Google I/O 2013 & Google Glass!

16 Apr 2013  No Comments

It’s just around a corner, if you consider a month to be that short that is. However, it’s still close to me!

So just in case that a new thingy for them, here’s a simple breakdown taken shamefully from its Wikipedia page:

“Google I/O is an annual developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.”

So the event is happening on the 15th-17th of May and apparently, it only took 49 minutes to be exact for the event to be sold out for the $900 priced tickets. Which is not very surprising considering the scope of the conference itself. But for me, I’m just crossing my fingers to see other editions of Google Glass  with a release date would make my day, heck even my year. Now despite many controversies about the “Goggles” themselves seeing as a possible invasion of privacy..etc I’m still thinking it’s going to be big and isn’t going to take much time for them to grow popular between our middle aged demographic people.

Now Google themselves has been giving away and selecting people “almost” randomly but of course it isn’t free as once you have been chosen  you have to pay $1500 if you wanted to get the goggles. This “campaign” basically started around since late Feb. I believe till about mid March for people to submit their doings and wishes in the hash-tag of “#IfIhadGlass” and you just get replied back by Google Glass’ Twitter Account if you have been selected and I believe just a few hours ago if I’m not mistaken, specs of the goggles themselves started to come out and unveil as people started to receive them by now. So here’s a quick breakdown of the specifications of the explorer edition of the goggles:

Fit
Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
Extra nosepads in two sizes.

Display
High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

Camera
Photos – 5 MP
Videos – 720p

Audio
Bone Conduction Transducer

Connectivity
Wi-Fi – 802.11b/g
Bluetooth

Storage
12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.

Battery
One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.

Charger
Included Micro USB cable and charger.

While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.

Compatibility

Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

Hoping to see more info comes out and more real life testing and practicality of the goggles themselves. *Crossing fingers for early release date*

 

UPDATE:

It seems that it was answered/posted before by Google but I’ve gotten a reply for them regarding people wearing glasses already and how would they approach it, and I’ve gotten some good news which made me wanna pursue it even more.

 

 

Google Nose: The New Scentsation in Search

1 Apr 2013  No Comments

Smelling is Believing

Smelling is believing, or at least that is what google wants you to believe.

Google released their April Fool’s prank for this year and it’s called Google Nose. 

Pressing the “Try Google Nose” button takes you to some random yet interesting smell choices. I tried it a couple of time and got a “diaper” and a “wet dog” results. you can press the “smell” button and you can start smelling that beautiful aroma you have chosen. Of course the is no smell.

Start Smelling

I love those annual April Fools stuff Google do each year. here is a list of previous pranks. [Link]

The Google Nexus 4

6 Dec 2012  4 Comments

Nexus 4

After waiting for the Nexus 4 to be shipped from Google for a few weeks. I finally got it a couple of days ago.

Nexus 4 Reveal

The device is beautifully built and in my opinion is the best looking Nexus device to date. It still has design similarities to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S. But the Nexus 4 is far better built device. My only gripe with the device is the glass rear. I didn’t like it on the iPhone 4/S and I still don’t like it. It looks nice but it is not practical as I already managed to scratch the rear glass after just 30 minutes of use.

Nexus 4 Unboxed

The battery life on the device is pretty good, not as great as the Galaxy Note II but still pretty decent. Still needs a little bit more testing before the final verdict. Same goes for the camera. The 8MP camera is an update from the 5MP on the Galaxy nexus but it is the standard in the market at the moment.

Nexus 4 Back

Android 4.2 is just fantastic, I‘ve been using it on the Galaxy nexus and the Nexus 7 for a few weeks now and I love it. it is an improvement on previous versions of android and especially with the release the new Gmail that allows pinch to zoom finally makes things even better.

Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus

Basic Specs:

Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

2GB of RAM.

8MP rear and 1.3 front cameras.

4.7-inch 1280×768 display.

2100 mAh non-removable battery.

Nexus 4 Scrach

My Android Mini PC/Media Center

17 Oct 2012  No Comments

Android Mini PC 1

I got my Android mini PC a maybe a couple of months ago. The main idea behind getting it was making it an Apple TV replacement as I have 3 Apple TVs and wanted to try out a new platform as a media center/entertainment device.

With the Google TV being useless outside the US. I looked for a replacement android device that would do the job. I first was hinting about using my LG G2X Android phone that has a HDMI out but I came across the nifty little device, The Android Mini PC.

Android Mini PC 3

The device is much smaller than any smartphone. Packs a 1GHz cortex A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, built-in WiFi, HDMI out, Micro SD card slot, full size USB 2.0 slot and a USB OTG slot with an included adapter.

Android Mini PC 2

The device is capable of outputting full 1080p video and on the spec sheet it says its even able to output 2160p video. The USB slot is excellent. I managed to hook up a mouse and a keyboard. And then I was able to connect my Azio wireless keyboard that also haas a thumb-stick and makes controlling the Android interface much easier.

Android Mini PC 4

It is great for watching YouTube videos or even those not so officially downloaded movies and tv shows. The UI is very easy to navigate as its a standard Android ICS 4.0.

Android Mini PC 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Features

1 Oct 2012  No Comments

It looks like Samsung’s new 5.5” Galaxy Note 2 is going to be my new mobile phone due to Samsung actually improving the Android software with its Touchwiz interface. The new multitasking looks insanely productive and great.

The phone should be available in Kuwait this week for around 210KD.

But Google, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

2 Aug 2012  1 Comment

Last week, Google released the pricing details of their new Google Fiber  high speed internet service. The service will rollout in just 2 US cities, Kansas City Kansas and Kansas City Missouri (just a few feet apart).

So how fast is high speed you ask? in Kuwait, most residential areas top out at 8 Mbps for DSL lines and if you are of the lucky few who have access to fiber connection you can go up to 48 Mbps and that’s just the down-stream. Up stream is limited to 5 Mbps on fiber and just 1 Mbps on DSL.

Google Fiber fiber on the other hand has just one speed, and its 1 Gbps. Yes that is 1024 Mbps. That’s more than 100 times faster than our DSL connection. And it also offers 1Gbps up-stream as well with no caps what so ever.

So how much does this ridiculous internet connection speeds cost you say? Here 8 Mbps connection costs KD320-330 annually and I have no idea how much does the 48 Mbps fiber subscription costs. WIMD’s 15 Mbps is KD870 with a KD250 installation fee. Google is charging $70 (~KD20) a month with a $300 (~KD85) one time construction fee that is waived if you commit for 1 year. If you pay the $300 setup fee you get free 5 Mbps down 1 Mbps up internet connection for life (7 years guaranteed).

Google also is offering a Internet+TV package for $120 (~KD35) with a waived $300 installation fee if you commit for 2 years. What will you get other than the insanely fast 1Gbps internet and and some TV channels? well you’ll get a TV box that doubles as a Wi-Fi access point to extend the range of your network it is also bluetooth enabled so that you can pair up keyboards, headphones and mice with it. You also get a 2 TB storage box to store your recorded programs, it can hold up to 500 hours of HDTV and you can record up to 8 channels at the same time. You will also get a free Nexus 7 ($200 dollar value) and a 1TB Google Drive subscription ($50 monthly value).

There is a certain percentage of people per neighborhood that have to pre-register so that they are eligible for the service.

Living in Kansas City (both of them) suddenly got very tempting.

Google Fiber

Google Drive

25 Apr 2012  1 Comment

The long rumored “G-Drive” has been eluding us for a few years now but it is finally here. Google is going head-to-head with Dropbox with its Google Drive and here are some of the advantages of using Google’s solution:

  • Paid plans are cheaper
  • Offers more free space 5GB  (unless you have Dropbox referrals)
  • Images and videos uploaded through Google+ do not count against your available space (restrictions apply)
  • Document collaboration ala Google Docs
  • Supports online viewing for "over 30 file types" including Photoshop, illustrator and HD Video (not sure how the support stacks up to Dropbox)
  • Sync appears to be much faster than Dropbox
  • Space also applies to other Google products: Gmail & Picasa
  • Shared files give you a commenting and chat interface – which is actually more useful than it sounds
  • If you happen to be grandfathered into a Google storage plan the prices are DIRT CHEAP.
  • Improved search over Dropbox – including OCR recognition of PDFs, etc. This is really nice for eBooks.
  • Files can be kept forever even if you stop paying. Stop paying and your files over the free storage limit will remain with read-only access as long as you want them. You could consider it pay once forever hosting.
  • File-level app permissions. Apps don’t need access to your entire Dropbox, you can grant them access to a single file.

The service is still not available for everyone, it is slowly rolling out..

Google Drive

8-Bit Kuwait Map

31 Mar 2012  4 Comments


This is just great, the ability to view Kuwait in retro 8-bit mode. It might not be very helpful but its damn awesome.

Use Dropbox? Get An Extra 23GB For Free

20 Mar 2012  1 Comment

Dropbox

I use Dropbox constantly but I rarely put large or a lot of files in it due to its limited free space. There are payable options but I’m waiting for the long rumored Google G-Drive to make an appearance.

Anyway, the steps are simple:

  • Uninstall Dropbox from your Android device.
  • Download this special version of Dropbox [here].
  • Install it and login.
  • Wait for the confirmation email (took me a couple of hours).
  • Uninstall Dropbox and re-download the latest version from Google Play.

via XDA Developers

Google Launches Google Play

7 Mar 2012  1 Comment

Google Play

Google launched their one-stop shop entertainment store yesterday. It is basically a rebranded Android Market with extra features. You can purchase Android apps, movies, music, and books.

of course Google is still not showing love for us here in Kuwait as we can only access the app store officially.

Google Play

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