Amazon to unveil phone with 3D Holographic display today

Amazon

AmazonAmazon are shortly going to be releasing their very first entry in the mobile phone market, currently known as just the “Amazon Phone” rumours are starting to circulate that this phone may well have a killer feature.

The phone will predictably be running Amazon’s very own flavour of the popular Android operating system. The Amazon OS features tight integration into the Amazon services and stores.

Although it would be unbelievably cool, unfortunately content on the phone will not be ‘projected’ into the air like the holographic clips in the movies such as iRobot. The 3D Holographic display will give the illusion of depth of field of the onscreen content.

Its also said to be sporting eye tracking technology developed by a Japanese firm named Omron’s Okao Vision. This feature is also rumoured to be in the up and coming Samsung Galaxy S4.

Initial rumours suggest the the Amazon phone will sport a 4.7inch screen running at just 720p. Although this wont be as sharp a quality as some of the other devices on the market running at 1080p, this will aid the battery life of the device.

The device will have (what has rapidly become the norm’) 2 cameras, a forward facing camera capturing images at 12 mega pixels and a rear facing camera capturing images at 13 mega pixels. Its expected to be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and have 2GB of ram built into the device.

Amazon recently released a ‘teaser’ video of the device which you can watch below

On day of release its thought that the device will only be available on the AT&T network, with no news as of yet of a worldwide launch.

The Amazon event in Seattle is due to start at 3.30am AEST (17:30 GMT), and will not be available to stream online. Presumably a keynote video will be released shortly afterwards.

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Trying to use the BBC iPlayer

Android iPlayer

Android iPlayerI have to be honest I loved this app. Always downloaded programmes to watch, however there appears to be some problem with the app and every time I go to downloaded content the app is forced to close.

This is on my Samsung Note 3, has anyone else experienced this problem or is it me? I have reported the problem but have not heard anything back as yet. Come on BBC let me get connected.

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Latest Android security flaw allows access to camera

Android

AndroidThis morning Android users around the world are waking to an announcement potentially putting their privacy at risk. In an announcement that seems all too common around the Android OS yet another security flaw has been discovered. This particular issue is based around potential to acquire unrestricted access to any Android devices camera.

Szymon Sidor recently posted a blog post exposing the latest threat to Android users. The vulnerability could potentially allow malicious applications access to get access to and use the camera for both video and photos.

Although the SDK doesn’t allow use of the camera without a preview window on the device’s screen, its seemingly possible to make this window 1 pixel wide by 1 pixel high.. Thus making it almost impossible for the end-user to see. Whats more, with the pixel on the screen – even when the device is powered off the app is still capable of capturing photo and video footage! Once the footage has been captured, the Android SDK allows quick and easy upload to websites or services, so the malicious app developer could immediately start capturing and uploading photos and video without your knowledge.

However this would should up in the data usage charts on your Android device.

Check out Szymon’s video below:

[embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDzs6y4JVok[/embedyt]

There are many guides available on the net on how to secure your Android device, there are however some simple things to remember:

  • Make sure your Android device is always up to date
  • Consider applications carefully that request access to your camera – do they really need access..?
  • Keep an eye on apps that run in the background
  • Ensure you use 2 factor authentication on your Google account

Privacy has always been somewhat of a concern around the Android OS, however, used with forethought in can be just as safe and secure as any other OS.

Now the news is out I am sure Google will be working as fast as possible to remedy this security flaw.

For a list of all current known Android Security Flaws check the CVE Details site

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LogMeIn Rescue Beta gets a big thumbs up!

I’d only heard roumers about it, read blog posts and seen ‘spy’ shots of it. Until today! We received  our official invitation to test the all new LogMeIn Rescue Beta today.

We have used LogMeIn Rescue to support our countless number of mobile workforces handheld devices for some years now. In fact it was one of our success stories we bagged whilst at the Service Desk and Support show back in 2009.

LogMeIn Rescue is a web-based mobile remote support solution supporting the major mobile OS’s along with PC and Mac OS’s. Providing an easy to use powerful remote support solution which wouldn’t (and doesn’t) look out-of-place in support centres the world over!

Since we started using LogMeIn Rescue in 2009, it was clear to see that LogMeIn’s R&D where heavily investing time in developing their product. With regular Beta invites adding useful features and supporting new OS’s regularly.

However, the latest Beta really is something else! Up until now the LogMeIn Rescue technician console has been governed by your machines web browser. Which although the web console has never been lacking in features, sometimes the browser seemed to somehow hold back its performance. This, Im pleased to report now appears to be a thing of the past!

One of the Beta’s biggest features is the introduction of a desktop based support client. Offering all the features of the online client and more besides.

The first thing that my colleagues commented on, was the fact they no longer have to logon each time they want to connect to a user. The desktop client automatically remembers the username and password and logs straight in. Now this may seem like a simple thing, but when you are sharing client licences like us, logging in and out all the time can often be a pain!

But wait!…. ‘Hold the Phone’ (whilst I connect on and reconfigure it)… The iOS and Android device configuration facility has received an overhaul. To introduce some pretty powerful features.

The ability to configure key components on iPhone’s is soon going to become invaluable:-

  • APN – Push new APN settings to both iOS and Android devices
  • WiFi – Push new WiFi settings to both iOS and Android devices
  • WebClips – Install new shortcuts on iOS devices that can connect direct to your help desk, knowledge bas or chat portal
  • Permissions – Push device permissions to iOS devices, providing the ability to restrict access to certain applications
  • Passcode – Push passcode enforcement to iOS devices
What’s more.. The features list doesn’t end there, there’s far too many to list in this blog post – so why not head over to the Beta’s homepage and check out the full list!
One things for sure, LogMeIn Rescue really has secured it’s spot on my ‘Tool Belt’ – Well done LogMeIn, I am looking forward to your next unavailing and invite to Beta test..

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Tapatalk Forums

TapatalkAny forum admin worth his salt will already know about Tapatalk. Tapatalk is a mobile application designed for most handsets which renders forums in such a way it makes using them from your mobile simple. 

Installation of Tapatalk onto a forum is so simple anyone could do it! No doubt this is going to spread like wildfire, and since I have spent some time configuring my mobile template it made sense that I enable my forum for Tapatalk whilst I was at it.
If you have the Tapatalk application for your mobile, search for MikeSel and you should find my forum!
There are currently applications available for iPhones, BlackBerries, Android and Nokia’s. You can download the client from Tapatalk’s download page
You can read more about it over in my Forum

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