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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!

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.

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’s Olympics page.



Let the fringing games begin!






August 6th, 2008

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald‘ reports that Google ‘Street View’ has recently launched Australian street views. It’s interesting to note that some real estate sites have already added Google street views as part of their house listing services.

Here are two of my favourite Google street views applications. First there is the Streetview guide to the route of the Tour De France and StreetView Fun which collects unusual and fun sights seen in Streetview.

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As you can see, you can customise and embed your GoogleMaps and StreetView to your blog or web site.

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Give it a go!

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A perfect partner for your fringME widget!

August 2nd, 2008

Speaking about romance, Google street view has been used to propose marriage. See here. We don’t know if the intended actually said “yes”, but my guess is that she Twittered her reply.

July 27th, 2008

Bill Gates left the helm of Microsoft earlier in the month. This is a milestone of sorts. But more importantly what did all those Microsoft guys look like when they started out?

See ZDNet Australia or all the relevant mugshots.

July 24th, 2008

This item will interest the uber-geeks. “Centrefold” photographs of Network Operations Centres.

See here

July 23rd, 2008

‘Avi Shechter, co-founder and CEO of fring commented, “The release of fringAdd-ons represents a natural and exciting step in the evolution of fring, designed to bring the richest user experience possible and put all of the fringster’s communication and mobile Internet needs into one place with functionality and useful features that are fun, enjoyable and easy to use. We look forward to rolling out new fring Add-ons developed by third parties and independent developers to enrich the experience even further as soon as they become available.”‘

That’s a recent quote from some more news coverage in the trade press of the recent release of fring Add-Ons. You can read the whole story here.

fring Add-ons gets some interesting coverage here too.

July 21st, 2008

This Youtube by George Dyson discusses an early chapter in the history of the computer.

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George Dyson, the son of physicist Freeman Dyson and sister of computer industry guru Esther Dyson, is a science and computing historian. His book “Darwin Among The Machines“, although now a decade old is a fascinating exploration of computing. Highly recommended. Also keep an eye for his Project Orion book, which is literally “…out of this world”.

July 20th, 2008

Having trouble with your fring connection setup? Does fring seem to be connecting to the net too often?

Well this tip might be just the fix you need. See here.

Keep your eye on fring forums for more tips for improving your fring experience.

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