Top 5 things to look for in a PC monitor

Top 5 things to look for in a PC monitor

Are PC monitors merely badge-engineered commodity items? It’s certainly true that only a small handful of manufacturers actually make the LCD panels that go into them which means there are recognisable levels of technological overlap. Take for instance the fact that many of the current crop of affordable IPS screens share panels. Occasionally a monitor…

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, April 2013

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, April 2013

Foxtel Go Mobile TV? Yes please. Price: Free  |  By: Foxtel Management Pty Ltd  |  From: App Store If you’re a Foxtel or Austar subscriber and an iPad user you probably already have the Foxtel Guide app for your iPad. Foxtel Go takes that a step further allowing you to watch certain channels live from…

Working with Media

In the previous masterclasses, we covered installing the development environment, organization of an Android project, UI construction, and built an application with multiple activities. In this class, we look at how to incorporate audio and video in applications. Smartphones are now the default music players for their owners. They are also slowly becoming the photo/video… Continue reading

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

Price: 8GB for $349; 16GB for $399  |  From: Google The Nexus 4 might just be the best-value smartphone ever made. Packing in some unbelievable hardware for its $350 price tag this 4.7-inch speed demon is Google’s officially-endorsed Nexus family of phones this time around made in partnership with LG (the previous two Nexus phones…

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, March 2013

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, March 2013

Spell Sword One of the finer retro hack’n’slashers.Price: $0.99 |  By: Everplay |  Store: App Store Currently sitting at the top of my must-play retro-inspired mobile app games of recent times list (yes I keep a lot of lists) is Spell Sword. There’s a great hectic action to this hack’n’slash that I find really compelling if heavily…

How sites get hacked

How sites get hacked

What do the following companies have in common: Sony eHarmony LinkedIn and Formspring? They’ve all had their password databases hacked and released in the past year either publicly or to the hacker underground. A common factor among hacked sites is exposure of a database directly to the internet. While this is never a good idea…

The Tiny PC craze

The Tiny PC craze

By sheer numbers it’s the biggest CPU designer in the world claiming over 16 million chips shipped every day and more than 30 billion in existence. It has a close working relationship with Apple and it’s getting a boost from Microsoft’s newly released Windows 8 operating system. But we’re not talking about Intel. Its technology…

Build a smart TV network

Build a smart TV network

  To do this you’ll need: Hardware: You’ll need something to serve the files from. This can be a lowly NAS box or a more substantial system if you want to make use of full transcoding though many formats play directly. Software: A DLNA server of some description would be useful. We’re going to use…

RIM courts developers ahead of BlackBerry 10 debut in January

RIM courts developers ahead of BlackBerry 10 debut in January

 When APC last travelled to RIM’s Asia-Pacific developer conference BlackBerry DevCon Asia (now redubbed BlackBerry Jam Asia) nearly two years ago a major area of focus was the then-imminent BlackBerry PlayBook. The ill-fated tablet was well-liked by reviewers and those who spent any amount of time using the device but a shortage of apps at…

Password fail

Password fail

In June this year six and a half million LinkedIn users’ accounts were compromised and while the social network kept quiet about any security breach the details were being shared on a Russian hacking site. Such security violations are depressingly commonplace with Last.fm and eHarmony suffering similar albeit smaller attacks in the same week. Is…