Wanna watch a double murder? Your kids probably have.

Wanna watch a double murder? Your kids probably have.
Yesterday there was yet another shooting in America. That, in itself, isn’t unusual and will probably continue for quite some time yet. What was different was the fact that the double murder occured on live morning TV. Footage from Virginia has already appeared on news bulletins all over the world but then, just to make matters even worse, the shooter uploaded another video – one he’d recorded on his smartphone from behind the gun. It is, let me tell you, shocking.

The video shows WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker getting shot from close-range by the killer – disgruntled ex-employee Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams. She screams and hits the floor as more bullets sink into her back. It’s all captured in HD before the gunman turns his attention to cameraman Adam Ward, killing him too.

The gunman went on the run, posting updates on Twitter. The social network quickly blocked the account after he started tweeting his grievances and “reasons” for the murders. However, the information was already out there and he’d even had time to post his sick Call Of Duty-style video onto Facebook.

Facebook is a social network which has already courted controversy, blocking pictures of mothers breastfeeding but allowing photos of beheading. Whether the video was removed it not, it was all too late. People had already grabbed the footage and uploaded it elsewhere.

Wanna watch a double murder? Your kids probably have.

It’s bad enough that the full un-cut footage from the live TV feed is on YouTube, but what makes matters worse is that the full un-cut footage from the killer’s smartphone is there too. It’s been uploaded dozens and dozens of times, perhaps more, and is now grabbing the catchy handle of “WDBJ7 Shooter POV” (Point Of View). If you haven’t seen it, just ask your kids. If they’ve got a device that’s not in your sight then they’ve probably seen it. You can put all the blocks and age restrictions you want on their account, but if they can get to YouTube then they’ll probably find gore, horror, destruction and death very easily.

Wanna watch a double murder? Your kids probably have.

YouTube has their own special way of dealing with inappropriate videos. Firstly, they’ll need “the community” to flag them, and then they’ll probably wait until quite a few people have flagged it before taking action. They’ll also rely on their own tech, which looks for re-uploads of footage which has already been classed as “inappropriate”. Trouble is, people are aware that they can just re-edit the footage, rename it a bit and then get it online again.

Having age restrictions is simply useless on YouTube, because the community decide what’s appropriate and what isn’t. With so many videos and so many re-uploads of this horror show, it’s a constant game of whack a mole. Plus, even when that community does decide that a video is inappropriate, someone at YouTube then has to agree.

Basically, if you want to see a video and it’s blocked, you’ll probably find a slightly different but equally disturbing version which hasn’t been blocked yet.

To show you how easy all of this is, I took to YouTube just a few hours after all this happened to show the problem…

I’m not blaming parents, I’m not blaming kids. The kids are inquisitive and parents, even when we’re trying our best to protect kids, need to know just how insanely easy it is for kids to see this.

No, I’m not going to preach. Perhaps it’s just me. I think we’re all becoming a little desensitized now. Is it REALLY a good thing for us all to be able to watch people being murdered so easily? Is it right that the iPod or iPhone you got your child can show that at the click of a button without you ever knowing?

We live in a world where new reporters just regurgitate Twitter posts and YouTube videos, looking for the most shocking headline just to keep the precious visitor count up.

We live on a world where social networks and video sharing sites rely on users to moderate and filter an endlessly huge amount of content. It’s a system which simply does not work. It’s like trying to herd cats or trying to push water uphill with a rake.

We live in a world where kids have phones with access to YouTube, a site where you can see dismembered bodies after searching for a “crash aftermath” or “fatal accident” with little or no concern for the person watching. Screw it. Hits and adverts, that’s more important to a website than protecting your child. That’s more important than twisting up the next generation to such a point where filming the aftermath of a car or plane crash is more important than actually, you know, helping people. Oh no, wait. That’s already happening, right now.

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  • Samsung is reportedly working on a truly massive iPad Pro rival

    Samsung 18.4 Inch Tablet

    Samsung is reportedly working on a tablet so big that it may even make Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro seem minuscule by comparison. According to SamMobile, the company that popularized the phablet is now hard at work on a tablet with a gargantuan 18.4-inch display.

    Based on information obtained by the site, the rumored tablet will sport a TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM, a respectable 32GB of storage, and to top it all off, a microSD card slot. Rumored to run Android 5.1 Lollipop, the device will reportedly feature an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a front facing 2.1 megapixel camera.

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    Level up in the gaming industry

    Level up in the gaming industry

    My house at the moment sounds insane. My wife and son are both obsessed by the new Angry Birds 2 game that recently launched. It’s not quite the hysteria of the first one, but it’s definitely proving to be a big hit. What I’ve also found, after briefly managing to “borrow” the family iPad yesterday, was that we’re “subscribed” to several reoccurring monthly packages. These range from “clubs” to special “packages” within apps that are either 30-day free trials or deals which someone clicked on in order to advance further within a game.

    Level up in the gaming industry

    App developers are having to take this approach because advertising revenues just aren’t enough unless your app is hugely popular, so in-app purchases and subscription payments help. Apple are also seeing app store revenue increasing. Games are beginning to take the lion’s share of the market. In fact, Apple raked in $15 billion in total sales last year, a big jump from $10 billion in 2013. This shows that the App Store’s continual success is rivalling that of traditional console game retailer Nintendo. My son has a Wii U but rarely uses it. So what exactly is happening to the gaming sector?

    Easily Accessible

    I try to ensure that my son only uses the iPad when someone is checking what he’s doing, but as they get older, children start getting their own gadgets. It could be an iPad, an iPhone or some other kind of smartphone. Nearly every adult has one too, so games can be in your pocket all the time. There seems to be no need to drive home, fire up a console and then find that game from a drawer – as it’s ready instantly.

    In America, 60% of the adult population own a smartphone. Which means in theory, 60% of the adult population almost always have a gaming device close to them at any given moment. The opportunity is there, and any “dead time”, such as waiting for a bus or sitting on a train is the perfect moment to advance a few levels on your favorite game. Have a look next time you’re on the train or in a queue at the supermarket. Someone will be playing a puzzle game or perhaps playing Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, QuizUp, or something similar.

    Those games are largely offered as “free” at the point of download. This is done, as I mentioned earlier, thanks to a mix of advertising and in-game purchases. Companies such as Browsergamez are able to offer a wide range of free games in a similar way and these games will appeal to hardcore and casual gamers alike. As with the app stores, there’s strategy, action, and RPG options – all easily accessible.

    Level up in the gaming industry

    What I’ve become aware of recently, especially when monitoring my son, is how games are marketed and geared towards male adult gamers. Game of War uses risqué advertising and, if we look at more traditional consoles, blood splattering shooter games are one of the biggest genres. 18-rated games are regularly played by children many, many years younger and you’ll probably see Call of Duty or the Halo series in their bedrooms across the world.

    However, a report in The Guardian shows that schools and parents want better enforcement of ratings, so we’ll hopefully see less bloodthirsty games played by younger children, and instead see them playing games more suited to their age. With that, I won’t have to spend all day saying, “No, you can’t play that one.”

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  • Nokia N1 coming to the UK and Ireland

    Hands up who remembers Nokia?
    Good, a few virtual hands were seen there. For those of you who are itching for some Nokia goodies, your wait is nearly over.

    The N1 will actually be available to buy here in the UK very soon. I had a good hands-on with the device back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The Nokia “of old” released themselves a tablet, and an Android-powered one at that.

    It looked like this…
    Nokia N1 coming to the UK and Ireland

    It runs Android Lollipop and, after I played with it, I can confidently tell you that it’s awesome. It also has micro USB 3 charging which is also awesome. It has a custom launcher which is OK, but it also works perfectly with Google Now. Yeah, you guessed it, it’s awesome.

    Here is an awesome picture of it.

    Nokia N1 coming to the UK and Ireland

    OK, enough with the awesome. What is this bad boy going to cost you? Although NokiaShop UK are yet to reveal their price, it is rumoured to be £219. For your money you are getting an Intel Atom Z3580, 32GB memory and 2GB RAM. You also get a 7.9″ IPS panel which is really nice and vibrant. This is a WiFi-only device as Nokia did not design a LTE version (afaik).

    It is being sold through NokiaShop UK which for the smart cookies in class is not officially Nokia. It is a third party, but they will be honouring all warranties etc. This is not a surprise as this is really a Foxconn tablet with a Nokia design. Similarities are rife here between this and the Apple product. That’s not a bad thing though.

    Here is a reminder of what the tablet looks like in the launch video ..

    If you want one of these puppies then register at NokiaShop UK now to get in line for one. For the price you will struggle to find a better tablet. I just wish it had arrived here sooner.

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  • Qualcomm ‘realignment’ includes job cuts and a possible split

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 reference device

    The rumors of Qualcomm planning a huge reorganization were true -- and unfortunately, that means a lot of people are about to lose their jobs. The mobile chip maker has announced a "strategic realignment" plan that will see the company slash 15 percent of its full-time jobs (the company has about 30,000 total employees) as part of a bid to cut $1.4 billion in costs. It's also considering the possibility of splitting into separate businesses. That may well happen, since a hedge fund calling for the split just got spots for two of its nominees on Qualcomm's board of directors. You'll hear about the company's direction by the end of the year.

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    Surface 3 tablet with LTE reaches AT&T on July 24th

    Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet

    Microsoft promised that there would be a version of its entry-level Surface 3 tablet with LTE data, and it's finally here... well, almost. AT&T has announced that the cellular-equipped Windows slate will launch on July 24th for $30 per month on a 20-month Next plan ($600 total), or $400 if you buy one alongside a Lumia smartphone. This is the basic version of the Surface 3 with 64GB of storage, but that always-available internet connection will help a lot if you're just looking to check email or stream music before you get to the coffee shop. Just be prepared to perform a lengthy software upgrade after you get it -- although the Surface 3 LTE arrives mere days before the Windows 10 launch, it's still shipping with Windows 8.1.

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    Samsung’s next Galaxy Tab S should be a whole lot wider

    Samsung's leaked Galaxy Tab S2

    Don't look now, but Samsung's widescreen Android tablets might be going the way of the Dodo. Tabletmonkeys claims to have leaked images of the Galaxy Tab S2, and the high-end slate appears to be adopting the same wide, iPad-like aspect ratio as the Galaxy Tab A. In fact, it might lose size and resolution compared to the original Tab S lineup -- instead of 8.4- and 10.5-inch 2,560 x 1,600 displays, you'd be looking at 8- and 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 panels. That wouldn't be so hot for your widescreen videos, but it'd be better for web browsing and anything else that benefits from portrait mode viewing.

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    Jolla hopes to ‘focus’ its mobile plans by splitting in two

    Jolla Tablet

    Jolla's mobile efforts have barely begun, but it's already shaking things up by splitting into two companies. From now on, Jolla Ltd. is focused solely on developing and licensing Sailfish OS, its custom mobile platform. It's forming a new, as yet unnamed firm this summer for its hardware business, which sees demand from the pro-privacy crowd. As newly appointed CEO Antti Saarnio puts it, the division is all about establishing a "clear focus" -- Jolla believes that it'll require total concentration on software to take advantage of "large opportunities" for licensing its mobile platform.

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    Xperia Z4 Tablet – Unboxing

    Xperia Z4 Tablet   Unboxing

    Another year has gone by and another Sony Tablet has arrived on our desk at Coolsmartphone towers. Today I have the real pleasure of unboxing the new Xperia Z4 Tablet.

    We first saw this stunning device at MWC, which we covered live. It was here that we were kinda knocked off our feet by what it was and what it could offer. I can say that it has been a very long time coming to get this device into my hands for review and I have been eager to get into it so, without further ado, lets delve in …

    It is s pretty sweet looking device don’t you think?

    It is a little bit smaller than the Xpeia Z2 Tablet due to the slight decrease in bezel sizes, but that is by no means a bad thing in my book. The device is lightweight and it does not feel too unwieldy. I can envisage this being a joy to use for ebook reading etc on the train. The biggest thing for me here is that keyboard. I am very surprised to say that is doesn’t totally suck, which is a nice thing to be able to say about a Bluetooth keyboard. It is a shame that it’s not back lit but then again this is very rare thing indeed.

    The keys are quite small but, with a little bit of adjustment I can reach a good-ish typing speed with a slightly higher typo rate. I am actually writing this piece on the Z4 Tablet. It is no worse than a netbook..
    Xperia Z4 Tablet   Unboxing

    Here are the specifications..

    • Dimensions 167 x 254 x 6.1 mm
    • Weight 389 grams Wi-Fi only, 393 grams Wi-Fi + LTE
    • Resolution 2560×1600 pixels
    • Display Diagonal 10.1? – Scratch-resistant glass + Anti fingerprint coating
    • Processor/Soc Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bits 8-core CPU  with Adreno 430 GPU
    • RAM 3 GB
    • Internal storage  32 GB
    • MicroSD up to 128 GB
    • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
    • Front Camera 5.1 MP
    • Rear camera 8.1 MP
    • Battery Capacity 6000mAh
    • Water resistant and dust tight (IP65 and IP68 – 1.5 m submersion)

    Not a bad specs list there to be fair. There is one potential area of concern though, and that is the use of the Snapdragon 810. I have been reliably informed that the tablet is not liable to the overheating issues we’ve heard about – mainly due to the greater surface-area. Only time will tell on this one guys, and I will be keeping an eye on it.

    The tablet is nice in the hand I have been able to hold it for a reasonable time without any discomfort and it sits well on the lap without taking up too much space unlike the Surface Pro 3.

    I have high hopes for this machine and it may even become my replacement for my Macbook Air. That is if I can find a decent video editing and stitching app that will work on Android. We’ll have to see if I am able to achieve this,  but I am looking forward to finding out.

    Please come along and join me in my journey of discovery over the next few weeks.

    To keep you going between now and then here are a few more pics of the tablet including some against a competitior –  the Remix Ultra Tablet.

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  • Android 7″ Tablet. Nice price. Asda price. You buy?

    Let’s face it, this isn’t going to be the greatest thing in the world. Quad-core it may be, but in all honesty it’s going to be about as terrible as most of the 7″ Android tablets you see on eBay direct from China. It’s called the “Q8″, even though it’s got a 7″ screen. I don’t know. Perhaps “Q8″ is the manufacturer. If it is, they’ve not even bothered to give it a model name.

    Android 7 Tablet. Nice price. Asda price. You buy?

    Coming complete with a probably terrible 800×480 pixel screen and 1GB RAM, it has 4GB storage and WiFi. It doesn’t look to have Bluetooth, GPS or a microSD card slot, which is naff. I was going to grab this to use as an internet radio, but if I can’t hook it up to a Bluetooth speaker I’ll need to plug a speaker into the 3.5mm audio port, which it actually does have.

    It tuns Android 4.2 and… wait. Did I mention the price yet? DX.com are selling it for £26.56, which is utterly bonkers.

    If you want a VERY cheap and probably NOT VERY good tablet, it could be worth a punt maybe. Stick it on the wall and use it as a control panel for something, I don’t know. Whatever floats your boat. For this price I could stick it on the wall and just have it showing images constantly from my Dropbox account, albeit at 800×480.

    Oh, there’s a couple of VGA cameras on-board too, but believe me, you won’t be using them. They’re terrible.

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