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Friday, 30 August 2013

Kickstarter has had another new buzz moment with Pressy aka the “Almighty Button” Pressy plugs into any Android device's headphone port (Gingerbread and above) and


allows an end user to set up clicks for various activities like short clicks to speed-dial your mom or one long press to snap an unobtrusive picture. its 0.7mm-tall and developed

by the delightful Nimmy & Bozzy(Absolutely not kidding here).

Its an accessory to a smartphone that has been perfectly pitched (You must absolutely watch that video in the source link!), but does it really make a difference to our 
smartphone experience, I truly can't say. What I would definitely like to know is how was it all done, how does this 0.7mm hardware piece control functions on smartphones
both on the device and remotely when connected to its keychain. Well they are promising to deliver in 4 months so maybe will soon find out, anyway its about time Android 
add-ons populate the market I think it would be good to compare tends now with those already existing in the iOS environment, anyone tried the indoor helicopter controller by
Apple yet???

Friday, 30 August 2013 23:51:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Friday, 09 August 2013

“BT and Vodafone are among seven large telecoms firms which could face legal action under human rights law for colluding with British spy agency GCHQ and failing to protect customers' privacy rights.

Lawyers for the group Privacy International have written to the chief executives of the telecoms companies, which were identified last week by the German paper Suddeutsche Zeitung as collaborating with GCHQ's mass surveillance program, Tempora.”

Setting aside the pending legal issues for a moment, I asked myself, how exactly did Tempora do this? Apparently they tapped directly into the Undersea fiber Optic cables this means that they most likely deployed some fast - attack submarines, and combat, lets hope the bunch of Internet Traffic they collected is worth the storm of Legal, Equipment, and Labour fees they incurred.

Friday, 09 August 2013 23:27:27 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Governance#
Saturday, 03 August 2013

We have just about hit our 6 month mark here in Brighton & Hove, and what a six months it has been.

 Brighton and Hove has proved beyond doubt to be a vibrant and talented community for Software Engineering and Digital developments, and we are looking forward to September which has a whole month of Digital events spread out across the City. Just had a look this weekend at the BDF website and the events page is out !

 And we have a couple or favourites in the "Hack" Category already.

  Big Data Hackathon - Data Story telling: The Global Financial Crises and recovery.

  Pablo: the launch.

  Building Data Visualisations with D3.

  Super fused.

And lots more...

Saturday, 03 August 2013 01:26:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | IT Skills development#
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
6 hours ago and Tech Radar are out with the news that Google Glasses now appear under devices, "greyed out" in the Google Play store.

I'm sure its takes a while to roll out an update, but I have been flipping between my Nexus 7, and Google store webpage to see it for myself before the night runs out.

Apparently this gives some clear indication where the Google Glasses are heading, with regards to Google product integration and how we can possibly stream data to and fro Glass to other Google devices.
Presently at $1,500 a pop and only available to those selected on the US Beta release, Commercial and Endusers are at the edge of their seats, in anticipation of the market and user effect with regards to these glasses. 

One thing to note is Geek is in trend, but the Google glass might stretch this further with users forgoing a "faux pas" for a whole new hi-tech experience.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 22:57:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Saturday, 13 July 2013

“This company has always had a big vision — to help people realize their full potential. In the earliest days, it was by putting a PC on every desk and in every home. We’ve come farther than we could have imagined. The impact we have collectively made on the world is undeniable, and I am inspired when talented new hires say they chose Microsoft because they want to change the world — that’s what we do today, and that’s what we’ll do tomorrow..”

Pretty powerful stuff emphasized above, and they are spot on when it comes to delivering worldwide changing products and services, but I would like to refocus on the email’s approach to strategy and the “One Microsoft agenda”. The email itself a painstakingly long one talks about merging procedures, emphasises quality in production, as well as exceptional customer service - clear company strategies that work when implemented properly. It also becomes immediately apparent that “Windows Phone” is not going away, and Microsoft has declared “Game On ” on mobile (a question for us is when do we start working with the SDK’s). If you can, the whole email is worth the read (excerpt below) reflecting on long term planning and a determination to capture large portions of the market.

Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:47:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Thursday, 11 July 2013
You might find yourself with a few extra points on a general knowledge quiz if you knew where Aleko, Ruse, Plodiv, or Sozopol where on a Map.

Our latest App; a Native iOS called BGCam allows you to tap into camera feeds and see the Seaside, Cities, and mountain areas across Bulgaria. 
We are still trailing the App, but the feedback so far for this release, has been quite positive with a lot of our friends all over the world happy once again to see areas in Bulgaria that they know and love. 

BGCam is on iTunes

FYI, all text is in Bulgarian, but for starters 
"Mope" means "Sea"
"планина" means "Mountain"
"Градове" means "Cities"
Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:42:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Tuesday, 09 July 2013

For many its become almost status quo to get anywhere on navigation Apps on our mobile devices. But Google has taken "anywhere" to another level with its Street view Globe Trekker.

Street view Globe Trekker is Google's pilot program to capture our favourite walks, and paths for a global audience.

The good news is that Google will like the general public to chip in, well not the “general public” but tourism boards, non-profits, government agencies, universities, research organisations or other entities interested in borrowing a Street View Trekker, to me this leaves a lot of options open for a lot of people out there interested in taking part.

The application is currently open so why not fill in a form.

If I did get a "trekker cam" I would personally like to capture the path from Seven sister to Beachy head; a more than 2hour walk that starts you off on a lovely lake, then up a path of rolling hills of white marble like sandstone, all the time having a view of the blue Atlantic Ocean horizon to your right. It’s simply amazing, and on a sunny day breath-taking.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 22:59:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Friday, 05 July 2013

France-based Ubisoft best known for its Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Splinter Cell and Far Cry franchises has been hacked.

Although Debit / Credit card details seem to be safe usernames, email addresses, and passwords were sniffed. It seems the leaks are coming through “Add-ons” as Malware, and at one time there was a compromise on a game release.

Ubisoft has a 58 million strong database of registered users, and although they have a strategy to “Strengthen” security measures, it seems that hackers out there are playing a Game of their own, “who can crack Ubisoft”. In the end its the Users / Clients / Customers that get exposed having their vital details stolen. After reading through the forum (really recommend) a question that came up in our Team's meeting today was how can we “Strengthen” our security measures with regards to our digital projects?

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:42:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Saturday, 22 June 2013

“LG has announced that their flexible OLED display will go into mass production in the fourth quarter of 2013, and the company says that they will make around 12,000 sheets of the flexible OLED each month. What is even more interesting is that the first device that will use the new flexible OLED from LG will be an LG produced smartphone.”

I remember  way back when I first heard of OLED, its primary ideas where to use it as a flexi screen on Military uniforms for transmitting maps and  video feeds. Its USP (flexibility) literally allows for it to be attached to practically anything that would bend and fold, so now that there might be an LG smartphone soon released with this material I really wonder what that would do to its design...I sure would like to roll up my phone and put it in my wallet.

Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:34:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
Saturday, 15 June 2013

“Bosch recently released a $450 charging solution for EVs, but if you want to go wireless, it's going to cost you a lot more. The company has formed an exclusive partnership with Evatran for the distribution and installation of its wireless chargers for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.”

So how much needs to be paid up front for a wireless connection? $2998 for the Volt and $3098 for the leaf before taxes and installation.

Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:31:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) | Comments [0] | Digital Trends#
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