iPad heater

Today has been interesting… Originally scheduled to be in meetings (not very demanding for an iPad) that have since been cancelled, I have been pushing the iPad rather harder…. Remote desktop sessions in particular.

After 7 hours of non-stop use i have been noticing that the screen seems rather hot….something that I realised when a tiny crumb of dairy milk chocolate dropped on the screen and melted almost instantly!

On the plus side, I have realised just how effective charging the iPad from completely flat using and iPhone charger rather than iPad charger – after 7 hours non-stop use AND listening to music on it earlier on the flight to London, it still has 78% battery. By start comparison, another employee here has a brand new Sony Vaio laptop which he had to plug in after 2 1/2 hours…..

Water-powered radio!

During my browsing on the internet I found a device that ought to be a gift to those who have family members that love singing in the shower!

The Water Powered Shower Radio, and as the name suggests, you need not burden your monthly electricity bill with this, and the other advantage would be to have its audio content drown out the voice of the one singing.

This is one radio that’s going to make waves in bathrooms across the country (pun fully intended!), and will ship only at the end of March for £34.95. Now, if only someone could figure out a similar principle and have cars run on water instead of petrol and diesel.

All you need to do is fit the radio in line with your shower hose, where water that flows through the radio when the shower is on and powers the H2O micro turbine that in turn drives a generator which produces energy! Awesome!

Apple to sue Amazon over name “AppStore”

Apple is suing Amazon in a bid to stop the online retail giant from using the name Appstore.

The California-based firm, which makes iPhones and iPads, claims that the name is deliberately similar to its own App Store.

“It will confuse and mislead customers,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.

Amazon’s Appstore will offer downloadable applications for Google’s Android operating system.

The lawsuit states: “Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program.

“Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon’s mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple.”

The company said that it had contacted Amazon three times to demand it stop using the name. Amazon has so far declined to comment.

Apple is seeking to trademark the App Store name in the United States, a decision which, according to court papers, is still being considered by a trademark trial and appeals board.

Microsoft, which is also looking to move into the app marketplace with its new line of Windows mobiles, has asked officials to block the trademark attempt.

Shoe store
“An app store is an app store,” Russell Pangborn, Microsoft’s associate general counsel said in January.

“Like shoe store or toy store, it is a generic term that is commonly used by companies, governments and individuals that offer apps,” he continued.

Amazon’s Appstore has been accepting submissions since the beginning of the year, launching a dedicated blog to help developers.

Like Apple, Amazon will curate the apps on offer and will hope that its trusted brand will give it an edge as the market for mobile applications widens.

For developers, access to Amazon’s tens of millions of customers worldwide offers the potential for huge revenues.

Google already offers its own store – Android Market – with over 200,000 applications available to download, but submissions to Amazon’s store will be standards-checked prior to being added.

The store, which launches in the US today, will offer exclusive applications such as Angry Birds Rio, the follow-up to the multi-million selling Angry Birds.

ISArc drags the Kiosk into the 21st Century


So today we began another revolution – to drag the humble “web-kiosk” into the 21st century.

Our goals were clear:

  • Create kiosk software that actually works and allows users to browse the web un-hindered by previous users
  • 100% remotely controlled by a central web-based information management system
  • Allow for whitelist of approved websites
  • Must run on low-power Atom-based PCs (but still require Windows 7 – for now)
  • Must use Internet Explorer 9 (or an implemention of the IE browser engine)
  • Must have “session” management – allowing for the creation of individual session logons
  • Must provide reporting on time-spent, number of users etc
  • Must have a catchy name
  • Must be very very very easy to use and manage
  • Must be “self-fixing” – and require zero maintenance call-outs
  • Must allow for the recording of activity
  • Must allow for the remote termination of a session

the result….


A visual basic (framework 4) custom browser application that replaces Windows Explorer, connects using web services to an information management system written in ASP.Net Framework 4 with Microsoft SQL Server running behind the scenes and automatically re-sets everything at the end of the browsing session.


the work continues!