Archive for August, 2012

Apple v Samsung – One man’s inspiration is another man’s stealing

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Picasso once said “good artists copy, great artists steal”. Steve Jobs once quoted Picasso. He even openly admitted to being “shameless” in stealing ideas in an interview circa 1994 (check out the video below). Sometime in-between then and now he and company clearly had a change of heart. So when did it become ok for Apple to steal other people’s ideas but not for Samsung? (more…)

Boosting Battery Life, CPR for Smartphones

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Everyone who has ever owned a smartphone has probably encountered a situation where the battery meter is low, and there’s no means of charging in sight. While there’s no sure fire method to prevent the inevitable without plug socket and charger there are ways you can perform metaphorical CPR on your device to eek out those last few moments of life as well as precautions to prevent it getting that low in the first place. It could be a matter of life and death. securing that cute member of the opposite sex on the train’s phone number or losing it in the bottomless pit of your memory for ever. (more…)

Why ereaders aren’t soulless

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Whenever I’ve talked to paperback fans about the wonders of ereading I’ve always gotten that look which I imagine is akin to a relationship counsellor’s reaction after hearing a client has left their significant other and married a robot. Then there’s the argument that reading something on a digital device just doesn’t have that same “feel” as real paper between your fingers – the gradual signs of wear, the dog ears and the imperfections – that mysterious personality that’s the closest an inanimate object can come to having a soul. While I agree that the bits of information which make up an ebook are never going to have the same warmth as their inky equivalent, I would argue that the ereader itself has just as much soul as any paperback that might occupy a bookshelf or bedside table. (more…)

Microsoft gives logo a facelift – hopes to attract younger, cooler devices

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Until Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 “sexy” wasn’t a word you’d often associate with the Microsoft brand. The company clearly liked how the new OS looked in the mirror as the now familiar Modern UI, formerly known as Metro, soon found its way onto the Xbox 360 dashboard and then into Windows itself. However as the release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 approaches Microsoft has now fully committed to its new look by changing its logo, for the first time in 25 years, ditching its fluttering flag in favour of a simple four square design. Looks aren’t everything though and if the sceptics are correct then Microsoft may want to fire its plastic surgeon. (more…)

84” of 3D, LG starts shipping monster TV

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Whether you think 3D is the future or a fad there’s a good chance that your jaw is going to drop when you walk into a department store and see LG’s new super TV when it hits Europe next month. It used to be that a 42” TV was impressive but that diagonal measurement pales in comparison to the UD 3D TV which offers a screen-envy inducing 84” of display. This week the company has officially announced the global shipping details of the beastly bit of tech but is it as drool-worthy as it appears or a huge headache waiting to happen? (more…)

Smartphones, where do we go from here?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Smartphones have come a long way since the iPhone was first released in 2007, evolving from fancy touchscreen toys to fully fledged PCs in our pockets with large screens and processors with four cores. While all this advancement is no bad thing there are some questioning how much of a difference having that extra boost in the processing department will make in the long run. They have a point – how much more powerful do our handsets need to be? (more…)

Toilets for Techies – the best gadgets for the bathroom

Friday, August 17th, 2012

There are some people out there so addicted to Facebook that they’ll take their social networking activities everywhere with them, even to the toilet. Disgusting maybe but there’s definitely a trend of toilets getting more hi-tech as electronics become increasingly advanced. This means we can do much more in the bathroom than our morning routine, and even that we can do with a bit more style. Below are a few bathroom essentials for the discerning gadget user who wants to increase productivity in the lavatory. (more…)

AWOL eBooks – What’s missing from the Kindle Store?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Have you ever been browsing for a classic on Amazon’s Kindle Store only to find that an eBook version of it doesn’t exist. Have you then gone back weeks or months later to discover it’s still not there? Seems there are a few significant omissions from the Kindle’s collection, but don’t hold your breath that you’ll be seeing them soon. Old-fashioned authors not wishing to admit defeat to the digital age are holding back your paperback favourites from finding a home on your ereader. Not only does it suck for bookworms but ultimately the authors are losing out too. (more…)

Storing data in the cloud, what happens when it rains?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Without even knowing or thinking about it our data has slowly been evaporating into the cloud and according to comments made last week by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak there’s a storm on the horizon. The great wizard of Woz has once again been airing his views about technology whether it be inline with Apple’s own views or not. The man who’s also a fan of Android and Windows Phone believes that the effects of the migration to the metaphorical collection of sky-bound water droplets will be negative and when things go wrong, and they will within five years according to him, it’s going to be “horrendous”. (more…)

The Best of Bond – 007 awesome gadgets

Friday, August 10th, 2012

When it comes to things which are synonymous with Great Britain, James Bond is right up there. When it comes to things which are synonymous with James Bond gadgets are the first thing that spring to mind (well after Vodka Martinis and girls). From those early Connery films to Brosnan and beyond everybody’s favourite secret agent has always had some ingenious devices by his side for those times when a witty remark and his Walther PPK just won’t cut it. To celebrate the release of the Skyfall trailer, and the return of Q, below are 007 of the best Bond gadgets from the history of the franchise. (more…)