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Real Personal Computing Updates
Monday, June 23, 2014
Monday, June 02, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Everybody write a blog post. :-) bit.ly
Dave says changes are coming to the Scripting News feed. I wonder whether he'll update Radio2?
Monday, March 10, 2014
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.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
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.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
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.
Friday, January 24, 2014
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.
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.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Monday, January 06, 2014
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
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.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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.
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.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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.