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Top 10 – Company Blunders

Ever feel like a company has to put on a brave face? You bet that it happens to every company at some point in their lives. Hey, we’ve made mistakes on this here site, definitely including a number of typos (sorry!) Nevermind, we’re here to embrace, or perhaps shun the top examples we can think of when we say company blunders, when a company makes a big mistake, whether it was funny or just outright disastrous.

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EVA Spacewalk Emergency VR

At GeekOut we often get emails about new and upcoming projects; Some are incredibly exciting and relevant to modern technologies. Recently I spoke to Andrew Baker of Candy Code who wanted to tell us about their upcoming experience.

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Why I Use Google Apps and Why You Should Too

The web is full of really useful tools for productivity, but sitting up the top are Google Apps. Read on to find out why both Timlah and Joel have been using the web office tools so avidly and what benefits we’ve seen through using it.

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VR For Cheap

Virtual Reality has become a mainstay of the technology industry as of the past few years, all thanks to the invention of the Oculus Rift. However, that’s a piece of kit that is rather expensive for what is effectively a novelty (at the moment). Join Timlah as we look at a couple of the cheap alternatives to virtual reality headsets.

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Hack Cancer

Since today is a technology day and later we’ll be looking at how to recreate a websites looks entirely in Web Wednesdays project, let’s make today a full day of technology. I recently found out about this campaign via Twitter and I was immediately interested in knowing more about it. This article is about Hack Cancer, a hackathon to raise money for cancer research.

Hackathons are a chance for developers to get together, to create software solutions within a set period of time. Not just developers, but graphic designers and UI designers too. The point is, people get together to create software and create some truly genius software. This event is all in the name of Cancer research.

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This hackathon is supporting two charities, Cancer Research UK which I previously did a Dryathlon for (early 2014) and Teenage Cancer Trust. These are two really great causes and the 24 hour hackathon on the 10th-11th of October has one theme: to create a Cancer Beater. Once these projects have begun, the idea is to keep working to beat cancer through working collaboratively on projects until the finals in 2016.

It’s a really worthy cause that I wanted to help spread some general awareness on. As I wrote off to the team to see if I could find out more, I had the priviledge of being allowed to join the Hack Cancer Slack team, which is really easy to get into if you’re a passionate developer. If you feel you’re a developer who finds this interesting, get in touch with the Hack Cancer guys today!

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They’re looking for sponsors to help make the event a truly memorable experience. So far, the amount of work they have put in is phenomenal. The hackathon day will take place at the Google Campus in Shoreditch, so if you’re free at midday on Saturday 10th, do go by and support the men and women who will be hacking away in the name of beating Cancer sooner.

I’ll be keeping my eye on this, so please do let us know what you think about the event in the comments below, over on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out Hack Cancer’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as their website. The website is still being built, so give that some time and hopefully there’ll be more information on there. In the mean time, watch this space guys – It’s time that tech beats Cancer.


Googles Alphabet

Those of you who were paying attention to social media on Monday may have heard that Google have a new parent company. That’s not a joke, that’s the gods honest truth, there is now a new parent company for the already massive mega corporation that is Google. The new parent company is a seemingly brand new company that goes under the name of Alphabet, but what does this mean exactly? There was a lot of confusion on Monday, but if you’ve been reading then it actually makes some sense.

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Top 10 Evil Corporations

You voted for it, you’ve got it. This week, we’re going to be doing our scheduled Top 10 for Evil Corporations! Now, we do cross into quite a few different fandoms with this one, which was pretty exciting. We had to seriously think about this one too, with a further 6 or 7 on our minds, but we just couldn’t put them next to these guys.

So, let’s not keep you waiting, who are our Top 10 Evil Corporations and why?

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Gamification

For today’s article, I thought I’d have a quick look at the concept of Gamification and open discussion to all of you about the subject. First and foremost, I am certainly not an expert on this subject, having only gotten some interest in the subject when I took it up on a MOOC course over on Coursera. The lecturer is certainly very credible, as he’s got his own book on the subject, which I would recommend getting as it’s a thoroughly interesting read. You can get his book, For The Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business over on Amazon for just £4.31 for the Kindle book or £10.99 for the paperback.

Gamification has given me a lot of food for thought, especially when it comes down to what I thought was standard business practice. It’s true, Joel and I have had many discussions about what we can do to make this GeekOut blog bigger and better. Whilst we ultimately will keep providing content, we’d love to implement some changes to the website, so I’ve been studying Gamification, as well as technologies.

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Geeky Santa Hunt

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With technology having advanced so rapidly over the past few years, it’s no wonder that people have been putting their technology to use for some of life’s most pressing issues. Issues such as vital research against devastating illnesses, how the economy is fluctuating or where on Earth Santa Claus is right at this exact second. Whilst we do not have any cures for illness here on GeekOut South-West, nor can we tell you how you can geek out your Santa searching for this year.

Grab your technology folks, it’s time to hunt down Santa, GeekOut style!

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The Week in Geek – 13/10/2014

We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week, we’ve had a bit of a slow one, but it’s also been an exciting one for a few reasons. Here’s last week’s geek happenings and what there is to look forward to!

The Week In Geek

This week, we’re getting techy and we’re also getting perhaps unnecessarily violent..? Yes, technology and video games are the themes of this weeks issue of The Week in Geek.

 


Google Nexus 9 announced

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The Google Nexus 9 has just been announced, a new tablet in the Google Nexus name. But what has been announced so far?

We know this is going to be one of the very first devices that will feature Android 5.0 – Lollipop! This is an 8.9 inch screen tablet and will come in black, white and sand colours. Launching soon (November 3rd) for a starting price of $399 which equates to £248, but an official UK price has yet to be announced. Bank on it being closer to £300 once we’ve added VAT into the equation… But don’t take my word for the price.

2GB of RAM and comes in a 16GB or a 32GB model. It comes with a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and a Kepler CPU. Featuring an 8MP camera on the back with LED flash too, there’s also a 1.6MP camera on the front. You can read more about the Google Nexus 9 here.

Samsung Galaxy S6 announced

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In a similar vein to the aforementioned Google Nexus 9 announcement, the next Samsung Galaxy smart phone has been announced, the S6.

What do we know about the S6 so far? Not much, except for the fact that there are a lot of rumours out there about it. Let’s leave this one to develop over the next few months. Apparently they want to release the S6 at the beginning of the year, but don’t quote me on that either!

Hatred trailer causes controversy

WARNING: The above trailer is 18+. Seriously. It’s graphic. Watch at your own peril. It’s Not Safe For Work!!!

Hatred is a new game developed by Destructive Creations and is aiming to launch in 2015. Now, I’m not going to go on a tirade by saying how bad the game is or anything like that. First of all, I’d like to point out that this is a game that looks like it has a great engine within it. It also looks like it has a fairly simple but effective system.

With this said, I do not condone the violence. I’m just one man thus no need to listen to me, but with the fact the media are so hell-bent on telling the world how bad video games are, it feels like this would merely rekindle the spark. Furthermore, the actual premise I hate to say it, doesn’t feel that exciting to me. The premise is to basically be a serial killer whose motive is “pure hatred”. I’m not exaggerating.

However I’d not want it to stop development just because it’s something that’s being portrayed negatively. I just think that perhaps more of a reasoning behind things should be made. We don’t even know if it’s going to be as brutally serious as it looks. This was just one trailer. If the developers ever somehow read this article, I welcome them for their comments. As I say, it’s not about “This shouldn’t exist”, it’s more a question of “but do you feel there will be consequences?” I personally feel there might be…

Other games like this have been released before: Manhunt (Although in that, you were going against bad guys), Postal (You… Beat up people like Gary Coleman and it literally rains cats and dogs. There’s enough humour in there to make up for the violence). My question is simply: Is Hatred going to take itself too seriously? It certainly looks horrific.

Finally, a couple of small updates from topics we’ve covered previously

e-Collectica’s Games Day and 8th birthday party went rather well. Check back with us this Saturday for a selection of the best pictures and a run down on what you guys may have missed by not being in Shrewsbury over this weekend.

Following up on our coverage of the Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm Kickstarter campaign, with two weeks left on the clock the project has gotten a little less than halfway to the ultimate stretch goal of £135K which will see the mini-sode turn into a full 22 minute pilot! Many cool stretch goals are left to be reached in the mean time, and still lots of rewards to grab, and still the last-minute surge to go.

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That’s it for this Week in Geek! If you know of anything happening that you think should get a small piece on this site, let us know! Drop us an e-mail or even use the contact form below. If you don’t want your name to be featured or if you want some information to be displayed should your news make it in, then please let us know what you want and we’ll accredit you as expected!