Archive for the ‘News’ Category

We’ve Moved to KomplettBlog.ie

February 11, 2010

Hey folks,

Well it’s day four of the new blog and hopefully we’ve gotten most of you to migrate over towards http://www.komplettblog.ie/ for that is our new home. After a good bit of work since returning from the Christmas break, we launched on Monday and have had a great reaction thus far.

We’ve got a cool new top stories box that, along with the new layout, will help you catch up with all the day’s best stories straight away.

There are also new sections for our various regular pieces like the Review of the Reviews and our How To articles, while over the coming weeks and months we’ll be getting in as much home-grown Irish content as possible, starting in fact with a piece later today on a very nifty touchscreen project at the National Library on Kildare St.

Which reminds me, I best get cracking on that.

Again, thanks for all who visited us here on our old WordPress home but the future’s bright, the future’s http://www.komplettblog.ie/ … and if you can get over how cheesy that sounds I’ll see you over there soon.

Cheers, JJ

http://www.komplettblog.ie/

We’ve Moved our Blog

February 8, 2010

Hey all, first of all, we just want to say a massive thanks to those of you who’ve been keeping up with the blog over the last few months, you’ve made it a joy to write and keep up to date.

Anyway, we’ve updated the Komplett.ie blog and moved it from WordPress, so we can keep everything tidier and in one place without suffering the various minor headaches that having the blog hosted on WordPress.com tended to bring. To cut a long story short, we’ve moved our blog, and you can find it at:

http://www.komplettblog.ie/

I hope you guys like the new blog, we’ve been toying with it for a while now, so it should make keeping up with the blog that bit easier. Moreover, it lets us keep the content that people seem to enjoy having around on the front page, so it doesn’t just keep getting knocked around… which is always nice.

I’ll stop here, before I start to gush, but suffice it to say, we’re happy with it and we hope you are too.

We’ve enjoyed keeping the blog so far, and we hope you keep reading 🙂

See you on the new blog,

The Komplett.ie Team

Google Testing Smartphone Speech Translation

February 8, 2010

It seems that Google is continuing its push into strange territory with news that the search giant is working on translation software that would see users able to translate speech directly.

Word comes from the Times of the Google project that it believes could well be the early steps of direct speech-to-speech translation, using smartphones as the middleman. This is something that Google has already started pushing towards with the speech recognition technology in versions 2.0 and 2.1 of its Android mobile operating system.

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LG Manual Details Piracy…

February 8, 2010

LG may well find itself in some trouble with studios after its user manuals were found to contain details of how to watch illegally downloaded material on LG’s hardware.

Seems like a bit of a misstep...

The whole kafuffle stems from the release of a line of HDTV’s from LG that boast USB ports, allowing users to plug external storage directly into their displays and watch any content that they’ve got stored on those drives directly on their LG TV. Of course, the assumption might be that such content has been legally obtained, but LG’s own manual doesn’t seem too fussy, showing pirated content in its diagrams of the functionality.

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Mass Effect 2 Issues Unfixable

February 8, 2010

It seems that those who’ve found that they have issues with Bioware’s phenomenally successful Mass Effect 2 on standard-definition TVs are out of luck, with the developer indicating that a fix is impossible.

For those who’ve been blissfully unaware of the trouble, it seems that anyone trying to play Mass Effect 2 on a TV that doesn’t display in some flavour of high-definition (it seems that 1080p isn’t a requirement, you should be fine with 720p) has been having trouble with text. The issue stems from the face that the text in Mass Effect 2 seems to have been sized with high-definition TVs in mind, meaning that it’s so small that it essentially becomes unreadable on older displays.

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Chinese Hacker Training Site Shuts Down

February 8, 2010

A site under the moniker of Black Hawk Safety Net may sound reasonably innocent, but this morning three of its operators are waking up in a Chinese prison as authorities there shut down its operations. Far from being concerned with safety, BHSN is instead reported to be in the business of training hackers and providing them with malicious software, in fact it’s believed to be the biggest online training camp for potential hackers in China.

According to a BBC post this morning which referenced reports in the China Daily and the Wuhan Evening News, the hacker training operation openly recruited thousands of members online and provided them with cyber attack lessons and Trojan software. BHSN was said to have recruited more than 12,000 paying subscribers and collected more than 7 million yuan (€730,000) in membership fees, while another 170,000 people had signed up for free membership.

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Google has Trouble Shifting Nexus One

February 8, 2010

Sales of Google’s Nexus One smartphone are still slower than the search giant might well like it to be, with reports indicating that Google has managed to sell somewhere in the region of 80,000 devices.

Initial reports had indicated that Google’s Nexus One had had a very slow opening week indeed, and it seems that things haven’t improved much. According to the mobile analysts over at Flurry, the first week of sales for Google’s self-described “superphone” saw the search giant shift the fairly unimpressive number of 20,000 Nexus One devices. Now that we’re at the first month of sales, things are looking no more impressive.

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Samsung Transparent Notebook Nears Release

February 8, 2010

It seems that Samsung is nearing the release of its transparent active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays, with the company likely to release devices boasting the displays over the next 12 months.

Transparent displays are both impressive and a little confusing...

For those who haven’t encountered the AMOLED arrangement, the image above should give some impression. Essentially, the display itself is transparent, meaning your desktop (or whatever else you happen to be watching) is not quite fully transparent, but still pretty hip nonetheless. Still, the technology will likely be more interesting in devices other than notebooks, so it’s curious to see that Samsung does have other devices in the works.

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Huge Windows Patch Next Tuesday

February 5, 2010

Microsoft has said it will deliver a record-equalling 13 security updates next Tuesday to patch more than two dozen vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. The company will ship a total of 13 updates next week; five of them pegged “critical,” the highest threat ranking in its four-step scoring system.

The 13 updates will, according to ComputerWorld, tie the record from October 2009, when Microsoft issued the same number of bulletins, but fixed a total of 34 vulnerabilities. According to Jerry Bryant, a senior manager with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), next week’s updates will patch 26 flaws.

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The R2 Has Landed

February 5, 2010

Cylons won’t be quaking in their boots (do they have boots) just yet, but today sees the announcement that, after three years of work, a link up between NASA and General Motors (GM) has produced a humanoid robot named Robonaut 2.

Some R2s, possibly discussing which one looks more like they’re in Daft Punk.

While GM would like to eliminate some of the duller, more repetitive jobs that its workers face (Ed: or possibly the workers altogether) by using the Robonaut 2, NASA is interested in the idea of developing humanoid robots that can work side by side with astronauts in space.

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