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anyone got paper?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

anyone got paper?

Lifehacker, one of my favourite sites, has just posted it’s top 10 videos for the year. . I think my favourite is “how to open a beer bottle with a paper”. Always useful!

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I like the t-shirt one too

cop 2.0

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Dick Tracy used his wristwatch phone to fight crime. Well comic book characters shouldn’t have to carry the whole burden of fighting crime. Cameraphone users are now being enlisted into the fight. At least, in New York City. In this report from the BBC, NYPD’s commissioner Ray Kelly says..

“It’s a fact of life. Everybody has a camera in their telephones. When people can record an event taking place that helps us during an investigation..”

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When crime fighting cameraphone wielding citizens are not out about keeping the city safe, they can catch up with what’s happening back in the station house. The NYPD has it’s own podcast.And it’s own YouTube channel.

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i blogger

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

WordPress has now launched a purpose built iPhone app that enables you to manage and edit your WordPress blog on the the go, at least if you have an iPhone. You can even add photos direct to your blog.

Don’t believe me? Check out the Youtube here.

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As a regular commuter it’s amazing to watch how many people use their smartphones as messaging platforms, say for example, using fring to twitter with, on the bus. Soon some of my fellow commuters will be blogging too.

love me, love my phone network

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Sydney’s commuter newspaper “MX” featured a report from The Australian Interactive Media Industry Association’s ‘Mobile Lifestyle Index’.

The report gives a fascinating insight into the marketing, and indeed the sociology, of mobile phones. The report found single people more likely to sign up with Optus, married people with Telstra and de facto couples were more likely to use “3″.

Of course fring loves them all!

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fight roaming charges with fring

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that global roaming is costing Australia travellers away from home… the earth! (See story here).

“The financial advisory service KPMG also found retail margins were excessively high on roaming calls, with the average call costing $2.75 a minute while the wholesale cost was only 46 cents.”


Here’s a way to fight back against excessive roaming charges. When you fly abroad don’t forget to pack your fring!

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beijing panorama

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Panorama of Beijing Olympic stadium taken just before the men’s 100 metre final.

You can keep in touch with things Olympic thanks to fring too. In case you haven’t seen it yet, read all about fring and the Olympics here.

it’s android season (soon)

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The first Google phone, android on HTC handsets has been okayed for release in October this year by America’s FCC. That’s what the NYT says.

Regardless of the technology, it will provide a change from all the iPhone chatter. Is the Android challenge may have been what prompted Symbian to move towards making it’s operating system open source too. (See here) ??

What’s interesting is that now, just as open source mobile telephony seems to have got off the drawing board, O’Reilly Emerging Telephony, a major service from O’Reilly publishing that has provided an excellent source of articles, podcasts and conference materials on the open source telephony community is closing down. Or has, at least, announced that it intends to close down. Maybe their mission has now been accomplished.

the bic idea

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Did you know that disposable pen, disposable razor company “Bic” has now got into the mobile phone business? Engadget tells the story here and ‘Network World’ has more here.

Bic aren’t proposing disposable mobile phones. At least, not yet. But the idea of a low cost ready-to-go mobile phone is certainly a good one.

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Communications analysts Budde Communications say that the mobile phone marketplace is being split.

“Over the next five years both the high and low-end mobile devices are set to rise sharply, whilst the mid-tier market is predicted to significantly decline. At the high-end of the market, commuters are increasingly switching to more advanced devices, called smart phones, that can handle applications such as email, and web browsing. At the same time, sales of simple cheap mobile phones are booming as Nokia and other phone makers move into emerging markets….”

So the bic idea strikes me as one that could pay off. I don’t see them displacing smartphones (which are fring country) but they may provide families with an economic way to provide phones for the children. Ask parents how many phones their kids have lost or broken and you’ll get the idea!

ceremonial reboot

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Did you see the blue screen of death at the Olympics opening ceremony?

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I thought the the great LED screen rolled out on the ground during the opening was really the geek highlight for me.

“Laid on the ground of the stadium was an LED screen 147 meters long and 22 meters wide with 44,000 embedded LED beads. LED beads were also embedded on the costumes of performers.”


You can keep in touch with things Olympic thanks to fring too. In case you haven’t seen it yet, read all about fring and the Olympics here.

fring you at the Olympics!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

The Olympics opening ceremony is around the corner. The athletes are ready. The media is ready. The sports fans are ready. And fring is ready …set to go!

fring has it’s own team in Beijing. It’s a gold medal team of dedicated onsite fringsters. And they are ready to bring you the highs and lows from the Olympic city, track, field and village. fring will allow you to get a unique Olympic perspective. Day and night, you can receive free, unique updates via fring from our very own fring Olympic commentators, our “fringentators”, via the Olympics fringAdd-on.

You can choose to receive live, local language fringfeeds from fring’s Beijing based Olympic team:

* Alexander Rusakov – Gold medal contender this games! This Russian trampoline champion is going to be fringing away when not focusing on the gold medal he is tipped to win!
* Oleg Zaporozhchenko Jr. – The Russian Olympics team coach & international category judge!
* Fei Wen – Malaysian Olympic volunteer and coordinating the onsite fring effort – thanks!!!
* Tania Teoh – Malaysian Olympic volunteer and avid fan of lots of sports including swimming, volleyball, badminton and more!
* Udi Moshel – Israeli sports obsessive… I mean, enthusiast… will be keeping us all updated with sports and social updates across the board from the fields and other online circuits!
* Agus Jose – Our Spanish sports and travel devotee will micro-blog about both with the added insight only a professional psychologist can offer!

How do you get it?

All you have to do is to choose the fringAdd-on from our in-client catalog by:

restarting fring –> click Options –> settings– > manage add-ons select one or more.

Our Russian fringentators will be micro-blogging in Russian (from Aug 13) , the Malaysian & Israeli fringentators will “fringentate”in English and Agus will do it in….. Spanish! (from Aug 15)

You can get more info, review the miniprofiles of our fringentators and keep tabs on their feeds from fring.com’s Olympics page.



Let the fringing games begin!






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