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The “Doomsday Seed Vault”

Artic Seedbank - Artist impression

Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a fail-safe, state-of-the-art seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time – and of natural or manmade disasters. (more…)

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February 26, 2012 at 10:53 3 comments

Collect & Go iPhone app… no more excuse now !

Scan a barcode to purchase

Scan a barcode to purchase

A nice example of how a cleverly designed application can actually be usefull. And… offering no more excuse not to use your expensive (at least according to your wife) iPhone for something other than Angry Birds…

Colruyt’s Collect & Go iPhone app allows you to quickly and swiftly create shopping lists, order your stuff online and… [warning: Lazy factor coming up] scan that last can of Jupiler when you take it out of the fridge.

Find out more about it at collectandgo.be, and make sure you check out this tacky “oh-we-are-sooooo-busy-and-need-to-spend-more-time-with-the-kids” video 🙂 !.

Download it for free in the Apple App Store (more…)

June 23, 2011 at 14:16 Leave a comment

iPad weirdness and wishes

Yep… I bought myself an iPad !

Weirdness

  • It doesn’t charge from my standard USB port !?
    Yes it does !!! It’s “only” tells you it’s not 🙂 Checkout this FAQ for the full story
  • I only see one agenda in my (Google)Calendar ?
    Mmm… an “undocumented feature” or rather a bug ? Checkout this FAQ for a fix.
  • OK, you spent 30 EUR on a protective film and… there are specs of dust under it !
    No problem… Make IT Work to the rescue again !

Wishes

  • A flashy “Gelaskin”

    They make you iPad look “arty” by providing very nice illustrated skins *with* matching wallpaper…

    Oh, and iPhones or laptops too 🙂

    Too bad they don’t include a screen protector film.

    Check out the 80+ designs of skins at http://www.gelaskins.com

  • A decent anti-glare screen protector !

    The guys at Power Support seem to offer the best quality, although the price is “high quality” too: nearly 30 EUR including shipping !?
    But… you should finally be able to use your iPad on that sunny terrace, without having to stare at your own face or blinding yourself or your neighbor constantly…

    http://www.powersupportusa.com

July 28, 2010 at 14:08 Leave a comment

European Community obtain agreement on a standard mobile device charger

As of as early as next year, we will finally be freed from the many individual chargers for mobile phones and other devices…

Under the agreement, manufacturers would start using micro-USB connectors for phone chargers used for smartphones. Apple joins other big cell phone makers including LG, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Samsung and Sony Ericsson in agreeing to the new standard. Chipset makers, such as NEC, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have also agreed to the deal.

The agreement comes after talks between the phone companies and the European Commission, which threatened legislation to reduce waste if agreement was not reached.

The EC estimates that discarded chargers create “several thousand tons” of waste each year, but a common charger means users can continue using old chargers with new phones.

EU industry commissioner Günter Verheugen said he was pleased the agreement was reached on the basis of self-regulation.

“As a result, the commission does not consider it necessary to introduce legislation,” he said.

Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments signed a memorandum of understanding submitted to EC.

Consumer groups have welcomed the agreement, but have expressed disappointment that it is not international, but confined to the EU.

The agreement could help accelerate standardisation efforts by a GSMA-led alliance of 17 phone makers and mobile operators that includes five signatories of the EU agreement.

Along with LG, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, the alliance includes 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

 

Source: Europe Press Release

If the EU would now also agree on a standard EU officials, we would be paying less taxes 🙂

June 30, 2009 at 14:34 Leave a comment

You better not scratch that disk then…

Holographic discGeneral Electric announced that it made a breakthrough in holographic disc technology, alllowing affordable 500 GB optical discs (!) that measure the size of traditional DVDs.

Rewind… So, one hundred DVD’s on one and the same disc ?
Cool. Until you scratch it 🙂


Holographic disc technology is capable of dwarfing traditional optical media due to its density. The discs make use of microscopic holograms encoded with light information, which are then accessed by a laser.

While several tech companies have been developing holographic discs for years, GE’s successful demonstration is significant because its technology uses smaller, less complex holograms, according to the New York Times.

GE expects its holographic disc could make it to mass production in 2011 or 2012, and cost less than 10 cents per gigabyte.

Source: http://www.ge.com/research/grc_2_3_1.html

April 28, 2009 at 12:25 Leave a comment

GoogleSync or NuevaSync ? Let’s give GoogleSync a try…

UPDATE 04 March: I’m switching back to NuevaSync for now… Main reason: my contacts don’t sync well with Google (I use Zindus). Stay tuned.

Until today I’ve always been a happy NuevaSync user. A very happy user indeed.

Their service not only is free, but it also works fast and is rather stable.

On Feb 9, Google announced the release of their own GoogleSync solution, also using the native ActiveSync Exchange protocol, Microsoft kindly (well, kind of :o) ) provided to Apple.

Since that day, I started doubting whether or not to stay with NuevaSync. Today, I switched. Mainly to check out the Google “native” solution, and… I must be honest… because I didn’t like the fact that NuevaSync keeps switching colours of my calendars. (“I want to be blueeeee !! and not purple 🙂 )

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March 3, 2009 at 16:27 Leave a comment

GPS Navigation finally coming to iPhone ?

The xGPS project is about to release their turn-by-turn navigation software, as early as March 7th !

The app has been around for a while, but the upcoming 1.2 update is the first to add a voice engine in order to bring the often asked for turn-by-turn functionality. You can even use external GPS units to add the capability to a first-gen iPhone or iPod touch.

You can download and cache an area of the map before you head off. Presumably this works over Wi-Fi for those of you with prohibitively expensive data charges or tiny data allowances.

One thing is for sure – Apple needs to take a good, hard look at whatever stopped “legit” developers bringing desirable, valuable functionality to the App Store table before hackers brought it to Cydia…for free.

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February 25, 2009 at 13:35 1 comment

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