Category Archives: Gadgets

Did you ever break Glass? I broke mine (and fixed it) last night

Horrifying yet funny story!
Last night I was on my way to Google NYC for a GDG meetup. I figured let me charge Glass, I plugged my Glass to my http://www.voltaicsystems.com/ solar charger backpack. Been doing that with no issues for a while.
Got to google, charge was full, sat down and unplugged it.
It made a crazy noise with vibration (kind like it got stuck on a ringtone loop) then just BLANK.
I mean blank, no picture, no sound nothing. tried o charge, tried to bluetooth it, just nothing.
I figured I am 1 block away from Glass Studio, I should stop by. I went, they had a private party and not one Glass support was available, they asked me to call the 800 number or come back tomorrow. My heart just stopped (I love Glass and am addicted to it). I tried to call the 800 number (twice) with a hold time to connect of over 30 minutes each. I gave up. And went home.
I tried to hard reset it the second time at home and guess what? It worked like nothing happened at all. Turns out, when I tried to hard reset it the first time, I only clicked less than 15 seconds and I never actually turned it back on after that (3 seconds press after a hard reset).
If this eve happened to you, do not panic, just press the power button for 15 seconds, release, then click again for 3-5 seconds.
Hard reset is not factory reset, you will not loose anything, your timeline and cards are all the same.
Did any of you had this issue before? What did you do?

HTC Hero (I am in love!) with Android

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Update: Here is the third video review made by CNET: View Here

As they say, a video is worth a billion words!

With flash player already on it, Google Android, all the great stuff from G1 phone, multi touch screen, pdf reader, 5 mp Camera, many moods from HTC Sense and footprint and did I mention the beautiful design! The is also another load of new features, but I will let these 2 videos tell the story of the Hero 🙂

The first video is on this link by Adobe: http://is.gd/1d0Gz

And here is the second video:

http://is.gd/1DEpS

Windows 7 and Windows Live & Facebook at CES


I am not disappointed at all of the CES Microsoft keynotes. Some people didn’t like the fact that there are no new products, but if you really listen closely to Steve Ballmer’s (Microsoft CEO) keynote, you will realize that there are new cool stuff out there but it’s just not hardware.

Instead Microsoft is concentrating on the new Windows: Windows 7 and also launching a variety of products for Windows Live.

I can’t wait for Windows 7, so I am following a blog called: Engineering Windows 7
What really grabbed my attention is the new/old partnership between Microsoft and Facebook.
Windows Live is now 100% integrated with Facebook, Windows 7 is in the making to do the same, but as of today, every update, message, wall message, photo, video or status update that you do no facebook, will show on your windows live profile page as well, I think that this is a huge step forward by Microsoft, kind of like the OpenSocial and Friend Connect from Google, but actually working and more applications supported (Like windows live mail for desktop) as of today!
I am taking a look at every option and will write an article about it all in the near future.
4 Cool Windows 7 Features: The new desktop, faster boot time, more battery time and the touch screen user interface for the touch screen computers.
I am waiting for my copy of the Windows 7 Beta version to do some testings on my own 🙂

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iPhone Nano is coming in 2009!


It’s been a while since we talked about gadgets in here, but that’s for a reason (A good reason), and no I have not give in to Apple just yet 😉
But since it is the first day in the new year and since there is a lot of talk going on around what will the next iPhone look like, and I know that’s a lot of you guys are Apple fans, well, it looks like it will be a 3/4 of the size of the current iPhone and will be called (You guessed it!) the iPhone Nano.
But wait, Steve Jobs will not be at the Macworld keynote this month, so I would think that this little gadget will not be rolling out until later this year. I mean, it is important enough for him to be announcing it, yet again he’s not speaking, so it’s only logical for me to say it will come out later this year.
The next question would be:
Will there be an iPhone Shuffle?!
What do you think?

Happy New Year everyone 🙂
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Own a mini Facebook using Google’s Friend Connect


It is as simple as it sounds, with Google friend connect you will be able to insert little gadgets that will turn your blog or site into a mini Facebook or a Myspace!
Still in beta, but has a lot of social gadgets, Google’s Friend Connect is the result of a greater project that Google started a while back called OpenSocial.
Without the geek talk, a very good example will be Facebook. Think of your Facebook’s profile as your own blog or site and the facebook add-on applications is (instead) your Google Friend Connect gadget.
You choose your social gadget, copy the code then paste it into blog or website and your done, now your blog’s readers can sign from within Google Friend Connect and interact just like any social network.


Now your site is more social than ever, your visitors can sign into Friend Connect using their Google ID, Yahoo ID, Twitter ID, or their OpenID. Pretty easy and slick is the feeling they will get.

Still worried about the coding and geek stuff? Worry no more, at Wahol.com there will be an entire video class (Still for free) about Friend connect as part Wahol’s setting up your Online life section. (Sign up at Wahol.com)

Or maybe the following image will explain:

Adding Friend connect to your self hosted WordPress blog could make your blog as powerful as Facebook in terms of interacting social readers. (A video on Wahol will also go though how to add it to your blog)

You can visit Google Friend Connect here!

Don’t forget to get the RSS and follow me on Twitter.
Any questions about Friend connect? Ask in the comments below and I will answer 😉

Why do I LOVE Twitter?

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3 Days ago I asked this question on Twitter: Name 1 reason you love Twitter and 1 tool that you use to “Tweet” the most.
Here is my answer:

Here are the first 50 answers (Replies or Direct Messages) from my friends on Twitter:


What is Twitter? Find out here!

Follow me on Twitter here!

Twitter is a personal friendly tool used to network socialize and most importantly staying up to date on what’s going on in the world.

Best answer that made me laugh was @netik answer, we all know that you work there John, so thanks for participating 🙂

All the other answers are great, I received almost 100 replies with only one of them asking if they can say why they hated twitter. Well, as any person would, I was a bit skeptical too when I first started using Twitter. But that’s another story in the making and will be shared with you all soon.

Don’t forget to comment on this post of what you think of the answers and of Twitter in general.

Thank you to everyone that replied or DM’ed me back and if you are looking to learn more about Twitter and beyond, I have just finished a 5 hours session to be included in the free online school starting November 1st, so keep updated and sign up when the doors opens soon 🙂

Google kills Apple: G1 A new phone from Google


I was excited to have my text service on my t-mobile phone fixed (As I said on my twitter update), then I go Online checking out and browsing like normal, then I get even more excited.
I know and I understand what I said about the HTC diamond, but wait, this is Google, and this is T-mobile, so Guess what will happen on October 22nd (the sale date!)? You knew it, I will be on the line waiting early in the morning to buy the phone.
I have been looking at some videos of “Android” the new OS for mobile devices made by Google, and I am very happy that it will be on the new phone.
You can watch a great demo of the phone here: www.t-mobileg1.com
Apple need to really watch out this time, the G1 may not be as sleek and sexy as the iPhone, but its peppy,
easy-to-use touchscreen interface makes mincemeat of all the other
iPhone wanna-bes, and it packs in some killer features—like 360-degree
Street View—that the iPhone has yet to match.
As you may predict, the G1 is slightly bulkier and
heavier and—well, let’s just say it—a little uglier than the slim, sexy
iPhone. Weighing in at 5.6 ounces, I could definitely feel the G1’s
extra bulk in my hand, although at just 0.6 inches thick, the G1 should
fit relatively easily in a jeans pocket.

Here are the features from T-mobile’s site:

Touch screen

  • Instant access to key information with the touch of a finger
  • Just tap the screen and go
  • Real Web browsing capabilities

  • Quick and easy access to the Internet one click away
  • View more pages and rich Web content on your phone
  • 3MP camera

  • Capture key moments in high-quality fashion wherever you are
  • Never worry about blurry photos with auto focus built right in
  • Customizable home screen

  • Just
    drag and drop any of your favorite applications, photos, or folders
    onto your home screen for quick access to what you use all the time
  • One-click Google Search

  • Quick and easy access to the Internet in one click
  • Video playback

  • Watch your favorite videos, even YouTube, anywhere
  • 3G network and Wi-Fi access*

  • High-speed 3G network connection for surfing the Web or downloading information quickly and effortlessly
  • Seamlessly transition to open Wi-Fi networks to surf the Web or download information quickly

  • Android Market

  • One-touch access to Android Market
  • Customize
    and personalize your device to fit your life with a variety of software
    applications like games, social networking, and on-the-go shopping
  • Download the applications wirelessly with just a couple short clicks
  • QWERTY keyboard

  • The built-in familiar layout lets you type messages easily without scrolling for the letter you want
  • Hinged screen slides open to reveal keypad and closes to prevent accidental dialing
  • Easy access to Google applications

  • One-touch access to Google applications:
    • Maps (including satellite, traffic, and street views)
    • Gmail
    • YouTube
    • Calendar
    • Google Talk

    IM/text/e-mail*

  • All the ways you need to connect while you’re on the go
  • Google G1

    Music player

  • With the 1GB memory card, you’ll never be without your favorite tunes
  • While the G1’s main screen isn’t quite as eye-popping as the iPhone’s,
    the Android-powered display is surprisingly responsive—a quick flick
    of your fingertip opened a windowshade of applications, while tapping the
    status bar at the top of the screen instantly revealed e-mail, SMS, and
    voice-mail alerts. Indeed, tapping and scrolling around the G1’s
    various menus is a seamless pleasure, akin to what you’d expect from
    an iPhone. And while leading iPhone competitors like the Samsung Instinct always felt a bit sluggish to me, the G1’s peppy interface responded quickly to my every touch.

    Of
    course, you’ll get the most out of the G1 if you’re using Google’s
    suite of online applications, all of which sync automatically the
    moment you sign in. The push Gmail client features threaded messaging,
    just like you’d expect online, and you can star messages, organize them
    with filters, and even conduct Google searches within the e-mail client
    itself. You can also use the client to check your POP and IMAP
    accounts—no full-on Exchange syncing, but as I mentioned in an earlier
    post, third-party developers are free to create their own Exchange
    syncing apps for Android.

    The
    G1’s dialer and contact list immediately grabs all your online Google
    calendar info and contacts—and for those with IM accounts, the G1 will
    indicate which of your contacts happen to be signed in for chat, an
    “online presence” feature familiar to anyone with a Helio phone. As
    with the iPhone, you can flick your contact list with a finger,
    spinning it roulette-style. WOOT!

    You know I will write more about it soon 😉

    The Ferrari of desk chairs!


    The design firm “Pininfarina” that designed cars like the “Enzo Ferrari” also designed this cool desk chair that you can get for $3000!

    The seat uses a cushioning material called Technogel that reduces
    fatigue by 60%, and Dynatec, a fabric developed for Olympic athletes to wick
    moisture from the body. I think that the Xten is designed to remain comfortable all day long.

    Of course it comes in different colors 😉

    The most SCREWED clock yet!

    Literally it contains (I think) a lot of screws, however, I just love collecting watches from Tokyoflash and I find it amusing to figure out the time, but this clock (Not by Tokyoflash) will make people wonder around it trying to figure out the time.
    The name is: Clock Delay. And I guess that it’s a good name since it will make a great excuse if you’re late to work trying to figure out the time.
    But you must have a real good job to be able to buy it at the market price of almost $2000

    HTC attack on the 3G iPhone

    As many of you may already know, I am anti-Apple! Therefore, I DO NOT like the iPhone, nor do I like its little successor the iPhone 3G. What amazes me is that all my friends are trying to defend it!

    The Pocket PC has been around forever, though it never had the hype that came with the overmarketed iPhone — the only reason so many know so little about what it can do.

    But don’t get me wrong — I’m no Microsoft fan, either. Whether it’s Windows or Linux — my own new computer is Ubuntu powered and I am very happy with it so far — I just don’t like being controlled and limited by the lack of options that any Apple product offers. I will explain more about Macs and iPods in a future post.

    The main reason I dislike iPhones is the presence of little to no flexibility for third-party applications. Yes, there’s the App Store — but why pay for an app on the iPhone 3G that you can get gratis for Windows Mobile?

    Yes I admit that most pocket PC’s used to be big and bulky and they used to be limited to their processors speed, but that’s all history now.
    I’ve reviewed a couple of Windows Mobile-based phones, but no gadget from any manufacturer got a dropped-jaw reaction until today, and the device that did it was not Cupertino’s baby but the Touch Diamond from HTC.

    HTC has launched its answer to Apple’s smartphone juggernaut; that answer is the?HTC Touch Diamond.

    Though similar in form and function, HTC’s offering is far superior in many respects. First, HTC brought an innovated interface dubbed TouchFLO 3D to the device, bringing the contents and functions of your phone close to hand with convenience and style. But they didn’t stop at a better interface. They pushed the envelope further with features like intelligent ringer selection: Place the Diamond face-down on a flat surface and your phone will “go to sleep.” For more of the Diamond’s groundbreaking
    features and functions, go here.

    Will the HTC Touch Diamond be a major contender for the iPhone 3G’s title this summer? The world will decide, and we’ll be here watching; the Diamond dropped in Europe in June with release in the rest of the world coming later this year. (Or take a look at Amazon for unlocked devices.)

    Here is the product description from Amazon:

    The HTC touch Diamond rivals the iPhone yet again. HTC’s new flagship
    phone has virtually every feature available! The huge 2.8 Inch
    touchscreen LCD has an impressive 480 x 640 resolution, perfect for
    showing off the vivid pictures you can take with the built in 3.15MP
    camera. The all new TouchFLO 3D finger swipe navigation is the most
    elegant interface we’ve ever seen on a Windows device to date. The 4GB
    internal hard drive gives you plenty of room to store movies, pictures,
    music and Windows Mobile 6.1 programs, and the 528 Mhz processor will
    burn through any task you throw at it. But that’s not all the Diamond
    manages to offer! A-GPS is built in so you’ll never get lost on the
    road. Need to get connected? The Diamond has WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
    2.0 with A2DP, HSDPA 7.2Mbps (EU and AS only) and EDGE. The list goes
    on and on for this amazing HTC phone, and it’s even thinner than the
    iPhone!