So That’s How the Nokia N97 Slides!

June 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

I’ve always assumed the N97 would mimic the form-fitting slide of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. According to a video shared by Philippine affiliate Technograph, that’s not the case:

nokia-n97-slide

It seems the Nokia N97 will rely on brackets to push the top part to the side and up. Definitely not as seamless as the XPERIA X1, but it works for me. At the very least, the mechanism satisfies the gaudy need to showcase the actual model name of the phone, and the specs summary. Who this satisfies I honestly have no idea.

According to nokia.com.ph/n97preorder, the pre-order period for the Philippines will run from June 16-18. Will this apply to other countries as well? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’ll share any info as I find it out.

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Nike+iPod Turned Into Keyless Entry System

June 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Automotive

Turns out you can mod the Nike+iPod kit to make your car doors unlock when you walk close enough to the vehicle. And of course, the doors lock once you walk away. You only need to take your keys out to start the engine.

Courtesy Sparkfun

Courtesy Sparkfun

Totally cool, the setup involves hooking up the iPod adapter to custom electronics, and pocketing the footpod. The full how-to is available at Sparkfun, and includes details on how author Nate had to actually weaken the radio receiver of his Mazda so that the car wouldn’t automatically unlock while he was walking around the office (he wrapped part of the assembly in foil).

Obviously, some experience tinkering around with electronics is a prerequisite. Anyone here got that? Custom component sold on Sparkfun—an iPod serial board—also required.

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Nokia’s Nifty N97 PR Page

June 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Press

Pretty simple approach: instead of boring HTML, Nokia decided to go with relatively interactive animation for the N97, making press-friendly information available through a virtual version of the phone. nokia.com/press/n97 is a bit heavy on the Flash, but the whole she-bang sort of implies the manufacturer’s commitment to make this phone fly.

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Would you get a Nokia N97? Personally, I was never into Nokia’s kitchen sink phones. Aside from the high cost of (usually unsubsidized) ownership, N9Xs were never known for their responsiveness. On top of that, you’ve also got usefully multi-functional models like the E63. That’s available at a much lower price point, yet literally has enough functionality for practically any mobile task.

I might change my tune if this phone meets my responsiveness standards. Here’s to hoping for quick dibs on a review unit!

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Canon Work Conditions Suck, Says Nikon Dude

Danny Choo decided to report on the alleged work conditions in a Canon Electronics, highlighting how people are required to stand and move fast in at least one hallway:

Courtesy Danny Choo

Courtesy Danny Choo

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Kim Kardashian’s Geography Fail

June 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Lifestyle, Trends

So yesterday, here’s what happened on Twitter: First, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton says she lands in Jakarta:

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And her friend, the Kim Kardashian, has a question:

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I have an answer for you, Ms. Kardashian: Indonesia! Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia!

Seriously though, here’s where Twitter can work against celebrities. You’ve got personalities sharing their personal thoughts and lives through computers, laptops, and mobiles, and 140-character status updates can be very revealing of people like Shaq.

At least Kim Kardashian’s career seems to be based on looks. A geographer twitting their confusion about Jakarta’s location would be very shameful indeed!

(Thanks to yummeh.net)

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Sprint + Pre Wants You to Know: We’re Ready

May 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

What’s up with Sprint lately? The company is using a mainstream media publication (Forbes) to highlight its readiness for the June 6 Pre launch.

palm-pre-sprint-launch

The introduction of the hotly anticipated handset will be Sprint’s biggest product event of the year. As interest in the phone escalates to a frenzy—in part because of rumored shortages—company representatives say Sprint is prepared for the onslaught.

Extra employees will be on hand to manage crowds, says David Owens, Sprint’s director of devices. Sprint is also borrowing manpower from partner Palm, which will dispatch representatives to more than 100 Sprint stores across the country. The additional help will stick around for two months, Owens says.

I wonder if it’s better to simply do a good job, and not broadcast to everyone how you plan to do a good job. The “we’re ready for you” marketing approach sounds like desperation to me for some reason. Hopefully Sprint won’t drop the ball come June 6.

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Last Week’s Top Posts

May 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Selected by fellow readers with their clicks, here are the top posts of the last week of May:

Reminder: You can save money on Assassin’s Creed and Freedom Force through Steam!

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Assassin’s Creed + Freedom Force = $16.73

May 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Promos

Up for this weekend: 50% off on Assassin’s Creed for the PC, and 10% off the Freedom Force: Freedom Pack, for a total of just under 17 dollars! The Assassin’s Creed promo lasts over the weekend, while the Freedom Pack goes back to regular price by the end of June 5.

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Why would you get those games? Well, Assassin’s Creed is probably the best 3D platformer I’ve played in quite a while (finished it on the PS3 last year). For some reason, dealing fatal counters to attacking enemies seemed very therapeutic.

The original Freedom Force, on the other hand, is a great strategy game that features a campy yet compelling story, and very wonderful art direction. Personally, it’s also a chance to finally try out the expansion!

I’m starting to hate Valve. They perfectly understand that, after development work, the production costs of video games are practically zero. More so if distribution is done through a digital platform like Steam.

Of course, Valve has to pay for servers to keep Steam running smoothly (they should!). But you can bet they pay less for each copy’s distribution. And they can tempt me to pay through the nose for games, because with all their game packs and weekend promos, they end up selling copies for less than what the pirates do.

Since I (currently) pay a flat monthly fee for internet access, those are very good deals indeed. Until you realize that you’ve spent more on games before signing up for Valve!

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See, Even Mac OS X Can Make Life Hard

May 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Peripherals

So someone wanted to replace his eMac keyboard with another keyboard, sans the Eject Key. And he thoughtfully asks “Is there a keyboard sequence, hot key, whatever that will open the drive”? Guess what the solution was!

So much just to emulate this?

So much just to emulate this?


Go to the root of your hard drive (double-click on it) and open System: Library: CoreServices: Menu Extras. Inside that window, double-click on the icon called Eject.menu. You may want to hold down the OPTION key and drag it to the desktop to make a copy there, but once you start the application, it will put an eject symbol in the right side of the white menu bar above the desktop. When you click on it, you just have to choose Open SuperDrive/DVD Drive/CD etc. or Close SuperDrive… It also gives you the choice of F12, but unless you reassign the EXPOSE action that F12 executes, you won’t be able to use that.

If the eject button disappears on restart or shutdown, just put the copy of the eject.menu file in the Applications folder and then open your System Preferences. In there, go to the USERS section, highlight your account and click on the LOGIN ITEMS tab. Click on the + symbol and then use the window that pops up to navigate to the Applications folder and choose Eject.menu and it will be added to the list of login/start up programs to automatically execute every time you reboot or start up.

Bla bla bla bla bla… these instructions are very similar to a Windows-only procedure somewhat infamous for complication: Changing Your Network IP Address.

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Open Source = Less Global Warming

May 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Steven Chu, the current US Energy Secretary, argues that open source software will cut down on global warming. Long story short, widespread adoption of open source software would cut down on IP- and standards-related conflicts, allowing both the so-called first and third world to quickly reap the benefits of technology, particularly in doing more with less power. Yes, there’s a us-against-them aspect to the idea:

Yes, I am <em>the</em> Steven Chu

Yes, I am the Steven Chu


But he is adamant that great efficiency, particularly in buildings, will significantly reduce the number of power plants built. To really take effect, he says, global co-operation on technology to improve efficiency is vital. And that co-operation, he says, could be best facilitated by open source software to avoid the wrangling over intellectual property that is sometimes a source of tension between developed and developing countries in climate change talks.

That line of reasoning requires quite a leap. A leap based on the assumption that well-designed software will keep future buildings running smoothly and efficiently, and the hope that open source software will eventually gain widespread acceptance. Assuming that entrenched players would want to perpetuate the proprietary-software-for-profit scheme, all I can say is good luck.

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