Monthly Archives: March 2004

general March 30, 2004 posted by

Splashpower.

We first talked about wireless charging a while ago, with the Mobilewise product. Now a bunch of enterprising Brits have thrown their hats into the ring with the Splashpower system. Basically it’s a pad which charges up battery powered devices without the need for docks or plugs. Uses electromagnetic induction, see? ‘Consumers simply drop their devices on a Splashpad and charge up! No wires, no plugs, no hassle – any number, anywhere.’

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File movers.

Suddenly everyone seems to want to move their large files around the place. For no money. Whereupon services appear as if by magic. * Dropload. ‘Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time.’ * SendThisFile. ‘Sender makes a couple of clicks and the file uploads. We notify the recipient the file is available. The recipient clicks on a couple of links to download the file.’…

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The Meme Tree.

I have no idea what this is about, but The Meme Tree is certainly one of the busiest little applets I’ve ever seen. Ever. I think it’s supposed to create a live tree of connections from the host site outwards. Or something. Or maybe not. Whatever.

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UK Speedtrap Guide.

Ta-da, the UK Speedtrap Guide. Weird. How often do you come across a site that helps you ‘skirt’ around the law, but which also features police comments? Very British, doncha know.

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GameFly.

Oh ho ho, what makes me think that GameFly is trying to be a Netflix for games? ‘GameFly is the better, faster way to get the games you want – and play them as long as you want. You get unlimited game rentals for one flat subscription rate, so you can try out as many games as you want. And if you decide you like a game so much that you don’t want to send it back, just click Keep…

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Call a Bike.

You’ve got to love the German Call a Bike service. Find a bicycle, make a mobile call to unlock, use for as long as needed (at 0.06 per minute or 15 per day) and return at will with another call. Uber cool. [via Engadget] ‘Each CallBike is protected by an electronic lock that can be opened with a numerical code. If the green light on the lock blinks, the bike is free and it is yours to use. To…

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general March 30, 2004 posted by

Newton, what Newton?

Bah, who needs a Newton when you’ve got an iPod with a copy of iPodSync? Poddy PDA here we come. ‘iPodSync is a tool for Windows users to keep your Microsoft Outlook calendar. contact, tasks and notes synchronized between your PC and your iPod. iPod sync also sync [sic] weather forecasts and news from the web. iPodSync turns your iPod into PDA.’

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general March 30, 2004 posted by

Google personal.

Mmm..new day, new Google service. Google Personalized. Beta. Not sure quite what it’s good fer yet, but no doubt we’ll soon work it out. Update: ‘Google Personalized web search delivers custom search results that are based on a profile you create describing your interests. For example, people with an interest in the outdoors will see different relevant sites for a search on “bass” than people who are interested in music.’ Update 2: Oooh, oooh, now I get it. There’s a…

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general March 27, 2004 posted by

Logitech video goodies.

Logitech looks to be making a big play for the broadband home video messaging market. Witness the Quickcam Cordless camera, which looks like it could be a whole lotta fun. Especially when coupled with their VideoCall for Broadband software (although I’m not sure the monthly subscription plan is a goer in the long term!) ‘Whether it’s sharing digital photos with your parents, rapping with a schoolmate, or just staying connected with friends and loved ones, Logitech VideoCall is the perfect…

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general March 27, 2004 posted by

Rio de Jammero.

There’s very little remarkable about the new Rio SU40 [Babel] MP3 player, except…that it features the world’s first set of tiny external speakers with built-in bass woofer and amplifier. Personally I thought the terms ‘portable’ and ‘woofer’ were mutually exclusive, but what do I know?

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general March 27, 2004 posted by

Idas Cam.

My, my, aren’t solid state camcorders coming on. The Spypen Idas [Babel] sports a digital zoom, 2.1 megapixel resolution, MPEG4, and – uniquely – an external light and microphone. Storage on SD cards. Funky.

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general March 27, 2004 posted by

Building bigger.

Interesting Popular Science article on man’s insatiable desire to build big. Including the world’s would-be tallest building in Dubai and a transatlantic maglev train. Yikes!

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general March 27, 2004 posted by

Roaming drives.

The Asustek WL-HDD is a wireless (wifi) hard drive case that can hold 2.5 inch hard disks. The case also sports two Ethernet ports. Around $150.00. Neat idea, especially for remote backups.

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