Archive for April, 2013


21 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W

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As Intel announced this week it had another tough quarter over last year. There was some light that ties in well with what else is going on in the marketplace.

Intel mentioned it was pinning hopes on 2 new chips, Haswell for higher end laptops and pc’s with Bay Trail taking up the low end for cheaper models.

With Android growing fast in the phone marketplace, but so much in tablets, and Windows struggling more so at this stage, a couple of interesting things happened recently that could change things or offer consumers a nice choice in the next few weeks.

Android announced last week they had released an Intel friendly update to Android (version 4.2.2 Jellybean). Also Intel announced they were releasing faster cheaper chips for the tablet market. See where this is going.

Microsoft has some, but many apps, and let’s face it who wants another 1million apps in the market. Android on the other hand is culling their million apps as we speak to offer better quality and less junk for consumers in their app store.

Microsoft lacks apps, and app developers. Android lacks some business apps, if these two do not work together they may not have to for it to still work. Samsung, Lenovo and others sit in both the Microsoft Camp and Android Google camps.

The advantage of having a windows android hybrids, if able to be switched from easily without a reboot (a feature in the new Android release) see my previous story on this release currently in alpha release.

Personally I would love Android on my Windows Tablet and Vice Versa. These are exciting times.

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About Me:

Loren is an Tex-Cali-English mutt now living in Australia has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include everything from introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple etc.  He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this. Ask him about his tenor when BT decided to go after Microsoft IE as BT owned the patent on URLs (it isn’t pretty).

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Android on Intel allows Dual Booting with Windows 8

14 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W

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Firstly I  am a Technology fan boy. Those that have followed me over the years know this. I own and use daily, and build my own PC. But also use my Macs, and tablets, including Android Nexus 7, 10, and mini iPad. Like Windows Vista, Windows 8, has a marketing problem. I was an early fan of of Windows Vista as I am of Windows 8 but I am the the bubble on that perhaps, being in new tech for 20 years. To evolve and not die they had to go a bit radical, adding almost a separate operating system in an operating system with the new Metro interface. Radical because it was a huge leap from the now more hidden windows desktop. This makes Windows 8 more iOS like, or even more Android like, whilst keeping the more traditional values of Windows intact. Unless you look at Windows RT 8. The bad idea that won’t go away. If anything has confused the marketplace more than what Microsoft has done with RT I cannot remember it. Unless you talk Microsoft Outlook, that is 2 different products in Microsoft with the same name but the confusion is only starting there.

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A cou ple of years back I was impressed by a laptop I saw that was an android dual boot windows 7 hybrid. I liked it but it was not easy to go between them. This is a due to something called UEFI Boot. Windows 8 uses this instead of something called BIOS.

Android has not supported UEFI boot, previously, and Intel the chip manufacturer has not supported it via their architecture. What was needed was an version of Android optimized to run on Intel chips.

This has now happened with the release of Android 4.2.2 r1a0. This means you can now run Android on the same PCs, Tablets, and Laptops, you run Windows 8 on.

This has HUGE potential and something I will be installing very soon. The opportunity for Microsoft is to capitalize on the Android momentum on its own devices, or their own either adding Android to a Windows 8 device or vice versa. With Microsoft not having the largest selection of apps in their own library, this would slow the issue as they would gain almost 1m apps instantly.

To do the install you can get started here or read more about it http://bit.ly/115fBNQ

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Loren is an Tex-Cali-English hybrid  now living in Australia has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include everything from introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this. Ask him about his tenor when BT decided to go after Microsoft IE as BT owned the patent on URLs (it isn’t pretty).


It’s like Déjà Vu all Over Again

4 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
LorenW

Well well, well. When I broke my 1st iPad in April 2010 before they were out in Australia (almost exactly 3 years ago),  I did something else as well. I found out how I broke it, what the bug was and how to fix it as well for many. It turned out had either Apple had not detected the bug (then a DHCP issue), or chose not to go public with it here is a view of that story http://bit.ly/ipad-woes. However it turned out Princeton University and thousands of other had the same problem now long ago fixed. I earned a few seconds of fame for it very funny, did a couple of interviews etc.

So I was a bit surprised when my iPad Mini started doing bad things, recently, but I could not duplicate the problem. Apple was kind enough to give me a new iPad Mini, anyhow, with little issue (and without asking). Now a week later the new iPad Mini, is doing the same thing. Effectively without warning going crazy. The specfics are if I go to any apps they will shut down, others randomly open, type a letter and it will spit out random keystrokes.

However, this time I figured out the scenario. When the iPad is charged 100% (and on the charger), then I use a CPU demanding app Air Video,  (or when there are a few in the background in memory), my guess is the iPad Mini, tries to draw more power, but being it is being charged, the power it is drawing is impacted by the mains power and freaks out. I notice the mini gets warm as well during this scenario, and one I will try to avoid. Hopefully this bug will not cause any long term damage to my other iPad MinisTo prove this I immediately unplugged the power adapter (I use different ones all Apple), and after a few seconds the problem goes away. Also why I could not duplicate it at Apple.

Now I have and I await to hear from Apple http://bit.ly/ipad-mini-issue

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Loren is an anglo-american hybrid  has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this.

 

 


Apple Uploads Game of Thrones on iTunes as soon as USA broadcasts completed.

2 April 2013

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Though over 4 million saw the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones in the USA, millions more will be watching it across the world faster than ever. Illegal downloads (if you believe in such a thing), clogged servers across the globe. Measurements are not so well tracked but Heroes is believed to have achieved 145,000 downloads from one site with Game of Thrones hitting almost 3 times as many.
On the legal side (if you believe in such a thing), Apple moved to make the most of it by putting
Season 3 on iTunes, as soon as broadcasts were shown across the continental USA. Lawyers that self-promote their services to the USA TV networks, worked hard to bring down many links for illegal sites. Torrent activity also was being chased by lawyers working to entrap and shut down the sites.

Overall estimates seem to point to over 1million downloads reports Jethro Nededog at the wrap.com. Australia was a respectable 3rd only to the UK and USA in downloads so far. I say respectable as HBO seems to view the piracy as a compliment.

As Apple released season 3 to iTunes so fast, I query why this was not publicized, as many would have paid the $4 versus hunting down an illegal episode

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And maybe over iOS all together

 

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2 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W

I have jail broken all of iOS devices at one time or another. Living in Australia that means jail breaking iOS devices that were not even available here, a scary thign at times. I did this initially, because what many do not realize, is the next big thing, in iOS often gets a start in the ‘openess’ of the Jailbreak community. Because iOS is a locked operating environment system this means few updates, or modifications are possible any other way, and updates or applications (apps) Apple does not like or feels threatened by do not make the approval list at all, sometimes for a good reason sometimes not so much.

For example, I got a discount on a holiday one time because I used my iPhone’s web analyzer app to detect Wi-Fi networks, and their strength, allowing me to fix the Wi-Fi network of the resort I was staying at in Vietnam, (so I could get my own Wi-Fi) for a 50% reduction on my resort room. Only a streamline version of that app is available now and Apple’s removal of the app in question caused them to go bump (after going into the jailbreak community for some time), all in the name os security, that was available to others in the Jail break community already (and still are today).

Some of the available tweaks just would not make it onto iOS, from game tweaks, to UI improvements. The latter is the last reason i Jail-broke my iPad Mini. iOS is many years old now and WAY overdue for a refresh of the UI, I have updated my iPad and iPhones via this method, but on getting rid of my iPhone and replacing my iPad2 with an iPad mini and again Jail-breaking it, I decided enough was enough. I hate the old look my new iPad mini it is tired but I am more tired of the problems my iPad gets using Cydia and other jail-break elements. This is part ofthe reason Apple bans the updates and I get it also.

However, Apple will know it is losing market share to others. Google via Android offers fresh looks and along with Microsoft Windows on phones and tablets, their fresh look only makes Apple look even more tired. Combine that with the newer operating systems allowing to have the UI updated as well, it results in even a more tired looking Apple iOS.

About the Author
Loren has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK, SaaS in Australia

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Melbourne, Australia, Earth
1 April 2013
Loren W

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Sweden to be ‘UnSwedishable’

In a bizarre move Google has purchased the country of Sweden, and plans to change the country’s name, to Plats som faktiskt sverige The result of this is the introduction of the world ‘UnSwedishable’ meaning cannot find in Sweden as there is no Sweden any more. This is expected to end the bitter lawsuit between the 2 global super powers. When asked for a comment Tech-News.TV was told, ‘vem är du’ and lämna innan jag ringa polisen dig mutter jobb and Jag hatar idots som du, du inte förstår någonting gör du.

Google denied the story saying this was no way in response to Sweden wanting to add the word ogooglebar to the Swedish dictionary. The language council is under the authority of the Swedish culture ministry, the Swedish Academy determines which words are officially accepted.

 About the Author
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Loren is an anglo-american hybrid  has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the
UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 200,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools in 20 countries, and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this.