Some fun news out of Universal Orlando as Spidey will look really impressive now thanks to 3D technology! From Universal Orlando… The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man includes all-new 4K digital high definition animation, sophisticated 3-D projection systems, a new music score and all-new 3-D “Spider-Vision” glasses. The glasses, seen here, feature new lenses made of dichroic filters for amazing color and clarity, and allow guests to experience hundreds of new details within the towering visual spaces. The award winning attraction’s official reopening date will be announced soon.
Archives for February 28, 2012
More interesting mobile industry research today, this time via the 2012 Mobile Future in Focus Report from comScore Inc. This report looks at key trends driving smartphone adoption growth, mobile media usage in categories such as social networking and retail, mobile ecosystem dynamics, and shifts in multi-device digital media consumption. Some of the findings this year are as follows:
- Nearly 42 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers now use smartphones
- Google Android and Apple iOS smartphone platforms emerged as the leaders of the U.S. smartphone market in 2011
- Android was just a few points shy of capturing half of the smartphone market and iOS accounting for nearly 30 percent of the market
- growth in mobile app use exceed the growth in mobile browser use
- Tablets account for nearly 40 million tablets in use among U.S. mobile users
- More than half of the U.S. smartphone population used their phone to perform retail research while inside a store in 2011
Yes indeed, summer is coming (Well, eventually), however, those high gas prices associated with summer are here already – heck, just yesterday in BC Canada the price of gas at the pump shot up 20 cents a liter in one shot (that’s about 75 cents a gallon in one whack folks) and there’s no signs of things letting up. Currently Canadians are paying what equates to about $5.25 per gallon of gas and that will likely blow past $6 a gallon (or $1.60 a liter) by summer – I bet that hybrid Prius is looking really good to you right now!
But, there are some things you can do… most notably, get a bike, walk more, use public transit, car pool, map your route first, combine trips and reduce the need for multiple trips, shop in your community etc… there really are many solutions that make sense and simply require a change of habit by the user. Heck, 2 years ago I dumped the Ford Expedition in favor of a 96 Mazda 626 saving me hundreds of $$ per month and making me feel much better also for having such a cheap and reliable unit to get me around! Oh, and it runs like a dream and will be eligible for collectors plates soon ;0)
And so, some tips today from trucar.com on how you can reduce your fuel consumption:
- Don’t Drive Aggressively: Aggressive driving, such as, pushing the gas pedal hard or slamming the brakes will lower your average fuel economy by 33 percent on the highway and five percent around town. For more information on gas-saving tips, visit “10 Ways to Save Money on Gas.”
- Complete Regular Maintenance: A vehicle that has its oil changed and a new air filter installed, when needed, can help consume less gas. For more information visit “Is Your Call Well Maintained? It Can Save You Money on Gas.”
- Use Premium Fuel Only When Needed: For most vehicles, even if premium fuel is required, you can fill up with regular gas. But if your engine starts to knock or ping using regular gas, then a higher-octane rating is required for your vehicle. For more information, see “Five Facts of Using Premium vs. Regular Gas.”
- Shop for Gas Or Navigate The Roads Better Using Your Phone: iPhone and Android applications like GasBuddy.com or AAA’s TripTik or GPS applications like Waze can help you search for the lowest gas prices or best routes to steer clear of traffic jams. Visit TrueCar.com’s “Ten Apps for Saving Money on Gas” for more information.