Archive for June, 2008

BMW GINA
June 10, 2008

Interesting concept by Chris Bangle.

Ah Blessed Top Gear
June 10, 2008

It’s really not hard to see why us fans love this show.

iPhone 2
June 9, 2008

It’s here. And well, woopty doo.

I was really hoping for a lot more from Apple’s second iteration of their iPhone. Don’t misread me here, I’m still going to get one come July 11th, but I was just hoping for iPhone 2.0 to be well spectacular. But instead, we’re reintroduced to an old friend.

I guess I should just be happy with the short list of new features like 3G and GPS. But that’s really nothing new. Us Apple fanboys and fangirls have known that this was coming for months. It’s the things like the flush headphone jack and improved battery life that’s providing me with any amount of excitement.

So here’s the super-breif rundown:

The iPhone 2 is thicker, faster (cause of 3G), and available in black (8GB, 16GB) and white (16GB). It has all the features from the first iPhone as well as GPS, a flush headphone jack, iPhone 2.0 firmware, a price of $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) and a release date of July 11th, 2008.

See you in line.

Polaroid PoGo ZINK Printer
June 4, 2008

Earlier this year, I reported on the Poloroid ZINK Zero-Ink Printer. In theory, it was brilliant. With its release (slated for early July) coming up, more details about the device have begun to circulate around the blogosphere.

Now if you still don’t know what the ZINK printer is, let’s quickly review. Imagine a portable printer, no larger than your standard Kafka novel–and has no need for ink. Rather the color is contained within the paper–think Polaroid instants, but with far more sophisticated technology. You can send your camera phone pictures to it via Bluetooth or connect via USB cable. Now that you’re caught up, we can discuss the new and horribly disappointing details.

The printing process is slow. Each 2×3-inch sticker-backed print will take sixty to seventy-five seconds. And after the process is done, you’re left with a image of questionable quality. On a two-hour charge, the rechargeable battery will only develop fifteen prints before giving out. Lastly, the device isn’t cheap, the unit itself costs $150. Bear in mind that you’ll also need to pay $10 for every 30-pack of refill paper.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth the buy. Wait until the next model comes out.

Flip Mino
June 4, 2008

Last week, I purchased a Flip Ultra camcorder. It left me $120 poorer, but I know it’s going be worth every cent. Its design is clever. The simple interface, convenient all-in-one form, and affordable price has allowed the company to take close to a fifth of the camcorder market. No easy task, I’m sure. Yesterday, Flip announced their latest product, the Flip Mino.

Great. Now I’ve got buyer’s remorse.

Fortunately, after reading a bit more about our new Mino, I find relief for my case of BR. The new Mino is powered by a sealed rechargable battery. This is commonplace on any gadget of this day. It’s a great money-saver, but loses in the convenience arena. I love the idea of being able to pop in a fresh pair of AA cells into the Ultra whenever I need and resume recording immediately. Having to find a USB port and then wait three hours for it to charge–well, that’s just against what the Flip is all about.

Though the Mino is not without aces up its sleeves. It’s now even smaller than the Ultra. Huge plus. Smaller form equal easier pocketability. The buttons have been replaced for a touch-sensitive matrix. Desperate to cure my BR, I’m going to see this as a con. The lack of haptic feedback is not worth the clean look.

Now, if these things don’t phase you, buy a Mino. It’ll be available tomorrow at the price of $180.

Bella
June 2, 2008

Best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I recommend it highly.

Talib Kweli
June 2, 2008

Talib Kweli – Listen

“Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene, 1975) is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the most prominent rappers in underground hip-hop, and is critically acclaimed frequently, despite not being incredibly commercially successful. His name is Arabic, meaning ‘the seeker’ or ‘student of truth and knowledge’.” – Last.fm

Enjoy!

Smart Car
June 2, 2008

Smart Fortwos haven’t exactly become popular in the United States yet (though they are available), but they have become an icon on European roads. Though I suspect that the car’s popularity will rise due to the ever-increasing gas prices.

The first thing you’ll realize about this car is its size. The car’s ridiculous wheelbase is so short that you could actually drive the front bumper up to the curb instead of parallel parking along it. The size of the car doesn’t make it any less safe either. The car is loaded with clever safety design, that it performs remarkably well in crashes.

* Please note that the video I posted above doesn’t display any ordinary Smart Fortwo. Its engine has been swapped out and replaced with one from a Suzuki GSX-R (colloquially known as a Gixxer) motorcycle. It has also undergone various suspension, brake, and weight reducing upgrades.

June’s here!
June 1, 2008

Jamiroquai – Seven Days in Sunny June

So enjoy one of my favorite songs.