimate drivable Lego hot rod that’s powered by air.

The Super Awesome Micro Project started life as a simple enough concept, make an air powered car using easily accessible technology. In the process creating something so far outside of the box that it forces questions to be asked. Now, with 500,000 Lego bricks assembled during thousands of man hours of labor the air powered Lego hot rod is a reality.

Included for your viewing pleasure is the video that stunned the internet, the air powered Lego hot rod in action. While the top speed of 20 kph won’t break records it is an incredible demonstration of ingenuity and imagination.

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Samantha West, the Voice of the Next Generation Robot or Synthetic Telemarketer?…..

Her name was Samantha and her chirpy mid-west tones have set the internet alight. I gladly hang on her every word. She would call trying to sell me insurance but I only heard a voice that made me want to know more. Samantha you see is a robot, the stuff of electric dreams.

Samantha it seems has mastered the dual arts of listening and speech, and yes the first robots voice is incredible. Quickly getting the internet talking Samantha is also a mystery girl, the exact technology and amount of human involvement in her dialog remain a mystery.

Often late at night her bubbly voice would be at the other end of the line, her synthetic nature hidden by tyranny of distance. Does the day of the robot fast approach?

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Colorado UFO Sighting, Up Close and Spectacular UFO Footage…

Capturing a UFO up close and in action is a rare event, one family in Colorado were fortunate enough to capture such an event on the night of November 28.

Returning home from the kid’s soccer practice the family’s handycam had already taken a beating that evening. Capturing the highlights of their children’s training activities wouldn’t be the video cameras most important duties.

Appearing from nowhere in the skies over Colorado, over the Robertson family car  is a craft so clear and close that it may just be the smoking gun evidence the world has been waiting for.

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Monster Madness Online, Killer Browser Gaming Arrives…

Mozilla, the seminal web technology company continues to advance its efforts to bring advanced 3D games to a browser near you.

Mozilla’s technology has been put to very good use by Trendy Entertainment who have now unveiled Monster Madness Online; the first full game based on HTML5 and asm.js. All put together just right to produce a 3D zombie shooter that runs entirely within your browser on almost every device available. No installation hassles or compatibility issues.

Have zombies eaten your neighbours, again? Are monsters wrecking havoc on your little slice of heaven? If so join a Monster Madness squad for some zombie blasting action. Set for release in May 2014 the alpha test release is available now for all to enjoy, for free (click here).

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Bad Signs, When Sign Language Goes Bad…

Helping the hearing impaired join in on the metaphoric conversation is an important task, sign language interpreters, like all interpreters, have a hefty responsibility.

At this week’s funeral for the incredible man Nelson Mandela one interpreter went rogue, with arms flailing wildly interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie single handily made the deaf community throw up its arms in disgust.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the Jimmy Kimmel translation of sign language gone bad. A display that may leave you torn between moral outrage and outrageous laughter. Obviously Thamsanqa is in the wrong business, this man should be in comedy.

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Trick Shot Titus, the Two Foot Tall Free Throw Genius…

One of the most surprising YouTube superstars to appear this year has to be Trick Shot Titus, the free throw genius who’s too young for kindergarten.

Now it’s time for tiny Titus to return with more incredible free throw shenanigans. Trick Shot Titus 3 sees the mini maestro of the free throw hang with Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper who make star spangled cameo appearances, just a warm up to crazy trick shot mayhem.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the Trick Shot Titus collection, the first three installments of the Trick Shot Titus videos. While not his whole collection of videos these are three of the best. After the third you might just wonder if this kid could throw anything at anything, and make the shot!? Sit back, relax and buckle up in the back it’s going to get bumpy.

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AOC Smart Android All-In-One and the Rise of the Android Desktop PC…

December 4th, as the jingle of bells approaches AOC the makers of all things LCD have released an ingenious new stocking stuffer, the best value all in one computer bar none. The AOC Smart AIO (All In One) touch screen Android Computer and Monitor.

An All-In-One with a difference the Smart AIO 72P series features Android on the inside, with Google Play available to provide all of your favourite apps and games. Transforming at the flick of a switch to an IPS monitor for any HDMI, MHL or VGA device; PC, console, set top box, mobile and tablet.

Two models have been released by AOC, at $429 for the 22 inch model is the value model, while the 24 is the performance model, available for $499 AUD. Both models are bringing Android to a monitor near you.

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