Typing “File:///” will crash your Mac

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Apple, Desktop PC, News

An interesting bug was recently discovered for Mac computers whereby if you type “File:///” without the quotation marks in your Mac running the latest OS X Mountain Lion, it will crash whatever application it’s written on.

A closer look shows the bug is inside Data Detectors, a feature that lets apps recognize dates, locations, and contact data, making it easy for you to save this information in your address book and calendar,” says Slashdot

Sure enough we tried this in our office iMac running Mountain Lion and typing these eight characters in Spotlight, Chrome, Safari and Mail crashed each of these applications. So far the problem only appears to be on Mountain Lion and doesn’t seem to affect OS X Snow Leopard or iOS devices. A small and (so far) harmless bug that will surely be fixed soon, but it goes to show that every company is susceptible to lazy programming.

No Blackberry 10 tablets coming anytime soon, says CEO

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles, News

Blackberry 10 has been a success for the company so far, in the sense that it definitely now competes against the best of the industry and matches their performance. And even though they’re really focusing on showing off the technology on their new handheld devices Z10 and Q10 at the moment, don’t expect them to come out with a Blackberry 10 tablet anytime soon.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins tells reports in a Q & A (courtesy of Mashable) that even though the company will ‘continue’ in the tablet space, they will not churn out a new tablet anytime soon and will look to differentiate their next tablet offering from the rest of the industry whenever it happens. He cited challenges including low cost and low margin tablets like the Kindle Fire, but also reassured owners of Blackberry Playbooks that the tablet will get an update to Blackberry 10 soon but without a specific date in mind. He detailed a little bit about the way to differentiate their tablets:

“We want to provide a value proposition that is not just hardware, but software, too. What we’ll be doing in the tablet space is looking for specific services on top of the tablet — financial, healthcare verticals. We are still exploring various use cases for it.”

Are you looking to a Blackberry 10 tablet?

HTC CEO screams out new flagship ‘M7′ at party

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Usually handhelds aren’t revealed until the company decides it’s the ‘right’ time. Whether that’s some shopping season, or during a big tech event, or even soon after a competitor has announced something. Now HTC has an event scheduled on 19th Feb for the big reveal of their new flagship handset, but what better way to announce to the world this new handset than a New Year’s party?

And so it was that HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou got his employees riled up in the chant for their new device, the M7, making the crowd scream it along with him. The video from pocket-lint below shows the name of the handset being ‘officially’ announced. Later during the event Chou was seen taking photos of the crowd as well, but nobody else had access to, or even saw the handset except from behind.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXk2SU6MxcQ&w=550]

Sony might announce PlayStation 4 on Feb 20th

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under News

Sony has teased to talk about the “future of PlayStation” at an event on February 20th in New York City. Sony launched a campaign on its Facebook page, Twitter feed, and on YouTube simultaneously, all leading to this website. The site invites users to subscribe to receive instant updates, and the company is encouraging users to follow #playstation2013 on Twitter to keep upto date about the event.

While it is not clear what Sony is teasing, rumors from multiple media outlets, including Polygon and The Wall Street Journal, is hinting towards the much anticipated PlayStation 4 reveal. The source at WSJ suggests that Sony “is planning to incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine” and “is more focused this time on the changes in how users interact with the machine”.

Edge Online is reporting that the next PlayStation will be out before the end of the year in US and Japan, with Europe and other territories receiving it in early 2014.

The event will held on February 20th at 6pm EST (3am UAE time of February 21). Guess we are not sleeping that day.

Introducing a new Arabic programming language, Alb

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under News

For anyone who’s ever had the misfortune of having to study computer programming, it can be a truly daunting task. From functions to loops to catching exceptions, the world of coding can be a truly terrifying place. But did you ever think that programming could be even harder for some people because they weren’t English speakers?

This then, is where ‘Alb’ comes in, a new programming language designed by Ramsey Nasser, which allows enthusiasts to code programs in Arabic script. The interface is very basic and is set to mimic a Terminal, so don’t be expecting to write flowing lines of code any time soon. But what it does allow users to do it to write in Arabic script to do simple things like printing out messages to working out numbers in the Fibonacci sequence.

While Alb isn’t the first attempt at a full-Arabic programming setup, it’s certainly off to a rather ambitious start. Check out the interview below with Ramsey Nasser to find out more details:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77KAHPZUR8g&w=550]

(via Animal NY)

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