1. srikard:

New Year’s Resolutions for 2012
I had a good chuckle while reading this piece.


    New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

    I had a good chuckle while reading this piece.

  2. two: It has begun! The greatest marketing show on the planet! Featuring: EVERYONE! Titled: Apple’s Next Big Thing!

    If I have to pick Steve Jobs’s greatest creation (after Apple that is), I would probably pick the Apple-Hype phenomenon. Twice a year this giant awakens and the web begins to boil. There is no other company in the history of the modern age that uses hype the way Apple does. The anticipation leading to each new release is accompanied by months of unsettled speculations and endless debates throughout the web. Every blog and tech site that respects itself will post a 500-words article on every bit of misinformation gathered from “anonymous” tips from every source that comes to mind, from part suppliers to hot-dog stands operators in Cupertino. And what’s Apple doing at the meantime? Nothing. Their roaring silence and secrecy only enhance the guessing game and make us all run in circles hoping to find where they end. Funny thing is, when Apple fails to deliver or meet expectations, i.e. iPhone5/4s, the flames only get bigger next time around. Combine all of the above and what you get? The best marketing show in the world. 

    Zero expenses, maximum exposure. This is the one thing Apple doesn’t need to patent, and it’s truly priceless.

  3. one: This is ridiculous.

    Samsung’s original statement was that the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab cannot be upgraded to Android 4.0 (aka ICS), due to lack of RAM memory. 

    Today, however, according to Vlad Savov of The Verge, latest reports indicate that Samsung “will review the viability of updating those two devices in response to strong customer demand”.

    So let me get this straight. At first, there was a hardware issue preventing ICS to run on these devices. Today, however, due to demand, there may still be a way to make it run on these devices. How come? 

    Simple. It means that there was always a way to make certain adjustments to ICS (and/or TouchWiz) to run on the Galaxy S/Tab. Thing is, it requires investigation, time and resources. For the record, Apple does exactly that when it releases each version of iOS, retaining compatibility with even older devices such as the iPhone 3GS.

    Samsung sold lots of Galaxy S devices. Was it really that hard to assume that people who paid good money for these devices would want to get the latest and greatest Google has to offer? Even at the cost of valuable resources?

    Apparently it was. Samsung doesn’t get that it’s the users it should put most of its effort into. It’s a matter of perception.

    John Gruber puts it nicely:

    it’s the difference between a company that simply wants to sell you a device, and a company that wants to sell you a device and make you happy that you bought it. 

    Maybe one day Samsung will learn. Maybe not.

  4. one: According to some of the latest patents filed by Apple, the company is working hard at revolutionizing yet another field, going after the traditional battery cell.

    Neil Hughes:

    Apple claims that using hydrogen fuel cells to power portable electronics could allow devices like a MacBook to operate “for days or even weeks without refueling”.

    Quite ingenious. A huge technological challenge for Apple, but one that is well worth exploring. Companies had been trying to reinvent the wheel for years, trying to create better batteries, while keeping the price and weight to a minimum. The opportunity here is mind blowing, one that might disrupt the entire mobile market, and maybe even beyond.

    It remains to be seen how long it would take the rest of the industry to follow in Apple’s foot steps, i.e. copycat the technology only to produce a less efficient, half baked product. Patent infringement lawsuits would soon follow. 

    Nothing new under the sun.

  5. parislemon:

    Familiar. Different. Awesome.

    One year away…

    one: Can’t wait. 

  6. one: There simply isn’t, and apparently never was.

    Jamie Lendino:

    The original promise wasn’t about a vendor evaluating if it would issue an upgrade, or about letting us know sometime next year when it made a decision. It was that hardware permitting, all Android devices would get OS updates in a reasonable amount of time within the first 18 months.

    As a Google Nexus One user and an avid supporter of the CyanogenMod community, up until recently I didn’t suffer from Android fragmentation myself. However, I never accepted the way that Google, the smartphone vendors and especially the carriers dealt with Android fragmentation. While you could argue that it is mainly the carriers’ fault, as they are the ones eventually pushing the upgrade to the users, I strongly believe that Google is the one to blame. 

    You see, Windows Mobile was there all along to remind Google of how a failing mobile OS model looks like. And yet, Google handed the keys off to the vendors and carriers to freely manipulate Android and generally treat their products as if they were feature phones. The bought and forgot methodology. 

    Funny thing is, Google’s own G1, their first Android phone, launched more than a year after Apple debuted the original iPhone. The distinction between Apple and AT&T seemed clear from the start: Apple was responsible for the hardware and software, while AT&T handled communication. That’s it. And it worked.

    Although Google never wanted to limit itself to a single vendor, it could have insisted that any changes made to the platform (when vendors add their ‘mark’, usually ugly skins and bloatware) comply with certain standards. A set of rules that would enable a rapid upgrade path. An agreement that would leave most of the difficult integration and testing work on Google’s internal resources.

    The way I see it, there’s only one possible explanation. User satisfaction had never been the top priority for Google. It was something else: to flood the market with relatively cheap devices, given that they are tightly connected with Google services and can potentially produce ad driven revenue. 

    On his own reaction to the post by PC Mag, MG Siegler says:

    According to Andy Rubin at I/O, the details of the Alliance were more or less a formality being sorted out. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll figure it out.”

    That was seven months ago. There’s apparently been zero progress. Remarkably, maybe less than zero.

    Google has really perfected “over-promise, under-deliver” with this one.

    Remarkably indeed. Though I don’t always agree with MG’s views on Android, this time he nails it.

  7. two: This is a true monumental achievement for both Google and Android. After only 3 years it’s absolutely phenomenal they reached this milestone. The best thing about it is that we get a 10-day app discount feast! Every day 10 top market apps will be on sale for a measly 0.10$!!

    Get your Google wallets ready! 

  8. two: The latest addition to Google’s enhanced search features, such as direct currency conversion, is a graphing calculator, able to plot single-variable graphs with a simple and intuitive interface. This is an interesting development, as powerful services such as WolframAlpha already provide extensive calculation algorithms, however, most people can settle with less, and Google gives that functionality with few mouse clicks. For those of us using chrome, this means just typing the desired function, for example x^2, in the address/search bar and with a single click get a decent looking graph with some tracing and zooming capabilities. As little as this detail may seem, cutting the number of actions required from 2-3 to 1 is very significant in terms of web traffic.

    As with many other Google products, they tend to start small and grow into web monsters, could this mean Google is cooking up a WA-like service? I guess only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, they have what it takes to make it.

    (Try plotting (sqrt(cos(x))cos(200x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5 ).

  9. two: Since the introduction of multitouch in 2007’s iPhone launch event, the touchscreen technology didn’t evolve much. Sure, there are screens that support up to 10 inputs at a time, but it’s more of the same and not something completely new.

    With its unique feedback technology, Senseg can stimulate our touch to feel various kinds of textures through a flat and smooth touchscreen. This feat is achieved by creating electric fields that interact with our fingertips at specific locations on the screen. Combine that with no-annoying-glasses-required 3D display panels and we’re set for some awesome UI possibilities. 

    The technology is supposed to become available next year in select devices.   

  10. thenextweb:

    A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross-country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View. (via Toy Travels Around Using Google Maps)

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