Wednesday, December 03, 2014

TechTalk December 1

It is a google and HTC review night!

Andrew Thomas joins me from and we roll out a whole barrel of fun as we talk technology.

Here are the show notes so you can go and explore.

And of course let us know what you think!

Andrew Thomas MD @ Nexa

HTC Desire eye review
-mid range smartphone
-5.2 inch screen
-cameras 13mp, front flash also! BUT NOT SO GREAT, good but not great.
-4.4.4 kitkat
-2.3 GHZ
-plastic what happened to the steel case?
Some cool stuff and fast charging!
Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands

HTC also managed to make the phone water-resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, despite the fact that it has an exposed Micro USB port. This is much better than the annoying cover flaps that Sony and Samsung use on their water-resistant phones.

and the HTC Nexus 9!

This is an amazing tablet.
-fantastic HTC metal case, it is heavy and you feel like you have something in your hand!
-I love the cNet words on the Nexus 9, Fingerprint sensors, 3D cameras and item-recognition software are a few of the fancy bells and whistles that you can find on premium tablets today, but the new Nexus tablet offers nothing of the sort. It confidently settles on packing one of the most powerful mobile processors on the market and debuting the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. Forgoing high-end gimmicks, the slate's supreme specs speak for themselves -- it prevails as the preeminent premium, pure Android tablet to date.


Tested spec
Google Nexus 9
Apple iPad Air 2
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
0.94 pound (425g)
0.96 pound (437g)
0.82 pound (372g)
0.73 pound (331g)
Width (landscape)
8.9 inches (226mm)
9.4 inches (240mm)
9.1 inches (231mm)
8.6 inches (219mm)
6.05 inches (154mm)
6.6 inches (169.5mm)
6.2 inches (158mm)
5 inches (128mm)
0.31 inch (7.8mm)
0.24 inch (6.1mm)
0.31 inch (7.8mm)
0.28 inch (7.1mm)
Side bezel width (landscape)
0.8 inch (22mm)
0.8 inch (22mm)
0.7 inch (18mm)
0.7 inch (19mm)
-comes with the new OS
The Nexus 9 is the first tablet to run Google's latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The revamped OS features a contemporary flat aesthetic, dubbed "Material Design." It's a refreshing development, and visually pleasing on the latest Google tablet.

It's the first to house the 64-bit version of the Nvidia Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip, with a 2.3GHz dual-core Denver CPU and a 192-core Kepler DX1 GPU. It also features the speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC.\\

NO SD card expansion they want you in the cloud!

8MP camera

App of the week

using your friends instead of google

Jelly is a better way to ask a question with photos, maps, friends, and more. It's also people helping each other—something that's both meaningful and fun.

- Ask questions with images, maps, and locations to deepen the context. Crop, reframe, zoom, and draw on your images to get more specific.
- Answer map questions by dropping a pin for a specific location. Answer photo questions by drawing on them. Answer any question by attaching a link.
- Jelly routes questions using your existing social network connections, location, and topics you are interested in.
- Questions can be forwarded outside the app so your friends who don't have Jelly can still help. It feels good to help!
- Collect Thank You cards for helping others.



Pizza Hut eye tracking menu

Star Wars is here - the force awakens

even better in lego!

who needs google glass?

Cyber Monday and Amazon is there!
Cyber Monday has become Amazon's biggest day for "m-commerce,” or shopping from mobile devices. According to the company, smartphone and tablet users picked up more than five toys per second from the site during this same period last year. Clearly, it’s doubling down on that business now, using its app to appeal to these consumers with mobile-only offers. If it succeeds, it might even help the shopping site dig its way out of the $170 million hole left by its gadget division.


picture printing phone case

When you take a photo on your smartphone, the Prynt case lets you instantly print it. You can also print photos from your camera roll or social network accounts. Prynt is perfect for those of us that want to quickly frame a photo shortly after taking them — without having to worry about ordering copies online or printing them at a retail store.
The photos take slightly less than a minute to print out, according to TechCrunch. Prynt’s current prototype holds one sheet of photo paper, but the goal is to launch a consumer version that supports up to 30 sheets with a print time of 30 seconds each when it launches next year. The photos in the smartphone are sent to Prynt case via Bluetooth. However, the final consumer version of Prynt will likely plug into the phone directly.

Great story about the man who made Tetris!
Alexey Pajitnov
Tetris was formally released in June 1984 by the Academy of Sciences, after initially spreading among academics and the computer literate by way of copied floppy disks. As a tile-fitting puzzler, Tetris captivated these members of intelligentsia. After all, here was a game constructed of pristine shapes taken straight from Platonic idealism.
The game was later discovered at the 1988 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by Bullet-Proof Software founder H​enk Rogers, who, to make a complicated story brief, ​spread the gospel of the ​tetrominos to a world ripe for fresh addiction. Bullet-Proof released the game in America in 1989. It's estimated the franchise has gone on to sell over 70 million physical copies, plus an estimated 100 million mobile downloads of the game worldwide.
Because it was made during work hours on a government computer, the Soviet government ​claimed all​ rights both to Tetris and to the untold millions in royalties that eventually rolled in. So, despite his sudden international recognition as a developer, Pajitnov remained essentially a working Joe when he joined up with Rogers and Bullet-Proof, immigrating to America in 1990 on the work visa they sponsored. Six months later, Pajitnov brought his wife, Nina, and sons, Peter and Dmitri, to Bellevue, Washington.
Around the same time, Vladimir Pokhilko—with whom Pajitnov had,  the previous year, formed a Moscow-based startup software development company called AnimaTek—also immigrated to the US, settling in the Bay Area. Notably, Pokhilko is sometimes credited as being the co-creator of Tetris, and he at least encouraged Pajitnov to further develop Tetris into a marketable product.

Spotify announced its Uber deal earlier this week, and now the service is rolling out in 10 cities, including London, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. But don’t be surprised if you can’t try out the new feature immediately; Spotify tells us it’s currently offered at the driver’s discretion.
In fact, that’s just about the only downside of the new feature. In our hands-on with the service, we found it worked quite smoothly and intuitively. And if drivers accept it ubiquitously, or if they’re ever required to do so, this could be a major differentiator for Uber.
Here’s a play-by-play of how the service works, for the curious.

You walk into a Gap store, take a shirt off the rack, and look it over. Immediately, the TV screen overhead switches to a video of a model wearing that shirt.
Welcome to the first days of Minority Report.
By the end of next year, systems that know what you’re looking at, how long you’re looking at it, the direction you’re walking, and even whether or not you’re in a good mood will start entering the market.
That’s the word from Michael Tusch, CEO and cofounder of Apical, a UK-based maker of advanced image processing technology. He recently painted a picture — exclusively for VentureBeat — of the kinds of applications we can expect in the coming months from his company’s newest vision technology.

Having trouble keeping your smartphone charged throughout the day? Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has created a Red Dot Design Award-winning concept for a tiny cardboard capsule that could juice up your phone. It's called the Mini Power. You just choose how much battery time you need—two, four, or six hours—plug it in, then recycle it later.
Tsung's biodegradable design, which he also envisions being purchased at convenience stores, eschews the plastic of most disposable batteries, which not only makes the case a little more environmentally friendly, but also saves on packaging. Since each Mini Power battery can just be broken off a perforated sheet, you could potentially buy them in bulk that way.
Disposable smartphone batteries aren't a new idea. They're especially prominent in Asia. Japanese convenience stores, for example, have been selling disposable batteries by the truckload for years. But these batteries tend to be environmentally unfriendly, not just because of the lithium ion batteries inside them, but because they come in plastic casings.

smart jock strap next?

Smart sports gadgets specifically for women are far too rare so Victoria's Secret has come up with its Incredible sports bra to track heart rate.
The Incredible bra features a chest placed heart rate monitor built-in. These chest placedmonitors have been around for years, usually packaged with sports watches, and are now highly accurate. As a result the bra can be used to monitor during running, boxing and other high-impact workouts.
At its most basic level the sports bra is still high tech as it's made from a Body-Wick fabric which keeps the wearer cool and dry during workouts. Clothing+ is the Finnish fabric maker behind both the materials and the sensor technology built-into the bra.
The Incredible by Victoria’s Secret Heart-Rate Monitor Compatible Sport Bra, as it's called, will cost $75 which is about £48.


Jolla, the Finnish start-up behind the simply named Phone and Tablet, is honing its minimalist Sailfish OS 2.0 down to perfection so it's sharp enough to cut even the mighty Apple, Google andMicrosoft. Watch out.
The open source, start-up sized company remains agile and adaptive enough to really threaten the big smartphone software names. Especially now as smarthomes and connected gadgets grow in popularity and want a unifying open OS. Sailfish could offer the software that hardware gives hardware manufacturers the freedom that other companies are failing to deliver.
So what is it that makes Jolla's Sailfish OS such a hot system?

Open source with Linux smarts

At its core Sailfish uses Linux meaning it's stable, perfect for mobile and can be modified relatively easily. The fact it's open source is a huge draw. Remember when Android used to be open source? In spite of pretty basic hardware back then people still chose it over Apple's slickiPhone interface. The same thing could happen again with Sailfish.
Sailfish OS can be modified by anyone any time they like. That means apps could technically be made to change the way the entire phone works rather than just working within a framework. The potential for this is massively exciting.

27 gadgets for the holidays!

Maker Shed gifts for kids, simply cool.

Learn Game Design from Ikea!

worlds largest games collection

Although World record holder Michael Thomasson thought he was quids in when his videogamecollection was sold on GameGavel for more than $750,000 earlier this year, that deal failed to materialise and so you can have another chance at owning the largest library of games in the world. Plus, in the process, get your own name in the Guinness Book of Records.
Thomasson is currently not allowed to say why the original deal fell through as it is in the hands of his lawyers, but he is considering re-listing the entire collection through an auction house such as Christie's.
He also doesn't expect to raise anywhere near the previous sum, but is still interested in a sale. He'll even talk to potential buyers directly.

Larry Page and the toothbrush test makes alot of sense
Page will ask, "Is this something you will use once or twice per day, and does it make your life better?"
(Toothbrushes, of course, fall into both categories.)

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