I think the video is self-explanatory.
Ever since I've had my Macbook Pro, and more latterly, my iMac earlier this year, I haven't had an antivirus solution installed. I recently read an article (can't remember where), that basically said that although threats on a Mac platform are significantly less than Windows, they are there, and anyone running a Mac would be foolish not to run an AV solution (in the same way they'd be foolish not to have a backup plan in place).
Since then, I've installed AVG for Mac - a free and not particularly feature rich (to put it mildly) soultion. I ran AVG on my Windows PC for years as my AV solution of choice. I did an initial scan and it found nothing. Nothing found since I installed it either about 2 weeks ago, but I have noticed a reduction in performance, so I'm thinking of ditching it.
I'd be interested to know if any other LIM readers using Mac OS use an antivirus solution, or work on the (perhaps misleading) view, that Macs just don't get viruses or malware?
I have never used virus protection on my iMac or previous Mac mini and a recent scan showed no threats at all. Maybe I am being foolish, but I am one of those who is quite loose when it comes to Macs and safety.
I have to give credit to LG for adding subtle changes to the LG G3 that make it more usable and efficient than most others.
This phone is different to the others. The hardware and software changes are considered, genuinely useful and actually make sense. LG avoids gimmicky at every turn and I have to say that it does not always feel as though it is running Android. The flatness of the icons and the subtle themes are consistent throughout and the extra apps are not too high in number. Seeing a McAfee icon, however, is not a pleasing experience, but it can be hidden and you can just pretend it is not there.
The styling of the hardware is clever indeed- such a big phone should not feel so slim in the hand, but this one really does and it is a joy to hold. The fact that it is quite slippery is a problem, but overall LG has made the hardware as small as possible when the screen and battery are considered.
The screenshot above sums up the LG approach- no overblown graphics and a concentration on information above all else. From the flat icons to the simple home screen, it offers as much as any other Android device, but without the complexity and crap that can dominate from time to time.
On the whole performance is very impressive, but in some apps I suffered some bizarre problems. The official Twitter app is just terribly laggy and jerks badly when scrolling. When switching apps, I noticed some freezing, but only for a second or two. I suspect that the sheer number of pixels being pushed is the problem and hope that software can fix it. Otherwise, it is a very quick and pleasing device to use. There are nods to iOS throughout which is never a bad thing.
The heat finally got to my wife yesterday and she went out and bought a Dyson Hot+Cool fan for £359. We had been discussing one for some time because we are having the garage converted and so it could be useful in the winter while providing some much needed relief in the summer.
It is a beautiful design
It has a remote control
There is a clever centre of gravity mechanism to tilt it
You can control the temperature very precisely
It is power efficient
It offers a much less powerful stream of cold air than my £20 desk fan even at the top level
Setting it to any level above 5 (out of 10) causes it to be as noisy as a toilet hand dryer
It would seem that the heating function works, but everything else is pretty dreadful and many customer reviews seem to back this up, reviews we should have read beforehand.
Fortunately Currys were very accommodating and offered an immediate refund, but had to mark it as faulty to process it. I asked if our experience was uncommon and the sales assistant just gave me a knowing look.
So, for all of the sublime design touches and the good name, this is a Dyson product I really could never recommend. Truly awful.
I asked this week if you decorated your tech and it seems that the vast majority do not. Kirk, however, sent me the above photo. He most certainly does.
My current work machine. Technically I'm cheating because they're actually on a transparent protective top shell....
Rice University’s breakthrough silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory is one step closer to mass production, thanks to a refinement that will allow manufacturers to fabricate devices at room temperature with conventional production methods.
First discovered five years ago, Rice’s silicon oxide memories are a type of two-terminal, “resistive random-access memory” (RRAM) technology. In a new paper available online in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters, a Rice team led by chemist James Tour compared its RRAM technology to more than a dozen competing versions.
“This memory is superior to all other two-terminal unipolar resistive memories by almost every metric,” Tour said. “And because our devices use silicon oxide — the most studied material on Earth — the underlying physics are both well-understood and easy to implement in existing fabrication facilities.” Tour is Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and nanoengineering and of computer science... More at rice.edu.
Very impressive, but I am still waiting for 'the' battery breakthrough we all want.
I love the size of the G3 screen. So many apps feel completely different such as Flipboard and Flickr. It is an absolute joy to look at and use.
With a large screen, however, comes a large footprint and the fact is that it is cumbersome to carry in daily use. This has nothing to do with being familiar with the iPhone, but being aware that a phone that is with me the majority of the time needs to fit me, my pocket and my life. Phones like the G3 don't do that and neither does a device the size of the Galaxy S4. The Moto G does work, however, for me and suggests that the rumoured 4.7" iPhone 6 is about as big as I can go.
I’m returning to an idea that often goes through my mind. Yesterday at the concert in Westcliffe I was having a particularly wonderful afternoon with beautiful weather, a great audience of listening and caring people, an in-tune guitar that was working for me, and a conscious that was ‘in the moment.' The last set I was reflecting to the audience on just how special an afternoon it was, and I made the statement that I don’t play music for money, I play for the love of the music and the shared experience with the audience. I truly believe this. Now I do understand that the money received for the performance represents (in part) the value that people get from the music and the experience, and I think we could have an entire discussion based on the concept of whether that is good or bad, but it makes me think about a broader question - why do we do anything we do? When I sing the song, “Night Rider’s Lament,” I often ponder on what to say to introduce the song, and I forget that the main message of the song is just this - why do we do any of the things that we do? The song says it’s for the sight of the northern lights, for the sight of the “hawk on the wing,” and for the sight of the spring hitting the Great Divide. What are these things? I think they represent something deep and lasting to the writer and listener - the enjoyment of living and the passion we all seek in life. I guess maybe that’s all there is to it. When you get to the end of your life can you look back and say that you truly lived passionately and lovingly in whatever situation in life you landed? More at Tom's blog.
A great piece by Tom and it really made me think. The question obviously applies to everyone and so I will hand it over to you. Why do you do the job you do? Did you choose it or did you fall into it and regret it? Why do you enjoy mobile technology and what benefits does it bring to you? Say whatever you want- it's good to have a random question from time to time.
Yes that is just what we all need, a file manager for Android Wear. Hurry up Apple...
The LG G3 screen is stunning, it really is, and this is most apparent when playing very high definition video. Whether you will use it to its full specification often is debatable and it could be argued that it is ahead of its time.
TomTom, as you may know, is a very important app for me, but it does not work on the G3. The menus are there, but the main map screen is blank. That alone is a huge deal breaker for me.
Themer, as you can see below is another problem.
My Jawbone UP24 is proving to be very useful so I naturally tried to download the app.
If you are going to buy the G3, be prepared for some apps to be incompatible because I have already found four and I haven't downloaded many at all.
This advert gave me the thought that people in your loyal little group who like talking about their technical lives (and are like me) would love to show off the stickers they put on the outside of their hardware. It could be a combination "show us a photo of your stickers, or tell us why you prefer the bare look".... Kirk.
If you have pic of your decorated tech, feel free to send it to shaun (at) mailstm.co.uk or if not, just let us know in the comments why you leave it bare. Have to say I have never put a sticker on any laptop, phone or tablet in my life and have never felt the need to.
I guess I made an error praising Samsung for its video demonstrating the Galaxy S5 battery. The company has now started mocking the iPhone 6 which has not even been released yet.
"Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue."
And that's with no new product categories. Looks like the iPad is suffering though- didn't I always say tablets are a fad?
I am going to be using the LG G3 over the next week or so to see if it lives up to the hype and to also compare it to the iPhone 5S in crucial areas. Don't expect a huge long review because I have already resigned myself to feeling that it is too big and that Android is not for me at this time, but I am going to give it a go and see what happens.
So, how does it look in the coffee shop? I am joking of course, but in my local Costa Coffee the iPhone seems to rule and so I took the chance to take a quick snap with both phones to see how well the camera performed indoors.
OK, so the iPhone looks more suited to the hipster drinking coffee crowd, but the G3 takes a better indoor photo.
After much testing and getting used to the ridiculously quick speed of the G3 camera, I concluded that it is better than the 5S for almost every shot. It consistently produced better results for me.
Huge battery performance so far and I have not come close to running out during a busy day. The payback is that it can take a long time to charge, particularly over USB, but it would appear that the positive reviews of the LG G3 battery published to date are accurate. Very impressed with this area.
I have to say that the new Kindle Unlimited service from Amazon appears to be a huge mis-step. For a start, the price means that you would have to be an avid reader to get value out of the service, but even then not all of the Kindle library is available.
For the vast majority, the advantage of Amazon is the low pricing of books and this means that many of us will pick up a new title based on price as well as author/subject. To remove that advantage doesn't make sense and likely lowers the potential customer base even more.
If I had to guess, I would expect less than 2% of the Kindle customer base to consider such a service and even that may be generous. What do you think?
The researchers chose to look a relatively narrow window of time to reduce the number of other variables that might have an impact on accident rates, including the possible introduction of safer cars into the market, an economic recession that leads to a drop in overall driving, or other changes to state traffic laws.
They also corrected their data to account for precipitation, which can cause more accidents; gas prices, which can affect how many vehicles are on the road; and other unobservable factors that may have influenced accidents.
Once all these corrections had been made, the effect of banning handheld phone use at the wheel was found to be ... zero.
"Our results suggest that simply banning hand-held cellphone use may not produce the desired increase in traffic safety," comments Kaffine, bluntly... More at The Register.
So what. There are some rules that just make sense and all the stats in the world should not make a difference.