I’m now up and running with gMailk video chat and this, like Skype, is going to come in very handy now that I’m setup in the office here in Canada… it’s going to be very handy while on the road as well, particularly when I want to avoid those nasty mobile roaming charges. Check out the intro video from Serge below…
Archives for August 2010
Unlike Google Voice and Google Talk (ya I know, it gets confusing keeping these services straight) which required both users to be sitting at a PC and logged into Google accounts, this service enables users to call anyone on their mobile directly from within Gmail. According to the Google blog, calls to the US and Canada will remain free, at least for the remainder of the year – calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan—and many more countries—for as little as $0.02 per minute.
If you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. And if you decide to, you can receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail (see instructions). For more information, visit gmail.com/call.
For you developers and wanna-be Esri developers, take note of the Esri Dev Meetup series of events scheduled for various locations around the country from Sept 2010 – May 2011. Events kick off in L.A and Washington D.C with more events throughout the winter, many coinciding with other events. Events of interest to me should it be possible to fit into the travel plans include Oct 20 meet in Fort Collins, Colorado (should be a great event since its on GIS Alley!) and Oct 21 in Denver, Colorado – Find an event near you at http://www.esri.com/events/dev-meetup/index.html
PS: interested in ArcPad training?? Check out this blog post
So, I’ve had a nifty, Nokia E73 Mode smartphone (T-Mobile edition) in my hands for several days. Recently, I put the camera to the test in downtown Victoria BC, Canada – enjoy the images.
The E73 Mode sports a very decent 5 megapixel camera, supporting up to 2592 x 1944 pixels, and provides the user with auto-focus, LED flash and the option for capturing HD video. Providing all the functionality you’d expect in a high-end Nokia smartphone, the sleek, fashionable device is very comfortable in the hand, provides fast access to the camera, and perhaps most important, enables rapid, access to capturing quality images with one hand operation.
Overall, I’m very happy with the image quality, keeping in mind that most of the issues with any photos we captured were due to operator error (ie. blurred photo due to instability or poor lighting conditions). I’d definitely give the camera a 4 out of 5 star rating and wouldn’t hesitate to use the device as my “main” camera for media capture on any trip!
Enjoy the gallery of images captured in beautiful Victoria, B.C., Canada
See also Videos captured from the official, E73Mode Beach house event in Huntington Beach, California
An interesting event taking place in Australia September 4-5 – CrisisCamp Pakistan Floods. From the event planners… If you are interested in making a small difference in helping the humanitarian effort of attending to the short and long-term needs of the displaced peoples in Pakistan, register here (http://pkfloods-sydney.eventbrite.com/) The CrisisCamp will be on the weekend of 4th and 5th of September. We will be going through a number of tasks that will help the aid agencies on the ground. These include:
- Adding reports of emergency incidents from the ground to http://pakreport.org/ushahidi/ using http://pakreport.crowdflower.com
- Working with expatriate Pakistanis who can help you translate local terms and names of places for entry into the reports
- Reading reports from relief agencies, identifying information about hospitals, shelters and schools and adding the data about their locations, capacity and other relief-related information to Sahana and OpenStreetMap
- Tracing satellite imagery to add the location of roads and infrastructure
- If you are an expat Pakistani who speaks Pushto, Seraiki, Sindhi or Panjabi come along and help find the names of remote villages.
- Documenting lessons learned from the CrisisCamp to help others
- Writing tools and software help automate the above tasks
What: CrisisCamp Pakistan Floods in Sydney
When: 4th and 5th of September 8am-5pm
Where: LAW 203 , University of New South Wales (UNSW), Kensington, Sydney
Have you updated your Bing Mobile app recently? The Bing mobile app for iPhone has some cool additions, perhaps most noteworthy, the integration of social search. Simply click the “Social” link in the app, configure your facebook and twitter accounts, then you’ll have access to updates from your social streams from within the app. More details from Bing… Social search lets you connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts and see combined status updates from your friends from within the Bing app. You can also search for something using our Bing app, and see web results along with relevant results from your social network.
From the home page, click “Social”
· Then connect your accounts
· Now when you search for anything, relevant results and your friends’ social network mentions will also appear
· Finally if you find something you like using the app, you can easily share it with your network on Facebook, Twitter, or through email
Search Bing in the iTunes store to get the app
Some week-end fun at the Nokia E73Mode Beach House in Huntington Beach, California where a group of tech geeks got together for some fun and mobile geekness with the new, Nokia E73 Mode (think business and pleasure use). We put the fab. video capture capabilities of the Nokia E73 to the test by capturing several videos. We include an unboxing video to start, then we take the E73 into the elements and shoot off some video wile kayaking, playing beach volleyball, surfing, and we even film some video while jet skiing around Long Beach, California (although we don’t really suggest you try this!) Enjoy… see more on the device and the event on Twitter #E73mode – See the E73Mode YouTube Play List HERE
A quick unboxing of the Nokia E73 Mode smartphone on the beach at the Nokia E73 beach house on Sunset Beach, CA (follow #E73Mode on Twitter) . The E73 smartphone sports a 5 megapixel camera that takes stunning photos (and video), Bluetooth, WiFi enabled, support for 3s GB microSD expandable memory, fully internet & social media enabled, QWERTY keyboard, and easily toggles between business and social/pleasure Modes. The devices comes pre-loaded with Ovi Maps, and a number of popular social media apps and business productivity tools/services. See More specs
One of my favorite things to do with the E73 is to quickly capture a 180 degree panorama scene, the device automatically grabbing and stitching together images as the user slowly pans the camera into position for the next shot… some user skill is required, although, for the most part its pretty darned simple and fast too!
See More Images from the E73Mode Event HERE
My day is pretty much occupied with promoting the industry. I share goodies, tips, tricks, news, updates, info about cool apps, free data, mobile technology to make your job easier etc… basically I’m devoted to promoting everyone else, however, I neglect to promote myself and our business! And so, here’s a very rare and brief shameless plug to remind you about some of the goodies that we churn out from GISuser – some of these things you may not be aware of or have forgotten about:
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- Location Services Zone – are you interested in mobile technologies, social location, and LBS? If so then the LBSzone (established in 2003) is for you. We also push out a weekly E-newsletter too
- Articles and more articles – we have thousands of original orticles archived online.. check them out, there’s some great resources here!
This is just downright cool… Augmented Reality technology via the Junaoi mobile app (iPhone) to enhanced your experience reading a magazine. The cover of the magazine shows Sandra Maischberger, the well known TV personality, hiding behind her raised hands. When viewed through the smartphone`s camera, however, the popular TV host appears smiling cheerfully at the viewer. See more info HERE