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August 24, 2010 / Alistair

Apple files patent to kill jailbroken iPhones

Are they laying the final mouse trap?

iPhone 4; wouldn't jailbreak it. Would you...

Steve Jobs called it a game of cat and mouse, and now it seems that Apple are preparing to lay their final trap to catch those critters known as the iPhone jailbreaking community.

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August 23, 2010 / Alistair

Android 2.2 finally comes to HTC Desire

Vodafone rolls out FroYo to its Desire customers

HTC Desire: now with FroYo

This morning Vodafone began to push out the 2.2 update to the Android operating system of the HTC Desire. While 2.2 – or FroYo as it’s affectionately named – has been available to Nexus One owners for some time, it has only just appeared on the radar for Desire users.

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August 20, 2010 / Alistair

Vodafone to push out Android 2.2 next week

Desire owners get FroYo first

Vodafone announced today on it’s website that it’ll be pushing the 2.2 update to HTC Desire owners starting August 23rd.

HTC Desire: gets 2.2 next week

“Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated. Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period,” Vodafone said.

August 13, 2010 / Alistair

Amazon announces slimmer, cheaper Kindle

Ebook readers sees lower price and a month of battery

Amazon Kindle: better to read than iPad

This week Amazon announced that a new Kindle ebook reader will begin shipping next month. The Kindle 3 will be slimmer than the outgoing model, offer 50% better contrast and pack a one month battery life.

The new Kindle will also be available in black instead of white and be priced very competitively; just £109 for a Wi-Fi version and £149 for Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, which allows you to download books on the move and with no data costs.

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August 9, 2010 / Alistair

The Times paywall. Is there a better way?

Ok, so this blog post is something I wrote for my uni course and is 4,000 words long. But don’t let that put you off. Right now we’re on the cusp of a huge change in the publishing industry. The newspapers are losing £100,000’s per DAY and online ad revenue isn’t paying the bills. The Times have hidden their site behind a paywall, charging £2 per week for access, will this work? Find out here…

Firstly, a big thank you to Adam WestbrookTom Dunmore and Andy Ihnatko for helping me with this. Go follow them, because they’re awesome.

Why is this important?

Starting in June 2010, News Corporation’s Time and Sunday Times newspaper will launch their own websites, replacing the current www.timesonline.co.uk site. These new sites,www.thetimes.co.uk and www.sundaytimes.co.uk, will only be accessible for paying subscribers. The price was announced  at £1 for a day’s access, or £2 for a week’s subscription and existing subscribers to the print editions will be given the online content for free. (Mostrous and Steele, 2010)

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July 27, 2010 / Alistair

Apple launches the Magic Trackpad

Sets the mousetrap?

Magic Trackpad: Mouse killer?

This week Apple released updates to it’s iMac and Mac Pro range, as well as adding a 27″ cinema display to it’s fleet of gorgeous but oh-so-expensive monitors. But most interesting was the introduction of a new product, the Magic Trackpad, which is basically the trackpad from a MacBook as a standalone device in the style of the wireless keyboard.

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July 20, 2010 / Alistair

Kindle books outsell hardbacks from Amazon

Cross-platform software win

Amazon announced this week that they sell more e-books for the Kindle than physical hardback books.

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