Suggymoto.com started originally in December 2007 as an outlet for my ranting and to showcase my occasional artistic endeavours. Over the course of time, it has evolved into something of an infrequent Tech-Blog with a dash of Pop Culture reference for good measure.
My interest in aspects of technology has led me to read A LOT about the subject and given me a unique viewpoint to throw my own two cents into the equation.
I must stress that the opinions expressed in this Blog are mine and mine alone.
I will occasionally re-post articles which I find of interest, and these will be cited as such.
Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure 1980s nostalgia—it’s the Super Mario Brothers theme, right down to the sounds of Mario collecting coins and mushrooms. Amazing!
Music was a big part of the old school Nintendo experience, and it’s eerie how the notes coming out of an instrument you probably never heard of sound so shockingly familiar. This young musician has certainly put in a ton of practice—clearly, all those hours playing Super Mario have paid off.
I suppose it was inevitable that an App as successful as WhatsApp would eventually attract some attention from one of the big boys. Mark Zuckerburg last night announced that Facebook would be purchasing WhatsApp for a cool $9.5 Billion. Not bad for two developers who left Yahoo to follow their own direction. To be fair to them they left it a long time to sell out; only recently adding a subs charge once a user had trialled WhatsApp for 12 months – pretty reasonable really.
The big question now is what exactly Facebook plan on doing with WhatsApp. Do they continue the current business model, or do they incorporate it into the Facebook App and leach off the juicy info that gets passed through the WhatsApp servers every day from the 400 million+ active users – for marketing purposes of course.
I’m sure we’ll find out eventually, but in the mean time I hope Jim and Brian enjoy the fruits of their success.
Sony abandoned the PC market on Thursday. The Vaio has been an expensive and sometimes lower-than-average spec for many years now; and with the massive increase in tablet sales and the obvious move towards Android for Sony, it makes sense for them to dump the Windows platform and move full-time into mobile devices.
The concern is now focused on their TV market. Again, Sony have been struggling – due to higher prices in a marketplace where specs are met by other manufacturers at lower prices. The Smart TV market is huge but with manufacturers merely linking to digital vendors like Netflix and having to pay big bucks for the privilage, the end result is a lower profit margin.
Finally there seems to be a cure for the longstanding disease VVS – or Vertical Video Syndrome to give it it’s full title.
VVS has been a constant reminder of the simple design flaw of all smartphones since phones first figured out how to be smart.
It is highlighted by the one difference between TVs/Monitors and phone screens – an incompatibility if you like – portrait vs landscape.
The human face is designed for landscape video – our eyes are next to each other instead of one above the other. This means that portrait videos are not easy to watch and hold less information to hold a viewers’ attention.
Giving the masses a recording tool without the proper training has been the main cause of millions of hours of footage being uploaded to YouTube and other popular media sharing sites which for some are unwatchable and for many totally irritating to the point if insanity.
Christmas is always a busy time for BBC iPlayer as people seek out the unmissable TV they would otherwise have missed and unwrap new devices capable of accessing iPlayer (of which there are now over 1,000).
BBC iPlayer at Christmas
The festive season started with an early Christmas treat for viewers and fans in the lead-up to the much-anticipated third series of Sherlock – Many Happy Returns; which has since been viewed over 1.5 million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button with millions more watching on YouTube.
Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities. Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour Cheetah, and an eerily convincing humanoid known as PETMAN. News of the deal was reported on Friday by The New York Times, which says that the Massachusetts-based company’s role in future Google projects is currently unclear.