Well it looks like Microsoft has opted to go “all in”. The move totally reshapes the mobile industry and Microsoft’s future. By adding consumer hardware to it’s portfolio Microsoft now gains the expertise of Nokia long standing know-how in the industry. In addition Microsoft also adds in Nokia’s assets, giving them additional ammunition in the patent area. It will be interesting to see what direction existing products such as the Surface Pro and Surface RT take. With the purchase of Nokia it more than likely means that BlackBerry is off the table for Microsoft. I doubt that Microsoft will end up purchasing any of BlackBerry’s assets or seek a partnership. It will be interesting to see how both companies will transition and merge; as they find synergies between the two companies. Will this move push Samsung to rapidly expand Tizen? Will Google place Motorola in a more prominent role? How will this hurt BlackBerry, if at all? Is this a great oppourtunity for Microsoft to change it’s standing in the industry?
I am a user of Facebook, but not a real fan. By stating this some may feel it’s pointless to read on. Well let me confess, I have tried to understand our global fascination with Facebook. Why is it so popular? What makes it different than any other platform? Is it just another passing fad or the next MySpace? No, what Facebook represents is the nature of the Internet and technology. We all remember AOL. Did you get one of those CD’s in the mail? Do you know what mail is? Or what a pen is? Do you remember Compuserve? How about the Apple Newton? Sega? Atari? Napster? Netscape? Novell? Palm? A library? Alright, libraries are not dead yet, thankfully. I could go on, but can you see a pattern? All were powerful and amazing, during there time. They pushed limits and moved us forward into a new space. But alas, all good things must come to an end, right?
The virtual space, we call the Internet, is the new world. It’s fluid, dynamic and ever changing; never standing still to allow us to even truly understand what it is. Technology is constantly moving forward, dragging us along with it. We have to evolve. Every 6-8 months there is a new device or new idea for us to master. As we evolve some technologies get left behind. But what about Facebook? Where does it fit in? How is it useful?
I am mesmerised at the things people make public. How we broadcast our addictions and lower our language. Some swear and others do some remarkably strange things. It’s fascinating to see the things we dare not do in public are available online. What is Facebook? It’s that other world, within the world of the Internet. The one that allows us to broadcast who we are, until its dead and gone. We tell all, we connect with others. The odd people are now the ones who are not on Facebook. So is it useful? Of course it is. The question is useful to who? Useful to our species? Is Facebook just a part of the whole? I can’t wait for Google Glasses to take off. I am looking forward to the day when our evolutionary path makes us Betazoids. A marketers dream! But I digress. We we’re talking about Facebook, right?
Posted in Google, Hardware, Interesting, Novell, Open Source, Technology
Tagged AOL, Compuserve, data, evolution, evolve, Facebook, Google, google glass, Internet, like, LinkedIn, marketing, myspace, Netscape, Newton, Novell, Technology, Twitter, web, www
English: Screenshot from the upcoming Bold 9900 / 9930 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RIM seems to be broken and customers in North America are leaving Blackberry for Google Android and Apple iPhones. There Playbook, albeit a great device, seems to be lost in a sea of tablets and obscurity. So what is RIM to do now? It seems that they are taking their time. Moving slowly towards a goal. BB10 will be a great OS and will provide Blackberry users with the update they need, however it seems that RIM is in slow motion; in an industry moving at lightning speed. We have already heard word that the first BB10 phone will not come with their signature keyboard, which some feel is suicide; a keyboard version not coming until 2013. We still don’t even have a release date. We want the best for RIM and they have a network, with software services, that other players covet. The only positive note is for RIM is the move by Microsoft to produce their own device; upsetting their OEM manufacturers. Google buying Motorola and potentially going it alone; now releasing updates about their Nexus 7. The question, is it too little too late for RIM?
Posted in Canada, News, Ontario, Technology
Tagged 10, Android, Apple, bb10, blackberry, Google, iphone, Microsoft, Motorola, nexus, playbook, Research In Motion, RIM, surface
Looks nice! You know you want it!
Do we finally have some competition for Apple?
Posted in Linux, Microsoft, Technology
Tagged 8, Apple, Google, ipad, Microsoft, microsoft surface, ms, perfection, Steve Ballmer, surface, tablet, windows, Windows 8, Windows Live
Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet?
Google has hinted at its own tablet since December. That’s when Eric Schmidt said the company would “market a tablet of the highest quality” within six months. Google later showed interest in competing with budget tablets such as Amazon‘s Kindle Fire.
Last month the Nexus tablet popped up on benchmarking site Rightware. According to the specs will use a quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor, and come with the Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”) operating system.
June 12, 2012 in Android, Google, Linux, Open Source, Technology
Tagged 7, 7 inch, Android, Eric Schmidt, Google, Jelly bean, Kindle Fire, Multi-core processor, nexus, Nvidia Tegra, tablet
Move over Apple, Roku will finally arrive in the next few weeks in Canada. Will it cause a large amount of people to drop their cable provider entirely?http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/04/24/roku-an-inexpensive-internet-fun-box/
Google 的貼牌冰箱（Google refrigerator） (Photo credit: Aray Chen)
So what really makes Google GDrive better than Microsoft SkyDrive? Probably not a whole lot; in terms of drive space. However what Google is achieving is synergy between all of its offerings. With the introduction of Google GDrive you can, in a sense, really live online. Of course there is the issue of privacy and trust, but it seems that people really don’t care. GDrive is available on all devices, with the nagging exception of the Blackberry; which I am blogging from at the moment. With GDrive live will ChromeOS take hold? What does this mean for Apple? Will Dropbox or Box.net get bought out? How about Facebook? The next few months will be interesting indeed!
Posted in Android, Google, Linux, Microsoft, Technology
Tagged Apple, box.net, cloud, Dropbox, Facebook, gdrive, Google, Google Docs, google drive, icloud, Internet, Linux, Microsoft, ms, office365, online, Skydrive, Wall Street Journal, Windows Live SkyDrive
Do you love TV? Then you will love Crackle! It is a great little app and if you’re a fan of watching TV Crackle gives you free viewing of old and new shows. It would be nice to see this application, along with others, added to Apple TV. I am still waiting for BBC, Livestation and a few other web services on the AppleTV; making it the killer device. Some other nice additions would be Tetris, Angry Birds and a better remote. Just saying!
Outline of a cloud containing text 'The Cloud' (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Google Drive to offer free storage in the cloud
Google is expected to shortly launch a major new consumer service offering cloud-based storage for photos and other online content.
The effort – dubbed Google Drive – is likely to offer 5GB (gigabytes) of free storage with more available for a monthly fee. It would challenge services including Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Experts suggest it could also force rival Facebook to enter the cloud market.
April 24, 2012 in Android, Google, Hardware, Linux, Netbooks, Technology, Ubuntu
Tagged Android, chrome, Chrome OS, chromebook, cloud, Cloud computing, Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, gdrive, Gigabyte, Google, google android, google drive, gOS, Microsoft, OS, Skydrive, wikipedia, Windows Live SkyDrive
New Flashback variant silently infects Macs
A new Flashback Trojan has been discovered that infects Macs without prompting the user for a password. If you haven’t updated Java on your Mac, or disabled it entirely, you could be a victim.
April 24, 2012 in Apple, News, Technology
Tagged Apple, Flashback, flashback trojan, infection, Java, mac, Macintosh, Malware, password, Symantec, trojan, Trojan Horses, virus
XOLO X900, First Smartphone with Intel Inside Launches
Intel Corporation and Lava International Ltd., one of India’s fastest-growing mobile handset companies, today announced the general availability of the XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside. The device will be available to customers for purchase beginning 23rd April at a best-buy street price of approximately INR 22000.
Lava also announced its long-term partnership with Croma, a national chain of mega stores of consumer electronics and durables, for promotion and sale of the XOLO X900.
April 20, 2012 in Smartphones, Technology
Tagged Android, best-buy, cell, Consumer electronics, india, inr 22000, Intel, Intel Atom, intel inside, lava, Mobile phone, phone, smartphone, x900, xolo