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  • Blog Post: Sony Ericsson Developer World survey: share your thoughts, chance to win an X1 phone

    The Sony Ericsson Developer World communication team would like your feedback on how and where you consume information, in order to improve support for content creators. Completing this quick on-line survey before March 15, 2009 gives you the chance to win a Sony Ericsson X1 phone. Direct link to survey...
  • Blog Post: Spin the Bottle – Touch Diamond edition

    Daniel Siegl from Lieber Lieber Software wrote me a mail to let me know that he got inspired by our Accelerometer showcase at the Mobility Smackdown session at TechEd EMEA ,and he quickly wrote a Spin The Bottle application to demonstrate how it can be done quickly.   go download it and give it...
  • Blog Post: The O Fone is REAL!

    I’m not kidding!! We made this parody for the MEDC 2007 keynote 1.5 years ago:   And now Motorola just announced the availability of their new phone called the AURA with circular screen! This is just hilarious!   it’s PRICY though at 2k a pop and it doesn’t run Windows Mobile.. oh well.
  • Blog Post: Build X1 Panels for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 device

    here's the press release: London , UK — 3 September 2008— Sony Ericsson today published its Software Developer Kit (SDK) for Xperia™ X1 and invited developers and content creators to capitalize on the opportunities offered by developing mobile content for the phone. Whether it is music...
  • Blog Post: Ok. this is just too SICK!!!

    it's amazing how LCD/LED TV technology has progressed. Sony just announced their latest 40inch Bravia LCD TV and it's only 9.9mm thick. so to put things into perspective, the guys at Engadget took a picture of the thickness thinness by comparing it with the new iPhone 3G.   is that AMAZING or what...
  • Blog Post: *snigger*

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/27/apple.apple
  • Blog Post: Want to sync your Windows Mobile device to a Mac?

    Try this solution from Markspace called the Missing Sync (cheeky) look at all these features: Connects with Windows Mobile devices via USB and Bluetooth Supports devices running Windows Mobile 2002/2003/5/6 Syncs with Address Book, iCal, Entourage 2004 and others Syncs Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other...
  • Blog Post: Google Gears on Windows Mobile

    Another validation of the power, flexibility and ease of development on the Windows Mobile platform. Google just announced the availability of their offline AJAX technology called Google Gears on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 . What can Gears do? it provides an ability for AJAX applications to store data locally...
  • Blog Post: Boringg....

    Another cool app that we had two years ago , now getting kudos and hoo-ha on the iPhone. come on already, make some cool multi-touch apps for the iPhone. THAT is where it's unique.
  • Blog Post: Media Player Control for Windows Mobile

    This is really cool. the OpenNETCF guys are at it again. someone pay them already!! they've created a Media Player Control that allows you to easily play media using your .NET Compact Framework application. This however is an actual product and not freeware, so quickly go grab the beta now.
  • Blog Post: QR Codes for everyone

    Thanks to OpenNETCF, you can now easily build QR Code recognition capabilities to your application. Mark has blogged about this new toolkit and resources for building QR codes. Check it out : http://blog.markarteaga.com/QRCodeForNETCompactFramework.aspx
  • Blog Post: Mobile Check-in at Airports in Sydney

    Now this is cool and it's such a simple solution. The Airline sends the picture of a 2D barcode to your phone and all you have to do is to hold the phone up against the scanner during check-in and it'll print your boarding pass immediately. I wonder when we'll get it in the US. Read more here: http:...
  • Blog Post: Lovely music from Bioshock

    I love Bioshock . I think it's the best game this year and definitely better than Halo3 . One of the most beautiful parts of the game, apart from their level design, is the period music. My wife and I love the 30s,40s and 50s and the music in the game is just wonderful. Major Nelson just released a list...
  • Blog Post: Samsung Innovation Quest Contest Announced

    Looks like Samsung is putting a lot of programs in place for developers these days. They're running a contest called Innovation Quest and you can stand to win a a huge chunk of prize money that totals almost €240,000!! Here are the details if you're interested: Welcome to the Professional category of...
  • Blog Post: Woot! 96.8wpm

    Saw this over at The Moth's . Try it yourself : http://www.typequick.com/ttest/testyourskills.html How fast can you type?
  • Blog Post: Iliumsoft's new ListPro 5.0

    Seriously, when I first got word of this software, I was wondering what can I do with an application that helps me manage lists. I'm not much of a "manage my life using lists" person, but what I found really useful is the library of template of (some people will call it useless information) important...
  • Blog Post: Video Chat via the browser. www.TokBox.com

    This is pretty cool. TechCrunch revealed them today and I quickly went over to take a look at what all the fuss is about. To my surprise, the web browser integration is pretty slick. There is hardly any setup required and the traditional barrier of entry to get video chat up and running is gone. There...
  • Blog Post: Want to help out with and Open Source Project?

    You've seen all the cool stuff the OpenNETCF guys are doing , such as the Mobile Ink Library , Desktop Communication Library, Telephony Library and Smart Device Framework , and if you're interested in participating, Neil Cowburn just announced that OpenNETCF is opening some of these libraries for external...
  • Blog Post: Aceeca releases their new ruggedized device on Windows CE 5.0

    Just received an email from Alex from Aceeca and they have announced that their upcoming rugged handheld computer will run on Windows CE 5.0. Here's the full email: After months of hard work, we at Aceeca, are pleased to announce that we will soon be offering you a choice of hardware platforms and operating...
  • Blog Post: Made it to 38

    After a month's hiatus from dieting (was traveling to China and Berlin for MEDC 2007, seriously, no-one can diet when they're in Berlin. All the Beers and Bratwursts), I made it to 38. Woot! Look out Francis! Some of you remember that I used to be a size 48 , and after 10 months of dieting, I've lost...
  • Blog Post: Tagged by the Moth

    ugh not again. Got tagged by Daniel Moth . So here goes, 8 Random Things about me. I can't decide between carrying the Touch or the Cavalier as my primary device. I have the Cavalier in my pocket right now. Can't let go of HSDPA. I've not cut my hair for 3 years. It's almost reaching my butt...
  • Blog Post: Happy Independence Day!

    Here's to another great 4th of July to all our American Friends! We were at the Carnation's 4th of July Parade this morning to celebrate Independence Day. Was a really hot day I almost melted if not for the loads of Frappuccino that we consumed. Here are some pictures: Uncle Sam on Stilts: Queen Kim...
  • Blog Post: The Mobile Web vs Mobile Client Equation

    While reading the Carnival of Mobilists #80 , I came across an interesting post by Malcolm Lithgow about why Mobile Web 2.0 applications won't work in smartphones. He even took into consideration the availability of Google Gears which is designed to help make web applications usable offline. Everyone...
  • Blog Post: STS-117 Atlantis - Bon Voyage!

    Congratulations to NASA on a very successful launch of STS-117 Atlantis. Dan Arildson, Vivian Atlas, Rob Tiffany and I were at Paul's Smokehouse restaurant in Titusville, Florida to watch the launch of STS-117 Space Shuttle Atlantis. It was an amazing experience, to be able to see the launch with your...
  • Blog Post: Eat your heart out MacBook

    This is Intel's vision of what their new notebook would look like, codenamed "Metro". It seems that this notebook is no thicker than the Motorola's Razr. Check it out. Read the full article on Business Week here : http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2007/tc20070523_272039.htm
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