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An Introduction Of Sorts…

• Introduction • Comments Off on An Introduction Of Sorts… started originally in December 2007 and has evolved into something of an infrequent Tech-Blog with a dash of Pop Culture reference for good measure.

I must stress that this Blog only contains my own personal views based around my own understandings and in no way should they be taken as gospel.

I will occasionally re-post articles which I find of interest – these will be cited as such.

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Android Wear on iOS 8.2+

Aug 31st, 2015 • News • No Comments »

Beginning today, a select set of Android Wear smartwatches (and all future watches) will work with the iPhone. The app should be rolling out worldwide soon. It’s been a long time coming — and it means that Google will be challenging the Apple Watch on its home turf. Those Android Wear watches will be both cheaper and more varied than the Apple Watch.

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Android by Blackberry

Aug 30th, 2015 • News • No Comments »

There have long been rumours of a Blackberry device being developed which runs on Android. The lack of evidence however has always been the main argument against this. Vietnamese resident Ba Minh Duc now claims to have photos of the slider-phone in action, complete with its hideaway QWERTY keyboard, 18-megapixel camera and curvy screen. This isn’t quite the phone that have been shown in previous 3D renders (or the once-teased BlackBerry 10 version), though. BlackBerry appears to have moved the power button to the side, and the body isn’t as slender in person as the renders would suggest. This is undoubtedly a work in progress, and it won’t be surprising if the ‘Venice’ design changes more between now and release. Still, this is interesting stuff and if indeed it is a legitimate possibility, why would Blackberry opt to move to an infamously insecure OS having been known for so long as the most secure – and government preferred device – in order to stay current?

Source: [Crackberry]

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4th Gen Apple TV Price Rumours

Aug 30th, 2015 • News • No Comments »

Rumours of a 4th generation Apple TV being announced on 9th September are rife at the moment, but at what cost? Back when the Apple TV first launched you could expect to pay over £100 to put an Apple-powered media hub in your living room. Recently though prices have dropped to as low as £59. However the original price-point might come roaring back for the next generation. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that the next Apple TV could cost between £149 to £199 (the final price is still up in the air) when it ships, which is reportedly sometime in October. It could make the Fire TV and Roku 3 look like relative bargains, depending on how attached you are to Apple’s ecosystem.

Source: [9to5 Mac]

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Will The iPhone ‘6s’ Be The Best Update Yet?

Jul 28th, 2015 • News • No Comments »

Investors following Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) know that the company follows what has been widely referred to as a “tick-tock” development model for its iPhone. In one year, the company releases a new industrial design, and in the other, it uses the same basic industrial design as in the prior year, but with upgraded internals.

Last year, Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were fundamental redesigns of the consumer electronics giant’s popular handsets. This year, however, Apple is expected to focus principally on internal improvements while retaining the same basic iPhone 6/6 Plus designs.

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A Novice’s Guide to Landscape Photography

May 24th, 2015 • Photography • No Comments »

Whether you’re a globetrotter or simply exploring your own backyard, capturing the world around you in a picture is simple when you follow the top ten landscape photography tips. Next time you preserve a memory with a photograph, consider depth of field, focal points, and lighting to capture the perfect shot.

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Samsung Removing Bloatware

Jan 29th, 2015 • News • No Comments »

The fact that Samsung’s phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse. Some features certainly come handy, but on the flip side, they have resulted in Samsung’s software becoming extremely bloated and heavy. With the Galaxy S5, the company started removing some unneeded apps and features, and made some of them downloadable so that they wouldn’t get in the way – but still be accessible if someone wanted them.

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Nokia N1

Nov 18th, 2014 • News • No Comments »

Nokia has unveiled its first hardware offering since it sold its devices and services business to Microsoft, and it marks a shift away from any loyalty to Windows Phone: The $250 N1 is an Android tablet that looks unabashedly like the iPad Mini, and appears to be destined for Chinese users.

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iPhone 6 In September

Jul 3rd, 2014 • News • No Comments »

Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors.

Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event.

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‘MASK: The Movie’ Should Happen!

Jun 17th, 2014 • Cartoon • No Comments »

No, I don’t mean the one with Jim Carrey. M.A.S.K was a toyline that ran from 1985 through 1988, along with an 1985 animated TV show that lasted one season – although 75 episodes were broadcast.

The concept centered around the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, a group of anti-terrorist specialists locked in a battle against terrorist organization VENOM (which stood for Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem). They had two special weapons: helmets that gave them super-powers, and everyday vehicles that transformed into other vehicles that could be used to fight terrorism.

It’s actually surprising that no one has tried to reboot MASK already, because it feels perfectly primed for today’s audiences. Anti-terrorist operatives with technology that suggest spectacular CGI set-pieces – isn’t that exactly what audiences want these days? Just tone down the colorful original costumes, add some tragic backstory, and deliver to Michael Bay to produce. Profit awaits. I would be a happy boy!

Source: [Wired]

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Hubble Telescope Takes A Bad Picture

Mar 27th, 2014 • Photography • No Comments »

A piece of art? A time-lapse photo? A flickering light show? At first glance, this image looks nothing like the images that we are used to seeing from Hubble. The distinctive splashes of colour must surely be a piece of modern art, or an example of the photographic technique of “light painting”. Or, could they be the trademark tracks of electrically charged particles in a bubble chamber? On a space theme, how about a time-lapse of the paths of orbiting satellites?

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