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  • Blink Mobile

    As part of a consulting contract gig I have been recently working for www.blinkmobile.com.au.  As part of my sales role I also took on the redesign and re launch of the website.  For this site I decided the best platform to use was Square Space

    Square Space makes it easy to publish a very high quality website with a great CMS (Content Management System) to boot.  I chose this platform because I have used it before with MyVirtualHome and it offer point and click editing for the whole team once it is setup.  Checkout what I came up with at www.blinkmobile.com.au.  P.S.  If you visit this site from your mobile you will see a mobile optimised version to suit.

     
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  • Opera Mini Approved

    Well bugger me… guess I was wrong. Apple just approved the opera mini browser. I am downloading it now to see it is all its cracked up to be.

     
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  • iPhone 4 Hardware

    This week saw the release of the iphone 4.0 operating system to developers.  The next step is the new iPhone hardware to go with it.  While there is much specualtion to go around below is what I think we will see.

    1. Front facing camera for video calls.  (It has been reported that the 4.0 OS has some refrences to dual cameras which firms up this one)
    2. 5 Mega pixel camera on the back.  The 3G had a 1.3 and the 3GS a 3.2 so a 5 is not to far out of the question.  Apple will never go to the bleeding edge (8-10) because it would effect the bottom line profitabily to much.
    3. Faster processor.  1Ghz.  Most likely the same A4 as used in the iPad.  The nexus one and several other phones already have 1Ghz processors (snapdragon) in them so this would be logical.
    4. More ram.  The last 2 revisions have seen the ram double so I see no reason this will not happen again.
    5. Same size.  Unfortunatley I would love to speculate on it being smaller or thinner but I doubt it.
    6. Higher screen resolution.  Most likely will be an increase to 800 to match the nexus one.

    Remaining the same will be the battery life (unfortunatley) the size (unfortunatley) and the single button (unfortunatley)

    So the big question is… do I stay with iPhone or make the jump to Andriod or Windows Phone 7?

    What do you think?

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  • Opera mini on iPhone

    I just read an article about the Opera mini browser being submitted to the app store to work on the iPhone.  It will be interesting to see what stance Apple take on this.  If you read their rules they have the right to reject anything that duplicates phone functionality that already exists.  So does a browser that works better duplicate Safari?  Time will tell but I don’t think we will be seeing it any time soon.

    I do love what they have done with their launch page though.

     
  • Windows Phone 7 Series from LG

    Engadget just broke a story that LG are sporting a prototype Windows Phone 7 Series (seriously guys you need to look at this name it is alphabet soup)

    This really shows that Microsoft are going to be back in the smartphone game in a big way.  Who will be the next vendor to showcase their wares and the big question… who will be first to market?  Post your comments on who you think it will be.

    Video below and full story over at Engadget here

     
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  • Is Microsoft back in the game?

    After much speculation and rumour it looks like Microsoft might be getting back in the mobile game (catching up that is) with Phone 7.

    I was always a big fan of windows mobile and have owned many of them right from the very first version back at my days with Retriever.  Peter one of the programers now works for the big M in on this project.  With this and Android (Googles phone operating system) the market is really starting to heat up.  Might be time for me to look at alternatives to the iPhone later this year.

    Original post at http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/15/windows-phone-7-series-hands-on-and-impressions/

     
  • Free GPS with turn by turn for everyone

    Well it seems that the free business model is starting to catchup with GPS companies now.  The email below just came to me via a friend.  This looks like it is in direct response to Nokia announcing that turn by turn will now be supplied free on their phones.  Ad the newly released Google phone (Nexus One) which also sports free turn by turn using google maps and the landscape for what was once a very premium product is changing… fast.

    Can companies like TomTom hold out in a market that is moving to a free model?

    I personally use a TomTom Go720. (Pictured)  However I don’t always carry it with me like my iPhone making it a redundant device if I decide to install TomTom for iPhone or a competitive app.  The question however remains why would I pay for it when I can get it for free.   Apple has some competition in the market now with the flow of Andriod based phones (Google phones) hitting the market.  I think within the next 12-24 months turn by turn GPS will just be expected just like a camera in a phone is today.

    One company down lots to go.  Garmin, Telmap, Wayfinder, Navman, TomTom… be afraid be very afraid

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    Sent: Fri Jan 29 17:33:10 2010
    Subject: Nav4All navigation shut down by Navteq

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 28-01-2010 16:30 GMT+1

    Subject: Nav4All navigation shut down by Navteq

    Letter to 27,625,631 Nav4All navigation customers

    Dear Customers,

    It is with the deepest regret that we hereby notify you that the
    global navigation of Nav4All and the Tracking & Tracing will go
    offline in 3 days. The reason for the same is that the data licence
    agreement with Navteq (a 100% Nokia subsidiary) was not extended, in
    a totally unexpected manner. It is not possible to implement data
    from another supplier in our Nav4All systems within the short term.
    The Nav4All navigation system was developed for Navteq data. Nav4All
    has therefore been constrained to stop.

    We greatly regret the fact that we have to suspend the operation of
    our service. With your help, we have developed Nav4All into a global
    product with 27.5 million users in 56 languages, in 5 years. This has
    made Nav4All the largest navigation supplier. This large number of
    users also has to do with the fact that Nav4All works on hundreds of
    different mobile telephones of many makes such as Blackberry, Sony
    Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Android, HTC, Nokia, LG, Iphone, Ipod
    etc.

    After 5 years of testing and market development, we witnessed rapid –
    in fact, exponential – growth during the last two years. That growth
    was reported in the licence reports to Navteq. In mid-December 2009,
    the global coverage was extended to include the Philippines, Morocco
    and Kenya.

    Please contact the Nav4All support desk in case you have any
    questions: www.nav4all.com/support. If there is any further
    information from Nav4All concerning the subject of this letter, the
    same will be published on our website: www.nav4all.com. For reasons
    of privacy, Nav4All does not have the email addresses of all its
    customers, and we therefore request you to forward this email to the
    maximum extent possible, in order to ensure that everyone is
    informed.

    Kind Regards,

    Hennie J.M. Groot Koerkamp (CEO)

    Nav4All BV

    Keizersgracht 62-64

    1015 CS Amsterdam NL

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  • The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

    Cosmetics can & should be good for the skin.

    This is the philosophy behind Visible Efffects Mineral Makeup; a wholly Australian owned and operated Wholesaler.

    Recently, there has been a drive from cosmetic companies to ensure the ingredients comprised of and the cosmetics themselves actually benefit the skin.

    Mineral Cosmetics seem to be an industry ‘buzz’ word at the moment with traditional cosmetic companies adding their own version of the Mineral Foundation to their ranges. However check the ingredients.

    Before and after mineral cosmetics
    (Above) No. 10 Foundation. Ideal for pale skin types with no or little redness
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup

    True Mineral Foundations are made up entirely of minerals, which when pulped, become a silk-like powder consisting of Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides.

    These Minerals, by nature, scatter light, so light is deflected from the skin rather than be absorbed by it; this reduces the appearance of fine lines, larger pores and ‘Gods Flaws’, all the while offering excellent sun protection.

    Mineral Cosmetics are also anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, non-comedogenic and water-resistant! Ingredients to avoid when choosing Mineral Foundation include Clay (sometimes disguised as ‘Kaolin’), which can dry the skin, or Bismuth Oxychloride, which can irritate sensitive or inflamed skin and if it contains talc – we all know this ingredient is to be avoided.

    Visible Effects use Z-Cote uncoated Zinc which is standard by which all Zinc’s are graded, some companies use lower grades of Zinc Oxide to save money but these grades can often allow sun damage and the true excellence of Mineral Foundation is the natural built- in Sun Protection offered by the addition Zinc to the formulation.

    Visible Effects Mineral Foundation is gentle enough to apply on freshly derma braised skin or waxed skin!

    Choose Mineral Cosmetics – Your skin will love you for it!

    Visible Effects Mineral Makeup
    (Above) No 8 Foundation. Ideal for pale skin with small to moderate redness
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup


    (Above) No 8 Foundation. Ideal for pale skin with small to moderate redness
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup


    (Above) No 8 Foundation. Ideal for pale skin with small to moderate redness
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup

    Visible Effects mineral cosmetics
    (Above) No 14 Foundation. Ideal for medium beige skin complextion
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup


    (Above) Number 18 Foundation. Ideal for olive complexion
    All makeup by Visible Effects using Visible Effects Mineral Makeup

     
  • Skype on TV’s

    I am a big skype user and fan. I moved from messenger a few years ago now.

    Check out the details and comments of skype on your TV here

     
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  • Mineral Makeup

    Visible Effects Mineral MakupI have been spending most of my Christmas break setting up a new site to promote and sell Natural Mineral Makeup. The new site is now live but still has a lot of work to go.    Have a look at www.naturalmakeup.net.au The product “Visible Effects” is manufactured in Australia and is very good quality.

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