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Google launches G+ Local with Zagat scores

G+ Local mobile app - Ongoing IssuesGoogle has just announced that it has lunched Google+ Local.  It is a new way of sharing and finding local information across Google.  It has been integrated with:

  • Google+
  • Search
  • Maps
  • Mobile

They have partnered with Zagat to create scores and offer reviews based on users views and social interaction.  If you have an Android phone they are also rolling out this feature to Google Maps.  Hopefully iPhone users will have the same in the near future.

Google say:

Make smart decisions with Zagat’s summaries of user reviews and its expressive scoring system that helps you make a decision based on Food, Service, Decor and Price. The most comprehensive local information is now on Google. See Zagat reviews and scores in Search, Maps, Google+ and on your phone.

Look out for the Local button on your G+ ribbon which should have now magically appeared:

Local G+ button - Ongoing Issues

This is yet another move to get us using G+ even more, increase social interactivity and build a positive online community experience.  Having played with Local a little bit already, we can see the potential of this already and look forward to using it in more social situations and contributing to reviews.

Here are a couple of promotional videos for Local:

Fujitsu Arrows waterproof tablet

Fujitsu brings us their tablet but with a twist, it’s waterproof.  Check out SoldierKnowsBest‘s report:


10% Off selected Tablets (Inc. Sony and Samsung)

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Hurry, only until Wednesday 11th January

Swivl iPhone mount tracks your movement

Check out this great new product, the Swivl iPhone mount.

Under the hood, Swivl is a sensor enabled and motorized base for your mobile video device with a paired marker. You can hold the marker like a remote control or wear it and forget it. The sensor connection allows the base to “follow you” and keeps you in the camera field of view. This technology combination is ideal for capturing video of yourself for vlogging, sports, education and more.

But it’s also the basis for much more. We’re developing mobile applications to improve the video capture experience and post production, and for deployment of the product in other market uses. The Swivl accessory is the foundation for much more.

This device is going to be great for so many applications as shown in their video below:

Swivl by Satarii from Satarii on Vimeo.

For more details be sure to check out their site over at:


Samsung Note 5.3 inch high resolution phone

Check out Samsung’s new high resolution 5.3 inch phone, the Note.  The Super AMOLED screen high pixel density offering 285 pixels per inch.  It also comes with a stylus, a step back may be?

A great post from GIGAOM with more detail is here:


Google introduce the Google+ project – Social Network

Google today introduced their social network, the Google + project.

Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others. With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.

Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.

We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests.

The social network seems to consist of the following five components:

  • +Circles: share what matters, with the people who matter most
  • +Sparks: strike up a conversation, about pretty much anything
  • +Hangouts: stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face
  • +Mobile: share what’s around, right now, without any hassle
  • +Huddle: Coordinating with friends and family in real-time
Here are the introductions videos:
and here is the link to the Google Blog Post:
Will you be checking  this out, we sure will.  We are hoping it is not going to end up the same way as Google Wave.
Google have also informed us that they are taking our security very seriously:
You and over a billion others trust Google, and we don’t take this lightly. In fact we’ve focused on the user for over a decade: liberating data, working for an open Internet, and respecting people’s freedom to be who they want to be. We realize, however, that Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus—on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.
Google+ is currently invite only and is under field trial right now.  You can show your interest by navigating to:

Use Skype To Go from any phone to save you money when Abroad

Skype Logo Ongoing IssuesSkype have announced “Skype To Go“.  You can make calls from any mobile or landline at Skype’s fantastic rates.  You supply a number to Skype and they give you a unique Skype To Go number:

Here’s how the magic works. Let’s say your aunt lives in Australia and you live in New York.
Simply give us your aunt’s number in Australia, and we’ll convert it into a unique Skype To Go number with a New York area code.

Then, all you need to do is call this number from your mobile or landline, and you can talk right away to your aunt in Australia at Skype’s amazing rates.

You use your Skype Credit or subscription to get the same rates you use from your Skype client on your computer or media phone but of course, with nothing to install.

They advise you about other charges:

Local operator charges may apply when calling a Skype To Go number. When using a mobile, inclusive minutes may apply. When using Skype Credit the standard connection fee applies.

Skype To Go is free and you can have up to 9 people on your list.  Once again, Skype are looking ahead and making their fabulous service available to everyone.  This is a really good idea and will serve those who may not be able to access the web in the more remote areas but do have a land line or possibly a mobile phone.

Micro-USB cellphone charger standard formalised

European standardization bodies formalize micro-USB cellphone charger standard.  Here is the press release:

Commission welcomes new EU standards for common mobile phone charger

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have now made available the harmonised standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger. This is the most recent development in the process towards a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission. It follows the June 2009 agreement of fourteen leading mobile phone producers to harmonise chargers for data-enabled mobile phones (i.e. that can be connected to a computer) sold in the European Union.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “I am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry. Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger. The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation.”

Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is not only a major inconvenience for users, but also a considerable environmental problem. Users who want to change their mobile phones must usually acquire a new charger and dispose of the old one, even if it is in good condition. In response to citizens’ demand for a common charger, the Commission invited manufacturers to agree on a technical solution making compatible the chargers of different brands.

As a result, world leading mobile phone producers committed themselves to ensure compatibility of data-enabled mobile phones, expected to be predominant in the market within two years, on the basis of the Micro-USB connector. The agreement was established in June 2009 and signed by Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL), Texas Instruments and Atmel (IP/09/1049).

The Commission then issued a mandate to the European Standardisation Organisations CEN-CENELEC and ETSI in December 2009, requesting the development of European standards for the common charger. The two organisations have now delivered. The standards allow for interoperability, i.e. the common charger is compatible with data-enabled mobile telephones of different brands. They also take account of safety risks and electro-magnetic emissions and ensure that common chargers have sufficient immunity to external interference.

The European Commission expects the first common chargers and mobile phones compatible with the new standards to reach the European market in the first months of 2011.