Cool Stuff Spot – Microsoft’s New Zune

15 09 2009
Microsoft's New Zune

Microsoft's New Zune

Reference: Business Week


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

Call time on phone upgrades

9 06 2009

Today I received an email from Apple, introducing me to the new iPhone 3G S due to launch 19 June in US. “The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet” was their message. But do we really need a faster or better model? Are we simply trading one iPhone 3G, without an ‘s’ for the one with an ‘s’?

I’m not against advancement but I am against the speed in which manufacturers decide to launch an upgrade. Just as you’ve worked out how to use the phone, there’s a new version waiting in the wings. A better and improved model which of course, implies that the model you bought three months earlier isn’t so great after all.

With the lifespan of phones decreasing and members of the throw-away society increasing, manufacturers should be more conscious about targeting existing customers. They know the customer is in the throws of using their product but they still see fit to entice them into an upgrade, making them fall out of love with what they already have. Behaviour that benefits the manufacturer but enthuses the throw-away-attitude.

There’s no doubt technology has improved the way we live and work but at the same time created an ever increasing problem of what to do with those phones and gadgets that we no longer want or use. Schemes such as sending old phones to under developed countries is indeed a recycling solution but the reality is some day they’ll still end up in a landfill site somewhere, just not on our country’s doorstep.

Manufacturers at least consider giving us more time with our phones before you decide to launch the next best thing. Time for us consumers to get to know them better and realise their full potential. Everything comes to an end and in its place something is born but just like our favourite granny, why not let our phones grow old gracefully and move on only when their time is truly up.

All things bright and beautiful

5 06 2009

This morning I awoke with the sensation of butterflies in my stomach. Something that’s not familiar, particularly as I don’t get them before going to work every day! This was certainly an unusual feeling then it dawned on me. Last night, I got a gift from my partner. A brand new, spanking Samsung Notebook N110!

Its comes with 1GB to burn, a 10 inch LCD screen and a digital motion camera for taking Daily Mug Shots. But best of all, its lightweight and white (pearlised, I think they call it) and just I love it! No longer do I have to lug my Sony laptop around with me. Instead, I can just pop my notebook into my handbag and go.

So, I’m christening my notebook with this first post which also, gives me the opportunity to show off – check out the picture.

Shiny New Samsung N110 KA02

Shiny New Samsung N110 KA02

Anyone want a Sony Laptop, going cheap?

Cool Stuff Spot: KDDI create new collection

16 02 2009
Spotted at Au by Kiddi Spring Collection 2009

Spotted at Au by Kddi Spring Collection 2009

Cool Stuff Spot – Philips Luxe Player

14 10 2008

Originally spotted at Crave Asia

Philips Luxe Player

Philips Luxe Player

The mobile with WOW factor

24 09 2008

There’s no denying the excitement generated by the launch of the new kid on the block – the T-mobile G1 from Google.

It looks and sounds good: aesthetically appealing, LCD touch-sensitive screen, slide-out keyboard, Bluetooth & WiFi connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera and weighs in at 158 grams but where’s the wow factor in that?

Its actually the Android operating system that is the star attraction providing a platform for state-of-the-art applications including internet browsing, Google mapping software, 3-D graphics interface and open-source content.

Unfortunately, the Android is not yet compatible with Microsoft Exchange which throws open the doors to third party developers. Via Google’s Android Market – a marketplace to support distribution of free / open content, developers will be able to market their applications and content for public download.

As for me, this girl geek is easily impressed and has already sent her Christmas wish list to Santa…