Members Update (October 2011)

DPS Computing is proud to announce that since the last membership update we have gained an extra 100 members while continuing to have tens of thousands of visitors per month.  Today, the grand total for the amount of DPS members reached 700!

Once again thank you for your continued support as we all continue to aim to improve the DPS Computing website.  If you have any comments, feedback, new suggestions or criticism of the website then please feel free to post on the forums and we will take your comments into consideration and get back to you with any changes resulting from your comments.

We’re still on track for another record breaking year for DPS Computing and we would like to celebrate that success with all of our members and visitors, both old and new.

Once again, thank you for your continued support :-D .  You are what makes the site worthwhile to produce!

DPS David.

New iPhone 4S Plagued By Rapid Power Drain

Apple iPhone 4S

The new iPhone 4s, which launched only a couple of weeks ago has ran into major difficulties with a lot of its users experiencing extremely low battery life.  Results from user testing on iOS 5 have indicated that it might be the location services feature that is the problem.  The current theory is that location data is being pulled far too frequently from mobile phone masts and is therefore draining the phones battery at a much acceleratedspeed.

This flaw will no doubt be slightly embarrassing to Apple but a swift and efficient resolution from them will likely mean that it has done them no harm in the long run.

Location services are provided on most smart phones these days.  Even when these services are running correctly, they are a huge drain on battery as they are simultaneously using information from mobile masts, WiFi and Global Positioning System Satellites.

According to iDownload, turning off the automatic time zone setting will mean that your battery life will last much longer.  The bug means

Applethat when this option is selected your location is calculated over and over again constantly so in case you change timezone the phone can update the correct time.

DPS Computing would advise all iPhone 4S users to currently turn this setting off – unless of course you are somebody that changes time

zone every second  ;-).

Apple are continuing to investigate and hope to find the problem soon as some tests have been inconclusive with the iDownload results above.

Google Chrome

Name Google Chrome
Category Multiple OS – Web Browser
URL http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/landing_tv.html
Rating (out of 5) [rating:3]

Google Chrome

Description

 

Chrome is supposed to be the new dawn in web browsing history.

Google describe the software as follows:

“Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything–type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop.

What’s new in this version: This release fixes login issues to Barrons Online and The Wall Street Journal.”

Review

Only a few weeks ago, Google Chrome would have got 4 or 5 out 5 rating from DPS Computing for being such a wonderful new browser and a breath of fresh air in the market.  But unfortunately, we’ve discovered a major flaw with it during testing which means that it’s lucky it’s getting any stars at all.  With Firefox becoming a memory hogging browser and Safari just not quite cutting it, Internet users have now for a while been looking for an alternative.  An alternative came along in Chrome but Google recently ruined it by making it do some of the most annoying things on earth.  Google Chrome evidently doesn’t like Mac OS X (it may even be an issue on Windows as well but we haven’t tested that) as after a varying time of usage the browser will just crash.  At first you will still be able to change tabs but you won’t be able to interact with any of the pages.  Slowly, and no matter what you do, the browser will eventually completely crash and it’ll take OS X down with it.  The reasons for this are unknown.  From our research it appears that there are many many people suffering with this problem and the only replies that DPS Computing have seen from Google are that they are aware of this problem and are working on a fix.  As far as we’re concerned, for an bug which is so major that it crashes the uncrashable, it should have been fixed, like, yesterday!  Until a time that Google has sorted out this issue we’ve had to reduce the rating to 3/5.  And to be honest, it’s lucky that it’s even got that.  Hopefully, for Windows users, this issue isn’t present.  We’ll have a try out in Windows and see what happens.  If the same thing happens as on OS X don’t be surprised when we take the rating down to 0 or 1 out of 5!!

If you’re on Mac OS X and you’re a gluten for punishment, you can always download it from the link below  😆

Download

http://www.google.com/chrome?hl=en-GB

BlueJ For Mac

Name BlueJ For Mac
Category Mac Software – Development Tool / IDE / Java
URL http://www.bluej.org/
Rating (out of 5) [rating:4]

Description

BlueJ For Mac

BlueJ is a free development environment that is available for free and primarily caters for the Java language.  It is a great tool for beginners and experts alike.

The University of Kent describe the software as follows:

“BlueJ is an integrated Java development environment developed specifically for introductory programming learning and teaching. It is ideal for small-scale development. BlueJ offers a very easy-to-use and highly interactive interface that allows the interactive creation and invocation of objects.

What’s new in this version: It includes JUnit 4 support (many thanks to Patrick Doran-Wu at the University of Western Australia), and support for the language features introduced with Java 7, as well as a large number of minor bug fixes.

Review

DPS Computing has given this software 4 out of 5.  A great tool that spawned from a research project at a couple of Universities.  It is used as a teaching tool and an introduction to OO programming at many of the UKs Universities and provides a gentle introduction to OO programming using Java as well as allowing more advanced students to perform fairly advanced tasks with this tool.  This tool is mainly beneficial to beginners but can be used to some degree by all.  After a developer has comfortably worked in BlueJ for a while they may find it beneficial to upgrade to the Eclipse IDE which will provide them with more possibilities.

Download

http://www.bluej.org/download/download.html

Virtual DJ For Mac

 

Name Virtual DJ For Mac
Category Mac Software – Audio / Entertainment
URL http://www.virtualdj.com/download/free.html
Rating (out of 5) [rating:5]

 

Virtual DJ For Mac

Description

Virtual DJ is a piece of software that puts you behind the controls of your own set of decks!

Atomix Productions describe the software as follows:

“With more than a million new downloads every months, VirtualDJ is the most widely used DJ software, and the uncontested leader of non-timecode digital DJing. It has been used around the world for the past 10 years by bedroom DJs and professional superstars alike to rock millions of parties, and has been chosen by leading DJ brands such as Pioneer, Numark, Hercules, Denon, Gemini, or Vestax, to be included with most of their digital DJ controllers. With its cutting-edge beatlock engine, your songs will always stay on the beat, and you can work your mixes incredibly faster than any other DJ. The automatic seamless loop engine and synchronized sampler will let you perform astounding remixes on the fly. The video engine lets you mix and scratch music videos or karaoke as easily as audio. With NetSearch and MusicGroups, you will stay on the edge of the musical trends. And with the versatile VDJScript language and hundreds of downloadable skins, you can tailor your software to your exact needs. Whether you are a professional experienced DJ, or a music enthusiast, VirtualDJ is all you need to get the party started.

What’s new in this version: version 7.0.5 adds new controllers to the native list, and fixes an issue with video streaming from the Internet.”

Review

DPS Computing has given this software 5 out of 5 for being absolutely outstanding.  Although many will argue that PCDJ is better when you combine the functionality of Virtual DJ combined with the price tag that we all love – free – you can see why it hits the top of the list.  Personally, I have only ever used Virtual DJ myself on the Windows OS but I’m sure that this version from the same authors will live up to the same high standards as its counterpart.  I’ll be sure to try out Virtual DJ on Mac OS X as soon as possible and update you all with the results.  CNET currently rate it as the number 1 in the DJ Software category and things don’t look like changing in the foreseeable future!

Download

http://www.virtualdj.com/download/free.html