Archive for February, 2010

Google Buzz

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Well here it is Googles latest attempt  to break into the Social market. Possibly one of the few pieces of the internet Google has not had a successful run at. Google Buzz is completely integrated into you Gmail and accessible via your phone assuming you have an Android 2.0 or iPhone. Other phones promised see the support page here.

What sets it apart from facebook and twitter?  Well it supports in-line content like video and images unlike twitter which relays on third parties. Facebook is User/social group centric where Buzz is location centric. Now you can Buzz into the Buzz sphere or keep it private, to you close friends so its smiler to Twitter from that respect.

The first thing that gets me is the fact that I can press the nearby button or enable it on Google maps and just see where the buzz is. I can see the security issues with it though. By the end of the day every site with a security team will have at least one article that outlines the security risks of sharing your Geo-coordinates. The most practical thing about it though is that it propagates your public feeds from your current social network sites.

At the end of the day it don’t matter what they say what matters is user base. With access to your entire email contacts list any one to give it a try will instantly know who else is giving it a try. So what will the word of the people be?   Buzz or not to Buzz?

Multi-touch Kindle

Friday, February 5th, 2010

With the launch of the iPad not far off. Amazon seems to be stirring. Amazon is said to have purchased Touchco. This is the multi touch company whose tech is based of NYUs Department of Computer Science and Technology UnMousepad worked on by Ken Perlin. Does the name ring a bell? You know, the guy that came up with Perlin noise. He has a interesting blog on all sorts of stuff.

Merge Touchco with the latest KDK Beta(Kindle Development Kit) and you might get a decent platform.  Looks like Amazon will be aiming at similar market as the iPad. Now the iPad obviously already has a massive back log of apps from the iPhone. The eBook deals and eBook cost seem to be weighted on Amazons side.

Only time will tell.

Nexus One 3G bug(O2 UK) and Wifi bug

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I was totally stocked to get my Nexus One. When I got the N1 though, it did take some doing to get it working. Here are the issues I found and the solutions to the problems. Now you can find these solutions all over the net but I am just centralizing all the solutions please add any others you have found in the comments and I will update the post.

Problem:
Wifi not getting passed the “Obasdtaining IP” msg and not connecting even though the login details are correct.

Solution A:
This seems to be a temporary issue associated with the specific session of the wireless network. The easiest solution is to reset the router.
Problem:
No 3G or Edge signal at all(this does not mean flaky this means you never get any signal at all). This happened to me on O2.

Solution A:
Find your Carrier APN(Access Point Name) see O2 details below:

Name: mobile web
APN: mobile.o2.co.uk
Username: web
Password: password
MCC: 234
MNC: 10
APN Type: default

What ever details you dont see above leave blank. The settings in the N1 is Settings>>Wireless & network>>Mobile networks>>Access point names>>menu>>add>>ENTER YOUR APN DETAILS (O2 IS ABOVE )

Problem:
My 3G signal is poor. I have signal but its not very good.
Solution C:
Final solution from google fixes 3g signal bug and adds multitouch to all apps:

http://googlephoneblog.net/2010/02/03/force-update-your-nexus-ones-software-to-enable-multitouch/

this will be an over the air update at some point.

Solution B:
Settings>>Wireless & Netowrk>> Mobile networks>>Network operators>>Tap Automatically
The bottom of the screen should you should see Registered. Job done you should see improvements immediately.

Solution C:
Dial *#*#4636#*#*>>Phone Information>>Change ‘WCDMA preferred’ to ‘WCDMA only’ at the bottom of the page. WCDMA is 3G so this setting forces it to only use 3G which means when there is no 3G signal u will get no net coverage. When u make the switch and get your strong 3G signal switch it back to ‘WCDMA preferred’ and you should find that your are still on good signal.

Hope that helps.