Apple fan starts month-long queue for iPhone 5

By Kim | On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 - 1 Comment »
Rob Shoesmith camping outside UK Apple iStore for an iPhone 5

Meet the man who makes Apple’s Steve Jobs smile and rub his hands with glee. His name is Rob Shoesmith and, as we speak, he’s camping in a tent that he’s pitched in front of the iStore in Covent Garden in London, despite the unusual state of affairs some of the UK Apple stores are currently in. As for the reason Rob’s living on the street – well, no surprises. Read more...

Mobile apps catching up to McDonald’s 100 billion served

By Ryan | On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 - No Comments »
McDonald's 100 billion served - nothing compared to mobile apps

We’ve all seen the famous sign hanging outside our local McDonald’s burger joint. The fast food behemoth has served over 100 billion burgers in their 50 year history, an unimaginable feat for anyone in their industry, which is why they print the claim so proudly on their signs, right under the golden arches. But 100 billion sales over a 50-year time span is dog slow when compared. Read more...

Apple stores clear shelves amidst continued looting in UK

By Kim | On Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - 2 Comments »
Empty Apple iStore at Liverpool ONE

With the London riots continuing for yet another day, Apple is taking no chances with its valuable stock. They’ve cleared the shelves completely in some of their iStore outlets in the UK, opting to lock the stock away just in case. BEFORE This is what the iStore in Liverpool’s ONE shopping centre looks like on a normal day, when vandals and looters aren’t trawling the streets. Read more...

Fast food chain Taco Bell adds QR codes to packaging for MTV content

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - 1 Comment »
Taco Bell QR codes

Customers at America’s number one Mexican-cuisine fast food chain, Taco Bell, are getting extra bang for their collective bucks by receiving access to exclusive MTV music content via mobile QR codes printed on Taco Bell cups and boxes. Taco Bell is a sponsor of MTV’s Video Music Awards and together the companies decided to extend the value of the deal by offering TB’s customers. Read more...

London riots see looting of T-Mobile store in UK

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - 2 Comments »
London riots see looting of T-Mobile store in UK

If you’ve had your TV turned on to CNN, Sky or BBC in the last few days, you would’ve seen hours of reporting dedicated to scenes of riots, vandalism and looting across the United Kingdom. These attacks first began in Tottenham (in the north of London) on Saturday as protesters demonstrated against the killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan by London’s metropolitan police.. Read more...

A first glimpse of Apple’s iOS 5 in action

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - No Comments »
Apple iOS 5

Apple announced the upcoming release of iOS 5 at their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) event in June and have now just released an early beta version of the new operating system to developers – just in time to raise renewed speculations that the iPhone 5 will be released in September. If you listen carefully, you can just make out the squeals of geek delight from behind glowing. Read more...

10-year-old hacker beats crop-producing apps at their own game

By Ryan | On Monday, August 8th, 2011 - No Comments »
DEFCON Kids - CyFi - 10-year-old mobile games hacker

When I was 10, I was consumed mostly by my brand new Casio keyboard and planning which Eddie Murphy rerun to watch next. How times have changed. Just ask the 10-year-old little girl who happened to find a way to hack some of the most popular gaming apps on the planet. Apps built by multi-million dollar companies, some of which were funded by giant backers and recently purchased by social. Read more...

Mobile mythbusting – 7 things that just aren’t true about your phone

By Kim | On Monday, August 8th, 2011 - No Comments »
Mobile phone mythbusting - no mobile phones sign

Let’s consider the full extent to which mobile phones are used across the globe, so that we have a solid grasp on the sample size of users we’re going to be talking about here. Over 6 billion handsets are in operation right now, with another 3 000 being sold every second of every day. To put that in perspective, there are more cellphones out there than all the computers and televisions. Read more...

The day a cloud in the sky killed the Amazon cloud on the ground

By Ryan | On Monday, August 8th, 2011 - 1 Comment »
Electrical storm cloud killed the Amazon EC2 cloud

Approximately five hours ago, the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in Europe (Dublin, Ireland) went down. Actually, if the latest tweets doing the rounds are to be believed, ‘went down’ is a very polite way of describing what actually happened. Apparently, an electrical storm caused an explosion and fire of sorts – meaning that, in a twist of irony, a cloud killed the. Read more...

FBI launches iPhone app to help rescue missing children

By Ryan | On Friday, August 5th, 2011 - No Comments »
FBI Child ID iPhone app

The FBI has just strapped rockets onto its search for missing children and launched the age-old initiative into the 21st century. The bureau has released Child ID, an iPhone app dedicated to providing assistance in a child’s disappearance or abduction. Child ID provides parents with the tools they need to communicate with law enforcement officials as soon as a child disappears. The. Read more...