Stuff Office Cat’s Diary 03/08/12
Super Siri hack
Thanks to a new app for jailbroken iPhones, you can finally make Siri realise its potential. AssistantExtensions, from Cydia, not only lets you access apps to do things like tweet, simply by saying "tweet" followed by the message, it also lets you fiddle with the phone’s settings. So now you can turn your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on and off by simply saying it. Office Cat, of course, already has a PA to switch his phone settings around.
Facebook has more than 83 million fake accounts, according to company filings unearthed by the BBC. They include duplicates, business profiles, spammers and profiles created for people's pets. Personally, Office Cat can't imagine someone inventing a fake animal persona, it would be ludicrous.
Logitech puts Skype in your lounge
Logitech is launching a 720p TV Cam HD that connects via HDMI to any TV and lets you use Skype via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. And with a Carl Zeiss lens, four noise-cancelling mics, and always on alerts for incoming calls Office Cat's happy to spend the US$200 (£130) this’ll cost. Because it means that he now has an excuse for fitting a 42" plasma in his corner office. He needs it. For important video conferences. From the comfort of his office sofa.
Cheap solar panels are coming
Office Cat likes catching some rays, and now his house can too. Those clever clogs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have come up with a new solar cell technology called screening-engineered field-effect photovoltaics. Without going into detail (Office Cat gets bored easily) the discovery will mean that virtually any semiconductor material can be used to create photovoltaic cells. So expect to see fewer cats and more solar panels on roofs from now on.