Monthly Archives: April 2003

general April 25, 2003 posted by

Mobile phone on an SD card

According to the good folks over at The Inquirer, Siemens in the UK has been showing off a prototype mobile phone SD card. The card, which will work in any standard SD card slot, can handle GSM and GPRS and should retail for around 270 euros when it is released later this year. Fascinating way to convert your Palm or PocketPC PDA into a phone methinks. [via gizmodo]

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Toaster PC

Take one totally standard toaster. Remove bread. Replace with motherboard and bits. Result: Toaster PC. Some people. Too much. Time. Hands on.

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Segway, schmegway…

Forget about the Segway. What you need is one of these ‘ere rocket bikes to get you to work on time every morning. 236.67 kilometres per hour on the flat. But what’s the padlock and chain like, I hear you ask. [via ZZZ] This is part of a collection of totally wacky rocket powered craft ranging from go-karts to jet belts. Some people just can’t go fast enough, eh?

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Story of the humble remote control

Heh heh, so this guy Robert Adler invented the remote control. In 1956. Actually what he invented was the one completely without wires which TV maker Zenith introduced in that year – the Space Command. Now you may think that this is sort of ‘ho hum, so what’, but in fact it’s had a profound effect on television, commercials, and probably even obesity rates over the years. So let’s hear it (or not) for the little push button marvel.

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Making money on the net

A great Business 2.0 article revealing how some companies are starting to make money on the Internet, often by totally ditching their original business plan and becoming a different online animal altogether. Fascinating reading. [via techdirt]

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Fastchat for fun

Whilst I was visiting the GSM World show in Cannes earlier this year I stumbled upon the folks from FastMobile and had a live demo of their push to talk application FastChat. It basically uses GPRS to turn your mobile phone into a walkie talkie, with one to one or one to group features. I was dead impressed that it worked as advertised on the stand, and now they’ve launched it officially. Anybody in the UK can sign up from…

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Denon DVD-2900

The Denon DVD-2900 plays just about every silvery small round disc out there, including DVD Audio, SACD, DVD RW, CDRW, MP3, JPEG photo files etc etc etc. It costs around $999.00. Honest. Not a dollar more.

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Jam buster!

The Traffic-i service beams live traffic information direct to your Symbian smartphone in glorious ever-giving colour. It covers over 8000 miles of motorways and trunk roads and uses high speed GPRS for better results. It’s cool, it’s 39.99 for the software and it’s currently only available for the P800 (others in the pipeline as they say).

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Geek Corps

Geek Corps. Nice idea guys.‘We’re helping people in communities around the world to gain access to information technology and to build businesses on the web.’ A kind of anorak Voluntary Service Overseas. Like it.

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

Cool but scary Google

Here’s a cool but scary fact for all you American type peeps. Enter your phone number into the Google search box in the right format and it will deliver up a map to your house. Wowser!

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general April 24, 2003 posted by

New Palms

Two new PDAs from veteran Palm. The Zire now sports a higher price tag and an integral digital camera, while the new Tungsten C has inbuilt WiFi capabilities. Actually they’re a bit late. Should have released this stuff on Palm Sunday, but what do I know? Am I the only one in the world that thinks WiFi is way too over-rated. Especially if you’re miles away from an electrical socket?

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general April 22, 2003 posted by

The Ambient Orb and other questions…

You know how inscrutable your computer is? How it never reacts to you, except to give you the metaphorical finger with a blue screen of death? Well Ambient Devices is trying to change all that. The company’s first product is the Ambient Orb, which ‘transitions between thousands of colors to show changes in the weather, the health of your stock portfolio, or if your boss or kid is on instant messenger. ‘It basically uses a wireless network to receive data…

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general April 22, 2003 posted by

Kizoom

The Kizoom Personal Travel Service delivers real time train travel information to your WAP enabled phone. Train delayed? No problem, hear about it before you leave the office so you can spend an extra hour working on that spreadsheet. Or not. At last a real live working and useful WAP app. Let the bells ring out!

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general April 22, 2003 posted by

Playing with camera time

The Mumford Time Machine may not look like much, but it’s a pretty cool box nonetheless. It hooks up to your film or digital camera and lets you take a variety of different programmable shots. Time lapse, unattended, motion triggered and high speed stop action shots to be precise. See that little thing on the left of the balloon? That’s a bullet that is, approaching at a speed of 470 feet per second. Cool eh? So cough up $295.00 and…

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general April 22, 2003 posted by

Earth calling Orson…

US company Scaled Composites, has launched what it claims is the world’s first ‘private manned space program’. The launch of the Spaceshipone craft and its drop ship the White Knight was carried out with maximum publicity not far from Los Angeles. Home of Hollywood.

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