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Is the Shoe The Ultimate in Green Technology?

October 16, 2008

I come across hundreds of news items each day. On some days it is thousands of news stories. Occasionally I see something odd and obscure but strangely compelling. For example, in Japan, NTT has created a shoe which generates three watts.

Do Gadgets Cause Planes to Crash?

October 15, 2008



I have been fascinated with the concept of personal electronics and whether they cause planes to have any navigation problems. It seems to me the airlines and FAA have been quite erratic in their rules regarding gadgets on flights.

First you can use laptops on planes -- even during take off. Then you can't. Then you can -- but not after the aircraft door closes.



3G Juice Review

October 13, 2008



Having complained about iPhone 3G battery life in the past, I was thrilled when I received a 3G Juice battery for the iPhone 3G. The device came in a nice black box that fits with the whole "I am an iPhone accessory and need to look cool" mantra of today's Apple compatible devices.

When you open the box, you get a slick looking glossy black battery which is about half the size of an iPhone with similar thickness and appearance.

To test, I let the iPhone 3G battery drain completely and plugged in the 3G Juice device and voila, it was fully charged in short order. In my tests the iPhone charged approximately one percent a minute meaning the iPhone gets fully charged in under two hours.



TMC Video Launches

October 12, 2008

SnapTell: Mobile Game Changer

October 12, 2008

Game changing is a term used too often - and sometimes in the media we think something will bring about big change when in fact it doesn't. No one has any way to know for sure when an idea is going to change paradigms but I have been experimenting with software for the iPhone which really has the potential to change the way we interact with our environment.

SnapTell Explorer is a free application which allows you to take a picture of the cover of a CD, DVD or book and in about 30 seconds or less, looks up the item in a database, presents you with a summary and allows you to search for it online and even buy it on Amazon.

In tests, the software was very good.

Which Web 2.0 Companies Are in Trouble?

October 11, 2008

I came across this interesting article from Rafe Needleman about web 2.0 startups which will not make it through the economic downturn. Here are my thoughts on some of the companies on his list:

Twitter: I agree the company needs to generate revenue and showing some ads wouldn't hurt the business model that much. As I mentioned recently -- I have started to use this service regularly -- but I am not promising I will have time to continue.

Zillow: This site seems to be used by virtually everyone who owns a house -- is shopping for one or is curious to see how much their friends and coworkers are worth.



Avatars: The Cursor in Communications 2.0

October 10, 2008

One of the people with a long history in the communications space is Neal Shact (pictured) -- CEO of Communitech Services. In the past, Shacht has been a distributor in the headset market and has been early in many new markets such as VoIP, call centers and others.

Shact points out it is impossible for customers to know what they want in UC. He mentions the old story that Henry Ford once said people when asked what they wanted in transportation said, a faster horse.

His point: you need a communications roadmap. Don't rely exclusively on your UC vendor to dictate what you want and need.

You want to check out this podcast as it is rife with references outside communications -- and the tie-ins are fascinating.





HTC WiMAX-Based T8290 Comes to Russia

October 10, 2008

Fring on iPhone Mini Review

October 8, 2008

I downloaded Fring for the iPhone this past weekend and have been testing it over the last few days. My take is when it works, it works very well. When it doesn't -- well, it just plain doesn't.

As you may recall, Tom Keating calls Fring the Swiss Army Knife of VoIP/IM communications.

In my tests I chatted and called a few different people. Sound quality in my home was excellent.



UMPCs Selling Strong

October 8, 2008

Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. is doing very well thank you. Why? The company behind the Eee PC is seeing strong sales. Chief Executive Jerry Shen said the company is expecting revenue will grow 26 percent to $834.3 million in September with the prospects for October and November even brighter.

According to the AP, On Tuesday, Asustek unveiled a new Eee PC model, the S101, aimed at Christmas shoppers in Europe and the United States that costs $699.

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