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Month: December 2013

A Royal Pardon Has Been Issued for Alan Turing, The Father of Computer Science

A Royal Pardon Has Been Issued for Alan Turing, The Father of Computer Science

3847406801_a8e6a4505d_oAt the request of Justice Minister Chris Grayling, Alan Turing has received a Royal pardon following persecution for his sexuality in 1952.  The subsequent punishment and treatments led to his apparent suicide in 1954, although some argue that his death was no intentional.  Alan Turing was only 41 years old.

The work done by Turing at Blecheley Park during the Second World War shortened the horrific conflict by years and saved countless lives.  Alan Turing also designed ACE, one of the world’s first stored program computers, and his pioneering research and concepts in the field of computer science, live on to this day.

Source: The Verge via BBC News | Image Source: Flickr

Ad Watch: Moto X Print Ad In Wired Magazine

Ad Watch: Moto X Print Ad In Wired Magazine

Moto X Wired

This is probably the most innovative ad I’ve seen in a while.  Why?  It takes the Moto X’s greatest selling point, its customizability, and brings it to life on a medium that’s the antithesis of the Internet – a magazine.

I don’t have much to say about this except “Kudos, Moto.  Kudos”.

Finally, some sense! BBM To Come Preloaded On LG Android Phones

Finally, some sense! BBM To Come Preloaded On LG Android Phones

20131030-IMG_0150Blackeberry’s announced a partnership with LG, whereby LG will ship devices in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with BBM preloaded.  At first glance it looks like yet another desperate move by company that hasn’t taken definitive action in years.  But is it really?  You’re going to be surprised by just how much sense this all makes.

First, the problem:  the iPhone disrupted the smartphone market and everyone moved towards slab, all touch devices with incredibly sophisticated operating systems and applications.  Slowly, but surely, Blackberry’s mainstream market crumbled.  

Teens got their hands on Blackberrys next.  The Curve lines’ affordability and great keyboard made it great for the hardcore texters of our generation and everyone snapped them up.  But this market was slowly eaten up by cheap iPhones, Androids, and Lumias too.

Blackberry’s last hope is the emerging market, and that too is moving away from the antiquated platform.  BB10 devices are still too expensive, and those that can afford a Z10 are going for iPhones and Samsungs instead.  So how does loading BBM on LG phones fit into this tale of sadness and despair?

Blackberry knows that, at least for the time being, its hardware division is dead – and every time someone throws their 8720 away and buys an Android phone they’re losing a customer.   Only as LG devices gain traction in emerging markets, Blackberry don’t really lose a customer.  That person doesn’t have to ditch all his or her BBM contacts, they’re on their brand new LG android phone.  One can keep texting with peace of mind and keep using the service they’ve already invested so much time in – and everyone’s doing it.

This is a brave, smart move that should slow Blackberry’s decline and given them some breathing room.  The company’s still treading water though, and it’s only a matter of time before it sinks or swims.

Stream All The Tunes! Spotify’s Now Available in Malta!

Stream All The Tunes! Spotify’s Now Available in Malta!

SpotfyN4 Malta

UPDATE: It’s up!  I successfully made an account this morning and the apps work on both my phone and tablet.

At a press conference this afternoon Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced that the service would be expanding to 20 new markets as from today.  Markets like El Salvador, Chile, Cyrus, Bulgaria…and Malta!

Free streaming on your tablet, smartphone, and desktop in Malta and 19 other new markets.

Alongside these new markets Spotify also announced free streaming to their mobile and tablet apps, though with a few small niggles, namely that on mobile the app will be using an always-random model.  That means that while you’ll still be able to listen to the album or playlist you want the tracks probably won’t be in the order you desired.  But ya know what? It’s free!

At the time of publishing I couldn’t get an account and kept getting the “Spotify is not available in your country” but I’m expecting that to change shortly, at least by tomorrow afternoon.  Will update when I’m in!

Source: Spotify via The Verge

Pro Tip: Get Google Home On Your Android Phone Right Now

Pro Tip: Get Google Home On Your Android Phone Right Now

Nexus 4 GEL

One of the biggest tech bums this year was definitely the fact that the gorgeous Google Experience Launcher (aka Google Home) was limited to just the Nexus 5, at least for the time being.  Bummer.

But then along comes Ron Amadeo over at Ars Technica (previously of Android Police fame) who discovers that not only can any device run Google Home, but you’ve already got all the necessary code and assets on your phone!  Here’s why, straight from the horse’s mouth, and read on past the break for the tip:

That’s right, Google Search isn’t just integrated into the home screen, it is the home screen. Everything you see on the home screen—the wallpaper, the icons, the widgets, and the app drawer—are all drawn by the Google Search app. “GoogleHome.apk” still exists, but it is an empty shell that forwards everything to the search app. – Ron Amadeo, Arstechnica

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