Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • As if British Prime Minister David Cameron wasn’t having a hard enough time selling his pornography-blocking plan already, some recently released information about the activities of those in the House of Parliament may make his job even tougher.

    Following a Freedom of Information request by Huffington Post UK, it was found that there had been attempts to access pornographic material by users of the Parliamentary Network servers more than 300,000 times. That network is used by the approximately 5,000 people on the parliamentary estate, BBC reports, and is made up of MPs, staff members and their visitors.

    According to the information obtained by Huffington Post, the peak number of attempts to access pornographic websites on the network peaked last November (for the one year period under scrutiny) with 114,844 requests.

    Here’s the month-by-month breakdown:

    May 2012: 2141

    June 2012: 2261

    July 2012: 6024

    August 2012: 26,952

    September 2012: 15,804

    October 2012: 3391

    November 2012: 114,844


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  • Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch unveiled

    At an event held ahead of the  IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smart watch, a device that will let you check your phone without even taking it out of your pocket – provided you have the right phone.

    The Galaxy Gear has a square 1.63” AMOLED screen you wear on your wrist, which connects to the phone via Bluetooth. You can pull up emails, texts, Twitter and more through the touch screen, as well as sync with popular fitness software like RunKeeper. Users can even make calls, secret agent-style without getting out their phone. In total, 70 apps will be available at launch, The Verge reports.

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    Before you rush out to get one, however, you need to have the right phone: currently, the watch only syncs with specific devices. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, the new low-energy form of Bluetooth, which is currently only supported by Android 4.3. It will be compatible with the

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  • Today is the official unveiling of Samsung's new wearable technology, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. And since Samsung has the habit of letting the cat out of the bag ahead of the big reveal, we already know quite a bit about it. We know for certain Samsung will be showing the wrist-worn computer at today's event, expected to have an OLED screen, 4 megapixel camera and both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity based on leaks that are currently out there. As for what it actually looks like, that will have to wait for the big reveal (if you want a sneak peek of what it might look like, scroll down to the bottom and check out the video).

    Follow along live as we get all the latest details from our live coverage, courtesy of CNET:

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  • When it comes to technology, there’s no question that thin is in: we’re always on the lookout for a lighter smartphone, or a more svelte television set. But how about your keyboard? Once a soon-to-be-unveiled innovation at the IFA Berlin technology trade show is shown to the public for the first time next week, the super-thin keyboard you’ve been looking for may soon be a reality.

    The Cambridge-based CSR, who have developed technology that appear in everything from Beats headphones to Nike+ running gadgets, have shown their ultra-thin keyboard for the first time, a touch surface measuring only half a millimeter in thickness.

    Here’s a look at the tablet, as well as a behind-the-scenes making of it:

    As the video explains, the tablet is printed onto plastic, meaning it would be easy to customize in numerous input languages if that was something the company using the technology needed.

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  • It’s no secret that many of us are turning to email and electronic communication and abandoning the time-honoured craft of writing letters. If you wish to make all of your communications digital, though, and are trying to figure out how to convert those last few letter-writers to email, there’s a U.S. company that is prepared to do it for you.

    Outbox mail delivery service proposes to take your physical mail and convert it to digital for you. They pick up your mail three times a week, scan it, and then send it to you digitally, so you can read it all from your iOS device, or your Android device thanks to the app released for the platform last week. It lets you sort the mail into folders, so you can collect up bills in one place and letters from loved ones in another (or whichever sorting method you so choose).

    Outbox has now made its beta version of the service available to all San Francisco residents, not just its small initial testing area. The service has launched in Austin, Texas,

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  • Must-see videos of the week – August 30

    Just when you thought the summer blockbusters were over, it seems like we’ve got all the makings of a big-budget (okay, maybe B-movie) alien invasion in this week’s video roundup. Freaky weather and strange creatures feature prominently in our first two videos. We’ve also got a scary scene on a racetrack, a new take on Shakespeare and a motorist's moves to put a smile on your face. Here are this week’s must-see videos:

    1. Ominous storm clouds roll over city

    In what looks like a scene out of a movie (you know, right before the aliens invade), this footage of clouds rolling over a city is a pretty freaky site. The exact location of this video is unknown, but if I saw something like that coming in, I’d sure as heck run for cover. According to Scott Sutherland, our Geekquinox blogger and local weather expert, it’s what those in the biz call a “gust front,” a particular cloud formation that forms ahead of thunderstorms due to warm, humid air surrounding the storm meeting the cooler air under

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  • Anyone running iOS 6 on their iPhone may have to be extra cautious with their Twitter stream today, as a string of text has been found that can cause the mobile operating system to instantly crash.

    Tech Crunch reports that a bug is causing a particular string of Arabic characters to crash both iOS 6 as well as OS X 10.8, the most recent publicly-available operating system for Macs. It appears that the bug doesn’t happen in the upcoming iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks, both to be released this fall.

    Here is a picture of the text, if you’re curious:

    This bug was discovered yesterday and posted to a Russian website, which claims that Apple has known about the problem for six months. While there is no proof that Apple has been negligent in fixing the situation, it’s at least encouraging to see that the new operating systems won’t be impacted by this bug.

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    As for how a single line of text can make your iPhone have a

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  • 44% of users who were infected were using old versions of the Android OS , known as 'Gingerbread'.All phones, like all computers, are at risk of being infected with malicious software, if you’re not careful. But if you want a phone that is less likely to contract malware, newly published information from the Department of Homeland Security suggests you might want to think carefully about your Android device.

    According to the memo, 79% of malicious attacks on mobile phones in 2012 occurred on Google’s Android operating system. Nokia’s Symbian software had the second-most attacks, the BBC reports, while Apple’s iOS had only 0.7% of all attacks.

    But that information should be taken with a pretty big grain of salt. Before you stop yourself from buying a new Android device, consider this: 44% of users who were infected were using old versions of the operating system, specifically 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 (code named ‘Gingerbread’). This operating system is over two years old; Google has since released newer operating systems with safeguards against certain known malware.

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  • Nintendo 2DS handheld gaming systemIf you’ve been eyeing the Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system, but aren’t interested in the higher price or its 3D functionality, Nintendo just announced a product for you… maybe.

    Today, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo 2DS, a handheld gaming system that allows you to play all of the 3DS games on the market, but without the 3D viewing option. It will go on sale for $129.99 USD on October 12.

    All other functionality of the 3DS is kept in this new version; you’ll still be able to connect to the Internet via WiFi, play local multiplayer, and download games from the Nintendo eStore. It’s also backwards-compatible with Nintendo DS titles.

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    There is, um, one major difference. Unlike the Nintendo 3DS, or the previous generation’s Nintendo DS, there’s no clamshell design, allowing you to close the system and keep your screens protected. Like the Gameboys of yore, your screen will be exposed to the elements

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  • iOS 7 expected to hit September 10, leaked email shows

    If you’re not in the market for a new iPhone and just want to get your hands on the new mobile operating system, your wait may soon be over.

    According to an email sent from a developer, iOS 7 will be available to the public on September 10, the same day as Apple’s anticipated iPhone event.

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    The Verge reports an email was sent by Nuance, the company who’s responsible for Siri, to developers yesterday, encouraging them to test the speech components of their software ahead of the September 10 iOS 7 launch to the general public:

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    Owen Williams, the developer who received the email, says that this is “about as real as it gets outside of Apple itself inviting the media to the event,” in light of Nuance’s relationship with Apple in the past.

    It also means that the release of the new iPhone (or iPhones if the rumours of a mid-range model are true) will probably come shortly after September 10, too. There has never been a day-of release of the

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