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  • Nov 22 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Nokia C7 NFC

Hi everyone,

I’ve been working on the site all weekend and I’ve found some really cool stuff to post up this week.

On Sunday my lovely girlfriend Nish and I were in Uxbridge Town Centre and I couldn’t help but hear that Nokia were actually releasing a phone with NFC capability which customers can buy from their network providers. Right now your probably thinking “What are you on about?!? I get phones from my provider all the time!” but please hear me out.

Nokia C7

Nokia C7

Nokia have had a really awesome tool called NFC at their disposal for a number of years. Phones such as the Nokia 5210i, 6131 and more recent 6212 have had special RFID/NFC chip readers installed but the only way to get the handsets is by going to Nokia directly. This has therefore left the phones being unknown but now the Nokia C7 is scheduled to have the NFC update in 2011.

So, what does this mean? With the Nokia C7, you will be able to have your Oyster Card and contact-less payment card from Barclays on your handset because the same reader in those cards, will be in your phone! So for example, instead of using Chip-and-PIN to pay for your items, you simply scan your handset against the reader and enter your PIN. (Please be aware Barclays have a limit of £10 to eliminate fraud).

What if someone steals my phone? Good question. The things is when you buy/upgrade to the Nokia C7 handset, your network provider will issue you with a special SIM Card where you will be able store your card details. If your phone gets lost or stolen, your network provider will block your SIM card and therefore your personal details will be destroyed.

Has anyone else used the technology? Yes and you probably use it without even knowing! The London Underground put NFC chips into their Oyster Cards to track the public’s journey from one place to another. Every time you touch your Oyster Card onto a reader, the NFC chip inside activates and sends location information to the TfL servers informing them of your location and payment information.

In comparison to smart phones on the market, yes the Nokia C7 fails – unable to multi-task well, not a great selection of apps against Andriod and the Apple iPhone; but with regards to previous NFC handsets, the Nokia C7 will blow them all out of the water!

If you have any questions about RFID/NFC, please submit them in the comments box and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Take care,
Andy Singh

  • Nov 19 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Super Mario…Lego?

Happy Friday everyone! The sun is out, the trees are blowing and the sky is clear.

I was StumbleUpon’ing while watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and came across a very very cool example of what you can do with a 3D scanner and Lego. Trust me, you wanna see this!

The creator Keith Brogan from Scotland used a NextEngine 3D scanner on a Mario figure which was then displayed in a mesh format on his PC.

Mario Scan

Scanning the Mario figure

There on Keith scaled the scan to a height of 75cm and spread an array of Lego pieces around the scan.

Mario Wireframe

The Mario Wire and Lego frame

Using NextEngine Scan Studio’s Stencil functionality, Keith select the cubes which fitted on the Mario stencil to produce a pixelated image.

Pixelated Mario

Pixelated Mario

And after much building, here is the finished product in all its glory!

Lego Mario

Lego Mario

I think I speak for everyone when I say – Keith Brogan of Scotland, please make me one!!!!

Wishing you a great weekend filled with excitement and geekyness.
Andy Singh

  • Nov 18 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

UK Slowest Broadband Towns

Good (early) Morning everyone,

Firstly, I would like to apologise for not posting anything up lately. I’ve been working on another project of mine which should be ready in time for the start of December; I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Yesterday I was browsing the ‘net and I came across the article ‘UK’s Slowest Broadband’s Towns and Villages‘. Now with me living in the middle of nowhere (and I mean that literally), I decided to have a look; and to my surprise my location was not listed! The title went to the Kent town of Farningham which had a Average Download Speed of 1.3Mbps….which is about 650+kbps faster than mine!

After reading this I took a broadband speed test just to make sure and you can see the result below (Source: Broadband Speed Checker.co.uk).

Researchers say that one album in Farningham takes 45 minutes to download while a 12 hours to download a movie. At my place, an album takes a few hours depending on time and whether or not my sister and dad are using the connection. And as for Youtube, there’s no point thinking about it!

I thought I’d share that with you before I go to bed and dream of living in a place with fibre optic broadband (before you say anything just remember…I’M A GEEK!).

My Broadband Speed Test Result

My Broadband Speed Test Result

Wishing you the sweetest dreams,
Andy Singh

  • Nov 12 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Hacked

Happy Friday everyone!! The end of the week is FINALLY here!

I found an interesting article on BBC News about the Microsoft Xbox Kinect being hacked hours after going on sale in Europe. So naturally I had to check it out and what I found was not the work of a “hacker” as Microsoft put it, but the work of a good programmer.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect

Microsoft Kinect 360

Like the Wii, the Kinect can be used to do some really cool motion sensor stuff which, if you liked the film Minority Report, will make life pretty interesting (come on, how isn’t controlling your computer via hand motions not cool?).

The programmer responded to the $3K bounty issued by Adafruit Industries to the first person to produce drivers for the device and have them available to download and improve. Click the link to visit BBC News which has a link to Adafruit Industries website where you’ll find a demonstration video of the Kinect being used on a Linux laptop.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend filled with excitement and joy!
Andy Singh

  • Nov 11 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Should You Get Your Gadget?

Hey all,

I was StumbleUpon’ing and came across this which actually helped me decide on what to add to my Christmas list (yes I know I’m 24 but geeks have needs!).

Check it out and let me know what you think

Take Care,
Andy Singh

Should You Get Your Gadget?

Should You Get Your Gadget?

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