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Ali G makes a comeback, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt on the red carpet and Jack Whitehall becomes the King of Comedy


Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

There were plenty of LOLs last night at the British Comedy Awards and a festive sprinkle of controversy, too.

Ali G returned to collect a special award for Outstanding Achievement – more than a decade after he was named Best Newcomer at the event.

Obviously the brains behind the man from Staines, Sacha Baron Cohen, didn’t miss the opportunity for some edgy gags.

Making a reference to his gold outfit, he said: “A lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I’ve even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.”

Before turning around to reveal the word ‘Savile’ printed on the back.

Youthful comic Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the Channel 4 bash.

Other winners include Charlie Brooker, named Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and Harry Hill, whose TV Burp show was named the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

The award for Best Sitcom saw The Thick Of It, Rev and Twenty Twelve all lose out to Julia Davis’s SKY show Hunderby, which was also named Best New Comedy Programme.

The full list of winners follows:

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Charlie Brooker

Best Sitcom – Hunderby

Best Male TV Comic – Lee Mack

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Morgana Robinson

Best TV Comedy Actress – Rebecca Front

The Writers Guild of Great Britain – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi

Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand

Best Sketch Show – Cardinal Burns

Best New Comedy Programme – Hunderby

Outstanding Achievement – Sacha Baron Cohen.


google-map-logoThe new Google Maps application for the iPhone became the most downloaded free item in Apple‘s App Store on Thursday, just hours after its launch.

The long-awaited app launched in the early hours of Thursday morning, finally bringing relief to the millions of iPhone users forced to rely on Apple’s own much-maligned mapping system.

The popularity of Google Maps provided an insight into the unpopularity of Apple’s own attempt at providing a map service. Its launch came after Apple ditched its partnership with Google ahead of the launch of iOS6, the most recently launched operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” wrote Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps for Mobile in a thinly veiled dig at Apple’s own geographical travails.

“Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here – rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”

Early reviews of Google Maps were overwhelmingly positive. The New York Times described it as “free, fast and fantastic,” concluding that “Google Maps for iPhone is an astonishingly powerful, accurate, beautiful tool”.

The Next Web said the new tool was “pleasantly responsive and feature-rich,” although noted “a few rough spots that suggest it’s been rushed ahead to market”.

The early response to Google Maps is in stark contrast for the widespread despair provoked by Apple’s own attempt at building a mapping system.

Users reported that railway stations had been imagined, the Sears Tower in Chicago had been mislabelled, Paddington Station in London had ceased to exist and searches for ‘London’ directed UK iPhone users to the Canadian London in Ontario, rather than Britain’s teeming metropolis.

Google Maps had been an inbuilt part of the iOS operating system until this year’s update. Apple decided not to renew its licence with Google, reportedly frustrated that Google had refused to allow it access to its voice-directed turn-by-turn navigation and vector graphics for mapping.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted the company could have done better with its Maps application and has even suggested customers use Google Maps instead, which the company dropped from its latest operating system.

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In a letter released by Mr Cook, he apologised for the frustration the feature had caused and said Apple had ‘fallen short’.

‘At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers,’ he wrote in a document posted on the company’s official website.

‘With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.

‘We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.’

The Apple boss recommended users try alternatives such as ‘ Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.’

The US tech giant dropped Google Maps from iOS6 after having it pre-installed on previous versions of the operating system.

He added Apple was continuing to improve its map software and the more people used it, the better it would get.

Users complained the new maps feature was not as detailed or as accurate as Google’s.

Well I googled around about this story and the rumour is that the fall out began because Google were adding features to the Andriod version of maps , BUT NOT the iOS version – so Apple being the way they are said screw you guys – and developed it’s own maps app!

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Every year the CoolBrands survey compiles a list of, you guessed it, super cool brands in the UK and this year tech dominates and Apple knocks Aston Martin off the top spot.

The CoolBrands survey asks a number of key influencers and 3,000 regular people to rate a list of top brands based on a range of interesting (yet rather subjective) criteria, like innovation, originality, desirability and uniqueness.

This year the list features a record number of online brands and Twitter, Skype and Nikon entered the top 20 for the first time. YouTube has moved up eight places from last year, but we can’t help but notice Facebook hasn’t made an appearance this time round, does that mean it’s just not cool anymore? It’s also worth noting tech companies like BlackBerry and Nintendo have dropped out of the top 20 too, but that’s less surprising….

The official top 20 CoolBrands are:

1. Apple
2. YouTube
3. Aston Martin
4. Twitter
5. Google
6. BBC iPlayer
7. Glastonbury
8. Virgin Atlantic
9. Bang & Olufsen
10. Liberty
11. Sony
12. Bose
13. Häagen-Dazs
14. Selfridges
15. Ben & Jerry’s
16. Mercedes-Benz
17. Vogue
18. Skype
19. Nike
20. Nikon

Check out the CoolBrands website for a full list of the brands that made the cut.

Just a quick scan thru the list – and I can’t believe Youtube is cooler than Aston Martin!And no top spot for Samsung ?And I’m amazed to see how many of these brands I’ve never heard of – so it’s official – I must be about as far from cool as it gets !

Having said that click here

For a list of the alleged experts who were consulted !


On hearing the “news” that Bruce Willis (you know, the film star) was going to hurtle into Apple’s lift shafts (even if it doesn’t have any – does it have any? Anyhow) and intended to sue the company so that he could leave his iTunes collection to his children, what did the world’s news organisations do? Ask Bruce Willis? Ask his agent?

Nah. Why bother with that when you can just repeat the story? Much easier just to rewrite, rephrase and repeat. (This may remind you of something) Pretty much everyone seems to have done this. (Yes, yes. The Guardian too.)

So where did this story come from? It appears to have started, in print at least, with the Sunday Times and its (paywalled) story “it’s iHard as Willis fights Apple”.

That starts:

HE WAS the actor who refused to Die Hard. Now the Hollywood star Bruce Willis is preparing to take on the technology giant Apple in a battle over who owns his vast collection of digital music when he dies.

But of course the iTunes terms means he doesn’t “own” his vast collection “downloaded over the years”.

Except – waitaminute. Is someone seriously suggesting that Willis has bought all that “vast collection from the iTunes Music Store? Given his age (57) one might have just a faint suspicion that most of his collection would be on CDs. (This is a guess, but given that Willis grew up in the age of Vinyl, and went through the Ages of 8-track, Cassette tape, MiniDisc, and CD before arriving at the present Age of Download, wouldn’t a lot of his stuff be on CD?)

Anyhow, the Sunday Times continues – without any supporting quote from Willis, his agent, family or lawyer – by saying that

“Willis has asked his advisers to set up family trusts to “hold” his downloads, which according to friends include thousands of classic rock tunes and British acts such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin as well as modern performers including Adele.”

Led Zeppelin? Well, you can get all the Led Zep tracks, but they’ve been on CD which you could rip to digital form for much longer. And Willis is quite the computer geek – he popped up once in a video chat, as we recorded in 2007.

So elements of this story are awry already, and we’re only in the fourth paragraph. Still no quote from Willis.

And his last appearance is in the fifth paragraph, where we learn that “he’s also supporting legal moves in five American states that will give downloaders more rights over their music collections.” No link to the actions, though this is the first inkling that Willis might actually be doing something.

Still, without any actual quotes from Willis or his agents, lawyers, etc, nobody would follow this up and just write a story, would they? Without any sources?

Still, some people held off writing this, in search of actual, y’know, facts. Stand up Dave Lee at BBC News, and Jennifer-Anne Scott at Computer Weekly. They, at least, managed to punt some questions at the Willis estate.

Not a single news org has a jot of verification between them. Shocking state of affairs. — Dave Lee (@davelee) September 3, 2012
For a while, all was quiet. And then on Monday afternoon Willis’s wife, Emma Heming-Willis, got on her Twitter feed. First someone tweeted her:

#itunes #BruceWillis #will @emmaheming just tell Bruce to give his daughter his login and password to PC and iTunes, he will live forever ) — RichieD 🙂 (@RichieD_) September 3, 2012
To which Willis’s wife replied:

@richied_ it’s not a true story — Emma Heming-Willis (@EmmaHeming) September 3, 2012
So now let the search begin for the origin of this. There’s an article from Marketwatch, from 23 August, which bears an odd resemblance – but it has no mention of legal challenge. It’s all talk about Estates and Wills.

Which brings us to a horrible pause: might it be that someone saw a mention of “Estates and Wills” and thought it was “estates and Willis”?

Now as a cynical person the timing of this rumour mill induced story was great – Apple have a new phone and a new iOS and Bruce himself has a new movie out …

And as an Android user it’s kind of great having an action hero to stand up against the leviathan that is now Apple . Go to the article though and read some of the comments and some of the responses are better than the news item itself – some very salient points raised indeed.

In this digital minefield of an age we forego most of the BUYER BEWARE common sense that we apply to real world purchasing – I myself have stopped using the amazon app after countless instances of parcels arriving – 2 days after some alcohol induced browsing-

BUY WITH ONE CLICK should have a breathalyzer app!

As various people stated tho – basic common sense would side step most of the problems that Bruce ALLEGEDLY has: Surely his daughters ,  having had access to more techology before they were 12 yrs old than NASA , have access to a home media server so have access to all daddy’s tunes anyway – but more imortantly given the celebrity involved I’m guessing that Mr Willis has a tech guy as well – who probably has them all backed up atleast once !

Maybe the real issue here is how many kids really want their parent’s record collection ?





(Reuters) – Apple Inc has asked for a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung Electronics products alleged to have violated its patents along with additional damages of $707 million on top of the billion-dollar verdict won by the iPhone maker last month.

Samsung has responded by asking for a new trial.

The world’s top two smartphone makers are locked in patent battles in 10 countries as they vie for top spot in the lucrative, fast-growing market.

Apple scored a legal victory over Samsung in late August when a U.S. jury found that the Korean firm had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded the U.S. firm $1.05 billion in damages.

In a motion filed late Friday U.S. time, Apple sought a further $400 million damage award for design infringement by Samsung; $135 million for willful infringement of its utility patents; $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung’s product sales not covered in the jury’s deliberation; and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31. The requests together come to $707 million.

Apple wants the injunction to cover “any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”

Such a wide-ranging sales ban could result in the extension of the injunction to cover Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S III smartphone.


Samsung, in a filing to the U.S. court, asked for a new trial to be held.

“The Court’s constraints on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unprecedented for a patent case of this complexity and magnitude, and prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case in response to Apple’s many claims,” Samsung said.

“Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the parties.”

In a separate statement, Samsung lamented the fact that patent rulings should cover issues such as the shape of the product in addition to technological points.

“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies,” it said.

The Korean firm earlier this week said it plans to add Apple’s new iPhone 5 to the existing U.S. patent lawsuits, stepping up its legal challenge as the two companies seek to assert rights to key technologies.

Apple said it wanted the court to award it damages that reflect “a rational and fair effort to address Samsung’s willful misconduct that has and will impose lasting harm on Apple.”

The Korean firm was the world’s top smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year, shipping more than 50 million phones, nearly double Apple’s 26 million iPhone shipments.

Both companies are raising their marketing spending to promote their latest products ahead of the year-end shopping season.

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim and Sung-won Shim; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

My thoughts – Is it just me or did Apple leave Samsung alone till they started losing market share

OR did Steve Jobs leave the lawsuit in his will – you know next to the DESTROY ANDROID memo ?

A lot like Tony Blair did when he wandered off into the sunset . . .  ; )

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Surely not? Minister for Justice Alan Shatter claimed today that pilots could be misled into trying to make an emergency landing on  a farm in Dublin because of an error on a new Apple online map tool.

In a statement – which may or may not have been slightly tongue-in-cheek – the Minister said he has notified the tech giant of a mistake in his south Dublin constituency and asked for it to be urgently corrected.

“I know on occasion mistakes can be made and I am surprised to discover that Airfield, which is in the centre of my constituency in Dundrum, has, in Apple’s new operating system iOS 6 maps application, been designated with the image of an aircraft,” he said, getting straight to the core of the issue.

Apple’s new iOS 6 maps application has placed a standard airport map symbol on the spot of Airfield, a 35-acre site that is home to a city farm, gardens and a cafe.

“In context of Airfield there are a variety of possible alternative images that could be utilised such as a cow, a goat, a sheep, a flower or any indeed other type of plant, as Airfield operates a nursery,” Mr Shatter’s statement said. “An aircraft is an entirely inappropriate flight of imagination.”

Paul Cullen, director of safety and technical with the Irish Airline Pilots Association (Ialpa), said Mr Shatter’s concerns were unwarranted, as he doubted pilots would be using phones for navigation.

“If it was a real emergency in a small aircraft you would be looking for a landing strip and you wouldn’t have time to take your phone out to look for an airport,” he said.

Mr Cullen said commercial aircraft would only use industry-recognised navigational equipment. “Small aircraft can use anything from a road atlas up, you wouldn’t even necessarily be using a compass because you’d be flying visually,” he said. “They’d use a lot of physical features, rivers, train lines, you’d see it is not an airport.”

The error was spotted by Twitter user Aleesha Tully aka @aleeshajulia who tweeted:  “Not only did #Apple give us #iOS6… They also gave us a new airport off the Upper Kilmacud Road! Yay!

Dublin Airport quickly moved – not literally, obviously – to dispel any concerns. It tweeted: “Just in case anybody is confused Dublin Airport is not moving to the southside. #mapfail.”

Airfield is currently closed for renovations until next year.

Of course, it’s not the only mistake in the map. Apple have also managed to move Dublin Zoo to Temple Bar.

Twitter user Olga Ní Gíorra aka  @fit_gurl spotted this beauty: “Since when did @DublinZoo move to temple bar? #applemaps

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