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  1. Apple Flops

    Bodge Jobs – Apple’s Biggest Flops

    With its legions of fans and runaway successes, sometimes it might seem like Apple can do no wrong. But it can, and when Apple flops, it flops hard. Here’s the proof: five less-than-stellar projects that the folk in Cupertino would rather forget…

     

    Apple Lisa

    Launched: 1983

    Discontinued: 1986

    Units sold: 100,000

    Original price: $9,995

    Cost to Apple: Estimated $50 million+ on development (source)

     

    The Apple Lisa was one of the first personal computers with a mouse-controlled graphical user interface – a revolutionary feature that we now take for granted – but was hampered by an enormous price tag, fugly design and very few software applications of note. The 5MHz processor, underwhelming even at the time, also struggled to run the operating system. After just a couple of years on sale, the cheaper, better Macintosh had rendered the Lisa obsolete. Legend has it that thousands of unsold Lisas still lie buried in a Utah landfill, possibly plotting their revenge against the Mac.

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  2. iPhone Through the ages: How much has it changed?

     It’s almost hard to believe there was ever a time before the Apple iPhone existed. There was however and this time was everything prior to June 2007.

    Since its launch, the iPhone has become a popular gadget in many households, and has become a life accessory rather than just a phone. The iPhone that we know and love today however isn’t how it all started out. The iPhone series has evolved over the last 8 years with a total of different 8 models being released and another due in just a matter of weeks. Below we take a look at the journey of the iPhone from the original to the much anticipated iPhone 6.

     

    iPhone (first generation)

     

    Origional iphone

     

    June 2007 “changed everything”, according to Apple. The revolutionary iPhone launched, and it was beautiful. The first generation iPhone was a revolutionary device and equipped with a multi-touch screen and only four physical buttons on the handset. Available in 4 GB or 8 GB, both models came with Wi-Fi, 128 MB of RAM and a 413mhz processor. The iPhone was a new concept, in that this device was an iPod, web browser and telephone all in one attractive little package. It was simple however compared to the iPhone of today. The headphone jack was recessed and the 2mpx camera was simple to say the least, in fact, it didn’t even support video. There was also no ability to send  multimedia messages such as photos or audio. Regardless of this, it was still a giant step in the right direction and people started to view their mobile as more than just a telephone device but instead as an everyday accessory.

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  3. The Brits who are destroying their phones (and how not to be one of them)

    For many of us, our mobile phones are vital components of our daily lives. So important, in fact, that when we are forced to go without them we feel lost, confused and alone, like we’ve suddenly been transported back in time to an unfamiliar and hostile land, with no idea how to get home.

    Ok, a bit of hyperbole there. But if our phones are so important to us, why are we so bad at taking care of them?

    Broken phone

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  4. Hidden Gems of South England

    A couple of weeks ago I went for a bike ride on a sunny Saturday. July 2014 has been a pleasure for bike riders because there has been lovely warm weather and almost no rain.

    Bicycle 1

    Hampshire and Berkshire has some of the most scenic windy country lanes available offering breathtaking views and wonderful colours. Early summer presented rolling hills of yellow as the Oilseed Rape came into blossom and then came the 50 shades of Green for as far as the eye can see. As midsummer takes hold the surprising changing colours of the countryside settle and it is up to the rider to search for hidden no so obvious gems to occupy the mind.

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  5. Hack attacks and keeping your phone safe

    The amount of times you see a celebrity post a rather questionable opinion on social media, only for them to later claim their account was ‘hacked’, you may be forgiven for thinking that ‘hacked’ is nothing more than a code-word for embarrassing drunken posts.

    But social media accounts do get hacked, and more often than you may think. According to a survey we conducted in partnership with YouGov, one in ten of us have had a social media account hacked, with a third party gaining access to all our personal information. Yet it is our friends we should be more wary of: one in five of our survey respondents said their mates had accessed their social media account to put up an embarrassing post.

    Hacked

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