If I had a magic phone it would turn into underpants.

So Google aren’t building a GPhone afterall : http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/wheres-my-gphone.html

Instead they have been working on a Linux based, open mobile platform called Android.

Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation.

Google haven’t been alone in this venture. The Android platform has been developed in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance which includes some big players in the mobile industry like Motorola, T-Mobile, HTC and Qualcomm.

There will be an Android SDK available for this some time next week, but don’t expect to see any handsets running this OS till mid next year. I’m excited to see what comes from this. Over and over we have seen that truly innovative and useful applications from an unhindered development community. They sky’s the limit with Android powered phones.

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iPhone I think I love you!

I had originally felt that the iPhone was overhyped and prohibitively expensive but I’ve changed my mind. I’ve often said to people that I want a phone to make calls and text people, thats all. I’ll take a built in camera, it’s not essential but comes in handy. Anything more than that I thought was a waste of pocket space, nothing else ever managed to sell me on the idea of having a computer in my pocket. That is until I used the iPhone for a couple of minutes this morning.

iPhone you make my heart sing!

They are still not available in Europe as yet so it was a real treat. It’s not attached to any network yet so I couldn’t use it as a phone. But hey, give me the i part any day.

It is smaller than I thought. Which is good because it always seemed a little big to me in any promotional media I had seen.

The inclusion of the full Safari browser will change the way we view mobile applications forever. I hope the rest of the mobile manufacturers are taking notes.

You’ve all seen the touchscreen demos. It’s even better when you’re doing it yourself. The keyboard is so simple a child could use it and after a few moments you’ll be thinking ‘buttons? what buttons? who needs buttons’

I didn’t have long enough with the phone to go into a detailed review. I can honestly say though, having used the iPhone for a few minutes, I want one. I can already see how I would be lost without it.

OSX Leopard Preview page gets an update.

I’ve been checking in with Apple’s OSX Leopard preview page for the last couple of months and noticed it was different today.
This update coincides with Apple’s WWDC which opened with a keynote by Steve Jobs in which he demoed 10 of Leopards 300 new features.

OSX Leopard Preview Page

Some things that I hadn’t seen before were the new Dock with it’s lovely shiny floor, Stacks and the Transparent toolbar.
Also it seems the iTunes interface has been adopted by the Finder and it looks really great. I’m very happy to see image thumbnails available in the Finder, that’s one thing I missed when I switched from my Windows pc.

Head on over and check it out at http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/

Or catch Steve Jobs’ keynote speech here : http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/d7625zs/event/

I’m so excited about Microsoft Surface

The concept of surface computing wasn’t particularly new to me. I had seen some really cool experimental projects over at proce55ing.org (Processing is an extremely useful prototyping tool / language for rich media developers).

I hadn’t seen anything new in a while so it all drifted to the back of my mind until the unveiling of Microsoft Surface. I have to say it has really got me excited. I know Apple have multitouch control built into the iPhone and that is really cool, I just hadn’t seen anything anything on a larger scale. The demo videos show a very impressive smooth performing system handling anything from organising your pictures to playing games to playing waiter at a restaurant. It all looked a little too smooth, I think the spec of the demo machines may be slightly higher than the spec listed for the production models of the first Surfaces Computers that will ship later in 2007.

Now the initial uses displayed for the system are very interesting but I would really love to see how this technology could be used in my graphic design work. Imagine how quickly you could work in the likes of Photoshop and Illustrator with the freedom to use both your hands to activate tools and manipulate graphics.

Bring on the new age of computing. I’ll be watching this space very eagerly.

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Google won’t bend over for Viacom

I have to say I’m quite pleased that Google won’t be lubing up for Viacom after all.

Having recently replied to Viacoms law suit, it is very clear that Google don’t intend to give up without a fight and have demanded to go to trial in front of a jury.

I’m sure this case will have all interested parties hanging on the edge of their seats as it unfolds. Personally I fancy Google’s chances in this. One of lawyers tackling this on Google’s behalf is Philip Beck who was a member of the firm that fought George Bush’s side of the Florida Vote-Counting case. That’s about as close to Johnnie Cochran as it gets, if not better.

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Google Calculator and Currency Conversion

I stumbled across Google’s calculator, unit and currency conversion features tonight by pure accident.
I never knew they existed, some of you might not be aware either so I thought I’d share my little discovery.

Google’s search can do simple math, unit and currency conversions. No frills, just quick answers. I like it.

Have a look here for more information on these features.

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Google Documents integrates with Gmail

A nice surprise, when I went to check my Gmail this morning, was the addition of an ‘Open a as Google Document’ button for reading office documents. This passes the file over to Google Docs where it can be read and edited.

Open as Google Document

Gmail’s lustre had been somewhat dulled by a few problems(1,2) with Gmail in recent months but I think this new feature is another step towards Gmail being the perfect webmail tool.

So what exactly can you do with Google Docs & Spreadsheets?

Here’s what you can do with documents:

  • Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
  • Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
  • Invite others (by e-mail address) to edit or view your documents and spreadsheets.
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • View your documents’ and spreadsheets’ revision history and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents and spreadsheets online to the world, as Web pages or post documents to your blog.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip.
  • Email your documents out as attachments.

Here’s what you can do with spreadsheets

  • Import and export of .xls, .csv, and .ods formatted data (and export functionality for .pdf and .html).
  • Enjoy intuitive navigation and editing, like any traditional document or spreadsheet.
  • Use formatting and formula editing in spreadsheets so you can calculate results and make your data look the way you want it.
  • Chat in real time with others who are editing your spreadsheet.
  • Embed a spreadsheet, or a piece of a spreadsheet, in your blog or website.