January 23, 2013

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Google Music Review

I was extremely excited to hear Google had a cloud music platform in the pipeworks. This means you can upload your music to their servers and have access wherever you are in the world with just an internet connection, device and Google account. Unfortunately, it was only available to US residents. Fiddlesticks. A year later [...]

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January 21, 2013

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Will Graph Search Succeed?

Many of us will have heard about the latest offering from Facebook being graph search. It may not be the snappiest of titles for a revolutionary change to the way Facebook can be used, but it is an interesting idea. It was made clear at the launch of the beta that this is a very [...]

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January 15, 2013

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Full-scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon Being Built by Fans

Have you ever dreamt of comfortably sitting in Han Solo’s or Chewbacca’s pilot chair for a bit of a trip through the galaxy? Thanks to a bunch of Star Wars’ fanatics currently building a replica of the famous Millennium Falcon, your wish might just be about to come true. Most fans would happily settle for [...]

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January 14, 2013

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MSN Messenger to Merge with Skype

For those of a certain age, (likely born in the mid-80s) who will have spent much of their teenage years enthralled in an obsessive love affair with Microsoft’s instant messaging service MSN messenger, the latest news from Microsoft marks the end of an era. It has been announced that on March 15th our beloved MSN [...]

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December 10, 2012

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Google and Others Fight Abstract Patents in Court

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Last Friday saw a major shot fired at overly-abstract tech patents as Google, Facebook, Zynga, and several other companies filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals on the case CLS v Alice. One of the traditional problems plaguing the tech sector has been the ease with which patents can be acquired for fairly basic [...]

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December 6, 2012

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The Skype Ringtone… Remixed as a House Track

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If you’re a heavy Skype user like me then you’ll be very familiar with the Skype ringtone (it goes something like “doot dee doot dit doo dee”). I have to say, I’ve always found it quite pleasant and inoffensive, both of which are very desirable traits in a ringtone. While I do like the ringtone, [...]

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December 5, 2012

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New Facebook Messenger App: Is It Really an SMS Killer?

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Would you replace your phone’s native text messaging service for something a little more Facebook-powered? That’s what the social media giant is banking on, with the announcement that a new Messenger app is in the works – one that wouldn’t require an account. It’s all part of Facebook’s hopes to expand into developing markets, namely [...]

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December 3, 2012

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Text Messaging Turns Twenty!

The first text message was sent on this day in 1992. It was sent by Neil Papworth who used his computer to wish “Merry Christmas” to Richard Jarvis, of Vodafone, on his Orbitel 901 mobile phone. Sadly Papworth didn’t get a reply as there was no mobile texting yet, that arrived in 1993 with the [...]

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November 30, 2012

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Syria Disappears Off The Face of the Internet

A statement from global Internet intelligence agency, Renesys, has reported that Syria’s international Internet connectivity has been completely shut down. Using information taken from a global routing table, Renesys state that at 10:26 UTC on Thursday, 29th November ”all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet.” An update from [...]

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November 29, 2012

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NASA Building Star Trek Warp Drive

Faster than light travel has long been a staple of science fiction – and science fiction is where many assumed it would remain. NASA scientists however are now working on such a technology, and yes it really is inspired by Star Trek. The speed of light is the cosmic speed limit. Absolutely nothing can go [...]

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