Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2010, 3:40pm by Kelvin

To infinity and beyond!

Windows 7 Phone

October 21st, 2010, 7:38am by Jake

Seems like it needs its own post. Breaking free from the apps-on-a-grid interface paradigm that Apple & everyone else stole from the ‘ole Palm OS, Windows 7 looks to be the first really original phone interface to hit the market in quite a while. The best of the devices, the Omnia 7,  gets a solid 8/10 from Engadget, while the OS itself gets a good but not great review:

It still feels like the company is a good year behind market leaders right now, and though it’s clear the folks in Redmond are doing everything they can to get this platform up to snuff, it’s also clear that they’re not there yet.

So where does WinPho (rhymes with info) rank amongst the smartphone platforms? With iOS, Android, webOS, Meego, Symbian, Blackerry OS 6, Blackberry Tablet OS, webOS, Windows Mobile and probably a couple I’m missing, it’s getting to be a crowded. Will there be even 3 survivors?

Back to the Mac

October 20th, 2010, 1:35pm by Jake

The Stevenote is live. Headline news sure to be the NetBook Air. So far just some iLife news– not big for me, since I’ve graduated to the prosumer apps. Anyone ready to visit the Apple Store tonight?

The Pre2 Has Arrived

October 19th, 2010, 7:55pm by Kelvin

To copy a post I saw elsewhere:

Via Engadget

and PreCentral:

1 Ghz, 5 Megapixel camera, glass screen, webOS 2.0. Should be arriving soon.

My comment:

In the pantheon of Palm hardware refreshes, where does this stand? I think it’s a bigger deal than the Claudia Schiffer version of the Palm V, but it’s not as dramatic as when Palm lopped off the antenna for the Treo 680. Seriously, not adding focusing/spot metering in the camera is a big disappointment, the extra 2 MP notwithstanding. I can forgive the lack of a compass and the lack of screen resolution bump, but would have wanted to see it thinner. Oh well. Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Palm.

The Typeable Tablet?

October 18th, 2010, 9:58pm by Jake

Is it possible to make a tablet that works well in its native form but is still easy to type on? Reports from the field suggest the all-touch keyboard is rough. Portrait slider would be unbalanced. What other novel form factors should be at least considered? My latest thought is an all-touch front screen, with a flip-over keyboard that’s usually tucked away on the back side, but lays on top of the screen (think Kindle) for typing.

Trying to win a Sony Google TV

October 16th, 2010, 7:57pm by Kelvin

Where were you on 10/10/10?

October 10th, 2010, 11:02pm by Jake

The Boys, originally uploaded by jakerome.

Was a good day. The nephewses like to climb.

Why Google TV Sounds Good

October 7th, 2010, 12:15pm by Mike

For me, it’s down to one thing: the web browser.

Nearly all of the other capabilities can be found on the numerous other settop boxes (Roku, Tivo, AppleTV, Western Digital, etc), and some of those competitors have their own value-add (the “value” of which varies with the user — for example, I don’t value DVR, certainly not with a monthly subscription fee). Streaming Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon stuff works with pretty much any DVD player, let alone settop box these days.

For me, the value of Google TV is in the web browser itself. To my knowledge, there is very little out there that can stream live broadcasts (or even Flash or Silverlight videos) straight from the web without consent of the content provider (for example, Hulu). However, these are available easily through a web browser on any computer. For myself, I’d love to be able to see — their broadcasts are Flash-encoded, which means that the only way I can see them is via my laptop connected to the TV, and the quality is such that my netbook doesn’t play the stream well.

There are also a few other questions I have that may help make a decision on Google TV for me:

  • Does the Logitech Revue have local storage?

  • Will the Android Market (or the Google TV Market subsection thereof) allow a Bittorrent client to be approved? That will be interesting (but useless without local storage).

  • The Revue can stream from computers, I would think they’d make it easy to do so using iTunes-organized libraries, but I haven’t seen this actually stated anywhere. I wouldn’t say there’s any chance it would actually be accessible as a device in iTunes, but that would be cool.

  • Can the Revue play back DIVX files? It looks like it can play MKV, which means it probably can play DIVX, too.

Then there’s the fact that I already have a settop box (as we all do). Yes, it’s an (old) AppleTV, and I think it’s great for some things, like the occasional iTunes movie rental or its main use, streaming downloaded stuff from my server (using Boxee). The nice thing about a standalone device like that, versus a Tivo, is that I don’t have to get rid of it — I could have the AppleTV in parallel with Google TV if I wanted to, without having to pay any more money like subscription fees. Sunk costs are good that way, from a rationalization point of view, anyway.

On a side note, I think the new AppleTV is a complete waste of money, unless you want Netflix streaming and want to have access to the iTunes store. Even if it runs apps, I don’t think it’ll ever be that compelling an alternative, even to the older AppleTV.

Still, given all this, I think $299 is a little steep — assuming it could do most of what I have listed above, and have a processor that could really crunch HD streams without a hiccup, it would definitely be worth $200, maybe even more, to me.

Nathan the Monkey Boy

October 1st, 2010, 3:24pm by Jake

Nathan the Monkey Boy, originally uploaded by jakerome.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video might be worth a million.

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