Monthly Archives: May 2004

general May 11, 2004 posted by

Oooh, Mrs.

The MRS (Music Recommendation System) – iCame, iSaw, iListened. ‘The Music Recommendation System is an automated system that provides music recommendations specifically tailored to each user to find new music that they might like….by taking ratings from your own iTunes playlists and comparing them against other users who have used the recommendation system.’

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general May 11, 2004 posted by

Dead and alive.

How come you wait around for a photo site for ages, and then they all come at once? MorgueFile, yet another free image library.

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

To Protect and Serve!

OK admit it. You’ve always wanted to look a bit like Agent Mulder haven’t you? Well now you can with the eHolster modular leather shoulder harness for your gadgets. No really, it suits you sir! ‘The e-Holster® personal electronics case system, a revolutionary, patent-pending piece of “personal e-Fashion gear” collaborates with its owner’s body and their personal electronics to provide a new and very comfortable way to “wear” personal electronics and “evolves” as their personal electronics change over time.’

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

iTalk, you listen!

The iTalk is a neat little add-on which turns the iPod into a voice recorder. $39.99. The iPod – the Swiss army knife of MP3 players. ‘With iTalk you can record seminars, meetings, classes, notes in your car, songs, whatever you want – up to 100 feet away. Its built in microphone was designed to record crystal clear audio and iTalk’s Automatic Gain Control assures you have the best possible signal level recorded. You can even connect an external microphone…

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

Making sense?

The [email protected] [Babel], from Osmooze, is a fully enveloping sensory experience for the soul. The USB connected…er…thingy, emits bootiful essential oil smells, whilst the accompanying CD beams soothing sounds (babbling brooks etc) in your direction as you gaze at the restful wallpaper or screensaver images. Just don’t blame the Ferret if you nod off at your desk and get fired, ‘K?

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Magic Bikes.

The Magicbike initiative. Bicycles offering wifi access for free. In New York. ‘ WiFi antennas mounted on the bike’s frame feed into a laptop embedded into a specially outfitted bicycle side-bag. The bike’s embedded laptop is configured to be a wireless repeater and hotspot. The bike receives its uplink connection either from the cellular network or from far-off WiFi hotspots (with the help of its mounted antennas). With this uplink connection from any one of various sources, the bike is…

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

DIY heaven.

The DoItYourself.com site is packed with a ridiculously large amount of DIY information, ranging from full blown How to’s to community forums. I suspect that it’s all about selling the videos, but who cares?

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

SecureIt!

SecureIt Pro is a cool free lock-down program for the PC. The best thing is that it comes with an inbuilt password reminder function for incurably amnesiac muppets like me. ‘Using it is easy – just enter a password and click Lock – SecureIt Pro does the rest. Disabling the main Windows key functions, like Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+Tab, the Windows key, and the Ctrl+Esc key combination; SecureIt Pro can also disable the Windows boot keys; detect for cold boots; allow other…

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

Barcode phones.

Barcr is an open source UPC barcode reader for Nokia Series 60 devices. Early Alpha at the moment, but worth watching. See also the ColorCode stuff. We talked about real world barcode annotation a few months back but now the idea seems to be picking up steam. The Semacode system seems to offer an interesting take on the matter, but I’m betting that in the long term it will need a concerted commercial push from a major brand name before…

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general May 10, 2004 posted by

Smartner than the average bear…

Finnish company Smartner has introduced a new email push service called Duality Internet Edition which offers Blackberry type ‘always-on’ coolness for any mobile phone or PDA that can run Java. ‘Forget complicated procedures for retrieving your email – your messages will find you automatically. Your favourite mobile device sends you an alarm when new mail arrives….Just install the software on your mobile device, easy web-based installation and management….Available for Pocket PC, Smartphone and Symbian devices. There are no vendor lock-ins…

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general May 7, 2004 posted by

Tapeless wonder.

Sony has joined the ranks of tapeless pro camera purveyors with the launch of the PDW-530 MPEG IMX/DVCAM optical disc camcorder. It uses cartridge based blue-laser optical discs (instead of the hugely expensive PC Card media of rival Panasonic) which can store 23.3GB per disc. Apparently the company demonstrated the technology at the recent NAB Show by storing the camcorder in a freezer before whipping it out to record unthawed. Gives new meaning to the term ‘freeze frame’, no? ‘The…

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general May 7, 2004 posted by

Take me to the pilot…

Blaupunkt has just released the Travelpilot E1 [PDF], which is a super compact CD, radio and vehicle navigation system the size of a conventional car stereo head unit. Priced at £599.99. ‘In addition to the ‘fast’ and ‘short’ route options offered by earlier models, the TravelPilot E1 also allows the driver to select ‘optimum route’. This option takes both distance and time into consideration giving the driver the smartest route to their destination. It is also possible to play audio…

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general May 7, 2004 posted by

Remote control.

The Harmony H768 is a bit of a clever remote control. It comes with its own web portal, has ‘activity control’ and an in-built help system which fixes problems with an audio/visual system by asking a few questions. No wonder Logitech has just bought the company. Methinks remote controls are going to become a new battleground in the war for the consumer’s heart and soul. ‘The Harmony Remote is the world’s only remote with Activity Control. Just scroll and click…

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general May 7, 2004 posted by

Goove tube.

The GrooveTube – ‘Turn your television into a disco light show’. And why not indeed? ‘The Groovetube is simply a translucent plastic box that suction cups to the screen of your television. It has a grid of dividers inside it that diffuse the colors from your T.V. producing an amazing colorful abstraction of anything you watch.’

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general May 7, 2004 posted by

Veni, vid.

Vidblogs are ‘are films. They usually are between one and six minutes and contain lots of “real” footage from someone’s life. Vidblogging is the ultimate public voyer [sic] experiment..’ You’ll need patience. Lots of it. ‘Cause they seem to load very sloooowly.

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