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Nokia N72

Friday, July 28th, 2006
Nokia N72 Front Nokia N72 Back
I love this new pearl pink Nokia N72 phone; it’s both sleek and stylish and has some great built in features. The phone consists of a 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) camera with 20x digital zoom and an integrated music player. You can easily record tunes onto your N72 from CD’s and then make your own play lists using the Music Manager Tool. The hot swap memory card (sold separately) allows space for hundreds of songs and if that’s still not enough room you can use the phone’s FM visual radio.  

The camera on this phone is really good and there are loads of tools for you to print, store and share both your photographs and videos. You can print pictures using Nokia Xpress Print or store them on your computer using the Nokia PC Suite. A beginners Photoshop package is included with the pack to help you edit and touch up your photos and All Nokia N Series customers are offered a Lifeblog for free! You can turn the phone into a digital camera by sliding the lens cover across, the picture is fantastic due to the 2.1 inch high def display.

The N72 also includes SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email, calendar, organizer, Internet browser, Bluetooth wireless technology, USB cable and is available in this pearl pink or in gloss black.

Cosmic Ordering – the latest new-age cult

Friday, July 28th, 2006
Cosmic Ordering
Who’d have thought Noel Edmonds would have made such a come back? Apparently his success on the new hit show ‘Deal Or No Deal’ is all thanks to The Cosmic Ordering Service. After reading the self-help manual, The Cosmic Ordering Service: A Guide to Realising Your Dreams, Noel has made it back to the top – and after just six months of wishing for a ‘new challenge’. Basically Cosmic Ordering claims to grant your heart’s desire if you write down what it is you want. Great for our lazy generation – you simply ask for what you want and then reap the benefits. Noel Edmonds apparently asked for a home in a sunny place and a new challenge in his life (among other requests which he’s not admitting to). And what do you know, he gets his house in the South of France and lands a new presenting spot on the popular Channel 4 show.  

I’m not sure what to make of all this yet – obviously I have written my own wish list ‘just in case’ so will let you know how that turns out! Cosmic Ordering has been referred to as a mail-order service – in which you place an order for what you want with the Universe.  The self-help manual was writen by German writer Bärbel Mohr who says it heped her to gain her a dream job, the ideal man, money, health and a castle. For the time it takes to write down an ‘order’ with the Universe, it’s definitely worth a shot …watch this space!

Don't Stay In

Friday, July 28th, 2006
don't stay in
After writing about my love of Lost, Big Brother and Film4, I realised my life has started to sound dull. So I thought I’d have a look to see what the rest of the populaion are up to when I’m curled up with my favourite TV shows and I discovered this great website dontstayin.com. I have to admit to not being much of a clubber these days (after leaving University I had to allow my liver to recover), but I do venture out on the odd occasion to relive my past. This website is great – I wish I’d known about it sooner. You can search for the local clubs in your area and leave comments or photos about a particular event. I had a browse through the gallery and was surprised to find loads of photos of people I know – clearly they haven’t given up on the clubbing yet! I ended up spending a good half hour just laughing at all the drunken fools – I never thought there was evidence of these nights out but I was obviously wrong!

Kelis Was Here

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Kelis was HereAlthough predicted for launch earlier this year, Kelis’ new album entitled ‘Kelis Was Here’ is now due to be released on 28th August. The album will feature her latest single ‘Bossy’ and will also include a number of guest appearances such as Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas and Cee-Lo from Gnarls Barkley. This is Kelis’ fourth album release after Kaleidoscope (1999)  Wanderland (2001) and Tasty (2003). After a three-year absence it’s great to have Kelis back in the charts. Available to buy via Amazon for £8.99.

CityScape Coat Hangers

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
These fantastic CityScape Coat Hangers really caught my eye. Designed by the new company Sixixis, they depict the five major fashion/design cities of the world – London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Milan. Sixixis was created by three graduates and their concept is refreshing; they transform locally available unseasoned wood into amazing objects using their own inventions and ideas. Browsing their website I was really impressed at what I found. Yes the items are expensive but I think this represents the quality and time put into each design. Saying that, personally I couldn’t justify spending £245 on five coat hangers, but I’m sure there are loads of people who would love to know about these new designs and be more than willing to pay the price. The coat hangers are laser cut, hand finished and varnished and made from multi-laminate Birch ply. Sixixis are a young company but their future looks promising – they have already won an award (the inaugural Laurent-Perrier Design Talent Award) and their fresh approach to quality, innovation and design is remarkable.

Have you got your Weemee?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

A Weemee If you have msn messenger, it’s likely you will have discovered the world of Weemee’s already. I came across this clever invention when I realised my messenger picture of a yellow rubber ducky was in need of a change. For those of you who haven’t seen them visit the Weemee Website and have a look. The website takes you through a step-by-step process of building your Weemee.

1. Choose your gender, face shape, skin colour and eye colour.
2. Choose hair colour and hair style.
3. Choose your outfit style and colour.
4. Choose your accessories and interests.

There are loads of different items to choose from and when you have finished, you have a mini illustration of yourself.

Msn messenger also offer characters similar to Weemee’s in a different style called Kiwee Muggin’s. To get either illustration you have to have a messenger account and you have to pay £3. Meego’s are another similar illustration based product made for msn messenger.

Relaunch of FilmFour

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

I’m loving the fact that FilmFour has been re-launched as Film4 and is now free to view on Freeview (what a mouthful!). I settled down on Sunday night at 9pm to watch the launch film ‘Lost In Translation’ – according to Digital Spy I was just one of the 735,000 people to do so. I can’t get enough of films at the moment, especially on Sunday nights when the only other alternatives are Heartbeat or some other cheesy Sunday night series. The strong advertising campaign that hit our screens recently, in which huge celebrities spoke about Film4, obviously worked – it’s how I knew to tune into the launch film anyway. Apparently there are going to be loads of great films hitting our TV’s and all this at no cost –  brilliant.

UV-detecting bikini

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

UV-detecting BikiniFed up of spending the first two days of your summer holiday looking like a lobster, shaking in the air-conditioned hotel room with sun stroke? There’s hope for you yet – Solestrom.com have launched a UV-detecting bikini. That’s right – this bikini shows you where the sun is on a UV scale of 1-20, which allows you to determine when you should start running for the shade with the thousands of other Brits. The belt part with the integrated meter is removable and can apparently be worn facing either direction depending on the wearer’s preference. Not a bad looking bikini either? …

Nintendogs Rock!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Dalmatian & Friends NintendogsHow many of you would love to own a cute little puppy without having to clean up real mess and walk around a field in the pouring rain? Well I certainly would which is why I think Nintendogs is genius.

The realistic game allows you to interact with the puppy using the touch screen and stick provided; you can stroke her, wash and groom her, walk her and even enter her into contests. If your puppy is good or learns her new commands you should stroke her to let her know you are pleased with her, like a real puppy she will know the difference between love and neglect. Unlike real puppies, they do not grow up.

The first time you play you can visit the kennel and chose your puppy; you can then take her home and look after her as though she were real. One of the first things you must do is name her and teach her to come to you when you call her. This is relatively easy as long as you follow the instructions.

You can check your puppy’s status to see if she is hungry, thirsty or dirty. If she is you will need to go to the shop and purchase some pet supplies. Giving the puppy a shower and grooming her fur is great fun and required frequently, especially if your puppy is a longhaired breed. The puppy loves to have your attention and misses you when you are away; if you forget to check her status and she feels neglected, it’s likely she’ll run away for a while.

Teaching the puppy to listen to your orders is all part of the game, they can learn to sit down, give you their paw, lie down, roll over and all the other tricks you expect real puppies to learn. The puppy learns the tricks by your voice commands – very clever. Teaching your puppy new tricks is just part of the game, the best thing about Nintendogs is it’s built in wireless technology that allows you to connect to other Nintendog users from all over the world. Your puppy can meet and play with new friends all the time and you can access the other available breeds.

There are four different Nintendog games to choose from: Chihuahua & friends, Labrador & friends, Dachshund & friends and Dalmatian & friends. Each pack has a choice of six different breeds so you’re sure to find a puppy you like! I have the Dalmatian & friends pack and chose the female Golden Retriever. Other breeds in this pack include Boxer, Beagle, Dalmatian, Yorkshire Terrier and German Shepherd Dog.

Monopoly turns plastic

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
Monopoly
Parker Brothers have paired up with Visa to change the traditional perceptions we all have of the popular board game Monopoly. Apparently fake credit cards are to replace the fake cash and a calculator will be included that is able to read and write to the fake cards. In an attempt to ‘move with the times’ this upgraded version is more expensive, but I can imagine it becoming popular with the younger generation who are probably more fascinated with plastic than cash!