Category Archives: Technology

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Google Chrome Faster Than A Speeding Potato. (video)

By defintion, Google has always been about speed and innovation, in this video they illustrate what exactly they mean by “speed” in terms that most of us can understand.

“At this point, Google realizes that simply talking about browser speed isn’t enough. They have to show you.Alongside the latest beta release of Google Chrome, the company has made a series of videos that intend to do just that. The Rube Goldberg-ian setup is fairly amazing. While the speed test videos themselves aren’t out just yet, Google has posted the making of the video. It’s a must-watch.”

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WorldCard Mobile: iPhone App Saves You Time & Money

Dope Daddy has an iPhone, and he is happy for the thing. It makes calls, works great as an email and social networking tool (LinkedIn, Facebook apps are sweet), and is probably the gadget that has single-handedly shown the way to make money of the mobile space. But a business phone, it never was. Until now.

Leave it to a bunch of guys in China, with poor copy-writing skills and with a sense of graphic design more fit to the time when IBM ruled the world to alter this reviewer’s image of the iPhone.

It is now officially a tool for grown ups. With the awfully named WorldCard Contacts, and WorldCard Mobile Apps, Chinese innovator Penpower Technology Ltd. has turned the iPhone into a sleek business card scanner which not only recognizes the names, addresses, and other data on business cards, World Card Contacts allows you to sort through them on a visual wall, manipulate them at a flick of a finger, and matches the data to a number of iPhone’s native services, such as maps, the telephone, etc.

To anyone that has ever attended an event of any size and has collected business cards gallore, it is nothing short of a miracle. Dope Daddy spent a couple an hours last night with his iPhone and managed to capture and sort out over 200 business cards at the same time as he watched some CSI with the misses. While the truth is that neither of the apps are perfect, fact is that for the price NOTHING beats the iPhone and these two for capturing and organizing your business contacts. Nothing, and that is a tall order, considering that the cheapest business card scanner with OCR will set you up, at a minimum close to 60€ (and that is for a black and white model), whereas the industry’s leader CardScan from Dymo sets you up close to 200€.

Dope!

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Spotify 0.4.3 Free Music Re-Invented.

From the land of Abba, Saab, 1/2 of Skype and the Volvo, comes the new version of Spotify; the dopest on-line music service.  Sure, you have infinite possibilities to listen to music these days: there are plenty of streaming music services, online radio stations, iTunes, and that soon to become obsolete collection of CDs that your brother left behind when he moved in with his girlfriend. Still, there is nothing quite like the new upgraded Spotify 0.4.3.

Granted, Spotify’s service is only available on a handful of European countries, but just like old Europe has lead the US on the wide adoption of mobile technologies, I predict that services such as Spotify will soon make the jump or be copied across the pond. It is inevitable.

So, what has Dope Daddy almost wishing to cash in his frequent travel miles and book a ticket to the nearest Spotify-active country? Where to begin? Not only does Spotify provide you with a way to listen to “All Music, All the Time”, with it you can find and play “any track you like, any time you like… Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it”- did I mention that it was free?

Well it is, and so you may be wondering how the damned thing got any better? Well, the new version of Spotify now counts with over 17 new features, all of which make it a breeze to create collections of music and share them with your friends using social media sites such as Facebook. If you thought that it was hard to improve on “free”, well these guys did.

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Skitch: the Dopest way to grab anything (v review)

Making “screen grabs” or simple captures/ downloads of pictures from your desktop or from the web, is something that is almost as natural as breathing these days, that’s why I am glad to review Skitch, a softeware package and online servce that make this oh-so-mundane function a breeze. Dope!

Watch the review:

or the video introduction at www.skitch.com

Apple changes the media landscape again (video)

Just as they did with the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Apple is set to change the world again. Yes, while this may sound to some of you as some loud hyperbole from an Apple True Believer (which I admittedly am), fact is that no other company on the planet is more admired, more inspirational, or more single-handedly responsible for re-defining the way that we interact with digital music, hand-held devices, and our perception of what a portable device is and what it can do.

Now, it is Apple’s turn to influence how advertising on the go will look, and from where I am sitting, they are sitting quite pretty and the announcement of their “emotion+interactivity” mobile advertising platform is about to rock one more industry to the core. For all of you whose careers are touched by advertising and media, take a seat. the ride is just getting started…

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=q7WVt63S49s

Bing Maps: The World (augmented) in your hands.

Alongside writing, the ability to create accurate representations of the landscape (i.e.. mapping), has been a key element to the advancement of societies. But where do you go to once that you have had the ability to see and experience the world remotely (as we have for years) with services such as Google Maps?  The answer (or at least a glimpse of the amazing undiscovered possibilities for mapping) was presented by Bing at the TED Conference recently.

In a short presentation where Bing’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas (love the name) also demonstrated that Steve Jobs is not the only one that knows how to launch a product from a stage, the boys from Redmond displayed some of the old-time mojo that once gathered to them legions of fans.

The application, which allows to coordinate live video feeds with a pretty awesome enhanced version of Bing’s maps engine takes you, well, where other maps haven’t taken you before: indoors, combining video and mapping in a vision of mapping that had escaped even many in the sci-fi crowd. For example, the service can use geo tagged images from flicker (say MS, what happened with picassa?) to inmerse you in the experience when browsing a map at street-level. This is a revolutionary jump for photography, and as significant as the invention of the portable camera was in its time.

In case you think the hyperbole  is getting out of hand, click on to the videos and be awed. As you watch, take the time to reflect on the many implications for privacy, commerce, military use, exploration, and even social networking. The Big Bad Boys in Redmond, finally have something that is truly worthy of the Bing! Dope

The presentation a TED:

The Bing Maps video from Bing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Z3NSff3I0

A camera to last (and record) a lifetime…

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This tiny flash memory camera can help people ailing from Alsheimer's

According to  this article from,  Vicon, a UK based tech

company is about to launch a camera, worn as a pendant to capture every second of your life, shot from your chest’s POV.

Despite the fact that the quality of the pictures that the device takes resembles those taken by cell phones some 6 years, back, the  idea is intriguing and can lead to many revolutionary changes in the way we live our lives. Dope!