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Why iPod touch location awareness sucks

July 19, 2008 14 comments

One of the best features of the iPhone is its location awareness. Using Cell tower/WiFi proximity and now GPS with the iPhone 3G, it knows where it is and can use this information in a growing number of location aware applications. In theory the iPod Touch can do the same using only wireless access point data, but unless you live in a city the service is pretty hit and miss. I live in a reasonably sized UK town and my iTouch can’t tell where it is. Read more…

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Is this the coolest toy ever?

June 15, 2008 1 comment

Take one radio controlled car. Add a video camera with wireless transmitter and slimline video glasses. The end result is you in the drivers seat of a white knuckle ride in your own garden (backyard for US visitors)


Is this the coolest toy ever?

O2 improves UK iPhone tariffs

January 30, 2008 3 comments

O2 logoStarting February 1st, O2 has changed its UK iPhone plans. The £35 a month for 200 minutes and 200 texts is the same price, but now offers 600 minutes and 500 texts. The £45 plan now has 1200 minutes up from 600, still with 500 texts. Customers paying £55 a month can drop to the £45 tariff and get the same package, or go to a new £75 per month plan with 3000 minutes and a rather unimpressive 500 texts. All packages still feature unlimited data and access to O2 wireless hotspots.

No reasons given for the changes, so make your own mind up if it’s to boost lower than expected iPhone UK sales or just sweeten the deal.

Time Capsule first look

January 20, 2008 1 comment

Time CapsuleThe recently announced Time Capsule wireless router/NAS is due in February (in the UK) for £199 (500Gb) and £329 (1Tb). It’s stated to work with Macs using Time Machine and Windows PC’s as a shared drive, but there’s little info as yet on the interface and access controls. The current Airport Extreme offers users accounts with passwords for restricted access to files and folders, so Time Capsule should offer at least this.
Apple’s usual ease of use is pretty much a given, but does the package offer good value for money? A 500Gb Network Attached Storage box can be bought for £146.86 here. That leaves £53 for a wireless router. You can get a cheap ‘super G’ box for £20.56 here, but that’s not Draft-N standard. I couldn’t find any Draft-N routers that cheap, so the 500Gb Time Capsule at £199 looks like good value.
But what about the 1Tb version? The price difference between a bare 500Gb and 1Tb SATA hard drive is around £120 at the moment, but that’s for a standard drive. Apple states the Time Capsule contains a ‘server grade’ hard drive, so while the 1Tb Time Capsule doesn’t offer the same cost per Mb as the 500Mb unit, it is competitively priced.
Hopefully these boxes will encourage home users to start taking backups a bit more seriously. It’s fine having a computer that makes it easy to store thousands of songs and photo’s, and hundreds of hours of video, but the more it stores the bigger the shock when it all gets lost.