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These pieces of street art was done by Phlegm. His website states that he makes comics and paints on walls. Pretty cool by our EhEh standards 😉

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kidrobot & Swatch have joined forces to create this cool range of custom watches, complete with its own dunny!

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Its been about 4 months that I’ve been using the Samsung 7” Galaxy Tab and quite honestly, I think that this tablet is severely underrated by many people. I reckon a lot of people have been lulled into an Apple-is-the-best-and-nothing-can-compare state 😛 just because they kinda came out with the tablet thing first (not technically, but you know what I mean). The thing is, that this ‘little’ tablet can mix it with the big boy iPad anyday. The iPad 1 I might add, dual core processors kinda make it a bit unfair with the second iPad.

First Impressions and Overview

The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy Tab was the size. Sure it looks like an oversized smartphone and I have been ridiculed about its size (OMG WHAT A HUGE PHONE! :O hehe) but I think the size is a perfect mix of the best of both worlds. Not as huge as a 10” iPad-sized screen but not as small as an average sized smartphone). This means beautifully crisp video playback and social networking made really easy for the user. And I can still put it in my pocket if needed! Nice sized icons and Google’s famed Android (2.2 Froyo on this tablet) OS make user interaction a breeze. I never got ‘stuck’ in an application, where I did not know what to do next (that’s good programming/coding! :D).

Applications

In terms of apps, I could blog all day about this. Android Marketplace has soooo many cool apps, and the majority of them are free! The first couple apps I downloaded was Google Maps, The Bible, Whatsapp and Layar. Layar is a really cool augmented reality app that uses the real external environment within the app. There are different ‘layer’ configurations that, when the camera points at something, information will appear about that object. For example, a Wikipedia layer is activated and the camera points at a national monument. A little box will pop up with information about that monument. It’s like web browsing on steroids. Another cool app is SoundHound, where one can HUM a tune and the app will recognise it (through Gracenote databases) and provide information about the song. And these are only the apps within Marketplace, there is a whole ‘unofficial’ market as well for apps that have been blocked by Marketplace (such as a Youtube video downloader, and torrent clients and a whole lot more!).

User experience

The keyboard is really responsive and also has Samsungs Swype option in which the user can slide their finger over the letters they want to type. The traditional touch-to-type keyboard is also an option. Typing is similar to the usual thumb-attack approach in portrait mode; in landscape mode, one might require a little stretching (small hands won’t really work in this mode, lol). So messaging is pretty easy to do quite quickly. Phone calls are a bit of a different story, the ‘normal’ mode is speakerphone which can be troublesome in public and crowded places. I use the headset 90% of the time, and I must admit I do get caught off guard with phone calls and fumbling to get the earphones in, lol. I think a Bluetooth headset would solve that problem ;).

Issues

One gripe I do have is when the thing syncs, it makes EVERYTHING slow. You have to wait till it finishes syncing so that some RAM is freed up (444MB is not that much anyway). The same thing happens when many apps are open. Another one is that I cannot see who is calling. I’ve tried apps that have a Call ID function, but alas. It might be a Samsung design flaw.

All in all, I am very happy with this tablet. It has proven capable to the tasks I need it to perform and has been very reliable in its software and hardware design and operation. Samsung is really giving Apple a run for its money.

Tech it or leave it 😛

PS. <<<BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK REVIEW COMING SOON>>>

Hacking group LulzSec (aka the LulzBoat) closed up shop last week, after a 50-day hacking spree that inckluded attacks on the CIA, US Senate and Sony Music Entertainment. Their most recent plunder was the Arizona Dept of Public Safety, releasing documents and personal information. LulzSec is now joined with #AntiSec group.

The definition of Lulz is “the joy of disrupting another’s emotional equilibrium.” The #AntiSec group was quoted : “#AntiSec is more than Lulz and more than even Anonymous: It is our true belief that this movement has the capability to change the world. And should that fail, we will at least rock the world.”

The idea behind hacktivism is to test and exploit security risks in different computer systems and there has been a recent increase in this activity. Although it has become more and more malicious with government and federal organisations being targeted. Is this a good (Showing weaknesses in certain systems so that it can be improved) or bad (releasing personal details across the whole Internet) thing?

Can hacktivism be performed positively?

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via thinkgeek

A pretty cool rotary mechanical smartphone designed by Richard Clarkson.This is not just a cover but an actual phone designed to be ‘Steampunky’. It has two interchangeable brass dials, a true rotary dial and a button dial. All dials are interchangeable, similar to changing lenses on a camera!

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Apple recently released their solution to syncing issues that most people with more than one Apple device have. It’s called iCloud and the aim is to integrate and sync all aspects of your digital life. Sounds pretty cool in principle and its yet another smart moves by the dudes at Apple.

There are a host of features that iCloud provides, like PhotoStream that syncs the last 1,000 photos taken for 30 days as well as pushing apps bought to any of your other devices (which I think is pretty cool, one does not need to buy the app 5 times). The same would apply to iBooks purchased within the App Store, and all personal data would also be backed up in the ‘cloud’ (a potential security risk, but a good thing to have just in case you lose your iPhone, iTouch AND iPad on the same day :0)

The biggest part of this whole thing would be the music aspect. Recently Amazon and Google have released cloud based music services (only available in the US 😦 ) and it was anticipated that Apple would follow suit. iTunes in the ‘cloud’ enables users to redownload previous iTunes purchases to other iOS devices as well as push new purchases to those devices at no additional cost. Another cool feature is iTunes Match, which for a nominal fee, any non-iTunes music in your personal library can be pushed to your other devices (one does not even need to upload it, if its in the iTunes Store). So in a nutshell, your entire music library can be online for you to download wherever you are. That is the power of iCloud.

What do you think of iCloud? Is it a step into the future or just another flashy Apple gimmick?

 

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