Google Street View video

22 09 2009

Sharing this informative video which I came across on one of my favourite tech blogs The Next Web

Google Japan has put together this gorgeous piece of stop motion video explaining how Street View works. It features a cute little robot puttering around town in a world that secretly I want to live in, taking film photographs and painting over license plate numbers with a brush.

The video is part of a drive to make the product less troublesome to people concerned about their privacy.


Cosmic ordering app for iPhone

21 09 2009

During my daily trawl of the technology, lifestyle and fashion pages of the online newspapers, I worringly came across an article in today’s Daily Mail Science and Technology section with the headline “Noel Edmonds launches ‘cosmic ordering’ app for iPhone users to call on the universe for help.”

Surely, no rational person would believe an iPhone app has any kind of spiritual or religious power and even more worringly, the brainbox behind the idea is Noel Edmonds, famed for catapulting Mr Blobby onto UK Television screens, say no more!

Read full article

Prototype twitter wearable speech bubble

2 07 2009

Source: Aram Bartholl – Blog

Pocket Tweets – a cell phone display enabled Twitter shirt for everyday use.

Pocket Tweets takes advantage of existing technology. Why invent a new screen when the mobile phone, our private mobile window to the digtal world is already there? A small Java application is offered for download to be installed on an internet activated cell phone. The application asks for the Twitter screen name, then receives the latest tweet from the web and displays the message on the screen. The concept is to wear the phone in a custom designed pocket on a shirt, jacket or bag. A speech bubble shaped cut-out in the cloth shows the displayed message to the public. The ubiquitous mobile phone turns a normal shirt into wearable technology. The private screen of the mobile phone becomes a public display.

Tweet Bubble Series

Tweet Bubble Series

Get the job done with Run My Errand

15 06 2009

I came across this great website, although based in Boston, I really love that it harnesses the power of the community. It brings together those that are looking for small jobs to get done, such as delivering a package, picking up guests from the airport or taking clothes to the cleaners. Anyone interested in earning some cash for running the errands, can offer to get the job done. Everyone benefits!

Check out Run My Errand

Webinar: The Digital Lives of Power Moms

14 06 2009

What does a “Day in the Life” of a technologically savvy mom look like?

Nielsen Online recently hosted a webinar (listen and follow along below) focused on Power Moms based on the recently launched “Power Moms Initiative” in conjunction with Nielsen Life360. The goal was to get a more intimate view of moms’ use of digital tools through groundbreaking video ethnographic research. As part of the study, a select group of women from around the country revealed how they use their “digital toolkits” to juggle careers, manage demanding family schedules, streamline spending through online banking, coupon sites and retailer channels. The multitude of daily tasks now performed online are stitched together by more gratifying pursuits — offline hobbies that are now slowing taking place in online spheres from scrap-booking and photo-sharing to fitness programs — enabling digital moms to achieve new levels of connectivity and fulfillment from their online experiences.

Read on…

Buzzwords make you hip

13 06 2009

I was at home yesterday having a discussion with a friend over the the pros and cons of the computer age. Throughout the conversation, he used buzzwords and acronyms which literally flew over my head and out the window. Of course, I could have asked him to elaborate but I didn’t like to stop him in mid-flow.

Anyhow, when he’d gone home, I pondered on whether he thought spouting buzzwords made him look smart and in turn, me stupid. Or was it the other way round. He was the stupid one, as he couldn’t speak plain English and I was the smart one, talking without using precarious words.

I needed to find out more about the use of buzzwords starting with a definition. PC Magazine described them as a term that refers to the latest technology or a term that sounds catchy. In the beginning, everyone uses the terms to appear knowledgeable and cutting edge. However, if not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream, and the words soon become everyday vocabulary.

So what were the current words being used by those in the know? This year, Cramer-Krasselt, the US creative agency released an update to their popular Cultural Dictionary. A collection of words and slang reflecting the changes in our culture, not only in technology but politics and relationships too. Its a fascinating and a comical read, I say that because its hard to imagine being cool using terms like “Mullet Strategy” or “Digi-necker.”

Cultural Dictionary

Cultural Dictionary

Undoubtedly, the internet savvy generation dominate what we do, how we do it and now, what we say. It seems if you are serious about technology, culture and emerging trends then you need to understand what’s being said. You’re likely to be considered hip, using the odd buzzword than sticking rigid to the Queen’s English. I realise now that there’s no escape and after all, nobody likes to feel like an outsider. If belonging means expanding my vocabulary with a few fancy words, then I’m in!

Gmail helps you make the change

15 05 2009

I gave up on my Yahoo and Hotmail account years ago, after receiving an invite to join Gmail Beta and I’ve never looked back.

Firstly, it was free just like its counterparts but the main difference was the spam filter. No longer do I have to navigate my way through emails trying to sell me a ‘penis extension’ (Does anyone actually buy those products?)

So when I found out Google’s newest feature will take the pain out of migrating your email and contacts from other email providers, I just had to let everyone know about it (well, the readers of my blog that is!)

For the details check this out: Import your Mail and Contacts.