Just some thoughts: Nokia VS Sony VS Motorola

August 31, 2006 at 8:33 pm (Mobile)

I used to to be a Sony Ericsson fan; but not any more.. why? well because of marketing division telling the engineers to put what feature where.

  • Nokia came out with recent N and E series. Nokia had a good aim with these series. N targets the multimedia lovers… cameras, photos, TV out, and Photo Blogging.
    While E targets business with WiFi, Blackberry EDGE connect, QWERTY Keyboard, Extended email features.
    So, its a good defining line for those who are clear about their needs. And best of all, they have stopped producing stupid designs which seemed like something from 70s freak show in 21st century.
  • While Sony seems distracted as what to put where. The set W950i I posted about before this would be a dream come true for media lovers, but what a media lover got to do without a camera.
    Their W series does strengthen the “Walkman” brand, but its crippled without a decent camera.
    While K series should be targeted towards more “sophisticated” public but is blotted with “QuickShare” brand for making and sharing movies etc. The users get mixed thoughts of what to get. And thats bad strategy.
  • Motorola on third hand has a league of its on… It seems to me they don’t care about different market segments, divided by the “features” in a mobile. All they care is aesthetics of mobile and how slim do you wanna go.
    I think they would be best in Liposuction business!
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Sony Ericsson puts 4GB in a mobile

August 31, 2006 at 8:25 pm (Mobile)

Sony’s latest addition to the Walkman phone line, the W950i, features a 4GB HDD, 240 x 320 touch screen display w/handwriting recognition, USB 2.0 connectivity, and Bluetooth. This phone measures only 15mm thick and weighs just 112g.

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mmm… do you even care these days if phone has a decent reception and features as a “phone”, or does the 4GB HDD makes all the real worries go away?

Videos and Hands on W950i @ TechEBlog

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Aishwarya Rai gets praised by Sir Ben Kingsley

August 31, 2006 at 8:03 pm (Media)

The famous and beautiful Indian star and Ex Miss World Aishwaya Rai has got lavish praises from Oscar winning British actor Sir Ben Kingsley. Ash and Kingsley are co-stars in Hollywood movie The Last Legion.

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He praised both her acting as a female warrior princess in the Epic Roman historical movie and her beauty. The movie is set in 470 A.D. and tells the tale of Roman downfall; through eyes of a group of warriors which include Collin Firth, Aishwarya Rai and other stars.

Did you know that Ash has 3 Hollywood releases piled up this year.

More details about Kingsley praises @ Bollywood City

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Who says a man cannot be pregnant?

August 31, 2006 at 3:07 pm (Weird)

This is the story of a man living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat said he’d felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. But one night in June 1999, his problem erupted into something much larger than cosmetic worry… he was expecting..

In his belly he carried another human being.. yes! it wasn’t “just” a fat belly it was a “9-month” fat belly. But it wasn’t his child that was born.. it was his twin brother, who had been stuck inside since the birth.

Read More @ ABC News

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Pong goes physical

August 30, 2006 at 6:47 am (Console, Games, Science)

At the recent German Gaming convention “Leipzig” there was a hall completely devoted to Pong as an Art form. There were many variations of the paddle and ball game from latest Computer games (like Rockstar table tennis) to age old Atari versions, but more interestingly there were physical pongs…PhysicalPong

  • One pong table used magnetic paddles and ball to play the game
  • Another variation used cycle to control the paddle, cycle in one direction move up, cycle in opposite it moves down.
  • One was completely physical using projectors and players ran to control the paddle.

See some Physical Pong @ Kotaku

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Wii to get cheap GameCube remakes

August 30, 2006 at 6:22 am (Console)

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto gave a whooper of an interview to Japan’s Nintendo Dream magazine. Miyamoto says:

I’m also thinking I can remake some of my GC games for Wii Of course you can wander into a second hand shop and buy a lot of these games still, so I don’t think we can release these Wiimakes at full price. Since a lot of the development cost has already been accounted for, we’ll be able to release these at a much more affordable price. And if others also take advantage of this and release Wiimakes, there’s a high possibility of a lot of software from third parties also.

This is ofcourse a good thing… because the whole point of Wii is to play with Wii-mote rather than getting one trillion polygons per screen. So, convert as many GC titles as you want, as long as they are cheap they will just add strength to Wii fan base.

More info @ Wired’s Game|Life

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PS3, 360 keep a Bad Company

August 29, 2006 at 9:27 pm (Console, Games)

The famous Battlefield creators DICE are planning a new spin-off in their Battlefield series called Battlefield: Bad Company. Whats new is that instead of multiplayer the game focuses on solo gameplay around a group of corrupt soldiers. Although the multiplayer options will be there but its main aim will be solid storyline in single player mode for a change.

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The game will be released in 2007 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

More info and first screens @ Kikizo

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Recipes based on your inventory

August 29, 2006 at 8:13 pm (Internet)

This site presented a twist on regular recipe/cooking sites. The motto line defines it all:

I made this site because I was tired of having a pantry full of food but no clue what to cook with it

The concept is that you enter the ingredients that you got lying over and based upon your current items the most appropriate recipes are provided to you. Neat!

Get a recipe @ SnacksBy

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Call of Duty 3: Reality TV Show

August 29, 2006 at 7:36 pm (Games)

friendlyfireActivision, Spike TV and Best Buy have teamed up to create a boot camp survival reality show. The Game Head Call of Duty 3 Challenge has an open casting call for 16 gamers with “personality, perseverance and gaming skills” to compete for VIP access to Spike TV’s Video Game Awards show, a home entertainment system from Best Buy and a trip for two to Normandy, France.

To apply, create a personal movie up to give minutes long that explains why you should be chosen for the show and send it in by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sept. 4.

The 16 finalists will be flown to a “top secret military location” where they will play a little Call of Duty 3 and then compete in real-life boot camp challenges. The whole thing will be filmed on location from Sept. 20 through 22 for a later broadcast.

More info about Game Head/Spike TV COD3 competition @ GameSpot

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Control Devices through SMS

August 29, 2006 at 2:17 pm (Internet, Mobile)

I was talking to my friend “Zerro.Error” about getting an extra SIM for a spare mobile, which I would permanently connect to my PC. And write some small code through Nokia SDK to read the SMS received and then interpret it to perform some tasks on PC. So, its remote controlling some pre-programmed tasks, or even send command-line commands through SMS rather than Internet. Pretty useful for countries like mine where SMS is very cheap and GPRS is too costly for humane usage.

Then I researched online for any such projects (which would save my time from going through the SDK), but then I found something even cooler. Not exactly a PC controlling SMS thing.. but a separate circuit board, connected to a Sony Ericsson set to control other electronic / electrical devices (upto eight). The site features complete circuit diagrams and detailed instructions for implementing the thing and how the SMS is interpreted from phone’s memory to a command.

Do-It-Yourself SMS controller @ Serrasidis

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