65Bits Predictions Show – What’re your predictions? Posted on: November 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm Posted in: Blog

Salut, Mon Petit Enfants!

The end of the year is peering over our shoulders, and you know we’re getting ready to get Fari good and drunk. But outside of our merriment inducement, we are asking YOU to predict what technology’s going to bring in 2008. Take this chance to get your 3.142 seconds of fame on Tech65’s podcast, if we really like you, we might actually give you 15 seconds.

All you need to send flying at our heads are the audio recordings of your predictions in the following format.

1. Name/Nickname
2. Shameless Plugs
3. Predictions for 2008

We do respectfully ask you to keep everything short and sweet (30s).

Gaze deeply into your crystal balls, psychically transmit it to us, as mp3s at predictions [at] tech65.org with the subject “65Bits Predictions for 2008”.

To record your own voice, you can use a mic and a software like Audacity, or Garageband. Or, you can come to our 50th Episode recording tomorrow and we can record your predictions live!

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What the ultimate eBook Reader should have Posted on: November 29, 2007 at 11:17 am Posted in: Blog

On last week’s 65bits, we talked about the Amazon Kindle, Amazon’s US$400 ebook reader, its pros and its cons, whether it will succeed or not. Here’s what I think ebook readers should have:

Open format books
What’s the point of an ebook reader if you can only get books from one store? I love the Sony Reader, but because the Sony Store doesn’t have that many books compared to Amazon, I wouldn’t want to buy it. The Amazon store has loads of books, but the Kindle’s design and locked up system isn’t my cup of tea. It’s hard to get the best of both worlds together. So create or use a single standard format (such as the PDF format), and make the reader use that format for books, not as an added (and possibly limited) feature. That way, book publishers can sell their own books from their own sites. This also gives new authors an equal playground with the big guys, since they don’t have to convince publishers that their books are worth selling or not. If piracy is a concern, DRM can be put in place in the PDF. Unlike the music industry now, however, that should not require a totally proprietary file format, so that authors or publishers can choose to put the DRM in the file or not, while still ensuring that it’s an open format.

In addition, using a format such as PDF allows the author to decide the kind of layout of the book. For example, books might just stick with the traditional paragraphs, but magazines and newspapers might have their own layouts. This could also allow magazines and newspapers serve ads like the traditional paper ones today.

RSS aggregator
Have a real RSS aggregator that lets you subscribe to ANY RSS feed, not like the Kindle’s aggregator that only lets you get feeds from 200+ blogs. Sure, 200 is a lot, but that’s just a fraction of the millions of blogs out there.

Ebook-cast
Just like podcasts work by sending latest episodes in the form of MP3s to your computer, make an open standard book cast. Instead of MP3s or videos files, the RSS feed for that cast could send latest PDFs to your reader whenever new “episodes” or “books” are ready. Magazines and Newspapers could be distributed this way. RSS is open anyway.

Podcast aggregator
While you’re at it, why not. Readers today such as the Sony Reader and the Kindle already support audio playback, so why not just create a Podcast aggregator and get your favourite shows (read: 65bits) on your reader?

Some form of wireless internet
The Kindle’s EVDO connection is a great innovation. Readers could have WiFi, 3G, or even 3.5G. How else would the RSS feeds work? The Kindle’s idea of not needing a computer is great. I think all readers should do that.

Summary
In summary, ebook readers should be independent of ebook stores. Yes, you can still have Ebook readers that come with a service, but buyers should not have to be locked to that service. They should follow singapore’s mobile phone market. The service provider and the mobile phone is independent. You can (and most of the time do) buy a phone with the service, but whether you choose to continue using the phone with that service is up to you. You should be able to mix and match your reader with a service, or services. That way, the ebook market and grow faster, and with more ebooks, why wouldn’t people want to buy ebook readers?

Daniel

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Channel65: K850 vs N6120 Posted on: November 26, 2007 at 8:16 am Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

Are you a tech noob? Well, did the title confuse you? Positively correlated. ūüôā

And in this episode of Channel65, Daniel talks to Jerrick and Kai Yi about their new phones, the Sony Ericsson K850 and the Nokia 6120 Classic respectively. How do they match up to each other? Watch and see.

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65Bits Episode 49: The Calm before the Cake Posted on: November 25, 2007 at 10:26 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This episode in the run-up to our big 50th episode we take it easy with less stories. But first up we look at Amazon’s Kindle, the amazing device that is slated to replace the iPod. Assuming of course nothing else comes along and knocks it off its industry supported perch. We look at outrageously priced phones, and technology that may or may not have an impact in your life and give it up for great online advertising.

Forever Yours,
Nelli, Rick, T, Iel, and Yi.

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Invitation to 65Bits Episode 50 Live Recording. Posted on: at 9:02 pm Posted in: Blog

Hello,

We’re hitting the BIG 5-O next saturday, and we’d like to ask our listners, all three of you out there, (we know you’re there, we can see into your homes) to join us for our recording session on Saturday 1st of Dec at Geek Terminal. All the relevant details are at the end of this post.

We’ll be having a live recording, and YOU can chip in as well, with your thoughts and ideas about the topics of the day. We’ll be publishing the list of topics on Friday, so you can get a chance to read the stories before you come down, and shout out loud like the barbeque lovers that you are.

After a splendiferous podcast, we invite all our buds who came down to sit down and geek out with us, (it’s like hanging out only we put the word geek into it to make it sound cool), and of course savour the delicious coffee provided by Geek Terminal. You are also encouraged to bring your own laptop so that you can soak up the complete Tech65 Package.

Oh, and did we mention there will be a cake baked by the rather tall one.

So, do come down and join us, and if you can’t, don’t worry, we will be livecasting the recording and the geek-out session on ustream.tv. Tune in to the tech65 channel on ustream.tv and don’t forget to shoutout, rant, post, pontificate, salivate on the tech65 shoutbox on our website.

Be there, for we know where you live, and we will hunt you down and drag you here…

Date : Saturday, 1st of December, 2007
Time : 10am
Venue : Geek Terminal.
55 Market Street
#01-01
Singapore 048941

50th

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Channel65 Ep13: Creative GigaWorks HD50 Review Posted on: November 22, 2007 at 8:52 am Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

In this aurally pleasing episode of Channel65, Farinelli and Jerrick discuss Creative’s latest speaker offering, the GigaWorks HD50 micro desktop speakers. Smaller than your palm, these speakers promise to blow you away with warm encompassing mids and razor sharp highs.

 But what about bass?

EDIT: Check out our earlier blog post for detailed features of the HD50 at http://www.tech65.org/2007/11/07/creative-announces-the-gigaworks%c2%ae-hd50-20-speaker-system/

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Channel65 Ep12: GadgetTrak Posted on: November 18, 2007 at 8:13 pm Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts


 
Rapidly up-and-coming anti-theft software website BAK2U.com recently gave us a few credits to try out GadgetTrak, their anti-theft software for everyday products from simple USB thumb drives to iPods. Here we show you the whole process, from registration to recovery.

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65Bits Episode 48: Once and Again, the Amazing Tech65 Posted on: at 6:18 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

In this episode of Tech65, we’ve been up to no good. Talking about Non-Tech stuff. Speculating which Carrier will carry the ONE phone etc. We discuss the implications of Google’s entrance into an already overcrowded scene of Phone Operating Systems. And somehow find outselves talking about Microsoft, and reasons for hating/loving/spanking them. And lastly we talk about the indispensible self tuning Guitar. Oh.. and we also have a guest host!!

It’s coming soon the BIG 50. And All the preparations are well underway, Fari’s Warming up his vocal cords, NTT; his Indian Accent, Jerrick; his self delusions and Daniel; His warm cool necessarily Danielly Voice. A HUGE shout out to Michael Cheng from Podcast Gear Guide and Singapore PHP User Group... You guys make us look comparatively Not geeky:D. Lotsa love y’all.

-Mouseketeer, Imagineer, Its a Small World Animatronic Sculpture, Dude in a Suit and Mic.

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Channel65: Geek Terminal’s new coffee machine Posted on: November 14, 2007 at 8:12 pm Posted in: Channel65,VideoCasts

Danny Pang, barista of Geek Terminal, shows the Tech65 crew what it means to make coffee with his dear new espresso machine.
Read more..

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Creative Reaches the 25 Million MP3 Player Mark Posted on: at 8:07 pm Posted in: Announcements,Blog

Creative today announced with much pleasure that they have hit the 25million unit mark in MP3 player sales.

“Shipment of 25 million MP3 players marks a major milestone in Creative history, as our player unit volume exceeds the combined unit sales from some of the biggest names in consumer electronics,” said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. “We believe that we now have our strongest lineup of MP3 and portable media players ever, as we coutinue to innovate with our recently introduced ZEN Stone, ZEN Stone Plus, and the credit card-sized ZEN.”

 Tech65 is proud to be working with Creative, and heartily congratulate them on being recognised as number two in global unit shipments in the IDC March 2007 report on worldwide and U.S. flash and HDD-based portable media player shipments. We are curious, however, as to who managed to bump Creative out of first place.

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