An anonym at the german 23c3 Hacker-Congress hacked a XBOX 360 live in front of the audience without any word. There should be some pictures and a live video stream at http://debian.tu-bs.de/mirror/ccc/23C3-mitschnitte/
lightning4-t4s4.wmv. In my oppinion just a few people has realized what they saw - me inclusive.
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China's population of Internet users has risen by 30 percent over the past year to 132 million, a state news agency said Friday.
The figure was up from 123 million at the end of June, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the government's China Internet Network Information Center.
It said the number of Chinese customers with broadband access has grown to 52 million.
The rapid rise in Internet use has propelled growth in China's online commerce, advertising and games industries, the Internet agency said.
China's communist government encourages Internet use for business and education but tries to block access to material deemed subversive or pornographic. Dozens of people have been jailed on subversion or security charges for posting political essays online.
Yoshiko Matsumoto Gallery is pleased to present ‘Video Killed the Painting’, an exhibited curated by Bart de Koning Gans, which will be on view from December 27, 2006 until February 3, 2007.Our language of immediacy has made us hungry for quick imagery, however video art teaches us to 're'-observe by taking our time to look. True it is very annoying when it is bad but when it is good the reward is worth the wait. Video forces us to view, listen and take time to adjust. Paintings and sculptures can more easily be divided into bad and good with a brief glance, yet with video it demands your time. This exhibit features 4 video artists whom interpret various stages of the human mind and its behavior.
Absence of Humans in Nature:
Bill Albertini approaches his visual field as a sculptor shaping each frame into a conscious sequence. Through creating a digital world he confronts the viewer with absence, memory and time. In isolation and lack of human engagement the viewer becomes aware of composition and space, while eerily being confronted with a ‘peaceful’ loneliness.
Human and Artificial Nature:
Liselot van der Heijden’s focus is on documenting an environment influencing humans. This offers a beautiful contrast to Albertini’s desolation. Her close up of a monkey eating becomes a fascination with the mundane, as you are staring at the face you hear the voices of zoo visitors and we become aware of being a spectator. After a while you wonder who is observing whom, and who influences whom. Does a surrounding create us or do we create it?
Human versus Human:
David Guinan’s video is a discourse on the Cargo Culture, through its direction and focus it becomes a discussion of culture versus culture. Within the video Guinan relays how a myth can become a salvation from oppressive Western religions (i.e. the reborn Christians and Mormons). We see a native culture clinging onto a tradition and admiration of America, founded in WWII, to save them from oppressive Western religion.
Humans and their Desire:
Jillian Mcdonald displays humans with their own imagination. She plays with the power of adoration by projecting herself into movie scenes with cultural icons (i.e. Johnny Depp to Billy Bob Thorton). Through this visual manipulation Mcdonald comments on our obsession with the unattainable, yet she illustrates the root of the desire: wanting to be recognized and admired. She attains this reality through fiction, and the notion of “it’s on TV so it must be true” becomes very apparent.
2006-12-22 until 2007-01-11 Bay Hotel Cape Town, , ZA South Africa
An expertly selected cross-section of the vibrant and rapidly growing South African art scene will be on view at The 15th annual ART SALON AT THE BAY. Rose Korber will once again showcase an overview of the finest that the local art scene has to offer, based on her experience as an art consultant and curator in Cape Town. The exhibition opens this year on the 22nd December 2006 and runs until 11 January 2007 in a specially appointed display area at The Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Exhibition hours are 10am to 9pm daily. With a reputation built upon the quality of the previous Salons, Korber has curated a show that takes full advantage of the new-found, international interest in South African and other non-Western, contemporary art.
Previously somewhat neglected, these arenas are being taken seriously by museum directors and international curators, and works in these spheres are being snapped up by savvy buyers. With her expertise in this area, Rose Korber has curated the 15th annual Art Salon by drawing upon the cream of local talent.
Since its inception in 1992, the Salon has been a major event on the local art calendar, bringing together, under one roof, a large showcase of quality artworks in various styles and media. Consolidating a trend first seen last year, this year’s Salon features more cutting-edge work by an up-and-coming generation of artists, while still maintaining its backbone of major, established names such as John Kramer, Erik Laubscher and Walter Meyer.
The Salon presents a varied and comprehensive overview of the current state of South African art. Featured artists include William Kentridge, Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Hodgins, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Conrad Botes, Colbert Mashile, Johann Louw, Brett Murray, Robert Slingsby, Deborah Bell, Claudette Schreuders, Paul Blomkamp, Wayne Barker and Richard Smith.
The promise offered by younger, contemporary artists is evidenced in works by Peter Eastman, Matthew Hindly, John Murray, Trasi Henen, Sanell Aggenbach, Ruan Hoffmann, JP Meyer, Alastair Whitton, Francois van Reenen, Daniel Halter and Gina Waldman. South African photography is currently in an exciting stage of development and growth and is internationally celebrated. Leading South African photographers, such as Stephen Inggs, Jurgen Schadeberg and Terry Kurgan, will be on view.
In addition to the traditional genres of landscape and figurative painting, the Salon also features fine examples of abstract and conceptual art, as well as original prints and quality works on paper by a range of leading artists.
Also on show is a selection of sculpture, including a remarkable series of figurative works in mild steel by Jaco Sieberhagen; a bronze horse and rider by Wilma Cruise; and a powerful combination of works in ironwood by Botswana sculptor, Shepherd Ndudzo, which celebrate the people and environment of his country.
Eminent ceramic artists on this year’s Art Salon include Barbara Jackson, Louise Gelderblom, Hennie Meyer, Helen Vaughan, Wendy McLachlan, Bea Jaffray, Shirley Fintz, David Walters, Sarah Walters and John Kasozu Matovu, as well as choice pieces from the internationally renowned Ardmore Ceramic Studio in Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
Contemporary beadwork – another area of increasing interest to both international and local collectors – will be represented by Carol Nathan Levin, Martine Jackson and Makhubele family.
According to Korber; ‘This year’s Salon is a bold statement reflecting the rapidly developing and endlessly exciting terrain of artistic production. ‘This carefully selected overview of the finest the country offers will be displayed in a specially-appointed gallery space at The Bay Hotel, enabling the art to be shown to its best advantage.
IMAGE ERIK LAUBSCHER Red Ploughed Fields Oil on canvas Image size: 81 x 115cm
Tired of waiting for Sling Media to deliver, Andy put together a little guide on getting the Slingplayer to run on Linux via WINE. You're thinking, whatever lots of apps run under WINE. But we're talking streaming Windows Media video & audio here. How cool is that?
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2006 is coming to a close, and all anyone can think about (in regards to Apple, at least) is the upcoming Apple Phone…but what happens next? What are we going to be salivating over and speculating about after Macworld? What changes are in store for Apple in 2007? No one knows for sure…but it sure is fun to take a guess…
5 Predictions for Apple in 2007
1) Expanding the Mac Brand - 2007 is going to be the year of the “Mac”. Apple is going to expand upon the Mac branding to include the new Phone product (my guess is MacMobile), and possibly even the “i” software suites. MacLife anyone? The “i” branding is played out, and, with the exception of the iPod and possibly the iMac, the “i” is on the down hill slide. There will be a dramatic shift away from the lowercase “i” in 07.
2) The “true” Video iPod…Finally - After years of speculation, the full screen video iPod will make it’s debut just in time for the 07 holiday season sales push. The device will feature a beautiful screen and a new, clickwheel-free, design. My guess is it will not be touch screen, and will in no way live up to the 2+ year hype surrounding it…in spite of that, however, it will be a “must have” item for Christmas 07.
3) The Next Generation of iMac…featuring Blu-ray I hope I’m wrong about this, actually, since I do not think that Blu-ray has much of a chance of winning the format wars, but I predict that we’ll see the high end models of next year’s iMacs with built-in Blu-ray drives without a significant cost increase over the current high end iMacs. Disney is behind Blu-ray…to me that means Jobs is behind Blu-ray as well…and that means Blu-ray equipped Macs.
4) Palm CEO Ed Colligan will eat his words - “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone…PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.’’ This is one of the most asinine statements I’ve ever heard in my life, and I think Mr. Colligan is going to regret saying it when 07 comes to a close. Apple is gunning for Palm, Blackberry, and every other Smartphone manufacturer out there, and while I don’t think they will become a market leader next year, I do think Palm will be feeling Apple’s presence weighing heavily on their bottom line next year.
5) OSX and Windows, working together at last - I expect to see Parallels fully integrated into Leopard by the time the OS is released, giving us the first OS in history (to my knowledge anyway) that will allow us to seamlessly run our Windows, Mac, and even Linux programs from the same desktop. Finally, Mac Users can run those Windows only applications that seem to crop up from time to time. The new Parallels Beta already makes this possible, but if integrated into Leopard, you can officially say, “Vista…who?”
I’m sure all of you have your own opinions about what 2007 holds for Apple…and I’m extremely certain that some of you completely disagree with what I’ve just written…so, feel free to leave your comments, beratings, or whiny rants below.