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DittoShaun McGillSat, 22 Nov 2014 03:00:00 +0000http://www.lostinmobile.com/home/ditto52bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:546f7ed5e4b0c97cacddcb22

So you take a phone with a perfectly good vibration notification in it, and pair it to a device which vibrates to notify you that the phone has received a call or a message, thus giving you two devices which do *exactly the same thing*? Neil.

Neil sent me a link to the Ditto Kickstarter page along with the above comment and I could not disagree more with him.

We shall start by looking at what we get; battery life which is measured in months and which  requires the replacement of a watch battery, a pledge price of only $29 for a device which mimics a significant feature of smart watches and it's also waterproof and very discreet. It appears to me that a great deal of care has been put in to understanding the advantages a product like this can bring, which is demonstrated in the text below-

Smartphones do so many things.  But it


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So you take a phone with a perfectly good vibration notification in it, and pair it to a device which vibrates to notify you that the phone has received a call or a message, thus giving you two devices which do *exactly the same thing*? Neil.

Neil sent me a link to the Ditto Kickstarter page along with the above comment and I could not disagree more with him.

We shall start by looking at what we get; battery life which is measured in months and which  requires the replacement of a watch battery, a pledge price of only $29 for a device which mimics a significant feature of smart watches and it's also waterproof and very discreet. It appears to me that a great deal of care has been put in to understanding the advantages a product like this can bring, which is demonstrated in the text below-

Smartphones do so many things.  But it

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(22/11/2014 @ 04:00)
The iMac aquarium  View ?

We've heard of recycling but this is just ingenious. Apple iMacs have been turned into great looking fish tanks and now you can own one.
 
Jake Harms thinks outside of the box, or inside the iMac in this case, and has come up with a brilliant adaptation of an old iMac. By sealing the unit after emptying it he was able to turn it into a working fish tank with a 13-litre capacity... More at Pocket-lint.

Nice idea I guess, but I wouldn't want to be a fish in something that small.

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(22/11/2014 @ 03:30)
Endless Frogger  View ?

If you remember Frogger, Crossy Road will have immediate appeal as it will for anyone who, for some strange reason, enjoyed Flappy Bird.
 
It is free and well worth picking up because the graphics and sounds are fantastic.

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(22/11/2014 @ 03:00)
What battery life do you really need?  View ?

What battery life would your phone need for you to leave the house with no cash, cards, keys, car, directions, form of identity etc... ?

The above question was tweeted by John Midgley and it got me thinking. I would need a guarantee of one day no matter what I do which would translate to a quoted spec of 2-3 days. What about you?

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(21/11/2014 @ 04:00)
No 32GB = $4 billion  View ?

There is no 32GB version. For $100 more instead of getting just 16GB more or 32GB for another $100 you now get lot more. Instead of 100% more for $100 more and 300% more for $200 (more than base version) you now get 300% more for $100 and a whopping 700% more $200 more than the base version.
However the fact that the base $199 version has stuck in 16GB has caused considerable heartburn to many. Many argue Apple should have offered the base version at 32GB instead of 16GB. Sure they could have and could have done so with no impact on profit. After all their flash costs are so low at the volumes they get... More at Interactive Path.

If these numbers are even close, you can see why Apple would ignore what many customers want.

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(21/11/2014 @ 03:20)
Opinion  View ?

Make your voice heard super simple. Opinion is the first easy to use podcast maker for iPhone. It comes with a revolutionary touch friendly interface. Audio editing has never been this instant before.
Record anything. Edit and trim your piece. Arrange clips using drag-and-drop. Share to Soundcloud, e-mail or iMessage.

A simple podcasting app that will suit beginners down to the ground. However, if you want to podcast, the proper equipment is a must and some research will be required. One day I will get around to making a Lost In Mobile podcast.

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(21/11/2014 @ 03:15)
Japanese Flip Books  View ?

That is clever.

(21/11/2014 @ 03:00)
Do we really want to wear tech?  View ?

It would be easy for me to suggest that the majority of people are wary of wearing technology or that the sector will take a long time to become mainstream. It would have been easy for anyone to say the same thing when PDAs were a niche and smart phones were something that the vast majority of people considered too geeky and unnecessary to fit into their lives.
 
Time moved on and millions are now attached to their phones for hours every day, but the attachment is voluntary and something that is physically broken countless times a day. Holding a phone feels like a conscious act to bring all of the information held within it to your attention. Having technology attached to you feels entirely different and, to me, takes some of the disconnection away.

After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.
 
He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product

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(20/11/2014 @ 04:00)
Tricking Waze  View ?

Anyone who has used Waze to navigate a soul-crushing commute in Los Angeles can see just how the community-driven navigation app works: On any given night, the app might direct hundreds of cars down an obscure street to avoid an accident or gridlock nearby. Now, residents of quiet neighborhoods are pissed at Waze, and apparently ready to do something about it.
Recent reports say that Waze is making life hell for people who live on the small residential streets the app reroutes drivers down. According to TMZ, a reputable source for transportation news, residents are so fed up that they download the app themselves and report congestion on their own streets to screw with Waze's directions and trick the algorithm.
TMZ's story doesn't reveal any specifics so I wasn't able to find any residents to confirm this, but it wasn't too surprising at first blush. At the Making LA conference earlier this month, LADOT general manager Seleta Reynolds confirmed that her department had been getting complaints about Waze from homeowners who thought their streets were being abused by the app's navigation... More at Gizmodo.

This is a problem I have thought about for a long time. In all my years of TomTom Traffic ownership, I have not got stuck in any meaningful jam, but I do wonder what happens when everyone has such services. At some point there will be a need to aggregate the traffic in numerous directions based on volume and that could get tricky.

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(20/11/2014 @ 03:30)
Google Nexus 6 Review  View ?

Excellent review as ever from Marques.

(20/11/2014 @ 03:20)
O2 sharing plans  View ?

Get all of your family online for the best possible price with one of our sharer plans. Share one data allowance across O2 sims, phones or tablets.
 
With data allowances from 1GB up to 20GB, and with the ability to share data with up to 10 devices, you can customise your sharer plans to suit your family... More here.

It's a good idea which could work for some families, but I need to look deeper into this to work out the true costs. Other networks have offered this previously, but with some strange restrictions.

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(20/11/2014 @ 03:00)
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That
(19/11/2014 @ 21:56)
Yotaphone getting closer?  View ?

Some people might not think very highly of this concept, but I have repeatedly found that trying to look at a screen in bright sunlight an exercise in futility; and it is worse when I have my Polaroid filtered sun glasses on. This phone

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(19/11/2014 @ 03:50)
Bad Apple products  View ?

You have likely seen many of these before, but it is fun to look back at some of the worst Apple products from the bad old days.
 
To be fair, some of these are not too bad. Well, maybe one of them.

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(19/11/2014 @ 03:30)
Prynt  View ?

I have no need for a device like Prynt and it is not a practical option, but I still kind of like the idea.

(19/11/2014 @ 03:15)
en-suck-lopedia  View ?

Damn. It turns out my ebay'd Samsung i500 phone didn't work out. The refurbished model I bought had some hardware problems, caveat ebayer, but really it was the software integration that just wasn't ready for primetime. There might be solutions for all those things, like a seperate app for text messaging, but when the usually rock-solid Palm "ToDo" app starts crashing, the karma just plunges through the floor. Pity that.
So I'm going back to my old Samsung video phone, the VM-A680. I was compiling a big snarky list of faults with it, I was going to start a feature called "the En-suck-lopedia", but then I found workarounds for what I thought were the more egregious UI crimes, so what was left sounded kind of petty, and the star-based "suckage" rating system was total overkill... More at kisrael.com.

Guess we should appreciate what we have now...

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(19/11/2014 @ 03:05)
Z Launcher Beta available on Google Play  View ?

Nokia's Z Launcher Beta is now available on Google Play if you want to try something new on your Android device.

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(18/11/2014 @ 16:33)
The Nokia N1  View ?

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded AndroidTM tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

"We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple," said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. "The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."

Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.

The industrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the elegant simplicity of the interface. It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9" laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin and light design that makes the device comfortable to hold even with one hand. A 2.4Ghz Intel© AtomTM quad-core processor provides great performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1.

The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.

In addition to the Nokia brand, Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to the OEM partner. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.

The N1's industrial design and Z Launcher application originate within the Nokia Technologies business, which is focused on strengthening Nokia's industry-leading innovation portfolio through patent, technology and brand licensing.

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Another month with the iPhone 6  View ?

Strange things have been happening with my iPhone 6 recently and I must say that the experience is not as positive as I was expecting a few weeks after purchase. It would appear that the latest version of iOS 8 contains more than a few bugs and I am now used to seeing apps freeze or close on a daily basis. If it was the same apps I would not be concerned, but it isn

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(18/11/2014 @ 04:10)

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