Monthly Archives: February 2013

Indoor Aerials Will Reduce Interference From 4G Broadband Signals

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The introduction of 4G may enable you to download content and stream video on your mobile devices at amazing speeds. But what will it do to your TV reception?
The rollout of 4G across the 800MHz spectrum could result in up to two million UK homes suffering interference to their Freeview signals, warns TV aerial market leader One For All.  This is especially likely in areas close to a 4G LTE* transmitter or where the Freeview signal is already weak, and in blocks of flats with a single master aerial.

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Google Glasses in the workplace

Google Glasses are a great idea and will probably be of great interest to many people when they first come across somebody wearing a pair.

However, the reality may end up being a lot like this.

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PlayStation 4 news and trailer. Still no idea what it looks like

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Last night Sony had a two hour event about the PlayStation 4 (PS4) yet they did not actually show the new console. Lots of developers spoke about the new console. Games were talked about and shown (as seen in the trailer below), but no sign of the PS4.

It was seven years ago that the PS3 was released so lots of time for things to change.

Here are some details on the new PS4 which is due out in “Holiday 2013.”

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  • It has an x86 processor
  • An 8-core combined CPU/GPU
  • 8 GB of RAM (16x More RAM Than PS3 or Xbox 360. The PS3 had 512 MB)
  • It will have a local HDD

Sadly there is no no PS3 backwards compatibility. They announced thePlayStation Cloud which mean you can stream access to old titles without the need for disc. However, they did not say if you would have to buy the game again if you already owned it on disc.

They did show the new controller – the DualShock 4. Looking a lot like the previous controller it has a touchpad in the middle, a share button, a headphone jack, and a light bar to track movement with a PlayStation Move-style controller.

Games will be “instantly” bootable from sleep, and a secondary processor will handle downloading games in the background, giving you the ability to actually play games while they’re being transferred from Sony’s servers to your PS4.

A dedicated video-processing chip will let you stream video from your gaming session without leaving your session, sharable straight from a social-oriented button on your controller.

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Bungie’s Destiny. Can they beat Halo?

destinyBungie are the video game creators behind Halo. We all know how successful that game was. Will Destiny reach the same heights?

Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down.

The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes.

You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost.

Be brave.

Activision have said that it hasn’t included the release of the game in its 2013 releases. The first-person shooter is set to be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, but may be a little different to other shooters. Bungie have designed it as a kind ofmassively multiplayer sci-fi experience or “shared world shooter” that is fully playable by yourself, but designed to seamlessly connect you with friends.

Sounds intriguing and the video below gives us a good look at the world they have created.

Blackberry Security Flaw Could Lead To Malware Attacks

blackberryBlackBerry has issued news of a security flaw that could mean enterprise servers are left open to malware attacks. The vulnerability, which is down as high severity is linked in with TIFF images.

Vulnerabilities exist in components of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server that process TIFF images for rendering on the BlackBerry smartphone. The BlackBerry® Mobile Data System – Connection Service component processes images on web pages that the BlackBerry® Browser requests. The BlackBerry® Messaging Agent component processes images in email messages.

The BlackBerry® Collaboration Service processes images in instant messages sent between your organization’s instant messaging server, its BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and devices that are using public APIs, a Research In Motion proprietary protocol, and protocols specified by supported integrated collaboration clients.

RIM is not aware of any attacks on or specifically targeting BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers, and recommends that affected customers update to the latest available software version to be fully protected from these vulnerabilities.

Time to make sure you have the most recent updates on your Blackberry devices.

The Internship – New comedy film set in the Google offices

The-Internship-600x421The Internship is new comedy film that is set in the world of Google. The trailer was launched during a Google+ Hangout with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and, as you can see from the trailer, it is all Google.

Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

The film also stars Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr. The Internship is due out on June 7th.

Source: Google Play

New Simple Remote is as easy as one, two, three…

URC 6440 hand low resOne For All launches its new Simple 4 universal remote control to tackle consumer demand for easier set-up and interactivity with digital TV, set top box and other media devices.

Really easy to programme, One For All’s Simple 4 (URC 6440) can be set up to control up to four different devices with only a few button presses – usually in around 30 seconds – and retails at just £21.99.

The chip inside the Simple 4 already contains the codes for most a/v devices including all the main brands and One For All’s newly launched  SimpleSet.com online tool will add new codes allowing future compatibility with new models.

No software or registration is needed for SimpleSet.com which has the codes for 6,000 brands and 300,000 models.  It is compatible with both Mac and PC using Firefox, Google, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.  Just input the brand (no need for the model number) and a couple of key presses later the Simple 4 is programmed!

Automatic CombiControl allows the One For All Simple 4 remote to control all your equipment without switching between device modes.  For example, press ‘watch TV’ and the keypad is pre-programmed to manage TV controls such as volume and mute – as well as satellite/cable commands like programme guide and info.  Press ‘watch movie’ and the remote controls the DVD or Blu-ray functions plus the usual TV commands.  Press the ‘off’ button and all the devices turn off simultaneously.

A fourth key means an extra device, such as a media centre, amplifier or iPod audio dock, can be added.

The One For All Simple 4 comes in fashion-trending white and silver.  It’s backlit with proximity sensor activation so the keys glow amber as you get close to it, before you’ve even picked it up – handy when watching in subdued lighting!  It’s also shockproof thanks to its rubberised surround and has a one thumb control island, incorporating the channel/volume keys, navigation keys and digital TV keys including info, guide and menu.

Simple 4’s direct copy function, which is fully customisable, can learn any function already programmed in your original remote.

Also new is the Simple 3, which comes in gloss black and has most of the functionality of the Simple 4, except the ability to add a fourth device – at the even more competitive price of £17.99.  Additionally, there are Simple remotes to control just one or two devices.

For more information visit:  http://www.oneforall.co.uk

Google Glass will pass sound through your skull

project-glass1There have been lots of rumours and speculation about Google Glass over the past few months. This is the project to make augmented reality glasses.

We have seen images and videos on how the images will work, but now documents filed with American regulators show the hardware, due to be introduced in later this year in an experimental form, uses “bone conduction” to create sound instead of a traditional speaker.

This works by sending vibrations through the skull to the inner ear. The technology is not new, but does make sense for Project Glass.

If you had to use headphones then that could be dangerous while walking or driving. However, bone conduction means you would still be able to hear what is going on around you.

Google filed a patent for bone conduction spectacles last month, and the Federal Communication Commission this week published it approval for Google Glass, including “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head”.

The plan is for the glasses to be commercially available from next year.

Source: Business Insider

PlayStation 4 out before Christmas?

PS4It looks as if this Christmas may see many of us playing on a new PS4 if new reports are accurate.

Sony Corp. is planning to unveil its next-generation home videogame console during a February event, showing off a successor to its current PlayStation 3 system.

The Japanese electronics giant unveiled plans for a special PlayStation-themed event set for Feb. 20, teasing fans to “see the future” at the event. People familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there, beating Microsoft Corp. to the punch in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

Sony’s device will be released later this year, these people said, and will spar against Microsoft’s own machine, which is also expected to be released by the holidays.

Sony’s updated console’s arrival comes as the console videogame industry has entered a tailspin. Sales of new videogames, consoles and accessories at U.S. retail shops fell 22% in December when compared with the same time a year prior, according to surveys by industry watcher NPD Group.

Sony is planning to incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine, people familiar with the matter said. Also, while hardware improvements were a key focus of past console upgrades, Sony is more focused this time on the changes in how users interact with the machine, these people said.

When developing the PlayStation, Sony had considered removing its optical disk drive, opting instead to require gamers to download titles over the Internet, people familiar with the matter said. But concerns over the size of videogame files, and slow Web connections in some countries led Sony to scrap the plan, they added. Microsoft made a similar decision for its console as well.

Source: Wall Street Journal