Archive for October, 2012

Speed matters

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

If you are with Vodafone and are in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch you may be able to take advantage of their new ‘Dual Carrier’ (DC HSPA) network. This works with devices like the new iPad, iPad mini and the iPhone 5. Vodafone's spin is that DC HSPA+ is just as fast as "4G" – and tests performed so far indicate it is indeed pretty quick. Check out this video of an "unbiased" speed test.

You can read more about the new network on the Vodafone website.

Meet “hue” – the new iOS Controlled Lightbulbs from Phillips

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

What a fantastic idea from Phillips. Lightbulbs that you can control from your smartphone. Change colour, change brightness, emulate a sunrise, and more. Fantastic.

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Skitch for Windows Desktop and Skitch for Windows 8 Are Here!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

I love Skitch on my Mac and on my iPad. I am glad to see that it is finally available for Windows as well.

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The new Apple iMac – sleeker than ever.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Not to be outshone by the iPad Mini, this morning Apple announced the new iMac, and it is a beautiful thing. I was glad to see that the screen has been improved to reduce screen glare by 75%.

The most interest part of the announcement though was the release of what Apple calls the "Fusion Drive". The Fusion Drive "combines a high-capacity hard drive with high-performance flash storage." Apparently it manages your data so that frequently used apps, documents, photos, and other files stay on the faster flash storage, while infrequently used items move to the hard drive. Overall this should result in shorter boot times, and as the system learns how you work, faster application launches and quicker file access. It will be interesting to hear how it performs in the real world.

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I’m liking the looks of the new iPad Mini

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The iPad mini is more than just a scaled down iPad 2 – it is has had the typical "fresh-look" approach that Apple brings to all products. It is larger than a Kindle or Nexus 7 with a 7.9″ screen, and more expensive with a starting price of US$329. It will be interesting how the iPad Mini competes with these products, although arguably they are aimed at slightly different market segments.

The iPad Mini has a dual-core A5 processor, a Facetime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4G LTE cellular connectivity in some models. And it still offers up to 10 hours of battery life.

If you lug your iPad around with you everywhere, or typically hold it for long periods of time, the lighter weight and smaller size of the iPad mini are going to make it well … more mobile, more versatile, without compromising usability. The only downside I can imagine is that it will not be so good for reading PDF files if you do that a lot. I also wish it had the retina display, but the reality is that the screen should be slightly crisper than the iPad 2 as it has the same number of pixels packed into a smaller physical screen size.

Check out the details on the Apple website now.

An inside look at the Google Data Centers

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Google is notoriously secretive about its data and where it is housed. For the first time they "open the doors" and allow an inside peak.

Take a very guided tour of several key data centers, with shots by professional photographers and some info about what's going on. It's a well designed tour that looks more like a photo gallery – but there's also a Street View, and a panoramic look at the inside of a data center.

See if you can spot the Storm Trooper and the small R2-D2 guarding the place. Tip: you'll see them in the Street View tour of the Lenoir, NC Data Center – but you'll have to be quick!

See the Google Data Centers

Unlocking the Power of Sublime Text 2

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The more I use Sublime Text 2 the more I like it – it is definitely one of the fastest and most incredible code editors to be released in a long time! Here are some tips and tricks to get you started unlocking the power…

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