Monthly Archives: September 2012

Printing Evolves: An Inkjet for Living Tissue

Robert Lee Hotz, Wall Street Journal:

The machines can build up tissue structures, layer by layer, into all sorts of 3-D shapes, such as tubes suitable for blood vessels, contoured cartilage for joints, or patches of skin and muscle for living Band-Aids, recent laboratory studies have demonstrated.

Reminds of the bit in Fifth Element when LeeLoo was created… We’re not there yet!

Cutting a nano SIM for the iPhone 5 by GiffGaff


So when Mark from GiffGaff put up a post on the GiffGaff community site about Nano sims not being available for “a few months”, there was a big outcry and threats to defect over to the Three Network. However when D-day came and the iPhone 5 was released on Friday, Mark and the GiffGaff Team did a bit of DIY and managed to cut a standard sim card into a nano sim. Success.


Now the way GiffGaff handled this situation wasn’t really A-grade. They left customers that had pre-ordered the iPhone 5 in the dark for the week leading up to the release and left over 1000 comments mostly negative. However they have managed to claw there way back slightly with this new update.

For me, I still haven’t decided whether to switch. I have successfully cut my GiffGaff sim card down so that I can use it in my iPhone. I still have a couple of week until my next billing cycle so I’ll use that time to decide. Will keep you posted.

Apple Maps eye for detail

Whilst doing a helicopter tour of London on Apple Maps, I noticed that Tower Bridge had some funny coloured stone bricks. When I zoomed in a little closer in 3D mode I saw the Olympic ring retracted back. What does this mean? Well given that the ring were put up less than 3 months ago these pictures must have been taken quite recently and the lead time to get them onto the our devices are relatively short. However, this might be because this is a popular landmark in London and needs to be shown at its best. Other renders further afield however may not get this star quality treatment. We’ll see the rate which Apple improves the Map App on iOS.


IFTTT: Upcoming changes to the Twitter Channel

Linden Tibbets, IFTTT CEO:

In recent weeks, Twitter announced policy changes* that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data. As a result of these changes, on September 27th we will be removing all Twitter Triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote and Facebook. All Personal and Shared Recipes using a Twitter Trigger will also be removed. Recipes using Twitter Actions and your ability to post new tweets via IFTTT will continue to work just fine.

At IFTTT, first and foremost, we want to empower anyone to create connections between literally anything. We’ve still got a long way to go, and to get there we need to make sure that the types of connections that IFTTT enables are aligned with how the original creators want their tools and services to be used.

We at IFTTT are big Twitter fans and, like yourself, we’ve gotten a lot of value out of the Recipes that use Twitter Triggers. We’re sad to see them go, but remain excited to build features that work within Twitter’s new policy. Thank you for your support and for understanding these upcoming changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Another one bites the dust… The walled garden just got a bit higher. Keep chipping away Twitter… Just keep chipping away.

An apology is due… by Nokia

Heidi Lemmetyinen:

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but we should have posted a disclaimer stating this was a representation of OIS only. This was not shot with a Lumia 920. At least, not yet. We apologize for the confusion we created.

Sorry, a bit late on this one. Nokia did in deed make an apology about the Image Stabilisation feature on the Lumia 920. Apparently the video below is the real thing. Production value makes you feel that this isn’t a wow feature anymore…

Header images available on Twitter Profiles

Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Blog:

Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.

Is Twitter trying to look more like Facebook or is Facebook trying to look more like Twitter? I’m kinda lost these days…

Sky Wins Exclusive Warner Bros. Movie Rights, Available Multi-Platform

Matt Brian, The Next Web:

The agreement demonstrates Sky’s ability to win first window rights in the pay TV and pay-per-view markets, allowing it to show Warner Bros. titles on its Sky Movies channels but also on its VOD services and pay-per-view services on Sky Movies Box Office and Sky Store.

Sky will gain exclusive access to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Dark Knight Rises, Dark Shadows and Wrath of the Titans, Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III and The Great Gatsby. The deal will also include access to classic titles including all Batman movies, The Matrix franchise, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and all Superman movies.

Although BT have chipped away on some of Sky’s exclusive sports deals in Football and Rugby, Sky do think that people want them to add value elsewhere which in turn give customers more reason to buy packages from them and not others…

Use shortcuts for faster typing on the iPhone

Dave Caola, 52 Tigers:

Shortcuts let you create short combinations of letters that will produce a larger word or phrase when typed on your iPhone or iPad. Think of it as TextExpander lite. For example, you could type “omw” and have your device replace it with “On my way!”

I currently use this for my email address. Instead of typing the whole address, I tap a 3 letter shortcut and it automatically pops up. Magic…