Happy Birthday Winnie the Pooh

img the pooh Today its exactly 80 years ago that A. A. Milne’s book on the fictional bear Winnie-the-Pooh was first published with illustrations by E. H. Shepard.

img the pooh2 “Winnie-the-Pooh” was published by Methuen on October 14th, 1926, followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928), and the poetry books “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six”. All four books were illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

The Pooh-books are favourites with old and young alike since then and have been translated into almost every known language.

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New Flight Simulator from Microsoft

img FS X 01 The long awaited new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be hitting the stores next week. Microsoft Game Studios has further enhanced lots of the already exiting features of the previous version (Flight Simulator 2004).

Additional missions as well as new planes are include with many other new features. Microsoft has created a great Flash web site where you can browse interactively through the new features yourself.

A trial version that let you fly with three different aircrafts between two places in the Caribbean is available for download at MS Games web site (about 800MB).

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MS Flight Simulator X will be available in two versions (Deluxe and Standard). The Deluxe Edition contains more planes, airports, cities, missions and tower control. Also included in this version is the SDK. Microsoft says that the application is enhanced for MS Windows Vista and graphics might even be further improved when running on that operating system.

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Lego Ice Cubes

img lego ice cubes New Lego ice bricks allow you to play again with one of your most favorite toys from childhood while pooring you a glass of juice.

Also works with Wodka Tonics….

Available from Lego

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Singapore plans free wireless Internet

img SNG MerLion From January next year, Singaporeans will get to enjoy free wireless Internet in public areas for two years. The government hopes this will grow the broadband market from the current 50,000 users to about 250,000 users in two years.

Three operators – iCELL network, QMax Communications and SingTel will participate in this government and industry sponsored program. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself has announced this and other initiatives yesterday evening during a celebration marking 25 years of infocomm achievements.

via Channel NewsAsia

P.S: The picture above shows the Singapore Merlion on Sentosa island

Wireless Digital Picture Frame that connects to your network

img MF8104 A new digital picture frame, the MF8104, has been introduced by US company Digital Spectrum Inc.

In difference to other digital picture frames it comes with integrated wireless and web functionality that allows the MF8104 to be integrated into home networks or contact the Internet directly.

It can be desktop or wall mounted and features a 10.4 inch / 800×600 display. With its build-in WLAN adapter the frame can display images directly from photo sharing sites like Flickr or Windows Live Spaces. It also can read RSS feeds, and play MP3, WMA, MPEG, WMV and streaming audio / video files from the Internet, memory or your home network. Stereo speakers are build-in. Images can be send to printers wireless and a remote control is included as well.

The device is compatible with Windows Vista and Windows XP Home/Pro. The MF8104 is expected to be available during January 2007 for about USD 380.

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Tate Modern: 30mph drainpipe slide opened

img Tate slidesWho says that museums can’t be fun should visit Tate Modern in London during the next 6 months.

It’s not that often that one expects screaming sounds to be heard in museum halls. With its latest installation called Test Site from German artist Carsten Hoeller, this might be seen as acceptable reactions by visitors. The five steel and plastic tubes with an average gradient of 30 to 35 degrees, cater for the faint-hearted as well as the more courageous. The longer slides give you a 20-30 second ride of up to 30 mph.

…A spokesman for Tate said that Hoeller viewed slides as a way of directly improving people’s state of mind and livelihoods.

So far Holler has installed six smaller slides in other galleries and museums, but never on the scale as in the Tate Modern exhibition. Tate management is expecting the installation to become a big success. Critics say visitors might come more for the “thrill” then to see art. The installation is sponsored by Unilever and will be at Tate Modern until 9-April-2007.

via thisislondon.co.uk

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