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Apple TV – Second Generation (2010)

October 28, 2010 by  
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You can read my full reviews of the Apple TV at TrustedReviews and Wired (links direct to reviews) where I discuss one of the most infuriating products in recent memory. The good is so very good, the bad headbangingly bad. We aren’t interested in that with Just the Bad Points though, so let the blood letting begin…

As always the disclaimer: JtBP is about showing you what is wrong, contentious, or downright bubble headed about products. The reasons you might not want to spend your hard earned cash on them. So before you commit to reading lengthy reviews here’s what you should be wary of with Apple’s new iPods:

Apple TV – Second Generation (2010)

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  • Audio and video support limited to iTunes formats
  • All audio and video must be stored in iTunes to be recognised – regardless of format
  • No native storage means Apple TV and only stream content
  • All owned or purchased content must be bought on another computer and streamed to Apple TV
  • Netflix movie rental service limited to US only
  • No UK rental partnerships
  • No BBC iPlayer or other mainstream TV catch-up services supported
  • No 1080p ‘Full HD’ playback, 720p limit is a hardware restriction
  • Despite being iOS based there is no access to the App Store or supported apps
  • $99 US retail price translated to £99 in UK


The Power of Crowd Sourcing…

October 28, 2010 by  
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If you aren’t yet a believer in the power of the Internet, watch the video below. Created through the power of crowd sourcing, The Johnny Cash Project brought together over 250,000 fans from 172 countries to illustrate every frame for the Man In Black’s final music video: ‘Ain’t no Grave’. The end result is both powerful and moving. I can’t think of a better way for an artist to be remembered than the innumerable interpretations of their own fans.

The project was thought up by Chris Milk who also created the revolutionary interactive Arcade Fire music video for The Wilderness Downtown. A bright future lies ahead…

The making of this remarkable video can be seen below

The Johnny Cash Project from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

Wired Feature: the Unlikely Cure to A Deafness Pandemic

October 19, 2010 by  
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Audio is a passion of mine, whether it be the quality with which I encode my music or the equipment I use to listen to it. In fact I take it to a level most would consider extreme… probably a little sad. The sad thing is the majority of people take it to the other extreme: low quality music on cheap devices listened to through cheap earbuds. Why sad? Because it poses a genuine threat to your hearing, something I investigated for Wired UK. Here is an extract from this piece, if you enjoy it please READ ON.

How 3D printing and lasers are helping fight a European ‘deafness pandemic’

For Wired UK by Gordon Kelly |19 October 2010

acs Wired Feature: the Unlikely Cure to A Deafness Pandemic

In October 2008 the European Union announced findings that should have caused uproar. Its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) reported five to 10 percent of personal music player owners risk permanent hearing loss “should they listen to music at a high volume setting for more than one hour per day for at least five years”.

Does this sound like anyone you know, or everyone you know?

At the time EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva expressed her shock at the report saying: “I am concerned that so many young people, in particular, who are frequent users of personal music players and mobile phones at high acoustic levels, may be unknowingly damaging their hearing irrevocably.” She stressed the need to “react rapidly”, look at the controls in place and “most importantly… raise consumer awareness”.

In the two years that have now passed, you only need to sit on public transport or wait in a queue to realise the EU failed miserably. So who is going to clean up this mess? Well it may just be a small company in Banbury… READ ON

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Windows Phone 7: What Phones, Which Networks?

October 14, 2010 by  
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Here’s a breakdown of what handsets will launch with Microsoft’s highly anticipated new mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 and what UK networks you find them. First paragraphs reprinted with permission of TrustedReviews:

Windows Phone 7: What Phones, Which Networks?

11 Windows Phone 7 handsets, five UK networks. If you’re finding it hard to keep up with all the announcements from WP7 launchyesterday you’re not alone. So here’s one single place where you can find a breakdown of each model and details on which networks they’ll appear.

HTC HD7 A monster with 4.3in 480 x 800 pixel display, backed up by the ubiquitous Qualcomm MSM8250 1GHz chipset, a choice of 8GB or 16GB of internal memory and a 5MP camera with autofocus, dual LED flash and 720p video recording. Weighs in at a substantial 162g, but it is reasonably pocket friendly at 162g and packs in Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. HTC’s flagship WP7 device.

UK Networks: O2 (initially exclusive) – on sale from 21 October

HTC 7 Mozart 3.7in 480 x 800 screened powerhouse with 8GB of native storage (WP7 doesn’t support memory cards), an 8MP camera with autofocus, Xenon flash and 720p video recording. Also powered by a Qualcomm MSM8250 1GHz chipset (the same chipset used in all HTC’s Windows Phone 7 handsets).

UK Networks: Orange (initially exclusive) – on sale from 21 October

For the other 9 handsets and my concluding thoughts, check out the full article here. A Just the Bad Points review of Windows Phone 7 will be coming soon.

Features Roundup: Mini MacBooks & Facebook Wuvs Skype

October 9, 2010 by  
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As many of you know I’ve been on holiday recently (Malta, very nice – make sure to scuba dive) so here’s extracts rounding up of the features I published which bookended my trip:

Why Apple Will Build An 11.6in Laptop


Talk of a more affordable 11.6in MacBook has once again hit the headlines and generated heated discussion. What’s different this time around is it may actually happen…

The rumours stem from two sites: Apple Insider and Digitimes. The former quotes “sources in Taiwan” that a smaller version of the MacBook Air will be with us for Christmas, the latter that Apple has placed an order with Taiwanese manufacturing giant Quanta to build the 11.6in model. Is either site right? We don’t know, but what’s interesting is customers are desperate to see it materialise and yet I’ll bet my last penny Apple isn’t keen to build it – even though it will. Why? Apple is evolving.

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Facebook & Skype: Life Partners Or Fair-Weather Friends?


It is said we all have a perfect partner out there somewhere, waiting for us. Are Facebook and Skype one such couple?

According to a much publicised report (and grainy image – below) from All Things Digital it certainly seems as if the two have been enjoying secret rendezvous, snuggling up on the sofa and ending phone calls with “No, you hang up”. It explains:

“According to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect. The move by the pair–which have tested small contact importer integrations before–is a natural one for the social networking giant, which is aiming to be the central communications and messaging platform for its users, across a range of media.”

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For consumers the news doesn’t seem that exciting. There have long been third party solutions like Skype Me which have integrated the two services with varying degrees of success while Skype and Facebook apps appear across most mobile platforms… Instead where their power lies is in a celebrity-esque super tech couple ‘Skybook’ – if you like – which would be able to use its joint might to take on all comers. READ ON

Amazon Kindle 3 (3G+WiFi)

October 8, 2010 by  
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You can read my full reviews of the third generation Amazon Kindle on TrustedReviews and Wired, but before you get stuck into that here are the potential deal breakers in this hugely exciting device:

JtBP is about showing you what is wrong, contentious, or downright bubble headed about products. The reasons you might not want to spend your hard earned cash on them. So before you commit to reading lengthy reviews here’s what you should be wary of with Apple’s new iPods:

Amazon Kindle 3 (3G + WiFi)

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  • No touchscreen support
  • No EPUB support makes the Kindle incompatible with rival eBook stores unless a format converter is subsequently used
  • Battery life may be up to one month, but web browsing can kill it in a few days
  • E-Ink display has better contrast and refresh rates than its predecessor, but there is still a short delay in turning pages
  • No carry case supplied as standard
  • No expandable memory (4GB internal storage should be ample)
  • MP3 player rudimentary and playback limited to order files were transferred to the device
  • Kindle store is vast, but major omissions still exist
  • No screen backlight so night time reading requires a light

Top 5 things to do with a new PC

October 7, 2010 by  
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Extract kindly reprinted with permission from IPC Media: my recent feature for TrustedReviews…

Top 5 Things to do with a new PC

There are a great number of pluses to being a technology journalist, but one of the downsides is the inevitable tech support that is requested by every friend, member of your family, friend of friends and friends of family members. This is frustrating for many reasons, but the number one irritation for me is when being asked to setup a new PC. This is because a) fixing actual supposed problems usually takes seconds, and b) it should be the job of manufacturers to ensure the computers they sell are properly setup in the first place and nothing could be further from the truth.

So here are my top five tips to get your shiny new bloatware/trialware/crapware loaded PC up to speed and it can be applied to older computers as well. Let’s just hope my friends and family read it!

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1. Format Your Hard Drive
No, this isn’t a joke. The fastest way to tune up an old or new computer is to format the hard drive, destroy all data and start again. An extensive guide to installing Windows 7 from scratch (do not upgrade) can be found here, but it remains an equally good idea to do this even if you are using Windows XP or Vista because sadly they all grind to a halt over time. If you already have personal data on your PC then Windows Easy Transfer will save and restore this in a snap. It is preinstalled on 7 and Vista, and Windows XP users can get it here.

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Unless it’s about the Daily Mail…

October 6, 2010 by  
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As a journalist it’s important to stay be impartial… unless it’s about the Daily Mail:

Verve Scans – 3D HDTV TV Supertest

October 4, 2010 by  
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After a wonderful holiday in Malta, I came home to find Bright Publishing  has sent me scans of my 3D HDTV Supertest for Verve along with permission to publish them on my blog. Usually you can only read Verve travelling business class and above on the Eurostar or the UK’s main airports, so this is a generous gesture and allows me to illustrate the style with which this new and exclusive magazine has been put together.

My scans are below, clicking on them will bring up full size images which makes the text readable. Feedback appreciated as always.

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