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I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention just like everybody else. A Genius may be able to fix their iPhone without even trying, but they won’t provide the hugs these people will inevitably need on occasion. You know, like when they cannot afford the new new iPad on day one.
In recent years Microsoft, as great a company as it may be, has given off a turgid stench suggesting its best years are behind it. But with Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Surface tablets, the next Xbox and Kinect, Outlook, and Office, Microsoft is looking keen, nimble, and ready to reach the dizzying heights of undeniable greatness once more. Or perhaps not. Last week’s We Ask You was your chance to opine on this topic.
The Internet seems to have had a strange effect on people when it comes to the sharing of opinions. It’s as though the chance to air a particular point of view to the world – whether the world in question is a few close friends or thousands of total strangers – is too good an opportunity to pass up. Amirite.com is one such website, offering an outlet for people to share their random thoughts and a way of gauging whether the opinions they hold dear.
Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don’t know when it’s being released, the main protagonist, the setting, the storyline, or anything else of substance. Many people have had educated guesses, but we’re still mostly in the dark. However, I already know I’ll be buying GTA V on its release day. What follows are 8 reasons GTA V will be a day one purchase for me, and possibly for you too.
Microsoft has become known as a pedestrian, traditional, non-innovating tech dinosaur relying on one or two key products to keep itself in business. Whether you believe that to be the case or not, there have been rumblings in recent times of a new Microsoft emerging from this lost decade. A smarter, stealthier, streamlined Microsoft which has learned from its past mistakes. Could a Microsoft resurgence be imminent?
Neil Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, 2012, after a life filled with magnificent achievements. Sadly, his death prompted many people across the InterWebs, particularly on social media sites, to ask, Who was Neil Armstrong, and why should I know of him? Surely everyone should know who Neil Armstrong was and what he achieved. After all, he will always be the first person to have walked on the moon.
Digital formats are a brilliant innovation let down by one fatal flaw: If anything bad happens – be it theft, failure, or natural disaster – to the physical object housing the data, then a lifetime of work (or more likely your whole music and movie collections) can literally be lost forever.
This is why backing up your digital data is so important. This prompted the question in last week’s We Ask You querying your methods for preventing that possibly cataclysmic loss happening to you.
If you’re reading this then the chances are you’re a fan of technology. I would also hope, as a fan of technology, you’re on Twitter by now. But who should you follow on Twitter? I’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff to bring you a rundown of the 8 essential technology journalists you should be following on Twitter. Now. Go. Do it. Well, after you get to the end of the article at least.
If you own any kind of digital device – from desktop to laptop, tablet to phone, and more besides – it’s important to back up your files on a regular basis. How regular is up to you, but leaving those documents, photos, albums, videos, programs, etc. sitting un-duplicated for too long could result in one of those horror stories.
Google is rather keen on extolling the virtues of the InterWebs to us all. Its reasons for doing so are rather obvious – without the Web Google wouldn’t even exist, let alone be a global company worth billions of dollars – but we appreciate the effort regardless. Google is also keen to promote its Web browser Chrome, so its latest venture, titled Web Lab, is an effort to educate and promote at the same time.
The whole idea of space exploration is one that has fascinated mankind for generations, but practical and monetary concerns have somewhat taken the shine off the excitement that exploring the final frontier engenders. This prompted a question regarding space exploration and how you personally felt about it.
Twitter isn’t for everybody. But whether you have love or hate for Twitter it’s hard not to acknowledge how it has changed the way we communicate, not only with each other but with famous people too. Twitter makes it immensely easy to contact celebrities, and even politicians and world leaders have accounts (although they’re usually run by a lackey or two rather than themselves).
Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics before becoming Atlas Comics in the 1950s and eventually the company we know and love in the 1960s. This was the era when Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the omnipresent Stan Lee created the characters that have grown far beyond their humble beginnings as mere ink drawings. Marvel Comics is now part of the larger Marvel Entertainment, which in turn is part of The Walt Disney Company.
The successful landing, after a long journey and torrid descent, of the Mars rover Curiosity by NASA (North American Space Agency) has been greeted with excitement by geeks around the world. Curiosity has now begun its two-year mission to explore the surface of Mars and ultimately determine whether life in any form has ever survived out there on the red planet. And you can track its progress using these methods.
It’s time for me to come out as a cat lover. I cannot hold it in any longer, I love the little furballs, especially my own little furball of joy that cuddles up to me when it’s cold and looks at me longingly when he wants feeding. Which is all the time. Thankfully I’m not alone in my adoration of the feline species. You may have noticed that cats make up a huge part of the Web, with multiple websites, memes, vlogs, and picture blogs all dedicated to them.