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July 2, 2009
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An interesting Android Homescreen replacement: Open Gesture

One interesting element of Android is how easy it is to replace the homescreen application. We had already seen HTC innovating with the Rosie UI, which offers an experience much more integrated around social networks. This one, OpenGesture, is an exact copy of the existing homescreen but with a nice gesture based interface on top. Neat !

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No hamburgers in Dusseldorf... instead they have Schnitzel Huber which is.. yes.. a schnitzel fast-food !
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mark Gravtar
on 8 Jul 09 at 13:02 CEST
we have a McDonalds :)
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beautiful images: first snowboard movie shot in HD.. and 3D.

I know that summer has just started... but this makes me wish we would be in winter already  :-)

 

via fubiz (in french).

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antoine Gravtar
on 8 Jul 09 at 15:56 CEST
Tous les jours je rêve de soleil, de neige et de snowboard, rien de mal à ça ;-)
July 9, 2009
10:20
Video preview of the first Sony Ericsson Android device (Rachel)... pretty !

Ok, the device looks gorgeous: Hardware design, tech capabilities (8mp camera, Snapdragon 1Ghz,...), and streamlined UI with many new social capabilities (like the HTC Sense).

 

However... when I look at this.. I really wonder: do I want to consume my twitter stream in a funky 3D flow ? I receive hundreds of tweets an hour ! What is the point of seeing the last 10 tweets, even if it is a cool 3D UI ? Are these guys testing their ideas on realistic data sets or are they just throwing eye candy ?

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sampiroton Gravtar
on 9 Jul 09 at 8:27 CEST
Agree... but then i think about something else. Will samsung and nokia release their own android devices? Any inside tips?
eschnou Gravtar
on 9 Jul 09 at 8:30 CEST
No need of insider tips: Samsung Galaxy is coming out this month, and the Nokia Android rumor is strong (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2009/jul/06/nokia-mobile-internet-phones).
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Finally a good Microsoft add. I love it. Wonder if the product will be up to it :-) (via @zee)

from zee at the next web

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July 10, 2009
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The most fascinating burger commercial I've ever seen... for the WHOPPER !

By now, you should know how much I have a passion for burgers, such a simple concept, that exists in so many different forms and which is being adapted to so many culture. It was a shock to me to discover (but is it true) that some remote areas of our world... have not yet discovered the burger !

 

This being said, there is a real lack of good burger places in Belgium. Maybe a project for the future :-)

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barthox Gravtar
on 10 Jul 09 at 8:01 CEST
Really amazing and fascinating, but I wonder whether they took the social impact into consideration!

Now that these people have discovered the burger ... what will happen?

Will B.K. open joints in the middle of nowhere in Romania, Thailand and Greenland?
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Shared the story Europe no longer matters to lead position in mobile (via @scobleizer)
Yup ! It is unfortunate, but I cannot agree more. They simply don't get it...
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Shared the story Deezer disponible sur Android en version bêta !
L'idée est évidement sympa: toute la musique du monde en streaming sur votre portable. Par contre, pour moi celà ne marche pas encore: "on demand is not available in your country". De plus, l'interface est assez perturbante... pourquoi ne pas avoir gardé l'UI Android native ? C'est une autre technologie ? Flash ? PhoneGap ?
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On commence les choses serieuses avec Alela Diane aux #ardentes. Dehors, ciel bleu et beau soleil !
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Live broadcast (on continue avec Sharko... )
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Ciel bleu et ambiance vacance au bar des #ardentes. Cold War Kid comme bande son.
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July 16, 2009
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Just got my Google Voice invite and.. this is amazing stuff ! My short review...

Ok, it is officially only available in the US, but with a bit of SSH tunneling, and using a US SkypeIn number, I was able to register to Google Voice. the setup is really fast, intuitive, and all free. Almost everything is free by the way: calling in the US, SMS in the US, call forwarding, voicemail and even call recording !

Yes.. you can record your conversations (the other party is made aware of it), but the most interesting feature is the 'Call Presentation' mode which effectively enable you to decide on a call-per-call basis what to do: accept, reject, listen in to the voicemail and pick up or record the call.

The UI is similar to GMail, dead simple to use and with nifty feature like automated transcript of voicemails, so that you can easily read them while on the go.

I still need to check out the Android Application, but Iḿ sure that I won't be let down. Google Voice is amazing and will change the way we use our phone in major ways.

As a bonus.. here is the first google voice conversation I had, it was with @alardw, and recorded by Google. Amazing.. but maybe also a bit freaky. I was used to G reading all my mails... now they will start listening to my conversations :-)

 

[Note: quality is poor due to this being also done through Skype, and echo is the result of both of us sitting in the same room during that call]

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ramón Gravtar
on 16 Jul 09 at 8:55 CEST
Does it transcript other languages like French or Spanish?
eschnou Gravtar
on 16 Jul 09 at 8:57 CEST
No, at this stage the service is US only and transcript only works for English. I'm sure Voice will come to Europe soon, however it remains to be seen if they will also be able to bring the transcript feature to these markets. One of the issue is that we, in Europe, typically talk/write to different people in different languages.
ramón Gravtar
on 16 Jul 09 at 10:03 CEST
Bummer. But I am really looking forward to test it as soon as it is available here... I am far from being a "tunneling rat" (like the ones from WWI)
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