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2012: Year of the Tablets? Year of the Windows 8 Slates

Windows 8 for Slates

Windows 8 for Slates

The new iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10, Sony S, Asus eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, HP Slate 500, Dell Streak…tablets are overtaking the world by storm. Still all of them are used just as multimedia companions, missing the main point – getting the ultimate power of a full-featured high-end PC while on the go. Remember the TabletPC coined by Microsoft back in 2001?

Microsoft believes again that tablet sales will overtake PCs and touch interfaces will become the dominant platform within the next year… with the mysterious recycled Surface?

I never bought a “tablet” (always using TabletPC convertibles and Multi-touch slates) until the amazing Samsung Series 7 Slate finally made it 10 years later, in 2011. Speedy and fantastic tablet AND laptop AND desktop replacement AND much more. This is the portable PC we have all been waiting for since 1991.

For all the road warriors and visual artists – this is the ultimate lightweight power computing tool you must have. We need fast, light and user-friendly tool to be used in all environments. Multi-touch navigation and image manipulation, pressure sensitive digital painting. Mobile website and SEO optimisation, ERP and CRM cloud apps redesign surface, voice search and navigation, finger or stylus input. Work or play, create or enjoy – the choice is yours. I was able to replace my laptops with the Slate and use it as a main computer. You can read anywhere, take notes, highlight text, sketch new products – all in sharp, bright and realistic colors in a durable and lightweight slate. It works even better with Windows 8.

And if 11.6″ is not enough for you and mobility is not an issue, you can go up to 66″ with Brand Touch ZilverSlate multi-touch adaptive totem.

You could be positively sure that 2012 will be THE year of the Windows 8 Slates and they will conquer the market.
See ya at the top.

Samsung Galaxy S III & Slate

01 June 2012: BrandMover exclusively presented Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone based on Android 4.04 and Samsung Slate Series 7 PC, based on Windows 8 to a small community of Samsung brand lovers.

Samsung Galaxy S III & Slate

Samsung Galaxy S III & Slate

Both products are not available in Europe yet, rumors say that a 2m high, bronze-tanned smuggler managed to import them illegaly from the United States and the United Emirates, while thousands of customers are still lined up outside mobile phone shops in Singapore, UK and Germany, making the Galaxy S III the most-preordered and awaited Android handset ever. The Galaxy S III will be launched next week in a number of countries. By the end of July, Samsung expects to have the Galaxy S III available in 145 countries on 296 wireless operators. No official indication has been given as to when Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S III in the States, but various rumors have pointed toward a launch in mid-to-late July 2012.

Hype for the Galaxy S III has been significant as the device is expected to outsell its predecessor, the Galaxy S II, which reached 27 million sales worldwide. The Galaxy lineup has been comprised of Samsung’s flagship Android smartphones, designed to take on Apple’s market-leading iPhone. The launch of the Galaxy S III comes 4 months before Apple is expected to launch its sixth-generation iPhone.

BrandMover unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S 3 earlier this month. It features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with amazing crisp picture, a 1.4-gigahertz Quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 64 gigabytes storage and all the awesome features like Smart stay, Social tag, Direct call, S Voice, S share, All Share (used to share your media with Samsung Slate, LED displays, Digital Signage totems, Smart 3D TVs and even your fridge or shower display…)

Samsung Series 7 Slate PC comes with Genuine Windows® 7 or 8 (64-bit), second generation Intel® Core™ i5-2467M Processor, 1366 x 768 HD LED display, 128GB SSD, 1024 levels pressure sensitive Wacom pen-tablet front and various accessories like Bluetooth keyboard, docking station/ cradle, soft sleeve, stand case, etc.

It’s not your dummy iPad, the Windows 7 and 8 OS allows you to run all your favorite software and Samsung’s exclusive Fast Start technology, the Slate can be up and running again in a as little as two seconds from hybrid sleep mode. Samsung currently faces a number of patent infringement suits from Apple while 80% of Apple phones are components produced by Samsung and every user can see that Samsung Galaxy III is literally light years ahead from any phone (if we don’t count HTC ONE X, which is almost there too).

So grab your Samsung Galaxy S III, designed by humans, inspired by nature!

Where are my Samsung Galaxy S III and Series 7 Samsung Slate PC reviews?
Believe me, you don’t need any. These machines are years ahead from anything else on the market:

See ya at the show!

Auto-Sync Contacts Cloud

Auto-sync Contacts Cloud

It takes 3 minutes to have all your business contacts merged and synchronized between your CRM, Email client (Outlook, Thunderbird), Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Smartphone (iPhone/ Android): phones, emails, address data and profile photos. Get rid of your old business cards and go for one unified, global, cloud-based, auto-updated address-book with easy access from any computer or mobile device.

No more manual syncing, duplicates searching/merging, updates, import/export CSV of thousand records. You’ll find the fresh contact data you’re looking for in a glimpse.

We need 3 connectors to go:

  1. Google Contacts and Facebook/ LinkedIn apps (free) <-> your phone(s)
  2. Google Apps Sync for Outlook (paid) or Contact Sync for Outlook/ Thunderbird (free)
  3. SOAP interface for your CRM (free)

Clean the memory of your device and now all contacts are synchronized and up to date. When somebody changes their contact data on some of the source profiles, you’ll have their latest data, anytime, anywhere.

Don’t touch the legions of thousands leads and BranchOut “contacts”, just the people you know and work on a monthly basis ( top 500 works perfect without clogging your mobile, memory and productivity).

Yes, February is the CRM cleaning month, but it’s almost gone and spring is coming!

We are all synced now,  cheers!

htc to samsung galaxy how to

HTC to Samsung Galaxy S II

HTC to Samsung Galaxy S II

How to move/ sync your contacts, calendar, emails, folders and tasks from your old HTC to your new Samsung Galaxy S II?

Select all records > copy to SD memory card > insert SD memory card > Import from card… Not working? Sure.

Here comes the interesting part / the only solutions, which worked for me: Use your Gmail account as Microsoft Exchange server source to sync your stuff between Windows Mobile and Android. WTF?!

If you try to follow the Google Sync for Windows mobile set up instructions, a lot of details and and screens are missing.

  1. Leave the email address as “@”. Uncheck the option to automatically determine Exchange server settings.
  2. Tap next and enter your account info: use a FULL email address, including @gmail.com, since you can also use a Google Apps account with your own domain name.
  3. Leave the domain field empty. Check “use SSL” and “save your password by default”. If you get “sync None” connection error, check only the boxes to sync Contacts and Calendar.

…and you’re done with 800+ contacts per minute.

Optionally download Kies and enjoy your new Android-friendly Samsung limitless Galaxy. It’s the smartest and lightest phone to date.

…and the Best Global Green Brand for 2011 is…

See ya at the top! Yours, BrandMover

Google guitar best doodle ever

This morning Google surprised us with a great interactive guitar doodle, which you can turn in a polyphonic instrument, strummed by finger touch, mouse or best with your PC keyboard. The 96th birthday of the Jazz legend Les Paul is celebrated in an awesome way. Whether on a 9″ tablet, office PC or a 6-core high-end music studio workstation, playing today’s Google logo is pure fun! Switch on your speakers and the jam must go on!

In few countries, you’ll have even a record button, which can be used to record your performance and share the piece with the world. I just captured my first take. The only suggestion would be to improve the sound latency in the Flash, add/ overlay some keys for percussion and hope we’ll have a great music instrument in 2012!

Our next-generation midi controller UMO1 will be shipping in 40 days

See you in the jazz club tonight

Digital Signage 2.0

Interactive digital signage totems and self-service touch kiosks are in the top3 advertising trends of 2011.
See you at Kiosk and Digital Signage Expo Europe 2011!

Digital Signage за модерни банки

white winter. warm synth

A-800PRO MIDI controller: my new -studio, -on-stage and -home friend. Great design and feel for expressive dynamic performances.

  • Velocity-sensitive responsive reaction 61 keys with channel aftertouch!
  • 45 assignable controls: knobs, sliders, buttons, transport
  • 8 Dynamic Pads for finger drumming and MIDI triggering
  • Great pitch bend/modulation stick
  • Sustain and expression pedals input
  • Windows 7 and and Mac OS X Snow Leopard native drivers
  • ACT software control maps for Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools and … yes, SONAR!

It takes 2 minutes to plug the USB cable, load an old subtractive synth VST with my favorite filter-response morphing – Pentagon I. That’s not a sound design „attempt“ at David Gilmour’s guitar tone from Pink Floyd’s Sorrow. It’s to explore the continuous MIDI controller possibilities of the new A-800 PRO by Roland/ Cakewalk. After all, it‘s a piano version, not a guitar sound, sent through a ton of Boss sustain, chorus, big muffs and SPC filters.

With just 4 simple oscillators, 2 LFO filters and powerful modulation you get a generic mid 1980s tone, routed through a digital multiband EQ, compressor, delay and convolution reverb. Setting the first filter to HP and the second to LP, with cutoff higher than the HP cutoff, you get a band-pass response with independent ADSR modulation and most importantly the response to velocity, keyboard pitch, aftertouch and mod wheel with independent VCA, each with an AHDSR envelope for real time morphing. You can try the amazing vocoder too. The parameters are tied to the dozen of A-800PRO MIDI controls with the ACT/ MIDI learn function.

Feel the warm phasy, vintage, harmonics/ portamento and formant-rich sound? I still miss a lot of expression for my music, so this month along with the web projects, the always postponed “MIDI controller of my dreams” design project is on the short-to-do-list.  Stay happy and tuned ;-)

Digital Signage and Kiosk Expo 2010

After three trade shows in 10 days (WebXpo 2010, Digital Signage expo Europe 2010 and Kiosk expo Europe 2010), the future is clear – 35% annual growth of the digital signage and self-service kiosk markets.

Let me introduce you to EXPOSE — the world’s first all-glass multi-touch kiosk with 25″ full-HD digital signage display and built-in surround sound system. Designed and manufactured by BrandTouch Europe, its less than one inch thick body integrates hundreds of hardware modules and software applications for your bank, boutique, hotel, trade show, event or residence.

With its ultimate HD multimedia, intelligent analytics, mobile CRM, hundreds of connectivity and application options, EXPOSE is the perfect ambassador for every brand, striving for top visibility and excellence.

Check www.brand-touch.eu for more info.

Brand Integrity Management 2010

Top Brands

Every third import in the united European market is suspicious counterfeiting with infringed brand or design rights. The global loss is $30-50m just for one brand and billions per year for the top 5 cosmetic brands, mostly in less developed markets. Seems when your brand is 120 years old and you sell in 210 countries, you have an attractive critical mass to be attacked by counterfeiters, even if your licensee produces the goods in the same Chinese factory where the fake products come from.

What would you do? You develop a brand integrity strategy, you invent optical quality packaging, laser-focused quality control, nanocoatings, sophisticated visible/ invisible color shifting labels, individual 2D barcode tagging, transparent packaging, licensed factories and exclusive authorized distributors. You constantly secure, enhance, deter, partner and do brand ID trainings of law attorneys, National Customs Agency officers, The Border Police, NSCOC (National Service for Combating Organized Crime) agents.

Thanks to Turcu & Turcu law office, we had a chance to meet dozens of brand integrity managers and government, police and customs agents, monitoring and protecting global brands such as Sara Lee, Timberland, Samsung, Epson, Eli Lilly, Nokia, Estee Lauder, Coty Prestige, L’oreal, Lacoste, Chanel, General Motors, Levi Strauss, Puma, Daimler, Adidas, Bvlgari, Harley-Davidson and many others.

Sofia is a part of a worldwide network of administrative and brand integrity investigators and I was happy to see so many fake website knock-downs, seizes, raids and litigation programs. With more than 75 000 annual counterfeiting cases for Europe only, you can be sure that buying a fake Estee Lauder perfume, full of sulfur, ammonia, phosphorus, potassium, titanium and horse/dogs urine as a binder to keep the alcohol and oils, will not be the best bargain to make you girlfriend happy, especially if you don’t wanna see her face and skin burned tomorrow. It’s not only a brand protection or tax/unemployment protection issue; it’s your own health and consciousness.

Keep brandmoving. See ya at the top!

2010: year of the tablet? Maybe.

Tablet + PCTablet PCs have been a huge trend in the last decade and especially at CES 2010. As noted by Deloitte: computer manufacturers are predicted to sell millions of “NetTabs” worldwide, a market of 612 million GBP. By 2015, shipments are forecast to reach about 57 million units annually.
Microsoft announced the Tablet PC concept 10 years ago and once I got my first Acer C300 (convertible Tablet PC) in 2003, I never moved back to “laptops”.

I decided on a TabletPC because I didn’t want to be chained to my desk at the office/home when you can design and sketch digitally everywhere – on the plane, on the beach, in the mountains, in the café –  sketching your ideas, stories and the life that surrounds you….only a TabletPC can give you that freedom and experience. This devices are the perfect match for creative professionals – a digital sketchbook where you can do everything we used to do in our studio + much more – getting notes and digitizing content, sketching logos and websites, painting with thousands of brushes and canvas types, sculpting and rendering 3D models with endless choice of materials and lights, designing business presentations, CNC toolpath, SWOT/ web analytics/ SEO reports for customers  and of course the casuals – web surfing, video conferences and Skype calls,  music, emails, eBook reading, office apps  - all of this on the move, out of the office, on the flywherever you want to go. Once I grabbed a tablet PC, I never looked back (currently spending less than 3 hours per week at the office). Designers love to use simple things like stylus (pen one end, eraser on the other) or fingertips in 90% of the cases, using a PC as natural as possible.

The first major UMPC improvement came last year with Dell Latitude XT2 and HP TouchSmart tx2, packing a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo behind a 12.1” multitouch screen, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB disk, secured with a fingerprint scanner, which I enjoy every day. The only drawback is that the 256 pressure-sensitivity works only in a couple of applications, while  Wacom Intuos4 has 2048 pixel-level pressure sensitivity, with several different brushes  and even detects at which angle you hold the stylus to the surface.

After Apple joined the “tablet” party with it’s iPad this month (a pen coming soon), the slate PC market will grow exponentially, but the creative professionals are (almost) forgotten. The NetTabs are only larger media-focused readers/ phones, so I have to use my old convertible C300. After Acer discontinued all their tablet PC recently, I’m still searching for the ultimate tool for creative professionals:

  • Large Screen – 12.1” SXGA  is my favorite and it really does matter. The larger the device, the more useful it is, as far as you can carry it in a standard office bag.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G/UMTS – I can leave with a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity , a tablet is not a second phone plus you can always speak in speakerphone mode. Data plans will come down when 4G is spread in 2013
  • Rigid design and Battery Life – you can choose from 2 to 10 hours. Just cut in half what the vendor says or get a second battery to secure your new customer while making your great presentation.
  • eBook Reading – while electronic paper is still the best display type for reading if you read a lot, but  we need a devices that work well for both books and multimedia, artists don’t think in black and white.
  • Win 7/ i7 applications – content is critical, applications are critical. We need a working tool to make us $$$ per hour, not a plastic toy. Multitasking? Intel does, iPad doesn’t. Games, TV and videos are different story for other devices.
  • Pens, Brushes, Rugged, Waterproof… – sometimes a feature makes the device. If you want to use it outdoors, in the rain or charge it in the car?  Get a Motion computing tablet
  • Price? $500 to $5000. My first generation Acer was very expensive, this year we’ll have a convertible for less than $500!

Toshiba Portégé M750 and Fujitsu Lifebook T4310 are nice office tablets,  Motion J3400 and Duros 8404 are great rugged tablets with the best outdoor display on the market, iPad and Pegatron are nice entertainment media tablets, but I can’t see the ultimate device for creative professionals. Rather than buying a dust-collector, I will wait until the end of the year, hoping to see the best tablet PC. Lenovo U1 Hybrid is really close to the perfect one!

What’s your tablet PC experience?

Tablet PCs have been a huge trend in the last decade and especially at CES 2010. As noted by Deloitte: computer manufacturers are predicted to sell tens of millions of “NetTabs”worldwide, a market of 612 million GBP. By 2015, shipments are forecast to reach about 57 million annually. Microsoft announced the Tablet PC concept 10 years ago and once I got my first Acer C300 (convertible Tablet PC) in 2003, I never moved back to “laptops”.

I decided on a TabletPC because I didn’t want to be chained to my desk at the office/home when you can design and sketch digitally everywhere – on the plane, on the beach, in the mountains, in the café sketching your ideas, stories and the life that surrounds you.only a TabletPC can give you that freedom and experience. This devices are the perfect match for creative professionals – a digital sketchbook where you can do everything we used to do in our artist studio + much more – getting notes and digitizing content, sketching logos and websites, painting with thousands of brushes and canvas types, sculpting and rendering 3D models with endless choice of materials and lights, designing business presentations, CNC toolpath, SWOT/ web analytics/ SEO reports for customers and of course the casuals – web surfing, video conferences and Skype calls, music, emails, eBook reading, office apps - all of this on the move, out of the office, on the flywherever you want to go. Once I grabbed a tablet PC, I never looked back. Designers love to use simple things like stylus (pen one end, eraser on the other) or fingertips in 90% of the cases, using a PC as natural as possible.

The only major UMPC improvement came last year with the HP tx2 tablet, packing a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo behind a 12.2” multitouch screen, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB disk, secured with a fingerprint scanner, which I enjoy every day. The only drawback is that the 256 pressure-sensitivity works only in a couple of applications, while a Wacom Intuos4 has 2048 pixel-level pressure sensitivity, with several different brushes and even detects at which angle you hold the stylus to the surface.

After Apple joined the “tablet” party with it’s iPad this month (a pen coming soon), the slate PC market will grow exponentially, but the creative professionals are (almost) forgotten. The NetTabs are only larger media-focused readers/ phones, so I have to use my old convertible C300. After Acer discontinued all their tablet PC recently, I’m still searching for the ultimate tool for creative professionals:

· Large Screen – 12.1” SXGA is my favorite and it really does matter. The larger the device, the more useful it is, as far as you can carry it in a standard office bag.

· Wi-Fi, 3G/UMTS – I can leave with a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity , a tablet is not a second phone plus you can always speak in speakerphone mode. Data plans will come down when 4G is spread in 2013 ;-)

· Rigid design and Battery Life – you can choose from 2 to 10 hours. Just cut in half what the vendor says or get a second battery to secure your new customer while making your great presentation.

· eBook Reading – while electronic paper is still the best display type for reading if you read a lot, but we need a devices that work well for both books and multimedia, artists don’t think in black and white.

· Win 7/ i7 applications - content is critical, applications are critical. We need a working tool to make us $$$ per hour, not a plastic toy. Multitasking? Intel does, iPad doesn’t. Games, TV and videos are different story for other devices.

· Pens, Brushes, Rigid, Waterproof? – sometimes a feature makes the device.
If you want to use it outdoors, in the rain or charge it in the car? Get a Motion computing tablet

· Price – $500 – $5000?. My first generation Acer was very expensive, this year we’ll have a convertible for less than $500!

Toshiba Portégé M750 and Fujitsu Lifebook T4310 are nice office tablets, Motion J3400 and Duros are rugged tablets with the best outdoor display on the market, iPad and Pegatron are nice entertainment media tablets, but I can’t see the ultimate device for creative professionals. Rather than buying a dust-collector, I will wait until the end of the year, hoping to see the best tablet PC in 2010.
Lenovo U1 Hybrid is really close to the perfect one!

Any good tablet PC experience?

Life strategy? One life, live it.

Life Strategy 2009When you ask your friends if they have created a life strategy for the next week, month, year, five or even ten years – over 90% will answer No! or should I?

Yes, we should. Some of us create to-do lists, (I prefer to make not-to-do lists), other are permanently writing “business-in-recession” strategies, but do we share our life strategies? Rarely. Are you interested to prepare a life strategy, if you knew how to?

We share those mumble-grumble social network status updates that “it was a great weekend, but now it’s Monday again and I have to wait 340 more days for my next vacation“… but there is no time to think and commit to paper?

Most of my friends from the past have only shorter life horizons because it is difficult for them to look far into the future and predict an outcome.
We didn’t learn why it’s important to create a life strategy at school.
It was only “I want it all and I want it now”, or “I’ll be happy if I can afford a beer tomorrow”. Carpe Diem, live in the moment – spontaneous, natural and keep rolling?

Well my friends, I don’t agree. Well-being is the way you want it to be. We should be open to all possibilities and not overlook new opportunities, but how will you  know WHAT’s a new opportunity, if you don’t know where are you going?

A life without a strategy is like a ship without a target and a reason. Your canoe will definitely sail you somewhere, but where you end up may not be where you really want to go. Or the most important part is to live every moment as though the whole world were watching?

Life strategy is not about a boxed career, income, buying a house, getting married, having kids or being self-reliant, financialy self-sufficient entrepreneur, retired as multi-millionaire at 60. It’s about the big idea, HOW to achieve the desired level of freedom, relationships, income, business, emotional and spiritual intelligence, etc.

I’m happy that most of my current friends and contacts have a life strategy. They can share it with a Tim Ferris’ DreamLine or Richard Koch’s ActionPlan in 10 minutes  and we can compare our progress, meeting for monthly happiness plan brainstorms and and shortening the horizon to our goals together.

Do I have one, yes, I wrote one, called Clouds (abstract, but solid foundation of clear life-goals) when I was 15-17 and it’s continually tuned every day, with every new knowledge and experience, tweaked for perfect outcome. Clearly, developing and sharing a life strategy makes a lot of sense and can be useful to all of us, who want to find something to be happy about.

Why? Because we can feel unlimited where we stand, to know that anything that we desire can be ours, that we are eager and full of life, free and fun and easy. Let’s challenge our perception of personal limits and don’t let our dreams stay dreams.

Here are 10 highlights from my mid-2009 life strategy update:

In the second half of 2009 I will:

  • Move from doing most of the things to what I do best and let others do the rest. (I can’t be expert on 80 things, just on 20 ;-)
  • Leap-frog my top5 direct competitors in the next 6 months, building and top positioning global brands with higher quality at 70% of the price.
  • Increase the quality and reduce the quantity of my relationships and friend-lists by at least 30% for 6 months.
  • Decrease compromising my integrity for anything or anybody.
  • Decrease the communication and social noise by 60% more in 3 months.
  • Say NO politely but immediately 20% more often.
  • Stop wasting energy on peripheral issues that cannot yield a payoff no matter the outcome.
  • I’ll use pure strenghts and truth instead of trying to make true that which I love or I am weak at.
  • Use free will and energy to go ahead and uphill, day after day
  • Stop wasting time talking about my plans to others. Give you only 2 minutes to say what you have to say quickly and simply – then we probably stop talk/chat? Zipping the lip.

We have all the time on this planet, but without Destination, Route and Actions, we are going nowhere.  Success is our own damn fault. So work less, succeed more, enjoy more, be more strategy-focused, less tactic-focused,  and let me know what do you think.

The Revolution starts on 1st of July. You are Vellycomed to join.