The show includes guest speakers from Japan, Australia and NZ providing an insight into the latest global technological developments with a series of short presentations in the morning on NGN (the next generation network and its impact on the telecomms industry in NZ), the Virtual PC Centre (NEC's thin client solution), and the increasing use of biometric technology including digital fingerprinting, facial recognition and intelligent video.
There will be a light lunch and then a showcase - they will even have the PaPeRo robot (pictured) coming from Japan to pay us a visit!
Register on-line for the showcase (22th November, in Wellington). Look for me there if you are attending!
UPDATE: check the platform demo video too...
The platform combines AMD Phenom processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 series discreet graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets.
Next week I will be attending an AMD Spider Webinar hosted by Patrick Moorhead, vice president of Advanced Marketing for AMD. He will explain the features of the AMD Spider and provide live demonstrations.
UPDATE: check the overclocking video too...
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Below is a promotional video Jason's found in the reviewers kit. I won't be sharing his own videos because it is better for you to watch them on his site, with the associated comments.
It's worth checking these out - I won't publish individual links because he's posting a video for each interesting feature, so just hit the Zune Thoughts homepage and go from there.
Below you can see a video showing the capabilities of this platform on a reference design device - don't expect to buy this specific handset anytime soon, but if all goes well, by the end of 2008 we should see the first devices hitting retail stores:
For more information visit the Android Developer Challenge webpage or the Android Developers Blog.
Then last week we decided to create the Geekzone Offers and Wanted forum. It's just a forum where you can post something you want to sell, or you are looking to buy or trade.
Again there's no fee for listing anything there. But there are rules. Basically the moderators won't accept first time posters. If the post is not coming from someone that has already participated in the community then it will be deleted.
We will be doing this to prevent spam - and because it's a way of giving the known users the credibility they deserve.
In the future we will be working on some system to provide feedback on users' participation in all forums, so the system will be automatic.
Just as an example, Brad sold his HTC Titan only a couple of hours after posting it up for sale in the forum. He used the sale income to purchase the HTC Okta.
So it works, and you don't pay anything. So use it. Ad make sure to grab its RSS feed to keep an eye on new offers (each forum has is own RSS feed).
During the Geekzone Moderators' Meeting the following weekend I was showing the Okta Touch around (of couse).
Just to show how impressed the moderators were, four out of seven Geekzone moderators now have an Okta Touch - replacing even some brand new PDAs.
A fifth Geekzone Moderator is complaining, but he's almost moving his mobile from Vodafone to Telecom just to get this device.
I can say this device was a big hit in some technical circles...
Review coming soon on Geekzone.
TechNet EDGE will bring content for IT Professionals, plus a forum called The Perimeter.
The initiative is clearly something to complement the developer focused Channel 9 and the more consumer-orientated On 10 initiatives.
If you are an IT Pro check it out: TechNet EDGE.
Top Kiwi technology website Geekzone is partnering with TV3 with links to each other's sites in a move both organisations hope will broaden their reader content and boost online traffic.
"There is no money in it - it's not a financial deal for either party. It's more of an experiment to see if we can each boost traffic by giving readers on both sites a greater choice of content."
Exactly right: it's about relevant content to our readers. We do not have the resources to produce videos commentaries and TV3 provides a great complement in the technology segment. You can find those links in our news stories and all forums pages.
It's also interesting to note that m-net is one of the the few media sites that actually link to sites and blogs in their stories. I am still waiting to see this happening more often from the big names in the media industry in this country.
This week I had the opportunity to listen to Bernard Hickey (Head of Digital, Fairfax Media), just before my own user generated content session at TUANZ Business Internet and Conference Awards. He seemed worried about moving his leading news site Stuff into a web 2.0 context.
Bernard even mentioned "link love" during the Q&A part in my session - but Stuff is one of the media sites which lack the concept of "linking".
I think having a big name such as TV3 allowing us to link directly to their stories, and in exchange linking to a non-mainstream provider such as our own Geekzone is really a great move and will benefit readers in both sites.