21 April 2014
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September 4th, 2008

The Gigaom blog reports that a Boise company M2E Power will start selling a mobile phone charger “…that can convert six hours of everyday movement…into one hour of talk time..”


The new technology is called “motion-harvesting” and should be able to convert walking, shopping and commuting time into talk time.

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How’s this for an idea? A wi-fi smartphone with motion-harvesting, and fring. Maybe the lowest cost of operation phone setup of all!!

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September 3rd, 2008

“If fonts were people.” The video. See here.

Well, I think it’s funny.

September 2nd, 2008

..and help shape the way we evolve from the outside, in!

With your ongoing support, fring has developed into an award-winning, global leader in mobile internet communications, and we have done so by listening to guys like you telling us what you think, what works and what doesn’t, and developing our cool services and features accordingly.  We recognize just how important this has become, and want to take it a step further, by inviting you to join “friends of fring”, a small, exclusive group of fringsters which we will share information with, take inputs and insights from and provide products, features and other news of fring’s development before general release.

All we ask is that you continue to tell us what you think occasionally! Please note, there will be no obligation on your part to do so, but we will ask you to agree to keep confidential some of the developments we share with you.

As a  FoF (a k a friend of fring), you’ll receive a fringing welcome pack  J with some fun fring goodies , and access to a special password protected friends of fring web site where we’ll share the exclusive friends of fring info.  We’ll also be hosting friends of fring social events every so often (lot’s of free drinks and other stuff…), so we can say thank you and get to know each other in person. This will give us a chance to share with you the cool new stuff in the product pipeline, and hear your thoughts and ideas for future development.

Please note friends of fring is totally free of charge to be a part of.  Application is open to any fring user, but to make it manageable and to keep it exclusive, the final selection will be limited to only a few users per country.  So if you are interested in joining please apply now.

To apply, please send an email to with your:

-          name

-          fring nick

-          fring ID (your mobile no. with its international dial code)

-          and a few short lines explaining why you’d like to join.

Applications are open until Fri 12th Sept and we’ll get back to you by Tues Sept 30th.

Hope to hear from you and make friends soon!



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

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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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