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Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Gadget Blog
Rico Mossesgeld

Rico Mossesgeld

Ever since contributing a review to a local area tech magazine, Rico was hooked, coupling a hopeful passion for writing and a fascination for gadgets and technology in general. Rico loved getting and playing with the review units, he loved getting invited to cover local tech events, and he loved trying out new stuff online. But it wasn't all fun and joy. Rico's heart always broke as he had to return said devices to their respective owners, or when his day job as an online marketing professional cut into his tech enjoyment time.

Lazy Sunday Links

October 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Nothing’s sure yet, but a recent Apple patent application details an in-OS advertising system that could conceivably “disable some aspect of [the OS'] operation to prompt the operator to pay attention to the advertisement.” Eeek! European Parliament says: feel to cut off persistent file-sharers from the Internet, member states! Good advice: if you no longer need a SIM, destroy it by breaking it in half. Not if you want to “protect” your hot girlfriend from potential suitors. If you’ve never bothered researching the history of the Internet, this easy-to-digest slide show should help. I’m a Nokia fan, but I still scratch my head over news that the Finnish maker is suing Apple for reportedly up to $1 Billion... [Read more]

Weekend Deals from HP and Lenovo UK

October 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Deals, Desktops, Laptops

HP Laptop and Desktop Promos Based in the US? Here are some promos from HP: Save up to $319 instantly on the NEW HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Series Customizable Laptop PC!. Includes $200 instant rebate, FREE memory upgrade from 2GB to 3GB (-$30), FREE hard drive upgrade from 250GB to 320GB (-$40), and Save 50% on 4GB memory (-$20). From 10/25 to 10/28/2009. Save up to $209 instantly on the HP Pavilion dm3t Series Customizable Laptop PC!. Includes $150 instant rebate, and FREE memory upgrade from 2GB to 3GB (-$30). From 10/25 to 10/28/2009. Save up to $518 instantly on the NEW HP Pavilion Elite e9280t Series Customizable Desktop PC!. Includes $300 instant rebate, FREE 750GB hard drive upgrade (-$50), FREE 15-month Norton Internet Security... [Read more]

Dymo CardScan Mobile: Business Card Encoder for Windows Mobile Smartphones

October 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, software

Apparently one of the first apps to appear on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Dymo’s CardScan Mobile’s premise is very simple: you take a picture of a business card with your Windows Mobile smartphone’s built-in camera, and it takes care of encoding the text, adding the information to your contact list, and making sure the data is in the correct fields. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } While I look for someone who can try... [Read more]

How Not to Market Through SMS

October 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tricks

Here’s a really really long text message, an apparent attempt to recruit Helga Weber, a blogger and designer from the Philippines: Hello! Greetings!!!:-) My name is [redacted], Marketing Officer for [redacted] ([redacted]). I would just like to take this bold opportunity to announce this WONDERFUL NEWS about a RARE PROMO OFFER for a FULLY-FUNCTIONAL website development service that we would like to provide you for your competitive business need to GAIN A STRONG POSITION in the industry, as well as to REALIZE/MATERIALIZE today’s untapped potential markets. For ONLY PhP 30,000, our Web Development Team shall ensure your PROMINENCE and UNMATCHED OUTPUT CALIBER, which features WEBMAIL functions, ONLINE BOOKING, WEB SECURITY features, and... [Read more]

New Artificial Muscle Tech Means Future Robot Will be Silent Killers

October 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Robots

Damn you Kwang Kim of the University of Nevada! You’ve given our future robot overlords a distinct advantage, and made it easier for them to quietly take over human society and shape it to their collective will. And we mean “quietly” literally, for Kim has apparently found a way to create artificial muscles that operate silently, unlike the clumsily noisy hydraulics that drive today’s dormant robotic tech. Kim’s setup also involves the use of gas, but in a way that mimics the biological push-pull opposing motions of real muscles, meaning it doesn’t rely on pistons. By controlling the level of heat that applied to specific parts of the artificial motivator, varied movements are possible. The nifty diagram below... [Read more]

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