Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

If you want to send your friends a Halloween message how about you do some virtual pumpkin carving first?

If you are not intending to go out trick or treating this Sunday you might want to entertain yourself by playing this online game which sends the image you have created to your friends via email including a little message.

Well it’s better than knocking on their door demanding sweets!

Spooky Halloween Games!


Myspace relaunch

It is a sad affair that myspace’s popularity declined. It was the original cool social network to join. Apparently Tom, it’s founder, wanted to keep things the same and had a lot of integrity which was obviously short-sighted at the time. You can not be so principled and steadfast in the online arena especially when the next big thing could be only round the corner. New features/sites are borne daily so you must be ahead of the game and be flexible.

Myspace losses quarter on quarter have increased from $136m in 2009 to $174m this year. The relaunch is trying to claw back some of this loss but if this relaunch is not a success then they will have to consider selling, but at what price?

Myspace started up in 2003 and its popularity peaked in 2007, two years after News Corp bought it, with over 100 million users. Obviously this looked like a sure thing but it was not long living.

So the new My_ site, now how the logo will appear, will be totally redesigned.

“Everything from MySpace – from the layout and design, to the colour scheme, and even our logo – has been remade to deliver the best social entertainment experiences.”

Myspace is where it started so it is your duty to at least give it a look. That’s if you can remember your log in details!

New Myspace!

BA mobile boarding pass extended to Blackberry and Android

BA announced that since July 30,000 customers have been using the mobile boarding pass app which is now being rolled out to the Blackberry (currently) and on Android (November).

It is ideal for for customers on-the-run or business customers. I’m sure both would find the ability to check-in, to receive a mobile boarding pass and to get real-time flight information, and more, most useful.

You must be a member of the Executive Club to use the app but that is free to join.

Well this certainly beats the £40 Ryanair charge you to print out your boarding pass at the airport. Tisk, tisk!

The Macbook Air

And there’s more! The latest in sleek design, Apple have taken the next step in minimising bulk and hassle for those on-the-go types.

The ipad is a very handy mobile unit but does not have the full functionality of a laptop. This has all the use of a Macbook Pro but less than half it’s weight at 1.06 kg rather than 2.54kg.

It is $1000 rather than $500 for an ipad or $300 for a netbook so as per usual is not a bargain. However, for those dedicated Apple followers that can’t be without the dazzlingly great graphic displays it could be a good compromise if you are finding it a bit much to be on the move with your heavy machine.

There is a 11″ or 13″ screen option and a bonus is that the screen resolution is 1,366-by-768 pixels compared to 1,024-by-768 pixels on most netbooks. The processor is not that fast like most netbooks, only 1.4-GHz Core 2 Duo. The battery life is 6 hours though which is pretty good. It is wider than a netbook so does have a standard size keyboard which most people will like a lot. The app opening time is really quick so there is no waiting around to be done here.

Again, if you have the money and you want a lovely new toy to play with then purchase away! Available at stores now!

Visit the Apple Store

The Social Network – reviewed

I must admit I was sceptical when I realised there was a facebook movie coming out, however, I was pleasantly surprised by it. It managed to create excitement and portray the bitterness over the ownership of facebook well.

It is essentially a college movie so has women, parties, relationships, popularity issues and as in many college movies there is a strong rise of the underdog (the geeks) theme. However, this time it is a real story.

The start-up of facebook is the ultimate finger-in-the-face tale, young Zuckerberg got his dumped by his girlfriend which spurred him on to prove himself and to get even. In the mean time he became privy to an idea that he is said to have stolen from the Winklevoss brothers, the good-looking, tanned, rich members of the exclusive Phonenix Club and part of the row crew. Instead of meeting them to continue talks he allegedly took the idea, created it, improved it and beat them to market. Hence why they took him to court and were awarded a $65 million out of court settlement,which does give some weight to the story.

There is a real sense of entrepreneurial spirit in the film which is quite inspiring if you have ever had the notion of owning your own business.

Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker who started Napster, the music site that was the first to ‘share’ files, and who is now a 7% shareholder in facebook. It tells of his involvement in the rise and development of the site.

It also tells of the relationship Zuckerberg had with once friend and original CFO, Eduardo Saverin, who also took him to court over ownership issues.

It does sound like there was a lot of back-stabbing and legal wrangling going on but that does make for a good story.

The story of facebook is all part of our colourful social (media) history so it’s worth a watch I think. However, I’m not sure it is Oscar worthy as it is being touted as.

At cinemas now.

Tiny Idols on Eastenders – last night!

Eastenders was very exciting last night for us, of course there was the usual drama, however aside from that Tiny Idols popped up on to our screens.

Liam, Bianca and Ricky’s son, was wearing the red 1966 Heroes t-shirt which was for sales around the time of the World Cup.

For your reference here it is. We’ve even managed to get Pat in the picture which is always a winner!

You can watch last night’s episode on iplayer if you missed it and if you jump to minute’s 17 and 21 you can see the Tiny Idols t-shirt being modelled by Liam Butcher himself.

Thanks Liam, there’s a new t-shirt in the post for you!


In case you have not heard of YouView, in brief, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five as well as internet service providers BT and TalkTalk and transmission company and SeeSaw owner Arqiva have teamed together to create a new offering. It will allows those with terrestrial TV and broadband to save/record programmes on to a top-box much like Sky Plus and Virgin Media allows you to. The box will act as a storage facility which you will be able to access in order to watch programmes at a later date. Despite YouView offering a similar service to Sky Plus and Virgin Media, the part that is different is that, YouView will only ask for a one-off payment for the top-box leaving customers contract free yet able to watch TV on demand to their heart’s content!

There has been considerable opposition from the likes of Sky and Virgin Media as they feel that YouView’s arrival sparks trouble, claiming it will breach the Competition Act 1998. Ofcom have actually overruled this at present saying that it’s too early to determine if their entry to the market will harm competition and that they need to see how this new addition will act over the issue of access to content etc.

The YouView chief exec, Richard Halton, said, “We have been clear throughout this process that YouView will stimulate competition in the TV platform market and create opportunities for content providers and device manufacturers.”

We think that consumers would agree yet for the likes of Sky and Virgin it is going to mean a lot more hard work which we’re sure is not desirable.

The plan is to launch some products next year so we can all see how this one pans out then.