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31 minutes | Jun 29, 2015
Apple Music 1 Day To Launch | Barclays Bank & UK Apple Pay | News
With just one day to go to the launch of Apples new streaming service, we still have a few unanswered questions. What will happen to iTunes Match, how will iTunes Radio be integrated and just how will Apple make a traditional radio service attractive to young people. Plus: * iOS 8.4 will launch at 8 am PDT, Beats 1 will go live an hour later * Record Labels Are The Biggest Problem Artists Face (http://thetechlog.com/swift-changes-to-apple-music/) * Is Apple right to change their terms and conditions for free trial royalties * Sonos will support MUSIC by year end * Next generation of the iPhone has already commenced production Oh and - Barclays shuns Pay in preference of its own service...bPay is coming soon, and is a terrible idea (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpay1.png)
23 minutes | Jun 3, 2015
Google I/O – What Does The M Stand For?
What Does The M Stand For? Google I/O closed it's doors just over a week ago and frankly I'm glad they did. For me, this was the most underwhelming keynote in terms of actual products in a while. Sure, Sundar Pachai announced a host of Android improvements, some well overdue updates & a handful of new products but I was left feeling uninspired with Google's offerings. First off there were a number of new Android M features that Apple announced last year, including Android Pay and an improvement of the App specific permissions. Google have, other than squaring iOS' round corners, copied the way Apple implement an apps access permissions to things like the camera, microphone and location. Thank goodness its simpler now. Google Jump, offers an easy way to capture 360 degree movies by mounting 16 GoPro cameras to the jump carousel or "camera array". Much like Google Cardboard, the low tech VR headset, jump is believed to be open sourced so with a 3d printer, and a little over $3,000 worth of GoPro equipment you can start creating VR content. That may sound sarcastic...but its a very low barrier to entry for someone wanting to make amazing 360 degree content for Youtube. Plus how long until we get a rig that sits over mid field on a football game and allows you to look around an NFL game?
19 minutes | May 28, 2015
Total Recall Lawsuit | Apple TV Rumours | Streaming Media | Apple Watch Update | Weekly Round Up
Its been another busy week in the technology space! Lets take a look at some of the latest and greatest news stories: * Oculus Rift owner - Palmer Luckey - is being sued * Uber tests self driving car in Pittsburgh * Traffic jam data snarl up - BS systems will be upgraded * Apple Watch 1.0.1 update causes sporadic HR data * Relaunch Apple tv and build content as it goes We are expecting an Apple Tv update at WWDC in just under 2 weeks time...happy days! (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Screen-Shot-2015-05-28-at-10.05.54-PM.png) Plus Google I/O started today, and the keynote was fascinating...kinda. On Saturday i'll release a show covering the big points from the keynote, and how its going to affect your Android life!
17 minutes | May 26, 2015
Is Someone Trying To Hack Your Flight?
Here's How A Pilot Will Shut You Down Have you ever realised a story from your industry is being reported REALLY poorly, leaving you wondering if every news story is hash of bad reporting, made up facts and dramatisation for effect? This happens to me every time I see an aviation story hit the hot sheets. Put simply, it drives me mad! The most recent of these stories is the one about the airline hacker. Security researcher - and potentially future guest at a federal penitentiary - Chris Roberts claims to have hacked into both Boeing & Airbus in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems giving him access to everything from Fault Warning Computers to Thrust Management Systems. If there is any truth to this, he needs to go to prison for a very long time. However, more realistically, his career will be rather short lived beyond 2015. Rather than play up to the scare mongering offered by major media outlets, i'd like to take you through the reasons a hacker can not take control of your next flight. I know this is an unusual post for a tech blog, but there is a pretty big cross over here so I hope you enjoy the insight. First lets address two fundamental differences between Boeing & Airbus aircraft. Roberts was taken into custody after proudly tweeting he had been able to access the Thrust Management computer of a Boeing 737-800...by connecting an ethernet cable to a port on an IFE control box under the seat in front of him. There are a couple of problems with this theory. You might think the essential aircraft systems would be isolated and have no connection to the IFE system, but you'd be wrong. For some reason people still like to follow their trip on the moving map, that low res map that shows towns and cities you never knew existed. Therefore the Inertial Reference System, provides a data stream of location, wind, temperature and speed. A critical design flaw you might think, but again...you'd be wrong. Boeing & Airbus do not use a TCP/IP connection between theses systems, instead ARINC or Aeronautical Radio inc, protocols are used...and these are one way communication paths. Much like in a non-return value, the flow is unidirectional, meaning data can be sent to your map with no way for you to send a dangerous piggyback signal to the aircraft systems. I'd love to say that was a design feature, but I imagine it came from wanting to be different to raise the list price! Another limiting factor of Chris Roberts' plan, is the notion that he could over-w
23 minutes | May 20, 2015
Government Encryption, Zombies Run & Samsung Memory Leak
What??? The show is out on a Thursday.... Well thats the new schedule! If you don't like it you can still wait until Friday to listen to it! (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/225.jpg) Remember to follow us on Twitter @TheTechLogger (http://www.twitter.com/thetechlogger) Today we are talking about how bad it would be if the FBI & DoJ gets access to a manufacturers security key. And why there should never be a back door in any piece software! Is your Galaxy S6 crashing once a day? Many users are experiencing a severe memory leak...let us know if you are affected! UPDATE: Samsung has now admitted this issue exists & suggests you use the close all button on the multitasking card For more info visit: Apple & Google Vs. Obama (http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/19/apple-google-encryption-backdoors/) Zombies Run (https://www.zombiesrungame.com) Galaxy S6 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/04/30/galaxy-s6-vs-lg-g4-best-galaxy-s5-successor/) Ok so the LG TV was announced last year...but wow is it cool! (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/lg-rollable-tv.jpg)
18 minutes | May 8, 2015
Power To The People – Unless Its In An Apple Watch Band
Power Wall & MFI Apple Bands This week we discuss the developments from the boys and girls at Tesla & the Gigafactory. Having announced the Power Wall (http://thetechlog.com/elon-musk-savi…modern-society), Elon Musk is a man on a mission. That mission: "Save The World" Also this week, Apple have released the guidelines for Watch Band designers. Looking to create your own band? OR waiting for the perfect customisation, find our what you can & what you shouldn't expect from third party manufacturers. Take a look at some of the stands available on Amazon (http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00WO5WPRA&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=the0fcff-20)(http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00UI43TO2&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=the0fcff-20)(http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00VSGVVNA&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=the0fcff-20)(http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=the0fcff-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00VSGVVNA) (http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=the0fcff-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00UI43TO2) (http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=the0fcff-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00WO5WPRA)
23 minutes | Apr 30, 2015
Google Fi, Samsung Gear, Tesla & The Macbook
Its another big week in tech Google & Samsung announce their results & Tesla are trying to improve the way your home is powered. Google is taking on the Wireless carriers & Samsung are going after Motorola and the Moto 360! Plus we take an in-depth look at the new Macbook, after some hands on experience. For our full Macbook Review click here (http://thetechlog.com/apple-macbook-2015-wow)
20 minutes | Apr 24, 2015
Google, Uber, Tesla & More Self Driving Cars
Autonomous vehicles are just around the corner + Apple Watch + Twit.tv All the automotive giants, plus a few tech firms are ploughing money into autonomous vehicles. When will they arrive? And will we be able to buy them? Read more (http://thetechlog.com/self-driving-cars-the-future-isnt-far-away/) Plus a big shout out to the team at Twit.tv - Happy 10th Anniversary. You guys are the inspiration that drives on The Tech Log & Cherished Ideas (http://cherishedideas.com) Oh and did we mention the the Apple Watch (http://thetechlog.com/apple-watch-pre-order-or-should-you-wait-for-google/) launched today? Did you pre-order yours? If so, when is your expected shipping date?
16 minutes | Apr 17, 2015
Apple Watch Pre-Order OR Should You Wait For Google?
Launch minus 1 week Today marks a week since Apple started accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Watch and the initial rush as pushed delivery windows back as far as July (at one point we even saw August as a shipping date!). Initial reports suggest the fruit company received over 2 million orders in just 3 days. Compare this figure with ALL Android Wear sales in 2014 of just 720,000 and you'll see that they have already created a hit. However, Google are preparing to up shipments of Android Wear devices...How? By making them work with your trusty iPhone. Currently it isn't clear which devices will be able to swing both ways, bug Google are in the final stages of preparing Android for the Apple masses!
23 minutes | Apr 9, 2015
Apple Watch Launch Day Is Here!
Finally we've had our hands on the Watch (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_1467-1024x724.jpg) (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_1453.png) 08:03 UK time and along with the raging queue of 3 people I managed to book the first appointment to try in the shiny new device from the team at Cupertino. Frankly I'm a little surprised that there are only 3 of us here at the Apple Store just 58 minutes before the grand unveiling. 08:45 - The pre-launch training is coming to a close and the queue has surged to five people, one of whom appears to have been dragged here by her husband. (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_1457-300x169.jpg) 09:00 The staff do their best to make it seem like a big launch by doing the whole countdown & big cheer...Then the 40ish staff were overrun by the three of us waiting to try on an Watch. 09:10 After discussing what I was expecting from the Watch, if i'd thought about which case & band combo i'd like and whether I had a compatible iPhone I get to try on the hallowed devices. First up, the stainless steel version with the Milanese loop...it is BEAUTIFUL. The loop seems to flow around your wrist in the most elegant fashion. The 42mm case is perfect for me, none of the screen real estate has been wasted and the "complications" perfectly display all the information you could want on a watch face. (Note, by now estimated deliveries have slipped as far as June) Sadly Apple have set the watches to run a demo video showcasing all of the major features. Although most of the features were on show, I was a little disappointed that prospective buyers weren't allowed to play with a live model. Subsequently I tried on the Space Grey and...regular Sports Watch, which are both noticeably lighter than the stainless steel. The aluminium models don't feel as if they are the cheap alternative, they have a finish akin to the iPad range and the Space Grey model simply looks beautiful. For more info listen to our Podcast at TheTechLog.com/iTunes (http://TheTechLog.com/iTunes)
6 minutes | Apr 3, 2015
The Apple – Force Touch TrackPad Easter Egg
The new MacBook Pro with Retina display is almost hypnotic...I spent around 20 minutes playing with it and nearly missed my flight as a result! The trackpad is amazing...get yourself to an Apple Store today!
16 minutes | Apr 2, 2015
Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Too Edgy?
Finally i've been able to sit down and play with both the Samsung Galaxy S6 & Edge handsets! Finally! These may be flagship devices, but one is beautiful, and the other is similar to a badly finished school technology project. Find out what I loved and hated with the two...(Hint: A M O L E D) and how disappointed i was after playing with one of them. Oh and did you know there is some sort of smart watch release next week? (http://thetechlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_14161-1024x726.png)
20 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
03 – Google Glass Is Still Alive…
But Is That A Good Thing? When google cancelled the Glass explorer program, tens of wealthy early believers were left with $1,500 pieces of unsupported tech junk. But good news the program is not dead. Like a phoenix Glass will rise from the ashes and be reincarnated…at some point in the future. In this week’s show we talk all about Glass, why it could be great & how the beta hardware was not fit for purpose! Amongst other things, the explorer model caused eye-strain, migraines and being cast as a social pariah. These, along with the price are things they have to fix before Google Glass can go mainstream. In other news, my MacBook is driving me crazy. Worst of all, it’s entirely my fault. Don’t forget to visit the show on iTunes and subscribe, plus i’d love for you to leave a rating & review!
19 minutes | Mar 20, 2015
02 – Stop Selling Me Stuff That Doesnt Work
Should we slow the product iteration timeline? When you buy or upgrade your tech product you expect it to work...right? When you used Windows 8, iOS 8.0.1 or Google glass, did you get the user experience you hoped for, or were you left with a device that wasn't quite ready for consumer consumption? I hate seeing companies pushing our annual updates just to maintain their release anniversaries, even if the product is yet to be perfected. There have been a number of issues with recent tech products that could have been solved with another 6 months development. Whether its antenna gate on the iPhone 4 or the disappearance of the Start menu in Windows 8, tech manufacturers have either missed the mark on technical design or with user experience. Today I spend around 20 minutes ranting about how profits and "because we always do" have driven the tech world into some fairly sizeable mistakes, dodgy designs and potential fixes. You can read more here (http://thetechlog.com/should-we-slow-the-iteration-process/)
18 minutes | Mar 19, 2015
01 – Google Chromebook Pixel vs the new Macbook in our USB-Type C showdown
Welcome To A New Era Of The USB The USB world has taken another step forward with the introduction of type-c connectors. Both the new Chomebook Pixel & the new MacBook are fitted with usb type-c and we are entering an age of total non propriety cables (at least until the next generation). This new industry standard has been created by a whole host of manufacturers including Apple, Google & Microsoft and will continue to roll out on a LOT of devices throughout the year. Although it doesn't offer a speed increase over usb 3.0, the connector is reversible and can never be plugged in incorrectly In this weeks show we take a look at the pros and cons of the Chromebook Pixel, who its for, what its uses are and how much we love the touchscreen. We also discuss the new MacBook with its ultra thin screen, fancy new force touch trackpad and its "solution to a problem nobody knew existed" keyboard. Lastly we spend a few minutes reviewing the uses and business case for the iOS DiagnosticKit. Which really could be a break through for Apple and the medical industry. Thanks for stopping by! Learn more about the Pixel (http://thetechlog.com/google-gateway-to-the-chromebook-pixel/)
6 minutes | Mar 18, 2015
00 – Tech News & Gadgets Reviews
Welcome to episode 00 of our new podcast! Having a blog is a great new journey for me and writing is becoming more and more of a passion. However there are negatives to written media and hopefully TheTechLog podcast will help you stay up to date with the latest tech news and gadget reviews around the world. This is a crowded market...The tech podcast world is probably one of the more saturated of all the podcast genres, perhaps with the exception of the business category, but we wont let that dissuade us. TheTechLog is dedicated to finding, examining and reporting the very best stories in the tech universe and boiling them down to a short 20 minute weekly show
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