Next week Apple diehards and fan people gather together for its annual WWDC bash. It comes at a very interesting time for Apple with its iPhone range in dire need of a refresh and its tablets under attack from all…
Getting a laptop with face-recognition is like having your best friend on your desk – not only is it helpful and informative, it also perks up when your bleary little face comes into its viewfinder.
Well by perk up I mean access your user account, but it's roughly the same thing.
Of course face recognition tech has been around before but it is only in the past few years it has come off scary passport interrogation and into the lives of simple consumers like you and me. Yes simple, but with complex faces that can be recognised with a webcam and a visual analysis program.
Hilariously, there's a little user log which records the day, time and the mugshot of you that it accepted. Map how you look at 7.30am Tuesday morning compared with Saturday afternoon…
Where do we find facial recognition technology these days?
For someone who wants to do a simple design task: make a tennis club newsletter, advertise yoghurts, create birthday invitations or whatever – spending £684 on Adobe Indesign for is out of the question.
Kids will always download illegal copies of Adobe software but for someone who doesn’t want to break the law – or the bank either, Serif products are a good compromise. Serif is a small British company who are niggling Adobe from underneath – by making products at about 85% of the functionality at
Signature product PagePlus a desktop publisher you can use to design publications like brochures or newsletters, came out in its fourth edition a couple of weeks ago. Serif claim it has 85% the functionality of Indesign at about 11% of the price. We take a quick look at the rice and the product..
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If Twitter lets you send a text message to the world, it was only a matter of time before someone invented something that let you make a phone call to world. I say the world – I mean your Social Network and the miscellaneous people who look at your blog.
Anyway, Ipadio is a phone blogging tool that lets you do just that. They released an iPhone app last month and an Android one today.
The mounting buzz around short-form blogging sites Posterous and Tumblr puts a new spin on the blogs v twitter debate; a third way. It’s got me thinking that rather than killing each other, or even co-existing, social networking sites and blogs are actually coming together and making mid-length social blog babies.
Metaphorically I mean, there’s no business deal or sex involved anywhere.
Suggestions that blogs are shortening comes along with the idea that tweets could lengthen: new service Twitblogs is an near-exact replica of Twitter with the difference that you can extend posts beyond 140 characters.
It seems to be that having stoked the desire for in-depth lengthy posts (blogs) and up-to-the-minute link-tastic chatty random short posts (twitter) – businesses are moving into a middle ground that caters to both.
Gamers often have a rather hard time of things security wise. As much as they want to keep their computer safe from viral and phishing scams, they don’t want to compromise game time by annoying pop ups or a slowed down CPU. Norton aim to help those MMORPG players with their new gaming specific software.
Now Photoshop is a really useful tool if you need to edit images quickly. It far surpass Paint, as it lets you edit, adapt and delicately create masterpieces on your desktop. But its fairly tricky to use (unless you start with Elements) and then of course, there’s the licensing fee, and the fact that unless you have a dual core computer it will use vast amounts of CPU. Well I’ve just discovered the best editing programmed ever, and surprise, surprise it looks pretty much IDENTICAL to my beloved Photoshop. But it’s 100% free!
Need something to do this weekend? It’s apparently quite chilly in the UK today, so I’d recommend hunkering under the duvet, and getting yourself some Windows 7 action. It’s been released in Beta, and there’s hope that it’s going to remedy all the things everyone hated about Vista.
Software updates aren’t the most entertaining things, but seeing as 2008 brought us Google Chrome and Vista, I think you’ll bear with me for now. It seems the highly touted Windows 7 is in the final stages of completion, but what does this mean for PC users who aren’t sure of
You may relish in your undeniable popularity on Facebook (you have well over 400 friends – well done), but it’s this same Facebook fame that could make you a target for cyber criminals. These virtual deviants are hijacking Facebook accounts and trying to con you out of your money by posing as a friend in grave need. So if you get a message from your mate asking you to lend him/her £500 because he’s stranded in the outback or lost somewhere in the Congo, it’s safe to assume that’s a scam (unless that’s the norm for you and your pals of course and then it become tricky).