Tech Remix Weekly 007 - NOV 2014

iPhone 6 now available at bMobile - Trinidad



The iPhone 6 has been available in Trinidad for a while now since launch from the various shops. However, it landed today on bMobile's website - bmobile.co.tt/iphone6/. bMobile (TSTT) is an authorised distributor of the iPhone. Check's on the Apple website also indicate that it is available in Trinidad through bMobile. I asked for pricing and am waiting on a reply.

Press Release : Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet


Slush 2014 - Helsinki, Finland - Photo Credit : Jussi Hellsten

Simplicity and design at the heart of Nokia's first brand-licensed product

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

"We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple," said Sebastian Nystrom, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. "The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."

Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.

The industrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the elegant simplicity of the interface. It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9" laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin and light design that makes the device comfortable to hold even with one hand. A 2.4Ghz Intel Atom quad-core processor provides great performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1.

The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.

Device website : n1.nokia.com

Ask A Techie 20 Questions - Dmitri Dawkins - Engineer and Analyst

Jamaican racer and techie. You can connect with him on twitter : twitter.com/utenjm

How would you define a techie?

Anyone who can set the time on a microwave

How would you dress for a tech presentation?

This really varies. Dress to impress but make sure it's comfortable, that's very important when everyone is staring at you.

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

Read a book

What tech company would you like to work for?

Right now I'm really loving a design company called Ideo. ideo.com and their social good arm ideo.org

Describe a social problem that technology can solve?

Food security, improve food and you improve health, education and the benefits keep on rippling.

Describe the state of ICT in Jamaica.

It's amazing how things grow in the wild. Jamaica has all the right conditions for growth, lots of commercial effort. What everyone is waiting to see though is if that fungus growing is a poisonous mushroom or really a wild truffle.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I can lick my elbow.

You start a YouTube channel, what do you call it?

Slicks, it's a type of racing tyre. It would cover my passion for motorsports and tech. I'm always surprised how the two demographics intersect.

Your thoughts on self driving vehicles?

I'm more excited about the tech than this specific application of it. It's great though, people drive like crap and there are many benefits to self driving cars.

Best movie you've seen and why?

This is tough. I'm not a big movie person but my friends are, so I end up watching many. I'm going to be cliché and say the Matrix. Not because of the cinematography but because of how it has inspired me in life.

Advice you would give to other techies?

Live more, get out and do something. No great story ever started with 'yo one night I was on my computer'

Most prized gadget you own?

My watch, a Tissot PRS200. It never needs to be rebooted.

The day before yesterday, Jane was 7 years old. Next year, she'll turn 10. How is this possible?

Yesterday was her birthday, so she's 8. Today is new year's day so she will be 9 this year, 10 next. She was born on Dec 31

What question would you ask Tim Cook?

What do you think you missed out on all these years?

Twitter or Facebook and why?

Twitter, it's currently way more organic than Facebook. I have basically no control of my FB news feed anymore.

What do you wish there was an app for?

Dating. Seriously. You can tell a lot about a person based on their phone usage. Why not use the data to find them a proper match?

What city in the world would you locate your tech startup?

Another tough question. Tie between London and Dubai (Hong Kong almost made the list but net neutrality issues).

Thoughts on Net Neutrality?

Essential to life, yes life. The world will be a very very bad place without net neutrality. Call your local politician today and talk to them about it. They might not know what it is but they need to.

Best advice that you received from a manager?

Don't doubt yourself.

What question would you ask the next techie?

How can you use tech to improve the life of others?

Press Release : We are pleased to announce that Trinidad & Tobago is having its 4th Startup Weekend event in November during Global Entrepreneurship Week



Dates: Friday 21st November 2014 to Sunday 23rd November 2014
Time: 5:00pm Friday to 6:00pm Sunday
Location: Microsoft Innovation Centre, Freeport

WHAT IS STARTUP WEEKEND: Startup Weekend (http://trinidad.startupweekend.org/) is a 54hr event/competition where entrepreneurs, business/product managers, programmers, designers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and turn real ideas into businesses. Startup Weekend events can be found in over 400 cities around the world, from Mongolia to South Africa to Canada to Brazil. There have been over 1,000 Startup Weekend events worldwide and they have helped start over 8,000 businesses.

THE PROCESS: Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, and building a minimal viable product with the help of our mentors. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes to a panel of prestigious judges and receive valuable feedback about their business idea.

THEME: This event will be focused on developing Global Business Ideas. Furthermore, we will have a real Google Glass (currently unavailable to international audiences) at the event for people to build local technologies that can use Google Glass.

WHY ATTEND STARTUP WEEKEND:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don't just listen to theory. Come and build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  2. Build your network: Startup Weekend attracts motivated people. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
  3. Co-Founder Dating: We all know it's not just about the idea — it's about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find business partners.
  4. Actually launch a business: No over planning or waiting. At Startup Weekend we believe in "No Talk, All Action". Come learn how to launch a business in hours.
  5. Get face time with thought leaders: Local entrepreneurs participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
  6. Join the community of local Entrepreneurs: Connect with like-minded individuals.


RESOURCES:

startupweekendtt.com
facebook.com/swtrinidad
twitter.com/swtrinidad
globalstartupbattle.co
launchrockit.org