Monday, February 27, 2012

A smartphone with a 41MP camera? Yup - 41 Megapixels. You read that right...

When the Nokia N8 launched with its 12MP camera back in 2010, it made waves in smartphone circles as its awesome Carl Zeiss equipped camera soon made a name for itself.

Now 12MP is already pretty hefty for a smartphone, but how does 41MP sound?
41 Megapixels? Seriously Nokia?

Well it's a reality now, thanks to the new Nokia 808 PureView:

That kinda moves the goalposts, umm, well, pretty damn far away in terms of cellphone imaging!

Add to that Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash, and we are talking about some serious picture taking abilities here.
Hell, this thing even records video at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second!

So just how did they get this quantum leap right?
To read more about the incredible science behind it all, click here.

Gotta get my hands on one of these...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Do you suffer from Nomophobia...?

When I found out about a very real fear called Nomophobia recently, I had a bit of a giggle as I thought it was all a joke...

After all, surely Nomophobia is a fear of food...? (Nom nom nom... get it? :)

Ah but wait, there is more to it than that - did you know that Nomophobia is actually a fear of being out of mobile contact?
The word is derived from the term "no-mobile-phone phobia", and it was coined by the UK Post Office during a study to look at anxieties suffered by mobile phone users.

Thinking back to my teenage years when cellphones were not really around yet, I have to wonder how the heck we got by back then?
Sure we had landlines and pagers, but once we set foot outside of home or work, then we were out of touch for hours at a time.
Today that is unheard of - we SMS, BBM, Whatsapp, Email and call constantly through the day.
It's a communications overload if ever there was one...!

Speaking from experience here, it is pretty easy to get caught up in it all.
I know that when my phone battery dies, or if I lose signal, it adds quite a bit of stress to my day.
So I guess in that regard, I am a bit of a Nomophobe... :)

Can you afford to be out of touch with the world and without your cellphone?
Are you a Nomophobe?

Oh, and if you are, then why not head over to the Nybbles and Bytes Store and order yourself a Powertraveller powermonkey, so that you never get stuck with a flat cellphone battery again :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A BMW M1 you say? No Sir, that is in fact a 1 Series M Coupe...

It's a little thing really, not something to lose much sleep over...

Even so, I have to say I find it a little irritating when some wannabe car-nut says "Wow man check out that BMW M1", or something along those lines, as a shiny new 1 Series BMW with 4 tailpipes roars past in a blur...
I am no car fundi, and even I know the difference.

Firstly, THIS is a BMW M1 (circa 1978 - 1981):

 Secondly, THIS is a BMW 1 Series M Coupe (2011):

Big difference.
Are we clear? :)

All naming confusions aside however, both are seriously legendary machines, notwithstanding the 30 year gap between them...

Now the only question is where to find the insane amount of ZAR required to get me one of these bright orange pocket rockets...
If I can find one, that is...!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Symbian Belle has landed...

After much speculation and patience from local Nokia smartphone owners, the long-awaited Symbian Belle update is now available for download via Nokia Suite, for phones that launched with the Symbian^3 platform.

Nokia Suite popped up on my laptop a few minutes ago with the screen above, according to which we can expect the following updates / improvements / changes to the existing OS:

- Six home screens which can be easily personalised with enhanced widgets (currently there are only 3 home screens, and for me that has been fine up until now, so I am not quite sure what I am going to do with the 3 new homescreens just yet...)

- Smoother and simpler menus for easier navigation (not that this has ever been a problem on my E7)

- Dozens of other new and improved features... (will have to play around with Belle a bit once the update is done to find out what these are!)

Regardless of any negative press from the anti-Symbian brigade, you gotta hand it to Nokia for supporting the Symbian OS so well.
Symbian has certainly had its day, but even though Nokia have now firmly pledged themselves to the Windows Mobile platform, they still continue to push out regular, meaningful updates to their existing devices.

My E7 has just got better and better since the day I got it - keep 'em coming Nokia!
If you have done the Belle update on your phone, please comment here to let us know how if the new update is working well for you.

p.s. Phones that are affected by this update are the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C7, E6, C6-01 and Nokia Oro.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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