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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

2012 F1 Calendar

The 2012 Formula 1 Calendar has been announced by the sports governing body, the FIA. There are going to be 20 races in all, and as expected Turkey as been dropped from the calendar. This is a shame as it always provides a good race. This year, notably, the DRS activation zone was acredited with a large number of 'easy' overtakes and attendance of the grand prix has generally been poor, the BBC reports.

Here's out it lines up.

18 March - Australia
25 March - Malaysia
15 April - China
22 April - Bahrain
13 May - Spain
27 May - Monaco
10 June - Canada
24 June - Europe
8 July - Britain
22 July - Germany
29 July - Hungary
2 September - Belgium
9 September - Italy
23 September - Singapore
7 October - Japan
14 October - Korea
28 October - India
4 November - Abu Dhabi
18 November - United States
25 November - Brazil

Full story via F1.com and BBC Sport

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Competition 1

This is the first Web Warp Blog Competition!

To win this Bear Gryll's Gelaskins iPhone cover suitable for iPhone 3GS, 3G and Original, just send us a tweet with a specific hashtag.

Send a tweet mentioning @webwarpblog and featuring the hashtag #webwarpblogcomp1to enter!

The prize will be posted to a UK address only and entries must be received by 31st August 2011 at 7pm, click here for full terms and conditions. The winner is chosen at random from all qualifying entries.

Twitter vs. Earthquake: Twitter Wins

Twitter has released a promotional video claiming to be faster than the recent earthquake which hit America's East Coast. It only takes seconds to send warning messages across the country on Twitter. Original story on Mashable.

Hurricane Irene APOD

NASA's APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) has featured a video showing the development of hurricane Irene. Original post: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110827.html

Thursday, 25 August 2011

It's time to join Google+

Google have recently created their own social network: Google+. Google+ is similar to Facebook but with an emphasis on control. You assign contacts into circles and you can post items specific to circles. For example, "I'm off to the pub, anyone fancy joining me?" Could be posted for your friends circle and not your colleagues. People can appear in multiple circles too. When it's time to chat to a couple of people you can use huddle to create an instant messaging group which works across platforms, so your friends might be using an iPhone, iPad, Android mobile or Android tablet, it really doesn't matter.

If you fancy joining Google+ plus there are plenty of invites out there and if you already have a Gmail account you have already registered!

There's apps too:

Google+ - Google

Android app

Saturday, 20 August 2011


AutoCAD WS is a FREE online CAD editing tool from Autodesk - and it's received an exciting set of updates. There are limitations though, but that is to be expected from a free web based app. This really shows the power of web 2.0. You can modify and amend your drawings almost anywhere, which is a new and novel idea in the CAD industry. The main feature lacking is full support for 3D across all the various AutoCAD WS platforms. For more casual users Google SketchUp's free version is the way to go, it's support for 3D drawing and quick textures is ideal for home use.

Autodesk are market leaders in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software and their flagship product, AutoCAD, is probably the standard for engineering, architecture and manufacturing. AutoCAD typically runs on a specific computer and any work that needed doing to a specific drawing would have to take place on that computer. For those that aren't aware of AutoCAD you could draw parallels from Adobe's Photoshop suite:

So AutoCAD WS is a web based product that allows you to view and edit your drawing files online and on the go. Just like Adobe's Photoshop Express iPhone app there is an AutoCAD WS smart phone / tablet app for iPhone, iPad  and Android devices. The latest features include the ability to manipulate layers within a drawing. You can also enter lines at a specific length which was a particularly big downfall of the original 2010 release of AutoCAD WS. Another new feature of AutoCAD WS is that you can connect it to your existing online storage solutions such as box.net. Here's a short video showing off these new features:

There is also now a Mac App which works with the online service and also provides support for offline editing. The AutoCAD WS Mac App can be downloaded for free from here.

AutoCAD WS is also fully integrated into the latest version of AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2012.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Air Guitar Move for iPhone

Love playing air guitar? Love your iPhone? Love Guitar Hero?!?!? Then this product is for you: Air Guitar Move for iPhone. It's currently not for sale but is up for investing in on Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a funding platform for new creative projects. It allows you to donate towards projects that you want to see get off the ground. This project got enough funding on July 10th so hopefully we can see it available to buy soon!

More info at Kickstarter.com: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iphoneairguitar/air-guitar-move-for-iphone

Friday, 5 August 2011


Enjoy listening to BBC Radio? Hate not knowing what song's it is they play? Then here is a solution for you! Britify works with Spotify (hence the 'ify' in the name) to bring you playlists of recent shows on BBC Radio stations. You can even download the latest 100 tracks played on a particular radio show. The website includes Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music.

Here's a link: www.britify.com

Formally known as bbcify and featured on BBC Click's Webscape.

The Internet and the Browser

Google's App Store has loads of apps to choose from but this one caught my eye and deserves a few minutes of your attention. This app is actually just a link to a website, a particularly well made website. It's a virtual book with a history of the internet and web browsers. It's written by the team behind Google Chrome, but it applies to all web browsers.

The book goes through 20 things that everyone might want to know about how web browsers and the internet works, and the best thing is that it's free. It covers all the big questions and covers the big topics such as "What is the Internet?".

The book is at www.20thingsilearned.com and on the Chrome Web Store.

Happy reading.