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Very few of us are likely to ever make it into outer space, unless the various space tourism ventures become mainstream successes. Even then the price of being flown into space will be so high that normal, everyday folk like you and I will only be able to look on with dreams of one day affording such a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Radio has moved on considerably over the past few years. While FM (Frequency Modulation) is still the most popular platform, the combination of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and the Internet has expanded the options people have for listening to both music and speech stations.
The release of Windows 8 is approaching fast, with the latest Microsoft operating system due to arrive in October 2012. This isn’t your typical Windows release however, with Microsoft changing things up considerably in an effort to keep Windows relevant in what Apple has continually referred to as the post-PC era. Windows 8 has been redesigned from the ground up, and it will work on both desktops and tablets.
The history of video games is littered with the dead corpses of titles that never quite fulfilled their promise. Not because they sucked – far from it, in fact – but because they didn’t sell in anything like the number they deserved to. Critical acclaim didn’t result in commercial success. Many of these titles are slow-burners or a little strange, but those gamers who took the time to become fully immersed in their worlds became hooked.
The Internet is perhaps the greatest invention of all time. It’s certainly up there amongst the main contenders, even now when it’s still only in its infancy. The possibilities this interconnected web of computer networks presents for the future of humanity is unquantifiable but I suspect we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. Unfortunately the positives are accompanied by negatives, and too much of a good thing can be harmful.
Google unveiled the Nexus 7, its long-awaited foray into the burgeoning tablet market, at Google I/O last month. The combination of hardware, design, and price took many by surprise, with all three of these components being about the best we could have hoped for from such a device at this time. I believe the Nexus 7 is competition for the iPad and I feel competition to Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market is exactly what’s needed.
I’m a gamer, and like all gamers I have particular tastes. I have adored some video games through the decades, and would count playing them as highly memorable experiences. I have also played some games I ended up hating, and have sought to force the memory of those to the back of my mind. Video games can frustrate very easily. Whether because they’re too difficult, too annoying, or just generally bad.
As humans we all invariably have our vices. For some it’s alcohol, for others drugs, for some nicotine, for others food. We get addicted to things we enjoy, and it’s sometimes hard to kick the habit after years of living a certain way enjoying certain pleasures in life. Believe it or not the Internet is no different from other vices, and it can draw you in and refuse to let go without a fight.
Social networking is a huge part of the Internet, providing the means for us all to connect and communicate quickly and easily. There are both positive and negative aspects to the very act of social networking, but most of us take part in the activity on at least a part-time basis. Most of us doing so on more than one site. This complexity of connectivity makes it very tempting to combine the various social networks we use.
Apple is set to drop its latest version of the iOS operating system on us in just a few months time, and with it will come a whole host of new features and the now-ubiquitous dose of hyperbole. However, we’re hearing an increasing amount of chatter about the need for Apple to do something more with iOS than the incremental updates it’s been offering for several years now.
Facebook is, by all accounts, closing in on 1 billion users. That’s an awful lot of people maintaining a profile on the site, and telling their family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen, what’s going on in their lives. Social networking probably shouldn’t be used as a replacement for real conversations and relationships, but many people appear to be posting anything and everything to Facebook.
Apple’s iOS operating system powers all iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches sold to date. Suffice to say that’s a hell of a lot of devices, with Apple selling more of these products on a daily basis. However, in some ways iOS is starting to look and feel a little dated, especially when compared to the latest versions of Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
GlobalDoodle is an Australian initiative created and operated by Helmut Eder and Neil Domselaar. It’s essentially a huge piece of virtual paper which anyone, anywhere is welcome to scribble on. The page is 16 kilometers squared, which is rather larger than your average tabletop.
The Internet may connect the whole world in one glorious whole (assuming individual governments allow their people to be netizens) but that hasn’t stopped media companies from trying to limit who can access their content along territorial lines. Hence we have the dark art of geo-blocking. Geo-blocking is practiced by websites or Web services seeking to keep their content within the confines of a particular territory.
When Halo 4 gets released on Nov. 6, 2012, it will bring with it episodic content almost televisual in nature. In order to build shared experiences that players will talk about around the water cooler, the game’s developer 343 Industries will be delivering free weekly mini-missions which tell side-stories to the main mission, all via Xbox Live. While this isn’t a television show based on the Halo series, it borrows much from the idea of mixing the two media.