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DigitalOutbox Episode 171

2013-06-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 171 DigitalOutbox Episode 171 - Microsoft Build 2013, Facebook and Sony Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:28 - Build 2013 12:33 - Facebook hate speech row 15:39 - Facebook Security Bug Exposed Personal Account Information 19:39 - Sony launches giant waterproof Xperia Z Ultra phone 23:00 - Sony's SmartWatch 2 24:38 - Barclays to sell customer data 27:07 - Google Reader ends this Sunday 31:37 - British Airways to relax rules on electronic devices…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 170

2013-06-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 170 DigitalOutbox Episode 170 - Xbox 180, Porn, Samsung and Project Loon Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:45 - Samsung Ativ 5:18 - Galaxy NX 7:37 - ISPs to include porn filters as standard in UK by 2014 11:18 - Google Is Starting War On Child Pornography 14:48 - Google alternative DuckDuckGo hit nearly 3.1M queries 19:05 - Apple TV Finally Gets HBO GO And WatchESPN 22:02 - Google X Announces Project Loon 25:36 - Google told to delete Street View payload data 27:13 - Instagram Launches 15-Second Video Sharing Feature 29:40 - Skype Video Messaging is now a full-fledged feature for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and BlackBerry 30:50 - Microsoft launches Office iOS app 32:32 - Xbox 180…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 169

2013-06-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 169 DigitalOutbox Episode 169 - E3 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:37 - Xbox 23:17 - Sony 43:53 - Nintendo 45:27 - EA 47:35 - Ubisoft 51:14 - Fez 2 51:52 - Android Consoles…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 169

2013-06-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 169 DigitalOutbox Episode 169 - E3 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:37 - Xbox 23:17 - Sony 43:53 - Nintendo 45:27 - EA 47:35 - Ubisoft 51:14 - Fez 2 51:52 - Android Consoles…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 168

2013-06-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 168 DigitalOutbox Episode 168 - WWDC and Prism Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:39 - UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation 10:38 - UK intelligence make thousands of requests for Microsoft data 12:09 - Google Bought Waze For $1.1B 16:07 - WWDC 19:05 - OS X Mavericks 31:25 - Mac Pro 41:20 - iCloud 43:37 - iOS 7…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 168

2013-06-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 168 DigitalOutbox Episode 168 - WWDC and Prism Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:39 - UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation 10:38 - UK intelligence make thousands of requests for Microsoft data 12:09 - Google Bought Waze For $1.1B 16:07 - WWDC 19:05 - OS X Mavericks 31:25 - Mac Pro 41:20 - iCloud 43:37 - iOS 7…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 167

2013-06-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 167 DigitalOutbox Episode 167 - Snoopers Charter, Feedly and the BBC Clock Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 4:11 - Internet companies warn May over 'snooper's charter' 6:36 - Government Still Demanding Action to make web safer 10:02 - UK piracy warning letters delayed until 2015 13:12 - Sky Broadband starts to block access to torrent site proxies, other ISPs likely to follow 15:52 - Reeder, gReader & Other Popular Feed Reading Apps Partner With Feedly Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown 18:53 - Save Podcasting 23:08 - Zynga lays off 580 employees 26:40 - Nintendo partners with O2 to give 3DS owners free Wi-Fi access at over 8,000 hotspots in the UK 27:30 - Peter Molyneux reveals winner of gaming experiment 30:37 - Trust upholds BBC Online clock complaint Picks Ian Dots - Free addictive game for iOS - From betaworks - Diggg and Instapaper owners - New update today brings it to iPad too plus a multiplayer game - Android in the works…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 167

2013-06-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 167 DigitalOutbox Episode 167 - Snoopers Charter, Feedly and the BBC Clock Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 4:11 - Internet companies warn May over 'snooper's charter' 6:36 - Government Still Demanding Action to make web safer 10:02 - UK piracy warning letters delayed until 2015 13:12 - Sky Broadband starts to block access to torrent site proxies, other ISPs likely to follow 15:52 - Reeder, gReader & Other Popular Feed Reading Apps Partner With Feedly Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown 18:53 - Save Podcasting 23:08 - Zynga lays off 580 employees 26:40 - Nintendo partners with O2 to give 3DS owners free Wi-Fi access at over 8,000 hotspots in the UK 27:30 - Peter Molyneux reveals winner of gaming experiment 30:37 - Trust upholds BBC Online clock complaint Picks Ian Dots - Free addictive game for iOS - From betaworks - Diggg and Instapaper owners - New update today brings it to iPad too plus a multiplayer game - Android in the works…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 165

2013-05-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 165 DigitalOutbox Episode 165 - Xbox One, Tumblr and Flickr Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:40 - Xbox One 30:38 - Yahoo buys Tumblr 34:06 - Flickr Refresh 38:57 - Twitter launch two factor authentication via SMS 39:40 - Emma Way suspended over cyclist tweet 42:50 - Vodafone delays 4G superfast mobile internet launch until September 44:19 - Youtube is 8 years old 47:28 - An Honor for the Creator of the GIF Picks Ian Impossible Road - £1.49 - iPhone/ipad - Tough but enjoyable game - If you like Super Hexagon, you will love this…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 164

2013-05-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 164 DigitalOutbox Episode 164 - Google I/O Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:45 - Google I/O - Just one keynote this year....that lasted for 3 ½ hours - Notable absence - no new hardware. Unlike previous years there were no hardware announcement, but all attendees did get a Chromebook Pixel. There was however plenty of new software and services (but nothing on Google TV and no new version of Android). Key announcements... - Google: 900 million Android activations to date, 48 billion app downloads - Google announces Play game services, Android's cross-platform answer to Game Center - The platform will support cloud saves, thereby allowing users to save their progress or game state and pick it up on a separate device, as well as achievements and leaderboards using Google+. - API will enable both turn-based and real-time multiplayer - Google Play game services will be supported for titles on Android, iOS and the Web - truly cross platform - Google Play services updated with new location, Google+ sign-in, and cloud messaging APIs - 3 new location API’s including Geofencing and Activity Recognition API that will help users track their physical activity - Android Studio - It’s an IDE based on IntelliJ. - This tool has more options for Android Development, making the process faster and more productive. A “live layout” was shown that renders your app as you’re editing in realtime. - Tools to support beta testing and language translations - Google takes on Spotify with Google Play Music All Access subscription service - web and mobile interfaces feature millions of songs you can play instantly, recommendations, charts and playlists, and instant radio stations. The Spotify competitor launches today in the US for $9.99 a month, comes with a free trial month, and sign-ups before June 30th get it for $7.99. - Everything from your Google Music locker is automatically pulled into Google Play Music All Access. Beneath the content you own, everything else an artist has ao All Access is automatically listed and plays at a tap. More countries will get Google Play Music All Access soon. - Google redesigning Play apps and Play Store on the web - Google turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Nexus phone, coming June 26th for $649 - Unlocked - Vanilla Android - no Samsung crapware added - Should get quick updates of new Android releases - Google takes on Apple in schools with Google Play for Education - Play store for education - currently trialling now - Google+ completely redesigned with new cards-based interface - 41 new features - Multi column stream (Like Facebook or Pinterest) - Auto tag posts - New features for hangouts and photos - Photos - automatically enhance the tonal distribution in an image, soften skin, sharpen certain parts of an image and remove noise – and all of those computations happen in the cloud. - system can now analyze your images and kick out blurry photos, duplicates, images with bad exposure (which it will try to fix). It can also recognize good images with certain landmarks, for example, and detect faces and see if people are smiling and/or of those people are in your Google+ circles. It will also try to make some decision based on aesthetics. What used to take hours of work, Gundotra said, now happens automatically in the cloud and take seconds. - Now that Google offers everybody 15GB of free storage, users an also upload 15GB worth of full-size images to Google+ Photos. In addition, the autobackup feature provides unlimited storage space for photos at sized under 2048px. - “Awesome” – can automatically detect when an image is part of a series and stitch it together in one image or an animated GIF. “If we detect that you took a series of photos, in burst mode or otherwise, we can stitch them together,” Gundotra told us. To recognize these images, the system does a bit of analysis to make sure the background hasn’t moved. - This is about more than animated GIFs, though. This new feature – which Google calls “auto awesome” – can also automatically create a group photo from a series of photos and pick the one where everybody is smiling. It can stitch together landscape photos to create panoramas and create HDR images from a series of photos where it detects bracketed exposures. All of this happens extremely fast, too, thanks to the power of Google’s data centers. - Google unveils Hangouts: a unified messaging system for Android, iOS, and Chrome - replaces the numerous Google services that currently help you have real-time conversations with other users, such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ Hangouts. - It will launch on most major platforms later today, including iOS, Android and the Web. (iOS works well, Android - doesn’t support Nexus 7) - Conversations can either be one-on-one or in larger groups; the new Hangouts app can do both. - As with many other apps, such as WhatsApp or even iMessage, conversations support multimedia content, including high-resolution photographs. - Video chats as well - Text, emoji, photos, video, see who’s typing, read receipts - The service’s Google+ integration is one of the best features in the entire product: every photo that you or a friend posts is automatically saved in a private, shared album on Google+. - One flaw - doesn’t bring in SMS, so not fully unified - Google confirm that SMS is coming soon - Google adds button-free voice search in Chrome: just say 'OK Google' - You should, according to Google, be able to ask it when your upcoming flight is, and where your package might be in transit. - Search getting a lot smarter - improving knowledge graph - Making claims that search is only starting - next generation search coming....end of search as we know it - Google Now updated to include voice reminders, emails, and public transit data - new cards include a location-based Reminder feature, public transit travel times, and information about books, music, TV shows and video games that might be of timely interest to users. - Reminder feature is based on time, people and location and can be set with simple voice commands using natural language processing. It’s like the geofenced Reminders that are used by Apple in iOS, but looks to be arguably more useful since it ties into the Google Now knowledge graph. Reminders takes Now further by giving users a way to actively set and retrieve content, which should help prove its worth among users who weren’t getting much out of the automated results previously being generated by the engine. - Google Wallet comes to Gmail - Google announced two important features regarding Google Wallet. The first is integration with Gmail so you can pay by sending an email. The second is the launch of the Google Wallet Instant Buy Android API, which lets developers integrate payment features into apps for selling physical goods and services. - The first feature, which is rolling out “over the coming months” to all US Gmail users over 18 years old, means you can send money to whoever you want directly from Gmail. Recipients don’t need to have a Gmail address: any email will do. Google lets you send money for free as long as your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet Balance. There are “low fees,” however if you are sending money using your linked credit or debit card. - Google redesigns Maps for mobile - Android, iOS incl iPad version coming this summer - New look for Android, based on iOS - iPad coming soon - new floating search box is the highlight of the main map view, and it incorporates a new suggestion engine that will help you find relevant places nearby and more. - new version of maps will also have live traffic incident reporting and re-routing. - Google Maps integrates Google Earth and Street View in completely redesigned interface - new version of Google Maps is heavily customized for every user, with knowledge about a user contributing to discovery of new places using the same data as Google Now. - new service collates imagery from Google Earth, Google’s Street View and special projects including its space and underwater imaging. Instead of having to bounce around between products, you’ll now be able to get all of that in one place - new overhead view, which is also rendered in 3D using WebGL, like Google Earth: - Flight search and place reviews are now integrated fully into Google Maps, giving you the ability to search for directions including flights in one go. Reviews and ratings can be culled from top reviewers or your Google+ circles. - Larry Page then came on stage, said a few statements (slammed Oracle - in it for the money, then went into a 45 minute Q&A. Most was fairly interesting but there was one bizarre statement.. - Google CEO Larry Page is holding a rare Q&A session with attendees of today's Google I/O keynote, and he's been offering up some pretty unfiltered answers. In response to a question about reducing negativity and focusing on changing the world, Page noted that "the pace of change is increasing" and said that "we haven't adapted systems to deal with that." Specifically, he said that "not all change is good" and said that we need to build "mechanisms to allow experimentation." That's when his response got really interesting. "There are many exciting things you could do that are illegal or not allowed by regulation," Page said. "And that's good, we don't want to change the world. But maybe we can set aside a part of the world." He likened this potential free-experimentation zone to Burning Man and said that we need "some safe places where we can try things and not have to deploy to the entire world." Google is already well-known for coming up with some pretty interesting ideas — the idea of seeing what Page could come up with in this lawless beta-test country is simultaneously exciting and a bit terrifying. - Also, this - Every story I read about Google is ‘us versus some other company’ or some stupid thing, and I just don’t find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don’t exist. Being negative isn’t how we make progress. Most important things are not zero sum, there is a lot of opportunity out there. - A few hours later they put out a cease and desist on Microsoft - Following Google's demands for Microsoft to remove its Windows Phone YouTube app, Microsoft has responded saying it's happy to include advertising. Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft recently, with concerns that the Windows Phone YouTube app does not display ads. "We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs," says a Microsoft spokesperson. - Microsoft appears to want to rectify the situation, noting Google CEO Larry Page's comments at I/O today. "In light of Larry Page’s comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers." Microsoft recently released an update for its Windows Phone YouTube application to support sign-in, downloads, and a full YouTube experience. The application has been available for just over a week, but Google has demanded that it be removed by May 22nd for violating its YouTube API rules. 32:52 - 50 Billion Downloads 34:10 - YouTube launches its paid subscription channels with select partners 37:05 - Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options 38:40 - Google completes the feedback loop 40:20 - Lulzsec hacker group handed jail sentences 40:58 - BlackBerry bringing BBM to Android and iOS this summer 43:51 - Nokia unveils the Lumia 925 46:18 - HTC First to be discontinued 47:25 - Windows Keeps Getting Better 47:57 - Players force EA to drop online pass for used games 49:35 - GT6 for PS3 52:29 - Chris Hadfield - the astronaut's best tweets, photos and videos…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 164

2013-05-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 164 DigitalOutbox Episode 164 - Google I/O Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:45 - Google I/O - Just one keynote this year....that lasted for 3 ½ hours - Notable absence - no new hardware. Unlike previous years there were no hardware announcement, but all attendees did get a Chromebook Pixel. There was however plenty of new software and services (but nothing on Google TV and no new version of Android). Key announcements... - Google: 900 million Android activations to date, 48 billion app downloads - Google announces Play game services, Android's cross-platform answer to Game Center - The platform will support cloud saves, thereby allowing users to save their progress or game state and pick it up on a separate device, as well as achievements and leaderboards using Google+. - API will enable both turn-based and real-time multiplayer - Google Play game services will be supported for titles on Android, iOS and the Web - truly cross platform - Google Play services updated with new location, Google+ sign-in, and cloud messaging APIs - 3 new location API’s including Geofencing and Activity Recognition API that will help users track their physical activity - Android Studio - It’s an IDE based on IntelliJ. - This tool has more options for Android Development, making the process faster and more productive. A “live layout” was shown that renders your app as you’re editing in realtime. - Tools to support beta testing and language translations - Google takes on Spotify with Google Play Music All Access subscription service - web and mobile interfaces feature millions of songs you can play instantly, recommendations, charts and playlists, and instant radio stations. The Spotify competitor launches today in the US for $9.99 a month, comes with a free trial month, and sign-ups before June 30th get it for $7.99. - Everything from your Google Music locker is automatically pulled into Google Play Music All Access. Beneath the content you own, everything else an artist has ao All Access is automatically listed and plays at a tap. More countries will get Google Play Music All Access soon. - Google redesigning Play apps and Play Store on the web - Google turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Nexus phone, coming June 26th for $649 - Unlocked - Vanilla Android - no Samsung crapware added - Should get quick updates of new Android releases - Google takes on Apple in schools with Google Play for Education - Play store for education - currently trialling now - Google+ completely redesigned with new cards-based interface - 41 new features - Multi column stream (Like Facebook or Pinterest) - Auto tag posts - New features for hangouts and photos - Photos - automatically enhance the tonal distribution in an image, soften skin, sharpen certain parts of an image and remove noise – and all of those computations happen in the cloud. - system can now analyze your images and kick out blurry photos, duplicates, images with bad exposure (which it will try to fix). It can also recognize good images with certain landmarks, for example, and detect faces and see if people are smiling and/or of those people are in your Google+ circles. It will also try to make some decision based on aesthetics. What used to take hours of work, Gundotra said, now happens automatically in the cloud and take seconds. - Now that Google offers everybody 15GB of free storage, users an also upload 15GB worth of full-size images to Google+ Photos. In addition, the autobackup feature provides unlimited storage space for photos at sized under 2048px. - “Awesome” – can automatically detect when an image is part of a series and stitch it together in one image or an animated GIF. “If we detect that you took a series of photos, in burst mode or otherwise, we can stitch them together,” Gundotra told us. To recognize these images, the system does a bit of analysis to make sure the background hasn’t moved. - This is about more than animated GIFs, though. This new feature – which Google calls “auto awesome” – can also automatically create a group photo from a series of photos and pick the one where everybody is smiling. It can stitch together landscape photos to create panoramas and create HDR images from a series of photos where it detects bracketed exposures. All of this happens extremely fast, too, thanks to the power of Google’s data centers. - Google unveils Hangouts: a unified messaging system for Android, iOS, and Chrome - replaces the numerous Google services that currently help you have real-time conversations with other users, such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ Hangouts. - It will launch on most major platforms later today, including iOS, Android and the Web. (iOS works well, Android - doesn’t support Nexus 7) - Conversations can either be one-on-one or in larger groups; the new Hangouts app can do both. - As with many other apps, such as WhatsApp or even iMessage, conversations support multimedia content, including high-resolution photographs. - Video chats as well - Text, emoji, photos, video, see who’s typing, read receipts - The service’s Google+ integration is one of the best features in the entire product: every photo that you or a friend posts is automatically saved in a private, shared album on Google+. - One flaw - doesn’t bring in SMS, so not fully unified - Google confirm that SMS is coming soon - Google adds button-free voice search in Chrome: just say 'OK Google' - You should, according to Google, be able to ask it when your upcoming flight is, and where your package might be in transit. - Search getting a lot smarter - improving knowledge graph - Making claims that search is only starting - next generation search coming....end of search as we know it - Google Now updated to include voice reminders, emails, and public transit data - new cards include a location-based Reminder feature, public transit travel times, and information about books, music, TV shows and video games that might be of timely interest to users. - Reminder feature is based on time, people and location and can be set with simple voice commands using natural language processing. It’s like the geofenced Reminders that are used by Apple in iOS, but looks to be arguably more useful since it ties into the Google Now knowledge graph. Reminders takes Now further by giving users a way to actively set and retrieve content, which should help prove its worth among users who weren’t getting much out of the automated results previously being generated by the engine. - Google Wallet comes to Gmail - Google announced two important features regarding Google Wallet. The first is integration with Gmail so you can pay by sending an email. The second is the launch of the Google Wallet Instant Buy Android API, which lets developers integrate payment features into apps for selling physical goods and services. - The first feature, which is rolling out “over the coming months” to all US Gmail users over 18 years old, means you can send money to whoever you want directly from Gmail. Recipients don’t need to have a Gmail address: any email will do. Google lets you send money for free as long as your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet Balance. There are “low fees,” however if you are sending money using your linked credit or debit card. - Google redesigns Maps for mobile - Android, iOS incl iPad version coming this summer - New look for Android, based on iOS - iPad coming soon - new floating search box is the highlight of the main map view, and it incorporates a new suggestion engine that will help you find relevant places nearby and more. - new version of maps will also have live traffic incident reporting and re-routing. - Google Maps integrates Google Earth and Street View in completely redesigned interface - new version of Google Maps is heavily customized for every user, with knowledge about a user contributing to discovery of new places using the same data as Google Now. - new service collates imagery from Google Earth, Google’s Street View and special projects including its space and underwater imaging. Instead of having to bounce around between products, you’ll now be able to get all of that in one place - new overhead view, which is also rendered in 3D using WebGL, like Google Earth: - Flight search and place reviews are now integrated fully into Google Maps, giving you the ability to search for directions including flights in one go. Reviews and ratings can be culled from top reviewers or your Google+ circles. - Larry Page then came on stage, said a few statements (slammed Oracle - in it for the money, then went into a 45 minute Q&A. Most was fairly interesting but there was one bizarre statement.. - Google CEO Larry Page is holding a rare Q&A session with attendees of today's Google I/O keynote, and he's been offering up some pretty unfiltered answers. In response to a question about reducing negativity and focusing on changing the world, Page noted that "the pace of change is increasing" and said that "we haven't adapted systems to deal with that." Specifically, he said that "not all change is good" and said that we need to build "mechanisms to allow experimentation." That's when his response got really interesting. "There are many exciting things you could do that are illegal or not allowed by regulation," Page said. "And that's good, we don't want to change the world. But maybe we can set aside a part of the world." He likened this potential free-experimentation zone to Burning Man and said that we need "some safe places where we can try things and not have to deploy to the entire world." Google is already well-known for coming up with some pretty interesting ideas — the idea of seeing what Page could come up with in this lawless beta-test country is simultaneously exciting and a bit terrifying. - Also, this - Every story I read about Google is ‘us versus some other company’ or some stupid thing, and I just don’t find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don’t exist. Being negative isn’t how we make progress. Most important things are not zero sum, there is a lot of opportunity out there. - A few hours later they put out a cease and desist on Microsoft - Following Google's demands for Microsoft to remove its Windows Phone YouTube app, Microsoft has responded saying it's happy to include advertising. Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft recently, with concerns that the Windows Phone YouTube app does not display ads. "We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs," says a Microsoft spokesperson. - Microsoft appears to want to rectify the situation, noting Google CEO Larry Page's comments at I/O today. "In light of Larry Page’s comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers." Microsoft recently released an update for its Windows Phone YouTube application to support sign-in, downloads, and a full YouTube experience. The application has been available for just over a week, but Google has demanded that it be removed by May 22nd for violating its YouTube API rules. 32:52 - 50 Billion Downloads 34:10 - YouTube launches its paid subscription channels with select partners 37:05 - Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options 38:40 - Google completes the feedback loop 40:20 - Lulzsec hacker group handed jail sentences 40:58 - BlackBerry bringing BBM to Android and iOS this summer 43:51 - Nokia unveils the Lumia 925 46:18 - HTC First to be discontinued 47:25 - Windows Keeps Getting Better 47:57 - Players force EA to drop online pass for used games 49:35 - GT6 for PS3 52:29 - Chris Hadfield - the astronaut's best tweets, photos and videos…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 163

2013-05-10

DigitalOutbox Episode 163 DigitalOutbox Episode 163 - Adobe MAX and Windows Blue Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:17 - Windows Blue 3:33 - Microsofts Gates iPad Users Really Just Want a Surface 8:22 - Google's decision to recognize Palestine could undermine peace efforts, Israel says 10:47 - Flipboard Brings Personalized Magazines To Android 14:18 - Adobe MAX 21:45 - Project Mighty smart stylus and Napoleon ruler 25:20 - BT offers free Premier League football in BSkyB battle 27:50 - EA confirms 10 percent of staff laid off in major restructuring 29:38 - 100 websites Capturing the digital universe Picks Ian OneTab - Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. - When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome. Chris GeoGuessr - Random streetview, guess the location, answer shown and points awarded - Easy but fun....and smart…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 163

2013-05-10

DigitalOutbox Episode 163 DigitalOutbox Episode 163 - Adobe MAX and Windows Blue Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:17 - Windows Blue 3:33 - Microsofts Gates iPad Users Really Just Want a Surface 8:22 - Google's decision to recognize Palestine could undermine peace efforts, Israel says 10:47 - Flipboard Brings Personalized Magazines To Android 14:18 - Adobe MAX 21:45 - Project Mighty smart stylus and Napoleon ruler 25:20 - BT offers free Premier League football in BSkyB battle 27:50 - EA confirms 10 percent of staff laid off in major restructuring 29:38 - 100 websites Capturing the digital universe Picks Ian OneTab - Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. - When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome. Chris GeoGuessr - Random streetview, guess the location, answer shown and points awarded - Easy but fun....and smart…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 162

2013-05-03

DigitalOutbox Episode 162 DigitalOutbox Episode 162 - Google Now hits iOS and shady Path Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 3:05 - Google Now comes to iOS 6:48 - Monotype deal helps Google's fonts escape the Web 8:52 - Google adds remote desktop to Hangouts, lets users simultaneously video chat and troubleshoot 10:28 - Microsoft launch Skype for Outlook.com 12:09 - Digg Owner Betaworks Buys Instapaper To Go Big On Social Reading And Discovery 16:11 - Path texts user's entire address book at 6am 20:17 - BlackBerry Q10 is fastest-selling ever at Selfridges as corporates snap it up 23:18 - Games Company Releases Version For Pirates That Forces Them To Fail Constantly, Irony Lost On Pirates…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 162

2013-05-03

DigitalOutbox Episode 162 DigitalOutbox Episode 162 - Google Now hits iOS and shady Path Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 3:05 - Google Now comes to iOS 6:48 - Monotype deal helps Google's fonts escape the Web 8:52 - Google adds remote desktop to Hangouts, lets users simultaneously video chat and troubleshoot 10:28 - Microsoft launch Skype for Outlook.com 12:09 - Digg Owner Betaworks Buys Instapaper To Go Big On Social Reading And Discovery 16:11 - Path texts user's entire address book at 6am 20:17 - BlackBerry Q10 is fastest-selling ever at Selfridges as corporates snap it up 23:18 - Games Company Releases Version For Pirates That Forces Them To Fail Constantly, Irony Lost On Pirates…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 161

2013-04-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 161 DigitalOutbox Episode 161 - Apple Doomed, Twitter Hacks and Long Live Clegg. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:38 - Microsoft introduces two step authentication for its user accounts 2:42 - Dow drops 100 points over a tweet 5:44 - Apple is doomed 10:15 - The Bearer of BadNews 12:46 - Google offers clearer search labels after EU probe 15:57 - Nick Clegg kills off Tory hopes of swift deal on revised 'snooper's charter' 18:10 - Virgin adds 21 new channels to its TV Anywhere service, confirms an Android app for later this year 19:14 - First UK 4G service EE reaches 318,000 LTE customers 5 months after launch 20:26 - Samsung S4 Reviews 22:51 - Nintendo posts annual loss of $366m for 2012, as its 3.45m Wii U sales fall short of 4m target 24:23 - Microsoft to unveil next Xbox at event on May 21st at its Redmond campus 26:51 - Apple auction the most exclusive cup of coffee Picks Ian iPlayer Radio for Android - Great Android app - not just an iOS port - All the BBC radio stations and all the BBC podcasts too and on-demand content from the last 7 days - Marks tracks as favourites as you listen, share them too - Links to Radioplayer app so you can listen to the BBC’s competition. How civil.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 161

2013-04-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 161 DigitalOutbox Episode 161 - Apple Doomed, Twitter Hacks and Long Live Clegg. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:38 - Microsoft introduces two step authentication for its user accounts 2:42 - Dow drops 100 points over a tweet 5:44 - Apple is doomed 10:15 - The Bearer of BadNews 12:46 - Google offers clearer search labels after EU probe 15:57 - Nick Clegg kills off Tory hopes of swift deal on revised 'snooper's charter' 18:10 - Virgin adds 21 new channels to its TV Anywhere service, confirms an Android app for later this year 19:14 - First UK 4G service EE reaches 318,000 LTE customers 5 months after launch 20:26 - Samsung S4 Reviews 22:51 - Nintendo posts annual loss of $366m for 2012, as its 3.45m Wii U sales fall short of 4m target 24:23 - Microsoft to unveil next Xbox at event on May 21st at its Redmond campus 26:51 - Apple auction the most exclusive cup of coffee Picks Ian iPlayer Radio for Android - Great Android app - not just an iOS port - All the BBC radio stations and all the BBC podcasts too and on-demand content from the last 7 days - Marks tracks as favourites as you listen, share them too - Links to Radioplayer app so you can listen to the BBC’s competition. How civil.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 160

2013-04-19

DigitalOutbox Episode 160 DigitalOutbox Episode 160 - Twitter music, Google Glass and 5 Picks. 5!!!! Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:48 - Twitter Music 6:16 - Google Glass No advertising allowed, developers told 12:27 - Leap Motion Controller Tech To Be Embedded In, And Bundled With, Future HP Devices 15:43 - O2 Refresh 19:43 - Wordpress website targeted by hackers 22:39 - Guardian launches platform for user-generated content 27:07 - Ev Williams acquires long-form journalism project Matter 30:26 - LinkedIn buys Pulse 33:26 - Gov.uk wins Design of the Year award Picks Chris PointerPointer - Just try it Google Remote Desktop - Why have I not heard about this yet!! - Brilliant in browser VNC type solution for any computer you set up through Chrome App Store and your Google ID. Ian Instashare - Airdrop for iOS - Run client on Mac, run app on iOS device - Easily share files - it just works - Free, IAP for £0.69p to remove adverts Macheist - Macheist Bundle - 8 apps for $10 - xScope, Clarify, Path Finder, Fantastical + Totals, iStopMotion, Clean My Mac, Little Inferno - Bargain Yahoo Weather - iOS - Free - A really slick free weather client, which integrates with Flickr - Finally making use of Flickr elsewhere in Yahoo software - App animations are sweet too…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 160

2013-04-19

DigitalOutbox Episode 160 DigitalOutbox Episode 160 - Twitter music, Google Glass and 5 Picks. 5!!!! Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:48 - Twitter Music 6:16 - Google Glass No advertising allowed, developers told 12:27 - Leap Motion Controller Tech To Be Embedded In, And Bundled With, Future HP Devices 15:43 - O2 Refresh 19:43 - Wordpress website targeted by hackers 22:39 - Guardian launches platform for user-generated content 27:07 - Ev Williams acquires long-form journalism project Matter 30:26 - LinkedIn buys Pulse 33:26 - Gov.uk wins Design of the Year award Picks Chris PointerPointer - Just try it Google Remote Desktop - Why have I not heard about this yet!! - Brilliant in browser VNC type solution for any computer you set up through Chrome App Store and your Google ID. Ian Instashare - Airdrop for iOS - Run client on Mac, run app on iOS device - Easily share files - it just works - Free, IAP for £0.69p to remove adverts Macheist - Macheist Bundle - 8 apps for $10 - xScope, Clarify, Path Finder, Fantastical + Totals, iStopMotion, Clean My Mac, Little Inferno - Bargain Yahoo Weather - iOS - Free - A really slick free weather client, which integrates with Flickr - Finally making use of Flickr elsewhere in Yahoo software - App animations are sweet too…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 159

2013-04-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 159 DigitalOutbox Episode 159 - Google Store, HTC One and Facebook celebs Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:33 - Mayor Pumps $33M Into London Startups With New MMC London Fund 4:30 - HMV branches sold to Hilco, saving 141 branches 6:31 - LulzSec hacktivists plead guilty to cyber-attacks on NHS, Sony and NI 8:14 - Google store updates 11:22 - 4G mobile broadband speeds 'doubling', says EE 14:32 - HTC - Great One reviews, poor profits 18:06 - Samsung unveils 6.3in Galaxy Mega smartphone 21:48 - Facebook starts charging users up to £11 to contact celebrities 23:41 - Apple Pulls App Discovery App 'AppGratis' From App Store 28:05 - Googles New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 159

2013-04-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 159 DigitalOutbox Episode 159 - Google Store, HTC One and Facebook celebs Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:33 - Mayor Pumps $33M Into London Startups With New MMC London Fund 4:30 - HMV branches sold to Hilco, saving 141 branches 6:31 - LulzSec hacktivists plead guilty to cyber-attacks on NHS, Sony and NI 8:14 - Google store updates 11:22 - 4G mobile broadband speeds 'doubling', says EE 14:32 - HTC - Great One reviews, poor profits 18:06 - Samsung unveils 6.3in Galaxy Mega smartphone 21:48 - Facebook starts charging users up to £11 to contact celebrities 23:41 - Apple Pulls App Discovery App 'AppGratis' From App Store 28:05 - Googles New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 158

2013-04-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 158 DigitalOutbox Episode 158 - Facebook Home, Browser Forks and So Long Lucasarts Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:29 - Facebooks New Home 8:28 - Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink 13:05 - Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine 17:01 - Dropbox Now in Yahoo! Mail 18:36 - Amazon buys Goodreads 21:06 - Lodsys returns 23:52 - Disney closes Lucasarts 27:10 - British Library to archive one billion UK web pages by year's end 30:12 - Tory MP accidentally tweets porn site instead of news 31:21 - Rumours Picks Chris Kerbal Space Program - Available on Steam. It’s still in Beta and is certainly rough round the edges but is an amazing Space Sandbox game - where you’re pretty much left to start up your own space program from scratch. - Build rockets, send manned missions into space, to the mun, try and get everyone back safely! - Nicely characterized but extremely technical - Thanks to Paul for the pick.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 158

2013-04-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 158 DigitalOutbox Episode 158 - Facebook Home, Browser Forks and So Long Lucasarts Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:29 - Facebooks New Home 8:28 - Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink 13:05 - Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine 17:01 - Dropbox Now in Yahoo! Mail 18:36 - Amazon buys Goodreads 21:06 - Lodsys returns 23:52 - Disney closes Lucasarts 27:10 - British Library to archive one billion UK web pages by year's end 30:12 - Tory MP accidentally tweets porn site instead of news 31:21 - Rumours Picks Chris Kerbal Space Program - Available on Steam. It’s still in Beta and is certainly rough round the edges but is an amazing Space Sandbox game - where you’re pretty much left to start up your own space program from scratch. - Build rockets, send manned missions into space, to the mun, try and get everyone back safely! - Nicely characterized but extremely technical - Thanks to Paul for the pick.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 157

2013-03-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 157 DigitalOutbox Episode 157 - Yahoo buys a teen and Updates Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:21 - Apple introduces 2 step verification 4:54 - Global internet slows after biggest attack in history 8:52 - Yahoo spends millions on UK teen Nick D'Aloisio's Summly app 14:03 - Facebook launches free calling for iOS users in UK 17:43 - Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked' 19:59 - Blockbuster UK sold to investment firm, half its stores to close 21:03 - Jessops Returns 23:21 - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readers 26:24 - Flipboard - Now You Can Publish Your Own 'Magazine' 30:07 - U.K's First 4G Network Reaches Half The Population Five Months After Launch 30:47 - Google gives Nexus 4 obvious design tweaks to keep it from falling off your desk Picks Ian Forecast.io - Hyperlocal forecasts for the UK - Web app - Shows now, next hour, next 24 hours and the week ahead - Nice map view - Supports multiple locations, toggle C or F - Install on iOS or Android for great mobile view - Also has a time machine for locations…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 157

2013-03-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 157 DigitalOutbox Episode 157 - Yahoo buys a teen and Updates Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:21 - Apple introduces 2 step verification 4:54 - Global internet slows after biggest attack in history 8:52 - Yahoo spends millions on UK teen Nick D'Aloisio's Summly app 14:03 - Facebook launches free calling for iOS users in UK 17:43 - Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked' 19:59 - Blockbuster UK sold to investment firm, half its stores to close 21:03 - Jessops Returns 23:21 - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readers 26:24 - Flipboard - Now You Can Publish Your Own 'Magazine' 30:07 - U.K's First 4G Network Reaches Half The Population Five Months After Launch 30:47 - Google gives Nexus 4 obvious design tweaks to keep it from falling off your desk Picks Ian Forecast.io - Hyperlocal forecasts for the UK - Web app - Shows now, next hour, next 24 hours and the week ahead - Nice map view - Supports multiple locations, toggle C or F - Install on iOS or Android for great mobile view - Also has a time machine for locations…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 156

2013-03-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 156 DigitalOutbox Episode 156 - Samsung Galaxy S4, Mailbox and Google Keep Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:44 - Samsung Launch Galaxy S4 8:45 - Dropbox buys Mailbox 12:51 - Build collaborative apps with Google Drive Realtime API 14:06 - Google Keep 16:12 - Feedly picks up 500,000 new users 19:33 - Three gobbles up large slice of EE mobile phone spectrum for free 22:00 - Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers 27:13 - Kevin Lynch Joining Apple To Become VP Of Technology 34:04 - Internet pioneers are first winners of £1m engineering prize Picks Ian Alfred 2 - Free, powerpack costs $15 - Superb launcher for Mac - Workflows are like a supercharged version of the original extension support. Create one workflow that encompasses a number of steps and scripts - Much improved theme support…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 156

2013-03-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 156 DigitalOutbox Episode 156 - Samsung Galaxy S4, Mailbox and Google Keep Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:44 - Samsung Launch Galaxy S4 8:45 - Dropbox buys Mailbox 12:51 - Build collaborative apps with Google Drive Realtime API 14:06 - Google Keep 16:12 - Feedly picks up 500,000 new users 19:33 - Three gobbles up large slice of EE mobile phone spectrum for free 22:00 - Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers 27:13 - Kevin Lynch Joining Apple To Become VP Of Technology 34:04 - Internet pioneers are first winners of £1m engineering prize Picks Ian Alfred 2 - Free, powerpack costs $15 - Superb launcher for Mac - Workflows are like a supercharged version of the original extension support. Create one workflow that encompasses a number of steps and scripts - Much improved theme support…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 155

2013-03-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 155 DigitalOutbox Episode 155 - Rubin moves, Reader shuttered and the Boxer hunts a Troll Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:51 - Sundar Pichai Takes Over For Andy Rubin As Head Of Android At Google 11:30 - Google takes harsh stance against ad-blocking apps, removes them from Play Store 14:03 - A second spring of cleaning 26:56 - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 finally hits the UK 28:23 - Netflix Speed Index 29:46 - Average UK broadband speed hits 12Mbps 32:20 - Pirate Bay for 3D printing launched 35:22 - The boxer and the troll Picks Ian Pocket Casts - £2.70 - Great features - Great widget - Digitaloutbox looks excellent in it - see the feeds Ridiculous Fishing - £1.50 ish? - Great games for iOS - Simple - drop anchor, catch fish…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 155

2013-03-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 155 DigitalOutbox Episode 155 - Rubin moves, Reader shuttered and the Boxer hunts a Troll Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:51 - Sundar Pichai Takes Over For Andy Rubin As Head Of Android At Google 11:30 - Google takes harsh stance against ad-blocking apps, removes them from Play Store 14:03 - A second spring of cleaning 26:56 - Kindle Fire HD 8.9 finally hits the UK 28:23 - Netflix Speed Index 29:46 - Average UK broadband speed hits 12Mbps 32:20 - Pirate Bay for 3D printing launched 35:22 - The boxer and the troll Picks Ian Pocket Casts - £2.70 - Great features - Great widget - Digitaloutbox looks excellent in it - see the feeds Ridiculous Fishing - £1.50 ish? - Great games for iOS - Simple - drop anchor, catch fish…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 154

2013-03-08

DigitalOutbox Episode 154 DigitalOutbox Episode 154 - Microsoft Fine, Evernote breach and EA dickery Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 3:20 - Microsoft fined 561m Euros for browser choice error 7:00 - Evernote Security Breach 9:38 - Twitter discontinuing iPhone, Android, and Air versions of TweetDeck 12:21 - Facebook updates News Feeds 16:13 - Amazon acts to halt sales of Keep Calm and Rape T-shirts 18:54 - Tu Go app lets O2 UK customers use their mobile number with any iOS or Android device 20:55 - Tesco launches Clubcard TV, a Blinkbox-powered video-streaming service supported by advertisers 23:47 - Simcity - more EA dickery…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 153

2013-03-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 152 DigitalOutbox Episode 153 - Gullible Brits, UK Courts and Mobile World Congress Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:55 - Microsoft Hacked Too 2:35 - UK was world's most phished country in 2012 8:05 - Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of Jamie Bulger killers 10:03 - Court orders UK ISPs to block more piracy sites 11:52 - Another Twitter client bites the dust 14:57 - App.net Introducing a freemium tier 20:01 - Google Launches Google+ Sign-In For Mobile And Web 23:30 - Microsoft Launches IE10 For Windows 7 25:14 - Firefox OS Hits The Ground Running With Phones From Telefonica, T-Mobile, Firefox Marketplace For Apps 28:11 - HP Slate 7 hands-on: a standard Android tablet with standard HP style 29:34 - HP emerges as big winner in webOS sale, and LG doesn't rule out a phone 32:13 - Asus launch the Fonepad and the Padfone 34:49 - Samsung unveils Wallet an Android alternative to Apples Passbook 37:21 - Nintendo to bring Wii Mini to UK 39:03 - Real Racing 3 launches Picks Ian BT London 2012 - Panoramic image from the BT Tower in London - You can keep zooming and zooming and zooming Bombermine - 1000 player Bomberman - Tweaked rules - Free to play - 20 min games all in the browser…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 153

2013-03-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 152 DigitalOutbox Episode 153 - Gullible Brits, UK Courts and Mobile World Congress Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:55 - Microsoft Hacked Too 2:35 - UK was world's most phished country in 2012 8:05 - Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of Jamie Bulger killers 10:03 - Court orders UK ISPs to block more piracy sites 11:52 - Another Twitter client bites the dust 14:57 - App.net Introducing a freemium tier 20:01 - Google Launches Google+ Sign-In For Mobile And Web 23:30 - Microsoft Launches IE10 For Windows 7 25:14 - Firefox OS Hits The Ground Running With Phones From Telefonica, T-Mobile, Firefox Marketplace For Apps 28:11 - HP Slate 7 hands-on: a standard Android tablet with standard HP style 29:34 - HP emerges as big winner in webOS sale, and LG doesn't rule out a phone 32:13 - Asus launch the Fonepad and the Padfone 34:49 - Samsung unveils Wallet an Android alternative to Apples Passbook 37:21 - Nintendo to bring Wii Mini to UK 39:03 - Real Racing 3 launches Picks Ian BT London 2012 - Panoramic image from the BT Tower in London - You can keep zooming and zooming and zooming Bombermine - 1000 player Bomberman - Tweaked rules - Free to play - 20 min games all in the browser…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 152

2013-02-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 152 DigitalOutbox Episode 152 - PS4, Apple Hacked and 4G Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:06 - PS4 13:32 - Google shows what its like to use Project Glass in new video and expands preorders 16:44 - Google launches the Chromebook Pixel 23:38 - HTC One 26:53 - 4G auction raises £2.34 billion in the UK 32:59 - iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy S3 in Q4 34:13 - Apple Hacked 39:15 - Burger King Twitter Account hacked 42:37 - Google now uses over 120 signals to thwart account hacks 44:51 - Outlook.com passes 60m users Microsoft drops preview tag and preps ad push to kill Hotmail 46:12 - Jonathan Ive gets gold Blue Peter badge…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 152

2013-02-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 152 DigitalOutbox Episode 152 - PS4, Apple Hacked and 4G Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:06 - PS4 13:32 - Google shows what its like to use Project Glass in new video and expands preorders 16:44 - Google launches the Chromebook Pixel 23:38 - HTC One 26:53 - 4G auction raises £2.34 billion in the UK 32:59 - iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy S3 in Q4 34:13 - Apple Hacked 39:15 - Burger King Twitter Account hacked 42:37 - Google now uses over 120 signals to thwart account hacks 44:51 - Outlook.com passes 60m users Microsoft drops preview tag and preps ad push to kill Hotmail 46:12 - Jonathan Ive gets gold Blue Peter badge…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 151

2013-02-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 151 DigitalOutbox Episode 151 - iOS issues, Mailbox and naughty Nike Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:07 - Hold off updating your iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1 European carriers warn customers 2:41 - iPhone lockscreen can be bypassed with new iOS 6.1 trick 4:39 - Mailbox 11:24 - Apple drop prices spec bump on laptops 13:23 - First digital magazine sales figures in the UK 15:57 - BBC to broadcast shows on iPlayer before TV transmission 19:45 - 4G to affect TV reception in two million homes 21:21 - Nike has no plans for Fuelband Android app 23:07 - Fitbit brings Bluetooth 4.0 support to Android app 24:41 - Minecraft Pi Edition Picks Ian Kickstarter for iPhone - Free - See all messages - Keep up to date on pledges - Staff highlights, whats popular - Easy to buy into new campaigns - Easy to check on status of a campaign that you are running…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 150

2013-02-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 150 DigitalOutbox Episode 150 - Three's LTE promise, Dell goes private and next gen consoles Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:01 - Three UK promises to provide LTE without increasing prices 4:32 - BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT 6:35 - Liberty Global to buy Virgin Media for $23.3bn 9:57 - Sky+ Android app catches up 11:32 - Channel 4 gives its catch-up TV service 4oD a native Android app 13:57 - iPhone 5 iPad mini jailbreak now available 15:08 - Dell goes private 18:51 - Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Gets Good Reviews - Except For Battery Life 23:04 - Twitter Hacked 26:00 - Glasgow has the chattiest people on Twitter in the UK 27:41 - Amazon Launches Amazon Coins 30:25 - Hailo closes $30.6m Series B round from Union Square Ventures 32:51 - Next Gen Consoles…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 149

2013-02-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 149 DigitalOutbox Episode 149 - Blackberry 10, Apples Porn Problem and Glasgow gets smart Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:41 - Blackberry 10 14:23 - EE rolls out 4G to nine new UK towns ahead of schedule 17:45 - Glasgow - UKs first smart city 22:02 - Apples porn problem 26:21 - iOS 6.1 29:45 - New iPad 32:59 - Apple confirms Mac Pro sales will cease in EU on March 1 34:42 - Office 2013 Launched 37:30 - Microsoft Launches Modern.IE 39:31 - Skys Now TV to offer Premier League football and other major sporting events 41:15 - Sky Broadband struggling with demand 43:46 - App.net moves beyond its ad-free Twitter alternative adding 10 GB of storage to share 46:28 - Computer science part of English Baccalaureate 47:19 - 15000 Raspberry Pis free to UK schools thanks to Google 48:43 - Nintendo cuts sales forecast for Wii U and other devices 50:53 - GTAV Delayed…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 148

2013-01-25

DigitalOutbox Episode 148 DigitalOutbox Episode 148 - Apple slides, HMV is saved and Kims Mega Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:58 - Quarterlies 5:33 - Atari files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy 8:53 - Hilco takes control of HMV Brand 10:32 - Sony fined £250,000 after millions of UK gamers details compromised 13:10 - Kim Dotcoms Mega now open 16:28 - Surface Pro dated and Priced 20:53 - EE tweaks 4G pricing 25:15 - The Firefox Phone 26:46 - Twitter launches Vine 28:52 - Actual Facebook Graph Searches Picks Ian Documents for iPad Free file viewer for iPad - Connect to lots of cloud services or load up docs from iTunes - View lots of file types, audio files etc - PDF support is great - Replaced Goodreader for me - as fast if not faster PDF support and better front end Hola - Region unblocker chrome extension - View hulu, pandora, fox, cbs content in the UK, or iPlayer around the world - Free and it works - pretty slick…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 147

2013-01-18

DigitalOutbox Episode 147 DigitalOutbox Episode 147 - Aaron Swartz, Facebook Graph Search and HMV Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:49 - Aaron Swartz internet activist and builder of Reddit dies at 26 3:31 - Jessops closed 4:06 - HMV in Administration 13:36 - Tweetdeck threatened with closure 15:35 - Facebook Graph Search 24:27 - New Myspace is open 27:08 - BT SmartTalk 29:22 - UK Mobile Operator 3UK Filtering Political Satire…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 146

2013-01-11

DigitalOutbox Episode 146 DigitalOutbox Episode 146 - CES Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:27 - CES 13:13 - Jessops and Play 14:39 - Hacker Gary McKinnon will not face UK charges 15:23 - Internet porn Automatic block rejected 18:36 - Prosecutors clarify offensive online posts law 20:50 - Consumers given more copyright freedom 21:41 - Pirate Bay proxy gets shut down after music industry legal threat 22:38 - Pi Store 25:01 - Another blow for handset subsidies as UK regulator mulls price hike controls 27:57 - Ubunto for Android phones coming 2014 29:45 - iOS Do Not Disturb Bug 31:33 - Google launch YouTube Capture on iOS 33:20 - Microsoft to kill Messenger Picks Henry iRunner - Great app for runners - Plugs into a variety of software and hardware platforms including Runkeeper and Fitbit - Advantage is more detailed running stats Chris Eufloria - Great game Triple Town - Great game…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 145

2012-12-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 145 DigitalOutbox Episode 145 - Piracy, Google Maps hit iOS and Filters, Filters, Filters. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:34 - BPI Chase Pirate Bay Proxies 4:17 - Legit Promo Bay is blocked 5:20 - Nook Video launches in the UK 6:51 - BBC Launch Red Button 2.0 7:19 - BBC iPlayer - focus on Android 9:44 - The Daily shuts down 10:51 - Times Nexus 7 Offer 11:56 - Daily Mirror moves to free on the ipad 13:16 - UK Internet Monitoring Bill to be rewritten 15:27 - EE to roll out 4G to another 17 cities and towns 17:44 - Instagram makes Twitter look worse 19:52 - Twitter adds filters to photos 20:52 - Flickr says me too 23:46 - Yahoo updates mail 26:06 - GMail for iOS version 2 27:50 - Google launch Maps for iPhone 33:10 - Google Kills Free Google Apps For Business 35:30 - 2012 38:08 - Last.fm launch Scrobbler for iOS 40:02 - Sony ceases production on cassette player/recorders Picks Ian 1Password 4 - Universal iPad and iPhone - Faster syncing, cleaner app, better in built browser - £5.49 for limited time then £10.99…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 145

2012-12-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 145 DigitalOutbox Episode 145 - Piracy, Google Maps hit iOS and Filters, Filters, Filters. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:34 - BPI Chase Pirate Bay Proxies 4:17 - Legit Promo Bay is blocked 5:20 - Nook Video launches in the UK 6:51 - BBC Launch Red Button 2.0 7:19 - BBC iPlayer - focus on Android 9:44 - The Daily shuts down 10:51 - Times Nexus 7 Offer 11:56 - Daily Mirror moves to free on the ipad 13:16 - UK Internet Monitoring Bill to be rewritten 15:27 - EE to roll out 4G to another 17 cities and towns 17:44 - Instagram makes Twitter look worse 19:52 - Twitter adds filters to photos 20:52 - Flickr says me too 23:46 - Yahoo updates mail 26:06 - GMail for iOS version 2 27:50 - Google launch Maps for iPhone 33:10 - Google Kills Free Google Apps For Business 35:30 - 2012 38:08 - Last.fm launch Scrobbler for iOS 40:02 - Sony ceases production on cassette player/recorders Picks Ian 1Password 4 - Universal iPad and iPhone - Faster syncing, cleaner app, better in built browser - £5.49 for limited time then £10.99…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 144

2012-11-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 144 DigitalOutbox Episode 144 - Tweetro, iTunes 11 and iOS vs Android. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:29 - Twitter kills Tweetro 5:09 - Twitter extends discovery 7:15 - iTunes 11 finally out 10:17 - Nokia Here on iOS 12:58 - Apple looks to TomTom for help 16:54 - Why are iOS users more engaged than Android users 23:28 - Google Drive brings Spreadsheet support 25:43 - 'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition 27:46 - EE increase it's mobile broadband allowance 31:08 - Kickstarter sued over 3d printer 34:15 - Microsoft release Surface Pro pricing 36:34 - IE10 funny video from Microsoft 38:15 - Psy's 'Gangnam Style' becomes most viewed YouTube video of all time 39:39 - Wii U Out Now Picks Ian Fantastical for iPhone - Easy to use calendar for iPhone - Fast, syncs with iCal, far cleaner interface - Quickest way to add calendar entries Flashout 3D - Nice Wipeout clone for iOS - Fast, good graphics - Weapons not so hot - Steering is tricky but give it time ad you get used to it - Fast! - Next update will allow you to import own music (my Wipeout playlists are ready!) …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 144

2012-11-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 144 DigitalOutbox Episode 144 - Tweetro, iTunes 11 and iOS vs Android. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:29 - Twitter kills Tweetro 5:09 - Twitter extends discovery 7:15 - iTunes 11 finally out 10:17 - Nokia Here on iOS 12:58 - Apple looks to TomTom for help 16:54 - Why are iOS users more engaged than Android users 23:28 - Google Drive brings Spreadsheet support 25:43 - 'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition 27:46 - EE increase it's mobile broadband allowance 31:08 - Kickstarter sued over 3d printer 34:15 - Microsoft release Surface Pro pricing 36:34 - IE10 funny video from Microsoft 38:15 - Psy's 'Gangnam Style' becomes most viewed YouTube video of all time 39:39 - Wii U Out Now Picks Ian Fantastical for iPhone - Easy to use calendar for iPhone - Fast, syncs with iCal, far cleaner interface - Quickest way to add calendar entries Flashout 3D - Nice Wipeout clone for iOS - Fast, good graphics - Weapons not so hot - Steering is tricky but give it time ad you get used to it - Fast! - Next update will allow you to import own music (my Wipeout playlists are ready!) …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 143

2012-11-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 143 DigitalOutbox Episode 143 - Answerphone.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 143

2012-11-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 143 DigitalOutbox Episode 143 - Answerphone.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 142

2012-11-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 142 DigitalOutbox Episode 142 - Sinofsky leaves Microsoft, Windows Adverts and Liveblog Wars. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 6:57 - Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft 10:47 - Windows 8 Hidden Feature 16:07 - Realtime War 18:06 - Government services go digital 21:53 - Queen chooses Samsung 23:39 - Judges tear into Apple 25:21 - Apple and HTC settle patents litigation 28:43 - UK 4G Auction Rules detailed Picks Ian Evernote - New updates for iOS and Mac - Easier to use - Nice looking Mac app now 100000 Stars - Nice app for Chrome browsers Chris Curiosity - what’s inside the box? - Intriguing game for mobile devices - Someone will eventually find whats inside the box - will it be you?…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 142

2012-11-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 142 DigitalOutbox Episode 142 - Sinofsky leaves Microsoft, Windows Adverts and Liveblog Wars. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 6:57 - Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft 10:47 - Windows 8 Hidden Feature 16:07 - Realtime War 18:06 - Government services go digital 21:53 - Queen chooses Samsung 23:39 - Judges tear into Apple 25:21 - Apple and HTC settle patents litigation 28:43 - UK 4G Auction Rules detailed Picks Ian Evernote - New updates for iOS and Mac - Easier to use - Nice looking Mac app now 100000 Stars - Nice app for Chrome browsers Chris Curiosity - what’s inside the box? - Intriguing game for mobile devices - Someone will eventually find whats inside the box - will it be you?…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 141

2012-11-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 141 DigitalOutbox Episode 141 - Barack, Comet and Halo Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:08 - Barack Wins Social Media 3:38 - Number 10 dashboard 6:46 - Comet crash 9:22 - Instagram launches web profiles 11:41 - Apple finally writes its apology 13:17 - Smart streetlights controlled via iPads to be used in London 17:00 - Elite Dangerous on Kickstarter 20:49 - Xbox Smartglass out for Android and iOS 25:29 - Halo 4…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 141

2012-11-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 141 DigitalOutbox Episode 141 - Barack, Comet and Halo Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:08 - Barack Wins Social Media 3:38 - Number 10 dashboard 6:46 - Comet crash 9:22 - Instagram launches web profiles 11:41 - Apple finally writes its apology 13:17 - Smart streetlights controlled via iPads to be used in London 17:00 - Elite Dangerous on Kickstarter 20:49 - Xbox Smartglass out for Android and iOS 25:29 - Halo 4…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 140

2012-11-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 140 DigitalOutbox Episode 140 - Google Nexus Family, Apple Cuts and Windows Phone 8 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:33 - Google Nexus updates 19:51 - Google Play Music heads to Europe 22:36 - Google brings advanced voice search to iOS 26:52 - Scott Forstall, John Browett To Leave Apple As Ive, Cue, Mansfield And Federighi Take On New Roles 33:12 - Apple publishes apology to Samsung 35:25 - Apple delays iTunes 11 35:50 - Windows Phone 8 41:01 - Kickstarter launches in the UK 46:14 - ITV Player revamp brings ad-free TV rentals, keeps the free catch-ups 47:22 - Disney buy Lucasfilm…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 140

2012-11-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 140 DigitalOutbox Episode 140 - Google Nexus Family, Apple Cuts and Windows Phone 8 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:33 - Google Nexus updates 19:51 - Google Play Music heads to Europe 22:36 - Google brings advanced voice search to iOS 26:52 - Scott Forstall, John Browett To Leave Apple As Ive, Cue, Mansfield And Federighi Take On New Roles 33:12 - Apple publishes apology to Samsung 35:25 - Apple delays iTunes 11 35:50 - Windows Phone 8 41:01 - Kickstarter launches in the UK 46:14 - ITV Player revamp brings ad-free TV rentals, keeps the free catch-ups 47:22 - Disney buy Lucasfilm…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 139

2012-10-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 139 DigitalOutbox Episode 139 - Apple iPad mini, Macbook 13 Inch Retina, iPad 4th Gen and EE Pricing Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:44 - Apple Keynote 23:07 - Windows 8 29:36 - UK Digital TV Digital Switchover Complete 30:13 - EE finally reveal 4G pricing 35:51 - More UK piracy sites to be blocked Picks Ian Letterpress - iOS - free with in app purchase for $0.99 - New game from Loren Brichter, developer of Tweetie - Simple, addictive word game - Gorgeous clear visual design - Make a word, score points, friend makes a word, block out area’s of the game board…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 139

2012-10-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 139 DigitalOutbox Episode 139 - Apple iPad mini, Macbook 13 Inch Retina, iPad 4th Gen and EE Pricing Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:44 - Apple Keynote 23:07 - Windows 8 29:36 - UK Digital TV Digital Switchover Complete 30:13 - EE finally reveal 4G pricing 35:51 - More UK piracy sites to be blocked Picks Ian Letterpress - iOS - free with in app purchase for $0.99 - New game from Loren Brichter, developer of Tweetie - Simple, addictive word game - Gorgeous clear visual design - Make a word, score points, friend makes a word, block out area’s of the game board…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 138

2012-10-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 138 DigitalOutbox Episode 138, Facebook, Trolls and Do Not Track Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Super Hexagon - iOS - £1.99 - Minimal action game - Fast, simple, addictive…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 137

2012-10-04

DigitalOutbox Episode 137 DigitalOutbox Episode 137 - 4G, App.net and Maps. Again. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:58 - Apple release a letter - To our customers, - At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better. - We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up. - There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you. - While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app. - Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard. - Tim Cook - Apple’s CEO 4:09 - While Samsung sue Apple for the iPhone 5 - Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to its patent lawsuit against Apple and other manufacturers. This comes after Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung’s infringements. But sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III haven’t been hurt and appear to have been helped by the news. - The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices each week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring after the Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement. - The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple’s patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general attention to Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers. - The second spike started the week of September 12, when Apple announced the new iPhone 5. Apple’s announcement was quickly followed by hundreds of stories comparing the two phones, most of which again suggested they were similarly capable. That combined with the slowdown in new Galaxy S3 growth seen leading up to Apple’s announcement (week-over-week new devices were the same as the previous week, resulting in 0% growth) suggest that many consumers were waiting to hear about the new iPhone before making a decision. - As expected Samsung also challenge their recent $1bn court loss - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19816642 - Samsung said foreman Velvin Hogan had provided an incomplete answer during jury selection. - It said he had revealed he had been involved in a single previous lawsuit, but had failed to disclose two others. - It noted that Mr Hogan had been sued by his former employer - hard disk maker Seagate - for breach of contract, and had subsequently filed for personal bankruptcy. - Samsung's filing highlights that it is the biggest direct shareholder in Seagate, following a $1.4bn deal in 2011. - "Mr Hogan's failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore in questioning," its lawyers wrote. 7:35 - O2 and Vodafone agree network sharing deal - Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK today announce their intention to strengthen their existing network partnership, by pooling the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum. - The plan will deliver real benefits for today’s mobile phone users by creating two competing networks that will be able to offer indoor 2G and 3G coverage targeting 98% of the UK population by 2015, delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to the vast majority of UK households. - It will also ensure that the capability for the next generation of 4G mobile services is rolled out as widely and rapidly as possible*, helping to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas. The partnership will lay the foundations for two competing 4G networks to deliver a nationwide 4G service faster than could be achieved independently and up to two years before the anticipated regulatory requirement of 98% population coverage by 2017**. - Just as under Cornerstone, the two companies’ existing network partnership, all shared sites will continue to carry Telefónica UK’s traffic on Telefónica’s spectrum and Vodafone UK’s traffic on Vodafone’s spectrum. - Both operators will continue to remain responsible for their own existing spectrum holdings and for fulfilling their own spectrum needs in the future. The launch of 4G services is subject to the outcome of the forthcoming Ofcom auction of new spectrum and both companies will act wholly independently in that auction. 12:22 - 4G timetable agreed - At a meeting with communications regulator Ofcom and the government, rival operators agreed to settle their differences and get services up and running quickly. - The government said high-speed data services should launch by spring 2013, six months earlier than planned. - O2 and Vodafone have agreed not to pursue legal action against EE. - EE is likely to announce when its services will go live imminently. - A combination of factors, from a change of government to threats of legal action from operators, had slowed down the process to free up spectrum used by analogue television broadcasts.While the auction of the airwaves made available by the digital switchover is still scheduled for January next year, clearing them for 4G use will happen far more quickly than originally envisaged. - Ofcom said that it had secured the earlier release of frequencies that were previously used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. Thanks to Freeview - switch to digital went better than expected. - Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive, said: "The actions we have taken with industry and government avoid the risk of significant delay and are tremendous news for consumers who might otherwise have waited a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services." - Three was the first operator to comment, following the meeting.A spokesman said: "We see this as positive step for UK consumers by removing the monopoly on LTE that would have benefitted just one operator." LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is the flavour of 4G that UK operators will be deploying. 15:25 - EE Announce 4G launch - 4G will launch on October 30th - Launched in 10 cities - BIRMINGHAM, LEEDS, BRISTOL, LIVERPOOL, CARDIFF, LONDON, EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, GLASGOW, SHEFFIELD - 16 by Christmas - Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton - No prices or plans yet - 5 phones now available - Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE (but not any SGS3 handsets sold in the UK up to this point) - HTC's One XL - Huawei Ascend P1 LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE (from 15 October) - Huawei mobile dongle - Progress!! 19:46 - App.net reveal price drop - Now have 20,000 users - Drops from $50 to $36 a year (or $5 a month) - Developers still have to spend $100 per year to use the API. But App.net recently announced an incentive for developers. Beginning October 1, App.net will give $20,000 per month to developers for the most successful third-party apps or services. The incentive program is reminiscent of RIM’s investment to foster app development. - Ummmm...underwhelming? 22:26 - Tabots release Netbot - Netbot is a full-featured iPhone App.net client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Netbot. - Has a version for iPhone and iPad - £2.99 each - All the great features from Tweetbot - Conversations exploded on App.net this evening with this new client - Crossposting will be....interesting - Shot in the arm 26:11 - XFactor for Tech community - An X Factor style TV show aimed at discovering aspiring young technology entrepreneurs is reportedly being considered by music mogul Simon Cowell and rapper Will.i.am. - Will.i.am told the Sun newspaper they had met to discuss the details of the project, X Factor for Tech, last month. - The Black Eyed Peas frontman, who was last year appointed as Intel's director of creative innovation, said the show would create "lots" of jobs. - UK innovators have welcomed the idea. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 137

2012-10-04

DigitalOutbox Episode 137 DigitalOutbox Episode 137 - 4G, App.net and Maps. Again. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:58 - Apple release a letter - To our customers, - At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better. - We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up. - There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you. - While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app. - Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard. - Tim Cook - Apple’s CEO 4:09 - While Samsung sue Apple for the iPhone 5 - Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to its patent lawsuit against Apple and other manufacturers. This comes after Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung’s infringements. But sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III haven’t been hurt and appear to have been helped by the news. - The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices each week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring after the Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement. - The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple’s patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general attention to Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers. - The second spike started the week of September 12, when Apple announced the new iPhone 5. Apple’s announcement was quickly followed by hundreds of stories comparing the two phones, most of which again suggested they were similarly capable. That combined with the slowdown in new Galaxy S3 growth seen leading up to Apple’s announcement (week-over-week new devices were the same as the previous week, resulting in 0% growth) suggest that many consumers were waiting to hear about the new iPhone before making a decision. - As expected Samsung also challenge their recent $1bn court loss - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19816642 - Samsung said foreman Velvin Hogan had provided an incomplete answer during jury selection. - It said he had revealed he had been involved in a single previous lawsuit, but had failed to disclose two others. - It noted that Mr Hogan had been sued by his former employer - hard disk maker Seagate - for breach of contract, and had subsequently filed for personal bankruptcy. - Samsung's filing highlights that it is the biggest direct shareholder in Seagate, following a $1.4bn deal in 2011. - "Mr Hogan's failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore in questioning," its lawyers wrote. 7:35 - O2 and Vodafone agree network sharing deal - Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK today announce their intention to strengthen their existing network partnership, by pooling the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum. - The plan will deliver real benefits for today’s mobile phone users by creating two competing networks that will be able to offer indoor 2G and 3G coverage targeting 98% of the UK population by 2015, delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to the vast majority of UK households. - It will also ensure that the capability for the next generation of 4G mobile services is rolled out as widely and rapidly as possible*, helping to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas. The partnership will lay the foundations for two competing 4G networks to deliver a nationwide 4G service faster than could be achieved independently and up to two years before the anticipated regulatory requirement of 98% population coverage by 2017**. - Just as under Cornerstone, the two companies’ existing network partnership, all shared sites will continue to carry Telefónica UK’s traffic on Telefónica’s spectrum and Vodafone UK’s traffic on Vodafone’s spectrum. - Both operators will continue to remain responsible for their own existing spectrum holdings and for fulfilling their own spectrum needs in the future. The launch of 4G services is subject to the outcome of the forthcoming Ofcom auction of new spectrum and both companies will act wholly independently in that auction. 12:22 - 4G timetable agreed - At a meeting with communications regulator Ofcom and the government, rival operators agreed to settle their differences and get services up and running quickly. - The government said high-speed data services should launch by spring 2013, six months earlier than planned. - O2 and Vodafone have agreed not to pursue legal action against EE. - EE is likely to announce when its services will go live imminently. - A combination of factors, from a change of government to threats of legal action from operators, had slowed down the process to free up spectrum used by analogue television broadcasts.While the auction of the airwaves made available by the digital switchover is still scheduled for January next year, clearing them for 4G use will happen far more quickly than originally envisaged. - Ofcom said that it had secured the earlier release of frequencies that were previously used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. Thanks to Freeview - switch to digital went better than expected. - Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive, said: "The actions we have taken with industry and government avoid the risk of significant delay and are tremendous news for consumers who might otherwise have waited a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services." - Three was the first operator to comment, following the meeting.A spokesman said: "We see this as positive step for UK consumers by removing the monopoly on LTE that would have benefitted just one operator." LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is the flavour of 4G that UK operators will be deploying. 15:25 - EE Announce 4G launch - 4G will launch on October 30th - Launched in 10 cities - BIRMINGHAM, LEEDS, BRISTOL, LIVERPOOL, CARDIFF, LONDON, EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, GLASGOW, SHEFFIELD - 16 by Christmas - Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton - No prices or plans yet - 5 phones now available - Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE (but not any SGS3 handsets sold in the UK up to this point) - HTC's One XL - Huawei Ascend P1 LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE (from 15 October) - Huawei mobile dongle - Progress!! 19:46 - App.net reveal price drop - Now have 20,000 users - Drops from $50 to $36 a year (or $5 a month) - Developers still have to spend $100 per year to use the API. But App.net recently announced an incentive for developers. Beginning October 1, App.net will give $20,000 per month to developers for the most successful third-party apps or services. The incentive program is reminiscent of RIM’s investment to foster app development. - Ummmm...underwhelming? 22:26 - Tabots release Netbot - Netbot is a full-featured iPhone App.net client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Netbot. - Has a version for iPhone and iPad - £2.99 each - All the great features from Tweetbot - Conversations exploded on App.net this evening with this new client - Crossposting will be....interesting - Shot in the arm 26:11 - XFactor for Tech community - An X Factor style TV show aimed at discovering aspiring young technology entrepreneurs is reportedly being considered by music mogul Simon Cowell and rapper Will.i.am. - Will.i.am told the Sun newspaper they had met to discuss the details of the project, X Factor for Tech, last month. - The Black Eyed Peas frontman, who was last year appointed as Intel's director of creative innovation, said the show would create "lots" of jobs. - UK innovators have welcomed the idea. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 136

2012-09-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 136 DigitalOutbox Episode 136 - Nook HD, Samsung Security worries and Maps, Maps, Maps Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 3:15 - Apple had a year left on Google maps contract - As rumors and leaks of Apple's decision to announce the new iOS 6 maps at WWDC in June filtered out, Google decided to respond with a display of strength — the search giant hastily announced its own mapping event just days before Apple's event. Dubbed "the next dimension of Google Maps," the event was designed to showcase new technologies like low-level aerial 3D photography and Street View backpacks — a chest-thumping exercise meant to highlight Google's significant head start in collecting mapping information, but which offered very little in the way of consumer-facing features. - For its part, Apple apparently felt that the older Google Maps-powered Maps in iOS were falling behind Android — particularly since they didn't have access to turn-by-turn navigation, which Google has shipped on Android phones for several years. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Google also wanted more prominent branding and the ability to add features like Latitude, and executives at the search giant were unhappy with Apple's renewal terms. But the existing deal between the two companies was still valid and didn't have any additional requirements, according to our sources — Apple decided to simply end it and ship the new maps with turn-by-turn. - The reports were validated earlier today by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who was quoted by Reuters saying "what were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." Schmidt also said that Google had "not done anything yet" with an iOS Google Maps app, and that Apple would ultimately have to decide whether to approve any such app anyway. "It's their choice," he told Bloomberg. Google Maps VP Brian McClendon has also repeatedly said he's committed to offering Google Maps on all platforms, indicating that an iOS app will eventually appear. - Apple made just one public statement on Maps: “Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service," said spokeswoman Trudy Miller. "We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn by turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.” 8:23 - Meanwhile Google is mapping the Ocean - Today we’re adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world. With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver—or even know how to swim—to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. - Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset—just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year. You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online. - Thump that chest Google - you deserve it :-) 12:05 - Facebook shutting down face detection in EU - Earlier this year, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, a body whose decisions impact Facebook's policies in Europe at large, made several recommendations to bring the website in line with regional privacy laws, calling for greater transparency on how users' data is handled and more user control over settings, among other things. The DPC just officially announced that Zuckerberg et al. have for the most part adjusted its policies accordingly. The biggest change involves the facial recognition feature, which attempts to identify Facebook friends in photos and suggest their names for tagging. The social network turned off this functionality for new users in the EU -- and it will be shutting it down entirely by October 15th. 15:20 - Twitter forces IFTTT to remove support - The internet service glue product IFTTT has been forced to remove its Twitter triggers after recent changes to Twitter’s API policies. The change was confirmed in an email sent out to /IFTTT users today (Thanks to Federico Viticci for the contents of the email.) - Apparently triggers that allow the syndication of tweets out to other services or locations will be removed, while actions that post new tweets to Twitter will remain. You won’t be able to suck down your tweets for archiving or cross-posting any more. So actions remain that post to Twitter, but triggers are gone. - IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets: In recent weeks, Twitter announced policy changes* that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data. As a result of these changes, on September 27th we will be removing all Twitter Triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote and Facebook. All Personal and Shared Recipes using a Twitter Trigger will also be removed. Recipes using Twitter Actions and your ability to post new tweets via IFTTT will continue to work just fine. - The email mentions Section 4A (which isn’t new, but is newly enforced) of Twitter’s new API terms and the new Developer Display Requirements (previously recommendations) as reasons for the removal of the triggers, which will be gone as of September 27th. - Tibbets continues, saying that the tool wants to “empower anyone to create connections between literally anything,” adding diplomatically, “we’ve still got a long way to go, and to get there we need to make sure that the types of connections that IFTTT enables are aligned with how the original creators want their tools and services to be used.” 20:19 - Barnes & Noble bring Nook HD tablets to the UK - US book chain Barnes & Noble plans to launch new Nook tablets alongside its e-readers in the UK later this year. They will compete against products from Amazon, Kobo, Sony and others. - B&N boasts that its smaller tablet - which features a 7in (17.8cm) screen - is the lightest such device to offer a "high definition" experience. - While B&N and Amazon have decided to enter the UK's tablet market at the same time, they are pursuing different strategies: the former has decided to offer its full line-up from the start, while the latter is selling a more limited range. - So, while B&N will offer a 9in (22.9cm) tablet called the Nook HD+ in the UK from mid-November, Amazon has opted to limit sales of its 8.9in Kindle Fire HD to the US for the time being. - This may help B&N make inroads into the larger-screened tablet market - the Nook HD+ at £229 is £100 cheaper than Apple's 9.7in iPad 2, and £70 below Samsung's 10.1in Galaxy Tab2. - The Nook tablets run on an adapted version of Android 4.0, giving them access to an existing wide range of third-party software. B&N is also offering its own curated magazine, newspaper, book and app stores - and plans to add a video service offering movies and television shows by early 2013. - The decision to restrict which apps can be sold provides the firm with an opportunity to limit malware. However, some owners might be frustrated by the fact they are not offered an opportunity to install material from either the Google Play or Amazon Appstore marketplaces unless they hack the machines. - The Nook tablets do not display adverts, unlike the Kindle Fire which shows "special offers" when put into lock mode. - While B&N does not operate its own stores in the UK, it will sell its products through Sainsbury's and the bookstore Blackwell's. Kobo's partners include WH Smith and Asda, while Amazon has teamed up with Waterstones, Comet, Ryman, Carphone Warehouse and Tesco. - John Lewis, Currys, PC World and Argos will sell all three devices as well as other similar products made by Sony, Archos, Delium and others. 23:20 - Link found that will reset Samsung Android devices - A security hole has been discovered that allows some Samsung Galaxy phones running TouchWiz to be automatically factory reset without warning. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S2. - Found by ex-Gadget Geeks presenter Tom Scott, among others, all unsuspecting users have to do is go to a webpage via a specific link and their phone will be wiped back to how it came in the box. - "The USSD code to factory data reset a Galaxy S3 is *2767*3855# and can be triggered from browser like this," wrote Scott. Developer Tom Hutchinson, who has helped Pocket-lint work out the incredibly damaging bug, says that the security blunder affects the Samsung Galaxy S3 too. The Ace, the SGS2 and S Advance have also been found to be affected so far. "Most, if not all Gingerbread phones or newer running TouchWiz will be vulnerable," he claims. - The fear is that those looking to wipe out Samsung phones would be able to easily embed the code on a website without Galaxy owners even realising what is about to happen. It could easily be used in a QR code too, and unwittingly scanned by a user. - In testing on the Pocket-lint SGS3, we've been unable to get the command to work. However, Arnoud Wokke, a journalist at Tweakers.net, claimed on Twitter to have the bug affecting the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S Advance. He too was unable to get it working on the Galaxy Note or the Galaxy S III. - Looks like it affects the S3 in the US but not the UK - Samsung respond quickly urging customers to update their phones using the latest over the air updates - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/26/3410484/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-reset-fix - Looks like it also affects HTC Desire running Android 2.2 - linked to Android dialer - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/26/3412432/samsung-touchwiz-remote-wipe-vulnerability-android-dialer - Old version of Android but so many people are running old Android! 25:37 - The Guardian proposes a broadband levy to fund journalism - Has David Leigh cracked it? We have been puzzling for years about how to subsidise journalism once it makes the final transition from print to net (see here and here and here). One obvious model is the funding of the BBC through its licence fee. - Objectors to such an idea - including current commercial proprietors - have argued, unsurprisingly, on press freedom lines. Any connection to the state is to be avoided. - But Leigh, The Guardian's investigations executive editor, has come up with a very clever quasi alternative: charge a levy of, say, £2 a month on the bills of subscribers to UK broadband providers. Then distribute the money to news providers in proportion to their UK online readership. - He concludes: "On the most recent figures, this system would provide transformative chunks of money to the most popular news websites." - It's an ingenious thought and it should be given serious consideration. Could this be the magic bullet we've been seeking? I certainly think so (because paywalls are never going to work). - Of course there are problems to overcome, such as persuading the various service providers - BT, Virgin, Sky, TalkTalk et al - to become "tax collectors" for news outfits. But a case can be made that they benefit from news production. - The other concern is about big media getting benefits unavailable to start-ups. But I imagine there could be a mechanism to distribute a portion to them as well. - And immediately I mention "big media", I realise that there will be strong objections to handing out funds to failing media companies. How will they be made accountable for what they do with the money? For the moment, however, we should explore Leigh's idea further. There is much to recommend it. - CRAZY! - So I’d be taxed to pay for the Daily Mail. The Sun. - Levy is just a nice name for it. Journalism is also a nice name for it. Makes it sound like we are investing in the countries future in some shape or form - Really it’s a once profitable industry struggling to cope in the new digital age - Music industry wanted to do this and it was shot down, now this! - CRAZY! 29:11 - News Corp. Backs Down On Anti-Google Stance - Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is planning once again to let stories from its paywalled UK newspaper The Times get indexed by the search giant Google. This reverses a two-year-old policy in which News Corp.’s UK newspaper division, News International, dramatically yanked stories from Google as it prepared a paywall to better monetize that content and do away with low-value single-story visitors from sites like Google. This effectively means that News Corp. (and Murdoch) have conceded partial defeat, accepting that it needs the search engine traffic to keep growth on the sites from stalling. - A well-placed source tells TechCrunch that the first couple of sentences of articles from The Times will “soon be retrievable” on search engines like Google so that readers can find the stories more easily — effectively unblocking the robots.txt command on the site that disallowed Google from crawling and indexing its articles. Currently the only results one gets when searching for Times articles are section pages and a restricted selection of articles - In line with articles appearing on searches, users will also be able to see “truncated” versions of those stories, to be marketed as “free limited previews”. Currently clicking through to an article, when it does appear in search results as above, takes a user straight to a subscription window — not the most warm of welcomes. Putting in an article preview puts The Times and Sunday Times more closely in line with what the WSJ, another News Corp.-owned news site with a paywall, does to draw in readers. - But make no mistake: that paywall will remain intact. To get anything more beyond the preview, visitors will still need to purchase a subscription, TechCrunch understands. These are currently available in three tiers (£2 per week web-only; £4 per week including iPad; £6 per week including the print editions), and it’s not clear yet whether introducing the search features will also mean à la carte pricing as well. 31:32 - Nintendo confirm the Wii U is region locked - Nintendo has now confirmed to CVG that its upcoming system will be region locked, meaning that Wii U games will only work on hardware sold in the same region. - This isn't exactly a new policy for Nintendo—every one of the company's home consoles since the original Nintendo Entertainment System has featured a similar region lock, though various hardware and software workarounds exist for many of those systems. Nintendo's portable systems have historically been able to play games from all regions, but the company implemented a region lock on the Nintendo 3DS when it launched last year. - Both Microsoft and Sony allow publishers to decide whether to implement a region lock on specific game discs for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Almost every PS3 game is sold without such a lock, but international compatibility for Xbox 360 titles varies widely. - Different world now - Apple dominates mobile gaming for example - Nintendo need to do things differently or this will be their last console Picks Ian Jasmine Jasmine on iTunes - Free Youtube client for iOS - Clean interface, no ad's, comments or clutter - Can sign in and get you liked and favourited videos - Easy to browse whats popular on youtube - Excellent replacement for the now removed Youtube app from Apple and better than the official Youtube app from Google…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 135

2012-09-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 134 DigitalOutbox Episode 135 - iOS6, Maps and UK Pirates Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:31 - Manchester is the UK piracy capital - Manchester has been named the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study seen exclusively by the BBC. The research said there were more illegal downloads per person in the city than any other in the country, followed by Nottingham and Southampton. - The statistics, from monitoring service Musicmetric, conclude that in the first half of 2012, UK users illegally shared over 40 million albums and singles. - The data, collected independently by Musicmetric and seen exclusively by the BBC, is believed to be the biggest analysis of its kind to be conducted. - Globally, the research suggested that the UK is a significant player on the world stage as a country of illegal music downloaders. The country was placed second in the world in terms of pure volume of illegal activity, with Musicmetric logging 43,263,582 downloads in the first six months of this year. - The US topped the list, with 96,681,133 downloads tracked in the same period. Italy (33,158,943), Canada (23,959,924) and Brazil (19,724,522) made up the remainder of the top five. - Musicmetric's findings said that singer Ed Sheeran was the most pirated act in the UK for the first half of 2012, followed by hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks and Barbadian megastar Rihanna. The data suggested that Ed Sheeran's 2011 album + (Plus) was illegally downloaded an average of 55,512 times every month, and was the most popular download in over 460 towns and cities in the UK. - Legal UK sales of his album in the first half of 2012 hit the 448,000 mark - making it the fourth most popular album behind releases from Adele, Emeli Sande and Lana Del Rey. 6:44 - Amazon brings Cloud Player music service to the UK - Amazon Cloud Player now live in the UK as of now, offering 5GB of online storage and the ability to stream 250 of your tracks (or 256Kbps matched versions) to a range of devices free of charge. Adding extra storage will cost from £6 per year for 20GB, rising to £320 p/a for a full terabyte. If you're a heavy user, though, you may also need to fork out £22 p/a for the right to stream up to 250,000 of your tracks. 9:11 - iOS6 - updated maps disappoint - iOS6 released - 200 new features - allegedly - Maps is one of the high profile changes - Replaces Google maps with Apple’s own version - Cleaner look, free navigation, 3d maps for a few select citites - Local transit features gone - Many satellite images are poor especially across the UK - Searching is poor or worse innacurate - Among the user complaints regarding Apple's maps sent to the BBC were: - Users have complained about the quality of satellite images in the new software (bottom) - Some towns appear to be missing, such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull. - Others, like Uckfield in East Sussex, are in the wrong location. - Satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, are obscured by cloud. - A search for Manchester United Football Club directs users to Sale United Football Club, a community team for ages five and above. - Users also reported missing local places, such as schools, or strange locations. Another screenshot showed a furniture museum that was apparently located in a river. - But don’t worry - Apple want US to fix it - http://www.imore.com/how-add-location-or-report-problem-ios-6-maps - Crowd sourcing will address the shortfalls over time 18:34 - Record preorders for the boring iPhone 5 - Apple today announced that it managed to rack up 2 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5 in 24 hours, two times as many as it managed for the iPhone 4S last year, which sold over 1 million devices during its first 24 hours of pre-order sales. That’s a new record, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been watching the progress of iPhone pre-order sales since the device originally hit the market. - The iPhone 4S eventually went on to sell more than 4 million devices over the course of its first weekend actually on store shelves, so expect the iPhone 5 to blow past that milestone, too. The iPhone 5 is initially available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K., adding two new countries (Hong Kong and Singapore) to the list of launch regions for the iPhone 4s, so expect that to influence early sales as well, especially since Hong Kong is a popular destination for those looking to resell the iPhone at a premium on the grey market in China. 20:22 - HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC is unveiling its flagship Windows Phone 8 handset today, the Windows Phone 8X. The branding might sound Microsoft-like, but there's a good reason for that — the two companies have joined forces on a marketing campaign that will make HTC the face of Windows Phone 8. - The 8X will ship in a choice of four colors in early November, ones that represent the bold colors of Windows Phone 8. California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow will all be available — with accent colors in the Windows Phone 8 interface to match the hardware color. European operators will only stock blue, black, and yellow versions — and while HTC refused to reveal which operators will stock each color, it insisted that it is not restricting colors to certain carriers at this time. The 8X takes advantage of a 4.3-inch 720p HD super LCD 2 display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and NFC support. - HTC is shipping Beats Audio support on both of its Windows Phone 8 handsets, with an extra amplifier for audio out on the 8X to power larger headphones in the Beats range without distortion. A notification will launch the Beats Audio app on Windows Phone 8 once headphones are plugged in, allowing users to turn the Beats integration on or off. - On the camera side of things, HTC has opted to include an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear of the device with the usual LED flash. That's a fairly standard affair for most flagship smartphones these days, but HTC has gone one step further with the front facing camera. A 2.1-megapixel camera is available for Skype or forward facing shots, with an f/2.0 lens and BSI sensor to help with low-light shots. The 88 degrees wide angle lens will also work well for forward facing group shots and 1080p video recording. 23:11 - MS Employees to get Surface Tablet - Microsoft has found an eager early audience for its Windows-8-powered Surface Ultrabook: its own employees. - The software giant is reportedly giving each of its 94,000 full-time staff a Surface computer for work and home use, in a gesture of mass Windows 8 munificence announced at the company’s annual staff meeting in Seattle’s KeyArena. - Employees are also getting new Windows Phone 8 handsets – a repeat of the giveaway Microsoft made of phones running Windows 7. 24:07 - Yahoo replace RIM smartphones - New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just sent an email to all of Yahoo's full time and part time employees in the US, promising them a new Apple, Samsung, Nokia, or HTC smartphone. - We learned about this plan from an internal memo, which we received from one source and confirmed with another. - Through the program, Yahoo employees will have a choice of phones: iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, or Nokia Lumia 920. - Yahoo is also going to pay its employees data and phone bills. 25:20 - Twitter hearts Facebook - Changes to profiles and mobile app’s ape Facebook - Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or twitter.com, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere. - New profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen. - While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo – a background photo – on twitter.com. Upload a background image to complement your header and profile photos. 28:51 - Google acquire Snapseed - Google has agreed to acquire Nik Software, the German developer of photography app Snapseed, for an undisclosed amount. Sources close to the deal tell The Verge that while Nik Software produces all sorts of apps for photographers like Color Efex Pro and Dfine for Mac and Windows, iOS app Snapseed was the golden egg in the acquisition. The $4.99 app won Apple's coveted iPad App Of The Year award in 2011 for its inventive multitouch photo editing interface, and gaines over nine million users during its first year on sale. Nik Software also sells Snapseed for Mac and Windows, and the company is apparently working on an Android app as well. - "We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone," Google+ boss Vic Gundotra wrote in a blog post. Snapseed is no Instagram in terms of popularity, but the two apps' use of filters and various means of manipulating images serve a similar purpose. The portion of Nik Software that worked on Snapseed, which includes the company's San Diego outpost, will relocate to Google headquarters in Mountain View to work directly on Google+, sources say. 29:37 - BBC announce new media player and updates for iPlayer on Android - The BBC has confirmed plans to launch a new version of its iPlayer app for Android devices which will use its own BBC Media Player technology to securely stream audio and video, replacing Flash on android - The technology, which was developed in-house at the BBC's Future Media division, is already being used for the mobile website version of iPlayer according to a blog post by executive product manager Chris Yanda. - "Next week we plan to release a new version of BBC iPlayer on Android which will use this player. Other applications and websites will follow," he writes, before telling Android owners that "I want to reassure you that Android is an important platform for us". 31:33 - New slimmer PS3 - The PS3 Even Slimmer takes up just three-quarters of the space the PS3 Slim does. It'll come in 12GB and 500GB capacities, Sony said today at the console revamp's Tokyo Game Show debut. - The former contains Flash storage only - though Sony will offer a 250GB HDD add-on. It's aimed at folk keen to use the PS3 as a media player. - The 500GB PS3 will arrive on 28 September, priced at €299 (£240) and bundled with Fifa 13. The 12GB model will cost €229 (£184) and will arrive on 12 October. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 134

2012-09-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 134 DigitalOutbox Episode 134 - 4G with EE, iPhone 5 and Nintendo Wii U Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:37 - 4G hits the Uk - EE - EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE LAUNCHES EE - Everything Everywhere today announced the launch of EE – the UK’s most advanced digital communications company. EE will become the new name of the Everything Everywhere business and its network. - EE will also be launched as a new superfast customer brand in the coming weeks. It is a brand born in the digital age, designed to serve both consumers and businesses, offering the UK’s only 4G mobile service and complemented by fixed-line fibre broadband. - The new EE brand will stand alongside Orange and T-Mobile. Together they will provide mobile services to 27 million people, now served by the UK’s biggest and best network. - The EE customer brand will launch with 4G services for consumers and businesses in the coming weeks. It will be the first brand in the country to offer a mobile 4G service – the pioneering new technology that offers superfast mobile internet at speeds typically five times faster than 3G speeds today. - EE will also launch a fibre broadband service to homes and businesses with fixed-line internet speeds typically ten times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. - Four cities – London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham – are switched on today for the company’s engineers to begin live testing and systems integration, in readiness for the customer launch. - EE’s 4G network will cover a third of the UK population in 2012 – over 20 million people – and customers on the EE brand will also have access to the largest 3G network in the UK outside of the 4G cities. Further towns, cities and rural areas, will follow rapidly with 2013 population coverage to reach 70%, with 98% covered by 2014. - EE’s 2012 launch schedule will see 16 areas of the country connected to 4G by Christmas – the UK’s four capitals and twelve further major cities. The 16 cities are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton. EE will offer a range of state-of-the-art devices alongside its superfast 4G mobile network with more to be announced shortly. Today, EE confirmed it is to launch the following 4G devices: - Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE – with a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display, you can watch videos on your mobile like never before. Innovative Smart Stay automatically recognises when you are looking at the phone, maintaining a bright display for continued viewing pleasure. - Nokia Lumia 920 – flagship Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Take bright, blur-free photos and videos in any light conditions with PureView technology – Optical Image Stabilisation and Carl Zeiss lens and view on a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ capacitive display. - Nokia Lumia 820 – colourful, stylish, innovative design, with a 4.3 OLED WVGA screen. Capture great photos and movies with an 8MP Auto Focus camera, with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. Charge wirelessly without plugging in using a Wireless Charging Shell. - The HTC One XL – high quality entertainment and precision navigation combine in this handset, thanks to a large 4.7” HD touchscreen display. Full HD video, and front and rear facing camera let you capture crisp, vivid photos and movies in high quality wherever you are. - Huawei Ascend P1 LTE – a powerhouse dual-core processor is packed in to this handset’s slim design. Take stunningly clear images or HD videos on an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash and playback on the 4.3” high-res touchscreen. - Huawei E589 Mobile WiFi – hook up to five devices to the EE 4G network, making your existing phone, laptop or digital screen superfast even if they’re not 4G. Long battery life of up to 10 hours, enjoy 4G wireless broadband anytime, anywhere. - Huawei E392 Mobile Broadband stick – download and upload documents and files in super quick time on the go with this device. Make your laptop mobile and superfast, by hooking it up to the EE network. You’ll stay compatible with 3G too and seamlessly switch to the optimal connection. - EE’s superfast fibre broadband service will launch at the same time to complement the company’s superfast 4G mobile service. It will be available to 11 million households and businesses by the end of the year reaching two thirds of UK households and usinesses by the end of 2014. - The new EE stores – formerly Orange and T-Mobile shops – will serve customers of all three brands, giving them access to service and sales in twice as many locations as before. - More than 10,000 EE staff have been trained, and will offer specialist advice in store, on the phone and on-line. The company as trained its Customer Team staff to become experts in mobile operating systems, meaning its customers will get a specialist service, regardless of which device they use. It is the only operator to offer dedicated expertise based around device operating systems. - With the Orange and T-Mobile networks now combined, from today customers will begin switching over to the new seamless EE network, the largest in the UK. By the end of the year, all 27 million customers will be using the EE network. It means that Orange and T-Mobile customers can now get faster 3G service, with speeds of up to 21Mbps, and more coverage than ever before. - Good? Focus on better 3G? Free wifi better? 12:19 - iPhone 5 - Stats - 27% Market share in US this July for laptops - No 1 in the US for laptops - iPad - 62% market share last year, this year 68% - Accounts for 91% of all web traffic from tablets - I don't know what these other tables are doing - They must be in warehouses or on store shelves, or maybe in someone's drawer. - sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire lineup - 17 million last quarter, 84 million sold in total - iPhone 5 - Like the 4 and 4S but taller :-) - Made from glass and aluminum - 18% thinner, 20% lighter than 4S - 112 grams - It's a 326ppi Retina display, four-inches. 1136 x 640 resolution. Same width, but taller. - Apple apps all updated to support new res - old apps will run letterboxed - 44% more color saturation: now fully sRGB, “it’s now the most accurate display in the industry.” Touch sensor is built into the display now. - Ultrafast wireless technology. You can imagine the challenge our team faced: thinner, smaller… but we’ve added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and yes, LTE. - Many worldwide partners including EE - A6 chip - twice as fast CPU and graphics - Real Racing 3 - great graphics - console quality - could mean anything - Interesting, we're seeing a two-player race -- but an asynchronous race. "Time-shifted multiplayer" it's called. I can challenge Vince one day, and he can race me the next. - Battery life - exceeds 4S - Camera - thinner due to design but still 8mp - same as 4S. Better low light performance - 1080p video - better stability. 720p for front facing - Connector - called Lightning - Adapters will be available - iOS6 - Maps, Safari, Passbook, Siri improvements - not much else - Black or white - Same price as 4S - Pre order this Friday, launch Sep 21st - iOS 6 - Sep 19th - iTunes - Stores - 2/3rds of downloads from iOS devices - New store design for iOS - Same design runs across all stores, books, music, video. - Sep 19th - iOS 6 - New iTunes for Mac and PC - iTunes in the cloud built in - New design - More visual - design cues from iOS - New mini player, easier playlists, artists can share photo’s with you??????????????????????? - Late October for new iTunes - iPods - Nano - 2.5 inch screen - Multitouch - Lightning connector - Volume buttons and home - 7 colours - FM tuner, widescreen video - Nike + - no accessories required - Bluetooth - 16gb starting at $149 - october - iPod Touch - 6.1mm thin - 88 grams - Same display as iPhone 5 - A5 chip - not the A6 in the iPhone 5 - 40 hours battery, 8 hours video - 5mp camera - better than previous gen by quite a distance - iPod Touch Loop - press a button and you get a strap - Siri - 5 colours - 32gb - $299 - october - Earpods - 3 years to design and develop new headphones - Shipping as a standard accessory today - Also with new touch, nano and iPhone 5 38:50 - Apple enables FaceTime video calls over 3G - With Apple's iOS 6 operating system, iPhone and iPad users can make FaceTime video calls over 3G. But will the UK's mobile networks actually allow it? The answer seems to be yes. - Wired.co.uk contacted all of the UK's major mobile networks and spokespeople from Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and EE all confirmed that their customers will be able to use FaceTime over 3G out of their regular data bundles. - Vodafone is a little different. A spokesperson explained that customers need to have VoIP included in their package in order to use FaceTime over 3G, as opposed to just using their regular data. Customers will need to upgrade to a package that includes this, or pay to add VoIP support to their current price plan. Customers who sign up for an iPhone 5, however, will get the VoIP service included as part of their package. - Three has not yet confirmed its position on the feature. 40:16 - Nintendo announce Wii U Launch date - Nintendo's Wii U console will be launched across Europe on 30 November, the company announced on Thursday. North America will get the new machine first, however, with a 18 November release, while Japan must wait until 8 December. - There will be two versions of the console at launch. The basic White pack comes with the machine, a GamePad, AC adaptors and an 8GB hard drive. The Premium Black edition features all that plus a Wii Sensor Bar, a copy of the launch game Nintendo Land and a subscription to the Nintendo Premium Network, which gives points to players for downloading games, and provides a 10% discount on digital titles. - Pricing 8gb - £250, 32gb - £285 - The European launch of Wii U will be accompanied by nine games on day one. Key titles include Nintendo's own New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land, as well as the survival horror adventure ZombiU from Ubisoft and conversions of major hits Fifa 13 and Mass Effect 3. - The big news of the European press event was that cult Japanese developer Platinum Games is working on a Wii U exclusive sequel to its critically lauded action adventure Bayonetta. Although many of Nintendo's more casual fans will not have heard of this title, it was hugely popular among hardcore gamers. Indeed, the message throughout the European press presentation, hosted by Nintendo Europe head, Satoru Shibata, was that Wii U would be as much for experienced gamers as it is for family and casual audiences. 44:09 - Broadband red tape to be cut - Brits will no longer be able to object to the arrival of "ghastly" fibre optic cabling cabinets outside their homes: Blighty's new broadband minister has stamped her authority on moves to upgrade the nation's internet infrastructure that sidestep local councils. - Maria Miller, who replaced Jeremy Hunt earlier this week during Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle, said she planned to legislate immediately following consultation, and added the government would – if necessary – use existing powers to put an end to local bureaucracy that she thinks is slowing down the rollout of faster broadband. - She said: Superfast broadband is vital to secure our country’s future – to kick start economic growth and create jobs. We are putting in the essential infrastructure that will make UK businesses competitive, and sweeping away the red tape that is a barrier to economic recovery. - The government means business and we are determined to cut through the bureaucracy that is holding us back. - We on the networks desk at Vulture Central can't help but sense a panicky tone to Miller's statement. After all, the government is hoping to treat Britain to the fastest broadband network in any "major" European country by 2015. - Hunt's rhetoric was recently tweaked to say "major" Euro countries when the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - now headed up by Miller - spotted that it was foolishly aiming to have the best broadband network on the entire continent. - Just yesterday, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State Ed Vaizey told Parliament which countries Blighty was actually competing with. He said: - The Department for Culture, Media and Sport considers countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain as being the major European nations which we compare ourselves with regarding broadband speed and other key performance indicators. 46:09 - Great Google Drive update for iOS and Android users - Updates for iOS - Starting today, if you’re using the Drive app on your iOS device you can also edit Google documents, just as you can with the Android app. From your iPhone or iPad, you can create a new document, edit an existing one or format text. And, just like on your computer, you’ll be able to see other people’s edits instantly as they’re made. - You’ll also notice other new improvements to the iOS Drive app. For example, you can now view Google presentations on your iPhone or iPad, including speaker notes, full-screen mode and the ability to swipe between slides. You can also create new folders, move files into folders and upload stuff (like photos and videos) from your device directly in the Drive app. - Updates for Android - We’re also updating the Drive app for Android phones and tablets today. You can now add comments, reply to existing comments and view tables in your Google documents. And you’ll have the same new abilities to view presentations and organize your stuff as your friends with iPhones do. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 133

2012-09-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 133 DigitalOutbox Episode 133 - Nokia, Motorola and Amazon on Fire Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:40 - Nokia Windows Phone 8 event - Lumia 920 announced - Nokia has officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920. As expected, Nokia's new Lumia has received a bump in specs over the previous iteration, with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, a slightly larger 4.5-inch curved glass display with a 768 x 1280 resolution, a 2,000mAh battery, and the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Nokia is calling its new display the "PureMotion HD+," and says that it's the "best smartphone display innovation" the company has ever made, with "better than HD resolution" and fast refresh rates — Nokia says it's the "brightest smartphone HD display ever," and also the "fastest LCD display ever shipped on a smartphone." Nokia is also touting the PureMotion HD+'s daylight viewing capabilities, and says that the phone's color tone and brightness automatically responds to sunlight. - Nokia says the new Lumia will come in "vibrant colors" (the yellow, red, white, grey, and black pictured above), and features a one-piece polycarbonate body. As expected, Nokia is also pulling a couple of tricks out of its sleeve: it's adding wireless charging for the Lumia 920, built on the Qi wireless power standard. Nokia is also incorporating its "PureView" camera technology, but just don't get too excited: we're looking at an 8.7 megapixel sensor in the 920, not the 41 megapixels in the PureView 808. Nokia says the 920 features a "floating lens" optical image stabilization system that allows for sharper photographs in low-light situations, a better app and camera interface, and 1080p video recording. - The Lumia 920 and its budget companion the Lumia 820 have screens that respond to touch from gloves as well as bare fingers, internet connections that will work on European 4G networks, and can be recharged wirelessly on special charging plates. - In a gimmick reminiscent of the Google glasses still in development, a City Lens app allows users to hold the viewfinder up to look at a city street. Software then recognises key places, showing the names of restaurants and shops in clickable boxes on the screen. - CEO Stephen Elop declined to give specific pricing or release dates, but he did say that Nokia would be entering "select markets" with "intense focus" in Q4 of 2012. - That lack of price and release date saw shares in Nokia drop 15% after the event - Oh dear - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/5/3294545/nokias-pureview-ads-are-fraudulent - Adverts for the 920 already proven to be fraudulent - The new PureView camera might be amazing, but a bizarre easter egg has revealed that the company's advertisements don't give an honest view of its technology. Amid Nokia's flurry of press today — if you haven't heard, they released a new flagship phone along with some other gear — one video advertisement in particular caught our eye. In the ad, Nokia shows off the PureView's image stabilization technology. The opening segment (which, importantly, isn't qualified by a "screen images simulated" notice), shows a young man and woman cheerily riding bikes along a scenic river. As he films her breezily laughing, the ad shows side-by-side video — obviously intended to represent the phone's video capabilities. On the left, Nokia shows the non-stabilized version, which, predictably, looks terrible, and on the right the ad shows the perfectly smooth capture, purportedly enabled by Nokia's optical image stabilization technology. The only problem is that the video is faked. - As you can see in the video and photo above, there's a curious reflection in the window of the trailer in the background. It's not a young man riding his bicycle alongside the cheerful model, but instead a big white van with a lighting rig and a cameraman standing in the doorway — with what appears to be a large camera rig. Whatever he's holding, we can reasonably agree it's not a Lumia 920. (Update: Nokia has confirmed this video was not shot with a 920) 7:01 - Motorola Press Event - Motorola has just announced the Droid RAZR HD, updating its old flagship with a larger 4.7-inch screen, HD display, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The RAZR HD comes with a 2,500mAh battery, a bit under the 3,300mAh RAZR Maxx but well above the 1,780mAh of the original RAZR. As with the first Droid RAZR, it will come with a higher-capacity Maxx variant. The company also touted the RAZR HD's 1.5GHz dual-core processor and preinstalled Chrome browser, along with its LTE capacity. Outside the battery, screen, and processor, the specs aren't too different from those of the original Droid RAZR. The phone comes with a Super AMOLED screen, albeit a higher-resolution one, and the same 8-megapixel rear camera. Like the RAZR, it includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, expandable by microSD. - A Jelly Bean update should be available at some point, but for now, it's starting with Ice Cream Sandwich. As a good-faith gesture, versions of the RAZR HD running Jelly Bean are being shown off at the event. Motorola will also be offering a developer edition with an unlockable bootloader. Pricing hasn't yet been announced, but the device should be in stores "before the holidays." - No release date, no price. When will they learn. 9:25 - Amazon Kindle Update - Kindle Paperwhite - It uses the expected new "paperwhite" screen technology for a sharper (212 ppi) and higher-contrast display, and also features a frontlight that brings parity with Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. The interface has taken a page out of the Kindle Fire's book by offering a "cover mode" homescreen that lets you swipe through your library. The device also uses the same X-Ray content analysis feature found on the Kindle Touch, has controls for the light, and lets you change the fonts. - Amazon is touting its patented light guide technology which keeps the lighting even across the screen and allows you to leave it on all the time without detriment to battery life — it'll apparently last for eight weeks between charges. The touch technology means it has a thinner bezel, and at 9.1mm thin and 7.5 ounces Jeff Bezos describes the device as "thinner than a magazine, lighter than a paperback." The Kindle Paperwhite is available for order today and will start shipping on October 1st. The Wi-Fi model will cost $119, and the 3G-enabled variant will go for $179 - Not clear if those prices are ad supported - Kindle - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3298072/amazon-69-kindle-update-announcement - the company is dropping the price of its least expensive ebook reader to $69. While it doesn't have the front-lit display of its newer sibling, a 12 percent drop from last year's $79 price is nothing to sneeze at. The ad-supported wi-fi device is identical to last year's model, down to the 6 ounce weight and 6-inch e-ink screen, but the company says it will offer the new fonts and crisper text of the Paperwhite devices. - Kindle Fire - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3296637/amazon-new-kindle-fire-tablet-7inch-launch-event-price - Along with an all-new Kindle e-reader with illuminated paperwhite display and a lower-price standard Kindle, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just announced the new Kindle Fire tablet during a press conference today. The new Fire features a 7-inch display, a 40-percent faster processor, twice as much RAM, and longer battery life than the original model. - Despite the upgrades, Amazon is actually dropping the price of the new Kindle Fire by $40 compared to the original model, as it will now sell for $159 when it starts shipping on September 14th. - Kindle Fire HD - http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3296477/amazon-kindle-fire-HD-10-inch - new Kindle Fire HD features 8.9-inch 1920x1200, 254ppi display. It features a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25% less glare. It's powered by an OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments, which Amazon says outperforms the Tegra 3. The Kindle Fire HD also includes stereo speakers, an upgrade over the Kindle Fire's mono driver. Amazon has improved Wi-Fi networking by adding a dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz receiver, two antennas, and its new MIMO radio technology. For storage, the Kindle Fire HD offers 16GB of local hard drive space. - Whispersync for voice - Syncs your book with your audiobook, so you can listen and read in tandem. - "X-Ray for movies. If you were watching a movie on your Kindle Fire HD, wouldn't it be cool if you could tap the actor on the screen and see 'who's that guy?'" Infor from IMBD which Amazon own - Whispersync for games syncs levels and progress, so you've never forced to restart - Mail, custom Facebook and Skype apps - Kindle freetime - multiple profiles for kids - set times for different content types - 30 mins for reading, hour for games etc - Kindle Fire HD, 16GB (funny storage joke Bezos), 7 inches. $199. Ships September 14th - The 8.9-inch model? $299. Ships November 20th - Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE wireless - 8.9 inches, 32GB of storage — $499. - New data plan, too. 250MB a month. 200GB of cloud storage, $10 Amazon credit. $49.99 a year. Pre-order today, ships Nov 20th - Comparing to the iPad 3's plan. Year 1 cost, $959 for iPad; $549 for Kindle Fire HD. But the data is tiny - 250MB a month??? - UK - The company will detail plans for the Uk shortly - BBC tonight 26:54 - BBC iPlayer launches mobile-download service - Users of BBC catch-up service iPlayer can now download programmes to watch on phones, tablets and other mobile devices at a later date. - They can save any programme for up to 30 days - but once they hit play, have to finish watching it within a week. - Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, the feature will be coming to Android devices soon. Last month alone there were 30 million requests for iPlayer programmes via a mobile or tablet, according to the BBC. 28:13 - Raspberry Pi to be manufactured in the UK - The Raspberry Pi computer is being made in the UK for the first time. - Before now every one of the credit-card sized machines have rolled off production lines in Chinese factories. - But a deal signed between Premier Farnell, which distributes the Pi, and manufacturer Sony will see 300,000 of the gadgets produced on home soil. Since its launch in April, the device has been hugely popular and its creators said more than a million could be sold before the end of 2012. - The UK-made Raspberry Pis will be assembled at Sony UK Technology's factory in Pencoed, South Wales. About 30 jobs will be created as a result of the deal which will mean most of the Pis being distributed by Premier Farnell will be made in Britain. - In a blogpost, Raspberry Pi community director Liz Upton said it chose Chinese manufacturers at the start of the project because it could find not find a UK manufacturer that could make them cheaply enough or was willing to take a risk on the bare-bones computer. 34:26 - Valve recruiting hardware engineers - Valve Software has started searching for hardware engineers. The game maker has posted an ad seeking applicants for the post of "industrial designer". - The job description on the ad said Valve was "frustrated" by the lack of innovation in computer hardware and wanted to change that state of affairs. - It is not yet clear what gadgets successful applicants will be working on but the ad suggests it could involve replacements for mouse and keyboard. - Before now Valve has let it be known that it wants to expand beyond games into hardware but has revealed few details about those plans. 37:10 - Bruce Willis to fight Apple over right to leave iTunes library in will - Bruce Willis is eyeing a legal bid to ensure he can pass on his iTunes library to his children when he dies, according to the Daily Mail. - The Die Hard star is concerned that his extensive music collection will revert to Apple ownership on his demise and is looking into ways that might allow his three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, to legitimately inherit it. His lawyers are currently said to be looking at the possibility of setting up "family trusts" to act as legal holders of the downloaded music, but Willis is also prepared to consider taking Apple to court over the issue. - "Lots of people will be surprised on learning all those tracks and books they have bought over the years don't actually belong to them," solicitor Chris Walton told the Mail. "It's only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one. The law will catch up, but ideally Apple and the like will update their policies and work out the best solution for their customers." - Willis is also considering supporting legal action currently underway in five US states to give people more rights to share music they have purchased. - It’s a great story - but total bullshit from the Daily Mail, but really the Times and the Mail just copied it....as did The Guardian. Who checks this stuff? Picks

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2012-08-31

DigitalOutbox Episode 132 DigitalOutbox Episode 132 - Apple vs Samsung, 4G in the UK and IFA gadgets Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:06 - Samsung to pay Apple over $1 billion - The jury in the “tech trial of the century” ruled Friday that Samsung smartphones have infringed on a number of Apple’ core patents, including one for “bounce back” technology. Worse for Samsung, the jury has also found that the infringement was intentional, which could lead the judge to increase the $1.05 billion in total damages the jury awarded. - Apple’s case is based on claims that Samsung “slavishly copied” its popular iPhone and iPad. - The jury’s award was based on the determination that products like Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and assorted phones violated Apple’s patents. The infringements related to so-called “utility patents” that cover features like the way a smartphone screen reshapes and “double-tapping” functions. - Apple also won rulings based on its “design patents” which covered the shape of its iPhones. The jury did not, however, side with Apple on its controversial “rectangle” design patent that related to the shape of the iPad. - The jury also found that the patents are not invalid — which would have protected Samsung. - The news for Samsung went from bad to worse as the jury found that Apple did not owe any damages related to its alleged infringement of Samsung’s patents. In the case of Samsung’s patents, the jury ruled that Apple didn’t infringe some of them in the first place. For two others, the jury found that Samsung had “exhausted” the patents and couldn’t enforce them against Apple. - Tim Cooks view: - Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere. - Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy. - We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew. - The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right. - I am very proud of the work that each of you do. - Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens. - Not so sure that values won today - Samsungs view: - Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said in a statement. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer. - Microsoft seem happy - Bill Cox, Senior Director of Marketing at Microsoft - Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now. - Bad for industry as a whole. Bad for consumers - potential to limit choice, push up prices. - This is only the first of many trials, re-trials appeals etc. Not what you want your major tech companies to be doing but thats the patent laws for you - However, Samsung has been slavishly copying Apple and deserves to be punished - Cheap way for Samsung to be no 2 in the market! 9:03 - Samsung at IFA - Galaxy Note II. - Now thinner and lighter, the new Note device comes with a redesigned S Pen stylus, a bevy of new software features layered atop Android 4.1, and an enlarged 5.5-inch display. Oh, and it now runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. Wider SIII - Series 7 Windows 8 Slates - http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/29/3276599/samsung-series-5-series-7-slate-windows-8 - Samsung just showed off the upcoming Series 5 and Series 7 Slates — both are tablet and dock combinations that let each device act as a light, thin tablet, and a full-fledged laptop all at once. We'd seen an early build of the Slate 5 back at Computex, and not that much has changed since then. - Samsung says the Slate 7 is geared toward power users, and as you might guess, it outpaces the consumer-facing Slate 5 in a number of areas. First is display resolution, where the Slate 7's 1080p panel trumps that of the 1366x768 Slate 5. It also contains twice the amount of memory and storage you'll find in the Slate 5, offering 4GB RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. - In a nice bit of Samsung synergy, each device comes with an S Pen, which can be used in Windows 8 to do anything your finger would normally do. There's also some Samsung-specific software, like Media Hub, which means if you buy a movie on your Galaxy S III you can also watch it on your Slate. - Keyboard is a copy of the Macbook Air. Samesung strikes again. - Others - Ativ S - Windows powered phone. a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera paired with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. - Galaxy Camera. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a massive 4.8-inch HD LCD display, the Galaxy Camera aims to take the best of Samsung's camera and phone departments and mix them up for something altogether unique. There's a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor within what is otherwise an unmistakably camera-shaped body, equipped with a retractable lens that provides 21x optical zoom. - On the inside, we can look forward to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G wireless options, although disappointingly there's no SD card compatibility. - ATIV Tab, a Windows RT-packing cousin of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The new 10.1-inch slate isn't quite as aggressive as its Android counterpart and centers on a 1,366 x 768 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera paired with a 1.9MP front-facing cam, and ports for micro-HDMI as well as USB. Dimensionally, the tablet is as light and skinny as you'd hope: it weighs 20.1 ounces (570g) and measures a slim 8.9mm thick. 15:06 - Sony at IFA - Sony Tablet S - http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/29/3276373/sonys-xperia-tablet-s - The Xperia Tablet S is waterproof, and runs Android 4.0 on a Tegra 3 processor, but more than its pure power Sony's promoting some of the software on the device. The Tablet S was a nifty IR-capable universal remote control, and Sony's beefed up the functionality even more, adding support for macros so you can turn on a bunch of devices at once or easily tune to a certain channel with one press. Sony's app also features a visual TV guide, which looks a lot like the Peel setup on some of the Galaxy Tabs we've seen. - There are more software tweaks, too, like a "Guest Mode" that lets you quickly configure which apps and settings are available to a particular user — turning off the Play Store for your kid could be huge. Some of Sony's cross-platform services also come preloaded, like PlayMemories and the Reader app. - The accessories lineup for the Xperia Tablet S is where it could get really compelling. Sony's offering a $99.99 Cover with Keyboard case that is the absolute spitting image of the Microsoft Surface's Touch Cover — it's light and thin, with a full keyboard stamped into the inside. There's also a $99.99 docking stand, which raises the tablet up on a TV-like pedestal. Of course, the usual cadre is also here, a dock, charger, and keyboard-less stand. - The Xperia Tablet S will be out September 7th, and you can pre-order today. The device will come with 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, and will cost between $399 and $599. - Action Cam - http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/sony-action-cam-hands-on/ - Action Cam -- a fitting name given that it'll live mounted anywhere from skydiving helmets to downhill skis -- it'll ship in late September or early October for $199. In a surprising twist, the incredibly small HD shooter will also be getting WiFi -- that version will be available for $270. Both cameras are identical save for wireless functionality, but considering that WiFi enables remote configuration and viewfinder capability for framing your shots (there's no video-capable LCD on the device itself), you're gonna want to shell out the extra 70 bucks. Regardless of which flavor you choose, you'll net a very capable camcorder with a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor (great for low-light shooting) and fixed-zoom Carl Zeiss lens, complete with SteadyShot image stabilization, a 1080/30p capture mode and a 720p option at 120 frames per second, enabling some pretty slick slow-motion effects. - The Action Cam is a modular system, so you can count on a bevy of accessories -- there will even be a "Handycam Adaptor," which comes complete with a 2.7-inch display and a familiar camcorder interface. More standard options include an adhesive mount pack ($20, though two ship with the cam), a bar/bike mount ($30), angle mount ($30), a replacement housing that's waterproof to 60 meters and offers a standard tripod socket ($40 -- you'll get one in the box), two head straps ($25-30) and a suction cup ($30). It also uses removable storage (microSD), a swappable battery, and includes HDMI, USB and audio input jacks. - Other - Three new phones, top of the range has NFC and 13mp camera - 20 inch touch screen PC running windows 8 - VAIO Tap 20 - XBR-84X900 - 84 inch television capable of upscaling content to 4K (that's a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160) from any source, including things like digital photos from the PlayStation 3. As you can see from the picture above, the panel is a sizable stand-up unit with 20:24 - Amazon App Store hits Europe - launching its Amazon Appstore for Android in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. We don’t know for sure that Amazon is planning to introduce the Kindle Fire internationally, but opening app stores abroad is a critical step toward that goal. - The appstore, which will go by a few different names depending on the country, will offer the same features U.S. customers have been familiar with, including the popular Free App of the Day, personalized recommendations, customer reviews and one-click payments. Some of the apps will also be localized for each market. - Developers will be able to take advantage of the Appstore for Android’s services like GameCircle, which offers leaderboards, game syncing and achievements, and in-app purchase. Amazon previously telegraphed the opening of the appstore abroad when it called for developers to submit their apps for international distribution in June. - New Fires - Amazon announced this morning that the Kindle Fire is sold out, bringing the probability that the company will announce a new tablet at next week’s LA press event to roughly 1,000 percent. More surprising is Amazon’s claim that “in just nine months, Kindle Fire has captured 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S.” - Just over 6 million fires sold? 23:10 - Nook comes to the UK - UK retailer John Lewis is to sell the Nook e-reader in all of its 37 stores. - The Nook, made by US bookseller Barnes & Noble, is a rival to Amazon's Kindle and is popular with magazine readers in the US. The Nook has not been for sale in the UK so far and John Lewis is the first company outside the US to sell the device, Barnes & Noble said. - The company says that UK customers will have access to 2.5 million titles in its online store from October. - Barnes & Noble has yet to confirm its UK prices, but the cheapest version currently retails for $99 (£63) on the Nook website in the US. - Also, Argos, Blackwell’s, and Foyles. Just as like John Lewis, all three companies will be carrying the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light 24:30 - Windows 8 Upgrade Price - Upgrade price in the UK for Windows 8 is £24.99 - Anyone who purchased a Windows 7 PC since June 2nd of this year will be able to download the upgrade for £14.99 25:25 - UK will have a 4G service this year - On Tuesday 21st Ofcom gave permission for the UK’s biggest mobile operator, Everything Everywhere, to re-use some of its old spectrum for a limited amount of 4G services instead of waiting for the official 4G spectrum auction early next year. From next month, it said, the company would have the ability to use part of its 1800 MHz range for high speed data services as a prelude to providing more services in the future. - That move — the result of a consultation — will get a limited amount of 4G to customers who are craving it. Thats great. Right? - But it has caused angry reaction from rival operator Vodafone, which launched a vociferous attack on the decision. - “The regulator has shown a careless disregard for the best interests of consumers, businesses and the wider economy through its refusal to properly regard the competitive distortion created by allowing one operator to run services before the ground has been laid for a fully competitive 4G market. - “Ofcom’s timing is particularly bizarre given the reports that Everything Everywhere is currently in discussions to sell some of its spectrum to 3, which Ofcom has previously been at such pains to protect with its over-engineering of the 4G auction. - “This means the balance in the auction will fundamentally change.” - Translation - WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - Interesting - announcement on Sep 11. New iPhone announced Sep 12. 4G? iPhone? Putting 2 & 2 together? - Three have bought some of the spectrum too - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/22/three_ee_spectrum_sale/ - Everything Everywhere has flogged its excess 1800MHz radio spectrum to rival mobile operator Three with one rather important condition. - The European Commission required Everything Everywhere to get shot of the spectrum as a condition of the merger that created it. When Orange and T-Mobile eloped to form EE, the mammoth phone network was left holding almost half the UK mobile radio spectrum. So EE offered to sell off two 15MHz-wide blocks before the 4G mega auction, which it has now done, but it won't let Three take possession until the last possible moment required by the EC: September 2013 for two 10MHz blocks, and September 2015 for the rest. - Neither company will say how much money has changed hands, nor whether their shared 3G network deal will extend into 4G, though given the proximity of radio frequencies and existing agreements that seems likely. In fact the only detail they are sharing is that Three won't get to take possession of its secondhand bands from Everything Everywhere until well after EE 4G monopoly has expired. 27:22 - Where did Tweetbot for Mac go - Alpha pulled - Twitter’s latest API Changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with a solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha. - Bastards - Just to be perfectly clear, Tweetbot for Mac will still be available for sale in the near future, we are just stopping the public part of the alpha/beta testing. We wish we could continue on but we didn’t make the rules, we just have to live within them. Again sorry for the hassle and thank you very much to everyone that has provided valuable feedback during the alpha. - Twitter.com has stopped displaying the names of third-party Twitter clients in tweets. It’s an outward sign of the service’s growing pains as it transitions away from a consumer client free-for-all. - Twitter.com — as well as Twitter mobile apps — used to display a tweet’s app of origin in small, linked letters below each tweet, down with a smattering of other metadata. Under a tweet from VentureBeat, you might see something like “15 minutes ago via Hootsuite,” since we use Hootsuite internally to publish tweets. - Those words will appear no more, we’ve confirmed with the company. The links disappeared from Twitter’s mobile apps a while ago, and a company spokesperson tells us this afternoon that the change has finally come to Twitter.com on the desktop as well. “This is part of our work to simplify tweets and emphasize the content being shared,” we’re told. - Twitter also launch certified products program - http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2012/08/29/twitter-launches-certified-products-program-promote-services-leverage-data/ - The program will be used to put its stamp of approval on apps and services that help companies leverage its data to engage with customers. - Twitter hate third party clients. Official. - Sigh. 30:42 - Diaspora team hands keys over to the community - After two years, $200,000 in Kickstarter cash, and a shifting focus to side projects, the Diaspora founders are stepping back to give control of the code for its data-liberating social network over to the community. In a blog post today, founders Daniel Grippi and Maxwell Salzberg explain that while they will still be playing an important role, they "want to make sure we are including all of the people who care about Diaspora and want to see it succeed well into the future." - The team says that the process will be gradual, noting that "many details still need to be stepped through," but the recent opening of the project's Pivotal Tracker (the software used to manage the Diaspora code) is a major step in that direction. Speaking to Betabeat, cofounder Salzberg said, "it speaks to the maturity of the project and that there are stakeholders other than the two guys who started it," adding, "thousands of people love and use Diaspora every day so the community needs to have some decision-making power itself." 32:31 - Sony shuts Psygnosis - Sony has closed one of the UK's oldest video game studios following a review of its operations. - Sony Liverpool employed about 100 workers. It dated back to 1984 when it was known as Psygnosis. The Japanese company bought the developer in 1993. - Its early titles included Barbarian and Shadow of the Beast for the Amiga and Atari ST. - It was perhaps best known for later PlayStation releases including the Wipeout racing game series. Picks Ian Sticky Notifications - $3 - Sticky Notifications lets you leave quick, easy reminders for yourself. - Works with Notification Center or Growl. - Growl not required, even on Lion. - Automatically opens URLs in reminders. - Retina Display ready. - Integrates with System Services. - Automator support. - Trigger via URLs, e.g. with Alfred. - GateKeeper-aware. - Menubar icon can be hidden. - Open at Login option. Bark - A growl plugin that displays Growl notifications in Notification Center - Free - Retains low level control over notifications that Growl brings…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 131

2012-08-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 131 DigitalOutbox Episode 131 - Twitter API, John Browett and OnLive Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 3:01 - Once a Dixons employee - John Browett joined as head of retail at Apple late last year - he used to head up Dixons. We joked at the time that it didn’t seem the best hire and fit for Apple - There were reports at the start of the week that Apple stores were reducing staff numbers - In a communication with store leadership teams, senior vice president of retail, John Browett, who took the reins of Apple's retail stores in April, said that the company had been trying a new staffing formula for its retail stores, leading some employees to see their hourly shifts cut and retail locations to be understaffed. This happened for a few weeks before the company decided to revert to its older system, hoping to rectify the problem. - He instructed leadership teams to tell employees, "We messed up," according to two people who were aware of the communication, which also stressed that while shift schedules were affected, no one was laid off. He also wanted employees to know that it was hiring new staff, these people said. - Apple acknowledged the retail staffing changes. "Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed," said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. "Our employees are our most important asset and the ones who provide the world-class service our customers deserve." - Despite Apple's claims that "no one was laid off", we have indeed heard from several Apple employees who have been laid off in recent weeks, with several of them independently claiming that there have been others, although some have called the moves "isolated" while others have characterized them as "many". ifoAppleStore reported yesterday that the cutbacks were made by Browett in an effort to meet profit goals and encourage the "bloated" store staffs to run "leaner", despite the objections of retail veterans within the company. - Idiot. 6:11 - Amazon to deliver parcels to UK cornershops - Amazon is to step up its assault on the UK’s retail market by delivering parcels to nearly 5,000 corner shops and newsagents around the country. - The online shopping giant has quietly started trialling the scheme on a small scale with items such as books and clothes, and plans to roll it out nationwide. - Amazon has already built itself into a $109bn business by offering customers a highly convenient way to shop and this move will give it even more muscle with which to take on high street stores. - Consumers will be able to collect their orders from local shops that are often open until late into the night, instead of having to wait in for orders or coming home to find a delivery note telling them to collect their parcel from the nearest Royal Mail depot. - They will also be able to use the “Collect+” scheme to send unwanted items back to the retailer, making it easier, for example, to order clothes in several sizes and return those that do not fit. - The scheme is likely to prove particularly popular with employees of the many UK companies which ban staff from having personal goods delivered to their work address. - However, it is also expected to ignite fresh concerns amongst traditional retailers, who already fear that the Seattle-based shopping giant is driving them off the high street. 9:11 - Twitter announces API changes - Three main changes: - In version 1.1, we will require every request to the API to be authenticated. For developers who are already using OAuth when making API requests, all of your authentication tokens will transition seamlessly from v1.0 to v1.1. If your application is currently using the Twitter API without using OAuth, you will need to update your application before March 2013. - Right now, in version 1.0 of the Twitter API we limit the number of authenticated requests applications can make to 350 calls per hour, regardless of the type of information the application was requesting. This "one size fits all" approach has limited our ability to provide developers more access to endpoints that are frequently requested by applications, while continuing to prevent abuse of Twitter's resources. In version 1.1, we will provide per-endpoint rate limiting on the API. While an application that only accesses one endpoint may be more restricted, applications that use multiple endpoints will run into rate limiting issues less frequently. Most individual API endpoints will be rate limited at 60 calls per hour per-endpoint. Based on analysis of current use of our API, this rate limit will be well above the needs of most applications built against the Twitter API, while protecting our systems from abusive applications. - To ensure that Twitter users have a consistent experience wherever they see and interact with Tweets, in v1.1 of the Twitter API we will shift from providing Display Guidelines to Display Requirements, which we will also introduce for mobile applications. We will require all applications that display Tweets to adhere to these. Among them: linking @usernames to the appropriate Twitter profile, displaying appropriate Tweet actions (e.g. Retweet, reply and favorite) and scaling display of Tweets appropriately based on the device. If your application displays Tweets to users, and it doesn't adhere to our Display Requirements, we reserve the right to revoke your application key. we will require you to work with us directly if you believe your application will need more than one million individual user tokens. Additionally, if you are building a Twitter client application that is accessing the home timeline, account settings or direct messages API endpoints (typically used by traditional client applications) or are using our User Streams product, you will need our permission if your application will require more than 100,000 individual user tokens. - Caused lot’s of consternation, especially the user cap (100,000) - The maximum limit is 100,000 users, unless special permission is given by Twitter. If a client has more than 100k users currently, it can only ever grow to 200% of that. If users of the apps de-authorize their tokens for those apps, then they’re added back to that pool. That means that no third-party client can ever have more than 100k users, unless given special permission by Twitter or it already has over 100k right now, in which case it can have double the amount it has today. This move puts a life span on most for-pay clients, as they’ll reach a point where there is no longer any reason for them to continue offering these apps for sale. - Display of tweets is confusing - no other social or 3rd party actions may be attached to a Tweet - so send to instapaper no more? Pocket developer says he has spoken to Twitter and pocket, instapaper etc are fine. - Also, display guidelines and now ‘requirements’ - Marco Arment (Instapaper) has a very -ve post on the changes - http://www.marco.org/2012/08/16/twitter-api-changes - I sure as hell wouldn’t build a business on Twitter, and I don’t think I’ll even build any nontrivial features on it anymore. - And if I were in the Twitter-client business, I’d start working on another product. - Paul Haddad (Tweetbot) has a more +ve post - http://tapbots.com/blog/news/dont-panic - API - The changes to the v1.1 API requiring authentication won’t affect Tweetbot, all current API calls are already made using authentication. - User caps - I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the idea of caps on the number of users, I feel that part of what makes the Twitter ecosystem interesting is the wide ranging apps available to it. I think we and others fill an important niche in that system not served by the current Twitter apps and would’ve much preferred to see some some other approach. Regardless the decision has been made, so let’s look at what this actually means to Tweetbot. * Our user cap for Tweetbot for iOS is pretty huge (which is 2* our current users, not 100k) * At the current rate our user base is growing we won’t hit that cap for a few years * Our user cap for Tweetbot for Mac is also large and we don’t expect any problems given the smaller market * Even if we were to run out of room all our current users will be fine * User tokens are shared, so if you have a single account on both Tweetbot for iPad and Tweetbot for iPhone that’s only a single token - Display req’s - We’ll be working with Twitter over the next 6 months to make sure we comply with these new requirements as much as possible. I don’t expect the changes to be huge, but we’ll keep everyone up to date as we know more. - Meanwhile app.net got funded (nearly 800k) and has an amazing amount of app’s in development already. - Does twitter care about it’s users? Or is it chasing business, advertisers, investors now rather than users? The people that launched the company are really no longer involved... 17:26 - Medium - Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are at it again. Having launched two new publishing platforms — Blogger in 1999 and, more recently, Twitter – the duo unveiled a new platform Tuesday that wants to make an “evolutionary leap,” based on what the pair has learned over the past 13 years. - Called Medium, the new collaborative publishing tool lets different people contribute as much or as little as they want to themed “collections” of content. The idea, the founders said in a blog post Tuesday, is that people should be able to publish without “the burden of becoming a blogger” and worrying about developing an audience. The layout looks a lot like Pinterest, but contributions include both pictures and text. - Does the world need another publishing site/tool? 19:06 - Branch - Pick a topic, write a short comment and then invite others to comment - only if your invited can you comment - The comment, or debate, is public - like Quora perhaps? - Uses twitter as authentication a bit like Medium - Advisers include Ev Williams and Biz Stone 20:51 - Is the UK heavy handed with Internet Trolls - Police and prosecutors in the UK are accused of being "incredibly heavy-handed" when dealing with online trolls and abusive messages. - It follows several cases where young people have been arrested, fined or jailed after posting insulting comments on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. - Campaign groups and experts from Oxford University say the punishments are heavier than in other countries. But police insist if a law is broken they will take action. - Bernie Hogan from the Oxford Internet Institute monitors what happens in other countries. He said that although the UK was "leading the way" in cracking down on this type of online abuse, by comparison "we are incredibly heavy-handed". - The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) disagrees. In a statement is says: "People have a right to publish their views but when these views become indecent, threatening or offensive then the individuals they affect also have the right to report them. "The police will assist with any prosecution." 23:05 - First truly digital Olympics - BBC celebrated Olympics by releasing some amazing data behind their online effort - Record breaking browsers to BBC Sport online – with 55m (global) and 37m (UK) browsers to the BBC Sport site in total across the Games, and an average of 9.5m (global) and 7.1m (UK) browsers per day, easily breaking all previous records (previous record for a single day was 7.4m global and 5.7m UK) - Video drives viewing across all online platforms – with 106m requests for BBC Olympic video content across all online platforms, more than double seen for any previous events - First truly mobile games – with 9.2m UK mobile browsers to the BBC’s Olympics coverage, making up 34% of all daily browsers to BBC’s Olympic coverage, and 12m requests from mobiles for video throughout the Games - Opening up the breadth of the Games via BBC Red Button – with 23.7m viewers to the 24 SD, HD and Freeview streams throughout the Games, and every single stream seeing at least 100,000 viewers - Over a 24 hour period on the busiest Olympic days, total traffic to bbc.co.uk exceeded that for the entire BBC coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2010 (matches) – on the busiest day, the BBC delivered 2.8 petabytes, with the peak traffic moment occurring when Bradley Wiggins won Gold with over 700 Gb/s - The London 2012 Olympics were the first truly mobile Games. Audiences accessed BBC’s content in ground-breaking numbers on mobile devices, continuing the trend to watch video on-the-go with: - 1.9m download of BBC’s Olympics mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones - 40% of browsers accessing BBC’s Olympics coverage were from a mobile at weekends (30% during the week) – averaging 34% per day - 9.2m UK mobile browsers throughout the Games, with 2.8m UK mobile browsers on the peak day - On TV, the BBC’s Red-Button service opened up the breadth of Olympic content to audiences with the simple press of a button. - 23.7m people viewed the 24 live SD, HD & Freeview streams throughout the Games for at least 15 minutes - Audiences viewed specialist sports such as Judo and Weightlifting in considerable numbers - Every single Red Button stream received 100,000 viewers at some point during the Games - this has really been the multi-platform Games, where audiences have consumed our content across PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV at different times of the day. Our data below splits out the four screens across 24 hours, to reveal some key insights: PC usage maxes out during the week at lunchtime and during mid-afternoon peak Team GB moments Mobile takes over around 6pm as people leave the office but still want to keep up to date with the latest action Tablet usage reaches a peak at around 9pm: people using them as a second screen experience as they watch the Games on their TVs, and also as they continue to watch in bed 28:21 - Jeremy Hunt pledges fastest broadband network in Europe by 2015 - The UK will have the fastest broadband network of any major European country by 2015, the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged. - The commitment marks a firming up of the government's original target to create the "best" superfast broadband network in Europe by the end of this parliament, and follows a critical House of Lords' report into the national broadband strategy published last month. - "To really be the best you need to be the fastest," Hunt told broadband experts at "Silicon Roundabout", the area around Old Street on the fringes of the City of Londonwhere many technology firms and start-ups are based. "I am today announcing an ambition to be not just the best overall, but specifically the fastest broadband of any major European country. Indeed we may already be there." - Garbage - from Akamai - UK average measured connection speed according to Akamai is 5.6 Mbps, an improvement of 20% on last years result, but still only places us at 15th position across Europe, (21st in the global table). 30:27 - Netflix reaches 1,000,000 subscribers on the UK - Netflix has said it has hit the 1 million subscriber mark in the UK and Ireland, just over seven months after the US subscription video on demand service launched in the countries. - The company, which launched in the UK and Ireland on 9 January, is aiming to take on rivals including Amazon-owned LoveFilm and BSkyB. - Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, said that the milestone proved that there is a significant appetite for a new rival to offer cut-price subscription packages of on-demand films and TV shows. - Netflix claims that hitting 1 million registered users in the UK and Ireland in seven months was four times faster than Twitter managed on a global basis, and nearly twice as fast as Facebook and location-based service Foursquare. - Hastings said the US company intends to pry premium Hollywood movie rights away from BSkyB, promising to be "really aggressive in our bidding." 31:41 - Onlive sold to another company - OnLive confirmed today that its assets have been sold to a new, still unnamed company. OnLive will continue to operate its services during the transition and the new company is backed “by substantial funding,” said a spokeswoman for Steve Perlman, the chief executive of OnLive. “We can now confirm that the assets of OnLive, Inc. have been acquired into a newly formed company and is backed by substantial funding, and which will continue to operate the OnLive Game and Desktop services, as well as support all of OnLive’s apps and devices, as well as game, productivity and enterprise partnerships,” the company said in a statement. “The new company is hiring a large percentage of OnLive, Inc.’s staff across all departments and plans to continue to hire substantially more people, including additional OnLive employees. All previously announced products and services, including those in the works, will continue and there is no expected interruption of any OnLive services. We apologize that we were unable to comment on this transaction until it completed and were limited to reporting on news related to OnLive’s businesses. Now that the transaction is complete, we are able to make this statement.” - Employees at the Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters of OnLive walked in and out during the afternoon, declining to comment. Some of them left with boxes full of their belongings. - Earlier in the day, Perlman held an all-hands meeting where he told the staff that the company was being dissolved. Later on, everybody received a packet. Some of those packets were invitations to join the new company. We have heard that the number might be about 70 people. We hear that many employees are very upset, particularly those with exercised stock. - Joystiq is reporting that the company has been sold to a third-party and that at least 50 percent of the staff was laid off. A former employee told Joystiq that employees were not getting severance and that OnLive was dealing with operating costs of $5 million a month. - Despite its claim of two million users, our source says that the average peak amount of concurrent users was around 1,800. The two million number accounts for anyone who has signed up for the service; actual usage was remarkably lower. 35:25 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2 - Significant changes to the multiplayer game - Calling eSports "a major, major initiative for us," game design director David Vonderhaar says that Call of Duty is already a sport, but it needs the production, the personality, and the means to broadcast that sport to a wider audience. To help make that happen, Treyarch is building new tech for Black Ops 2 to more easily reach the masses, through in-game livestreaming and color commentary tools branded CODcasting. - Black Ops 2's broadcasting tools are simple to use. CODcasters simply join a multiplayer game as a spectator and are given the ability to see all the action in a multiplayer game from different views for play-by-play coverage. (To prevent cheating, live streams of multiplayer matches are delayed a few seconds.) - During CODcasting matches, viewers will see a score panel at the top of the screen. "Score panel is our way of linking this to sports," says Mike Rufail, Treyarch's in-house eSports advisor. "Essentially, when you flick the channel over to a sports broadcast, you immediately will find out what the score is, how much time is left in the game, who's in the lead. It's very necessary information." - With League Play, Vonderhaar says he wants Black Ops 2 multiplayer to be fun at every level, not just for the hardcore Call of Duty player who spends hours each night honing his headshots. To address that, Treyarch is introducing skill-based matchmaking for Black Ops 2 multiplayer, an attempt to ensure that players are competing with others of a similar skill level. - Treyarch is proposing seven seasonal brackets, in which players will be placed based on their performance as time goes on. Black Ops 2 will find an initial bracket for you somewhere after a few games, but players are expected to move up and down in their ranking as they win and lose in their division. They won't be competing against the entirety of the Call of Duty-playing masses, but a smaller pool of about 500 to 1000 players near their skill level, Vonderhaar says. 37:45 - Simcity for the Mac - Will launch in Feb, same time as PC - Origin also coming to Mac later this year Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 130

2012-08-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 130 DigitalOutbox Episode 130 - Metro dropped, App.net and Mat Honan gets hacked hard. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:38 - T-mobile - tethering no longer available to new full monthly customers - UK network T-Mobile has confirmed that new customers signing up to its Full Monty tariff will not be eligible for unlimited tethering on their device. - Launched back in February, the Full Monty plan offered T-Mobile customers unlimited calls, texts and data – including tethering – for £36 per month. - However anyone looking to take advantage of this offer now will notice the Full Monty tariff clearly states "excludes tethering" next to its "unlimited internet" claim. - Unfortunately the spokesperson was unable to reveal why the network had decided to stop offering tethering as part of the terms of the Fully Monty contract, stating: "We don't have anything more to share." - We can only assume T-Mobile has witnessed a dramatic drain on its bandwidth since launching the Full Monty plan, so has had to quickly back-track on its offer of truly unlimited internet to stop the network falling over. 5:14 - Microsoft drop the Metro brand - Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. In it, Microsoft reveals that "discussions with an important European partner" led to the decision to "discontinue the use" of the Metro branding for Windows 8 and other Microsoft products — one that employees must adhere to immediately. - The Windows team is "working on a replacement term" according to the memo, "and plans to land on that by the end of this week." Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the "Windows 8 style UI." The memo was distributed to employees earlier this week, so we expect to hear official news about the Metro replacement by the weekend. - Microsoft has used the Metro branding as a codename for its typography-based design language. The company has used a number of elements from the design language across its Windows 8 and Windows Phone products, as well as the recently released Office 2013 preview. - 7 days later and it’s no longer Windows 8 style UI - it’s “Modern UI Style” to describe Windows 8 applications - it may even just be called....Windows 8 7:07 - Valve to sell non-gaming software on Steam starting September 5th - Valve is opening up Steam to non-gaming software, the company announced today, bringing applications ranging from "creativity to productivity" to the digital distribution platform. The first software titles will be released on September 5th. - Non-gaming software sold via Steam will take advantage of the platform's Steamworks features, which include simplified installation, auto-updating, and the ability to save work to the Steam Cloud for cross-platform access from multiple computers. - "The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Valve's Mark Richardson in a press release. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests." 8:51 - Would you pay for a social network - App.net hopes so - Dalton Caldwell wrote a blog post over a month ago lamenting Twitter and the route it was taking - A few days later, launched his own Kickstarter like appeal for App.net - a paid for twitter clone - No ad’s, focused on users and developers - Open API - Paid for - $50 a year min pricing, $100 for access to API for developers - 3 days to go for fundraising - $150,000 short - Will it work? Nope. Ouch. 15:51 - Google Free iPhone - Latest iOS 6 beta drops the YouTube app - Apple confirmed - Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store. - Google response - We are working with Apple to make sure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users. - Could be good and bad for iOS users - Youtube app for me is best way of viewing youtube content but it hasn’t changed in years. Google could develop a very slick app for iOS. Who killed the app - Apple or Google? No ad’s in the iOS app at the moment. - Good opportunity for third party dev’s - Will google be dropped in search and siri? Surely not? 19:02 - Google brings knowledge graph to rest of the world (if you speak english) - Now live in the UK - Still feels like wikipedia on the RHS of your search results - Also announced the start of a trial which will allow people to search their Gmail messages from the Google.com search box. - Move was a “baby step towards pre-emptive search” and an example of search engines “getting to know people better”. - “So if you’re planning a biking trip to Tahoe, you might see relevant emails from friends about the best bike trails, or great places to eat on the right hand side of the results page. If it looks relevant you can then expand the box to read the emails.” Gmail results will appear on the right hand side of the search results page and will only be available to the single user whose email account is being included in the results. 23:03 - Mat Honan Hacked Hard - In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. - In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened, because their ultimate goal was always to take over my Twitter account and wreak havoc. Lulz. - Had I been regularly backing up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn’t have had to worry about losing more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location. - Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply, deeply regret them. - How was he hacked - In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices. - Timeline - At 4:33 p.m., according to Apple’s tech support records, someone called AppleCare claiming to be me. Apple says the caller reported that he couldn’t get into his .Me e-mail — which, of course was my .Me e-mail. - In response, Apple issued a temporary password. It did this despite the caller’s inability to answer security questions I had set up. And it did this after the hacker supplied only two pieces of information that anyone with an internet connection and a phone can discover. - At 4:50 p.m., a password reset confirmation arrived in my inbox. I don’t really use my .Me e-mail, and rarely check it. But even if I did, I might not have noticed the message because the hackers immediately sent it to the trash. They then were able to follow the link in that e-mail to permanently reset my AppleID password. - At 4:52 p.m., a Gmail password recovery e-mail arrived in my .Me mailbox. Two minutes later, another e-mail arrived notifying me that my Google account password had changed. - At 5:02 p.m., they reset my Twitter password. At 5:00 they used iCloud’s “Find My” tool to remotely wipe my iPhone. At 5:01 they remotely wiped my iPad. At 5:05 they remotely wiped my MacBook. Around this same time, they deleted my Google account. At 5:10, I placed the call to AppleCare. At 5:12 the attackers posted a message to my account on Twitter taking credit for the hack. - All the hackers wanted was access to mat’s twitter account - nothing else - Apple tech support confirmed to me twice over the weekend that all you need to access someone’s AppleID is the associated e-mail address, a credit card number, the billing address, and the last four digits of a credit card on file. I was very clear about this. During my second tech support call to AppleCare, the representative confirmed this to me. “That’s really all you have to have to verify something with us,” he said. - Getting a credit card number is tricker, but it also relies on taking advantage of a company’s back-end systems. Phobia says that a partner performed this part of the hack, but described the technique to us, which we were able to verify via our own tech support phone calls. It’s remarkably easy — so easy that Wired was able to duplicate the exploit twice in minutes. - First you call Amazon and tell them you are the account holder, and want to add a credit card number to the account. All you need is the name on the account, an associated e-mail address, and the billing address. Amazon then allows you to input a new credit card. (Wired used a bogus credit card number from a website that generates fake card numbers that conform with the industry’s published self-check algorithm.) Then you hang up. - Next you call back, and tell Amazon that you’ve lost access to your account. Upon providing a name, billing address, and the new credit card number you gave the company on the prior call, Amazon will allow you to add a new e-mail address to the account. From here, you go to the Amazon website, and send a password reset to the new e-mail account. This allows you to see all the credit cards on file for the account — not the complete numbers, just the last four digits. But, as we know, Apple only needs those last four digits. We asked Amazon to comment on its security policy, but didn’t have anything to share by press time. - And it’s also worth noting that one wouldn’t have to call Amazon to pull this off. Your pizza guy could do the same thing, for example. If you have an AppleID, every time you call Pizza Hut, you’ve giving the 16-year-old on the other end of the line all he needs to take over your entire digital life. - Lessons - Backup! - I shouldn’t have daisy-chained two such vital accounts — my Google and my iCloud account — together. I shouldn’t have used the same e-mail prefix across multiple accounts — mhonan@gmail.com, mhonan@me.com, and mhonan@wired.com. And I should have had a recovery address that’s only used for recovery without being tied to core services. - But, mostly, I shouldn’t have used Find My Mac. Find My iPhone has been a brilliant Apple service. If you lose your iPhone, or have it stolen, the service lets you see where it is on a map. When you perform a remote hard drive wipe on Find my Mac, the system asks you to create a four-digit PIN so that the process can be reversed. But here’s the thing: If someone else performs that wipe — someone who gained access to your iCloud account through malicious means — there’s no way for you to enter that PIN. A better way to have this set up would be to require a second method of authentication when Find My Mac is initially set up. If this were the case, someone who was able to get into an iCloud account wouldn’t be able to remotely wipe devices with malicious intent. It would also mean that you could potentially have a way to stop a remote wipe in progress. - 2 factor security on google accounts would have helped too - http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-two-step-authentication/ - Prey a more secure option than Find my Mac - http://preyproject.com/ - Don’t make your address public - Use strong single use passwords - Lastpass or 1password will help - Change passwords regularly - Updates - Amazon have changed their policies quietly - On Tuesday, Amazon handed down to its customer service department a policy change that no longer allows people to call in and change account settings, such as credit cards or email addresses associated with its user accounts. - Apple on Tuesday ordered its support staff to immediately stop processing AppleID password changes requested over the phone, following the identity hacking of Wired reporter Mat Honan over the weekend, according to Apple employees. - An Apple worker with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Wired that the over-the-phone password freeze would last at least 24 hours. The employee speculated that the freeze was put in place to give Apple more time to determine what security policies needed to be changed, if any. Picks Ian Pixelmator - £10.49 - Great image editor for the Mac - Now at version 2.1 and on sale, hence the recomendation - Everything you probably need in an image editor and now comes with iCloud, retina and Mountain Lion support…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 129

2012-08-03

DigitalOutbox Episode 129 DigitalOutbox Episode 129 - Dropbox, Twitter and Outlook Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:59 - Google Updates - Update - 16gb Nexus now available, 3-5 day wait - https://play.google.com/store?hl=en - Q - suspended while Google make it even better...and send out free dev units to those that have pre-ordered. Wow. 2:29 - Dropbox Security Breach - Users a few weeks ago said they were being spammed with their dropbox only e-mail address - Ian received e-mail overnight - Recently, passwords have been stolen from some Internet services. This is a problem because many people use the same password on multiple services, which is unsafe. As a precaution, we’ve reset your password and you can create a new one here. We haven’t detected any suspicious activity in your Dropbox, but we’re proactively taking steps to keep users safe. - A bit odd as I do use separate passwords for sites - another friend reported same mail and he uses unique passwords too - Blog post states: Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts. A stolen password was also used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses. We believe this improper access is what led to the spam. We’re sorry about this, and have put additional controls in place to help make sure it doesn’t happen again. - Keeping Dropbox secure is at the heart of what we do, and we’re taking steps to improve the safety of your Dropbox even if your password is stolen, including: - Two-factor authentication, a way to optionally require two proofs of identity (such as your password and a temporary code sent to your phone) when signing in. (Coming in a few weeks) - New automated mechanisms to help identify suspicious activity. We’ll continue to add more of these over time. - A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account. - In some cases, we may require you to change your password. (For example, if it’s commonly used or hasn’t been changed in a long time) - At the same time, we strongly recommend you improve your online safety by setting a unique password for each website you use. - So - Dropbox gets hacked but I’ve to change my unique and secure password? 6:32 - Robin Hood Airport tweet bomb joke man wins case - A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet threatening to blow up an airport has won a challenge against his conviction. - Paul Chambers, 28, of Northern Ireland, was found guilty in May 2010 of sending a "menacing electronic communication". - He was living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, when he tweeted that he would blow up nearby Robin Hood Airport when it closed after heavy snow. After a hearing at the High Court in London his conviction was quashed. - Mr Chambers said later: "I am relieved, vindicated - it is ridiculous it ever got this far. "I want to thank everyone who has helped, including everyone on Twitter." - Mr Chambers said he had sent the tweet, which contained swear words, to his 600 followers in a moment of frustration after Robin Hood Airport, near Doncaster, was closed by snow in January 2010. - He said he had never thought anyone would take his "silly joke" seriously. - The message Mr Chambers tweeted stated: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" - In their judgement, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Mr Justice Owen and Mr Justice Griffith Williams, said: "If the person or persons who receive or read it, (the message) or may reasonably be expected to receive, or read it, would brush it aside as a silly joke, or a joke in bad taste, or empty bombastic or ridiculous banter, then it would be a contradiction in terms to describe it as a message of a menacing character." 7:32 - While others need to watch what they say on Twitter - The media is fuming over Twitter’s decision to suspend the account of a British journalist who used the micro-blogging site to toss barbs at NBC’s decision to time-delay its Olympic coverage over the weekend. The episode raises questions about free speech and corporate control of social media platforms. - For anyone who missed it, the brouhaha began this morning when sports site Deadspin reported that Twitter had cut off Guy Adams, an LA-based reporter for The Independent. Adams has been a standard bearer for the new #nbcfail hashtag and used his account to rattle off a series of British-inflected tirades about NBC’s time delay: “‘Sneak peak’ my arse”; ”tosspot”; “Matt Lauer would do well to shut up, wouldn’t he?” and so on. - Adams apparently crossed a line when he published the email address of NBC executive Gary Zenkel and told followers to “Tell him what u think.” NBC complained to Twitter and shortly after the micro-blog site suspended Adams’ account. - Critics have since called attention to the fact that Twitter has partnered with NBC’s parent company to promote the games, and suggested that the companies decided to shut down Adams’ account as an act of reprisal. - In an email message to Adams, Twitter explained the account had been suspended because he had violated terms of service that forbid disclosing private information like a person’s telephone number or private email address. Deadspin and others have noted that gary.zenkel@nbcuni.com is a corporate address. - So who is right? Did Adams overstep a boundary or are Twitter and NBC wrongfully censoring a journalist? Well, from a legal point of view, Twitter is in the clear. The company’s terms of service make it plain that it can boot users off the site anytime and for any reason. - Twitter’s moral position is a lot more shaky. Its reason for tossing Adams is flimsy (the email he printed was not private) and, worse, they simply caused him to disappear altogether. If you search @guyadams on Twitter, the company will suggest users with similar handles but the original Guy Adams has simply vanished in the same way that disgraced communists would vanish from Kremlin photographs. - 2 days later twitter reinstate account - NBC removed complaint - Twitter post about guidelines - http://blog.twitter.com/2012/07/our-approach-to-trust-safety-and.html - As of earlier today, the account has been unsuspended, and we will actively work to ensure this does not happen again. Twitter while working with NBC on Olympic portal had encouraged NBC to raise complaint which was passed to Trust and Safety team who then acted....unaware that others in Twitter had encouraged the intial complaint - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/31/teenager-arrested-tweets-tom-daley - Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy as part of an investigation into malicious Twitter messages sent to the Team GB diver Tom Daley after he and his team-mate, Pete Waterfield, missed out on a medal at the Olympics. - The boy was held at a guesthouse in Weymouth, Dorset, hours after Daley, 18, retweeted messages he had been sent soon after finishing fourth in the 10m men's synchronised platform diving event. - A spokeswoman for Dorset police said: "A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. He is currently helping police with their inquiries." - Daley retweeted a message that said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." - There was much worse though - http://imgur.com/a/aHDr0 13:16 - Twitter users blamed for disrupting BBCs cycling coverage - Olympic organisers have blamed spectators using Twitter for disrupting television coverage of the cycling road races. Viewers were left in the dark about timing and positions after electronic updates failed to reach commentators during both the men's and women's events. - The BBC blamed the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) for the lack of information which left commentator Chris Boardman using his own watch to estimate timings. But the International Olympic Committee said fans sending updates to Twitter while watching the race had in effect jammed transmissions of race information. - Communications director Mark Adams said: "From my understanding, One network was oversubscribed, and OBS are trying to spread the load to other providers. We don't want to stop people engaging in this by social media but perhaps they might consider only sending urgent updates." - The timings are sent to organisers via tiny GPS transmitters in competitors' bikes but the messages were not being received during the races. - Reality - O2 network couldn’t cope - "There was a capacity issue with Box Hill at the weekend," an O2 spokesperson told The Register. "You can imagine that all of the people around that area were frantically using their phones so that was the reason for the over subscription." 16:09 - Microsoft launch outlook.com - The software giant is unveiling a brand new preview version of Hotmail today — Outlook.com. Although the old version of Hotmail will remain active, Outlook.com brings together all of its best features and more, accessible via the web, Exchange ActiveSync compatible clients, and POP3. Existing Hotmail users can upgrade to the preview version today — with options to rename an existing @hotmail.com address to @outlook.com or to add an additional alias to an account — and new Outlook.com users can pick an @outlook.com email address. - Hotmail was much maligned so Microsoft had to go with a more trusted brand name - JOKER!!!!! - Like Office 2013, Microsoft is describing its new email service as a "modern" one. Built with the same Metro design as Windows 8, Outlook.com brings together cloud connected accounts, data, and a familiar email service with a new look. Microsoft is also enabling threaded messaging by default and introducing Skype video web calling. - Clean and fresh design - Contact management has been greatly improved with an interface that’s nearly identical in looks and functionality to Windows 8. Outlook.com will import Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, and CSV contacts and attempt to merge them into single contact cards. This works well for the most part, but there's also an option to clean up any rogue contacts and merge information easily. - Is this just a reskin of hotmail, windows live? - Between now and Christmas Microsoft are refreshing and launching so much. Will it work? 21:19 - Digg Relaunched - Simpler, cleaner and more visual - No comments - Based on facebook likes and tweets - Still aims to bring you the best of the web - Fresh start as old site cost about 15-20 times what the new one does 22:24 - Apple buys AuthenTec - Amid fierce smartphone competition between Samsung and Apple that has spilled into a multinational patent battle, it looks like Apple may have opened yet another front on the M&A side: it is buying mobile security company AuthenTec — which had only just signed a deal with Samsung for Android devices — for $356 million. - AuthenTec, among other things, makes fingerprint sensor chips that are used for security and identification purposes; these are embedded in computing devices. The news was first reported by Reuters; the full announcement was filed with the SEC. - Just earlier this month AuthenTec had inked a deal with Samsung to cover security and device management services to cater to the “BYOD” trend — that is, workers taking their own handsets into their enterprise environment. The AuthenTec service would let IT managers quickly secure and authenticate those devices. - Reuters reported the deal as $356 million — $8 per share of the company. But that’s actually a pretty cheap price, considering that before the company went public it had raised some $600 million (yes, million) in funding. 24:03 - The Lords look forward - Broadband for all – an alternative vision is the result of a six month inquiry by the Lords communications committee which took in evidence from regulators, technicians and companies ranging from BT to tiny community projects such as Great Asby Broadband in Cumbria. - And the conclusion is that the government is not being bold enough. The current target of getting speeds of 24Mbps to 90% of the country by 2015 or 2017 – the deadline date is unclear – may assure more bandwidth than most households need today. - But the rate at which the internet has evolved in the past, with demand doubling every year or two, suggests the average home will need two or three times that speed come 2020. - To deliver ever faster connections, the Lords committee has concluded that different technologies will be needed than the ones currently being paid for by the government and installed by BT. And it is worried about the final 10% of homes, the hardest to reach in the UK. - It is far from certain that the government will achieve its target of giving these rural locations a minimum of 2Mbps. And that minimum only just meets the needs of the average household today. - It will not be enough by 2015 for home workers, or for families raising teenagers doing their homework, watching video and calling friends on Skype. - The 2Mbps figure was chosen because it is the minimum needed to deliver internet TV, but that is already changing. TalkTalk's budget YouView internet TV service, launched towards the end of July, will require a minimum 3Mbps connection. - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/31/digital-television-internet-revolution - The government should draw up plans to have every channel, including those from the BBC, broadcast over the internet, freeing up the spectrum for other uses such as mobile phones, the House of Lords suggested on Tuesday. - "Eventually the case for transferring the carriage of broadcast content, including public service broadcasting, from spectrum to the internet altogether will become overwhelming," the Lords communications committee said in its report on internet infrastructure. - The recommendation comes months after most of the country's 26m television households retuned their sets from analogue to digital, with two regions – the north-east and Northern Ireland – due to complete the process by the end of October. Digital switchover increased the number of terrestrial channels from five to 50, but the internet can transmit an unlimited amount of content, at a lower cost. - However, Britain will need a better broadband network to cope with future technologies, the committee concluded after a wide-ranging, six-month investigation. It raises the alarm over the way Britain's network is being built, describing government strategy as "flawed" and liable to widen the digital divide between those communities with fast internet access and those living in broadband blackspots. - "If broadcast services move to be delivered via the internet," said committee chair Lord Inglewood, "then key moments in national life such as the Olympics could be inaccessible to communities lacking a better communications infrastructure." - BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media are moving rapidly to connect more television sets to the internet, so that they can offer video on demand as well as conventional TV channels. - TalkTalk's YouView box, unveiled last week, offers internet access to libraries of TV series and films for viewing on demand, as well as conventional channels broadcast over the internet rather than through an aerial. BT this summer spent £738m on acquiring Premier League football rights to boost its own internet TV service, BT Vision. - The committee says the airwaves are better suited to mobile, and their use for TV could be considered "wasteful". It says the date for a second switchover could be some years away, but recommends that the government, regulators and the industry start planning now. - "People will perhaps feel fed up, but going from analogue to digital may not be the whole journey," said Inglewood. "Now we are finding we may go from digital to internet." - A broadband connection could become a universal right, he said, as and when all channels including public service broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV are delivered over the web. - However, services including YouView require a connection of at least 3 megabits per second. With an estimated 14% of UK homes unable to get even 2Mbps, according to telecoms watchdog Ofcom, swaths of the population could be left out of the next phase of the TV revolution. Government targets promise only that everyone will be able to get 2Mbps by 2015, with 90% getting 24Mbps. - Steve Jobs - “Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” 27:20 - Nokias new product launch - Digitaloutbox was wrong - we said Nokia was dead but here we go - a new product from out of nowhere - Nokia is promoting its flagship Lumia with nail polish to match the new pink 900 model. The "Nokia Lumia Pink" polish, designed by Duality Cosmetics, looks to be even more limited than the AT&T-exclusive pink phone itself: it's only available at one-day pop-up salons in Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles, where Nicki Minaj nail stylist Kandi Banks will offer pink, possibly phone-themed manicures and pedicures. Picks Ian Mountain Tweaks - Key features: - Small app, but extremely powerfull! - Brand new tweaks! - Works with both Lion and Mountain Lion - Free - Enable Airdrop on old hardware - Enable colours in the Finder sidebar - Disable many animations - Remove Spotlight icon - Disable gatekeeper - Highlight non-retina images - Remove leather from Contacts (ML) - Remove leather from Calendar (ML) …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 128

2012-07-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 128 DigitalOutbox Episode 128 - Mountain Lion, Quarterly Results and Nexus 7 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:11 - Mountain Lion - £13.99 upgrade - iCloud, Notification Centre, Sharing, Twitter and Facebook, Airplay and Airplay Mirroring, Messages, Power Nap, Gatekeeper, Dictation, Safari (fast!), Reminders, Notes, Calendar, Game Center - Consensus is that the OS feels a lot snappier than Snow Leopard and Lion - Ian - I hope it’s more stable! - Safari for Windows no longer available! 5:01 - Apple Results - Apple disappointed analysts despite reporting profits up 21% year-on-year to $8.8bn (£5.6bn) and revenues up 23% to $35bn, after missing targets that Wall Street had forecast as consumers held off buying iPhones ahead of an expected new model later this year. - The company also offered surprisingly low guidance of just $34bn in revenues for the coming quarter, suggesting it will not have another blockbuster product and may be expecting a slowdown in sales as people anticipate new products including new iPhones and possibly a smaller version of the iPad. - That slowdown hit iPhone sales a year ago as anticipation grew ahead of the launch in October of the iPhone 4S. - Chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer told analysts after the release that iPhone sales were being impacted by rumours of new products. - Though sales of its iPad leapt by 84% year-on-year to 17m, iPhone sales rose just 28% to 26m, well below the figures some analysts had expected. The stock plunged almost 5% in after-hours trading after the company announced the results, which were below the Wall Street consensus expectations for the quarter of $37.22bn. The number of iPhones was below forecasts, while iPad sales were ahead. - A key part of the miss appeared to be sales in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In Europe, sequential sales dropped by 7%, but in Asia-Pacific they fell by nearly a 25% from the previous quarter. - iPhone and Mac shipments were particularly soft, while iPad sales — 17 million — set an all-time high. Apple sold more “computers” last quarter — 21 million Macs and iPads — than any quarter ever before, including last Christmas. - But the big-picture story is that this is a slower period ahead of the expected new iPhone and potential new iPad this fall (and maybe someday, a television). Apple’s 23% year-over-year revenue growth was its slowest since 12% growth in the June 2009 quarter, and was almost down at Google’s 21% level! 8:01 - Microsoft Results - Microsoft just released its Q4 2012 earnings report, posting just $192M in operating income before taxes and its first ever loss ($492M) due to the writedown the company took because of its failed aQuantive acquisition. Revenue for this quarter was $18.06, up from $17.41 billion in the last quarter and $17.37 billion in Q4 2011. Loss per share – and this is the first time Microsoft reported a negative EPS in its history – was $0.06. - Analysts previously expected Microsoft to post around $18.13 billion in revenue and earnings per share were expected to be around $0.62 on earnings of around $5.3 billion. These numbers don’t reflect the aQuantive writedown, however. In the year-ago quarter, Microsoft reported a profit of $5.9 billion and $4.5 billion in Q4 2010. - Still have $50 billion in the bank 9:25 - Google Results - It was a strong quarter for Google overall, posting 21% year-on-year revenue growth for Google’s own properties, but Motorola racked up a $233 million loss. Despite running at a loss, Motorola netted Google $1.25 billion in revenue. - Google’s total quarterly revenue was $12.21 billion, up 35% from Q2 2011, including revenue from Google-owned sites and partner sites not part of the main Google portfolio. Revenues from outside the U.S. accounted for 54% of Google’s quarterly revenue, holding steady from a year ago. - Adding Motorola to the family caused Google’s employee numbers to skyrocket. The company already had 34,000 workers, and Motorola adds another 20,000. The Motorola loss breaks down to $192 million for the mobile segment and $41 million for the home segment. The loss represents 19% of Motorola’s Q2 revenue of $1.25 billion, $843 million of which came from mobile and $407 million from the home segment. 13:20 - Google buys Sparrow - Google buys Sparrow for $25 million - Sparrow still available for Mac and iPhone but will receive no more updates - Sparrow's experience at building simple and powerful email clients will be helpful in bringing consistency to the Gmail ecosystem. Our sources also noted that Google isn't ruling out native Gmail clients for platforms beyond iOS and Android, and emphasized that Google wants to bring polish, "beauty," and ease of use to all of its Gmail experiences across platforms (a suggestion that a native client for Mac and PC might be in the offing). - Shame. More and more great developers being bought up by the big firms and their products are then shuttered. - Worst bit for me is that they put the app on half price sale around a week ago ‘for a few days’. Then at the end of that they have sold and for all those new customers there are no more updates. They still have a great app, but an app that is now frozen from a features perspective. 17:56 - Nexus 7 - Great success for the tablet - Can’t buy 16gb edition - Sources close to Google say the search giant seriously underestimated the demand for the 16GB version of its 7in Nexus 7 tablet, which has sold out from stockists and other sources while demand for the smaller 8GB version remains comparatively low. - The company has now halted further orders of the 16GB version of the tablet, costing £199, on its Google Play store in the US and UK. Orders made in the period up to the end of last week are due to be fulfilled, but a shortage of stock now means a hiatus in sales. - Couple of weeks wait for 8gb - Some screen issues - Not bonded properly - Complaints are multiplying online about quality issues with the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, with a number of people complaining about "loose screens" which bleed light from the edges or move when touched. Some of those who have had problems say Google has been slow to respond to their concerns. - Reports of "loose screens" have begun occurring almost since the devices first arrived. Some users have complained that the touchscreen glass is slightly lifted around the edge of the device. In some cases that means that light seems to "bleed" into the display of a page, while others have said it means the screen actually moves. - In a post on the Android Central forums, a user called psycho9x reported that "Just got [my] N7 yesterday and I love it BUT I have noticed that the glass on the left side is separating from the case… When you look at it from the side you can see the glass sticking up a bit and when you push it back down you can hear the adhesive grab on then it lets go. I haven't even had it for 12 hours yet." - Other reports show "phantom" typing because of uneven screen attachment. - Other users have reported "stuck" pixels on the 1280x800 screen. Others have said that it is unresponsive to some touchscreen input. - Ian played with one..... 23:59 - Ofcom reveals 4G auction plans - Telecoms regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for the auction of fourth generation (4G) bandwidth for mobile phone services. - The sales process will start later this year but bidding will not begin until early 2013, which Ofcom said was in line with its previous timetable. - The regulator says it expects consumers to start getting services in late 2013. - It wants to see "at least four credible national wholesalers of 4G mobile services" to promote competition. - The auction will sell chunks of radio spectrum to support future 4G mobile services, which will allow users to download data such as music and videos at much faster speeds. 25:45 - Three users double data usage - Mobile customers now consume double the amount of data than they did last year, says Three. - The operator's contract customers now use an average of 1.1GB a month, compared to the 450MB they gobbled up this time last year. The culprits of high data use are unsurprisingly top-end smartphone users, who swallow roughly 1.5GB a month. 28:13 - Open Internet Code of Practice - A number of UK internet service providers (ISPs) have signed up to a voluntary code of practice that generally requires them to ensure that they are offering "full and open internet access" to their customers. - BT, BSkyB, O2 and TalkTalk are among 10 ISPs to commit to the Open Internet Code of Practice (9-page / 52KB PDF). However, Virgin Media, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere have so far elected not to sign up to the code, with Virgin citing concerns with its wording. - Under the code, the signatory ISPs are allowed to offer "products" that may restrict "full internet access", but they have committed not to use the term 'internet access' to "describe or mark such products and ensure that any restrictions are effectively communicated to consumers". - In addition, the code allows for the ISPs to restrict open use of the internet through "traffic management" of their services. This managing of congestion, together with blocking of services when ordered to do so by courts or law, as well as the blocking of sites and services that promote child pornography, count as legitimate restrictions to ISPs' deliverance of a full internet service. - Deploying age controls or complying with data caps or download limits as specified in consumer contracts are among the other permissible reasons ISPs can restrict their service. - The code requires that ISPs do not use traffic management "in a manner that targets and degrades the content or application(s) of specific providers" and ensure that a 'best efforts' internet access is a "viable choice" to consumers even where other "managed services" are available. - The ISPs signed up to the code have also agreed to operate "clear and transparent traffic management policies". - A new complaints system has also been established under the code to allow "providers of internet-based content, applications and services" to raise "evidenced concerns about possible instances of negative discrimination" with the individual ISPs. Should complaints be unresolved the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), which is an independent advisory body that helped facilitate the agreement of the new code, will report the incidents to the government and Ofcom, the telecoms regulator. Ofcom would then have to decide whether to investigate further. Picks

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2012-07-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 127 DigitalOutbox Episode 127 - Marissa Mayer, Office 13, Apple Woes and don't criticise the Olympics Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:05 - O2 Compensation - The firm says customers who pay monthly will get back 10% of their July subscription, the equivalent of three days' charges, applied to their September bill. - Pay-as-you-go customers will get back 10% on their first top-up in September. - All customers, even those who were not affected, will also be given a £10 voucher to spend in one of its stores. 2:14 - UK Texts more than Talks - Mobile voice calls in decline for the first time ever, as more switch to text and online communications - Newer ways of communicating led by 16-24s, with texting and social networking more frequently used than either phone calls or face to face communications - The average Briton now sends 50 texts per week - Two fifths of UK adults now own a smartphone, with the same proportion saying their phone is the most important device for accessing the internet - Tablet ownership has jumped from 2% to 11% in 12 months 5:29 - Marissa Mayer is Yahoos new CEO - Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next chief of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America. - The appointment of Ms. Mayer is consider a coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top talent in its battle with competitors. One of the few public faces of Google, Ms. Mayer, 37, has been responsible for the look and feel of some of the search company’s most popular products. - The move to Yahoo is an opportunity for Ms. Mayer to step out on her own and claim a bigger stage. Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was behind the famously unadorned white search home page and the way users interacted with Gmail, Google News and Google Images. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. - Marissa Mayer, the Google (GOOG) executive who today was named Yahoo's (YHOO) new chief executive, is pregnant. - Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7. It's a boy! "He's super-active," Mayer told me in a phone call tonight, three hours after Yahoo announced her appointment. "He moves around a lot. My doctor says that he takes after his parents." - Great move by Yahoo - bold and looks to have put someone in place that will actually do something with the assets they have. 9:29 - Office 2013 - a "modern" version of the software that is used on a billion PCs worldwide. Cloud-connected and designed to work well on Windows 8 tablets, Office 2013 signals a shift to document collaboration and anywhere any device access. Notably, Microsoft is introducing an on-demand subscription version of Office 2013 that can be streamed from any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with the ability to sync settings and documents. - Perhaps the biggest change to Office 2013 isn't the way it looks or its features, but rather the way documents are delivered along with some important under-the-hood changes. Microsoft is really pushing the ability to create a Word document on a Windows PC and edit it on a Windows Phone, Windows 8 tablet, or any Windows 7- or Windows 8-based PC with an internet connection. Home users can store documents in Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage and businesses can use a range of the company's SharePoint offerings. Office 2013’s big innovation is its ability to let users stream a full-featured version of Office to a PC with personal settings intact — an on-demand Office suite whenever you require it. - Office on demand is a powerful aspect to Microsoft's Office 2013 subscription offering, providing a way to access a full version of Office wherever you are. The service lets you stream a full-featured Office application to any internet-connected PC running Windows 7 and Windows 8, providing access to the settings and documents you use regularly. Simply put, you can sign in to a streaming version of Office at a friend’s PC and finish a document; the app will then be removed from the PC once it's closed. This all requires an Office 365 Home Premium subscription, but its ease-of-use makes it a compelling prospect for users who are comfortable using Microsoft's Office suite and require more document editing functionality than Google Docs or Microsoft's own Office Web Apps provide. Despite this, you can still opt to simply buy a standalone version of the Office 2013 desktop software and utilize SkyDrive as an online storage hub for documents. You won't get the streaming Office 2013 apps, but you'll benefit from the cloud and avoid having to pay a subscription fee. - Lots of different editions - Office 365, the company's software plus services platform for Office, will power Office 2013 as a subscription service for those who want to avoid the up-front costs of a perpetual license and take advantage of some of the on-demand features. Available in Home Premium, Small Business Premium, Pro Plus, and Enterprise — Office 365 has a variety of offerings that are flexible based on needs, but like many of its other products there’s still no one size that fits all. The new Home Premium product allows a family to install Office 2013 on up to five PCs and get an additional 20GB of online SkyDrive storage to share documents online. Home Premium includes access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher through an Internet-connected Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Documents and settings, and even the actual apps will roam across whatever PC you choose to use Office 365 with. Other editions, like ProPlus and above, include additional user accounts and access to apps like InfoPath and Lync — designed for businesses. Office 365 will also include access to Office for Mac. - Metro look and feel - A Touch Mode feature is present in each Office 2013 application, but it does very little. Although hit targets become larger, making it slightly easier to navigate with touch, and it's easy to navigate or type data in documents, the feature feels a little gimmicky and is hidden away from immediate view. - Word - open, edit and save pdf’s, embed web video, better layout options - Outlook sees most improvements, but mostly back end - OneNote look nice - could be great on a surface device 15:43 - Nokia Woes - The woes at the Finnish mobile phone company Nokia continue to mount, with further losses in its main division in the second quarter of 2012, and a €220m (£170m) write-off on unsold stock of its smartphones. - Nokia also admitted its high-profile attempt to break back into the US smartphone market with its new range of Lumia phones, running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, had led to only about 600,000 sales in the US – down on the 1.5m sold in the same period a year ago when the company was only offering its outdated Symbian software. - The mobile phone division recorded an operating loss of €474m, its second successive quarter of losses, on revenues down 26% year-on-year to €4.02bn. Overall, the company recorded a loss, including one-off restructuring costs, of €826m compared to a loss of €487m in the same period in 2011. Without the restructuring costs, losses would be €327m. - Elop said Nokia had delivered 4m Lumia smartphones in the second quarter, and that he expected Microsoft's launch of the new Windows Phone 8 software in the autumn would be "an important catalyst". - Existing Lumia phones won’t run the new Windows Phone 8 software... 18:15 - Man assaulted for wearing digital eye by McDonalds staff - Steve Mann pioneered and wears a digital eye glass - Think a more permanently attached Google Glass - On the evening of 2012 July 1st, my wife and children and I went to McDonalds at 140, Avenue Champs Elysees, Paris, France, after a day of sightseeing (8 museums and other landmark sights, as part of a boat cruise package), and while we were standing in line at McDonalds, I was stopped by a person who subsequently stated that he was a McDonalds employee, and he asked about my eyeglass (digital computer vision system, i.e. EyeTap). - Because we'd spent the day going to various museums and historical landmark sites guarded by military and police, I had brought with me the letter from my doctor regarding my computer vision eyeglass, along with documentation, etc., although I'd not needed to present any of this at any of the other places I visited (McDonald's was the only establishement that seemed to have any problem with my eyeglass during our entire 2 week trip). - Since I happened to have it with me, I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line. - After reviewing the documentation, the purported McDonalds employee accepted me (and my family) as a customer, and left us to place our order. In what follows, I will refer to this person as "Possible Witness 1". - We ordered two Ranch Wraps, one burger, and one mango McFlurry, from a cashier who I will refer to as "Possible Witness 2". My daughter handled the cash to pay Possible Witness 2, as my daughter wanted to practice her French. Possible Witness 2 complimented my daughter on her fluency in French. Next my family and I seated ourselves in the restaurant right by the entrance, so we could watch people walking along Avenue Champs Elysees while we ate our meal. - Subsequently another person within McDonalds physically assaulted me, while I was in McDonand's, eating my McDonand's Ranch Wrap that I had just purchased at this McDonald's. He angrily grabbed my eyeglass, and tried to pull it off my head. The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools. - I tried to calm him down and I showed him the letter from my doctor and the documentation I had brought with me. He (who I will refer to as Perpetrator 1) then brought me to two other persons. He was standing in the middle, right in front of me, and there was another person to my left seated at a table (who I will refer to as Perpetrator 2), and a third person to my right. The third person (who I will refer to as Perpetrator 3) was holding a broom and dustpan, and wearing a shirt with a McDonald's logo on it. The person in the center (Perpetrator 1) handed the materials I had given him to the person to my left (Perpetrator 2), while the three of them reviewed my doctor's letter and the documentation. - After all three of them reviewed this material, and deliberated on it for some time, Perpetrator 2 angrily crumpled and ripped up the letter from my doctor. My other documentation was also destroyed by Perpetrator 1. - I noticed that Perpetrator 1 was wearing a name tag clipped to his belt. When I looked down at it, he quickly covered it up with his hand, and pulled it off and turned it around so that it was facing inwards, so that only the blank white backside of it was then facing outwards. - Perpetrator 1 pushed me out the door, onto the street. - The computerized eyeglass processes imagery using Augmediated Reality, in order to help the wearer see better, and when the computer is damaged, e.g. by falling and hitting the ground (or by a physical assault), buffered pictures for processing remain in its memory, and are not overwritten with new ones by the then non-functioning computer vision system. - As a result of Perpetrator 1's actions, therefore images that would not have otherwise been captured were captured. Therefore by damaging the Eye Glass, Perpetrator 1 photographed himself and others within McDonalds. 21:40 - Apple ordered to run Samsung didn't copy ad's - A UK judge has ordered Apple to publish announcements that Samsung did not copy the design of its iPad, according to the Bloomberg news agency. - It said the judge said one notice should remain on Apple's website for at least six months, while other adverts should be placed in various newspapers and magazines. - It follows the US company's failed attempt to block sales of the South Korean firm's Galaxy Tab tablets. - Apple has not commented on the news. - The order did not feature in Judge Colin Birss's judgement published on 9 July, but Bloomberg said the matter was discussed in the court following the verdict. - It said the notices must make reference to the court case and should be designed to "correct the damaging impression" that Samsung's tablets had aped the look of Apple's products. 23:08 - Apples in-app purchasing circumvented - a Russian developer has published a method of obtaining in-app purchases from iOS apps for free. First noticed by Russian blog i-ekb.ru, the “in-app proxy” method does not require a jailbreak, can be completed by novices in three steps using just an iOS device, and allows users to install in-app content for free. The hack also works on all devices running iOS 3.0 to 6.0. We confirmed the method works (at least temporarily), and the published instructions are starting to get attention, so we decided to publish this story as a warning to the Apple developer community. - The hack appears to come from Russian developer ZonD80 who posted the above video demonstration. ZonD80 also appears to run a website called In-AppStore.com, where donations are being accepted to support the development of the project and help keep servers up and running. The developer explained the three steps of the hack, which include the installation of CA certificate, the installation of in-appstore.com certificate, and the changing of DNS record in Wi-Fi settings. After the quick process, users are presented with the message pictured above when installing in-app purchases, opposed to Apple’s usual purchase confirmation dialog. The fact that this hack is being used to steal in-app purchase content is perhaps just as troubling as the developer’s terms of service. Below is a list of data processed through the devs servers as part of the process (but again, we are imploring readers not to try this): -restriction level of app -id of app -id of version -guid of your idevice -quantity of in-app purchase -offer name of in-app purchase -language you are using -identifier of application -version of application -your locale - Developers concerned - in app purchasing is a major source of revenue - Apple has responded to The Loop regarding the situation with the following statement: “The security of the App Store is incredibly important to us and the developer community,” Apple representative Natalie Harrison, told The Loop. “We take reports of fraudulent activity very seriously and we are investigating.” - One of the suggestions for a method by which Apple could improve the security of In App Purchasing was to include a unique identifier in validation receipts, and we've received word that developers are now seeing something along those lines coming from receipts issued by Apple since late yesterday. The receipts carry a new field called "unique_identifer" that appears to include the Unique Device Identifier (UDID) for the device making the In App Purchase - 5 days after the above report Apple has updated the purchase process 26:08 - Apple reverses course on EPEAT environmental standard - Apple has posted a letter from retiring senior VP of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield to its website, walking back the company's abandonment of the EPEAT certification for its eligible products. Per the letter: - We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT. - There's a corresponding statement from EPEAT president Robert Frisbee on the organization's site. It was only last week that Apple's 39 EPEAT-eligible products were pulled from the industry registry at the company's request. - As recently as this Tuesday, Apple's PR team was pointing out that the company's environmental efforts are continuing and include many areas of progress not covered by the outdated EPEAT standards. It's likely that the "loyal Apple customers" who raised their concerns with Mansfield and Apple management included many large institutional and government accounts, which may have purchasing rules mandating EPEAT-eligible gear when possible. - Both Mansfield and Frisbee emphasize that this experience has strengthened the collaborative efforts of Apple and EPEAT, and that Apple's input will be crucial in evolving the standard to deal with more modern devices. 28:32 - Betaworks Acquires Digg - Betaworks, the company behind bit.ly, news.me, Chartbeat and a number of other successful products, has acquired the social news site Digg.com for an undisclosed amount. Betaworks’ founder John Borthwick will become the new CEO of Digg. The site’s current CEO Matt Williams will join Andreessen Horowitz as Entrepreneur in Residence after the Betaworks transition is complete. Digg’s founder Kevin Rose joined Google a few months ago after the search engine acquired his latest startup Milk. - Betaworks promises to turn Digg “back into a startup,” with low budgets, a small team and fast update cycles. None of the remaining Digg employees, it seems, are moving to Betaworks. Instead, the News.me team will take over the management of the site. Betaworks, says Digg, will soon unveil a new “cloud-based version of Digg” that will complement News.me’s iPhone and iPad apps. - According to Digg’s outgoing CEO Matt Williams, his team “considered many options of where Digg could go, and frankly many of them could not live up to the reason Digg was invented in the first place — to discover the best stuff on the web. We wanted to find a way to take Digg back to its startup roots.” Betaworks says it’s planning to “build Digg for 2012.” - Update: Rumor has it that the price was just $500k, but that number doesn’t really make a lot of sense, given that the site still gets enough traffic to make more than that in a year by just selling ads. Talking to AllThingsD, Digg CEO Matt Williams confirmed that “the overall consideration is significantly larger” and includes a combination of cash and equity. Another source close to the negotiations tells us that the price was indeed not $500k. We haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact price yet. 31:56 - Now TV Launched - BSkyB is to launch its internet service Now TV on Tuesday, with the aim of taking on rivals such as Netflix and LoveFilm, offering movies for £15 a month or up to £3.49 per view. - The service, which will launch this week on PC, Mac and some Android smartphones, will initially only offer Sky Movies content at launch with access to 600 films and 11 channels. - However a typically aggressive rollout plan will see Sky Sports content including Premier League, cricket, rugby and golf before the end of the year, as well as channels including Sky1, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic. - Now TV will be priced at £15 a month for customers who want to access Sky Movies content, with a "pay and play" option of selecting individual films from 99p to £3.49. - Sky is aiming to break beyond its pay-TV roots and target the 13m UK households who refuse to sign up for what can be costly subscription packages. - BSkyB has more than 10m pay-TV customers, however the number of new sign ups has dwindled to as low as 15,000 per quarter. - The launch of Now TV is seen as potentially as important as BSkyB's move into the broadband market in 2006, a move to protect and grow its business model to tap into shifting consumer viewing habits such as watching TV on mobile and handheld devices. - "We are targeting the 13m non-pay TV households out there with a no commitment, no contract way of delivering Sky content they want in a dip in and dip out way," said BSkyB managing director of sales and marketing Stephen van Rooyen. "The whole idea is to have something 'not Sky', it is purposely designed to attract new customers." - BSkyB intends to roll out the availability of Now TV rapidly to other devices including iPhone, iPad, Microsoft Xbox and Roku, while the company is also in discussions to bring it to the PlayStation 3. 36:04 - You can't link to Olympics website if you say something mean about them - For years, we've highlighted the overaggressive nature of the Olympics in over-protecting their intellectual property -- even to the level of getting host countries to pass special IP laws that only apply to the Olympics. But this sense of ultimate entitlement seems to pervade everything that the Olympics does. It was recently noted that the terms of use for the London 2012 website include a restriction on how you can link to the site: Links to the Site. You may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner. The use of our logo or any other Olympic or London 2012 Mark(s) as a link to the Site is not permitted. View our guidelines on Use of the Games’ Marks. - Either way, this claim that you can't link to their site in a "derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner" has inspired the creativity of the internet, it appears. Specifically, lots of folks have taken to Twitter to share their own derogatory or otherwise objectionable statements along with links to the website. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 126

2012-07-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 126 DigitalOutbox Episode 126 - O2 Outage, Samsung, KickStarter and Yodel Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:54 - O2 Outage - Started on Wednesday 11th - Affected up to â…“ of customers - around 7 million in total (they have 23 million customers) - O2 customers found they were unable to make calls or send and receive text messages from about mid-afternoon on Wednesday. The disruption continued throughout the night and into Thursday morning. - Some O2 customers who were not affected yesterday also claimed to have been disrupted on Thursday, in a sign that the network outage spread further overnight. - O2 is the UK's second-biggest mobile network and provides services to customers of Tesco Mobile and giffgaff, who were also affected by the prolonged disruption. - Lasted around 24 hours - Switching off 3g this morning resolved the issue for many - Fully restored late this afternoon - The UK's second largest mobile network is now facing an investigation by telecoms regulator Ofcom into what caused the downtime and is likely to have to pay compensation to customers affected by the blackout. - Pity the social media team dealing with complaints on twitter 6:21 - Samsung wins latest patent dispute - Samsung won a victory over Apple in the UK high court as part of its world-spanning battle over intellectual property and design after a judge ruled the design of its Galaxy Tab isn't cool enough to be confused with an iPad. - The ruling, by Judge Colin Birss, means that Apple cannot stop the import or sale of the Galaxy Tab 10 under claims it has made that the designs are too close to those of the iPad. - Instead, Judge Birss ruled that Samsung's designs did not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design: "They are not as cool." - He noted distinctions such as the thickness and details on the backs of the devices in his ruling. "The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following," he said in his ruling. "From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different." - Apple has been given 21 days to appeal against the decision. - In a statement, Samsung said the judgement confirmed its assertion that it did not infringe Apple's design rights. - "Samsung welcomes today's judgment, which affirms our position that our Galaxy Tab products do not infringe Apple's registered design right," it said. "As the ruling proves, the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art. - "Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited." 9:08 - Windows 8 Launch Date - RTM in August, general release in October - Slate from Intel - Jan 2013 9:44 - Dropbox doubling pro accounts - Good news for Dropbox Pro users: Starting today, you'll have twice the amount of storage space, for the same cost. Instead of 50GB, you'll have 100GB to play with; instead of 100GB, it'll be 200GB of space. You also can send others a 100GB 3-month trial for the online sharing and syncing service. - So 100GB for $100 a year, 200GB for $200 - A new 500GB plan will also be offered for those who really need a lot of online storage space. 12:02 - Kickstarter coming to the UK - It is the US-based crowdfunding website behind dozens of eclectic projects, including a $1m-backed fantasy webcomic and an unlikely brand of "rugged yet refined" men's underwear. - Now the site, Kickstarter, is to open in the UK, allowing British startups to solicit donations from the potential buyers among the public that could help get their projects off the ground. - Kickstarter has already proved a remarkable success in the US. Since 2009, its users have helped fund more than 60,000 projects with nearly $280m, ranging from digital innovations to campaigns involving movies and photography. The site makes its money by levying a 5% fee on any projects that reach or exceed their funding target. - So far seven projects – such as a visual-music project and a collection of "e-paper" watches called Pebble – have managed to raise more than $1m. - Kickstarter confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday that it will be open to UK-based projects this autumn. "People in the UK will be able to launch projects on Kickstarter starting this autumn! More info soon! …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 125

2012-07-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 125 DigitalOutbox Episode 125 - RIM, Twitter, Facebook and YouView Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:38 - RIM in trouble - Blackberry 10 pushed back to 2013 - Loss of $518m in last three months compared to $695m profit for the same quarter last year - Announce another 5000 job losses - Wow - in freefall. Shares dropped 70% in last year, down 18% after this announcement - Either bought or they will focus on their service rather than hardware 4:27 - Twitter restricting third party access - Post on developer blog hints at future restrictions - The gist of the posts was that Twitter was cracking down on how third parties were using its APIs. LinkedIn’s display of the entire Twitter feed in its users profiles was the first casualty of this new stricter interpretation of the rules, but it won’t be the last. - these two passages provide a very interesting juxtaposition: - Back in March of 2011, my colleague Ryan Sarver said that developers should not “build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” That guidance continues to apply as much as ever today. Related to that, we’ve already begun to more thoroughly enforce our Developer Rules of the Road with partners, for example with branding, and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing stricter guidelines around how the Twitter API is used. - And this one: - We’re building tools for publishers and investing more and more in our own apps to ensure that you have a great experience everywhere you experience Twitter, no matter what device you’re using. You need to be able to see expanded Tweets and other features that make Twitter more engaging and easier to use. These are the features that bring people closer to the things they care about. These are the features that make Twitter Twitter. - Third party clients really made twitter for me - would hate to see functionalit or app’s have their access removed 8:30 - Facebook blames e-mail problems on confused users - Couple of weeks back facebook updated EVERY users profile to say their primary e-mail address was their Facebook address - yep - the one that no one uses - Also, one that you can’t delete from your profile - Several bloggers and users raised complaints late last week and over the weekend about missing messages. But a Facebook spokesperson said the missing messages may stem from confusion over how Facebook’s mail system categorizes messages, and that engineers were looking into complaints about a phone syncing issue that made it appear as if users were losing information about their contacts. - “By default, messages from friends or friends of friends go into your Inbox. Everything else goes to your Other folder,” Facebook spokesperson Meredith Chin said in an email. “That is likely where the messages are being sent from other people's emails. Even if that person is friends with them on Facebook, if the friend doesn't have that email on their Facebook account, the message could end up in the Other folder.” - Worse, many phones that sync Facebook with local contacts have overwirtten working e-mail addresses with these Facebook ones - Android affected, so is iOS 6 - This morning my mother was complaining that many of the e-mail addresses in her Droid Razr contacts had been replaced with Facebook ones. - It would seem the Facebook app had been populating her address book with e-mails and contact photos, and decided to migrate all her Facebook-using contacts over to this convenient new system. - I sync my phone with Facebook for many of my contacts. Now I have an address book full of bogus e-mail addresses where they were correct before. - What a mess 11:59 - British Airways flies into privacy storm over Google identity checks on passengers - British Airways today faced a backlash from privacy campaigners after it revealed plans to use the internet to create “dossiers” on passengers. - The airline said it wanted to be able to deliver a more personal touch by researching passengers. The “Know Me” programme will use Google images to find pictures of passengers so that staff can approach them as they arrive at the terminal or plane. - BA staff will also search individual data held by the airline, including if a regular traveller has experienced problems on previous flights, such as delays, so that crew are primed to apologise. - Jo Boswell, head of customer analysis at BA, said: “We’re essentially trying to recreate the feeling of recognition you get in a favourite restaurant when you’re welcomed there, but in our case it will be delivered by thousands of staff to millions of customers. This is just the start — the system has a myriad of possibilities for the future.” - A BA spokesman added: “The most recent advancement of the system enables the British Airways team to search Google images for a photo of specific customers so they can recognise them and proactively approach them. The airline is aiming to send 4,500 personal recognition messages a day by the end of the year.” - But Nick Pickles, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “Since when has buying a flight ticket meant giving your airline permission to start hunting for information about you on the internet? - “If British Airways want more information about us they can ask us for it, rather than ignoring people’s privacy and storing data without us having any idea what data they are storing.” 15:03 - Flash player for Android finally dead - Flash on mobile - which at one point was held up as the key differentiator between Apple's iOS platform and others including RIM's PlayBook - is having the dates for its death laid out. - Adobe has announced in a blog post that from 15 August 2012 it will stop any new installations of its Flash Player onto Android devices, and that only devices which already have a mobile version of its Flash player already installed will be updated. - It's a logical conclusion to the process that Adobe announced in November 2011, when it said that it would no longer be updating Flash Player for new devices, apart from bug fixes and security updates; effectively, Flash on mobile was a zombie from that point on. - Given that smartphones and tablets now outsell PCs by a substantial margin, of about 50% - around 150m per quarter compared to 100m at most - the decision renews the question of how much longer Flash on the desktop will survive. 16:59 - Windows Pro 8 Upgrade for $39.99 - We've known for a while that Microsoft is offering some upgrade promotions for its new OS, but the company has now said that it will be selling Windows 8 Pro upgrades online for $39.99. In stores, the price will be quite a bit higher: $69.99. The offer is eligible to anyone currently running any version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7; it will last until January 31st, 2013. That's the same time frame offered for the current $14.99 upgrade deal, but it applies to any current Windows users, not just those who purchase a new PC in the lead-up to Windows 8's launch. Microsoft says the offer will be available in 131 markets, and that it will release more details as we get closer to launch. - We've also got some more details on the upgrade process for older versions of Windows. An upgrade assistant will help users migrate files, settings, and apps from Windows 7, files and settings from Windows Vista, and files only from Windows XP. As before. After the upgrade, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option. The online version obviously comes as a download, but it's possible to buy a backup DVD for $15. 18:46 - YouView finally launched - The YouView TV service – a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva and TalkTalk – will be set at £299 when the set-top boxes hit shelves just ahead of the launch of the London 2012 Olympics at the end of July. - Sugar, who was parachuted in as the new chairman last March to put the problem-plagued service back on track, aims to create a subscription-free successor to Freeview that will take on pay-TV heavyweights such as BSkyB and Virgin Media. - "This is a great moment in British television," said Sugar, unveiling the product to assembled media at the London Film Museum. "I had something to do with the launch of Sky TV with Rupert Murdoch in the late 1980s, and then Sky+. It is a revolutionary product and I am proud to be associated with it." - Now the service is weeks from launch, BSkyB, which has vociferously criticised YouView and aggressively attempted to block its launch at every regulatory opportunity, has signed up as the first new content partner and will launch its new Now TV service on YouView. - Now TV, the new internet TV service from BSkyB, will not appear as a main channel on the YouView electronic programming guide but will be available as a "portal" on the service. - Sky is expected to offer live and on-demand programming including Sky Movies, Sky Sports and then entertainment channels such as Sky1 and Sky Living. - Sugar said the steep price of the first set-top box from Humax, which will be stocked at six retail chains including John Lewis, Currys, Argos and Amazon, will drop as more hit the market. - "When Sky+ launched, it was at that kind of level," he said. "Will I be surprised if boxes in the retail channel in two years are £99? Not really. My audience ... is the Freeview audience that don't want to be tied to a subscription. They only need this box, my ambition is that this replaces the Freeview box." - No YouTube, no Lovefilm. Looks really limited compared to what is out there already 21:16 - Google Play movies, shows and mags not coming to the UK - At this year's Google I/O, the company announced updates to the Google Play store with movies, TV shows, and magazines, but because of differing copyright laws many of these new features will not be available in the UK with the launch of the Nexus 7. The Inquirer spoke to a Google representative who confirmed that the new Play store content is only currently available in the US. This means that Google's new tablet, priced at just £159 in the UK, will have to do without a lot of the content advertised to US consumers. Google aimed to beat Amazon's Kindle Fire with international distribution, and although the company never claimed that these features would be available outside the US, it's still a disappointment for international consumers considering a Nexus 7. 23:43 - Google indoor maps comes to UK - over 40 venues covered right now -- a mix of museums, stations, malls and airports in the main -- and most of them in London. With building owners being able to upload their own maps, however, this should / could expand quickly. Good news either way, though if you can get lost at London Bridge Station, then no amount of maps will likely help. 24:32 - Sony buys cloud gaming company Gaikai for $380m - Sony confirmed today that it has bought the cloud gaming company Gaikai for $380m (£242m). A deal has been rumoured for several weeks and was expected to be announced at the major E3 video game conference in June. - Formed in 2008 by industry veteran Dave Perry, Gaikai is a cloud-based game service which allows users to play high-end PC titles by streaming the content via a broadband connection. - Consumers never need to download the games, and don't need advanced PCs to play because the content is running across the web. - Late last year, publishers EA and Ubisoft integrated the service into their websites to provide playable demos of new titles to gamers. In April, the service launched on Facebook. The deal will see Sony acquire Gaikai's cloud-based infrastructure and survivor network. - Commenting on the purchase, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House said: "By combining Gaikai's resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE's extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences. - "SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices." 26:11 - needadebitcard - @NeedADebitCard pillages the Twittersphere for unsuspecting users who posted completely legible photos of their credit and debit cards on the web. Its sole purpose: to shame those foolish enough to post Twitpics or Instagrams that contain their credit or debit card information. - “Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people,” reads the account’s bio. It has posted 55 pictures and gained more than 2,000 followers since first tweeting on May 25. - While some users are wise enough to blur or cover up some of their card’s data, others are exposing it all. One user even included the hashtag #smartidea at the end of her tweet, which showed off her totally transparent cell phone case-credit card holder hybrid. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 124

2012-06-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 124 DigitalOutbox Episode 124 - Google I/O Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:00 - Google IO Day 1 - Android - 400m activations, 1m a day - 4.1 - Jelly Bean - Project Butter - Focus on performance - buttery smooth and predicts your movement - much better frame rate - Auto arrange icons - Improved keyboard with predictive text - Offline voice typing - Extra languages and improved accessability - Android beam - Improved notifications - actionable, looks great - Search improved - better voice searching. Sounded natural, Siri competitor - Google now - uses search history, calendar ad other signals - Google now will learn schedules and patterns to prompt you with information. It will reroute your commute if there's traffic automatically before you leave the house. - "if you have an upcoming flight that you've searched for, it will keep you updated on the status of the flight." - Reminded me of passcode from Apple - Available mid July - For dev’s - app encryption, app updates only download changes and not the whole app, google cloud messaging free for all devs, - Google play - adding tv, episodes, films and magazines - Google Nexus 7 made by Asus - Built for Google play - fire competitor? - The display — 1280 x 800 HD display. Perfect for reading and videos. Performance, Tegra 3 with a quad-core CPU, 12 core GPU - Front facing camera, all the connectivity you'd expect. Gyro and accelerometer. Up to 9 hours of video playback, and up to 300 hours of standby. - 340 grams - $199 ships July with Android 4.1 - £159 for 8gb, £199 for 16gb in the UK - pre-order now and ships 2-3 weeks - wow - who needs a kindle fire now? Makes ipod touch seem expensive. Initial reports say BOM cost is higher than $200. 8 GB version of the tablet will be sold exclusively through Google Play for £159 ($247). The 16 GB version will cost £199 ($309) and will be available at retail stores such as PC World, Comet, Tesco and eBuyer. One of the first retailers to officially confirm the news is Carphone Warehouse, which says the device will be available either for £199.99 standalone or for free on a tethered contact. - Ships with Chrome browser - New Google maps - can save a city offline and great inside support - Nexus Q - Small android powered computer - It's designed to live in your home. It plugs into your TV and stereo, and it's always connected to the cloud. You use your device to control it, but you're not streaming from that device to the Q. You use your phone or device to control the cloud. - Streaming media player - $299 - no thanks. This looks rubbish. - Google+ for tablets - Like tumblr combined with google+ - Very visual - For android tablets today, ipad soon - Google+ events - Nice way to save invites - integrates with calendar - Party mode - photo’s at event are shared amongst everyone as they take them - Project Glass!!!! - Best demo ever - live skydive onto moscone roof - Skydivers wearing project glass, live video from plane, skydive and on hangout - We wanted to position the display above your eye. It's designed to be part of your vision, but not blocking it. - Imagine this at demo’s, protests etc being broadcast live on hangouts...tis the future...somehow - Why glass - We believe communication with images, and access to devices that empower people to communicate in news ways are very powerful ideas. - So the second aspiration for Glass is to be able to access information quickly. - Obviously, capturing video and images is only a part of what a wearable computer can do. But why are we showing you this utility? - That's why we want to involve all of you - Today, I'd like to announce the Google Glass explorer edition. - It's only available for pre order here at IO. It's only for US based, I apologize. We'll try to broaden the base over time. It will be $1500. And we're going to ship it to you early next year. - Hope to launch to consumers in 2014 - Wrap-up - 2+ hours of keynote - We think it's important for you to experiment early. So we've put together an Android developer pack. All 6000 of you will be walking away today with a new Galaxy Nexus phone, a Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus Q. 26:28 - Google IO Day 2 - Chrome - Lots of stats - worlds most popular browser - Chrome tab syncing across platforms... - Chrome for iPhone - launches today...and iPad too - Ian’s happy :-) - Google drive - iOS and Android support - Editing Google docs and also offline editing - boom - Chrome O/S and Google App Engine - Google Compute Cloud - "It gives you Linux virtual machines at Google scale. - High performance networking between VMs, so you can form them into a cluster. - Not much detail - Cirque du Soleil in a browser demo - lots of 3d css - "And we're giving you all a brand new Samsung Chromebox," says Sundar 35:45 - Google TV finally launches in the UK - Google is making its long-expected assault on the UK television market with the launch in July of its first product – made by Sony – to let Britons surf the internet, play games and watch videos on TV. - The move comes amid predictions that Apple too will move into the "smart TV" market, to compete not only with Google, but with Samsung, Sony and LG. All have been aiming to catch a nascent market that analysts say will become very important because it is one of the few bastions of entertainment not yet revolutionised by the internet. - Google has a partnership with Sony to launch the internet TV set-top boxes, priced £200-£300, in UK stores from 16 July. The gadgets are based on Google's Android software for smartphones and will let viewers switch between popular online applications such as Twitter and the BBC's iPlayer while watching live TV. - Google's TV offering has struggled in the US, where it launched in October 2010. Logitech, a partner, lost millions after launching a Google TV set-top box in the US at Christmas 2010. During one quarter, more boxes were returned by customers than sold and the company later pulled out. - Google has since spent heavily on the product, as the living room shapes up to be the latest battleground for internet companies. Nearly a million net-connected TVs were sold in the UK in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, out of a total of 10m TV sales. But it is not clear how many were then actually connected to the net. - Google-owned YouTube features heavily on the new service and, rather than the homemade clips of antics involving cats and dogs, boasts a library of films, premium music videos and live broadcasts of concerts from around the world. - Unlike Apple's current internet TV set-top box – which sells at £100, half the price of the Sony set-top boxes – Google TV brings the entire online world on to the big screen, including emails, news websites and Wikipedia. - The Google TV products, including the £200 NSZ-GS7 internet player and the £300 NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player (available from October), come with an internet-connected remote control which has a full Qwerty keypad on the reverse. 39:29 - Tech fault causes problems for Natwest and RBS - RBS and Natwest have failed to register inbound payments for up to three days, customers have reported, leaving people unable to pay for bills, travel and even food. The banks - both owned by RBS Group - have confirmed that technical glitches have left bank accounts displaying the wrong balances and certain services unavailable. There is no fix date available. The ongoing screw-up means that people waiting on pay checks, transfers or social welfare have been left out of pocket. - RBS and Natwest spokespeople have assured customers that they are working on the problem but were unable to name a fix time. The crash also affects other RBS Group banks including UlsterBank in Northern Ireland. - Amid rising anger, he had spent Saturdayat RBS's City headquarters overseeing efforts to process the mountain of transactions delayed by the IT problem, which began on Thursday. In total, 7,000 staff were coming in on Sundayto handle customers' queries and tackle the backlog. - The bank has also been forced to promise redress to thousands of other people, many not NatWest customers, who have failed to receive their salaries because their employers use the bank. - The RBS spokesman said the bank would refund overdraft charges or other costs incurred by customers who have slipped into the red or seen direct debits bounce as a result of the problems. 42:13 - Microsoft buy Yammer for $1.2 billion - Microsoft just announced it has indeed acquired Yammer, the four-year-old social networking company for enterprises, for $1.2 billion in cash. - The announcement confirms weeks of very credibly-sourced rumors that have been floating for weeks around the tech blogosphere (and San Francisco’s popular cafes, as first overheard by Business Insider’s Owen Thomas.) The actual price tag is exactly what had been reported by theWall Street Journal more than a week ago. According to Microsoft, the Yammer team will be folded into its Microsoft Office division while continuing to report to Yammer’s CEO and co-founder David Sacks. - With the backing of Microsoft, our aim is to massively accelerate our vision to change the way work gets done with software that is built for the enterprise and loved by users.” - The Yammer deal also puts Microsoft further into the game of developing social media services specifically for enterprises, an area where companies like Oracle, Salesforce and IBM have been actively playing, too. But it will be interesting to see how it turns this new focus on social media services into a solidly profitable part of its larger business. As it has had to do with Skype, Microsoft will now face the challenge of figuring out how to monetize Yammer. 44:34 - Jimmy Wales rallies Britain over TVShack extradition - Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is spearheading a fresh attempt to block the extradition of a British student to the United States over copyright infringement charges. Richard O’Dwyer was arrested and bailed in 2010 for being the owner and operator of TVShack, a “resource site” which allowed people to search for web pages hosting videos — many of them pirated. The domain had been seized by U.S. federal agentsseveral months earlier, but after British prosecutors declined to follow up the charges in May 2011, Department of Justice officials launched extradition proceedings. - Now Wales has joined a cohort of campaigners who say that if O’Dwyer is to be taken to court for his activity, it should be in Britain and not in the United States — and that he should not be forced to leave the United Kingdom. - The issue of Britain’s extradition agreement with the U.S. has come up several times before in technology circles, not least in the case of Gary McKinnon — the hacker who broke into American military computers in 2002 looking for evidence of UFOs and has spent the last decade fighting extradition. But O’Dwyer’s case is more complicated and confusing — and controversial — than McKinnon’s. - First there is the legality of the situation: O’Dwyer has argued that his site was merely a search engine — like Google — that complied with takedown requests when asked. The fact that he has not been pursued by the British authorities suggests that the evidence against him is not as strong as opponents might hope. - Then there is the fact that none of the alleged crimes were committed on U.S. soil, or by an American. This makes many opponents concerned about the potential implications for cross-border prosecution in the future. - Then there is the unignorable fact that the case involves copyright. - 69,000 sign the petition 48:16 - Judgement reserved on airport tweet trial - Judgement has been reserved in the appeal of a man who was found guilty of posting a comment on Twitter threatening to blow up an airport. - Paul Chambers, 27, from Doncaster, who now lives in Northern Ireland, was convicted in May 2011 of sending a "menacing electronic communication". - He claimed it was a joke and wants his conviction and sentence quashed. Comedian Stephen Fry, who was at the High Court hearing, said it was "very important" for freedom of speech. - The judgement was reserved until a later date. 49:22 - Internet piracy appeal fee - Suspected internet pirates will have 20 working days to appeal against allegations of copyright infringement and must pay £20 to do so, according to revised plans to enforce the UK's Digital Economy Act. - The details are contained in secondary legislation presented to Parliament and a draft code published by Ofcom. - The telecoms regulator said it expected the scheme to begin in 2014. Campaigners oppose the fee saying users should be innocent until proven guilty. - Under the plans users suspected of accessing or uploading illegally copied files will be sent letters from their internet service provider (ISP), delivered at least one month apart, informing them they are suspected of copyright infringement. - The messages will also contain information about where to find licensed material online. Copyright owners can request details about all the accusations made against any account-holder who receives three or more letters within a 12-month period, but the user's name will not be revealed at this stage. 51:55 - Nintendo announce the 3DS XL - Nintendo is launching a new version of its 3DS handheld console, complete with screens that are 90% larger than those on the original model. The Nintendo 3DS XL will launch across Europe on 28 July. - The new version of the console will come in three new colour combinations – silver and black, red and black, and blue and black – and will be bundled with a 4GB SD card so buyers can immediately start downloading games from the Nintendo eShop. - However, the device will not ship with an AC adaptor in Japan or Europe – in its press release, Nintendo states that as most buyers will already own the original 3DS, an adaptor is being left out to allow for a lower retail price. An AC adaptor will be supplied with the console in North America. 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DigitalOutbox Episode 123

2012-06-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 123 DigitalOutbox Episode 123 - Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone 8 and NeverSeconds Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:47 - Microsoft Surface - Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, unveiled two new tablet PCs at a closely guarded press event in Los Angeles. - He said the new devices – called Surface – were part of a "whole new family of devices" the company is developing. The devices will run versions of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, a system the company hopes will allow it to make up ground in mobile computing lost to Apple and Google's Android. - "We want to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware innovations," Ballmer said. - The 9.3mm thick device has a magnesium case, features a 10.6-inch HD widescreen display, an integrated kickstand and weighs less than a kilo (1.5lbs). The device comes with a detachable keyboard and trackpad that attach magnetically to the tablet. - At the presentation, Ballmer and Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft's Windows division, stressed Surface's computing power. - Sinofsky called the device a "tablet that's a great PC – a PC that's a great tablet". - Strange - called Surface a PC...but it’s clearly a tablet - Count iPad as PC’s and Apple dominate :-) - Oop’s - crashes on demo - No price, no release date, no battery life - Business tablet? Certainly seems so. I’m quite taken with the design...but I was with the courier and it was vapour - Confusing – arm and intel, Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows Pro - Constantly talk about pc’s and tablets - Enterprise empathised - TPM chip support. Does feel like a true pc in a tablet is the pitch - If your a partner, how do you feel today? Microsoft believe only they can deliver a Windows device that truly matched their vision for Windows 8? Or that tablets up to know have been lacklustre? Partners seemingly didn’t really know about it. - Is this a rush preview prior to Google I/O? Should Google have been doing it’s own hardware all along? Or is it Apple envy? Is it a fresh start - a new chapter as some has called it for Microsoft? - Whole keynote was a bit odd - rushed, nervous presenters, hardware failing. But EVERYONE is talking about Microsoft 13:44 - Windows Phone 8 - NFC, dual- and quad-core support are all set, and Microsoft has shifted over to the NT kernel for Windows Phone 8 to make it even easier for developers to code for its mobile and desktop ecosystems. There's a new Wallet hub, deeper integration of Skype, and an updated Start Screen interface with support for small tiles. - Despite the improvements and hardware support, Microsoft will not release this particular update to existing devices. Instead, the company plans to rollout a Windows Phone 7.8 update separately that will bring some of Windows Phone 8’s user interface changes to existing devices, but many of the other improvements will require new hardware. - Wow - so buy a Lumia right now and you won’t get Windows Phone 8. Rubbish. - Launches this fall - Shared core with Windows 8 - Manufacturers will be able to re-use the same hardware drivers they build for Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8. - Multi core support, up to 720p screen size, micro SD support - IE10 - Outperforming all other phones on SunSpider test - NFC - Mobile Wallet - if the phone has NFC and a "secure SIM" from your carrier, you can make payments. Thats what carriers want, thats why they remove google wallet. allegedly - Windows Phone 8 will include Nokia's mapping technology - It will use NAVTEQ data, offline map support, map control for developers, and turn-by-turn directions. - WP8 will support encryption (he mentions BitLocker), secure boot, LOB App deployment, Device Management, and Office. - New start screen - Large "double-wide," standard medium, and small. - a lot more content on the screen - Lots of developer stuff - shared code etc. - Deeply integrated VoIP. - A Skype call feels just like a regular cell call — Skype can be fully integrated and feel like a phone call. The Caller ID even looks the same. - Microsoft is hoping to do Siri one better by letting developers integrate speech response and recognition directly into apps for Windows Phone 8. APIs will be available for building in standard speech controls, which can then be run from the main search function. In a demo of Audible, which Microsoft partnered with for the voice features, the app was able to recognize a search for "Game of Thrones," then pause it or skip to the next chapter based on voice prompts. 19:12 - Nokia to cut another 10000 jobs by end 2013 - Nokia will lay off 10,000 jobs globally and close plants by the end of 2013 in a further drive to cut costs, the company said on Thursday. - The cuts mean that it will close some research and development projects, including in Ulm in Germany and Burnaby in Canada. - The Finnish phone-maker said it would also close the manufacturing plant in Salo, but would keep its research and development operations there. - Last year, Nokia announced more than 10,000 layoffs, aimed at cutting operating expenses by €1bn (£800m) by 2013. 20:06 - Amazon appstore launches in the UK - the company has just announced that it is now taking submissions for apps to be distributed in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, with more countries to be added "in the near future." Amazon already had a retail presence in all these countries, but this marks the first time an Appstore has opened outside the United States. - The obvious question this raises is whether this is the first step to international distribution of the Kindle Fire, which relies heavily on Appstore content. For now, the Appstore provides an alternative to the Play Store for any Android users abroad. In time with the launch, Amazon is also tweaking its distribution agreement, giving developers 70 percent of list price rather than either 70 percent of the app's sales price or 20 percent of list price. 21:48 - Online snooping scheme to costs £1.8 billion - The government's "online snooping" scheme to track email, Facebook, Twitter and other web use comes with an official pricetag of at least £1.8bn and an official warning that the figure may well prove to be an underestimate, the Home Office has revealed. - Ministers have already agreed to pay all the costs of the scheme, which will require phone and internet companies to collect and store for 12 months the records of internet and mobile phone use in Britain for access by police and intelligence services. - The Bill extends the range of data telecoms firms will have to store for up to 12 months It will include for the first time details of messages sent on social media, webmail, voice calls over the internet and gaming in addition to emails and phone calls The data includes the time, duration, originator and recipient of a communication and the location of the device from which it is made It does not include the content of messages - what is being said. Officers will need a warrant to see that But they will not need the permission of a judge to see details of the time and place of messages provided they are investigating a crime or protecting national security Four bodies will have access to data: Police, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, the intelligence agencies and HM Revenue and Customs Local authorities will face restrictions on the kinds of data they will be able to access - Rachel Robinson, policy officer for Liberty, said: "It's good that local councils won't be able to watch the entire population but even law enforcement should be targeting suspects - not all citizens. 26:02 - Neverseconds is banned...then reprieved - Martha Payne started a blog - a photo of each days school dinners - Got lots of traction quickly - many were shocked at the quality of the food - Support from Jamie Oliver, Nick Nairn etc - Visits from local councillors and food seemed to improve - also told they could have unlimited fruit and veg - Photo’s from around the world of other school dinners - Martha would post her lunch, rate it for health and taste and also a hair count - Wednesday - photo in the papers of her and Nick Nairn - Time to fire the dinner ladies - a joke title as there was a pic of martha, nicj nairn and flames as she was cooking - Thursday - headmistress calls Martha and says she can no longer take pics of her lunches - sad post on blog from Martha and her father. She’d raised £2000 for Marys Kitchen with the aim to raise £7000 and had just over 2 million hits - Friday - picked up by media outlets, twitter and Facebook - outrage at banning a 9 year old. - Lunchtime Friday - council leader overturns decision - Martha can blog again - By Sunday, 5.5 million hits and over £75,000 raised for Marys kitchen - Great blog - well done Martha 31:34 - Louise Mensch launches rival to Twitter - Tory MP Louise Mensch has made her debut as an internetentrepreneur, with the launch of a new social network hoping to win over Twitter addicts "who find Twitter frustrating". Mensch launched the US-only social network, the almost eponymousMenshn.com, on Tuesday as a topic-based site allowing people to debate by subject rather than monitor a stream of often divergent tweets. Mensch told the Guardian that the site was not named after her. "It's a play on the word mention," she said. "We like it and think it will work fine on a chat site". - Mensch added: "This is an idea that I've had since Christmas. I've been a passionate user of social media since the days of AOL chatrooms, and that was the inspiration really." The parliamentarian launched the site in collaboration with Luke Bozier, a former Labour political adviser. - Bozier told the Guardian: "We were both frustrated at the way Twitter doesn't focus on topics. We both love Twitter, but if you want to focus on the election there's no obvious place to do that online. Twitter is just too random. We wanted to encourage people to have conversations rather than broadcast their thoughts." - However, British fans of the high-profile MP for Corby must wait until later this summer to defect to Menshn, which is presently focused only on this year's US election. Mensch and Bozier have incorporated a private company, MenschBozier Ltd, for the fledgling website in which they are the only shareholders and own an equal stake. - The Tory MP told TechCrunch that the site has attracted early interest from venture capitalists, although Bozier told the Guardian there are no plans to introduce advertising to the site or for it to be party political. - Initially, Menshn will only host three strands for discussion: the US election, the Barack Obama campaign, and the Mitt Romney campaign. Users of the forum can join chats and subscribe or block others on the site. - Popular posts will be displayed prominently on the site and new users automatically follow 100 people who Menshn defines as highly-rated. Not limited to 140 characters but 180 - This seems a dud already - surely it’s just forums? And forums where the topics are locked and limited 33:19 - BBC lets you rewind and restart live tv - The BBC has unveiled a new feature for its iPlayer video on demand service that ensures you'll never miss the beginning of a show again. Called Live Restart, the feature does just what its name implies — it lets you restart and rewind live TV shows. You don't need to have been previously watching or recording the show in order to use the feature, and it goes back as far as two hours. "So, if you're stuck in a traffic jam, or delayed on the tube and miss the critical start of your favourite BBC programme when you get in, with one click you can skip back to the beginning of that live programme," explains Henry Webster, the BBC's executive product manager in media services. The new feature is launching today on the PC, while the BBC says that the mobile, tablet, and smart TV versions of iPlayer will receive the functionality later on this year. 36:04 - Facebook buys Face.com - After about a month of speculation, Facebook has finallyannounced its acquisition of Israeli facial recognition technologyFace.com. - We’ve heard from multiple sources that the acquisition price was around $100m, with others reporting that the price was between $80m-$100m. This is absolutely not an acqui-hire, as Facebook will be taking full advantage of the company’s technology and the advancements it’s made on mobile — perhaps to finally include mobile tagging options for photos. - As Face.com’s speciality is mobile facial recogition, it could potentially allow you to upload a photo to Facebook while on the go, instantly receive suggestions of whom to tag, and confirm the tags with one click. 37:07 - Worlds first tax on IE7 - The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first "tax" on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser. - Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site. - Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into a antique browser". - The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch. - Mr Kogan said it was unlikely that anyone would actually pay the charges. His goal is to encourage users to download a more up-to-date version of Internet Explorer or a different browser. - Mr Kogan told the BBC his customers were very happy and he had received a lot of praise for his efforts. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 122

2012-06-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 122 DigitalOutbox Episode 122 - WWDC Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 0:32 - WWDC Retina Macbook Pro 400 million store accounts, 650,000 apps, 30billion downloads - lots of other ‘facts’ - Notebook changes - Macbook Air - new cpus up to 2ghz dual core, up to 8GB of ram, 512 of flash, USB 3, 720p camera, 1366*768 - Macbook Pro’s - 13 - new cpu’s up to 2.7ghz, Nvidia GeForce GT 650m graphics, USB 3, 1280*800 - 15 - quad core - 1440*900 - both shipping today - New model - Next Gen Macbook pro - 2880 x 1800 - retina - better than my 27” imac in a15 inch screen, 75% less glare!, as thin as a macbook air, updated version of Lion to support display - will it be less buggy? Apps updated too as well as professional apps, wow - Adobe Photoshop updated for new display, Diablo 3, quad i5 or i7, 8gb ram, 256gb of flash, $2199 - out today - truely a top spec laptop 9:32 - WWDC - Mountain Lion - OS X - Detail 8 new features - iCloud - With Mountain Lion we built support for iCloud right in. When you sign in with your account, we configure all of your apps and your content is up to date across devices. - "And we introduce three new apps: messages, reminders, and notes - "We're also bringing integration with your documents, with a feature we're calling Documents in the Cloud." - "When you launch Pages, it shows all the docs you have in the cloud. And it makes these available across all of your devices." - - Notification Centre - Messages - Dictation - Sharing - New Safari - unified smart search just like Chrome - sue them google! iCloud tabs, tabview - if the speed is good I may be switching back to Safari - Power Nap (Apple really do like cheesy names) - Wouldn't it be great if our computers still worked for us when we weren't working? Now it can." - Keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps. Oh thank heavens — will backup while sleeping. - Automatically refreshes data, silent, power efficient. Works with MacBook Airs and the new MBP. Thats impressive. So the new Macbooks work like iOS devices doing ‘stuff’ in the background! - Airplay Mirroring - Game Centre - "We support turn based and head-to-head gaming, across platforms." More new apps I guess - Words with Friends for the mac :-) - $19.99, ships July! 17:03 - WWDC - iOS6 - iOS - 1 1/2 trillion push notifications, 7 billion a day, 1 billion messages a day - iOS 6 - Siri - whole load of american sports questions, yelp, opentable, movies (rotten tomatoes) - all american - I fear that nothing will come to UK. Ask about actors, directors. Launch apps via Siri, tweet, english premier league mentioned. Eyes free - We're working with car manufacturers to include a button that will bring up Siri — so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. A number of manufacturers have committed to delivering this in the next 12 months. Mobile search - US only is now around the world. Looks like commitment is there. Bringing it to the new iPad - Facebook - Integrated like Twitter with API support - “We’ve also integrated it with Siri. And we’ve taken this deep integration and made it a public API so it’s easy for apps in the app store to integrate with Facebook. We’ve also integrated it in the app store, so you can like apps and see what apps your friends like — same with music, TV shows, and movies.” Contact integration, calendar integration and on the Mac too. - Phone (low hanging fruit?) - Reply instead of answering - "If you choose reply with message, you can choose any of these, or if you choose remind me later, you can be reminded in an hour... or remind me when I leave, which will set up a geofence and remind you when you leave the building." Do Not Disturb - "I can see many of you are like me and you've been awakened in the middle of the night — this tells your phone not to bother you. The messages will still come to your phone, it just won't light up the screen or make a sound.""You also get fine grain control over which phone calls you can receive." This is nice — you can also do groups. "You can also set up repeated calls — if someone calls a second time in 3 mins, it will come through." - Facetime - over cellular (not 3g?) - Integrate mobile number and apple ID - "Also, we're unifying your phone number and Apple ID. So if someone calls you on your phone number for Facetime, you can answer it on your iPad or Mac. And we're doing the same thing with iMessage." - Safari - "We're adding iCloud tabs, and offline reading list." Smart App Banners - for publishers - instead of popup you can have users jump right into the app or to download the app. Sync between web activity and app activity. - Shared Photo Streams - Photo Stream sharing with friends. Choose the photos, choose the friends — friends will get a notification. The photos will appear in an album... and friends can comment. Weird, this is like a Facebook feature. Almost like Apple's own social network. - Mail - mark friends as VIP’s, attachments - Messages - pull to refresh - Passbook - This is a place to collect boarding passes, store cards, and movie ticket apps. Like a wallet. Geolocate will pull up your card when you're nearby a store. Like when you get to your local Starbucks. - Guided Access - "We were surprised at how many kids with autism have been using the phones, but there are controls in apps that you don't want them hitting." You can now select parts of apps to disable. - Maps - “In iOS 6 we’ve built an entirely new mapping solution from the ground up, and it is beautiful. We’re doing all the cartography ourselves… this is a worldwide effort, we’re covering the world.” - Integrated apps to replicate transit services - so missing transit info that Google supplies - Traffic service - Anonymous realtime incident reports. - Built in turn-by-turn navigation - partnership with tom tom - Quick Route - - Siri integration - 3D maps — very much like Google's 3D mode on Android. - Flyover - Wow, Flyover is very visually impressive. Detailed 3D. Huge applause in the room right now. "This is being rendered in realtime." The level of details is insane. - No streetview. Quality of maps isn’t as good as Googles. This is a big miss. Question - will Google release a maps app, will Apple approve it? - Redesigned Stores - interesting. Chomp? New iTunes later in year? - Beta for iOS 6 - today - Full wrap smart cover, updated airport express, updated Mac pro - processor bump! - iPad 1 not supported by iOS 6, iPhone 4 will not support turn by turn and flyover - A big FU to Google really. Facebook alongside Twitter, no Google+, no Google Maps 44:52 - So Tom Tom and other sat nav providers dead with iOS 6 imminent - Smartphones have been slowly killing the satnav but they could now revive TomTom, Europe's largest navigation device company. - TomTom's shares soared as high as 16.5% on the Amsterdam stock exchange on Tuesday, after the company said its technology was being used in Apple's latest phone software. - "TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information," the Dutch company said, while declining to give further information on its deal with the notoriously secretive Californian group. - According to the following legal notice Waze is included as a source for iOS 6 Maps, in addition to Getchee, Localeze, Urban Mapping, DMTI, MapData Sciences and, of course, TomTom. 46:44 - Android hits 900,000 activations a day - Andy Rubin, the founder of Android (the company) and head of Android (the mobile software division at Google) is not leaving Google. - And, simultaneously but unrelated, Android device activations are now running at more than 900,000 per day, according to the latest tweet from Rubin. Based on previously given figures (850,000 activations per day, and 300m devices activated, from the Google Mobile blog in February) that suggests that there have been a total of 390m Android devices activated in total. 47:45 - Three launches unlimited roaming data in Europe for £5 per day - UK mobile operator Three is launching its new Euro Internet Pass today, offering unlimited roaming data to its customers who travel throughout Europe. For £5 ($8) per day, Three customers can use as much data as they like in most European countries, with some exceptions including The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Norway. - The day pass can be activated for £5 ($8) as soon as data roaming is enabled on a handset. 48:51 - Internet trolls targeted - Major reforms of the libel laws will see a duty placed on internet service providers to try to identify internet trolls without victims needing to resort to costly legal action. Websites will also be given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify those posting defamatory messages, under government plans. - The defamation bill, which will be debated in the Commons on Tuesday, will also see would-be claimants having to show they have suffered serious harm to their reputations, or are likely to do so, before they can take a defamation case forward. - "Our proposed approach will mean that website operators have a defence against libel as long as they comply with a procedure to help identify the authors of allegedly defamatory material." - He added: "The government wants a libel regime for the internet that makes it possible for people to protect their reputations effectively but also ensures that information online can't be easily censored by casual threats of litigation against website operators. - "It will be very important to ensure that these measures do not inadvertently expose genuine whistleblowers, and we are committed to getting the detail right to minimise this risk." 51:47 - Icann reveals new internet top-level domain name claims - The full list of submissions for new internet address endings has been published by the global organisation co-ordinating the expansion. - Requests to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) include .porn, .ninja, and .ferrari. - The BBC was among the applicants, applying for .bbc as an alternative to .co.uk and .com. - Several top-level domains have been applied for by more than one party, including .sex, .home and .diy. - Both the US drugmaker Merck & Co and its German rival Merck KGaA appear to have applied for the .merck ending, which may trigger an auction process. - However the .uk manager, Nominet, looks likely to secure .wales and .cymru after no-one filed identical claims. - Likewise the Dot Scot Registry was the only organisation to apply for .scot and the League of Arab States the only body to claim .arab. - Coca-Cola and the cereal manufacturer Kellogg's, which also signed a petition in protest, have abstained. - By contrast Google has applied for dozens of the generic top-level domain (gTLD) name strings. - Obvious choices included .google and .youtube, but there were also unexpected inclusions such as .and, .boo, .dad and .new. - The search giant has also requested .music, which has been claimed by seven other organisations including the online retailer Amazon. - Other gTLDs attracting multiple requests include .art, .book, .news, .play, .shop and .vip. The most contested name is .app which received 13 applications. - In the case of the names that have multiple bids, ICANN will evaluate the applicants on technical merits and in some cases have an auction. The applications cost a non-refundable $185,000 each and successful bidders will be obliged to pay high ongoing annual fees to ICANN. Many of the new domain names are expected to go live next year. - Icann and domain registrars are the only beneficieries here. This will confuse the consumer, and break many assumptions around domain names going forward. What a mess. Icann should have ownership of this stripped and passed to a non profit, multi national owned company. 55:00 - Twitter launches tailored trends - In order to show emerging topics that matter more to you, today we’re improving our algorithms to tailor Trends based on your location and who you follow on Twitter. - These Trends lists are tailored for you by default on twitter.com and mobile apps like Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android. If you don’t wish to see tailored Trends, but instead want to see a more general list of Trends, just change your location on twitter.com. 55:59 - 4Seven - the TV channel with programs chosen by Facebook - Channel 4 will launch a new TV channel called 4Seven next month screening repeats of the programmes viewers and critics have most talked about from the previous seven days, prefaced by a snappy selection of their comments, good and bad. - The channel, which takes its place alongside E4, More4 and Film4, will keep open the weekday 8pm and 10pm slots so that shows that create a critical buzz in newspapers, chatter on social media through Twitter and Facebook, and reaction on the overnight log of comments kept by the broadcaster can be repeated the next day. - "We think it is the first time a channel has incorporated the views of viewers into what goes on air. We will run a montage of comments before the programme starts, the rough with the smooth, not just propaganda," said Dan Brooke, Channel 4's chief marketing and communications officer. The rest of the programmes on 4Seven will be reruns of the most popular ones of the week, with the 9pm slot reserved for the programme shown on Channel 4 at 9pm the previous day. Weekends will be devoted to multiple repeats of the best-rated programmes of the past seven days. - It is also a recognition by the broadcaster, marking its 30th birthday in November, that although there has been massive growth in people using on-demand services, which accounts for 5% of viewing, and catching up on computers via the iPlayer or 4OD service – where use is up 15% on last year – many more viewers still prefer to watch channels scheduled for them. Picks

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DigitalOutbox Episode 121

2012-06-08

DigitalOutbox Episode 121 DigitalOutbox Episode 121 - LinkedIn stumble, Google Maps the future and E3 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:37 - Do Not Track - IE's default already dead - The latest proposed draft of the Do Not Trackspecification published Wednesday requires that users must choose to turn on the anti-behavioral tracking feature in their browsers and software. - That means that Microsoft IE 10, which the company announced last week will have Do Not Track turned on by default, won’t be compliant with the official spec. Which means that tech and ad companies who say they comply with Do Not Track could simply ignore the flag set by IE 10 and track those who use that browser. Which means Microsoft has no choice but to change the setting. 2:48 - LinkedIn leaks your meeting notes - LinkedIn mobile app subscribers may be surprised to learn that the calendar entries on their iPhones or iPads— which may include details about meeting locations, participants, dial-in information, passwords and sensitive meeting notes — are transmitted back to LinkedIn’s servers without their knowledge. - LinkedIn’s mobile app for iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, included an opt-in feature that allows users to view their iOS calendar entries within the app. Once users opt in to that feature, however, LinkedIn automatically transmits their calendar entries to its servers. LinkedIn grabs details for every calendar on the iOS device, which may include both personal and corporate calendar entries. - LinkedIn quickly respond - http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/06/mobile-calendar-feature/ - We Do: We ask your permission before accessing your calendar, this will continue to be an opt-in feature We provide you with a way to turn off the calendar feature at any time in the settings We send calendar data to our server only when the LinkedIn app is launched to be matched with relevant LinkedIn profiles of meeting attendees We send your calendar data to our servers over a secure SSL connection We Don’t: We do not store any calendar information on our servers We do not share or use your calendar data for purposes other than matching it with relevant LinkedIn profiles We do not under any circumstances access your calendar data unless you have explicitly opted in to sync your calendar We Will Improve: We will no longer send data from the meeting notes section of your calendar event There will be a new “learn more” link to provide more information about how your calendar data is being used These improvements are live on Android now and have been submitted to the Apple store and will be available shortly. 5:45 - 6.5 million passwords leaked from LinkedIn - According to a new report from Dagens IT, nearly 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords were recently dumped onto a Russian hacker forum. - Of the millions of passwords dumped, Dagen IT claims that nearly 300,000 of them have been decrypted so far and that number seems sure to grow as users spread that hefty file around. - The passwords are stored as unsalted SHA-1 hashes, and multiple reports on Twitter indicate that users have found their own hashes buried in the massive text dump. While unsalted hashes are much less secure than their salted brethren, it still takes a non-trivial amount of time to decrypt unless a user opted to use a common dictionary word as their password. It’s currently unknown whether or not the email addresses that correspond to those passwords have also been dumped, though if they are in someone’s possession, they apparently don’t feel like sharing. - Considering that LinkedIn reported back in February that 150 million people use the professional networking service (a number that has certainly grown since then), the breach represents a relatively small number of users. Though chances are slim that you yourself are personally affected — 6.5 million people makes up less than 5% of LinkedIn’s userbase — those odds seem unlikely to assuage the concerns of people who are. - Linked in confirm it...kind off - We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts: Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords. - Check if your password was leaked - http://leakedin.org/ - Horrible - wait until there’s a leak of Facebook passwords. Meltdown. - Eharmony and Last.fm also have password breaches - http://www.last.fm/passwordsecurity - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/us-news-blog/2012/jun/07/blogpost-eharmony-linkedin-hacked-leaked - Eharmony lose 1.5m passwords - same hackers that affected LinkedIn - As a precaution, eHarmony has reset the affected passwords, but did not say how many of its 20 million registered users might have been compromised. - Security experts believe more than the 1.5 million listed have been stolen - Lastfm - only breaking news tonight but asking all users to change their passwords - This weekend will see me go long and random on all passwords, ditch accounts I don’t use and be totally reliant on 1password. A pain but like 2 step authentication on Google, a necessary evil. 9:58 - Twitter tops 400m tweets a day - The stratospheric figure was revealed by the social networks CEO, Dick Costolo, who noted that spam (not really) and both mobile usage and revenue are outpacing desktops. 11:05 - Vodafone and O2 speed up 4G rollout through use of shared network - Vodafone and O2 are clubbing together to speed up the roll-out of superfast 4G mobile broadband to virtually everyone. - The nation's second- and third-biggest mobile operators say they will pool their network of radio masts and antennas to enable them to cover 98% of the population by 2015. - Combined, the companies will share a network of 18,500 masts which, they promise, will extend current 2G and 3G coverage to all but the most remote villages. They will also kit out the masts with 4G technology so they can offer mobile internet speeds fast enough to download and stream TV and music as soon as the government approves the sales of 4G licences. - The deal follows the merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK to create the nation's biggest network, run by a new joint venture company calledEverything Everywhere. Vodafone and O2's deal is not a full-blown merger and the companies will continue to operate different airwaves. Three, the nation's smallest operator, piggybacks on Everything Everywhere's network. - Saves money but does consumer really benefit? Looks like there is 2 mobile networks now in the UK. We asked Brian Lancaster, mobile industry expert and friend of the show Is the O2/Vod deal purely to save money? 1. Yes, it's all about money. Mobile operators want to move as far away from site ownership and engineering as possible and focus on being content and bandwidth suppliers. British mobile operators used to have sizeable engineering teams which have reduced to single figures of permanent employees - most are now contract staff or whole areas of network management/maintenance/engineering is contracted to the likes of Ericsson. Will it limit customer choice? 2. No. Punters will still have deals from both networks to choose from - the spectrum cannot be blobbed into one single operator lump as this would breach OFCOM and the monopolies commission rules (only O2 and VF have 900MHz spectrum - T-Mobile/Orange/EE have 1800MHz only). Will it deliver 4G more quickly to UK? 3. No as the existing Cornerstone agreement allowed both operators to share the same sites (towers, rooftops or large indoor sites such as the Wembley, Hampden, Millenium or St James Park. O2 and VF will still have separate LTE/4G spectrum (bid for and awarded to them separately) and there will still be some duplication of network hardware. surely it's the government auction that will dictate the pace of 4G? 4. The current limitations/critical paths are: i) LTE spectrum award/auction - it is not clear whether 700MHz or 2600MHz will be used. ii) Agreement on technology standards. iii) Greater range of consumer devices (can only come from i) and ii) ). iv) Improved backhaul network to carry the additional data loads. 15:48 - Digital music sales outstrip physical sales for the first time in the UK - The British Phonographic Industry has released a report showing that physical music sales have been eclipsed by digital sales in the UK this year — a landmark achievement that the US experienced in 2011. The report indicates that 55.5 percent of the UK's music revenues came from digital sales, resulting in part in a 2.7 percent increase in overall revenue over Q1 of last year, totaling £155.8 million. In contrast, physical media sales fell by 15.1 percent to £69.3 million, though BPI's chief executive, Geoff Taylor, says that CD sales remain a strong source of revenue. - One of the BPI's most interesting numbers relates to à la carte and subscription based revenue, which increased 23.6 percent in Q1 to the tune of £86.5 million, or around $133 million. Considering the difference in population, this jump in digital sales revenue is rather impressive when compared to the $241 million the US generated last year. 18:30 - Instapaper hits Android - Like Flipboard and Instagram, Instapaper was a much vaunted iOS exclusive...until now - The Instapaper for Android app looks and operates much like its iOS cousin, and brings all of the mobile features you would want to Android devices, including your saved articles, the ability to share articles right from your device, and all of the reading and customization options you could possibly need. - Despite Instapaper creator Marco Arment's long-stated claim that an Android app wasn't on his radar, he let the folks who developed the Tumblr app for Android build this gem for him. 20:18 - Major Google Maps update - At a press event in San Francisco this morning, Google announced that it will soon feature far better 3D maps in Google Earth. The company also announced that Google Maps for mobile will soon feature offline caching. This feature will come to Google Maps to Android soon. Google says it wants to bring this feature to all platforms in the long run. - The company also announced that its Street View cars have now driven 5 million miles and collected 20 petabytes worth of imagery data. Google also announced that it is bringing Map Maker to South Africa and Egypt today. Google’s engineering director for Street View, Luc Vincent also announced that the company has now managed to put the hardware that Google uses to capture its Street View data into a backpack called the Street View Trekker. - To model the world in 3D, the company will now use the 45-degree aerial images it already gathers from planes. Thanks to new imagery rendering techniques and advances in computer vision, Google can now retire its old 3D view in Google Earth and replace it with these new images. The result, which Google demoed today, is nothing short of spectacular. These new features will come to Android and iOS devices. Google expects this new technology will cover “communities of over 300 million people” by the end of the year. 24:53 - Google buys Meebo - Meebo, the seven year-old chat service that morphed into a website toolbar and ad platform, is indeed selling to Google. The companyconfirmed the news a few minutes ago, and we’ve since dug up some more details. - First, the amount. After raising some $70 million in four venture rounds, Meebo’s acquisition was in fact for around the rumored$100 million, we’ve heard from a source close to the matter. - Second, we’ve learned that the product team will be using its expertise to help build out publisher tools for Google+. We don’t know if this means there’ll be some sort of new Google+ toolbar coming. But, presumably the existing Meebo properties will be morphed into G+ or otherwise closed. - Finally, following the original tip we got today, we’ve confirmed that there are layoffs happening within the sales and marketing arms of the company. 25:40 - Google buys QuickOffice - it has acquiredQuickoffice, a company best known for its mobile productivity suite for Android and iOS. Google plans to bring Quickoffice’s “powerful technology” to its own Apps product suite. Quickoffice allows its users to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their mobile devices. The company says its software is currently installed on over 300 million devices in more than 180 countries. - The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed by either Google or Quickoffice. - Quickoffice CEO and co-founder Alan Masareknotes that he hopes that “by combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow.” - Given Quickoffice’s focus on building native apps for mobile devices, chances are that Google will use this acquisition to launch more of its own native mobile productivity apps as well. 26:59 - Airtime finally launched - Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning — who are debuting their much-anticipated (and more family-friendly!) version of ChatRoulette today. More than 15 years ago, Fanning and Parker were just teenagers trolling chat rooms. “We were both hackers,” Parker said in New York today. “We were interested in computer security. The goal was some sort of miscreant behavior…. We were basically cyber criminals.” Today, their lives are a world apart. Parker is a multi-billionaire, even factoring in Facebook’s recent declines. Their launch in a Chelsea warehouse right now has Martha Stewart in the front row and Jimmy Fallon as the MC. - Basically a family friendly chatroulette - Got $35 million in seed funding - Parker’s first call on Airtime during the demo was to television host and model Olivia Munn. The second was Snoop Dogg. But the celebs didn’t save Airtime from an embarrassing five-minute stretch where the product didn’t work in demo mode (the real product hadn’t gone live yet). A call to Snoop Dogg took a few tries. When Joel McHale, a TV host came on, the product failed to work for several minutes. “Whose ass are you going to fire?” he asked Parker on-stage. - Login via Facebook - You could call it a more fun version of Skype, a one-on-one Google+ Hangouts with your Facebook graph, or the evolution of Chat Roulette. But what you’re going to call it is fun. Pull in a favorite YouTube video or select one you’ve already shared to Facebook and instantly you’re watching together. It feels simple, intimate, and casual — like you’re actually interacting in person. - However your paired with strangers based on your social graph 30:34 - Microsoft at E3 - Halo 4 - new enemy (forerunner) and weapons, step change for multiplayer - Splintercell - Fifa and Madden with Kinect - swear and the ref could punish you - Fable - Gears of War - 2013 - Forza Horizon - End October - New Kinect voice commands - New sport TV options this year - Xbox Music - Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone - doesn’t discuss features, 30 million tracks, analyst says coming to iOS and Android - Nike Kinect training - Xbox SmartGlass - http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/5/3064855/microsoft-xbox-smartglass-preview - Works with Windows, iOS and Android phones and tablets. Makes TV more engaging and games more thrilling. - Can resume video playback on different devices - The SmartGlass app provides other, less obvious details. For instance, as Game of Thrones airs on the TV, the tablet shows a map of Westeros, showing where in the world a particular scene is taking place. Neat! - SmartGlass will also extend to games. Developers can also harness it to create companion utilities for Windows 8 tablets and Windows Phone smartphones. - A Madden title is compatible with SmartGlass. Choose your plays, draw hot routes and control the players using a tablet. - "And you can do that with any device." - Internet Explorer is coming to Xbox this year. - "Xbox Web Hub" opens up the browser. Anything is a voice command or simple swipe away. Menu navigation is done with swiping and voice on the Kinect, but it looks like typing and other navigation features can be done on SmartGlass. - Tomb Raider - Ascend:New Gods - God of War for Xbox - tick - South Park - game looked shit but loved the South Park creators taking the mick out of Smartglass - Dance Central 3 - Call of Duty:Black Ops 2 - Emphasising the ecosystem which is getting pretty strong. No new console...all next year? 40:28 - Nintendo at E3 - Pre-E3 demo showed many new things - Wii-U gamepad - http://www.joystiq.com/2012/06/03/wii-u-gamepad/ - Nintendo has made some notable tweaks and revisions to the prototype version detailed last year at E3, adding a new NFC reader and writer, motion and gyroscope sensors, and fully-independent infrared TV remote functionality. The thumbsliders have been replaced by analog thumbsticks, which now support L3 and R3 inward depressions. Nintendo has also made adjustments to the controller's ergonomics and dimensions, adding new handgrips on the bottom, making the Gamepad wider, and adjusting the button layout. - Headphone jack and stylus - - Calling it the WiiPad? Wii U Gamepad? - Wii U Pro controller - http://www.joystiq.com/2012/06/03/wii-u-pro-controller-unveiled-looks-awfully-familiar/ - Nintendo launch an Xbox Controller for the Wii U - Miiverse for Wii U - http://www.joystiq.com/2012/06/03/miiverse-announced-for-wii-u/ - Miiverse is an online system planned for the company's upcoming system that displays a Mii plaza on the Wii U GamePad – it's looking like a much expanded version of the Wii's Mii Plaza feature. - The plaza will show Mii characters gathering around game icons and feature a messaging system for players to connect with players they both do and do not know, as well as a variety of other asynchronous functionality. The messaging system includes a "spoiler" checkbox to prevent players from wrecking a friend's game experience (should they choose to use it), as well as the ability to send images and drawings to one another. Miiverse will also feature a social networking-style "wall" of sorts, where players can post screenshots from games. - Miiverse will also inhabit the 3DS and mobile devices (Android, iOS) in the future, though it will not be available immediately at launch. - Pikman 3 - Super Mario Bros U - classic 2D Mario game - friend can use gamepad to place blocks - Batman: Arkham City - use touchscreen to control unique aspects in game - Scribblenauts - Darksiders II - Mass Effect 3 - Tank, Tank, Tank - Tekken Tag Tournament - Trine 2 - Ninja Gaide 3 - Wii Fit U - Sing - new music performance game - gamepad displays lyrics - gamers...sing - Lego City Undercover - open world lego game, use gamepad to find...criminals? - 3 games from Ubisoft - zombi u, rayman legends, something else, just dance 4 - Nintendoland - Wii U’s version of Wii Sports - 12 attractions - No pricing or release date for Wii U - 3DS - Super Mario Bros 2 - Paper Mario:Sticker Star - Luigis Mansion Dark Moon 42:20 - Sony at E3 - Beyond: Two Souls - live the life of a video game character - from creators of heavy rain - looking great and ‘stars’ ellen page - Playstation All Stars Battle Royal - fighting using PS characters on Vita and PS3 - Playstation Plus - more free games coming to subscribers - this month Infamous 2 and Saints Row 2 - also free for a year to all those in the E3 audience - Littlebigplanet 2 DLC - turn Vita into a controller - Far Cry 3 - 4 player coop & free DLC on PS3 - Assassins Creed 3 - free DLC on PS3 - Vita - Call of Duty and Assassins Creed 3 this October, PSOne classics also coming - Wonderbook - make books come to life with Eye and Move. Working with JK Rowling. - HTC will be first Playstation Suite non Sony partner - now renamed Playstation Mobile - kick in the pants for Android gaming? - God of War ascension - looks as good as ever but still with the QTE - March 2013 - The Last of Us - new from Naughty Dog (uncharted) - survival horror in post pandemic world - again looked very good - Move - not much mention (unlike Kinect) although there is a racing wheel that yo plug the move controller into coming this year - Also outed the gold controller - sums up everything wrong at E3 44:52 - Ubisoft at E3 - Just Dance 4 - Far Cry 3 - Wii U is coming out...so theres a Rayman game - ZombiU - zombies...on the Wii U - Assassins Creed 3 - looked very good - Watch_Dogs - 2013 - GTA/Bladerunner/24/Rubicon - looked pretty amazing - http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-06-05-ubisofts-watch-dogs-unveiled-platforms-not-yet-disclosed 47:54 - EA at E3 - Dead Space 3 - Feb 2013 - Madden - control team from other devices - Simcity - looked very impressive - Battlefield - 5 expansion packs - new vehicle and maps - lots of new content - Medal of Honour Warfighter - out October, uses Frostbite engine - environments are getting destroyed - Fifa 13 - FIFA club getting a lot of attention, FIFA 13 on ipad, android connected to console game, new iPhone app connected to the social club - gameplay - updated impact engine, more dribbling - Need for Speed Most Wanted - Open world driving game, where players race, chase and explore competing to become Most Wanted among their friends. That ... sounds like Burnout Paradise - October 30th - video looks great :-) - Crysis 3 - 2013 48:42 - Missing at E3 - 3D - streaming games (Onlives iOS client still in review...after 6 months) - new consoles Picks Chris Input Output - A new chrome experiment for Google IO :) Tam Productive Macs Bundle - 8 great Mac app's for $39.99 - closes in 10 days - RapidWeaver, DEVONthink, Printopia and MailTags are really good app's Ian MacUpdate Bundle - 11 great Mac app's for $49.99 - Parallels Desktop 7, Screenflow, Civ V and Busycal are excellent - If you wanted just Parallels or ScreenFlow this bundle would save you money and get you some extra free app's…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 120

2012-06-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 120 DigitalOutbox Episode 120 - Cookies, Windows 8 and Chrome OS Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 2:35 - Cookies Law now active - New EU regulations on the use by British websites of cookies have been watered down by the UK's information commissioner just hours before they were due to come into force. But they could mean that Britain is out of step with EU law in its implementation of the continent-wide directives, and lead to fights with European courts. - In an updated version of its advice for websites on how to use cookies – small text files that are stored on the user's computer and can identify them – the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that websites can assume that users have consented to their use of them. The advice was only updated on Thursday, 48 hours before the deadline for implementing the new rules, and published the next day. - "This is a striking shift," said Stephen Groom, head of marketing and privacy law at the law firm Osborne Clarke. "Previously the ICO said that implied consent would be unlikely to work. Now it says that implied consent is a valid form of consent." - The use of "implied consent" shifts responsibility to the user rather than the website operator, and will come as a relief to thousands of website operators who have been struggling to comply with new EU directives which came into law a year ago. 4:40 - Twitter joke retrial - The penitent hoaxer who tweeted a joke threat to "blow up" Robin Hood airport in south Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but a stalemate between two judges means that his appeal will now be heard again. - Three high court judges will consider the case against Paul Chambers, 27, from Doncaster, who sent his message when the airport was closed by snow in January 2010. - Unlike tweets, the essence of which is to be brief and to the point, the increasingly notorious legal action is now heading for its third unresolved year. No date has been set for the fresh hearing. - Chambers lost his job as an accountant following an avalanche of publicity when he was convicted in May last year of sending "an electronic comunication of a menacing character", contrary to provisions of the 2003 Communications Act. He was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 costs after crown court judge Jacqueline Davies, sitting with two magistrates, called the tweet "clearly menacing", with airport staff sufficiently concerned to report it to police. 7:18 - Windows 8 Release Candidate - Now available - Look and feel will change prior to expected release in October as Aero is being retired - New - Stripped down flash for IE10 - Some new metro apps - New gestures - Not much changed between this and consumer preview - Fast and stable according to reviews online 12:16 - Google launches new Chromebook and a Chromebox - Google and its partner, Samsung, are launching a new Chromebook and Chromebox today, targeting them at the educational and corporate customers. The Chromebook from Samsung is like any other 12.1-inch budget laptop, while Chromebox is a tiny PC that you can connect to any keyboard, mouse and monitor similar to Apple’s Mac Mini. The Chromebook starts at $449 while the entry-level price of Chromebox is $329. They both are powered by Intel Core processors and include 4GB RAM, Display Port, USB ports, gigabit ethernet, and dual band Wi-Fi. The Chromebox has Bluetooth and DVI output as well, while for $529 you can buy a Chromebook with an integrated 3G modem. And jokes aside, there is a lot to like about both of these new improved devices. - Chrome OS has seen many updates - Google says it has has released eight new upgrades to Chrome OS over past 12 months and as a result you are seeing 2.5x (and higher) improvement in speeds of the devices as well as speedier boot times, much faster browsing and responsiveness with hardware-accelerated graphics and a new trackpad stack. Here are some other new additions: Multi-window support and the UI scales from seamlessly scales from 11” to 30” screens. An app launcher and an option to pin favorite/most used apps to the launchbar. Now you can customize backgrounds. Built-in ability to view office files, online and offline, support for dozens of file formats There is Google Drive support and in the next version of the Chrome OS release, there will be support for online and offline usage and will syncs with other devices that connect to Google Drive. Google says Google Docs offline editing will be rolling out over the next several weeks to all Docs users. Google is currently testing it inside Google. New media player & a built-in photo editor and uploader - Universal praise really - now a viable platform and in some ways simpler than iOS said one review but is it overpriced for what you can do with it? Isn’t it still a browser? 17:26 - Google helping UK Education - Google has announced a three-year partnership with UK organization Teach First, which aims to increase students' exposure to science and technology by training teachers and providing equipment. Each year 34 teachers will go through a six-week training program, for a total of 102, with the first group due to start working in classrooms this September. - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes that the program could help more than 20,000 students from underprivileged backgrounds. The teachers will be provided funds to "purchase of innovative teaching aides to inspire their classes," including theRaspberry Pi computer and Arduino microcontroller. - "The success of the BBC Micro in the 1980s shows what's possible," said Schmidt. "There's no reason why Raspberry Pi shouldn't have the same impact, with the right support. 20:55 - YouView trial launched - Being tested in 350 homes right now - Sounds like an attempt to meet the goal of launching prior to the Olympics - YouView is a joint TV venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five, BT, TalkTalk, and Arquiva - Originally known as Project Canvas, the service was intended to launch in 2010, but has suffered delay after delay. YouView is a web-enabled version of Freeview, the UK's free-to-air digital network, which adds widgets, apps, catch-up TV, and DVR services alongside traditional programming. 22:45 - ITV adds live streaming and airplay support - The ITV Player iOS app has been updated to version 2.0 and now supports live streaming of ITV1 and ITV2 in the UK. The channels will stream over 3G or Wi-Fi, although on-demand content will still require Wi-Fi to play. In addition to ITV1 and ITV2 streams, the app will also offer access to live events broadcast on ITV3 and ITV4 through one-off streams. The app also now allows for AirPlay Mirroring of all content to other supported devices. 23:29 - Lovefilm brings 1080p to the UK - Amazon's Lovefilm is adding new high-definition options to its Instant streaming service. From today, Lovefilm will now stream 1080p movies to all customers that subscribe to an Instant package. In the UK, HD streaming will be available via Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and LG or Samsung Smart TVs. - In order to stream HD content LoveFilm says you need a 4Mbps connection for 720p or 12Mbps for 1080p. - LoveFilm will gradually upgrade its catalogue "over the coming weeks and months" to support the new resolutions. - Brings parity with Netflix 24:17 - Virgin unclogs Spotify - Many users complain of pausing and stuttering on Spotify using VirginMedia broadband - Many blamed VM’s traffic management policy but - Virgin needed more bandwidth to support Spotify - Still growing then... 26:10 - Master Chief called in to resolve Syria - The image, shown in the background of the clip above, even gets a special spotlight as the camera zooms in on the anchor as she discusses the very serious, very real issues plaguing Syria over the past year. - The BBC has since acknowledged and apologized for airing the Halo logo, telling Eurogamer, "BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week's News at One bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake. 27:31 - Ghost Recon - Slight disappointment - Laggy night of gaming - More Rainbow Six than Ghost Recon of old Picks Ian CheetSheet - Free - For Mac OSX - Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer to get a list of all active short cuts of the current application. - It's as simple as that.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 119

2012-05-25

DigitalOutbox Episode 119 DigitalOutbox Episode 119 - Twitter privacy issues, Facebook IPO and the Google Knowledge Graph Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:08 - Twitter Updates - Will support Do Not Track - Twitter says it will honour requests from users who do not want their online behaviour tracked, the company said on Thursday, in contrast with web companies such Google and Facebook whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data. - Twitter announced that it will officially support "Do Not Track," a standardised privacy initiative that has been heavily promoted by the US Federal Trade Commission, online privacy advocates and Mozilla, the non-profit developer of the Firefox web browser. - Thats GOOD however - Micro-blogging site Twitter is to start recommending users for you to follow, based on your recent web browsing history. The site calls these " tailored suggestions," and it will track your footsteps across the web by using integrated Twitter buttons and widgets as surveillance outposts. So, every website with a "Tweet this" button will log your visit. - Then, the social network can recognise which accounts are frequently followed by people who visit popular websites, and recommend those accounts to others who have visited those sites within the last ten days. It's specifically targeted at new Twitter hatchlings, as it hopes to provide them with a relevant list of accounts to follow as soon as they've made an account. Right now, Twitter has a default handful of popular users -- including Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian -- that it shows to all new sign-ups. - There's an obvious privacy worry, but Twitter's Othman Laraki writes, "we are committed to providing you with simple and meaningful choices about the information we collect to improve your Twitter experience." - Thats NOT SO GOOD however - Twitter now sends weekly e-mail digest - Twitter just added a new feature that sends you a weekly email with the most popular tweets and links from people you follow. - Sadly, Twitter signs you up without asking you, so you'll have to take some action to get rid of them. You could wait until it comes and unsubscribe directly from the email, but if you want to stop them before they start, just head to Twitter's Settings > Notifications > and uncheck the "Weekly digest of Stories & Tweets from my network" box at the bottom. Save your changes and you should never have to see one of those buggers make its way into your email. - Thats POOR 5:12 - Facebook IPO - Finally hits the stock market for $38 - Banks keep the price at just over $38 on day one but shares in Zynga drop 13% and they are suspended - Monday sees Facebook drop - It’ s a bubble! - Facebook gets suited because some information only given to institutional investors...http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/23/us-facebook-lawsuit-idUSBRE84M0RK20120523 12:21 - Facebook Camera - Facebook on Thursday announced a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Facebook Camera, which is intended to make it easier to take pictures and share them on Facebook. - Dirk Stoop, a Facebook product manager for photos, said that the application was much faster than the current Facebook app for Apple’s iOS, and that it puts photos at the center of the experience. - “We can basically show you more photos on the app, so we can make a more immersive experience around your photos,” Mr. Stoop said. “On the side of publishing these photos, Facebook Camera lets you upload much higher resolution photos at up to 2,048 by 2,048 pixels wide.” The standard Facebook application uploads lower-resolution pictures. The application will also finally bring photo filters to Facebook. - Facebook Camera will offer 15 filters, and will also include tools for cropping and straightening photos, much like the photo editing tools within Apple’s photo app. The filters will include cool, light, bright, golden, cream and neon. “They are stylistic in nature, they are not just enhancements,” Mr. Stoop said. - It might seem strange for Facebook to release a camera application with built-in filters just weeks after announcing plans to buy Instagram, the social photo app. But Facebook Camera is aimed at a different audience. Instagram has 40 million users, while Facebook has 900 million. This leaves a large swath of people who are not on Instagram but are actively taking photos and uploading them to Facebook. The filters in Facebook Camera were developed by Facebook and are not borrowed from Instagram. 14:20 - HP to lose 27000 employees - Restructuring - 27,000 employees to go worldwide - The company said the cuts - about 8% of its workforce - will reduce costs by up to $3.5bn (£2.2bn) a year. - HP employs about 350,000 people worldwide and about 20,000 in the UK. 18:22 - Yahoo Axis - Yahoo introduced its new Axis browser tonight, with versions for the Apple iPad and iPhone, as well as plugins for the top desktop browsers. - The company briefed a media army on the product and the consensus is that it’s very good. My favorite headline from Gizmodo: “Yahoo Came Out With Its Own Web Browser and It Actually Doesn’t Suck.” - It’s a slick offering, which essentially eliminates the texty link-filled search page for one of pretty visual tiles and pull-downs and more. Think Pinterest of search and you have the general idea. - iPad app is nice but US only for the moment - won’t replace my browser but something different. It’s more than handsome enough, it runs very smoothly (thanks mostly to its WebKit underpinnings), and your bookmarks sync between devices quickly once you make sure you’re logged in. - Not sure if it’s a browser as such 21:43 - Google finally gets Motorola - Google has today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, buying the Illinois-based device maker for $40 per share in cash for a total of $12.5 billion. - As widely expected, Sanjay Jha is stepping down as CEO and Dennis Woodside, Google’s former Americas head, will take the helm at Motorola Mobility, which will be operated as a standalone company. The company says the acquisition will help Google “supercharge” the Android ecosystem: while Motorola will be making devices using the platform, it will also remain open. - “It’s a great time to be in the mobile business…I’m confident Dennis [Woodhouse] and the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come,” Page writes. 26:06 - Google launches the Knowledge Graph - The Knowledge Graph enables you to search for things, people or places that Google knows about—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more—and instantly get information that’s relevant to your query. This is a critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do. - Google’s Knowledge Graph isn’t just rooted in public sources such as Freebase, Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook. It’s also augmented at a much larger scale—because we’re focused on comprehensive breadth and depth. It currently contains more than 500 million objects, as well as more than 3.5 billion facts about and relationships between these different objects. And it’s tuned based on what people search for, and what we find out on the web. - Helps you get a good summary of the search topic and go deeper if you wish to 28:26 - Waterstones teams up with...Amazon - Waterstones will sell Kindles in their own stores and also the best Kindle experience - The thinking seems to be that since we all like browsing in bookshops, and we all like reading on digital devices, combining the "singular pleasures of browsing a curated bookshop" with the "best digital readers" will make for the best of both worlds. But that seems to fundamentally misunderstand the appeal of the digital reading experience. Full disclosure: I don't use a Kindle, but price aside, the attraction of the Kindle experience seems to be that you can have lots of books, straight away – neither of which is usually much of a problem when you're standing in a bookshop. And the risk that Waterstones runs is that by welcoming its greatest rival onto the high street it puts Amazon's device into the hands of its most committed customers. - The terms of the deal won't be announced until the autumn, but the success or failure of this deal will be determined by what people think digital reading is - Basically says Kindle is the device/platform for reading books. Amazon wins. 30:36 - O2 rolling out 42Mbps 3G to major UK cities - UK mobile network operator O2 has confirmed it is currently rolling out a variant of DC-HSPA which will support connections of up to 42Mbps. Although the dual-cell HSPA technology can support impressive speeds, the technology will still operate as 3G ahead of the 4G spectrum that is being planned for the UK. British owners of the latest iPad or Nokia Lumia 900 (devices that support DC-HSPA) will be able to take advantage of the speeds providing their local mast has been upgraded. O2 says it's rolling out to "major UK cities," but there's no word on exact locations. - Three is also planning to rollout a 42Mbps version of DC-HSPA over the summer and T-Mobile / Orange are planning to support the technology later this year. Vodafone, the fourth major UK network operator, started to rollout a variant of DC-HSPA last year, but with support for up to 28.8Mbps — the company says it has no plans to support the 42Mbps variant. Picks Henry Swordigo - £1.49 - Nice platform/adventure. - Quite easy but nicely done. Ian Habit List - £1.49 - Helps create good habits and break bad ones - Add a habit, pick frequency, track how often you keep or break habits - Looks great - finding it very handy…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 118

2012-05-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 118 DigitalOutbox Episode 118 - Yahoo, Internet Porn and the Samsung Galaxy SIII Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:05 - Yahoo CEO Steps Down - Scott Thompson hired from PayPal to reinvigorate the business, has been forced out over an error in his CV – which wrongly claimed he has a computer science degree. - Lied about computing degree on his CV - Apologised to staff, not for lying, but that this was a distraction - He has seemingly been diagnosed with thyroid cancer which contributed to his decision to step down - Thompson, who started in January, was initially praised by Wall Street for his first round of cuts – removing 2,000 jobs (from a headcount of around 14,000) in order to save $375m per year, saying that it was "an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo – smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate." - He will be succeeded — at least for now — by Ross B. Levinsohn, the company’s head of global media. - Mr. Levinsohn, who is most likely auditioning to keep the role on a permanent basis, has been with Yahoo since late 2010, when the chief executive at that time, Carol Bartz, brought him in to lead its Americas operations. He is now the company’s global head of media, overseeing Yahoo’s core multibillion dollar advertising business. - I don’t really know what Yahoo is or does anymore! 6:36 - Internet Porn - Government to consult on tough new measures - The government is to consult on tough measures to protect children from internet pornography. Under plans being draw up by Downing Street, it would be up to customers to "opt in" to receive adult content online when they take out a broadband contract. - Campaigners have argued it is too easy for children to access explicit adult content on their phones and computers. Parents who want to ensure their children currently do not have access to internet pornography must opt out of services. - But under the proposals, internet service providers (ISPs) will be forced to ask customers if they wish to access sites when they sign up for broadband. David Cameron is due to meet large ISPs to discuss the measures but he is understood to be against tougher controls on internet porn. - Tory backbencher Claire Perry has accused internet companies of being "complicit" in exposing children to pornography. She said ISPs had been "dragging their feet" on reforming the way explicit material is accessed online. - A report by MPs found 77% of women would sign up to having a default filter barring pornographic content. - Nick Pickles, director of the privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, welcomed the consultation as a "positive step", but said ministers needed to focus on giving parents the ability to restrict their children's access rather than trying to censor the internet. - is it not better to educate children and parents 10:46 - Apple rejecting apps that use Dropbox SDK - Last year Apple caused a bit of a stir by forcing developers to remove links in iOS apps that allowed for external subscriptions or purchases to be made — unless the same transaction was also available as one of Apple's in-app purchases. A new wrinkle in the policy has developed, with Dropbox confirming that third-party developers incorporating its service are now being rejected under the same rule "because we allow users to create accounts." PandoDaily first reported on a support thread in Dropbox's user support forums, with developers complaining that their apps are being kicked back by the App Store review team. The issue is the way Dropbox's new SDK handles the authorization of third-party apps: it sends users to a page in Safari where they can grant access. However, that same page also allows new users to create accounts, after which they could drill down through Dropbox's site and upgrade to a paid account. - Dropbox initially tried removing a link to the desktop version of the site as a possible workaround, but the review team continued to reject apps. Earlier this evening, the company posted a version of its SDK that removed the ability to create a new account altogether. While Dropbox believes this should resolve the issue, it's hardly a convenient solution for iOS users looking to add functionality, and should only further stoke the flames of controversy over some of Apple's review guidelines. - Protecting iCloud, punishing DropBox or staying true to it’s word that you can’t offer paid options from links in the app without offering in app purchase as well? - Dropbox have now worked around problem - still pretty stinky 13:18 - Apple barred from using 4G when advertising iPad in the UK - Apple has been selling the device billed “4G”, even though the 4G chip inside will work only on 700MHz and 2100MHz spectra in the U.S. and Canada. - In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which regulates advertising, will on Wednesday publish an informal adjudication after receiving complaints from disgruntled customers, who said Apple’s claims wrongly suggested lightning-speed browsing. - But the authority could open a new investigation in to whether Apple is mis-leading customers. - Apple no longer using 4G in the UK store 14:29 - Facebook launches App Centre - Instead of selling apps that integrate with Facebook, the new App Center will refer users to other app stores where they can buy them. - What Facebook has announced is more of an app showcase. In addition to apps built on Facebook, it includes apps that use Facebook Login, regardless of whether they’re iOS, Android or web apps. - Though you will find iOS and Android apps in the App Center, you will be directed to Apple’s App Store orGoogle Play to actually download the apps. Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will allow developers to charge for “apps built on Facebook” for the first time, but is not clear whether users will purchase apps directly from the App Center. - Facebook’s App Center will launch on the web as well as within the iOS and Android Facebook apps. 16:58 - Facebook testing pay to promote - Facebook is testing a new feature called Highlight that allows users to pay a nominal fee to promote their posts, making them more prominent in others’ news feeds. Last year Facebook raked in $1.14 billion in revenue, about 85 percent of which is from ads, but this would be the first time the site attempts to monetize ordinary posts. - In a converation with Stuff, Facebook spokeswoman Mia Garlick confirmed the tests: "We’re constantly testing new features across the site. This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends." She also added that the company is testing the service at a number of price points, including free. The feature is similar to a new addition from Tumblr that lets users pay to promote their blog posts. 20:16 - Rdio launches in UK - Similar to Spotify, listen to music on the web or devices - No fanfare, just available with 7 day free trial - Looks ot be more US centric with some new additions for UK market 22:14 - Samsung Galaxy SIII - Major specs include a 4.8-inch PenTile Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel primary and 1.9-megapixel front-facing cameras with 990ms start-up time, 3.3fps burst mode, and best-shot selection (similar to the HTC One series), 16 or 32GB of storage (a 64GB version is coming later) with microSD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception, high-throughput 40MHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, and a relatively large 2,100mAh battery. - The global version of the device will be using the recently-announced Exynos 4 Quad quad-core system-on-chip — regional variants could be using alternatives, just as the Galaxy S II did. The phone measures 8.6mm thick (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, to be exact) which is actually a bit thicker than the S II's 8.5mm. The global version will support 21Mbps HSPA+, though Samsung is quick to point out that certain local models will have 4G. - Flipboard is exclusive to Samsung SIII owners on Android for a limted time - 50GB of Dropbox space - double HTC - Samsung says that Europeans can look for the Galaxy S III to launch on May 29th with the 32GB model as a Vodafone exclusive for the first month 28:13 - Games Update - Diablo III launches at midnight tonight - Max Payne 3 - some great early reviews, out friday - Ghost Recon Future Soldier next week - Trials Evolution and Fez - great arcade games, not forgetting Minecraft too Picks Ian Bartender - Free while in beta, - Tidies menu bar icons - Hide icons in bartenders own bar - Can display an app if it updates for 5 seconds - Really cleans up my messy menu bar…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 117

2012-05-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 117 DigitalOutbox Episode 117 - Pirate Bay, John Lewis Broadband and Google Drive Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry TunnelBear - easy to use VPN - free for 500mb per month - $4.99 pm for (unlimited) or $49.99 for a year Ian ScoTutor for Mac - for Mac or iOs - Free for a limited time - Great tutorial app for those new to Mac’s - 150 minutes all about the Mac - great if you’ve just picked up a Mac, or you parents for example have just started on a Mac. - ScoTutor for iPad also now free, on Mac and iPad…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 117

2012-05-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 117 DigitalOutbox Episode 117 - Pirate Bay, John Lewis Broadband and Google Drive Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry TunnelBear - easy to use VPN - free for 500mb per month - $4.99 pm for (unlimited) or $49.99 for a year Ian ScoTutor for Mac - for Mac or iOs - Free for a limited time - Great tutorial app for those new to Mac’s - 150 minutes all about the Mac - great if you’ve just picked up a Mac, or you parents for example have just started on a Mac. - ScoTutor for iPad also now free, on Mac and iPad…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 116

2012-04-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 116 DigitalOutbox Episode 116 - Twitters IPA, Nokia Woes and Windows 8 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry Myscript Memo - universal app iOS. - Free to download but exporting OCR’d txt is an in app purchase. - Only works in portrait mode. OCR happens once you’re finished rather than as you type. Works well - multiple language support and you can add your own vocabulary. Nice palm rest feature so you don’t write with your palm and finger.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 116

2012-04-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 116 DigitalOutbox Episode 116 - Twitters IPA, Nokia Woes and Windows 8 Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry Myscript Memo - universal app iOS. - Free to download but exporting OCR’d txt is an in app purchase. - Only works in portrait mode. OCR happens once you’re finished rather than as you type. Works well - multiple language support and you can add your own vocabulary. Nice palm rest feature so you don’t write with your palm and finger.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 115

2012-04-13

DigitalOutbox Episode 115 In this episode - Facebook buys Instagram. Microsoft buys some patents and BT doubles speeds. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Pebble - E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android Caines Arcade - If you’ve got 11 minutes, watch this…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 115

2012-04-13

DigitalOutbox Episode 115 In this episode - Facebook buys Instagram. Microsoft buys some patents and BT doubles speeds. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Pebble - E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android Caines Arcade - If you’ve got 11 minutes, watch this…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 114

2012-04-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 114 In this episode the team discuss Project Glass, Privacy and Apple woes Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Hero Academy - RPG’ish battle between friends - Like mini chess - Seems simple but has real depth due to different factions, characters, powers and upgrades - Multiplayer - play quickly or over a few days like words with friends - Now universal - lovely lovely graphics - Free, but in app purchases to unlock other classes …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 114

2012-04-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 114 In this episode the team discuss Project Glass, Privacy and Apple woes Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Hero Academy - RPG’ish battle between friends - Like mini chess - Seems simple but has real depth due to different factions, characters, powers and upgrades - Multiplayer - play quickly or over a few days like words with friends - Now universal - lovely lovely graphics - Free, but in app purchases to unlock other classes …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 113

2012-03-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 113 In this episode the team discuss Game, Racists, Kindle Touch and Paper. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Paper - a blank slate of paper devoid of settings panels, menus, and adjustable line widths. - team behind it had an interesting history: a handful of them spent several years at Microsoft, with a good chunk of that time focused on the Courier - Fountain pen is only tool at startup - Free app but £6 for 4 tools - Write (ballpoint), Sketch (pencil), Outline (marker), and Color (watercolor paintbrush) - Simplicity and clear toolbar free UI is really nice. Great for sketching, but here’s the funny. A stylus really helps. - Undo is really nice - hold two fingers on iPad and rotate anti clockwise - step through additions removing one at a time - Share - twitter, facebook, tumblr and e-mail Wind Map - Lovely visualisation of current wind flows in the US - Team hope to expand ot other countries if they can find the data feeds they need…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 113

2012-03-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 113 In this episode the team discuss Game, Racists, Kindle Touch and Paper. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Paper - a blank slate of paper devoid of settings panels, menus, and adjustable line widths. - team behind it had an interesting history: a handful of them spent several years at Microsoft, with a good chunk of that time focused on the Courier - Fountain pen is only tool at startup - Free app but £6 for 4 tools - Write (ballpoint), Sketch (pencil), Outline (marker), and Color (watercolor paintbrush) - Simplicity and clear toolbar free UI is really nice. Great for sketching, but here’s the funny. A stylus really helps. - Undo is really nice - hold two fingers on iPad and rotate anti clockwise - step through additions removing one at a time - Share - twitter, facebook, tumblr and e-mail Wind Map - Lovely visualisation of current wind flows in the US - Team hope to expand ot other countries if they can find the data feeds they need…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 112

2012-03-23

DigitalOutbox Episode 112 In this episode the team discuss Apple and it's money. Mike Daisey, Game and iPlayer hits the 360. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry CloudOn - free office on ipad. - Now accepting signups Cloak - Zero config vpn app for Mac and iOS…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 112

2012-03-23

DigitalOutbox Episode 112 In this episode the team discuss Apple and it's money. Mike Daisey, Game and iPlayer hits the 360. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry CloudOn - free office on ipad. - Now accepting signups Cloak - Zero config vpn app for Mac and iOS…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 111

2012-03-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 111 In this episode the team discuss Encyclopedia Britannica, BBC, Yahoo Sues Facebook and homeless wi-fi transmitters Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry Bryce 7 pro - Free until end of march - Mac and PC - doesn’t work well with Lion Ian MacUpdate Bundle - VMware Fusion 4 ($49.99) – Run Windows and more on your Mac without rebooting - Drive Genius 3 ($99.00) – Optimize, repair, test, resize and clean up your Mac - PDFpen 5 ($59.95) – Edit and annotate PDFs - ForkLift 2.5 ($29.95) – File manager: FTP, WebDAV, S3, Bluetooth, and more - Typinator 5 ($33.00) – Text expansion solution - DesktopShelves 2 ($14.99) – Display folders as desktop shelves - Snapheal ($14.99) – Professional-quality image enhancement utility - Boom ($10.99) – Boost audio output for your entire system - Phone to Mac ($24.95) – Copy media from an iOS device to your Mac - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed ($29.99) – High-energy action set in the Star Wars universe - Worms Special Edition ($9.99) – Classic turn-based strategy game - $378 of app’s for $49.99 - 13 days and 8 hours - so a couple of weeks to bag a bargain…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 111

2012-03-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 111 In this episode the team discuss Encyclopedia Britannica, BBC, Yahoo Sues Facebook and homeless wi-fi transmitters Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Henry Bryce 7 pro - Free until end of march - Mac and PC - doesn’t work well with Lion Ian MacUpdate Bundle - VMware Fusion 4 ($49.99) – Run Windows and more on your Mac without rebooting - Drive Genius 3 ($99.00) – Optimize, repair, test, resize and clean up your Mac - PDFpen 5 ($59.95) – Edit and annotate PDFs - ForkLift 2.5 ($29.95) – File manager: FTP, WebDAV, S3, Bluetooth, and more - Typinator 5 ($33.00) – Text expansion solution - DesktopShelves 2 ($14.99) – Display folders as desktop shelves - Snapheal ($14.99) – Professional-quality image enhancement utility - Boom ($10.99) – Boost audio output for your entire system - Phone to Mac ($24.95) – Copy media from an iOS device to your Mac - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed ($29.99) – High-energy action set in the Star Wars universe - Worms Special Edition ($9.99) – Classic turn-based strategy game - $378 of app’s for $49.99 - 13 days and 8 hours - so a couple of weeks to bag a bargain…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 110

2012-03-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 110 In this episode the team discuss the new iPad, Google Play and Halo 4. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Chris DrawSomething - OMGPOP game. - Cross device app (Android, iOS) - Turn based pictionary in essence. You get to chose the word you want to try and draw. More coins earned for harder words. - Other person then gets to see a recording of you drawing. - Hangman style letters at bottom of the screen to chose from and make a word. - Once correct/pass, the recording of the other person guessing is then played back to the original drawer - followed by watching the other player draw their word... etc - Idea is to get the longest winning streaks. - Coins earn you unlocks - eg you start with a limited pallet, so coins unlock more colour options. High coin prices on colours etc mean you need to play lots to unlock OR (of course) you can in-app purchase more coins. - Yes, it’s easy to cheat and just write the word on screen - but MOST people don’t do this and I just stop playing with anyone who does that. - Currently on sale 69p.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 110

2012-03-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 110 In this episode the team discuss the new iPad, Google Play and Halo 4. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Chris DrawSomething - OMGPOP game. - Cross device app (Android, iOS) - Turn based pictionary in essence. You get to chose the word you want to try and draw. More coins earned for harder words. - Other person then gets to see a recording of you drawing. - Hangman style letters at bottom of the screen to chose from and make a word. - Once correct/pass, the recording of the other person guessing is then played back to the original drawer - followed by watching the other player draw their word... etc - Idea is to get the longest winning streaks. - Coins earn you unlocks - eg you start with a limited pallet, so coins unlock more colour options. High coin prices on colours etc mean you need to play lots to unlock OR (of course) you can in-app purchase more coins. - Yes, it’s easy to cheat and just write the word on screen - but MOST people don’t do this and I just stop playing with anyone who does that. - Currently on sale 69p.…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 109

2012-03-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 109 In this episode the team discuss Mobile World Congress, Windows 8 and trouble for Game. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Moom - $5 - Application/window sizer - Size an app to half, quarter screen with ease - Size to a grid - great for spcaing out apps easily - Create window layouts - handy for common task involving a few app’s....like podcasting, graphic editing, coding - A tool OS X should really have built in Chris Do Not Track + - Essentially a browser plugin that blocks tracking data from reporting back about your visits. - Chrome, FF, IE, Safari / Mac, PC - Stops an awful lot of ‘chatter’ that goes between advertising and tracking companies and social visit tracking through like/+1 buttons. - Stops analytics tracking. - Doesn’t stop some tracking - especially where logged in and interacting with social buttons so not fool proof by any means…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 109

2012-03-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 109 In this episode the team discuss Mobile World Congress, Windows 8 and trouble for Game. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Moom - $5 - Application/window sizer - Size an app to half, quarter screen with ease - Size to a grid - great for spcaing out apps easily - Create window layouts - handy for common task involving a few app’s....like podcasting, graphic editing, coding - A tool OS X should really have built in Chris Do Not Track + - Essentially a browser plugin that blocks tracking data from reporting back about your visits. - Chrome, FF, IE, Safari / Mac, PC - Stops an awful lot of ‘chatter’ that goes between advertising and tracking companies and social visit tracking through like/+1 buttons. - Stops analytics tracking. - Doesn’t stop some tracking - especially where logged in and interacting with social buttons so not fool proof by any means…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 108

2012-02-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 108 In this episode the team discuss Privacy, Piracy, 4G in the UK and the Sony Vita. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:15 - New Privacy Rights - Six of the world's top consumer technology companies – including Apple, Google and Microsoft – have agreed that apps will provide greaterprivacy disclosures before users download them so as to protect consumers' personal data, California's attorney general said on Wednesday. - The move comes amid increasing criticism over "data grabs" by a number of third-party applications which don't offer clear disclosure about how much of a user's personal data such as their address book they will store on their servers. - The new agreement binds Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM), and Hewlett-Packard – and developers on their platforms – to disclose how they use private data before an app may be downloaded, Attorney General Kamala Harris said. - The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights will give Internet users the right to: control what data is collected, how their personal data is used and shared; avoid having information collected in one context and then used for another purpose; have data held securely; and to know who is accountable for the misuse of the data. It applies to personal data, which means any data--including aggregations of data--that is linkable to a specific individual. - Google also came under renewed scrutiny over its announcement earlier in February that it would streamline its privacy policy, and still faces separate scrutiny from the US Congress over its circumvention of security settings in browsers to track millions of users of its services on Apple's iPhone and iPad, and users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. - The policy change would give Google access to user information across its products, such as GMail and Google Plus, without the proper ability for consumers to opt out, said the 36 US attorneys general in their letter. EU authorities have asked Google to halt the policy change until regulators can investigate the matter. - Meanwhile the US's Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has put up a page explaining how people can wipe clean their Google Search History before the changes take effect on 1 March. But it noted that this will not prevent some tracking. - Google mobile safari issue - on iOS, by default, safari disables third party cookies - google invisibly posting a form in an iframe in the background without telling you - google by doing above got round the above setting - once revealed google have stopped doing this - before stopping this if this was set, google could set cookies and track as they usually do - who’s at fault - Apple for breaking an accepted web practice by default? - Google for clearly working around a browser setting that you have set 8:02 - Real world Google Goggles - According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600. - The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. - A Google spokesman declined to comment on the project. - They will also have a unique navigation system. “The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click,” Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.” - The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby, according to the Google employees. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly — although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed. 13:24 - Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK - Major music groups want British internet service providers (ISPs), such as BT and BSkyB, to prevent their millions of customers from accessing The Pirate Bay in the UK. In a judgment handed down at the high court in London on Monday, Mr Justice Arnold ruled that The Pirate Bay and its users unlawfully share copyrighted music. - The Pirate Bay is one of the world's longest-running and biggest filesharing sites. According to record labels, it generated up to $3m in advertising revenue in October last year by making 4m copies of music and films available to its 30 million worldwide users. The site has 3.7 million users in the UK, according to comScore. - The high court is expected to rule in June whether the ISPs should prevent their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay. Mr Justice Arnold said in a written judgment: "In my judgment, the operators of [The Pirate Bay] do authorise its users' infringing acts of copying and communication to the public. They go far beyond merely enabling or assisting. - "I conclude that both users and the operators of [The Pirate Bay] infringe the copyrights of the claimants … in the UK." 15:27 - The Oatmeal on Piracy - Great comic on the problem with piracy - So many agreed but Andy Ihnatko had an interesting take... - The single least-attractive attribute of many of the people who download content illegally is their smug sense of entitlement. - The world does not OWE you Season 1 of “Game Of Thrones” in the form you want it at the moment you want it at the price you want to pay for it. If it’s not available under 100% your terms, you have the free-and-clear option of not having it. - I sometimes wonder if this simple, grown-up fact gets ignored during all of these discussions about digital distribution. 18:21 - Nightline visits Foxconn - It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade - It takes five days and 325 hands to make a single iPad - Foxconn produces 300k iPad camera modules per day - Foxconn workers pay for their own food — about $.70 per meal, and work 12 hour shifts - Workers who live in the dorms sleep six to eight a room, and pay $17.50 a month to do so - Workers make $1.78 an hour - New employees at Foxconn undergo three days of training and "team building" exercises before they begin - The FLA (Fair Labor Association - which Apple brought in to audit Foxconn) is interested in whether or not workers will look up at visitors in a factory — if they'll be "willing to look at curiosities" - Apple paid $250,000 to join the FLA, and is paying for its audit - Louis Woo, when asked if he would accept Apple demanding double pay for employees replied "Why not?" 21:11 - 4G Rollout - up to 1 million will need TV filters - Almost a million UK homes will need to have filters installed to prevent TV interference from 4G mobile signals - at a cost of £108m. The filter, which is fitted to a digital TV box, blocks out unwanted noise from the 4G signal. It can be fitted without the help of an engineer - but over-75s and disabled people will be given assistance if needed. - A smaller number of homes - about 10,000 - will need to switch to satellite or cable TV services in order to avoid degraded picture quality. - Homes that cannot receive these alternative platforms (around 500) will receive up to £10,000 each to "find a solution". - Costs will be met by the winner of a spectrum auction later this year. In these cases, expected to be in rural areas, up to £10,000 per household will be provided to fund alternative solutions to receiving television - such as having fibre cabling installed. 24:47 - 4G Broadband could hit the UK this year - Customers of phone company Everything Everywhere, the largest UK network with 27 million subscribers, will have access to super-fast 4G mobile broadband before the end of the year if regulators grant permission. EE says it wants to put 4G into the hands of its Orange and T-Mobile customers, as well as those of Three, Virgin Media and other brands that use its network, a year ahead of schedule. - The UK has slipped behind other nations, including the US, Germany and Sweden, in the mobile broadband speed stakes, and those wanting to access the internet on the go using smartphones and laptops can find the experience frustratingly slow. - The British auction, the largest ever sale of national airwaves, has been delayed by legal wrangling between the operators and will not conclude until early next year. A full national rollout is now not scheduled until the end of 2013. - EE has asked telecoms watchdog Ofcom for permission to convert some of its existing 1800MHz (megahertz) spectrum, already used to carry voice calls, texts, and slower 3G internet connections, to 4G. - Created through the merger of two mobile networks and with a mast sharing agreement with Three, EE has enough spare capacity to offer a limited commercial service without having to buy new spectrum. With few 4G phones available, EE's service will at first work only on dongles – gadgets which plug into laptops to provide an internet connection via the mobile phone networks. - EE's service, which will be on trial in Bristol from April, could launch by the end of 2012 if Ofcom grants approval by April or May. - A spokesman for the regulator said: "Ofcom has received an application from EE to vary its licence for 4G use. Ofcom is considering that application and once it arrives at a view it will consult with stakeholders." The process could take between eight and 12 weeks, and will involve soundings with rival mobile phone networks and any other interested parties. 27:34 - Sky Go hits Android - BSkyB has launched its Sky Go app for Android, following its debut on iOS in 2011. It provides live access of up to 22 Sky channels depending on the user's home subscription status. Up to two devices can be registered, but it appears to be smartphone-only at the moment: supported at launch are the HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II - Sky did say it would be ‘the year of the app’ - Also confirmed at the weekend a dedicated Formula 1 app will launch 30:06 - Sony Vita - No doubting quality of the new Sony handheld - Pricey for what it is. - Will it be last dedicated handheld platform? Picks Ian Matter - MATTER will focus on doing one thing, and doing it exceptionally well. Every week, we will publish a single piece of top-tier long-form journalism about big issues in technology and science. That means no cheap reviews, no snarky opinion pieces, no top ten lists. Just one unmissable story. - MATTER is about brilliant ideas from all around the world, whether they come from professors at MIT or the minds of mad people. But most of all, it’s about getting amazing investigative reporters to tell compelling stories. - Long form journalism is becoming a lost art and it deserves your support …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 108

2012-02-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 108 In this episode the team discuss Privacy, Piracy, 4G in the UK and the Sony Vita. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Matter - MATTER will focus on doing one thing, and doing it exceptionally well. Every week, we will publish a single piece of top-tier long-form journalism about big issues in technology and science. That means no cheap reviews, no snarky opinion pieces, no top ten lists. Just one unmissable story. - MATTER is about brilliant ideas from all around the world, whether they come from professors at MIT or the minds of mad people. But most of all, it’s about getting amazing investigative reporters to tell compelling stories. - Long form journalism is becoming a lost art and it deserves your support …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 107

2012-02-17

Shownotes 1:36 - Mountain Lion - http://daringfireball.net/2012/02/mountain_lion - Moving to a yearly release schedule like iOS - Mac OS X is no more...it’s just OS X - Inspired by iPad - 10 features revealed - Full iCloud support - third party apps can save to iCloud, only if they feature in MAS. Mac App Store apps effectively have two modes for opening/saving documents: iCloud or the traditional local hierarchical file system. The traditional way is mostly unchanged from Lion (and, really, from all previous versions of Mac OS X). The iCloud way is visually distinctive: it looks like the iPad springboard — linen background, iOS-style one-level-only drag-one-on-top-of-another-to-create-one “folders”. It’s not a replacement of traditional Mac file management and organization. It’s a radically simplified alternative. - Messages does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. And just like iMessage in iOS, it lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. Beta available now - Reminders - Notes - Notification centre - Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything. Notification banners appear on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t interrupt what you’re doing. - Share sheets - You’ll find the Share button in many OS X Mountain Lion apps. It’s the new, easy way to spread the word — links, photos, and videos, too. Send links from Safari. Send your notes via Mail and Messages. Post photos to Flickr. Send videos to Vimeo. And tweet just about anything. - Twitter - baked into OS X - Sign in once and you’re all set to start tweeting — and you don’t have to leave the app you’re in. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet. - Game centre - Airplay mirroring - YEEHAH - except it’s mirroring from desktop to Apple TV, not iPad to desktop - Gatekeeper - a system whereby developers can sign up for free-of-charge Apple developer IDs which they can then use to cryptographically sign their applications. If an app is found to be malware, Apple can revoke that developer’s certificate, rendering the app (along with any others from the same developer) inert on any Mac where it’s been installed. In effect, it offers all the security benefits of the App Store, except for the process of approving apps by Apple. Users have three choices which type of apps can run on Mountain Lion: Only those from the App Store Only those from the App Store or which are signed by a developer ID Any app, whether signed or unsigned The default for this setting is, I say, exactly right: the one in the middle, disallowing only unsigned apps. This default setting benefits users by increasing practical security, and also benefits developers, preserving the freedom to ship whatever software they want for the Mac, with no approval process. - A unified search/URL bar in Safari. Yes. YES!!!! (And yes, like Chrome.) A “VIPs” area of Mail to mark your favorite contacts. (Yes, sort of like Priority Inbox for Gmail.) A search box in Launchpad (to see for apps if you have a ton). Better date editing in Calendar (a calendar drop-down finally). A much better way to add/remove widgets in Dashboard (more app-like). - Dev preview available now, Mountain Lion out this summer 13:26 - App access to contact data will require explicit user permission - The path fallout continued over the last week - Lots of blogger in fighting that while amusing was ultimately no more than dick waving - The Verge showed just how many app’s were accessing your contact book - http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/14/2798008/ios-apps-and-the-address-book-what-you-need-to-know - Foursquare bad - one of the best was...Facebook - Foursquare released very quick update - Finally Apple commented: - “Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.” - Will rumble on I think - Twitter downloads and stores data for 18 months - http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-twitter-contacts-20120214,0,5579919.story - Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the "Find friends" feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users' entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months. The company also said it plans to update its apps to clarify that user contacts are being transmitted and stored. - The company's current privacy policy does not explicitly disclose that Twitter downloads and stores user address books. 17:17 - Chinese authorities start seizing iPads - Chinese authorities are grabbing Apple iPads off the shelves in Northern China stores because the domestic Shenzhen Proview Technology company claims ownership of the name “iPad.” - Apple will face a $38 million fine for using the “iPad” name in China, according to a Proview rep. As Mashablepreviously reported, Apple bought the rights from Proview Electronics’ parent company Taiwan-based Proview International Holdings in 2010, but rights have not extended to China. - Proview has registered trademarks for the name “IPAD” in Europe, Mexico, China and other parts of Asia, according to the L.A. Times. - Proview successfully sued Apple last December for $1.6 billion. Apple is appealing the decision. Tablets started coming off the shelves on Thursday. There are no reports of how many devices or number of stores affected. Local news reports state that some Apple stores are holding them in back rooms to avoid products being confiscated. 18:27 - Google Wallet Hacked - Google wallet ‘hacked’ twice in two days. - First required a rooted phone. - http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/google-wallet-hack/ - If you think this might spell the end of NFC and mobile payments, this guy says think again - people are already buying apps and music with mobiles on android and itunes and we need to: “Forget the NFC argument - look at payments behavior” - http://www.finextra.com/community/fullblog.aspx?blogid=6232 19:58 - Pingit - Barclays bank has launched Europe's first money-sending service that allows UK current account customers to send and receive cash through their mobile phones. Barclays' 11.9 million current account customers can download the bank's Pingit app to their smartphone and start making instant money transfers to anyone with a UK-based mobile phone and a current account with any UK bank. - The app, which will be extended to all UK banking customers by early March, is free to use. It is aimed at an increasingly mobile-orientated public who use their phone to manage many aspects of their lives. Barclays says the service will enable users to make quick payments to each other – such as splitting a bill in a restaurant. It could also help some small traders, such as window cleaners, who need to collect payments from regular customers. - To send money via Pingit you need a smartphone handset – an iPhone, Blackberry and those using Android software; to receive payments you can use any handset. Users call the recipient's mobile number via the Pingit app, key in an amount between £1 and £300 and hit send. The money is moved between the two current accounts using the Faster Payments service, and takes as little as 30 seconds. - Easy to register on Barclays website for paying 23:30 - Sony Music - On Monday, reporters fell over themselves to reveal that the price of Houston's Ultimate Collection had gone from £4.99 to £7.99 in the UK's Apple iTunes store and her Whitney: The Greatest Hits had mysteriously increased from £7.99 to £9.99. - Apple and Sony copped a lot of bad press - Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mis-priced on the UK iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologise for any offence caused. - Quite how the albums accidentally jumped up in cost only on the UK iTunes store and immediately after Houston's death was not explained 25:07 - Most successful kickstarter so far - Tim Schafer has just put his Double Fine studio to work on a Kickstarter project. - It raised over $1 million in....24 hours - Why? - Schafer - whose adventure gaming credits include Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango and Full Throttle - will be involved, but so too would Ron Gilbert, the creator of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion. - Fanboys rejoice! 27:42 - Minecraft Lego preo-order - £34.99, 480 pieces, this summer - Bargain 28:09 - MIT launches completely free Electronics course - we mentioned the success of itunesU on previous podcast - but this new course offers a certificate to students completing the course. - Completely free - Runs from March to June 2012 - Need to sign up to an “honour code” at enrollment. - Online assessment. Picks Chris Fancy for iPad - Free - Don’t know whether we’ve discussed this on pod before - but essentially an app that highlights awesome products / design / concepts and, if available, will also offer a link for you to buy said item! - All sorts covered from gadgets, food, fashion, architecture, locations, photography, design - Love it to scroll through in quiet moments! Ian Clear for iPhone - Easy to use todo manager - Fantastic new UI concept - No buttons - very visual - No dates, categories etc - just lists and a visual way to sort and clear todos - Audio great to - £0.69, well worth trying if you are at all interested in design and UI…

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2012-02-17

Picks Chris Fancy for iPad - Free - Don’t know whether we’ve discussed this on pod before - but essentially an app that highlights awesome products / design / concepts and, if available, will also offer a link for you to buy said item! - All sorts covered from gadgets, food, fashion, architecture, locations, photography, design - Love it to scroll through in quiet moments! Ian Clear for iPhone - Easy to use todo manager - Fantastic new UI concept - No buttons - very visual - No dates, categories etc - just lists and a visual way to sort and clear todos - Audio great to - £0.69, well worth trying if you are at all interested in design and UI…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 106

2012-02-10

DigitalOutbox Episode 106 In this episode the team discuss Apple legal woes, Path choose the wrong way and rumours. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:05 - Apple lose lawsuit in Germany - Lose lawsuit against Motorola - Motorola won a court ruling in December relating to an alleged infringement of wireless patents for 3G connections by Apple handsets including the iPhone 4 and the 3G version of the iPad 2. - MMI won a separate court injunction against Apple on Friday that could force the US electronics giant to block a key function of its iCloud email system for users in Germany. That would require MMI first to post a €100m (£83m) bond to cover potential outcomes. - Forced to pull iPhone and iPad from sale online in Germany - still on sale in stores - They appeal and the products are back for sale by the end of the day - We said it months ago when this kicked off - it’s going to get ugly and it’s the customer that will lose - Pretty funny though that Apple lost 6:46 - Apple faces $38m fine in China trademark case - The future of Apple's iPad is under threat in China after local firm Proview Technology Shenzhen claimed ownership of the trademark and demanded sales of the device be halted, reports the China Daily. - Apple could also be slapped with a $38 million fine as authorities in Beijing weigh up the case. - The lawsuit is the latest twist in a saga that began in October 2010, when Proview Technology's parent company Proview International sued Apple for 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion), claiming it had rights over the iPad trademark. - The controversy stems from the fact that two of its subsidiaries, Proview Taipei and the aforementioned Proview Technology Shenzhen, both registered the iPad trademark in different territories and at different times more than 10 years ago. Proview Taipei later sold its rights to the trademark to U.K.-based IP Application Development Ltd, which in turn sold it to Apple for a mere £10. 9:57 - FBI releases Steve Jobs file - Some of the titbits revealed in the 191 pages of documents include that that he was a negligent father who would "twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," according to documents released by the FBI. - The FBI interviewed Jobs and at least 29 people who knew him as part of a background check. Their investigations took place in the 1990s, after Jobs had been fired from Apple and before his triumphant return to the company. - "Several individuals questioned Mr Jobs' honesty stating that Mr Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals. They also commented that, in the past, Mr Jobs was not supportive of [redacted] and their daughter; however, recently has become supportive," according to the documents. - Another source characterised Jobs as "a deceptive individual who who is not completely forthright and honest". The files paint a picture of a complicated man, full of contradictions. 11:30 - Path choose the wrong way - http://mclov.in/2012/02/08/path-uploads-your-entire-address-book-to-their-servers.html - Arun Thampi found that Path uploads your entire iOS address book to their servers without asking or telling you that it’s done so - used http://mitmproxy.org/ - provides a console interface that allows traffic flows to be inspected and edited on the fly. - Issue for me is the downloading and retaining on server rather than accessing the address book - if I leave service is my address book deleted? - path apologises - deletes all data from servers and releases new app askin gyou to opt in - good blog post from Dave Morin - http://blog.path.com/post/17274932484/we-are-sorry?c8f39750 - but problem is much more widespread says ins tapper dev - iOS Address Book access should prompt the user for permission - http://www.marco.org/2012/02/09/ios-address-book-should-prompt-users 17:36 - Googles Bouncer for Android - Bouncer scanning software, developed by Google, is designed to search the Android market for software that could be malicious - Bouncer will scan current and new applications, plus developer accounts. The blog post explained how the service will function. - “Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.” - Bouncer was tested in 2011 and comparing the first half of the year to the second, Google Mobile reported a 40% decrease in malicious downloads. 19:32 - Chrome beta for Android - Only for Ice Cream Sandwich - No flash support - Fast, but Android browser is faster - Big draw though, is how it ties into your desktop experience. When you first launch Chrome it'll ask you to sign into your Google account. After doing that, all of your bookmarks, Omnibar results and open tabs are automatically synced. Opening a new tab not only offers you quick access to your most frequently visited sites, recently closed tabs and bookmarks (just like the desktop version), but also any tabs you might still have open on another machine. - Will we see Chrome browser for Windows mobile and iOS? 23:58 - Rumours - iPad 3 to be unveiled first week of March - What do you expect? - What do you want? - http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204369404577211961645711988-lMyQjAxMTAyMDAwODEwNDgyWj.html - Google cloud drive service to launch soon called Drive - Rival to Dropbox - The Google service, which is expected to launch in the coming weeks or months, will be free for most consumers and businesses. Google will charge a fee to those who want to store a large amount of files, the people familiar with the matter said. Picks Ian Tweetbot for iPad - £1.99 - Fast, clear, great UI, mute options, tweetmarker support - So much better than Twitter official client on iPad and iPhone - Hope twitter don’t buy these guys... Chris FontSquirrel - As free web fonts ramp up - this site offers another selection of free (including commercial use) font packages that allow you to give your sites a little something different. - Another great feature of the site is the ability to upload a font you already own (and have the web licence for!) and use their online tool to deliver back down a full browser pack that will mean your fonts display cross browser/operating system. - TrueType Fonts for Firefox 3.5+ , Opera 10+, Safari 3.1+, Chrome 4.0.249.4+ - EOT fonts for Internet Explorer 4+ - WOFF fonts for Firefox 3.6+, Internet Explorer 9+, Chrome 5+ - SVG fonts for iPad and iPhone - Cufón fonts in case you want them …

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2012-02-10

DigitalOutbox Episode 106 In this episode the team discuss Apple legal woes, Path choose the wrong way and rumours. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Picks Ian Tweetbot for iPad - £1.99 - Fast, clear, great UI, mute options, tweetmarker support - So much better than Twitter official client on iPad and iPhone - Hope twitter don’t buy these guys... Chris FontSquirrel - As free web fonts ramp up - this site offers another selection of free (including commercial use) font packages that allow you to give your sites a little something different. - Another great feature of the site is the ability to upload a font you already own (and have the web licence for!) and use their online tool to deliver back down a full browser pack that will mean your fonts display cross browser/operating system. - TrueType Fonts for Firefox 3.5+ , Opera 10+, Safari 3.1+, Chrome 4.0.249.4+ - EOT fonts for Internet Explorer 4+ - WOFF fonts for Firefox 3.6+, Internet Explorer 9+, Chrome 5+ - SVG fonts for iPad and iPhone - Cufón fonts in case you want them …

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DigitalOutbox Episode 105

2012-02-03

Shownotes 0:57 - Facebook IPO - Finally, Facebook files for $5 billion IPO (Initial Public Offering) - Values company at around $100 billion - Zuck owns just over %28% - He still has full control - pretty impressive - Zuckerberg compares Facebook to transformative technologies like the printing press and the television, stating “Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.” - Zuckerberg also describes Facebook’s internal mantra, known as “The Hacker Way”. The word “hacker” has an unfairly negative connotation…hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration…We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls. - The letter concludes with Facebook’s 5 core principles: Focus on Impact, Move Fast, Be Bold, Be Open, Build Social Value. - Going to make a lot of people very rich - Will Facebook change now that it is answerable to shareholders? - For example, the graffiti artist who has a shareholding worth around $200 million - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/technology/for-founders-to-decorators-facebook-riches.html 6:46 - UK Court says you can copyright the basic idea of a photograph - a judge has ruled that a photograph using a similar idea, but totally different compositionis infringement. You can see the two photographs here: - As you can tell, the expression is totally different. Obviously, the idea is quite similar, but ideas aren't supposed to be protected. You can read the full ruling here, in which the court seems persuaded by the fact that the original photographer had to do some Photoshopping to the image. Now, it's true that European copyright laws are much more open to "sweat of the brow" arguments for copyright (which is not the case in the US), but even so, this ruling is ridiculous and troubling. - Court said: I have not found this to be an easy question but I have decided that the defendants' work does reproduce a substantial part of the claimant's artistic work. In the end the issue turns on a qualitative assessment of the reproduced elements. The elements which have been reproduced are a substantial part of the claimant's work because, despite the absence of some important compositional elements, they still include the key combination of what I have called the visual contrast features with the basic composition of the scene itself. It is that combination which makes Mr Fielder's image visually interesting. It is not just another photograph of cliched London icons. - Bonkers! World gone mad. 10:09 - gov.uk enters beta - a single domain for central government. - As Mike Bracken, HMG Executive Director for Digital said, our aim is to deliver simpler, clearer, faster services for users and savings and innovation for Government. - We have re-written, re-designed and re-thought 667 of the needs people have of Government (broadly, those currently catered for by Directgov) - making them asfindable, understandable and actionable as we can. - We’ve built a scalable, modular open source technology platform to support them, we’ve designed the user experience around them and we’ve worked with colleagues across many departments to fact-check them. Source is on github - https://github.com/alphagov/ - Through designing and iterating these we’ve got the templates and techniques we need to support a whole host more needs – either written by ourselves or others. - Now want feedback via getsatisfaction - http://getsatisfaction.com/govuk or twitter and facebook - Very impressive 13:50 - BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to launch on Sky Anytime+ - Sky will extend Anytime+ to be open to all customers irrespective of broadband provider by Easter 2012 - ITV Player available today on Anytime+ - BBC iPlayer available later this year - Sky building their VOD capability - Virgin have had iPlayer for years - Is this to fight off Netflix and the upcoming Google TV? - BBC and Sky deal unusual as they are hardly the most complementary of each other - Didn’t know but the BBC still pays £10m per annum to gain access to the Sky network. Most figures show that the most viewed channels on the Sky network are from the BBC 15:41 - Skys New Web TV Service - Sky has today announced a new service which will allow customers to watch its content over the internet, aimed at people who have so far resisted taking a pay-TV subscription. - The as-yet-unnamed web-TV service will launch in the first half of 2012 and provide instant access to a range of Sky content, including hundreds of films from Sky Movies. - It will be available to anyone in the UK on any connected devices, regardless of whether they take the Sky Broadband service. - Sky said that the new service "will be an additional choice for people who don't currently subscribe to a pay TV service". 18:16 - Virgin Up Broadband Prices - Those free upgrades later this year? - Well there’s a price increase from April 1st -Broadband S will increase by £2.00. This increases the product price of Broadband S to £20.95. -Broadband M, L & XL will increase by £1.50. -This increases the product price of Broadband M to £23.00, Broadband L to £27.50. and Broadband XL to £38.50 -Broadband XXL will increase by £2.25. The new product price will be £47.25. 20:18 - Twitter announces they have ability to censor a tweet by country - As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content. - Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why. - We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld. - As part of being more open Twitter have published all takedown notices they have received - http://chillingeffects.org/twitter - Generally a good step but people aren’t happy and called for a twitter boycott last Saturday - I noticed no difference! - Great post on the realities of being a global internet business - http://tum.hitherto.net/post/16596051373/what-you-need-to-know-about-twitters-new-filters - Summation - Internet companies will have very little influence over the laws of various countries - Regimes have whole Internet kill switches, not just ability to censor one network or indeed one tweet - Google announce the same for Blogger - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16852920 - Blogger sites can now be blocked on a "per country" basis after a change to its web address system. - Google will now be able to block access in individual countries following a legal removal request. - The new system means blocking will not require restricting world-wide access to a blog. The changes apply in Australia, New Zealand and India, but the BBC understands Google plans to roll it out globally. 25:06 - British tourists banned after making Twitter jokes - Leigh-Van Bryan, a 26-year-old Irish national, just wanted to have a few beers while soaking up America’s freedom-y goodness. But his trip to the United States came to a halt when one of his tweets caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security: “Free this week, for a quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.” - While real terrorists aren’t known to relay their plans via Twitter ahead of time, the Daily Mail reported that armed guards at Los Angeles International Airport took the threat seriously enough to apprehend Bryan and his travel-buddy, Emily Bunting, and bar them from entering the United States. - “They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party,” said Bunting, according to the outlet. - Despite explaining they meant no ill will either toward the United States or to its deceased starlets, the Daily Mail reports that Bryan and Bunting were held for another 12 hours in separate cells alongside suspected drug traffickers. - To really drive home the ridiculousness of the situation, the Daily Mail also posted a photograph of Leigh’s charge sheet that reads: “Mr. Bryan confirmed that he had posted on his Tweeter [sic] website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe. Also on his tweeter [sic] account Mr. Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America.” 26:55 - John Browett is Apples new Senior VP of Retail - Browett replaces Ron Johnson, the inventor of Apple's "Genius Bar" in-store customer service centres, who left the iPhone and iPad maker last year to become CEO of US clothing chain JC Penney. - So whats Browetts background? - Apple, the all-conquering maker of iPhones and iPads, has poached the boss of Dixons to head its network of stores across the world. - John Browett, who has been chief executive of the struggling high street electronics firm since 2007, was named Apple's senior vice president of retail, reporting directly to chief executive Tim Cook. - Analysts said Apple's board was attracted by Browett's many years of experience in the retail sector and his performance in successfully turning around Dixons's reputation for poor customer service. Robert Gregory, analyst at Planet Retail, said: "He is a very dynamic character and not afraid to take risks. - "One of the things he has brought to Dixons is really improving their customer service. It had a reputation for many years of having poor service. That fits in well with Apple's philosophy of making the stores a destination where people can go and really get great service." 31:28 - Minecraft and Lego get married - Rejoice - Lego will be bringing out official Minecraft sets - Lego is now readying a concept that "celebrates the best aspects of building with the Lego system and in Minecraft." Picks Ian ShowYou - Great video discovery app - Version 3 just launched - Find videos from your friends easily via Twitter or Facebook integration - Really nice scrolling grid views of video - technically very impressive - Free on iOS or Kindle Fire…

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2012-02-03

Picks Ian ShowYou - Great video discovery app - Version 3 just launched - Find videos from your friends easily via Twitter or Facebook integration - Really nice scrolling grid views of video - technically very impressive - Free on iOS or Kindle Fire…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 104

2012-01-27

Shownotes 1:12 - MegaUpload Shutdown The FBI has indicted MegaUpload on racketeering and criminal copyright infringement charges, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The FBI apparently got help from law enforcement authorities around the world, as MegaUpload’s servers have been taken down. The WSJ is also reporting that four people have been arrested in New Zealand. - Kim Schmitz, who has recently been calling himself Kim Dotcom, is amongst those arrested. Schmitz used to live in Germany, but relocated to New Zealand a few years ago. The FBI has said in a press release that it and other law enforcement agencies have executed 20 search warrants in eight countries, seizing $50 million in assets and taking down MegaUpload’s servers. - Never used it, but always assumed it was 99% illegal content - News on Radio 1 - 5 or 6 people furious as they used it to share legit files? - Anonymous not happy - http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/19/anonymous-megaupload-department-of-justice/ - the group claimed responsibility for taking down the Universal Music, RIAA (the record industry’s lobbying arm), MPAA (the movie industry’s lobbying arm), and Department of Justice websites, among others. The group also claimed that the current attacks were “the largest attack ever by Anonymous,” with 5,635 participants. And it looks like the campaign is ongoing — Anonymous says it’s going after the FBI’s website next...which they did - Sends jitters through industry - http://torrentfreak.com/cyberlocker-ecosystem-shocked-as-big-players-take-drastic-action-120123/ - Over the past 48 to 72 hours, the operators of many prominent cyberlocker services have been taking unprecedented actions that can not simply be explained away by mere coincidence. The details in the Megaupload indictment clearly have some players in the file-hosting world spooked. - Filesonic, a top 10 player in the file-sharing world with a billion pageviews a month, not only withdrew its affiliate rewards program, but also banned any third parties downloading files. Simply put, users can now only download files from the service that they uploaded themselves. - But according to reports, there’s no guarantee of that. Account owners report that their files are being mass deleted, that’s if their entire account has been banned already. - Fileserve, another leading player, also ended its affiliate program this weekend. Additionally, this morning TorrentFreak received news that Fileserve has now joined Filesonic in banning all 3rd party downloads. - Uploaded.to banned all US IP addresses in what appears to be an effort to distance itself from US jurisdiction. Its affiliate program is still listed as operational but the same cannot be said about those run by some of its competitors. - VideoBB and VideoZer have both reportedly closed their rewards program and according to reports have also been mass deleting accounts and huge numbers of files. - Other sites closing their affiliate programs and/or deleting accounts/files includeFileJungle, UploadStation and FilePost. - Smaller host UploadBox calls it quits. “All files will be deleted on January 30th. Feel free to download the files you store with UploadBox until this date.” - Another host, x7.to, shuts down. - FileJungle and UploadStation have disabled all 3rd party downloads. - 4shared cancels affiilate program. 6:29 - Google user data to be merged across all sites under contentious plan - Google is getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google. - Contentious with privacy campaigners - "If you're signed in, we may combine information you've provided from one service with information from other services," Google's director of privacy, product and engineering, Alma Whitten, wrote in a blogpost. - After the new policy comes into effect, user information from most Google products – such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google+ and Android mobile – will be treated as a single trove of data, which the company could use for targeted advertising or other revenue-raising purposes. - An article in the Washington Post raised concerns about details of people's private meetings, health, politics and finances becoming part of their digital dossier kept by Google. Confidential discussions via Gmail of a meeting location might be transferred to Google Maps without the user's consent, for example. - "There is no way anyone expected this," Jeffrey Chester, executive director of privacy advocacy group the Centre for Digital Democracy, told the Washington Post. "There is no way a user can comprehend the implication of Google collecting across platforms for information about your health, political opinions and financial concerns."[see update] Google said it expected to roll out the revised guidelines on 1 March, consolidating more than 70 privacy policies covering all of its products. - I think this is great to be honest - shorter, clearer and to be honest I expected data to be shared amongst my Google profile - One issue - if you say no you can’t access your gmail or documents - people are forced to accept this really 9:54 - Focus on the user Google search changes rumble on - This proof of concept was built by some engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, in consultation with several other social networking companies. We are open-sourcing the code so that anyone may use it or make it even better. - How much better would social search be if Google surfaced results from all across the web? The results speak for themselves. We created a tool that uses Google’s own relevance measure—the ranking of their organic search results—to determine what social content should appear in the areas where Google+ results are currently hardcoded. - All of the information in this demo comes from Google itself, and all of the ranking decisions are made by Google's own algorithms. No other services or APIs are accessed. - When engaged, this “Don’t be evil” bookmarklet does one simple thing: It turns back the hands of time, and made Google work the way it did before the integration of Google+ earlier this month. - Its a very elegant hack, using a number of Google’s own tools – including its “rich snippet” webmaster tool and its own organic search listings, to re-order not only the search engine results, but also the results of the promotional Google+ boxes on the right side of the results, as well as the “typeahead” results that now feature only Google+ accounts (see example below, the first a search on my name using “normal Google” and then one using the bookmarklet). - Video is well worth watching - https://www.focusontheuser.org/video.php - Extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari available 15:37 - Apples Record Quarter - Apple more than doubled its profits: to $13.06bn (£8.35bn), compared with $6bn for the same quarter in 2010. The result easily beat analysts' forecasts, taking pressure off the chief executive, Tim Cook, handpicked by Jobs as his successor. Last October Apple shares recorded their biggest single-day dollar drop after iPhone sales missed their forecast. - Cook said he was thrilled the company sold a record 37.04m iPhones in the final quarter of 2011, a 128% rise on a year ago. "We could have sold more if we'd had more supply," he said. The recently launched iPhone 4S proved to be the company's best seller in the quarter. "We could not be happier," said Cook. - In record sales across nearly all product categories, Apple sold a record 15.43m iPads over the quarter, more than double a year ago. It sold 5.2m Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase. - 2nd largest quarterly earning of all time - http://parislemon.com/post/16436735313/this-is-actually-the-craziest-chart-about-apple - Other 20 are all oil companies - Sitting on $97 billion - isn’t that a bit obscene? - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1 - Why the iPhone is made in China 22:08 - RIMs CEOs step down - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has said its co-chief executives, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, have bowed to investor pressure and resigned. - The pair, who together built Lazaridis's 1985 startup into a global business with $20bn in sales last year, have weathered a storm of criticism in recent years as Apple's iPhone and the army of devices powered by Google's innovative Android system eclipsed their email-focused BlackBerry. - "There comes a time in the growth of every successful company when the founders recognise the need to pass the baton to new leadership," Lazaridis said in an interview at RIM's Waterloo headquarters in Ontario. - "Jim and I went to the board and told them that we thought that time was now." They have been replaced by Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens executive who has risen steadily through RIM's upper management ranks since joining the Canadian company in late 2007. - Too little too late - company is in a mess. Should jump on Windows or Android - http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/23/2727096/rim-open-to-licensing-BB10-blackberry-ceo - But they are open to licensing BB10 23:48 - UK signs ACTA - The UK and 21 other European Union member states have signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, better known as ACTA - also known as right to be forgotten law - The countries signed the treaty, which aims to harmonise copyright enforcement across much of the world, in Tokyo on Thursday. However, the signatures of the EU member states and the EU itself will count for nothing unless the European Parliament gives its approval to ACTA in June, and digital activists have urged citizens to lobby their MEPs against voting yes. - However, five EU countries did not sign, namely Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Cyprus and Slovakia. Many other countries, such as the US, Japan and Australia,signed the document in September. - Although ACTA is primarily concerned with the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR), its designation as a trade treaty meant it could be negotiated behind closed doors. This lengthy process, led by the US and Japan, was exposed in a series of leaks — some via Wikileaks — that revealed what was going on. - The final version of ACTA is very different to earlier drafts, which would have forced countries to disconnect internet users if they were found to be repeatedly sharing copyrighted content. The EU rejected this proposal, and other ideas, such as criminalising the use of a mobile phone camera in a cinema, also fell by the wayside. - Problem is understanding what it actually means which will hopefully come out over the next few weeks and months - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120126/11014317553/european-parliament-official-charge-acta-quits-denounces-masquerade-behind-acta.shtml - European parliamentary official asked to investigate ACTA resigned over it today - I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly. As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens' legitimate demands.” Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications. This agreement might have major consequences on citizens' lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade. 29:06 - Use pcAnywhere - disable it - Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool. Although Symantec says the theft actually occurred in 2006, the issue did not come to light until this month when hackers related to Anonymous said they had the source code and would release it publicly. Users of the Norton products in question are not at any increased risk of attack because of the age of the source code and security improvements made in the years since the breach, but the vendor acknowledged on Tuesday night that "Customers of Symantec's pcAnywhere have increased risk as a result of this incident." - Symantec pointed customers to a white paper that recommends disabling pcAnywhere, unless it is needed for business-critical use, because malicious users with access to the source code could identify vulnerabilities and launch new exploits. "At this time, Symantec recommends disabling the product until Symantec releases a final set of software updates that resolve currently known vulnerability risks," the company said. 30:37 - O2 Share your mobile number - O2 has apologised for an error that shared users' mobile phone numbers with the websites they visited. - An experiment set up by Lewis Peckover, a 28-year-old web systems administrator, called attention to the problem last night. - Peckover showed that O2 was providing websites with the mobile number of users who visited. The numbers were included as plain text in the header information sent by the phone to the website. - As well as being a potential breach of the Data Protection Act, this raised the prospect that unscrupulous website owners could collect the phone numbers and send spam SMS or marketing calls. - O2 admitted that the problem began on January 10th and said it was the "unintended effect" of some routine maintenance that the network carried out earlier this month. They said the issue was fixed this afternoon. - In a statement, the company said: "We investigated, identified and fixed it this afternoon. We would like to apologise for the concern we have caused." - The company added: "The only information websites had access to is your mobile number, which could not have been linked to any other identifying information we have about customers." Picks Ian Snapseed - Easy way t enhance photo’s - Great effects can be added - New for Mac’s, coming soon for Android - iOS - £2.99, Mac - £13.99 Henry Muvizu for PC - 3d animation software - free for non-commercial use - based on unreal 3d engine - from Digimania in Glasgow…

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2012-01-27

Picks Ian Snapseed - Easy way t enhance photo’s - Great effects can be added - New for Mac’s, coming soon for Android - iOS - £2.99, Mac - £13.99 Henry Muvizu for PC - 3d animation software - free for non-commercial use - based on unreal 3d engine - from Digimania in Glasgow…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 103

2012-01-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 103 In this episode the team discuss SOPA Protests, Extradition Worry, Google dabbles with Evil, Facebook spreads outside its domain and Apple solves all problems everywhere. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:05 - SOPA protests - The Stop Online Piracy Act is an act currently wending it’s way through american government. Key legislators have backed away from it, one of its central provisions was shelved and the Obama administration has denounced the more controversial aspects of the bill and hinted at a possible veto should something resembling SOPA land on his desk. - However SOPA, despite being an American law, affects everyone! - Order internet service providers to alter their DNS servers from resolving the domain names of websites in foreign countries that host illegal copies of videos, songs, and photos. Order search engines like Google to modify search results to exclude foreign websites that host illegally copied material. Order payment providers like PayPal to shut down the payment accounts of foreign websites that host illegally copied material. Order ad services like Google's AdSense to refuse any ads or payment from foreign sites that host illegally copied content. (These rules don't apply to domains that end in .com, .net, and .org, which fall under US law — the government has been seizing US domains used for piracy since 2010, and just seized 150 domains last month.) - Large disapproval in the tech industry, wikipeida goes dark as do many sites on Jan 18th to highlight protest - Many senators start to backtrack and withdraw their support - A freshman senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising Republican star, was first out of the starting gate Wednesday morning with his announcement that he would no longer back anti-Internet piracy legislation he had co-sponsored. Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who heads the campaign operation for his party, quickly followed suit and urged Congress take more time to study the measure that had been set for a test vote next week. By Wednesday afternoon, Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah and one of the Senate bill’s original co-sponsors, called it “simply not ready for prime time” and withdrew his support. - Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of SOPA 7:27 - Piracy student loses US extradition battle over copyright infringement - A judge ruled on Friday that a 23-year-old student can be extradited to the United States for running a website posting links to pirated TV shows and films, despite significant doubts over whether such sites break any UK laws. - The ruling threw Britain's contentious extradition treaty with the US, which critics allege is greatly biased against UK nationals fighting their removal to America, under further scrutiny. It came just hours after a businessman from Kent lost an appeal against the decision that he should be sent for trial in Texas for allegedly plotting to send missile components to Iran. Richard O'Dwyer, a computing student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces a potential 10-year term in a US jail despite never having been to America or using web servers based in the country. When still a teenager O'Dwyer set up a website, TVShack, which posted links to pirated material. It did not directly host any files, which meant, according to the student's lawyers, that it acted as little more than a Google-type search engine and did not breach copyright. - The defence team pointed out that the only UK prosecution of a similar site, TV-Links, ended last year with the case being thrown out. - But the district judge, Quentin Purdy, ruled that O'Dwyer should nonetheless face trial in the US. "There are said to be direct consequences of criminal activity by Richard O'Dwyer in the USA, albeit by him never leaving the north of England," Purdy said. "Such a state of affairs does not demand a trial here if the competent UK authorities decline to act, and does, in my judgment, permit one in the USA." - O'Dwyer said he planned to appeal. 11:10 - Google - What Were You Thinking - In September, Google launched Getting Kenyan Businesses Online (GKBO). Whilst we saw aspects of their program that were competitive, we welcomed the initiative, as Kenya still has enough growth in it that every new entrant helps the overall market. We are also confident enough in our product, our local team, and our deep local commitment that we believe we can hold our own against any competition, playing fair. - Shortly after that launch, we started receiving some odd calls. One or two business owners were clearly getting confused because they wanted help with their website, and we don’t currently offer websites, only a listing. Initially, we didn’t think much of it, but the confusing calls continued through November. - Since October, Google’s GKBO appears to have been systematically accessing Mocality’s database and attempting to sell their competing product to our business owners. They have been telling untruths about their relationship with us, and about our business practices, in order to do so. As of January 11th, nearly 30% of our database has apparently been contacted. - Furthermore, they now seem to have outsourced this operation from Kenya to India. When we started this investigation, I thought that we’d catch a rogue call-centre employee, point out to Google that they were violating our Terms and conditions (sections 9.12 and 9.17, amongst others), someone would get a slap on the wrist, and life would continue. - I did not expect to find a human-powered, systematic, months-long, fraudulent (falsely claiming to be collaborating with us, and worse) attempt to undermine our business, being perpetrated from call centres on 2 continents. - Someone, somewhere, has some questions to answer. These are my personal top 3: If Google wanted to work with our data, why didn’t they just ask? In discussions with various Google Kenya/Africa folks in the past, I’d raised the idea of working together more closely in Kenya. Getting Kenyan businesses online is precisely what we do. Who authorised this? Until we uncovered the ‘India by way of Mountain View’ angle, I could have believed that this was a local team that somehow forgot the corporate motto, but not now. Who knew, and who SHOULD have known, even if they didn’t know? - Update - Google mortified - - “We were mortified to learn that a team of people working on a Google project improperly used Mocality’s data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites. “We’ve already unreservedly apologised to Mocality. We’re still investigating exactly how this happened, and as soon as we have all the facts, we’ll be taking the appropriate action with the people involved.” - Also, vandalising OpenStreetMap - - Alleged to make thousands of wrong edits - Google sacked the contractors involved, but said it detected only 20 changes 15:55 - Jerry Yang quits Yahoo - Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo!, has resigned from its board. - Mr Yang founded the online company in 1995 with David Filo and was its chief executive from June 2007 until January 2009. - His resignation comes two weeks after the company hired former PayPal executive Scott Thomson to be its new chief executive. - Mr Yang annoyed some shareholders by turning down a $47.5bn (£31bn) takeover offer from Microsoft in 2008. - The company's current market value is about $20bn. - Mr Yang has also resigned from the boards of Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group and said in a statement: "The time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo!" 16:22 - A big year...for Flickr? - Once the darling of photographers other sites like Shutterbug and 500px (and Google+ and Facebook) have taken much of the mindshare when it comes to photo’s - Unloved, very little innovation and some big behind the scenes names leave the company - No Flickr have started 2012...by removing some features - They say it’s a big year so to start off, they are removing features that don’t meet their core vision - Doing so will clear the decks for their upcoming announcements - They are also hiring which is a good sign. Here’s hoping for some improvements. 17:29 - Kodak files for bankruptcy - Kodak has filed for bankruptcy in a bid to survive a liquidity crisis after years of falling sales related to the decline of its namesake film business as digital cameras have taken over the market. - Eastman Kodak Co, the photographic film pioneer, which had tried to restructure to become a seller of consumer products like cameras, said it had also obtained a $950m, 18-month credit facility from Citigroup to keep it going. 17:59 - Listen to music with Friends - Today, with music services on Facebook, there's a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen along with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can also listen together in a group while one of your friends plays DJ. - You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time—so when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club. - Look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of your friends are listening to music. To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through the service your friend is using. When a new song plays, you'll come along for the ride, discovering new music while your friend DJs for you. 19:19 - Facebook Apps - Facebook’s Open Graph app launch event is underway here in San Francisco, where over 60 new Open Graph websites and apps are either demo-ing or launching remotely. The apps can publish user activity back to Timeline and Ticker, even from offsite. Launch partners include Pinterest, Ticketmaster, Gogobot, Rotten Tomatoes, and many others. Carl Sjogreen, Facebook project manager, also announced that Facebook will now begin approving apps from third-party developers who aren’t partners. The Open Graph platform was first announced at f8 in September. There, music, news reader, and video apps debuted showing how users could share what they listened to, read, or watched. With today’s launch, a wider variety of activity will begin to appear on Tickers, Timelines, and the Facebook news feed. This includes what users have pinned, tickets they’ve bought, trips they’ve planned, and movies they’ve reviewed. 22:07 - Facebook Verbs - Already apps like Fab.com, Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, and TripAdvisor have signed on to share these stories — which go beyond what we’re used to on Facebook. “When we say anything we really mean anything,” Facebook Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen said as he took the stage and announced that verbs like “knitting,” “shared” are now a part of Timeline story options. - The new app actions are basically a conceptual expansion of actions posted by apps like Spotify and the Washington Post, and use verbs and nouns that go beyond the non custom actions like “listen” “watch” and “read” to “bought,”"spot,”"pose,”"want,”"love” and “become an expert.” 23:55 - Apple Education Event - Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don't weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstoreâ„  with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac® can create stunning iBooks textbooks. - The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Storeâ„¢. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before. - iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touchâ„¢ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects. - Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000 education apps at their fingertips and hundreds of thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum, such as novels for English or Social Studies.* The iTunes U app is available today as a free download from the App Store. Over 500,000 lectures, videos and books - Some of these books are massive - 2.7GB for example? A 16GB iPad isn’t going to be an option really - While impressive, they remind me of Encarta! - Love the look of notes and study cards though - they look great - Seemingly the new iBook format is wrapped epub - not another format war? - Create a book in iBooks Author - must be sold via Apple or given away for free - iBooks and iTunes U content updates - always fresh. Pretty impressive - the book is finally an app? - A whole 8 textbooks available today 33:20 - Worlds first self healing iPhone case....from Nissan - Nissan on Monday announced the company’s new Scratch Shield case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The case is made of ABS plastic that is designed to create a rigid, robust and tighter-fitting case. Perhaps the most exciting news is the case’s unique ability to heal itself. Nissan’s Scratch Shield paint is the world’s first paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves. The paint is the same that is featured on numerous Nissan and Infiniti automobiles throughout the world. When damage occurs to the coating, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap, thus “healing” the blemish. The healing process takes between an hour and a week depending on the damage. - Released...later this year 34:25 - Lucas calls it quits - George Lucas has announced his retirement from the movie business. The director blurted the news to the New York Times in an extensive interview centred on Lucasfilm's upcoming flick, Red Tails. - "I’m retiring," Lucas told the paper. "I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff." - While reports suggest a fifth Indiana Jones movie is in the pipeline - a rumour Lucas was hesitant to quash - Red Tails is apparently the last blockbuster in the man's plans. - Long-time Lucas producer Rick McCallum fuelled the claim saying: “Once this is finished… He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker." Picks Henry Blue Icicle - USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB - Good quality - Easy to setup…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 103

2012-01-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 103 In this episode the team discuss SOPA Protests, Extradition Worry, Google dabbles with Evil, Facebook spreads outside its domain and Apple solves all problems everywhere. Playback Listen via iTunes Listen via M4A Listen via MP3 Shownotes 1:05 - SOPA protests Picks Henry Blue Icicle - USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB - Good quality - Easy to setup…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 102

2012-01-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 102
Join Chris, Henry and Ian as they discuss Google+, Netflix launching in the UK, Virgin Doubling Up and CES

Playback
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Shownotes
0:57 - Google Search plus your World
- Big search engine update - personal results appear alongside web results in Google
- Basically, Google+ is everywhere
- Twitter annoyed
- Google surprised - it was Twitter that pulled out of their search deal
4:19 - Netflix launches in the UK
- Netflix is available now and anyone can get a one month free trial: click-to-watch TV programmes and films streamed instantly over the Internet to your smart TV, game console, computer, tablet or mobile device. After the free trial, it costs just £5.99 or €6.99 per month
- PS3, Xbox, Wii, iOS and PC/Mac - limited Android and Smart TV support
- Quite a good range of content both American and British though nothing much from last year or two. Price seems not bad. Speed and quality good.
- Get recommendations via Facebook friends
6:32 - Roku to launch in the UK
- Launched by end of Jan
- The entry-level Roku LT will sell for £49.99 (about $77) and the top of the line Roku 2 XS, which comes with a motion-aware remote control for online gaming, will sell for £99.99. That’s a bit of a premium over U.S. pricing, where both models sell for $49 and $99, respectively. Sales will be online and through Amazon.co.uk only for the time being, but the company said that it is going to add additional retailers in the coming months.
7:50 - Zeebox and Sky tie up
- Sky has bought a 10% equity stake in Zeebox, in a deal reportedly worth upwards of $15m, which was founded by BBC iPlayer developer Anthony Rose and former EMI board director Ernesto Schmitt.
- Will appear in Sky's apps this summer
12:25 - CES
- Lots of tablets
- Lot of Ultrabooks
- Lots of TV’s
- Kinect for Windows
- Anything catch the eye - Samsung Smart TV’s and the 55” OLED
- The rest is all meh...
14:03 - iTunes Match
- False start on Thursday 15th, but launches on Friday 16th
- £20.99 yearly subscription
- Overwhelmed at first
- Ian - 11,500 library - uploaded 11GB of music (1500 tracks), but matched the others. 6,500 were of better quality than I had already - downloading was fast
16:08 - Virgin Doubling Speeds
- Virgin Media is to invest more than £100m on a programme that will more than double the broadband speed for most of its 4m internetcustomers.
- Virgin Media, which has tested speeds of up to 1.5Gb a second in a trial of tech businesses at the so-called Silicon Roundabout in London, is to spend £110m on the 18-month upgrade programme.
- The company says that those who subscribe to its up to 10Mb service – 74% of its 4.1m internet subscribers – will see their speed double to 20Mb.
- Those on its up to 20Mb tier, 12% of the total subscriber base, will see their speed tripled to 60Mb.
- The 9% who take 30Mb broadband will rise to 60Mb.
- And the 5% who take services from 50Mb to 100Mb will rise to a speed of between 100Mb and 120Mb.
- The top-tier speed – at 120Mb it will be the quickest offered in the UK – will enable customers to download a high-definition movie in about five minutes.
- BT’s response - "It is no surprise to see that Virgin are following our lead by doubling speeds. We announced we would do this for our fibre products last autumn and so they are trying to catch up with us." Cocks :-)
18:03 - Microsoft taking pirates to court
- Microsoft has accused high-street retailer Comet of pirating 94,000 Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs and selling them to consumers.
- The software giant announced this morning that it had filed a suit against Comet Group PLC, accusing the group of manufacturing counterfeit discs at a factory in Hampshire and selling them through its UK retail outlets. Comet has 248 stores across the UK. A spokesperson for Microsoft was unable to say where the suit has been filed.
- The allegedly counterfeit recovery discs were then sold to customers who had bought desktops and laptops running Windows, Microsoft said. Microsoft's associate general counsel for worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting David Finn called Comet's actions "unfair to customers" in this morning's statement.
- "We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products - and our customers deserve better, too," he said.
- In an official statement, Comet told The Reg it had sought legal advice from "leading counsel" to "support its view that the production of recovery discs did not infringe Microsoft’s intellectual property."
21:41 - School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme
- The current information and communications technology (ICT) curriculum in England's schools is a "mess" and must be radically revamped, the education secretary has announced.
- From September it will be replaced by a flexible curriculum in computer science and programming, designed with the help of universities and industry.
Michael Gove called the current ICT curriculum "demotivating and dull".
He will begin a consultation next week on the new computing curriculum.
- "Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word or Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations," he said.
Computer games entrepreneur Ian Livingstone, an adviser to Mr Gove, envisages a new curriculum that could have 16-year-olds creating their own apps for smartphones and 18-year-olds able to write their own simple programming language.
27:25 - rFactor 2 and Skyrim
- rFactor 2 Beta released! Whoop. £29.99 - “Pre-purchase” basically, buy the game now and you get access to the Beta (planned to run for around 6 months.)
- initial impressions - still not at the bleeding edge of graphics... but the underlying simulation appears stronger than ever!
- Skyrim - addicted. Enought said. Too many hours.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 101

2011-12-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 101 - Bloopers…

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DigitalOutbox Episode 100

2011-12-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 100 - New New Twitter, Spotify App's, new iOS apps and some predictions.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 99

2011-11-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 99 - Say Goodbye to Flash Mobile and Best Buy UK and a little bit of Fenton.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 99

2011-11-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 99 - Say Goodbye to Flash Mobile and Best Buy UK and a little bit of Fenton.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 99

2011-11-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 99 - Say Goodbye to Flash Mobile and Best Buy UK and a little bit of Fenton.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 98

2011-11-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 98 - Nokia Windows Phones, iOS battery woes and Britain loves it's data

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DigitalOutbox Episode 97

2011-10-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 97 - Apple, Android 4 and poor old RIM

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DigitalOutbox Episode 97

2011-10-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 97 - Apple, Android 4 and poor old RIM

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DigitalOutbox Episode 96

2011-10-06

DigitalOutbox Episode 96 - Facebook Timeline, Amazons on Fire and Apple iPhone 4S

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DigitalOutbox Episode 95

2011-09-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 95 - Windows 8, Facebook and Google+ War and that man Hunt

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DigitalOutbox Episode 95

2011-09-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 95 - Windows 8, Facebook and Google+ War and that man Hunt

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DigitalOutbox Episode 94

2011-09-06

DigitalOutbox Episode 94 - Steve Jobs, Google, Touchpad and Windows 8

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DigitalOutbox Episode 93

2011-08-19

DigitalOutbox Episode 93 - England Riots, Google buys Motorola and future games roundup

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DigitalOutbox Episode 92

2011-08-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 92 - Newsbin Blocked, UK Copyright Laws Updated, Google Patent Issues, trouble for Nintendo and Sony handhelds and don't mess with Duncan Bannatyne

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DigitalOutbox Episode 91

2011-07-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 91 - Lion, Quarterly Numbers and new Air and Mac Mini's

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DigitalOutbox Episode 90

2011-07-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 090 - Google, Google, Google

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DigitalOutbox Episode 90

2011-07-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 090 - Google, Google, Google

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DigitalOutbox Episode 89

2011-06-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 89 - Lulzsec, Google Search

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DigitalOutbox Episode 88

2011-06-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 88 - WWDC and E3

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DigitalOutbox Episode 87

2011-06-03

DigitalOutbox Episode 87 - Twitter, Eric Schmidt and Activision

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DigitalOutbox Episode 86

2011-05-28

DigitalOutbox Episode 86 - Ryan Giggs sues Twitter, sleazy Facebook, Apple Malware and Sony woes continue

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DigitalOutbox Episode 85

2011-05-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 85 - Microsoft buys Skype, Google IO and Apple wins over Publishers

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DigitalOutbox Episode 84

2011-05-06

DigitalOutbox Episode 84 - Sony Fail, Apple Fail, Tom Tom Fail and Amazon Fail.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 83

2011-04-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 83 - Rural Fibre Network, Adobe updates and Spotify Caps

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DigitalOutbox Episode 82

2011-04-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 82 - Amazon Cloud Player, Google +1 and an expensive fail for Rupert Murdoch

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DigitalOutbox Episode 81

2011-03-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 81 - iPad 2 Launch, Samsung and RIM Tablets and the Amazon Appstore

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DigitalOutbox Episode 80

2011-03-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 80 - Twitter threatens dev's, IE9, iPad 2 and bye bye to the Zune

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DigitalOutbox Episode 79

2011-03-08

DigitalOutbox Episode 079 - iPad 2

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DigitalOutbox Episode 78

2011-02-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 078 - Apple and Google Subscription battle, HTC Flyer and Plex for Windows

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DigitalOutbox Episode 77

2011-02-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 77 - Microsoft pwns Nokia, HP, Sony and Motorola devices and Guitar Hero goes bye bye

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DigitalOutbox Episode 76

2011-02-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 76 - Bing copies Google, Honeycomb news, Apple gets greedy and The Daily is launched

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DigitalOutbox Episode 75

2011-01-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 75 - Egypt blocks the internet, Sony NGP and O2 rolls out free wifi

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DigitalOutbox Episode 74

2011-01-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 74 - Apple and Steve Jobs, Google and Eric Schmidt, UK Gaming news and Rim.Jobs

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DigitalOutbox Episode 73

2011-01-13

DigitalOutbox Episode 73 - First of 2011 - CES, Mac App Store and Evil Google

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DigitalOutbox Episode 72

2010-12-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 72 - Gawker, Delicious and our review of 2010

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DigitalOutbox Episode 71

2010-12-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 71 - Google, Google, Google and that man Jeremy Hunt

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DigitalOutbox Episode 71

2010-12-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 71 - Google, Google, Google and that man Jeremy Hunt

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DigitalOutbox Episode 70

2010-11-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 70 - iOS 4.2, Cheaper iPads, Amazon Woes and the Jolibook

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DigitalOutbox Episode 69

2010-11-19

DigitalOutbox Episode 69 - Net Neutrality Threat, Don't Joke on Twitter, Facebook Messaging and Kinect

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DigitalOutbox Episode 69

2010-11-19

DigitalOutbox Episode 69 - Net Neutrality Threat, Don't Joke on Twitter, Facebook Messaging and Kinect

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DigitalOutbox Episode 68

2010-11-11

DigitalOutbox Episode 68 - Virgin, Digital Britain, RockMelt and Sheep Wars

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DigitalOutbox Episode 67

2010-11-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 67 - Firesheep, Adobe, Samsung Tab and Cloud Backups

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DigitalOutbox Episode 66

2010-10-23

DigitalOutbox Episode 66 - Back to the Mac, Google and Apple quarters, Amazon Kindle and those pesky Canadians

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DigitalOutbox Episode 65

2010-10-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 65 - Google, Facebook and its Back to the Mac

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DigitalOutbox Episode 64

2010-10-06

DigitalOutbox Episode 64 - 3D and Google TV

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DigitalOutbox Episode 63

2010-09-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 63 - Facebook Outages, ACS:Law, Xmarks and sex with goats.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 62

2010-09-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 62 - Twitter and the Tokyo Game Show

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DigitalOutbox Episode 61

2010-09-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 61- Google Instant, Apple U Turn, iOS 4.1, Boxee Box and Halo. Woot.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 60

2010-09-02

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DigitalOutbox Episode 59

2010-08-25

DigitalOutbox Episode 59 - Gamescon Roundup, Facebook Places and naughty BT

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DigitalOutbox Episode 58

2010-08-15

DigitalOutbox Episode 58 - Net Neutrality and Chris buys a Mac

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DigitalOutbox Episode 57

2010-08-07

DigitalOutbox Episode 57 - Phones, Phones, Phones

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DigitalOutbox Episode 56

2010-07-29

DigitalOutbox Episode 56 - Wikileaks, Apple and Microsoft Quarters and Flipboard

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DigitalOutbox Episode 55

2010-07-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 55 - Antennagate, Windows Phone 7, Times Paywall and Xbox Kinect

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DigitalOutbox Episode 54

2010-07-13

DigitalOutbox Episode 54 - Broadband news, Apple are shocked and Facebook panics.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 53

2010-07-01

Episode 53 - don't hold it that way

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DigitalOutbox Episode 52

2010-06-22

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DigitalOutbox Episode 51

2010-06-09

Episode 51 - iPhone 4

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DigitalOutbox Episode 50

2010-05-31

Episode 50 - iPad arrives

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DigitalOutbox Episode 49

2010-05-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 49 - Google I/O

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DigitalOutbox Episode 48

2010-05-18

DigitalOutbox Episode 48 - Human or Dancer

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DigitalOutbox Episode 47

2010-05-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 47 - Facebook, iPad and HTML5

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DigitalOutbox Episode 46

2010-04-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 46 - Facebook privacy, Spotify, and Apple vs Adobe again!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 45

2010-04-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 45 - Twitter Chirps, iPhone revealed and the Droid Incredible

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DigitalOutbox Episode 44

2010-04-13

DigitalOutbox Episode 44 - Politics and the Regime

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DigitalOutbox Episode 43

2010-04-04

DigitalOutbox Episode 43 - iPad, iPad, iPad

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DigitalOutbox Episode 42

2010-03-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 41 - iPad, politics, paywalls and the 3DS

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DigitalOutbox Episode 41

2010-03-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 41 - Digital Economy Bill, IE9, CashGordon and the iPad cometh

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DigitalOutbox Episode 40

2010-03-16

DigitalOutbox Episode 40 - Steam on Mac, Facebook vs Daily Mail, MIX10 and more Google news.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 39

2010-03-09

DigitalOutbox Episode 39 - The Legal Edition...plus our best pick ever!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 38

2010-02-22

DigitalOutbox Episode 38 - Windows Phone 7 Series, Google Buzz and ChatRoulette. Plumbing the depths.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 37

2010-02-11

DigitalOutbox Episode 37 - Google and your friends, sitting in a tree, b-u-z-z-i-n-g. Plus, Chris and his jowls

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DigitalOutbox Episode 36

2010-02-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 36 - iPad fallout

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DigitalOutbox Episode 35

2010-01-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 35 - Apple iPad with Chris, Ian and Shakeel

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DigitalOutbox Episode 34

2010-01-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 34 - Apple Tablet predictions, Google, Youtube and Open Data

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DigitalOutbox Episode 33

2010-01-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 33 - Google vs China, MS Word Banned and Apple Rumours

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DigitalOutbox Episode 32

2010-01-10

DigitalOutbox Episode 32 - First episode for 2010 - Nexus, Apple Tablet and some CES discussion.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 31

2010-01-02

DigitalOutbox Episode 31 - Tech Review of the Year Part 2 with Chris, Henry, Ian and Shakeel

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DigitalOutbox Episode 30

2009-12-24

DigitalOutbox Episode 30 - Tech Review of the Year Part 1 with Chris, Henry, Ian and Shakeel

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DigitalOutbox Episode 29

2009-12-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 29 - Snow and Swine Flu - must be winter!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 28

2009-12-14

DigitalOutbox Episode 28 - Join Chris, Ian and Shakeel as they discuss Google, JooJoo, Boxee and Tweeting during sex.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 27

2009-12-06

DigitalOutbox Episode 27 - Apple Lala, Google gaga.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 26

2009-11-30

DigitalOutbox Episode 26 - Pirates of Westminster

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DigitalOutbox Episode 25

2009-11-21

DigitalOutbox Episode 25 with Henry, Ian and Chris. The one with no Apple news.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 24

2009-11-17

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DigitalOutbox Episode 23

2009-11-08

DigitalOutbox Episode 23. Not much news although we spin it out over an hour as usual. However, new title music is fabby and our first listener review!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 22

2009-11-01

DigitalOutbox Episode 22 - Droid, Google Navigator, Shakeel gets struck off and not much Apple news.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 21

2009-10-26

DigitalOutbox Episode 21 - Windows 7 and new Apple hardware. Game on.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 20

2009-10-17

DigitalOutbox Episode 20 - Windows 7, people power on Twitter, Apple bugs and some great picks.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 19

2009-10-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 19 - Web security, backups and Broadband news for the UK with lot's of edits. Cheers Skype!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 18

2009-10-05

Episode 18 for Sunday 4th October. We've grown to 4 people on the show now, although it's really only 3 and a third. We're so bad, the newbie didn't even make the half way point.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 17

2009-09-27

DigitalOutbox Episode 17 - Pay for your broadband and music, Google innovates and PS3 news from the Tokyo Game Show.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 16

2009-09-20

DigitalOutbox Episode 16. Eid Mubarak and some tech news too.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 15

2009-09-12

DigitalOutbox Episode 15. Extra long, Apple keynote edition. We're more awake this week - if you get to the end though you deserve a medal. And a kip!

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DigitalOutbox Episode 14

2009-09-05

DigitalOutbox Episode 14 - The Tired Edition. Chris is hungover, Shakeel is tired and emotional and Ian - who knows! Enjoy.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 13 - Snow Leopard

2009-09-04

Welcome to Episode 13 of DigitalOutbox - a Snow Leopard Special. Ian and Shakeel talk through their thoughts on Snow Leopard and whats good and bad in the latest Apple OS.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 12

2009-08-29

Welcome to Episode 12 of DigitalOutbox. Join Shakeel, Ian and Chris as they discuss this weeks tech news. Hopefully the audio has slightly improved this week too.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 11

2009-08-23

Welcome to Episode 11 of DigitalOutbox. This week it's mostly about Sony as they launch the PS3 Slim and improve their software. Again. Ian, Shakeel and Chris take you through that and some more tech news.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 10

2009-08-18

Welcome to episode ten of DigitalOutbox. Ian, Shakeel and Chris discuss the latest tech news. Visit us at http://www.digitaloutbox.com.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 9

2009-08-09

Welcome to episode nine of DigitalOutbox. Shakeel and Ian are joined by special guest Chris who will balance out the Apple fanboy'ism that can infect our podcasts. No one main topic this week - a smorgasbord of tech news.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 8

2009-08-02

Welcome to episode eight of DigitalOutbox. Microsoft loves Yahoo, Twitter and some Apple hate. Honest.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 7

2009-07-22

Welcome to episode seven of DigitalOutbox. Windows 7, Virgin Media, naughty Amazon, Apple news and app's and Console streaming. Blimey.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 6

2009-07-13

Welcome to Episode 6 of DigitalOutbox. We discuss Google Chrome OS, O2 and Twitter sitting in a tree, Prowl and push notifications and a special look at Plex, a media centre for the Mac.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 5

2009-07-05

Welcome to Episode 5 of DigitalOutbox. We discuss Pirate Bay, iPhone app's, game news and a bit more on Mobileme.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 4

2009-06-28

Welcome to Episode 4 of DigitalOutbox. We discuss iPhone 3GS again, Michael Jackson, some other phone news and a little bit on games. A digital smorgasbord. Listen out for the Fighting Talk homage!

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DigitalOutbox Special Edition - iPhone 3GS

2009-06-24

Welcome to a special edition of DigitalOutbox. Shakeel and Ian walk through the iPhone 3.0 release and also discuss the iPhone 3GS.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 2

2009-06-20

Welcome to Episode 2 of DigitalOutbox. This week Ian and Shakeel discuss Digital Britain, Virgin Media, Windows 7, Project Natal and Steve Jobs all without mentioning the iPhone. Almost.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 1

2009-06-10

Welcome to Episode 1 of DigitalOutbox. This week Ian and Shakeel discuss E3, Windows 7, the Palm Pre and WWDC.

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DigitalOutbox Episode 100

0000-00-00

DigitalOutbox Episode 100 - New New Twitter, Spotify App's, new iOS apps and some predictions