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A. Apple should be a lot more worried
about its latest bug than it appears to be. Scheduling the Do Not Disturb
function in iOS has been broken since New Year’s Day and as with any error from
Apple, it’s got plenty of press. The bug, caused by the way the underlying
operating system handles the change in year, will fix itself by January 7 but
the inconvenience is a sign post to something bigger. This isn’t the first time
iOS has suffered from date-related bugs. In November 2010, iOS 4 got confused
by the switch to Daylight-saving time, left alarms unadjusted and caused users
to oversleep. Then in January 2011, iOS 5 suffered from a bug where
non-repeating alarms set before the New Year failed to ring. Apple’s response
then was the same as to the Do Not Disturb issue now – wait and it will fix
itself. When something goes wrong with an Apple product, the company’s tone is
often one of weary surprise that anyone is bothered, as if faults are just
features you haven’t noticed before.
B. Many people have felt the awful
sensation of something they thought was private on a social networking site
going public. Facebook’s privacy settings are pretty secret, and frequently
shift without notice. When you try to set things below the absolute maximum, it
becomes difficult to work what is or isn’t private. Can friends see it? Can
friends of friends see it? What I may have wanted to share as a 19-year-old
student I may not want to have seen as a 24-year-old user. Without extreme,
painstaking attention, it’s very hard for long term users to clean their old
potentially embarrassing posts; indeed, the recent
flap about private messages being shown online publicly was all traceable to old but
very private posts that older users couldn’t believe they had shared openly
five or six years ago.
C. The Government’s attempts to
computerise the chaotic Job Centre system have taken a turn today, with the
announcement that in future it will use online cookies to follow job seekers around the Internet, and make sure they are actually
looking for jobs. The Job Centres will know how many searches you’ve done on
the government jobs website, and if you’ve turned down any good opportunities.
You can turn off the cookies, but that takes away low-skilled jobs, making it
even harder for people to get out of being unemployed.
D. Vodafone subscribers were unable to
send and receive emails or access the web on Friday morning following a
technical fault. The outage lasted for part of the morning with Vodafone
customers taking to Twitter to complain about the problem. A BlackBerry
spokesman said that the problem was with Vodafone. "All BlackBerry services are
operating normally but we are aware that a wider Vodafone service issue is
impacting some of our BlackBerry customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa. We are supporting Vodafone’s efforts to resolve
the issue as soon as possible.” Vodafone said the outage was caused by a router
error and that services were being restored.
E. Apple could launch a cheaper version
of the iPhone later this year, according to reports. A cheaper iPhone has been
rumoured for years but, according to reports, Apple could launch the device later this year. The
cheaper handset could be similar to the current model but with a cheaper, less
expensive body, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple is considering an iPhone
with a polycarbonate plastic case, which would be cheaper to make than the
glass iPhone 4 and 4S or the aluminium iPhone 5. The paper says Apple might
still decide not to launch the device but that a cheaper iPhone is needed to
help the company compete with cheap smartphones running Google’s Android
F. The world’s biggest technology
companies come to Las Vegas
every year hoping the products they launch will become international hits. The
Japanese giants that used to dominate the industry are now rarely jackpot winners
at the international Consumer Electronics Show. In an industry increasingly
dominated by Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft – Sony, Sharp and Panasonic have all
unveiled more misses than hits. As a consequence they are between them battling
losses that will top £12bn this financial year alone. Sony hopes that its
waterproof, and class-leading, mobile phone will help it turn the corner.
Sharp, if it survives its admitted "material doubt” that it can service its
debts, thinks big TV screens are the way forward.
the land of the coffee maker, the pod is the king. Led by Nespresso and George
Clooney, millions of pounds is being spent on machines that meld the
convenience of quality coffee in pods with our unending love of coffee. Yet
Starbucks, the chain that support that fascination, has not had a machine of
its own. Until now. The Verismo 580 is a £149 machine, putting it squarely in
the mid-range. Cheaper models are available, but the build quality needed to
maintain the required pressure for decent coffee means this is the sort of
price where good quality becomes an expectation. Indeed, with some of the
excellent Nespresso machines from companies such as Magimix available for less,
the Verismo ought to be fantastic. Sadly, it’s not. On the plus side, it heats
up water in just 15 seconds, and is quickly ready to use.
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Peter the Great
Born in Moscow,
Russia on June
9, 1672, Peter the Great was a Russian czar in the late 17th
Pick up any technology magazine, and
you’ll find sentimental articles about how the world is going to be completely
transformed by 3D printing – everyone from Wired to the Economist has speculated on changes to society
that 3D printing will bring. The ability to turn objects into data – to copy physical things – has
led many people to predict an attack of 3D piracy. It has been written a lot about
the criminal possibilities connected with the machines. Yesterday, the founder
of Makerbot came out to say his product will "fuel the next industrial revolution”.
Having talked to a bunch of
manufacturing engineers, I’m not so sure. All the enthusiasm for the "revolution”
seems to come from journalist observers of the 3D printing scene, the companies
offering the "revolutionary technology”, and a handful of Lefty academics thrilled
by the idea of abolishing property. People actually involved in manufacturing
are not so sure that it’s magic. Let’s take a British example.
There was a huge internet furore a
few months back when Games Workshop, a British toy soldier manufacturer, felt
it had been the world’s first victim of digital
piracy, and issued
a takedown notice on a 3D printing pattern for a vehicle similar to one from
its Warhammer 40,000 game. A huge wave of copying, a minefield of intellectual
property issues, was predicted.
In actual fact, very little of that
Patterns for model soldiers exist on
file-sharing sites like the Pirate
Bay. However, the
economics just don’t support pirating on that scale. Unlike, say, pirating
music, where the act of listening is free, printing out models costs money. A
box of model soldiers goes for about £20 online, about £25 in the shops – but the plastic to print them out
at home currently costs around £35, and the most common printer – the Makerbot
– costs about £2,000. So an epidemic of piracy seems unlikely. Printing is also
a fairly exacting process – it takes time, effort, and often you get a pile of
goo at the bottom of your machine rather than the thing you wanted. Widespread
physical copying won’t happen, in the same way that photocopiers didn’t lead to
an epidemic of photocopying books.
The technology just isn’t there yet
– even successful prints create models that look like they’ve been left on a
radiator for a few hours. And if it’s not good enough for model soldiers, it’s
certainly not good enough for things with complex moving parts. One engineer
told me: "You have to appreciate how expensive and how specialised most factory
tooling is. You can run a 3D Printer for six months and never make the same
He thought it would be 10 to 15
years before printers able to create factory-quality products would appear, and
those ones able to do in metal would probably never make it into the home. He
did, however, confidently predict being able to print out parts for his BMW on
the factory level ones in a few years’ time, but pointed out that those
machines weren’t going to drop below a million pounds a piece any time soon,
and that even if they did, the materials to make the parts at the right
tolerance for a car were incredibly expensive to buy.
None of the current methods of home
3D printing – the thermal fusing of plastic filaments, using UV light to cut
polymer resin, depositing glue to bind resin powder, cutting and laminating
paper, or even using a laser beam to fuse metal particles – are even close to
reaching the standards a machine would require. It’s all very well to upload
weapon parts to the internet, but without the means to do metal you’ve printed
yourself a cool accessory for your Halloween gangster costume – and if you’re
stupid enough to press the trigger, it’s more likely to take your arm off than
actually fire a bullet.
It strikes me that 3D printing is
the microwave of manufacturing. If you look back at newspapers from the 1970s,
people predicted that microwaves would be the only device in a kitchen, and
that every dish would be microwaved. That never came to pass. Like microwaves,
3D printing will be important, but this isn’t the industrial revolution that
techno-libertarians would have you believe.
A 7 It
seems 3D printing has been spoken and
argued a lot about in the press.
1) True 2) False 3) Not stated
A 8 According
to the founder of Makerbot 3D printing will make copying physical things
A 9 The
revolutionary technology of the 3D printing will take place in the 21st
A 10 3D printing will definitely encourage
A 11 The quality of 3D copied
objects is rather doubtful.
1) True 2) False 3) Not stated
A 12 It will take a quarter of a
century to make 3D printing successful.
A 13 3D printing is
technologically so difficult that it will never come home.
A 14 3D is comparable to
microwaving in its history and development.