Monday 24 September 2012

Google TV hits Australian shores

Google TV comes to Australia

Google TV is finally available to buy in  Australia. After much bundling and exclusive product periods, the Google TV from Sony is now available to purchase, How much is it and where can you get it?

The Google TV from Sony is available on the Sony Website and also at Sony Centers for $299. From the 1st October, you will be able to purchase it from Harvey Norman and other associated retailers which should also be $299.

The unit boasts the ability to turn any TV into a smart TV. It certainly does that, but for $299 what exactly do you get for your money and will it be a competitor to the Apple TV, being 3 times the price.

Google Tv

In the USA there are lots of features to use like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go, but as the latter two are american only services these wont be available to us here in Australia, we will be getting Chrome, YouTube, Google Play and Sony's Entertainment Network, we can also add ABC and Quickflix but these have to be installed manually they do not come pre-installed.

Google Tv

If you dont own an Amplifier then you are going to be a little disappointed as this means that you cant plug the Google TV unit into your set-top box for an integrated experience, you have to plug it directly into another HDMI port to use.

I personally cant see this doing very well on the market even for the android lovers there simply isnt enough content for it to survive, especially when you can pick up an Apple TV for $99 and have all the online streaming capabilities of the Apple Store and also if Jailbroken can unleash a whole new world of media at your fingertips.

What's in the box

It comes with 8GB worth of internal storage and plays most of the formats you could ask for, including .mkv, .avi, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, .flv and .mov. It’s got two USB inputs, an optical audio output, Bluetooth, ethernet port, Wi-Fi and one HDMI input.

It’s controlled by a double-sided remote that connects via Bluetooth and features both a full, backlit QWERTY keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad. The remote can also act as a controller for your other home entertainment devices thanks to an IR blaster built into the set-top box.

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Telstra 4G LTE Speed Tests

Testra 4G LTE Speed Tests

I have had my iPhone 5 all of 2 days and already I'm cranking out the speed tests, the coverage of the Telstra 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network is already in all major cities accross Australia and all major airports.

I'm in Townsville and although the covereage does not quite reach my house, I can get 1 bar sometimes depending where I am in the house.

I have conducted a number of speed tests to show how well the network is working and also what I think can be expected in the future for this network.

Distance from CBD Download Speed Upload Speed Latency (Ping) Server Signal Strength
0 KM 16645 20499 69 Brisbane Full 5 Bar
0 KM 25312 18794 68 Brisbane Full 5 Bar
0 KM 15070 19954 69 Brisbane Full 5 Bar
1 KM 16600 22990 64 Brisbane 4 Bar
1 KM 15131 16307 68 Brisbane 4 Bar
1 KM 25846 20216 69 Brisbane 4 Bar
1 KM 16726 10523 64 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 26970 20413 69 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 28679 16720 68 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 22651 13477 61 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 26449 17927 69 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 27467 23767 68 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 16276 6287 68 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 25985 11853 69 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 25091 5787 69 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 28544 17754 69 Brisbane 3 Bar
1 KM 12411 31140 49 Brisbane 3 Bar
2 KM 15672 12928 49 Brisbane 2 Bar
2 KM 11764 12977 48 Brisbane 2 Bar
3 KM 9504 5620 49 Brisbane 2 Bar
3 KM 6213 2843 49 Brisbane 2 Bar
4 KM 23850 4339 47 Brisbane 3 Bar
4 KM 9494 1525 88 Brisbane 2 Bar

Speeds above shown in *KBPS

So we can see from the results that the speeds vary from the high 20's to the low teens in the actual city itself, and also some high and low results away from the city this was in a shopping center though which I think may have a antenna on the roof. From what I can tell though I get the best speed results when I only have 3 bars of reception which is very strange to me as you would expect to see the best results with the highest amount of reception.

Some tests were also taken whilst I was walking in the street which will have also affected the results but not in the way that I expected, as i was going into an area with more reception, very confusing. I have checked the Telstra 4G Coverage Map Here and I should be getting a good amount of speed from where I am situated but still only getting approx half of what I could be, and it appears that the majority of the coverage is out at sea ??? This will more than likely be for the residents of Magnetic Island but even so its still wierd that I would get better coverage on a boat out at sea than on land.

4G Coverage Map

So what can we expect of the 4G LTE Network in the future? Well just as the 3G network started out really fast in comparison, the 4G LTE network will do the same as more and more people jump on the band wagon and get Mobile Broadband Sticks and 4G LTE capable phones. The network will slow down considerably so the results above whilst seem pretty fast now in 6 - 12 months will more than likely be a lot slower especially on the upload side of things anyway.

So in summary so far I am pretty impressed with the netowrk and the speed of surfing and downloading apps. Lets just hope that the speeds keep up and also that the coverage gets better outside of the city, currently the plans are pretty expensive for the data that you get on the Telstra network but as more and more people conenct up the cost will hopefully reduce and more data will be made available on the network.

How to Turn Off iPhone 5 4G LTE

How to Turn Off iPhone 5 4G LTE

If like me you can only get the 4G LTE reception when you are in the city or you are just on the outskirts of the 4G LTE zone then you will notice that your phone is constantly flipping between 3G and 4G LTE thus using lots of battery.

To Disable / Re-enable 4G LTE on your iPhone 5 simply follow the instructions below.

Tap on Settings

Go to General

The tap onto Mobile Data or Cellular Depending where you are in the world.

Then simpy move the "Enable LTE" slider to either on or off.

Turn on Battery Percent on iPhone

iPhone Battery Percent Sign I have been asked a few itmes how to get the battery % symbol next to the battery display on your iPhone, this is quite simple to do and can be done in 4 easy steps please follow the instructions below.
iPhone 5

  • Tap “Settings”
  • Then “General”
  • Tap “Usage” and you’ll see the screen with information on the iPhone usage since last charge, including standby time, call time and data usage. You don’t need that now and you should…
  • Turn on the toggle for “Battery Percentage”
Thats it you will now see percent symbol next to the battery in the top right corner.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Scam Alert !!! Scam Alert !!!

Scam Alert !!! Scam Alert !!!

So today i received a phone call form a so called IT Support Company called Quantum PC Support, they called me from an unknown number and we very quick to tell me that my computer was sending them many many errors, shock horror!!!!.

I played along with them as to see what info they were trying to get from me, they even put on a Australian accent to make it sound so much more real, so she had me venture into my computer into computer management, then to Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Application, which looks like the image below.


Now there will be errors in there 100% and they will try telling you that your computer is sending them these errors, these errors happen on every single computer and they are nothing to worry about 99% of the time, and they are definatley not being sent out to anyone over the internet (NOT EVEN TO MICROSOFT unless you press that send error report button when you  get an error on your screen).

They may even try telling you that they are from Microsoft, but Microsoft will never ring you for such reasons ever.

She didnt like it when i told her what my job was and that i knew that she was lying to try and get money out of me, she very abruptly put the phone down.

What they are ultimately after is you to buy their fake antivirus software from them and once they have your credit card details they can pretty much rob your bank.

This company has even gone as far as getting fake twitter and facebook accounts to fool you into thinking that they are a legitimate business, here in Australia all business's are required to have a ABN (Australian Business Number) for GST purposes of which this company does not.

So Remember if  you get any calls saying that your computer is sending out error messages to them, then it is 100% fake and they are just trying to scam you.

If you have had any of these phone calls please let us know and ill add them to my list of dodgy companies that are doing these scams.

This company is not just operating in Australian but also the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland. what makes it even more laughable is some of the spelling on their website and the fact that there is a banner at the top of the homepage saying that the will never just call you un-announced trying to sell you something !!!!

Thursday 13 September 2012

iPhone 5 Official Release

iPhone 5 Official Release So As i mentioned yesterday the new iPhone 5 will be available on the 21st of September for us here in the land of OZ and most of Asia , the UK and of course the USA.

Below is an Excerpt from the Apple website confirming all of the new features and ecaxtly what to expect from the new iPhone.

Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook® organization; and even more Siri® features and languages.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.
While most of us will have to wait for our contracts to be up for renewal before we get our hands on the new iPhone 5, im sure that there will still be quite a lot of purchase's out of contract and lots of Iphone 4s on ebay very soon.

So there is a new resolution screen (what does this mean for our apps) most of the apps on the App Store will already be updated to accomodate the new screen resolution and for those that havent been already updated there will be a black border around the app to fill the gap.

Will i be getting a new iPhone 5, probably not unless i can get enough money to buy one outright as ive still got a way to go on my current contract, although i would love to have one in my hand come the 21st september, im thinking that just like the iPhone 4s there is going to be some teething issues so its always better to wait for a few months and let the dust settle.
But will will just have to wait and see....

Wednesday 12 September 2012

iPhone 5 Announced

iPhone 5 Announcement So It was announced today that the iPhone 5 will hit the market on the 21st September 2012, many of us Australians want to know will it work with the 4G LTE network over here, whilst there hasn't been any mention of this on the Telstra website, it looks pretty likely that it will be, if like me your on a 24 month plan and you got the Iphone 4s then you will have at least another 12 months to wait (SIGH) lol, Although this is not a bad thing as it will no doubt have issues when it first comes out.
Iphone 5
So what can we expect from the new iPhone 5
Below is a list of known features
Bigger Screen - 4 Inch Diagonal Screen
New Mini Dock Connector
New Charging Cable to go with the new dock connector
More Ram - 1GB of ram apposed to the 512MB in the 4s
Newer Processor - The new Apple A6 processor
Slimmer Design
Slightly Taller to accomodate the bigger screen
Iphone 5
New Charging / Data Cable
Iphone 5
New Charging Dock and also looks slightly longer

Check back for more info as soon as i get it, this release is expected again to make apple lots of money and more apple fans but we will have to wait and find out.

Add Gmail and Google Apps Email to your phone

Add Google Apps Email to your Iphone

Google is a great way of using email since it is free, google apps is the enteprise edition of Gmail, i have noticed that if you use the standard gmail option on the Iphone when adding your email to your phone that it does not allow the syncĂ­ng of contacts, if you follow the steps below you can sync all of your contacts to your phone if they reside on the google apps servers.

  1. Open the Settings application on the iPhone's home screen.
  2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap Add Account....
  4. Select Microsoft Exchange.
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  5. In the Email field, enter your full Gmail address.
  6. Leave the Domain field blank.
  7. Enter your full Google Apps email address as the Username.
  8. Enter your Google Apps password as the Password.
  9. Tap Next at the top of your screen. (Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.)
  10. When the new Server field appears, enter
  11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.
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  12. Select the Google Apps services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.
  13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.
  14. To sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the "All Contacts" group instead. If there are no contacts on your phone, the latter will happen -- the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.
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That's it! You can now access Google Apps from your iPhone. If you have Push enabled on the phone, synchronization starts automatically. You can also just open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

aTV Flash (Black) 2.0 from FireCore Released

aTV Flash (Black) 2.0 from FireCore Released

If like me you have the aTV 2 and it is jailbroken then you will probably already know what FireCore's aTV Flash (Black) is, FireCore is proud to announce that Version 2.0 of the aTV Flash (Black) is now available for all you guys and girls that purchased it, it can be downloaded from their site, or you can update on the Apple TV through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.

The All New Library
The new library feature is awesome it will automatically sort all of your media for you even if they are not all in the same location, and automatically organize all your movies , TV shows and Music into easy to navigate catagories.
If you however dont like the new setup you can still use the old way of working as its still there as an alternative option

Sync Options (
If you have more than one aTV in your house and you have them all jailbroken you will find that the videos that you have watched on one aTV dont show that you have watched them on the other aTV's with this new sync feature it automatically updates all aTV's in the house of which videos you have watched, this is great if you cant remember what episode of your favorite tv show you are upto.

Here is the changelog of the new features that can be seen in the new version.

Full changelog

  • Added all-new Library View
  • Added integrated media search
  • Added 2-way syncing
  • Added scrobbling
  • Added genre/artist based playlists
  • Added Recently Added display option
  • Improved handling of WTV files
  • Improved handling of DVD audio tracks
  • Improved AFP connections
  • Improved filename recognition
  • Improved subtitle handling
  • Resolved various navigation issues
  • Resolved rare DVD playback issues
  • Resolved rare subtitles positioning issue
  • Many other minor improvements and fixes

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) you can update right on the Apple TV through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. The new 2.0 version is also available through the Downloads tab in your account.

This will not work on the new aTV 3 but it is in the works for when the new aTV has been jailbroken

You will need to have iOS 4.4 or later on you aTV for this to work

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Top 5 Free Windows Programs

Top 5 Free Windows Programs
Here are my recommendations for the Top 5 Free Programs for your windows computer.
I am a firm believer in everything free and i havent paid for a number of applications for as long as i can remember, below is my list of recommendations for you

1. AVG Antivirus
AVG has been around for a long time and is a well established provider in the market for Antivirus software, i have never paid for any Antivirus software one because its over priced and two the applications that you get in the paid for versions you dont need and they will only slow your computer down. i have used AVG for about 5 years it has never let me down and its free to use. Follow the link below to download it for free

Click here to download AVG Free

2. Malwarebytes
In my blog post which is here i tell you where to get malwarebytes and how to install it, this program is awesome it picks up all the crap that most antivirus programs dont see. this is because about 95% of virus's on computers these days are not actually virus's at all they are what is known as Malware or Spyware, traditional Antivirus programs will only pick up some of these programs as being malicous, this is why i recommend having malwarebytes installed along side your Antivirus and run the two of them daily if need be but generally i would run them once a week to get rid of the junk that you accumulate wjilst surfing the net.

See my Post here about Malwarebytes

3. VLC Media Player
If Like me you have lots of different types of media from MP3's to Videos in all different formats you will already know that Windows Media Player just doesnt quite cut it, if you are wanting a program that will play all your media and more then VLC is the one stop shop for all types of media, if it doesnt play in VLC then it probably wont play anyway, i have used VLC since i started downloading media off the internet, its a great little application and there are many more features of it than just a standard media player.

Click here to download VLC Media Player

4. Open Office
We All know that Microfot Office is way Overpriced and doesnt come preinstalled on your shiney new computer 9 times out of 10 you will either get the 60 day trial or the home student edition which is usually missing the programs that you need, Open Office is the Free alternative to the entire Microsoft Office suite and it can even open all the documents that have been created within Word, Excel and all the other programs, there are a few pre-requisits that you need to have in order to isntall Open Office but these come with the installer itself.

Click here to download the Open Office Suite

5. IrfanView
IrfanView is a image Editing program that allows you to open a wide variety of images and includes lots of features for editing your photgraphs which include the following, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects, watermark image option, ICC support, EXE/SCR creating. This program does just as much as what some top priced applications do and its all for free.

Click here to download IrfanView