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It’s my party and I’ll talk if I wanna!

Cool Web Apps & Sites February 18, 2015 posted by

Top 10 sharing economy sites – top tips for saving money, one friend at a time

Let’s face it, the cost of living isn’t going to go down any time soon – in fact it seems to be getting higher by the day, so what can you do when you want to make your pay stretch that little bit further? Meet the sharing economy, a wonderful place filled with sites that let people share what they have. This could be giving someone a lift in your car, helping them out with a place to stay, or…


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Top 10 sharing economy sites – top tips for saving money, one friend at a time
cool tech February 12, 2015 posted by

TV White Spaces – otters, meerkats and the future technology behind a real internet of things

The world needs more wireless. There are just too many applications and products chasing too little spectrum space. And the biggest challenges are yet to come, as more and more machines start to ‘talk’ directly to each other as part of their functions. Which is why various countries have been looking at ways to provide more bandwidth for these services. The most promising is TV White Space, the unused portion of the TV spectrum which used to be occupied by…


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TV White Spaces – otters, meerkats and the future technology behind a real internet of things
cool tech February 5, 2015 posted by

Liftshare – could this new app revolutionize the daily commute and destroy Uber? [Freeware]

With little fanfare a new app has just been released in the UK which could signal a profound change in the way many of us travel each day, pointing to a new paradigm for daily commuting. The new Liftshare app (Android, with iPhone to follow shortly) works by linking together those who need a ride with those who are offering a seat in their car. It’s not a new idea, but what’s different with Liftshare is the fact that there…


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Liftshare – could this new app revolutionize the daily commute and destroy Uber? [Freeware]
Awesome November 24, 2014 posted by

10 Tips to Make Sure You Grab A Real (Holiday) Gadget Bargain

[Image] It’s a dog eat dog world in the retail market right now, and with the holiday season coming up, it’s going to get even crazier for bargain hunters, as stores try like mad to discount their way into your wallet and attention. To help you make the right kind of decision as we approach Black Friday and beyond, we’re presenting our Honest John guide on how to grab a real bargain at this time of year.


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10 Tips to Make Sure You Grab A Real (Holiday) Gadget Bargain
opinion piece November 14, 2014 posted by

TomTom GPS App For Android FAIL – offline navigation app that is supposed to work offline does not: DO NOT BUY THIS APP

TomTom, one of the biggest GPS navigation software and hardware suppliers in the world, has a big problem. And it’s one they’re pretending doesn’t exist. The company supplies a range of apps on all platforms and dedicated devices, but the one in question is the Android app which is available at a range of significant prices, we’re talking around $35 and upwards. The problem is the app is not offline as the company claims, it actually needs an internet connection…


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TomTom GPS App For Android FAIL – offline navigation app that is supposed to work offline does not: DO NOT BUY THIS APP
Bookmark This! September 26, 2014 posted by

The Plain Man’s Guide to What The Massive Shellshock Bug Means For You

[image] The big tech news of the moment, and probably of the year or decade, is the revelation about a massive security hole in something called Bash, which is an arcane bit of geek code which is installed on many of the computers which power and host the Internet (and also Apple Mac computers). Here’s our plain man’s guide to what it means for you. 1. Over 51% of all web servers (i.e. websites) are running on the Linux operating…


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The Plain Man’s Guide to What The Massive Shellshock Bug Means For You
opinion piece August 29, 2014 posted by

Candy and the very real problems of 3D printer crowdfunding

Every day we receive a bunch of solicitations to support crowdfunding projects from various places, and while we absolutely love the whole idea of public/fan sponsored products, there are areas where things need to settle down a little and get real. One such example is 3D printers, a hot new segment where idealistic dreams are often clouding better judgment and financial realities.


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Candy and the very real problems of 3D printer crowdfunding
opinion piece July 31, 2014 posted by

The City of London Police now own the Internet

Soo, this is interesting. The City of London police, a force which looks after a mere 1 mile patch in the centre of London, has now taken upon itself to run the Internet. According to this BBC report, the police force, which is best known for wearing quaint helmets and having a love of horses, has started inserting warning banners on websites it thinks are infringing copyright.


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The City of London Police now own the Internet
opinion piece July 17, 2014 posted by

Bloggers in France can now be fined for bad reviews? Vraimant?

We seriously need to do some compulsory education of the legal profession around the world, judging by this unbelievable court judgment in France. A French judge, who is unfortunately not named, has ruled that a negative review of a restaurant called Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret, which had the title “the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino”, was overly critical and should be toned down. The judge also fined the writer. Incredible.


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Bloggers in France can now be fined for bad reviews? Vraimant?
heh heh! July 10, 2014 posted by

Tabophilia – could this dangerous obsession wreck the Internet?

Tab.o.philia. Noun. 1. Obsessive compulsion to keep multiple tabs, sometimes up to 90 or more, open on a computer web browser. 2. A love of cycling through tab data. AKA Click-happy syndrome. ————————————– As of the time of writing this author has around 71 tabs currently open in his web browser. I have no idea why I do this, but according to researchers subconsciously it may be something to do with a fear of losing track of information. Neural psychologists…


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Tabophilia – could this dangerous obsession wreck the Internet?
Cool Web Apps & Sites May 12, 2014 posted by

MakeSpace – watch out eBay and Craigslist, cloud closets are coming to get you!

You can always tell when a new service is being hyped up as a billion dollar possibility, because you start seeing a lot of fancy comparisons. Like ‘the reverse Amazon‘ or ‘the Uber for x‘. This is VC short speak for ‘we’ve dumped a ton of money into this venture because we believe it’s going to be incredibly disruptive and change the world. Maybe.’ The PR trick is to associate the new venture with a massive veteran success story, as…


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MakeSpace – watch out eBay and Craigslist, cloud closets are coming to get you!
Bookmark This! April 29, 2014 posted by

Is the independent web starting to fight back against the giant corporate networks?

We stumbled across an interesting article by Matthew Ingram the other day, lamenting the loss of the old ‘blogosphere‘. What made it especially poignant was the fact that it was posted on one of the prime examples of the new corporatized ‘blog’, Gigaom, which many years ago transitioned from small and friendly to big and rich. It’s progress.


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Is the independent web starting to fight back against the giant corporate networks?
Awesome April 17, 2014 posted by

Imagine your luggage is just code – get ready for a future where we don’t own things, but instead make and destroy on demand

Finnish designer and creative director of 3D systems, Janne Kyttanen, has recently posted a video outlining a possible future where 3D printing is embedded in our lives in a completely new way. He asks us to imagine a world where everything we own – in this case specifically our vacation luggage – is stored as nothing but computer code. Instead of carrying our belongings with us on holiday, the idea is we print it all out at our destination on…


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Imagine your luggage is just code – get ready for a future where we don’t own things, but instead make and destroy on demand