29 11, 2014

Twitter App abuses Privacy trust

By |Saturday, November 29, 2014|Commentary, Social Networks|

This has been a bit of a shock for a lot of people, but it turns out that Twitter wants to know as much about you as it possibly can. So it’s decided to start taking advantage of the trust it has and scanning your phone or tablet for more than just a list of the people you know. Now its going to scan your devices and build a profile of all the apps you have installed as well.

In other words, they’re digging into your phone to get more information about your habits and interests so they can spam […]

28 03, 2014

Russia picks Samsung devices for Security Reasons

By |Friday, March 28, 2014|Commentary, Tech Ramblings|

Out of the box Apple wins. Hands down. I fully acknowledge that and am very comfortable with that fact. Apple verses Google as far as data privacy and protection goes, Apple also wins. But as a secure platform, Samsung is definitely ahead in this game. Not even Blackberry can match it at the moment.

26 09, 2012

The new MySpace preview released

By |Wednesday, September 26, 2012|Commentary, Social Networks|

Never thought I’d say this, but I’d consider using MySpace again with this interface. Its got a very Google+ feel to it. Well, for those of you that have used G+ on a tablet that is. The side scrolling interface with the images is very much like the tablet version of the G+ app. I like the idea of integrating music playlists with events for parties, and then grouping all the photos together. Again, borrowed from Google+ Events but with added playlists.

Over all, theres a lot of good here. And it definitely improves on what descended into a horrific […]

6 08, 2012

Facebook’s business model in trouble

By |Monday, August 6, 2012|Commentary, Tech Ramblings|

At what point do people finally realise that the emperor has no clothes?

When you get these kind of accusations, they’re very hard to defend against. Especially when your entire livelihood, your complete business model, is what is being attacked here.

Facebook has no business model that will help it survive in the long term. It intends to sell apps via its new “App Center” but even that is a losing proposition. People have to reduce the security of their devices to use those apps through Facebook. Or Facebook just redirects to one of the markets/stores already out there. Further […]

27 07, 2012

Valve starts porting Steam and games to Ubuntu

By |Friday, July 27, 2012|Commentary, Tech Ramblings|

Steam is coming to Linux, but for the wrong reasons.

30 06, 2012

Musings on why I never finished Mass Effect 3

By |Saturday, June 30, 2012|Commentary|

I was playing a bit of Torchlight tonight and realised that its been a very long time since I played ME3. I never finished ME3. Not because I don’t like the game, far from it. I love the whole series. I couldn’t figure out exactly why, and then it hit me.

Its not on Steam.

I’ve been buying the Humble Bundle for a while now. I love the idea of supporting the devs that make indie games in such a way and I will often try to pay what I expect the games would go for on Steam if I don’t […]

13 04, 2012

How digital media stores have changed our behaviour

By |Friday, April 13, 2012|Tech Ramblings|

I still buy lots of physical media. However, my collection of games bought off Steam currently is large enough that the backups/installers for the games I have actually taken time to download fill an entire 2 terabyte drive. There are games associated with my Steam account that I haven't ever downloaded yet. I still have countless boxed editions of games going back to the early 1990s, and for rare occasions I still buy boxed games when I think the game warrants it. Nearly always the Collectors Edition. But I also have the Steam versions of many boxed games I have purchased. So some games I have paid for several times. Why?

12 04, 2012

Why IE9, Windows Phone 7 and Windows can’t replace my Chrome, Android, Google Apps combination

By |Thursday, April 12, 2012|Tech Ramblings|

I have a very serious admission to make. I used IE9 today for the first time in ... well ... I don't think I've ever opened it before and actually looked at it. I might throw the URL to google chrome into the run box, start the download and then close the browser. But I don't think I've ever actually paid it attention before. I looked at the interface of IE9 for the first time today, had a play with using the browser. Purely on aesthetic alone I deem it to be.....

24 03, 2012

New Facebook policy gives your data away to apps

By |Saturday, March 24, 2012|Legal Issues|

Facebook is about to update the privacy policy (yet again) and this one has a couple of doozeys. For starters it will no longer be called a Privacy Policy. It is now a “Data Use Policy.” That alone demonstrates the direction they’re heading. For example, it has new permissions in it such as :

Read that last sentence again. The part I bolded.

One more time.

And one last time for good measure.

It says that even though you didn’t give an application the right to access your information, because you allowed a friend to access your information, any app they use […]

19 03, 2012

CyanogenMod 7.2 RC1 available

By |Monday, March 19, 2012|Android|

CyanogenMod 7.2 RC1 is out. This is the latest (and presumably last) major Gingerbread release. It now supports 70 devices and includes features back ported from CyanogenMod 9 (ICS.)