Sample Photos and Video from the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

October 31, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

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Not bad at all. For a 3.15 megapixel camera, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1’s built-in snapper is quite capable. At least that’s what images over at USEB present:

I was really surprised by how good the camera in X1 actually is. The quality is rather high, and I haven’t experienced either annoying or serious white balance or colour problems. Sure, there are a few ones with a purple tint, but this is a seldom sight that’s hardly of any annoyance to me.

Writer Michell should’ve also tried snapping shots in really poor conditions, like a smoke-filled bar. The daytime images are very decent, although some light graininess makes super clarity virtually impossible. In any case, take a look at the full collection here.

(image by USEB)


What We Can Learn From Two Politicians Brought Down by SMS

October 30, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

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The cases of Ilkka Kanerva and Kwame Kilpatrick are proof that text messages can come back to haunt you. Read more

So Hypocritical Apple!

October 30, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Press

So you come out with a new ad, in response to your competitor’s attempts to change perceptions over a much-maligned product. Do you concentrate on your strengths, re-highlight your competitor’s weaknesses, or simply go with a cleverly-worded lie?

Reportedly, Apple decided to go for the latter. In a recent ad, they implied that Microsoft spent more money on marketing their products, rather than improving them. According to WinGeek: “…since Apple brought it up, they spend only .7 cents less per sales $1 on Advertising than Microsoft and spend a fraction of what Microsoft spends on improving its products.” For every dollar Microsoft makes, it spends 13.9% on R&D, compared to Apple’s 3.3%.

The full dirt—as well as the sources of WinGeek’s research—are available here.

Random Tech Tidbits

October 29, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

Woman jailed for killing avatar: “Reportedly, the husband divorced his virtual wife without warning, and hell hath no fury like an avatar scorned… so she entered the game using his password and deleted the character… the Sapporo woman was arrested and taken into custody charged with ‘illegally accessing a computer and manipulating data’.”

Humans taste of bacon, says gourmet robot: “when NEC demonstrated the cybersommelier to a reporter and snapper from Associated Press, the robot claimed the former’s hand tasted of prosciutto ham, while the latter apparently had the unmistakable whiff of bacon about him.”

10 Years Later, Misunderstood DMCA is the Law That Saved the Web: “Still, the DMCA’s separate notice-and-takedown provision has proven even more crucial to the growth of the internet. The provision grants immunity to so-called “intermediaries” — ISPs, for example — for any copyright infringement by their users. To earn that so-called “safe harbor,” the intermediary such as video-sharing site YouTube must promptly remove material if the copyright holder sends a takedown notice. But the company can restore the content if the user certifies that it’s noninfringing, and the copyright claimant fails to sue.”

AeroRacer Pro PC Case Wants to Blow You Across Room

October 29, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops

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Well, not quite. But it was inevitable that someone (in this case AeroCool) would realize that you could make a PC case fan as large as possible. Obviously, such an endeavor involves turning one whole side into the fan itself, and offering said feature as a PC case.

testfreaks.com recently posted a review of said colossus, amazed with the fans relative quietness and satisfied with the build-quality, yet unsure about the price. Money quote and more pics follow. Read more


Research Predicting 19″ LCDs to Cost $200, 50-inchers at $1000

October 28, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

51mcncvckal_sl500_aa280_.jpgDespite all the gloom surrounding the weak(ening) economy, some good always manages to present itself. Stocks for instance, are ripe for buying, providing an opportunity for those looking to buy.

For consumer electronics on the other hand, one of the most important factors—price—has lowered to really tempting levels. Here’s what a prediction figures:

19-inch high definition LCD: $199
32-inch HD LCD: $399-$499
40-inch 1080p LCD: $799-$999
42-inch HD plasma: $599-$699
50-inch HD plasma: $899-$999

All in preparation for the nearing holidays, making sure that the demand will remain high enough for retailers to attain a modest profit on one of the reportedly active shopping days of the year. (nytimes.com)

Video: Lockdown in Action

October 28, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

By now, every Mac-fanatic out there is talking about Lockdown, a free download that lets Mac OS X (Leopard) owners place an alarm on their unattended computer (most probably a laptop). My friends Mike and Rico were kind enough to demonstrate for me:

So, as you can see, Lockdown is pretty secure. Even flipping the laptop to remove the battery (a common tactic against anti-theft software) will set off the alarm. The only issue we had with Lockdown was that it only takes one snapshot; thieves approaching the laptop high enough will be able to conceal their face.

In any case, I still don’t recommend leaving your Lockdown-equipped laptop unattended at a public place. Lockdown does provide relative security, alerting you of any snoopy officemates, for instance.

Possibly Boot-Legged “Camp Rock” Themed USB Drive Starts at $10

October 27, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

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If you’re like the Gadgenista, and like going gaga over The Jonas Brothers (Manly-men who wear make-up!), a USB flash drive themed after Camp Rock is available for sale over at sourcingmap.com. Shaped like a guitar and colored in red, this thumb drive apparently comes in its own case.

Perhaps that explains the price. $33 gets you the 8GB or the 4GB version, while the 2GB variant goes for barely under a third at $10. Screams over yet another shallow product of American pop culture not included.

(image by chipchick.com)

Interactive Election Map Rates Hackability and Chance for Voter Error

October 27, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

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The Sci Fi folks over at DVICE have set up a nifty map that rates each of the 50 states by how potentially hackable their voting machines are, and the chance of voter error. With the eagerly-awaited US Presidential Election just days away, interesting—yet ultimately useless—online services like this are sure to get some traffic!

Potential for Voter Error | Potential for Hacking

(image screenshot from dvice.com)

Technology Concept Moves Water Around With Human Walking Power

October 26, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Lifestyle

A really simple yet cool idea: harness the kinetic energy generated by human foot traffic, and use that power to move water around. The idea comes complete with artfully made mock-ups, and hifalutin yet faulty English.

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Yet it’s ideas like this—simple and extremely cost-effective—are what we need to literally continue progressing with our development. The only problem perhaps is, will the people of the future be willing to walk in the first place?

(image by urbanrevision.com)

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