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Bing Predicts Scottish Referendum Outcome

Bing Predicts Scottish Referendum Outcome
I'm very impressed to see that Bing can predict the future based on its research as it crawls the Internet. Companies have been analysing social media posts during an event before, usually with the help of a hashtag but this is the first time I am aware of a search engine trawling newspaper articles to predict an outcome. Bing's predictions are still in their early days but the results are highly impressive. It predicted virtually every winning team in the Brazil World Cup. As a Scot who l...
Tuesday 16th September 2014

We Taught Them Not To Click

For many years we have been educating users that they should take care not to click links in emails that they were not expecting. The message about the dangers of phishing emails has got through and consumers are good at deleting emails that they think are suspect. A problem that we have been noticing is that website owners are having their websites suspended because they are unaware that the new WHOIS Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) emails that they are receiving are legitimate. These emails ...
Monday 19th May 2014

Are You Cookie Compliant?

More than nine months since all UK websites were required to gain 'implied consent' from their users to use cookies to monitor their website visits most websites are still not doing so. The benefits of the EU directive that have lead to this law are debatable but it is now the law so companies have to abide by it by asking their users for consent. Many of the websites that are telling users that they are using cookies do nothing more than tell users that they are using cookies. We provide...
Tuesday 12th February 2013


YouTube Video
The good news is that I am very happy with the 1080p video from the GoPro HD Hero2 helmet cam. I'm looking forwards to using it to take some great footage out on the water next month. The sad news is that GoPro have just launched the Hero3 which is smaller, lighter and twice as powerful. I am consoling myself with the fact that as I'll just be using the footage on a web page the higher quality will not be noticeable but can't help thinking that the quality of GoPro's demo video is stunning.
Monday 22nd October 2012

Hop Case

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A company called the Cargo Collective have invented a suitcase that follows you around. It is a clever idea and must have taken a lot of work to create their prototype but unfortunately it does not take much imagination so spot flaws in the concept: - Will take up a lot of space and add weight to case - If batteries run out you will loose your luggage - Easy to steal - Very slow - Looks unstable (make sure you pack everything low down) - Will not cope with crowded airports (the only kind...
Tuesday 16th October 2012

Marine Raspberry PI

I've taken the first steps towards creating a marinised version of the no frills Raspberry PI computer. Having received one of the very first versions in May I am glad to have been finally able to test the cute PC with a view to creating a prototype Yacht Plotter data logger. Whilst the PC is only 55mm x 90mm as you can see I have some way to go in creating a splash resistant case (not to mention a convenient power supply). My next step is to reach out to other people that are using their PI'...
Friday 29th June 2012

Google Maps Sued for Being Free

A French court has ruled that Google should pay a 500,000 euro fine because by making Google Maps free they are abusing their dominant position. The action was brought by Bottin Cartographes, a French mapping company which charges customers such as Louis Vuitton and Airbus to use their maps. From looking at Bottin Carto's website I would be surprised if their maps were seen as a competitor to Google's. I am rather staggered by this ruling and wonder where it leaves other companies that wi...
Thursday 2nd February 2012


YouTube Video
A new startup called Personal is marketing itself as a secure data vault where you can store all your private information in groups called "gems" which you can access and share. For instance you can have a wifi gem where you can keep your wireless connection password or a dinner party gem where you can keep your food allergy information. They market the service as a way of saving time by not having to fill in forms again and again but this not only misses the point that not all users will...
Friday 18th November 2011

Cool Datacentre

Verne Global have built a modular datacentre at Keflavik in Iceland. Its location near to the Arctic Circle will provide it with natural cooling for the servers in the same way as Facebook's proposed facility in Sweden. Iceland also sounds like a wise choice for a datacentre given that their abundant geothermal and hydroelectic power supply is both renewable and cheap. The company also claims that it is a great geographical position given that it is equidistant from Europe and America. I can'...
Wednesday 2nd November 2011

HTML5 Web Apps Coming of Age

It is great to see the increased impetus behind using HTML5 to develop smartphone apps rather than developing a native app for each manufacturer's operating system (e.g. Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile). We recently changed our mobile development path from using Java to develop for Android, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry QNX to using HTML5 to develop for all platforms (including Apple and Windows Mobile). It is encouraging that companies are pushing the limits of the HT...
Friday 21st October 2011

Windows 7 vs Windows XP

YouTube Video
View our entry for a small competition where we had to create a short video response to say why we thought that using Windows 7 is more productive than using Windows XP.
Friday 30th September 2011

Charity Bike Tracking

Tomorrow sees the start of a two week bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats by four chaps to raise money for HOPE WorldWide. We are very happy to allow people to view their progress as they use new Yacht Plotter tech to track their progress. Please follow their progress on the map and support their worthy cause.
Friday 9th September 2011

Windows 8 to Mount ISO Files

Microsoft's Windows Engineering Team have just announced that Windows 8 will natively mount ISO files. This is a great boon to users who download and install programs in that format as it saves messing about with third part devices to mount the ISO image. The new version of Windows will include a "Mount" button on Explorer's ribbon which you can use to mount the image as a new drive letter (making a virtual CDROM or DVD drive). Probably the best thing about this new feature is that it will al...
Wednesday 31st August 2011

Ticketmaster Implements Facebook Solution

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Ticketmaster have developed a feature which flags where your Facebook friends are sitting at an event so you can purchase tickets near them. We need more joined up projects like this to make Facebook useful.
Wednesday 24th August 2011

Offline Google Maps

Yay, Google Maps is now available in offline mode on Android.
Wednesday 20th July 2011