Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The mobile patent war could be getting a little more intensified and complicated in the near future.
- Provide visual cues for users too dumb to remember the unlock gesture; .... "
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Steve Jobs might have died recently, but he's still very much alive thanks to all of the numerous articles and TV specials, such as 60 Minutes interview with Walter Isaacson who wrote Steve Jobs, Steve's officially sanctioned biography.
Monday, October 24, 2011
However, to hear Eric Schmidt speak, he and Apple's late CEO, Steve Jobs, were practically the best of buddies and they both had an understanding and agreement that eventually Apple and Google would part ways, yet they and their companies would still remain on the best of terms nonetheless.
To quote Mr. Schmidt:
Friday, October 21, 2011
Today is Friday, I'm bored, I have a headache, plus a stupid plugged upped sinus, and above all..... I'm sooooo.... dead tired, therefore I've decided to take it easy and make this post a shorter one than usual, but nonetheless sweet.
Sweet, because of the also short, but also sweet duet sung by Jonathan Mann (above) to his beloved Siri, the new whiz-bang assistant found in Apple's newly released iPhone 4S, and as well a brief look at the funnier side of Siri.
It's not surprising that people would sing a duet to piece of glass and aluminum either, since this particular piece of glass and aluminum tends to act just like a real human sometimes, albeit one with a very sassy and humorous attitude to boot!
Yes em, and it's precisely because of Siri's seriously sassy and humorous attitude that she has been getting a lot of press lately. And no wonder, Siri also just happens to 'say the darnedest of things', and things which enable her to moonlight as a part-time comedian in addition to her regular duties as being the best dang-tooting electronic assistant gizmo in the whole dang-tooting Milky Way Galaxy!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Yesterday I wrote a post on Unbuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot, that I thought I had published, but incredibly that damn thing went mysteriously missing!
I only discovered that it was missing late last night, and quite frankly I have absolutely no idea, none what so ever, what happened to it! All day long I simply assumed that it was published and I had absolutely no clue otherwise.
Did I accidentally erase it; I'm I going senile?
Hell if I know the answer to the above, but today I've decided to do a much smaller post on my missing original, relying instead on the above (Ubuntu introductory video) and the videos below, as well as the the comments of a few others, such as my young nephew, Rob Williams, the editor-in-chief of the popular tech site TechGage, and others instead of my own.
Rob is not only a tech editor, but also happens to be a Linux expert to boot, and he explained that one of his biggest complaints about the last upgrade, 11.04, was with its new 'Unity' mode which does away with the classical Gnome task bar (think Windows), and he commented that:
"The biggest issues had to do with Unity, either with bugs or the tedium incurred when using it. Since that release, Canonical has fixed up those bugs and made the environment easier to use overall, while adding in some new functionality."
Personally, even though I rather like both Gnome and KDE, I find that the more I use Unity, the more that I actually like it. It takes a bit of getting used to mind you, but over time, I'm really beginning to think that I actually prefer it to the others.
There are four main new features with Ubuntu 11.04, consisting of: Ubuntu Software Centre, The launcher, The new dash (think OS X dock) and its new Application Switching feature, all of which are demoed in the following video:
Speaking of the New Software Centre, Ryan Paul, wrote in his post, "Dreamy Ubuntu 11.10":
"The ability to sell programs to Ubuntu users through the Ubuntu Software Center could make the platform a more appealing target for commercial software developers than it has been historically. The new developer site offers a useful starting point to educate developers about how they can take advantage of the opportunity that Ubuntu presents for growing their audience."
I agree totally, the Software Centre is very appealing and to me, anyway, it's definitely one of the better features from 11.10. With over 36,ooo software titles available, it's not exactly Apple's App Store, but it's a great start and there's a lot to keep one happily busy exploring all the goodies contained within. I know, I spend a hell-of-a-lot of time exploring it on a daily basis already.
Below is a video of 11.10's upgraded Unity interface feature in action, and, if you ask me, it looks ever soooooo...... pretty, doesn't it?
Below is another video of Ubuntu 11.10, this time showing Compiz in action. Compiz is sort of animated OS X desk top graphics, but rather on steroids as you can see below:
The one thing about Linux that I've always loved was the fact that it has a type of 'try-it-before-you-buy-it' option, namely you can download it onto a CD or USB thumb drive and run it from there. This way you don't have to take the risk of wiping out your present OS and all of its precious data, yet giving you the opportunity to experience all that Linux has to offer!
Personally, I prefer to simply use Wubi which allows you to install it along side of your present Windows OS partition. Wubi modifies your boot-up, giving you the option of selecting to run either Windows or Ubuntu. If you fail to specify which OS you want, you'll automatically be booted into Windows which remains the default OS. Obviously, if you want to only run Ubuntu your better off eliminating Windows altogether and doing a reformatting your disk and installing a clean copy of Ubuntu, but if your like me, well you'll probably want the option of being able to run both OS's.
There are, of course, a lot of much more detail reviews of Ubuntu out there, like DeskTopLinuxReview's 7-page post that you can find here, or others here, or here, but all I want say, in conclusion, is that I really, really like Ubuntu 11.10. It's not perfect, of course, but then again, as far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as a perfect OS, but 11.10 comes a lot closer than any other Linux distro that I personally have used in the past, and that includes all previous versions of Ubuntu.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, October 20, 2011
PS, for more info on this great OS check out the great Ubuntu site: OMGUbuntu
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I've been dreaming of buying one of Canon's lovely little rigs, the 7D. It's truly a lovely little thing with some pretty impressive and spiffy specs. I would have been very satisfied owning and using it, but not any more.
The all new, super dang-tooting, it absolutely blows me away , Canon EOS-1D X, the one camera to rule them all! (see video above)
It's also the best dang camera that you or I probably will never own, thanks to its starting price of around $6,800 U.S.! Ouch! But trust me, you get what you pay for, and even though the 1D X costs a bloody lot, you also get a bloody lot for your money, things like:
- 18.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS and Dual "DIGIC 5+" Image Processors
- ISO 204,800
- 12fps RAW shooting
- 61-point autofocus
- Three DIGIC image processors
- One gigabit ethernet port
- dual Digic 5+ image processors for noise reduction
- EOS Full HD Video with Manual Exposure Control and Multiple Frame Rates
- Shutter durability to 400,000 cycles, Exclusive Dust- and Weather-Resistance, new Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning
Now that's a lot indeed, and if you got the cash to burn, and your into photography, or simply the status thing, then this is your baby!
One of the best photo sites out there has got to be dpreviews, and they note in their overview of the EOS-1D X that the biggest change to this super camera is with its lovely little sensor. According to dpreview:
"When asked to for the biggest improvement in the new camera, Westfall stresses that every aspect of the camera has been re-assessed but finally concludes: 'If you had to highlight just one thing, I'd say the sensor. It's a new level for us in terms of image quality.'
'There's a couple of things that we consider when we think about IQ: number one on this sensor is noise. It's clear the noise level is better than in the 1D Mk IV or the 1DS III. The pixel size is larger than in the 1DS III or 5D Mark II (6.95 microns, versus 6.4) and the difference is even more striking compared to the 5.7 micron pixels in the 1D Mark IV. That helps us in terms of light capturing ability and increases the signal to noise ratio. In turn, that does nothing but help the dynamic range of the camera.'
And its this improvement in image quality that Westfall believes will make the 1D X appeal to 1DS as well as 1D users. 'I think the factor that's going to make that a reality is the noise level is better than anything we've seen before. With cleaner images, people are going to feel much more comfortable up-rezing an image. Not many people need a 21MP file to begin with, so they're going to love the IQ of this camera and the quality's good enough that those people who do need those huge files will find the images clean enough to use them."
Oooh, that all sounds so lovely, but if you think that sounds great, well you should check out what they say about the EOS-1D X's speed, body and auto focus changes, as well as its raw processing power.
Well, well, what can I say about this amazing camera, in conclusion?
I want one!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this equally lovely Tuesday morning, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Samsung has requested, in a counter attack, to have Apple's new iPhone 4S banned in Japan and Australia where Apple successfully had its own Galaxy Tab 10.1 temporally banned.
Samsung's released an official statement which included:
"Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology," the firm said. "We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property."
As noted by Florian Mueller, because Sammy's requests are based purely on FRAND patents, and he believes that "Samsung won't get a preliminary injunction against iPhone 4S in Australia, but situation is less clear in Japan".
Of course, what Samsung really wants is for some type of cross-licensing deal, one that would allow it to get away with copying the iPhone and iPad legally. Unfortunately, as Herr Mueller also explained, Apple told them that they "had a thicket of patents" and were only interested in possibly licensing some of its low-level patents, while keeping all major patents exclusively for its own devices.
As Herr Mueller noted:
"I have always assumed -- based on what Steve Jobs said last year when Apple sued HTC and on Apple's litigation tactics -- that Apple didn't start all of this Android-related litigation just to walk away with a $5-per-unit kind of license deal. Three months ago I already said that $5 buys a company like HTC a few songs from iTunes but not a patent license from Apple. Apple optimizes for product differentiation. Apple isn't Microsoft, which concluded a license deal with Samsung as well as eight other Android device makers. Those two companies have different business models in general and with respect to patents in particular."
I agree, Apple is no Microsoft and it approaches and views things from a different set of eyes. Apple loves to stand apart, and above its competition, with unique products and services that justifies their higher prices.
As far as Samsung's legal battles go, it's not looking all that rosy at the moment, but even worse, it's not looking good for Android over all, since, as Herr Mueller says , any ban on Samsung devices could easily be extended to include virtually all other Android devices being banned as well! This means that HTC, Sony, Motorola and Google will be crossing their fingers and watching this epic legal battle with the eyes of an eagle, because at least in Australia, it could end up being the death of Android not only there, but eventually leading to the death of Android worldwide, who knows?
Another big problem for Android, of course, is that besides Apple's legal attacks, another major company is gunning to shut it down as well, and hoping to get a worldwide injunction placed on the rapidly growing platform as well. That company is, of course, Oracle, and as far as its own legal efforts go, it seems to have the upper hand at the moment.
So, is Samsung's use of FRAND patents against Apple an act of desperation?
In conclusion, even though I'm not a patent expert at all like Herr Mueller, it is, however, becoming increasingly clear to me that it is! Both Samsung and Android are both seemingly up to their necks in some pretty hot water, and the question remains: for how long can they continue to stand in all this legal hot water without getting themselves seriously burned, or maybe even totally cooked?
And that's my 2 cents 4 this gloomy, dreary Monday, October 17, 2011
Opening image via: AllVoices
Thursday, October 13, 2011
But if you think that's crazy, then get this..... IDC gives Apple even a bigger edge, with U.S. shipments of Mac's outpacing PCs by a staggering 80 to 1!
As crazy as the above sounds, if it is true, than Apple is going to have one hell-of-a-lot to be thankful for this coming American Thanks Giving Day. In fact, AppleInsider is reporting that:
"Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has announced an extended, full week of paid Thanksgiving time off for its corporate employees, a benefit that will extended to retail and international employees on alternative dates."
Wow, with figures like those, I wouldn't be too surprised if when Apple reports its next quarterly results this coming October 18, that they are also going to make Google's recent and impressive quarter of almost ten billion dollars in revenues look rather tame and anemic in comparison.
Just imagine, if they counted the iPad as computers, then as the author of the above press release noted, then things really would have been radically different indeed, as the iPad continues to cannibalize the PC and tablet markets.
When you throw in iPhone 4S, which broke all previous preorder records after selling over a staggering 1,000,000 units in its first 24 hours, then it looks like Apple can expect its already tremendously huge piggy bank to grow even bigger, a way, way lot bigger in fact.
In conclusion, even though Apple has hit some snags with its massive iOS 5 software upgrades recently, things continue to look rather rosy for Apple, post Steve Jobs. The question now is: can it keep it up?
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, October 14, 2011
Chart via: CNNMoney
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Android users can deny that Android doesn't suffer from fragmentation issues all they want, but I can assure you that malware writers out there not only believe that Android's fragmentation issues are real, but are also taking very real advantage of them!
Symantec is now reporting that:
"But just when you think you have seen it all, along comes another twist, demonstrating that there is no shortage of ideas when it comes to social engineering. Because of the so called “Hardware Fragmentation” issue surrounding the Android Platform, a popular online streaming video service in the U.S. had initially pushed an Android client app in a limited release to certain devices that provided the best user experience. Owing to the popularity of the service, it wasn’t long after the initial release that multiple unsanctioned developer projects sprung up attempting to port a pirated copy of the app to run on devices that were not officially supported."
That's right folks, if you are using an Android device and your not careful this thing could turn around and bite you on the bum and worse, take a big fat chunk-of-change from out of your credit card or bank account! Yes, these cyber bad-guys are now tricking people into using their fake Netflik app to steal their precious, personal financial information, something that is by far less likely to happen using an iOS device, but I suppose it's possible, but extremely unlikely due to Apple's stringent App Store policies.
In conclusion, if you want a cheap copy cat mobile OS, well there are lots of them around nowadays, and since Android is by far the biggest of them all, it is naturally far more likely to be targeted by such creepy scum-bags, so remember: the next time your tempted to get yourself one of those shinny new Samsung Galaxy II S thingamajigs, think again, or at the very least be careful, very, very careful indeed by not kidding yourself into thinking that Android doesn't have major problems with both fragmentation and security.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, September 13, 2011
Above, via ObamaPacman, is a humorous take on a recent Apple commercial for its cool new assistant feature Siri.
On the serious side, however, the reviews of Siri and iOS 5 are now beginning to trickle in and they are, for the most part extremely positive, and as you can see from the videos below that Siri is beginning to look like one hell-of-a-killer feature, and one that so far the competition can't even begin to think of matching.
Well, now that the Siri reviews are starting to come in, Larry Dignan reports that the reviewers are becoming more and more impressed with its capabilities, even though as the last video above notes, it's still in beta, but as MobileBeat noted, it's still "Siri-ously cool".
Larry Dignan's also lists the following Siri reviewers that you may be interested in reading:
Bonnie Cha and Kent German at CNET
Jason Snell at Macworld
David Pogue at the New York Times
Walt Mossberg at The Wall Street Journal
MG Siegler at TechCrunch
Brian Chen at Wired
Joshua Topolsky at This is my next
Vincent Nguyen at SlashGear and at Daring Fireball.
Personally, as far as my 2 cents goes, I'm predicting that Siri is going to be big, very, very big indeed, and I can see Apple's competitors scrambling once again to try and catch up to it. And trust me, the competition is coming.
Competition like Vlingo, which is also available to both iPhone users and its competitors already, and there is the upcoming Sensory that some are predicting will go even beyond Siri with its ability to cut out 'background noise'.
I'm also sure that Google, Microsoft and others, and possibly even Apple itself, will be considering buying this technology outright. Still, Siri's ability to understand a person's context in their speech is groundbreaking, and some go so far as to predict that Siri is going to be a type of 'silent revolution', and that we are now literally, with Siri, 'witnessing history in the making'!
Below is another video look at Apple's amazing Siri in action, a British one from StuffTV:
As already stated, Siri is still in beta, and it will get even more powerful, more exacting and more accurate in the future. I'm also willing to bet my last yummy red lollipop that it will also be integrated into other Apple products, like the iPad, AppleTV and the Mac, also making them seem more personal, powerful and dang-tooting fun to use in the process.
In conclusion, what we are seeing in Siri is the literally the beginning of Star Trex like devices, and devices that communicate with us much like we do with each other in everyday life. In other words, thanks to Siri at least Apple devices will seem almost alive... almost human! Some might find that creepy, while others, like myself, will find it totally mesmerizing, practical and indispensable, and you can quote me on that.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this slightly cold Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We didn't get a new body, or a larger screen with the recently released iPhone 4S, but what we did get, in actual fact, was the best dang-tooting super smart phone out there and that by a good country mile!
We also got a lot of cry babies, those who criticized that the iPhone 4S was nothing more than a minor or incremental upgrade, and nothing less. Of course, those big cry babies were all wrong, and I mean totally wrong as Johny Evans pointed out in his Apple Holic blog for ComputerWorld.
"When it comes to the iPhone 4S the critics will be exposed for what they really are, the new Apple [AAPL] smartphone is the best yet, will sell millions and the first benchmark tests confirm it's fast as a fast thing."
I totally agree, because for one thing, I can't possibly see how anyone could contend that the A5 chip, with seven times the graphic power, or its new two-way antenna, its supercharged camera, or its new Siri artificial intelligent assistant, could be called anything but than a major new phone, even thoug it still happens to use the old iPhone 4 form factor, which by the way, I still happen to think is still one of the sexiest form factors out there, and bar none!
I mean seriously, there's a good reason why Apple iOS devices, like the iPhone 4S, happens to dominate U.S. data traffic as PCMagazine recently reported, or why the iPhone 4S easily broke all pre-order sales records in history.
Simply put, it's because iOS devices, work better, operate smoother and give its users a better experience than that from other devices such as Android. Despite activating some 550,000 new devices daily, Android users apparently just don't enjoy using their devices as much, or otherwise it would show up more in such data reports as the one above!
Getting back to Johny Evans, he said that he tends to agree with "Ticonderoga Securities analyst, Brian White, who called the initial criticisms of the new iPhone 4S as being "superficial" and a "knee-jerk reaction".
Well, I tend to agree with the both of them, including the following statement regarding all of these so-called iPhone 4S critics:
"It's just the usual people celebrating the usual crush and the Android people trying to find fault as they desperately shore up their soon to be flagging, insanely insecure, patent-breaking so-called "mobile operating system".
Most of the iPhone 4S critics, from what I read in the comment sections of the major tech blogs anyway, seem to be coming from the Android camp and I wonder why?
Is it because they feel threatened by the fact that their platform of choice is a direct and blatant rip-off of iOS? After all, simply adding a larger screen, or giving it a battery draining animated desktop can hardly be considered being revolutionary or very innovative, now can it?
Android users can criticize the iPhone 4S all they want, but there's a dirty little secret out there that people should know about Android...... its extremely high return rates! In fact, according to one report, they are as high as 40%! Now that is staggering, and especially considering that the iPhone, at the height of its so-called 'antenna gate scandal', had a return rate of only a paltry 1.7% in comparison! But trust me, you won't hear the critics screaming much about that.
In conclusion, all of the critics of the iPhone 4S deserve, quite frankly, to be criticized, because as stated above, their criticisms are mostly just 'knee-jerk reactions' rather than based on any real facts what-so-ever. Many of these criticisms, and especially those coming from Android users, are just plain down bias and nothing more, and are based more on insecurity surrounding their own platform of choice rather than that of the iOS platform itself.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this rather nice Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sprint iPhone 4S photo via: DigitalTrends
Monday, October 10, 2011
Today is Thanks Giving Day here in Canada, so what I'm I going to do?
What else.... I'm going to talk about Germany, and in this case, ever so beautiful Niedersachsen, or Lower Saxony. After all, it's been a long, long time since I did one of my 'pic-4-the-day' features, so please enjoy the spectacular photo above from Dropser's Flickr account of "Rabenklippe" (cliff raven) // Blick von der Rabenklippe" above. (double click to embigen)
Yes sir, isn't it absolutely beautiful?
Seriously, just look at that amazing view... it's absolutely stunning indeed! That beautiful blue sky, those wispy and dreamy clouds hanging over that lush country side, and all of those trees.... millions and millions of them seemingly stretching off into the far-a-way distance seems just like utopia to me. The out crop of rocks overlooking this spectacular land of beauty is where I would absolutely love to be standing, and at this very minute!
Of course, Germany is the one country, other than my beloved Canada, that I especially love the most. Sadly, Niedersachsen is one part of Germany that I have yet to visit, but trust me, as soon as I can I will visit Niedersachsen if it's the last thing I get to do. One thing about this beautiful corner of this spectacular and beautiful country that really amazes me, is the fact that it looks so much like my own Canadian province of New Brunswick, a province that was named after the Niedersachsen city of Braunschweig, which is pronounced Brunswick in English.
Unfortunately, and in conclusion, under the Fair Use Act, I can only post so many photos of this beautiful land of Lower Saxony from Flickr or anywhere else, but don't worry, you can still see zillions more of them right here, including this amazing shot, and this equally stunning one, all of which highlights just how beautiful this part of Germany really is, and also helps to explain why I just love this amazing country, its amazing people, its amazing cities and its absolutely amazingly and beautiful landscapes so much.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this lovely Canadian Thanks Giving Monday, October 10, 20
Friday, October 7, 2011
"Be patient when ordering as the Apple Store is up and down and both Sprint and AT&T are reportedly getting hammered. Just keep hitting F5 and you'll eventually get through. It just might take a frustrating hour and a half."
Individual commentators have repeatedly also reported on how frustrated they were in trying to to get through to to pre-order their iPhone 4S because of the high demand and long wait times were crashing systems.
Of course, one of the biggest complaints about the new iPhone 4S is that it doesn't feature LTE, or 4G network speed chips, but Apple is apparently betting that it can get away with that for now, because as others have pointed out, 4G speeds are nice when you can get them, but for the most part LTE is of only limited benefit since it is only available in a few areas. Apple is waiting for 4G to become available to the masses before it adopts the technology, and that when newer and slimmer 4G chips, ones that won't drain your battery so quickly, finally become available early next year. Apple is expected to use them in its real iPhone 5 then, but only until then.
One of the reasons that I believe the iPhone 4S is going to be a huge hit, despite its old form factor, is because of its more powerful A5 chip and graphics. These graphics are mind-blowing as can be seen in the video shown below running a demo of Real Racing using Apple's Air Play and Apple TV, running on not one, but four different screens!
Not only that, but just check out all of the iPhone 4S's graphic goodness as seen in the next video running Epic's cool and awesome new Infinity Blade 2:
In conclusion, besides Siri, the most awesome voice activation software ever conceived, the iPhone 4S's equally amazing graphic capabilities should prove, yet once more, just how wrong the iHater's criticisms of the iPhone 4S really are. For that, well they deserve all of the egg that they are about to get on their faces!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this sunny, but cold-as-hell Friday, October 08, 2011
Opening photo of Phil Schiller and A5 via: Mobile
Thursday, October 6, 2011
With the passing of Apple's iconic co-founder, its very heart and soul, Steve Jobs, I won't say much about the man, because, quite frankly, what could I say or add that hasn't already been said, and by people far better and more knowledgeable than I?
Tributes are pouring in from around the world, from friends and foes alike, and they all basically express what could only be called, for the most part, the sincerest expressions of deep sadness and loss.
And what a loss it truly is, as it was Steve Jobs who more than anyone else who has helped to shape the very nature and overall direction of the entire world of tech for over the past 30 or so years of his short life, from pioneering the personal computer from its very inception, to the heights of today's dazzling technology, be it in the form of computers, music players, digital distribution, movies and TV shows or what have you?
Again, I won't say much about Steve's passing except that for me personally, I feel extremely saddened. Steve Jobs wasn't just one of the world's richest and one of its most visionary men, he was also a man that I grew up with in a sense as I watched and read about his enormous success's and his failures for over 30 years now, and therefore, and in a way, I feel like for me he seemed just like family!
In conclusion, I will simply close this post by quoting President Obama's words on Steve's passing, as he elegantly stated:
"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."
And that's my 2 cents 4 this sunny, but ever so sad Thursday, October 06, 2011
Opening photo of Steve Jobs via: National News.Examiner
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Apple has reported that legiondary computer icon Steve Jobs has died!
1955 - 2011
RIP Steve, the world will miss you!
Steve's photo via: Apple
Tim Cook's big day has come and gone; the iPhone 4S is here and already people are bashing it because it's not the so-called iPhone 5, complete with a newer design and larger screen!
Yes, I too must admit that I'm a little bummed out because I was also hoping for a newer, slicker, lighter design, and more importantly, one with a larger screen. However, despite that the new iPhone 4S literally and easily blows the competition out of the water.
Yes, as great as the iPhone's new A5 chip is, and as great as its graphics abilities are (take a gander at Epic's mind-blowing Infinity Blade 2 graphics, for example), and the fact that the iPhone is now the only phone that comes with as much as 64GB of internal memory, and you still have yourself one-hell-of-a-whiz-bang phone, let me tell you folks. However, what really sets it apart is its ultra futuristic Siri voice assistant, a feature that sets it miles apart from any of its competitors.
The mere idea that you can simply ask, in plain English, French or German, various questions such as: how many square inch's in a mile, or how many days til Christmas, etc., etc., is totally mind blowing! Need to know how many square miles there are in Germany? No problem, just ask Siri and you'll have your answer in a flash, as you can see in the video below:
After having a hands-on with Siri, Engadget had this to say:
"The most impressive part was the demo of Siri, the new assistant that lets you do just about anything you can do on your phone -- but with your voice. We tried to psych it out with a bunch of random requests, including the history of Chester, Vermont (a lovely town) and the best Ramen places in San Francisco. Siri never faltered, never missed a beat. It worked as well as Scott's demo up on the stage. There's nothing better to say than that. We even sent ourselves a few text messages, which Siri transcribed to a T. Of course, the lady on the other end still sounds eerily robotic, but we're hoping for smoother responses from the alien within in a future update."
Well, if that isn't impressive, than I don't know what is?
Android users, those who love bashing Apple anyway, will tell you, of course, that Siri is nothing special. Why, they'll tell you that Google Voice not only does everything that Siri does, but it also did it first. Of course, to be honest, that's nothing but a lot of you-know-what? The truth is that Siri blows Google Voice totally out of the water, and even though you can get Vlingo a type of poor man's Siri for Android (as well as for the iPhone and Blackberry), it is no where nearly as polished or as accurate as Siri, as you can see demonstrated below:
So, is the iPhone 4S a winner or a loser?
Well, in conclusion, even though I am still a little disappointed that we have to wait a wee bit longer for that sleeker, lighter, uni-body aluminum body iPhone 5, which will, hopefully, also include that much larger screen, the newly announced iPhone 4S is still one-hell-of-an-upgrade, and is unquestionably still the best dang-tooting smartphone out there and one that makes all other smartphones look, frankly, rather dumb in comparison, and all thanks to Siri.
And I would definitely call that, any old day, a winner in my book!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this gloomy and stormy Wednesday, October 05, 2011