Offline as it happens in Fishing with Nokia N900 and a comet

The smartphone is more than a phone, it’s a digital projection of our yet to be discovered digital ego. Devices like the Nokia N900 might look like useless to the majority of fishermen but are way too important for everyone, fishermen included. The fine line between online and offline is already blurry but it’s still there. If you want to jump on the always online-i make all decisions on my own-and accept full responsibility, now it’s the time. The boat will still be small or big enough to accommodate our bodies but the real question is where our egos will rest, on the boat or inside a mobile device with the speed of a comet?

Nokia N900 goes 3D all the way

The video is living proof of Nokia N900 3D capabilities using hardware acceleration. Combine that with TV out and the build in accelerometer and you’ll get a new type of gaming machine for those white collars want a break in the office. The game uses Donkey Kong kind of graphics but that’s not important at all. What really matters is the combination of really cool 3D graphics with 3G/HSDPA/WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS and more stuff.

The N900 is the new N95 in every single way. Keep that in mind for accessories and hacks popping up in the next few months.

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Unboxing Nokia Booklet 3G

Unboxing the Nokia Booklet 3G is more than an unboxing video. The Finns just started getting it right but they have a long way till the end. Just to make thing clear, the Booklet 3G is not a netbook, not even a mini laptop. This new device is actually an implementation of a very old concept: the mobile phone. Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, HSPA, SD memory card reader, Windows 7 Home Premium, QWERTY keyboard and a big screen. Think about it while watching the video.

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Share Online to Live Forever

The more you share online the more the chances you have to live forever. I kid you not. Think about Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and all other places your everyday life moments are exposed to, saved, indexed, archived. We’re talking about at least a few hundred if not thousands of instances (pictures, videos, text) of everyone’s life though out the course of history.

With quarter of a billion users in Facebook, tags on pictures and face recognition technology being mainstream it’s easier than ever to crawl and collect photos and videos containing one’s personal face and moments in time, granted that permission and security issues are resolved.

With the flesh and the body in place, indexed and categorized, the social graph would be the mind and soul. Pokes, likes, status updates, friendships, fan pages, blog posts and tweets from the individual will be that little something we call character.

Touchable 3D holograms and some mediocre quality AI would do the rest for even the Anticrist you hide inside. Seriously, you could touch the world with your fingertips and live forever.

iPhone OS 3.0.1 SMS bug or feature?

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When i receive SMS and the sender requires a reply using the same center, that is the same SMS center he/she used to sent the message, iPhone can’t reply which is equivalent with hitting the reply button on Symbian. This is cool and nice when the sender uses another telco. Symbian fails to reply to the message too but at least, Symbian lets me compose a new SMS and send it using the my phone’s center, thus my telco’s center number.

On iPhone OS 3.0.1 when trying to compose a new text message i get back to the original SMS thread which somehow retains all the attributes from thread, including the requirement for a reply using the sender’s center. Deleting the messages from the thread doesn’t solve the problem which leaves only one option: delete the whole thread. This is nice and cool if you play flirty and stuff with the blond you met 30min ago while commuting but losing all messages and the chat / thread from a person is unacceptable, to say the least.

As i’m knew to the iPhone 3GS world i can’t really tell if this really annoying behavior is due to an iPhone OS 3.0.1 SMS bug, Apple’s KISS design philosophy or myself being blinded because of the hot blond.

Nokia N97, the Facebook device your alien friend wants to have

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When Scoble named Nokia N97, the ultimate Facebook device he was right. He was so right that there is no doubt when it comes to choose the best Facebook application for a mobile device in the whole universe. Nokia N97 wins, period.

I don’t know if it’s Nokia or Facebook that designed and engineered the Facebook application for the N97 but it feels like someone flew from Cupertino to Espoo to design the application while having had vodka and sauna during his launch breaks. Seriously, Facebook on N97 it’s the closest thing to the desktop experience with only the options and functions that matter. The design philosophy and simplicity of the applications feels so like Apple but you know it’s not. It’s S60 5th edition with all its prons and cons that runs the N97 Facebook app on this 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) touchscreen. The Facebook app for the iPhone 3GS is responsive and fast due to faster CPU and GPU with transition effects making the experience smooth but that’s all about it. It lacks the immediate engagement and using pleasure of the N97 app. Truth to be told: the N97 faces minor delays here and there, when fast switching the app’s menus. Continue reading…

I see no spam, i am dead

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As of this writing, 83% of all comments or 11,951,185,908 of them are spam according to Akismet, a spam capturing service from Matt Mullenweg and the good fellows at Automattic. Think that for a moment and try to realize the magnitude of almost 12 billion spam messages captured by one and only service, Akismet, in just a small portion of the web. There is spam in email, forums and other sites too, not to mention other tools and services fighting against botnets and zombie computers.

Earth has approximately 6,740,000,000 human inhabitants as of November 2008. Projections indicate that the world’s human population will reach seven billion in 2013 and 9.2 billion in 2050. The analogy is 2 spam messages for every single human being on this planet including newborns, uneducated persons and individuals with no access to the internet. Even if spam disappears from the intertubes tomorrow and man kind makes it to 2050, there will be enough spam to target almost 9 billion minds and souls 40 years from now. Continue reading…

Carl Icahn won’t sleep unless Yahoo! and Microsoft become one

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According to this story on Reuters, Yahoo! board member, Carl Icahn, wants the MicroYoo! deal to happen. Now, don’t call me an expert but Icahn took a place on Yahoo! board after Yahoo! published a long list of Icahn’s failed investing portfolio. Some sort of voodoo corporate stuff took place and Yahoo! reached an agreement with Icahn. Frankly speaking, it’s in the best interested of Icahn, who now owns 5.5% or more of Yahoo! shares, to see Microsoft taking over Yahoo!. After all, that was his role all about. The proxy fight, the shares buying, the settlement, the sit in the board, the new Yahoo! CEO placement and now the rumored deal, again.

Update: Yahoo! just announced on their Twitter account that Icahn is out of Yahoo! board of directors.

@yahoo Carl Icahn has resigned our Board, citing “Carol is doing a great job.” Said no longer necessary to have an activist on our BOD

You know about the Microsoft – Yahoo! Search deal already, right? Right!

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