Friday, August 28, 2009

Facebook for iPhone 3.0

Around 10pm last night, Apple made the new Facebook 3.0 application available for purchase/download from their App Store and have to say what a big improvement it is over the previous versions of the Facebook application for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

If you haven't tried it out yet I urge you to go ahead and download this app. Apart from the new user interface here are a list of changes/improvements over the previous editions.

- See your upcoming Events and RSVP
- See your friends' birthdays
- See Pages and post updates and photos to Pages you administer
- Write Notes and read your friends' Notes
- Upload videos from an iPhone 3GS
- Upload photos to any album
- Complete photo management (create albums, delete albums, delete photos, delete photo tags)
- Change your Profile Picture
- Zoom into photos
- Like posts and photos
- See the same News Feed as the Facebook website
- Visit links in a built-in web browser
- See all of your friends' friends and Pages
- See mutual friends
- Easily search for people and Pages
- Make friend requests
- Become a fan of Pages
- Quickly call or text your friends
- Create shortcuts to your favorite friends and Pages
- Friends sorted by first or last name according to your settings
- Chat friends sorted alphabeticaly

Also I noticed that if you have any notifications in Facebook, when you exit the app the Facebook icon now shows you how many notifications you have.

Very cool indeed!

Edit: Version 3.02 is now available. Fixes more bugs.

Monday, August 24, 2009

8-Bit Trip

The 8-Bit Trip video might just be one of the greatest Lego music videos ever created. Tomas Redigh spent 1,500 hours using LEGO to animate a song by Daniel Larsson. With appearances from Mario, Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man, and more, the video is sure to please any video game fan.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Avatar 20-Aug-2009 trailer!

The latest official trailer of the most anticipated by Avatar by James Cameron, has just hit the net and it's probably playing everywhere by now. Tomorrow is Avatar Day. The day that the viewers everywhere get to preview a 15 mins clip of the upcoming movie. Whoa... Can't wait for that.

For those that can't wait till tomorrow you can catch the latest trailer (that was released just a few hours ago) to get a taste of the next big movie ever.

If you want to catch it on HD head over to Apple trailers website or for direct links you can download them from here.

iPhone firmware 3.0.1 update

Looks like Apple was quite quick about this one. The latest 3.0.1 firmware has just been released on iTunes and it patches the SMS exploit that was demonstrated by Charlie Miller (known security expert) at the Black Hat conference just yesterday.

If you’re an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3GS user it would be wise to update to iPhone 3.0.1, iPhone 3G 3.0.1, or iPhone 3GS 3.0.1 firmware.

Launch iTunes and click "Check for updates" to get the latest update. Download size is approximately ~230MB depending on which Apple iPhone you have.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tax. What does it do for you?

Well everyone pays tax right? You get tax'd by your wage and then you have to pay additional taxes to your respective councils and whatever else right? Ever wonder what councils do with your tax?

I've been asking myself that question for awhile now. These people they send you notices that instructs you to pay for this tax and that tax and what do they do for you in return? No seriously, think about it. In your neighbourhood what have you ever asked for? Fill in this pot-hole, replace the broken pavement, make sure there are enough police officers patroling your areas if you need it, etc.

Well a few months back I had sent a letter to my local borough council asking them to fix this hole on the footpath as it's dangerous to anyone who doesn’t see it ever since I moved to my current area. It's been there for over two years now and it's only 4x6 inches in size and they've used about 4-5 cones and signage to block that pathway directing others to walk to the side of the footpaths. At that time I hadn't sent them a photo of the problem but then one of them had the audacity to reply back stating that it has been fixed when clearly it hasn't. On closer inspection what they did was actually put more cones and signage to block more of the footpath. WOW! Now that is pretty clever... I wonder where they get these people from. I simply didn’t realise that is what it means by fixing. Top marks!

Now the other day when I got home, I saw some teens sitting by the staircase that leads to my neighbour’s flat. I know they don’t live there because I’ve never seen them before. Anyway what happened next was they were sitting/hiding there because they were rolling up a joint! Yep, a marijuana joint to smoke. I had my window open, and the smell was just coming into my place. Not having any of it I called the Police help line and reported the kids to them. The officer on the line said that she acknowledges possession of an illegal substance is well "ILLEGAL" but if these kids aren’t bothering you then just let them be. I was gobsmacked when I heard that and from a police officer as well. She did then say if there are officers around the neighbourhood then she will dispatch them out my way. But WOW! No wonder everyone is leaving this country...

Makes you wonder eh... So why are you paying taxes for again?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Madrid, Spain

Following the posts of my trip to Madrid in Day 1, Day 2, and Day 4 & 5 the pictures from the trip are now available from the Snapshots link on the right.

More Astro Boy goodness!

Full-length trailer of Astro Boy that was debuted yesterday.

Release dates as mentioned on imdb's website.
- Hong Kong 08 October 2009
- Japan 10 October 2009
- Australia 22 October 2009
- New Zealand 22 October 2009
- Portugal 22 October 2009
- Russia 22 October 2009
- China 23 October 2009
- USA 23 October 2009
- Czech Republic 29 October 2009
- Singapore 05 November 2009
- Turkey 13 November 2009
- Brazil 22 January 2010
- UK 29 January 2010
- Argentina 25 February 2010

Friday, August 07, 2009

Tip of the day: Dry out your soaked gadgets in rice

Ever fell victim to being thrown into a pool while your phones or whatever gadgets are still on hand or just simply getting them wet? Well here is a technique that could help save your gadgets.

Dry out your soaked gadgets in rice. There's a grain of truth to this in that rice quickly sucks up the surrounding moisture. Make sure the environment is free from excess humidity, drop the wet device in a container of rice and let it sit. For a better desiccant, it'd be a good idea to store all those little silica gel packets that come in anything from shoe boxes to moisture-sensitive gadgets.

*Note: Personally have not tried this and I don't recommend you to do this in the name of science so I don't claim any responsibility if you do try this out.

New York in 3D!

Get your 3D glasses to watch this!

This Is What It Feels Like To Fly In a U2 Spy Plane

The Lockheed U2 is an amazing plane, developed to spy enemy countries by the CIA and the United States Air Force. Flying at 70,000 feet, the U2 can fly day or night, rain or sun, photographing ground facilities on very short notice, something that satellites can't do. It was created in the 50s, flying for the first time in 1955, and despite some being shot down over the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China, the fleet is still in use today. In fact, the successful design outlasted the SR-71 and the secret A-12 CIA spy plane, and will keep flying till 2014 or even later. [Wikipedia]

Thursday, August 06, 2009

iPhone Navigation

It is about time that Apple cleared the release of some navigational apps to their App Store. Unless you're using a jailbroken iPhone you're pretty much out of luck because Apple yanked almost every single one of those apps from their App Store. Well no fear since the release of the 3.0 firmware there has been a few that's been popping up in the App Store.

There was the one from Navigon AG called MobileNavigator. I downloaded the British Isles version that they had on trial/demo when it was first released to try out and it was rubbish! It couldn't find my home location when I typed in the post code. I had to find my location on the map and then tell it where I wanted to go. Even then it gave the wrong instructions all together. Deleted it straight away and 200MB of wasted download and time.

Well today there's another one that has just popped up in the App Store. CoPilot Live from ALK Technologies is the latest navigational offering. I haven't tried this one yet because there aren't any trial or demo version to try out. Demanding a £25.99 to download the app may seem to be ok. Considering what a regular navman or Tom Tom would cost it is not bad for pricing. From the reviews posted with the app from major publications seems to be a very promising application. Well if I really needed one I may get it at a later date.

Well on the same day Tom Tom has just released news that their version of navigational application for the iPhone is just about to be released. Overseas pricing for the kit is ~£113.85 which includes a mount for your car and the app ofcourse. Considering that there's not that much difference in buying a physical Tom Tom would you pay that just so you can have a Tom Tom on your iPhone? Do you really need to fork out that much just so you can boast about it? I mean... You can get a cheaper physical unit these days for less than £50 if you shop around.

Do know that if you do use these apps like any other app for the iPhone for a long period of time (which you will do if you need a Tom Tom to get from A to B), the iPhone battery life is going to be terrible hence you'll have to charge it more often than usual. Is it really worth it? Anyway check out the advertisement from Tom Tom on their iPhone app below.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Seville, Spain

Following the post on Madrid, Spain: Day 4 and 5, the pictures from the Seville day trip are now available from the Snapshots link on the right.

Making It Tougher to Get UK Passports

Making It Tougher to Get UK Passports. The Government is to announce plans to make it tougher for immigrants to get British passports, including strict new rules that will double the period foreigners have to work in the UK before being considered for citizenship. Sky's Laura Bundock reports.

Courtesy of Sky News