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Palm Pre v iPhone - what a great gadget review

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Just a quick post to flag up my colleague Faisal Alani's (AKA Inspectagadget) latest gadget review where he pits the Palm Pre against the iPhone in his own witty way.

Take a look and let us know what you think. at Le Web

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So tomorrow (Wednesday 9 Dec) we head off to Le Web in Paris to cover the biggest real time web conference in Europe.

For a change we are departing mob handed, well three of us, (that's me, Faisal Alani and Rebecca Thomson) to see whether we can cover the conference in true multimedia fashion through blogs posts on this blog and the Social Enterprise blog, video, pictures, tweets and news stories.

I really hope that by covering the conference in this way we can give you a really good experience of all the goings on at Le Web in Paris.

Computer Geekly Weekly TV... get your regular fix of weekly tech news

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So its here at last.

Computer Geekly Weekly TV... presented by Hermione Way and produced by Red Pepper TV... its been a long time coming, but we think its worth the wait.

Now every Monday you'll be able to get a quick fast fix of the big stories in tech of the week before, and the best thing is it'll be done in an entertaining way.

Hermione Way of TechFluff fame will take the three BIGGEST stories coming out of the tech industry that you might have missed and puts her own unique twist to keep you entertained.

Hope you like our first episode?


Tell us what you like or don't please.

Inspectagadget gets a new blogger... at last! LOL

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For sometime my colleague Faisal Alani has borne the brunt of producing content for our successful Inspectagadget blog.

Eventually, he persuaded me that he should have additional contributors. After a bit of arm twisting, I agreed, and we put a call out to our twitter community.

To say we were avalanched with queries would be an overstatement, but we did have quite a few. From that we have appointed Karl Hodge as part of the blogging team for Inspectagadget. Congratulations Karl, I know your posts will be informative, interesting and most importantly entertaining.

To see some of Karl's work see his latest two pieces:

1. Vodafone gets friendly with 360

2. Kindle coming to the Mac

Great stuff Karl - look forward to many more of your contributions.  

Diving with Dolphins in Cambridge - what new technologies are on the horizon

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Some interesting new technologies grabbed the eye at the Diving with Dolphins event in Cambridge. Some of them are already in production and being trialled by businesses and organisations, such as a securer way to do online banking and a social networking tool for use between patients and their clinicians.

We did five videos from the companies there and these will feature on the website in the near future - in the meantime here is a taster.

Cronto's secure banking service is quite clever development in secure online banking. So instead of having tokens to secure the login in the browser, something which Trojan malware bad boys can now infiltrate, Cronto has developed a mobile phone application that can verify the transaction reducing the risk of fraud.

The image processing power of a mobile phone application is used to decode a visual cryptogram. This helps a customer verify the individual transaction and be able to see tha exact details that the back itself has received regarding the transaction. A quick confirm code then authenticates the transaction. It's being tested in live by Commerz bank in Germany.

A patient-centred social networking site developed by the patients knows best. The secure system sits within the firewall of the NHS IT system. Once a organisation has agreed to run the social network then patients with chronic illnesses can get fast access and medical advice from their care team to help them manage their condition. In future Patients knows best hopes that it will be rolled out so that individual patients can sign upto the network themselves at a cost of £5/month.

Another innovation that caught the eye was the Ratplug from Omniplug Techologies. This is a universal charger for mobile phones that will upload and download media to any mobile phone or USB device, so any videos, photos and podcasts.

While it charges the battery, it uploads your pictures to Facebook or Flickr and downloads videos from YouTube directly to your mobile - without the need to use a computer. It connects to your router via ethernet, wifi or Homeplug (networking over mains cable).

Finally, Emotion AI has developed a way to give gaming characters emotions and personality attributes in real time that respond to external events. The makers say that the technology, which works on a series of algorithyms, will save game makers millions of dollars of development time and money.





Catch tech news in style...with a bit of fluff on the side

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Just watched one of the latest episode's of's weekly round up of tech news by Hermione Way.

I like the style, it reminds me very much of Rocketboom. Its quirky. Online video is entertainment right and Hermione does a good job of making dry tech news more enjoyable.

The last segment about Obama's birth place is a bit off beam. I'm not quite sure what the deal is here, but it seems the last part of the package focuses on the top story on digg... that does leave you hostage to fortune to covering something that has absolutely nothing to do with tech... as is the case here!

That aside I like it....


Let me know what you think.... do you like it or not? Would you watch it? 

Twitter changes its homepage and its view of itself

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It's taken twitter three years, but at last its changed its homepage.

Twitter homepage.pngThis only appears if you're not logged in, so its mainly the face of twitter for the un-initiated.

What has changed most is the way twitter describes itself.... no longer does it says "What is twitter?"

Followed by a rather clumsily worded explanation (and overly American - co-workers, urr??) that said:

Twitter is a service for friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one question: What are you doing?

Now the new homepage is more welcoming and clearer - twitter has grown up and evolved so it now understands its role. So it now says:

Share and discover what's happening right now, anywhere in the world

So the status update-style explanation has gone and has been replaced by a view that has been shaped more by the users than the founders of twitter - that's the great thing about success stories on the web their use evolves and is shaped by the audience.

The new explanation is based on sharing, collaborating and participating in online conversations in real time with people who you may or may not know anywhere in the world. That's quite a change from where it was in 2006.  




Highlights of TechCrunch's Europas

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Well it was interesting night at TechCrunch's Europas in London last night.

It was good fun and as always met some really interesting and innovative people like Divinia from Mind, Joe White from, and Wendy Tan White from Moonfruit.

It was also nice to meet Poken UK director Renate, who won the award for the Best European/ Real World Gadget.

This was really pleasing as Inspectagadget produced a video review on Poken earlier this year.  

Also of note in last night's Europas awards was that Huddle, a secure online collaboration tool for shared projects and workspaces, won the Best Enterprise and B2B start-up. Congrats to those guys.

Best mobile application went to SpinVox,another product that has been much talked about this year.

Inspectagadget went along too and has already posted a full list of all winners.

There was a slightly strange incident when one of the presenters of an award spent five minutes gagging and coughing on stage.... funny? No don't think so!

And the jury is out as to whether awards really do work when no one is sitting down and everyone is standing around drinking and chatting and can't hear who has won what!  



What do you think of our latest product review of the Flip Mino HD?

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Our Inspecta_Gadget has recorded his review of the Flip Mino HD.

I really like it, and I really like the product too. We used them for two days at the Infosecurity 2009 a few weeks back and I was really impressed by the quality of the recording.

So its a quality product for those who don't want to spend mega bucks...but what are its downsides. Check out the video below to find out Inspecta_gadgets view.

Click the 'HQ' button in the bottom left to see it in High Resolution.

And let us know what you think of the video.... do you like Inspecta_gadgets "Carry On" style humour? All we would need at the end is for Kenneth Williams to pop out of the look to make it complete. Anyway feedback appreciated. 

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talk Google and search on Fox Business

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Interesting video on Fox Business about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which Warren Buffet has pledged a huge amount of support to.

After about six minutes they get onto technology and particularly Google and search.

Bill Gates says that Microsoft will continue to tackle Google on search....He says: "Well, technology companies do for a period get in these wonderful positions and, you know, it's great that there's somebody willing to attack those moats. Microsoft is undeterred. We look at each one of those crocodiles and we say charge!"

Buffet responds "No shark wants to come up against him," and Gates ends with "So, it is, it is a daunting thing, but consumers benefit when somebody's willing to take that on and say, hey, we can do a better search product."

I agree with TechCrunch's Michael Arrington who believes that Google needs competition in the search space and Microsoft are possibly the only company that can compete on that scale and the internet is a better place for more than one search provider.



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