Carlsberg introduces Beer Time 2.0

Bars serving Carlsberg receive a dongle of sorts that turns their TV into a digital sign which counts down to a specific Happy Time at which the beer is sold at 1/2 price. Patrons of the bar can use a special hashtag to to extend the countdown and enjoy the cheaper beer.  This sounds like major smoke and mirrors. The dongle would have to have internet, power, HDMI unique hashtags generated per bar and HDMI. It was probably a stunts that took place at one bar and was filmed. Neat idea.

Advertisers “know” who you are using your smartphone’s accelerometer

There is yet another way or yet another hack to track anonymous users on smartphones. A security researcher by the name of Hristo Bojinov has discovered that each accelerometer in a smartphone has a unique fingerprint. There is a more precise tech explanation that you can explore here.

Specialized code running in the smartphone browser can access this unique fingerprint and remember you.

I hope you’re not paranoid…

McDonalds has NFC enabled app for kids

This is a cute execution for those that have NFC chips in their phones and trust their kids with the $600 devices. No iPhone users allowed, at least yet. The demo is missing a crucial step. You must download the app to use it with the table. I also wonder what happens to people who sit at this table and place their phones not suspecting that there are NFC tags embedded… There is a “how it was made” about half way through the video.

HTC X8 Windows phone – quick review

Picked up this phone yesterday and had a chance to use it exclusively for over 24 hours, while the iPhone 5 was quietly weeping in my back pocket.

The hardware is well designed and very fast. The camera takes great pictures and the video looked quite vivid as well. The battery life is better then the iPhone 5 (in my experience).

The operating system is slick and will be very easy to use for anyone used to Windows 8. If you are new to the device, the learning curve isn’t steep.

The Office suite works really well on the device. Viewing, styling and editing documents (word, excel) is a breeze. Setting up my 3 email accounts was dead easy (google, work google and outlook.com).

The biggest problem with the phone has nothing to do with the hardware or the operating system. It has to do with the lack of “common” applications for the Windows operating system. I was only able to find about 40% of the apps that I use on the iPhone in the Windows Marketplace. It could be only a matter of time before developers catch up, but for now, the situation is not best.

Pros:

– well designed, light, fast

– excellent screen

– decent battery life

– great camera

– good call quality

– highly compatible with MS Office apps

Cons:

– not able to dial out a number out of the web browser by simply pressing it

– the browser displayed several websites as blank white pages

– the search button is not placed well, so I kept pressing it by mistake

– lack of “common” applications in the marketplace

– very limited google application support (maps, drive etc…), what little exists is rumoured to go away