Problem with my Internet and Television ???

I am having a serious problem with my TV and Internet. I think its some sort of software or hardware bug!!

I’m not sure if anyone else is seeing the same problem with whats appearing on the TV and also on the Internet.

As I write this blog post – If I tune into ESPN or Sky News it shows the following

Liverpool 4 – Portsmouth 1
That can’t be right …  should it be the other way round?

Liverpool Won – Surely this is some sort of error!!?
Whats happening?

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

FrontPage of WordPress iPhone AppIf you run a WordPress blog and you have an iPhone (or indeed an iPod Touch) then the WordPress iPod App is for you.

You can run multiple blogs using the same App. There was a previous version of the WordPress App but if you had this old version WordPress for iPhone 2 or 2.1 won’t automatically update the old app to 2.0.

The new WordPress App has a better user interface overhaul, some improvements to the software, some bug fixes, as well as some requests.

The WordPress App 2.0 and 2.1 allows you to add and update your posts and blog pages.
The updates in the 2.0 / 2.1 version of the app are.
* A better user interface making it easy to view comments, posts, and pages with a brand new comments interface
* Posts are automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
* The WordPress App re-opens in the blog you last used
* You can manually enter the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups – other XML issues resolved.
* Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved WordPress App Posts Page
* Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded
* A post or page can be deleted by swiping across its title in the Posts or Pages list
* People who made comments, their email addresses are now visible
* Fixes for the link helper, errors in using the more tag, Comments section and URL issues.

The benefit of this great App is that you can compose a few blog entries even without WiFi or 3G connection. As soon as you have connection you can just hit the post button and update to your hearts content.
You can Download the WordPress iPod App from the iTunes App Store.
http://itunes.com/app/wordpress2

How to fix an iPod Touch or iPhone which won’t start

How to fix an iPod Touch or iPhone which won’t start

If your iPod Touch or iPhone won’t start, then you are probably having a very frustrating time of it.

This is what’s probably happening to you if your iPod Touch or iPhone fails to start.

What happens when an iPod Touch or iPhone won't start

What happens when an iPod Touch or iPhone won't start

How do you fix it?
Using the iPod Recovery Mode helped me!
Hold down the iPod Touch’s home button (circle at the bottom centre of the iPod or iPhone) and then plug the iPhone / iTouch into your computer, while always keeping the iPod Home button depressed. This should launch the iPod recovery mode system. Recovery Mode is a specialised diagnostic mode which allows your iPod Touch’s software to be reinstalled.

Warning
This deletes everything from your iPod, so be aware. If you have being synching your iPod regularly the system should reinstall your apps, emails, text messages, settings and files from the last full synch of the iPod.

If you don’t know what you are doing, get somebody who does … This worked for me, but if you are unsure contact an official Apple registered service company. Also, some online solutions to this issue say to lightly Bang the iPod beforehand … I can’t see how this would help so I wouldn’t recommend doing this!

When to Try iPod / iPhone Recovery Mode
Try this if you’re unable to get a response from the device even when it’s plugged into a computer with iTunes. You may not even get a response if you plug direct into an iPod charger.

How Long does iPod Tuoch / iPhone Recovery Mode Take?
This depends on the number of apps, number of files etc that have to be reinstalled. My iPod recovery took about 90 minutes.

Note : Recovery mode may not be the ideal solution for your iPod issue, but might help if you have tried everything else.

What Caused it to Stop Working
For me, I started downloading an App Update via the iPod Touchs’ App Store section. As the App was downloading I moved to an point in the building where there was no WiFi coverage and download stopped. As soon as I was back in WiFi coverage, I was asked for my iTunes password and within 2 minutes the device turned off – perhaps some sort of unrecoverable deadlock conflict between a half downloaded App and the new download. All further attempts to restart gave the response shown in the graphic above.

All working now, All Apps back on the iPod – all thanks to iPod Recovery Mode!

PhotoSketch can Montage a Photo Automatically

Students in China have proposed that a technology called PhotoSketch can create an Internet image montage from other photos. The project from 5 Chinese Computer Science and Technology students at the Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore say that their PhotoSketch research paper can create a unique photo using other photos.

All you have to do to create your PhotoSketch is:

1) Create an outline of the figures you want in your photo, e.g. an Airplane, Bird and a Sunset

2) Create and add labels for each of the outlined items in step 1, as well as for the photo background.

3) The PhotoSketch system will then search for web images which match your outline. PhotoSketch will then complie them into a Photo Montage.

Apparently the initial results for PhotoSketch Demo are something beyond what any current automated tool can provide.

The Abstract of the system reads as follows;
We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple freehand sketch annotated with text labels. The composed picture is generated by seamlessly stitching several photographs in agreement with the sketch and text labels; these are found by searching the Internet. ” – Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Cheng, Ping Tan, Ariel Shamir, Shi-Min Hu, (Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University & National University of Singapore)

The students at T.U and N.U.S have results from a PhotoSketch Demo:
Visit http://cg.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn/montage/main.htm for details

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