iPhone tracks movements? Really?

April 22, 2011 - Leave a Response

So Apple are keeping our location data, ://BBC article Nothing to do with GPS data though, the data involved is gathered from Cell towers.
So we all agreed to the last iTunes licence agreement changes in June last year, but did any of us read that we are agreeing to let Apple collect our location data and share it with it’s partners to improve location services? No? Well rest assured folks, the fact is cell location data is piss poor.
Since getting my iPhone nearly 2 years ago I have been on a pay as you go O2 Plan known as ‘favourite place’, this features being able to call fellow O2 users and landlines for free from my postcode, however it seems to work all over Southampton.
Presuming that Google is one of Apples partners that this data is being shared with though, is still quite concerning. Google who were collecting wi-fi network data on their street view odyssey last year, supposedly by “accident”, oh and Google who are keeping data of every search term entered into their Search Engine.
You can prevent Apple from getting this data, there’s a guide on Engadget, but I’m not going to give you a link because your not going to do it are you? I mean, your not even going to read the terms and conditions when you sign up for your free MobileMe account are you?
Facebook and our data is the one to watch out for, that Zuckerburg is a very very very rich man. Using our Activities and Interest data to sell us, well erm, ‘Apple Products’

Google Chrome

March 17, 2011 - Leave a Response

I use two browsers at work, Mozilla Firefox for all the snazzy add-ons that make my day easier working in a ticketing system and Google Chrome because it’s super fast, simplistic and allows good full use of the screen.

I’ve finally just downloaded it on my Mac, its so fast! I think this may be taking over as my ‘Default Web Browser’, sorry Apple.

Ferrari FF

February 10, 2011 - Leave a Response

I absolutely love what Ferrari are doing nowadays, after nearly 15 years of boring 360’s, 430’s and 612’s they finally brought us the beautiful 458 in 2010. Not that I’ve had first hand experience with a 458 but I hear they are absolutely fantastic to drive, I ogled at one for a good hour at the Ferrari garage in Lyndhurst on my Birthday last year, it simply looks stunning, a completely fresh look for Ferrari – thats for sure.

So recently Ferrari have come out with a replacement for the rather dull 612, their big 4 seat grand tourer. It’s called the FF, which stands for Four wheel drive and four seats. It is Ferrari’s first four wheel drive car and their first ever shooting-brake design.

Again, this is completely revolutionary for Ferrari, nevertheless it looks amazing. Some of the best looking cars ever made follow the shooting-brake design, my favourites include the Jensen Interceptor, Volvo 480 and Lynx Eventer.

Comparing this car to its rivals then, well it is about the only car in its class that doesn’t look like a stretched supercar. That ridiculous Porsche Panamera looks like a stretch armstrong 911 and the Aston Marin Rapide looks like a DB9 thats been inflated.

The Ferrari then, with its 6 litre V12 engine and near perfect weight distribution looks to be the leader in its class, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed on 208 mph is unbelievable. In my head and dream garage it looks great parked next to my 458 Italia.

2010: The year of Consumer Tech

December 28, 2010 - Leave a Response

We have had quite a year for technology, Apple once again have taken the limelight with the iPad and iPhone 4 and probably most impressively the new MacBook Air. This christmas though we’ve heard non stop about the Xbox and its motion sensor Kinect system, dubbed as gaming without a controller.

I want to talk about some of the things you may not have seen this year and what may be happening of the next 2-5 years. Google released the Google TV package earlier in October this year, which basically brought together their Android operating system, the internet and the television hoping to revolutionise the way we watch television, and experience the internet in our homes.

Apple have attempted this already with the Apple TV, proving to be to a bit to limited, restricting users to iTunes and selected video websites. Sony are almost there with the PS3, a full web browser with divX and Flash abilities is available along with BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player and LoveFilm Apps, although all experience huge OS crashes and Bug issues.

I am most interested with the development of OnLive, which is basically a pay as you go cloud gaming console. Although only properly available in the U.S. at the moment users are invited to play a handful of decent gaming titles over a server. So no high end spec PC’s or games consoles are required, all the jazz is done on the server end. I have downloaded it for the Mac and played the demos (can’t buy anything as its only is U.S. Dollars at the moment) and it works very well. In the U.S. they have brought out a micro console and games controller which they hope to bring to Europe in 2011.

 

 

I think OnLive could be great, however the games industry are reluctant to jump on board due to it being an unknown platform. Dominance in the games console market is met by getting the bigger games titles on board and fast.

My prediction is then that Apple will either clone the OnLive system or buy it out and integrate it in the Apple TV system. With all the good work they have done in the App store with games, and the success of iPhone and iPad gaming must lead to Apples step into the Gaming hardware industry.

Theo Jansen: Kinetic Sculptor

November 28, 2010 - Leave a Response

I came across this Dutch artist on my internet travels, he basically creates giant walking robot skeletons powered by the wind. Some look absolutely amazing! I like how complex these machines are but how beautiful they look when they are moving. He seems like a bit of an eccentric inventor ¬†“Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”

 

Click here to see some films of them in action.

Paris Motorshow: Yawn.

October 29, 2010 - Leave a Response

The Paris motorshow is generally considered one of the best of the year because manufacturers unveil their concept cars and supercar manufacturers often bring out their best of the best. However looking over the highlights this year I found myself yawning at the sight of everything. a new Ford Focus for example, when the Focus was initially introduced it was radical it was curvaceous, sharp and a very balanced design, it has tamed itself in years since but the new one is just simply dull, it could be a Vauxhall or a Kia even. Even Lotus, who normally produce very distinctive cars have faded into the norm with the Elite, pictured below, it looks like a Ferrari 458 met a Toyota Celica met a Mazda RX8.

Click Here and read and see all the highlights of this years show.

The similarity in some classes of car now is crazy, look at the Jaguar XF, Vauxhall Insignia and Lexus IS, I challenge you to distinguish one of these 3 cars coming up behind you on the motorway from 50-100 yards, its impossible, even from side on. I think I know why to; the side panels are bare, too smooth, nothing for the eye to settle on.

There are only three new cars on the road at the moment that really catch my eye, the retro styled Fiat 500, which is impossible to not see and smile, the Citreon DS3, which is an interesting mix of angles and colour choices and finally the Citreon C6, I’m not sure whether this is a beautiful car or I just watch it incase a french assassin jumps out.

Rhino OSX

October 26, 2010 - Leave a Response

Since switching over to Mac, and my old laptop frying itself to death, I have not been access to any 3D CAD software. Well after Apple’s latest Keynote the other day I was excited to see that Autodesk products will be coming to the Mac, however it only¬†occurred to me earlier that its going to be well out of my price range. After a bit of searching I found out Rhino is being developed for the Mac, I used Rhino at university and the end results were great but the software was very unstable and prone to crashing. So I signed up on their site and am awaiting and am downloading as I type.

Update: It’s pretty awesome, feels much the same as the Windows version, as you’d expect, I opened up a file from University which Windows Rhino used to struggle with but it seems fine here. Only downside at the moment is the rendering engine, which appears to be fairly limited compared to the windows version Flamingo.

 

DuckDuckGo.com

October 24, 2010 - Leave a Response

I remember before Google was popular when dogpile.com and yahoo.com fought for our searches, there were of course a number of others but since Google no one ventures into the world of other search engines. Well I’ve just found quite a nice one that isn’t logging our IP addresses against our searches, like google is. Not that I’m particularly bothered that Google knows what I’m searching for but access to my searches would reveal what I like to buy, where I go, where I live, my interests and generally a social profile on me, and not only me; 99% of internet users in the western world.

So anyway this new search engine is called Duck Duck Go, it has some nice little features such as giving searchers the first paragraph of what Wikipedia has to say about your search. Not only that but it then attempts to display the official site of a particular topic next, where as google is a popularity contest, whatever website has the biggest web of links to it moves up the ranks. Have a little look and check out the about section for more of its features, don’t let Google watch everything you do online.

Southampton Ice Rink

October 23, 2010 - Leave a Response

In July I was very pleased to see planning for an Ice Rink in Southampton has been given the go ahead, not only did this excite me because of the prospect of Southampton getting back into Ice Hockey but also it will be a stones throw away from my front door. St Mary’s road is the proposed sight, the area is in need of redevelopment and the Ice Rink complex appears to be it.

The complex is set to contain a Gym, bar and several shops as shown in the artists impression above. So hopefully it won’t be long and i’ll be going to the first game of the Southampton Vikings!

Bloggled

October 22, 2010 - 2 Responses

Just got round to sorting out my website and pulling all the different aspects of me online into one manageable chain of links. www.Nice-Cuppa-Tea.co.uk is now the starting place to access my Blog (Which is the blog I will be using now), Portfolio, CV, etc. So whats new? Well I have finally got a proper desk sorted where my mini mac can sit along with its two screens and my Ubuntu PC, so basically a proper workstation so I can get back into the game.

Please excuse my website for a while, the portfolio section I want to do in Flash so it may take a while before you see anything. On the technology front I was glad to catch Apple’s latest keynote yesterday, the introduction of iLife 11 seems amazing, they demonstrated changes they have made to iPhoto, iMovie and most impressively GarageBand. With the latest update your band can have no Rhythm what so ever and still create perfect tracks!