Lego guys gone wild

Below is a video of a Great Ball Contraption circuit that takes nearly 8 minutes to complete and probably took weeks to build if not months. This is like Lego 5.0 compared to what I used to be able to do with Lego when I was kid!

Reblogged from TNW

Apple dominating tablets… for now

Great article over at The Register on the future of Android and Apple. Matt Asay discusses how Jobs recently glowed about the dominance of Apple in the tablet market. As I discussed recently the tipping point for Android is nigh, Android is taking over the iPhone and Assay points out that this is why Apple is concentrating their efforts on the tablet market now. In the same way that Windows wasn’t really better than Apple when the Mac versus PC battle took place and was lost by Apple, Android just needs to be good, cheaper and in multiple variations… what they have done with Android and in so doing have won the market.

I’m still gutted that Nokia aren’t going the Android route as I would have been such a happy man… :)

Android: the tipping point is nigh

Android market share keeps increasing. iPhone owners in the media seem to be getting jittery, looking to question Android on as many points as they can think of.

I’m curious to see so many articles, like on Econsultancy, Computerworld and Read The Web, questioning the numbers about Android dominance or questioning the quality of the apps and also questioning people like Fed Wilson here. “He is wrong” about the importance and future dominance of the Android platform (imagine Voldemort’s voice). At TechWatch, we are told Android is “a threat to the more expensive likes of the iPhone“. It’s as if they’re scared their own iPhone may not be the predominant phone in the market and that Apps will first be built for Android OS (Operating System) and then maybe for Apple ;)
Wilson’s data is solid and obviously his detractors (Apple’s friends in the media) need to explain why other things are more important to try and stop this from happening…. I’m surprised that haven’t started saying, the “OS-That-Must-Not-Be-Named” just to make it a bit more dramatic…

The fact that Android is attracting a higher percentage of younger users is also an interesting point to take into account for market share evolution, and which OS the younger population will be used to when they get older…

OS usage by age on smartphones

Love the comment on Nielsen’s blog about Seniors, it’s so true, make it easy to use:

Elie Gindi, founder of the senior-focused tech blog ElderGadget, recently told me that the people who follow him and his writers are interested and excited by gadgets and new technologies.

“If it’s good technology, seniors embrace it the same as everyone else,” he said. “The key here is if it is truly ‘good’ and they see a real use for it, whether for entertainment or business or lifestyle. They are smart shoppers who aren’t so much interested in [the] useless ‘bells and whistles’ many products contain.”
Ref: Nielsen

Media people in general are far more likely to use Apple hardware; hey its cool isn’t it. Journalists and people in the media in general are used to their Apple “iOS” and would prefer not to have to change. When I tried to get my girlfriend to change to a Motorola Droid she didn’t like the fact it was different even though I find all the same apps for her. She also later on decided it may not be as bad as that, when someone in Gossip girl used one. Ah the media again, even if it was helpful but too late…

Apple’s current position results from first mover, intelligent marketing and of course great software and hardware effects.
But as Reghardware points out, in 2010 Apple’s iPhone 4 “is essentially much the same product” whereas the competitors are getting better and better.

The quantity and variety argument will soon apply to Android but I find so many in both cases pretty useless so I disregard both these arguments completely. Blackberry still beats Android and iPhone hands down on Email. Even K9 on Android doesn’t provide search like on a Blackberry. Don’t even mention the email system on Maemo for my N900, so frustrating…

However an important argument from my point of view is what the system allows you to do. Apple does not and will continue to lock things down far more than Android. If you take the example of Innobel, this app that launched recently will not work and cannot work on iOS because Apple has locked down the functionalities that would like on Android allow you to share info with a caller while on the call. The situation is similar to how Windows ‘has’ to work with so many types of hardware, whereas Mac OS only has to work with its own limited range of hardware.

Had to drop this in though:
Qriously Android Survey
from a Qriously survey which I’m guessing wasn’t done on an iPhone like in the example below:

On a side note, I must just say, the first company to provide a Smartphone with the following will be my best friends for ever and in return I’ll be their client, good deal no? I’d like a solid and powerful Smartphone with large onboard memory plus expandable memory, a good camera (above 8 mega pixels plus quality lens), with sturdy touchscreen and physical keyboard, with, and this is the important part, a battery that can be ejected and replaced with another one, without having to take the case + the back of the phone off. This is a winner for me! And all of the above is never going to happen with Apple, because they lock down hardware so much that the only option you have is to buy a new one, oh yes (and a case + a manual on how to hold it when you call). When will people learn…?

Update (08 Apr): What was I saying, and then I come across such a waste of time article on ReadWriteWeb where the iPhone lover journalist complains that his phone froze when trying to install Flickr on an Android phone. As if that never happens on an iPhone…

Get your smartphone to count calories

As explained over on TechCrunch you may think the below is an April fools but apparently not!

Check out what is “expected” as calories for a few cashew nuts. Imagine if you had a bag of them, they’d be deadly.

Snap those cashew Nuts

And well here’s a link for checking out the app

However on a more serious note having worked on similar types of projects for large companies these can be dangerous if taken too serioulsy when we’re talking about serious apps that provide fairly accurate info. Beware that it doesn’t become an addiction that rules your life:

reblogged via MobileCrunch

Kinect hack to manage home lighting system

No I’m not obsessed with the Xbox, I don’t even have one, but this is pretty cool, where you can see that the Kinect (with major hacking and programming) is used to manage the whole lighting system within the flat…

Simple really, lol ;)

Atrix: Motorola bringing you the dream setup

Just checking out the Engadget site specifically the “Motorola Atrix 4G, HD multimedia dock, and laptop dock hands-on” post and what can say but WOW.
I think this looks like a dream come true and if they have put a decent camera in there I think I’m in love…

The laptop dock is basically a screen with full size keyboard that pretty much turns it the phone into a laptop!

Sony Atrix Laptop Dock

Sony Atrix Laptop Dock

The phone dock allows you to plug in mouse, keyboard and hook up to a full HD screen !

Sony Atrix Phone Dock

Sony Atrix Phone Dock

Check out the engadget video that shows it all working and much more. It is really impressive if that is the type of experience that can be expected on the final version…

I was impressed with the Droid / Milestone but this is just great…

The User experience that is shown in the video and the amount of ways it can be used plus all the functions available through the WebTop application is just amazing.

PS: when are we getting this in Europe and moreover in France???

Don’t use the iPhone as a phone of course

Quite amusing post by CNet UK about how bad the iPhone is at, well, being a phone: “The iPhone is the worst phone in the world“. Reminded me of a comment from a colleague recently talking about buying a new mobile phone, “I don’t want an iPhone because I want to use it as a phone and the battery is crap”. Very funny article and some good points…

The best dream USB key

So if you were to list the functions you would like in a USB drive what would it be?
Here is my list:
1) Small and not bulky, not heavy, easy to transport, can fit in your pocket
2) Large capacity, at the moment that would be 128 Go
3) High speed read and write capacity ( > 30MB read and > 20MB wite per second)
4) Biometric user authentication (fingerprint)
5) Hardware based data encryption
6) Backup via Internet of data (incremental backup, versioning) when connected
7) Shock proof, water, temperature and magnetic protection, with a lifetime warranty
8 ) Nice sleek but simple design (maybe titanium for extra protection and light weight) without a cap or with a cap that is attached and can’t be lost, fall off.
9) The ability to run an OS or software from the drive and or use as a memory booster
10) Maybe a short range beacon type system or even a GPS system that can be activated if it is lost, to quickly find it
11) For the paranoid a wipe or even remote wipe system, should the key really be lost and if it has confidential information on it. I guess this would need a small battery power source that triggers ths should it be tampered with or to allow for the GPS function if not connected to a computer.
12) It could serve as an RSA type system that randomly generates a number. This number when combined with a user id completes a login identification process

Edit: I was just checking out the comment from Steve below concerning the 64 Gig USB Key from Kingston and came across an advert for the “IronKey”. It seems that quite a few of the items from the above wish list can be found in the IronKey USB key coined as being the “world’s most secure USB key”. Looks pretty impressive take a look.