LEO Computers

The LEO I – Lyons Electronic Office I – was the first computer used for commercial business applications.  J. Lyons and Co., one of the UK’s leading catering and food manufacturing companies in the first half of the 20th century, constructed this machine, based upon the pioneering University of Cambridge EDSAC computer.

LEO III GPO, Charles House

LEO I’s clock speed was 500 Hz, with most instructions taking about 1.5 ms to execute. To be useful for business applications, the computer had to be able to handle a number of data streams, input and output, simultaneously. Therefore the machine had to have multiple input/output buffers. In the first instance, these were linked to paper tape readers/punches and eventually to a fast punched card reader and punches, and a 100 line a minute tabulator. Later, other devices, including magnetic tape, were added. Its ultrasonic delay line memory based on tanks of mercury, with 2K (2048) 35-bit words (8¾ K bytes – compare that with  today’s laptops which  commonly have 6G Bytes), was four times as large as that of EDSAC.  The first test programs were run in September 1951.

HP rumoured to be re-entering the tablet market

HP’s initial foray into the tablet market with it’s TouchPad was less than successful.

However HP are rumoured to be about to make a second attempt to gain a foothold in the lucrative tablet market and they are setting up a new Mobility Division to manage it’s re-entry. It will be interesting to see if HP  will try and breathe new life into it’s own WebOS or if they will target the Android and/or Windows 8 markets.

Black Samsung Galaxy III available soon

A black version of the Galaxy S III should be available in the UK in about four to six weeks.

It should also be  coming with 64GB of storage, so you can expect to pay a premium on the price for this model. Otherwise specs are the same as the standard model – a quad-core Exynos processor, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and eight megapixel camera with 1080p video recording. By the time it is available it may also be shipping with Android Jelly Bean.

Create custom grid sets for your projects

GridsetGridset is now in Beta. The Gridset App allows you to create and save custom grid sets for you web design project.  A grid will be tied to a designated screen size or breakpoint. For example, you may create a grid for desktop size, tablet size, and mobile. Once the grid is added, you will have the opportunity to set the size at which that grid will be used. You can also choose to load a pre-built template set of grids into your set in order to try some new layout ideas.

Watch this video to learn more

Three – Euro Internet Pass

The Three network have  introduced  a new Euro Internet Pass, designed to let you browse, tweet, update and upload for just a £5 a day. No more hunting for internet cafés, no more searching for WiFi hotspots. The Euro Internet Pass gives you the benefits of the internet, without any of the hassle. Read more.

Dropbox on Android 4 gets better!

Dropbox, one of the pioneers of cloud-based file storage solutions has just rolled out an update for anyone using an Android device with version 4.0 or higher.  The new update to the service’s Android app adds the ability to stream videos that are stored in your Dropbox account.  Read more.


Google 8-bit Maps

Google 8-bit MapsGoogle Labs – Dateline 1st April 2012. Google has released a new 8-bit version of its world famous mapping software. Feeling nostalgic, and want to re-live the good old days of computing then this is the one for you!
All you need to do is go into Google Maps using your favourite browser and click Quest from the map options on the right of the screen. Your maps will then be shown in full 8-bit retro glory.

Google Launches Android Design

Google has launched Android Design a site detailing creative design principles, user interface best practise, and guidelines for Android app designers. This move is a meant to try and achieve design consistency along the lines that Apple imposes on iOS apps through it’s app review. However Google’s approach is voluntary not compulsory. Based on the new Android 4.0, Google wants designers to adopt some base principles – Enchant me, Simplify my life,and Make me amazing.

Android 4 Upgrades for Samsung Devices

Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The ICS-upgradable devices are:

GALAXY Tab 10.1,
GALAXY Tab 8.9,
GALAXY Tab 7.7,
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.


For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements. Read more.

Firefox for Android – new features

Firefox for Android has new features that put users in control of their mobile Web experience. With Firefox Master Password, you can protect all your saved usernames and passwords. This will help your private info stay private if you ever share or lose your Android device.

Firefox lets Android users add icons for any bookmarked website or Web app to the home screen and launch with just one touch.