Android Masterclass final: Building Mobile web sites

Android Masterclass final: Building Mobile web sites

Building Mobile Web Sites There are around 500 million smartphones out there in the world (early 2012). Android is growing at 850000 device activations per day. Apple’s iOS devices are in the range of 500000 per day and a recent study by Gartner suggest that within the next 2 years more people will use mobile…

The Travelling Blogger’s Toolkit

The Travelling Blogger's Toolkit

Computex (from June 5 to June 9 in Taipei) is one of the biggest technology events of the year and since I am a technology tragic (and uni student) I will be covering it. But even before I get there I wanted to share the gear and gadgets that I will be taking with me. Figure…

Alternatives to Ubuntu

Alternatives to Ubuntu

With the release of Ubuntu 11.04 and now 11.10 Canonical’s radical new interface known as Unity has split long-time Ubuntu fans. On one hand it introduces many new and innovative concepts and on the whole helps advance Ubuntu as an operating system for desktops and tablets alike. On the other hand the rapid departure from…

Ubuntu 11.10: Unity comes of age

Ubuntu 11.10: Unity comes of age

Cats are a popular theme with operating systems at the moment with Apple’s Mac OS X Lion and now Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot and much like its namesake Ocelot is compact sleek and fast.As we covered recently there are a number of significant changes since Ubuntu 11.04. The Dash has moved from the global menu to…

Decoding Microsoft’s free security tools

Decoding Microsoft's free security tools

While there are plenty of third-party options to choose from when it comes to anti-malware and anti-virus products for Windows Microsoft’s homegrown options these days are actually pretty good. And more importantly they’re free for legitimate Windows users to boot.But as Microsoft’s stance to security evolved so too has its range of products and today…

The threat landscape: how it’s changing and what it means for you

The threat landscape: how it's changing and what it means for you

Talk to security software vendors and you’ll discover there’s a common theme in the changing landscape of threats faced by users: cybercrime is now fully industrialised. What started off as attention-getting individuals writing simple malicious scripts has evolved into a fully-fledged underground criminal economy. Far from being conquered cybercrime is exploding. According to researchers at…

Inside AR: how augmented reality works

Inside AR: how augmented reality works

It may have started out as a parlour trick but augmented reality (AR) has rapidly become a global phenomenon by providing an impressive flexible new way to view the world. By overlaying physical views of the world around you with up-to-date information everybody from municipal authorities to real estate agents and artists are finding new…

Minority Report coming to the Majority: how Microsoft’s pushing Kinect for Windows SDK

Minority Report coming to the Majority: how Microsoft's pushing Kinect for Windows SDK

It’s fair to say that Kinect has been a bit of a fairy tale success story for Microsoft. Released less than a year ago sales of the Xbox 360 gaming accessory have been record-breaking neatly complementing persistent demand for the venerable console itself. Admirable stats especially given Microsoft’s software heritage and mixed track record when…