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Rumor: BlackBerry Messenger to land in the App Store on April 26 [Debunked] {TUAW.com}

Mar 30th 2011 5:07PM Why on earth are people wanting BBM when a cross platform messaging app already exists, and not only that works on iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia Series 60?

Its called WhatsApp and everyone I know is now using it instead of BBM.

Shane.

iPhone 4 has 802.11n, but not the "awesome" 802.11n {TUAW.com}

Jun 14th 2010 7:57PM In real world scenarios, 802.11n in the 2.4GHz spectrum will offer the following advantages:

1. Greater range.
2. Higher throughput.

The power saving capabilities in the standard, if implemented correctly at both Access Point and Client can provide power savings over 802.11b/g, but this is also variable dependent on environment.

When beam forming is finalized in the standard as well, this can also provide benefits, but this again requires vendors to implement the standard correctly for it to work, and some vendors (a) believe their proprietary tech is better & develop that instead or (b) do a poor job of interpreting the standard for development.

Unfortunately in the consumer space, low cost means less optimization or R&D money spent on tuning gear, so low cost Access Points will never deliver the control & throughput of an equivalent Enterprise grade product.

Regards,
Shane.

Schiller defends App Store approval process {TUAW.com}

Nov 24th 2009 4:47PM What I think they should introduce is a trusted developer program.

In essence make every developer jump through the newbie hoops to ensure they understand exactly what is being looked for. Once that developer has released quality code consistently, get them to sign legal documentation stating they won't develop applications that breach the App Store requirements set by Apple, then let them go.

Last thing is to put an audit process in place so that Apple can pick a developer & app at random for auditing - if that app and developer are still compliant they keep their trusted status.

Why punish the majority for the sins of the minority?

Regards,
Shane.

Xbox 360 802.11n WiFi adapter floats through the FCC {Engadget}

Sep 15th 2009 3:19AM For all you haters - this is the very reason why having 802.11g WiFi built-in in the PS3 & Wii was a stupid idea. Without having to replace my entire console I'll be able to get 802.11n

As long as it's reasonably priced, I say well done Microsoft.

Regards,
Shane.

iPhone OS 3.1 enforcing Exchange device encryption, only supported by iPhone 3GS {Engadget}

Sep 11th 2009 8:15PM Ummm, I know companies may not like it (in the end that's their decision to enforce) but why don't Apple just let the iPhone 2G & 3G work how they did before (ie lie) to allow them to work, and allow the 3GS & new Touch to encrypt correctly?

That way the phones would work - would be no less secure than they were previously & the companies could decide how they handled it.

Taking a fully working feature (as far as the employee is concerned) and making it work "correctly" thereby making it no longer work is the exact same thing as taking the feature away. Apple need to fix this and fix it fast.

Regards,
Shane.

The NetShare debacle: Apple, explain yourself {TUAW.com}

Aug 5th 2008 12:16AM I realise people in the USA think the world revolves around them, but what about the rest of the world?

I am in Australia & I own my iPhone 3G outright. It is not locked to any carrier and I am not locked into a contract. I have the freedom to use any telco I want, including ones that don't care if I tether.

If it is AT&T stopping this, then why can't I buy it in Australia seeing AT&T have no influence here & nothing contractually stops me from being able to use it?

Come on Apple - tell us what's going on!

Shane.

PSP firmware 4.00 due "soon," adds Google search to XMB {Engadget}

Jun 16th 2008 6:31PM Seeing as you can already use Google search by browsing to it like any other webpage on the PSP, I wonder if this is just a veiled attempt at revenue raising - all Sony will need to do is put a Google Adsense/websearch account code behind it and get paid for every search.

Love to hear from Sony if this isvthe case or not.

Regards,
Shane.

Playing WoW with an Xbox 360 controller via Switchblade {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 9:48PM OK I know this isn't related to Blizzard at all, but if this works, and really starts to work well enough (especially with the snap-on keyboard) is it possible we could see Blizzard releasing an Xbox 360 port of World of Warcraft? Talk about opening up the market!

They are pretty much there already - voice chat, snap-on keyboard & mapped buttons for the controller... I'd play WoW heaps more if I could do it on my console!

I wonder what kind of Achievements they'd do?

Regards,
Shane.

Blizzard should focus on more Patch 2.3s, not on new mid-level zones {WoW}

Oct 11th 2007 10:29PM @ErsatzPotato

"A large chunk of quests (not counting instance and raid quests at all) are over the level of your highest character Shane. There's plenty of single player content you've yet to see. Though what you're really asking for is a single player game. I'd second that; pity single-player Western RPGs are pretty much dead."

Yep - I am still enjoying the quests my 65 druid is experiencing, no doubt about that. It's just my lower level characters - I have very little incentive to play them as the quests are mostly the same (except for the few class specific ones).

As for single player - no I don't want that. I enjoy questing in groups, and the inbuilt voice chat (whilst still not fantastic quality) makes this alot more approachable.

WoW is a social game and I enjoy that, but I've always been a fan of co-operative multiplayer and at the moment the World of Azeroth hasn't changed much since I started playing - all of the NPC's still have the same issues and problems, and still need you to do the same things to save them or help them.

More quests for the low to mid level (and high level) will make this game continue to be enjoyable. Once that all becomes fixed it loses most of its enjoyment.

Regards,
Shane.