2 weeks ago during our recording, we met up and basically dumped all our gadgets we carried on that day. Be it regularly, or review units, or whatever we had on hand at that moment. Here’s a photo of what we Tech65 own, or review. Can you guess who owns which gadget, and which gadget are review units?
There are 3 laptops missing from the table. 1 Macbook Pro, 1 HP Mini 1000, and Samsung N410.
Phew, I’m exhausted. Getting all these episodes out within such a short period of time. Well, never fear we have this other episode out with an interesting twist of a buzzer-like to switch topics. I wonder if this is the kind of format people will like. Anyway, it’s out and there’s still 1 more episode left which will be our Christmas special, before we end the year off with another interested DigressCast. Continue to listen to us and look out for our regular episodes again.
Finally! I’m done with Episode 7! Sorry for the almost 2 months delay of DigressCast but there will be more episodes quickly released more often from now onwards. Anyway, we have our first listener of DigressCast joining us for this episode. We’re actually trying this new format for DigressCast to be a little more serious with a touch of funny. Let us know what you think of this format.
I was invited to the Nokia E72 Social Messaging Workshop on Wednesday, 26th November at Espressoul to play with Nokia’s newly launched E72 cell phone and their new Social Messaging technology, which comes free with the E72.
The previous Nokia E71′s offering for “Social Messaging” allows you to connect to your Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Exchange, Google Talk, Yahoo Messaging and Facebook. This time with the Nokia E72, it adds Microsoft Live Messenger, Twitter, and MySpace too. Right now, it covers 90% of all messaging networks out there because of their recent partnership with Microsoft. Furthermore, you are able to connect to all these social networks all at the same time.
Here are some things I found out about the Nokia E72 cell phone in that short 1 hour I had to play with the phone. There will be a more comprehensive review when I get to play with the phone for a longer period of time.
You can only have up to 10 email accounts and 1 Microsoft Exchange connection.
You can only log in to 1 account per social network at any one time. i.e. it will not allow you to log in to 2 different Live Messenger accounts at the same time. Only one. However, you can log in and be connected to 1 Live Messenger, 1 Google Talk, 1 Yahoo Messenger, 1 Nokia Messenger all at the same time.
Every social network and email account is separate to itself, and is not combined or shared between each other.
There is no contact sharing between the different social and messaging networks. i.e. you don’t have 1 contact that shows all of that person’s social and messaging networks.
The keypad has a pretty shallow “pillow” bump which makes typing slightly difficult for the uninitiated. I would prefer a more obtuse bump per key.
The new optical navigation key makes it really pleasant to navigate. This is possibly my most favourite feature of the entire phone. However, the ridges surrounding the optical navigation key does cause a bit of friction which might be uncomfortable after constant use.
If you do a master reset, you do not get all the shortcuts and messaging applications that comes with the phone when you first turn it on. You’ll have to download the applications again and set it up manually.
I really like Nokia E72 and I think it’s a fantastic upgrade from the E71. For those who want a Blackberry but like Nokia, this is the phone you should get. For those who are really into the messaging and social networks, this *might* be suited for you. With Nokia’s age-old Symbian OS which has been around for decades, it is a pretty solid phone that integrates both the matured cell phone platform that you can trust together with the new social messaging.
Firstly, I have to apologize for the delay in this episode’s release. My MacBook Pro was sent for servicing for a week and needed a complete system board replacement. Together with the recent Windows 7 Social Party that I organized, and my project dateline nearing, time wasn’t a good friend to me. I did promise an Episode 5.5, but apparently I got a “yellow card” from our head honcho at Tech65, so sorry guys, you will not be able to hear Episode 5.5 at all. Together with the new “realignment” of our 65bits and DigressCast podcasts, this episode will probably be one of our last non-geek podcast.
But if you, our listeners, love what we do for all these different styles of DigressCast, tell us what you love, and we’ll give you what you want. Presenting… our next episode.
HTC has a new brand positioning called “Quietly Brilliant”. In fact, HTC seems to be getting the fact that a mobile device is now ubiquitous in everyday life. A few people asked me what I thought when I heard the new branding “Quietly Brilliant”, and going back to my British English roots, I declared out loud, “Brilliant!”. Not so quiet after all.
“Quietly Brilliant” really embodies the philosophy of an ubiquitous lifestyle where a mobile phone just does great and brilliant things while being all natural, behind-the-scenes and “quiet” about it. This very much follows what User Experience (UX) geeks have been trying to achieve all along. Will HTC be able to achieve this ubiquitous stage of Zen? In order to follow through with this new branding, and their “YOU” campaign, they must first look back at what they have achieved, improve their existing ubiquitous technology, and bring it to the next level.
Their existing TouchFlo 3D has brought Windows Mobile phones up one level, emerging as a unique phone above every device. Their new HTC Sense UI for Android phones has given new meaning to how one perceives an Android phone. My recent foray into the HTC Hero has satiated my need for a mobile device that suits my lifestyle, yet discovered that HTC Sense still requires a lot of work. My hope is that HTC follows suit to their new “Quietly Brilliant” branding and develop both the HTC Sense UI and HTC TouchFlo 3D beyond what it is today.
HTC, going forward and strengthening your branding, my humble word of advice: Hire more UX experts and invest your time on making your technology “Just Work”.
Below are the marketing campaign videos for this new “YOU” campaign that will hopefully be a series of campaigns surrounding this new “Quietly Brilliant” brand.
Welcome to our Singapore’s very own Windows 7 Social Party. We have an exciting party in-stalled (har har! Lame pun.) for everyone in Singapore.
We have catered food. We have soft drinks. We have potluck from you. We have party music. We have games. We have Windows 7 Laptops waiting for you to try Windows 7 out. We have a spokesperson from Lenovo with 15 minutes to talk about their Windows 7 “Enhanced Experience”. We have a list of Windows 7 tips. We have lots of Windows 7 propaganda flyers. We have 5 Windows 7 t-shirts to give out! We have 1 Windows 7 Professional, and 1 Windows 7 Ultimate to give out! We might even have more prizes to give out!
So what are you waiting for? RSVP and join us at this awesome party! Remember to bring your name cards!
Venue: Microsoft, NTUC Building, Level 22, One Marina Boulevard
Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2pm to 5pm
Well, it’s here! DigressCast Episode 5 is our first episode with alcohol involved. We went to Brewerks and had a few drinks, chatted a little, and this is what came out of it. This isn’t the complete night’s recording, but it’ll do for now. I’ll post Episode 5.5 soon as a continuation to this episode. In the mean time, listen to this first half.
Yesterday, I went to the Norton 2010 Launch, and I must say it is definitely a very interesting and unique launch. It was held at the Singapore Flyer, at one of the event halls. It started out with a very casual registration and dinner. Followed by 3 different games (like what?) that essentially brings out the theme of the event, “Get Safer, Smarter, and Faster”.
The 1st game was “Spot the difference” of two pictures of Da Vinci’s Last Supper (Faster). The 2nd game were to solve anagrams, and they were focused on security keywords (Smarter). The last game was to create an egg catcher out of scraps (Safer).
After all the games, the actual event commenced, with Effendy Ibrahim first up, followed by David talking about Norton’s new technology in Norton 2010.
The last time I used a Norton product was many years back, and the impression I had was that Norton was a very resource-hogging, cpu-intensive, clunky and annoying huge piece of junk that takes over your computer, decreasing your computer’s performance and usability, including increasing boot-time.
That was all in the past. In Norton 2010, they focused on making it light on memory – using only just 10MB at idle, faster scanning speeds, fewer intrusive popups, increases boot time by only a little, and installs under 1 minute. But the most impressive technology that separates Norton from the rest of the other security suites is an additional new level of security, codenamed Quorum, that essentially uses the concept of “Crowdsourcing” to discover any new malware that isn’t already in the database of malware signatures. Quorum uses the opinions of the masses to determine the “reputation” of a certain file based on some statistical algorithm which allows Norton 2010 to determine whether if a file should be denied or allowed based on this “reputation”. This allows faster and quicker propagation of malware discovery, allowing it to determine a new malware within an average 1 hour. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Quorum. There are many other ideas in the works that makes use of this concept, like being able to determine whether a particular application is unstable or will crash your system, and various other interesting ideas for quick propagation of information regarding a certain application.
Another technology, System Insight, is useful for technically-inclined users (friends and family of the technically-inclined). The constant performance monitoring of applications allows these users to correlate poor performance with activity on the PC, including new downloads and installs. This will enable users to figure out (for friends and family) what exactly is slowing down their computer and remove or mitigate the cause.
In terms of the User Interface, and the toolbar, I’m not impressed with the space-eating toolbar, and the gratuitous animation which does not bring any additional value at all to the user. Thank goodness it isn’t an often used feature. If Norton needs some recommendations with UX, look me up and I’ll recommend several great UX gurus. Installing toolbars and taking over precious real-estate space on your screen, especially when netbooks are becoming popular, isn’t really the way to go. Random fancy, gratuitous animation just because it looks cool does NOT add any value to the user experience, but might even slow down the animation performance on slower computers. It is the epitome of BAD user interface design. With that said, I’m pretty impressed with how they represented System Insight and performance monitoring in a timeline, which is something that actually make sense.
Other than that, I am pretty impressed with the improvements they have made in terms of speed, and memory resources. With regards to the event, it was great and enjoyable. Enjoy the photos below.
Some additional interesting read of Gratuitous Animations and Design:
I’m sure everyone by now knows I’ve recently purchased an HTC Hero. Google Listen is a podcast application for Android phones, much like what iTunes on the iPhone offers, which is sorely lacking on the Android. Google Listen allows you to search for podcast within itself and subscribe to them. But most podcasts I listen to aren’t searchable from Google Listen. But I finally found out how to add your favourite podcast feeds into Google Listen.