Things of Interest

Summarising flickr’s problems with a screenshot

A lot of people, myself included, were excited when Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo! CEO.  One of the main sources of this excitement was the opportunity she had to turn flickr back in to something great.  Flickr has been slipping behind for a number of years now.  They missed the mobile revolution.  They abandoned […]

Put the Apple pitchforks away, get the journalism pitchforks out

Comixology on the reports that Apple had prevented them from publishing the latest issue of the excellent Saga comic because it contained two small panels depicting gay sex: In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due […]

Hyperlapse on Streetview

Google Street View Hyperlapse is an experiment by Teehan + Lax labs and can be, when applied to the right parts of the world, stunning. Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest – has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning […]

Ofcom does what, exactly?

From The Register reporting on Ofcom’s annual report: Ofcom has, for example, decided that treating all packets of internet traffic as equals without discriminating against particular protocols and services – trendily known as net neutrality – is a non-issue in the UK. While some mobile operators are blocking access to some services, the free market […]

Quicksilver reaches version 1

Quicksilver, one of the best apps on the planet, has just reached version 1 after 10 years in beta. If you’re not familiar with Quicksilver, it’s an application launcher much like Alfred, but it’s oh so powerful. Just to give a hint at what you can do with Quicksilver.  You can select a bunch of […]

The UK’s dire gas supply problem

The UK is running out of gas. Very rapidly indeed. So much so, that shortly after Easter cuts and rationing may be introduced, with industrial users and hospitals getting preferential treatment. via The Register.  The post contains three rather startling graphs that demonstrate the issues quite nicely. The UK is europe’s second largest gas consumer. […]

How fast is your ISP really?

Netflix has put together its ISP Speed Index. allowing you to compare ISP speeds in your country.  It makes for some really interesting reading, and puts the marketing claims of ISPs to the test. Perhaps not surprisingly, Virgin Media is fastest in the UK.  I say not surprising as they are the only mainstream ISP to offer […]

A photocopier for “stuff”

Officially called the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the device will work in concert with the MakerBot printer to complete the constellation of services MakerBot offers. For example, you will be able to scan an object and print it immediately on a MakerBot printer. It’s exciting to see the democratisation of production through inexpensive 3D […]

Apple’s Lightening adapter contains tiny computer

There’s a lot more going on in this adapter than we expected: indeed, we think the Lightning Digital AV Adapter outputs video by using AirPlay or similar MPEG streaming. Are we off base? Let us know! An anonymous comment on the post, if correct, goes in to more detail about what’s actually happening, and it’s got nothing to […]

Behind the scenes at BBC Sport site refresh

I love posts like this.  A brief behind the scenes look at the redesign of the BBC Sport pages, some of the most popular in the K with 44 million monthly visitors. The sport pages had been slipping behind other content areas on the site, and their inconsistency was truly glaring in places.  Reading a post such […]