Feb 6th, 2013
In a shock move this evening, Apple released its latest iOS beta to developers. Nothing out of the ordinary in the act itself, but instead in the manner in which Apple did it. Below is a conversation I had with iLounge regarding the move.
Although the Evasi0n Jailbreak was released two days ago to almost mass hysteria – Cydia creator Jay Freeman ‘Saurik’ reporting 14k hits per second to his webserver; Apple may not have released the update to developers to show solidarity against hackers, but instead to absorb some of the PR associated with the act itself.
The new version includes a number of improvements to Maps for Japan, including improved pronunciation of roads and identification of toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation, direction optimizations, and new indicators and icons for various features such as interchanges, transit systems and location categories. The beta also adds 3-D buildings for locations such as Tokyo Station, Japan’s Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower.
It is notably unusual for Apple to release betas to developers for minor iOS versions; for example, both iOS 6.0.1 and 5.1.1 were released directly to the public with no prior betas sent out for developer testing.
Just more evidence that the Apple machine keeps on whiring away to a tune that no one can predict.
• Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
• Posted in: News, Pop Culture, Random, Technology
• Tags: 6.1.1, apple, beta, Cydia, developer, Evasi0n, hacker, imperial, iOS, Jailbreak, Japan, maps, palace, saurik, tokyo, Tower
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Sep 7th, 2012
The US Homeland Security Department has urged US citizens to prepare for a Zombie invasion. Not because they expect one though. They figure that preparing for a Zombie attack is the same as preparing for natural disasters so why not make it fun?
“The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says.
Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies. The theory: If you’re prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack.
Erm… Most of the movies I’ve seen do not make Zombie attacks look fun! Quite the opposite, actually! Whereas for a natural disaster I’d stockpile food and medical supplies; for a Zombie invasion I’d buy as many guns and as much ammunition as was humanly possible. Once I’ve secured my life, then I’ll worry about everything else!
• Friday, September 7th, 2012
• Posted in: Comedy, Pop Culture, Random, SciFi
• Tags: attack, Dept, disaster, fiction, fun, Homeland, invasion, natural, security, US, zombie
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Apr 27th, 2012
I want to create.
I see things every day that make me think “I cold do that”.
So why dont I? Why can’t I just sit down and come up with an idea that will change the way I do things forever? I’m sure somebody achieves that every day.
The problem is getting myself into a position where I can sit and watch and think and put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, hands on tools, or whatever it is I decide to do.
So how do I get to that ‘place’? That personal Nirvana where everything clicks and makes sense?
I guess that is the ultimate question everyone at some point in their life tries to answer. Is it wrong to want something more, something better? Is success a modern day fable? Something thrust upon us by our peers and the media as something to strive towards? Why is there so much emphasis put on promotion and progression? Should I simply continue doing what I am doing? Is it right to want to do something that makes me happy? Or is that selfish?
In my time I trawl blogs, watch film and tv, and read anything available. I listen to multiple genres of music. I create in small amounts depending on the time available. Photography and Illustration are my passion. I totally immerse myself in pop culture and try to capture it with whatever talent I can muster. I surround myself with people and things I love; that inspire me. I’m happiest when I am in that place. Working on my relationships, enjoying the time we have together. I despise anything that takes me away from these people and things.
I want every day to hold something new and interesting. My worst nightmare is each day being the same as the last. I dont want to look into the future and see today. I’ve done today.
When is it time for tomorrow?
May 5th, 2011
I just found a blog post which gives 10 things to do while on a long haul plane flight. Number 8 on the list caused me some concern…
Network. Nine times out of ten you’ll have a seatmate when you fly. Why not get to know that person a bit if they seem interesting? Talk about your life, your family, your business. By the time you land, you may have a new BFF or even a new client. I’ve done both!
If this guy ever sits next to me he’ll get one big “Shut-the-hell-up!”. Read the rest here
Nov 4th, 2010
I normally blog about technology, art, pop culture, and the little things in life that annoy me. Today though, I share something MUCH bigger and infinitely more frightening. The following is a long piece of text but I ask you sit it out and give it a lot of thought.
Currently doing the rounds on the web is the ‘story’ of a super-large organisation wanting to ‘give’ the government of the United Kingdom £5 billion to pull us out of the economic gloom that we have found ourselves in over the last 18 months. Speculation about whom this organisation actually are is rife but fingers are starting to be pointed at The Vatican… At the moment however, they are currently known as ‘Foundation X’.
This story first came to light after Lord James of Blackheath made a 15 minute statement in the house of lords, late on the 1st November, about the state of the economy – particularly in the retail sector. He talked of how our high streets could be devastated again as early as February 2011 when the banks start pulling in all the credit they have given for the Christmas months. He especially mentions a re-enactment of the Woolworths saga of 2009. Lord James believes that the only way to avoid such a ‘calamity’ re-occurring is for the government to invest £5 Billion into ‘a government subsidiary’ similar to how British Home Stores was first created. The British government unfortunately does not have half of that amount free to make such an investment. It is at this point where Lord James lets the cat out of the bag…
• Thursday, November 4th, 2010
• Posted in: News, Random, Rant!
• Tags: 5, billion, blackheath, conservative, crisis, debt, finance, foundation x, Government, hansard, Invest, lord, UK, vatican, woolworths
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Oct 13th, 2010
A friend just posted the following photo on Facebook and it really disappointed me. Like I thought Mark Hamill actually dangled off an aerial in the middle of a Death Star!
Pretty cool how they achieved the effect though.
• Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
• Posted in: Film, Random, SciFi, Technology
• Tags: Darth, death, fake, hamill, mark, scene, star, trick, trickery, Vader, wars
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Oct 11th, 2010
You know him as Malcolm in the Middle. Now he is retired with a ‘comfortable’ lifestyle. Is there any come-back from this burn?
Sep 27th, 2010
Whomever wrote the following is either a genius or a severely imbalanced individual. Either way it’s funny as hell!
If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.
You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter’s body, I will remove them.
• Monday, September 27th, 2010
• Posted in: Comedy, Random
• Tags: boyfriend, daddy, date, daughter, girlfriend, nailgun, rules, warning
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