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iPhone 5 Leaked Images 2012

I thought it would be a bit of fun to take a look at all of the potential iPhone 5 leaked pictures.

On a side note, I do not condone leaks, and all photos below have been sourced from elsewhere on the internet.

 

(Images above sourced from http://www.techfreakstuff.com/2010/07/iphone-5-leaked-screenshot.html)

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Samsung Galaxy S III (3) Release Date – an iPhone Killer?

So, the Samsung Galaxy S III is due to be released in the first half of this year. The new smart phone was expected by some to have been “released at last weeks’ Mobile World Congress”1, but they have delayed this for now. The new handset is due to deliver some jaw dropping features which I’m sure the company hopes will be a killer to the iPhone:

  • Quad Core Processor.
  • 1080p Resolution.
  • 2GB Ram
  • Android 4.0
If it turns out that these features do come with the new Samsung Galaxy S, then i can see that it would be in a good situation to compete with the iPhone. My opinion, however, is that the Apple brand appears more attractive, and is therefore more likely to sell more devices.

(Thank You to OwenKnowsTech on YouTube for this video)

References

1- Samsung Galaxy S III ‘to launch in April’ – Telegraph. 2012. Samsung Galaxy S III ‘to launch in April’ – Telegraph. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/9119865/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-to-launch-in-April.html. [Accessed 09 March 2012].

Malware, What Is It, And How To Stay Safe!

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What is Malware?

Malware is a form of software that has the intention of damaging or disabling computers and networks.

Example Of Malware…

One way for malware to get onto your computer is through file sharing websites. File sharing websites are places where users can download files (such as music, documents, videos and software) that have been shared to the Internet via another user. Malware gets onto these websites when a user wishes to do damage to another persons computer. All these people have to do in order to infect other computers via file sharing is to share this Malware to the file sharing website, and pretend that it is something else like a game or a piece of video editing software.

On the 14th September 2011, BBC News reported that popular file sharing service ‘Bit Torrent’ had been used to download malware onto users computers. People who had thought themselves to be downloading a legitimate piece of software had actually downloaded a form of malware onto their computers. This particular piece of malware “When installed, the program pops up fake warnings that a virus has been detected and prompts users for payment to remove it.”1

This is not the only time that this particular popular file sharing site has been compromised due to Malware. The BBC News goes on to describe it as “synonymous with illegal downloads” 2. This statement makes the point that malware is often disguised as an illegal download.

Prevention

Here are the suggestions for not getting malware on your computer:

  • Do not download illegal software onto your computer. This is often an easy way for people to disguise malware.
  • Only download software from its developer’s website, or a reputable 3rd party website/service (such as the Mac App store, or the upcoming Windows Marketplace)

Ensure you have the latest firewall installed on your network. Always check with your ISP. And ensure your Mac/Windows firewall is switched on (Via security center in windows and System Preferences on the Mac

Bibliography

1-     Unknown Authorship, 2011. BBC News [Online] (14th September) Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14912616 Accessed [9th October 2011]

2-     Unknown Authorship, 2011. BBC News [Online] (14th September) Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14912616 Accessed [9th October 2011]

How To Be A Green Techie!

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I would consider myself to be a reasonably environmentally friendly person. I recycle everything that I can (including my tech), but is it possible to be a Green Techie?

I would say that it is possible. And here is how I think you can do what you can not to kill the planet:

  • Buy something that you know will last a long time- The c02 released during the production of a product is a main factor in global warming and the oil crisis.  By purchasing something that will have a longer lifeline than its cheaper alternative you are reducing your carbon foot print. For example I purchased a radio 4 years ago that was very expensive and over-specked, but that has payed off because I am still not contemplating replacing it.
  • Look for energy efficient products- Some products use more energy than others. A good example of this is an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV. By purchasing one of these instead of an LCD TV you are using dramatically less electricity. And yes, they are more expensive, but it will last you longer and you wont wish to replace it so soon because its newer technology.
  • Turn things off when you’re not using them- Try not t0 leave music, screens, computers etc on when you go off to do something else, it is really not good for your energy consumption
  • Recycle Recycle Recycle- Nope, I dont mean paper! I mean old phones, old laptops, old microwaves, I mean all your tech. Why throw it in the bin when it can be used to make a new product, and possibly make you a little money.
So, try it out, and share your tips in the comments or email at mattedmondo@gmail.com for your suggestions to be posted in a follow up article.

Brand Loyalty

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Some people will honestly a admit that they have loyalty to particular brands, but many more will deny it. I am of the belief that most people do intact associate brands with particular products. Below is a list of products, and the brands that I associate them with.. I want you to see whether you associate a brand with these products;

Operating System- Mac

Tv- Samsung

Vacuum- Dyson

Music Player- iPod

Fizzy Drink- CocaCola

Brand association as shown above is a part of brand loyalty, therefore many of these people who claim to have no loyalty to brands actually do in a subconscious capacity.

Technology Causes Insomnia

I have been pondering a question asked to me a few days a go;

“Do you think technology is a cause of insomnia?”

My answer would be a resounding yes. I have experienced periods of insomnia in recent years, and I can say with great certainty that it is due to my inability to switch the tech off. I find that i experience the effects of insomnia during times when I had found myself using technology more than I usually would do (I.e. during time off work and when i am writing my blog posts for the month).

I would be interested to hear what you think to this… so please email me at mattedmondo@gmail.com or comment (I will read it, but I won’t publish it).

 

Should I buy a Mac, Windows or a Chromebook?

I often feel as if people don’t quite understand that there is not one perfect OS. It is about finding the one that is right for you, and that is dependant on many factors. Because of this I thought that it would be good to profile the intended user of each OS;

Mac OS  Lion

  • An Expensive OS to buy into, so not for those with an empty pocket.
  • A very basic OS
  • Unlikely that much will go wrong
  • Needs very little maintenance
Windows 7
  • An operating system that can be very cheap to buy into
  • Massive choice of computers it runs on (But be very weary of cheap ones!!!!!)
  • Requires Quite a lot of maintenance
  • You can self-build a Windows PC
  • Has a wider range of Applications
Chrome OS
  • Mid Price range computers
  • Entirely internet based
  • Very easy to use
  • Dependant on good internet connection
  • Not many Application