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Creative Divi cam 516

Posted by procoder on August 31, 2006

“Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today introduced Creative DiVi CAM 516, a stylish mini digital camcorder offering video recording in the latest MPEG-4 format and video playback on TV in addition to practical functions such as a 5.1 Megapixel digital camera, MP3 player, voice recorder and webcam – all at an affordable price of S$249.00. The small and trendy Creative DiVi CAM 516 fits perfectly into the palm and comes in 3 stylish colours of Black, Silver and Light Blue. Creative DiVi CAM 516 is able to record high quality videos in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolutions up to a maximum of 30 frames per second. Users can also play back the videos captured on any TV to share with their friends and families.”


The price for this converged device comes it at around $161 USD doing a direct conversion, so odds are it will go for around $199 USD if I were to hazard a guess. I’ve yet to see a review of a device like this that has anything positive to say, so I can’t imagine this device would be all that impressive either. But hey, I could be wrong…

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Top 10 firefox Web 2.0 addons

Posted by procoder on August 30, 2006

Firefox AddonsWith all this talk of the Web as a platform, it’s worth taking a closer look at what web apps are using Firefox as their platform. Firefox is regarded as the best Web browser in terms of extensions – i.e. small browser add-ons which modify or add to existing functionality. It has hundreds of add-ons, which can be downloaded from here. But which are the best ‘web 2.0’ add-ons for Firefox? And I’m using the term ‘web 2.0’ very broadly here, to mean any add-on that has a social Web aspect to it.

Based on Mozilla’s list of recommended extensions, AdaptiveBlue‘s Alex Iskold and I have generated a top 10 list of Firefox Web 2.0 add-ons. As always, let us know your own favorite add-ons in the comments.

Smart Browsing / Personal Productivity


browsterBrowster is a very cool add-on that enhances your browsing experience – for example mousing over a link gives you a preview of the website. It enables you to speed up your browsing experience and can save a lot of clicks in the long run. It does this by automatically pre-fetching links. It’s a free add-on for both IE and Firefox – and hopes to make a profit by putting ads in the pop-up previews.


Answers is an add-on that promises to “instantly deliver the information you are looking for”. It comes from, which is a popular online dictionary and Wikipedia syndication site. Alex says this is a “perfect example of smart integration with a service in the browser”. The Answers add-on works like this:

“Just point at any word, hold the Alt key and click. Upon letting go, an AnswerTip in the form of a pop-up “information bubble” appears on the screen explaining the term.”


The blueorganizer smart browsing extension for Firefox is developed by Alex’s company adaptiveblue. This extension drives productivity by building smarts and semantics into the browser. The blueorganizer integrates with many popular sites and services – including Amazon, Flickr, YouTube, iTunes, Odeo and Netflix. It utilizes Amazon’s S3 storage service, as well as being run from the Firefox browser – so it is using the Web as a platform in many ways. SolutionWatch has a great review of blueorganizer, if you want to find out more.

Bookmarking / Social Bookmarking


The extension for Firefox allows you to easily bookmark webpages in, from within the Firefox browser. It integrates with the Firefox toolbar and provides extra options such as right-click menu and highlight text to add notes.

delicious firefox


stumbleuponStumbleUpon is an increasingly popular bookmarking tool – indeed in my recent post about the Turkey market, we discovered that StumbleUpon is a very popular app in Turkey. The StumbleUpon add-on is described as “collaborative surfing tool”, because you can browse websites according to what other people recommend.


clipmarksClipMarks is an early pioneer in the clipping space. Users clip pieces out of web pages and share these bits with each other. They can also tag and lookup the clips, but not much more can be done since the information is not structured. The Clipmarks Firefox add-on integrates this with the browser.

Google Notebook 

google notebookGoogle Notebook is very similar to Clipmarks, but has better Firefox integration. It also works in IE6. As with Clipmarks, the user manually extracts text and images out of the page – but this information is unstructured. Google Notebook has had mixed reviews so far, but we think Google is currently putting in resources to improve it.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer

FoxMarks Bookmark Synchronizer is an easy way to sync your Firefox bookmarks, if you use Firefox on more than one computer. It is very simple, but does its job nicely and has been well received by Firefox users.

RSS Readers

Unfortunately, we are not aware of a really great RSS Reader for Firefox. If you know of one, please mention it in the comments section. In our opinion the best reader in a Mozilla-based browser is the one which comes with Flock. It would be great if someone got inspired, extracted it and released it for Firefox – since Flock is also open source.

There are however two RSS readers that most Firefox users rely on:


Sage is a basic and lightweight RSS Reader, although you need to be a techie to use it. It leverages Firefox bookmarks to store feeds – and it does the job pretty well.

Wizz RSS News Reader

wizz rss

Wizz RSS is a fancier reader that works well. It supports OPML import and export, plus has advanced features like filtering news items on words and/or phrases. But it is still not as smooth in terms of usability and options as the Reader that is built into Flock.


Firefox is currently one of the best platforms for building a new breed of web applications, on top of the emerging Web Platform. Given its native support for JavaScript and excellent extension API, we expect to see more complex and more tightly integrated web apps built on Firefox in the near future.

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Aiptek My Note: old school feel, new school tech

Posted by procoder on August 30, 2006

Click to ZoomPen and paper may seem so yesterday, but let’s face it: old habits die hard. Some of us have a much easier time jotting down a quick note on a Post-It than we do whipping out Microsoft Word to do the same. This can be especially true when it comes to thumbnail sketches. Well, if you’re in for a traditional feel but with some techie stuff to back it up, then the Aiptek My Note could be right up your alley, because it’s a “digital notepad that lets you take down notes anytime, anywhere.” It may look like a standard clipboard with a piece of paper attached, but it’s so much more than that.It’s not quite a tablet PC, but they are marketing the My Note as being ideal for collecting quick data, both in portrait and landscape orientations. The “sheet” is the standard 8.5 x 11 letter size that we’re all accustomed to (A4 for you European folk), and it saves your notes as single pages, so to speak. This way, when you’re ready to share, back up, or what have you, you can easily upload the information (via USB) to your Windows PC for post-processing.

You’ll find 32MB of internal memory, but if that doesn’t cover you, you can always expand via SD memory cards. It does seem that you are limited to storing 135 digital “leaves” however. No word on pricing, but we do hear that battery life can be as good as 20 hours. Look for more deets at IFA, Berlin early next month. Just don’t let me catch you trying to draw happy faces with your Sharpie.

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Samsung D900 Reviewed

Posted by procoder on August 28, 2006

CNet reviews the Samsung D900, touted as the “world’s slimmest slider phone”. At 13mm thick, it features a 2.1-inch QVGA display, 3.0-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and TV-out. Short hands-on video after the jump. Here’s the bottom line:

Overall, we’re very impressed with Samsung’s efforts at cramming cutting-edge features into slimmer and slimmer packages. The D900, however, is let down by the lip at the bottom of the keypad, which makes the bottom row of keys very difficult to access

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Optimus keyboard

Posted by procoder on August 28, 2006

Loads of programs have different uses for different keys, especially games. Wouldn’t it be really cool if every key was like a mini LCD screen and the contents of it would change depending on what program you were using.Well the smart people at Art. Lebedev Studio are on the case and have a prototype. It looks pretty swish and will be on many gadgeteers shopping lists when it’s released.

You can be editing images one minute with psd keyboard

then if you fancy a bit of fragging switch to quake mode quake keyboard

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First Palm Treo 750 picture

Posted by procoder on August 28, 2006

Lately Palm has been making some fairly incremental updates to its Treo line, so we’re excited at the prospect of the 750. Behold, the first decent leaked Treo 750 picture. It’s a crappy picture probably taken on a cellphone, so it must be real! We won’t point out the new blue case like some other blogs, but we will mention it looks like there is no exterior antenna and the black and white button coloring has been reversed. This just in: In the future, black becomes white and white becomes black.

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Ron Patrick’s Jet Powered Scooter

Posted by procoder on August 22, 2006

 scooter with jet engine

Ladies, be careful what you wish for. And if you happen to be Jon Patrick’s better half, you have to be extra careful. See, Jon Patrick is the man who became “Blogfamous” for building a street-legal, jet-engine powered Wolkswagen Beetle. So, when his lady told him she’d like for her scooter to go a little faster than 40mph, his obvious solution was to strap two JFS 100 jet engines he seemed to have lying around.

Engines are 50 lbm each so weight is an issue. Will probably use air-start with a carbon fiber tank of compressed air. That saves weight since batteries will then not be needed.

Looks cool from the top. Will want to make aluminum housings to go over the engines just like on a DC-9. ”

At the moment, his project is just starting out, so the two-wheeled monster is not yet functional, though we have no doubt that we’ll soon be hearing from him again.

jet engine scooter

Come inside for a couple more pictures and some links.

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Top 10 MP3 players under $100

Posted by procoder on August 21, 2006

Following are MP3 players which offer the basic requirements and do not cost more than $100.

All the devices listed below offer a minimum of 512 MB of storage and two or more of the following characteristics: good sound quality; a stylish, compact design; advanced features such as an FM radio or recording capabilities; and an impressive battery life.

1. Samsung YEPP YP-MT6X (512MB)

The good: Superior AA battery life; solid sound quality; compact and durable; highly readable display for such a small player; FM radio; voice, radio, and line-in recording; next-track readout; MP3, DRM WMA, and OGG playback.
The bad: Too many operational instructions to remember; FM radio and voice recordings placed in random play queue; line-in encoding requires uncommon 2.5mm plug.
The bottom line: For a Windows user, the Samsung YEPP YP-MT6 is a superior choice to the Apple iPod Shuffle, thanks to its compact design, its good sound quality, and its many useful features and functions.

2. Samsung YP-U2 (512MB)

The good: The affordable Samsung YP-U2 is a supercompact MP3 player with a convenient plug-in USB design; it includes an FM tuner, a voice recorder, subscription compatibility, a legible LCD, and an intuitive interface. Plus, it features an extensive set of equalizer and DSP sound settings. Sound quality is quite impressive, but there is a caveat.
The bad: The placement of the headphone jack is not that impressive. It has an average battery life, the subpar voice-recording quality, and the audible clicks when starting or stopping a song. Additionally, the Samsung YP-U2 does not ship with a lanyard or an armband, and it currently maxes out at 512MB.
The bottom line: Despite some minor issues, the simple but feature-friendly YP-U2 from Samsung will be a hot seller, thanks to a sweet price and great overall sound quality. It’s a good choice for budget-minded users looking for their first MP3 player.

3. Sony NW-E105 Network Walkman (512MB)

The good: Fantastic battery life; inexpensive; solid sound quality; gets really loud; innovative rocking faceplate controls.
The bad: No FM tuner or recording options; inelegant software; must use SonicStage app to transfer songs.
The bottom line: Budget-conscious music fans who want more than the Apple iPod Shuffle has to offer will be pleased with Sony’s NW-E100 flash players.

4. Cowon iAudio G2 (1GB)

The good: The Cowon iAudio G2 delivers great sound quality and sound-enhancement options, plays protected WMA files, and features line-in recording.
The bad: The Cowon iAudio G2 is a bit large for a flash-based player, lacks an FM tuner, and most notably, uses the slow USB 1.1 protocol for transfers.
The bottom line: The Cowon iAudio G2’s terrific audio quality and ease of use overcome its lack of USB 2.0 connectivity.

5. Creative MuVo TX FM (512MB)

The good: Cool design; USB 2.0; comes with armband and belt clip; great sound; easy to use.
The bad: Tiny screen; no USB extension cable.
The bottom line: Creative’s MuVo TX FM is a great option for people who want a small, lightweight, and gymworthy player with a decent feature set.

6. Creative Zen Nano Plus (512MB)

The good: Plenty of cool color options; ultracompact design; comes with a belt clip, a case, and an armband; impressive, but not great, sound and recording quality; supports DRM-protected songs; includes FM, voice, and line-in recording features.
The bad: Small LCD; no true playlist support.
The bottom line: This is feature-packed flash player and cheap device for the features it provides.

7. iRiver T30 (512MB)

The good: Supports subscription WMA files; small and light; solid audio quality; voice and line-in recording.
The bad: No FM radio; occasional glitches in playing subscription downloads.
The bottom line: The T30 is a basic player by iRiver standards, but Janus support makes it an attractive flash-based device.

8. MobiBlu DAH-1500i (512MB)

The good: The cute and stylish MobiBlu DAH-1500i features a user-friendly, ultra-tiny design; a bright OLED screen; and useful extras such as FM tuning and recording, voice recording, and SRS Wow sound effects. This MP3 player also works as a removable flash drive and is DRM compatible.
The bad: The MobiBlu DAH-1500i uses a nonstandard USB cable and has poor battery life.
The bottom line: It is a good device for people fond of tiny things.

9. SanDisk Sansa m250 (2GB)

The good: Available in up to 4GB capacity; solid value; includes FM tuner and voice recorder; compatible with WMA DRM 10 (Janus) and Audible files; decent controllers; on-the-go playlists.
The bad: Bulky (but lightweight); no line-in recording; poorly backlit display; only one quality option for voice recording.
The bottom line: With its many features as well as its compatibility with audiobooks and subscription-based music, the SanDisk Sansa m200 series is an overall great value.

10. MobiBlu B153 (512MB)

The good: The MobiBlu B153 offers unbeatable battery life as well as nifty features such as an FM radio, line-in recording, and SRS Wow sound effects. Podcast Ready software comes loaded on the device, allowing for automatic updating of subscribed podcasts from any Internet-connected computer.
The bad: The MobiBlu B153’s design is bad, and navigation is strictly via folder trees, so there’s no sorting by artist, album, genre, and so on. Also, the screen is small in relation to the device.
The bottom line: MobiBlu’s B153 isn’t the most stylish MP3 player on the block, but if you’re looking for an ultra-long-lasting device with plenty of features, it may be just the ticket.

Source – Reviews by CNET

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Sony VAIO UX180P———-cool gizmo

Posted by procoder on August 18, 2006

Sony has released a device similar to a UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC), but sporting more processing power, higher resolution, integrated keyboard and EDGE. This device as seen in the picture above is the UX180P. It is priced at $1800, which is almost double the cost of a regular UMPC like the Samsung Q1.

The best feature of the Sony UX180P like other UMPCs is easy mobility. In terms of mobility it can be compared to a OQO device, and can fit in a carry case like in the picture shown below.

Microsoft has announced support of its upcoming Vista Operating system for the UX180P.

Some of the hardware configurations of the UX180P includes 512MB RAM and Core Solo U1200. It has a nicely integrated QWERTY keyboard which slides smoothly in the background as shown below.

The device comes pre-installed with Windows XP Professional and loads of adware and trialware, which eventually slow down the performance of the machine. Much of the drivers are available on the recovery disk and it is not very easy to install a fresh operating system and then to load the drivers separately.

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