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A weekly technology podcast where the host Michael McAndrew talks about the weeks technology news and everything tech!

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Talks About Tech Weekly 087: The Connected Home

Jan 19, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio Nest Bought by Google This week Google bought the company Nest for $3.2 billion. Google have been buying lots of companies recently including the robotics company Boston Dynamics. Nest have a smart thermostat for your heating system that allows you to schedule your thermostat based on your daily schedule and you can control it from mobile devices and from the web. So why would Google want to buy Nest? Maybe because they have patents that Google want. Another possibility could be that Google are interested in the Connected Home idea. The Connected Home is a concept that has been around for a while now and the idea is that you can monitor everything in your house, turn devices on and off and create schedules when you want them to turn on or off. An example is for all the lights in the house to turn on once the house begins to get dark and they automatically turn off the lights at 1am. Nests technology is right down the connected home's alleyway. Barack Obama NSA Reform Barack Obama has begun a reform of the NSA which includes putting restrictions on the information that they can withhold. The majority of the restrictions were on the NSA’s ability to tap phone conversations. Obama can’t just change the NSA in an instant though. His proposition now has to be passed by congress and government departments before it can be put into place. The speech does not address the biggest issue of all which is PRISM. Google Smart Contact Lenses Google has made a prototype contact lenses that checks glucose levels in tears. This is extremely useful for diabetics. On the lens is a tiny glucose sensor and transmitter that take up very little power and can relay data to any device. Google says that this product might take 5 years to get into production but it's still very cool. Beats Music Beats music is a new service coming out from Dr.Dre and Jimmy Lovine on the 31st January to compete with Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music and all of the other music services out there. It won’t have a big library of music to start but what they want to do is be able to tell you the music you would like by asking questions about your taste and analysing the type of music you listen to. It will be purely subscription based and will cost $10 per month with a special for AT&T customers $15 per month for 5 family members on 10 devices. I'm always on for another alternative to keep competition in the space and beats music does provide a different solution to others in the space. Windows 9 Rumours and leaks are saying that Microsoft will release an update 1 to Windows 8.1 in April. Along with that in April the BUILD conference is in April and there are rumours of Windows 9. That said Microsoft will probably only be showing concepts and will not actually have a product. Windows 8 didn't really take off so what are Microsoft going to do in Windows 9 to improve it? Well I would definitely like to see a return of the full start menu. I don't think Microsoft will let go of the Metro interface in Windows 9 though. What I do think they will do is make it easier to bypass the Metro interface. It will be very interesting to see what they will do in April. Tech We've Been Using This Week This week Kevin and I came second in a video competition and we both won new iPad Mini Retina's. These tablets come packed with the A7 chip and a 7.9inch retina display that comes in at a resolution of 2048x1536. I have had an iPad 2 for a long time now and I love it but I find the smaller form factor of the mini is just brilliant! It's much faster than the old iPad 2 and the screen is just amazing! Text looks so clear and crisp it makes the iPad 2 display look like 8-bit. It's just incredible. The price tag is pretty steep though. The 16GB model starts at €399 but they are great prizes to get though.

Talks About Tech Weekly 087: The Connected Home

Jan 19, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio Nest Bought by Google This week Google bought the company Nest for $3.2 billion. Google have been buying lots of companies recently including the robotics company Boston Dynamics. Nest have a smart thermostat for your heating system that allows you to schedule your thermostat based on your daily schedule and you can control it from mobile devices and from the web. So why would Google want to buy Nest? Maybe because they have patents that Google want. Another possibility could be that Google are interested in the Connected Home idea. The Connected Home is a concept that has been around for a while now and the idea is that you can monitor everything in your house, turn devices on and off and create schedules when you want them to turn on or off. An example is for all the lights in the house to turn on once the house begins to get dark and they automatically turn off the lights at 1am. Nests technology is right down the connected home's alleyway. Barack Obama NSA Reform Barack Obama has begun a reform of the NSA which includes putting restrictions on the information that they can withhold. The majority of the restrictions were on the NSA’s ability to tap phone conversations. Obama can’t just change the NSA in an instant though. His proposition now has to be passed by congress and government departments before it can be put into place. The speech does not address the biggest issue of all which is PRISM. Google Smart Contact Lenses Google has made a prototype contact lenses that checks glucose levels in tears. This is extremely useful for diabetics. On the lens is a tiny glucose sensor and transmitter that take up very little power and can relay data to any device. Google says that this product might take 5 years to get into production but it's still very cool. Beats Music Beats music is a new service coming out from Dr.Dre and Jimmy Lovine on the 31st January to compete with Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music and all of the other music services out there. It won’t have a big library of music to start but what they want to do is be able to tell you the music you would like by asking questions about your taste and analysing the type of music you listen to. It will be purely subscription based and will cost $10 per month with a special for AT&T customers $15 per month for 5 family members on 10 devices. I'm always on for another alternative to keep competition in the space and beats music does provide a different solution to others in the space. Windows 9 Rumours and leaks are saying that Microsoft will release an update 1 to Windows 8.1 in April. Along with that in April the BUILD conference is in April and there are rumours of Windows 9. That said Microsoft will probably only be showing concepts and will not actually have a product. Windows 8 didn't really take off so what are Microsoft going to do in Windows 9 to improve it? Well I would definitely like to see a return of the full start menu. I don't think Microsoft will let go of the Metro interface in Windows 9 though. What I do think they will do is make it easier to bypass the Metro interface. It will be very interesting to see what they will do in April. Tech We've Been Using This Week This week Kevin and I came second in a video competition and we both won new iPad Mini Retina's. These tablets come packed with the A7 chip and a 7.9inch retina display that comes in at a resolution of 2048x1536. I have had an iPad 2 for a long time now and I love it but I find the smaller form factor of the mini is just brilliant! It's much faster than the old iPad 2 and the screen is just amazing! Text looks so clear and crisp it makes the iPad 2 display look like 8-bit. It's just incredible. The price tag is pretty steep though. The 16GB model starts at €399 but they are great prizes to get though.

Talks About Tech Weekly 086: CES 2014

Jan 15, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode I talk about CES 2014, Tesla and more. CES 2014 This week CES 2014 took place in Las Vegas. CES is one of the biggest technology conventions of the year and there is always plenty to see and plenty to cover. Curved TV's Samsung have been pushing curved TV’s this year with both 4k and 1080p models. Samsung are claiming that their new. TV's are the first ever curved LCD TV's.The idea is that the curved TV's will create a more immersive experience for the viewer. The first thing I would have thought of is distortion of the image. People have been saying that image distortion is a big problem but I haven't been able to see it myself so I cannot comment. An interesting innovation from Samsung but seeing that they will cost up to 60% more than a standard TV I don't think they will be very popular. Wearable Computing This years CES was dominated by companies trying to enter into the wearable computing market. Pebble came out with a new version of their smartwatch the Pebble Steel which I really like. They have ditched the plastic for high quality metal and leather straps and casing. The Steel will cost $249 and you can order them now. LG have also come out with a new wearable computing device. It's called the Lifeband Touch and it's between an exercise band and a smartwatch. It does many of the things that a device such as the Nike+ FuelBand but it also allows you to control music on your phone, control volume and silence phone calls. Pretty cool stuff! One of the most interesting announcements for me was from intel. Intel were showing off their prototype smartwatch and their heart rate monitoring earphones but the coolest product for me was a tiny SD sized computer called Edison. It was one of Intel's new Quark processors which are 5 times smaller than Atom processors and 10 times more energy efficient. The computer is dual core and runs a version of Linux. It also has Bluetooth and Wifi. Computing is getting smaller and smaller. Steam Machines This time last year Valve was talking about the Steam Machine and this year they are showing off 13 different models from many different manufacturers including Alienware, Origin and Zotac. These Steam Machines are running Valves SteamOS which is a Linux distro dedicated to gaming. Valve currently have 250 out of their thousands of games ported over to the platform but they are working on getting everything ported. The problem with using Linux as a gaming platform is that it is pretty difficult to create a gaming for it. Linux hasn't really developed as a GUI based operating system. Still time will tell how people respond to these alternative gaming consoles. 3D Printing There was a dedicated 3D Printing Tech Zone at CES this year. Many companies were showing off their latest printing technologies included MakerBot with their new model digitiser, Pirate 3D and more. These printers are getting cheaper and cheaper and all that it might take would be one major company to mass produce one of these printers for them to go mainstream. The Delorean This year a replica of the Delorean (made in Ireland!) from Back to the Future made an appearance along with Christopher Lloyd. It was all part of a promotion for the Gibson Guitar Companies 120th birthday. In the film Michael J. Fox plays a Gibson ES-345. It was pretty cool seeing the car and the guitar at CES. Razor Project Christine Modular PC Christine is a new initiative from Razer. The idea is that it can accommodate PC users who don't want to have to think about the tech specs to those who want to completely customise the system. Each component of the PC is kept in its own liquid cooled container and you can easily swap out containers and add new ones without connecting any cables or wires. It's a very easy process and a very cool concept.

Talks About Tech Weekly 086: CES 2014

Jan 14, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode I talk about CES 2014, Tesla and more. CES 2014 This week CES 2014 took place in Las Vegas. CES is one of the biggest technology conventions of the year and there is always plenty to see and plenty to cover. Curved TV's Samsung have been pushing curved TV’s this year with both 4k and 1080p models. Samsung are claiming that their new. TV's are the first ever curved LCD TV's.The idea is that the curved TV's will create a more immersive experience for the viewer. The first thing I would have thought of is distortion of the image. People have been saying that image distortion is a big problem but I haven't been able to see it myself so I cannot comment. An interesting innovation from Samsung but seeing that they will cost up to 60% more than a standard TV I don't think they will be very popular. Wearable Computing This years CES was dominated by companies trying to enter into the wearable computing market. Pebble came out with a new version of their smartwatch the Pebble Steel which I really like. They have ditched the plastic for high quality metal and leather straps and casing. The Steel will cost $249 and you can order them now. LG have also come out with a new wearable computing device. It's called the Lifeband Touch and it's between an exercise band and a smartwatch. It does many of the things that a device such as the Nike+ FuelBand but it also allows you to control music on your phone, control volume and silence phone calls. Pretty cool stuff! One of the most interesting announcements for me was from intel. Intel were showing off their prototype smartwatch and their heart rate monitoring earphones but the coolest product for me was a tiny SD sized computer called Edison. It was one of Intel's new Quark processors which are 5 times smaller than Atom processors and 10 times more energy efficient. The computer is dual core and runs a version of Linux. It also has Bluetooth and Wifi. Computing is getting smaller and smaller. Steam Machines This time last year Valve was talking about the Steam Machine and this year they are showing off 13 different models from many different manufacturers including Alienware, Origin and Zotac. These Steam Machines are running Valves SteamOS which is a Linux distro dedicated to gaming. Valve currently have 250 out of their thousands of games ported over to the platform but they are working on getting everything ported. The problem with using Linux as a gaming platform is that it is pretty difficult to create a gaming for it. Linux hasn't really developed as a GUI based operating system. Still time will tell how people respond to these alternative gaming consoles. 3D Printing There was a dedicated 3D Printing Tech Zone at CES this year. Many companies were showing off their latest printing technologies included MakerBot with their new model digitiser, Pirate 3D and more. These printers are getting cheaper and cheaper and all that it might take would be one major company to mass produce one of these printers for them to go mainstream. The Delorean This year a replica of the Delorean (made in Ireland!) from Back to the Future made an appearance along with Christopher Lloyd. It was all part of a promotion for the Gibson Guitar Companies 120th birthday. In the film Michael J. Fox plays a Gibson ES-345. It was pretty cool seeing the car and the guitar at CES. Razor Project Christine Modular PC Christine is a new initiative from Razer. The idea is that it can accommodate PC users who don't want to have to think about the tech specs to those who want to completely customise the system. Each component of the PC is kept in its own liquid cooled container and you can easily swap out containers and add new ones without connecting any cables or wires. It's a very easy process and a very cool concept.

Talks About Tech Weekly 085: Predictions for 2014

Jan 10, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about our predictions for 2014, snapchat hacked and more. Predictions for 2014 Graphene In 2013 graphene has made some major advancements but there are still some issues that need to resolved before it is used practically. I think that many of those problems will be resolved and we will be one step closer to using graphene on a day to day basis. Wearable Computing 2013 saw some interesting and wacky wearable computing ideas from tech companies like Google glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. 2013 was just the experimentation year though because next year Google glass is going on sale and Apple may very well be entering the market and that might change everything. 4K Ultra HD CES is just around the corner and I'm sure there will be a huge presence of 4k TV's, monitors and other devices. The price of 4k TV's are coming down drastically but now we need to focus on content delivery. YouTube has been a pioneer in 4k content distribution and they are now working on the VP9 video codec which beats H.264 and H.265. The codec is open source and unlike VP8 has been adopted by many companies. All we need now is for Apple to adopt the codec. Cheap 3D Printers If you go on kickstarter now you will probably find a page full of 3D printers for $500 and lower. I think that 2014 may very well see 3D printers become a household device. The possibilities for 3D printers are endless and if a large printer manufacturer like HP comes on board we may see the 3D printing market grow rapidly. Snapchat Hacked Snapchat has become a very popular internet messaging application. Over 200,000 people in Ireland use the service. I think that they find sending a message to someone and limiting them to seeing it for 30 seconds is really cool. Earlier on this year an Australian security company called Gibson Security reported an exploit in snapchat that allowed them to get access to user details. During the Christmas a group of hackers hacked into snapchat and stole over 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. They then set up the website snapchatdb.info and made the database publicly available. They said that they used a modified version of Gibson Security's exploit and that the reason was to make the point that security is important. Snapchat have said that they are now working to fix the problem. 4G Updates for 2014 This year 4G LTE will be rolled out all around the country and Vodafone and Meteor have already started the process. Vodafone have launched LTE in Galway city, Dublin city, Limerick city, nearly all of Cork, Wexford, Waterford and Kerry and they are hoping to roll it out to other parts of the country during the year. Meteor have launched LTE in nearly all of Galway, Athlone, Dublin, Wicklow, Carlow, Waterford, Cork city and Limerick. One of the biggest drawbacks that we have with 4G here at the moment is that you must sign up to of the carriers 4G plans. Vodafone has plans for €55 and €75 that offer 2GB and 6GB of 4G data and there SIM only plans too but there are no prepay plans or mobile broadband plans available. The situation with Meteor is similar. There are €30, €49 and €69 plans offering 1GB, 3GB and 6GB of data but you have to go on 24 month contracts and there are no prepay or mobile broadband plans. O2 and Three will be merging in March and they are going to rolling out 4G so things will probably start changing then but until March 4G is still very limited. I'd say by the end of the year the majority of people should have access to 4G though. Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week Kevin gives his review of the Moto G that he bought over the holidays. He picked up the 16GB model for €200 and he's been really enjoying it so far. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week

Talks About Tech Weekly 085: Predictions for 2014

Jan 9, 2014

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about our predictions for 2014, snapchat hacked and more. Predictions for 2014 Graphene In 2013 graphene has made some major advancements but there are still some issues that need to resolved before it is used practically. I think that many of those problems will be resolved and we will be one step closer to using graphene on a day to day basis. Wearable Computing 2013 saw some interesting and wacky wearable computing ideas from tech companies like Google glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. 2013 was just the experimentation year though because next year Google glass is going on sale and Apple may very well be entering the market and that might change everything. 4K Ultra HD CES is just around the corner and I'm sure there will be a huge presence of 4k TV's, monitors and other devices. The price of 4k TV's are coming down drastically but now we need to focus on content delivery. YouTube has been a pioneer in 4k content distribution and they are now working on the VP9 video codec which beats H.264 and H.265. The codec is open source and unlike VP8 has been adopted by many companies. All we need now is for Apple to adopt the codec. Cheap 3D Printers If you go on kickstarter now you will probably find a page full of 3D printers for $500 and lower. I think that 2014 may very well see 3D printers become a household device. The possibilities for 3D printers are endless and if a large printer manufacturer like HP comes on board we may see the 3D printing market grow rapidly. Snapchat Hacked Snapchat has become a very popular internet messaging application. Over 200,000 people in Ireland use the service. I think that they find sending a message to someone and limiting them to seeing it for 30 seconds is really cool. Earlier on this year an Australian security company called Gibson Security reported an exploit in snapchat that allowed them to get access to user details. During the Christmas a group of hackers hacked into snapchat and stole over 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. They then set up the website snapchatdb.info and made the database publicly available. They said that they used a modified version of Gibson Security's exploit and that the reason was to make the point that security is important. Snapchat have said that they are now working to fix the problem. 4G Updates for 2014 This year 4G LTE will be rolled out all around the country and Vodafone and Meteor have already started the process. Vodafone have launched LTE in Galway city, Dublin city, Limerick city, nearly all of Cork, Wexford, Waterford and Kerry and they are hoping to roll it out to other parts of the country during the year. Meteor have launched LTE in nearly all of Galway, Athlone, Dublin, Wicklow, Carlow, Waterford, Cork city and Limerick. One of the biggest drawbacks that we have with 4G here at the moment is that you must sign up to of the carriers 4G plans. Vodafone has plans for €55 and €75 that offer 2GB and 6GB of 4G data and there SIM only plans too but there are no prepay plans or mobile broadband plans available. The situation with Meteor is similar. There are €30, €49 and €69 plans offering 1GB, 3GB and 6GB of data but you have to go on 24 month contracts and there are no prepay or mobile broadband plans. O2 and Three will be merging in March and they are going to rolling out 4G so things will probably start changing then but until March 4G is still very limited. I'd say by the end of the year the majority of people should have access to 4G though. Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week Kevin gives his review of the Moto G that he bought over the holidays. He picked up the 16GB model for €200 and he's been really enjoying it so far. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week

Talks About Tech Weekly 084: Christmas Special 2013

Dec 24, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we look back on the year of 2013 and talk about our top technologies of the year and more. Michael's Top 5 Technologies of 2013 Graphene Graphene was discovered a number of years ago now but this year has led to some great new discoveries and uses for the strongest material, most conductive material, lightest material and first 2d material in the world. LTE 4G This year LTE was introduced to a number of countries in Europe as well as world wide. Last month LTE came to select parts of Ireland. LTE offers vast improvements over 3G with speeds of up to 150MB per second. This technology could get high speed internet access to many people in remote locations around the country. Next Generation TV Experience Over the past few years TV has seen many changes. With more people having access to fast internet services such as Netflix have become very popular. Netflix allows viewers to watch any TV show or movie that they like, whenever they want, anywhere and on any device they like over the web. 4k content is just around the corner and the price of 4k TV's and monitors are coming down. Next year we will definitely be seeing more of 4k. Responsive Web Design 2013 has proved a very challenging year for web designers. We can view the web on so many different devices now, on tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops. The challenge is to create one website that looks good across all platforms. Responsive web design has been used to combat this very problem. The website responds to whatever size the screen on the device is and adjusts accordingly. It's a very cool new technology but one that is necessary in todays world. Cloud Computing The cloud. The buzz word of 2013. Everyone is talking about this amazing way to store all of your information online. You can access it from anywhere in the world. Really though, cloud computing has been around since the dawn of the internet and it isn't new technology at all. What has changed is that there are now services like dropbox that give cloud access to anyone. The problem that still remains with the cloud though is the cost of storing information. It still isn't practical to store everything there as it would just cost too much. Kevin's Top 5 Technologies of 2013 Leap Motion The leap is a radical new method of interacting with your computer. The keyboard and mouse has been around for a very long time and people are always looking at new methods of interacting with computers. The touch screen has worked great for mobile devices but it doesn't work for desktop computers. The leap started as a kickstarter project and has now gone into production. We got our hands on one here at Talks About Tech and it definitely seems like a promising product. Self Healing Materials LG released a phone this year that uses self healing material on the cover. The idea is that if you scratch the phone it will heal itself in a matter of minutes. It has seen shown to work very well and it could possibly be seen a lot more in 2014. Wearable Computing 2013 has seen the introduction of many wearable computing devices. Google Glass, Pebble smart watch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear are just a few of these devices. But wearable computing is just starting. Next year we will probably see Apple enter the market of wearable computing and we should see a number of advancements in the technology. Oculus Rift The Oculus Rift next-generation gaming headset. The idea is to take virtual reality to the next level and make gaming experiences more realistic than ever before. It is currently in a very early stage of development but definitely seems very promising. What Michael would like to see under the Christmas Tree Mac Pro - €3099 Google Nexus 5 Superlux HD-681 EVO - €28 Battlefield 4 - €60 iPad Mini Retina - €399

Talks About Tech Weekly 084: Christmas Special 2013

Dec 23, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we look back on the year of 2013 and talk about our top technologies of the year and more. Michael's Top 5 Technologies of 2013 Graphene Graphene was discovered a number of years ago now but this year has led to some great new discoveries and uses for the strongest material, most conductive material, lightest material and first 2d material in the world. LTE 4G This year LTE was introduced to a number of countries in Europe as well as world wide. Last month LTE came to select parts of Ireland. LTE offers vast improvements over 3G with speeds of up to 150MB per second. This technology could get high speed internet access to many people in remote locations around the country. Next Generation TV Experience Over the past few years TV has seen many changes. With more people having access to fast internet services such as Netflix have become very popular. Netflix allows viewers to watch any TV show or movie that they like, whenever they want, anywhere and on any device they like over the web. 4k content is just around the corner and the price of 4k TV's and monitors are coming down. Next year we will definitely be seeing more of 4k. Responsive Web Design 2013 has proved a very challenging year for web designers. We can view the web on so many different devices now, on tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops. The challenge is to create one website that looks good across all platforms. Responsive web design has been used to combat this very problem. The website responds to whatever size the screen on the device is and adjusts accordingly. It's a very cool new technology but one that is necessary in todays world. Cloud Computing The cloud. The buzz word of 2013. Everyone is talking about this amazing way to store all of your information online. You can access it from anywhere in the world. Really though, cloud computing has been around since the dawn of the internet and it isn't new technology at all. What has changed is that there are now services like dropbox that give cloud access to anyone. The problem that still remains with the cloud though is the cost of storing information. It still isn't practical to store everything there as it would just cost too much. Kevin's Top 5 Technologies of 2013 Leap Motion The leap is a radical new method of interacting with your computer. The keyboard and mouse has been around for a very long time and people are always looking at new methods of interacting with computers. The touch screen has worked great for mobile devices but it doesn't work for desktop computers. The leap started as a kickstarter project and has now gone into production. We got our hands on one here at Talks About Tech and it definitely seems like a promising product. Self Healing Materials LG released a phone this year that uses self healing material on the cover. The idea is that if you scratch the phone it will heal itself in a matter of minutes. It has seen shown to work very well and it could possibly be seen a lot more in 2014. Wearable Computing 2013 has seen the introduction of many wearable computing devices. Google Glass, Pebble smart watch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear are just a few of these devices. But wearable computing is just starting. Next year we will probably see Apple enter the market of wearable computing and we should see a number of advancements in the technology. Oculus Rift The Oculus Rift next-generation gaming headset. The idea is to take virtual reality to the next level and make gaming experiences more realistic than ever before. It is currently in a very early stage of development but definitely seems very promising. What Michael would like to see under the Christmas Tree Mac Pro - €3099 Google Nexus 5 Superlux HD-681 EVO - €28 Battlefield 4 - €60 iPad Mini Retina - €399

Talks About Tech Weekly 083: Xbox One vs Playstation 4

Dec 1, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about the Galway Science and Technology Festival, the Xbox One vs Playstation 4 and more. NUIG Explore Science As part of science week last week NUI Galway took an initiative they call Explore Science to bring more science into primary and secondary schools. This included many researchers from the university visiting schools all around Galway and science competitions such as the ReelLife Science competition organised by Dr.Enda O'Connell. The programme was a great success. Galway Science and Technology Festival 2013 The festival was held at the close of science week, last week. The festival was held in NUIG and attracted a huge audience. There were over 135 exhibitions and companies such as Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Avaya were among some of the exhibitors as well as NUIG, GMIT and many others. One very cool exhibition was of the NAO robot. The NAO is a humanoid robot which is designed to behave and interact similarly to a human. You can, of course program it to do whatever you want and that is the beauty of it. NUIG is using these robots for their research currently. They are very cool little machines. Xbox One vs Playstation 4 Everyone's been talking about the console wars this week and we are no different. Both consoles are out now but if you haven't bought one yet it can be a challenge to pick which one to go for. Although we have not used either of these consoles we can give a comparison and give the facts about these two consoles. To start, here is a comparison of the specs of both of these consoles: Xbox One Playstation 4 8 core 1.75GHz AMD custom CPU 8 core 1.6GHz Jaguar AMD CPU AMD Radeon GPU Custom AMD GPU 8GB DDR3 RAM 8GB GDDR5 RAM Non-removable 500GB hard drive Removable 500GB hard drive External Power Brick Integrated Power Supply Blu-Ray/DVD Drive Blu-Ray/DVD Drive 8 simultaneous controllers 4 simultaneous controllers Kinect 2 included Playstation Camera available for €59.99 Price: €499.99 Price: €399.99 Specs wise there isn’t much of a difference. It’s all down to the experience if you prefer the Xbox interface or the Playstation interface, the design and the price. Moto G Available on Amazon Now The Moto G has got to be the best value for money phone at the moment. When compared to the Nexus 5 is doesn't lose by much and it is far cheaper at only £135 on amazon.co.uk now for the 8GB model. If you're looking for a new phone but you don't want to go on a lengthy contract the Moto G could be the phone for you! Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin just bought Battlefield as a great Black Friday deal. He will be giving his full review of the game next but from what I've seen it looks awesome! The graphics are amazing and I'm a huge fan of the Battlefield series already so I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the game. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week I've been using this really cool app called Mocha RDP Lite. It's a great app that allows you to use any iOS device to remote log into any Windows computer. I have a lot of servers that I want to use without having to plug monitors in every time. This app is perfect on my iPad. It's free on the app store now.

Talks About Tech Weekly 083: Xbox One vs Playstation 4

Dec 1, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about the Galway Science and Technology Festival, the Xbox One vs Playstation 4 and more. NUIG Explore Science As part of science week last week NUI Galway took an initiative they call Explore Science to bring more science into primary and secondary schools. This included many researchers from the university visiting schools all around Galway and science competitions such as the ReelLife Science competition organised by Dr.Enda O'Connell. The programme was a great success. Galway Science and Technology Festival 2013 The festival was held at the close of science week, last week. The festival was held in NUIG and attracted a huge audience. There were over 135 exhibitions and companies such as Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Avaya were among some of the exhibitors as well as NUIG, GMIT and many others. One very cool exhibition was of the NAO robot. The NAO is a humanoid robot which is designed to behave and interact similarly to a human. You can, of course program it to do whatever you want and that is the beauty of it. NUIG is using these robots for their research currently. They are very cool little machines. Xbox One vs Playstation 4 Everyone's been talking about the console wars this week and we are no different. Both consoles are out now but if you haven't bought one yet it can be a challenge to pick which one to go for. Although we have not used either of these consoles we can give a comparison and give the facts about these two consoles. To start, here is a comparison of the specs of both of these consoles: Xbox One Playstation 4 8 core 1.75GHz AMD custom CPU 8 core 1.6GHz Jaguar AMD CPU AMD Radeon GPU Custom AMD GPU 8GB DDR3 RAM 8GB GDDR5 RAM Non-removable 500GB hard drive Removable 500GB hard drive External Power Brick Integrated Power Supply Blu-Ray/DVD Drive Blu-Ray/DVD Drive 8 simultaneous controllers 4 simultaneous controllers Kinect 2 included Playstation Camera available for €59.99 Price: €499.99 Price: €399.99 Specs wise there isn’t much of a difference. It’s all down to the experience if you prefer the Xbox interface or the Playstation interface, the design and the price. Moto G Available on Amazon Now The Moto G has got to be the best value for money phone at the moment. When compared to the Nexus 5 is doesn't lose by much and it is far cheaper at only £135 on amazon.co.uk now for the 8GB model. If you're looking for a new phone but you don't want to go on a lengthy contract the Moto G could be the phone for you! Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin just bought Battlefield as a great Black Friday deal. He will be giving his full review of the game next but from what I've seen it looks awesome! The graphics are amazing and I'm a huge fan of the Battlefield series already so I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the game. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week I've been using this really cool app called Mocha RDP Lite. It's a great app that allows you to use any iOS device to remote log into any Windows computer. I have a lot of servers that I want to use without having to plug monitors in every time. This app is perfect on my iPad. It's free on the app store now.

Talks About Tech Weekly 082: Playstation 4

Nov 19, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about the Playstation 4, Google Play Music and much more. Playstation 4 This week the highly anticipated Playstation 4 came out with huge success. Sony sold over 1 million units in just 24 hours in the US and Canada alone which is amazing! The design of the console is very simple and it is much lighter than the Playstation 3. In the front there are just two USB 3 ports and in the back there is an ethernet port, HDMI, optical audio out and a propitiatory camera port for the optional Playstation camera. The hardware is a vast improvement from its predecessor. It boasts an AMD Jaguar 8 Core CPU, AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB Hard Drive, 6x Blu-Ray drive and 8GB RAM. The new X86 chip architecture makes it much easier for game developers to port games and to generally provide a better gaming experience. The Playstation 4 will play any release game at 1080p 60fps. It is strange however that they did not include 802.11ac wifi and 5GHz wifi support. There are some nice enhancements on the dualshock 4 controller too. The grips are much more comfortable, there is a light bar on the back for the playstation camera to identify, there is a clickable trackpad in the center, a built-in speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack and rechargeable batteries that charge through MicroUSB. Unfortunately on day 1 you have to perform a 300MB update to the consoles software and Sony have been experiencing severe server problems as a result. The playstation network has also been experiencing problems but that is to be expected with such a demand and I'm sure the issues will be resolved soon. One really cool feature is that you can now stream to twitch.tv from the console directly and not only that but there is a dedicated share button on the controller just for that. I think that is an awesome feature! Overall I think that the response to the Playstation 4 has been good although there have been a few problems with the playstation network and the HDMI port on some units. I won't be getting either of the next generation consoles as I am a PC gamer but I definitely welcome them as it will affect the quality of PC games dramatically too. The Playstation 4 is coming out on November 29th in Europe and the Xbox One is coming out very soon so it will be interesting to see if the feedback will be as positive. Snapchat Offered $3 Billion by Facebook Snapchat is a simple instant messaging app with one unique feature, you can decide how long a person can see a message that you send them. Snapchat is a completely free app with no revenue model currently and Facebook offered them $3 Billion this week. Facebook recently acquired Instagram for $1 Billion. Snapchat declined the offer. The reason why is unknown but that is a lot of money. Google Play Music This week Google Play Music got released on iOS so I decided to check it out. The way it works is you attach your gmail account to Play Music and then you can download the music manager app which will automatically upload your entire iTunes library to the cloud. There are two plans, a free plan which allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and a premium €9,99 plan that allows you to access unlimited songs. You can then access your entire music library from any device. I'm really liking the service so far. You can check it out at play.google.com/music. Moto G This week Motorola released a very interesting new, cheap phone. The phone has a 720p 4.5inch screen, Snapdragon 400 processor and 5 megapixel camera and it costs only $180. This is a great phone for the price and unlike many of its competitors it is a very high quality phone with a really nice design. I hope it comes to Ireland soon. Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin is currently looking at starting a new blog and he found a really cool way ...

Talks About Tech Weekly 082: Playstation 4

Nov 18, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about the Playstation 4, Google Play Music and much more. Playstation 4 This week the highly anticipated Playstation 4 came out with huge success. Sony sold over 1 million units in just 24 hours in the US and Canada alone which is amazing! The design of the console is very simple and it is much lighter than the Playstation 3. In the front there are just two USB 3 ports and in the back there is an ethernet port, HDMI, optical audio out and a propitiatory camera port for the optional Playstation camera. The hardware is a vast improvement from its predecessor. It boasts an AMD Jaguar 8 Core CPU, AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB Hard Drive, 6x Blu-Ray drive and 8GB RAM. The new X86 chip architecture makes it much easier for game developers to port games and to generally provide a better gaming experience. The Playstation 4 will play any release game at 1080p 60fps. It is strange however that they did not include 802.11ac wifi and 5GHz wifi support. There are some nice enhancements on the dualshock 4 controller too. The grips are much more comfortable, there is a light bar on the back for the playstation camera to identify, there is a clickable trackpad in the center, a built-in speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack and rechargeable batteries that charge through MicroUSB. Unfortunately on day 1 you have to perform a 300MB update to the consoles software and Sony have been experiencing severe server problems as a result. The playstation network has also been experiencing problems but that is to be expected with such a demand and I'm sure the issues will be resolved soon. One really cool feature is that you can now stream to twitch.tv from the console directly and not only that but there is a dedicated share button on the controller just for that. I think that is an awesome feature! Overall I think that the response to the Playstation 4 has been good although there have been a few problems with the playstation network and the HDMI port on some units. I won't be getting either of the next generation consoles as I am a PC gamer but I definitely welcome them as it will affect the quality of PC games dramatically too. The Playstation 4 is coming out on November 29th in Europe and the Xbox One is coming out very soon so it will be interesting to see if the feedback will be as positive. Snapchat Offered $3 Billion by Facebook Snapchat is a simple instant messaging app with one unique feature, you can decide how long a person can see a message that you send them. Snapchat is a completely free app with no revenue model currently and Facebook offered them $3 Billion this week. Facebook recently acquired Instagram for $1 Billion. Snapchat declined the offer. The reason why is unknown but that is a lot of money. Google Play Music This week Google Play Music got released on iOS so I decided to check it out. The way it works is you attach your gmail account to Play Music and then you can download the music manager app which will automatically upload your entire iTunes library to the cloud. There are two plans, a free plan which allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and a premium €9,99 plan that allows you to access unlimited songs. You can then access your entire music library from any device. I'm really liking the service so far. You can check it out at play.google.com/music. Moto G This week Motorola released a very interesting new, cheap phone. The phone has a 720p 4.5inch screen, Snapdragon 400 processor and 5 megapixel camera and it costs only $180. This is a great phone for the price and unlike many of its competitors it is a very high quality phone with a really nice design. I hope it comes to Ireland soon. Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin is currently looking at starting a new blog and he found a really cool way ...

Talks About Tech Weekly 081: The Miracle Material

Oct 24, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this weeks episode we talk about Eircom eVision, Graphene and much more. Eircom eVision This week Eircom introduced a new product called eVision. It is a direct competitor to solutions from Sky and UPC now. eVision works with eFibre (you must have eFibre to avail of eVision). You get a set top box similar to the packages from Sky and UPC currently and it allows you to pause and rewind live TV, access a 7 day programme guide, record up to 240 hours of TV shows and record two programmes simultaneously. Multi-room options are available from €5 per room per month and 5 HD channels are available for €5 extra per month. The pricing structure for this service is very competitive. The essentials pack includes 30 channels and costs just €10 per month and you also get 6 months free. The experience pack costs €6 extra per month and you get 20 extra channels. Sky Sports 1 + 2 are €29 per month extra and Sky Movies are €24 extra per month. eVision is definitely a threat for UPC and Sky and at a very competitive price. The only problem now is its lack of availability. Nexus 5 News On last weeks show I talked about the Nexus 5 possibly coming out some time this month. Earlier this week the Nexus 5 was seen on the Google Play Store. It was the 16GB version and it was available for $349 but since this was obviously a mistake we can't take that to be the final price. Now the rumoured release date is the 30th October but I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait until next month to see the Nexus 5. Graphene - The Miracle Material Graphene is essentially a one atom thick layer of graphite like what pencil lead is made of. Graphene has been found to have incredible properties. It is: harder than diamond 200 times stronger than steel has super electrical and thermal conductivity Super light Flexible Almost totally transparent Only lets water through There are so many different uses for Graphene. It could be used as a really cheap water filter or to make flexible phones. The possibilities are endless. Apple Recalls MacBook Air's If you have a 64GB or 128GB Macbook Air bought between June 2012 and June 2013 you may have a faulty SSD. Apple have sent out a patch to determine whether your macbook is affected and if that is the case you will then be instructed to return your computer. Tech We've Been Using This Week Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week I have been using Solid Works. I am currently learning Solid Works in school and the power of the program. I have also gotten an education license of Solid Works because I'm learning it in school. It is an amazing 3D drawing tool that allows not only to draw objects but to test how they might work in real life. I recommend that you check out Solid Works at solidworks.com Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week Kevin has been using Edmodo. Edmodo is a great resource for students and teachers that allows both to interact after school hours and share resources that may help other in the class to complete assignments and homework. I recommend you check out the website at edmodo.com.

Talks About Tech Weekly 081: The Miracle Material

Oct 24, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this weeks episode we talk about Eircom eVision, Graphene and much more. Eircom eVision This week Eircom introduced a new product called eVision. It is a direct competitor to solutions from Sky and UPC now. eVision works with eFibre (you must have eFibre to avail of eVision). You get a set top box similar to the packages from Sky and UPC currently and it allows you to pause and rewind live TV, access a 7 day programme guide, record up to 240 hours of TV shows and record two programmes simultaneously. Multi-room options are available from €5 per room per month and 5 HD channels are available for €5 extra per month. The pricing structure for this service is very competitive. The essentials pack includes 30 channels and costs just €10 per month and you also get 6 months free. The experience pack costs €6 extra per month and you get 20 extra channels. Sky Sports 1 + 2 are €29 per month extra and Sky Movies are €24 extra per month. eVision is definitely a threat for UPC and Sky and at a very competitive price. The only problem now is its lack of availability. Nexus 5 News On last weeks show I talked about the Nexus 5 possibly coming out some time this month. Earlier this week the Nexus 5 was seen on the Google Play Store. It was the 16GB version and it was available for $349 but since this was obviously a mistake we can't take that to be the final price. Now the rumoured release date is the 30th October but I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait until next month to see the Nexus 5. Graphene - The Miracle Material Graphene is essentially a one atom thick layer of graphite like what pencil lead is made of. Graphene has been found to have incredible properties. It is: harder than diamond 200 times stronger than steel has super electrical and thermal conductivity Super light Flexible Almost totally transparent Only lets water through There are so many different uses for Graphene. It could be used as a really cheap water filter or to make flexible phones. The possibilities are endless. Apple Recalls MacBook Air's If you have a 64GB or 128GB Macbook Air bought between June 2012 and June 2013 you may have a faulty SSD. Apple have sent out a patch to determine whether your macbook is affected and if that is the case you will then be instructed to return your computer. Tech We've Been Using This Week Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week I have been using Solid Works. I am currently learning Solid Works in school and the power of the program. I have also gotten an education license of Solid Works because I'm learning it in school. It is an amazing 3D drawing tool that allows not only to draw objects but to test how they might work in real life. I recommend that you check out Solid Works at solidworks.com Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week This week Kevin has been using Edmodo. Edmodo is a great resource for students and teachers that allows both to interact after school hours and share resources that may help other in the class to complete assignments and homework. I recommend you check out the website at edmodo.com.

Talks About Tech Weekly 080: LTE

Oct 15, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio Apple October Event The iPhone 5C and 5S are out and have broken new records in sales. Now the attention is turning to Apple's next event rumoured for the 22nd October. iPad 5 The iPad 5 is said to be coming out at this next Apple event. It is said that it will be thinner and will have a design similar to the iPad Mini with an anodised back consistent with the rest of the iOS range. There will probably also be a gold version of the iPad 5 similar to the recently released iPhone 5S. In terms of specs there will probably be an upgraded 8 megapixel camera as well as Apple's new 64bit A7 chip. iPad Mini 2 The original iPad Mini has been very popular and I personally really like the form factor. The next generation will have a retina display almost guaranteed as well as the A7 processor. There may also be a fingerprint scanner on the new iPad's like the iPhone 5S although I think they'll test it on the iPhone first. Mac OS X Mavericks Mavericks will almost certainly be released at this event. Many of the features of Mavericks have already been talked about at WWDC by Apple so we know what to expect but it will be a good evolutionary update with some nice little features. Mac Pro We will definitely hear something about the Mac Pro although I think it will go on sale in November. The biggest question right now is the price. Can anyone afford it? Samsung Galaxy Round The Galaxy Round is a Note III variant that is only available in South Korea but the biggest thing about this phone is that it has a .7 inch curved display. This phone is obviously an experiment and even Samsung said that it probably won't sell very well but we might just see one of these displays on the Galaxy S5. LTE in Ireland Eircom has launched 4G LTE for 30% of the population of Dublin. LTE plans are available on Meteor and Emobile for €54 per month with 5GB data. You do have to get an LTE phone to be compatible though. Vodafone will be releasing LTE too within the next few weeks. It's going to be a while before LTE comes to my area but this is a great step forward. People can expect to see speeds of well over 20Mbps. Google Nexus 5 The Nexus 5 is coming out very soon and the rumours have started as to what will be in the next generation of this phone. It will be made by LG again which is good as it will help Google and LG to work together to get rid of some of the quirks with the Nexus 4. It will have a 5 inch 1080p display which is quite an improvement over the Nexus 4 and it will come with LTE. The camera will probably still stay at 8 megapixels but the biggest feature will be the new Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and a 2,300mAh battery. 16 and 32GB models will be available with no expandable storage and it will of course run Android 4.4 KitKat.

Talks About Tech Weekly 080: LTE

Oct 14, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio Apple October Event The iPhone 5C and 5S are out and have broken new records in sales. Now the attention is turning to Apple's next event rumoured for the 22nd October. iPad 5 The iPad 5 is said to be coming out at this next Apple event. It is said that it will be thinner and will have a design similar to the iPad Mini with an anodised back consistent with the rest of the iOS range. There will probably also be a gold version of the iPad 5 similar to the recently released iPhone 5S. In terms of specs there will probably be an upgraded 8 megapixel camera as well as Apple's new 64bit A7 chip. iPad Mini 2 The original iPad Mini has been very popular and I personally really like the form factor. The next generation will have a retina display almost guaranteed as well as the A7 processor. There may also be a fingerprint scanner on the new iPad's like the iPhone 5S although I think they'll test it on the iPhone first. Mac OS X Mavericks Mavericks will almost certainly be released at this event. Many of the features of Mavericks have already been talked about at WWDC by Apple so we know what to expect but it will be a good evolutionary update with some nice little features. Mac Pro We will definitely hear something about the Mac Pro although I think it will go on sale in November. The biggest question right now is the price. Can anyone afford it? Samsung Galaxy Round The Galaxy Round is a Note III variant that is only available in South Korea but the biggest thing about this phone is that it has a .7 inch curved display. This phone is obviously an experiment and even Samsung said that it probably won't sell very well but we might just see one of these displays on the Galaxy S5. LTE in Ireland Eircom has launched 4G LTE for 30% of the population of Dublin. LTE plans are available on Meteor and Emobile for €54 per month with 5GB data. You do have to get an LTE phone to be compatible though. Vodafone will be releasing LTE too within the next few weeks. It's going to be a while before LTE comes to my area but this is a great step forward. People can expect to see speeds of well over 20Mbps. Google Nexus 5 The Nexus 5 is coming out very soon and the rumours have started as to what will be in the next generation of this phone. It will be made by LG again which is good as it will help Google and LG to work together to get rid of some of the quirks with the Nexus 4. It will have a 5 inch 1080p display which is quite an improvement over the Nexus 4 and it will come with LTE. The camera will probably still stay at 8 megapixels but the biggest feature will be the new Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and a 2,300mAh battery. 16 and 32GB models will be available with no expandable storage and it will of course run Android 4.4 KitKat.

Talks About Tech Weekly 079: Mayo for Sam

Sep 22, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about iOS7, blackberry and more. iOS 7 and the new iPhones are out I have been using the iOS 7 beta for a few months and now that the final release is out I can discuss my full opinions about the OS. I have upgraded my iPhone and my iPad to iOS 7. I was concerned that iOS 7 would run slowly on my iPad 2 but it runs even better than iOS 6 which is great. In many ways I prefer iOS 7 on the iPad than on the iPhone. I am really enjoying iOS 7 so far. It has definitely come a long way since those early beta's after WWDC and I'm really impressed. I have also been asking other people who aren't tech geeks like me what they think of iOS 7 and its been really positive. The only things that confuse them a bit is the lock screen and the search but they learn those after they try them. The first security bug in iOS 7 has been found which allows people to make phone calls without having to unlock a phone with a passcode lock. The iPhone 5C and 5S are out now in the US, UK, Germany, France, China and a few other countries now since the 20th September. The release was a huge success. There have been cases of thousands of people queueing outside the Apple store to get their new iPhone. I don't really understand the appeal of queueing for hours and even days for a phone but it's a huge success for Apple. Grand Theft Auto Madness It took 5 years and $150 Million to make the new GTA and after 3 days they have made nearly $1 billion. These figures are incredible! Grand Theft Auto 5 has been a huge success. Everything has been improved in the new game. The story, graphics, animations, AI and it has been said by some to be one of the greatest games ever. Well there weren't too many people in work or school on Thursday morning after queueing at gamestop at 12am to get their hands on the new GTA. Blackberry Pulling out of the Consumer Market Blackberry have said that they are moving away from the consumer market and as a result they are laying off 4,500 employees which is about %40 of their workforce. Blackberry has been going downhill for the past few years. Losses in the last quarter were nearly $1 billion. This is mainly down to the Z10 selling very poorly. I think it's smart that blackberry are now focusing on enterprise where they still have a large market share. They are also trying to get Blackberry Messenger into the iOS app store. HP are Integrating LEAP Motion Technology into Laptops The new HP Envy 17 will feature the LEAP motion built in. One of the things that LEAP want to do with the technology is to integrate it with a number of different devices. Asus are also going to integrate the LEAP motion in some of their laptops. The version of the LEAP that is in the Envy 17 is said to be 70% smaller than the stand alone device which is much smaller. It is just a small narrow strip on the right side of the laptop below the keyboard like another trackpad. Could this become another mainstream method of interacting with your device like a mouse, trackpad or touch screen? I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. Creating 3D Models from 2D images A groups of researchers from the Tel Aviv University have found a way to easily create 3D models of 2D objects.The way it works is you trace around the 2D model defining the 3 dimensions. Then the program will automatically snap to the 2d model so that it is very easy to create the 3D model. You can also edit the 3D model that is created. You can add remove or manipulate different parts of the model. This technology is truly amazing. This could be used in video games development if you want to create a computer generated version of an object for example. It won’t work on every photo but it’s a really cool concept. Tech We've Been Using This Week Michael

Talks About Tech Weekly 079: Mayo for Sam

Sep 22, 2013

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  Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about iOS7, blackberry and more. iOS 7 and the new iPhones are out I have been using the iOS 7 beta for a few months and now that the final release is out I can discuss my full opinions about the OS. I have upgraded my iPhone and my iPad to iOS 7. I was concerned that iOS 7 would run slowly on my iPad 2 but it runs even better than iOS 6 which is great. In many ways I prefer iOS 7 on the iPad than on the iPhone. I am really enjoying iOS 7 so far. It has definitely come a long way since those early beta's after WWDC and I'm really impressed. I have also been asking other people who aren't tech geeks like me what they think of iOS 7 and its been really positive. The only things that confuse them a bit is the lock screen and the search but they learn those after they try them. The first security bug in iOS 7 has been found which allows people to make phone calls without having to unlock a phone with a passcode lock. The iPhone 5C and 5S are out now in the US, UK, Germany, France, China and a few other countries now since the 20th September. The release was a huge success. There have been cases of thousands of people queueing outside the Apple store to get their new iPhone. I don't really understand the appeal of queueing for hours and even days for a phone but it's a huge success for Apple. Grand Theft Auto Madness It took 5 years and $150 Million to make the new GTA and after 3 days they have made nearly $1 billion. These figures are incredible! Grand Theft Auto 5 has been a huge success. Everything has been improved in the new game. The story, graphics, animations, AI and it has been said by some to be one of the greatest games ever. Well there weren't too many people in work or school on Thursday morning after queueing at gamestop at 12am to get their hands on the new GTA. Blackberry Pulling out of the Consumer Market Blackberry have said that they are moving away from the consumer market and as a result they are laying off 4,500 employees which is about %40 of their workforce. Blackberry has been going downhill for the past few years. Losses in the last quarter were nearly $1 billion. This is mainly down to the Z10 selling very poorly. I think it's smart that blackberry are now focusing on enterprise where they still have a large market share. They are also trying to get Blackberry Messenger into the iOS app store. HP are Integrating LEAP Motion Technology into Laptops The new HP Envy 17 will feature the LEAP motion built in. One of the things that LEAP want to do with the technology is to integrate it with a number of different devices. Asus are also going to integrate the LEAP motion in some of their laptops. The version of the LEAP that is in the Envy 17 is said to be 70% smaller than the stand alone device which is much smaller. It is just a small narrow strip on the right side of the laptop below the keyboard like another trackpad. Could this become another mainstream method of interacting with your device like a mouse, trackpad or touch screen? I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. Creating 3D Models from 2D images A groups of researchers from the Tel Aviv University have found a way to easily create 3D models of 2D objects.The way it works is you trace around the 2D model defining the 3 dimensions. Then the program will automatically snap to the 2d model so that it is very easy to create the 3D model. You can also edit the 3D model that is created. You can add remove or manipulate different parts of the model. This technology is truly amazing. This could be used in video games development if you want to create a computer generated version of an object for example. It won’t work on every photo but it’s a really cool concept. Tech We've Been Using This Week Michael

Talks About Tech Weekly 078: Glitched Out

Sep 15, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode I talk about the Apple Event and Surface 2 rumours. Apple Event The event started with the usual facts and figures of sales, downloads etc and then Apple made their first announcement. All of the iWork and iLife apps will be free to anyone who buys a new iOS device. Also iOS 7 will be available to everyone on the 18th September. Next came the iPhone 5C which was definitely the main event. The rumours got it exactly right. A choice of many colours and a plastic back with the exact same specs as an iPhone 5. Apple are also going to make cases for the 5C. The cases have small holes in the back so that you can mix the colour of your phone with the colour of the case. The iPhone 5S, as expected, is now available in three colours. Space grey (formerly black), Silver and Gold. The 5S also has a new A7 processor in it and also a discrete chip called the M7 that handles all of the motion sensors like the accelerometer similar to voice recognition on the Moto X. This will allow people to use their phone as a pedometer while it's locked all day and it won't use much of the battery. What is in many ways the biggest feature of the 5S is the fingerprint scanner. Underneath the home button is a capacitive fingerprint scanner but not only can you unlock your phone with it, you can also log into your Apple ID with it. So you can buy apps from the app store with your fingerprint. You can also add up to 5 users so if you want other people to access your phone too you can do so. Apple says that the fingerprint information is all stored locally on the phone and not stored on Apples servers. The camera is improved too. Although it is still 8 megapixels the sensor is bigger which means that it lets in more light for better low light performance. There is also a dual LED flash. One LED is a cool white and the other is a warmer yellow for accurate skin colours. You can now also record up to 120 frames per second in 720p for slow motion. The iPhone 5C will cost £469 for 16GB and £549 for 32GB version only £100 less than the iPhone 5S which will be priced at £549 for 16GB, £629 for 32GB and £709 for 64GB. The 5C will be available for pre-order but the phone must be collected from your local retailer . The 5S will not be available for pre-order so you'll just have to queue. I was surprised at first that there was no release for Mac OS X Mavericks but as the event went on it was obvious that this was an iPhone only event and that it was very much aimed towards the Chinese market. Microsoft Surface 2 Rumours Microsoft are holding an event on Monday 23rd September which will probably be about the Surface. The original surface RT did not sell to well mostly because there was confusion about whether it was running Windows 8 or not. It looked like Windows 8, it worked like Windows 8 but you could not run any Windows 8 programs on it. Now the rumours are saying that Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 RT that will look the same as the original but will have some new features as well as run Windows 8.1 RT. They might even come out with a 7 inch version. The original Surface Pro on the other hand sold quite well. The Surface Pro is the same as the RT but it has a proper Intel processor and runs Windows 8 which means that you can run any Windows programs on it. It is quite a lot more expensive than the RT though. Rumours say that there will be a new dock that will allow you to add more devices so that it can act more like a PC. There will probably also be a cover for it that will add battery life. LTE, NFC and wireless charging could also be added. Genes Might Have Something to do With Whether You're Right or Left Handed LOS Genetics published that genes may play a role in the brain hence being able to effect your strong hand. However,

Talks About Tech Weekly 078: Glitched Out

Sep 15, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode I talk about the Apple Event and Surface 2 rumours. Apple Event The event started with the usual facts and figures of sales, downloads etc and then Apple made their first announcement. All of the iWork and iLife apps will be free to anyone who buys a new iOS device. Also iOS 7 will be available to everyone on the 18th September. Next came the iPhone 5C which was definitely the main event. The rumours got it exactly right. A choice of many colours and a plastic back with the exact same specs as an iPhone 5. Apple are also going to make cases for the 5C. The cases have small holes in the back so that you can mix the colour of your phone with the colour of the case. The iPhone 5S, as expected, is now available in three colours. Space grey (formerly black), Silver and Gold. The 5S also has a new A7 processor in it and also a discrete chip called the M7 that handles all of the motion sensors like the accelerometer similar to voice recognition on the Moto X. This will allow people to use their phone as a pedometer while it's locked all day and it won't use much of the battery. What is in many ways the biggest feature of the 5S is the fingerprint scanner. Underneath the home button is a capacitive fingerprint scanner but not only can you unlock your phone with it, you can also log into your Apple ID with it. So you can buy apps from the app store with your fingerprint. You can also add up to 5 users so if you want other people to access your phone too you can do so. Apple says that the fingerprint information is all stored locally on the phone and not stored on Apples servers. The camera is improved too. Although it is still 8 megapixels the sensor is bigger which means that it lets in more light for better low light performance. There is also a dual LED flash. One LED is a cool white and the other is a warmer yellow for accurate skin colours. You can now also record up to 120 frames per second in 720p for slow motion. The iPhone 5C will cost £469 for 16GB and £549 for 32GB version only £100 less than the iPhone 5S which will be priced at £549 for 16GB, £629 for 32GB and £709 for 64GB. The 5C will be available for pre-order but the phone must be collected from your local retailer . The 5S will not be available for pre-order so you'll just have to queue. I was surprised at first that there was no release for Mac OS X Mavericks but as the event went on it was obvious that this was an iPhone only event and that it was very much aimed towards the Chinese market. Microsoft Surface 2 Rumours Microsoft are holding an event on Monday 23rd September which will probably be about the Surface. The original surface RT did not sell to well mostly because there was confusion about whether it was running Windows 8 or not. It looked like Windows 8, it worked like Windows 8 but you could not run any Windows 8 programs on it. Now the rumours are saying that Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 RT that will look the same as the original but will have some new features as well as run Windows 8.1 RT. They might even come out with a 7 inch version. The original Surface Pro on the other hand sold quite well. The Surface Pro is the same as the RT but it has a proper Intel processor and runs Windows 8 which means that you can run any Windows programs on it. It is quite a lot more expensive than the RT though. Rumours say that there will be a new dock that will allow you to add more devices so that it can act more like a PC. There will probably also be a cover for it that will add battery life. LTE, NFC and wireless charging could also be added. Genes Might Have Something to do With Whether You're Right or Left Handed LOS Genetics published that genes may play a role in the brain hence being able to effect your strong hand. However,

Talks About Tech Weekly 077: Hoodie Buddie

Sep 10, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about IFA 2013, Microsoft and Nokia and more. IFA 2013 IFA is a technology conference held every year in Berlin. Every year there are some interesting smart phone announcements but this year there were some new editions to the releases. Samsung Galaxy Note III One of the most present companies at IFA every year is Samsung. At last years IFA they announced the highly successful Galaxy Note II. This year they announced the Note III. Although the Note III looks quite similar to the Note II there are some amazing new technologies under the hood. The main visible difference is the leather stitched back on the phone instead of the typical plastic back which is a nice minor change to the look of the phone. The main event however, are the specs. This phone boasts a 2.3 GHz quad core processor in the US or an astonishing 19GHz Octa Core processor in Europe and Asia. There are 32GB or 64GB models available and the screen is even bigger than the last galaxy note at 5.7 inches full 1080p Super AMOLED. There is a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and a 3200 mAh battery. The Note III is coming out on 25th September and will be coming to market at £649 unlocked in the UK. Samsung Galaxy Gear The main highlight of IFA 2013 was the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. This watch has a metal watch face with a rubber wrist band, 1.63 inch 320x320 super AMOLED display, 800 MHz Exynos processor, 1.9MP 720p camera built into the wrist strap and a speaker in the buckle so the specs are not low end. The watch runs Android 4.3 and works with notifications, voice memos, contacts, s voice, photo gallery, music control, phone control and pedometer features. There are also 70 apps already on the app store for the watch.The smart watch will last about 1 day on a battery and it will only work on the most recent Samsung galaxy devices. And then there's the price. It will go on sale for $299 in the US. Sony DSC-QX100 and QX10 These two cameras are a new concept. Sony call them lens cameras. They are cameras that look just like a large lens but you can sync the camera with your smart phone and use the smart phone as the screen and control for the camera. Sony currently have two models available, one is 18.2MP and the other is 20.2MP. I have seen these in action and they look really cool and the price is also much cheaper than if you were to buy the camera as a stand alone point and shoot camera. Acer Liquid S2 Acer last had a go at making a smart phone a few years ago with the S1. Now they are trying it again with the S2. The S3 has very high end specs with a huge 6 inch 1080p display. It features a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, 3300 mAh battery and 2GB Ram but the biggest feature of the S2 is that it is the first phone to be able to record in 4k. 4K is really progressing at a very fast pace and when the H.265 codec is released soon it will make it really easy to distribute 4K across the web. Microsoft Buys Nokia This week Microsoft bought Nokia for €5.4 billion which includes Nokia's devices and services as well as 32,000 employee's that will be moving over to Microsoft. Nokia have become the number one seller of windows phone's but they still struggled to make money. It made sense for Microsoft to buy Nokia especially because Microsoft are now very much interested in creating hardware too. The Nokia name will probably go and the Nokia technology will be used in Microsoft. Another interesting acquisition from Nokia is their CEO, Stephen Elop. He brought in Windows Phone on Nokia smart phones and had previously come from Microsoft so he knows Microsoft. Many people are now saying that he is a prime candidate for the CEO position for Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer.

Talks About Tech Weekly 077: Hoodie Buddie

Sep 9, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about IFA 2013, Microsoft and Nokia and more. IFA 2013 IFA is a technology conference held every year in Berlin. Every year there are some interesting smart phone announcements but this year there were some new editions to the releases. Samsung Galaxy Note III One of the most present companies at IFA every year is Samsung. At last years IFA they announced the highly successful Galaxy Note II. This year they announced the Note III. Although the Note III looks quite similar to the Note II there are some amazing new technologies under the hood. The main visible difference is the leather stitched back on the phone instead of the typical plastic back which is a nice minor change to the look of the phone. The main event however, are the specs. This phone boasts a 2.3 GHz quad core processor in the US or an astonishing 19GHz Octa Core processor in Europe and Asia. There are 32GB or 64GB models available and the screen is even bigger than the last galaxy note at 5.7 inches full 1080p Super AMOLED. There is a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and a 3200 mAh battery. The Note III is coming out on 25th September and will be coming to market at £649 unlocked in the UK. Samsung Galaxy Gear The main highlight of IFA 2013 was the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. This watch has a metal watch face with a rubber wrist band, 1.63 inch 320x320 super AMOLED display, 800 MHz Exynos processor, 1.9MP 720p camera built into the wrist strap and a speaker in the buckle so the specs are not low end. The watch runs Android 4.3 and works with notifications, voice memos, contacts, s voice, photo gallery, music control, phone control and pedometer features. There are also 70 apps already on the app store for the watch.The smart watch will last about 1 day on a battery and it will only work on the most recent Samsung galaxy devices. And then there's the price. It will go on sale for $299 in the US. Sony DSC-QX100 and QX10 These two cameras are a new concept. Sony call them lens cameras. They are cameras that look just like a large lens but you can sync the camera with your smart phone and use the smart phone as the screen and control for the camera. Sony currently have two models available, one is 18.2MP and the other is 20.2MP. I have seen these in action and they look really cool and the price is also much cheaper than if you were to buy the camera as a stand alone point and shoot camera. Acer Liquid S2 Acer last had a go at making a smart phone a few years ago with the S1. Now they are trying it again with the S2. The S3 has very high end specs with a huge 6 inch 1080p display. It features a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, 3300 mAh battery and 2GB Ram but the biggest feature of the S2 is that it is the first phone to be able to record in 4k. 4K is really progressing at a very fast pace and when the H.265 codec is released soon it will make it really easy to distribute 4K across the web. Microsoft Buys Nokia This week Microsoft bought Nokia for €5.4 billion which includes Nokia's devices and services as well as 32,000 employee's that will be moving over to Microsoft. Nokia have become the number one seller of windows phone's but they still struggled to make money. It made sense for Microsoft to buy Nokia especially because Microsoft are now very much interested in creating hardware too. The Nokia name will probably go and the Nokia technology will be used in Microsoft. Another interesting acquisition from Nokia is their CEO, Stephen Elop. He brought in Windows Phone on Nokia smart phones and had previously come from Microsoft so he knows Microsoft. Many people are now saying that he is a prime candidate for the CEO position for Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer.

Talks About Tech Weekly 076: Pokeaman

Sep 1, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about Steve Ballmer, smart watches and much more. Steve Ballmer Retiring Steve Ballmer first joined Microsoft in 1980. He has known Bill Gates since the early 70's. In 2000 he replaced Bill Gates as CEO. Last week he announced that he will be retiring but he will stay until a replacement CEO is found. So who are Microsoft going to choose to replace Steve Ballmer? The rumours now point to Julie Larson-Green the most likely internal candidate. She is the devices chief. Maybe Microsoft should hire from outside. In a press release they said that they are considering internal and external candidates. Moto X News The Moto X is now available in the US and now there is word that the price of the phone might go down to $100 on contract before the end of this year. The wood backed versions of the phone will cost $50 more. That's a really great price. Unfortunately Motorola told The Verge that they have no plans to release the Moto X in Europe. Casio Enters the Smart Watch Race The pebble watch kickstarter project kicked off a whole new mobile market, the smart watch. The pebble is out now and has had mild success in the market. Sony have brought out the smartwatch and smartwatch 2 which interface with your android phone but now Casio say that they are prepared to compete in the smartwatch market. I am a Casio digital watch wearer and I love them. Casio produce really high quality, reliable and cheap watches. Hopefully they will be able to bring that to the smart watch market too. Samsung have said that they will be showing off their galaxy gear smart watch at the September 4th IFA conference in Berlin along with the Galaxy Note III too so I think we're going to see a lot of smart watches hit the market next year. Pax Prime 2013 Pax Prime is on this weekend from the 30th August to 2nd September. Pax Prime is a conference for gamers of all kinds from console and PC gamers to pinball gamers and more. Sony and Microsoft are attending the conference this year but they haven't made any announcements. Nintendo have a large presence at Pax Prime this year. They are releasing a number of big titles such as Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin This week Kevin has been messing around with Blender. Blender is a very powerful 3D animation tool, and the best part is it's free and open source! Blender is an awesome tool at an awesome price. I highly recommend you check it out. Michael This week I have started using Netflix more and more. I am really liking watching loads of TV episodes back to back. It's a really cool way to watch TV. There are no annoying ads, I can watch whenever I like and it's only €7 per month.

Talks About Tech Weekly 076: Pokeaman

Sep 1, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about Steve Ballmer, smart watches and much more. Steve Ballmer Retiring Steve Ballmer first joined Microsoft in 1980. He has known Bill Gates since the early 70's. In 2000 he replaced Bill Gates as CEO. Last week he announced that he will be retiring but he will stay until a replacement CEO is found. So who are Microsoft going to choose to replace Steve Ballmer? The rumours now point to Julie Larson-Green the most likely internal candidate. She is the devices chief. Maybe Microsoft should hire from outside. In a press release they said that they are considering internal and external candidates. Moto X News The Moto X is now available in the US and now there is word that the price of the phone might go down to $100 on contract before the end of this year. The wood backed versions of the phone will cost $50 more. That's a really great price. Unfortunately Motorola told The Verge that they have no plans to release the Moto X in Europe. Casio Enters the Smart Watch Race The pebble watch kickstarter project kicked off a whole new mobile market, the smart watch. The pebble is out now and has had mild success in the market. Sony have brought out the smartwatch and smartwatch 2 which interface with your android phone but now Casio say that they are prepared to compete in the smartwatch market. I am a Casio digital watch wearer and I love them. Casio produce really high quality, reliable and cheap watches. Hopefully they will be able to bring that to the smart watch market too. Samsung have said that they will be showing off their galaxy gear smart watch at the September 4th IFA conference in Berlin along with the Galaxy Note III too so I think we're going to see a lot of smart watches hit the market next year. Pax Prime 2013 Pax Prime is on this weekend from the 30th August to 2nd September. Pax Prime is a conference for gamers of all kinds from console and PC gamers to pinball gamers and more. Sony and Microsoft are attending the conference this year but they haven't made any announcements. Nintendo have a large presence at Pax Prime this year. They are releasing a number of big titles such as Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin This week Kevin has been messing around with Blender. Blender is a very powerful 3D animation tool, and the best part is it's free and open source! Blender is an awesome tool at an awesome price. I highly recommend you check it out. Michael This week I have started using Netflix more and more. I am really liking watching loads of TV episodes back to back. It's a really cool way to watch TV. There are no annoying ads, I can watch whenever I like and it's only €7 per month.

Talks About Tech Weekly 075: Leap Motion

Aug 27, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about Gamescom 2013, the leap motion and more. Apple September Event Rumours It's that time of year again when Apple announces their latest iPhone. The rumour mill has been spinning up. The first rumour is of course the iPhone 5S. It is said to have the same or similar design to the iPhone 5 with a faster A7 processor, better 10 or 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, NFC, maybe a retina+ 1080p display, a fingerprint scanner, better battery, wireless charging and a new gold coloured phone to be available. Next is the iPhone 5C. Rumours about the 5C have been around since earlier on this year. This phone would replace the iPhone 5 when the 5S comes out. It will have a plastic back, will come in multiple colours just like the iPod touch, will have the same or similar specs to the iPhone 5 and will cost between $300-$400 unlocked in the US and probably the same here in Ireland. iOS 7 will of course also come out. It is currently in beta 6 and is looking more and more like a finished product. There have also been some rumours (I'm not sure how accurate) of a 17" Retina display MacBook Pro. Apple discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro a few ago now because it was just too big. I think that 15" is the sweet spot. It is likely we'll see a new iPad Mini (possibly retina) and 9.7" iPad as well as updated 13" and 15" MacBook Pro retina's and iMacs. Gamescom 2013 Gamescom is one of the biggest gaming trade shows in the world now. This years main event was the bitter war between the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. There were some interesting announcements on both sides. Sony Sony announced the release date for the Playstation 4. 15th November for US and 29th November for Europe at a price of $399 or €399. Another interesting announcement is if you buy Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed Black Flag, Call of Duty Ghosts or Watchdogs on the Playstation 3 you will be able to get the Playstation 4 version for a 'significantly discounted price'. There is no word on how much significantly is but I'm sure it will be significant :-). The PS Vita price has been brought down to $199 and you will be able to use it as a secondary controller for the Playstation similar to the Nintendo Wii U. You will also need to pay a $5 per month PS plus subscription to play online on the Playstation 4. Many popular PC indie game titles are coming to the Playstation 4 and PS Vita too including the extremely popular Minecraft. Microsoft There were not as many announcements from Microsoft. There is no release date for the Xbox One but rumours say it will be the 10th September. Microsoft did announce their indie developer platform called Independent Developers @ Xbox. This will allow indie devs to submit their games to the Xbox store for free. Microsoft will also send approved developers free development kits. Tech We've Been Using This Week About a year ago on Talks About Tech Weekly we talked about a really cool product called the leap motion. The leap is a little device that allows you to use your hands to interact with a computer without a touch screen. The kickstarter project funded millions of dollars and now the leap motion is out. Kevin got one for his birthday. The leap is a really well designed product. The top is a sheet of tinted glass and the sides are very high quality aluminium. There is a rubberised bottom to grip the table and to prevent it from slipping. There is a power light and a proprietary connector on the side. The leap comes with a short and long USB cable to plug it into a Mac or Windows computer. When we plugged it in we just followed the instructions and it installed very easily. The leap has an app store called airspace that has hundreds of apps on it including games and other applications.

Talks About Tech Weekly 075: Leap Motion

Aug 26, 2013

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Download: HD Video | SD Video | Audio Only Subscribe: HD Video RSS | SD Video RSS | Audio RSS | HD iTunes Video | SD iTunes Video | iTunes Audio On this episode we talk about Gamescom 2013, the leap motion and more. Apple September Event Rumours It's that time of year again when Apple announces their latest iPhone. The rumour mill has been spinning up. The first rumour is of course the iPhone 5S. It is said to have the same or similar design to the iPhone 5 with a faster A7 processor, better 10 or 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, NFC, maybe a retina+ 1080p display, a fingerprint scanner, better battery, wireless charging and a new gold coloured phone to be available. Next is the iPhone 5C. Rumours about the 5C have been around since earlier on this year. This phone would replace the iPhone 5 when the 5S comes out. It will have a plastic back, will come in multiple colours just like the iPod touch, will have the same or similar specs to the iPhone 5 and will cost between $300-$400 unlocked in the US and probably the same here in Ireland. iOS 7 will of course also come out. It is currently in beta 6 and is looking more and more like a finished product. There have also been some rumours (I'm not sure how accurate) of a 17" Retina display MacBook Pro. Apple discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro a few ago now because it was just too big. I think that 15" is the sweet spot. It is likely we'll see a new iPad Mini (possibly retina) and 9.7" iPad as well as updated 13" and 15" MacBook Pro retina's and iMacs. Gamescom 2013 Gamescom is one of the biggest gaming trade shows in the world now. This years main event was the bitter war between the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. There were some interesting announcements on both sides. Sony Sony announced the release date for the Playstation 4. 15th November for US and 29th November for Europe at a price of $399 or €399. Another interesting announcement is if you buy Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed Black Flag, Call of Duty Ghosts or Watchdogs on the Playstation 3 you will be able to get the Playstation 4 version for a 'significantly discounted price'. There is no word on how much significantly is but I'm sure it will be significant :-). The PS Vita price has been brought down to $199 and you will be able to use it as a secondary controller for the Playstation similar to the Nintendo Wii U. You will also need to pay a $5 per month PS plus subscription to play online on the Playstation 4. Many popular PC indie game titles are coming to the Playstation 4 and PS Vita too including the extremely popular Minecraft. Microsoft There were not as many announcements from Microsoft. There is no release date for the Xbox One but rumours say it will be the 10th September. Microsoft did announce their indie developer platform called Independent Developers @ Xbox. This will allow indie devs to submit their games to the Xbox store for free. Microsoft will also send approved developers free development kits. Tech We've Been Using This Week About a year ago on Talks About Tech Weekly we talked about a really cool product called the leap motion. The leap is a little device that allows you to use your hands to interact with a computer without a touch screen. The kickstarter project funded millions of dollars and now the leap motion is out. Kevin got one for his birthday. The leap is a really well designed product. The top is a sheet of tinted glass and the sides are very high quality aluminium. There is a rubberised bottom to grip the table and to prevent it from slipping. There is a power light and a proprietary connector on the side. The leap comes with a short and long USB cable to plug it into a Mac or Windows computer. When we plugged it in we just followed the instructions and it installed very easily. The leap has an app store called airspace that has hundreds of apps on it including games and other applications.

Talks About Tech Weekly 074: The Phone Watch

Aug 12, 2013 1:42:34

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On this episode we talk about the moto x, the chromecast and more. Moto X The long rumoured Moto X has finally been officially announced with a few lucky people getting pre-release phones. This handset features mediocre specs: 4.7 inch AMOLED Display 720x1280 316ppi 1.7GHz Dual Core Snapdragon GPU 2200mAh Battery 16GB or 32GB 10MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera Android 4.2.2 You might think then that this phone is nothing special. However, motorola are using what they call the X8 chip architecture. This system works by using different processors for different tasks. The main processor in the system is a 1.7GHz dual core snapdragon and that handles all of the normal tasks on the phone. There is also a quad core Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU for games, a low power single core processor for natural language and another low power processor for contextual computing. What is natural language and contextual computing? On a normal phone when you lock the screen it puts the phone to sleep. This is done to save battery. On the Moto X even when the phone is asleep these low power processors are running. The natural language chip listens using the microphones on the phone for a certain phrase. For example if, you say 'OK Google Now', google now will turn on. The contextual computing chip uses the accelerometer to look for certain gestures. For example, if you twist the phone twice the camera will turn on. Just as the teasers said, you can choose from a number of different colours for the back, front and rim of the phone, you can put engraving on the back and you can choose a case. The Moto X looked like a really nice phone. Decent specifications, nice design and some cool new features but it all comes down to price. When it goes on sale in the US at the end of the month it will cost $199 for the 16GB with a two year contract and $249 for the 32GB with a two year contract. This means that to buy this phone unlocked you might have to pay $600. Most people were thinking of this phone as similar to the Nexus 4 but at this price range it's going head to head against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. I have moved to Three I saw an ad for a deal with three. You get unlimited texts to any network, unlimited data, unlimited weekend any network calls and free three to three calls with a €20 top up. It is a really good deal so I decided to go for it. I got my iPhone unlocked from O2 and made the move. The biggest thing for me is the unlimited data. Three are the only carrier in Ireland with unlimited data and three have great 3G where I live. I think this is an incredible deal. You can go to http://www.three.ie/products_services/priceplans/prepay/index.html to get more information on the deal. The Chromecast The Chromecast is the latest cool new product from Google. It's about the size of a USB memory stick but instead it has a HDMI port. You can plug it into your TV and you can turn your TV into a smart TV. You can connect to the Chromecast with an iPhone, Android phone and Mac or Windows PC. If you go into YouTube, Netflix or Google Play there is a button that allows you to stream to the Chromecast. The way that it works is the phone or tablets sends a request to play the audio or video file and then the Chromecast looks for the file and plays it. It does not stream the file from the mobile device to the chromecast. The mobile device then just acts as a remote for the chromecast. If you have Google Chrome on your Windows of Mac computer however, you can stream whatever is in the browser to the chromecast which is really cool. Right now there are only a few apps that support the chromecast but Google has put out an API so any developer can make their app Chromecast compatible. I think there will be many more chromecast compatible apps in the future. Probably the best part of this device is the price. One of these will only set you back $35. The only downside that I can see is that it is completely...

Talks About Tech Weekly 074: The Phone Watch

Aug 11, 2013

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On this episode we talk about the moto x, the chromecast and more. Moto X The long rumoured Moto X has finally been officially announced with a few lucky people getting pre-release phones. This handset features mediocre specs: 4.7 inch AMOLED Display 720x1280 316ppi 1.7GHz Dual Core Snapdragon GPU 2200mAh Battery 16GB or 32GB 10MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera Android 4.2.2 You might think then that this phone is nothing special. However, motorola are using what they call the X8 chip architecture. This system works by using different processors for different tasks. The main processor in the system is a 1.7GHz dual core snapdragon and that handles all of the normal tasks on the phone. There is also a quad core Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU for games, a low power single core processor for natural language and another low power processor for contextual computing. What is natural language and contextual computing? On a normal phone when you lock the screen it puts the phone to sleep. This is done to save battery. On the Moto X even when the phone is asleep these low power processors are running. The natural language chip listens using the microphones on the phone for a certain phrase. For example if, you say 'OK Google Now', google now will turn on. The contextual computing chip uses the accelerometer to look for certain gestures. For example, if you twist the phone twice the camera will turn on. Just as the teasers said, you can choose from a number of different colours for the back, front and rim of the phone, you can put engraving on the back and you can choose a case. The Moto X looked like a really nice phone. Decent specifications, nice design and some cool new features but it all comes down to price. When it goes on sale in the US at the end of the month it will cost $199 for the 16GB with a two year contract and $249 for the 32GB with a two year contract. This means that to buy this phone unlocked you might have to pay $600. Most people were thinking of this phone as similar to the Nexus 4 but at this price range it's going head to head against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. I have moved to Three I saw an ad for a deal with three. You get unlimited texts to any network, unlimited data, unlimited weekend any network calls and free three to three calls with a €20 top up. It is a really good deal so I decided to go for it. I got my iPhone unlocked from O2 and made the move. The biggest thing for me is the unlimited data. Three are the only carrier in Ireland with unlimited data and three have great 3G where I live. I think this is an incredible deal. You can go to http://www.three.ie/products_services/priceplans/prepay/index.html to get more information on the deal. The Chromecast The Chromecast is the latest cool new product from Google. It's about the size of a USB memory stick but instead it has a HDMI port. You can plug it into your TV and you can turn your TV into a smart TV. You can connect to the Chromecast with an iPhone, Android phone and Mac or Windows PC. If you go into YouTube, Netflix or Google Play there is a button that allows you to stream to the Chromecast. The way that it works is the phone or tablets sends a request to play the audio or video file and then the Chromecast looks for the file and plays it. It does not stream the file from the mobile device to the chromecast. The mobile device then just acts as a remote for the chromecast. If you have Google Chrome on your Windows of Mac computer however, you can stream whatever is in the browser to the chromecast which is really cool. Right now there are only a few apps that support the chromecast but Google has put out an API so any developer can make their app Chromecast compatible. I think there will be many more chromecast compatible apps in the future. Probably the best part of this device is the price. One of these will only set you back $35. The only downside that I can see is that it is completely...

Talks About Tech Weekly 073: Attack of the Robots

Jul 16, 2013 1:08:57

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On this episode I talk about Apple eBook news, the new Nokia Lumia phone an more. Apple eBook Price Fixing Last year Apple and a number of book publishers were accused of price fixing. A lawsuit followed and Apple and these publishers were brought to court. Just this week Apple the court found Apple guilty of pricing fixing eBooks to increase prices. Apple worked with publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, Macmillan, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group and Simon &Schuster to remove competition in order to raise prices. It was done to challenge Amazon's dominence in the eBook market by raising the price over Amazon's preferred $9.99 price. Rethink Robotics Baxter Project Baxter has a new type of robot that can be used in manufacturing environments. The robot was developed by Rethink Robotics. Rather than replacing people, workers can program the robotic arm to do tasks for them while they tackle the more skilful tasks. In many cases workers can't work close to robotic arms because of their strength and the fact that it's impossible to know where the arm is going next. This arm has a screen that points in the direction that the arm is going in and can detect when a human is near and will stop. This arm will cost about $22,000 per unit. I think that it will revolutionise robotic manufacturing. Atlas Termin8tor-Like Robot Atlas is a 6-foot tall humanoid robot designed by the people who built the famous BigDog robot. Atlas is funded by DARPA and could be terminators cousin. Atlas can adapt to its surroundings and do push-ups, climb and more. This robot is amazing and might just take over the world! New Nokia Lumia Phone Nokia had a large event on this week. At the event they announced a new flagship phone, the Lumia 1020. The specs of this phone are decent with a 4.5 inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor and 32GB of storage but the biggest feature of this phone is the incredible 41 megapixel camera. To put this into perspective, the Canon 5D Mark III has a 22 megapixel sensor. There is a cradle available that adds a camera grip, camera button and extra battery life to the phone. There is also another cradle that adds wireless charging to the phone as it is not built in. The camera features an LED flash and a Xenon flash and it can shoot 1080p30 video. The huge sensor allows for extreme detail in images. The camera app included with this Windows 8 phone has features for fully manual control over the camera. This is really a 2 in 1 device. Pre-orders are starting on the 16th July and they go on sale on the 26th July in the US. There is no word on pricing and availability for Ireland yet. Valve's Pipeline Project Pipeline is a project by Valve where they are going to take a group of high school students to design a website and to create a game. The website will also act as an information centre and forum for students looking to become a game developer. The website is a Work-in-Progress right now but it should be ready within the next month. You can also sign up for the newsletter now. The website is pipeline.valvesoftware.com. Tech We've Been Using this Week Michael This week I was doing week 1 of the Podcasting for Free Challenge for my other podcast, Inside the Studio. As part of the challenge I had to edit the podcast using free software so I used Lightworks. Lightworks is a free, professional video editor for Windows, Linux and coming to Mac soon. There is a pro version as well that gives you a huge range of import and export codecs. Lightworks has a very different interface to most NLE's and there is a steep learning curve but once you understand the way that lightworks does things it is very easy to use. I will be releasing a YouTube video soon if you are interesting in the Podcasting for Free Challenge. If you want to find out more information about Lightworks you can go to lwks.com.

Talks About Tech Weekly 073: Attack of the Robots

Jul 15, 2013

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On this episode I talk about Apple eBook news, the new Nokia Lumia phone an more. Apple eBook Price Fixing Last year Apple and a number of book publishers were accused of price fixing. A lawsuit followed and Apple and these publishers were brought to court. Just this week Apple the court found Apple guilty of pricing fixing eBooks to increase prices. Apple worked with publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, Macmillan, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group and Simon &Schuster to remove competition in order to raise prices. It was done to challenge Amazon's dominence in the eBook market by raising the price over Amazon's preferred $9.99 price. Rethink Robotics Baxter Project Baxter has a new type of robot that can be used in manufacturing environments. The robot was developed by Rethink Robotics. Rather than replacing people, workers can program the robotic arm to do tasks for them while they tackle the more skilful tasks. In many cases workers can't work close to robotic arms because of their strength and the fact that it's impossible to know where the arm is going next. This arm has a screen that points in the direction that the arm is going in and can detect when a human is near and will stop. This arm will cost about $22,000 per unit. I think that it will revolutionise robotic manufacturing. Atlas Termin8tor-Like Robot Atlas is a 6-foot tall humanoid robot designed by the people who built the famous BigDog robot. Atlas is funded by DARPA and could be terminators cousin. Atlas can adapt to its surroundings and do push-ups, climb and more. This robot is amazing and might just take over the world! New Nokia Lumia Phone Nokia had a large event on this week. At the event they announced a new flagship phone, the Lumia 1020. The specs of this phone are decent with a 4.5 inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor and 32GB of storage but the biggest feature of this phone is the incredible 41 megapixel camera. To put this into perspective, the Canon 5D Mark III has a 22 megapixel sensor. There is a cradle available that adds a camera grip, camera button and extra battery life to the phone. There is also another cradle that adds wireless charging to the phone as it is not built in. The camera features an LED flash and a Xenon flash and it can shoot 1080p30 video. The huge sensor allows for extreme detail in images. The camera app included with this Windows 8 phone has features for fully manual control over the camera. This is really a 2 in 1 device. Pre-orders are starting on the 16th July and they go on sale on the 26th July in the US. There is no word on pricing and availability for Ireland yet. Valve's Pipeline Project Pipeline is a project by Valve where they are going to take a group of high school students to design a website and to create a game. The website will also act as an information centre and forum for students looking to become a game developer. The website is a Work-in-Progress right now but it should be ready within the next month. You can also sign up for the newsletter now. The website is pipeline.valvesoftware.com. Tech We've Been Using this Week Michael This week I was doing week 1 of the Podcasting for Free Challenge for my other podcast, Inside the Studio. As part of the challenge I had to edit the podcast using free software so I used Lightworks. Lightworks is a free, professional video editor for Windows, Linux and coming to Mac soon. There is a pro version as well that gives you a huge range of import and export codecs. Lightworks has a very different interface to most NLE's and there is a steep learning curve but once you understand the way that lightworks does things it is very easy to use. I will be releasing a YouTube video soon if you are interesting in the Podcasting for Free Challenge. If you want to find out more information about Lightworks you can go to lwks.com.

Talks About Tech Weekly 072: Made in the USA

Jul 9, 2013 58:18

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On this episode I talk about the largest building in the world, the moto x and more. The Razer Blade and Blade Pro Razer has become very popular selling gaming accessories such as mice and keyboards for computers. Now however, Razer are moving into making gaming PC's. Razer claims that the blade is the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It is a mere 1.7cm (0.66") in height. The specs are also very impressive: Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2GHz CPU 14" 16:9 1600x900 display 128/256/512GB SDD options 8GB RAM NVIDIA Geforce GTX 765M 2GB Backlit gaming keyboard 3x USB 3 ports HDMI 1.4 out 7.1 surround sound through HDMI The blade pro is very similar to the blade but it has a 17.3" display, a small touch screen display where the keypad would normally be and a faster Core i7-4700 CPU. The New Largest Building in the World The previous largest and tallest building was the Burj Kalifa in Dubai at an incredible 828m tall! The New Century Global Center building in Chengu, China. It is 100m tall, 500m long and 400m wide. To put that in perspective that is the size of three Pentagons, four Vatican Cities or twenty Sydney Opera Houses. The total space is a whopping 420 acres! Included in this building is a 14-screen movie theater, a university complex, offices, hotels, a water park, a skating rink, a pirate ship, 15,000 parking spots, a fake Mediterranean village and an artificial beach. Photo from: independent.co.uk BBC Abandoning 3D Programming The BBC have announced that they are going to take a break from producing 3G content for three years. 3D hasn't really taken off for the BBC but they will continue to produce 3D content until the end of the year. The Wimbledon finals are being streamed in 3D this weekend and there will be a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who in November shot in 3D. So why has 3D failed? There are a number of reasons. 1. Manufacturers tried to sell 3D to consumers in their houses. Four years ago when 3D TV's were just released to the consumer 3D was still being established in cinemas. Instead of focusing on 3D TV's maybe more time should have been spent improving 3D in cinemas. 2. The technology used was not very good. The 3D glasses worked decently but most of the time I couldn't really notice is was in 3D. There are also glasses free 3D TV's but they don't work very well at all. 3. Lack of content. While there have been many 3D movies not many of them have only been released on 3D bluray. The BBC and Sky also did 3D content but you had to pay a premium to get access to it. Motorola Moto X Motorola is now owned by Google but they haven't done a project together until now. The Moto X is going to be a phone developed by Motorola and Google together. The latest 4th of July ad says that the phone will be the first to be designed, engineered and assembled in the US. The ad also says that it will be the first smartphone that you will be able to design yourself. A lot of firsts! When I think of design yourself and customisation I think of choosing your own processor and screen and other options such as those. According to the rumours though, you will be able to select a colour, engraving and a customised wallpaper. The rumours are saying that it will be a mid range phone with: 1.7GHz Dual Core Processor 720p Display 2GB RAM 10MP Rear Camera 2MP Front Camera Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Very similar specs to the LG Nexus 4. The phone is scheduled to be released sometime in the coming weeks. Some say that the people jumping off the pier in the ad make the sign XI which are roman numerals for 11. Possibly an 11th July release? Tech I've Been Using This Week The First Lego League competition is starting again and I've been doing some research. I've been using Open Office to write research that I've collected. Open Office is a full featured, cross platform (including linux) office suite. You can create spreadsheets, presentations, word documents,

Talks About Tech Weekly 072: Made in the USA

Jul 8, 2013

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On this episode I talk about the largest building in the world, the moto x and more. The Razer Blade and Blade Pro Razer has become very popular selling gaming accessories such as mice and keyboards for computers. Now however, Razer are moving into making gaming PC's. Razer claims that the blade is the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It is a mere 1.7cm (0.66") in height. The specs are also very impressive: Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2GHz CPU 14" 16:9 1600x900 display 128/256/512GB SDD options 8GB RAM NVIDIA Geforce GTX 765M 2GB Backlit gaming keyboard 3x USB 3 ports HDMI 1.4 out 7.1 surround sound through HDMI The blade pro is very similar to the blade but it has a 17.3" display, a small touch screen display where the keypad would normally be and a faster Core i7-4700 CPU. The New Largest Building in the World The previous largest and tallest building was the Burj Kalifa in Dubai at an incredible 828m tall! The New Century Global Center building in Chengu, China. It is 100m tall, 500m long and 400m wide. To put that in perspective that is the size of three Pentagons, four Vatican Cities or twenty Sydney Opera Houses. The total space is a whopping 420 acres! Included in this building is a 14-screen movie theater, a university complex, offices, hotels, a water park, a skating rink, a pirate ship, 15,000 parking spots, a fake Mediterranean village and an artificial beach. Photo from: independent.co.uk BBC Abandoning 3D Programming The BBC have announced that they are going to take a break from producing 3G content for three years. 3D hasn't really taken off for the BBC but they will continue to produce 3D content until the end of the year. The Wimbledon finals are being streamed in 3D this weekend and there will be a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who in November shot in 3D. So why has 3D failed? There are a number of reasons. 1. Manufacturers tried to sell 3D to consumers in their houses. Four years ago when 3D TV's were just released to the consumer 3D was still being established in cinemas. Instead of focusing on 3D TV's maybe more time should have been spent improving 3D in cinemas. 2. The technology used was not very good. The 3D glasses worked decently but most of the time I couldn't really notice is was in 3D. There are also glasses free 3D TV's but they don't work very well at all. 3. Lack of content. While there have been many 3D movies not many of them have only been released on 3D bluray. The BBC and Sky also did 3D content but you had to pay a premium to get access to it. Motorola Moto X Motorola is now owned by Google but they haven't done a project together until now. The Moto X is going to be a phone developed by Motorola and Google together. The latest 4th of July ad says that the phone will be the first to be designed, engineered and assembled in the US. The ad also says that it will be the first smartphone that you will be able to design yourself. A lot of firsts! When I think of design yourself and customisation I think of choosing your own processor and screen and other options such as those. According to the rumours though, you will be able to select a colour, engraving and a customised wallpaper. The rumours are saying that it will be a mid range phone with: 1.7GHz Dual Core Processor 720p Display 2GB RAM 10MP Rear Camera 2MP Front Camera Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Very similar specs to the LG Nexus 4. The phone is scheduled to be released sometime in the coming weeks. Some say that the people jumping off the pier in the ad make the sign XI which are roman numerals for 11. Possibly an 11th July release? Tech I've Been Using This Week The First Lego League competition is starting again and I've been doing some research. I've been using Open Office to write research that I've collected. Open Office is a full featured, cross platform (including linux) office suite. You can create spreadsheets, presentations, word documents,

Talks About Tech Weekly 071: Build 2013

Jul 2, 2013 1:04:35

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On this episode I talk about build 2013, iOS 7 beta and more. New Server Rack I recently got a server rack for all of the equipment in the studio. The server rack helps me to keep everything organised and in one place. I have been spending the whole week putting the server rack together but now that it's all done it is a very nice addition to the studio. Build 2013 This week was a huge week for Microsoft developers and fans. Microsoft's developer conference, Build, was on this week. There was loads of new stuff talked about but here are just a few of the things that they talked about: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 was the main focus at Build. 8.1 is the first major update for Windows 8 released late last year. Some of the new features are improved search, foursquare, facebook, flipboard and more apps coming to windows 8 and windows phone, new windows store look, improved standard Windows apps, new personalisation options, Internet Explorer 11 and the Start Button. You can download the 8.1 preview now. Xbox One Not much was said about the Xbox One. Most of the information about the Xbox One was given at E3. Developers were expecting an SDK for the Xbox One to develop apps for the console. Nothing on that yet but they did say that if developers want to get a head start developing for the Xbox One they can start developing for Windows 8. There was a lot of talk about Windows Azure. Azure is Microsofts cloud platform for businesses with web services similar to Amazon Web Services. You can find out more information about Azure here. New Hardware Nokia are bringing out entry level smart phones to fill the gap in the Windows Phone market with the Lumia 521 that will only cost $129. With the new Haswell Intel CPU's 7-8 inch Windows 8 tablets are coming out too to fill the hole in the market. Xbox Music Microsoft are now introducing their own music streaming service for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox. You will be able to stream music for free and buy the songs that you like very similarly to iTunes Music. You can create song stations and playlists too. iOS 7 Beta I have been using iOS 7 beta for a few weeks now and I give my opinion in general with the OS design, interface and usability. Tech I've Been Using This Week Feedly Google announced that Google Reader will be shutting down. This left many users looking for another solution. I think that Feedly is one of the best. You can login to Feedly with your Google Reader account and it will automatically import all of your feeds and settings from Google Reader. The interface is also very similar to Google Reader but with a more up to date interface. You can check out the feedly website here and it's completely free!

Talks About Tech Weekly 071: Build 2013

Jul 1, 2013

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On this episode I talk about build 2013, iOS 7 beta and more. New Server Rack I recently got a server rack for all of the equipment in the studio. The server rack helps me to keep everything organised and in one place. I have been spending the whole week putting the server rack together but now that it's all done it is a very nice addition to the studio. Build 2013 This week was a huge week for Microsoft developers and fans. Microsoft's developer conference, Build, was on this week. There was loads of new stuff talked about but here are just a few of the things that they talked about: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 was the main focus at Build. 8.1 is the first major update for Windows 8 released late last year. Some of the new features are improved search, foursquare, facebook, flipboard and more apps coming to windows 8 and windows phone, new windows store look, improved standard Windows apps, new personalisation options, Internet Explorer 11 and the Start Button. You can download the 8.1 preview now. Xbox One Not much was said about the Xbox One. Most of the information about the Xbox One was given at E3. Developers were expecting an SDK for the Xbox One to develop apps for the console. Nothing on that yet but they did say that if developers want to get a head start developing for the Xbox One they can start developing for Windows 8. There was a lot of talk about Windows Azure. Azure is Microsofts cloud platform for businesses with web services similar to Amazon Web Services. You can find out more information about Azure here. New Hardware Nokia are bringing out entry level smart phones to fill the gap in the Windows Phone market with the Lumia 521 that will only cost $129. With the new Haswell Intel CPU's 7-8 inch Windows 8 tablets are coming out too to fill the hole in the market. Xbox Music Microsoft are now introducing their own music streaming service for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox. You will be able to stream music for free and buy the songs that you like very similarly to iTunes Music. You can create song stations and playlists too. iOS 7 Beta I have been using iOS 7 beta for a few weeks now and I give my opinion in general with the OS design, interface and usability. Tech I've Been Using This Week Feedly Google announced that Google Reader will be shutting down. This left many users looking for another solution. I think that Feedly is one of the best. You can login to Feedly with your Google Reader account and it will automatically import all of your feeds and settings from Google Reader. The interface is also very similar to Google Reader but with a more up to date interface. You can check out the feedly website here and it's completely free!

Talks About Tech Weekly 070: Xbox One Changes and More

Jun 25, 2013 1:00:46

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On this episode we talk about the Xbox One Changes, the Tesla Model S and more. Xbox One Changes Microsoft have been getting lots of negative feedback over their next generation Xbox One console because of restrictions on used games as well as the console having to be connected to the internet every 24 hours. However, Microsoft have now announced that there will be no restrictions on used games and that the only time the console will have to be online is to register the console at setup. Instagram Video Is Here The Twitter owned social network Vine has been very popular in recent times. The idea is that you record a short 6 second video clip of whatever you want to share. It's like a video tweet. Well, now Instagram have decided to do the same thing. Instagram is famous as a photo sharing social network but now their adding video to the mix. Instagram video allows you to record up to 15 seconds of video and gives you editing features, the option to pause a recording and more. With instagram video you can share with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email, Foursquare and Flickr. With Vine you can only share to Facebook and Twitter. Within the first 24 hours over 5 million video's were made which is just incredible. It will definitely be very interesting to see the popularity of Instagram video in the future. Microsoft Surface RT Education Pricing The Surface RT was released at the Windows 8 launch and hasn't really taken off. Just this week though Microsoft announced their educational pricing for the tablet starting in August, just in time for back to school. The prices start at $200 for the 32GB, $249 with the touch keyboard and $289 for the type keyboard. The retail pricing is $499 so the discount is pretty substancial. I think this would be a great tablet for school or College with the external keyboard. Robot that Flies Like a Bird I was watching a TED talk and I decided to share it on the show it was so amazing! A robotic bird has been developed. The main goals for the development of the bird were for it to be strong, powerful and lightweight. It's called smartbird and it flies just like a bird. The pattern in which the robotic bird flaps its wings is very similar to that of a real bird. It is also very light weighing in at just 450g. Here is the TED talk video:

Talks About Tech Weekly 070: Xbox One Changes and More

Jun 25, 2013

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On this episode we talk about the Xbox One Changes, the Tesla Model S and more. Xbox One Changes Microsoft have been getting lots of negative feedback over their next generation Xbox One console because of restrictions on used games as well as the console having to be connected to the internet every 24 hours. However, Microsoft have now announced that there will be no restrictions on used games and that the only time the console will have to be online is to register the console at setup. Instagram Video Is Here The Twitter owned social network Vine has been very popular in recent times. The idea is that you record a short 6 second video clip of whatever you want to share. It's like a video tweet. Well, now Instagram have decided to do the same thing. Instagram is famous as a photo sharing social network but now their adding video to the mix. Instagram video allows you to record up to 15 seconds of video and gives you editing features, the option to pause a recording and more. With instagram video you can share with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email, Foursquare and Flickr. With Vine you can only share to Facebook and Twitter. Within the first 24 hours over 5 million video's were made which is just incredible. It will definitely be very interesting to see the popularity of Instagram video in the future. Microsoft Surface RT Education Pricing The Surface RT was released at the Windows 8 launch and hasn't really taken off. Just this week though Microsoft announced their educational pricing for the tablet starting in August, just in time for back to school. The prices start at $200 for the 32GB, $249 with the touch keyboard and $289 for the type keyboard. The retail pricing is $499 so the discount is pretty substancial. I think this would be a great tablet for school or College with the external keyboard. Robot that Flies Like a Bird I was watching a TED talk and I decided to share it on the show it was so amazing! A robotic bird has been developed. The main goals for the development of the bird were for it to be strong, powerful and lightweight. It's called smartbird and it flies just like a bird. The pattern in which the robotic bird flaps its wings is very similar to that of a real bird. It is also very light weighing in at just 450g. Here is the TED talk video:

Talks About Tech Weekly 069: Flower Power FPS

Jun 17, 2013 1:30:21

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On this episode we talk about E3 and WWDC 2013. Xbox One E3 Event This week we saw an event from Microsoft at E3 following up the announcement of the Xbox One a few weeks ago. At the event Microsoft mostly talked about launch games and Xbox LIVE. Launch games are going to include Battlefield 4, Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 5, Assassins Creed 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Halo 5 and more. Also if you pre-order the console now you will get the Xbox One Day One limited edition console with a limited edition controller and special achievements at no extra cost. A few months ago Microsoft discontinued the Xbox LIVE Gold family pack. Now when you sign up to Xbox LIVE Gold everyone in the family can use Xbox LIVE at no extra cost. Local currency is now supported in Xbox LIVE to replace Microsoft Points. Updates will now be discretely updated in the background and games and game content will be saved in the cloud on Microsofts 300,000 servers. You will now be able to record gameplay locally to the console and stream to twitch.tv. Basic video editing features will be available also. One of the biggest debates about the Xbox One however, is the restrictions on games. If you buy a physical copy of a game and install it on your Xbox One the game will register to that console. In order to play the game on another console you will have to pay a fee. The console will also have to be connected to the internet every 24 hours even when playing completely offline games. The Xbox One will cost €499. It will come with Kinect 2 and will be available in November. Playstation 4 The Playstation 4 event followed the Xbox One event at E3 later on Monday Evening. Sony announced launch games for the console that include Assassin's Creed 4, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, FIFA 14, Planetside 2 and more. Sony are not putting any restrictions on used games and you can trade them and loan them as much as you want. The console itself was revealed. It has a really cool design and is a little bit smaller than the Xbox One. The price of the console is going to be €399 and will be available around Chirstmas time. WWDC 2013 OS X Mavericks Apple have run out of big cats so they decided to call the new version of OS X, Mavericks. New features include iBooks and Apple Maps apps, re-designed calender, safari and notifications apps. Finder now has tabs and tags and keychain access now has iCloud support to sync all of your passwords across all devices and will have a password generator built in. Multiple display support has been hugely improved to support multiple fullscreen apps across multiple screens and updates have been made to OS X server too. New MacBook Airs The new MacBook Air has some minor improvements. New Intel Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors are more powerful and much more power efficient than previous CPU's. As a result the 11" Air now has 9 hour battery life and the 13" has 12 hour battery life. There is also now support for 802.11ac Wifi. Mac Pro The current Mac Pro is still the most powerful Mac that Apple make. It is very outdated though. The last major update to the Mac Pro was in 2008 so a new Mac Pro was badly needed. The design of the new Mac Pro is very different. The enclosure is a glossy black cylinder that is 29.146cm in height and 16.764cm in width which is incredibly small. The new Mac Pro will feature the Intel Xeon E5 CPU’s with up to 12 cores, dual AMD FirePro Workstation class GPU’s with 6GB overall RAM as well as PCI Express flash storage with speeds of up to 1.25Gbps. Apple have designed a unified thermal core to cool this extremely powerful computer with a single fan on the top of the device. The new Mac Pro will have 6 thunderbolt 2 ports. Thunderbolt 2 is even faster than the original thunderbolt interface with speeds of 20Gbps. You will be able to use the thunderbolt 2 ports for hard drive and PCI E expansion. HDMI 1.4 for 4K support, USB3, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.

Talks About Tech Weekly 069: Flower Power FPS

Jun 17, 2013

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On this episode we talk about E3 and WWDC 2013. Xbox One E3 Event This week we saw an event from Microsoft at E3 following up the announcement of the Xbox One a few weeks ago. At the event Microsoft mostly talked about launch games and Xbox LIVE. Launch games are going to include Battlefield 4, Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 5, Assassins Creed 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Halo 5 and more. Also if you pre-order the console now you will get the Xbox One Day One limited edition console with a limited edition controller and special achievements at no extra cost. A few months ago Microsoft discontinued the Xbox LIVE Gold family pack. Now when you sign up to Xbox LIVE Gold everyone in the family can use Xbox LIVE at no extra cost. Local currency is now supported in Xbox LIVE to replace Microsoft Points. Updates will now be discretely updated in the background and games and game content will be saved in the cloud on Microsofts 300,000 servers. You will now be able to record gameplay locally to the console and stream to twitch.tv. Basic video editing features will be available also. One of the biggest debates about the Xbox One however, is the restrictions on games. If you buy a physical copy of a game and install it on your Xbox One the game will register to that console. In order to play the game on another console you will have to pay a fee. The console will also have to be connected to the internet every 24 hours even when playing completely offline games. The Xbox One will cost €499. It will come with Kinect 2 and will be available in November. Playstation 4 The Playstation 4 event followed the Xbox One event at E3 later on Monday Evening. Sony announced launch games for the console that include Assassin's Creed 4, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, FIFA 14, Planetside 2 and more. Sony are not putting any restrictions on used games and you can trade them and loan them as much as you want. The console itself was revealed. It has a really cool design and is a little bit smaller than the Xbox One. The price of the console is going to be €399 and will be available around Chirstmas time. WWDC 2013 OS X Mavericks Apple have run out of big cats so they decided to call the new version of OS X, Mavericks. New features include iBooks and Apple Maps apps, re-designed calender, safari and notifications apps. Finder now has tabs and tags and keychain access now has iCloud support to sync all of your passwords across all devices and will have a password generator built in. Multiple display support has been hugely improved to support multiple fullscreen apps across multiple screens and updates have been made to OS X server too. New MacBook Airs The new MacBook Air has some minor improvements. New Intel Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors are more powerful and much more power efficient than previous CPU's. As a result the 11" Air now has 9 hour battery life and the 13" has 12 hour battery life. There is also now support for 802.11ac Wifi. Mac Pro The current Mac Pro is still the most powerful Mac that Apple make. It is very outdated though. The last major update to the Mac Pro was in 2008 so a new Mac Pro was badly needed. The design of the new Mac Pro is very different. The enclosure is a glossy black cylinder that is 29.146cm in height and 16.764cm in width which is incredibly small. The new Mac Pro will feature the Intel Xeon E5 CPU’s with up to 12 cores, dual AMD FirePro Workstation class GPU’s with 6GB overall RAM as well as PCI Express flash storage with speeds of up to 1.25Gbps. Apple have designed a unified thermal core to cool this extremely powerful computer with a single fan on the top of the device. The new Mac Pro will have 6 thunderbolt 2 ports. Thunderbolt 2 is even faster than the original thunderbolt interface with speeds of 20Gbps. You will be able to use the thunderbolt 2 ports for hard drive and PCI E expansion. HDMI 1.4 for 4K support, USB3, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.

Talks About Tech Weekly 068: Mind Controlled Quadcopter

Jun 9, 2013 1:26:49

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On this episode we talk about WWDC 2013, a mind controlled quadcopter and more. E3 2013 The gaming conference E3 is coming up next week. We can expect to get lots more information about the next generation Xbox One as well as the Playstation 4 and some gameplay to match it. We will hopefully see more gameplay from upcoming titles such as Fifa 14, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts. It's exciting times. Windows 8.1 Microsoft have announced that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 Blue with some nice new features. Microsoft have said that they listened to user reviews and have made some changes accordingly. Microsoft haven't given full details about the new features but they said that there will be new personalisation features such as a background wallpaper on the start screen, a picture slide show on the lock screen, Skype integration and more. Another feature Microsoft announced was an improved search charm with Bing search integration. They are also updating the built-in apps and making improvements to the Windows 8 marketplace. There will be metro and desktop versions of internet explorer 11 released with Windows 8.1 too. The biggest feature I think though is that Microsoft are bringing back the start button. However, they are bringing back the start button not the start menu. There will be a start button on the desktop Windows menu bar but when you press it, it will bring you into the metro interface. Lots of nice new features coming into Windows 8.1 and we will be hearing more at next weeks Build conference. 3D Printer for Under $500 There is a new 3D printer on Kickstarter now from pirate3D called the Buccaneer. The Buccaneer uses cartridges with plastic material in them for building objects layer by layer. It also uses software that is available on a PC or mobile device and is very easy to use. You can pledge on Kickstarter now and you only have to pledge $1 although you don't get much for that. A pledge of $447 will get you the printer, $50 delivery charge and 5 extra cartridges which cost $12 each. Pirate3D looked for $100,000 and have already reached over $735,000 going way over their targets. You can check out the Kickstarter page here. Mind Controlled Quadcopter Researchers from the University of Minnesota have designed quadcopter that people can interact with using their thoughts. The pilot of the quadcopter places a cap on their head with 64 electrodes which can sense electric signals being sent by the brain. If the pilot thinks about making a fist with their left hand for example, they can move the quadcopter left. Tests have been very successful and pilots have been able to very accurately control the quadcopter. The idea behind this research is to able to use this technology for disabled people so that they can have greater control over prosthetic limbs. WWDC 2013 on Next Week Apple's world famous WWDC developer conference is starting on Monday and there have been many rumours as to what Apple may be releasing. iOS7 iOS is in desperate need of a design overhall. Jonny Ive has been confirmed to be designing iOS 7 and rumours say that the design will carry many of the previous versions of iOS layout but with a cleaner, flatter design. There have also been other little features rumoured such as more social network integration. MacOS X 10.9 There are many rumours of a new MacOS X but what will they call it? Rumours say that Apple will make changes to the Finder to allow for tabbed file browsing. Siri and Apple Maps will be integrated and there will be performance improvements. New MacBook Airs and Non-Retina MacBook Pro's The new MacBook Airs and Non-Retina MacBook Pro's are rumoured to get the newly released Intel Haswell 4th generation Core i processors as well as a 1080p Facetime camera. The Non-Retina MacBook pro is also rumoured to get a slimmer design. New Mac Pro Rumours say a new Mac Pro which will be manufactured in the US. However,

Talks About Tech Weekly 068: Mind Controlled Quadcopter

Jun 8, 2013

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On this episode we talk about WWDC 2013, a mind controlled quadcopter and more. E3 2013 The gaming conference E3 is coming up next week. We can expect to get lots more information about the next generation Xbox One as well as the Playstation 4 and some gameplay to match it. We will hopefully see more gameplay from upcoming titles such as Fifa 14, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts. It's exciting times. Windows 8.1 Microsoft have announced that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 Blue with some nice new features. Microsoft have said that they listened to user reviews and have made some changes accordingly. Microsoft haven't given full details about the new features but they said that there will be new personalisation features such as a background wallpaper on the start screen, a picture slide show on the lock screen, Skype integration and more. Another feature Microsoft announced was an improved search charm with Bing search integration. They are also updating the built-in apps and making improvements to the Windows 8 marketplace. There will be metro and desktop versions of internet explorer 11 released with Windows 8.1 too. The biggest feature I think though is that Microsoft are bringing back the start button. However, they are bringing back the start button not the start menu. There will be a start button on the desktop Windows menu bar but when you press it, it will bring you into the metro interface. Lots of nice new features coming into Windows 8.1 and we will be hearing more at next weeks Build conference. 3D Printer for Under $500 There is a new 3D printer on Kickstarter now from pirate3D called the Buccaneer. The Buccaneer uses cartridges with plastic material in them for building objects layer by layer. It also uses software that is available on a PC or mobile device and is very easy to use. You can pledge on Kickstarter now and you only have to pledge $1 although you don't get much for that. A pledge of $447 will get you the printer, $50 delivery charge and 5 extra cartridges which cost $12 each. Pirate3D looked for $100,000 and have already reached over $735,000 going way over their targets. You can check out the Kickstarter page here. Mind Controlled Quadcopter Researchers from the University of Minnesota have designed quadcopter that people can interact with using their thoughts. The pilot of the quadcopter places a cap on their head with 64 electrodes which can sense electric signals being sent by the brain. If the pilot thinks about making a fist with their left hand for example, they can move the quadcopter left. Tests have been very successful and pilots have been able to very accurately control the quadcopter. The idea behind this research is to able to use this technology for disabled people so that they can have greater control over prosthetic limbs. WWDC 2013 on Next Week Apple's world famous WWDC developer conference is starting on Monday and there have been many rumours as to what Apple may be releasing. iOS7 iOS is in desperate need of a design overhall. Jonny Ive has been confirmed to be designing iOS 7 and rumours say that the design will carry many of the previous versions of iOS layout but with a cleaner, flatter design. There have also been other little features rumoured such as more social network integration. MacOS X 10.9 There are many rumours of a new MacOS X but what will they call it? Rumours say that Apple will make changes to the Finder to allow for tabbed file browsing. Siri and Apple Maps will be integrated and there will be performance improvements. New MacBook Airs and Non-Retina MacBook Pro's The new MacBook Airs and Non-Retina MacBook Pro's are rumoured to get the newly released Intel Haswell 4th generation Core i processors as well as a 1080p Facetime camera. The Non-Retina MacBook pro is also rumoured to get a slimmer design. New Mac Pro Rumours say a new Mac Pro which will be manufactured in the US. However,

Talks About Tech Weekly 067: 3D Printed Food

Jun 2, 2013 1:05:00

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On this episode we talk about the new gmail, 3D printing and much more. Enjoy! Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin's tech he's been using this week is Study Blue. Study blue is an online study service. Study blue uses flash cards to learn off terms. You can then test yourself using these flash cards. There is a free and pro version of study blue. The pro version is ad free and includes features like offline study mode, an equation editor, custom formatting and more. The pro version is €26,99 for 1 year or €7,99 on a month by month contract. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week The tech I've been using this week is the airmail app for the Mac. Airmail is a mail client specifically for Mac OS X. Airmail has a very similar layout to the popular mail client sparrow with some custom layout options. The only feature that Airmail doesn't have right now is that it doesn't support Pop 3. However, the developers said that they will add pop 3 in the future. Airmail is available in the Mac App Store now for €1,79. The New Gmail Interface Google have recently made some significant changes to their Gmail web interface this week. One cool new feature is the new compose new email window. The new message box now only takes up a small portion of the screen which allows you to navigate your inbox while you are writing an email. You can also compose multiple emails side by side, minimize a message window and pop out each new message window. Another new feature in the new Gmail is Google hangouts are now built in. Google hangouts are now replacing the google talk service. Google drive is now integrated into gmail now and you can now email a 10GB google drive file. The biggest new feature however, is the new smart inbox. The Smart inbox divides your inbox into social, promotions and offers, bill, receipts and updates and a primary email inbox. Responsive Design A responsive website is a website that can be used on any device and will switch to a different design optimised for that device. Responsive design is becoming very popular. The talks about tech website is a responsive website. In 2007 Steve Jobs said at the first generation iPhone event that everybody will be using web apps and that there wasn't a future for native apps. He was wrong but now I think that the experience that you get from a web app is as good as that of a native app. We discuss our opinions on responsive design and whether there is a future for native apps. 3D Printing 3D printers are now becoming more and more relevant. About 2 years ago now the first 3D printed plane was made. 3D printers use additive methods of manufacturing. 3D printers build up layer upon layer until they have created the object and you can use materials such as metals, plastics and rubber. The MakerBot 3D printer is now only $2,199. NASA have said that astronauts travelling to Mars will use 3D printers to make necessary tools and even food! ProXPN proXPN is a virtual private network that allows you to use the internet the way it should be: anonymously and without oversight! For 20% off your new account, go to proXPN.com/podcast and use the coupon code TATWEE.

Talks About Tech Weekly 067: 3D Printed Food

Jun 2, 2013

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On this episode we talk about the new gmail, 3D printing and much more. Enjoy! Tech We've Been Using This Week Kevin's Tech He's Been Using This Week Kevin's tech he's been using this week is Study Blue. Study blue is an online study service. Study blue uses flash cards to learn off terms. You can then test yourself using these flash cards. There is a free and pro version of study blue. The pro version is ad free and includes features like offline study mode, an equation editor, custom formatting and more. The pro version is €26,99 for 1 year or €7,99 on a month by month contract. Michael's Tech He's Been Using This Week The tech I've been using this week is the airmail app for the Mac. Airmail is a mail client specifically for Mac OS X. Airmail has a very similar layout to the popular mail client sparrow with some custom layout options. The only feature that Airmail doesn't have right now is that it doesn't support Pop 3. However, the developers said that they will add pop 3 in the future. Airmail is available in the Mac App Store now for €1,79. The New Gmail Interface Google have recently made some significant changes to their Gmail web interface this week. One cool new feature is the new compose new email window. The new message box now only takes up a small portion of the screen which allows you to navigate your inbox while you are writing an email. You can also compose multiple emails side by side, minimize a message window and pop out each new message window. Another new feature in the new Gmail is Google hangouts are now built in. Google hangouts are now replacing the google talk service. Google drive is now integrated into gmail now and you can now email a 10GB google drive file. The biggest new feature however, is the new smart inbox. The Smart inbox divides your inbox into social, promotions and offers, bill, receipts and updates and a primary email inbox. Responsive Design A responsive website is a website that can be used on any device and will switch to a different design optimised for that device. Responsive design is becoming very popular. The talks about tech website is a responsive website. In 2007 Steve Jobs said at the first generation iPhone event that everybody will be using web apps and that there wasn't a future for native apps. He was wrong but now I think that the experience that you get from a web app is as good as that of a native app. We discuss our opinions on responsive design and whether there is a future for native apps. 3D Printing 3D printers are now becoming more and more relevant. About 2 years ago now the first 3D printed plane was made. 3D printers use additive methods of manufacturing. 3D printers build up layer upon layer until they have created the object and you can use materials such as metals, plastics and rubber. The MakerBot 3D printer is now only $2,199. NASA have said that astronauts travelling to Mars will use 3D printers to make necessary tools and even food! ProXPN proXPN is a virtual private network that allows you to use the internet the way it should be: anonymously and without oversight! For 20% off your new account, go to proXPN.com/podcast and use the coupon code TATWEE.

Talks About Tech Weekly 066: Xbox One

May 26, 2013 1:29:47

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Tech I've Been Using This Week 1. Behringer Eurorack UB1202 The UB1202 is a really nice, small and compact 8 channel mixer. I am currently using this mixer to be able to listen to my computers audio and my iPhones audio at the same time and it works great. The UB1202 is available on Thomann here. If you don't need 8 channels the UB1002 and the UB802 are available. 2. AC-7 Core HD for iPad for Controlling DAW's This app allows you to control your DAW using an iPad. AC-7 Core has a really nice mixer interface. You can get it now on the App Store for just €4,49. Xbox One This week Microsoft had the launch event of the Xbox One. They made some huge improvements to the hardware: • X86 8-Core AMD APU • 8GB DDR3 RAM • 500GB Hard Drive • AMD GCN Architecture GPU • Blu-Ray Disk Drive • New Kinect included with 1080P camera • 4K Resolution support Microsoft also announced some great software improvements to the Xbox One. You can now plug the output from your set top box through HDMI into the Xbox One. You can then watch TV through your Xbox and switch channels using voice controls. The new kinect will be included with every Xbox One. The new kinect has a 1080p HD camera and updated hardware including improved microphones for voice recognition. You will now be able to control your Xbox with voice commands such as change TV channels and switch from one app to another really quickly. For full information on the Xbox One you can go the website at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xboxone/meet-xbox-one.

Talks About Tech Weekly 066: Xbox One

May 26, 2013

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Tech I've Been Using This Week 1. Behringer Eurorack UB1202 The UB1202 is a really nice, small and compact 8 channel mixer. I am currently using this mixer to be able to listen to my computers audio and my iPhones audio at the same time and it works great. The UB1202 is available on Thomann here. If you don't need 8 channels the UB1002 and the UB802 are available. 2. AC-7 Core HD for iPad for Controlling DAW's This app allows you to control your DAW using an iPad. AC-7 Core has a really nice mixer interface. You can get it now on the App Store for just €4,49. Xbox One This week Microsoft had the launch event of the Xbox One. They made some huge improvements to the hardware: • X86 8-Core AMD APU • 8GB DDR3 RAM • 500GB Hard Drive • AMD GCN Architecture GPU • Blu-Ray Disk Drive • New Kinect included with 1080P camera • 4K Resolution support Microsoft also announced some great software improvements to the Xbox One. You can now plug the output from your set top box through HDMI into the Xbox One. You can then watch TV through your Xbox and switch channels using voice controls. The new kinect will be included with every Xbox One. The new kinect has a 1080p HD camera and updated hardware including improved microphones for voice recognition. You will now be able to control your Xbox with voice commands such as change TV channels and switch from one app to another really quickly. For full information on the Xbox One you can go the website at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xboxone/meet-xbox-one.

TAT Weekly 065: Will Tablets Be Gone in 5 Years?

May 5, 2013 1:01:39

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On this episode I talk about if tablets will be dead in five years, 50 billion downloads on the App Store much more. Enjoy! Tech I've Been Using this Week 1. Study Blue Study blue is an online study system. It allows you to create flashcards with a term and a definition to help with learning. Study blue also allows you to connect with other members of your class to share notes and to interact. You can also add photos to a flash card. Teachers can also make flashcards for students to study. I am currently studying for my junior Cert exam I'm finding that study blue is a very useful service. 2. Google Now for iPhone Google now has for a long time been a service on android only. Google has now come to the iPhone. I have been using Google allow throughout the week and I found it to be a very useful service. Google now gives you weather, your location, latest appointments and more. Google now is built into the Google search app on the App Store and is free. Will Tablets Be Dead in 5 Years? In an interview this week the CEO of BlackBerry Thornsten Heins said: "In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model." This statement has been getting big press this week. I personally disagree with this statement. I think the tablets are getting more and more popular and there will be a bigger need for tablets in the future. Google Glass $1500 Developer Edition The $1500 developer edition of the of Google glass is now being given out to a select number of people. Many journalists of been giving their reviews of Google glass and it's interesting to see the practical problems associated with Google glass. Nevertheless Google glass is a very innovative product and is very cool. 50 Billion App Store Downloads Apple is celebrating the soon to be 50 billion downloads on the App Store. The person who downloads the 50 billionth app on the app store will receive a $10,000 gift card for the app store and the next 50 people will receive a $500 gift card for the app store. Congratulations Apple on this achievement! If you want more information click here. Stats of market on desktop and mobile operating systems • Desktop operating stats from net applications as of April 2013: • Mobile operating stats from net applications as of April 2013:

TAT Weekly 065: Will Tablets Be Gone in 5 Years?

May 4, 2013 1:01:39

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On this episode I talk about if tablets will be dead in five years, 50 billion downloads on the App Store much more. Enjoy! Tech I've Been Using this Week 1. Study Blue Study blue is an online study system. It allows you to create flashcards with a term and a definition to help with learning. Study blue also allows you to connect with other members of your class to share notes and to interact. You can also add photos to a flash card. Teachers can also make flashcards for students to study. I am currently studying for my junior Cert exam I'm finding that study blue is a very useful service. 2. Google Now for iPhone Google now has for a long time been a service on android only. Google has now come to the iPhone. I have been using Google allow throughout the week and I found it to be a very useful service. Google now gives you weather, your location, latest appointments and more. Google now is built into the Google search app on the App Store and is free. Will Tablets Be Dead in 5 Years? In an interview this week the CEO of BlackBerry Thornsten Heins said: "In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model." This statement has been getting big press this week. I personally disagree with this statement. I think the tablets are getting more and more popular and there will be a bigger need for tablets in the future. Google Glass $1500 Developer Edition The $1500 developer edition of the of Google glass is now being given out to a select number of people. Many journalists of been giving their reviews of Google glass and it's interesting to see the practical problems associated with Google glass. Nevertheless Google glass is a very innovative product and is very cool. 50 Billion App Store Downloads Apple is celebrating the soon to be 50 billion downloads on the App Store. The person who downloads the 50 billionth app on the app store will receive a $10,000 gift card for the app store and the next 50 people will receive a $500 gift card for the app store. Congratulations Apple on this achievement! If you want more information click here. Stats of market on desktop and mobile operating systems • Desktop operating stats from net applications as of April 2013: • Mobile operating stats from net applications as of April 2013:

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 64 ‘Internet, Internet, Internet!’

Apr 21, 2013 1:02:05

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On this episode I talk about Facebook Home, a microsoft smart watch and more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using This Week SoundByte Sound Byte is an application I just recently discovered for Mac and Windows by Blackcat Systems. Sound Byte is a soundboard application. It allows you to add audio clips like an intro jingle for a podcast or a song and play them. You can also colour code the audio clips and it gives time info about each clip that is playing. You can check out Sound Byte here and pricing starts at $39. Facebook Home There have been many rumours on a facebook phone since even last year. Just two weeks ago Facebook had an event and they released a product called facebook home. Facebook home is very similar to a facebook phone. So, if it isn’t what is it? It’s a skin for android designed for Facebook. There are many cool social features to the interface that standard android doesn’t have: A new lock screen which facebook call Cover Feed. Cover feed displays the latest facebook posts on your account. Cover Feed will display an image if there is an image attached with the post and if the post has no image attached, it will display the persons account image. Cover feed also allows you to like posts and comment on posts. Chat Heads is a new way of getting notifications. If you are on your phone and you get a Facebook message or a text message a little bubble appears on the side of the screen with the persons image in the bubble. You can move the bubble wherever you want around the screen and you can easily reply to messages without closing the app that you are currently using. You will be able to access the app drawer from Facebook home with a swipe and you will be able to launch any application from Facebook home. Facebook home is free and will be ad free initially but will add in ad’s for revenue in the future. Facebook home is available now on the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X +, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S IV and Samsung Galaxy Note II. First Phone to Ship with Facebook Home Facebook have teamed up with HTC and AT&T to release the first device to come with Facebook Home out of the box. It’s called the HTC First and will be exclusively available on AT&T in the US. Here are the specs of the phone: 4.3 inch 1280x720p, 341 PPI display Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Dual Core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 built in. 5 - megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera 2000 mAh battery Microsoft Working on a Smart Watch Samsung, LG, Apple and more are reported to be making smart watches and now microsoft is being added to that list. The interesting twist to this smart watch is that it is apparently being worked on by the Xbox team. It would be really cool for a possible microsoft smart watch to integrate with the Xbox as a secondary controller or even as a secondary display. The phone is rumoured to have a similar interface to windows phone and windows 8. The problem I see with all of these smart watches is that I can’t wear all of them! NAB 2013 The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade show for TV, Radio and more recently podcasts, internet TV and digital radio. Many of the manufacturer’s in the trade are there showing off their latest creations for audio and video production. While NAB isn’t directly relevant to consumer technology a lot of the technology that is seen there becomes consumer technology 5 to 10 years later whether it be camera’s, TV’s or content consumption and distribution. This year 4K was the buzz word. There were many 4K TV’s and monitors there that are much more affordable. There were also a number of 4K camera’s as well as 4K production switchers. The only thing that’s missing right now is a 4K video distribution and consumption system. I also think that internet speeds need to be greatly increased in order to handle streaming that much content. My Website Got Hacked Well not quite.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 64 ‘Internet, Internet, Internet!’

Apr 20, 2013

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On this episode I talk about Facebook Home, a microsoft smart watch and more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using This Week SoundByte Sound Byte is an application I just recently discovered for Mac and Windows by Blackcat Systems. Sound Byte is a soundboard application. It allows you to add audio clips like an intro jingle for a podcast or a song and play them. You can also colour code the audio clips and it gives time info about each clip that is playing. You can check out Sound Byte here and pricing starts at $39. Facebook Home There have been many rumours on a facebook phone since even last year. Just two weeks ago Facebook had an event and they released a product called facebook home. Facebook home is very similar to a facebook phone. So, if it isn’t what is it? It’s a skin for android designed for Facebook. There are many cool social features to the interface that standard android doesn’t have: A new lock screen which facebook call Cover Feed. Cover feed displays the latest facebook posts on your account. Cover Feed will display an image if there is an image attached with the post and if the post has no image attached, it will display the persons account image. Cover feed also allows you to like posts and comment on posts. Chat Heads is a new way of getting notifications. If you are on your phone and you get a Facebook message or a text message a little bubble appears on the side of the screen with the persons image in the bubble. You can move the bubble wherever you want around the screen and you can easily reply to messages without closing the app that you are currently using. You will be able to access the app drawer from Facebook home with a swipe and you will be able to launch any application from Facebook home. Facebook home is free and will be ad free initially but will add in ad’s for revenue in the future. Facebook home is available now on the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X +, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S IV and Samsung Galaxy Note II. First Phone to Ship with Facebook Home Facebook have teamed up with HTC and AT&T to release the first device to come with Facebook Home out of the box. It’s called the HTC First and will be exclusively available on AT&T in the US. Here are the specs of the phone: 4.3 inch 1280x720p, 341 PPI display Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Dual Core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 built in. 5 - megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera 2000 mAh battery Microsoft Working on a Smart Watch Samsung, LG, Apple and more are reported to be making smart watches and now microsoft is being added to that list. The interesting twist to this smart watch is that it is apparently being worked on by the Xbox team. It would be really cool for a possible microsoft smart watch to integrate with the Xbox as a secondary controller or even as a secondary display. The phone is rumoured to have a similar interface to windows phone and windows 8. The problem I see with all of these smart watches is that I can’t wear all of them! NAB 2013 The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade show for TV, Radio and more recently podcasts, internet TV and digital radio. Many of the manufacturer’s in the trade are there showing off their latest creations for audio and video production. While NAB isn’t directly relevant to consumer technology a lot of the technology that is seen there becomes consumer technology 5 to 10 years later whether it be camera’s, TV’s or content consumption and distribution. This year 4K was the buzz word. There were many 4K TV’s and monitors there that are much more affordable. There were also a number of 4K camera’s as well as 4K production switchers. The only thing that’s missing right now is a 4K video distribution and consumption system. I also think that internet speeds need to be greatly increased in order to handle streaming that much content. My Website Got Hacked Well not quite.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 63 ‘The Biggest DDoS Attack Ever!’

Apr 1, 2013 1:04:30

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On this episode I talk about a huge DDoS attack, Twitter Music and more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using This Week iAmplitube iRig The iRig is an audio interface for iOS devices. It plugs into the headphone and microphone connector on your iOS device. The iRig is designed for guitars but I have tried it with a mixer output too. With a guitar it works great especially with the iAmpliTube app that you can get on the App Store. There is a free version of the app and a full version that is €17.99. I payed €46 but you can get it for £19.34 on Amazon here. Griffin GuitarConnect Cable This device does the exact same thing as the iRig but it has a different look to it. The GuitarConnect includes the guitar cable within the device whereas the iRig allows you to plug your guitar cable into the device. In my opinion the iRig is a bit neater but if you’re looking for a guitar interface for an iOS or Android device then you should go for the one that is cheaper. You can get the GuitarConnect on Amazon here for £15.68.   The ‘If I had Google Glass Competition’ Since February Google have been holding the ‘If I had Google Glass Competition’. The idea was to come up with something really cool you could do if you had Google Glass. You could enter your submission by posting on twitter or Google + with the hashtag #IfIHadGlass. There were however, a few problems with the competition. Some people were notified as winners and then disqualified because the submissions didn't "comply with the official terms of the contest and have slipped through the cracks". There has, as a result, been some controversy as to how Google chose the winner as there were a number of famous people. Google's rules for the competition said that influence and reach would be taken into account. There were, however, winners with very few followers such as one winner with only 7 followers.   Battlefield 4 Preview and Pre-Orders Just this week the Battlefield 4 game was revealed with some interesting new additions. Dice released a 17 minute video of a campaign mission. What information have we gathered from that trailer: Improved graphics and shaders Interface changes and minor gun characteristic changes. No suppression in the campaign at least. We still have to see if the suppression characteristic from Battlefield 3 made it into the multiplayer of Battlefield 4. Different gun sights New spotting animation. The animation is the official military signal to warn team mates of enemies in that direction. New guns. Less stuttering and glitches. Much improved textures and texture quality. You can pre-order the game now - BF 4 €59.99 BF 4 Digital Deluxe €69.99. If you pre-order the game you also get an exclusive premium expansion pack. Mobile Phone Radiation Explained. The FCC have looked over their radiation limits for mobile phones. They feel that no changes are needed to be made. As a result I decided to do some research into mobile phone radiation. The first thing is to go over how mobile phones work. When a phone call is started the phone sends radio frequency signals. RF signals are sent to a cell tower and then connects it from one base station to another until it reaches the base station nearest the person recieving the call and then sends the signal to the recievers phone. RF is a form of radiation just like the Sun's UV rays. The amount of radiation that a phone outputs is SAR = Specific Absorption Rate. It measures the amount of RF energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. Note that the max SAR in the US is 1.6 watts per kg.The max SAR in Europe is 2 watts per kg. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 european version SAR levels from samsung = Head SAR: 0.342W/Kg Body: 0.547W/Kg The iPhone 5 European version according to sarvalues.com is 0.951 when placed up to the ear. As you can see these levels are far below the max SAR levels. The thing about mobile phone radiation levels is that they...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 63 ‘The Biggest DDoS Attack Ever!’

Mar 31, 2013 1:04:30

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On this episode I talk about a huge DDoS attack, Twitter Music and more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using This Week iAmplitube iRig The iRig is an audio interface for iOS devices. It plugs into the headphone and microphone connector on your iOS device. The iRig is designed for guitars but I have tried it with a mixer output too. With a guitar it works great especially with the iAmpliTube app that you can get on the App Store. There is a free version of the app and a full version that is €17.99. I payed €46 but you can get it for £19.34 on Amazon here. Griffin GuitarConnect Cable This device does the exact same thing as the iRig but it has a different look to it. The GuitarConnect includes the guitar cable within the device whereas the iRig allows you to plug your guitar cable into the device. In my opinion the iRig is a bit neater but if you’re looking for a guitar interface for an iOS or Android device then you should go for the one that is cheaper. You can get the GuitarConnect on Amazon here for £15.68.   The ‘If I had Google Glass Competition’ Since February Google have been holding the ‘If I had Google Glass Competition’. The idea was to come up with something really cool you could do if you had Google Glass. You could enter your submission by posting on twitter or Google + with the hashtag #IfIHadGlass. There were however, a few problems with the competition. Some people were notified as winners and then disqualified because the submissions didn't "comply with the official terms of the contest and have slipped through the cracks". There has, as a result, been some controversy as to how Google chose the winner as there were a number of famous people. Google's rules for the competition said that influence and reach would be taken into account. There were, however, winners with very few followers such as one winner with only 7 followers.   Battlefield 4 Preview and Pre-Orders Just this week the Battlefield 4 game was revealed with some interesting new additions. Dice released a 17 minute video of a campaign mission. What information have we gathered from that trailer: Improved graphics and shaders Interface changes and minor gun characteristic changes. No suppression in the campaign at least. We still have to see if the suppression characteristic from Battlefield 3 made it into the multiplayer of Battlefield 4. Different gun sights New spotting animation. The animation is the official military signal to warn team mates of enemies in that direction. New guns. Less stuttering and glitches. Much improved textures and texture quality. You can pre-order the game now - BF 4 €59.99 BF 4 Digital Deluxe €69.99. If you pre-order the game you also get an exclusive premium expansion pack. Mobile Phone Radiation Explained. The FCC have looked over their radiation limits for mobile phones. They feel that no changes are needed to be made. As a result I decided to do some research into mobile phone radiation. The first thing is to go over how mobile phones work. When a phone call is started the phone sends radio frequency signals. RF signals are sent to a cell tower and then connects it from one base station to another until it reaches the base station nearest the person recieving the call and then sends the signal to the recievers phone. RF is a form of radiation just like the Sun's UV rays. The amount of radiation that a phone outputs is SAR = Specific Absorption Rate. It measures the amount of RF energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. Note that the max SAR in the US is 1.6 watts per kg.The max SAR in Europe is 2 watts per kg. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 european version SAR levels from samsung = Head SAR: 0.342W/Kg Body: 0.547W/Kg The iPhone 5 European version according to sarvalues.com is 0.951 when placed up to the ear. As you can see these levels are far below the max SAR levels. The thing about mobile phone radiation levels is that they...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 62 ‘iForgot The Security Flaw!’

Mar 24, 2013 1:07:49

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On this episode I talk about Youtube paid subscriptions, an Apple security flaw and much more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using this Week Webcam Settings I made the switch over to the mac and I love it. However, there is a feature that Windows has that Mac OS X doesn’t have and that is manual control over webcams. I found webcam settings that is available from the Mac App Store for €7 that gives you manual control over your webcam. It has worked with every webcam I have including a HP webcam.   Griffin (Not Belkin) iTalk Recorder This is a great app that allows you to record high quality on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. There is a free version and premium version of this app. The premium version of the app doesn’t have ads, has advanced playback features and allows you to email a file larger than 2MB although not larger than 20MB as email limits you to under 20MB. Both versions of the app allow you to record 16bit WAV files at 44.1KHz, 22.05KHz or 11.025KHz. Here are the links to the free and premium versions of the app.   Youtube Paid Subscriptions The Youtube Vice President Robert Kynci told reporters that paid content will be an “incredibly important” tool in the site’s efforts to create “additional revenue streams” for content creaters. Youtube is looking for alternative revenue streams. I think that people won’t be happy having to pay to subscribe to a youtube channel when they got it for free before. Youtube have to make money some way though. I suppose advertising is becoming a very difficult way of making money.   1 Billion People Use Youtube Every Month Says Google These are incredible figures. I think that youtube has become a huge website for content and that people are using Youtube as an alternative to TV. Youtube has become a major part in people’s way of getting entertainment along with services such as Netflix.   Twitter Celebrates Their 7th Birthday On twitters 7th birthday they also celebrated 200 million active users. They are incredible figures. Although you can’t compare twitter to Facebook that has over 1 Billion active users there is a reason why twitter is not as popular as Facebook. Facebook is all about being social with a group of friends and it’s aimed towards everyone whereas with twitter you can’t have a 1 on 1 conversation with someone.   Apple Rolls Out Two Factor Authentication Apple took down their iForgot password reset page because they found a security hole that allowed unauthorised resets. The iForgot service is now back up. Apple has now also introduced two-factor authentication. Facebook, Google, Dropbox and now Apple all use two-factor authentication. With two factor authentication you have to provide your password and then you have to provide the authentication code that is sent to you by text message, voice message or through a mobile app.   iWatch The rumours have been going around now about Apple making a smart watch. Apple have made patents for a wearable accessory device (Apple make patents on far out projects all the time) What are the rumours saying: Bloomberg has reported that Apple have a team of 100 product designers working on the project. Features such as making/receiving calls, caller ID and checking mapping coordinates. Built in pedometer and sensors for health monitoring. The Verge are saying that iWatch will run off iOS rather than what came on the touch screen iPod Nano. They also say that the goal is to get four to five days between a charge, but that current prototypes are only getting a couple of days max. There are also rumours that Google are making a smart watch and Samsung and LG have said that they are making smart watches. Canon unveils the smallest DSLR in the world The Canon Rebel SL1 has become the smallest and lightest DSLR in the world. Here are the specs: Weight: 407.10g or 14.36oz Width: 11.68cm or 4.6in Height: 9.14cm or 3.6.in Dept: 6.86cm or 2.7in

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 62 ‘iForgot The Security Flaw!’

Mar 23, 2013 1:07:49

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On this episode I talk about Youtube paid subscriptions, an Apple security flaw and much more. Enjoy! Tech I’ve Been Using this Week Webcam Settings I made the switch over to the mac and I love it. However, there is a feature that Windows has that Mac OS X doesn’t have and that is manual control over webcams. I found webcam settings that is available from the Mac App Store for €7 that gives you manual control over your webcam. It has worked with every webcam I have including a HP webcam.   Griffin (Not Belkin) iTalk Recorder This is a great app that allows you to record high quality on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. There is a free version and premium version of this app. The premium version of the app doesn’t have ads, has advanced playback features and allows you to email a file larger than 2MB although not larger than 20MB as email limits you to under 20MB. Both versions of the app allow you to record 16bit WAV files at 44.1KHz, 22.05KHz or 11.025KHz. Here are the links to the free and premium versions of the app.   Youtube Paid Subscriptions The Youtube Vice President Robert Kynci told reporters that paid content will be an “incredibly important” tool in the site’s efforts to create “additional revenue streams” for content creaters. Youtube is looking for alternative revenue streams. I think that people won’t be happy having to pay to subscribe to a youtube channel when they got it for free before. Youtube have to make money some way though. I suppose advertising is becoming a very difficult way of making money.   1 Billion People Use Youtube Every Month Says Google These are incredible figures. I think that youtube has become a huge website for content and that people are using Youtube as an alternative to TV. Youtube has become a major part in people’s way of getting entertainment along with services such as Netflix.   Twitter Celebrates Their 7th Birthday On twitters 7th birthday they also celebrated 200 million active users. They are incredible figures. Although you can’t compare twitter to Facebook that has over 1 Billion active users there is a reason why twitter is not as popular as Facebook. Facebook is all about being social with a group of friends and it’s aimed towards everyone whereas with twitter you can’t have a 1 on 1 conversation with someone.   Apple Rolls Out Two Factor Authentication Apple took down their iForgot password reset page because they found a security hole that allowed unauthorised resets. The iForgot service is now back up. Apple has now also introduced two-factor authentication. Facebook, Google, Dropbox and now Apple all use two-factor authentication. With two factor authentication you have to provide your password and then you have to provide the authentication code that is sent to you by text message, voice message or through a mobile app.   iWatch The rumours have been going around now about Apple making a smart watch. Apple have made patents for a wearable accessory device (Apple make patents on far out projects all the time) What are the rumours saying: Bloomberg has reported that Apple have a team of 100 product designers working on the project. Features such as making/receiving calls, caller ID and checking mapping coordinates. Built in pedometer and sensors for health monitoring. The Verge are saying that iWatch will run off iOS rather than what came on the touch screen iPod Nano. They also say that the goal is to get four to five days between a charge, but that current prototypes are only getting a couple of days max. There are also rumours that Google are making a smart watch and Samsung and LG have said that they are making smart watches. Canon unveils the smallest DSLR in the world The Canon Rebel SL1 has become the smallest and lightest DSLR in the world. Here are the specs: Weight: 407.10g or 14.36oz Width: 11.68cm or 4.6in Height: 9.14cm or 3.6.in Dept: 6.86cm or 2.7in

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 60 ‘Many a Rumour’

Mar 10, 2013 1:00:00

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On this episode I talk about Apple rumours, google rumours and something that doesn't have to do with rumours. Enjoy! Apple Taking on the Beat’s Brand? According to Reuters Apple CEO Tim Cook, Eddy Cue and a key person behind iTunes were in discussions with the CEO of Beats Electronics Jimmy Iovine. The Beat's company are currently in the process of making their music streaming service Project Daisy since they bought the Music Service MOG last year. It has been rumoured for years that Apple is interested in making their own music subscription service. I think this doesn't make sense as it would go head to head against the iTunes music store. It has been said that Apple weren't making a deal with Beats but that the meeting was only 'informational' meaning that Apple were learning about the streaming business model. I think this again does not make sense as why would Beat's give Apple tips on music streaming? What the rumour is though is that Apple are preparing for a future partnership with Beat's but that wouldn't make sense because Beat's is creating an independant music streaming service. Has Intel Been in Discussions with Apple about ARM? Will Intel get into manufacturing ARM processors? If so, are they going to make a deal with Apple for their mobile devices? It has been rumoured that Intel are currently in discussions with Apple about providing processors for Apple's mobile devices. It makes sense for Apple to use Intel as Apple are currently using Samsung chips and I'm pretty sure Apple want to get away from that deal. Why would intel be interesting in Apple for ARM? Intel already have a good relationship with Apple. If Intel has a deal with Apple it would be a great start to Intel's transition to ARM. TweetDeck Shutting Down Mobile In 2011 Twitter acquired the popular Twitter client TweetDeck. Now they are shutting down the AIR desktop version of the TweetDeck app as well as their Android and iOS apps from the app stores in May. They are also discontinuing the facebook integration feature. TweetDeck is moving over to Chrome and web by the looks of things. They are still supporting the Mac and PC apps for the time being. Although twitter owns TweetDeck it still dedicates TweetDeck as a power users twitter app because of the power of the application. The Facebook Integration discontinuation makes sense but I think that the majority of users won't care as it is mostly twitter that the app is used for. Youtube Music Streaming Service? Google currently has a music streaming built into Google Play. The way it works is you can buy music from Google Play and play it aswell as stream purchased music and music in your music library. Now Google are apparently going to create a music streaming service similar to Spotify using the Youtube brand. The rumours say that you will be able to use the service for free with extra features become available for a subscription fee. Youtube responded to the rumour by saying: ‘While we don't comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we're looking at that.' Dell Buyout Deal Faces Resistance Over the past while Dell CEO Michael Dell has been wanting to sell the company. Shareholders, however have been resisting greatly to the buy. Now the computer makers HP and Lenovo are showing interest. I'm sure that HP and Lenovo would love to get rid of the competition. Michael Dell has been wanting to make Dell private for $24.4 billion provided by himself, equity firms and a loan from Microsoft. The rumours say that it is unlikely that HP or Lenovo will make a bid for the aquisition but if they do that will make Michael Dell's life a little bit harder. The investor Carl Icahn has collected a 6% stake in Dell and is opposing Dell to go private. There have been a number of rumours going around about the new iPad's and iPhone recently. iPad 5

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 60 ‘Many a Rumour’

Mar 9, 2013 1:00:00

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On this episode I talk about Apple rumours, google rumours and something that doesn't have to do with rumours. Enjoy! Apple Taking on the Beat’s Brand? According to Reuters Apple CEO Tim Cook, Eddy Cue and a key person behind iTunes were in discussions with the CEO of Beats Electronics Jimmy Iovine. The Beat's company are currently in the process of making their music streaming service Project Daisy since they bought the Music Service MOG last year. It has been rumoured for years that Apple is interested in making their own music subscription service. I think this doesn't make sense as it would go head to head against the iTunes music store. It has been said that Apple weren't making a deal with Beats but that the meeting was only 'informational' meaning that Apple were learning about the streaming business model. I think this again does not make sense as why would Beat's give Apple tips on music streaming? What the rumour is though is that Apple are preparing for a future partnership with Beat's but that wouldn't make sense because Beat's is creating an independant music streaming service. Has Intel Been in Discussions with Apple about ARM? Will Intel get into manufacturing ARM processors? If so, are they going to make a deal with Apple for their mobile devices? It has been rumoured that Intel are currently in discussions with Apple about providing processors for Apple's mobile devices. It makes sense for Apple to use Intel as Apple are currently using Samsung chips and I'm pretty sure Apple want to get away from that deal. Why would intel be interesting in Apple for ARM? Intel already have a good relationship with Apple. If Intel has a deal with Apple it would be a great start to Intel's transition to ARM. TweetDeck Shutting Down Mobile In 2011 Twitter acquired the popular Twitter client TweetDeck. Now they are shutting down the AIR desktop version of the TweetDeck app as well as their Android and iOS apps from the app stores in May. They are also discontinuing the facebook integration feature. TweetDeck is moving over to Chrome and web by the looks of things. They are still supporting the Mac and PC apps for the time being. Although twitter owns TweetDeck it still dedicates TweetDeck as a power users twitter app because of the power of the application. The Facebook Integration discontinuation makes sense but I think that the majority of users won't care as it is mostly twitter that the app is used for. Youtube Music Streaming Service? Google currently has a music streaming built into Google Play. The way it works is you can buy music from Google Play and play it aswell as stream purchased music and music in your music library. Now Google are apparently going to create a music streaming service similar to Spotify using the Youtube brand. The rumours say that you will be able to use the service for free with extra features become available for a subscription fee. Youtube responded to the rumour by saying: ‘While we don't comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we're looking at that.' Dell Buyout Deal Faces Resistance Over the past while Dell CEO Michael Dell has been wanting to sell the company. Shareholders, however have been resisting greatly to the buy. Now the computer makers HP and Lenovo are showing interest. I'm sure that HP and Lenovo would love to get rid of the competition. Michael Dell has been wanting to make Dell private for $24.4 billion provided by himself, equity firms and a loan from Microsoft. The rumours say that it is unlikely that HP or Lenovo will make a bid for the aquisition but if they do that will make Michael Dell's life a little bit harder. The investor Carl Icahn has collected a 6% stake in Dell and is opposing Dell to go private. There have been a number of rumours going around about the new iPad's and iPhone recently. iPad 5

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 59 ‘Mobile World Congress 2013’

Mar 4, 2013 1:07:00

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On this episode I talk about MWC 2013, some new technology in the studio and much more. Enjoy! Mobile World Congress 2013 Mobile World Congress 2013 was on this week and I talk about my favourite mobile devices from the event: Nokia Lumia 520 3G only 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon Processor 4 inch 800x480px display 512MB RAM and 8GB storage Micro SD card slot for up to 64GB storage Windows Phone 8 5MP Camera €139 Nokia Lumia 720 3G Only Touchscreen can be used even when wearing gloves. 1GHz Dual Core Processor 512MB RAM and 8GB storage 2,000mAh Battery NFC 4.3 inch 800x480px display clear black technology for better outdoor viewing 6.7MP Camera with Carl Ziess optics and 1.3MP Front Camera €220 HP Slate 7 The Slate 7 expected in April 1.6GHz ARM Dual Core Cortex A9 Processor 3MP Rear Camera VGA Front Camera 1GB RAM 8GB Storage Micro SD Card Slot up to 32GB 7 inch screen 600x1024 170ppi Beats Audio €149 Asus Fonepad Phablet 7 inch screen - 1280x800 1.2 front facing camera Looks similar to the nexus 7 but with metal construction Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor 1GB Ram PowerVR GX540 GPU (Rumoured to be in the Galaxy S IV) 16GB Storage Micro SD up to 32GB Built in Phone Android 4.1 Jelly Bean €220 released between April and June LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 inch display 1080x1920px 401ppi 32GB Storage 2GB Ram 13MP Rear Camera 2.1 MP Front Camera Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait processor 3140 mAh Battery €700 HTC One 4.7 inch HD display A new version of HTC Sense. Android 4.1.2 out of the box. They have introduced a feature called BlinkFeed which is very similar to flipboard. It looks cool. It has a 4mp camera but the pixels are much bigger to let in more light. According to Tech Radar the only cameras that could compete were those from the iPhone 5. They updated the music player on the new sense and they have two front facing speakers with the same amp that's in the HTC 8x. This means much better and cleaner sound. They call it BoomSound. 2300mAh battery Aer TV Hits 2 Million Visits The great online TV service Aer TV has reached 2 million visitors. Aer TV allows you to watch every Irish TV channel and Aer TV have their own channels too completely free of charge. The broadband provider Magnet provide Aer TV. I recommend you check it out at aertv.ie. LG Buys Web OS It has been confirmed that LG have bought source code, employees and patents. When HP made Web OS open source last year LG reported started working on a smart TV using the Open Web OS. We can presume they want to use the Web OS technology for their products such as TV's and they don't want anyone else to benefit from it. The design of Web OS is very, very nice so that's probably what LG are after. Cheaper iPhone 5 ‘to launch soon’? Apparently this new iPhone 5 will be made of plastic rather than glass and anodized aluminium to bring down the costs. Apparently to appeal to young and middle class consumers in countries like China and India. Will they bring it out in Ireland? If so, there are going to be a lot more iPhone users! Isn't this not really like Apple? Didn't Apple say that they didn't make cheap products because they wanted to make sure that the consumer had the best product and experience possilble? Also the price. Apparently it will cost half the price of the current iPhone 5. For just switching from metal to plastic? High end phones from other manufacturers use plastic and they often cost more than the iPhone. The price will be about €250 which is a really, really good price if you ask me. I Got a Livestream Broadcaster I’m working on a project to livestream mass for a church and I’m going to use a livestream broadcaster. The broadcaster is a small box that allows you to plug in a camera through hdmi and an audio device either through the hdmi or through line in and stream it for onl...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 59 ‘Mobile World Congress 2013’

Mar 3, 2013 1:07:00

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On this episode I talk about MWC 2013, some new technology in the studio and much more. Enjoy! Mobile World Congress 2013 Mobile World Congress 2013 was on this week and I talk about my favourite mobile devices from the event: Nokia Lumia 520 3G only 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon Processor 4 inch 800x480px display 512MB RAM and 8GB storage Micro SD card slot for up to 64GB storage Windows Phone 8 5MP Camera €139 Nokia Lumia 720 3G Only Touchscreen can be used even when wearing gloves. 1GHz Dual Core Processor 512MB RAM and 8GB storage 2,000mAh Battery NFC 4.3 inch 800x480px display clear black technology for better outdoor viewing 6.7MP Camera with Carl Ziess optics and 1.3MP Front Camera €220 HP Slate 7 The Slate 7 expected in April 1.6GHz ARM Dual Core Cortex A9 Processor 3MP Rear Camera VGA Front Camera 1GB RAM 8GB Storage Micro SD Card Slot up to 32GB 7 inch screen 600x1024 170ppi Beats Audio €149 Asus Fonepad Phablet 7 inch screen - 1280x800 1.2 front facing camera Looks similar to the nexus 7 but with metal construction Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor 1GB Ram PowerVR GX540 GPU (Rumoured to be in the Galaxy S IV) 16GB Storage Micro SD up to 32GB Built in Phone Android 4.1 Jelly Bean €220 released between April and June LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 inch display 1080x1920px 401ppi 32GB Storage 2GB Ram 13MP Rear Camera 2.1 MP Front Camera Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait processor 3140 mAh Battery €700 HTC One 4.7 inch HD display A new version of HTC Sense. Android 4.1.2 out of the box. They have introduced a feature called BlinkFeed which is very similar to flipboard. It looks cool. It has a 4mp camera but the pixels are much bigger to let in more light. According to Tech Radar the only cameras that could compete were those from the iPhone 5. They updated the music player on the new sense and they have two front facing speakers with the same amp that's in the HTC 8x. This means much better and cleaner sound. They call it BoomSound. 2300mAh battery Aer TV Hits 2 Million Visits The great online TV service Aer TV has reached 2 million visitors. Aer TV allows you to watch every Irish TV channel and Aer TV have their own channels too completely free of charge. The broadband provider Magnet provide Aer TV. I recommend you check it out at aertv.ie. LG Buys Web OS It has been confirmed that LG have bought source code, employees and patents. When HP made Web OS open source last year LG reported started working on a smart TV using the Open Web OS. We can presume they want to use the Web OS technology for their products such as TV's and they don't want anyone else to benefit from it. The design of Web OS is very, very nice so that's probably what LG are after. Cheaper iPhone 5 ‘to launch soon’? Apparently this new iPhone 5 will be made of plastic rather than glass and anodized aluminium to bring down the costs. Apparently to appeal to young and middle class consumers in countries like China and India. Will they bring it out in Ireland? If so, there are going to be a lot more iPhone users! Isn't this not really like Apple? Didn't Apple say that they didn't make cheap products because they wanted to make sure that the consumer had the best product and experience possilble? Also the price. Apparently it will cost half the price of the current iPhone 5. For just switching from metal to plastic? High end phones from other manufacturers use plastic and they often cost more than the iPhone. The price will be about €250 which is a really, really good price if you ask me. I Got a Livestream Broadcaster I’m working on a project to livestream mass for a church and I’m going to use a livestream broadcaster. The broadcaster is a small box that allows you to plug in a camera through hdmi and an audio device either through the hdmi or through line in and stream it for onl...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 58 ‘No Podcast?’

Feb 24, 2013 1:39

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Unfortunately when I recorded episode 58 of Talks About Tech Weekly the audio was not recorded. I am currently looking into the problem but I'll be back next week with another episode.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 58 ‘No Podcast?’

Feb 23, 2013 1:39

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Unfortunately when I recorded episode 58 of Talks About Tech Weekly the audio was not recorded. I am currently looking into the problem but I'll be back next week with another episode.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 57 ‘So Many Ad’s!’

Feb 18, 2013 1:07:58

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On this episode I talk about Tesco TV, the Playstation 4 and much more. Enjoy! I Dropped My iPhone! I have been loving the iPhone 5. It’s a great phone. I loved the design so much that I decided not to put a case on it which was a big mistake. I was taking my iPhone out of my pocket and it literally slipped out of my hand onto the footpath. :-( Tesco Free TV Service Tesco are launching a free Clubcard TV service powered by BlinkBox. It is free to all Tesco Clubcard holders. To get a clubcard just go to a tesco store and sign up for one. I tried to sign up but it says that you have to have a Privillage Club Card which are only available to Tesco employee's. I then looked up Blink Box as Tesco Clubcard TV is powered by Blink Box. It is a paid service. I wanted to find out the library though. The Blink Box movie selection looks good but the TV Show selection doesn't look the best so far. The Tesco Clubcard could have a different selection of TV shows and movies though. A Meteorite hits the Earth and injures hundreds in Russia A meteorite the size of a bus hit a lake in Russia and caused a momentary shockwave of 6.6 on the richter scale. The phone carrier Meteor in Ireland has apparently recieved over 700 emails from people angry believing that they were responsible for injuring hundreds of people in Russia. More Rumours on the Playstation 4 Last year Sony bought an online games streaming company like OnLive called Gaikai. The latest rumours from the Wallstreet Journal is that the Playstation 4 will be able to play any Playstation 3 game by streaming them as the Playstation 4 won’t be able to play old playstation 3 games but according to the rumour Playstation 4 games will still be played locally by the hardware. I’m Seeing so many Ad’s Online These Days Whenever I watch a youtube video there seems to be an ad on it. If I want to read a story on a website or download a file there is a good chance it will be covered in advertisements. Why is this? Last year Google made it much easier to become a partner on Youtube. All you had to do was to get a Google Adsense Account and monitize a video. Google also made it easier to get an Adsense Account. People discovered how easy it is to monitize a video and so they monitized every video that they posted on Youtube just like what Google wanted. People found it was easy to put ad's on their website and blog so they monitized every post. Is this a good thing?:   I don't think so. I understand that content creaters putting out free content have to make a living. I'm one of them. I don't think it's a good thing that it's a good thing because: 1.The internet is being plagued by ad's. Everywhere you go there is ad's. As a result people learn to   ignore them just like I ignore ad's on TV now or a I go away during the ad's to get a cup of tea. 2. Google is controlling the ad market and as a result it is a monopoly. Google pay very little commission for every click. My Opinion on a solution?: 1. Premium content. This isn't really a solution because people are used to free content. 2. Alternative advertising methods. Many podcasts advertise products related to the podcast topic. Products the listeners or viewers may actually be interested in. Google are trying this themselves by gathering data about someone's interests on the web and then targetting ads towards then with the cost of the consumer giving up their privacy. I don't like that! 3. Affiliates. On a tech website for example. The website may be reviewing a product. At the end of the review they might have a link to where they can buy the product such as at amazon. They get a commision from that referal. 4. No middle man. Cut out Google providing the ads. Develop a relationship with product manufacturers. Pick the products you actually use or like and advertise them instead. Facebook wins case to ensure Europeans use of real names on Facebook

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 57 ‘So Many Ad’s!’

Feb 17, 2013 1:07:58

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On this episode I talk about Tesco TV, the Playstation 4 and much more. Enjoy! I Dropped My iPhone! I have been loving the iPhone 5. It’s a great phone. I loved the design so much that I decided not to put a case on it which was a big mistake. I was taking my iPhone out of my pocket and it literally slipped out of my hand onto the footpath. :-( Tesco Free TV Service Tesco are launching a free Clubcard TV service powered by BlinkBox. It is free to all Tesco Clubcard holders. To get a clubcard just go to a tesco store and sign up for one. I tried to sign up but it says that you have to have a Privillage Club Card which are only available to Tesco employee's. I then looked up Blink Box as Tesco Clubcard TV is powered by Blink Box. It is a paid service. I wanted to find out the library though. The Blink Box movie selection looks good but the TV Show selection doesn't look the best so far. The Tesco Clubcard could have a different selection of TV shows and movies though. A Meteorite hits the Earth and injures hundreds in Russia A meteorite the size of a bus hit a lake in Russia and caused a momentary shockwave of 6.6 on the richter scale. The phone carrier Meteor in Ireland has apparently recieved over 700 emails from people angry believing that they were responsible for injuring hundreds of people in Russia. More Rumours on the Playstation 4 Last year Sony bought an online games streaming company like OnLive called Gaikai. The latest rumours from the Wallstreet Journal is that the Playstation 4 will be able to play any Playstation 3 game by streaming them as the Playstation 4 won’t be able to play old playstation 3 games but according to the rumour Playstation 4 games will still be played locally by the hardware. I’m Seeing so many Ad’s Online These Days Whenever I watch a youtube video there seems to be an ad on it. If I want to read a story on a website or download a file there is a good chance it will be covered in advertisements. Why is this? Last year Google made it much easier to become a partner on Youtube. All you had to do was to get a Google Adsense Account and monitize a video. Google also made it easier to get an Adsense Account. People discovered how easy it is to monitize a video and so they monitized every video that they posted on Youtube just like what Google wanted. People found it was easy to put ad's on their website and blog so they monitized every post. Is this a good thing?:   I don't think so. I understand that content creaters putting out free content have to make a living. I'm one of them. I don't think it's a good thing that it's a good thing because: 1.The internet is being plagued by ad's. Everywhere you go there is ad's. As a result people learn to   ignore them just like I ignore ad's on TV now or a I go away during the ad's to get a cup of tea. 2. Google is controlling the ad market and as a result it is a monopoly. Google pay very little commission for every click. My Opinion on a solution?: 1. Premium content. This isn't really a solution because people are used to free content. 2. Alternative advertising methods. Many podcasts advertise products related to the podcast topic. Products the listeners or viewers may actually be interested in. Google are trying this themselves by gathering data about someone's interests on the web and then targetting ads towards then with the cost of the consumer giving up their privacy. I don't like that! 3. Affiliates. On a tech website for example. The website may be reviewing a product. At the end of the review they might have a link to where they can buy the product such as at amazon. They get a commision from that referal. 4. No middle man. Cut out Google providing the ads. Develop a relationship with product manufacturers. Pick the products you actually use or like and advertise them instead. Facebook wins case to ensure Europeans use of real names on Facebook

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 56 ‘Sky Broadband Update’

Feb 10, 2013 51:31

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On this episode I talk about the Playstation 4, the Sky Broadband Service and much more. Enjoy! Playstation could be announced this month Sony has scheduled an event for the 20th Feb in New York. Could this be a PS4 launch? The PS3 is years old and is in desperate need of a revamp. When Battlefield 3 came out consoles could only run it at 30fps and Dice had to limit the destruction and graphics that the game could of had. Many games are coming out for PC only because they are so much more graphically advanced that the ancient consoles. The release of the console is said to be later on this year and will, according to the Wallstreet Journal focus not on juicing up the hardware but on the way the players interact with the console. They also said that the PS4 will use an AMD chip rather than the chip that was developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM in the PS3. This could cause compatibility issues with current games. Blackberry 10 Blackberry 10 is out and the first device running it is the new Blackberry Z10. I Really like the Z10. The hardware itself looks really clean while not looking like an iPhone! It also has a removable battery which is always a plus on a smartphone today. Here are the specs of the phone: 4.2 inch display - 768x1280 (355ppi) 16GB Storage and 2GB Ram. 8MP camera. Dual Core 1.5GHz Krait CPU The software looks nice too. I like the idea that instead of having to press the unlock button to unlock the phone you can just slide from the bottom of the screen. The software itself looks very like iOS on the homescreen but it many cool features. I love the way the OS handles multitasking. They have also introduced Blackberry Hub which is a place to see all of your emails, bb messages, facebook and twitter stuff. The biggest problem I see with Z10 is the App Store or lack of. We have to remember it is a brand new OS but that is the one thing that would put me off buying the device. I think that blackberry would have to make it very easy for developers to port their apps from iOS and Android. Could it be too late for Blackberry? We’ll just have to see. The Z10 has been released in Canada as Blackberry is a Canadian company. I haven’t seen it on sale in Ireland yet but it’s available in the UK now. 15,000 Raspberry Pi’s Type A coming to students in the UK sponsored by Google. Google are providing 15,000 of the new $25 Raspberry Pi’s to students in the UK. I have been using the Raspberry Pi extensively in my project, Elder World. The new Raspberry Pi will have no internal ethernet however. Just a USB wifi. Injection-free Vaccinations developed with the help of the Gates Foundation An injection-free vaccination system is currently being tested.It is a small pad about the size of the top of your finger. It has small sharp needles on it that when you press it into the finger administers the vaccine. This is great because it means that people can give themselves the vaccine and it’s much less painful than hypodermic needles. They use dried sugar to create the array of microneedles. This would then be laced with the vaccine. Traditional vaccines have to be kept refrigerated. This is a severe limitation in developing countries. This new method of vaccination can work in normal room temperatures. My review of Spotify Spotify has been out for a few months in Ireland and I’m really enjoying it. Spotify is a music streaming service that has thousands of songs. There are two membership levels, free and a monthly subscription. You can download the app for mac and windows. The app is very easy to use and looks very nice. I have been using spotify extensively over the last month and I really like it. I have never looked up a song spotify does not have. I am still on the free version of spotify however. The free version does not allow you to use the mobile version of the app. The main reason I have not gone for the monthly subscription is because I have a music collection and I want to listen to...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 56 ‘Sky Broadband Update’

Feb 10, 2013 51:31

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On this episode I talk about the Playstation 4, the Sky Broadband Service and much more. Enjoy! Playstation could be announced this month Sony has scheduled an event for the 20th Feb in New York. Could this be a PS4 launch? The PS3 is years old and is in desperate need of a revamp. When Battlefield 3 came out consoles could only run it at 30fps and Dice had to limit the destruction and graphics that the game could of had. Many games are coming out for PC only because they are so much more graphically advanced that the ancient consoles. The release of the console is said to be later on this year and will, according to the Wallstreet Journal focus not on juicing up the hardware but on the way the players interact with the console. They also said that the PS4 will use an AMD chip rather than the chip that was developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM in the PS3. This could cause compatibility issues with current games. Blackberry 10 Blackberry 10 is out and the first device running it is the new Blackberry Z10. I Really like the Z10. The hardware itself looks really clean while not looking like an iPhone! It also has a removable battery which is always a plus on a smartphone today. Here are the specs of the phone: 4.2 inch display - 768x1280 (355ppi) 16GB Storage and 2GB Ram. 8MP camera. Dual Core 1.5GHz Krait CPU The software looks nice too. I like the idea that instead of having to press the unlock button to unlock the phone you can just slide from the bottom of the screen. The software itself looks very like iOS on the homescreen but it many cool features. I love the way the OS handles multitasking. They have also introduced Blackberry Hub which is a place to see all of your emails, bb messages, facebook and twitter stuff. The biggest problem I see with Z10 is the App Store or lack of. We have to remember it is a brand new OS but that is the one thing that would put me off buying the device. I think that blackberry would have to make it very easy for developers to port their apps from iOS and Android. Could it be too late for Blackberry? We’ll just have to see. The Z10 has been released in Canada as Blackberry is a Canadian company. I haven’t seen it on sale in Ireland yet but it’s available in the UK now. 15,000 Raspberry Pi’s Type A coming to students in the UK sponsored by Google. Google are providing 15,000 of the new $25 Raspberry Pi’s to students in the UK. I have been using the Raspberry Pi extensively in my project, Elder World. The new Raspberry Pi will have no internal ethernet however. Just a USB wifi. Injection-free Vaccinations developed with the help of the Gates Foundation An injection-free vaccination system is currently being tested.It is a small pad about the size of the top of your finger. It has small sharp needles on it that when you press it into the finger administers the vaccine. This is great because it means that people can give themselves the vaccine and it’s much less painful than hypodermic needles. They use dried sugar to create the array of microneedles. This would then be laced with the vaccine. Traditional vaccines have to be kept refrigerated. This is a severe limitation in developing countries. This new method of vaccination can work in normal room temperatures. My review of Spotify Spotify has been out for a few months in Ireland and I’m really enjoying it. Spotify is a music streaming service that has thousands of songs. There are two membership levels, free and a monthly subscription. You can download the app for mac and windows. The app is very easy to use and looks very nice. I have been using spotify extensively over the last month and I really like it. I have never looked up a song spotify does not have. I am still on the free version of spotify however. The free version does not allow you to use the mobile version of the app. The main reason I have not gone for the monthly subscription is because I have a music collection and I want to listen to...

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 55 ‘First Lego League 2013’

Jan 28, 2013 39:58

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On this episode I talk about the first lego league 2013, CES and much more. Enjoy! My New Webcam I recently bought a new webcam as my old Microsoft Lifecam Cinema wasn't quite working for me with my new camera. I decided to buy a Microsoft Lifecam HD3000 which is a 720p HD webcam and it only cost me €25. First Lego League 2013 My team in the First Lego League this year won the robot technology award for our robot. The team from St.Gerald's College, Castlebar won the project award and Citywise, Talladght won the overall award. Congratulations to St.Gerald's and Citywise! The Future of Apple Apple's share price has been steadily going down in recent times. At one stage Apple's share price was at $700. Currently their share price is at $500. I think that $500 is still a very respectable share price. I think that the lower share price is just down to the time of year and also the fact that Apple hasn't released products in a while. I think that Apple have great software but if you think about it, iOS is still the same OS it was 6 years ago.  

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 55 ‘First Lego League 2013’

Jan 27, 2013 39:58

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On this episode I talk about the first lego league 2013, CES and much more. Enjoy! My New Webcam I recently bought a new webcam as my old Microsoft Lifecam Cinema wasn't quite working for me with my new camera. I decided to buy a Microsoft Lifecam HD3000 which is a 720p HD webcam and it only cost me €25. First Lego League 2013 My team in the First Lego League this year won the robot technology award for our robot. The team from St.Gerald's College, Castlebar won the project award and Citywise, Talladght won the overall award. Congratulations to St.Gerald's and Citywise! The Future of Apple Apple's share price has been steadily going down in recent times. At one stage Apple's share price was at $700. Currently their share price is at $500. I think that $500 is still a very respectable share price. I think that the lower share price is just down to the time of year and also the fact that Apple hasn't released products in a while. I think that Apple have great software but if you think about it, iOS is still the same OS it was 6 years ago.  

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 54 ‘New Computer’

Jan 7, 2013 58:02

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On this episode I talk about my new computer, eWorld and much more. Enjoy! My New Computer Build My new PC is finished and as with every custom build there are a few issues but I have been working on ironing out the kinks. The final specs I went on were: CPU - Intel Core i7 3770 GPU - EVGA Nvidea Geforce GTX 660 Memory - Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600MHz Hard Drive 1 - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM as Boot Drive Hard Drive 2 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM as storage drive Case - Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower Power Supply - Storm 900W PSU New Media Expo 2013  New Media Expo 2013 is on from the 6th to the 8th January 2013 and it is a conference where podcasters can meet up. There are guest speakers from web series and successful podcasts. If you are a podcaster in the US you really should try to go to it in Las Vegas. CES 2013 - What can we expect What to expect from CES. Lots of TV’s OLED, 4K even, not so much 3D. Tablets - More affordable, more powerful, cool designs. Big Phones - Phablets from all manufacturers. Lots of new Windows 8 devices - Touch screen laptops, In between laptops and tablets such as the Surface Pro. Intel new mobile processors. Nvidea Tegra 4 - Possibly speeds of up to 1.8GHz Quad Core. Microsoft won’t be at CES. They said at CES 2012 that it would be their last CES. You can check out the website at: http://www.cesweb.org/ Elder World Elder World is an online interactive solution for seniors to help them. There are five sections: Elder Secure, Elder Engage, Elder Monitor, Elder Book and Elder Exercise. I have been working on this project over the Christmas holidays and I'm making this project as part of a team of 10 for the First Lego League competition. New Ubuntu Mobile OS Ubuntu is making a new Mobile OS to launch at CES. OEM’s will be able to put it on their devices. Ubuntu for Android came out last year but this is an entire new OS. What I like so much about the new mobile OS is that it will be very easy to develop for it. You can write HTML5 apps using frameworks such as PhoneGap and easily adapt it to Ubuntu. They are really focusing on cross-platform development. That is the right way to go because the application eco-system is probably one of the most important things to get people to use the OS. 2013 - The Year of the New Games Consoles Hopefully 2013 will be the year of the games consoles Both Microsoft and Sony plan on releasing new versions of the Playstation and Xbox. What do I want to see on a new Xbox: - Much improved graphics - Blu-ray so that games makers can fit their games on one disk. - Improved experience for driving simulators. Maybe microsoft could come out with a proper steering wheel with full controls for their driving game Forza. That would be great! - Improve on the kinect - Allow to do more with the kinect, sense fingers and even toes!, Be able to pick up 8 people at once. I can’t really talk much about the playstation because I’ve always had an Xbox. Will consoles be able to get the sales? Gaming PC’s are becoming popular again as it has been so long since the consoles have been updated.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 54 ‘New Computer’

Jan 6, 2013 58:02

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On this episode I talk about my new computer, eWorld and much more. Enjoy! My New Computer Build My new PC is finished and as with every custom build there are a few issues but I have been working on ironing out the kinks. The final specs I went on were: CPU - Intel Core i7 3770 GPU - EVGA Nvidea Geforce GTX 660 Memory - Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600MHz Hard Drive 1 - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM as Boot Drive Hard Drive 2 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM as storage drive Case - Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower Power Supply - Storm 900W PSU New Media Expo 2013  New Media Expo 2013 is on from the 6th to the 8th January 2013 and it is a conference where podcasters can meet up. There are guest speakers from web series and successful podcasts. If you are a podcaster in the US you really should try to go to it in Las Vegas. CES 2013 - What can we expect What to expect from CES. Lots of TV’s OLED, 4K even, not so much 3D. Tablets - More affordable, more powerful, cool designs. Big Phones - Phablets from all manufacturers. Lots of new Windows 8 devices - Touch screen laptops, In between laptops and tablets such as the Surface Pro. Intel new mobile processors. Nvidea Tegra 4 - Possibly speeds of up to 1.8GHz Quad Core. Microsoft won’t be at CES. They said at CES 2012 that it would be their last CES. You can check out the website at: http://www.cesweb.org/ Elder World Elder World is an online interactive solution for seniors to help them. There are five sections: Elder Secure, Elder Engage, Elder Monitor, Elder Book and Elder Exercise. I have been working on this project over the Christmas holidays and I'm making this project as part of a team of 10 for the First Lego League competition. New Ubuntu Mobile OS Ubuntu is making a new Mobile OS to launch at CES. OEM’s will be able to put it on their devices. Ubuntu for Android came out last year but this is an entire new OS. What I like so much about the new mobile OS is that it will be very easy to develop for it. You can write HTML5 apps using frameworks such as PhoneGap and easily adapt it to Ubuntu. They are really focusing on cross-platform development. That is the right way to go because the application eco-system is probably one of the most important things to get people to use the OS. 2013 - The Year of the New Games Consoles Hopefully 2013 will be the year of the games consoles Both Microsoft and Sony plan on releasing new versions of the Playstation and Xbox. What do I want to see on a new Xbox: - Much improved graphics - Blu-ray so that games makers can fit their games on one disk. - Improved experience for driving simulators. Maybe microsoft could come out with a proper steering wheel with full controls for their driving game Forza. That would be great! - Improve on the kinect - Allow to do more with the kinect, sense fingers and even toes!, Be able to pick up 8 people at once. I can’t really talk much about the playstation because I’ve always had an Xbox. Will consoles be able to get the sales? Gaming PC’s are becoming popular again as it has been so long since the consoles have been updated.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 53 ‘Christmas Special’

Dec 23, 2012 1:00:51

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On this episode I talk about my top tech of 2012 while sitting next to a warm fire in a comfy chair. Enjoy! My Top 5 Technologies of 2012 NFC (Near Field Communication) 4K Resolution OLED Display Technology The SSD The Kinect My Top 5 Games of 2012 Planetside 2 Assasin's Creed III Forza Horizon Call of Duty Black Ops II Blacklight Retribution What I would like to see under the Christmas Tree Google Nexus 7 - €230 Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription - €60 per month Forza Horizon - €45 HP Pavilion DM1 laptop - €400 Bose AE2 headphones - €140 My Top 5 iPad Apps of 2012 RTÉ Player - Free Jetpack Joyride - Free Google Chrome - Free iPhoto - €4.50 Temple Run - Free I also recommend that you download the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas app. Every day during the Christmas period you get a free gift from Apple. The Top Tech Stories of 2012 Windows 8 iPhone 5 iPad Mini MacBook Pro Retina Google Nexus 7 Google Glasses Windows Phone 8 The New iMac Intel Ivy Bridge Processors Samsung vs Apple Android Jelly Bean 4.2 iOS 6 Surface Tablet Ultrabooks galore Reasonably priced SSD's Cheap laptops

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 53 ‘Christmas Special’

Dec 23, 2012 1:00:51

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On this episode I talk about my top tech of 2012 while sitting next to a warm fire in a comfy chair. Enjoy! My Top 5 Technologies of 2012 NFC (Near Field Communication) 4K Resolution OLED Display Technology The SSD The Kinect My Top 5 Games of 2012 Planetside 2 Assasin's Creed III Forza Horizon Call of Duty Black Ops II Blacklight Retribution What I would like to see under the Christmas Tree Google Nexus 7 - €230 Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription - €60 per month Forza Horizon - €45 HP Pavilion DM1 laptop - €400 Bose AE2 headphones - €140 My Top 5 iPad Apps of 2012 RTÉ Player - Free Jetpack Joyride - Free Google Chrome - Free iPhoto - €4.50 Temple Run - Free I also recommend that you download the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas app. Every day during the Christmas period you get a free gift from Apple. The Top Tech Stories of 2012 Windows 8 iPhone 5 iPad Mini MacBook Pro Retina Google Nexus 7 Google Glasses Windows Phone 8 The New iMac Intel Ivy Bridge Processors Samsung vs Apple Android Jelly Bean 4.2 iOS 6 Surface Tablet Ultrabooks galore Reasonably priced SSD's Cheap laptops

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 52 ‘I’m Building a New Computer!’

Dec 10, 2012 57:35

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On this episode I talk about my computer I'm planning to build, the adobe creative suite and much more. Enjoy! Happy 20th Birthday Text Message! On the 3rd December 1992 the first text message was sent and it said 'Merry Christmas'. There over 1 Billion texts sent every month for the first 6 months of 2012 in Ireland alone which is a huge number of texts. Sending text messages is now more popular than ringing someone in Ireland too. The average heavy texter is between the ages of 12-15 and sends about 193 text messages per week. I talk about what I think the future of the text messages and alternatives that the internet brings to the text message. Tim Cook interviewed on NBC NBC recently interviewed the CEO of Apple. Tim Cook said a number things about Apple. He said that an Apple product will be made completely in the US next year and he also was that TV was an area of huge interest for Apple.   New Youtube App and Layout Google have updated the Youtube app for iOS and brought the app out for the iPad! Google also updated the layout of the youtube web interface and it looks very nice and similar to Google+. People have been complaining about the new subscriber uploads interface but I do not have an issue with that and I think it is a nice design change. I'm Building a New PC I talk about the new PC I'm building and why I decided to go with Intel this time instead of AMD. I still love AMD though! I decided to go with the Intel Core i7 3770 processor which is part of the new ivy bridge line of CPU's. I am thinking of going with the AMD Radeon HD7770 Sapphire Vapor X 1100MHz model as I can get a great price but I'm still debating it. Ireland hits Top 10 EU Contries for R&D Investment Ireland is a great place for innovation with the low corporation tax. Google, Apple, HP, Boston Scientific, Intel, Medtronic, SAP and many more have centres in Ireland. There are also Irish born companies such as OpenNet innovating. Samsung Galaxy Camera I really like the concept of the Galaxy Camera integrating android with a 16 megapixel camera and 21 X zoom. It has a huge 4.8 inch display and runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1. However, people have said that the quality of the camera is not that good that it's about the same as a point and shoot and this camera is not cheap coming in at $500. Student Entrepreneurs Enterprise Awards 2012 16,000 students from secondary schools all around Ireland are going to be taking part in the enterprise awards. Student Entrepreneurship is very popular in Ireland which is great! I really like to see that people are supporting it and encouraging students to follow through with their idea and not to hold back because of their age. Call of Duty Black Ops Grosses $1Bn in 15 Days! The Call of Duty franchise has been extremely successful grossing more than the highly successful movie Avatar. It's a great game and a very popular one at that!  

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 52 ‘I’m Building a New Computer!’

Dec 9, 2012 57:35

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On this episode I talk about my computer I'm planning to build, the adobe creative suite and much more. Enjoy! Happy 20th Birthday Text Message! On the 3rd December 1992 the first text message was sent and it said 'Merry Christmas'. There over 1 Billion texts sent every month for the first 6 months of 2012 in Ireland alone which is a huge number of texts. Sending text messages is now more popular than ringing someone in Ireland too. The average heavy texter is between the ages of 12-15 and sends about 193 text messages per week. I talk about what I think the future of the text messages and alternatives that the internet brings to the text message. Tim Cook interviewed on NBC NBC recently interviewed the CEO of Apple. Tim Cook said a number things about Apple. He said that an Apple product will be made completely in the US next year and he also was that TV was an area of huge interest for Apple.   New Youtube App and Layout Google have updated the Youtube app for iOS and brought the app out for the iPad! Google also updated the layout of the youtube web interface and it looks very nice and similar to Google+. People have been complaining about the new subscriber uploads interface but I do not have an issue with that and I think it is a nice design change. I'm Building a New PC I talk about the new PC I'm building and why I decided to go with Intel this time instead of AMD. I still love AMD though! I decided to go with the Intel Core i7 3770 processor which is part of the new ivy bridge line of CPU's. I am thinking of going with the AMD Radeon HD7770 Sapphire Vapor X 1100MHz model as I can get a great price but I'm still debating it. Ireland hits Top 10 EU Contries for R&D Investment Ireland is a great place for innovation with the low corporation tax. Google, Apple, HP, Boston Scientific, Intel, Medtronic, SAP and many more have centres in Ireland. There are also Irish born companies such as OpenNet innovating. Samsung Galaxy Camera I really like the concept of the Galaxy Camera integrating android with a 16 megapixel camera and 21 X zoom. It has a huge 4.8 inch display and runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1. However, people have said that the quality of the camera is not that good that it's about the same as a point and shoot and this camera is not cheap coming in at $500. Student Entrepreneurs Enterprise Awards 2012 16,000 students from secondary schools all around Ireland are going to be taking part in the enterprise awards. Student Entrepreneurship is very popular in Ireland which is great! I really like to see that people are supporting it and encouraging students to follow through with their idea and not to hold back because of their age. Call of Duty Black Ops Grosses $1Bn in 15 Days! The Call of Duty franchise has been extremely successful grossing more than the highly successful movie Avatar. It's a great game and a very popular one at that!  

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 51 ‘Windows 8 in the House’

Dec 3, 2012 1:02:29

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On this episode we show you iTunes 11, take a look at the final version of windows 8 and much more. Enjoy! Apple Reportedly Fires Maps Manager Eddy Cue decided to fire the manager in charge of Apple Maps after Apple’s recent problems with its maps application. Apple said that they were going to talk with Tom Tom to improve the quality of their maps More Evidence that Microsoft and Amazon are planning to make their own smartphones A report from Digitimes says that Foxconn are going to start making handsets for Amazon and Microsoft. We talk about what you would like to see in an Amazon Phone. We also talk about what we would like to see in a phone made by microsoft. 4G in Ireland Vodafone has been the first carrier to show off 4G technology. They have been able to transmit 4G LTE over the air in the Dublin area. 70Mbps to 120Mbps speeds! This is apparently due to the digital switch over freeing up waves to be able to transmit the LTE signals. Microsoft Surface Pro coming in January Microsofts Surface Pro will be coming some time in January. It's more powerful than the Surface RT and will come with an Intel Core i5 and 1080p display. Will run full version of windows 8 unlike the Surface RT and a surface pen stylus with also be available. It includes a USB 3 port and a mini display port for hooking up to a projector or monitor. 64GB model $899 and 128GB model $999. iTunes 11 We give a demo of iTunes 11 and what we think of the changes that Apple have made to the software. Windows 8 in the wild We give a review of the final version of Windows 8 on a new Dell Latitude laptop. Windows 8 is slower to grow than windows 7 with 1.13% worldwide Internet usage compared to 4.93% after the first month on windows 7. Wii Mini The new wii mini was announced to go on sale in Canada only 7th December at the low cost of $99. However, there are a few compromises: - It Will not play gamecube games - No internet connectivity at all It is exactly the  same as the original Wii without those features. It also comes with red wii controller with nunchunk. Next Generation Xbox The next gen xbox is scheduled to come out as soon as next holiday season. We talk about what we would like to see in a next gen Xbox.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 51 ‘Windows 8 in the House’

Dec 2, 2012 1:02:29

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On this episode we show you iTunes 11, take a look at the final version of windows 8 and much more. Enjoy! Apple Reportedly Fires Maps Manager Eddy Cue decided to fire the manager in charge of Apple Maps after Apple’s recent problems with its maps application. Apple said that they were going to talk with Tom Tom to improve the quality of their maps More Evidence that Microsoft and Amazon are planning to make their own smartphones A report from Digitimes says that Foxconn are going to start making handsets for Amazon and Microsoft. We talk about what you would like to see in an Amazon Phone. We also talk about what we would like to see in a phone made by microsoft. 4G in Ireland Vodafone has been the first carrier to show off 4G technology. They have been able to transmit 4G LTE over the air in the Dublin area. 70Mbps to 120Mbps speeds! This is apparently due to the digital switch over freeing up waves to be able to transmit the LTE signals. Microsoft Surface Pro coming in January Microsofts Surface Pro will be coming some time in January. It's more powerful than the Surface RT and will come with an Intel Core i5 and 1080p display. Will run full version of windows 8 unlike the Surface RT and a surface pen stylus with also be available. It includes a USB 3 port and a mini display port for hooking up to a projector or monitor. 64GB model $899 and 128GB model $999. iTunes 11 We give a demo of iTunes 11 and what we think of the changes that Apple have made to the software. Windows 8 in the wild We give a review of the final version of Windows 8 on a new Dell Latitude laptop. Windows 8 is slower to grow than windows 7 with 1.13% worldwide Internet usage compared to 4.93% after the first month on windows 7. Wii Mini The new wii mini was announced to go on sale in Canada only 7th December at the low cost of $99. However, there are a few compromises: - It Will not play gamecube games - No internet connectivity at all It is exactly the  same as the original Wii without those features. It also comes with red wii controller with nunchunk. Next Generation Xbox The next gen xbox is scheduled to come out as soon as next holiday season. We talk about what we would like to see in a next gen Xbox.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 50! ‘Learning Online’

Nov 26, 2012 1:05:43

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On this episode Michael is on his own and he talks about education online, google code-in and much more. Enjoy. The 50th Episode of Talks About Tech Weekly I look back on the past episodes of the show, I talk about the latest changes made to the studio and about a new podcast called Inside The Studio which will be streamed live every Tuesday at 8:00pm GMT. Planetside 2 Planetside 2 is out now so I recommend you check it out if you have a decent gaming rig. It's free to play! Planetside 2 Website here.   Black Friday Deals We always hear about the Black Friday chaos as videos of masses of people strangling each other over phones go viral but it's nice that this year there were many deals on the Internet. Apple took 101euro off their MacBook range as well as 41euro off the New iPad. I found some great TV deals on amazon that are still going on such as this finlux 42" 1080p HD TV. I also found great deals on the Adobe Creative Cloud service which allows to essentially rent the entire Adobe Creative Suite for great monthly prices. Education Online I found a very interesting article in the Silicon Republic talking about the multitude of ways that learning through a computer rather than in a traditional classroom environment is hugely beneficial. The idea is to get the student involved and interacting in the course content. Here is a table of the benefits of online learning versus traditional classroom methods: Online Classroom Frequent Course interaction Passive course materials Study environment is more positive Daydreaming and less learning Student sets the pace Less motivation and long study times More visually stimulating Ignores individual learning differences Freedom to study any time Strict study schedule Up to date information Information may be years old and out of date.   I have had much experience learning online as I learned how to podcast online and how to program online and I found that videos and methods of learning that use more of your senses are much more effective. Google Code-In Competition The Google Code-In competition takes place from November 26th 2012 to January 14th 2013. The contest for 13 - 17 years olds. It’s trying to get pre-university students aware of open-source technology and the world and power of open source. A mentor will be available for the participants to ask questions about tasks needed to be completed. There are many small prizes and the Grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Twenty students can win the Grand Prize. There are many tasks to be completed such as coding projects for students to complete in a variety of coding languages. There will be tasks where students have to write documentation and or give tutorials showing people how to use software and improvements made in the latest version of software. There will be promotion tasks where students have to get involved in a project and promote it and there will also be tasks researching how software can be improved upon. There will be tasks where students may have to fix bugs or look for bugs in software. Students will also be tasked to design user interfaces or to make sure that interfaces are good and easy to use. 1 Task completed = Certificate 3 tasks = T-shirt. 20 Grand Prize winners win all expenses trip to Mountain View for 4 days with Parent or Guardian. Winners will be chosen based on number of tasks completed. You can sign up at google-melange.com December missing from calender in Android 4.2 Developers of android 4.2, the latest version seem to have forgotten about the month of December in the calender app. Google knows about the flaw but hasn’t yet fixed the issue. Samsung 8 - Core Arm Processor Samsung scheduled an 8-core arm processor release on February 19th. There will be a1.8GHz processor and a 1.2GHz model also to be available.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 50! ‘Learning Online’

Nov 25, 2012 1:05:43

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On this episode Michael is on his own and he talks about education online, google code-in and much more. Enjoy. The 50th Episode of Talks About Tech Weekly I look back on the past episodes of the show, I talk about the latest changes made to the studio and about a new podcast called Inside The Studio which will be streamed live every Tuesday at 8:00pm GMT. Planetside 2 Planetside 2 is out now so I recommend you check it out if you have a decent gaming rig. It's free to play! Planetside 2 Website here.   Black Friday Deals We always hear about the Black Friday chaos as videos of masses of people strangling each other over phones go viral but it's nice that this year there were many deals on the Internet. Apple took 101euro off their MacBook range as well as 41euro off the New iPad. I found some great TV deals on amazon that are still going on such as this finlux 42" 1080p HD TV. I also found great deals on the Adobe Creative Cloud service which allows to essentially rent the entire Adobe Creative Suite for great monthly prices. Education Online I found a very interesting article in the Silicon Republic talking about the multitude of ways that learning through a computer rather than in a traditional classroom environment is hugely beneficial. The idea is to get the student involved and interacting in the course content. Here is a table of the benefits of online learning versus traditional classroom methods: Online Classroom Frequent Course interaction Passive course materials Study environment is more positive Daydreaming and less learning Student sets the pace Less motivation and long study times More visually stimulating Ignores individual learning differences Freedom to study any time Strict study schedule Up to date information Information may be years old and out of date.   I have had much experience learning online as I learned how to podcast online and how to program online and I found that videos and methods of learning that use more of your senses are much more effective. Google Code-In Competition The Google Code-In competition takes place from November 26th 2012 to January 14th 2013. The contest for 13 - 17 years olds. It’s trying to get pre-university students aware of open-source technology and the world and power of open source. A mentor will be available for the participants to ask questions about tasks needed to be completed. There are many small prizes and the Grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Twenty students can win the Grand Prize. There are many tasks to be completed such as coding projects for students to complete in a variety of coding languages. There will be tasks where students have to write documentation and or give tutorials showing people how to use software and improvements made in the latest version of software. There will be promotion tasks where students have to get involved in a project and promote it and there will also be tasks researching how software can be improved upon. There will be tasks where students may have to fix bugs or look for bugs in software. Students will also be tasked to design user interfaces or to make sure that interfaces are good and easy to use. 1 Task completed = Certificate 3 tasks = T-shirt. 20 Grand Prize winners win all expenses trip to Mountain View for 4 days with Parent or Guardian. Winners will be chosen based on number of tasks completed. You can sign up at google-melange.com December missing from calender in Android 4.2 Developers of android 4.2, the latest version seem to have forgotten about the month of December in the calender app. Google knows about the flaw but hasn’t yet fixed the issue. Samsung 8 - Core Arm Processor Samsung scheduled an 8-core arm processor release on February 19th. There will be a1.8GHz processor and a 1.2GHz model also to be available.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 49 ‘Games, Games, Games!”

Nov 20, 2012 58:07

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On this episode we talk about the newly released Call of Duty Black Ops II, how the iPad could help your Premiere Pro Workflow and much more. Enjoy! PlanetSide 2 coming out 20th November Free to play Michael has been playing the Planetside 2 beta for a few weeks and he explains the mechanics of the game and his thoughts about the game so far. Wii U Review We did not get a hands on experience with the Wii U yet but we talk about the concept of the console, the good and the bad as well as how it's going to stack up against the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. Can it compete? Black Ops II We talk about what we think of the latest from Treyarch. We talk about what's different with the game as well as what's the same and talk about whether it's good enough to compete with all of the other tactical first person shooters out there. Anonymous Attacks on Israeli Websites Anonymous attacked the Bank of Jerusalem’s website as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. These attacks began on Thursday. According to Anonymous, 633 sites have been affected. They also leaked a lot of information from databases. They have also put together a care package for people living in Gaza for if the Internet is severed and people cannot access it. Head of Windows 8 Resigns  The head of windows 8 Steven Sinofsky resigned. Steven Sinofsky was the head of Windows 8 and just a few weeks after release this could not be a worse time to leave Microsoft stranded. Steve Ballmer said ‘Steven has some things he wants to do in life’ in a statement. What does this mean for microsoft? How valuable was he to Microsoft? Xbox Smartglass Xbox Smartglass allows you to use your phone to interact with your Xbox 360. You can use it to browse movies, videos and music, interact with friends and even play certain games. You sign in to your Xbox Live account on the phone and it will sync with your Xbox. It’s really effective and a really cool app. Using the iPad to interact with your Non-Linear Editor The name of the app is CTRL+Console and it allows you to interact with video editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. These applications use keyboard shortcuts but this app has functionality to create cuts, scroll frame by frame through the content, play and pause the video, redo and undo and fade in’s and out’s. This means you do not have to remember all of those keyboard shortcuts and it makes video editing faster and easier which is key to producing a lot of content.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 49 ‘Games, Games, Games!”

Nov 19, 2012 58:07

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On this episode we talk about the newly released Call of Duty Black Ops II, how the iPad could help your Premiere Pro Workflow and much more. Enjoy! PlanetSide 2 coming out 20th November Free to play Michael has been playing the Planetside 2 beta for a few weeks and he explains the mechanics of the game and his thoughts about the game so far. Wii U Review We did not get a hands on experience with the Wii U yet but we talk about the concept of the console, the good and the bad as well as how it's going to stack up against the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. Can it compete? Black Ops II We talk about what we think of the latest from Treyarch. We talk about what's different with the game as well as what's the same and talk about whether it's good enough to compete with all of the other tactical first person shooters out there. Anonymous Attacks on Israeli Websites Anonymous attacked the Bank of Jerusalem’s website as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. These attacks began on Thursday. According to Anonymous, 633 sites have been affected. They also leaked a lot of information from databases. They have also put together a care package for people living in Gaza for if the Internet is severed and people cannot access it. Head of Windows 8 Resigns  The head of windows 8 Steven Sinofsky resigned. Steven Sinofsky was the head of Windows 8 and just a few weeks after release this could not be a worse time to leave Microsoft stranded. Steve Ballmer said ‘Steven has some things he wants to do in life’ in a statement. What does this mean for microsoft? How valuable was he to Microsoft? Xbox Smartglass Xbox Smartglass allows you to use your phone to interact with your Xbox 360. You can use it to browse movies, videos and music, interact with friends and even play certain games. You sign in to your Xbox Live account on the phone and it will sync with your Xbox. It’s really effective and a really cool app. Using the iPad to interact with your Non-Linear Editor The name of the app is CTRL+Console and it allows you to interact with video editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. These applications use keyboard shortcuts but this app has functionality to create cuts, scroll frame by frame through the content, play and pause the video, redo and undo and fade in’s and out’s. This means you do not have to remember all of those keyboard shortcuts and it makes video editing faster and easier which is key to producing a lot of content.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 48 ‘Space News Today is on the way’

Nov 13, 2012 56:34

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On this episode we talk about the Mars Curiosity Rover, Google's new devices and much more. Enjoy! Mars ‘Curiosity’ Rover self Portrait We were at a talk given by Leo Enright and he told us that he had just gotten in the image of the Mars Rovers self protrait for ‘Facebook!’. It used its robotic arm fully extended to take the picture using the ‘Mars Hand Lens Imager’ (MAHLI). The rover also took images of where it’s going to go into the vast and huge martian landscape. Leo Enright explained to us that what looked like a small hill was actually about 3 times the size of the Cliffs of Moher. Basically what looked like small hills were actually huge. Check out the wired article here. NASA Deploying Robot on the Moon NASA are planning on deploying a robot on the moon to look for water. Could this be the first step to colonising on the Moon? There are many issues to living on other planets. 1. Lack of oxygen. 2. Different gravity depending on the mass of the planets. 3. Lack of an atmosphere leads to extreme climate. 4. Lack of water. Kevin Visits the Physics Department in NUIG University Kevin visited the NUIG Physics department and took a look at the 3D projector. He was also told about all of the job opportunities in Physics currently as there is so much going on in Physics at the moment. Gigabit Wi-Fi The current technology in our routers is 802.11n which supports up to 300MBits/s. 802.11ac is soon to be implemented allowing speeds of up to 1GBit/s and will work on the 5GHz frequency. 802.11ac will use wider channels to move more data from 40Mhz to 80Mhz. It will allow you to create 1Gbps local area networks over wifi which will be great for transferring large files from one computer to another. Very handy for video editing workflows. People have also been able to send 802.11 signals hundreds of km’s. The future plan is to make 802.11 signals available all over the country. Could this be a better solution than 4G? Phone Gap Phone gap allows you to create native applications using html, css and javascript coding. This is really good for businesses as you can create one universal app and deploy it on multiple platforms. By writing the apps natively you can take advantage of the API’s such as GPS or accelerometer. You simply create the html package using the SDK’s or a tool such as Adobe Dreamweaver and upload it to the phonegap website. It will then create a native app based on that package for iOS, Android, blackberry OS, Web OS and Symbian. Google Nexus 4 Google's latests android experience phone, the Google Nexus 4 is out now. This new device is made by LG. It has a 4.7" screen, a snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB Ram! Google Nexus 10 Google's Nexus 10 tablet is available now too with an astonishing 2560x1600px display. That's 300ppi!. Windows 8 proven to be worse at gaming than Windows 7 After a test of games in windows 8 it appears that in most situations it infact runs games at slower frames per second than Windows 7. No wonder there was so much anger in the gaming community over Windows 8. Valve are making the move for steam on Linux but does this mean gamers will move to Linux too or will they just stick with Windows 7? Could Microsoft force people to upgrade by stopping support of Windows 7?    

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 48 ‘Space News Today is on the way’

Nov 12, 2012 56:34

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On this episode we talk about the Mars Curiosity Rover, Google's new devices and much more. Enjoy! Mars ‘Curiosity’ Rover self Portrait We were at a talk given by Leo Enright and he told us that he had just gotten in the image of the Mars Rovers self protrait for ‘Facebook!’. It used its robotic arm fully extended to take the picture using the ‘Mars Hand Lens Imager’ (MAHLI). The rover also took images of where it’s going to go into the vast and huge martian landscape. Leo Enright explained to us that what looked like a small hill was actually about 3 times the size of the Cliffs of Moher. Basically what looked like small hills were actually huge. Check out the wired article here. NASA Deploying Robot on the Moon NASA are planning on deploying a robot on the moon to look for water. Could this be the first step to colonising on the Moon? There are many issues to living on other planets. 1. Lack of oxygen. 2. Different gravity depending on the mass of the planets. 3. Lack of an atmosphere leads to extreme climate. 4. Lack of water. Kevin Visits the Physics Department in NUIG University Kevin visited the NUIG Physics department and took a look at the 3D projector. He was also told about all of the job opportunities in Physics currently as there is so much going on in Physics at the moment. Gigabit Wi-Fi The current technology in our routers is 802.11n which supports up to 300MBits/s. 802.11ac is soon to be implemented allowing speeds of up to 1GBit/s and will work on the 5GHz frequency. 802.11ac will use wider channels to move more data from 40Mhz to 80Mhz. It will allow you to create 1Gbps local area networks over wifi which will be great for transferring large files from one computer to another. Very handy for video editing workflows. People have also been able to send 802.11 signals hundreds of km’s. The future plan is to make 802.11 signals available all over the country. Could this be a better solution than 4G? Phone Gap Phone gap allows you to create native applications using html, css and javascript coding. This is really good for businesses as you can create one universal app and deploy it on multiple platforms. By writing the apps natively you can take advantage of the API’s such as GPS or accelerometer. You simply create the html package using the SDK’s or a tool such as Adobe Dreamweaver and upload it to the phonegap website. It will then create a native app based on that package for iOS, Android, blackberry OS, Web OS and Symbian. Google Nexus 4 Google's latests android experience phone, the Google Nexus 4 is out now. This new device is made by LG. It has a 4.7" screen, a snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB Ram! Google Nexus 10 Google's Nexus 10 tablet is available now too with an astonishing 2560x1600px display. That's 300ppi!. Windows 8 proven to be worse at gaming than Windows 7 After a test of games in windows 8 it appears that in most situations it infact runs games at slower frames per second than Windows 7. No wonder there was so much anger in the gaming community over Windows 8. Valve are making the move for steam on Linux but does this mean gamers will move to Linux too or will they just stick with Windows 7? Could Microsoft force people to upgrade by stopping support of Windows 7?    

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 47 ‘A New Look’

Nov 8, 2012 1:08:31

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On this episode we talk about all the announcements from Apple, Microsoft and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 47 ‘A New Look’

Nov 7, 2012 1:08:31

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On this episode we talk about all the announcements from Apple, Microsoft and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 46 ‘Steve Lee’

Nov 2, 2012 41:47

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On this episode we talk about the 23 mile jump, the upcoming google and apple events and much more. We have guest Steve Lee on from Netcast Studio. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 45 ‘What’s What with Windows 8?’

Nov 2, 2012 1:08:10

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On this episode we talk about the up and coming windows 8, a possible new iMac and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 46 ‘Steve Lee’

Nov 1, 2012 41:47

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On this episode we talk about the 23 mile jump, the upcoming google and apple events and much more. We have guest Steve Lee on from Netcast Studio. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 45 ‘What’s What with Windows 8?’

Nov 1, 2012 1:08:10

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On this episode we talk about the up and coming windows 8, a possible new iMac and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 44 ‘iPhone 5 Full Review’

Oct 10, 2012 1:09:51

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On this episode Michael gives his full review of the iPhone 5, we talk about Ping and much more. Enjoy! The Full Review of the iPhone 5 The new iPhone looks and feels great in the hand with the new metal back and its slimmer design.The screen on the new iPhone is slightly longer than the previous models with a 4” diagonal height compared to the 3.5” diagonal height of its predecessors which isn’t a dramatic difference although going back to a 4S after a week of the iPhone 5 makes it look like a squished iPhone. I kind of wished they made the phone wider while they were at it though because I have always found typing on the iPhone a bit difficult. If they made it wider there would be more space for the keyboard however I like the larger screen as it has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Apps that are designed for the older iPhones are letterboxed which doesn’t annoy me unless I’m playing games. As a developer I don’t mind the screen change either. Apple have always made scaling apps a very easy process. I don’t mind the new lightning connecter. It doesn’t really affect me although I do have a load of thirty pin plugs. The phone is significantly faster. Apps load faster, frame rates on games are much improved over the previous phones. It’s an overall faster phone which is officially the fastest phone on the market even with a 1GHz Dual Core. Says something about chip architecture. The attention to detail on the phone is amazing. Top marks for design.The phone is much lighter than its predecessors but it isn’t too light in my oppinion. It doesn’t feel like you don’t feel its presence. I have had no problems so far with the anodized metal getting scratched. I do have a case on the phone but I used it for most of the week without a case. I decided to get a case to give it a bit more protection if it falls. It certainly is a sturdy phone but just to give it more protection as it is expensive. I got a plain black Case Mate hard case and I like it alot. It doesn’t add much bulk to the phone. The screen is amazing on this phone. Everything is very well contrasted and saturated and with the ppi of 326 there is no pixelation to be seen. The home button feels like it has been changed so hopefully it will last longer than the home button on the previous phones. I’ve found iOS 6 not to be a major upgrade from iOS 5 but not a downgrade. They have made some changes to the appearance of apps like the app store and music.I’m not a huge fan of the layout of the app store. When you search for apps you get a list of apps on cards which in my oppinion leads to slower browsing.The music app along with many other apps carries a silver theme again which I’m not a big fan of but it doesn’t affect usability of the app. I do like the way that the scroll bar for skipping through a song is always visible now.I have found a static look to come across the keyboard sometimes which some other people have experienced too. I bug which was also in iOS 5. I have however, only seen it occur once and it doesn’t affect the functionality of the keyboard. After much experience with the new maps app it isn’t as bad as many people make it out to be. Yes it does get some locations wrong and flyover isn’t as amazing as people were expecting but for apples first try it is an excellent app and I am satisfied with it. I am yet to find a use for Passbook although I can see it being a useful application in the future. I am overall pleased with the iPhone five and I’m glad I made the decision to move from android. iPad Mini According to the Wallstreet Journal manufacturing of the iPad Mini has begun. They said that the smaller iPad will have a 7.85 inch liquid crystal display with a resolution less than the current iPad.We talk about the likeliness of an iPad Mini and if it does come out what kind of specs and price would this device have. Ping Discontinued ou may realise if you go into iTunes that ping is no longer available on the sidebar.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 44 ‘iPhone 5 Full Review’

Oct 9, 2012 1:09:51

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On this episode Michael gives his full review of the iPhone 5, we talk about Ping and much more. Enjoy! The Full Review of the iPhone 5 The new iPhone looks and feels great in the hand with the new metal back and its slimmer design.The screen on the new iPhone is slightly longer than the previous models with a 4” diagonal height compared to the 3.5” diagonal height of its predecessors which isn’t a dramatic difference although going back to a 4S after a week of the iPhone 5 makes it look like a squished iPhone. I kind of wished they made the phone wider while they were at it though because I have always found typing on the iPhone a bit difficult. If they made it wider there would be more space for the keyboard however I like the larger screen as it has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Apps that are designed for the older iPhones are letterboxed which doesn’t annoy me unless I’m playing games. As a developer I don’t mind the screen change either. Apple have always made scaling apps a very easy process. I don’t mind the new lightning connecter. It doesn’t really affect me although I do have a load of thirty pin plugs. The phone is significantly faster. Apps load faster, frame rates on games are much improved over the previous phones. It’s an overall faster phone which is officially the fastest phone on the market even with a 1GHz Dual Core. Says something about chip architecture. The attention to detail on the phone is amazing. Top marks for design.The phone is much lighter than its predecessors but it isn’t too light in my oppinion. It doesn’t feel like you don’t feel its presence. I have had no problems so far with the anodized metal getting scratched. I do have a case on the phone but I used it for most of the week without a case. I decided to get a case to give it a bit more protection if it falls. It certainly is a sturdy phone but just to give it more protection as it is expensive. I got a plain black Case Mate hard case and I like it alot. It doesn’t add much bulk to the phone. The screen is amazing on this phone. Everything is very well contrasted and saturated and with the ppi of 326 there is no pixelation to be seen. The home button feels like it has been changed so hopefully it will last longer than the home button on the previous phones. I’ve found iOS 6 not to be a major upgrade from iOS 5 but not a downgrade. They have made some changes to the appearance of apps like the app store and music.I’m not a huge fan of the layout of the app store. When you search for apps you get a list of apps on cards which in my oppinion leads to slower browsing.The music app along with many other apps carries a silver theme again which I’m not a big fan of but it doesn’t affect usability of the app. I do like the way that the scroll bar for skipping through a song is always visible now.I have found a static look to come across the keyboard sometimes which some other people have experienced too. I bug which was also in iOS 5. I have however, only seen it occur once and it doesn’t affect the functionality of the keyboard. After much experience with the new maps app it isn’t as bad as many people make it out to be. Yes it does get some locations wrong and flyover isn’t as amazing as people were expecting but for apples first try it is an excellent app and I am satisfied with it. I am yet to find a use for Passbook although I can see it being a useful application in the future. I am overall pleased with the iPhone five and I’m glad I made the decision to move from android. iPad Mini According to the Wallstreet Journal manufacturing of the iPad Mini has begun. They said that the smaller iPad will have a 7.85 inch liquid crystal display with a resolution less than the current iPad.We talk about the likeliness of an iPad Mini and if it does come out what kind of specs and price would this device have. Ping Discontinued ou may realise if you go into iTunes that ping is no longer available on the sidebar.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 43 ‘Showtitle?’

Sep 30, 2012 49:37

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On this episode Dara Coughlan joins us to talk more about the iPhone 5, RIM's beta 3 of Blackberry OS 10, why Michael ordered an iPhone 5 and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Guest Dara Coughlan Topics Tim Cook Apologises for maps on the iPhone 5 We talk about the apology from Tim Cook for not making apple maps 'the best experience possible' to apple customers. He recommends third party apps from the app store or to use Nokia or Google maps on the web. Why Michael ordered an iPhone 5 Michael talks about the iPhone 5, why he decided to order one and if the complaints about the iPhone 5 have put him off. RIM releases beta 3 of Blackberry OS 10 We talk about RIM's recently reported loses of $235 million, Blackberry OS 10,  how blackberry are doing a great job to get developers on board to make their apps for the Blackberry App World and can RIM turn it around and become one of the leading smartphone companies again? Google working on iOS app for Google Maps? We talk about how google is reportedly working on a google maps app for iOS and how it makes sense for google as they already have the youtube app for the iPhone. Barns and Noble releases the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ Barns and Noble just released two new Nook tablets to compete against the new Kindle Fire range. We give you the specs of these devices and if they can compete with the Kindle Fire range and even the iPad?

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 43 ‘Showtitle?’

Sep 30, 2012 49:37

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On this episode Dara Coughlan joins us to talk more about the iPhone 5, RIM's beta 3 of Blackberry OS 10, why Michael ordered an iPhone 5 and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Guest Dara Coughlan Topics Tim Cook Apologises for maps on the iPhone 5 We talk about the apology from Tim Cook for not making apple maps 'the best experience possible' to apple customers. He recommends third party apps from the app store or to use Nokia or Google maps on the web. Why Michael ordered an iPhone 5 Michael talks about the iPhone 5, why he decided to order one and if the complaints about the iPhone 5 have put him off. RIM releases beta 3 of Blackberry OS 10 We talk about RIM's recently reported loses of $235 million, Blackberry OS 10,  how blackberry are doing a great job to get developers on board to make their apps for the Blackberry App World and can RIM turn it around and become one of the leading smartphone companies again? Google working on iOS app for Google Maps? We talk about how google is reportedly working on a google maps app for iOS and how it makes sense for google as they already have the youtube app for the iPhone. Barns and Noble releases the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ Barns and Noble just released two new Nook tablets to compete against the new Kindle Fire range. We give you the specs of these devices and if they can compete with the Kindle Fire range and even the iPad?

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 42 ‘iPhone 5!’

Sep 24, 2012 1:03:13

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On this episode we talk about all of apples new products from the iPhone 5 to the iPod nano and we talk about Nintendo's latest console scheduled for a November launch. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics iPhone 5 To start off the show we talk about apples latest phone the iPhone 5. We discuss everything new in the iPhone 5, what we like, what we don't like and if we are going to buy it. I will hopefully have a review of the iPhone 5 in studio next week. 5th Gen iPod Touch We talk about the new iPod touch, where the market for the iPod touch is and why. We have a discussion about why the iPod touch is so popular with teenagers and children. The New iPod Nano We discuss the new design and UI of the iPod nano as well as the market for the iPod. Wii U We talk about the wii U's features, the release date and how it could possible do in the market against other gaming consoles. iOS 6 We talk about the new updates to iOS 6 and what we think of our experiences with iOS 6 so far, we talk about what we like and what we don't like.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 42 ‘iPhone 5!’

Sep 24, 2012 1:03:13

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On this episode we talk about all of apples new products from the iPhone 5 to the iPod nano and we talk about Nintendo's latest console scheduled for a November launch. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics iPhone 5 To start off the show we talk about apples latest phone the iPhone 5. We discuss everything new in the iPhone 5, what we like, what we don't like and if we are going to buy it. I will hopefully have a review of the iPhone 5 in studio next week. 5th Gen iPod Touch We talk about the new iPod touch, where the market for the iPod touch is and why. We have a discussion about why the iPod touch is so popular with teenagers and children. The New iPod Nano We discuss the new design and UI of the iPod nano as well as the market for the iPod. Wii U We talk about the wii U's features, the release date and how it could possible do in the market against other gaming consoles. iOS 6 We talk about the new updates to iOS 6 and what we think of our experiences with iOS 6 so far, we talk about what we like and what we don't like.

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 41 ‘More Announcements’

Sep 14, 2012 44:31

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On this episode we talk about the amazon event, the nokia event, the upcoming apple event and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics The Robot Cup New Amazon Products New Nokia Phones Motorolla Event Links http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3300298/real-steel-the-broken-necks-and-baby-steps-of-robocup-2012-video http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3126_7-57507546/amazons-new-kindles-everything-you-need-to-know-faq/

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 41 ‘More Announcements’

Sep 13, 2012 44:31

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On this episode we talk about the amazon event, the nokia event, the upcoming apple event and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics The Robot Cup New Amazon Products New Nokia Phones Motorolla Event Links http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3300298/real-steel-the-broken-necks-and-baby-steps-of-robocup-2012-video http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3126_7-57507546/amazons-new-kindles-everything-you-need-to-know-faq/

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 40 ‘Announcements Galore’

Sep 5, 2012

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On this episode we talk about IFA 2012, the iPhone 5 apple event, the amazon 6th of September event and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics IFA 2012 - Samsung Galaxy camera, Samsung Windows Phone 8, Hp Envy 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Panasonic 4k TV Amazon Press Conference 6th September Apple Press Conference September 12th New Nokia Lumia phone New possible iPhone earbuds Planetside 2 Beta

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 40 ‘Announcements Galore’

Sep 4, 2012

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On this episode we talk about IFA 2012, the iPhone 5 apple event, the amazon 6th of September event and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics IFA 2012 - Samsung Galaxy camera, Samsung Windows Phone 8, Hp Envy 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Panasonic 4k TV Amazon Press Conference 6th September Apple Press Conference September 12th New Nokia Lumia phone New possible iPhone earbuds Planetside 2 Beta

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 39 ‘An Amazon Phone?’

Aug 27, 2012 45:01

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On this episode we talk about Apple vs Samsung, a possible amazon phone and much more. Enjoy! Host Michael McAndrew Guest Dara Coughlan Topics Apple vs Samsung, the verdict Kodak to sell off legacy film business IBC Conference 2012 Amazon Press Conference 6th September Neil Armstrong dies at the age of 82

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 39 ‘An Amazon Phone?’

Aug 27, 2012 45:01

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On this episode we talk about Apple vs Samsung, a possible amazon phone and much more. Enjoy! Host Michael McAndrew Guest Dara Coughlan Topics Apple vs Samsung, the verdict Kodak to sell off legacy film business IBC Conference 2012 Amazon Press Conference 6th September Neil Armstrong dies at the age of 82

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 37 ‘Olympic Tech’

Jul 30, 2012 1:01:14

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On this episode of Talks About Tech Weekly we talk about olympic tech, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and much more. Enjoy. Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics Mac OS X Mountain Lion London Olympics 2012 Sky Broadband and home phone coming to Ireland Black Hat conference 2012 Google fiber Possible apple investment in twitter UK Judge tells apple to release ad's apologizing to Samsung Steam for linux New Apple Genius Ad's Links http://www.apple.com/ie/osx/ http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/item/28529-sky-broadband-and-sky-talk/ http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/the-frightening-things-you-hear-at-a-black-hat-conference/ https://fiber.google.com/plans/residential/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikamorphy/2012/07/28/lets-hope-an-apple-stake-in-twitter-doesnt-mean-it-takes-another-stab-at-social-networking/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57477317-71/could-these-be-apples-ads-apologizing-to-samsung/ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407662,00.asp

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 37 ‘Olympic Tech’

Jul 30, 2012 1:01:14

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On this episode of Talks About Tech Weekly we talk about olympic tech, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and much more. Enjoy. Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Topics Mac OS X Mountain Lion London Olympics 2012 Sky Broadband and home phone coming to Ireland Black Hat conference 2012 Google fiber Possible apple investment in twitter UK Judge tells apple to release ad's apologizing to Samsung Steam for linux New Apple Genius Ad's Links http://www.apple.com/ie/osx/ http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/item/28529-sky-broadband-and-sky-talk/ http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/the-frightening-things-you-hear-at-a-black-hat-conference/ https://fiber.google.com/plans/residential/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikamorphy/2012/07/28/lets-hope-an-apple-stake-in-twitter-doesnt-mean-it-takes-another-stab-at-social-networking/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57477317-71/could-these-be-apples-ads-apologizing-to-samsung/ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407662,00.asp

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 36 ‘So you want to go to Antartica’

Jul 23, 2012 1:16:57

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On this episode of Talks About Tech Weekly we talk about google street view in Antartica, new Yahoo CEO and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Guests Dara Coughlan Topics Apple back in EPEAT environmental rating Digg Sold to Betaworks Washington state using Facebook app to vote Marissa Mayer new Yahoo CEO Google maps goes to Antartica New Microsoft Office 2013 preview New Nexus 7 tablet sold out Apple iPad Mini Links http://www.apple.com/environment/letter-to-customers/ http://mashable.com/2012/07/12/digg-sold-for-500000/ http://www.technobuffalo.com/internet/social-networking/facebook/washington-state-to-allow-voting-registration-via-facebook/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176221/Yahoo-reveals-new-pregnant-CEO-Marissa-Mayer-paid-71M-years-shes-worth-300M.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57474424-93/google-maps-visits-antarcticas-snowy-landscape/ http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/16/microsoft-office-15-preview/ http://gigaom.com/2012/07/22/what-would-an-ipad-mini-mean-to-apples-profits/

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 36 ‘So you want to go to Antartica’

Jul 23, 2012 1:16:57

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On this episode of Talks About Tech Weekly we talk about google street view in Antartica, new Yahoo CEO and much more. Enjoy! Hosts Michael McAndrew Kevin McAndrew Guests Dara Coughlan Topics Apple back in EPEAT environmental rating Digg Sold to Betaworks Washington state using Facebook app to vote Marissa Mayer new Yahoo CEO Google maps goes to Antartica New Microsoft Office 2013 preview New Nexus 7 tablet sold out Apple iPad Mini Links http://www.apple.com/environment/letter-to-customers/ http://mashable.com/2012/07/12/digg-sold-for-500000/ http://www.technobuffalo.com/internet/social-networking/facebook/washington-state-to-allow-voting-registration-via-facebook/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176221/Yahoo-reveals-new-pregnant-CEO-Marissa-Mayer-paid-71M-years-shes-worth-300M.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57474424-93/google-maps-visits-antarcticas-snowy-landscape/ http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/16/microsoft-office-15-preview/ http://gigaom.com/2012/07/22/what-would-an-ipad-mini-mean-to-apples-profits/

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 35 ‘Space, the final frontier’

Jul 19, 2012 51:47

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 35 recorded on the 15th July 2012. We talk about google +, an amazon phone and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 35 ‘Space, the final frontier’

Jul 19, 2012 51:47

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 35 recorded on the 15th July 2012. We talk about google +, an amazon phone and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 34) 1st July

Jul 3, 2012 1:00:30

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Here is episode 34 recorded on the 1st July 2012. We talk about WWDC, the microsoft surface tablet and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 34) 1st July

Jul 2, 2012 1:00:30

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Here is episode 34 recorded on the 1st July 2012. We talk about WWDC, the microsoft surface tablet and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 33) 27th May 2012

Jun 3, 2012 30:27

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 33 recorded on the 27th May 2012. We talk about the Talks About Tech studio, facebook and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 33) 27th May 2012

Jun 2, 2012 30:27

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 33 recorded on the 27th May 2012. We talk about the Talks About Tech studio, facebook and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 32) 20th May 2012

May 28, 2012 48:18

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 32 recorded on the 20th May 2012. We talk about facebook going public, the new yahoo CEO and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 32) 20th May 2012

May 27, 2012 48:18

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 32 recorded on the 20th May 2012. We talk about facebook going public, the new yahoo CEO and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 31) 13th May 2012

May 16, 2012

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 31 recorded on the 14th May 2012. We talk about facebooks hopes for the future, a 121 - megapixel image of the earth and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 31) 13th May 2012

May 15, 2012

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 31 recorded on the 14th May 2012. We talk about facebooks hopes for the future, a 121 - megapixel image of the earth and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 30) 7th May 2012

May 9, 2012 42:59

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 30 recorded on the 7th May 2012. We talk about the Samsung Galaxy S III, Lightworks video editor and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 30) 7th May 2012

May 8, 2012 42:59

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 30 recorded on the 7th May 2012. We talk about the Samsung Galaxy S III, Lightworks video editor and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 29, Video) 29th April

May 2, 2012 39:57

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 29 recorded on the 29th April 2012. We talk about NAB 2012, the best graphics card you can buy and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 29, Video) 29th April

May 1, 2012 39:57

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Here is talks about tech weekly episode 29 recorded on the 29th April 2012. We talk about NAB 2012, the best graphics card you can buy and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 27 “NAB 2012!”

Apr 16, 2012 46:02

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 27 recorded on the 15th April 2012. We talk about apple price fixing ebooks, youtube's new way of partnership and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 27 “NAB 2012!”

Apr 15, 2012 46:02

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 27 recorded on the 15th April 2012. We talk about apple price fixing ebooks, youtube's new way of partnership and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 26, Retake) 8th April 2012

Apr 10, 2012 49:49

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Here is episode 26 of Talks About Tech Weekly recorded on the 8th April 2012. We talk about a mac virus, headphones and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 26, Retake) 8th April 2012

Apr 9, 2012 49:49

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Here is episode 26 of Talks About Tech Weekly recorded on the 8th April 2012. We talk about a mac virus, headphones and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 24) 19th March 2012

Mar 28, 2012 31:14

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 24 recorded on the 19th March 2012. We talk about Nook vs Kindle, Apple TV opened up and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 24) 19th March 2012

Mar 27, 2012 31:14

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 24 recorded on the 19th March 2012. We talk about Nook vs Kindle, Apple TV opened up and much more. Enjoy!

MidWeek Tech Episode 1, ‘Mac vs PC vs Linux’

Mar 24, 2012 46:27

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Here is episode of MidWeek Tech recorded on 21st March 2012. We talk about Mac vs PC vs Linux and which one is best for your needs. Enjoy!

MidWeek Tech Episode 1, ‘Mac vs PC vs Linux’

Mar 24, 2012 46:27

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Here is episode of MidWeek Tech recorded on 21st March 2012. We talk about Mac vs PC vs Linux and which one is best for your needs. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 23) 18th March 2012

Mar 23, 2012 1:06:54

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 23 recorded on 18th March 2012. We talk about building you first PC with guest Tadgh Wagstaff and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 23) 18th March 2012

Mar 22, 2012 1:06:54

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 23 recorded on 18th March 2012. We talk about building you first PC with guest Tadgh Wagstaff and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 21)

Mar 21, 2012 1:02:24

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Here is the first ever video podcast of Talks About Tech Weekly. In this episode we talk about using your tablet as a monitor, google glasses and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 21)

Mar 20, 2012 1:02:24

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Here is the first ever video podcast of Talks About Tech Weekly. In this episode we talk about using your tablet as a monitor, google glasses and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 20) 19th February 2012

Mar 11, 2012 37:34

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 20 recorded on the 19th February 2012. We talk about apple iTV!?!?, Mass Effect 3 and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 19) 12th February 2012

Mar 11, 2012 19:50

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 19 recorded on the 12th February 2012. We talk about ACTA, the iPad 3 and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 18) 29th January 2012

Mar 11, 2012 28:22

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 18 recorded on the 29th January 2012. We talk about steam on mobile devices, photoshop CS6 and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 20) 19th February 2012

Mar 11, 2012 37:34

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly Episode 20 recorded on the 19th February 2012. We talk about apple iTV!?!?, Mass Effect 3 and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 19) 12th February 2012

Mar 11, 2012 19:50

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 19 recorded on the 12th February 2012. We talk about ACTA, the iPad 3 and much more. Enjoy!

Talks About Tech Weekly (Episode 18) 29th January 2012

Mar 11, 2012 28:22

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Here is Talks About Tech Weekly episode 18 recorded on the 29th January 2012. We talk about steam on mobile devices, photoshop CS6 and much more. Enjoy!