Shazam – name that tune

Shazam is THE killer-app for music lovers with mobile phones

This new mobile service lets you call in and it will listen to the music you are listening to for 20 seconds, and then send you back a SMS text-message telling you what song and artist you were listing to. It also allows you to log in and look at a list of all the tunes you have “tagged”.

Kind of reminds me of a Sony product that never took off, where you could tag songs on the radio, only Shazam seems to be a billion times better.

Doc Searls witnessed the amazement of some people who got the service demonstrated last week, while sitting on the pub.

Shazam is powered by “audio fingerprinting” and a database of 500.000 songs, a database they expect to triple by the end of the summer.

Only thing that sucks with this service is that it will only be available in the UK, at least initially. I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra to get access to the service from Norway.

Related story: The Independent: Name that tune

[Via Doc Searls]

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The Future of Multimedia on Devices

In the June edition of Macromedia’s The Edge, Lauren Gibbons Paul writes about The Future of Multimedia on Devices.

Users are hungry for everything from location-enabled restaurant and movie reviews to games to short messaging services (SMS). Even streaming video and audio applications are making an appearance on the diminutive devices.

As always, content is king. People are looking for content – and preferably on the device of their choice. Something which the publishing houses seem to want to fight, in the same way they were fighting the video tape when it first was introduced, but I digress.

Phillip Torrone made me aware of the article, and he choose to quote the following from the article:

With Macromedia Flash, I think we’ll see history repeat itself and a new generation of rich, connected applications are about to hit

He mentions that it would be cool to get The Edge for PDAs, and I am right there with him. Take the time to let them know you want it too:

[Via Phillip Torrone]


How LCD screens work

ExtremeTech has an interesting article about Flat Panel Display Technology. Since the LCD screen is becoming more and more common, its a good idea to have some insight into how they work – at least if you make multimedia presentations.

Besides, the geek in me just plain out want to know how they work.

ExtremeTech has a lot of other interesting articles, among them one titled “Exploiting/Protecting 802.11b Wireless Networks“, a good article about how vulnerable and insecure Wi-Fi networks really are — and what you can do to at least make them a little more secure.

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Flash devices: Verizon Thera

Another device with Flash support on the market.

Phillip Torrone wrote me to tell me about a very cool new device from Verizon. Its called Thera, and it supports Flash. Phillip has put up a page with pictures and a little information about the device.

Thera is a PDA with Phone (or vice versa), and as far as I can tell, its only available in the US. I have to admit that the information about the device was kind of scarse on the Verizon pages.


Pictures and coverage from Pocket PC Summit

Phillip Torrone has posted videos and pictures from the pocket pc summit

Folks, the Pocket PC Summit was sweet, no foolin’. Tons of smart people, tons of great sessions, tons of fun. Lots of folks are going to post stories about it so I’m going to post 94 photos and 2 videos.

Phillip also points out that Bill Perry of created one of the best conference guides ever for the conference. (CAB file download)


Pocket PC Summit blog

Just a quick note, Frank McPherson is blogging from the Pocket PC Summit. Thanks to Phillip for the link.


Linux for PS2 now available in Europe

Linux for PlayStation 2 Community: Home

The kit constist of a 40 GB Hard disk, 10/100 Mbit/s Network Adaptor, USB Keyboard, USB mouse, Monitor Cable and DVD discs that contain the Linux installation, RTE and hardware manuals.

The kit should be available all over the world by the end of this summer. Some more information over at

Personally I am looking forward to converting my favorite game machine to a PC running Linux! :-)


Samuel Wan connects Lego with ColdFusion

This is what I call playing with toys! :-) Samuel Wan has connected his Lego Mindstroms robot with ColdFusion

I think the high point of the day was when I sent my browser to http://localhost:8500/webrover/test.cfm , and my robot suddenly smacked into the wall on other side of the room. It scared the heck out of my cat! *sniff* The little webrover is all grown up and running around :)

He will be making available code and instructions so that you can do the same fun stuff with your Lego robot, so stay tuned.

Now I would have loved to see an inexpensive robot like this with Wi-fi and camera. That would have made webcams of a whole new kind.