Zath’s Technology & Gadget Roundup (20/02/2010)Written by Simon Barker on February 20, 2010 · Filed under Gadgets, Software, Tech
It’s the end of another week in the online world of hi-tech gadgets and technology blogging and as usual there’s been a lot happening out there, so here’s a quick roundup of some of the stuff that we’ve found particularly interesting this week, let us know what you think to them too!
Linux Training Week on Zath – I’m sure we’ve all heard of Linux, but for me personally it’s not something I’ve ever seriously looked at because I always assumed it wasn’t worth the hassle of installation for something that wasn’t that worthwhile, well clearly I was wrong on that one! As you can see from this useful series of articles about the Ubuntu distribution of Linux – it’s easy to setup Ubuntu, it’s an easy to use the Ubuntu interface and there’s lots of software available for Linux.
Heineken Beer-Serving Robot of the Future – oh yes that’s right, in the future we won’t need to get up from the comfort of the sofa, instead the robots will bring the beer to us! This particular robot makes for a great novelty, but it does make you wonder about the potential of robots in the future.
Buy Walkie Talkie Watches? – admittedly walkie talkies aren’t exactly hi-tech these days or even that wanted by people now we all have modern mobile phones such as the iPhone 3GS and Nexus One, but these particular ones can be strapped on your wrist and would make for great free-to-use communication devices if you like to be out in the great outdoors or perhaps having a multi-car roadtrip given they have a range of up to 5km. I just wish I had some of these back when I was a kid!
Coolest Gadgets New Look! – we’ve been fans of Coolest Gadgets for a long time now, in fact we’ve had some of our gadgets voted as Coolest Gadget of the Week by their readers. In addition to that they’ve always been a great source of information on the latest and greatest gadgets, but now they’ve had a facelift and their new modern, streamlined design is live on the site and it’s looking very good indeed! I’d suggest you go take a look at the site as it’s now better than ever!
Google Buzz Being Sued For Privacy Issues? – well it would appear that the Internet-giant that is Google might well get sued over its implementation of their new attempt at social networking because they turned it on by default for all GMail users and then auto-followed the people you most email – but obviously, just because you email someone a lot, that doesn’t mean to say you want to socialise with them or let them know what you’re up to, for instance, after a relationship break-up – in those cases people are not happy with Google, if you’re not familar with this new service, then you can find out more about Google Buzz over at Jason Slater’s technology blog.
Amazon Launches Kindle Blackberry Application – it looks like Amazon are trying to grab even more of the e-book market with the launch of another mobile app, this time for the Blackberry platform which has a huge user base, especially among business and people in the US. Similarly to their Kindle iPhone app, with this mobile application you’ll be able to read your e-books on your mobile phone and then it will synchronise and the next time you use your Kindle 2 or Kindle DX, you can continue reading exactly where you left off…although obviously with the upcoming launch of the Apple iPad, will it be a kindle (& netbook) replacement, in fact it makes you wonder what will happen to the whole e-book market!
iPhone Icon Felt Keychain for iPhone Lovers – do you love your iPhone? Do you need a new keyring? If so, then this might be the ideal gift for you! These soft, plush-like icons look just like the distinctive icons from your favourite smartphone!
Project Natal Shows Up in Smallville – it looks like the TV show of Smallville have been blessed with everyone’s much anticipated Xbox 360 motion controller, clearly this must have been brought back from the future given the show’s recent time-travelling exploits given that Project Natal Release Date isn’t until late 2010.
Not the Facebook Login Page – what happens when people become so reliant on using Google (and typing “facebook login”) to take them to their favourite social networking website instead of typing “facebook.com” into their browser address bar? Obviously they assume there’s been a radical Facebook redesign and start complaining because they can’t login…when the webpage in question is actually just a blog article about the Facebook Login system?!?!?
Anyway, I’ll assume you as a Zath reader can log into Facebook with no problems, so that being the case, feel free to become a fan of Zath on Facebook while you’re there!
Have a great weekend!