Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TechTalk with Magnus from Pingdom.com

As always we get down to tech news and business on a weekly basis with Magnus Nystedt from pingdom.com.

Here is what we were talking about.


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Watching the big game or your favourite TV show is not like it used to be.
Now, in a lot of cases, the TV is on in the background while people are interacting with smart phones, tablets and laptops. They are discussing a bad call or debating their favourite star’s red carpet look through twitter hashtags set up and promoted by a TV network, sports team or fan site. We’re constantly being encouraged to follow on Twitter or join the discussion on Facebook as a way of connecting and making the TV experience more social. Brands, advertisers and social media networks are all betting big on this trend continuing through 2012.

A study by Nielsen in October, 2011, showed that 40 per cent of tablet and smartphone owners use them while watching TV, while another done in November, 2011, by Razorfish said the figure runs as high as 80 per cent.
Either way, it’s clear that a large percentage of people are looking at more than just the television.
The next step is trying to monetize it. Expect to see a lot more promotion of entertainment check-in services like Get Glue and stars live-tweeting during their shows, like popular chef Anthony Bourdain has been doing through his @NoReservations Twitter handle.
The discussion is vibrant and can add great content to a broadcast, but the social media buzz it creates can add the most important part of the equation; more viewers.

CarTalk Jan 31

The boys from autodata.ae joined me in the studio to talk automotive issues. No shortage of opinions here.

Jan 31 Consumer TestLab

Mobile  LG Optimus 3D P920)
2,538 dirhams
LG P920W Optimus 3D – Dhs.2699 + Branded Perfume Set OR Pilot Case worth Dhs.350 ( Valid for DSF promo until 5th Feb Only)

Android 2.2.2 (january 2011 release)
-would like to see the operating system updated
-as usual marketplace issues
-3D imaging was cool
-3D games also cool but hard on the eyes after a while
-3D YouTube not available on this region
-all who got hold of the phone loved the 3D
-has an HDMI cable
-love the box it comes in!
-came bundled with
a. car cradle and charger
b.HDMI cable
c. desktop cradle
d.hard case

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 2100
Announced2011, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2011, July

BODYDimensions128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm
Weight168 g
- Touch-sensitive controls

DISPLAYType3D LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
- LG 3D UI

SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3 ringtones
3.5mm jackYes

MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Internal8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

DATAGPRSClass 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGEClass 10, 236.8 kbps
SpeedHSDPA 14.4Mbps (21Mbps with update), HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USBYes, microUSB v2.0

CAMERAPrimaryDual 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,check quality
FeaturesStereoscopic photos & videos; geo-tagging
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps (2D), 720p@30fps (3D); video stabilization, check quality

FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3
ChipsetTI OMAP 4430
CPUDual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White
- SNS integration
- HDMI port
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk
- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- 1080p@30fps (2D), 720@30fps (3D) playback
- 3D/2D video editor
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Document viewer/editor
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input

BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-byUp to 450 h
Talk timeUp to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h (3G)

5 This is a phone. The matt case backing seems like it can take a beating and the front is a full screen. It was tossed into my bag and rumbled around without any issues. The test device I had also came in a bundle with a case!
4 I think this is a very portable device given that it can be used to play video on your TV, via HDMI cable bundled into the package, but some had issues with the size!
4 This is an android 2.2 device that can be upgraded to a 2.3 operating system. It was easy to set up and there were items that could be bought from the Android Market. There are limitations to the YouTube 3D channel and games BUT it was possible to switch back and forth between the 2D and 3D mode. Basic device use was pretty obvious.  I found a few of the functions in the systems folder counter intuitive at first but learned fast.There is still a cartoon feel to these devices.
Design and Form Factor
3 Black is good in the phone industry. 3D on a phone? Not sure that the gimmic is really necessary. There was an issue with using the 3D for extended periods, and the phone warns not to. The display was great but not excellent and there was noticable lag when playing the 3D games. As a game console it would have been nice to be more chunky, I know this is against what we usually ask with phones. Pretty standard LG look and feel if you like your LG you will like this phone!


DSLR Camera –  Sony SLTA35K)
Alpha 35
3,248 dirhams
Sony DSLR SLTA35K with 18-55mm + 75-300mm Lens Kit – Dhs.3499 + 4GB SD Card + Case + Branded Perfume Set OR Targus Pilot Case ( Valid for DSF promo until 5th Feb Only)

42 minutes of film on a 4GB card
-full-time continuous auto focus
-7 frames per second
-full HD video
-quick AF movie
-15 point Auto focus
-3 inch fine LCD
Alpha lens is the key here!
Alpha lens and the A35 becomes a hybrid: it has the speed and image quality of a semi-pro shooter, and the body of a long zoom digicam
Movie capture. Sony's Translucent Mirror camera design brings its greatest benefit during movie capture, and so it's not surprising that the company's A35 continues to offer Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) video capture, Dolby Digital AC-3 audio, with the video feed derived from 29.97 frames per second sensor data. At lower resolutions, the Sony A35 stores its video in MP4 format with MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio, with a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second.
-USB2 and HDMI

3 Lovely camera but unlike some of the more common Canon, Nikon and other products, while weighty, left me worried about its ability to withstand the wear and tear of a vacation.  Nice lenses that weren’t too bulky but again they made me feel, and this is only me, that they might not take well to a good rugged run
5 this is an easy camera to throw into a manbag and forget about
4 This is a camera that pretty much walks you through what you need to know. There are a good series of menus that in some cases were full of information and options that were really not necessary. Try to de complexify even more. Camera options are abundant and the movie option is also pretty easy to activate. The operation of the camera is new world but the buttons and such to adjust things are old school which I would like to see modified, maybe a touch screen and wifi!
Design and Form Factor

5 Everyone who touched this camera loved the way it felt in their hand. From King Kong to Yoda, people with those size hands, seemed to feel at home with the camera and I have to give them credit for putting the buttons where they would be expected to be.

Dyson Bladeless Fan
Dyson Bladeless Fan with Thermostat control – Dhs.1899
-the Dyson HOT
-air multiplier tech
-long range heat projection
-no burn smell
-very cool looking
-great info on box about how it works
-6X air movement
-osillation and adjustable angle
WONDERFUL packaging
3 There is a whole lot of plastic here.  I was surprised by the actual base at how cheap it was I was expecting something a bit more durable than a plastic ring that had to lock into the bottom of the unit. Generally this fan is made to last but at that I was also concerned by the number of electronic push buttons, bubble buttons. While this is a well engineered fan I wonder how long these pieces will last and about the electronic heat and fan component.  there is nothing old school here.
5 Very!
5 Very
Design and Form Factor

5 this blue blade free fan is a work of art!