Archive forMay, 2008

Secret camera show

May 30th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Last week I gave the LG Secret's casing and features a bit of a heavy-handed look - this week it's Helen's turn, as she gets to grips with what's inside and what makes it tick. She's taken the camera and photo editing functions on the phone's camera: A YouTube video's not the best way of showing the pictures we took, so we've provided the originals here on this blog for you to have a look at - here's the shot of Homer being rapidly pursued by his friends, alongside the negative version of it: And here's the macro shot Helen was talking...
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Keyboards galore

May 29th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Over at Shiny Shiny there are not one but two intriguing keyboards talked about today. One is the human sized-keyboard, which presumably should come with some sort of Dance Dance Revolution-style program to teach you how to type. It might not be that convenient (especially if you're the kind who takes their computing on the move), but it certainly give you a decent workout. The second (pictured above) is truly for the person who has everything. It's an emoticon keyboard that's solely for the purposes of making smiley and frowny faces - perfect for the instant messaging or MySpace addict. Not...
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Wakey wakey

May 29th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
As someone who occasionally finds it hard to get out of bed, alarm clock technology has always figured heavily on my radar. Traditionally alarm clocks have been utter rubbish but lately a generation of geeks who need to get out of bed have been hard at work on the problem. Often the solution is just to make turning off the alarm harder - whether by making you do a puzzle, or making the clock run away from you. But these ways have a certain inelegant measure of brute force about them - designed to make waking up a harrassing or...
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Wheezer celebrates YouTube

May 27th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
And I'm sure it's getting them no end of mentions all over the web. Cleverly though they've got all the original characters/stars involved rather than some recent adverts attempts at 'homages' that have been met with criticism. How many do you recognise? I, worryingly, got all of them apart from the beauty queen and Kelly. More worrying still I rooted out those two ladies to find out what I'd missed! I think it's time to admit I have a problem... Feel free to comment if you got most of them too, perhaps we can start a support group? Also a quick salute...
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Style that lasts

May 23rd, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Today Chris and I took it upon ourselves to prove that the 'Style that lasts' credo is as good as we've heard - so I filmed Chris on a Secret handset while he tried to destroy one! Chris also gives you a short introduction, in case you were wanting to see the phone in all her glory before putting her through some fairly ungentlemanly treatment. In his defence that is most out of character! No phones were hurt in the making of this blog post. There will be more videos coming over the next couple of weeks, so if you liked it and...
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Links and things

May 22nd, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
While Di over at Designers' Block has been finding yet more marvellous artists and designers to impress us - including Alison Foshee's intriguing work with staples: Susie is giving us all the highlights from the latest edition of Let Them Eat Cake over at Style Bubble. Charles Arthur at The Guardian has some interesting graphs about the rising costs of fuel which are sure to provoke debate: And the team at Gadget Spy have got me all excited about Mini Wind Turbines - who needs fuel anyway!? And what I am up to? Well, in addition to watching you all I'm doing my...
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One Laptop Per Child goes touchscreen

May 21st, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Over at TechDigest I spotted a post by Al that says the One Laptop Per Child project is taking on an exciting new dimension: The new model is also raising eyebrows thanks to an interesting new design strategy: it's ditching the keyboard entirely. The new machine will also be smaller and lighter then original XO model and the lack of keyboard will be replaced by a touchscreen display. I can see this being great for a number of reasons, especially for the developing world - touchscreens are easier to keep clean than regular keyboards (good in dusty or polluted environments), they can...
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Blackboard Pro

May 21st, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Is Russell Davies' blackboard casemod for his Macbook Pro inspired or a mistake? The idea's certainly interesting from a design point of view - mixing some of the latest hi-tech with the very rudimentary. After my adventure with my phone I've got all excited about customising high tech things in low tech ways. And for ages I've been trying to make my Mac more useful for taking notes / to dos. The problem is, that whenever you remember something to do you have to switch it on, power it up, find the application, and then the moment's gone. And I...
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BBC Sound Index

May 20th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
While all too often it's easy to label the internet and MP3 technology as the death of music as we know it, in fact there are many sites which are helping people discover music in new and interesting ways. Today someone brought to my attention the BBC's Sound Index, which crawls some of the most popular music sites such as Last.fm and MySpace to work out an aggregated measure of what the hottest music on the web is right now. As just that it's an interesting index of what's out there (as I type, Coldplay are the biggest thing right now)...
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Secret Party

May 19th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Last Thursday LG held a party to celebrate the imminent release of the Secret handset. The party, which our attendee classified as 'swanky', was held at Sketch in London. Between drinks and canapés our intrepid attendee managed to get a couple of snaps of the Fashion show for us, the highlight of which was brave semi-naked girls and boys wearing body-paint and bits of phone attached to them in all the right/wrong places depending on your persuasion: There was a showcase of the new UK TV advert - which we hope to have for you soon - and Brian Na, President,...
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