Hmm this rock that I’ve been living under is starting to become a burden. It seems that in the midst of the hectic week the jailbreak that we’ve been waiting for for the last few months has been released! Thats right iOS 5.0.1 can now be jailbroken on A5 devices (iPhone 4S & iPad 2) using Absinthe. Head on over to the greenpois0n blog to get your hands on it!
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, VP for Windows Phone, dropped by our CES HQ this week to discuss Microsoft’s mobile future. He was classically reluctant to reveal the specifics of that future, though he did say that the words Tango and Apollo “sound nice.” He did share his thoughts on how Windows Phone differs from iOS and Android, positioning it as the happy balance between the two leaders in mobile software. You get the greater variety of Android with the reassurance of tighter quality control that Apple offers. Quality, in fact, was the overriding theme of what Joe had to say. According to him, having a better user experience is what will differentiate Windows Phone from the competition, not extreme specs or barrel-scraping prices.
As the auctions of the first 10 Raspberry Pi Beta Boards draw to a close, an anonymous bidder has stepped in and payed almost £1,000 for board #7, which he plans to donate to a computing museum. Continue reading →
These Pis are flying off the shelves! At a combined price of £10,408 and with the most expensive board (Serial number #01) fetching £2,500, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be benefiting greatly from these charity auctions. The foundation aims to put as many of these boards into schools as possible to try to inspire a new breed of tech geeks, a great cause in my opinion! With between 9 hours and 4 days left on the auctions, I’m still sure we’ll be seeing much more money raised and I’ll be sure to post the final totals when they come in.
‘These are a triumph, I’m making a note here: Huge success!’
How about these then? Portal 2 cocktails! ‘It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction’ with how awesome they look! Want to make your own? Well it couldn’t be easier!
Directions: “This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in.”
‘Go ahead, try one!’ And while you’re making it put this on loop to get you in the mood:
‘Anyway these drinks look good, so delicious and moist!’ ….
Yep, that’s a hat-trick! That’s 3 Kickstarter projects featured in a single day, first the TidyTilt, next the ODDIO1, now we have the Koala Mount, a no-fuss no-damage iPad wall dock from Chris & Colby Moyer of Philadelphia, PA. The Koala Mount is essentially two small brackets that stick to the wall via Large Command strips that your iPad nestles snugly between. The strips adhere to the wall and can support up to 5 pounds each, making your precious iPad more than secure. If you want to move your Koala Mount to somewhere else in the house, the strips simply peel away with no damage to the wall at all. There’s no reason why the Koala Mount shouldn’t work for any other tablets either, they’ve been shown to work perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom, but as long as you’re tablet’s not too thick for the bracket, you should be fine. If you’re quick and manage to get one of the 160 or so cheap ones left, you can get yourself a Koala Mount for only $10 (£7.50 to the UK including shipping) otherwise you can double those prices, which is still ridiculously cheap for a product this useful. I’ve just ordered a couple which has brought their total up to $3,964 out of a target $5,000 with 24 days to go, so that target should be no problem at all. So for £7 why not treat yourself?
EDIT: This project has been successfully funded! Stay tuned for a review of the product when it arrives in the coming months!
Here’s another Kickstarter project for you, ODDIO1 Cord-Free Shuffle Headphones from Jeremy Saxton & Jacob Hall of Salt Lake City, UT. The idea is a simple one, the $35 (that’s £32 if you’re in the UK after adding shipping costs) headphones have a short audio jack and a sleeve on the outside of one of the ears, into which you slot your iPod Shuffle, plug it in and boom! You’ve got yourself a pair of wireless headphones with full playback controls on the side, perfect for using on the go and eliminating unnecessary fumbling in pockets. They’re available in 3 colours (there’s a fourth if you’re willing to pledge $200 for the ‘Limited Edition Package’) and at the time of writing the project has earned $13,018 of its $40,000 goal with 21 days to go, my bets are that they’ll make it no problem.