Posts Tagged ‘internet’
  • New tech blogger hangout HQ: McDonalds. Wait..wha…?
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 9:35 pm
    Maybe it's a stereotype fused into my brain unable to leak out, but typically when I think of young, hip, tech focused individuals out and about in the big city, I see a coffee shop or cafe as one of their top hangouts. I myself follow and love this very same stereotype often spending many a weekend secluded in some coffee shop corner exploring the many nooks and crannies of the world wide web. Those coffee shops whom many have recently made the switch to charging for WiFi now have a new conte...
  • Gaming Consoles on the way out. Mobile devices to replace big, bulky units in as little as 5 years?
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    Are gaming consoles, the very thing that has kept many a geek enthralled for years, on the way out? Is their relevance slowly disappearing as mobile devices become more and more powerful with scalable options and outputs that are ever increasing? To highlight this simple though looming question, look at the iPhone. While on the device itself the hardware isn't too spectacular compared to current gaming champs such as the Xbox 360 and PS3, the iPhone is quickly pushing the idea of mobile gam...
  • Australia to take on a more communistic ideology. “The Great Firewall of Australia” is a go…
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 7:21 am
    Every time I hear the words DRM, censored, "it's for the children", and so on, I get the urge to vomit. So many times in the short time span of the last 10 years, we've seen various groups and individuals alike trying to safety proof the world -- sanitizing our daily lives because a select few feel it is their duty to encroach on other peoples' lives. If I were ever thinking of moving to Australia, my hopes, dreams, and ambitions would be severely squelched after learning of the recent "green ...
  • Privacy concerns arise from Google Goggles facial recognition/stranger identifier search results…
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 7:05 am
    Simply taking a picture of some object and using it to search for more relevant information doesn't seem that difficult until you actually think about the tools necessary to complete such a search. I mean, taking a picture of a simple can of beans (it's early and I'm hungry) means the phone/software has to properly determine what is text/images before actually searching for it so it knows what to search for. Second, the actual algorithms for the search software then have to somehow find the ex...
  • Acer A1 comes state side. Passes FCC with AT&T 3G bands in tow…
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    AT&T; has remained mum on any mentioning of Android or when the carrier might even begin to sell devices with Android. Chalk it up to their love fest with Apple. AT&T; users deserve an Android option. Now that all three other big carriers have at least one Android device with many more in the pipeline means AT&T; can't afford to sit this one out much longer. With that said, we can always look towards the FCC directories and documents for early information of handset releases. The Acer A1 h...
  • Glowing LED cement walkways soon to be thing of the past.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
    Ever feel like mashing a bunch of lights between your feet and the pavement? If so, maybe you should get your head checked out. Or you could at least explain that you were at Plaza del Torico in Teruel, Spain and were having fun hopping from one LED "fixture" in the cement having a gay old time. The coolest part is that the lights are under full control by some dude giving him control over one of the coolest LED strands yet seen. I know I'd like his job, wouldn't you? In all honesty thou...
  • Think your internet is fast? Google helping construct 23Tbps pipeline due out in 2012.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 10:09 pm
    Car guys brag about their cars. Bodybuilders brag about their muscles. And internet junkies/geeks brag about their internet connection. What's your fastest tested speed? While I'd love to compete in this competition, my AT&T; provided 3Mbps service has other plans for my time. Most notably sitting and twiddling my thumbs while I wait for it. If I had a faster connection, say 17Tbps fast, I could do anything and everything I wanted to. While I can't afford a 17Tbps line, Google can. In con...
  • Chrome to have 500+ extensions by weekend. Chrome for Mac gaining extension support as well.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 6:41 am
    Are you an plugin person? Users of Firefox no doubt know about and/or use one or many of the countless plugins available for Mozilla's mobile crawler. Everything from easily finding torrents to listing email messages in the browser title bar can be had with these browser add-ons. On the Google/Chrome side, end users have been clamoring for plugins ("extensions" on Google's side) since the browsers release a little over a year ago. As is customary, Google has been working at break neck pace, ...
  • Skyfire upgraded. Mobile web one step closer to desktop parent.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Being on the mobile web just a few short years ago meant navigating extremely rudimentary WAP web pages and dealing with painfully slow load times. That is if you could even get a site to properly/completely load on your device. Thankfully technology doesn't sit still and in fact runs a breakneck speed. In today's world, we have browsers such as Mobile Safari, Mobile Chrome, SkyFire, and Opera mini to name a few. While all of the mobile browsers listed (and several unlisted) are all good in ...
  • Offline Gmail a no go for Mac users. Google Gears to blame…
    by Mike
    Posted December 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    Google fanatics and Mac power users are experience a bad case of digital doldrums tonight. While starting the week off on a high with Gmail Offline support officially rolling out to everyone -- and not relegated to a simple, option lab feature -- many will be ending on a completely different plane. You see, in order for Gmail's offline features to work, your browser needs to support Google Gears. Macs don't do support Google Gears, but only through Firefox. Safari support is hit and miss. A...
  • Internet Safety classes taught in the 21st century elementary classroom.
    by Mike
    Posted December 8th, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    Back when I was in elementary school, we did such things as story time, show and tell, and (when the teacher was feeling extra challenging) math. Today's youngsters whom are bombarded by the digital world in countless aspects have come to find the world wide web a wonderful and scary world. So much so that kiddies as young as 5 will begin seeing internet safety taught in their classroom. Think of it as a new "stranger danger" plan that so many of us fondly remember shouting. The think tank...
  • D-Link/Boxee team up to make the first Boxee branded device.
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 9:45 pm
    While cable companies would rather nickel and dime us to death via traditional landline based TV, the internet welcomes us with open arms. Prices and paywalls exist on the great fiber as well, but so far they've remained resilient to most corporate greed that plagues and destroys traditional cable. In my eyes, the current "poster child" for everything that makes the internet great is Boxee. It brings in various channels of tv, entertainment, news, music, social networking, and more. Did we m...
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