sky Streaming bug messes up Sky Go and BBC iPlayer resulting in outageHave you been having a spot of bother with Sky Go and BBC’s iPlayer? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

There’s been mass outages thanks to a bug, which is now being investigated by the BBC and Sky.

The error seems to only affect Apple iOS users of the apps, with users saying that they’ve seen messages about Client Server Certificate issues and the like.

Sky said: “We are currently experiencing an issue with Sky Go on iPhone, iPad and iPod. You will see a ‘Video Unavailable’ error message while trying to watch any content. We’re really sorry about the issue and we’re working very hard to get it fixed for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

BBC also acknowledged an issue: “We are aware of reports from users encountering an ‘Insufficient Bandwidth’ error message when attempting to play programmes through the iPad app.”

In short, it should all be fixed soon enough.

.London is a thing and it is here

April 17th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

london 300x225 .London is a thing and it is hereMany a London-based company have signed up for a .london domain name.

The likes of the football team West Ham, the London Eye, Selfridges and the London School of Economics have signed up for the localised address.

From April 29th, companies in London are able to apply for the address as a change from the square old .co.uk or .com addresses.

With more than 1,000 new web addresses lined up already, it is being seen as one of the biggest changes in the history of the internet.

Odious blonde irritant Mayor Johnson spouted: ”There is enormous interest in .london from businesses right across the capital, not just from high street brands but from the small businesses that are the lifeblood of London’s economy.”

“London leads the world in technology and our businesses are among the most dynamic and innovative anywhere, so it is no surprise so many see .london for the great opportunity it presents them.”

Apparently the address is going to improve London’s economy. Fancy that!

Chrome Chrome to allow you to control your desktop from your phoneAndroid users can now access their desktop computers remotely with a new app from those folks at Google.

The new Chrome Remote Desktop app has sprung out of a previous version that allowed access to a remote computer from a laptop or desktop.

“Have you ever been out and about, and urgently needed to access a file that’s sitting on your home computer? Since 2011, Chrome Remote Desktop has let you remotely access your machine from another laptop or computer in a free, easy and secure way. And now, with the release of the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, we’re making it possible for you to do the same thing from your Android device,” says product manager Husain Bengali.

Bengali said the app works with machines running Windows and Apple’s OS X.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll have to pair it with your computer so you can access what you need. Then, you can ”simply launch the Android app on your phone or tablet, tap on the computer’s name and start using your remote machine as if you were sitting right in front of it.”

You never need to be without that hilarious meme you love, ever again.

Glass war on the streets of San Francisco

April 15th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

google glass Glass war on the streets of San FranciscoGoogle Glass wearers are being attacked on the streets, according to CNN. And why not, you may ask, if someone is willing to waltz about with a grands worth of computer on their head?

It seems that where once before, you’d have your phone and you’d slip it in your bag or pocket and no one would be the wiser, going around with the device on your face is a bit more obvious.

Also, you’d be a bit narked if someone pointed a camera at you, so that narkiness would only exacerbate when someone wearing the Glass is staring at you, seeing as it has built-in video and web capabilities.

As only a few people have them at the moment, it is seen as a symbol of an affluent elite. They may as well be wearing fur or something, the ponces.

It’s starting to drive San Francisco a bit mad. Where once it was all bumming and car chases, Silicon Valley has encroached itself onto the city to drive the rents up and alter its character. Some people are obviously a bit ‘Glass War’ about this, and so spotting a poltroon wandering around with hi-tech gadgetery on their head has become something of a new sport. Even going as far as calling them Glassholes.

WE SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

Most of the anti-tech attacks have focused on big-name companies such as Google and Twitter and the private bus systems that ferry their employees from the city to various corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley.

But individual employees are increasingly being targeted, with protesters picketing in front of the home of Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and now a partner with Google Ventures. The protesters claimed his group, which helps Google decide which start-ups to invest money in, has helped to inflate prices in the city.

America eh? Still, hold tight UK. We’ve got it all to come.

google plus logo Google: Contact lens cameras and still looking at your emailsGoogle, as we all know, aren’t too fussed about your privacy. When they’re not teaming up with governments, they’re scanning your correspondence so they can target adverts at you.

Personal privacy groups have long been unhappy with the internet giant and even Microsoft got in on the action, shouting “Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail” when they were trying to convince everyone to use Outlook.

One court case against Google’s sniffing around our emails, District Judge Lucy H. Koh said that Google’s terms of service and privacy polices did not explicitly notify the plaintiffs “that Google would intercept users’ emails for the purposes of creating user profiles or providing targeted advertising.”

After that was said, Google spontaneously decided to update their terms of service, which came into play as of Monday, adding the provision that “Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

Not only that, but it looks like they’ve got some more wearable tech in the pipeline which could well creep out the kind of people who think the sky is falling on their heads.

Basically, those worried about Google Glass taking photos without consent will love the news that Google now has a pending patent for a contact lens embedded with a camera. That’s Google Glass which you wouldn’t be able to see if someone was wearing it. That’s human beings, essentially walking around with a camera stuck on their eyeball. It’ll be ace of paparazzi photographers.

Google say that the development would be used or diabetics and blind people, which is a nice idea; but if Glass takes off, you can’t see a scenario where Google wouldn’t want to try and make a shedload of money from it with a general sale.

Android vulnerable to Heartbleed

April 14th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

heartbleed bug Android vulnerable to HeartbleedSay what you like about the Heartbleed bug that’s been going round, but one thing is for certain – it definitely has the most eye-catching logo.

However, it isn’t very nice and Google are the latest to issue a warning about it, saying that their products could be prone to Heartbleed exploitation.

The company have noted that all Android versions are unaffected, unless you’re on version 4.1.1 (that’s Jelly Bean to you), which a good number of you are. Google are in the process of patching up the chink in the OS’s armour.

Over a third of Android users are running on 4.1 to 4.1.2, with the exact number of users running 4.1.1 not known. The problem here is that a lot of budget handsets could be on this specific Jelly Bean and not being given updates once shipped.

In addition to that, Google’s Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, App Engine, AdWords, DoubleClick, Maps, Maps Engine and Earth were affected by Heartbleed, but should’ve been patched by now. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo!, Dropbox and Amazon were also vulnerable.

Apple, meanwhile, have said that nothing of theirs was in danger at any point.

6 sony logo w Sony Vaios are setting on fire! Heres what you need to doSony have issued a warning that some of the batteries in their Vaio Fit 11A laptops could set on fire.

If you have one, you’ve been advised to stop using it immediately.

Sony say a non-removable battery pack built by Panasonic is to blame and, in a statement, they said: “The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance, so we are advising those with affected models to switch off the unit and discontinue use.”

“We have provided customers with a simple tool to check the serial number to identify whether it is an affected model.”

The Vaio Fit 11A has only been on sale since February, so it shouldn’t be too big of a problem.

Affected European products are:

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SVF11N1A4E SVF11N1L2RS
SVF11N1C5E SVF11N1M2ES
SVF11N1L2EB SVF11N1S2EB
SVF11N1L2EP SVF11N1S2ES
SVF11N1L2ES SVF11N1S2RS

You should visit the Sony page regarding this problem by clicking here. There, you can leave your contact details and Sony will get in touch with you to discuss what to do next. Or, if you prefer, call their hotline on 0844 8466 555.

People on the internet love getting new technology and trying to break it. Some people like putting iPads in blenders, while others like breaking PS4s on the day of release, in front of a load of people queuing up to buy one.

Well, the latest instalment in People Breaking Stuff sees a guy reviewing the toughness of the new Galaxy S5 from Samsung. They got the handset, along with the S4, and dropped it numerous times, before getting the SUV out and running it over a poor defenceless phone.

Of course, Samsung will have done loads of their own simulated drop tests, but tech dweebs like doing their own, just to make sure no-one is fibbing.

The people at TechSmart decided to do theirs, as you can see from the video above, in a manner that isn’t as exciting as most videos concerning people trashing technology, but the results are reasonably cheering for those thinking of buying a Galaxy S5.

It looks like the Galaxy S5 is a rather durable phone, which is great news for all you clumsy oafs, borderline alcoholic students and vigilantes who are looking at alternative weaponry. If it can withstand a big car driving over it, it should be able to withstand dropping it on a dancefloor or smashing it into someone’s skull.

But can it survive Android and Samsung’s propensity for filling up your phone with bloatware?

Google to offer more through Chromecast

April 9th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

chromecast 300x199 Google to offer more through ChromecastGoogle’s Chromecast is a pretty great piece of kit, allowing you to stream from your phone, tablet or computer, straight to your TV set. BT Sports users who only have the app, will now be able to watch live sports on their tellies, or stream full length films from YouTube.

The homepage, which you see on your screen when not in use, is a selection of typical vistas designed to exude calm through nature, is pretty and all, but not particularly useful (apart from having a clock on it).

However, that looks like it is about to change.

Google are looking at giving you a little more on the wallpaper and over at TechCrunch, they’ve stumbled across various findings after some people went rummaging around in the source code. What was found was some javascript references, which will also add a weather forecast on your homescreen.

There’s weather related icons, as well as the current temperature in a given region, but mainly, it’ll tell you what it’s like outside – either coat weather, t-shirt weather and so on.

On top of that, there’s also code which looks like Chromecast will eventually give users the opportunity to have custom wallpapers, instead of the various streams and horizons which Google love so much.

While these aren’t hugely exciting, you hope that this at least vaguely points to the idea that Google are willing to do much more with Chromecast. You could use your TV screen for reminders, checking messages and whatnot. Basically, you could make your television set a second dashboard, which is exciting if you like that sort of thing.

The kerrrazy world of science has now harnessed the ever expanding population of cockroaches – and turned them into nanobots with the computing power of a Commodore 64 or an Atari 800.

cockroach Cockroaches are being turned into mini computers to treat disease

*boggle*

Nano sized entities – made of DNA, and capable of carrying out basic computing logic – have been injected into cockroaches by scientists at Bar Ilan University in Israel.

The DNA computers are called ‘origami’ robots because they work by folding and unfolding strands of DNA around the cockroaches body. They travel around the insect, and interact with its cells, and as the markers are florescent, you can actually watch it happen.

But here’s the most insane part – when the DNA strands unfurl, they can dispense drugs on contact with specific molecules – ie, a diseased cell.

DUDE!

Daniel Levner, a bioengineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University said: ‘DNA nanorobots could potentially carry out complex programs that could one day be used to diagnose or treat diseases with unprecedented sophistication.’

The DNA technology could help target cell-specific ailments, like cancer, with great accuracy. But before you decide to inject it into a human being, you first have to get past our body’s inbuilt immunity to foreign objects. However, the scientists say that trials on humans could be a reality in about five years.

Still, even if it doesn’t work, Commodore 64 cockroaches sound pretty exciting. Maybe you could play Chuckie Egg with them?

Another day, another dodgy invention that wouldn’t look out of place on an ancient episode of Benny Hill. Alongside the heat sensor bra that unhooks itself, we now have the very useful and not at all stupid Intimacy 2.0 dress, which becomes transparent when you’re turned on.

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Aside from looking completely hideously unwearable, like it was fashioned from the plastic bendy bits you get inside a new pair of shoes, the dress also responds to heart rate and temperature. When the temperature is raised, the ‘e-foils’ that it is made up of start to become opaque and turn into clear plastic.

In order to pretend that this is some kind of technological/design milestone, and not a useless perv dress that will also become transparent when you’re running for a bus or cleaning out the guttering, Netherlands-based designer Daan Roosegaarde calls it ‘techno poetry.’

‘Technology is used here not merely functional but also as a tool to create intimacy as well as privacy on a direct, personal level which in our contemporary tech society is becoming increasingly important.’ He said.

Blah blah blah…tits.

Welcome to Googlebox

April 7th, 2014 No Comments By Lucy Sweet

Google are riding high on the success of their Chromecast dongle, which has sold millions and become the best-selling technology product on Amazon since its launch in the US last summer.

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So now they’re going to do what Amazon and Apple did and launch Android TV. And although it’s yet to be publicly announced, they’ve rather Partridge-ly described it as an ‘entertainment interface’, rather than a platform. They’ve also said it will be ‘cinematic,’ ‘fun’, ‘fast’ and ‘fluid’ (ewww), ‘with the least amount of friction.’ (Wait a minute. We ARE still talking about TV, aren’t we?).

It looks the same as other ‘entertainment interfaces’ – a bunch of horizontal tiles you can swipe through with a remote control, which has a navigation pad which goes in four directions. You can scroll through apps, and third party TV streaming services like Netflix.

One of the big differences, though – this being Google – is the ‘search’ function. They’re hoping that they’ll do such a good job with their predictive recommendations that you won’t even need to search.

How this all chimes in with Chromecast, though, is anyone’s guess. Won’t it leave their dongle dangling?

Are Facebook working on an anonymity app?

April 7th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Bitterwallet Facebook censorship Are Facebook working on an anonymity app?There’s a handful of anonymity apps, such as Secret and Whisper, which have been growing in popularity lately and, not one to miss a money-making opportunity, it looks like Facebook is thinking of making their own version.

If this latest trend has passed you by, these apps showcase streams of short confessions from your contacts list or in your area. You comment or ‘love’ posts anonymously and what gets people hooked, is that you keep scrolling in case someone declares their love for you, slags you or someone you know off, and basically, it’s a trickle of gossip where users shout things they wouldn’t dare post on Twitter or Facebook.

Apparently, Facebook have already got in touch with the folks at Secret, but for once, it doesn’t look like they’ll be buying someone out. Seems like they’re just tapping people up for ideas. That said, it hasn’t stopped rumours that Zuckerberg will be willing to fork out $100 million to buy Secret.

If Secret are willing to sell, they’d be wise to wait a while: if Facebook have the money to buy WhatsApp for $19bn and Oculus for $2bn, then they’ll surely have some leeway to broker a more hefty deal.

It certainly looks like Facebook are investigating the building of apps that you don’t have to couple with your Facebook account, allowing the company to spread out without forcing people into having a Facebook account.

New USB will change life forever

April 4th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Rejoice! The USB has been redesigned! We told you a while ago about the modern miracle of new USBs, and the new connector will be reversible, which is good news if your sunny disposition is otherwise ruined by not being able to stick it in correctly.

Look at it right there. Life already feels so different now.

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It is hoped that designs will be finalised and with us by July, however manufacturers will still have to get around to incorporating them into their products.

The new Type-C standard will be similar in size to the current MicroUSB connector, typically used for charging mobile phones and cameras.

The first USB cables were released in the mid-1990s and, until now, could only be plugged into a computer or other device one way round to ensure a data connection.

Other improvements to the new cable include support for data speed transfers of up to 10 gigabits per second and a promise that the new design will accommodate further upgrades.

Mozilla update: Eich out

April 4th, 2014 3 Comments By Ian Wade

zxzxzx Mozilla update: Eich outSo anyway, following the exposure of his support of anti-gay marriage shitfest Proposition 8 earlier this week, Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla.

In a post by Mozilla, they’ve basically said ‘we screwed up’.

Eich had been standing firm and refusing to budge this week, but continued to dig a big hole for himself. Believing that his personal beliefs were not relevant.

Despite his reputation and talents, it will be interesting to see what company will pick Eich up now after this week’s shitfit, as he’s become a toxic entity that few companies would welcome onboard in a bid to avoid similar controversy.

Shall we look at the full Mozilla statement? Yes, let’s. It’s a bit epic: ”Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.”

“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard. Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”

“We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.”

“While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better. We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla. What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.”

“We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved. Thank you for sticking with us”.

Some PR probably thought that ‘more waffle’ was the key approach, obviously.