Choosing new mobile phone

It’s time to replace my old Nokia E65. I like that phone. Regardless its problem with alarm. So, I made decision about platform easily – Android (IMHO it’s the most perspective platform for mobile devices). But to choose the phone wasn’t so simple. The potential variants were following: HTC Desire, HTC Wildfire, Samsung Galaxy 551 and Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3. But the winner even wasn’t in that list. It’s Motorola Defy. Why I chose it? Well, first of all I like its design and Gorilla Glass display with resolution 480×854. Also it has very good spec – 800MHz processor, 2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, microSD slot (supports cards up to 32GB), 5MP camera. It run Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to v2.2. And finally, Motorola Defy is dust-proof, water-resistant (check the awesome video after below) and has very reasonable price – around €350.00. So, I’m going to buy it this weekend if it’ll be available in the Cyprus shops, of course.

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Green office space

Green Office

After human polluted the Earth they started think about environment friendly solutions. Here is a good example of Green Office:

Each UV-resistant window pane has a blind so you can work without glare on part of the workspace but still maintain the light and view. Those are Eames Aluminum Group chairs in the original wacky green.

Nice view by the way. But the chars don’t look so comfortable for me.

[via Unplugged]

Android run on N810

Android on N810

Realise of Google’s mobile platform Android is one of the most coming events this year. So, Maemo geeks couldn’t ignore it. Result of their hacks is possibility to run Android on N810 (see the picture above). If you’re interested to have it on your tablet have a look that page from eLinux project wiki. At present time the eLinux.org is down. I suspect that too many Nokia’s Internet Tablet owners want to run Android on their devices. Personally I don’t see any reason to do that (the same as to install KDE on N810) except of spending time for fun. But this is my opinion and you may have different one, of course.

In any case, it’s cool hack and somebody may find it useful.

[via Planet Maemo]

Edit your photos online

Phixr

If you need to edit your photo but you don’t have Photoshop on your PC Phixr can help you do this online. It is a pretty advanced online photo editor and offers functionality similar to Photoshop Elements. Additionally, Phixr allows to import images from Flickr, Fotopic, Photobucket, Picasa, Smugmug, and Webshots, as well as from any URL and from your local hard drive. After editing the photo can be saved as a JPG, PNG, PDF, GIF or perform OCR (text recognition). Also it can be emailed or uploaded to all of the above, as well as Buzznet, Costco, DropShots, Fotolog, ImageShack, or LiveJournal.

There are at list five similar online services:

So, you have a choice šŸ™‚

UPDATE: Petri Piirainen pointed me to another online tool for image editing – improveyourimages.com. It provides automated solution natural looking and consistent results. It uses innovative method which detects the illumination that was existent when the original photo was taken, detecting any errors of the imaging devices. Better results are achieved through advanced modelling of physics (photonics and color science).

[via Mashable]

Google Gears brings Web 2.0 to offline

Google released an open source toolkit for offline web apps – Google Gears:

It provides 3 significant components to the browser ecosystem. A multithreaded javascript environment, which provides a restricted background taks JavaScript environment for accessing remote data source without blocking the main UI. Adding support for local data storage is a new set of javascript APIs. The storage support transactional data based on SQLite. The last part is local application caching wich hosts data locally and pulls down updated data

The fist web application which starts to use Google Gears is Google Reader. I setup that feature today morning. It works perfect! Waiting for Gmail and Google Docs.

The new technology store online data to be available in offline mode will be very useful for travel web workers and people who have slow internet connection (yes, unfortunately 56K is reality in many places in the world).

[via O’Reilly Radar]