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Chrome OS

It's just been announced, and it sounds very interesting. Similar implementations have floated around on multimedia laptops for a while where certain multimedia features are available without booting the OS. But it's nothing like this. It's the first real "cloud" computer where all the magic happens on a web browser, and Internet connectivity is a requirement. I applied for one, hope I get picked.

Posted: Dec 08, 2010 @ 09:06 pm

Groupon for 6 Billion!?

That's right, Billion, with a capital B! I guess Google's got money to burn. While we're on the topic, this site is for sale for only a million dollars. I probably got a couple of readers.

Posted: Dec 02, 2010 @ 09:12 pm

The iPad Is Now Complete

The upgrade to iOS 4.2.1 went smoothly. Took about 45 minutes, but after it was done, all my settings and apps were restored. (Not including the 7 hours I had spent backing up the iPad a week or so ago expecting the upgrade.) Now instead of 8 pages full of apps, I have 4 pages of organized folders. Just the folders alone is worth the upgrade, being able to organize apps into folders really makes life easier. But that's not all, multitasking is another major change. Multitasking is a long overdue feature for the iPad, something many people, including myself, think should have been on the initial iPad release.

Now I can finally listen to Pandora and surf the web at the same time. It's really rather shameful, since that's something any $200 netbook can do without breaking a sweat. But now the iPad can multitask as well, it is now complete.

Posted: Nov 22, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

iOS 4.2.1 Is Out!

Woot! Backing up and upgrading now.

Posted: Nov 22, 2010 @ 06:53 pm

Android GPS Navigation

GPS navigation on a phone is not new to me, my retired Nokia N78 had turn-by-turn GPS navigation with Ovi Maps. I could even install Garmin Mobile XT if I wanted. But the truth is, with a plain number pad and no touchscreen, it was a pain to use. Not so with Android, even the tiny touch screen makes selecting and entering addresses a breeze.

This weekend I gave Google Navigation a spin, and I must say, it worked great. I was expecting it to have issues since I'm on EDGE with my Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, but it worked flawlessly even on a slower network. The GPS was accurate, selected route was good, and re-routing was fast. The only problem was the batteries, it drained around 20% of my batteries on a 20 minute drive. So have your charger ready if you plan on any long trips.

Google Navigation is good, but the the lack of offline maps is a worry for me since I would be dead in the water if I was in an area without coverage. Let's just say my sense of direction is lacking. I went on to search for a free alternative, I'm only going with free because I prefer to use a dedicated GPS unit for my car trips, the phone is a backup.

I found a few, but they do not work as well as Google Navigation or even Ovi Maps on my N78. The first one I found was Maverick, but it turns out this app does not support turn-by-turn navigation. The second is OsmAnd, it seems to work, but creating maps took a while and the file for a large map was too large for my SD card to handle. The other issue I had was when I tried to use it to navigate home, it could not find my address. So I guess the address list is some what lacking. The last one that I tried is MapDroyd, at first it didn't work, but turns out it was just zoomed way out. After realizing that, it seems to be working, but again, no turn-by-turn navigation. This is another one I'll keep around for reference if I travel.

There is one navigation option that I want to try, AndNav2, but I can't seem to find it for download. And I don't want to download it from any random source, maybe in the future.

The conclusion is Google Navigation wins by a big lead, but I'll be keeping Maverick, OsmAnd, and MapDroyd on my phone just in case I may go somewhere without cell coverage.

Posted: Nov 21, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

Android 2.1 For My X10 Mini Pro

The update has landed. Right before bed I checked my phone for the update, and what a shock, it was available. I did not see this on the SE twitter or the forums. Either way, I wasn't going to bed anymore.

So far so good, got all my apps installed and working. Not much difference from 1.6, the colors are darker, which is good. One odd thing is I can no longer find ADW.Launcher in the app market, so I installed LaunchPro. Been wanting to give it a try but it wasn't available for 1.6, but it works now.

Posted: Nov 20, 2010 @ 11:13 am

No Google Voice For iPad

The official Google Voice app was recently released on the Apple AppStore, but it's only for the iPhone. No google voice for the iPad. Boo! And where is iOS 4.2? IPhones get all the good stuff. :(

Posted: Nov 17, 2010 @ 08:54 pm

Google Docs Mobile Editing

Of course, after I've paid for Documents To Go, Google releases mobile editing for Google Docs. I'll have to try it out when it's rolled out. Will probably never use it, just like Documents To Go.

Posted: Nov 17, 2010 @ 04:30 pm

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