UK’s Supreme Court joins Twitter


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The highest court in Britain has opened a Twitter account with the main objective of sharing information about its latest judgements.

@UKSupremeCourt is run by the court’s commmunications team who promise 2-3 tweets each week on the cases, judgements, and any other announcements from the court. The first messages from this new account were to share the process of the swearing in of Lord Reed (the newest justice to join the Court).

In one of the account’s earliest tweets, the courts communications team tweeted a  link to a page on the Supreme Court’s website where it has posted a “Twitter Policy”. They warn users not to be expected to be followed back. It also says ” It helps to keep discussions open by limiting the use of Direct Messages”. If it does follow anyone, however, that “does not imply endorsement of any kind by the UK Supreme Court“.

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A afternoon of Twitter Problems


This afternoon Twitter has reported a log-out issue thanks to a large amount of users reporting problems with their acounts on mobile phones apps.

This issue appears to be based with the ‘signed OAuth requests’ Which involve valid access tokens and these are being responded to with a 401 Unauthorized errors. Hence the Log Out.

The harsh tag for this matter on twitter is: #T4BB

Also twitter users can follow updates on twitters developers website at: http://bbry.lv/zjdByd

Blackberry Playbook Review


The BlackBerry PlayBook is the tablet from RIM. The Canadian company are most famous for their BlackBerry mobiles. The PlayBook is seems mainly intended as a business tablet and it could very well serve as a general purpose tablet too.

So I recently borrowed a friends playbook to write this review on it. So enjoy.

Appearance
The PlayBook comes with a impressive 7-inch touch sensitive display (although smaller than the Apple Ipad). It looks like a thin black slab with rounded edges and has 4 small buttons (power, play/pause, volume up and volume down) on the top and a camera each on the front and rear. A touch sensitive frame surrounds the touch screen display (which let’s you power it up on the lock screen). The headset jack is located on the top and speakers are located on right and left side of the front. The PlayBook’s back has BlackBerry logo and a soft rubbery feel that feels really good to touch (and useful as it acts as a non slip cover)

Setup
Press the small power button on the top and the PlayBook springs to life in about 40-50 seconds (fairly quick compared to their phones). I have heard many people complaining about the power button being too small, but I haven’t had any difficulty using it and all it needed was a soft push. You will need to connect to Wi-Fi to proceed through the initial setup. The touch gesture required to proceed through the setup was a bit confusing in the beginning. The PlayBook’s screen display’s two swipe gestures, one from top to mid-way and the other from bottom to mid-way, but the gesture required to proceed through the set-up is none of them. You will need a small swipe from right to left at the bottom of the screen to proceed through the setup. After connecting to Wi-Fi, the latest updates are downloaded and the PlayBook restarts and you are all set to go and have a play.

Hardware
Processor
The processor on the BlackBerry PlayBook is a dual-core 1 GHz  NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The processor is super fast and very responsive. The apps open in an instant and switching between multiple apps is a breeze (even better than a Ipad I found)

Display
The display is a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen with 1024×600 screen resolution. The display is crisp and the clarity is very good. HD videos and images are a pleasure to look at on the PlayBook (It even has a mini HD cable output). The PlayBook also offers great viewing angles under bright light.

Cameras
The PlayBook has a 5 MP camera on the rear and a 3 MP camera on the front. The cameras are capable of recording 1080p HD videos. The image and video quality of the rear camera is quite good. The front camera is OK for chat sessions, but do not use it for recording self videos as the video quality is not up to the mark.

Connectivity
The PlayBook connects to your internet network through Wi-Fi 802.1 a/b/g/n. Unfortunately, the PlayBook lacks 3G connectivity (but you can use blackberry bridge to get round this). This tablet can connect to other mobile devices through Bluetooth. There is also a Micro-USB port on the bottom through which you can charge your PlayBook and also connect to your desktop. The PlayBook also has a HDMI port on the bottom through which you can mirror HD videos directly on your large HD television (I love this as I travel a lot and can watch films in the hotal room)

Battery
Well, I haven’t continuously used the PlayBook and drained it out to give the exact battery life, but I can say that the battery life is quite good. I have used it for browsing, games, videos and music and it survived for two days based on not so heavy usage.

Software
Operating System
The Operating System on the PlayBook is BlackBerry Tablet OS. The OS has a fresh look and is very easy to use. The OS is very refined and I couldn’t really find any glitches. The home screen looks good and you can access all your apps right on your home screen. There’s a notification bar on the top left hand corner.

Apps
The PlayBook comes pre-loaded with Video Chat, YouTube, Kobo Books, Bing Maps, NFS Undercover, Tetris, Adobe Reader, Word To Go, Sheet To Go, Slideshow To Go, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter apps. There are a limited number of apps available in the App World and the numbers will increase over time. Good news is that RIM has already announced that it will bring Android app compatibility to the PlayBook this February in a update.

Browser
The browser on the BlackBerry PlayBook is fast and the webpages load fast. Adobe Flash 10.1 is enabled and flash heavy sites also load well.

Keyboard
When the tablet is held horizontally, the keys are well spaced and is very convenient to use. Alphabets are displayed by default and the numbers and symbols can be accessed by pressing 123 sym button on the keyboard. The keyboard is not as good when held vertically and you will need some precision to hit the right keys.

Gestures
Gestures play a very important part in the PlayBook. The PlayBook has various touch gestures for various functions. An upward swipe from the center at bottom returns you to the home screen and a downward swipe from the center at top displays the additional options for the app. Swipe across the screen and you switch apps. Make an upward diagonal swipe from the left-hand bottom corner and the keyboard is displayed. A downward diagonal swipe from the left-hand top corner shows you the notification bar.

BlackBerry Bridge
With BlackBerry Bridge you can connect to your BlackBerry mobile and access your contents on the tablet screen. Such as the messager and email.