DigitalOutbox Episode 222

DigitalOutbox Episode 222
DigitalOutbox Episode 222 – Minecraft, iOS8 and U2

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2:26 – Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion
4:45 – Im leaving Mojang
7:27 – Android One Is Launching in India, but Its a Big Deal for Everyone
10:50 – Heartbroken Phones 4u team braces for up to 5,600 redundancies as company goes into administration
13:30 – Apple reveals 4m pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in first 24 hours
14:38 – iOS8 launch
25:59 – Amazon unveils the £169 Kindle Voyage, a premium e-reader with haptic page-turning
29:16 – Amazon introduces the next-gen Fire HDX 8.9 tablet with the latest Fire OS 4 Sangria
31:37 – Destiny becomes UK’s biggest ever new game launch
32:45 – People hate U2

Picks
Ian
Humble Indie Bundle 12
– Pay What You Want
– SteamWorld Dig
– Hammerwatch
– Gunpoint
– Beat the Average
– Papers, Please
– Luftrausers
– Gone Home
– More to come…
– Pay at Least $10
– Prison Architect (Alpha Access)

DigitalOutbox Episode 206

DigitalOutbox Episode 206
DigitalOutbox Episode 206 – Facebook f8, Paym and ComiXology

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1:26 – Facebook f8
11:19 – You can now use Paym to transfer money with just a mobile number in the UK
14:07 – US judge rules cloud firms including Microsoft and Google must hand over data stored overseas
17:30 – Ditch Internet Explorer on XP, security experts warn
20:13 – Group Video Calling Goes Free On Skype For Mac, Windows And Xbox One
23:33 – Amazon-owned ComiXology ditches in-app purchases on iOS and removes Google Play payments on Android
29:04 – One Month After Microsoft Office Hits iPad, Google Debuts Dedicated Productivity Apps For iOS
30:30 – Foursquare Splits Into Two Apps, But Will Either Be Strong Enough To Survive?
33:46 – Bonnaroo, Halo and soccer: Microsoft aims high with Xbox Originals
38:58 – Film crew finds Atari ET games in New Mexico archaeological dig
40:13 – Minecraft: All of Denmark virtually recreated

DigitalOutbox Episode 151

DigitalOutbox Episode 151
DigitalOutbox Episode 151 – iOS issues, Mailbox and naughty Nike

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1:07 – Hold off updating your iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1 European carriers warn customers
2:41 – iPhone lockscreen can be bypassed with new iOS 6.1 trick
4:39 – Mailbox
11:24 – Apple drop prices spec bump on laptops
13:23 – First digital magazine sales figures in the UK
15:57 – BBC to broadcast shows on iPlayer before TV transmission
19:45 – 4G to affect TV reception in two million homes
21:21 – Nike has no plans for Fuelband Android app
23:07 – Fitbit brings Bluetooth 4.0 support to Android app
24:41 – Minecraft Pi Edition

Picks
Ian
Kickstarter for iPhone
– Free
– See all messages
– Keep up to date on pledges
– Staff highlights, whats popular
– Easy to buy into new campaigns
– Easy to check on status of a campaign that you are running

DigitalOutbox Episode 107

Shownotes
1:36 – Mountain Lion
– http://daringfireball.net/2012/02/mountain_lion
– Moving to a yearly release schedule like iOS
– Mac OS X is no more…it’s just OS X
– Inspired by iPad
– 10 features revealed
– Full iCloud support – third party apps can save to iCloud, only if they feature in MAS. Mac App Store apps effectively have two modes for opening/saving documents: iCloud or the traditional local hierarchical file system. The traditional way is mostly unchanged from Lion (and, really, from all previous versions of Mac OS X). The iCloud way is visually distinctive: it looks like the iPad springboard — linen background, iOS-style one-level-only drag-one-on-top-of-another-to-create-one “folders”. It’s not a replacement of traditional Mac file management and organization. It’s a radically simplified alternative.
– Messages does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. And just like iMessage in iOS, it lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. Beta available now
– Reminders
– Notes
– Notification centre – Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything. Notification banners appear on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t interrupt what you’re doing.
– Share sheets – You’ll find the Share button in many OS X Mountain Lion apps. It’s the new, easy way to spread the word — links, photos, and videos, too. Send links from Safari. Send your notes via Mail and Messages. Post photos to Flickr. Send videos to Vimeo. And tweet just about anything.
– Twitter – baked into OS X – Sign in once and you’re all set to start tweeting — and you don’t have to leave the app you’re in. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet.
– Game centre
– Airplay mirroring – YEEHAH – except it’s mirroring from desktop to Apple TV, not iPad to desktop
– Gatekeeper – a system whereby developers can sign up for free-of-charge Apple developer IDs which they can then use to cryptographically sign their applications. If an app is found to be malware, Apple can revoke that developer’s certificate, rendering the app (along with any others from the same developer) inert on any Mac where it’s been installed. In effect, it offers all the security benefits of the App Store, except for the process of approving apps by Apple. Users have three choices which type of apps can run on Mountain Lion:
Only those from the App Store
Only those from the App Store or which are signed by a developer ID
Any app, whether signed or unsigned

The default for this setting is, I say, exactly right: the one in the middle, disallowing only unsigned apps. This default setting benefits users by increasing practical security, and also benefits developers, preserving the freedom to ship whatever software they want for the Mac, with no approval process.
– A unified search/URL bar in Safari. Yes. YES!!!! (And yes, like Chrome.)
A “VIPs” area of Mail to mark your favorite contacts. (Yes, sort of like Priority Inbox for Gmail.)
A search box in Launchpad (to see for apps if you have a ton).
Better date editing in Calendar (a calendar drop-down finally).
A much better way to add/remove widgets in Dashboard (more app-like).
– Dev preview available now, Mountain Lion out this summer
13:26 – App access to contact data will require explicit user permission
– The path fallout continued over the last week
– Lots of blogger in fighting that while amusing was ultimately no more than dick waving
– The Verge showed just how many app’s were accessing your contact book – http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/14/2798008/ios-apps-and-the-address-book-what-you-need-to-know
– Foursquare bad – one of the best was…Facebook
– Foursquare released very quick update
– Finally Apple commented:
– “Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”
– Will rumble on I think – Twitter downloads and stores data for 18 months – http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-twitter-contacts-20120214,0,5579919.story
– Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users’ entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months. The company also said it plans to update its apps to clarify that user contacts are being transmitted and stored.
– The company’s current privacy policy does not explicitly disclose that Twitter downloads and stores user address books.
17:17 – Chinese authorities start seizing iPads
– Chinese authorities are grabbing Apple iPads off the shelves in Northern China stores because the domestic Shenzhen Proview Technology company claims ownership of the name “iPad.”
– Apple will face a $38 million fine for using the “iPad” name in China, according to a Proview rep. As Mashablepreviously reported, Apple bought the rights from Proview Electronics’ parent company Taiwan-based Proview International Holdings in 2010, but rights have not extended to China.
– Proview has registered trademarks for the name “IPAD” in Europe, Mexico, China and other parts of Asia, according to the L.A. Times.
– Proview successfully sued Apple last December for $1.6 billion. Apple is appealing the decision.
Tablets started coming off the shelves on Thursday. There are no reports of how many devices or number of stores affected. Local news reports state that some Apple stores are holding them in back rooms to avoid products being confiscated.
18:27 – Google Wallet Hacked
– Google wallet ‘hacked’ twice in two days.
– First required a rooted phone.
– http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/google-wallet-hack/
– If you think this might spell the end of NFC and mobile payments, this guy says think again – people are already buying apps and music with mobiles on android and itunes and we need to: “Forget the NFC argument – look at payments behavior”
– http://www.finextra.com/community/fullblog.aspx?blogid=6232
19:58 – Pingit
– Barclays bank has launched Europe’s first money-sending service that allows UK current account customers to send and receive cash through their mobile phones.
Barclays’ 11.9 million current account customers can download the bank’s Pingit app to their smartphone and start making instant money transfers to anyone with a UK-based mobile phone and a current account with any UK bank.
– The app, which will be extended to all UK banking customers by early March, is free to use. It is aimed at an increasingly mobile-orientated public who use their phone to manage many aspects of their lives. Barclays says the service will enable users to make quick payments to each other – such as splitting a bill in a restaurant. It could also help some small traders, such as window cleaners, who need to collect payments from regular customers.
– To send money via Pingit you need a smartphone handset – an iPhone, Blackberry and those using Android software; to receive payments you can use any handset. Users call the recipient’s mobile number via the Pingit app, key in an amount between £1 and £300 and hit send. The money is moved between the two current accounts using the Faster Payments service, and takes as little as 30 seconds.
– Easy to register on Barclays website for paying
23:30 – Sony Music
– On Monday, reporters fell over themselves to reveal that the price of Houston’s Ultimate Collection had gone from £4.99 to £7.99 in the UK’s Apple iTunes store and her Whitney: The Greatest Hits had mysteriously increased from £7.99 to £9.99.
– Apple and Sony copped a lot of bad press
– Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mis-priced on the UK iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologise for any offence caused.
– Quite how the albums accidentally jumped up in cost only on the UK iTunes store and immediately after Houston’s death was not explained
25:07 – Most successful kickstarter so far
– Tim Schafer has just put his Double Fine studio to work on a Kickstarter project.
– It raised over $1 million in….24 hours
– Why?
– Schafer – whose adventure gaming credits include Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango and Full Throttle – will be involved, but so too would Ron Gilbert, the creator of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.
– Fanboys rejoice!
27:42 – Minecraft Lego preo-order
– £34.99, 480 pieces, this summer
– Bargain
28:09 – MIT launches completely free Electronics course
– we mentioned the success of itunesU on previous podcast – but this new course offers a certificate to students completing the course.
– Completely free
– Runs from March to June 2012
– Need to sign up to an “honour code” at enrollment.
– Online assessment.

Picks
Chris
Fancy for iPad
– Free
– Don’t know whether we’ve discussed this on pod before – but essentially an app that highlights awesome products / design / concepts and, if available, will also offer a link for you to buy said item!
– All sorts covered from gadgets, food, fashion, architecture, locations, photography, design
– Love it to scroll through in quiet moments!

Ian
Clear for iPhone
– Easy to use todo manager
– Fantastic new UI concept
– No buttons – very visual
– No dates, categories etc – just lists and a visual way to sort and clear todos
– Audio great to
– £0.69, well worth trying if you are at all interested in design and UI

DigitalOutbox Episode 105

Shownotes
Mark Zuckerberg image – (CC) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com / bub.blicio.us / CC-BY

0:57 – Facebook IPO
– Finally, Facebook files for $5 billion IPO (Initial Public Offering)
– Values company at around $100 billion
– Zuck owns just over %28%
– He still has full control – pretty impressive
– Zuckerberg compares Facebook to transformative technologies like the printing press and the television, stating “Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.”
– Zuckerberg also describes Facebook’s internal mantra, known as “The Hacker Way”. The word “hacker” has an unfairly negative connotation…hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration…We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls.
– The letter concludes with Facebook’s 5 core principles: Focus on Impact, Move Fast, Be Bold, Be Open, Build Social Value.
– Going to make a lot of people very rich
– Will Facebook change now that it is answerable to shareholders?
– For example, the graffiti artist who has a shareholding worth around $200 million – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/technology/for-founders-to-decorators-facebook-riches.html
6:46 – UK Court says you can copyright the basic idea of a photograph
– a judge has ruled that a photograph using a similar idea, but totally different compositionis infringement. You can see the two photographs here:
– As you can tell, the expression is totally different. Obviously, the idea is quite similar, but ideas aren’t supposed to be protected. You can read the full ruling here, in which the court seems persuaded by the fact that the original photographer had to do some Photoshopping to the image. Now, it’s true that European copyright laws are much more open to “sweat of the brow” arguments for copyright (which is not the case in the US), but even so, this ruling is ridiculous and troubling.
– Court said: I have not found this to be an easy question but I have decided that the defendants’ work does reproduce a substantial part of the claimant’s artistic work. In the end the issue turns on a qualitative assessment of the reproduced elements. The elements which have been reproduced are a substantial part of the claimant’s work because, despite the absence of some important compositional elements, they still include the key combination of what I have called the visual contrast features with the basic composition of the scene itself. It is that combination which makes Mr Fielder’s image visually interesting. It is not just another photograph of cliched London icons.
– Bonkers! World gone mad.
10:09 – gov.uk enters beta
– a single domain for central government.
– As Mike Bracken, HMG Executive Director for Digital said, our aim is to deliver simpler, clearer, faster services for users and savings and innovation for Government.
– We have re-written, re-designed and re-thought 667 of the needs people have of Government (broadly, those currently catered for by Directgov) – making them asfindable, understandable and actionable as we can.
– We’ve built a scalable, modular open source technology platform to support them, we’ve designed the user experience around them and we’ve worked with colleagues across many departments to fact-check them. Source is on github – https://github.com/alphagov/
– Through designing and iterating these we’ve got the templates and techniques we need to support a whole host more needs – either written by ourselves or others.
– Now want feedback via getsatisfaction – http://getsatisfaction.com/govuk or twitter and facebook
– Very impressive
13:50 – BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to launch on Sky Anytime+
– Sky will extend Anytime+ to be open to all customers irrespective of broadband provider by Easter 2012
– ITV Player available today on Anytime+
– BBC iPlayer available later this year
– Sky building their VOD capability – Virgin have had iPlayer for years
– Is this to fight off Netflix and the upcoming Google TV?
– BBC and Sky deal unusual as they are hardly the most complementary of each other
– Didn’t know but the BBC still pays £10m per annum to gain access to the Sky network. Most figures show that the most viewed channels on the Sky network are from the BBC
15:41 – Skys New Web TV Service
– Sky has today announced a new service which will allow customers to watch its content over the internet, aimed at people who have so far resisted taking a pay-TV subscription.
– The as-yet-unnamed web-TV service will launch in the first half of 2012 and provide instant access to a range of Sky content, including hundreds of films from Sky Movies.
– It will be available to anyone in the UK on any connected devices, regardless of whether they take the Sky Broadband service.
– Sky said that the new service “will be an additional choice for people who don’t currently subscribe to a pay TV service”.
18:16 – Virgin Up Broadband Prices
– Those free upgrades later this year?
– Well there’s a price increase from April 1st
-Broadband S will increase by £2.00. This increases the product price of Broadband S to £20.95.
-Broadband M, L & XL will increase by £1.50.
-This increases the product price of Broadband M to £23.00, Broadband L to £27.50. and Broadband XL to £38.50
-Broadband XXL will increase by £2.25. The new product price will be £47.25.
20:18 – Twitter announces they have ability to censor a tweet by country
– As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.
– Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.
– We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld.
– As part of being more open Twitter have published all takedown notices they have received – http://chillingeffects.org/twitter
– Generally a good step but people aren’t happy and called for a twitter boycott last Saturday – I noticed no difference!
– Great post on the realities of being a global internet business – http://tum.hitherto.net/post/16596051373/what-you-need-to-know-about-twitters-new-filters
– Summation – Internet companies will have very little influence over the laws of various countries
– Regimes have whole Internet kill switches, not just ability to censor one network or indeed one tweet
– Google announce the same for Blogger – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16852920
– Blogger sites can now be blocked on a “per country” basis after a change to its web address system.
– Google will now be able to block access in individual countries following a legal removal request.
– The new system means blocking will not require restricting world-wide access to a blog. The changes apply in Australia, New Zealand and India, but the BBC understands Google plans to roll it out globally.
25:06 – British tourists banned after making Twitter jokes
– Leigh-Van Bryan, a 26-year-old Irish national, just wanted to have a few beers while soaking up America’s freedom-y goodness. But his trip to the United States came to a halt when one of his tweets caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security:
“Free this week, for a quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.”
– While real terrorists aren’t known to relay their plans via Twitter ahead of time, the Daily Mail reported that armed guards at Los Angeles International Airport took the threat seriously enough to apprehend Bryan and his travel-buddy, Emily Bunting, and bar them from entering the United States.
– “They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party,” said Bunting, according to the outlet.
– Despite explaining they meant no ill will either toward the United States or to its deceased starlets, the Daily Mail reports that Bryan and Bunting were held for another 12 hours in separate cells alongside suspected drug traffickers.
– To really drive home the ridiculousness of the situation, the Daily Mail also posted a photograph of Leigh’s charge sheet that reads: “Mr. Bryan confirmed that he had posted on his Tweeter [sic] website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe. Also on his tweeter [sic] account Mr. Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America.”
26:55 – John Browett is Apples new Senior VP of Retail
– Browett replaces Ron Johnson, the inventor of Apple’s “Genius Bar” in-store customer service centres, who left the iPhone and iPad maker last year to become CEO of US clothing chain JC Penney.
– So whats Browetts background?
– Apple, the all-conquering maker of iPhones and iPads, has poached the boss of Dixons to head its network of stores across the world.
– John Browett, who has been chief executive of the struggling high street electronics firm since 2007, was named Apple’s senior vice president of retail, reporting directly to chief executive Tim Cook.
– Analysts said Apple’s board was attracted by Browett’s many years of experience in the retail sector and his performance in successfully turning around Dixons’s reputation for poor customer service. Robert Gregory, analyst at Planet Retail, said: “He is a very dynamic character and not afraid to take risks.
– “One of the things he has brought to Dixons is really improving their customer service. It had a reputation for many years of having poor service. That fits in well with Apple’s philosophy of making the stores a destination where people can go and really get great service.”
31:28 – Minecraft and Lego get married
– Rejoice – Lego will be bringing out official Minecraft sets
– Lego is now readying a concept that “celebrates the best aspects of building with the Lego system and in Minecraft.”

Picks
Ian
ShowYou
– Great video discovery app
– Version 3 just launched
– Find videos from your friends easily via Twitter or Facebook integration
– Really nice scrolling grid views of video – technically very impressive
– Free on iOS or Kindle Fire