Category Archives: Tech

You are not stuck on a iPhone, Chapter 2

I wrote an article a while back about moving to Android, if you are on a Phone now. That one dealt with your data. Now I want to talk to you about the cool iPhone accessories that you love, like your stereo or clock radio with the iPhone dock, etc. Up ’til now, there was not solution. Now: there is dockBoss+ available through CableJive.

I have not seen it yet (I pre-ordered mine, it will be shipping on Sept 28th), but it is a cable that will plug into the docking port of an iPhone accessory and provide the power through a microusb port, and sound through a headphone jack. While the site says that it does not offer a data connection, allowing remote control, of music apps for example, it will let you connect your Android to your existing iPhone devices. I’ll let you know more once I get mine, and have a chance to use it.

Stay tuned!

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Five reasons Android is superior to the iPhone | TechRepublic

This article on TechRepublic has a very good synopsis on 5 strong points about why techies prefer Android over the iPhone. Take a look

Five reasons Android is superior to the iPhone | TechRepublic.

45+ Minimalist And Stylish Free WordPress Themes | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

If you use WordPress for your blog, here are some good simple themes all in one place.

45+ Minimalist And Stylish Free WordPress Themes | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers.

Amazon opens Android Appstore, offers Fee Stuff

Amazon has entered the ring of application stores for smartphones by offering it’s own application store. They are also offering a free, normally paid, application per day. In addition, they are offering Angry Birds Rio, a new version of the popular Angry Birds series. check it out here: Amazon AppStore

Today’s free app is Doodle Jump, another free application. Go and check it out!

mmm… AIR CAR!!!

OK, the world of concept cars has taken a new step. Volvo has put out a concept car at the LA Car show that runs on Air: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/11/volvo-pulls-a-concept-out-of-thin-air/. That’s right, folks. The energy source for the car running is compressed air.

Looks like fun!!! Might not work real well, once they pass federal regs on safety, tho. Let’s wait and see.

The Pros and Cons of Facebook Mail

Over at LifeHacker, they have posted a couple of discussion articles about the Facebook mail question, both Pro and Con:

http://lifehacker.com/5690722/why-you-shouldnt-switch-your-email-to-facebook

and

http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system

Take a look, and see which way you are swaying.  I have requested an invite to the Facebook mail, so that I can evaluate it, and have more information for you guys here, so stay tuned.  While you are waiting, drop a vote in the Facebook mail poll:

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Facebook’s “e-mail” is official

It looks as though they don’t want to supply e-mail service, but rather have a central place for you to access your text-based communications: texts,  e-mail, and instant messages (IM). They want to make it easier to find the content you want.

Based on the information in the press release (http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=452288242130), and in the write-ups I have seen by other tech bloggers, it seems to be an interesting move that will bear watching.  The inbox will make it easy to find content and conversations from friends, then from friends of friend, then others on out…  They will sew the data together as conversations, rather than seeing a single text message, you will see the entire chain of them together (similar to SMS apps on current smartphones). It could be worse.  I am going to wait and see.

The feature is going to be available from your Facebook account and you will have the option to use it or not.  Right now it is “invitation only”, so you can’t get it yet…

What to do with an old computer

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There is a well known maxim in the computer industry known as Moore’s Law. It basically describes the trend in computing power, that processors double in speed about every 2 years.  The result of this, is that the PC that you use will become obsolete before it breaks down (usually 🙂 ).

What do you do with that old PC?  Here are some great suggestions:
http://www.webestigate.com/2010/11/10/11-uses-for-an-old-pc/.

In addition to these, I have a few of my own:

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Rooted my Android

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OK, so this article is for my techie followers more than everyone. My cell phone is a Samsung Vibrant, it is T-mobile’s Galaxy S phone.  The thing I love about the Galaxy S is how Samsung handled it.  Rather than doing what most phone producers do and lock a phone into one carrier (Like AT&T and the iPhone), they went with over 100 carriers worldwide.

The down side was that “rooting” the phone has been elusive. For those of you who are not familiar with it, since Android is a Linux-based OS, you can gain root access to it, and do things like remove applications that were installed by the carrier. Today, I found a kit that works for the Galaxy S, with a “1-button” root process….  Here’s the article:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=739304.

Good luck!!!

 

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Facebook building it’s own e-mail client?

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It looks like there was a reason for the tiff between Google and Facebook this week over accessing your contact data. Facebook is working on “Project Titan”, a full-featured web-based e-mail solution.

See this article @ TechCrunch:
http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/11/facebook-gmail-titan/

What do you think?  would you switch to a Facebook e-mail client, of they were to offer one?

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