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The Lifespan of Google Products

In the wake of the Google Reader kerfuffle, Charles Arthur from the Guardian talks about Google’s tendency to kill it’s software offerings after a short period of time.

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Windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth

Australian study finds that the health complaints from people living around turbines shown to be psychological effect of anti-wind lobby making people worry

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Cube Sensors

Amazing idea and cool looking piece of technology. Basically a little cube containing sensors that monitor your indoor environment, measuring everything from humidity to air quality and sending the resulting data to your smartphone or tablet. As someone who has a lot of problems with indoor air quality where I work and live, this could be a great little tool to help analyse the problems.

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Adobe’s Kevin Lynch to Join Apple as VP of Technology

Kevin Lynch has joined as VP of Technology, reporting to SVP Bob Mansfield
John Fortt via Twitter


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Where are the Android users?

Interesting analysis by Horace Dediu of the numbers of Android Activations vs the number of US Customers. He notes a very interesting, and massive disparity in the numbers. Well worth a read.

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For Just 2 Million Dollars You Can Have Your Own Underwater Plane

Bond villains of the world rejoice!

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Wonders of Life

I’ve just finished watching the recently aired BBC series “Wonders of Life” by professor Brian Cox. I had been watching it live but I had missed an episode, and so I ordered the blu-ray. Now that I’ve completed the whole series I can comment on it.

Wonders of Life is an amazing and truly groundbreaking series. I don’t think there has ever been anything quite like it before. It tackles the subject of life, biology and evolution, but it does so from a physics point of view. I don’t think anyone has ever done that before, certainly not on a prime time tv show. The result is one of the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. Some of it is probably a bit heavy going at times, but the stunning camera work and the infectious charm of Brian Cox’s genuine enthusiasm for the subject easily carries you through any part you might have difficulty understanding.

It’s such a novel approach to the subject though that makes it such a winner. You really need to see it to understand. It will make you look at life and life sciences in a whole new light. I really can’t describe just how blown away I was by it. If you are in any way interested in science you have to see this series.

You can get it now on Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland. I’m not sure when or where it will be available outside the UK but if you see it on, or on sale, watch it.

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Samsung’s Disingenuous Bullshit

I’ll be perfectly honest: I don’t like Samsung, and I never have. It’s not just because of the recent spat with Apple either. I’ve not liked them for a lot longer than that, but it’s their marketing and pr department that has really got my goat up recently. They have zero scruples. Zero.

First there was their anti apple ads which made fun of Apple fans. Apart from being derogatory to the very customers they were trying to woo, Samsung’s stated goal is to become the next Apple, and here they are deriding the very thing they are trying to become. It would be fine if it was done as tongue in cheek, but it wasn’t, it was deliberately trying to create a distasteful stereotype of the loathsome hipster apple fan, which as I said earlier, is exactly the customer they are also trying to win over.

Then there’s the ads for the Galaxy note. They are toting the stylus equipped note as “the New Way”. Presumably the message that they are trying to get across is that using a stylus with a smart phone is a newer and hipper invention than any of it’s competitors have come up with. Which of course is utter bullshit. It’s not a new way at all, its an old way. A way that every other company has moved beyond. But, I guess in emerging markets where the note is successful, people have never heard of Palm, and so they buy Samsung’s nonsense. But again it’s another attempt to use what another company has done to death and claim it as a Samsung “innovation”.

But the biggest insult to people’s intelligence has to be the current pre-launch campaign to drum up hype for the Galaxy IV. Samsung has been running teaser ads and have decided to have a big launch event and broadcast it live in Time Square. You know, the kind of thing their anti Apple ads seem to deride so much. So, here is Samsung now hyping it’s products the very same way that Apple does, the same way that they previously suggested was so distasteful and pathetic. And the media is lapping it up. I haven’t seen a single blog or news post calling Samsung on their hypocrisy.

In my opinion, this company has no soul. They will do and say anything to get to their goal, and don’t seem to give a damn about their customers, or their partners or any kind of ethical standards. A while ago one of their executives made a statement that they wanted to become the next Apple, and it seems they meant that literally. Forget about suing Samsung over patent abuse, Apple should sue them for attempted identity theft.

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Apple TV Updated with Bluetooth Keyboard Support and More…

Dropping along side the iOS 6.1 update, Apple has also released an update to the Apple TV, adding among other things, bluetooth keyboard support:

Here’s the list of what’s new from the software update information:

  • iTunes in the Cloud: Browse and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud.
  • Bluetooth keyboard: Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV. See this article for more information.
  • AirPlay audio for videos: Send stereo audio from movies, TV shows, and other videos on Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs).
  • Stability and performance: Includes performance and stability improvements with the iTunes Store, AirPlay, Netflix, iTunes Match, and wired Ethernet connections.

I’m hopeful that this update might finally resolve the ethernet issues that have been plaguing my Apple TV for the last few versions.

9 to 5 Mac has an interesting list of recommendations for bluetooth keyboards to use with the Apple TV

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Apple Updates iOS to 6.1

iOS 6.1 has just been released. Here’s the details from Apple’s press release:

Apple® today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone® carriers and 23 additional iPad® carriers around the world, so even more iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad* with Retina® display users can experience ultrafast wireless performance** to browse, download and stream content at blazing fast speeds. To date, iOS users have uploaded over nine billion photos to Photo Stream, sent over 450 billion iMessages and received over four trillion notifications

The update also adds

  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango using Siri (USA only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

Available now from the software update option on your device or via iTunes

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The Guardian Reviews “jOBS”

In a nutshell…

“This is far from the bomb some would have envisaged, but neither is it the character illumination one would wish for.”

I’m actually looking forward to seeing this even if it is naff. I have always liked Kutcher, so it will be interesting to judge his portrayal.

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Samsung being investigated for ‘coverup’ in overnight fatality at semiconductor plant

I’m sure this will generate the same level of indignation and outrage that any of the accusations levelled at Apple have in the past. Yep, absolutely sure.

( The Verge)

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Why the moon landings weren’t faked

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Apple puts eye into iDevices

Inspiring story from the Sydney Morning Herald about a blind iPhone user and how Apple devices help hip go about his normal routine

Apple puts eye into iDevices.

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Misleading headline of the day….

The Mac Observer posts this sensational story…

New York Blames Crime Rate Increase on Apple.

Which of course isn’t true. In a press conference Mayor Bloomberg said the slight increase in Crime was due to the number of iPhones and iPads stolen. That’s a far cry from “blaming Apple”.

But hey, sensation over substance, right? Crap like this is why non Apple users hate Apple fans.

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