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What Google Photo Stories thinks happens on a Friday night in Great Britain…

What Google Photo Stories thinks happens on a Friday night in Great Britain…

Google are proudly trumpeting their new Stories feature, which basically automates the tiresome thing of organising your photos – assuming you’ve let Google+ upload all your photos to the cloud for you. And it’s a pretty nifty automatic feature.

Perhaps too automatic. Because left to its own devices, this is what it trumpeted as one of my more recent stories…

What Google+ Stories did with one of @almostwitty's photos What Google+ Stories did with one of @almostwitty’s photos
Things to make you go boomz

Things to make you go boomz

BassBoomzAnyone who knows me knows two things: I love gadgets, and am always looking to save some cash. This isn’t a bad thing, after all – gadgets make our lives more easy, and who wouldn’t want to save some money at the end of the day?

So when I was offered a chance to review the BassBoomz, a micro Bluetooth speaker that could replace space-hogging speakers and be far cheaper (at just £50 till the end of March with the discount code listed at the bottom), I jumped at it.

Seriously it’s tiny – it’s only half the length of a cell phone, fits easily in your pocket or some spare corner of your desk (or perched up on some books) and barely 5 cm across in width.

Yet this Bluetooth-enabled speaker packs a surprisingly serious punch of sound. When they say bass, they mean it – I was able to get sounds out of it that usually produced a cracking sound in my higher end speakers. I’ve now ditched my speakers and now just use this attached to my laptop or mobile phone!

Set up was a breeze; just make sure your devices (eg mobile, laptop, iPad) have their bluetooth on, and with two clicks of the mouse, you are ready to go anywhere in the house, or on the street. A line-in and mini USB port on the bassboomz ensures you can recharge on the go (no batteries required!) using a plug or your device without hassle. And the tough aluminium casing ensures it can take any knock in your bag without hassle – try that with your speakers at home!

Once that’s done, you can emulate rich Miami millionaires by simply choosing any song you like on your mobile phone, and suddenly it’s booming out of this tiny little speaker!

Overall, I am really impressed with Bassboomz, and can’t wait to try the next thing that comes up!

If this has tempted you, you can buy a BassBoomz for £49.99 (saving £30) by quoting discount code BBZ304616 at http://www.bassbuds.co.uk/bassboomz – give it a go for yourself!

(This post was sponsored by BassBoomz)

A website for the future that uses the past…

A website for the future that uses the past…

I wonder what was going through these web designers when they were asked to create a support site for GCSE Computing Students.

Because they came up with a web design that would have been cutting-edge in 1999… It has animated spinning gifs, tiled backgrounds, thick buttons, thick headers and all-red text. They really should have thrown in flashing text and a scrolling banner to make it the ultimate homage.

The best title for a webpage…

The best title for a webpage…

As people know – especially AOL – on the web, a good article isn’t as important as an attention-grabbing headline that compels people to click on the page title from a list of search results.

After some brainstorming between Hyperham and I, we think the best headline for a webpage would be:

LESBIAN HARRY POTTER SEXES UP TWILIGHT HOTTIE ROBERT PATTENSON ON PILE OF LOLCATS WHILE GOP LOOKS ON. WITH MONSTER TRUCKS

(I’m not sure about her obsession with monster trucks. It’s an American thing I imagine)

Can you do any better?

Foursquare branches out…

Foursquare branches out…

While walking through West London, I got a sneak peek at Foursquare’s new expansion plans …

Foursquare

I wonder how many points one gets for checking in there… 😉

I’m Internet-famous! Just for a week…

I’m Internet-famous! Just for a week…

The trouble with the world of the Internet is that everybody is now a publisher. Everyone can write what they want, and publish it – so EVERYONE thinks they’re a writer, or creator of content, and there’s no quality control. Thus, what has become more important than the ability to publish is the ability to write something that someone else “likes”, in the words of Facebook.

And finally, after 15 years of being on the Internet, this has kinda happened. (Well, it happened a few times for me in my early career, but not lately).

Qype – a Europe-wide reviews site – has seen fit to name me Qyper of the Week for a review I wrote of a Brazillian grill last year. So, y’know, this is an achievement of sort…

I'm Qyper of the week!

I tried – and I got zero. Nothing. Nada.

I tried – and I got zero. Nothing. Nada.

I don’t know if anyone’s ever managed to try for a webtest, and get zero percent – ie nothing, but I managed it for the BBC’s How Musical are you? LabUK test.

0%. Nothing. it means I got very very few answers right.

I could blame it on feeling ill, with a cold that’s zapping me of all energy. Or the stress of waiting for the arrival of WeaponX. Or just accept the fact I’m musically retarded.

Still, it didn’t stop the BBC from suggesting a few musical programmes for an obviously musically deaf person such as myself:

My Musical test results and recommendations

So… this Wikileaks thing…

So… this Wikileaks thing…

Ob. disclaimer: My views alone

Wikileaks released a bunch of war logs. Nobody really cared.

Wikileaks released more war logs, essentially stating for the record what everyone suspected. Nobody really cared.

Then Wikileaks released the US diplomatic cable logs, essentially stating what everyone suspected.

Suddenly, domain names, servers and services are being attacked and shutdown on ever-more spurious criteria. Julian Assange is enemy no.1, hunted across Europe and arrested in the UK – and you’d have thought it’d be easy to find an Albino Australian.

It’s interesting how this is the first major real confrontation between a global Internet and a global government system, and the resultant manhunt is from every paranoid thriller that emerges from Hollywood.

It’s also interesting how the world governments didn’t react or kick into gear when they released the US war logs, but did kick in over diplomatic cables.

While wikileaks has revealed interesting things, so far most people have seemingly just shrugged and moved on – and the revelations have caused people to lose their jobs in democratic countries – goodness knows what the effects will be in less “progressive” places.

The Future of Social Media Parenting

The Future of Social Media Parenting

Unfortunately, I’ve found myself following this thought process before when it comes to updating social media. And yet, I still don’t get paid for doing it. Harumph.

It’s not just the British-Chinese who don’t get upset…

It’s not just the British-Chinese who don’t get upset…

After Morrissey called the Chinese a sub-species, quite a few people wondered why the British-Chinese weren’t getting upset or starting demonstrations against his words.

Is it a uniquely British-Chinese thing that we just don’t seem to get upset over anything? Or indeed, particularly inspired to help British-Chinese people get into Parliament, or even our local council?

Thankfully, it would seem not as this interview with American-based The Angry Asian Man proves… Mind you, he’s at pains to emphasise that he’s not an angry person himself…