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Monthly archives for August, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Tablets are cool, and are only getting cooler by the day. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an awesome device, based on the incredible Android OS as well as the Touchwiz 4.0 which includes great additions like Live Panels and the Mini Apps Tray to make it easy to flick between apps with the touch of a fingertip, truly easy multi-tasking.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 includes all the bells and whistles from a HUGE 1GB memory, GPS, 2 inbuild camera of 2 & 3MP and all of the high-speed mobile networks including wi-fi.

Samsung got the Samsung Crescent racing team to have a look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it really shows how useful these lightweight (only 565g) devices can be in a variety of situations.

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Review: Oregon – GPS Scout

I was recently asked to review the Oregon GPS Scout Backtrack Altimeter, which while sounding complicating is a very cool little device for those who are outdoors lovers.

After reviewing the Oregon GPS scout I have found it is a great device, and as someone who can be very critical of gadgets I’m rather impressed. The GPS Scout is great quality, surprisingly easy to use and appears very functional and feature rich tool.

The Oregon GPS Scout has 4 main modes: Altimeter which displays your current Altitude; Barometer which uses advanced Baro-compression tech which can detect the differences in pressure caused by altitude and pressure caused by weather conditions making it far more accurate than most devices on the market, also very cool from a geek view!

It also has Compass and GPS modes, which can be used for backtracking to pre-saved locations useful for hiking and finding your way back to the car/campsite.

I must admit there is one niggle I have with the GPS Scout which is the unit setting where you can set both the temperature and distance. Annoyingly these are not separate settings so you can either have it as °C (Celsius) with Km OR Fahrenheit with Miles.

Generally in the UK we use °C & Miles, while not a huge problem it is a little frustrating that can’t have both in my preferred scale.

The device also features a LED light which is useful, and when camping a vital feature. I’ve also found this handy when poking about inside my PC…

This is a great little device and worth checking out if you’re the outdoor type, I am looking forward to using this the next time I get outdoorsy.

Check out the GPS Scout on the Oregon site, don’t forget to post your own thoughts in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was provided free for the purposes of this review, this review is still 100% impartial and is solely my own honest opinion of the device.

Lion receives it’s first service pack

It seems the day has dawned – Mac OS X Lion, the operating system unleashed only a few weeks ago unto the world – now has it’s first service pack available. Thankfully, it looks to be full of bug fixes for a few gripes that Mac users have been posting about on the Apple support forums. Perhaps confusingly, however, the service pack is available in four different editions – one for clients, one for servers, one for 2011-model MacBook Air and Mac mini clients, and one for Mac mini servers.

First up, this update addresses the annoying issue whereby the onboard audio dies out when sound is piped through HDMI or another optical audio source. In a similar vein, Safari no longer crashes as often when playing a video in-browser (still no fix on the whole Flash debacle, though!). WiFi is now more reliable, and administrator-level accounts no longer disappear at random when using the operating system.

Server users get a lovely new reliability enhancement to the Apple File Service, whilst the MacBook Air update fixes occasional screen jittering, and stops the Mac booting up when the MagSafe power adapter is plugged in. The Mac mini update speeds up data transfer to and from SD(HC) cards.

Altogether, some good fixes for some common gripes in there. It’s good to see Apple taking on board the comments they get from the forums – good work, folks! To download Mac OS X 10.7.1 today, choose Software Update from the Apple menu on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 (“Lion”).

Debian is a big boy now – 18 years old!

Today Debian, the Linux OS, marks it’s 18th Birthday since the Debian Linux Project first kicked off with Ian Murdoch’s founding announcement statement on 16th August 1993.

In the past 18 years the Debian distro has grown massively with 11 releases to date with the most recent being Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” in February 2011.  There is also more than 35,000 binary packages for the amd64 architecture under the current “unstable” branch – over 44GB worth of Free/Libre Software!

Debian has become a well known and commonly used Linux Distro, available in over 65 languages, and with an massive user-base,  including a huge array of educational institutes Debian is here to stay.

Why not give Debian a try? Check-out Debian.org!

Halifax Holiday Matchmaker

It’s become a fact of life that our Facebook profiles have a lot of information about who we are and what we like. Halifax Travel Money have created a great Facebook App which harnesses this and matches you to your ideal holiday based on the information in your Facebook profile, it also suggests who you should take with you!

I’m apparently suited to San Francisco, the app also finds places I’d like to eat, drink and have fun while on my San Francisco trip. From a geeky point of view, this app is a great example of how to harness what must be an extensive database of information and then matching that to the wealth of social information from my profile, and it does it pretty damn well!

This isn’t the first time that the Halifax Travel Money app has made an appearance, it was first launched in June 2010 and made a great impression then too, and now it’s back new and improved and is just a fun app to checkout and see what your holiday scrap book might look like!

There are over 17,000 people using the app, and it’s well worth a checkout, even if you’re just curious as to what a tenner will get you – I can get 2.32 loaves of San Francisco Sourdough bread in case you wondered – or just to checkout what the weathers like!

Check out the Halifax Travel Money app!

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Skype for iPad

Skype has recently launched it’s Skype for iPad app which looks pretty impressive, while I don’t own an iPad (if anybody would like to send me one to play with I’d love you) but I of course know a few geeks with them.

Chatting to a friend who’s been playing with the app it seems like it really is as impressive as their ad.

The Skype app for iPad provides a nifty tool for video calling, particularly with the ability to use both the front and back cams on the iPad2. With impressive quality the app is quick, sleek and has a fantastic capacity for games as well.

One of the small problems which was pointed out is that the chat box is a little on the small side which can make text chat a little cumbersome.

Check out the new Skype app below, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!