Archive for January, 2010

New picture of the iPad

Not what you were expecting? It wasn’t what we expected to see either, but it seems that in terms of name Fujitsu may have got to the “iPad” first.

Fujitsu applied for a patent for the name “iPad” back in 2002 however this was stalled due to an earlier filing by another company and later lapsed, although Fujitsu did try to revive this before the release of the Apple iPad.

Looks like there’s another lawsuit hiding in the wings for Apple.

Things you can do in 15 minutes…

What can you do in 15 minutes? Well if you’re an owner of a Think EV – that’s Electric Vehicle to you and me – you could soon be able to charge your car in that time.

Think announced earlier this week that they are working with AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), a leading developer and supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to lower the average charging time of a completely depleted battery to 80 percent charge from the current 9 and a half hours to just 15 minutes. Impressive huh?

Or you could just spend that time reading this blog!

Are you ready for Social Media Week?

If you’re into social media you probably have these dates already pencilled into your diary, however if you’ve been dozing for the last few weeks you may have missed the fact that next week will be the first Social Media Week in London.

Following on from the success of the first Social Media Week which was based in New York last year. This year sees things expand massively with the event taking place simultaneously across six, yes you read correctly, SIX cities across three continents.

The website describes it as an event which will bring together the leading thinkers, organisers, movers and shakers across the social media spectrum for events including from panel sessions to networking events, breakfast briefings and more.

But be quick, as registration for the event is filling up fast. To check out the latest news for London and all the other cities getting involved click here

Apple iPad – First Impressions

Anyone who was online yesterday couldn’t fail to hear mention of the new offering from Apple, the iPad.

But after what seems like endless rumours, what are everyones thoughts on the actual device?

First off, it’s great to know that the initial rumours surrounding the Apple tablet being called the iSlate where completely wrong – god knows how they would have put a positive spin on a name like that?! However, last night Twitter was already ablaze with jokes about the iPad, #iTampon even became a trending topic.

Initial impressions of the device are that it is a larger version of the iPhone with a beautiful 9.7 inch screen. Relying largely on a similar interface to that of the iPhone and iPod Touch it’ll be easy for users to transfer across to this device. However we suspect it would largely be used as a secondary computer due to it’s lack of support for Flash and the fact that it doesn’t currently support the running of multiple programs at once – knowing Apple this will be introduced with the 2nd gen iPad.

The battery life is a world away from that of the iPhone with a whopping 10 hours, making this the perfect device to use as a video player for trips away. The e-book reader also seems to be the most intuitive out there at the moment not only is it fast, it also has a nifty application that enables users to watch any videos embedded into the article without the need to navigate away from the initial page. It looks like the Amazon Kindle may have huge competition here!

Overall it is a great, though non-essential bit of kit, and at a competitive price I imagine they’ll fly off the shelves. It’ll be interesting to see if the same pricing structure will be applied to the UK market though.

The 2012 Olympics will bring packed stadiums

London organisers seem optimistic that they will not see a repeat of the 2008 Beijing games when the Olympics come to London in 2012 despite the global economic downturn.

Speaking yesterday, Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympics organising committee explained “I don’t for one minute doubt we will have anything other than full stadia in this country,” Coe told Reuters. “People ‘get’ sport whether it is at corporate level or whether it is among ordinary families like myself.”

Around nine million tickets for the Olympics and Paralympics will go on sale in 2011. Ticketing policy and prices are yet to be finalised though with todays announcement that we are officially out of the grips of recession, the idea of a sell-out games doesn’t seem so unrealistic!

Build your own car

Want an electric car but not sure about the look of the current models available? Well now you can design your own electric vehicle. With the Trexa EV platform all you need to do is add the passenger compartment to the base – which comes with battery, driveline and power electronics built-in and away you go. The possibilities are endless, the only limit is your DIY skills!

Looking forward to the year ahead…. – Zoe Smith

Hard to believe we’re already virtually through the first month of the year.

My training is starting to step up in preparation for my next big competition on 20 February. The competition is the English Senior Championships taking place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and it’s one of the qualifying competitions for the Commonwealth Games so I want to be ready to do my best.

Although I don’t have to put in any extra hours, the weights I am lifting in training are starting to get gradually heavier and it’s also the time that I have to start thinking about my own weight (again!)

Earlier this week I had a meeting with my coach and the Performance Manager of World Class Lifting to agree my targets for the year and to decide which competitions I’ll be focusing on.

As I’ve already said, my 100% main aim for the year is to compete and do well at the Commonwealth Games in India and because of that my coach has said he doesn’t want me to go to the first Olympic Youth Games in Singapore in August as he feels it would be too close to the Commonwealths. While that’s a bit disappointing, I totally understand where he’s coming from.

Another very important competition that I may have to miss this year could be the European Youth Championships taking place in Spain in May. That competition not only falls during my GCSEs but will be quite close to the British Senior Championships in June which is another event that I’m going
to have to make sure I’m at my absolute best for to ensure qualification for the Commonwealths. Again it would be difficult to be at my peak for both so we’re going to have to leave it til nearer the time for my coach to make a decision. The good news is that on whatever would be the actual day
of my competition in Spain I don’t actually have an exam but as they are either side of that date it really would have to be a “flying visit” if I do go!

Yesterday morning I sat the final part of my GCSE Science. There are 3 exams in total but I had to miss the final one (Biology) when we sat them (a year early) last May as I went to Austria to compete at the Fulda Cup so I was very pleased when I was told I’d get the chance to take it now instead. Fingers crossed I’ve not done too badly, although Science isn’t exactly my strong point.

I had my mock GCSE results through this week and, considering I did have to miss quite a bit of school last year to compete abroad and to attend WCL squads, I was quite pleased with the results.

Looking ahead to this weekend, I’ll be travelling down to Bristol on Saturday for the second Commonwealth Games training squad so I’m really looking forward to meeting up with everyone again.