The Top 5 Most Overpriced Tech

A list of Overpriced Technology

Highway Texting Zones

Do you Agree?

Android Wins 1st Poll!

Check out the results!

The Linux Year?

A Few Points why this could be IT.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Apple iPhone 5s Review - GSMArena.com





Here's a full review for the Apple iPhone 5s, containing 12 pages of packed information, so that you can now know its key features, advantages and disadvantages, and if it's worth its price. Some key features that were protagonists in this review are the TouchID, a bigger camera sensor and LED Flash, and also the A7 chip.

Click here to read the full review.

More bad news for Black Berry.



Black Berry have suspended their new Android and iOS Black Berry Messenger Apps. The application was initially halted on Saturday when an Unreleased version of BBM for Android was posted online. It seems that this version "Caused issues." Black Berry are still working on these apps for their chance of survival.

Such actions can be critical to BlackBerry. This week we've already heard about Black Berry slashing off its workforce by 40%, meaning 4,500 workers.  The company is losing money and thus it needs to take fast, but not stupid actions.

New iOS is making users Sick



It seems that some Apple customers and iOS users seem not happy at all with the new iOS update. The new flashy update makes some users go Light headed, especially when using the phone for a long time. Users have also taken this complaint to Apple message boards and also Twitter.

It seems that the new iOS "makes them dizzy," quoting some of the users complaining. Some of which are complaining especially when using the phone in road trips.

This is not the first time that phones had a too flashy operating system making their users go dizzy from time to time, and Apple seems to have created another one.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Gran Turismo 6 May be Available for PC



Developers Polyphony Digital may have a treat for you. It seems that one of the most popular PlayStation Games, maybe released for PC rather than just PlayStation.

PC Gamers have long awaited a game similar to Gran Turismo, as it offers tracks, a wide range of cars and features other car video games never released. Gran Turismo claims to be "The Real Driving Simulator." Other car video games have so far focused on creating a more interesting career mode, which will leave the gamer hooked to the game.

However, one must not jump into false conclusions. Gran Turismo 6 news talks about a PC version, however there are no big rumours yet. Websites like wikipedia claim that Gran Turismo 6 will only be released on PlayStation 3.

It is understandable why Gran Turismo is only released for PlayStation, since its publishers are Sony, the same brand manufacturing the PlayStation Console itself.

The Game is scheduled to be released during the first days of next December.

Link for the news article: http://www.gran-turismo.com/gb/news/00_1910783.html?t=15th
Link for the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Turismo_6

Valve announce their first Steam Controller



It seems that the Steam OS / Steam Box project is getting pretty serious. Valve have announced their first Steam controller, to be used on Steam Box - their announced console, working with a Linux Operating System.

The controller features haptic feedback and two trackpads, pretty much like a "general" controller everyone's used to. As Valve announced, it will give PC gaming a better way to play games rather than a keyboard and  a mouse.

Valve have also invited gamers to test this controller.

What I don't know is this: - PC gamers are used to playing using their mouse and keyboard. I like PC gaming over Console gaming because I use a keyboard and a mouse, and because I find it better in some aspects. I only used controllers for specific games which are really annoying to play with a keyboard.

What do you think? Do you prefer controllers or Keyboards and Mice?


Friday, 27 September 2013

[TUTORlAL] Installing Ubuntu Desktop on a Netbook



Welcome to My First Tutorial for this blog. This tutorial is specifically intended to those who wish to try Ubuntu Linux, maybe on an older PC. I decided to do this on my net book since it has been running reeeeaaaalllly slow with Windows 7, and as Windows 7's requirements are much higher than that of Ubuntu's I thought I'd install Ubuntu on my old net book. So here it goes.

First of all these are the minimum requirements for Ubuntu Linux compared to Windows 7.


Requirements:

Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Requirements:
CPU: Pentium 4 / 1Ghz Processor
RAM(Minimal): 64 MB
RAM(Recommended): 512MB
Hard Drive: 5GB
 Windows 7 Requirements:
CPU: Pentium 4 / 1Ghz Processor
RAM(Minimal): 1GB
RAM(Recommended): 2GB
Hard Drive: 16GB
 Let's get on with it. Here's the step by step guide.

What you'll need:

  • A 2GB (or more) USB Flash Drive
  • Your Net book or PC (Quite Obvious)
  • A Backup Drive (For backup purposes)
  • Rufus Application (Download here)

Creating Your Installation Drive
  
1. Download Ubuntu

Download the latest ISO file by going to this link:  http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Make sure you choose the appropriate file according to your hardware (64Bit or 32 Bit)


2. Download Rufus

Rufus is a USB Formatting Utility. You need this application in order to set up your bootable USB Flash drive. You can download Rufus from here.

1. Run Rufus in Elevated Mode: 



2. Choose your USB Device and Volume Label:


3. Find your downloaded Ubuntu ISO Image:


4. Start Flashing!




You now have a Bootable Flash Drive!


Preparing your System for Ubuntu

1. Backup your files

I admit I hate this step. I am too lazy to go through all my files and folders and back them up into one. Here's where you might need your separate hard drive in order to back your files up. Remember that you are going to format your hard drive so you need to copy any useful data on another disk.

Note: Yes you can install multiple Operating Systems if you'd like, however I wouldn't recommend doing it on a limited Net Book's Hard Drive!


2. Setting Up Boot Device Priority

By default, your Net book or PC might be set to boot from your Hard drive, thus you need to set it to boot up from your USB Flash drive in order to install Ubuntu. First, insert your USB drive and restart the system. Once the Motherboard, or Laptop brand splash screen appears, press the boot device priority key indicated on the screen. You might need to enter BIOS/CMOS setup in order to do that, depending on your hardware. Also, keys may vary according to the hardware being used, however the most common keys are F2, F9, ESC and DEL, so if you're lost try one of those before booting.

Then, all you need is to set the USB Flash drive as First in Boot priority, save changes and restart again. Make sure your USB Flash disk is still inserted.


Installing Ubuntu 13.04



1. Try / Install Ubuntu

After the previous step, the Ubuntu installation should start automatically. You can just try Ubuntu before installing it, in Live Mode, however in Live mode you won't be able to use its full features.



2. Checking Requirments

In this step, Ubuntu Installer checks for your requirements. If you use Wi-Fi like me, then you will be able to choose your network as soon as you click Continue.




3. Installation Type and Encryption

You can either choose to keep Windows on another partition or just reformat the disk over Windows files, just as I did.


If you chose to encrypt your files, Ubuntu Installer will now ask you for a password.

NOTE: Do not Forget this Password!


4. Final Steps

Ubuntu Installer will now ask you for your Location, Keyboard layout, and your details to create your User Account






5. Installation

The Installation will then start copying files to your hard drive.


Once the Installation is complete, you will be asked for a restart. From now on you can remove your USB drive.



6. Voila!
Type in your password and Ubuntu will start booting up!



VOILA ! :)




And now I have an Ubuntu HP- Mini. Optimized for Windows 7, Runs best with Ubuntu. :D

The best part is, I'm posting this using that same Net Book!

I hope this Tutorial was of help to you, and if you have any problems or feedback just comment below. If you enjoyed or liked this post, it would be appreciated if you could share it, or Like the site's Facebook page / Follow on Twitter / G+ or subscribe via RSS or email. Thanks in Advance

Happy Ubuntu-ing!


Bill Gates: CTRL + ALT + DELETE should have been made easier.



Bill Gates says that the triple key feature should have been made easier, such as using a two key shortcut, however the designer insisted on using these three keys.

"We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button"

But would it really be an "emergency" shortcut then? Surely, if the system had to be with one button, it would be easier to hit by mistake, and thus it could be annoying. I think that many users nowadays are much adapted to the CTRL + ALT + DELETE feature and thus they press them without even noticing or looking at the keyboard.

Is it easy for you to use CTRL + ALT + DELETE? Would you prefer a one button shortcut?

Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/26/tech/innovation/bill-gates-control-alt-delete/

Facebook is letting you Edit Posts



It seems that Facebook will be including a new edit feature for statuses and posts this week, letting users edit after posting. The feature will be available to anyone using Facebook on Android

Some users do not agree with this since your Facebook status is "stamped" as one status on your timeline, thus showing history. It wouldn't be any real history if you could edit your statuses just after. It would be much better if Facebook included a time frame for people to edit posts say 1 hour, so that users won't be able to edit their 'ancient' posts.

However, the majority of users are in favour of this. Auto Correct can ruin your post, while you also have a high chance of a spelling mistake when working with a compact Android keyboard.

Taking from my experience, I can say that it is not the first time that I misspelled something using my Android keyboard, and wished I could edit it after.

Read More here.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Why should you choose Linux Desktop over Windows.



With reference to one of my posts which made quite a hit today.. about the reasons why Linux Desktop is unpopular (Link), here are a few points I would like to make.

The post was about Linux Desktop not the whole Linux industry. I got those points from several articles and personal experience. I work in an IT environment in Malta, a country with no interest whatsoever on  Linux. Those are the reasons why people I meet do not install Linux, and some of which I knew for sure they may be contributing factors to the unpopularity of Linux around the World.

May I also state that I know about "Big Businesses" but they only exist in Servers and 'Super Computers' I also know about the Linux Foundation but it is different from companies like Microsoft and Apple, since Linux is not their bread and butter, whereas Windows is to Microsoft. Here is also a link to why this could be the Linux Year, in my opinion. (Link)

Let's go to the Linux Desktop's pros.

Cost
This is quite obvious. Linux is free and open source, and thus you do not need to worry about buying any license to use it. So are its applications and software. Developers might also want to redevelop applications or the OS itself to meet their needs.

Secure
Linux is much less vulnerable than Windows. Generally you don't need to buy or download any virus protection software, because Viruses or malware are MUCH less common in Linux rather than Windows. One might have to consider that Windows holds the major desktop share, thus most of viruses are coded to work on Windows. Apart from that, if some virus is released, there are thousands of developers working to find a solution rather than a limited number of companies, thus the beauty of it being Open Source.

Usage on Older PCs
One might have a working old PC. There are "lite" versions of Linux desktop which work pretty well with old computers, thus putting your computer back to life, whilst not needing to use an ancient OS such as Windows 98 or Windows 2000.

Alternative Programs
One might need specific problems to carry out their tasks. Linux, offers a great variety of alternative Applications which lets the user carry out the tasks which he was doing before on different OSes.

Hardware Support
You must probably think I'm insane talking about Hardware Support when I've written such a post yesterday. Maybe I have not made myself clear enough. This is different. Drivers on Windows are more easy to find or install, whereas on Linux it may have the best hardware compatibility, but it may need some time however to find the proper drivers. However, the new Linux kernel supports the a very wide range of Hardware.

Specific Choices
Linux comes in different distributions, making some distributions 'specific' or specialized to what a user may want. This also gives the user the chance of change both the appearance and the distribution once in a while. Maybe a user is bored of the same old OS, and want a little bit of change. 

How this could be the Linux Year.

High Hopes and Investments


Linux is a Free, and thus there are no businesses pumping cash to promote it. However this year things could be different. IBM claimed that it will be literally pumping a good 1 Billion dollar investment, whilst Intel hold high hopes and positive thinking with regards to Linux and Open Source. Nvidia are also talking constantly about Linux

"Weak" Competitors


Before you jump into conclusions, I am not saying that Microsoft or Apple are weak. I am only saying that the release of Windows 8 was controversial. The majority of users, especially developers disliked Windows 8 up to an extent that they considered reinstalling and moving back to Windows 7. Now what if we had to promote Linux as an alternative, that would make the user switching to a recent OS rather than downgrading to an earlier one.

Tackling Linux's Weak Points


We can all find an alternative software for applications we use on other operating systems, however we can never find an alternative for gaming. Gaming had always been targeted for Windows. I still use Windows for only that reason. However, it seems that Steam OS can change things, being developed by one of the leading Gaming brands. Let's just hope it is not just a re-skinned Ubuntu!

More Hardware Compatibility


Again, with companies like IBM, Intel and Nvidia on its side, Linux will be more compatible to their hardware. These companies used to be "Windows cousins," but it seems that they are now realizing that the future isn't in Windows, but in Open Source.

Android


One might not notice, but there are millions out there who never tried nor heard about Linux, but are constantly using a Linux - Based Operating System everyday without even knowing. If they can play their cards right, Android can be a benefactor to the Linux desktop too.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Play with Your Pets Remotely - PetCube


PetCube offers a new solution for pet owners who are willing to play with their pet when they are out. This offers a great alternative to when pet owners are out of their homes for a long time, such as on vacation. It allows the user to interact with his/her pets so that pets don’t feel lonely when no one is at home. With PetCube, the user is also able to speak with their pets and use laser to play with them.

The project has already raised $32,700 out of a $100,000 goal in less than one day.

The project is undergoing negotiations with hardware manufacturers, and the PetCube team have already claimed that there would be an Android and iOS, which will be free.

The Cube is believed to be launched next May, and will have a sleek silver design, however one can buy optional covers, making them suitable for the pet’s needs and likings. The Cube will be sold for about $200.

Gotta tell Mum about this!

Watch the video below.

Visit their official Website: www.petcube.net
 

What makes Linux Desktop so Unpopular?



Ever questioned yourself why Linux Desktop is not as widely used as other operating systems such as Windows and Mac? Linux is the one of the most powerful Operating Systems in the world, being open source, and much more. Here's a few points why Linux Desktop may have been left on the shelf.

Linux is Free and Open Source

That means, there's no big business behind it, and there are no companies pumping cash in order to promote it. Non - Technical people simply buy a computer which is eye- catching, probably running Microsoft Windows. They don't care what Operating System it is. I mean, for a non- technical person, why should he care if the computer's running Microsoft Windows or Linux? Microsoft, being a cash pump, advertises Windows so that our newly- bought PCs will be pre-installed with Windows. That way, non technical people may never realize that there are alternatives, and if they do, they would find them unfamiliar. Some people see their computer as a normal home appliance. They just care if it works or not.

Lack of Driver Support

Without being popular, it's understandable that Linux systems don't get much attention from hardware manufacturers. Some Hardware drivers are coded only for Windows or Mac, leaving Linux out of the list, particularly when it comes to gaming hardware. That makes any user, particularly a non technical one very upset, as they may not be able to maximize their PC's full capabilities.

With Windows Vista and above, it's too easy for Windows to install your new devices. Some of us have even lost the idea of acquiring drivers for our specific devices. Everything with Windows is "Plug and Play"

A Less User-Friendly Environment

Versions like Ubuntu have somewhat reached a User - Friendly environment, but still not enough to reach what Windows and MAC have achieved.

Less Software Opportunities

If one tries Linux over Windows, one might have to ask whether the software used on his Windows PC run on Linux, and that is a problem. You are able to find alternative applications for Linux, however not the original application. That way, you might have to adapt to tons of new software which you use everyday, and that is frustrating at first. Moreover, some file types may just not work with alternatives, so you maybe unable to access your work done on Windows.

When we talk about buying software for PC or Games for PC, our mind constantly thinks about Windows. No one considers that the term 'Software for PC' does not mean 'Software for all kinds of Operating Systems that might be Operating on your PC' but it's just for Windows and MAC. If you go to buy a video game, you don't expect it to run on a Linux System.

Linux Communities may be helpful, however not to everyone.

There are loads of Linux communities out there which are willing to help everyone, especially new users. However, they might not realize that new users are too "Non- Technical" people coming from Windows. People who adapted on Windows, find it difficult to use the terminal and the CLI interface. It is why they just then give up and keep using Operating Systems like Windows.



But is Linux Desktop that unpopular?

On a PC? Yes it is. Linux only holds about 2% of the desktop Operating Systems share.

BUT.

Some of us use a Linux System without even noticing. On Mobile Devices, Android is practically a Linux OS, holding a market share of about 55%. So now we know that if efforts are doubled on Desktop PC Linux, just like the efforts made to bring up Android, Linux may be able to start competing with other Operating Systems.

What do you think?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Galaxy S5 to get Aluminum casing?


News about the new Samsung Galaxy S5 claim that its casing will be made of aluminium. This is understandable after the criticism over the Samsung Galaxy S4 having poor plastic casing.


However, thus this mean Samsung are copying Apple’s Ideas?

Speaking from my view: I am a proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S2 myself, and I have not just drop tested it, but even slammed it at times during my anger (Yes, sometimes I have anger problems L).  Maybe Samsung can find another alternative - hardened plastic, or maybe phones can be made out of components which are more shock proof (like for example, the bendable screen!)

iPhones destroyed after a fake Waterproof advert on the Internet.



A fake advert about the new iOS7 led to the destruction of several iPhones. The advert, claimed that the new iOS7 made the device waterproof.

The Poster read:

“Update to iOS7 and become Waterproof!”
"In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry,"
 After being shared on several social network sites, this advert made curious people, probably not knowing anything about technology to get fooled and try it out. It is then that such iPhone users had gone mad, wasting an iPhone, probably bought over the weekend during its launch.


Adding a note for future purposes: Software Updating is Never going to make your phone Waterproof or shockproof or any other –proof. It all depends on the hardware and casing it is built.



Samsung's New Image Sensor Technology



The South Korean Company Samsung has just announced its new Image Sensor, which is expected to be fitted in forthcoming smart phones. The Image Sensor is being called “ISOCELL”, which is named after the technology being used. As Samsung claims, the sensor works by ISOlating the light receptor CELLs in the sensor, thus it improves image quality. It is also thinner than current image sensors, and thus suitable for “thin” mobile devices.
Some believe that the new image sensor will be fitted in the new Samsung Galaxy S5. After the iPhone 5s launch, Samsung will be eager to manufacture a powerful competitor to the market. The attention now grows on Samsung as it is working on the new Galaxy Series phone.

Currently we can conclude that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will probably hold a better image quality.

More information regarding the ISOCELL technology can be found below in this link: http://hexus.net/business/news/components/60501-samsung-launches-isocell-enhanced-cmos-imaging-sensor/

Monday, 23 September 2013

Steam OS! - The new Linux based Operating System


As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.

Yes you heard right, VALVE's expanding Universe was indeed something involving Linux and Open Source! Valve hopes to bring back PC gaming to life by using a Linux- Based, Open Source Operating System.

"SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen."

We've heard Linux Officials claiming that Linux and Open Source are the future of Gaming, despite their minute usage worldwide.

The code for SteamOS will be made freely available for developers who want to launch their gaming hardware.

Valve's new SteamOS machine is likely to be called Steam-Box

This, in addition to IBM's and Intel's efforts could mean a great boost for the Linux Operating System. Afterall, Intel said that it's the Linux Year!

Who's eager for SteamOS? Visit their website: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/

Hack iPhone and win $16000 and more



Who's Up for the challenge? A website, istouchIDhackedyet.com is offering a $16000 cash prize, along with other items to the person able to hack the iPhone 5s's touch ID.

The whole scope of it is not just the hack, but it is to clarify whether the  iPhone's touch ID sensor is really secure or is it just a gimmick to attract new attention.

The Chaos Computer Club (Germany) whose video has been published just before this post, are very close to claiming this prize. They just need get it working off a fingerprint which they got from somewhere else rather than the iPhone itself.
Quoting the site:

"The Chaos Computer Club in Germany may have done it! Awaiting video showing them lifting a print (like from a beer mug) and using it to unlock the phone."

Sunday, 22 September 2013

iPhone 5s fingerprint reader bypassed!



Just two days after the iPhone 5s Launch, hackers from Chaos Computer Club (Germany) claim to have found a way to bypass iPhone 5s' fingerprint security system.

"A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with Touch ID." - CCC
"In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake"
"As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints." -CCC
Here's a video on how they managed to bypass the system:


How Linux Owns the Internet



Here's a list of all the top sites used frequently used everyday hosted on Linux. The list is based on Alexa Traffic Ranking. Here it goes.

1. Google (#1 Alexa Ranking)


Everyone knows what is Google. We all use Google as a search engine. Google now also offers tons of services including Apps. Today we also use Google as a verb! "Google It!"
2. Facebook (#2 Alexa Ranking)




Facebook is by far the largest and most popular Social network on the Planet. It is used Worldwide and lets everyone share practically anything with friends on their network. Facebook is also equipped with Apps, while letting developers program their own.

3. Youtube (#3 Alexa Ranking)

A Website owned by Google to share videos, now even in HD and 3D. 

4. Yahoo! (#4 Alexa Ranking)
One of the most popular Internet Portals and Service Providers across the World.

 5. Wikipedia (#6 Alexa Ranking)


The Internet's Largest Worldwide Encyclopedia!

 6. QQ.com (#7 Alexa Ranking)

China's most popular Internet Portal

 7. LinkedIn (#8 Alexa Ranking)
The Social Network for Professionals! Includes Employers and Employees, and is based on work experience and Job performance.

 8. Twitter (#10 Alexa Ranking)


An online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets".

 9. Amazon (#11 Alexa Ranking)
The Largest Online Marketplace. 

 10. Blogspot (#12 Alexa Ranking)

Pretty much sums up all Blogs hosted on Blogger!

11. Wordpress.com (#15 Alexa Ranking)

Same thing but for Wordpress.

12. eBay (#22 Alexa Ranking)
A Marketplace and a place to buy and sell stuff online. Maybe even Auction them

13. Tumblr (#26 Alexa Ranking)
A feature rich and free blog hosting platform offering professional and fully customizable templates, bookmarklets, photos, mobile apps, and social network integration.

14. Pinterest (#27 Alexa Ranking)
Pinterest is an online pinboard: a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.

15. Paypal(#36 Alexa Ranking)
Online payment service for individuals and merchants. Allows users to send money and bills to anyone with e-mail. Hides the user's actual Bank details and Card numbers.

As you can see, Linux servers are hosting the world's largest Search Engines and Web Portals. Also, it seems that when you visit a blog, you have a 99% (or maybe a bit less) of it being hosted on Linux. The Most popular Blog hosting sites are Blogger and Wordpress, and they both run on Linux. For people running their own servers, Wordpress is also available on Linux Servers.