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Star Ratings

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Easing myself back in gently, after a much needed summer break, I spotted this the other day on xkcd.com.

Star Ratings

Anyone who is an App Store Junkie, like me, will probably recognise just how accurate this is.

More than once, I’ve hastily spent rather more than I should, on that new and interesting looking ‘5 star’ app, only to discover the rating is based on just one review! Probably posted by the developer’s brother-in-law, no doubt.

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A very Siri mistake!

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

According an article in last week’s ITPro, the battle for supremacy between Apple and Google is about to reach new heights, with the release of Google’s new iPhone app, which will feature enhancements to it’s voiced-based search technology.

  

The new app is being seen as a direct response to the success of Apple’s Siri technology, which is threatening to reduce the reliance on Google’s search services for iPhone users.

In celebration of the impending madness of even more smartphone users shouting random questions into their handsets (as if listening to their conversations wasn’t bad enough!) the remainder of my opinions in this post are dictated directly into Siri…

The platypus could not be used indoors…

I said, the play bus should not see rude encores…

…I’m sorry Andy, but I can only look for businesses in the United States, and when you’re using U.S. English.

…I can’t answer that. But I could search the web for it, if you like.

…I’m sorry Andy, but I don’t understand “You can go kiss my arts”

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Skirting the RIM

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It looks like those plucky chaps over at Research In Motion are still persisting with their efforts to break into the tablet market with the release of the PlayBook 2.

The new PlayBook 4G LTE, in stores on Thursday.

The device launches in Canada today, and in Europe ‘shortly after’, according to PCPro, and is currently retailing at around $549.

The big difference to the old PlayBook is that the new device is now available with 4G LTE connectivity and sports it’s own email, calendar and contacts, so no longer requires pairing with a separate BlackBerry handset. A technical triumph that finally sees the PlayBook match the capabilities of just about every other tablet on the market!

However, there is some doubt that the new PlayBook will ever reach the UK as RIM has not yet confirmed in which European countries they will be releasing the device. Add to that the likelihood that 4G LTE services will not be available in the UK until the end of next year and the future of the PlayBook 2, on these shores at least, looks a little more limited.

The good news for RIM however, is that after months of decline, their stock market value has jumped this week. Unfortunately, this had nothing to do with the PlayBook launch, but on renewed speculation that Samsung are looking to buy out the company to get it’s hands on their BB10 operating system!

I really can’t see this device changing my mind on steering well clear of investing in my own Blackberry. It’s not that I think the name ‘PlayBook’ is thoroughly daft for a device aimed at the business user, but by the time the tablet reaches the UK, RIM might just have gone over the edge!

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Now Dropbox are hacked

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Dropbox are the latest Cloud provider to suffer hacking of some of their users’ log-in details!

According to an article in ITPro, Dropbox have admitted that a number of their users had been spammed ‘following a breach of its infrastructure that led to a number of accounts being compromised’.

Dropbox blame the breach on usernames and passwords, that had recently been stolen from other websites, also being used to sign in to a ‘small’ number of Dropbox accounts. Though they also admit “A stolen password was used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses”!

However, reassurance comes from Neil Cook, chief technology officer of security company Cloudmark, who described the hacking as “unsophisticated”. He went on to say “The offending messages were hitting a handful of spammy fingerprints at once. If this were an exam, the spammer would receive an ‘ungraded’ mark for lack of message complexity or originality.”

Well, as long as Dropbox base their security measures on the likely incompetence of would-be hackers, then I for one, am suitably reassured!

However, my tip would be to be a little more cautious and use a third party encryption software, such as TrueCrypt or AxCrypt  to protect any sensitive files you might want to entrust to their safe keeping.

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