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Mmm…wonder if it works?

cool tech March 7, 2005 posted by

SMS for voice?

T2Me. It’s a kind of push-to-talk voice chat software for mobile phones using GPRS. I’d say it looks like excellent tech except for the fact that there’s no pricing for it at the moment, which is important isn’t it? Anyway 2 cool things – one, it’s free for now and two, you can use it from a desktop PC too.  T2Me is a Push-to-Talk system which converts your existing cellular phone into a virtual Walkie-Talkie; it lets you exchange voice messages with other T2Me users anywhere in…


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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by

Yotels.

Yotels. Japanese micro hotels re-jigged and brought to London. Bedtastic!  However, the truly revolutionary element of YOTEL is its windows, which are internal rather than external – they look into the corridors, which are in turn naturally lit through reflective mechanisms and channelling of light. This allows YOTEL to boldly go where other hotels simply can’t – tricky central city locations, airports, even underground. The reduced land costs and savings can then be passed on to customers to offer a first…


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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by

Death of radio.

Excellent SFGate.com piece on the death of American music radio.  Corporate radio sucketh, whole and large and true. We know this. Everyone knows this. There is not a single person out there right now who is listening to any of the one zillion lifeless Clear Channel or Infinity-owned rock stations anywhere in the nation who is saying to themselves, gosh this KLOG station is just exceptionally good and clever and smart and plays amazingly fresh music and makes me want…


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hmm..interesting March 4, 2005 posted by

Google triangle.

Apparently Google has a golden triangle. That’s an area on the results page which gets the most eyeball views. Interesting but not really rocket science, although fascinating to learn that only 20% of people looked at the results right at the bottom of the page. Of course this also means that screen display resolution could be a major factor in ‘above and below’ the fold visibility/effectiveness.  What it doesn’t explain, however, is whether the triangle exists at the top of every page of results, in which case it could…


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hmm..interesting March 3, 2005 posted by

Snatchit.

Snatchit. Bizarrely designed reverse auction site which counts down time and bids until the last product is sold at the lowest price. £100 million in turnover and they call it a game? Yowsers!   On clicking the Buy Now button you will proceed to a screen which will prompt you to “CLICK HERE TO CONFIRM PURCHASE QUICKLY” Here, speed is of the essence – remember, the clock is ticking, If the time runs out, you’ve lost the game and you’ve missed the product…


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but is it art? February 21, 2005 posted by

Computer crafts.

Computer ornaments. Rings, armbands, necklaces, cufflinks etc, all made out of computer or typewriter parts. Fascinating sign o’ the times. Don’t think it’s for sale though (German site, see?)


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hmm..interesting February 17, 2005 posted by

Games master.

Fascinating piece on the fightback by the arcade games business, after years of slow decline caused by the popularity of home gaming consoles like Xbox and Playstation. [Thanks Kevin]  The hope is that new technology will once again push arcade games beyond what players can experience at home. Justin Burke, special projects manager at Sega Amusements Europe, thinks that this should be an easy task. “The next generation of graphics from Sega’s secret new hardware will out-perform the current excellent graphics found…


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hmm..interesting February 17, 2005 posted by

Sky blue.

Hmm…the Sky Plus satellite service – the hard disk PVR system – appears to be having a lot of problems with broken encoding on the top three standard movie channels (not Box Office!). The symptoms include intermittent and very annoying stuttering audio on playback of recorded movies, which can be ‘cured’ by rewinding for a second then continuing play. I’ve talked to the support dept twice and each time been told that they’re ‘working on it’. It’s a pretty serious issue since Sky Movies…


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hmm..interesting February 15, 2005 posted by

Power sick.

According to this Telegraph article UK boffins are finally going to start research into the issue of ‘electricity sickness’. Basically where people complain of ultra sensitivity to EMF (electro-magnetic field) radiation, as emitted by just about everything that is powered. Mmm…  Scientists and health advisers are taking the claims of people who say electricity makes them ill seriously for the first time. The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) is carrying out a review of existing scientific studies into “electromagnetic hypersensitivity”…


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hmm..interesting February 11, 2005 posted by

Lying eyes.

How to detect lies.   The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.


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hmm..interesting February 9, 2005 posted by

Chop and change!

Suddenly there seems to be a rush of people – OK two – growing their own furniture. First a Mr Wu harvesting his own chairs, and then Ms Lois Walpole and her cultivated coat hangers et al. Don’t sell your IKEA shares just yet, though will ya?


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hmm..interesting February 8, 2005 posted by

Tech, Tac, Toe?

In the interests of fair and balanced reporting, the Ferret brings to you both sides of the eternal tech argument – Why Does Windows Still Suck? MacMini, the Emperor’s New Computer.


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diy February 8, 2005 posted by

Smart radio.

The DIY smart Radio Station using iTunes.  A while ago I read a tip somewhere about how to make a few smart playlists work with each other to make a mix of music for a smaller iPod. After thinking for a short time I realized I could make a perfect little ever-changing radio station out of iTunes with a similar methodology…The core here is that you’re going to have to rate all of your music for this to work. Unrated…


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