Samsung S6 MWC 2015 Press Event

I tweeted through the Samsung event today under the hastag #SamsungEvent. Saving my tweets here for the benefit of blog readers.

  • Samsung's iconic theme music is playing in the background
  • A huge auditorium packed full of techies
  • Dramatic video to start things off
  • The future will be the present, light the way to the next
  • LOL. No more internet rumors. Well said
  • We got here because we are passionate about technology. We learned from our successes and missteps
  • People want both practicality and great design
  • Samsung Pay service and Samsung Knox security
  • Built-in wireless charging
  • Samsung got jokes. It will not bend. LOL
  • Gorilla Glass 4, Simplified TouchWiz, 64-bit, DDR4 RAM, Flash storage 2.0, 557 ppi, fastest charging, f1.9 OIS 16MP
  • Available April 10th in 20 countries
  • Thank you. Over 400,000 livestream viewers tuned in

HTC One M9 MWC 2015 Press Event

I tweeted through the HTC event today under the hastag #HTCEvent. Saving my tweets here for the benefit of blog readers.

  • Subtle and calming background music as we wait
  • We are all one
  • M8 recieved many awards and voted the best phone
  • Your smartphone is a statement of your personal taste and style
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the all new HTC One M9
  • Dual-tone finish on a single metal unibody design
  • Snapdragon 810, 20 MP, Sense 7, 5.1 sound, available in March
  • HTC Grip is their smart fitness tracker
  • Once in a generation we see technology transform the world
  • HTC Vive is their virtual reality device
  • Thank you for your indulgence. There were more than 70,000 viewers on the livestream
  • Samsung's turn to respond later today
  • HTC Vive website now live -

Ask A Techie 20 Questions - Arthur Thompson - Software Engineer

How would you define a techie?

Someone that is as interested in how technology works, as they are in what technology does.

What are some of the challenges you face as a developer?

Finding out what I don't know, I don't know, then learning it. Staying positive in the face of better developers, learning from them instead of being intimidated.

What global tech event would you like to attend?

Google I/O, which I've been to. JavaOne, which I've never been to.

In what ways can Trinidad benefit from ICT?

Plenty! The biggest one would be mobile commerce, buying and selling via mobile would be a boom for T&T's economy, especially in entertainment and services (eg: food), I also think the government needs to step in to make this happen because the banks will take way too long to come to agreed terms, eg: Republic Bank and Yooz pay. Education, I was a big supporter of the laptop initiative in secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago, I think that has benefited our students a great deal. I also think that users of government services like Legal Affairs, Licensing Office and others could benefit from more ICT. There are many other areas, ICT everywhere I say.

At home and internet goes down, what would you do to pass time?

Tether to my phone :). Or listen to a stored audio-book or podcast.

What is the perfect birthday gift for a techie?

It depends :), its ah all or nothing situation, get real props for getting it right or get bun down for getting it even slightly wrong, I'd go with a gift-card.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I want to be a pilot some day, flying passengers between Trinidad and Tobago.

Most prized gadget you own?

My Linksys WRT1900AC wireless router. It does just wok.

Describe how the internet works

As my friend Irwin Williams would say in our UWI days:

If you have a drone, what would you use it for?

Better selfies, and FPV flight (2016 project).

Feature rich IDE or old school text editor?

Both, I should be able to use IDE when available but still edit and build my project with text editor and command line if necessary or more convenient. I should never be locked into an IDE.

What are your thoughts on Space tourism?

Hurry up! But take yuh time and do it right :)

If you were to create your own programming language, what would you call it and why?

"Literal" or "Lit" for short, because it would be very wordy but should make sense when read.

What number when divided in half becomes zero?

8 or 88 or infinity or zero

Why is there still a digital divide?

Money, devices are becoming more reasonably priced but GOOD network access is still very expensive if available at all.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Code, binge on tv shows, listen to podcasts and audio-books, rugby, hike, wine for carnival.

What do you wish there was an app for?

An app that would exercise for me while I slept.

Advice you would give to other techies?

Keep freak-outs in perspective, there are way too many techies that talk about "the death of x" or "the y killer" or "that OS is crap". I'd advise us to be more tempered in our comments especially the -ve ones. If we continue over hyping things we would not recognize when something really good or bad happens.

How can we use technology to make a difference in the world?

Use it! Differences will come, some good and some bad but hopefully we can learn to tilt the differences more toward the good as we go along. I think we have been doing a good job of it so far.

What question would you ask the next techie?

What productivity app/service do you use most and why?

Ask A Techie 20 Questions - Michael Dabydeen - Software Developer

How would you define a techie?

Anyone who is familiar with more than basic computer use. A power user maybe. I guess if you can reinstall your own operating system, you’re in.

What are some of the challenges you face as a developer?

At the moment, my biggest challenge is being able to deliver the same content, to multiple platforms in a native way that creates the best experience for all users. I work a lot in web and mobile development these days, and providing a great experience end to end for all users is not as easy as it sounds.

Besides that, I don’t have too many challenges or obstacles that I can’t overcome easily.

What is the number of browser tabs you normally have open?

I normally have multiple browsers with multiple tabs open simultaneously. I often open tabs to read later that I will read about 4 to 5 days after opening them. On average, I would say that I have about 20 - 30 tabs open at once.

If you had to choose a job outside of tech, what would it be?

I think it would be teaching or working in some other field of science. My passion is in helping others and solving problems, so anything that involves either one or both, would be what I am doing.

What global tech event would you like to attend?

I have a list of so many events I'd like to attend, but my top 5 at this time are:

  1. Google I/O
  2. Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)
  3. Mobile Developer Conference
  4. LinuxCon
  5. International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Describe the state of ICT in Guyana.

I think the state of ICT is emerging, but maybe not growing at the pace that it can grow. I think all the players need to get more involved, aware and onboard with the growth and speed at which things develop in ICT. Of course, this is how I remember it about 5 years ago.

I am not aware of the present state since I am no longer living in Guyana.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I like basketball, movies and technology more than I should. I worked for Blackberry once. I think Pizza should become a staple diet.

Most prized gadget you own?

My 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in life so far.

Proper typing or your own style of finger typing?

My own style of typing. It's comfortable and works for me

Describe your first computing device and how you got it.

The first computing device I got in contact with (but didn’t own) was a PII running Windows 3.1.

First computer I owned was an Intel Pentium 4 running Windows XP.

Where and when would you go if you had one chance with a time machine?

I’d go to 50 years or more in the future to see where we’ve gone with technology. Did we really build a Skynet that will lead to our ultimate destruction? How will be using AI, robots, Quantum Computing etc.

If you have a drone, what would you use it for?

I currently have access to a drone that is being used to take aerial pictures & videos of client sites for demonstration purposes.

If I owned one, I’d probably use it to experiment with the NodeCopter ( project and do some interesting things.

What 4 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?

  1. A boat
  2. A large knife
  3. Laptop
  4. Drinks

If you were to create your own programming language, what would you call it?

I think there’s already a language with this name, but I would call it Hammer, as it seems to be the most useful tool in a handyman’s toolkit, and so I’d like the language to be.

Why is it easy to weigh a fish?

Because a fish has it’s own scales.

Do you think there is intelligent life in outer space?

I do think there’s intelligent life in outer space, we just haven’t encountered each other as yet.

What dress code is best suited for tech jobs?

Ideally it is what is most comfortable for you. For me it’s dress shirt/pants, “because you never know who you’ll run into” (as said by a former supervisor)

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I watch a lot of movies in theatre, on release weekend or listen to some music.

What are you doing to improve the environment in which you live and work?

Presently I live and work in Toronto, ON, Canada. I am active member of some tech and non-tech social groups. Trying to be involved by acting beyond myself to help others by sharing what I already know, helping others to solve problems, or just lending a helping hand wherever I can.

What question would you ask the next techie?

What is it that you think we can use technology to make a difference in the world?

Samsung NX1 and NX500

Samsung has launched two new cameras, the NX1 and NX500, at the Samsung Forum 2015. The NX500 is designed to be portable. Both models feature removeable lenses and wireless connectivity. The NX1 has 4K UHD video recording. The NX500 is fashionable with a classic look. The cameras are specification rich and built to last. See images below from their press release and check out the samsung website for more details.