Friday, 21 December 2012

Ouya! to Arrive on Time

Hey Guys,

I'm in IT and I've got no work to do so I have time on here.

If you can remember, I wrote an article about the andorid based video games console, Ouya. The firm behind it have announced that it will be released on time! It should be out for the 28th! after Christmas but still awesome!!

The project started in July this year and has had a kickstarter page since then. The have successfully managed to raise $8,596,474 with 63,416 backers! Since the console is powered by Android, it will also run all the programs and applications a tablet or smartphone can, but even better. It already has its own line up of games!! The have also revealed it will run on JellyBean!!
The special thing about Ouya! is that it comes with a development kit to create your own games, also known as the ODK. They will also have a game hub set up where everyone who wants to share their games can do so on a massive comimunity.

Backers who threw in a pledge of more than $699 (£437) get access to the first-round of Ouya shipments so they can be first to have a play with the ODK. They also get an extra help advertising their games for a year, and a founder emblem to mark their game!

I am looking forward to this is it will only cost about £60! To read my original post click here!


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Britain Needs to up it's Technology Game

Hey Guys,

I was given an English task where I had to write about something that concerns me about Britain and writing about technology came naturally to me, so that's what I did. Since this is an important piece of work and I have a technology website, I'd thought I'd use it to my advantage and ask you what you think about it. Please give me comment or email me some feedback. It would be much appreciated :)


Modern Britain is like an ostrich when it comes to innovating new technology. We have wings but we can’t fly.

All the revolutionary and new twists to technology in our era country have originated from elsewhere. Google, Apple and Microsoft, which of these influential businesses specialising in technology were born in Britain? Absolutely none of them!

The outstanding problem with this is that we are always last to get the latest technology. For example, the Kindle fire, even if it is inferior, was released in the United Kingdom a catastrophic 6 months after the US release. Furthermore, everyone is this country is getting way too excited over 4G as if it’s cutting edge and up to date technology . But no. 4G was available in South Korea in 2006, America in 2008, Lithuania in 2009 and a whole 6 years after it had been originally released, in the United Kingdom. 4G is a worn and outdated facility in a countless amount of countries but in our nation, it is new, state of the art technology.

Another unforeseen aspect of our poor technological status is our internet download speeds. The typical internet download speed for our country is only 18.37 Mbps. This ranks us at an average 23rd globally. Hong Kong is at the top the table with 42 Mbps! Over two times our speeds. With our pathetic upload speeds, we are at a scandalous 51st place with a shameful 3.37Mbps upload speed. Whereas, South Korea and Hong Kong have around 28Mbps, which is almost 10 times our crawling speeds. We really need to pull something out of the bag and dramatically increase our speeds if we are ever going to be able compete against rival countries. Our people are brainwashed into thinking we have fast internet when in comparison it is actually incredibly slow, just because we give our technology names like “Fibre Optic”, it doesn’t mean it’s good.

Our nation needs to get back into the technological area. During the industrial revolution throughout the 18th and 19th century we were renowned for our technological advances. We invented the television, the telephone, the World Wide Web, the train, photography, the electric motor, the computer, the tank and the light bulb. What great inventions are we thinking of now?

Everything we create is now useless and pointless. We’re coming up with things such as DAB which completely failed. It is a fact that during the industrial revolution, Britain’s economy soared and that has been taken away from us because we are too lazy to innovate more technology and we are leaving it to countries such as Japan, Korea and America.

More people need to be educated in the field of computer science and people in education should be more encouraged to use technology rather than told to write with pencil and paper, children should be taught how be more creative rather than following the rules and ideas of other people, to make their work special to themselves instead of a duplicate of everyone else’s work. If we are to exist as a thriving country we must start thinking creatively and teaching to think creatively, or we can be lazy and keep on falling behind.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Cool Tech Fact: The Text is 20 Years Old

Hey Guys,

The first ever text message was sent 20 years ago today, an appropriately festive phrase, "Merry Christmas".
To celebrate the text message's 20th birthday, Ofcom has done a bit of research into its history, did you know that we now send around 50 text messages a week each?

Little bit of techy trivia for you.

Apple CEO says Something Obvious.

Hey Guys,

Apple CEO Tim Cook says TV is an area of "intense interest".. WELL OBVIOUSLY

I previously had the title SEO instead of CEO. I am an idiot


Archos GamePad: the Handheld Android Game Console

Hey Guys,

The Archos Gamepad, an the second android based console. And  ideal Christmas present for only £129.98

Unlike the Xperia Play, the Archos Gamepad is a tablet and has only just been released. So it would be unfair to compare the two.

The GamePad aims to bring classic control systems to modern mobile gaming rather than a touch screen. This bad boy has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 (169.55 PPI") five-point capacitive screen to work with its 16 physical buttons and dual analogue sticks. You can also get up to 9 hours of battery life, about average for a 7-inch tablet.

The Archos GamePad is as much a tablet as a gaming device. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for tablets, it therefore includes all the improvements that came with the Jelly Bean update, including even smoother interface animations, voice assistant and Google Now that shows you the right information at the right time.

Since there will be a requirement for 3D games, a powerful graphics card and processor is necessary, the Archos GamePad uses a super-powerful quad-core Mali-400 MP4 GPU and a 1.6GHz Dual Core CPU. More than enough power for even the most graphically stunning 3D games and casual browsing.

Coming with 8GB of internal memory, the Archos GamePad can accept micro-SD cards of up to 64 GB. The ARCHOS GamePad also has a mini-HDMI port so you can plug it into your TV and enjoy your games up on the big screen. Sounds a bit like Wii U.

Strangely, the UK is the only place to be getting it at the moment. The United States will have to wait a year.

This is a much better alternative to the crappy iPad Mini, with the Android OS, the graphics, the gaming standards. Great! If you still want to find out more visit the Archos website or read the Tech Specs Below!

Tech Specs

Display• 7’’: 1024x600 capacitive 5 points multitouch screen
Application Framework• Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Processor• ARM CORTEXTM dual-core A9 @ 1.6GHz
• GPU quad-core Mali 400 MP
• 3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
Capacity• Flash Memory: 8GB* + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible up to 32GB)
Video playback1• H.264 HD (up to 1080p@30 fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (up to 1080p@30 fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV
Audio Playback1• MP3
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
Photo viewer4• JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Webcam• Front camera
Interfaces• USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• microSD (SDHC compatible)
• mini HDMI output6(Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Wireless technologies• Wi-Fi
Miscellaneous• Built-in speaker
• G-sensor
• Built-in Microphone
Power source• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight• 229.8 x 118.7mm x 15.4mm (9’’x 4.6’’x 0.6’’)
• 330g (11.6 oz)
Software update• Updates can be downloaded at
Minimum system requirements• Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, XP, or higher and Windows Media Player 11
• Mac OS. X with Transfer Files application (not included)
• Linux with android MTP tool (not included)
• USB 2.0 interface