Showing posts from January, 2014

Nuclear stand down: Google, Samsung, and the sale of Motorola Mobility

I did not see this coming, Lenovo buys Motorola

Sesame Street, one two three four five

Awww poor guy receiving thousands of emails due to Gmail glitch

Waste 3 minutes watch this is so worth it #funny

What happens when Street View meets Top Gear!

Chrome OS is Citrix ready!


Taking back control, how Google+ Gmail integration could actually offer better privacy control

When Google announced a new feature that allows a Google+ user to email you if you are also on Google+, a lot of bloggers and tech site were reporting that this could be a privacy concern. From the outset you can see where they are coming from. Someone can email you without actually using an email address. But actually thinking about it this could actually improve privacy and actually allows you to take back control.

The problem with email is that you cannot control who sends you email. If someone has your email address or guesses your email they can spam you anytime they want. They could sell your email address on to companies and they can do the same thing. It is why there are Spam blockers and is why all email providers who offer Spam filter are actually reading your email. Basically when your email address is known you have no control on who can send you things.

Google+ could actually help you control this a bit better. According to their support page, if you receive an email form someone outside of your circle then you actually block them and that user will not have an option to email you again. If this person is malicious then you can report them. But the main advantage is that this person would not be able to sell on your email address for other people to mass spam you, unless they sign up to multiple Google+ accounts and manually try and email you as there is no API to do this (currently).

I do think it is early days and there are still flaws with the service (default setting should be that only people within your circles can send you emails) but it is an interesting way of looking at how it can improve your email experience.

$3.2 billion for a thermostat??

A real life Chun Li

Batteries 2X the capacity could be just around the corner

With technology moving so fast battery technology has not had the chance to keep pace. Hopefully that is due to change soon and could eventually see up to 5 times the capacity of the batteries we have today.

Researchers in the U.S. has managed to use Lithium Sulfur to hold 500 Watt hour per kg that after 1,000 cycles holds charge to 300 Watt hour per kg. Now put this into perspective of Lithium-ion that we use now for our cars and gadgets, that has a capacity of around 200 Watt hour per kg. With Lithium Sulfur the researchers has demonstrated a gain of 2 times of that of Lithium-ion.

Not only that this can improve our battery needs, but Lithium Sulfur also has a potential energy density of 2550 WH/kg which is over 5 times that of the best of the best Lithium-ion. Also Lithium Sulfur is a lot safer and won't suffer from the same effects of overheating as Lithium-ion does.

With better research this higher limit may be achievable and with the researchers now asking for people to weigh in support, I could see within the new couple of months or maybe early 2015 that we could have batteries at least double that we have today. I do hope they gain the support they need as this is truly game changing.

Can't wait to see this battle