Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/26/2012

TI pulling out of the mobile market
TI, who produces the chipsets behind the Amazon Fire, has decided to pull out of the mobile market. One of the reasons cited is top sellers Apple and Samsung both decided to produce their own chip rather than go with a 3rd party chip manufacturer. This limits the upside of the mobile market. TI said they will re-focus on the embedded markets like automotive, vision and robotics.

Apple A6 Teardown
iFixit has an in-depth teardown of Apple's new A6 processor. Interestingly, Apple laid out the ARM cores in the processor by hand rather than use computer automation. This should make the A6 fast, but makes Apple the first chip manufacturer in years to do this.

Operation Unlike unleashed
Facebook has started Operation Unlike. Facebook is deleting fake accounts and the associated likes for each. This has cause several pages to lose thousands of users. For example, Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker lost 96,000 fans today.

We're watching more web video on TV than PCs
While cord cutting isn't taking off as advertised, connected TVs are making an impact on how we watch web video. NPD announced that for the first time, consumers are watching more web video on their TVs (33%) than on their PCs (31%).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/25/2012

Will your next computer be a mirror? 
MIT is doing work on a bathroom mirror that contains a computer, touch screen and camera. Why? The first application is medical. MIT has already demonstrated the ability to check your pulse, and this article has videos demonstrating it's usage as a hub for medical information.

California approves driver-less cars
California has joined Arizona in approving driver-less cars. Of course, Sergey Brin from Google was there wearing his Google Glass eyewear.

Rumor of the Day: Intel states Windows 8 will release before it's ready
In a private Intel event, Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, was rumored to say that Microsoft's Windows 8 is going to be released before it's fully ready, and will push out an update to fix issues. This same strategy backfired with Vista, giving Vista a reputation for being buggy and unstable.

An Android tablet for $59.99
If you are looking for the cheapest tablet available, the Matrix One is leading pack at $59.99. It's not the fastest with a single core 1.5Ghz processor, 512 MB of memory, and 4GB of storage, vs. the Nexus 7 having a quad core processor, 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage for $199. However, it does run a fairly recent Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes with the Google Play Store. Not bad for less than $60.

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/24/2012

Nissan Leafs having battery problems
Reports are coming in that the Nissan Leaf's batteries are quickly losing battery life. In mostly hot areas, the Nissan's batteries are reported to be dropping from 73 miles per charge to 59 miles. Nissan is claiming this is because people are driving too much? This could be a large problem for electric cars, especially since Nissan is stating this kind of deterioration is expected after 5 years of usage.

Intel Smartphones don't support LTE
When will we see Intel based Smart Phones in the USA? Evidently when Intel supports LTE, coming in the beginning of 2013. Expect a number of announcements at CES.

Do you need 4K? 
Here's one of the few articles that start to explain the need for 4K in a reasonable manner. I don't know if I agree, but it is interesting that there are studies saying the immersive effect of an 84" display adds to the realism of TV.

Interview with the "Queen of the Internet"
Mary Meeker provides some of the most insightful talks on the state of the internet to the point where she is known as "The Queen of the Internet". Here's a great interview with her at Wired.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/20/2012

Apple's new Map App having hiccups
With the release of iOS 6, Apple introduced a new map app. It replaced Google supplied Maps with a Nokia based Map Engine. So far, the reviews are less than stellar. Don't worry, Apple says it will get better.

Roku's Streaming Stick to be released
The darling of CES last year was the Roku Streaming Stick. It's a Roku box the size of a USB thumb drive. It plugs into a MHL compatible HDMI port on your TV, and with no power supply or remote, turns your TV into a Roku streaming device. It's going to start shipping in October and it's only $99, but you will need a TV with MHL which just started to be introduced late last year.

Netgear announces Miracast compatible streaming boxes
Netgear unveiled three streaming video NeoTV boxes. Besides playing back streaming internet video, they are also WiDi and Miracast compatible, allowing for Airplay-like screen mirroring from Intel Laptops and other Miracast compatible devices.

TDK announces a speaker that will wirelessly charge your phone
TDK's Wireless Charging Cube uses the Qi wireless charging standard to charge your phone while acting as a bluetooth speaker for playing back music from your phone. Plus, it's splash proof for use in the kitchen. Of course, your phone might not be.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/19/2012

Nintendo announce TVii
TVii is an application for Nintendo's Wii U tablet controller that allows you to use your Wii U gamepad to select and playback videos on your TV. It also integrates to your TiVo, or cable box to control Live TV or DVR recorded shows.

Motorola introduces new Intel based Android phone
The Motorola RAZR i is the first Motorola phone using the Intel Medfield processor. This is a result of a partnership that started before Motorola was purchased by Google. The phone will be shipped in European and South American markets. Maybe the US will have to wait for the new Clover Trail processor from Intel before we get hold of an Intel based phone.

WiFi Alliance announces Miracast certification program
Miracast is the open standard from WiFi Alliance that enables Airplay like screen mirroring. The WiFi Alliance has announced a certification program to ensure compatibility between devices, which includes Intel's WiDi enabled devices. Companies like Sony, LG, and Samsung have signed up to support Miracast.

Makerbot announces 100 micron resolution 3d printer
The Replicator 2 is the new 3d printer from Makerbot. The Replicator 2 has a print resolution of a 100 micron making it one of the most accurate and smooth 3d printers on the market. 100 microns is about the thickness of a piece of paper.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/17/2012

iPhone 5 Announced
Apple announced the new iPhone 5. Although it's a big improvement over the iPhone 4S, including a faster processor, a bigger display, thinner and LTE support, it was missing the NFC and wireless charging it was rumored to have.

Google buys Nix
In a me-too type move, Google purchased Nix, an Instagram like photo app for iOS. Maybe Google's trying to figure out how to deflate it's stock price.

The Cloud Hiccups
In the past week, iCloud, Github and GoDaddy all had service outages. While the cloud seems to be gaining momentum, outages like this will set back adoption.

Google+ hits a 100 million active users
Google announced that Google+ hit 100 million active users. Unfortunately, Google didn't breakdown how many users were posting versus using Google Hangouts and chat, which are now integrated into Google+.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Four Tech Links of the Day for 09/11/2012

Amazon announces new Kindle Fires
Amazon had a press release announcing a larger 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD that comes in at 200 dollars less than the equivalent iPad. Although it has built in ads (that can be turned off for $15), it will be interesting to see if it impacts iPad sales.

Apple planning to roll out Pandora competitor
Apples is rumored to be looking at releasing an ad based streaming service similar to Pandora. Pandora's stock dropped 17 percent on this news.

California looking to block usage based car insurance
Usage based insurance is a big topic for car insurance. You may have heard of Progressives' Snapshot, a policy which puts a device in your car and discounts your insurance based on how you drive. California is looking to limit how personal information is used to calculate insurance rates, based on keeping the rates stable for a customer.

Email turns 30
The program that first used the term "EMAIL" was copyrighted on August 30, 1982, making email 30 years old. Unfortunately, since 2009, more people are using social networks than email. I guess people don't trust any app over 30.