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Use your Windows Mobile to control Powerpoint!

Friday, 27 June 2008 21:39 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

This was a cool little application that seems to have flown under the radar.  If you have a Vista laptop  and a Windows Mobile Smartphone  and both they are paired via BlueTooth then this is for you.  The install is Sideshow for mobile and after you install the Office PowerPoint gadget you can control your PPT from your phone as well as see your speaker notes on the phone.

Windows® SideShow™ for Windows Mobile® is an application for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. This enables you to use your phone as an extra window into your PC. You can both access your computer’s information from your Pocket PC or Smartphone, and control the computer through a gadget interface. While the phone is out of range, or when your computer is off, you can continue to view content sent to the phone previously. This makes it easy to send information to the phone that you'll need later on.

Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview

Use a Windows SideShow-compatible device to remotely control PowerPoint presentations on your computer. You can move forward and back, or jump to a specific slide in the presentation. You can also preview the next slide and view slide notes on the device.

Office PowerPoint Remote

Installation is pretty straight forward, just follow the installation doc and you should be good to go.

Nick.

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HTC's iPhone killer touches down

Friday, 27 June 2008 01:56 by Nick MacKechnie

HTC has unleashed its answer to the iPhone with the new Touch Diamond handset, set to be released in Australia next month in an exclusive tie-up with Telstra.

Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones… the HTC Touch Diamond™ signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design.

Featuring a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed steel and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use.

With HTC’s vibrant touch-responsive user interface, TouchFLO™ 3D, and ultra-fast HSDPA internet connectivity… the HTC Touch Diamond offers a rich online experience to rival a notebook computer, allowing you to interact with Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia as freely as you would with a broadband connection.

Your contacts, favourite music, videos and photos are no longer an uninspired line of text. With TouchFLO 3D, album artwork, video stills and snapshots of your friends’ and family’s faces are brought to life for you to interact, play and launch at your fingertips.

A 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera will help you capture the perfect moment in style and with a massive 4GB of internal storage you can keep all the files you need. The integrated ultra-sensitive GPS will help you find your destination as quickly and efficiently as a dedicated satellite navigation unit.

Style and substance in a phone are no longer mutually exclusive. The HTC Touch Diamond has arrived

Highlights

  • 2.8-inch touch screen, with four times the pixels of most phones.
  • Vibrant TouchFLO 3D user interface, responding perfectly to your finger gestures when scrolling through contacts, browsing the web, and launching media… all vividly displayed as photos and artwork powered by the 3D graphics processor.
  • HTC Weather - providing a constant view of weather at home and abroad.
  • Surf and download at broadband speed with HSDPA internet connectivity.
  • 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera for quality stills and video.
  • 4GB of internal storage to preserve more photos, music, files and exchanged data than ever before.
  • Integrated GPS for use with maps software for a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation experience.

Specifications

Processor
Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz

Operating System
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

Memory
ROM: 256 MB
RAM: 192 MB DDR SDRAM
Internal storage: 4 GB

Dimensions
102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 11.35 mm (T)

Weight
110 g (with battery)

Display
2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution

Network
HSDPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz

  • Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
  • Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control
TouchFLO™ 3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control

GPS
GPS and A-GPS ready

Connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)

Camera
Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera

Audio
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
Ring tone supported formats:

  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB

  • 40 polyphonic and Standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI

Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 900 mAh


Talk time:

  • Up to 270 minutes for WCDMA

  • Up to 330 minutes for GSM

Standby time:
  • Up to 396 hours for WCDMA

  • Up to 285 hours for GSM

Video call time: Up to 145 minutes for WCDMA
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

AC Adapter
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A

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10 challenges with the iPhone 3G

Friday, 27 June 2008 01:44 by Nick MacKechnie

 

Sure, the iPhone 3G is a groundbreaking phone. There's a lot to love about it… the amazingly easy-to-use touchscreen interface, amazing video playback, a big, bright, high contrast, high-resolution display that's the best of any smartphone on the market, and a web browser that's as good as any you'd use on a desktop computer. Not to mention Apple's new MobileMe service which will provide over the air syncing of your email, contacts, calendar, tasks and photos with your home or office computer — no plugging in required.

But there are a lot of big disappointments with the iPhone 3G too. Some of them are stubborn commercial decisions Apple has made; others look like oversights, and others are fundamental flaws in the design of the phone itself.

#1 No upgrade to the camera

#2 No Adobe Flash support

#3 No instant messaging

#4 Totally impractical for international travel

#5 Not compatible with Bluetooth car kits or headphones

#6 No cut and paste

#7 Non user-replaceable battery

#8 No MMS

#9 No turn-by-turn navigation

#10 Stunning hypocrisy

http://apcmag.com/top_10_reasons_to_hate_the_iphone_3g.htm

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Bill Gates: Transitioning into the Future

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 20:53 by Nick MacKechnie

Bill Gates has been at the helm of Microsoft for the entire existence of Microsoft. It's the only place he's worked and he's getting ready to step down from his day to day responsibilities in his office on the Redmond campus. Bill's employment future will be centered around running his philanthropic enterprise, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill is fundamentally shifting his focus from achieving his dream of "a PC in every home" to helping realize the vision of "healthy people in every country". He talks about how each one of us can help make this dream come true by donation of time, expertise and, of course, money.

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Gates discussing some rare photos of himself

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 20:43 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Bill Gates gives Fortune magazine exclusive access to some rare photos from the Microsoft archives, and shares his memories (Narrates).

(Billg's first business card at Microsoft)

Click here to view.

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Vodafone cuts mobile data fees in NZ - YEAH RIGHT!

Monday, 23 June 2008 07:20 by Nick MacKechnie

 

Hi All,

From July 27, any Vodafone customers not on a fixed data plan will pay $1 a day for the first 10 megabyte of data they use, then $1 for every additional megabyte.

Currently casual users pay $11.25 per megabyte. This is still wayyy over priced when compared to the typical price per gig for broadband via ISP's - we ARE talking about data over IP after all.

Nick.

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BMW GINA Concept Revealed: Innovative Roadster with Flexible Textile Skin

Friday, 20 June 2008 23:11 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

GINA is a roadster concept on which the usual body sheet metal found on production vehicles such as bonnet, side panels and doors have been all replaced with a special, flexible, highly durable and extremely expansion-resistant fabric material that stretches across a metal wire structure.

A number of elements of the substructure are actually moveable and the driver can shift them by means of electro and electro-hydraulic controls resulting to a change the shape of the outer skin. For example, when the headlights are not active they are hidden under the special fabric cover. As soon as the driver turns on the lights, the contour of the front ends changes revealing the twin-headlights –just like a human being opens his eyes.

Video  Teaser Video

 

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A man called "Speight's Gold Medal Ale"

Friday, 20 June 2008 07:39 by Nick MacKechnie

As politicians agonise over the country's liquor laws, a Manawatu rural banker with a beer of a name will be voting in this year's election.

"Recently he received his first speeding ticket and the officer was taken aback when he read the driver's licence, the Manawatu Standard reported.

The officer said it was only the second time in 20 years he'd encountered such a strange name, with the other something like Hiroshima Jellyfish."

More details here.

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Microsoft Auto

Friday, 20 June 2008 00:15 by Nick MacKechnie

Microsoft Auto shows great new technologies to make all of our driving experiences more pleasant with a focus on the Sync My Ride technology. Not only does it offer voice activated features with your wireless MP3 player and your bluetooth mobile phone- but you will be blown away at the excellent text messaging options. Take a look and you be the judge.

AutoPCLaura_on10.wmv (10 MB)

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RSS on your TV!

Thursday, 19 June 2008 11:00 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

I recently blogged about my Dreambox – Freeview Set-top Box, and after a bit of poking around today for something else, discovered that there's a RSS Reader available for the Dreambox. To install the RSS Reader, press the blue button on the remote (I'm using the PLI image), select Software Management, select Downloads,  select Addons/plugins... and select RSS Reader to install.

Once installed, you can manage your RSS feeds by modifying the file \var\tuxbox\config\rss\feeds.xml. Below is a quick file I put together to test functionality, feel free to use as base.

<--cut-->

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<feeds>
    <feed>
        <name>Nick MacKechnie - Work Blog</name>
        <url>http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmac/rss.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Computerworld</name>
        <url>http://computerworld.co.nz/rss/computerworld.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Stuff - Top Stories</name>
        <url>http://www.stuff.co.nz/feeds/topstories.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Stuff - National News</name>
        <url>http://www.stuff.co.nz/feeds/nationalnews.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Stuff - World News</name>
        <url>http://www.stuff.co.nz/feeds/worldnews.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Stuff - Sports News</name>
        <url>http://www.stuff.co.nz/feeds/sport.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>Stuff - Technology</name>
        <url>http://www.stuff.co.nz/feeds/tech.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>NZ Herald - National News</name>
        <url>http://syndication.apn.co.nz/rss/nzhrsscid_000000001.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>NZ Herald - World News</name>
        <url>http://syndication.apn.co.nz/rss/nzhrsscid_000000002.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>NZ Herald - Business News</name>
        <url>http://syndication.apn.co.nz/rss/nzhrsscid_000000003.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>NZ Herald - Sports News</name>
        <url>http://syndication.apn.co.nz/rss/nzhrsscid_000000004.xml</url>
    </feed>
    <feed>
        <name>NZ Herald - Technology News</name>
        <url>http://syndication.apn.co.nz/rss/nzhrsscid_000000005.xml</url>
    </feed>
</feeds>

<--cut-->

To start the RSS Reader at any time, press the Yellow button on the remote, and select RSS Reader to view your feeds. Here's a few screen shots below.

 

Nick.

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