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Vodafone introduces first camera phone with optical zoom

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 22:59

I want one of these now! But I'll "settle" for a 1 Megapixel non zoom for now!

From Reiter's Camera Phone Report: Vodafone Japan debuts camera phone with optical zoom, "facial motion":

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Vodafone K.K. today announced it was introducing a two megapixel camera phone with an optical zoom -- the world's first commercially available optical zoom in a camera phone. The press release about the V602SH camera phone doesn't provide any specifics about the zoom, so I don't know whether it's 2x (probably) or better.

The press release says the handset uses a swivel design that allows the handset to be reverse 180 degrees.

(Update: The optical zoom is 2x and the digital zoom is up to 40x. The handset also includes an SD card slot. The LCD is 2.4 inches (320 x 240) and can display a maximum of 260,000 colors.)

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IBM Workplace - Jack of all Offices master of none!

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 22:33

Interesting to see if the actual software lives up to the hype. I hope so. It would be great to have some competition for Microsoft Office.

From PCWorld.com - IBM Unveils Workplace Client Technology:

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Big Blue has announced software that allows companies to deliver Web applications from a server to desktops, notebooks, and PDAs.

Workplace Client Technology, part of IBM's Lotus Workplace strategy, is seen as a competitive offering to Microsoft's Office suite, which runs only on Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

IBM software head Steve Mills outlined at a press event in New York Monday how the Workplace platform can be used as a hub to deliver to end users a variety of applications that are centrally managed on servers, including applications from Microsoft's Office suite.

Using this technology, users can access e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and database products on a server even though those programs are not installed on their own computer. Running the Lotus Workplace applications from a server, and not on the desktop, gives workers access to their personal suite of applications and data no matter where or what device they access it from.

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Flickr Notes based on Greg Elin's Fotonotes

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 22:06

Fotonotes rocks! Glad to see that Flickr is using it rather than re-inventing the wheel. I hope other apps start using it!
From Stewart's comment on Flickr Notes - visually annotate your photos:

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Thanks Roland! Hopefully it will be everywhere: we're committed to helping to develop and supporting a standard for annotation, based on Greg Elin's Fotonotes stuff. Once there is something to be compatible with, Flickr will be 100% 'Fotonotes R/W' (read/write) compatible.

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David Pollard's blog vision

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 21:42

Right on! Something to strive for. Share anything (from original thoughts to remixes/riffs on things you are interested in found automagically by tomorrow's information aggregators), anywhere, anytime with whomever you choose!

From How to Save the World - PUSHING THE BLOGGING ENVELOPE: BETTER, FASTER, SIMPLER, FREE:

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I would even anticipate that by 2010 we will have one easy-to-use, integrated personal content management and social networking tool that will encompass e-mail, blogging, videoconferencing, browsing, and the publishing of and subscription to multimedia content of all types, from movies and music and TV programming to the customized daily paper and your favourite greatly-enhanced blogs. It will make personal electronic information management as easy and intuitive as the management of paper documents it supercedes. And much more powerful.

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Samsung want to push to 5 Mega pixel camera phones

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 20:55

Great tidbits from the recent camera phone conference!

From Reiter's Camera Phone Report: EE Times looks critically at development of camera phone marketplace:

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*Samsung wants to push quickly to five megapixel camera phones and make digital cameras devices for professionals only.

* Cellular networks might not be able to keep up with the large files generated by two megapixel camera phones early next year and three to four megapixel camera phones less than a year later, according to Juha Putkiranta, senior vice president of the mobile multimedia and imaging group at Nokia Mobile Phones.

(I also spoke with Putkiranta during the conference and noted that one of the big challenges for network operators will be the ability to transfer large files. I asked about compression and other techniques. He said there simply is no substitute for upgrading cellular networks. That's the solution -- faster networks with new, expensive infrastructure -- for dealing with large files, he told me.)

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Inside Dave Shea's Zen Garden

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 20:44

Very cool insights behind the garden.

From mezzoblue  §  One Year:

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Since I just about missed it (I could have sworn it was May 8th, 2003, but my archives don’t lie) I don’t have anything much planned to mark the occasion. So lacking that, I’ll take you through some of my design process when I was building ‘Tranquille’, the default template.

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Blogware 1.0 released

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 12:46

Go Blogware Go! Congrats to Ross, Tom, Joey and the rest of the Tucows crew for shipping Blogware. Even if I wasn't a Blogware reseller, I'd be recommending it. It's cheaper (my friend we have got a special inexpensive price just for you :-) ) and better (in terms of storage, and photo features) than TypePad, but both are great. Let the true competition begin!

From Blogware :: Blogware: Officially Released!:

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After putting in over a year's worth of work -- research, designing, programming, testing and collecting feedback -- we are proud to announce the official release of Blogware version 1.0!

Blogware is our dream weblogging tool, the answer to a question we asked ourselves: "If we could make our ideal weblog software, what would it be like?" The end result is a tool that we not only build, but use every day in both our professional capacities and for personal blogging.

Blogware has many features, including:

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Flickr Notes - visually annotate your photos

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-10 12:32

Awesome. Go Flickr go! I want this everywhere. Like on Blogware for example!

From Flickr: News:

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We've released the intitial versions of two cool new features, tags — which allow you to sort your photos for easy finding — and notes — which allow you to annotate regions of photos, pointing out the people, places and things which make up the story.

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Proogle = Google + Page Rank

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-09 23:06

Awesome hack! It's, unfortunately, only a matter of time before Google shuts this guy down. Google, do the right thing and have an option to display Page Rank on your search pages.

From John Battelle's Searchblog: Neat PageRank Hack:

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A fellow by the name of Stephen Morrison has hacked up "Proogle," a Google skin that returns Google's results but adds in PageRank scores. The site is linked to what I presume is Stephen's home site, Webmaster Brain" (no contact info on his site, but a number of neat tools are there, including a link popularity tester).

I'm told Proogle has gotten quite popular among the webmaster community, as a result, I'll wager won't be up for long - it more likely than not generates more than 1000 searches a day, a violation of Google's terms of service. (The site even implores: "Google, Please Don't Sue!") This is yet another example of interesting hacks built on top of Google that, in the end, will probably end up on the dustbin due to popularity. Another recent example is Social Grid. I did hear back from the fellow behind that site, who admits he has yet to "ask permission" to build on top of Google. His credo: Code now, ask for forgiveness later.

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Blogger Relaunch - still free, now supports sFTP, photos are still not free

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-09 20:13

(Via Urban Vancouver) - Awesome, still no photos with the free service (free or not I doubt Blogger can keep up with Blogware's photo features - obligatory disclaimer - my company is a Blogware reseller). But awesome new templates and sFTP support. Congrats!

From Blogger Knowledge:

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In 1999, Blogger was launched as a side project to help make it easy for a few Web geeks to update their homepages. That side project soon became the real deal and Google acquired us in 2003. Our new world is fantastic. Even the food here is amazing. In fact, it may have been Chef Charlie's kitchen creations that kickstarted our thinking and put this pivotal idea in our heads: You Power Blogger. The features of a better, easier, and totally free Blogger have started landing. Climb aboard and let us show you around.

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RSS ads better than email ads according to NetHawk Interactive's study with Sun

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-09 19:29

Hmmm!

From Pheedo - Maximizing the Value of Weblog Advertising:

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Nethawk Interactive reports that by integrating online advertising into an RSS feed, a new online advertising technique, it has achieved measurably better results than e-mail for its client Suntone, a division of Sun Microsystems.

The online campaign for a free IT evaluation was conducted through specialist publication InfoWorld, which could offer direct access to IT professionals.

The marketer said the six-week effort outperformed the best click through rate in email by over 26% as compared to the industry average of 8.7% CTR reported in DoubleClick’s Q4 2003 Email Trend Report. Furthermore, they were able to lower the effective CPM by three times of that over email, saving Suntone’s thousands of dollars

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RSS + proprietary Q channel format = Qikonnex

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-09 19:26

Looks to be a good service to replace/supplement email newsletters with RSS feeds for those without blogs. I don't "get" the need for a proprietary Q channel format. Sorry, but I figure it's easier just to add a blog component to your web presence rather than using a proprietary Q channel.

From Quikonnex | Channel & Communication Service Provider:

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Subscribing to a Q channel is safe and easy. Need a Viewer? Click the button above to see a comparison of our favorites: QuikView, our Channel Viewer & Bookmark Server and Awasu, a full-featured PC-only Channel Viewer. Quikonnex channels are viewable in all full-media viewers. We do encourage you to become a Quikonnex Member. It's free, provides you with your personal QMTP Messaging System, as well as many other benefits. Membership is optional and not required to subscribe to any Quikonnex channel.

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Our kids won't know what wireline phones are

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2004-05-08 23:46

Read the whole thing to learn about how kids look at technology. Talk about thinking differently!

From Red Herring Blog: Children's tribe:

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Phones are cellular, and wires are stupid. I can't get my two-year-old to talk on a landline, and I can't keep him away from my cell phone. Partly it's because of the superior design values of telephones, but it's also because they do cooler stuff (No. 2 above). His big sister was three before she really understood that some phones had cords. Her response: "That's dumb, Daddy."

Note to telcos: prepare exit strategy from landline business.

So young kids interact differently with technologies than even their older brothers and sisters. But they also think differently about media.

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Nokia 7610 looks like a good 1 Megapixel camera phone

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2004-05-08 23:34

This looks good, I wonder when it will be available in Canada!

From Nokia 7610 Gallery (MobileBurn):

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I've had a week to play around with a Nokia 7610, thanks to the folks at the Texas office.

While I am certainly not going to review the device, since it is a pre-production model, I can tell you a bit about the new camera and toss in a screen shot. Nothing too earth-shattering, but you'll get the idea.

And of course I have a ton of photos of the phone itself, too.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, the 7610 is Nokia's latest Series 60 Symbian OS handset. The 7610 is Nokia's first megapixel camera equipped handset, too. It is quite a bit smaller than the current top of the line S60 handset, the 6600, and comes equipped with a pop-port connector on the bottom - just like the new 6620 does.

The keypad is sure to be a point of contention for some folks, with its far from traditional layout. I think most people will fairly quickly get used to it, though. It is not so drastic a change as we saw with the 3650, and while it is a bit confusing visually at first, I managed to get the hang of it. And we all know that I'm none too clever or tolerant when it comes to keypads.

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Go Al, go!

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2004-05-07 23:15

Al Vermeulen was one of my systems design engineering classmates at the University of Waterloo!

From SEATTLE - Things to know about Al Vermeulen, chief technology officer of Amazon.com: 

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He works in Seattle and lives in Corvallis - Oregon. To bridge the distance, he learned to fly. 

He co-wrote a book about Java (the computer language, not the drink). At one point, it afforded him some "serious geek cachet." 

He knows how to harvest tobacco by hand. 

To his first job interview he wore a wedding suit. He was 34. 

"I just came in and talked to folks," Vermeulen says of the interview, which led to a job at Corvallis-based Rogue Wave. "They gave me an offer that night at dinner. I think I pushed back a little bit because I heard you're supposed to negotiate these things." 

Vermeulen, who oversees Amazon's huge technology operations, is something of a linguist. In the mid-1980s, as a doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, he helped pioneer C++, a widely used computer language. 

That expertise fit in nicely with Rogue Wave, which sold some of the first reusable building blocks for C++. (Think of Rogue Wave as a seller of ready-made foundations to software builders.) 

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Social software's purpose is dealing with with groups, or interactions between people

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2004-05-07 13:57

Must read for non-experts and experts alike.

From on social software (28 April 2004, Interconnected):

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Social software's purpose is dealing with with groups, or interactions between people. This is as opposed to conventional software like Microsoft Word, which although it may have collaborative features ("track changes") isn't primarily social. (Those features could learn a lot from social software however.) The primary constraint of social software is in the design process: Human factors and group dynamics introduce design difficulties that aren't obvious without considering psychology and human nature.

This ties nicely with adaptive design, in that social software encourages you to fulfil latent needs first, then embark on not a development cycle but a dialogue with user concerns in which you listen to their emerging needs and implement them in code -- but you have to give users the ability to stretch the system otherwise you'll never even notice those new needs.

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Computers should help us become smarter and work together better

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2004-05-07 11:22

Excellent manifesto for software developers.

From A Manifesto for Collaborative Tools:

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All of the conceptual and technical ideas I've proposed in this essay share one thing in common: They won't make a difference unless tool developers work on them together. Creating a shared conceptual framework is a truly collaborative problem. It will not be solved by a single person in an ivory tower and forced upon the rest of the community. It will require constructive, passionate dialog, open minds, and much experimentation. It will require respect for other people's work and ideas. Most importantly, it will require a shared desire to make the world a better place by improving the way we work together.   

With this in mind, these are the steps for improving collaborative tools:   

  • Be people-centric. This applies both to how we design our tools, and how we market them.  
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  • Be willing to collaborate. We all belong to a community of like-minded tool developers, whether or not we are aware of it. Working together will both strengthen this community and improve our tools.   
  • Create shared language. Our tools share more similarities than we may think. Conversing with our fellow tool builders will help reveal those similarities; creating a shared language will make those similarities apparent to all. As a shared language evolves, a shared conceptual framework for collaborative tools will emerge, revealing opportunities for improving the interoperability of our tools.   
  • Keep improving. Improvement is an ongoing process. Introducing new efficiencies will change the way we collaborate, which in turn will create new opportunities to improve our tools.   

Finally, never forget Doug Engelbart's fundamental tenet: Computers should help us become smarter and work together better. Remembering this will keep us on the right track.

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