Archive for February, 2015

By February 6, 2015 Read More →

Ever wonder about those glowing app reviews?

YPkG0HWIt’s no surprise that the business of getting people to download your app is a difficult one. With so many rivals clamoring to get their similarly themed application ahead of the competition, or nefarious sods who want to bombard you with adverts or straight up steal information, it seems almost absurd that the 100’s or 1000’s of glowing reviews in the Appstore or Google Play could have come from just one person. Or could it? A recent post on Reddit shows that the simplest tactic might be the easiest solution and what you had thought and probably dismissed might actually be way things really  are. Rather than resorting to clever coding and an intelligent work around for Apple or Google’s personal identification system companies are simply setting up dozens of tablets with fake user profiles and writing the reviews themselves. 

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Of course we all knew this was happening, however it’s not until you see it, and take in the impressive set up that you realise that this is a simple problem that we are having to deal with. No level of security or vetting with stop Guest10257 from telling you that “Facebook Messenger Lite +” and “Hotspot Sniffer Dog” are the greatest apps they have ever downloaded. Your security will be fine and you won’t find too many ads intruding on the screen. 

Now if only someone would write an app that allows the little lady above to post to all those accounts from just one tablet… that would be a step forward.

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Posted in: Editorial
By February 5, 2015 Read More →

Don’t get angry, get Neeson

8379-three-mobile-games-had-super-bowl-ads-this-year-here-they-are-if-you-missed-themThere were three mobile games to show off during the much coveted Super Bowl ad breaks this year. The most impressive of which was Liam Neeson making fun of his Taken role for Clash of the Clans. Whilst a little predictable, there is a genuine laugh to be had at Liam’s expense regarding a Barista. Certainly a nice addition to the typical big screen trailers, hardware previews and car commercials it proves that mobile gaming is really a force to be reckoned with and rumours of a $4.5m fee shows there is plenty of money to throw about. Advert follows:

 

Posted in: Apps & Games
By February 4, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Revealmedia Body Camera

vlcsnap-2015-02-03-14h30m03s73Gareth takes a look at the RS3-SX Body Worn Camera System from Revealmedia. This unit is typically worn by the Police to document response situations. Built for reliability and designed to be light weight the Body Worn Camera is a versatile and almost essential piece of equipment for an officer on the job.

  • Accurate positioning. Horizontal and vertical camera adjustment.
  • Front-facing screen. 2.5” screen displays footage as it is being recorded. Proven to improve outcomes.
  • Multi-use. Use camera on body, in car or standalone (eg. in interviews).
  • Secure. Files will only load and play on a computer running DEMS software; not on any other device
  • Wide field of view. 120º horizontal, 60º vertical
  • Dock and go. Automatic file uploading and battery charging via cable or docking station.
  • Rugged case. Designed for use on the front line – where you work.
  • Usage log. Encrypted log on RS3-SX. Automatically detect if a video has been tampered with.
  • Playback. On camera video and audio playback. Review footage in the field.
  • Mark evidence. Mark footage as ‘evidential’ when in record mode. Automatic filing after upload to DEMS.
  • Stealth mode. Enables recording without screen or lights.

RECORDING

  • Audio and video recording – yes
  • Recording resolution – Full HD
  • Recording speed – 30 frames per second
  • Field of view, horizontal – 120º
  • Field of view, vertical – 60º
  • Encoding technology, video – H264
  • Encoding technology, audio – MPEG-4
  • Recording activation switch – single slider switch; one action record
  • Recording capacity – >8hrs
  • Recording format – .mov
  • Date and time stamp – yes

By February 3, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing the Amazon FireTV and Game Controller

vlcsnap-2015-02-02-16h20m46s104Gareth takes a look at the UK version of the all in one TV solution. Amazon’s FireTV is an Android based entertainment device that stream media from online sources and caters to the gaming crowds. Certainly, the FireTV has been out for a while, Gareth states his reasons why he is looking at this now and ultimately why he has chosen the FireTV over a Nexus Player, why he did not purchase another Roku 3 nor rely on a Chromecast.

The FireTV come in a standard package, with an optional gaming controller. Specs for the FireTV are pretty impressive for a set top box, aside from the one storage option of 8GB. However, as the device is designed with gaming as a major player it will be interesting to see how performance manages as technology progresses. 

  • Processor: 1.7GHz Quad Core, Qualcomm Krait 300
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 8GB flash
  • Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p
  • Dimensions: 115(L) x 115(W) x 17.5(H) mm
  • Weight: 281 g
  • Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, USB
  • Power: Built-in universal 6 W power supply