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Another computer-like mobile from Finland

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Few days ago I have written about finally announced, long-awaited and even longer roumored Nokia Booklet 3g – the first laptop (or , being precise – mini notebook) form the Finnish giant. And today Nokia has present yet another device with netbook capabilities – N900. It runs on Linux-based Maemo 5 software. With 1 GB Ram and ARM Cortex-A8 processor it should handle few applications running simultaneously, so work as computer and as regular mobile phone as well. It has WiFi, HSPA module, 32 GB memory on board (with possibility of expansion with memory cards) touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. All that in the device size of regular mobile phone. It shall cost 500 Euro so a bit and arrive in shops in Q4.

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Written by Malgosia Minta

August 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

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That Is How We Will Read Newspapers

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Sony Reader Daily in Landscape Orientation

By saying that traditional newspapers are becoming obsolate (or at leat that they are loosing publicity in favor of more up-to-date internet) I won’t discover wheel or even America. As well as claiming that the future of newspapers are e-newspapers, read on screens of specially designed gadgets, that could be updated more frequently than once in 24 hrs. But till now there was no such a gadget compatible with newspaper-ish layout – those available had usually too small screens. Good for reading paperbacks, but not for big pages of dailies. Some time ago Amazon has showed us Kindle DX with huuuge (as for e-book readers) 9,7″ screen, small keyboard and again huuuge price of 489 USD. And now here comes the new Sony Reader called…Daily. It has a big, 7 ” touch screen. For comfortable lecture of newspaper one would hold the Reader in landscape orientation, so half of the regular newspaper page should look nicely on the screen. Together with the WiFi module it will hold a 3G module, so one could update the content of the reader even outside the WLAN range.  In its memory Daily could hold up to 1000 e-books, with possibility of expanding with memory card.

What papers would be available on Daily? That is going to announced in following weeks. The Daily itself will hit stores 7th December with 399 USD price-tag.

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 25, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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And some more newbies – this time form Canon

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Summer slowly comes to its end so it’s high time to present all things new for the Autumn 2009 season. That’s what Canon has done today, showing us some new digital cameras, camcorders and printers. So lets look at the cameras now.
New children in the stylish IXUS family are  the 120 is and 200 is. The first one is calimed to be the slimmest digital compact with wide -angle 28 mm lens with 4x zoom, 12.1 mpx sensor and 2,7 LC screen. The 200 IS has a 24 mm wide-angle lens with 5x zoom, the same 12.1 mpx sensor and a 3″ touch screen (those are beginning to be trendy; check the Sony cameras for example).

Nice thing to see are new cameras form the PowerShot S line – really, there are people who don’t want to by a digital rebel and are very keen on having good point’n’shoot camera with reasonable zoom though.  The SX120 IS nas a 10x zoom lens, and the   SX20 IS – as you may guess – 20x zoom lens.
Last but not least – G11, so the successor of the G10 (my beloved one;-). It may be surprising that the new camera has a smaller resolution sensor (10,1 mpx instead of 14,7 mpx we would get with G10). As return we are getting better sensibility and a dual anti noise system, so we would make better pics in low light conditions for example. Aaah, and one more thing – a tilting display .

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

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New Post Category – TOYS :-)

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Everyone who knows me know that I am a real toys maniac. Toys meaning everything electronic, preferably with display, some memory, nice features and ability to be helpful and amusing. So after some thinking I have decided to present new gadgets here as well. I will try to cover all new things coming out, as only I will think they are interesting to show 🙂 So, lets start today with something pretty, something useful and something fun:-)

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At last Sony has agreed with blogosphere that it will roll out a new PS3 model this Autumn. It will be 32 % smaller and 36 % lighter than the regular PS3 and will hold a 120 GB drive It will be available in the first week of September. Furthermore Sony has cut the PS3 *) GB price to 300 bucks and changed its name from PLAYSTATION 3 to PlayStation 3.

Sony Ericsson Jaloujalou

Really nice example of jewelery mobile phone. Jalou is a tiny clam-shell formed to look like a gemstone colours including Deep Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black. Further more there will be a special edition version designed with Dolce and Gabbanna and with 24 k gold ornaments. The very phone has 3.2 megapixel camera (with 3,2 zoom and geo-tagging) , video recording ability, stereo FM Radio, music player, YouTube app, 3D games, Internet, Bluetooth and some rather girly features: Mirror Key (to check your make-up and hair) and Walk Mate step counter.

zuneZune HD

Now available for preorder. It has an OLED touchscreen and 16 or 32 GB drive. The bigger one cost 289 bucks, so few tens less then 32 GB iPod Touch. It cames with built-in HD Radio receiver, HD-compatible video,  navigation and games. The 32GB version holds up to 10 hours of high definition video, or 48 hours of standard definition video optimized for device, or 8,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures.

Samsung T550image002

We already have cameras with projector, cameras making 3d pictures and now we have have a gadget with two displays, perfect for those who make mainly pictures of them selves. New Samsung camera has 12megapixel CCD sensor, 4.6″ optical zoom, 720p video recording capability, 3,5 ” LCD screen,  SDHC card slot and interesting Smart Gestures function. The Smart Gesture feature let users to perform tasks with certain finger movements on the screen.

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

Adopt a Star and Why I Have Bought a Site on

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keplerWant to have a star form the sky? Well, nothing simpler. As the New Scientist writes, with the new project called Pale Blue Dot (name comes after how Carl Sagan used to call our own planet)  You can well, not buy,  but adopt a star. With this quite unique programme a non-profit organisation is raising money for analysing data collected during the NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Mission. For 10 dollars you will get a chance to pick one of more than 100 000 stars and   put a small flag on the one chosen (all adopted stars are presented on Google Sky ). If there would be any discovery related to your star, you will be informed about it asap.

What do You think about it? I think it is just simple great! First, with small money you are helping scientists who really need cash and are doing some amazing stuff. Second –  isn’t it just a great fun to adopt a star? Personally, I would be very keen on having one or two cosmic pupils under my care.

For this same reason – purely childish fun – some time ago I have bought …a spot on a Moon. Well, being precise I have bought a certificate of ownership of a football pitch size lot. Yes, you can call me a total space-geek or a typical victim of too much Star Wars watching but what the hell – I am a happy owner of some little piece of Silver Globe. So if I will really get bored with Earth life I will have some place to run 🙂

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 18, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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Background War: Seven wins over Snow Leopard (yes, I mean it)

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As You may already noticed, I am a mac-perosn and on the daily basis I use Mac OS X. And so I think that when the Snow Leopard will arrive into town next month, it will appear on my stationary-mobile MBP as well. But – at least for the fair competition rules sake – I will have Windows Seven installed as well on the second computer .

Time to write which is better in what will come. Later. But now I  wanted to say something about totally unimportant thing – backgrounds. OK, may sound silly but I really DO like to look on nice piece of artwork on my chaotic desktop, even if it woudl be covered in 90 percent with folders’ and files’ icons.
The CreativeBits has just published 35 backgrounds which will be included in the Snow Leopard. The backgrounds from the Seven have been known in April. So, which set is better?

Ehm, Ladies And Gentlemen, the Main Prize in the “Best Background” category goes to ….Windows Seven.  Yes, I really mean it. The backgrounds form the Snow Leo are totally conventional -some nature macros, landscapes, graffitis, black and white pictures and some art masterpieces reproductions. (click to download). Everything nice and smooth. BUT nothing unusual, surprising, innovative. I felt a bit disappointed. Especially that Microsoft which stereotypically thinking ought to be the conventional and traditional one, came up with (beside the standard architecture and nature images)  really REALLY great pieces: fresh, bizarre, absurd, psychedelic, yet beautiful. Well, at least in my opinion. (click to download). I especially like the one with aibo-like bubble babies and two elegant creatures traveling on turtle-like animals. It’s great that someone in MS has allowed such untypical and extravagant pictures to appear in the basic background set. And what do You think?

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 12, 2009 at 11:34 am

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Your Heart On-line

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Sounds like Johnny Mnemonic or Matrix-reality thing, but this is what doctors from the St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York have done. Well, nearly. Three weeks ago 61-year old woman, Carol Kasyjanski, has become the first person in the World to have a wireless pacemaker implanted into her body.

Though pacemakers – small things responsible for correcting heart’s ryth in cardiac patients – aren’t anything new, the gadget implanted into pacemakerKasyjanski’s body is a real breakthrough and a mile stone in telemedicine. Thanks to the built-in WiFi module the device can send data about woman’s heart state directly to the doctor via the Internet. That means, that Kasyjansky’s doctor can check what’s happening with her any time, without calling for her to come to hospital. Now, when Carol would go for her regular check-up, the doctor would have nearly all his work done and nearly all information needed collected in his computer. The WiFi pacemaker has received the FDA approval in July this year. Each year 600 000 people from around the world are having pacemakers implanted.

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

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