Monday, 10 February 2014

Let's Look At: Palette

Introducing Palette, a new, customisable way of interacting with your computer

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Success of Flappy Bird

UPDATE: Flappy Bird developer has stated that he will be taking down the viral sensation from the Android and Apple app stores within 22 hours. The reasons for this remain unknown, however, he states that he hates the game and that he wishes to get back to his previously simple life. He also states that he hasn't sold the rights to the app, and is still intent on developing games.

Do those unflinching eyes conceal something from the mere casual glance you afford them as you desperately tap in rhythmic obsession, avoiding obstacle after obstacle (after obstacle)? The sense of impending doom is always present, the knowledge that life is horribly fragile, saved for a moment, only to be extinguished later. The brutally comedic thud signifies that all is lost. But in honour of your actions you are given a monument in the form of a number, and an option.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Sonic Boom Announced

Quite literally out of the blue (pun definitely intended), Sega yesterday revealed a new Sonic game, named "Sonic Boom". Featuring redesigned characters; most notably a heavily built Knuckles and a streamlined Sonic, the game is exclusive to Nintendo's hardware platforms.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Why you should care about SailFish OS

Since the wild success of Android, which reached over a billion activations in 2013, we’ve seen more and more companies wanting a slice of the mobile market, with existing platforms such as Windows mobile undertaking a reboot, as well as new, open source operating systems such as FireFox OS being readied.

One of the more interesting operating systems is SailFish OS: a Linux mobile OS based on MeeGo, where navigation is predominantly achieved via gestures. It gathered a few headlines when Jolla, the first phone running SailFish OS, managed to outsell major competing handsets such as the iPhone 5S and 5C, and was the best selling phone for over 300 euros. However, these figures come from DNA, a Finnish carrier, so there may be some home ground advantage. In spite of this, the sales figures are impressive, especially for a new company.

Friday, 31 January 2014

A Mid-Range Android Device: Two Years On

Two years ago, I purchased the HTC One S, a mid range device of 2012, for two main reasons: the 4.3 inch screen and the metal construction. Now, in 2014, it's still my daily driver.
But of course, it must be buggy and slow, right?
Nope, on the contrary it's still pretty snappy.
Well, what about the battery life?
Erm... read on?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Portable Computing

In recent years the PC market has slumped, although it is, apparently, starting to show some signs of stability. This is partly due to people moving on to build better, more high end computers themselves instead of purchasing pre-built systems, but mostly the blame lies at the door of tablets.