I was flipping through the most recent edition of San Francisco Magazine on the train home from work last night, and stumbled across a really interesting article. They interviewed a man who powers his electronics by riding a stationary bike in his house. I think this is really smart, the perfect blend of technology and ecology. There is a company called RollerGen, who have actually made a product to appeal to the masses of “Go Green” folk. For $495 you can purchase a generator–battery kit that allows any bicycle, stationary or moving, to create electricity to run cell phones, MP3 players, GPS units, anything powered by USB, the standard for modern electronic devices…Can you imagine biking to work and having your laptop run on the energy that you created on you commute? I love this idea!
Opera has just released Mini 5 Beta into the Android market, adding a nice browser option for your phone.
The first thing you’ll notice is that this app is slick and fast. Opera says you get a more cost-efficient (if you’re on a metered data plan) web surfing experience because your data is compressed by their servers - up to 90% before it’s sent to your phone.
Another handy feature is called Opera Link, which synchronizes your data between your phone and desktop computer.
The home screen presents you with a “speed dial” look at your the top nine sites you visit so you can quickly navigate to your favorite places on the web.
There’s also a neat version of tabbed browsing that makes it easy to quickly switch between pages. Just click an icon at the bottom of the screen and you’ll instantly see all of your open pages - a few swipes will help you hop between them.
Unfortunately, still no multitouch support in this beta edition.