Monthly Archives: February 2004

general February 25, 2004 posted by

Tosh for dosh.

The Toshiba RD-X4 – an upgrade to the old RD-X2 hard disk DVD recorder we featured previously, but with better image quality and a massive 250 GB disk. Almost big enough, with some 350 hours of recording capability, for those endless Friends re-runs. Is there that much worthwhile TV around?

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general February 25, 2004 posted by

Guitar games.

I’m fascinated by guitar stuff at the moment. Maybe it’s the collaboration between the new and the old that intrigues me. As does the Guitropolis site – a mix of online virtual world and guitar tuition. Maybe there could be a lesson here for our whole educational system? ‘The ten locations also contain lessons, songs and exercises that teach you how to play guitar. The trick is that the course material is hidden somewhere in each location. In order to…

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general February 25, 2004 posted by

Magic Mountain.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a cool web site offering virtual undersea exploration. One of the interesting places you can go is the Magic Mountain hydrothermal vent site on Explorer Ridge in the northeast Pacific Ocean, which is a scene of much underwater volcanic action. Hot stuff!

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Nokia brickless?

So when is a brick not a brick? Why when it’s a new Nokia 9500 Communicator of course, silly. How new? Werlll….it’s got WiFi onboard, which is pretty cool, a massive 80MB of RAM, MMC card slot, Bluetooth, infrared, USB 2.0, integrated VGA camera – and what looks to be a funkily delicious keyboard with a new joypad. Housebuilding will never be the same again.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Track and trace.

The Siemens XT55 Triband Combi Module is the world’s first tri-band mobile phone module which features an on-board GPS satellite tracking receiver. ‘The new module is especially suitable for performing tracking functions in applications such as fleet management, vehicle positioning, navigation, and emergency and location-based services.’ Right then, Robin.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Sock it to me.

Those clever folk at Socket have done it again, with a neat little SD card barcode scanner module. The In-Hand Scan Card fits into any Palm or PocketPC SD slot and gives full barcode goodies to the bearer. Priced at $269.00.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Piccie printer.

The new Sony DPP-EX50 [Babel] looks like a cute little photo printer with a difference. It prints without using a computer. Instead you use your television and a direct connection to the camera via PictBridge cable technology. And what’s more it can even do basic editing functions like removing red-eye, has media card slots and can create calendars and other artistic stuff. Clever, clever.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Surround bound.

The new 0-360 Panorama Optic lets you take one shot panorama photos from any standard threaded lens type digital camera. The $595.00 gizmo also comes with special software to let you create online interactive photo tours from the image. Very cool for a lorra lorra people like realtors (estate agents peeps!) and hoteliers etc. Genius product! Short preview here.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

BayWatch.

BayNews is a web log. About eBay. Even more surprising is the fact that it’s actually rather interesting.

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general February 24, 2004 posted by

Finger phones.

Atrua Technologies of the US have announced the world’s first mobile phone touchpad, Atrua Wings. That’s right, a little touch pad on yer handset providing games and applications control and fingerprint security for buying stuff. But heaven forbid that you would want to lend your phone to the wife, kids or other close family members eh? ‘Atrua Wings, the world’s first family of products to utilize haptic processing – the science of human touch – to convert finger movements into…

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general February 21, 2004 posted by

Sony DVD camcorder.

Well, you’ve got to hand it to them, they keep on trying. The Sony DCR-DVD101 [Japanese] is a camcorder which records onto cut down 8cm DVD -R/-RW discs. 30 minutes footage per disc. But why, Morgenstein, why?

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general February 21, 2004 posted by

Vertu of necessity?

Can’t find the 17,050.00 needed to buy a Vertu Signature mobile phone? Then you’ll be overjoyed to hear that the company has now released a cheaper and infinitely more ugly model called Accent. 2450.00 to you, sir. And no haggling. ‘The Vertu Ascent Collection is a thrillingly tactile design where exceptionally hard materials are synthesised with the softness and subtlety of leather.’ Thrillingly tactile? Huh?

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