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Real Personal Computing Updates

Monday, June 23, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Google Will Join Apple and Samsung In Race To Dominate Digital Health Health care applications are driving the number of sensors being added to personal computers like wearables and smartphones. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, June 02, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2014 Here is a good overview of what Apple announced at this year's developers conference. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Techcrunch: Google Voice Features Rolling Into Hangouts I've started to be less interested in Google Voice because Google has done nothing with it for several years. I still give out my Google Voice number and people use it, but if it were to be killed at this point I don't think I would be too disappointed. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, March 17, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Everybody write a blog post. :-) bit.ly Permanent link to this item in the archive.
scripting.com Dave says changes are coming to the Scripting News feed. I wonder whether he'll update Radio2? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, March 10, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Joe Marini: Are Chromebooks the Future of Computing? Good article about Chromebooks and personal computing. It touches on much of what I wrote about back in December. I don't agree with his opinion about netbooks, the difference isn't about ecosystem, the difference will be the lack of malware and viruses. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Official Companion App Android app only runs on smartphones. It's hard to believe that a second screen app is not designed for tablets. Not a smart move by Fox. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
HTC One 2014 They may be calling this the potential best phone of the year, but so far I am not excited by the pictures that I see. More and more, I think price, battery life, and software features are more appealing to me than the hardware. Want to get me excited? Tell me I can buy this phone for $300 off contract. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Jawbone Appears To Have an iOS Bias Jawbone's latest apps are only available for iOS. As an Android user I am beginning to think I need to switch to a different fitness tracker that is committed to my platform of choice. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Handwriting Arrives in Evernote for Android I can finally write directly in Evernote and it works very well on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Friday, February 28, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

My HTC One Now Hast Kit Kat I have not seen any buzz Kit Kat being pushed to AT&T HTC Ones, however yesterday on a whim I checked for a software update on my phone and triggered the Kit Kat installation. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Six clicks: Top smartphones revealed at MWC 2014 All these phones look very square. Not excited. I don't know if there is much left in smartphone hardware innovation, which is why I think it's all about the software going forward. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Google Now Launcher The Google Experience Launcher, or what is what is officially known as the Google Now Launcher, appears to now be available for all Nexus devices. I can install it on my original Nexus 7 but not any other device. (Officially, I do have it on my HTC One and Galaxy Note 8) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

T-Mobile And AT&T HTC One 4.4 Updates Get Technical Approval Perhaps this week KitKat will be pushed to my AT&T HTC One. Mind you, I am not exactly sure I need it, but I do like being at the latest version. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

HTC announces HTC Advantage Where is the KitKat update for my AT&T HTC One? It is now more than two weeks late from HTC's January 31 promise. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

HTC: Android 4.4 will come to HTC One, but a little late. In a letter to customers posted on its site, HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie said that the company would be a week or two late in delivering Android 4.4, known as KitKat, to the HTC One. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Google launches tools to run Chrome apps natively on Macs, Android and more Following up on news it made public at last May's I/O developer event, Google on Tuesday launched a toolset to bring Chrome apps to other platforms, including smartphones and tablets. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, January 27, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

How the "lost" Mac intro video was found. Andy's telling of one of the most important moments in computing history¬†was riveting. Right away, people were interested in seeing the video. I recorded the video over the air in 1984 from a public TV station that rebroadcast the event. Then it sat on a shelf for awhile - OK, for 20 years - until it apparently became something rare. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Friday, January 24, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Windows hybrid makers: It's all about the tablet To be more specific, it's about the screen size. I am skeptical that a tablet larger than 11 inches, which is the height of a sheet of paper, is going to find much success, no matter how thin or lite. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Dave Winer's first encounters with the Macintosh. I knew I was going in to see it, but nothing could prepare me for the surprise, the feeling you get when you look at a baby or a puppy or kitten -- this thing is cute and gorgeous and new and filled with potential. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
HTC One KitKat update with US carriers Perhaps HTC One owners will be getting KitKat near the time HTC promised to deliver. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

27 Years Creating With the Mac. I was 10. It was $3,000. This wasn't going to work. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

Gallery: Samsung Galaxy TabPro and NotePro pictures The Samsung Galaxy NotePro 8.4-inch looks very appealing. I wonder just how much larger the screen is when compared to the Note 8 that I own. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, January 06, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

LG's Lifeband Touch Because Jawbone UP24 doesn't communicate wirelessly, I am keeping an eye out for fitness bands that do. If the price is right, I might consider LG's band. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
GM reveals first LTE-enabled cars with AT&T service Here's the problem with vehicle technology. I've got a 2013 GMC Terrain, with GMC Link and Onstar. How do I upgrade it to the newest tech without buying a new car? By the time I do buy a new car, this tech will be gone or forgotten. The auto manufacturers need to provide a way to upgrade the tech in their vehicles, preferably via a software upgrade. I'll take it in to a dealer to do it, even though I would prefer to do it myself. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
LG G Flex Review - SlashGear I am more turned off by the 6-inch screen size of this phone than its curved design. I do think it's smart for phone manufacturers to provide phones that are capable of withstanding more abuse than the phones we have today. I wonder how the LG G Flex handles a four foot drop to a floor? Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Toshiba's New Chromebook Has 13-inch Screen I've been surprised how happy I have been with the 11-inch screen of the Acer C720, so I am not sure I would need a 13-inch screen on a Chromebook. I own a 13-inch Macbook Air, and picked it because a couple years ago I thought the 11-inch Air was too small for web browsing. I think people will find 13-inches to be a good screen size for a Chromebook, although it does add a little to the overall size of the device. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, January 02, 2014 Link to this date in the archive.

5 principles to make learning Windows 8.1 easier Here is a good article for those new to and using Windows 8.1 for the first time, particularly the tablet/modern UI interface. I actually think the Windows 8.1 tablet UI is pretty good and in some ways better than iOS or Android. The side-by-side windows is particularly good. Microsoft really needs to get the modern UI version of Office out and kill the desktop from the RT version of Windows 8.1 and then things could become very interesting. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

HTC Software Updates HTC has created a nice web site to provide the status for Android upgrades for their phones, most notably the HTC One. While it provides an overview of the different stages, it doesn't provide any time scales. For example, the carrier versions of KitKat are in integration status, but we have no idea how long that part of the process should take nor when the entire process will be completed. In November HTC said they would release KitKat for carrier versions of the One by the end of January, 2014 and based on the information they now provide, I am skeptical that they will meet that date. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

More Google Play Edition Devices You can now buy an LG 8.3 inch tablet or a Sony 6 inch smartphone, both Google Play Editions, at the Google Play store. If you take a look at the devices page on the Play store, I think you will realize that Google has put together a nice set of options to choose from. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Harry McCracken on Microsoft's Stores The stores don't appear to have robust business. If Microsoft did these stores ten years ago, I bet it would have been a different scene. Today the only PCs that get anyone's attention are those with ridiculously low prices, which I think means the low priced netbooks permanently altered the PC market for the worse. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Microsoft is missing the point with Chromebooks Microsoft is missing the point with Chromebooks. It's doing this because it assumes that people want a Chromebook to do today what people were doing with a PC a decade ago. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Moto G Now Available Unlocked in the US Sans Contract Two hundred dollars for an unlocked GSM phone with 16 GB of storage and the latest version of Android is a good deal, even if it does not have LTE. Hopefully deals with this will start to add pressure to lower the prices of higher end phones, which have been stuck on $600 forever. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Google Now Integration On my Galaxy Note, when I say "Ok Google," "Note to buy bread" and tap Save, I have options to save to ToDo.txt, Evernote, Gmail, and ToDoist. Evernote create a new note with the subject "Note To Self" with the "Buy Bread" in the content of the note. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

HTC further details KitKat updates for US carriers HTC says that all carrier branded versions of the HTC One should get the upgrade to Android 4.4 by the end of January. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Jawbone Launches UP24 The next gen of the Jawbone UP fitness wristband sounds appealing given it's ability to wirelessly sync until I read that it only works with iOS. No sale to me. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Amazon's Desktops as a service. $50 per desktop per month with Microsoft Office feels expensive. I think they price needs to get closer to $20 per month. It could be a nice "fill in the gap" using a tablet when you encounter a situation where you need to run a full desktop app. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Monday, November 11, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

mobile eating the world Here is an interesting set of slides on the state of the mobile computing market. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Friday, November 08, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Will The Nexus 7 Get The "Full" Android 4.4 Update? I have a first generation Nexus 7. Will it get the new Android app launcher nor not? I see no reason why it shouldn't get it as it has the stock Android UI. Frankly, Google's decision regarding not releasing all of Android 4.4 to all devices does not make sense. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Link to this date in the archive.

Actually, KitKat May Make Fragmentation Worse Earlier speculation that Android 4.4 may address fragmentation by making the "stock" Android launcher available for download from Google Play is being squelched by news that the launcher will be exclusive to the Nexus 5. Permanent link to this item in the archive.