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Google recently added a new feature to its search options by allowing anyone to see a celebrity’s ‘Bacon number’. All you need to do to reveal the ‘Bacon number’ of any actor, actress, or anyone associated with the movie industry, is include the phrase “Bacon number” alongside the name of the famous person you’re interested […]
It’s been quite a month for Apple, with the launch of the iPhone 5 generating record sales, and iOS 6 rolling out to iDevices everywhere. Sadly, despite the strong customer response, the iPhone 5 was regarded as boring by many, being an incremental rather than revolutionary update. And the new iOS 6 Maps feature was found to be severely lacking compared to Google’s offering.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you’ll know that Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 5. It did so in its usual inimitable style, wowing the press with showmanship and hype. Unfortunately the product itself didn’t live up to that hype or warrant the showy reveal. It is essentially just an iPhone 4S with a slightly bigger screen. Still, that fact didn’t stop millions of Apple fanboys buying up the latest iDevice.
Tumblr has become more than just a blogging, or micro-blogging, platform. It’s become the source of original content, with people creating graphics, GIFs, short videos, poems, haikus, and anything else you could care to mention, before posting them to the Web using Tumblr. It is also the perfect platform for reblogging other people’s content, with a dedicated option to do just that. The only problem is finding content worth reblogging.
Apple is in fine fettle right now. The Cupertino-based company has billions of dollars in the bank, a phenomenal share price that continues to rise, and a legion of fans who will follow Tim Cook and co. wherever they may go. They also have a product line that is selling phenomenally well, and which looks set to continue to do so into the future. However, there is one slight worry hanging over Apple in the aftermath of the iPhone 5 unveiling.
Man first landed on the moon, that celestial body that is our constant orbiting companion, on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong recently passed away, which prompted an article all about him and the Apollo missions to conquer near-space. While researching that article I was astounded by the amount of conspiracy theories which still exist around the Apollo 11 moon landing.
As everybody who is reading this now is likely to be a geek, it’s easy to imagine there is no such thing as a noob these days. This is far from the truth. In fact, at the end of last year it was estimated that only around one-third of the world’s population had access to the Internet. This means that around 4 billion people aren’t online, and most of those will also not have the first clue about computers.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four years since Barack Obama entered the White House. The next U.S. election, to be held this November, will see President Obama going up against his opponent, Mitt Romney, as well as opponents from the Libertarian and Green parties. But in order to vote, it is best to be informed of the issues. Here are 10 political commentators, from both Left & Right, whom you should read on Twitter.
Yaara recently wrote an article detailing six basic tech skills everybody should possess. It’s a great read, both for those just starting out on their journey into geekdom and for those of us who merely know computer noobs. And we all know at least one at some point in our lives, don’t we? Whether it’s an elderly parent eager to Skype or a child cajoled into signing up to Facebook.
Anyone who plays video games today owes a huge debt of gratitude to Atari and the founders and engineers who worked for the company during its formative years. Atari was responsible for many of the earliest arcade games and some of the earliest games consoles, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s helped shape the industry that now competes with Hollywood in terms of budgets and earnings.
Heed this advice – take the time now to get on and play those video games you have sitting on your shelf half-finished. Why? Because it’s almost the holiday season, which means games galore are set to be released in time for mummy and daddy to buy them ready for stuffing in their little one’s stocking. Or, as is more likely these days, grown men will treat themselves to a new title to get stuck into while they have time off.
Twitter is built on a very basic and logical concept. You set up an account, and then send messages (or tweets) up to 140-characters long for all to read. Those following you will see these tweets appear in chronological order along with the tweets of everybody else they follow. And you can follow others to see tweets in the same chronological order. However, that simple underpinning belies a more complex and convoluted set of rules and etiquette.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is undeniably brilliant. You might not necessarily love it as much as others do, especially if sandbox games aren’t your thing, but the sheer scope and scale of these games, particularly from Grand Theft Auto III onwards is hard to dismiss. We’re currently waiting – very, very patiently – for […]
Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that resulted. At this point in the story all was well. By 2010 traffic had started to drop off. Betaworks finally bought Digg for a reported $500,000 earlier this year, and the company has set about trying to relaunch the site as a new, contemporary social media site.