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Apple iPhone – A Closer Look

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

A few days ago we wrote a post on the new iPhone – if you want to see a video of it in action click on the clip below … it totally sold it to me! I’m not usually overly impressed with gadgets but this is going to be huge. I love how much detail has gone into the design, everything has been thought through in so much depth, from visual voicemail (to save you having to listen to each in turn) to zooming into photos using your fingers – I now think the price (between $499 and $599) is pretty reasonable!

Nintendo Wii Sports can help you loose weight

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I came across a blog this morning that I found rather fascinating and want to read more about the subject. The article entitled Wii Sports Experiment, Results! reveals how a young male spent six weeks of his life incorporating a thirty minute exercise regime into his daily schedule. He continued all normal activity and eating habits but just added thirty minutes of Wii Sports to his day. If you’re not familiar with the game it is a collection of sports such as boxing, golf, tennis and bowling that allow you to physically interact with the game using a sensor within the controller. Below is an example of someone playing tennis.

After six weeks of Nintendo Wii Sports he lost 9lbs just by adding a thirty minute game into his day. He also worked out how many calories each game burned and therefore which one was the most effective for loosing weight. See the blog for videos of the experiment and the whole story.

Apple iPhone unveiled

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Apple iPhoneAfter the success of products such as the iPod, iTunes and the Mac, US giant Apple are set to revolutionise the telecoms industry with their new iPhone. The phone combines three key products; a mobile phone, an iPod with multi-touch display and an Internet communications device. The iPhone means no more cluttered pockets or huge handbags to carry all your necessary technology – simply slip your iPhone into that cute little clutch bag you’ve been dying to take out and combine all your software into one small lightweight gadget.

You will be able to download music and videos, use high quality email, browse the web, use maps and search on Google all from one screen. The phone also offers a full touch keyboard for texting and emailing and has a 2-megapixel integrated camera.

The iPhone will be launched in the US in June 2007 and will come over to Europe later in the year. At between $499 and $599 the gadget doesn’t come cheap but if you can cut out the price of all your other gadgets it could be well worth it.

Smoking Ban

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Smoking BanAre you confused about the new smoking legislation or are you a non-smoker desperate to find out when the new law will come into effect in your area? Visit – a new smoking law resource website. They have information and advice for people in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as each country is different. They have useful info for businesses to help owners comply with the rules of the smoking ban.

Also they are currently offering the chance to win a free iPod just by signing up to their website.

Want to know what your friends are up to?

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Spy on your friends!The ability to track your friends via their phones is a concept that scares me quite a bit! Loopt are calling this ‘Social Mapping’ – basically, you can access a map with your friends represented as dots on up to 25 miles away, in real time. On one hand this is a fantastic idea – you can only see individuals that you’ve exchanged numbers with and there is an opt-out option should you not want to be tracked. So if you see a friend is close you could arrange to meet, it will save lots of pennies on the ‘where r u?’ texts if nothing else!

On the other hand, I can imagine this creating a world where everyone always knows where you are – I like having time to myself and I’m sure I’m not the only one who tells a few fibs now and then to get out of plans I don’t want to join in on. So there is the opt-out option but then your friends will probably know you don’t want to be spotted! And what is this going to do to the suspicious-minded individuals who will always be watching where their other half is – this brings a whole new meaning to keeping an eye on someone!

Only time will tell whether this concept is embraced (although I can imagine it becoming extremely popular) but I can’t help feeling more and more trapped – I like people not knowing my every move! But then again, it could be fun … I remain undecided!

Via Shiny Shiny

3 launch X-Series (flat rate mobile broadband)

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Today Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 announced a new mobile broadband service called 3 X-Series. Most mobile operators, including 3, have offered mobile internet services (charged as data rather than voice) for years now, so is this really anything new?

Well, just maybe.

3’s new X-Series tariff will offer unlimited “mobile broadband” internet access for a flat rate fee, which is much closer to the way broadband is sold to fixed line customers over the traditional copper phone lines. This will allow users to run programs such as skype, which allows free phone calls to anyone else who uses it, wherever they are in the world.

How successful X-series will be, will largely depend on what 3 charge for the service. Unlimited data packages from other operators are typically £75 a month, so if 3 come in at nearer £30 I think it could be very popular.

I’ve long argued that mobile operators who rely too heavily on voice revenues (*cough* *cough* vodafone), and who fail to diversify quickly enough could be as voice-over-ip pushes down the cost of calling to zero. So, this looks like a rather bold move by 3, who are repositioning themselves towards providing internet access instead of mobile phone calls.

If the price is right, then I could even see 3 taking a share of the home broadband market. More and more people are eschewing their landline in favour of using their mobiles to make calls while at home so why not use a mobile to provide their internet connection as well?

Ambient Clock

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Ambient ClockI think Google Calendar is great, however I’m pretty lazy and a lot of the time forget to add anything – I’m so used to using my big old diary on the desk that I write in it without thinking. I want to make a conscious effort to use Google Calendar as there are heaps of advantages over a paper diary and I think this new Ambient Clock that I’ve added to my Google Personalized Homepage may help me do this – it wraps your daily schedule around a clock and reminds you of events (this is much more useful than a diary that you forget to look at – this clock stares at you every time you open a new browser and changes colour when events are near).

The Ambient Clock is being tested online, but there are plans to manufacture the next Ambient Device if the online version is successful. The clock receives updates via Ambient’s nationwide wireless network – it may even be stuck on your fridge and run on AAAs! I’m going to test out the online version for a couple of weeks and let you know how I get on …

USB Duck Shaped Vacuum Cleaner

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

USB Duck Shaped Vacuum CleanerHow cute is this duck shaped vacuum cleaner! Simply slot it into your USB port and you’re good to go – it’s great for getting between those annoying little holes in your keyboard, and can also be used to suck up any dust from around your desk too.

I’m the queen of laziness so this suits me down to the ground – I no longer need to get out of my seat to find a duster or search for the hoover (not that I did that much anyway!).

For just $21 this little ducky is a bargain, and what a great stocking filler it would make too!

Via Techie Diva

Pingo Prepaid Calling Cards

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

I travel a couple of times a year and love a holiday in the sun but I cringe at the thought of my mobile phone bill as I’m on the plane home. I came across a website today that offers a prepaid calling card service that can save a lot of money on long distance calls. What’s more, if you sign up to their site you’ll receive $5.00 worth of free calls.

Australia calling card rates are as little as 2.2¢per minute from the US and 4.2¢per minute from the UK. To find out more about the International prepaid calling cards they offer visit their website.

Are you a fontaholic?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Urban FontsI love it when I come across new words and ‘fontaholic’ has a great ring to it! For all you web geeks out there I have just stumbled across a great site where you can download free fonts and free dingbats.

There are over 8000 available for easy download in PC or MAC formats. This a picture alphabet is my personal favourite, but the hair of the dog comes a pretty close second! Let me know what you think …