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September 4, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Filed under: Geekery,Mobile,Technology — admin @ 8:50 pm

Samsung just announced their new wearable piece of technology. From The Verge:

Yes, it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung takes it a few steps further by integrating a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing you to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.

So do you point your hand at whatever you want to film, like Buzz Lightyear? And are we all going to be having conversations looking like Michael Knight calling Kitt?

This, though, jumped out most of all — battery life:

Samsung promises “about a day” of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.

“About a day”. If this is something Samsung expect people to wear everyday — you know, as they would, say, a watch — then battery life has got to be better than “about a day”.

Who wants to have to charge up their watch every single day?

October 14, 2011

The Shrine of Apple

Filed under: Apple,Geekery,Photography — admin @ 6:27 pm

The Shrine of Apple is a wonderful site with the aim of showcasing every Apple product through fantastic photography.

Have a read through the process they go through when adding new products to the site. It sounds like a real labour of love.

Siri looks really well thought out

Filed under: Apple,Geekery,Interfaces — admin @ 5:00 pm

Through sites like this and this I’m beginning to think that Siri — the new ‘personal assistant’ on the iPhone 4S — is incredibly well done. Those sites — whilst humourous — illustrate the breadth of things that Siri understands.

Whilst Scott Forstall demoed it well during the keynote, he obviously didn’t touch on everything it could do. It looks like there’s much more to explore.

My favourite at the moment is this one.

October 13, 2011

iOS 5 lets you change the colour of your calendars

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 1:24 am



July 10, 2009

How To Create A Ringtone Using iTunes

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 9:23 am

A very simple tutorial on how to create a ringtone from one of your existing iTunes music tracks. Just tried it and it works great.

June 21, 2009

iPhone 3GS lust

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 8:32 am

iPhone 3GSSo we finally got iPhones last Friday. We pre-ordered them so muggins here only had to trek to the AT&T store on State at 6.45am on Friday to begin the wait. There were only about 7 people in line ahead of me so the wait wasn’t a long one.

Almost at the end of the wait, Chad (I kid you not) got our two iPhones from out back, did the number swap, activated them and we were good to go. Thanks Chad! I was in and out by about 7.20am.

Goodbye Nokia. You were the single most useless, frustrating and un-usable phone I’ve ever owned. If I could I’d close the street below and launch the damned thing off the balcony. Ugh.

But, oh my, iPhone — where have you been all my life?

January 10, 2007

Apple evolves

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 9:14 am

I hate to admit it, but I was sitting on my sofa last night watching the textual reports from MacRumors.com coming in on the MacWorld Keynote. I started watching it at work at 5.15pm (the GMT when the keynote started), left work around 5.40pm and got home just after 6.15pm. In that time, Steve had unveiled the iPhone.

I frantically scrolled back down the page to see exactly how he’d unveiled it — it wasn’t the ‘One More Thing’ that I thought it would — it came right after the Apple TV announcement. I have to admit, I was 50/50 as to whether Apple would ever release a phone — they’re a computer company, right? — but they broke the mould when they released the iPod, and we knew the iTV/Apple TV box was coming so perhaps it’s not that surprising that they’re branching out into telecommunications.

I’ve yet to watch the keynote cast — there’s a lunchtime task — but from what I’ve seen on Apple’s site the iPhone appears just great. Their engineers have spent a lot of time working on the interface and interaction methods, figuring out what the phone should do (and what it should not do) and how it should do it. First impressions are that Steve’s right — current smart phones do not appear so smart now. I know that when it’s released (apparently by Q4 2007 in Europe) I shall want one.

So I guess it’s not surprising that ‘Apple Computer Inc.’ is no more. Long live ‘Apple Inc.’!

Amongst the furore, I wonder what’s happening with Leopard? Cabel Sasser has an interesting piece on a new patent filed by Apple for an interface creation tool — perhaps a resolution independent interface? Who knows. Hopefully we’ll be double-wowed by Leopard when it’s announced.

January 9, 2007

MacWorld 2007

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 3:57 pm

There’s around an hour to go until Mr Jobs comes on stage and puts us all out of our misery. Will it be a phone? The ‘iTV’ product? Video iPod? New look (and resolution independent) Leopard? Who knows.

MacRumors are covering the event live (albeit in a textual, non-video type way) as Apple aren’t providing a live feed for us non-US citizens. LoopRumors are also text-covering it.

August 7, 2006

What has Leopard got in store?

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 4:22 pm

The start of the annual WWDC always sparks a frenzy amongst Apple afficionados about what new and exciting features will make it into the next release of OS X.

There are many ideas being presented (John Gruber has his yearly WWDC prelude up), some good, some not so good, but I love the whole sense of anticipation.

Over at Veerle’s Blog there’s a lovely nostalgic post showing the various incarnations of OS X, from the Public Beta through to Tiger. Check out the bevels of doom in iTunes in 10.1!!!

And for a bit of fun and to get your Mac juices flowing, check out the Fake Leopard Screenshot contest winners over on Phill’s blog. The winning entry is excellent.

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