Watch the Octopus of your nightmares leap onto land to snare a crab
Feb23

Watch the Octopus of your nightmares leap onto land to snare a crab

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Yes, the Cephalopod family of creatures are scary but until now we thought we were safe on dry land. After watching this video we’re rethinking ever walking anywhere near the sea, or a tap or an open toilet. The Octopus leaps out of the water and pins down the unsuspecting crab before dragging it back to its lair. You just know that the whole time the Octopuses monstrous beak is snapping away at the crab’s shell. The beak is powerful enough to punch holes right through the shell at which point the Octopus inserts its venom before sucking out the crabs insides. Good luck getting to sleep tonight.   The video is shot at a town called Yallingup on the western coast of Australia. It’s a uniquely beautiful part of the world famous for its wineries, it’s dramatic coastline and a preponderance of great white sharks. It’s not just crabs that end up as dinner for the Octopus, here’s a video of an Octopus making a meal out of a shark.     Just when you think no animal is safe from this alien like predator alongs comes a Sea Lion who, like the Sperm whale is more than happy to munch on Cephalopods. It doesn’t escape us that Sea lions regularly form part of the diet of sharks. Ah nature… You never fail to impress (and scare) us with the whole circle of life thing.     Just for good measure here’s a video of the best bits of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. We know that it’s not real… I mean I’m pretty sure that it’s not real, our whole idea of reality has been chucked out the window now that we know Octopuses can leap from the sea and attack us with their beaks.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Predictably, the New York Police Department’s Twitter campaign horribly backfires (pics)
Apr22

Predictably, the New York Police Department’s Twitter campaign horribly backfires (pics)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The New York Police Department created a twitter hashtag #myNYPD as a way to crowdsource images of the public positively interacting with the NYPD. They asked the public to tweet a photo of themselves with the police using the hashtag #myNYPD with the carrot that the photo ‘may be used on our Facebook.’ Here’s the original tweet with an accompanying photo of what they had in mind. Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6 — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014 All too predictably the public responded in a fashion politely described as ‘not at all what they had in mind’. Like countless poorly thought out twitter campaigns in the past the public seized upon the hashtag and has made a mockery of both the NYPD and the short sighted agency/staff members who created the campaign. Here’s a sample of the responses.     Warning – the images below typically portray aggression and violence.     Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/GErbiFFDvY — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014 #MyNYPD One of my favorites pic.twitter.com/UqZiWE2U — gus (@brotherguss) April 22, 2014 Free Massages from the #NYPD. What does YOUR Police Department offer? Tweet at #MyNYPD pic.twitter.com/IFWr8exuqH — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014 Do you have a photo w/ a member of the #NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on their Facebook! pic.twitter.com/Ps7rThxgNw — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014 Need a mammogram? #myNYPD has you covered! Forget Obamacare! pic.twitter.com/Fusv3WhiRZ — आनिल् (@guru0509) April 22, 2014 #NYPD Keeping the Streets Safe. Show some love, and send your pics with #MyNYPD hashtags! pic.twitter.com/Sk31xWjQMp — Chelsea Manning♥ (@shushugah) April 22, 2014 Need a lift? The #NYPD‘s got you! Free Delivery, Only at #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/AStS3ZjoZu — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014 RT @MoreAndAgain: If you can’t walk, don’t worry, the NYPD will carry you. How helpful! #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/6k2he2aE9J — South Bronx Outlier (@bondskew) April 22, 2014 NYPD crushing a black man’s spine. He lost all sensation below his neck from this. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/lhPgo7UNSA — Scizyr Saj’Xanin (@Scizyr) April 22, 2014 You might not have known this, but the NYPD can help you with that kink in your neck. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/fzUok1FWXG — Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) April 22, 2014 Every white shirt has to get in on the brutality, right @NYPDnews #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/bnXw0y6Uch — [OAKLAND]ASM (@OLAASM) April 22, 2014 hahaha oh man #myNYPD is...

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Photobombed by the President of the United States…
Mar22

Photobombed by the President of the United States…

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The president of the United States is an important man. He’s arguably the most powerful on the planet and companies spend millions to access him and he can make nations tremble. Love him or hate most people most people manage to stay awake when he’s in the room. Well this little boy is clearly not ‘most people’ as he’s one of the few people on earth to sneak in a nap whilst in the presence of POTUS. He might be embarrassed about it now but not many kids from school will be able to top this photo at ‘show and tell’ on Monday. "Barack caught me sleeping" photo wins the week pic.twitter.com/Tmc1bNM6P9 — Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) March 21, 2014   Tom Peters     Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Here be dragons… The new Game of thrones trailer nails it
Mar19

Here be dragons… The new Game of thrones trailer nails it

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The 6th of April can’t come soon enough for the Daily Tech Whip team. Game of thrones have a run a well measured campaign to keep Season 4 of the series top of mind. “Sooner or later Cersei always gets what she wants”- Tyrion Lannister   Here’s the latest trailer. Using INXS’ song ‘The devil inside’ is an inspired choice Enjoy it and keep an eye out for how much Daenerys’ dragons have grown.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Goodyear’s first new blimp design in 45 years… isn’t actually a blimp
Mar14

Goodyear’s first new blimp design in 45 years… isn’t actually a blimp

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. For 45 years, Goodyear has been using the same ole model for its Blimp fleet, famous for flashing ads in the skies and taking aerial shots of big events. Now, the tire company has finally launched the first dirigible in its next-generation fleet, and it’s not even a blimp anymore — it’s a zeppelin. The difference between a blimp and a zeppelin is primarily in their structure. Blimps have no metal skeleton, they are effectively cigar shaped balloons whereas as a Zeppelin has a rigid metal structure under the skin allowing it to maneuver more accurately and handle a greater range of weather conditions.   Considering blimp technology’s remained largely the same all this time (imagine, the last time Goodyear bothered with a new design was when Apollo 11 landed on the moon), the switch is certainly understandable. This model (called Zeppelin NT) is capable of vertical take off and landing, and is larger and faster than the company’s current airships, thanks to its three movable engines. Unlike traditional zeppelins with rigid structures, though, it’s more of a zeppelin-blimp hybrid, as it relies on a combination of internal pressure and a frame to maintain its shape. The new aircraft, which set the company back $20 million, is 52 feet longer and 20mph faster (at 246 feet long with a max speed of 73mph) than Goodyear’s current ones. It’s the first of three zeppelins the company plans to build, and it’s slated to begin its test flights sometime this month from Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Ohio. Wondering how it feels to fly on a dirigible? We hope you’re good at naming things, then, because Goodyear’s taking suggestions for the airship’s name. The winner will get exclusive use of the zeppelin – and its bathroom with a window! – for a day.     Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Jack is back! Trailer for the new season of 24 begins the countdown (video)
Mar09

Jack is back! Trailer for the new season of 24 begins the countdown (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Four years is an eternity in TV land and few shows can make a comeback after that period of time – but if there is one show that can, it’s surely 24 and its seemingly indestructible hero Jack Bauer. The trailer reveals the comeback season kicks off in London and the target is the President of the United States. 24 was already the longest running espionage TV show of all time when season 8 concluded in 2010. We would be more cynical about its comeback but we are secretly big fans and too much cynicism will kill you, dead, just like the bad guys at the hands of Jack Bauer.   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Rovio releases teaser for medieval themed Angry Birds game
Mar08

Rovio releases teaser for medieval themed Angry Birds game

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Rovio has released a video teaser (below) for the next instalment in the Angry Birds franchise. No name or release date is given, it is simply titled ‘The next epic Angry Birds game…’ The video opens on a rotating suit of armor over a soundtrack of swordplay and bird squawks. The reveal is an Angry Bird and the fact that the game will launch in Australia and Canada first. There is no mention of what type of game it is but the suit of armor and medieval theme will play nicely into Rovio’s merchandising strategy. Rovio made €68m from consumer products in 2012 (45% of a total of €152.2m of revenue that year.)   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Android tablets outsell the iPad for the first time.
Mar03

Android tablets outsell the iPad for the first time.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.  The iPad’s stranglehold on the tablet market has been lifted with Android devices selling 121 million units  vs 70 million units for the iPad in 2013 according to the latest Gartner research. The market share shake up was inevitable given Apple’s strict adherence to their high profit margin model and the proliferation of cheaper Android devices. Android tablets enjoyed a 121% increase in sales over 2012 to finish with a 61.9% market share. Apple increased their sales from 61m to 70m iPads but the market growth far outstripped their own sales increase with Android devices taking the lions share of the global increase from 116m devices in 2012 to 195m devices in 2013. Apple remained the top individual vendor, nearly doubling the next placed Samsung’s sales (70m vs 37m) but Samsung’s exhibited an impressive increase from 2012 with sales up 336%. Worldwide Tablet Sales to End Users by Operating System, 2013 (Units) Operating System 2013 Sales 2013 Market Share (%) 2012 Sales 2012 Market Share (%) Android 120,961,445 61.9 53,341,250 45.8 iOS 70,400,159 36.0 61,465,632 52.8 Microsoft 4,031,802 2.1 1,162,435 1.0 Others 41,598 <0.1 379,000 0.3 Total 195,435,004 100.0 116,348,317 100.0 Source: Gartner (February 2014)   Worldwide Tablet Sales to End Users by Vendor, 2013 (Units) Vendor 2013 Sales 2013 Market Share (%) 2012 Sales 2012 Market Share (%) Apple 70,400,159 36.0 61,465,632 52.8 Samsung 37,411,921 19.1 8,583,146 7.4 ASUS 11,039,156 5.6 6,262,371 5.4 Amazon 9,401,846 4.8 7,707,800 6.6 Lenovo 6,525,762 3.3 2,186,993 1.9 Others 60,656,161 31.0 30,142,374 25.8 Total 195,435,004 100.0 116,348,317 100.0 Source: Gartner (February 2014)   Tom Peters Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Ellen is doing a wonderful job spruiking for Samsung at the Oscars but backstage she’s really using an iPhone.
Mar02

Ellen is doing a wonderful job spruiking for Samsung at the Oscars but backstage she’s really using an iPhone.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Hat’s off to the marketing team at Samsung. They’ve made some real improvements to the camera of their Galaxy flagship device and they’ve scored quite the coup having Ellen DeGeneres promoting them at the Oscars but… The data from the photos she’s posting backstage shows that the photos are coming from an iPhone. Here’s the original pic Look who I just found backstage. pic.twitter.com/rp5Mt1sYsx — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 These sort of things aren’t really worth getting your knickers in a knot over, it’s more that her staff/PR team are a little bit clumsy and it’s taking the shine off an otherwise great piece of marketing. You would think that after countless disasters like this (Hi Alicia Keys/Blackberry) you would take the extra precautions to stop this sort of thing happening again.   Source:Sploid   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Would you buy a faux-leather bound Chromebook from Samsung?
Mar01

Would you buy a faux-leather bound Chromebook from Samsung?

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Serial leaker Evan Blass @evleaks has published an image of what appears to be a leather bound corner of a Samsung Chromebook. We rarely publish any sort of rumor on Daily Tech Whip. The vast majority of them are not worth our time but we’re putting this one live because Evan’s record is very solid but mostly because we would like your feedback. Assuming you were in the Chromebook market (and we’re fans of the concept) Would you buy a faux-leather bound version? Would it be durable and grippy or chintzy and easily scuffed? Our experience with the Note 3 faux-leather back has been mostly positive. We’re not overly fond of the look but in day to day use it’s easier to hang on to (important given it’s large size) and the wear and tear has (so far) been pretty minimal. Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on… pic.twitter.com/YpbfjeygfH — @evleaks (@evleaks) March 1, 2014 Over to you commentators.   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Google’s Project Ara (modular smartphone concept) website is now live
Feb26

Google’s Project Ara (modular smartphone concept) website is now live

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   Project Ara is now live This is one of the more exciting developments in the mobile space in 2014 and we’re glad to see it didn’t get lost in the sale of Motorola from Google to Lenovo. Project Ara is an ambitious concept that aims to break the smartphone down into its core components so that they can be easily reassembled into a phone that exactly fits the individual users needs. The phone is infinitely customizable and each component can be upgraded individually. Battery stops recharging? Not a problem, swap it out for a new one. Phone slows down because the chip can’t keep up with the latest apps. No problem, upgrade your phone in seconds with a brand new chip. Project Ara is looking for “Ara Scouts” to help them shape the design of the phone. You can sign up here (still has Motorola branding on the site). Paul Eremenko, Head of Project Ara, is going live in a few minutes. http://t.co/jKYDiHZgF6 — Project Ara (@ProjectAra) February 26, 2014       Marques Brownlee has created a great Project Ara explanation video (The project was still part of Motorola at the time.)     Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Naoki gets his one letter twitter username – @N – back (but someone else steals @N_is_Stolen)
Feb25

Naoki gets his one letter twitter username – @N – back (but someone else steals @N_is_Stolen)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It has taken a month but the quest by Naoki Hiroshima to get his coveted one letter username back is finally over. The saga involved some serious social engineering and significant security failures by GoDaddy and Paypal. GoDaddy accepted some of the responsibility at the time but it did little to help Naoki. Naoki confirmed the username was back in his possession with a tweet earlier today. Order has been restored. — Naoki Hiroshima (@N) February 25, 2014 This is a happy ending not only for me but also for sane employees and loyal users of Twitter's. Congrats to those, too. — Naoki Hiroshima (@N) February 26, 2014 In a humorous twist the twitter name that Naoki used whilst trying to get his original name returned is already in someone else’s custody. It’s not actually stolen (he did discard it) but it’s still pretty funny. Look @N_is_stolen is stolen. — Tatsuhiko Miyagawa (@miyagawa) February 26, 2014   Tom Peters Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Mt Gox CEO says he has not given up but confirms the theft of $383million worth of Bitcoin.
Feb25

Mt Gox CEO says he has not given up but confirms the theft of $383million worth of Bitcoin.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpelès has confirmed to Jon Fisher via IRC chat that the leaked document titled ‘Mt Gox Crisis Strategy Draft’ (available in full here) is ‘more or less’ legitimate. The document outlined Mt Gox’s plans to deal with the current crisis and confirmed the loss/theft of $383 million worth of Bitcoin (based on the current trading price). “As the name suggests it’s a draft, and it’s a bunch of proposals to deal with the issue at hand, not things that are actually planned and/or done,” Karpelès said. Mt Gox was issued with a subpoena from Federal prosecutors earlier this month instructing them to preserve their documentation. Despite the current dire circumstances Karpelès is not in hiding, posting a picture of him working at his desk in Tokyo and when asked by Fisher if they were still trying to save the exchange he replied “we haven’t given up’. Tom Peters Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Ads coming to Twitter search via a promoted accounts ad unit
Feb25

Ads coming to Twitter search via a promoted accounts ad unit

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.As part of its increased focus on monetization Twitter is adding a ‘promoted accounts’ advertisement to search results. Here’s how it will look: They promoted accounts will be appearing directly in the search results timeline which is far more invasive than the relatively pain free way they have been advertised in the past on the desktop. Although it should be noted that Twitter have already introduced promoted accounts in the mobile timeline. Twitter will automatically choose which search results the accounts will be promoted in. Hopefully that will be a manual process with some form of editing. For many users Twitter is the go to source for breaking news and it would be abrasive to see ads in search results for a human tragedy.   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Blackberry announce ‘the Classic’ – including keyboard, trackpad and proof they have lost the plot.
Feb25

Blackberry announce ‘the Classic’ – including keyboard, trackpad and proof they have lost the plot.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. We don’t like to see any tech company go down the gurgler. The fast paced world of hardware (and software) mean that concepts can be a hit in incredibly short time frames (eg: WhatsApp) and one single device can completely change a company (eg: the iPhone). It also means that you can go from king of the hill to a dud just as quickly. Which is why it saddens us that BlackBerry is still clinging to the exact concept that sunk the company and took them from the most desirable handset maker in history to the brink of extinction in less than a decade. Blackberry CEO John Chen announced today that they would be launching the Q20 BlackBerry Classic this year. “In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “Today, we’re delighted to announce the new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, which is designed to give you the distinct experience that every BlackBerry QWERTY loyalist and high-productivity business customer absolutely loves. With the BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, you’ll get the familiar hard buttons and trackpad that you want, along with the best email service, the best keyboard experience and the best battery life possible.” Now before you get your physical keyboard knickers in a knot – yes, we agree that there are BlackBerry loyalists, and yes this is exactly what they want. The problem is that there simply aren’t enough of them left to keep the company afloat and every day more and more of them jump ship to an iPhone, Android or Windows device. Every minute, every engineering and marketing dollar BlackBerry waste catering to their past condemns them to repeating it. As a company their only chance of becoming a force in the smartphone world again is to devote as many resources and minds as possible to leveraging their one valuable platform (BBM) and turning it into a significant revenue stream via government contracts, a platform agnostic app and finally a killer handset that puts the focus squarely on the tasks that we actually use them for. Messaging/emails, sharing photos/social media, running apps, browsing and (the soon to become dominant) mobile e-commerce. For the overwhelming majority of customers these tasks are best performed (and viewed) on a full screen, touch...

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It’s real! Introducing Nokia’s Android phone, the Nokia X. Hands on video
Feb24

It’s real! Introducing Nokia’s Android phone, the Nokia X. Hands on video

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Nokia have announced three new Android powered handsets. The Nokia X (4 inch screen), the Nokia X+ (4 inch screen) and the Nokia XL (5 inch screen). They’re not flagship devices designed to compete with the iPhone 5s or the Nexus 5, instead they’re built to a budget but retain the style and design features we most appreciate from the Nokia lineup. Here’s a hands on video. The phone uses Microsoft services in lieu of the Google equivalents (like Gmail, Google Maps and Chrome) and will not have access to the Google play store. Standard Android apps will run on the device with minimum tweaking but given how small the market share will be for this device and it’s intended audience, it will, at least in the beginning run a severely restricted subset of Android apps. The OS is based on an older version of Android (Jellybean 4.1.2) which misses out on the optimization provided in Kitkat 4.4. Combined with the Nokia X’s modest specs this results in a laggy experience. We’re impressed that Nokia have released an Android based device at all but this is a rough first effort. When Nokia get serious and combine their quality hardware, great cameras and the latest version of Android they may very well produce one of the most desirable phones on the market. This is a big step towards that goal but it falls a long, long way short. Even for it’s intended audience of Asia, South America and Eastern Europe who already have a number of high quality budget options to choose from. That market will only get more competitive over the lifetime of the Nokia X as Chinese manufacturers dramatically step up their game. Nokia’s Android project biggest threat is not the modest specs of its debut model but it’s new owner. There are many (including me) who have concerns about Microsoft’s support for the project once they gain full control of the handset manufacturing.   Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Russia pokes fun at itself with a great closing ceremony olympic rings gag
Feb23

Russia pokes fun at itself with a great closing ceremony olympic rings gag

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Not known for their sense of humor the Russians have finished a controversial winter Olympics on a high note. The snowflake malfunction was one of the talking points of the opening ceremony. The snowflake stubbornly refused to morph into one of the Olympic rings, it wasn’t really a big deal but it did cause a few red faces. The games organizers have responded in the best way possible by giving themselves a gentle ribbing with a callback to the malfunction in the closing ceremony. It won’t erase the problems with the village, the human rights issues, the beating up of Pussy Riot or the anti-gay stance of the government but for a few moments it did show that they at least have a decent sense of humor after all. Watch the video below.     Tom Peters   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Both of Samsung’s new Tizen based Gear smartwatches. Full high-res Gallery
Feb22

Both of Samsung’s new Tizen based Gear smartwatches. Full high-res Gallery

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   It’s only been six months since Samsung released the original Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. It was rushed to market and whilst it showed some promise it was ultimately too flawed for the Daily Tech Whip team to recommend it. Samsung have been heavily criticized for their liberal ‘borrowing’ of other companies design concepts. Sometimes that criticism has been justified. Sometimes not. We think that criticism is partly the reason why Samsung rushed to market with their first smart watch (to beat Apple et al) and it’s no surprise to us that they’ve released their second offering so quickly. Samsung iterate products at a faster rate than any other company on the planet. It’s the opposite of Apple’s approach and it leads to both hits and misses but their business model is to keep refining their misses until they have a hit. Over time it eventually seems to work, as evidenced by the eventual success of their smart phone range. It’s too early to say whether their second generation smart watch offering will be a hit or a miss but we can say they’ve definitely lifted their game. Notable upgrades including dramatically longer batter life, the move of the camera and the microphone onto the watch (allowing you to swap bands) and the biggest change away from Android to their Tizen operating system. The new watches wil be compatible with dozens of Samsung devices. Another big improvement over the original galaxy gear. Here’s a full high- res gallery of the new devices. The primary difference between the Gear 2 and the Neo is the absence of a camera on the Neo.                 Tom Peters.     Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Pressure from Chromebook and tablets forces Microsoft to slash their licencing fee for Windows
Feb21

Pressure from Chromebook and tablets forces Microsoft to slash their licencing fee for Windows

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. For a generation Microsoft had a rock solid business model. Charge a big ol’ fee for Windows to every computer manufacturer that wasn’t Apple or running Linux. It was devastatingly effective and combined with the ubiquitous nature of Microsoft Office gave them both the rock and the hard place to squeeze the consumer and manufacturer alike. Consequently Microsoft have enjoyed high margins on both products for longer than most digital companies have been in existence. And even though there is a strong argument to say that Microsoft have been off the pace for nearly a decade they still enjoy high revenues and healthy profits because of the Windows/Office pincer effect. That situation is now under serious threat. The saturation of the PC market plus the increase in functionality of Mobile OS’s matched with leaps forward in mobile chipsets have created a generation of users who reach for the phone or tablet before firing up the computer. Now on top of that threat the ChromeBook is starting to make headway in the market that has modest application/processing requirements but wants a keyboard and shell form factor. Microsoft has cracked under the combined weight of the new competitors and has reportedly slashed their licencing fee for Windows by 70%. Down from from $50 to $15. The price cut will only apply to devices that are below Microsoft’s $250 price threshold, so we won’t see that discount passed on to any high end laptops typically running Haswell processors. The price reduction has been reported to Bloomberg but has not been officially confirmed by Microsoft. Given how price competitive the entry level Laptop market is this move makes sense. We wouldn’t be surprised if they ended going further and offering a discounted licence fee to all sub $500 devices. Source: Bloomberg   Note: Yes, I could’ve chosen any one of a thousand clichéd Microsoft images to accompany this story but I deliberately went with a cat sitting on a Netbook. Firstly because acting as a cat warmer is about 90% of the use case of a Netbook and secondly because it’s an awesome photo and in tech journalism you’re mostly locked down to stock photography when writing about Microsoft/Google/Facebook etc.   Tom Peters Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Linkedin (finally) allows you to block other users but it still has a major flaw
Feb21

Linkedin (finally) allows you to block other users but it still has a major flaw

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   Linkedin has long been a stalkers paradise, and unlike other social networks victims have very little recourse to protect themselves. They’re also faced with a potential limitation of their career possibilities if they take the only course of action available to them and delete their accounts. It’s a difficult situation to be in and Linkedin has turned a blind eye until today. Paul Rockwell, the head of Trust and Safety at Linkedin has announced that you can now block another linkedin member from viewing your profile: I come to you today to assure you that your concerns were heard loud and clear. We built this feature not only because it was a feature our members requested, but because we also knew it was the right thing to do. I’m pleased to share that we are rolling out a new Member Blocking feature today to all LinkedIn members – Paul Rockwell.   The new feature also allows more granular control of what other members can see eg: your photo or activity as well as what can be indexed by search engines. These are all positive steps although arriving in 2014 puts them years behind other major social networks. There is one significant fly in the ointment however. In order to block someone you need to visit their profile. Since Linkedin enabled anonymous viewing of other users profiles it’s possible to continue to stalk someone and they have no way of identifying you or consequently any way to block you from visiting your profile. It’s a serious issue that significantly undermines the real but overdue progress Linkedin has made in regards to online privacy. The simple solution is to give users who feel threatened the option to turn off anonymous viewing of their individual profile. It won’t affect the majority of users or employers but it will allow victims of harassment to control and know who is viewing their profile and grant them the option to block stalkers if necessary. Please use the share buttons below (particularly Linkedin) to let Linkedin know they’ve made some great progress but their job is not finished yet. Tom Peters     Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Facebook turned down both of WhatsApp co-founders when they applied for jobs there
Feb20

Facebook turned down both of WhatsApp co-founders when they applied for jobs there

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Both Founders of WhatsApp, Jan Koum and Brian Acton tried and failed to get jobs at Facebook after becoming dissatisfied at working at Yahoo. Brian Acton confirmed it in a recent interview with Forbes Magazine “We’re part of the Facebook reject club” he said. Brian also recorded his reaction for posterity in a tweet sent in August of 2009. He puts a positive spin on what was obviously a bad day but it shows just how quickly WhatsApp went from nothing to a $16 billion exit. Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure. — Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009 Acton seems to be a naturally upbeat guy judging by his chirpy response to also being turned down by Twitter only a few months earlier. Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute. — Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009    I’m sure there are no hard feelings now and it’s great to see a real life example of the age old expression “revenge is a dish best served four years later in the form of billions of dollars from an employer who didn’t want you the first time around.”   Tom Peters.  Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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The first press images of the 2014 HTC One (leaked)
Feb19

The first press images of the 2014 HTC One (leaked)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   Serial Leaker Evan Blass has posted the first press shots of the much anticipated new HTC Flagship device. The expected dual camera set up is confirmed as is the move from physical buttons to capacitive buttons. Apart from the above the phone largely resembles the 2013 model. Which is a good thing. The HTC One broke new ground for the company in terms of design and quality of finish and still ranks as one of the most attractive and substantial android devices on the market. The camera was a weak spot and the Daily Tech Whip team look forward to testing the new dual camera hardware. The move to capacitive buttons will ease the transition to a Google Play version of the phone which could very well turn out to be one the best devices released in the first half of 2014.   The All New HTC One, 2014. pic.twitter.com/HmOEzq87A5 — @evleaks (@evleaks) February 19, 2014   Tom Peters.   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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How many drones would it take to build your house? Use this calculator to find out
Feb18

How many drones would it take to build your house? Use this calculator to find out

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Randy Nelson from Movato has done some entertaining back of the envelope calculations to work out how many (Amazon) drones it would take to build the average house and how long it would take. There are a lot of assumptions but it certainly makes you think about the future of construction and transport. Those assumptions have been plugged into a calculator (below) so you can do the same thing for your own home. First you’ll need to estimate the size of your house in square feet. If you’re not sure you can use the average house sizes in the below countries as a starting point. 214 m2 (2,303 ft2) – Australia 201 m2 (2,164 ft2) – United States 181 m2 (1,948 ft2) – Canada 76 m2 (818 ft2) – UK 60 m2 (646 ft2) – China 45 m2 (484 ft2) – Hong Kong Build Your House With DronesBy Movoto Real Estate You can Follow Randy Nelson on Twitter here @DangerPenguin     Tom Peters.     Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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In one fell swoop Sesame St just solved the world’s Flappy Bird crisis. Introducing ‘Flappy Bert’
Feb12

In one fell swoop Sesame St just solved the world’s Flappy Bird crisis. Introducing ‘Flappy Bert’

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you missed out on the Flappy Bird craze that (for some mostly unknown reason) recently swept the world – only for the game to be taken down – then fret no longer. Sesame St Workshop has just released ‘Flappy Bert’. It’s difficult, silly and wonderful. Well played Sesame St, very well played. Get your fix here   Tom Peters.   Follow @Tom_Peters__   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Ever wanted to fly a quadcopter drone with your mind? Today’s your lucky day
Feb12

Ever wanted to fly a quadcopter drone with your mind? Today’s your lucky day

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Biomedical engineer, ‘Bin He’ and his team at the University of Minnesota have created a brain-computer interface with the goal of helping people with disabilities, such as paralysis, regain the ability to do everyday tasks. The quadcopter is controlled via input from an EEG Cap (Electro-encephalography) with 64 electrodes. The cap tracks thoughts about specific movements. When the participant thinks about a specific movement, neurons in the brain’s motor cortex produce tiny electric signals, which are sent to a computer. The computer processes the signals and sends directions through a Wi-Fi system to direct the quadcopter.     Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Facebook Fraud: How Facebook profits from all those fake accounts and likes
Feb12

Facebook Fraud: How Facebook profits from all those fake accounts and likes

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Derek Muller is the host of of the YouTube science channel ‘Veritasium’. Like many he suspected something wasn’t right with the way Facebook advertising worked so he set up a Fake account to run a test. He found that Facebook allows click farms to add Fake likes to Facebook pages as it pockets billions of dollars in revenue. The results won’t surprise anyone who has used Facebook’s ad services. Like this post and share it on Facebook to send a strong message about fraudulent advertising practices. Tom Peters.   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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For the Sci-Fi fan who has everything… Supermodels wearing Star Wars dresses
Feb11

For the Sci-Fi fan who has everything… Supermodels wearing Star Wars dresses

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.That sound you just heard was teenage boys heads exploding all over the world. As if they (me) couldn’t get excited enough about Star Wars we (they) are now being treated to a design collection devoted to one of the greatest Sci-Fi movie series of all time.         For a certain audience (me) pairing Star Wars with beautiful women was always going to be a hit but what has surprised and impressed me is the warm reaction these dresses have received from the fashion world. In many ways they could be considered polar opposites. Congratulations to the designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. You’ve made a lot of people very happy. Tom Peters.   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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What are your thoughts on the Twitter redesign that looks like Facebook (screenshot)
Feb11

What are your thoughts on the Twitter redesign that looks like Facebook (screenshot)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Mashable journalist, Matt Petronzio captured a screenshot of what is reportedly a new design being tested by Twitter. The design is eerily reminiscent of the information architecture of Facebook. The profile photo has been moved over to the left and the tweets look more like tiles than the concise stream we are used to. I think it removes the best feature of twitter which is the ability to scroll vertically and scan an entire stream of information very quickly. I can see how it would allow Twitter to create traditional ad placements which has worked well for Facebook.  Image via Mashable Twitter often tests out new designs on small groups of users and there is no indication that this will become the new Twitter (I certainly hope not). What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below or directly on Twitter, @DailyTechWhip the best thing about Twitter is that its not facebook. Theyre just trying to figure out how to get ad revenue. — Invisible Voice (@silva0072) February 11, 2014 @andrew303 my thoughts are it aint a redesign. its a new tab for 'me'. no suggestion home/stream will change. — Pete Ottery (@c41) February 11, 2014 Tom Peters.   Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Confirmed: Nadella is the new CEO of Microsoft. Effective immediately. Ballmer out and Gates steps down as Chairman
Feb04

Confirmed: Nadella is the new CEO of Microsoft. Effective immediately. Ballmer out and Gates steps down as Chairman

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Satya Nadella has officially been confirmed as the new CEO of Microsoft. The promotion is effective immediately allowing Steve Ballmer to retire earlier than planned. Bill Gates also steps down as Chairman of the company. From Microsoft: As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” Update: Satya Nadella’s first interview as CEO of Microsoft Born in Hyderabad, India in 1967, the 46 year old Nadella is a Microsoft Veteran. Amongst his first priorities will be finalizing the Nokia Handset division sale and beginning the reorganization of the company. The press release in full: REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 4, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors. “Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers...

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The 10 most dangerous things we do with our precious smartphones
Feb01

The 10 most dangerous things we do with our precious smartphones

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.I’ve personally been guilty of them all and there are few of us who haven’t committed at least one of the 10 most dangerous things we can with our precious smartphones. The list focuses on the negative things that can happen to your device or you via data breaches but I would add number 11. Listening to music or talking/texting on the phone when you’re walking. Smartphones are amazing but a lot of us get caught up with what’s happening on the screen and forget to look where we’re going or listen out for danger when we’re using them. This girl escaped with little more than a bruised ego when she fell into a fountain while texting but a lot worse can happen on a big city street if you’re not looking we’re you’re going.   Tom Peters. Follow @Tom_Peters__ Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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