Dyson Air Multiplier™ – fans without blades

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i have became a fan of this innovative fan. a whole new way of cooling yourself without the danger of rotating blades. i’m certain this is going to revolutionize the fan industry minus the ‘revolution’, if you know what i mean. the initial models are desk-based and now Dyson has a new floor-standing model, the AM02. priced at US$499.00, the AM02 is based on the same principle of drawing air from the base and churning air out through the thin aperture on the rim of the fan, amplifying it up to 18 times in the process. these technology eliminates the traditional choppy air produced by conventional rotating blades fan. apart from the technology behind the Air Multiplier fans, it has space-age design which looks like part of the props from a sci-fi movie set. Continue reading Dyson Air Multiplier™ – fans without blades

Windows Live Hotmail now offers ‘One Inbox’

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i have not try this out yet but it certainly sounds like an unified inbox. or close. security issues aside, this is a great idea. we can check multiple email accounts (of different providers) via our email client, but online? Windows Live Hotmail has the answer. you can now check your SingNet, Yahoo! Mail, GMAIL and of course, your Hotmail in one log in. saving you the hassle of logging into separate accounts. i am sure we will asking about security issues, especially when it is Microsoft. how safe is it? will it make life easier for hacker? now that the hacker can access to all your email accounts by just getting into one. hmmm. no? in anyway, i suppose this will be a common practice eventually when cloud-computing becomes a norm. there’s also competition from portable devices such as smartphone and iPad, which already offers unified inbox.

more info @ Windows Live.

Googles Goggles… on iPhone. Finally.

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actually this happens yesterday (October 6th, 2010). i had a few apps updates on my iPhone 4 and Google Mobile App was one of them. finally, Google Googles is part of the Googles Mobile App for iPhone. i have tried the augmented reality on Nexus One for a couple of months and now, i am excited to find out how well Google Goggles works on the iPhone. if you have Google Mobile App already, and it has been updated, just activate the Google Goggles by tapping the camera button. you won’t miss it. as with the Google Googles on Android devices, this feature works well with landmarks, logos (brands), books, DVDs, barcode et cetera. when you first activates the Google Goggles, it brings you to a short ‘tutorial’ and in it, it highlights the fact that Goggles “probably won’t work with… animals, furniture, apparel” (as with the Android version). note: when using Googles Goggles on Nexus One, the camera’s bottom screen will indicate what are the available businesses or landmarks in the direction you are pointed in but that doesn’t happen on the iPhone version. it’s a shame cos’ it is a rather useful feature. hope to see it in future update(s).

*you can still view the short tutorial again by going to Settings > Google Goggles > Tutorial 🙂

check out some screenshots of my test search using Google Goggles on iPhone:

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how to take screenshots on iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4

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since 3G, iPhone with OS version 2.0 and above has the ability to take screenshots. the capability comes in handy when you need to capture screen of error messages, or getting a screenshot of your game. to take a screenshot, just press the HOME button and the ON/OFF button simultaneously. if done correctly, the screen will flash and you will also hear a camera-click sound, and the screenshot image will be saved to the iPhone’s Camera Roll. you can then download this via iPhoto or simply send the screenshot via email to yourself. easy.

also read: how to send multiple images or photos via email on iPhone

how to send multiple images/photos via email on iPhone

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iOS 4’s multitasking capability has made sending multiple images or photos via email on iPhone very simple. here’s how you can do it:

Step 1. go to Photos app, select the first image/photo you want to send. tap, hold the image/photo and tap on the ‘Copy‘ option that pops out
Step 2. quit Photos app by clicking HOME button once. go to your Mail app and go ahead to compose a new mail message
Step 3. tap and hold (till the magnifying glass appears) and select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up option
Step 4. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Photos app should be there. select it.
Step 5. choose the 2nd image/photo you want to send, tap, hold the image/photo and then select Copy.
Step 6. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Mail app should be there. select it.
Step 7. scroll down to the blank space below the first image, tap and hold, select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up options.

above steps are based on the assumption that you had your email set-up on your iPhone. these steps show the process of sending 2 images/photos, if you need to send more just repeat Step 4 to 7. if your image file size is too big, you will be given 3 options of file size to send. just go with the one that suits your requirement. but do watch out your data limit, just in case.

DODObag messenger for iPad by Rickshaw Bags

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DODOcase, the maker of the Made-by-Hand iPad case, has a messenger bag added to their inventory which is tailored to fit your iPad with the DODOcase. the bag is built in collaboration with a San Francisco based company, Rickshaw Bags. made from rugged Cordura brand nylon materials, which was woven in United States and the bag manufactured in San Francisco. so this is a pure 100% Made in USA item. with a padded pocket to fit your DODOcase clad iPad, and leaving you plenty of room for other miscellaneous items. standard features include quick-adjust shoulder strap, velcro flap closure, 2 built-in pen holders, quick d-rings for cross strap attachment. Continue reading DODObag messenger for iPad by Rickshaw Bags

micro scooter Samonite luggage

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tired of walking from terminal to terminal (or gate to gate, in some cases) during your transit? the micro scooter Samonite luggage could be your savior. saves breaking your legs, flip down the running board and you can skate-scooter your way to your gate. how sweet is that? best of all, it’s a cabin-size luggage which means it is a carry-on case and also means you can scoot your way right to the boarding gate. according to the micro scooter UK, 3 years was invested into its development, cooperating with Samsonite in the process. for £249.99, you can really do your legs a favor. just hope the airport security personnel don’t stop you from scooting around, and of course, the floor carpet isn’t going to hinder your smooth scooting.

visit Micro Scooter website.

NexusOneForum.net announces 2 new sites related to T-Mobile

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in light of the upcoming launch of the G2 phone, NexusOneForum.net has launch a site entirely dedicated to T-Mobile G2 and there’s a sister site catering to fans of T-Mobile Android phones, if G2 isn’t your cup of tea at this moment. these should make all T-Mobile fans – especially Android lovers – happy 🙂

visit T-Mobile G2 Forums.
vist T-Mobile Android phones site.

the glif iphone 4 tripod mount & stand

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this is interesting. a dedicated tripod mount & kick stand for your beloved iPhone 4. i would love to have one but then i have to do without an iPhone case, don’t i? or maybe switch to slip on case instead. nevertheless, this is really an interesting project and an attractive product name. very well made video too. now, how about an iPhone hard case incorporating the glif? 🙂 the glif is the brainchild of Thomas Gerhardt and Dan Provost. the glif was posted in kickstarter – a fund seeking website for creative projects. as at now, Tom and Dan has achieved more than what they have asked for but i think innovative ideas deserve continual support.

show your support for the glif here.

visit the glif website.

thoughts: iPhone vs. the world

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why iPhone vs. the world you may ask. the reason being, the smartphone segment can’t help but to compare themselves to an iPhone whenever a smartphone is being launched. never mind the fact that iPhone could be already been a year in the market (e.g. 3G & 3GS), they will still be making the comparison anyway – both critics and manufacturers alike. to the smartphone market, iPhone seems to be the benchmark. i know you critics would fervently deny this, but let’s face it – this is the fact. let’s talked about the anti-iPhone sentiment first. so why the hatred, so to speak, about Apple’s smartphone? ok, maybe ‘hatred’ is a bit of a strong word to use, but it certainly sounded that way. in fact, it is not just about iPhone, it is everything about Apple that some dislikes or even hate. maybe it is the green eye monster that is doing it’s bidding in them?

i read an article a couple weeks ago in a local technology news, entitled “Bad apples – but some will still bite them.” the author wrote about Apple’s ‘flawed’ (‘flawed’ as in his perspective) products, namely iPad and of course, the iPhone 4. i will touch on what was it about iPad that he didn’t fancy but first, on with the iPhone 4. every products almost certainly will have its flaws, let alone a smartphone. ever since the launch of iPhone 4, they has been reports of ‘defect’ with the phone, such as the blue tint effect, flawed retina display and most notably, the antenna issue. so it was not a surprise to note that the author brought the iPhone 4 antenna issue up. quoted from the article “There is no problem, as some iPhone fans have told me. Just buy a case, problem solved.” and he went on with “such forgiving rational and practical minds of Singaporean consumers which I have grown accustomed to.”

majority of users will have a case on their iPhone, which explains the huge variety for iPhone cases ever since iPhone 3G. never in history have we seen such a huge variety (brands and designs, materials included) of cases (& accessories) for a single product. before the days of iPhone, users hardly don up their mobile or smartphone with anything but the factory provided case. or maybe some cheap dust-magnet silicon skins. so am i an Apple fanboy trying to justify a flawed product? i hardly think so. i was well aware of the antenna issue. i weighed the (probable) issue(s) with other factors. factors (or specs) such as faster processor, high resolution IPS display et cetera and made an informed decision. i am a big fan of beautifully designed stuff, but the decision to move from 3GS to iPhone 4 is not solely on design, because i knew that i would probably have a case over the iPhone anyway. and mind you, it was not the case of ‘just get a case’.

back to the article that i talked about earlier. the author wrote about 3G version of the iPad being, in his own word “gimped”. as you would have guessed they were about (1) low-res YouTube clips on 3G but high-res clips on WIFI; (2) 3G can’t download apps larger than 20MB. i was baffled on why these were even brought up. first of all, consumers were given choices: 3G+WIFI or just WIFI enabled iPad. it was a decision made with understanding of probable limitations of wireless connectivity. secondly, 3G gives freedom to connectivity and the 20MB restriction is only a rule applied to ‘apps’. in the event you’re in need of connectivity, and there’s no WIFI, 3G connection is your only savior, even if gives you low-res. last check, email and websites doesn’t come in high-res. thirdly, both ‘issues’ 1 & 2 is to safe-guard users and to some extent, probably Apple themselves. without the restriction, some users may run the risk of overusing their data plan, which potentially could be hundreds of dollars in extra charges. remember that not all users are on unlimited plans. seriously, i never thought the above-mentioned 2 points were an issue. do you?

ok, maybe it’s more than just iPhone vs. the world – it’s probably Apple vs. the world. if a product hits the community beyond the current Apple’s domain (i.e. Mac users) and ‘intrudes’ into the ‘mass’ domain (i.e. more consumers) than it is sure get of attention and probably wakes up some green eye monsters in the process.

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