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iOS Took a long history of upgrades, iTouch vs iPhone and T-Hub

The iOS from Apple runs on the iPhone, iTouch, iPad and not commonly realized the Apple Tv (GUI is different on Apple Tv), Since the initial release on the iPhone on June 29th 2007 it has taken upgrades to just about every aspect from the web browser to the latest update of multitasking and don’t forget the game center.

The iPhone 3G will not keep up well with the 4.0 update it will run with lag and poor quality thus the 3GS runs exceptionally well still though the downside of video calling essentially the` 3GS still runs great on the 4.2 update.

To the gadgets the iPhone 4 was a huge update for Apple it created a better device, the glass on the front is hardened and they added a layer of glass to the back, there was quite a lot of controversy over the glass on the back though I love it, the problem was the glass can scratch and crack if dropped so the key is here look after you’re your device and for the price my suggestion is to buy a case even if it’s a clear acrylic case then you can still show of your amazing new iPhone.

The iPod Touch had the upgrade of a slimmed town casing, front and rear facing camera’s,  and the A4 processor, the device has only 256MB of ram compared to the iPhone 4’s 512MB Ram, in comparison you can look at the iTouch and think it’s a perfect stripped down copy of the iPhone though one is a phone and one is an MP3 though under the chassis of glass, aluminum and plastic there components are very different.

The iPhone 4 contains touch screen IPS technology where as the iPod touch which does have a touch screen does not contain the IPS screen upgrade, the iPhone battery also lasts 5.25 Watts/Hour where as the iTouch 3.44 Watts/Hour.

ipod-touch-4-facetime-500x332Now there is one thing then at I think sets the iTouch too far from the iPhone and this piece of hardware is shocking to say that the iTouch only has a 0.7 megapixel camera even a cheap $70 mobile phone at least can have a 3 megapixel camera and considering the face time upgrade I would of thought at least 2 megapixel would be sufficient, now on the other hand the iPhone has a 5 megapixel camera.

The iPhone 4 defiantly wins on the specs but the iTouch wouldn’t be the same without these differences and the slimness and affordability of the device though that camera would be an excellent upgrade to the system.

I can’t wait to see where Apple goes with it’s devices, at the moment there is a lot going on with slates and the home phone system, currently I have a T-Hub on order this device is controversial at the moment due to issues with the software, though I shall do my own testing just to give you an idea of what this device contains it a touch screen display, Telstra's own applications, it contains access to Facebook, YouTube and the whole web, now this device is a home phone so it does contain a integrated microphone and loud inbuilt speakers.

telstra-t-hub_1I think Apple could take up this idea with an iPad similar home phone slate running the iOS, there are so many applications which the iOS along with Apple could revolutionize.


Lance Burrows

The most secure gadget in the cloud has to run on an iOS Device.

The Apple iPod, iPad and iPhone are all great devices and the reason there so widely loved is how great the device opens you to the cloud in a safe and secure manner, you will never have to worry about you device being at risk of security cracks, that is if you haven’t jail broken your device.

If your device is jail broken the only security risk is yourself you would be the one to install a broken app that bricks your device.

The i devices open you to the cloud with social networking and there great screen resolutions that make 360p YouTube videos look like full high definition, even gaming especially on the iPod and iPad is exceptionally good due to online play with games like Real Racing HD and Tap Tap Revenge you can have ours of secure fun for a minimal price.

You shouldn’t need to jail break your device due to most apps being under $6 and there are some great ones around for free as well.

Opening you to the cloud safely is one thing Apple has accomplished exceptionally with there app store, It’s locked out to the average developer until your app has been reviewed and bug tested to Apples app quality standards.

I think opening people to the cloud is efficient through socializing through Facebook and other social networks, Facetime was the next step from Apple not just to take the fame away from Skype but it was at great user advantage, It opened video calling to a wide selection of users you no longer needed an iPhone to make video calls, it enabled phone like features to the iTouch and made calling that much more fun and more practical and that’s what I believe Apple is all about with these devices, I theorize social networking in the next 10 years will dramatically change both in the general public but concerns of political privacy will be a player in this issue.

There are on going issues at the moment due to privacy and a lot of that has been shown with the WikiLeaks website that created government disturbance due to issues thought private and disturbing to the public.



Lance Burrows

Security on Google OS? Open to the cloud say’s Google.

Chromium is bearing it’s release, The chromium operating system based on Linux could find it’s way into the hacker world with more Virus’s, Malware and Trojans that could be what’s to come with the device open to the cloud as Google proposed the OS is focusing on moving your data online.

With the move to online the OS’s operating system is still based on Linux it is my forecast that if chromium starts to get shipped on Acer Netbooks in retail outlets then there is bound to be a spike in security risks for Linux.

Focusing on my last article I wrote how security of cloud networking could be a risk, on windows and mac there is antivirus software to prevent Trojans, Spyware, Malware and Virus’s in Linux there is few protection applications and if there is an increase in applications they wont come without bugs and worm holes that can be cracked.

Linux at this point hasn’t been really susceptible to security risks you haven’t had to worry about antivirus protection as it’s not too common to get security risks on Linux, and with many different OS’s from Ubuntu to Kubuntu running two different Desktops KDE and GNOME, there would have to be different types of virus’s to target the different systems then there could be really hardcore virus’s that attack the Linux Core root system, no matter if your running Ubuntu, Chromium or Slackware you will still be affected.

So are you really going to put your trust into the so called cloud when you risk the chance of a brewing storm which could end in more than a little bit of rain and thunder but a flood in your hard drive.


Lance Burrows

The Cloud open for all to upload BUT WHO IS DOWNLOADING?

Upload binary

Have you got into cloud storage yet?

You can upload your files online so you can access your content anywhere, but how safe is your content from theft and destruction, there is hackers and more importantly crackers out there that would do anything to get there hands on your content, It’s like a game how much the cracker can get there hands on it’s not about the file it’s about just getting there hands on it.

For the cracker and hacker the aim is to open a hole to your files, to crack through the security which usually isn’t very secure to gain access to your files.

You may not have to worry about your files being stolen but that isn’t the main issue, the main problem is what are you uploading and do you feel safe doing so.

Do you download movies illegally or music if you do you would have that thought running in the back of your head or maybe your arrogant enough to think that I cant be caught doing this it’s on my computer no ones standing behind me to see what I'm doing, no there not standing behind you more like in the PC box watching what your downloading and uploading yes it’s you ISP (Internet Service Provider) trying to stop copywrite theft, you may be careful to go through all the steps of setting up a VPN (virtual Private Network) and proxy server to try to hide and encrypt your download but when your uploading your open to the hole web.

There are legal files such as Linux OS’s to download and it’s usually quite quicker to use a torrent, most torrents are illegal though the opensource linux is a legal torrent, you would use an application like utorrent to download the file, you can see while downloading where you are uploading from, you can see the IP address of the user your downloading from.

It’s not to difficult to hack into a computer as long as you have it’s IP and port and because there is an incoming connection your open to being hacked .

For the most part your safe but what I’m saying is when you upload your data make sure it’s on a secure HTTPS service and try to stay clear from torrents for the most part.


Lance Burrows

Connect That External HDD Internally in your PC


Do you have and external HDD that you use primary to store your files such as your movies, music and games but it doesn’t tend to get disconnected from that USB 2.0 cable that runs to the pc?


You may run into the same problem I did where the power supply breaks and you have a drive sitting there with gigabytes of data on it you cant touch, well there is good news you can strip it out of its case though don’t get scared essentially its just an internal HDD in a case.


First open up the case, strip it out until there is just a PCB (printed circuit board) chip connected to the SATA and power pin connectors, just slide it off and then you have an internal HDD.


Now if you don’t have a spare SATA connection or a Power connection temporarily you can disconnect the DVD drive and plug its connectors in to the stripped HDD, you must disconnect the SATA cable from SATA 2 in most cases on the mother board and plug into a slave like ports 3 and 4 the last 2 ports.



In most cases after this you should be set to boot the machine though if the machine doesn’t recognize the HDD then you may have to set a Jumper, On the HDD there is jumper pins next to the SATA and Power connectors you may have to put a jumped on to the slave connectors.


This process is very beneficial as you can go to the local technology store and pick up a 1TB external for around $100, that’s very cheap it can save money by buying it in an external case, then you may have a 200GB 3.5” HDD lying around you can always plug that in and have a spare 200GB backup drive.


Note that this process is done on a 3.5” and not a 2.5” HDD to use the slimmer 2.5” HDD you need an adapter they are very cheap and widely available online, I recommend looking on eBay.


Lance Burrows

I was right the Announcement of Alien life this morning that was found at Mono Lake

This Article is from (
– Giving full credit to the Author Chris Jenkins.


Mary Voytek, Director of the Astrobiology Program for NASA and Felisa Wolfe-Simon held a live press conference to discuss the incredible discovery of ‘weird life’ or ‘alien life’ that was recently made by Felisa Wolfe-Simon.

Felisa Wolfe-Simon said, “All life that we know requires carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulphur and it uses those six elements and some of the critical pieces I think we’re familiar with including DNA, RNA or the information technology, the protein which are the molecular machines and lipids, which separate you from everything else.”

She continued, “So by discovering, we discovered in our organism that can substitute one element for another in these bio-molecules. So I want to put that in the context of the who, what, where and how we did this and give us a little bit in an astrobiological context or life in a planetary context what this could mean to us on the practical and also a bit more esoteric levels.

I would like to introduce to you today the bacterium gfa-j1. These are not little pots to. They are microbes that scientists call bugs but they are not bugs. This is a bacterium that looks ordinary, this is a type of a micrograph that many of have seen but it’s doing something extraordinary.”

We’ll talk about that. But first, let’s find out where this microbe is from. You were looking at a map of Mono Lake, California. It’s in northern California and east of the Sierra, just outside of the Yosemite National Park. It’s a very interesting environment. We’ll take a look at that. Please roll that footage. Mono lake has three times the salt of sea water, a pitch of 10 is basic like bleach and it’s got very high levels of arsenic and teaming with life.

The seemingly inhospitable environment teams with life like bacteria and algae and is a major stopping point for migratory to birds on their way through the United States. We went to look for an interesting microbe and we went to an unusual place.

So let me tell you a little bit how we did this. If you want to look for an organism that can substitute one element for another you want to think where that is abundant. It’s abundant in mono lake. We think about the periodic table. Arsenic life just below phosphorous on the periodic table they have the physical size that’s very similar. Physical size of the atom.

Actually, the fact that this chemical similarity and other things that I would be happy they discuss at length with folks, but that chemical similarity lends insight into something that arsenic is toxic because it looks like phosphorus. So your cells and my cells and microbial cells, they can’t tell the difference. That’s very interesting to me as a biochemist.

So I went to look for this particular microbe. We took the mud from mono lake that we just we’re introduced to and wanted to see if anything would grow if we took that mud and gave it an laboratory environment that was rich in everything it need, sugar, vitamins, not that bad for us, and we added no phosphorous. This is not an experiment that most people might run, but it was driven by my question.

Is there a microbe on earth that could substitute arsenic for phosphorus and its basic bio-molecular constituents and so what did we find? We found that not only this microbe cope or ordeal with the toxicity of arsenic, but it grew and thrived. That was amazing. Nothing should have gone. Put your plant in the dark. It doesn’t grow. So something grew. Now we wanted to find what was happening. So we measured the insides of the cell, we took the cells and measured the total arsenic concentration. Then we found that the arsenic was associated specifically with a band of genomic DNA.

So it was associated. It was inside the cell. It’s like sitting at a dinner table with you and your neighbors and we might see how you’re around. Well, what should be in the place phosphorous? It looked like it was arsenic. We measured it as arsenic.

Let’s look at an artist rendition of what’s going on in that cell. Here we’re seeing the beautiful elegant structure of the double helix of the DNA and what I want to highlight is the phosphate. That’s the backbone we say and that’s the light orange ball and it stitches together as we see the edges of the DNA. It holds together the DNA, the backbone.

What we think is happening, all the evidence we collected suggests is that instead of these we’ll see these orange light orange balls disappear and represented by green balls we see that arsenic would be substituting for phosphorus and the backbone of the DNA. You can see how critical this component of the DNA might be.

So, what I’ve presented to you today is a microbe doing something different than life as we knew about it. I was taught all life we know on earth, all life we know of is here so far and if there’s an organism on earth doing something different we’ve cracked open the door to what’s possible for life elsewhere in the universe and that’s profound. And to understand how life is formed and where life is going.”

The discovery of bacteria thriving in arsenic and not in phosphorous is so monumental it will possibly rewrite science text books. It shows that with all of our technology, learning, understanding and wisdom there are many areas where centuries from now, we could be described as living in a certain ‘dark ages’ if you will. Life as we know it, is no longer the rule and the discovery not only shows how much about our universe and planet there is to discover, but the importance of having funding to make these discoveries possible.

Mary Voytek stated, “This research was funded by the Astrobiology program, which is the research and analysis program in NASA that focuses on the origin and evolution of life, the distribution of life and future of life on earth to inform us as to how we might search for life and evidence of life in other places in our solar system.

NASA has had a long history of funding origin of life research. In fact, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. The research that’s going to be presented here today shows the goals of our program and our interest in the origin of life and life in the universe.”

The importance of NASA funding couldn’t be more evidenced than by today’s incredible announcement. Let’s hope that should aliens come to Earth or attempt to make human contact NASA will have the funding in place as well as the tools and equipment needed to find them.

NASA has set a News Conference on an Astrobiology Discovery that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.

NASA is set to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 2.

They are going to discuss a astrobiology find that is going to have an impact on the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Really have they found Aliens?

Well Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe, Earth is the only known inhabited planet in the universe to date. However, this may state to change on Thursday.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium in Washington, and will be broadcast live through NASA Television and streamed online at

The Participants are

  • Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington

(From NASA)

Dr. Mary A. Voytek, a microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA, took charge of NASA’s Astrobiology Program effective September 15, 2008, as Interim Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA HQ. Dr. Voytek’s primary research interest is aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. She studies environmental controls on microbial transformations of nutrients, xenobiotic, and metals in freshwater and marine systems. She has worked in several extreme environments including Antarctica, hyper saline lakes, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and terrestrial deep- subsurface sites. At the USGS, she heads the Microbiology and Molecular Ecology team. She has conducted deep-biosphere studies at the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure. The most recent results of this research project were published in the June 27, 2008, issue of Science.


  • Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.

(From Wikipedia)

Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon of the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, has been studying possible arsenic based life forms at Mono lake, sampling the mud, reducing phosphorus levels, and hoping to show that there is a different form of life propagating in the arsenic-rich waters.

(From New York Times)

Could the Mono Lake arsenic prove there is a shadow biosphere?

Do alien life forms exist in a Californian lake? Could there be a shadow biosphere? One scientist is trying to find out

(From Astrobiology Magazine)

Mono Lake, just east of Yosemite National Park, is a place of bizarre natural beauty. It also boasts one of the highest natural concentrations of arsenic on Earth. The latter fact, says geomicrobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon, makes it a good spot to look for alien life.

  • Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

(From AMASE)

Pamela Conrad, an astrobiologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has traveled to the ends of the Earth to study life. Her main work is on planetary habitability assessment. It focuses on the development of approaches and measurements for assessment of habitability on planetary surface environments and the development of non-invasive optical methods for the in situ "triaging" of potential rock sample targets, including induced native fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy at various excitation wavelengths. She is interested in the short-range remote sensing of chemical biosignitures and the stability and environment distribution of chemical biosignitures.


  • Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.

(From Wikipedia)

Steven A. Benner is a former V.T. & Louise Jackson Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida Department of Chemistry. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology.

Benner left University of Florida in late December 2005 to found The Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology (TWIST) in Honor of Frank Westheimer. He also created the Foundation For Applied Molecular Evolution (FFAME).

Benner has also founded Eragen Biosciences and Firebird Bimolecular Science's LLC .

Benner joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1997, after working at Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

He received his B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University under the supervision of Robert Burns Woodward and Frank Westheimer.

  • James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe

(From ASU)

Dr. Elser's research involves the integrative field of biological stoichiometry, the study of balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. While this work is primarily ecological in focus and includes studies of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and biota, the approach uses an evolutionary perspective to integrate levels of organization from the molecule and cell to the ecosystem. Specific studies involve observational and experimental studies at various scales, including laboratory cultures, short-term field experiments and sustained whole-ecosystem manipulations. Over the years, field sites have included the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario, Canada; lakes of the Arctic; lakes, forests, and grasslands of the upper Midwest; desert springs in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert; and the surrounding Sonoran Desert. In addition, Dr. Elser collaborates extensively with mathematicians in developing quantitative theoretical approaches to these questions.  In more recent work he has extended the work to investigate the connections among C:N:P stoichiometry, growth rate, rRNA physiology and genetics, and ecological dynamics in diverse biota and ecosystems and to evaluate the application of these ideas to tumor dynamics. Currently, he is an active member of the ASU’s NASA-funded Astrobiology project “Follow the Elements” and a co-organizer of ASU’s Sustainable Phosphorus Initiative.


Looking at Felisa Wolfe-Simon’s work in Mono lake could this leave us clues on what the conference is going to be about?



New iOS 4.2.1 for the iPad: Multitasking

Apple recently came out with the new Operating System for their tablet computer, the iPad. Even though the Apple iPad has only been out since April, it has already become one of the most revolutionary gadgets on the market today, and this most recent upgrade was the most anticipated upgrade since its initial release.

The screen shot above shows a typical iPad home screen, with the main apps which come installed on the device after the upgrade to the latest operating system, which is iOS 4.2.1. These apps include the following:

  • Safari, the web browser
  • Email, the email program
  • Photos, for viewing photos and images
  • iPod, for browsing and playing the music library
  • Calendar, for viewing and adding appointments
  • Contacts, for keeping contact lists
  • Videos, for watching TV shows and movies
  • Notes, for editing notes
  • Maps, for displaying map information
  • Youtube, for viewing videos from
  • iTunes, for downloading and browsing movies and music
  • App Store, for browsing and downloading apps
  • Settings, for viewing and changing iPad device settings
  • Game Center, for setting global user gaming information

The Safari, Email, Photos and iPod apps appear on all home screens on the iPad while all other apps will scroll to the side when you flick you finger across the screen. Basically, the iPad screen looks the same once the upgrade has completed, until you click the Home button twice in a row quickly. This raises up the wallpaper and reveals the multi-tasking toolbar at the bottom of the home screen, as illustrated below. This is the biggest feature found in this upgrade of the operating system.

The bottom screenshot shows the apps which had been started since the iPad had been powered on. All these apps remain in memory and can be re-displayed on the screen by simply tapping them once from the multi-tasking bar on the very bottom of the ipad Home screen. The major drawback of this feature is that the more apps are running, more memory is used, which causes things to slow down considerably.

One way to remedy the situation, is to tap and hold any one of the apps displayed on the bottom until they begin to shake or wiggle. While they’re wiggling, minus signs are displayed on the top left corners on every icon representing every app. Tapping these minus-icons will in fact close the apps which are no longer needed, freeing up memory and improving the performance of the iPad device. This is highly recommended and certainly something to keep in mind, definitely after having used the ipad for several hours. Closing apps will free up memory and improve the performance of the device. Another thing people have noted is that the iPad had used the battery more quickly since the upgrade, and that me be due to the new multitasking feature. Although it is nice to have this feature, keep in mind that running so many apps at the same time will come at a price, which is calculated in processor speed and battery life. Be careful and take time to close those apps, which are no longer needed!

More about iOS 4.2 from Apple

Android: Root

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One of the most important aspects of Android is it's openness. This is what truly sets it apart from iOS and Apple's seemingly dictatorial handling of it's products.

So what is root?
Well if you want a literal definition, has quite a few of them.

Rooting is similar to jailbreaking an iPod or iPhone, but it's much easier, not near as risky, and technically not jailbreaking but taking admin control of your device.

I want to emphasize this, rooting is not jailbreaking, rooting is something entirely different and better.

There are many guides scattered throughout the internet on how to root specific phones and I will post links at the end of this article for some of the more popular handsets available right now. This article is not a guide on how to root, but is more of an explanation on why you should or shouldn't root.

Here are a few things that having root access allows you to do:
You will have 100% full access and control over your system.

You will be able to alter or replace system files.
You can change anything and everything to make your device truly your own. Anything from applying a new theme to a new bootloader.

You can run special apps that give you more control over your system or do things that require more control over your system.

  • SuperUser (lets you approve or deny the use of root access to any program)
  • Task Manager For Root (Lets you kill apps. Task managers are very controversial in the Android community and many people say they ruin your phone while others say they are a necessity.)
  • Tether apps (like the one found at [])
Rooting also lets you backup your system in case something bad happens.

There is an infinite number of other things rooting lets you do to your phone such as overclocking your phone or applying new ROMs (like a different version of Android, made by different programmers in the Android community based off of the original source code released by google).

The Motorola Droid has been the best phone i ever bought for many reasons. It has a great keyboard, it runs the newest version of Android, it has a large enough screen for my needs, but most importantly, it is very easily rooted. In addition to being easily rooted, it is also easily overclocked to amazing speeds. The Droid comes stock with a 550 mhz processor. Mine runs at 1ghz. Other people have recorded speeds of up to 1.3ghz, more than twice the original speed with little effect on battery life or cpu temperature.

More recent Motorola phones have not been as easily rooted as the original Droid. They have encrypted bootloaders and also what is called an efuse which SUPPOSEDLY fries the phone if you try to hack it. But the dedicated Android community has successfully hacked it and the Droid X and Droid 2 can be now be overclocked. More importantly though is the fact that the recovery image can be replaced, allowing for custom ROMs to be installed.

A good place to start rooting is Android Forums They have many guides on how to root, links to custom ROMs, and also a large community to help you out with any problem or question you might have.

Guides to rooting:
Droid 2
Droid X
Galaxy S
HTC Incredible
Nexus 1

What is Android?

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Android is an operating system, originally made for cell phones, but is also available for tablets. Android has also been ported to run on desktop computers as well.

Android has recently taken the mobile phone market by storm. As of September 7th 2010, Android holds 16.3% of the smartphone market, as compared to the iPhone's iOS 14.7%. Android is one of the most rapidly growing smartphone platforms available right now, and is projected to hold 51.2% of the smartphone market by 2014.

Dan Morrill explained in On Android Compatibility, “Android is not a specification, or a distribution in the traditional Linux sense. It’s not a collection of replaceable components. Android is a chunk of software that you port to a device.”

Linux · Underneath everything is a reasonably up-to-date Linux Kernel. Android runs on Linux, but but it isn't exactly a distro because it leaves out so much that people expect in one: libraries and shells and editors and GUIs and programming frameworks. It’s a pretty naked kernel, which becomes obvious the first time you find yourself using a shell on an Android device.

Dalvik · The next big piece of Android is Dalvik, comprising the VM and a whole bunch of basic runtime essentials. All the standard APIs that you use to create Android apps are defined in terms of Dalvik classes and interfaces and objects and methods.

How It’s Generated · Native code is currently produced more or less exclusively by compiling C or C++ code; but that isn't the only way you can code for Android. Dalvik code is currently produced by generating Java bytecodes and translating them, but again, there are many ways you can program apps for Android.

Android apps are defined as code that runs on the platform and uses the APIs. As long as an app does these things properly, it doesn't matter how it got generated.

What’s In an App? · An Android app lives in what’s called an APK file, basically a ZIP file with a particular internal file layout that allows it to be run in place, without unpacking. There’s nothing magic about them, you can email them around and drop them on USB drives and extract pieces by unzipping.

Android is an amazing operating system, but there is much more to it than all this technical mumbo-jumbo. The part of Android that i believe everybody should look into because it personifies open source nature of Android, is rooting. More on rooting in my next article.


Best Blogs Of The WEB

I’ve been looking a lot lately at online blogs and I have come across some great bloggers, I came across some of the more well known bloggers and some great bloggers that aren’t as popular.

I’m going to start with Benjamin Heckendorn.


Ben has been around for a while blogging on about all his technology modifications and hacks, he has become most famous for his Xbox and Ps3 Portable Laptops.

Recently ben heck has entered Revision3 creating his own TV show The Ben Heck Show, he features the construction of his Xbox 360 laptop build as well as some user chosen mods such as the one handed Xbox controller.



Next up Chris Pirillo.



Chris came famous back in 1996 with Lockergnome, offering tons of tricks and tips for all the applications you could possibly run on your operating system.

It still contains all the suggestions chris could give for on great websites and software you can use no matter how wacky it can seem.

Chris Pirillo also runs a social network, forum and blogging network based on the ning platform, which made the beginning of my friendship with Rex Torres (Script Boy) and Joe Whitcomb (Zezura).

Chris Streams Live on Ustream and is one of the top popular streams on ustream, you can also view the stream on YouTube (Personal Blog)



Then Finally Snick from



This blog isn’t extremely popular but it is one of the most friendly around, It’s writers focus on all things technology related, I even had the opportunity to blog for Snick not that long ago.

It’s defiantly a must read blog.



Lance Burrows

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iPhone Case Make’s Slide out Keyboard Like Droid Childs Play

We have seen case’s that have there flip out keyboards but nothing as good as the new Keyboard Buddy iPhone 4 Case from BoxWave, the case features a integrated slide-out Bluetooth keyboard, BoxWave says the battery is good for up to 45 days though depending on how efficient you are with the physical on off switch this could be extended.
One downside to the new case is the shift key on the left side making it awkward to type with the right hand while holding down the shift key.
It is a perfect addition to the iPhone 4 providing sleek protection when not in use and makes the perfect adaption to fast messaging and IM competing even more with the Blackberry and Droid.
The BoxWave case is available for $69.95 here

Virgin Galactic booking flights to space now

Want to go to space?
Got $200,000 and a $20,000 deposit?
Well it is the perfect opportunity for anyone, I really want to travel to space and cant wait to see what the future brings but I guess I wont have to wait to long thanks to Richard Branson the first space port has been built in New Mexico, Virgin Galactic is now taking bookings to travel to space on there site.
One day everyone will have the opportunity to travel to space and maybe even to other planets well that’s my dream anyway.

Flashback: Mac Classic


Hello, my name is Joe Whitcomb from from Austin, Texas. In today's post I intend to take you on a journey through time back to 1990. Expect a video demonstration to be posted soon after this article.

Have you ever heard of or remember using a Macintosh Classic? The Mac Classic was a personal computer from Apple Computer released on October 15, 1990. The Classic was produced as a successor to the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE and was similar to both. The Macintosh Classic had a 9 inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display with a 512x342 resolution, and up to 4megabytes, yes MEGAbytes, not GIGAbytes like you kids are used to these days. Apple decided not to give the Classic more RAM or a color display so that it would be more compatible with Mac's already stable software and also to keep the price down to $999, although a faster version was released later for $1,500. The Macintosh Classic was the last compact mac to use a Motorola 68000 which ran at an incredible 8 MHz. Only the more expensive model had a 40 MB hard disk and 2 MB of memory, the low end model had no hard disc and 1MB of memory. The Classic ran Apple OS 6.0.7 but was compatible up to Apple OS 7.5.5.

Display: 9-inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display, 512 × 342 pixel resolution

Storage: 40 MB SCSI hard disk drive optional, Built-in SuperDrive 3.5 in floppy disk drive

Processor: 8 MHz Motorola 68000

Bus Speed: 8 MHz

Random Access Memory: 1 MB, expandable to 2 or 4 MB using 120 ns 30-pin SIMMs and optional custom RAM-slot expansion card

Read-only Memory: 512 KB

Networking: AppleTalk

Battery: 3.6 V lithium

Physical dimensions: 13.2 in × 9.7 in × 11.2 in (33.5 cm × 24.6 cm × 28.4 cm; depth by width by height)

16 lb (7.26 kg)

Port connections: 1× ADB (keyboard, mouse)

2× mini-DIN-8 RS-422 serial ports (printer, modem, AppleTalk)

1× DB-19 (ext. floppy drive)

1× DB-25 SCSI connector (ext. hard drive, scanner)

1× 3.5 mm Headphone jack socket

Expansion slots: none

Audio: 8-bit mono 22 kHz

The Macintosh Classic was criticized by some members in the PC community as a cheap computer with slow processing speeds and a lack of expansion slots and was not meant or used for graphic design, it was used more for home computing or "limited computing on the road," and many schools opted for the more expensive Macintosh LC which had a color display and a faster processor.

Reviews from 1990:

Liza Schafer of Home Office Computing: "The Classic's value is more impressive than its performance, but its performance will get you working on that novel, database, or spreadsheet."

PC Week: "The 7.8 MHz speed is adequate for text applications and limited graphics work, but it is not suitable for power users. As such, the Classic is appropriate as a home computer or for limited computing on the road."

PC User "The slow processor and lack of expansion slots on the Macintosh Classic offset the low prices."

MacWEEK described it as a "fine, inexpensive replacement for the Macintosh Plus that best embodies the original Macintosh vision six and a half years later".

Robbert McCarthy of Electronic Learning: "Teachers, educational administrators and software developers are enthusiastic about the new, lower cost Apple Macintosh computers".

Steve Taffe of MECC: "[it] is terrific – both because it's a Mac and because of that low price. Everyone can now afford a Macintosh."

Scholastic: "They are just as cost-effective and as powerful as MS-DOS computers, but the Apples will have a superior comfort-level."

Sue Talley, Apple's manager of strategic planning in education: "we see it going into applications where you need a fair number of powerful stations, but where color is not a big issue." She also said The Macintosh Classic was most suited for writing labs and other basic productivity uses.

The New Droid X by Motorola

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I got my new Droid X from Verizon about 3 weeks ago and I must say that this phone gives the iPhone a run for the money. The Droid X comes with a large full-color screen and a bunch of accessories, which make it a fun phone to have. The reception has been great so far, and with five home-screens and easy-to-use buttons at the bottom of the display panel, the Droid X has been very easy to use.

The sales guy at Verizon actually gave a special Droid class on Sunday morning, explaining the features of the new phone. Let me tell you: I was very impressed. All the icons for the apps show up on the screen once I press the Apps button. I can always hit the Home button, which takes me to the fully customizable home screen. Picking a wallpaper was easy, as I just selected an image from the Photo gallery. And searching for new apps was a snap, once I entered the Market place.
Some cool apps that were recommended were Lookout, which is an antivirus, and Ebuddy, which is a great general IM program for chatting on Yahoo, MSN, AIM, or Google. I also got Advanced Task Killer, which could close any app I had open, in order to save battery power.
The only bad thing about the Droid X was the battery usage, which was not the greatest. I could go one full day on a fully charged phone, or 2 days if I left the phone on standby mode. Other than that, the phone is a dream to use.
Surfing the web is great, using browsers like the new Dolphin browser. There are tons of apps, games, and many other great items up for sale on the Market place, along with plenty of freebies. I was able to get everything I wanted, pretty much for free!
The Droid X is a big phone, but it is worth it. Check it out!!!

What is happening at


It was founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen, LaLa was once a music extravagance, users of the site could create playlists on the site and share them legally, it was know as stations similar to what you could do on, you could also purchase and stream music, buy new CDs from the store, leave blurbs (messages) on members pages, and participate in forums, this was all until apple came along and shut the site down on December 4, 2009.

Since it has been offline, executives of LaLa were told they would receive key positions helping shape music strategy on the iTunes Store, users that had credits on the site would be refunded with Apples iTunes gift cards.

So what is to come on LaLa?
It is speculated that Apple's current construction of the the server farm in North Carolina could be the grounds for the storage of a new cloud, It is also believed this could be a video cloud no doubt this would greatly help out iPod, iPad and iPhone members with streaming movies and TV shows as the ultimate solution to watching on the go, it could also extend further if Apple so choose's, onto laptops, desktops or other compatible devices, not only that Apples iTouch, iPad and iPhone devices have limited ability to store movies, apps, songs and e-books.
The cloud would defiantly help make hard drives problems disappear and help users avoid losing content that happens eventually when hard drives fail.

Though this service would be great if there was free access to iPhone users, it would likely be a massive hit with users of the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

There already great for watching YouTube over WiFi, I could just see myself in the future holding one of these devices while on a plane or just relaxing at home watching a movie over the internet.

Thanks for Reading,

Apple - Leading The Tablet market


Tablets have been talked about a lot lately,
After apple released the iPad a revolution has started of the most popular Hp Is set to release it’s slate, Samsung has come up with the Galaxy and Google is almost ready to release it’s own Android or Chrome OS based Tablet,
I can defiantly see how there can be a war between iOS and Android brewing but how are windows based Tablets going to compete they don’t run many apps specifically designed for tablets in comparison to Android or iOS based Tablets though they can be quite good for business with there capability’s such as inking that the iPad doesn’t support to it’s maximum potential at this point.
You have seen the chart I posted up for a comparison of the iTouch to the iPad but take a look at this chart a comparison between the iPad and Hp Slate, iPad has a few threats to the Hp Slate with the 802.11a/b/g/n, a larger 9.7” 1024 * 768 screen compared to the Hp’s 8.9” 1024 * 600, up to 10 hours battery life compared to Hp’s 5 hours, and the iPad is cheaper and what i believe the biggest threat is that the iPad has so many more great apps is much more useful for the standard person and not only can the iPad run iOS but it can now run Windows or Mac OS with the Citrix Receiver application.
I have ignored a lot of the hardware comparisons due to the fact that with tablets it’s not about hardware as much as it is about software because you can have and iPad run on 256 MB DRAM and the Hp Slate run on 1Gb DDR2 but in the end the speed relays back to the OS the iOS doesn’t need 1Gb to run at a great fast speed because it doesn’t need to run as many processors and applications that windows needs to run and you can guarantee the iPad is going to run faster than the HP Slate due to this fact.
Below the chart from Engadget I have added a video of the proposed Google Tablet UI with Google Chrome OS.

Thanks for reading,
Lance Burrows




This new case looks just great,

NZXT hasn’t included a removable motherboard tray but they defiantly made up for that by adding great cable management options with the 1” gab between the side panel and the motherboard tray and long holes for running all your cables through,

My favourite thing about this case is that NZXT made it great for working with water cooling they have added holes on the interior for running your tubes through and they have left enough room under the top bezel to fit a duel radiator.

I love the futuristic look to the new case, MNPC said it looked like something Alienware would release but I think it’s just a great improvement on the NZXT Lexa S, I would love to see what mods MNPC could do to this case I think it would look absolutely great with 2 windows installed between the side perforated fan plates.

This case can holds 7 SSD or HHD that’s just amazing it’s a great case for serving media across your network even better case for gaming, I especially love the front bezel looks like a design I came up with a while ago for a case I was planning on making but now scrap that idea I'm just going to go for a PHANTOM.

The case sounded fairly quiet though it was running on a hacked power supply and likely at 100% if i was to get this case I would likely run it on water cooling anyway.

So I would say defiantly if your a gamer or looking to great a new build have a look at the NZXT Phantom.

Thanks for reading,

Lance Burrows

iTouch vs iPad


Lately I have heard people referring to the iPad as a giant iTouch,

Below I have added a chart to show some of the hardware comparisons.

Apple has made a great new CPU for the iPad that runs at a great 1ghz witch is great, I believe that Apple shouldn't bother introducing iOS 4 to the iPad because not only would it slow the fast new A4 processor down but in my opinion the multitasking feature would just run poorly on it.

The iPad quality can not be compared to a iTouch, But that's my opinion but I would love to hear yours.

You can’t compare the screen quality and fun you can have on the iPad to anything else that includes the iTouch, You wont understand until you actually use this device.






- iOS 3.1.1 or OS 4

- iOS 3.2 (build 7B367)


- Flash memory - 8, 16 and 32 GB

- Flash memory - 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB


- 3rd generation: ARM Cortex-A8 833 MHz (under clocked to 600 MHz)

- 1 GHz Apple A4


– Power VR SGX


- Power VR SGX 535



- Lithium-ion battery = Audio - 30 hours, Video - 6 hours

- Lithium-polymer battery = Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on


Watching video, or listening to music


- 256 MB DRAM

- 256 MB DRAM built into Apple A4 package

(top package of PoP contains two

128 MB dies)


- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 2.1

- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 2.1

- Wi-Fi + 3G model also includes:

A-GPS, micro-SIM slot, Quad-band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz

GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS 850 1900 2100 MHz HSDPA




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The first Macintosh was introduced January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs was only 29 then but now at age 55 Jobs has seen 28 years of success.

Macintosh went from the Lisa (never released) to the revolution of the iPad, A lot of people have the opinion that the Ipad is just a giant iPod Touch but it’s defiantly not there is similarity’s but the iPod Touch no way adds up to the technology contained in the sleek thin piece of 9.7” glass.

Macintosh wanted to put something small but powerful to manage the task of processing all the data an app could throw at it, they did this by introducing the A4 processor at 1ghz it is powerful enough even with just 215m of Ram to run OS3.1 the current OS and it will be powerful enough to power the new OS4 to come this fall.

So where did the i start?

The i has been around for 12 years it began with the iMac in 1998 now the I is etched into the most popular item in any persons portable devices the IPod.

Macintosh were always lagging back behind Microsoft though the one thing Microsoft never thought of was the revolution of the iPod they didn’t think of it in 2001 they still haven’t thought of anything better in 2010, Nine years on Microsoft is being beaten at the one thing they used to have, A dream.

Don’t get me wrong Microsoft has a great operating system, they have also come along way but they haven’t managed to get there devices into hundreds of thousands likely even millions of people’s pockets, yes they have Windows Mobile but they don’t have iOS the best OS for portable devices.

People forget the fact that Microsoft and Apple have worked together for generations, Microsoft went in the path of software so no doubt Apple has ties with Microsoft programmers to create great applications yes Apple have there own apps such as iworks, ipaint and so on but Without Microsoft OSX would be long off probably wouldn’t even be designed.

In 28 years Macintosh has released almost 200 personal computers that includes laptops it all went from the Lisa2 to the Macbook the technology has considerable changes not just in hardware but the operating system OSX is the best UNIX based system ever released by Macintosh though Windows 7 still is the most successful operating system to date.

Macintosh is destined to go further than ever with portable technology though in my opinion Microsoft will continue to produce great operating systems but I believe one day if Macintosh keeps there innovative dreams just maybe they will take over the future of technology though saying this there is connections both with Microsoft and Macintosh so I believe the key is not to compete with each other but to form a closer connection than ever a partnership, A new brand.