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Ruby on Rails, Web Development

Entropy & Microsoft: Blazing A Trail for Linux Apps on Azure

Over the past few months, quietly and behind the scenes, Entropy has been hard at work with Microsoft's Azure Team on the recently announced Linux App Service on Azure.

Eddie Vassallo
On May 11th, 2017 13:00

Entropy Reality, Entropy News

Entropy & The National Museum of Computing Announce the Colossus VR Experience

We are very excited to announce the launch of Entropy's Colossus VR Experience in cooperation with The National Museum of Computing. The new 360 VR Experience will allow users to see and experience the process of Second World War decryption of German High Command messages using the world's first programmable computer, the Colossus. 

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The 2-minute immersive VR experience (available for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream platforms) will transport users to a Second World War briefing room where they will be provided the background to Germany’s most secret and complex encryption device – the Lorenz or ‘Tunny’ – then on to the process of decryption and the development of the massive Colossus machine, devised by Bletchley Park and engineer Tommy Flowers in 1943.

Using a combination of intricate 8K 360-degree video and complex 3D scans of the Colossus and Lorenz machines, the Colossus VR Experience by Entropy represents a significant first step in a multi-phase VR programme to help bring The National Museum of Computing and the history of Bletchley Park to users around the world.


To be launched this evening at the The National Museum of Computing’s ‘Re-imagining Colossus’ Event, Entropy will showcase the first Phase of the Virtual Colossus programme with a talk by Entropy CEO, Eddie Vassallo.

A few tickets are still available – so don’t miss it!

And stay tuned for more info on how to download and experience Colossus in full VR for yourself - and check out Entropy Reality for more info on how our Advanced Reality Action Team is shattering walls in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality.

 

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Entropy Team
On March 16th, 2017 09:33

Android

Our Mobile World Congress 'Best in Show' Awards

Well we're almost done with Day Two at the world's largest Mobile get-together - Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona - and Entropy is ready to hand out a few of our 'best in show' awards. Granted, although we photo-bombed a few legitimate tech reviewer videos the past 36 hours (can you blame us?) - we are in no way the authority on these devices, so everything below should be taken with a grain of salt. But hey, we’re geeks – and entitled to our opinions…

So without further ado, here are a few products (and companies) that have us begging them to take our money!

BlackBerry KeyOne

OK BlackBerry's time is more than over - we get it - but we were absolutely smitten with the new KeyOne, the TCL-built revival of the BlackBerry brand, complete with an incredibly ‘clicky’ keyboard (much improved over the mushy and unsatisfying Priv of 2015), fingerprint scanner, and all those lovely touchpad/keypad gestures that had us all aflutter a few years back.

Granted the specs leave us wanting (ahem...Snapdragon 625 and only FHD resolution), but the build quality is top notch, and man oh man…that keyboard. If a mobile phone could ever come close to the feeling a mechanical keyboard imparts the first few times you try one - this would be it (admittedly this tiny keyboard would never be mistaken for Cherry MX or Topre switches...but still).

So this is a solid buy for Entropy – and would have likely garnered Best in Show if it weren’t for the….

LG G6

If we had to pick one Best in Show it would simply have to be the revamped LG super-flagship – the drop-dead gorgeous G6. Sure, you have to knock LG a few points for the placement of their LOGO on the front bottom bezel (aside: when will manufacturers like LG, Sony and Samsung realise that a logo placement on the FRONT of a device is cheesy, garish and just plain wrong?), but all in all, you cannot fault the look of this handset.

And while we could wax on about the all-metal body and near bezel-less Quad-HD LCD display - the real star here is the screen dimension - an elongated 18:9 aspect ratio that produces a staggering 90% screen-to-body ratio.

Crucially, this massive screen is executed tastefully retaining a slight bit of bezel to grip the phone comfortably without triggering accidental screen taps. We test drove the ludicrous Xiaomi Mi Mix concept phone recently and LG has done absolutely the correct thing showing some restraint on the total obliteration of a bezel.

Simply put, the proportions are just perfect - and the handset may ruin us for all other devices from this point forward. You just can’t go back to 16:9 after this.

And it’s not all about aesthetics as the 18:9 ratio means almost perfect dual-app multitasking - meaning two Android apps side by side or on top of each other are in perfect harmony with plenty of space to interact and work in both windows. If like us, you're a huge Android Nougat multi-tasker - the LG G6 is an absolute must.

Thanks, LG – the Pixel XL in our pocket now looks like a mid-2000’s Nokia (but more on that in a second).

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

We love 4K screens - just love them. But for the life of us, we couldn't really appreciate the 4K HDR-enabled monster that is the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Even up close. The problem is, QuadHD is more than enough pixels for anyone to enjoy - and 4K, while possible, is just plain overkill.

The phone is still decent - and the specs (including the first handset to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 SoC) are rock solid. But the bezels just kill this phone as Sony has recycled the same tired Xperia form factor yet again - meaning the chin and forehead are just outlandishly big. And we’re talking iPhone big, something that for Android folks is a no-go area.

So props to Sony for blowing the spec sheet out of the water, and while it’s worth a mention, this is not a handset we will be racing to pick up anytime soon.

Nokia 3310 (Part II: The Revenge)

Which brings us to perhaps the biggest star of the show - and mind you, we're talking about a very dumb feature phone originally released in the year 2000 - the retro and hyper-cool Nokia 3310 (take 2).

Sure we saw crowds jostling to handle the LG G6, a few Huawei phones, and even the new Sony 4K demon, but by far the most active crowd (we're talking 3-4 people deep) were huddled around a small table at the far end of the Nokia stand.

While the Nokia Reps were no doubt hoping to talk IoT and their other enterprise services, 3310 acolytes were literally queuing three-deep to get a chance to hold one of these cosmically anachronistic feature phones.

And I see why – as they are absolutely dripping with retro-cool.

Impressively, Nokia added just the right amount of modernity to these handsets - meaning while it respects the general style of the original 3310, it exudes a contemporary edge that can only be described as the "Snapchat Spectacles-effect".

Sure there's no sane reason this odd ‘candy bar’ phone from the noughties should ape the excitement for cutting edge octo-core, 4K phones with 6GB of RAM. But in an odd twist - I think most people will remember their quick few moments with the 3310 over almost any other device at MWC.

We're calling it now - the retro phone trend is in full effect - and as one of our twitter followers pointed out, Motorola needs to quickly get their factories pumping out retro RAZR handsets ASAP lest they leave some serious money on the table.

So that's it - four quick hits on four very different devices.

Our top pick? We're going to have to go with the LG G6 - as this is really the future of Smartphone form factors - with a modest shout out to BlackBerry and Nokia for giving us a much needed dose of nostalgia.

 

Which one are you going for? Let us know...and stay tuned for some proper reviews once we get our hands on these devices. Our pre-orders are already in...

Eddie Vassallo
On March 3rd, 2017 08:22

Windows

Quitting macOS

So it’s official - I’m quitting macOS.

Eddie Vassallo
On January 11th, 2017 08:15

Remarkable, Entropy News

Introducing The All New Oxford Dictionaries Online: Proudly Powered by Entropy's Remarkable Platform

If you have followed the Entropy Blog the last few months, you have probably seen our excited launch announcements of the various Oxford Global Language sites running on Entropy's Remarkable CMS platform. 

Entropy Team
On September 23rd, 2016 10:05

Windows

HP Elite x3 - The New Windows Superphone First Impressions

While we here at Entropy are predominantly Android and iOS users, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to test drive the latest 'superphone' for the Windows platform - indeed, the phone that many are touting as the most important Windows Phone ever released - the monstrosity known as the HP Elite x3. 

Eddie Vassallo
On August 26th, 2016 09:29

Remarkable

Announcing Remarkable 16.05 (Enigma)

We are tremendously proud and excited to announce the formal GA Release of Remarkable 16.05 (Enigma) - the latest and greatest live version of Entropy's Remarkable Content Management System available to all our Enterprise customers from today (June 6th).

Entropy Team
On June 6th, 2016 14:00

Remarkable, Entropy News

Oxford Global Languages Initiative Rolls On - Now in Setswana & Indonesian

Entropy is immensely proud of the work we have been doing with Oxford University Press as part of the "Oxford Global Languages" programme to realise the launch and development of the living dictionary to a number of under-represented languages around the world. 

Eddie Vassallo
On May 13th, 2016 14:17

Entropy News

Entropy at Mobile World Congress

Yep, it's that time of the year again - Mobile World Congress 2016 is upon us and we'll be packing our bags, rolling up our leads, and charging our battery packs for a fun-filled four days in Barcelona. 

Entropy Team
On February 17th, 2016 14:02

Google's Pixel C: The Elephant in the Room

As a devoted iPad Pro user - and a power-user at that thanks to my nifty remote Mac Mini screen-share for extreme tasks that require a full desktop - the act of pulling away from the iPad to an Android Tablet (of all things) was not an easy sell.

Eddie Vassallo
On February 3rd, 2016 11:15

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