Posted on | February 19, 2009 | 8 Comments
while most austrian G1-users are still waiting to get Android’s latest release RC33 pushed to their handsets by T-Mobile, fellow mobileblogger electrobabe found a deep link to a firmware-binary allowing to upgrade straight from RC29 (the file is about twice the size of the usual RC30->RC33 upgrade, probably because it contains both diffs). keep in mind that this installs the US-version of RC33, so you are gonna loose the ability to set german (or any other) locale (don’t worry, the keyboard-layout is fine though). since it’s not sure if you’ll still get the official RC33 pushed to your phone after the manual upgrade, or if a manual switch to german RC33 will work at all, I’ld recommend to wait another few days for the official upgrade, esp. if you prefer the german user-interface
me, of course, I couldn’t wait, so here’s what’s new in RC33… Read more
Posted on | February 13, 2009 | 2 Comments
just in time for the weekend, here’s yet another mashup I’ve been working on lately. I guess the claim says it all: Tweetshirt – Your Tweet on a T-Shirt! (http://tweetshirt.me)
it’s pretty self-explanatory, just enter your Twitter-username, and choose the tweet you want printed on a shirt from your recent & favorite tweets. you may also enter the URL of an arbitrary tweet (i.e. http://twitter.com/darthvader/status/12… - you have to copy&paste the URL by clicking on the timestamp displayed in the Twitter-web-interface). the tweet including your avatar-image is pre-rendered and sent to TShirt.AG and/or Zazzle via their respective APIs. I recommend trying both services, as they differ in offered shirts, colours, shipping-cost etc.
btw, working with those APIs is pretty easy, so if you’ve got other ideas for automated mass-customization of T-Shirts, I’ld suggest to check those out!
big thanks go to Tina Fleck for the lovely screendesign, which she provided within amazingly short time! also, thanks all for retweeting this, I hope you’re having fun with Tweetshirt!
Posted on | February 7, 2009 | 1 Comment
Google Latitude, which was introduced earlier this week and is expected to be rolled out (at least in the US) on Android via the RC33 upgrade (this is not cupcake!) from February 5th to 15th, might be a game changer in mobile, geo-aware social networking. Google describes Latitude as…
…a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, as well as an iGoogle gadget, that allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you. You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their email addresses. Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update your status messages and profile photos on the go and see what everyone is up to. You can also call, SMS, IM, or email each other within the app.
granted, there are plenty of geo-aware social networks, mostly on the iPhone-platform (loopt, Moximity etc. – TechCrunch has excellent coverage of this space), but most of them are either restricted to a single hardware-platform, don’t work outside the US, or force users to rebuild their contacts/friends within yet another online service. Altitude on the other hand, will soon be available on every major platform (iPhone, Android, S60, Windows Mobile, J2ME, BlackBerry) and can leverage the social graph associated with your Google account.
if you’re on RC30 and don’t want to wait until RC33 is pushed to your phone, there are plenty of tutorials on the upgrade-process (check MobileCrunch for english, Mobinauten.de for german instructions). unfortunately, us Mobilebloggers will have to wait with the upgrade, since the austrian G1′s run under a different build…
Posted on | February 3, 2009 | 2 Comments
Niko wrote in:
somehow I can’t seem to find a good Android-app to upload photos to the web, preferably to Flickr. any hints?
after toying around with several other apps, I found Pixelpipe to be the perfect solution for this task. similar to Shozu (which I’ve been using back in the day on Nokia’s S60 phones), Pixelpipe acts as a hub to numerous online photo services, blog- & microblogging-services and social networks. currently Pixelpipe supports more than 60 (!) services, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter etc. included. use the web-interface to define which destination should receive your photos per default (say you want all photos go to Flickr, but only selected ones to Facebook) or use routing-tags to manually send images to certain destinations. even better: Pixelpipe is also natively available for iPhone, S60 and offfers several clients/plugins for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux. it’s really the swiss army knife of mobile image uploads!
Posted on | January 31, 2009 | 2 Comments
this post is part of Ritchie’s blog carneval ‘Best & Worst Gadget 2008′ (or ‘Bestes / übelstes Hardware Gadget 2008′, if you prefer german), which is about to end today – so if you want to join, better hurry up!
in 2008 I finally settled to buy a new TV-set for my living room. not being the decisive kind of guy (+a serious lack of knowledge), it took me weeks over weeks to decide on brand & model. most people I’ve talked to recommended Samsung & Phillips for their superior image-optimization features, but even within these two brands there’s plenty of options. at the end I got a Phillips 42PFL9732D set, 42″, 100Hz (which should really improve quality), Full HD (which makes not too much sense, living in Austria where PAL still rules the cable). but what really makes it stand out is ‘Ambilight’, a gimmick found in many of Phillip’s top-of-the-line models. Ambilight projects a colorful & dynamically responsive halo on the wall behind the TV-set. while definitely enhancing the viewing-experience (esp. in darkened rooms) , this also lends your TV a shrine-like appearance Read more
Posted on | January 29, 2009 | 6 Comments
if you’re into electronic/dance/club-music you’ll agree that the experience of listening to dj-mixes online is far from perfect: music is consumed in large chunks of several hundred mbytes, often without tracklists or other metadata, certainly without cue-points (and therefor no ability to skip tracks). enter Mugasha. all mixes offered at Mugasha include detailed cue-lists & tracklists, which – combined with a sleek flash-player – allow for precise navigation within a set. only launched few weeks ago, Mugasha’s catalog isn’t too extensive, but already includes high-profile material like the better part of 2008′s Radio1 Essential Mixes.
Mugasha is in private beta, if you’re interested in trying it out, drop me a comment (got 3 invites)…
Posted on | January 28, 2009 | 1 Comment
Posted on | January 23, 2009 | 3 Comments
it’s been almost a week since I first started testing the G1, and so far my initial impression hasn’t really changed that much. like many of my fellow testers I’m disappointed by many aspects of both hardware and software. while the former would make me wait for a successor (I guess the G2 can’t be away too far), the latter will probably improve once the next major update of Android (codenamed “cupcake”) is released. but instead of ranting on about the G1′s pro’s and con’s (I’ll save that for next week), I wanted to focus this post on a particular area of apps, namely music-related apps.
the fact that the G1 wasn’t supposed to be a music-phone from start is easily proved by manufacturer HTC’s horrible decision to abuse the USB-port for connecting the included headphones (= you’re not able to use your own, supposedly better-quality headphones). in terms of software there’s also plenty of reasons to moan: out-of-the-box there’s no support for streaming-music/video, no support of mp3-downloads through http in the browser, very limited support for local music playback (compared to the iPhone), no podcasting-client, no synching of your music library on the desktop. still not convinced that the G1 won’t be a good choice for music-lovers?
Posted on | January 21, 2009 | No Comments
social travel-site Dopplr released a very cool feature today, when existing users received their personalized annual travel-report for 2008. the PDF includes detailed information on all your trips, the total distance you travelled, days spent at home/on the road, your carbon footprint and funny tidbits like this:
Your personal velocity for 2008 was 1.61 km/h, which is about the same as NASA’s crawler.
Posted on | January 16, 2009 | 1 Comment
seems like YouTube recently has been adding a special user-interface (larger fonts, less clutter) for access on TV-sets at youtube.com/tv. unfortunately this is only available for browsers on the Playstation3- or Wii-consoles, but as Google Blogoscoped points out, a simple change of your browser’s user-agent-string to
Mozilla/5.0 (PLAYSTATION 3; 2.00) or
Opera/9.23 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1038-58; Wii Internet Channel/1.0; en) gets your sorted. I recommend using Firefox with the HeaderControl-plugin enabled. HeaderControl allows automatic switching of User-Agent per domain and spares you from doing so yourself (remark: HeaderControl doesn’t support current version 3.0.5 of Firefox, so you might need to install Nightly Tester Tools first). one major downside: youtube.com/tv doesn’t support those HD-videos recently popping up
also, on a Mac Mini (or any Windows-PC with a remote-control, I guess) you’re much better off using Boxee, which has gone public recently and supports YouTube as well.