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Today In Technology

Just sped through my RSS feeds and this is what was big today:

  • The acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo! became official.
  • Yahoo! pushed out an update to Flickr that makes it very tempting to use. 1TB free, no resolution downsampling. 
  • AT&T video over 3G/LTE will work for all data plans by year’s end.
  • The ability to make phone calls from inside the browser is disabled by the new Google Hangouts, but the functionality will be restored “soon”.
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Good news, everyone: Google just patched iOS6. 

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jrocknyc:

How embarrassing that I never noticed THE GIANT SEVEN on the Nexus 7 box til now!
Quickie review after 36 hours of ownership / 8 hours of use: 
7” is too big; I really think the 6” e-readers got it right from day one as far as size and balance. (Galaxy Note ~III~ in a year??)
GOD i love having the access to settings and controls again! iOS sucks even more now. 
Got larger font sizes in the OS and browsers (Chrome and Firefox) for reading without squinting. This is the main use of the tablet, and it is successful.
I didnt think it’d be as smooth as iOS, but it is! (read somewhere that Apple coded the smoothness right into the cake, whereas Google’s smoothness coding is more of a frosting and so it could never be as smooth as Apple’s?)
Speech functionality is WAAAY better than Siri. (I’ve impatiently called Siri a stupid cunt countless times now; but Google Voice Thing works fast and accurate-like. It’s night and day.)
What’s with the delete key deleting whole paragraphs when it’s hit three times?? I just wanna fix a typo four characters back, I have to do it ~ s l o w l y ~ lest I lose everything.
Watched Hellraiser (1987) on Netflix on the 7 last night. There’s like only 8 minutes of Pinhead and ninety of a woman that the script keeps insinuating against all reason to be attractive?!?! Boo. But the 7 is a good movie viewer, this thing.
All the music players seem to be identical, I just want one to have a “shuffle all” button right on top.

Tempted to pick one up now.

jrocknyc:

How embarrassing that I never noticed THE GIANT SEVEN on the Nexus 7 box til now!

Quickie review after 36 hours of ownership / 8 hours of use: 

  • 7” is too big; I really think the 6” e-readers got it right from day one as far as size and balance. (Galaxy Note ~III~ in a year??)
  • GOD i love having the access to settings and controls again! iOS sucks even more now. 
  • Got larger font sizes in the OS and browsers (Chrome and Firefox) for reading without squinting. This is the main use of the tablet, and it is successful.
  • I didnt think it’d be as smooth as iOS, but it is! (read somewhere that Apple coded the smoothness right into the cake, whereas Google’s smoothness coding is more of a frosting and so it could never be as smooth as Apple’s?)
  • Speech functionality is WAAAY better than Siri. (I’ve impatiently called Siri a stupid cunt countless times now; but Google Voice Thing works fast and accurate-like. It’s night and day.)
  • What’s with the delete key deleting whole paragraphs when it’s hit three times?? I just wanna fix a typo four characters back, I have to do it ~ s l o w l y ~ lest I lose everything.
  • Watched Hellraiser (1987) on Netflix on the 7 last night. There’s like only 8 minutes of Pinhead and ninety of a woman that the script keeps insinuating against all reason to be attractive?!?! Boo. But the 7 is a good movie viewer, this thing.
  • All the music players seem to be identical, I just want one to have a “shuffle all” button right on top.

Tempted to pick one up now.

(via jrocknyc-deactivated20121116)

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Microsoft is really making an impressive leap forward. Metro is a beautiful design language that is translating well to the web. The level of unification they’re setting up on all fronts, from web apps to computing hardware, is really setting up the pieces for Windows 8 to have a massive appeal. 

I love my MacBook Pro, but compared to all the stuff coming in Microsoft’s pipeline, I feel like I’ve got an amazing retina display with a very bland operating system. Can’t wait to see how Windows 8 plays out. 

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Basically, a list of my recommended apps from the 2 weeks I’ve spent with my Mac so far. 

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I didn’t have the time to write about the experience of riding this new wave of future technology when it first arrived. My take on going from a life run on Windows to my very first Mac.

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This is kiiinnnddd of a big deal. For the first time ever, there’s hardware out there that isn’t playing “catch up” with the iPad.

Here, Microsoft isn’t saying “we too have a tablet device that you can install apps on” like Android tablets have.

What Microsoft is presenting here is a brand new and innovative and attractive product. Where the iPhone killed the need to carry both a cell phone and an iPod, the Surface looks primed to eliminate the need to carry a Metro tablet for tablet-related work and an Ultrabook for full on traditional computing on the go.

Are we headed back to the good old days of Microsoft vs. Apple that kept innovation fresh and constant? I sure hope so.

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This is fantastic. Not only a trip down memory lane, but also back to a time when the world was grand and full of mystery. Back to a time when we were encouraged to seek out and discover the world and people for ourselves, instead of having the internet pushing everything down our throats through phones in our pockets. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern technology, but I see how it’s a double-edged sword.

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Microsoft’s big announcement at their E3 keynote today. This is a pretty big deal - it’s a feature that targets both Apple’s AirPlay and the Wii U’s tablet-pad controller, and it’s ambitious enough to aim for ALL smartphones & tablets, not just Windows devices.

I’m going to be really hoping this takes off and makes a huge splash in home entertainment.

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Stumbled upon this on the App Store last night. I’m VERY impressed. Great marketing, presentation, and quality of service. Their support was also very quick and helpful.