The MHF Tech Network is going to be launching our new site very soon. Hopefully, it should be available as an open beta next week so stay tuned for more updates on that one. Big shout-outs going to Nilima Patwardhan, Sharon, Ellie Bunce, Laura Ray, Becky Mario, Rose Ross, Francesco Aresta and Louis Slabbert.
Our sources indicate that Microsoft might be limiting the number of Windows 8 editions to just six. The six editions are reported to be the 32 bit and 64 bit editions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Professional edition and Windows 8 Enterprise Edition.
Nokia has pushed out version 1.2 of their Meego operating system for the Nokia N9. The update is now available for download right from your device.
As part of their announcement, Nokia has put up some photos that have been taken directly from their announced 808 Pure view camera phone.
Mobile computing has come a long way since the early 1990s. Back then, I remember having a laptop running Windows 95. At the best, I could take on some of the best golf courses in Microsoft Golf 3.0 or despatch some alien denizens in Doom I was not really all that great, but boy were those games fun.
Now let’s fast forward the clock to today. Increasingly, more and more of us are using our phones, tablets and laptops as our main computers. These mobile computers allow us to do a lot of the things that a traditional desktop computer can do. Check emails, go shopping online, play games, write documents of many kinds, listen to music and so much more.
During this week, we will see the start of a trade show known as Mobile World Congress. A place where we can find out more about some of the Tablet computers, phones, and other mobile computers and technology which will be available to us in the near future. This years conference is taking place in the city of Barcelona between the 27th February and 1st March 2012. At the show, there will be approximately 1400 exhibitors. Amongst them will be some of the big names such as Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, AT&T and Vodafone.
Alongside that, there will be some keynote speeches. Some of the confirmed speakers include John Donahoe(CEO of eBay), Eric Schmidt(Executive Chairman of Google), Dennis Crowley(CEO of FourSquare), René Obermann(chairman and CEO of Deutsche Telekom) and John Chambers(chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems).
So here are some of the things that have already been announced. To start off with, Nokia has announced its 808 Pureview phone which is said to be sporting a 41 megapixel camera phone for some super high-res photos of squirrels. Samsung has also unveiled their Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet which will run Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich and sport a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU. HTC have also unveiled their HTC One S and One X phones all of which will also run Ice Cream Sandwich(AKA Android 4.0).
A clever guy has been able to find a way to play your old floppy disk DOS games on your Android Tablet. All you need is a USB floppy disk drive which connects straight to your Android Tablet and A copy of DOSBox for Android and you are good to go.
Technology firms featured heavily in this year’s list of the 25 most oddball questions compiled by the US employment website Glassdoor. Careers experts said the questions were intended to make a candidate display a thoughtful approach to problem-solving.
As well as HP’s brain-acher, interviewees at other companies were asked:
- “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2.30pm on a Friday?” (Google)
- “How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?” (Consolidated Electrical)
- “If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?” (Summit Racing Equipment)
- “You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?” (Tesla Motors)
Glassdoor said that while technology companies included questions designed to catch candidates off guard, they also posed tried and tested queries such as “Why did you apply for this job?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”.
You can now build your own TV antenna using a can of your favourite. First, cut a fizzy drink can in half, then staple the two halves to a piece of wood, hot glue a wire to run from the cans to the transformer, and you’re done. It’s a crude solution, but at least it works.
Picks of the Week
Chris’ Pick of the Week was a set of Wi-Fi bathroom scales available from FireBox. They are a little on the expensive side at £119 but this gizmo automatically records your weight, fat mass and BMI(body mass index) every time you step on it. It beams the information to your computer or iPhone over your WiFi connection, so you can track your results wherever you may roam via a password protected website or free iPhone app.
it is also compatible with online coaching programs such as Daily Burn and iPhone apps like RunKeeper and WeightBot. You can even sync with Google Health and share your progress via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Adi’s pick of the week was a category of tech known as Robotic vacuum cleaners. It can be an absolute chore trying to keep your house really clean. So what if you could have something else to do that for you? This is where a robotic hoover would come in. Just simply press the power on button, and let it do all the hard work, whilst you have a cup of coffee or play a quick round of Wipeout HD. Most of these hoovers will also know exactly where not to go and would return back to their charging dock whenever it needs a recharge. These are available on eBuyer, Amazon, Firebox and many other sites.
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Until next time, watch those skies and back up your data.