Posts Tagged ‘tech’
Yesterday, they revealed two new iPads and a high-resolution screen iMac desktop, which of course, we already told you about.
Basically, Apple are giving everyone the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as blarting on about Apple Pay where you can pay for stuff with your phone (which of course, is a thing that’s been around for ages under different names).
So what about the Pad Air 2? Well, it is thin. You can get it in silver or gold and it is now thinner than a biro at just 6.1mm thick. Apple reckon it is the world’s thinnest tablet. It comes with a faster processor and a better camera too.
The new iPad has now got a lot of the features that you’d find in an iPhone, so you can now do slow motion video and burst shots with it, and it has the fingerprint ID sensor. Apple’s new OS, Yosemite, will be available as a free download too.
The new iMacs will have a sharper display. How much sharper? According to Apple, they’ll have seven times the amount of pixels you’ll find on a standard HD TV.
If you’re after a new iPad, prices start at £319. If you’re wanting a new iMac, prices start from £1,999.
Argos is offering free tablets and broadband as part of a pledge to provide practical skills and access to technology to 9.5 million Brits who aren’t online in a partnership with digital skills charity Go ON UK.
Trained staff members will help people learn the basics of how to use a tablet and how to connect to the internet with workshops that will run from 25th October through to mid-January.
John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, which owns Argos, said: “The digital revolution continues apace, however, millions remain on the side-lines. Argos Internet Workshops have been developed to help people overcome the barriers of access and affordability and improve their knowledge, understanding and confidence in digital technology.”
“The internet is becoming increasingly essential in day-to-day life, and offers a world of new possibilities that we believe everyone should be able to access.”
And, they just all happen to be potential Argos customers as well.
Either way, if you can’t be arsed showing your granddad or mum how to use a tablet and get online, Argos will do it for you. They’ll be calling you every 3 minutes on Skype in no time at all.
After the huge celebrity leak of photos, dubbed ‘The Fappening’, looks like we’re due ‘The Snappening’ as rumours abound that hackers have got a load of Snapchat photos and plan release all the mucky, naked ones that match with usernames.
They’ll be available on October 12th on a torrent.
According to reports, the hackers have a 13GB library of snaps from a third-party app which allows users to save Snapchats without the sender knowing.
Snapchat are deflecting blame away from themselves, but if they were really vigilant, they should’ve got third party apps removed from app stores or something.
What should worry people though is that a lot of young people use Snapchat, which means anyone looking at any potential leaks could basically be looking at compromising images of underage kids.
Apple have issued an invitation for an event that will take place on October 16th. Now, seeing as they’ve just updated the iPhone and brought out the Apple Watch, what on earth are they going on about?
Whatever it is, it comes with the strapline of: “It’s been way too long.”
So, what have Apple been ignoring and left to gather dust on the shelf?
The company updated the iPad just last year and the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro both got a revamp recently, so it can’t be them. The iMac got tinkered with in 2013, so you can’t imagine they’re making an announcement about that.
Weighing up what’s likely, that means Apple are up to something with either Apple TV or the MacBook Air. You have to assume, what with everyone jumping on TV services at the minute, that Apple are going to give theirs a shot in the arm. They released Apple TV in 2010 and have only indulged in minor tweaks here and there, never giving it a big rehash.
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook while talking about TV, said: “TV is one of those things that is stuck back in the ’70s. Think about all the things that have changed… and TV almost feels like you’re rewinding the clock, and the interface is terrible. It’s awful.”
What with Cook getting randomly jumpy about TV, it looks like the newest Apple product could well be a new and improved Apple TV. Of course, there’s a good chance Apple will cock it up, like they have with everything at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Google have been at war with Oracle for ages now. It has been going on so long that it is almost a battle of Biblical length. They’ve been fighting over the incredibly exciting thing of Java implementation on Android and it might get all the way to the US Supreme Court.
When it does, take stock of where you are and what you’re doing because future generations will ask: “Where were you when everyone died in the Google-Java conflict?”
The Supreme Court has listed Google’s request to have the US Court of Appeals’ decision reviewed.
If you aren’t aware of what’s been going on (seriously? You’re that jaded by warfare?), Oracle said that Google owed them “billions” because Android’s class libraries replicate the functions and code of some of Java’s copyrighted API packages.
One of the big arguments is whether or not you can copyright an API (that stands for ‘application programming interface’, just so you’re aware).
In May, the Court of Appeals said that you could indeed copyright APIs, but then handed the case over to another court so the argument of ‘fair use’ could be thrashed out.
And now, the Supreme Court is listening to Google’s argument that; “Early computer companies could have blocked vast amounts of technological development by claiming 95-year copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming.”
If Oracle win this case, then it will mean a whole load of trouble for more companies than just Google. For more, the case has its own Wikipedia page. We can’t wait for the Hollywood blockbuster that is made of this dispute.
That’s the slightly barmy findings from a study by the University of Granada.
They reckon that artificial light from phone screens, street lights, laptops or television stops the body generating a hormone that combats obesity.
So that’s why you’re lardy, obviously. Not those 8 packets of shortbread fingers and a share bag of Doritos you had after your tea, all by yourself. It’s your phone’s screen.
You need Melatonin to regulate sleep patterns and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory that boosts the metabolism.
The scientists resorted to trying it out on rats, and saw that increased consumption of the hormone made them lose weight and also fought type two diabetes. Naturally they believe it can have the same effect on humans. Countries around the world are starting to strain at the edges due to an increase in obesity rates and diabetes.
Professor Agil, who lead the study, said: “Currently this process is frequently interrupted, as a result of excessive exposure to artificial lightning during the night, which reduces the levels of endogenous melatonin. For instance, many people are in the habit of sleeping with their lamps, televisions or their computers switched on, or with the blinds drawn up.”
“For all these reasons, it is important to try to sleep in absolute darkness, to avoid interference in the generation of melatonin.”
So there you have it.
BT have hit some technical difficulties with their plans to launch a super cheap mobile network and it looks like it will now be delayed until 2015. Basically, BT were looking at cutting costs by carrying loads of voice traffic over WiFi networks.
The plan was to use their 5.4 million WiFi hotspots to create its own mobile phone network and the phone operator had already struck deals with EE to use a portion of their 4G spectrum also.
However, BT have found that there’s issues with the technology used to switch between WiFi and mobile networks, so basically, calls get interrupted when the signal switches. Customers would not be able to ‘roam’ seamlessly between the two, which is no use to anyone.
Not only that, BT are looking at increasing their mobile network capacity by using Home Hub routers as mini 4G mobile masts. It’s an ambitious project.
They’re serious about it though, as BT paid out £186 million for a chunk of the 4G spectrum last year, so watch this space. It is likely that we’ll see some results from the company around April 2015.
The 8.3-inch hudl2 has been made with an eye on entertainment and is powered by a quad core Intel 1.83 GHz processor, which means the new tablet is three times faster than the previous hudl.
It’ll cost you £129, but it will be available on Clubcard Boost, which means you could get it for as little as £65, which is not to be sniffed at.
The hudl2 is available in eight colours and will come with a parental filter and goes on sale from October 9th.
The full spec for the hudl2:
- 8.3 inch 1920 x 1200 (Full HD) screen
- Intel Atom quad-core processor up to 1.83 GHz
- Android Kitkat 4.4.2 operating system
- Stereo speakers with Dolby optimised audio
- 5MP rear facing camera and 1.2 MP front facing camera
- 16 GB storage which can be expanded to 48 GB
- 8 hour battery life
- Dual band Wi-Fi
- Available in 8 colours: Jazzy Blue, Zesty Orange, Slate Black, Rocket Red, Tropical Turquoise, Dreamy White, Perky Purple and Bubblegum Pink.
- Pre-loaded with Parental filter
- Access to over a million apps via Google Play
Some inventors have cooked up a wrist-based drone that takes selfies. That’s it. Everyone can go home now, we’ve finished as a species.
The Nixie is a flyable wrist-worn camera, and is the brainchild of Christoph Kohstall, Jelena Jovanovic, and Michael Niedermayr who are a team of one of ten finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable (MIW) Challenge.
LET’S SEE IT IN ACTION THEN
It was originally meant to be a flying pair of glasses, which would have no doubt been REALLY useful, but now morphed into a wristband that unfolds into a remote-controlled quadcopter.
The Intel Creators Project blog said:”With traditional cameras, shooters have to interrupt the moment to take pictures, and the controls require manual manipulations. Nixie puts you front and center in your photos and videos—without requiring your hands, or your attention.”
While still a prototype, the Nixie should include preset modes for all sorts of filming criteria.
Within its capacity as an Intel MIW Challenge entry, the Nixie, of course, utilizes Intel’s Edison—a functioning, Quark-powered computer with wireless capabilities packed into a chip as slim and small as an SD card.
It’s just one of the inventions in the running for the award, along with nine others that include sports, healthcare, robotics, and existing wearable technology.
The winning team will be announced at the Make It Wearable Finale Event on Nov. 3.
That’s because this was some kind of social experiment where researchers set up a WiFi hotspot in London which had a lengthy t&c section.
The terms contained a “deliberately ridiculous” term which, if you’d read, said that in return for the free access to the internet, the individual using the service was prepared to “render up their eldest child for the duration of eternity”.
The report is called ‘Tainted Love: How Wi-Fi Betrays Us’ by security and privacy company F-Secure. It states that, regarding people allowing their children to be given up for eternity: ”Despite this, six people decided that it was a fair exchange and signed up.”
Hopefully, the researchers will see the clause out in scenes akin to the baby being fought for in Ghostbusters 2. Hopefully they’ll have a massive magic oil painting too.
The report concluded: “Our results illustrate the very real problem of the modern world which is that – while massively dependent on the technology – the population is unaware of its capabilities for surveillance and intrusion into their lives. The problem is that people implicitly trust their technology and are not aware of the implications of that trust.”
“There is an insatiable pursuit of bandwidth, driven mainly by the desire to have video, data-rich apps and super-fast website performance on the move.”
“This appetite for bandwidth has blinded consumers to the risks that they are taking. In pursuit of free bandwidth, people are prepared to do anything as our experiment showed with its draconian terms and conditions.”
In fairness, the six people involved might have really quite horrible children. You just don’t know do you? Have you met some of them? They can be infuriating.
TL;DR – Breaking news: People don’t read terms and conditions on anything, ever.
The proper name for Shellshock is ‘CVE-2014-6271′, which is about as catchy as Leonard Cohen song, but it is making a lot of people very jumpy. The National Cyber Awareness System has given the bug a 10 out of 10 severity rating.
If you’re really techie and want to get into the smaller details of the Shellshock bug, click here for the low-down by people who really know what they’re talking about.
For the rest of you, this is the kicker: if you haven’t got your updates up-to-date and are using OS X, hackers might be able to get control of your computer. Mercifully, the chances of this happening are reasonably small.
A lot of Linux distributors have released patches to stop Shellshock, but Mac OS X haven’t got anything yet.
Sadly, the immediate fix for this is reasonably techie and can be seen in the link above. If you’re not the kind of person who is equipped to get under the hood of your devices, the best thing to do is make sure all your important files are backed-up, stored in your cloud accounts and what have you, just in case your computer ends up being wrecked.
It looks like Linux is going to be shored up soon enough, but Apple haven’t even made a comment yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see what they’re up to.
There’s 29 apps on offer, and the offer is available until 12pm on September 27th. So act sharpish if you want some.
There are games and other useful things to be had like alarm clocks and dieting things.
You can get your paws on Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Paper Camera and Office Suite Professional, as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog game and the popular Threes. You can even get an Air Harp, which is much less space-consuming than a real harp.
Some of the apps look like a load of rubbish, but those are the breaks with a deal like this. You really should check them out for yourself.
To download these paid apps for free, head to this Amazon Appstore page.
Now it turns out the secret reveal is going to be October 3rd.
The company has sent out invites to a launch with such crypticness as #letshudl on them… but who would want to huddle with people who just make stuff up in their accounts?
The company’s Hudl page has also updated with a new section for customers to register for updates about the second generation tablet.
It looks like they’re launching it in several colours. WHOOP!
The company assure us that the Hudl 2 will improve “on just about every area of its predecessor, from screen size to speed, design and accessories.”
Will it save Tesco? We have no idea. However it was one of the few successes the terminally mental company have had in recent times. Plans were afoot to release a Hudl phone too, but they can’t be arsed now.