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Ori Amiga's MeshMobile - Very Cool!

Friday, 31 October 2008 22:34 by Nick MacKechnie
Ori and some other folks from the mesh team decked out his car with a custom display and PC, controlled with touch, voice, a Griffin Powermate and Live Mesh! Because his car is 'on the Mesh', Ori can sync his music automatically, and even send an invite to his mechanic to view his telemetry and diagnostics in real time. With the built in navigation he can even share his location with people through Mesh.


Ori Amiga's MeshMobile - Very Cool!

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Windows Live ID Becomes OpenID Provider

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 23:37 by Nick MacKechnie

According to this post on the Windows Live Dev Team blog, starting today, Windows Live ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital identity framework - GREAT! OpenID, in case you don’t know, is a decentralized framework for authenticating users across the web. For sites that support OpenID, users can choose to log in with their OpenID instead of having to create yet another account and then have to remember a username and password. With OpenID, instead, there’s only one thing to remember: your OpenID.

To get an OpenID, there are already a ton of mainstream channels you can use. For example, if you have an account at one of the following services, you already have an OpenID:

  • AOL - openid.aol.com/screenname
  • Blogger - username.blogger.com
  • Bloglines - d.bloglines.com/username
  • Flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/username
  • LiveDoor - profile.livedoor.com/username
  • LiveJournal - username.livejournal.com
  • Vox - member.vox.com
  • Yahoo - http://openid.yahoo.com
  • WordPress.com - username.wordpress.com

    There are many others, too, and even if you don’t have an account at any of those services, there are a ton of places where you can sign up to get an OpenID of your own.

    Now that Windows Live is supporting OpenID, you will soon be able to use your Windows Live ID as your OpenID!

    Those interested in testing the new Windows Live ID Integration environment can do so here: https://login.live-int.com/beta/ManageOpenID.srf where you can set up your OpenID alias on a test account. However, it’s recommended that this is used for test purposes only. Users are encouraged to wait to set up their Live ID OpenIDs until the service goes into production.

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    Redfly: A Netbook Entirely Powered By Your Windows Mobile Phone

    Tuesday, 28 October 2008 23:30 by Nick MacKechnie

    A company called Celiocorp has launched a completely different take on the netbook phenomenon. Instead of offering a lightweight computer running either Linux or XP like today’s netbooks do, this notebook PC is entirely powered by a device you already own: your smartphone. Dubbed a “mobile companion,” the Redfly device has an 8-inch screen, a full-sized keyboard and touch pad, and is connected to your smartphone via a USB cable or Bluetooth.

    To use the Redfly notebook, all you need to do is install the Redfly driver on your phone (see supported phones here). You can then use the netbook like any computer. Its bigger screen makes it easier to read documents, write emails, or surf the web. Redfly supports remote desktop, virtualization and other cloud-based environments like Citrix, GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop protocol, stoneware, inc., and others. The netbook also features a VGA connector so you can connect your Redfly netbook to a projector for presentations.

    As you use the Redfly device, you can be charging your smartphone too, assuming it’s plugged in via the USB cable. The Redfly battery works for up to 8 hours, according to the company.

    This is a very cool device!!

    Nick.

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    Remote Gaming: Play YOUR Xbox from anywhere in the world!

    Thursday, 16 October 2008 21:33 by Nick MacKechnie

     


    Remote Gaming: Play YOUR Xbox from anywhere in the world!

    Imagine...you are on a trip to Yawnsville, USA and you find yourself bored in your hotel room. Wouldn't it be GREAT if you just had your 360 with you and you could finish that level in Dead Space? Well, Vircion is going to make that possible. With their new product called Sero- you can tap into your console at home and access all your media and games with just a regular internet connection. You'll be able to finish that game you were playing and even jump into an online game and play with friends.

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    WWT Comes To Virtual Earth

    Saturday, 11 October 2008 05:42 by Nick MacKechnie

    The amazing WorldWide Telescope had a lot of hype pre-launch but we haven’t heard much about in recent days. Although now the WWT is being used by a number of astronomers, scientists, students, and space enthusiasts across the globe, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team decided to give it a little more exposure to the general public. To do so, they’re going to include a little WWT in Virtual Earth.  So, in latest release of the Virtual Earth 3D control, the Virtual Earth team has now included the accurate placement of stars in space. Cool - now we have Earth and Sky in Virtual Earth!

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    Encarta on MSN Mobile!

    Wednesday, 1 October 2008 21:31 by Nick MacKechnie

    MSN Mobile 2.0 has launched and with it, an Encarta channel!  If you have a smart phone, you can check it out by going to MSN.com and in the channel menu, select “All”, then “Encarta”.  You can see the Quote of the Day, peruse three editorially-programmed articles of the day, take a quiz, guess the Mystery Picture of the day, and do an Encarta article search.

    Have a look and spread the word!  If you don’t have a smart phone, you can view it here.

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    Live TV To Your PC or Mobile Phone

    Tuesday, 23 September 2008 21:24 by Nick MacKechnie

    Hi All,

    You don’t have to have a Media Center PC to have access to TV on your PC. In addition to web sites like Hulu and Joost, there are desktop programs like Livestation and AnyTV which can bring TV shows right to your Windows desktop. Recently, the How-to-Geek featured another application which does the same.  It's called TVUPlayer and it lets you watch channels from all over the world.

    If you’re running XP or Vista and have Media Player 9 or later installed, you can access TV programming, including live channels, right from your PC. I was surprised to see that the big channels like NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX were supported. But what’s even cooler is that there’s a mobile version of this app which works on Windows Mobile 5, 6, or 6.1 phones (they recommend the Samsung i780, HTC Diamond, HTC Touch Cruise, and ATT Tilt). There’s a video of the mobile version on YouTube if you want to see this software in action.

    So check out TVUPlayer -  download here: TVUPlayer For Windows

    Nick.

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    NZ Broadband – National vs International

    Tuesday, 16 September 2008 21:40 by Nick MacKechnie

    Hi All,

    I recently saw John Key and David Cunliffe present on how important broadband is to New Zealand in terms of growth, opportunity and the future of our economy. Labours view is pretty much centred around enabling access to the cabinets (Unbundling the local loop), while National have the desire to run fibre everywhere, as well as leveraging existing fibre where it makes sense etc.

    While there is merit in both views, and maybe a combination of the both is where we should go, the question that keeps on buzzing around in my head is simple – So we can talk to each other at ‘fast’ speeds, so what? Sure there is a requirement for improved performance within New Zealand, however isn’t it more critical for us to be able to communicate at higher speeds to the rest of the world? We want to be seen as a safe, secure and cheap haven for organisations to build their data centres in. We want to provide opportunities for innovation and for New Zealand to be able compete effectively on a world stage - the reality is that the current cost of international bandwidth is too high and latency impacts on our performance.

    Below is a link to information on how ISP’s in New Zealand are connected to local and international providers.

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    Am I missing a piece of the puzzle, or aren’t we better off working with others and owning a decent share of our destiny by owning our ‘future roads’ ?

    Nick.

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    Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot Released

    Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:31 by Nick MacKechnie

    Hi All,

    Do you chat globally? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that the Microsoft Translator team has just released a new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger.  With this new bot, you can IM back and forth with friends who speak different languages while the bot does the translations for you. To use the new bot, just add mbot@hotmail.com to your contact list. Keep in mind that machine translation isn’t perfect – using slang or other colloquialisms can give it/you trouble.

    At the moment, the translation bot support the following languages:

    • English to/from:
      • Arabic
      • Chinese Simplified
      • Chinese Traditional
      • Dutch
      • French
      • German
      • Italian
      • Japanese
      • Korean
      • Portuguese
      • Russian (RUS->ENU only)
      • Spanish
    • Chinese Simplified <-> Chinese Traditional

    More languages will be added over the next few months.
    The team also suggests that the bot can be used in WLM on your smartphone for quick translations when you’re travelling in foreign countries. Not a bad idea, considering nearly all smartphones today can support Windows Live Messenger (if your phone doesn’t have WLM already installed, you can download it from here or you can get all the mobile tools from here).

    Nick.

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    TinyURL Accelerator for IE8 Beta 2

    Thursday, 4 September 2008 21:31 by Nick MacKechnie

    Tim Heuer a program manager for Microsoft Silverlight and published author, has just created a new accelerator (formerly known as an “activity”) for IE8 Beta 2: the TinyURL Accelerator. His accelerator will be especially handy for anyone who makes use of this popular URL-shortening service.

    In case you’re unfamiliar, TinyURL is a service that takes a long, unwieldy URL and shrinks it down to a more manageable size in the format of http://tinyurl.com/xxyyzz. This service and others like it have gained in popularity since the rise of micro-blogging tools like Twitter (and other similar services) which limit the amount of text you can type in for each update.

    Tim’s TinyURL accelerator, as you may have guessed, integrates with IE8 Beta 2 to shrink down URLs. To use it, you highlight the hyperlinked text and right-click (or choose the accelerator icon in IE8) then choose the “Shrink URL” option. The accelerator will then automatically send the link to TinyURL for you. If you want to see it in action, check out the quick screencast he made and posted to his blog.

    If you’re running the IE8 Beta, you can install the TinyURL Accelerator by clicking here.

    Nick.

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