iPhone

RED: How Israel warns it’s citizens from Hamas terrorism

Yesterday I mentioned the app that is available to push alerts of rocket strikes to your smart phone.

It is called RED and is available for iPhone and Android.

I have it installed on my phone and at dinner last night a flurry of alerts came in reminding me to share with you what it looks like.

When you login you have two possible screens.

The latest alerts and and a Map showing the latest alerts. It uses GPS and cell towers to know where you are.

Here is the Map screen showing the flurry of rocket attacks against Ashdod and Askelon and the general vicinity at around 6:45pm last night.

Screenshot_2014-08-23-19-07-15 Read more »

Tagged:

Unsurprising really, I haven’t used Microsoft products for years

I haven’t used Microsoft Office products in years.

I mostly live in the cloud and where possible use Google Apps and in the past have used OpenOffice as a viable alternative to Office.

Office applications became more and more bloated and the days of massive installations on hard drives to do basic things like simple spreadsheets and documents is long gone.

The advent of tablet and mobile computing has pretty much killed off applications like Office.

It may be one of Microsoft’s biggest squandered opportunities.

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimised for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.

Take Artivest Holdings, a New York-based financial services startup that sells alternative investment products. The New York-based company uses an app called Quip, which combines word processing and messaging, to handle all but the most sensitive legal and financial files.  Read more »

Did you forget this tweet Martyn?

Martyn Bradbury was busted yesterday…in the documents I released he asked for $5000 for a new laptop, phone and tablet…becuase if he was going to represent the Internet Party he’d ned cool toys.

bradbury-request

Bradbury claims he isn’t on the payroll…yet…but strangely re-tweets every tweet of Kim Dotcom’s…he’s worse than the Gurnard.

But did he forget this tweet on January 7?  Read more »

Now that Jobs is dead, is Apple dying? Introducing the ‘new’ iPhone 5S

Tagged:

This was done using an iPhone!

Tagged:

Maybe the outraged “decent journalists, trained and skilled” want one of these?

With all the howling and dead horse flogging of the GCSB sideshow in an attempt to either take the heat off Mr 29% or falling victim to their own hypocritical paranoia,  I wonder if the likes of  Billy Big Steps propaganda agent The Gurnard  and NZOA bludger and top 2nd tier media presenter Russell Brown will want one of these upon release:

The strongest indication yet that Apple’s new iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner has been discovered by an app developer.
A string of code discovered in the latest beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software implies that either the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 could come with a fingerprint scanner.
The code describes a user touching the Home button with their thumb. A fingerprint then appears on the screen, that changes colour – presumably to signify a match – and the ‘recognition is complete’.
A folder called Biometric Kit was also found.

A string of developer code discovered in the fourth beta release of Apple's iOS 7 software, pictured, gives the strongest indication to date that either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 could have a fingerprint scanner

A string of developer code discovered in the fourth beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software, pictured, gives the strongest indication to date that either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 could have a fingerprint scanner

 

A string of developer code discovered in the fourth beta release of Apple's iOS 7 software, pictured, gives the strongest indication to date that either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 could have a fingerprint scanner

A folder called Biometric Kit, pictured, was also found and the feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data

The feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data.

The screenshots were tweeted by developer Hamza Sood.

Rumours about a fingerprint scanner being introduced to an upcoming Apple handset first emerged before the iPhone 5 was released in September last year.

Apple had purchased security company AuthenTec, which analysts claimed was because Apple wanted the firm’s expertise in NFC (near field communication) and biometric secutiry technologies.

The iPhone 5 did not include the feature, though, and this led people to speculate that the next model – dubbed iPhone 5S – or later versions, such as iPhone 6, would include the feature.

In April this year, rumours surfaced that the next iPhone model could be delayed because of this technology.

A supply chain source in Taiwan told Reuters that Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing production problems.

Then in May, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett claimed fingerprint scanners could spell the end of modern-day passwords and the technology would become more popular once Apple introduces it to one of its products. - Source 

Will all those “decent journalists, trained and skilled” that are obsessively bleating and moaning about how terribly important bagging  the GCSB is want an iPhone 5S with the capacity for Apple to store your print?

 

 

One second of video, every day, for a year

This guy used his iPhone to shoot one second of video, every day for a year.

A little bit of video, shot on my iPhone, every day from birthday #29 to birthday #30. Still not sure why.
Music: “All My Friends,” LCD Soundsystem
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”    Read more »

Tagged:

Techtard of the Day

Double_facepalm

Clare Curran is the gift that just keeps on giving. Just when you think she can’t get any dumber she comes out and proves us wrong.

The tip line has produced an absolute gem which shows why the ICT sector should be crapping themselves if Curran ever gets the portfolio.

During Radio New Zealand’s financial review appearance Clare Curran showed what a techtard she is.

This transcript exert below is brilliant. RNZ chief executive Peter Cavanagh did well not to start pissing himself laughing.

Jonathan Young: I listen to your programmes every day of the week through my iPad. I don’t use my radio anymore except as an alarm.

Clare Curran: Actually, I just wanted to wave it at you because it is such a great innovation, the app, and I have listened – I used it when I was in the States last year, and it was amazing to be there and to hear the quality of the voice coming through. It’s fantastic. The only criticism I would have of it, and I’m interested to know if this is happening to other people, is that it cuts off. It cuts out after a certain amount of time, and then you’ve got to stick it back on again. So there’s some sort of glitch, but I don’t think it’s just my iPhone.   Read more »

Time for a change?

iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s4

I currently have an iPhone 4…it is nearly time to renew it.

I have also recently become very, very annoyed with Vodafone. I spend a not inconsequential sum of money with them and the last few customer service interactions have been less than desirable.

I also find their network coverage annoying with regular drop outs of service in spots there shouldn’t ever be. So should I stay or should I go…I certainly don’t feel like a wanted customer.  Read more »

Tagged:

WhaleTech: The Budget for smartphone/tablet nerds

via treasury.govt.nz

via treasury.govt.nz

Last year, Treasury released iPhone and Android apps for those who like to see all the Budget data come alive (after the 2pm embargo, of course).  They’ve updated the app for the 2013 budget.  Sorry Windows Phone / Surface users, you miss out, but the rest of you can get your fix here:

Read more »