HMS Queen Elizabeth hits the waves, kind of…


HMS Queen Elizabeth took to the waves yesterday at the Scottish Dockyard Clyde. The aircraft carrier is the biggest warship the Royal Navy has ever constructed and will most definitely expand on the nations global maritime influence. 

Earlier this month Her Majesty The Queen officially named the vessel. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s largest warship nears completion


In exactly 100 days, the Royal Navy’s biggest ever warship will be named by Her Majesty the Queen, who will smash a bottle of Champagne on the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier’s bow and name the vessel after herself. The ceremony will mark 16 years of work on the £6.2 billion project which now employs 10,000 people at 100 firms working in every region of the United Kingdom.

When the HMS Queen Elizabeth becomes operational in 2020, she will deliver a radical change in the Royal Navy’s capabilities, with her 4.5 acres of flight deck and 40-50 F-35B Joint Strike Fighters able to deliver bombs with pinpoint accuracy hundreds of miles away. The warships most notable advance on the Harrier jump-jet carrying Invincible Class which preceded her is size – her flight deck is almost three times as big. The larger flight deck means the ship can generate 72 flights a day, surging to 108 if they really push it. Jets won’t be the only aircraft onboard though, attack helicopters like the Apache, alongside the Merlin and Chinook will also be common.


20 months later will see the second brand new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales join alongside her sister ship. The second difference highlighted is the level of automation, which cuts the “through life” cost of operating the ship because fewer sailors are needed. One example is the ammunition system. At the touch of a keyboard, missiles and bombs for the aircraft are ordered up from the magazines deep in the ship, moving on computer-controlled sleds up through lifts to near the hangar deck where a human gets their hands on them for the first time.

The result: 32 sailors can do the work that once required 200. The HMS Queen Elizabeth still needs a crew of 679 to sail, which rises to 1600 when including the personnel to operate its air wing. By comparison, the US Nimitz Class aircraft carrier requires 3000 sailors to get under way with a further 1800 to operate the aircraft.

It’s a huge vessel, with over 3000 compartments across 12 decks – BAE Systems even developed an encrypted app called “Platform Navigator” to guide staff around the ship. Using software loaded onto an ordinary Samsung smartphone workers can scan QR codes posted all over the vessel to provide an on-screen map route. Normal satellite navigation however cannot penetrate the carrier’s armoured hull. Mick Ord, managing director at BAE Naval Ships, said: “These are the largest and most powerful warships ever produced for the Navy so we need to keep finding smarter, safer and more efficient ways of working”.

The carrier was built in modules at six shipyards across the UK, which were brought together at Rosyth. You can stand in the ship with one foot in a piece that came from Portsmouth and the other in a module that came from Glasgow. And putting it together has been no mean feat for the engineers at Rosyth. “We are talking about tolerances of millimetres here,” says Capt Petitt. “Though it’s not as accurate as the submarines, the volume level means the cost of getting it wrong is immense.” Considering the size of the parts in this giant kit, that is a remarkable achievement — the largest section weighed 11,000 tonnes. “To put that in perspective,” says Capt Petitt, “that’s bigger than most ships in the Navy. A Type 45 destroyer weighs 8,500 tonnes.”



Google Reveals OS for Smartwatches!

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Google has announced their version of the mobile OS specifically designed for wearable devices such as watches. Its called Android Wear and will first be available via Motorola’s newly announced Smartwatch the Moto 360.

Fitness is a key component for the OS, in which you’ll be able to get “real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.” Google Maps will be built in, to make getting directions easy. Google Now will be implemented so reminders will be sent to users, and Android smartphones will be able to connect with the OS in order to get all the notifications from any apps you have installed.

“OK Google” will initiate voice searches, and lastly it appears OS will have a multi-screen functionality meaning you’ll be able to command your Chromecast to start a video, or to get a song played on your phone. Motorola announced it would release its newest Smartwatch designed to work with Android Wear, the Moto 360.

When Samsung revealed there Smartwatch I was very disappointed, it didn’t look all that and really didn’t seem worth the money. This on the other hand along with the Google OS system looks brilliant, and although I do not use an Android phone this is definitely something I would consider buying.. But what will the price be?

Motorola is selling it as a premium, fashion-first wearable gadget that looks as stylish as it operates. The watch will be available in a number of styles and will launch this Summer, starting in the U.S.

New iWatch Concept is the most realistic to date!


Although Apple remains extremely tight-lipped as ever about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumor mill and concept mock-ups continue to stir an excessive amount of excitement.. much like most Apple products do..

The latest concept takes on the rumored iWatch and comes in the form of a video animation presenting an extremely realistic look at how the device might work if it becomes a reality. Created by San Francisco based professional interface designer Todd Hamilton, this new iWatch concept fuses the sleek design of Nike FuelBand with the minimalist interface of Apple’s iOS 7. See the video below for yourself..

Google Glass Application for Firefighters could save lives


Meet Patrick Jackson. He’s a Google Glass Explorer, developer and firefighter from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Patrick is building Glassware that he hopes could one day help firefighters everywhere by providing hands-free access to the information they need, when they need it.

Jackson envisions that the application may someday be able to provide maps and floor plans to Firefighters live whilst on the scene battling smoke in what might be an unfamiliar building, or even provide extraction diagrams for when they need to safely remove civilians from a vehicle. These features are detailed in the video above but aren’t technically available yet, however that doesn’t mean they are far off. Jackson believes he may be able to have a version of the app ready for use in the field in the next six months, most likely even before Google Glass is even available to the public.

Today in 1976 Ronald Wayne made the biggest mistake of his life | But Hey, Here’s To The Crazy Ones..


Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc) with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, providing key administrative oversight for the new venture. But why is he not mentioned today? What happened to Ronald?

Wayne had worked with Steve Jobs at Atari before he, Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple Computer on April 1st 1976. He served as the ventures “adult supervision”. Wayne drew the first Apple logo, wrote the three men’s original partnership agreement and wrote the Apple I Manual. Wayne received a 10% stake in Apple but relinquished his stock for $800 on April 12th 1976.

Later that year, venture capitalist Arthur Rock and Mike Markkula helped develop a business plan and convert the partnership to a corporation. Wayne received another check, for $1500 for his agreement to forfeit any claims against the new company. In its first year of operations, Apple’s sales reached $174,000. In 1977 sales rose to $2.7 million, in 1978 to $7.8 million and in 1980 it had reached $117 million. By 1982 Apple had a billion dollars in annual sales, in September 2012 it became the largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization with an estimated value of $626 billion. Now if Wayne had kept that 10% stock of his, it would have been worth over $35 billion today..

Wayne is now retired and lives a quiet lifestyle in Nevada selling stamps and rare coins, he had never owned an Apple product until 2011 when he was given an iPad 2 at a conference in Brighton. 

He holds a dozen patents but never had enough capital to make money from any of them.

Fake iOS 7 advert fools ‘stupid people’


A well-photoshopped Apple ad has been boasting that iOS 7 will make your iPhone waterproof, and people.. stupid people learned the hard way that software and hardware are two VERY different things.

The fake advert claimed that:


Those who tested to see if their phones were waterproof took to the same social networks that fed them the ads to complain about the horrendous mistake they’d made.



Finally the Apple iPhone 5S, Whats new!? | Live Update


So here it is, no surprise the iPhone 5S! It keeps the same overall physical design as the previous-generation iPhone 5, but it also has a number of upgrades.

Apple have equipped the brand new iPhone 5S so that it can run 64-bit apps (previous models were 32 bits) all thanks to its new processor, the Apple A7. It also packs more than 1 billion transistors into a 102mm chip. Apple have re-engineered all the built-in apps such as Calendar, Email and iPod for the new 64-bit configuration.

Apple says the new A7 chip makes the brand new iPhone 5S five times faster than the iPhone 5 and 56 times than the original iPhone. It supports OpenGL 3.0/ES Version 3.0 for console-level 64-bit graphics. The coming game Infinity Blade 3 will be one of the first games to take advantage of the upgrade to deliver improved graphics.

The iPhone 5S introduces a CoreMotion API for developers, consolidating sensor data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Apple says it’s “optimized for contextual awareness,” such as when the user is in a moving vehicle. Apple says the system will empower a new generation of health and fitness apps.

One of the major additions to the hardware is a fingerprint sensor in the home button, which enables a feature called TouchID. The iPhone 5S scans the fingertip of the person pressing the button, eliminating the need for a lock code. Touch ID also means the end of the repeated ritual of entering your Apple ID password every time you download a new app.

The fingerprint sensor, which has a protective layer of durable sapphire crystal, can store multiple fingerprints and read them from any orientation. They all reside, encrypted, on the A7 chip.

Major Camera Improvements

The iPhone’s camera is also improved with new sensors that have 15% more area. The Apple-designed lens has five elements with an f/2.2 aperture. The larger sensor translates into bigger pixels, and they’re backed by upgraded image-processing software that automatically sets white balance and exposure level in a dynamic, local tone map of the image.

As predicted, the camera is equipped with a dual-LED flash. The two LEDs have different color temperatures, illuminating a scene with warm and cold light to draw out more natural color. The iPhone’s camera also now includes a burst mode that snaps 10 still pictures in one second, panorama photos go up to 28 megapixels, and there’s automatic image stabilization.

Finally, the iPhone 4S camera is capable of capturing HD video at 120 frames per second (fps). The video camera even has a slow-motion mode.

Oh.. And it comes in Gold

Battery life is rated as follows: 10 hours 3G talk, 8 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours LTE or Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours video playback, 40 hours music playback and 250 hours standby.

Apple is also introducing a brand new colour.. The iPhone 5S will be available in white, black and now champagne gold as well. That marks a change from previous generations, which were available only in white and black.

The iPhone 5S will go on sale Sept. 20 in nine countries: the U.S., Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. Like previous generations, it’ll come with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage for $199, $299 and $399, respectively — as long as you sign a two-year contract with your wireless carrier (T-Mobile’s installment pricing may be a little different).

By December, Apple plans to be selling the iPhone 5S in 100 countries on more than 270 carriers. Apple will also offer dyed leather cases for $39 each. Although the iPhone 5S and 5C replace the iPhone 5, Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 4S.


iOS 7 Available from 18th September | Live Update


Apple’s new iOS 7 software will be launched on September 18th. The software has been in beta testing for months but the new look and core redesign will finally make its way to your iPhone soon.

It will be available for download on iPhone 4 and later devices, this is the same for the iPad 2, iPad mini and 5th generation iPod Touch.

“It has a new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience,” Apple wrote on its iOS 7 webpage. “The interface is purposely unobtrusive. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. And in taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: your content.”

Among its new features is the Control Centre, which provides one-swipe access to the things you access the most on your phone. The multi-task interface and Safari browser were also refreshed. It also comes with Airdrop for high-speed sharing, allowing users to share files with other iOS devices.

Apple reveals iPhone 5C, Low-Cost iPhone in 5 colours | Live Update


As per usual the rumours were true, there is in fact a budget IPhone called the iPhone 5C. Lets have a closer look at the brand new iPhone.

Specs and Design

The iPhone 5C has the same physical dimension as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, but it’s made of soft silicon rubber rather than anodized aluminium. Taking cues from the fifth-generation iPod touch, the iPhone 5C comes in the following colours: blue, green, yellow, pink and white.

It boasts a 4-inch retina display and features the Lightning connector shared by the iPhone 5, iPad mini and full-sized iPad. It has an A6 chip and a steel-reinforced structure. It also has a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C’s iSight camera has a 3x video zoom and a new Face time HD camera. The rear camera is 8-megapixel, has backside illumination and a hybrid IR filter. It also supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.

An iPhone for All Budgets

Rumours of a so-called “budget” iPhone started in January and built up in earnest over the summer. The iPhone 5C underscores the broader significance of developing smartphones at the lower end of the cost spectrum. The budget smartphone space is growing increasingly important, especially in emerging markets like China. Although Apple has found great success selling its older iPhone devices (usually with smaller storage capacities) for several years after their release dates, this marks the first time a brand new, lower-cost variant has appeared alongside a new flagship phone.

Price and Availability

The iPhone 5C will sell for $99 in the United States for a 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model. Pre-orders start on Sept. 13 and the iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20 in the United States, China, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. By December, the iPhone 5C will be available in over 100 countries and on 270 carriers.