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.

 

 

Is This The Galaxy S4?

16 Jan 2013  No Comments

If it is, it is going to be one hell of a device.

During last weeks CES, Samsung demoed their new YOUM flexible display. The possibilities of new device formfactors is astounding. The scheduled production date of the YOUM display is Q3 of this year so it is very close.

The S4 is rumored to be announced in MWC by the end of February.

Microsoft Surface Review

22 Nov 2012  1 Comment

Surface RT 01

I’ve been playing around with the a Microsoft’s Windows Surface tablet for more than a week now and I think it is more than enough time to get to know the system.

Surface RT 02

Hardware:

Surface RT Hardware

The device is very well made the build quality is of that what people associate with Apple products. Microsoft went all the way with this one. The Surface isn’t too heavy and comparable to the 10” Android and Apple tablets. The kickstand is a great idea but because it isn’t adjustable you end up adjusting your seating position eliminate any reflections or glare on the screen.

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The 10.6” 1366×768 screen looks great and the touch sensitivity is on par with the top tier tablets already available in the market. The 16:9 screen also makes it great for watching videos on the device. There is just 1 USB slot on the Surface sadly, but that is 1 more than the iPad, but I would have loved it if there were 2 slots but I guess you can use a hub to get extra slots (haven’t tried it).

Surface RT Windows Logo

The Windows Surface has a front-facing camera which had very good quality. And the rear facing 5MP camera is nothing spectacular and is there if you need it.

 

Software:

Surface RT Software

The Surface uses a hindered version of Windows 8 called Windows RT and it is basically just the Tiles interface of Windows 8. The new Windows “Metro Style” or “Tiles” or whatever they want to call it is a very good tablet interface concept, much better than a grid of icons anyway. But the problem I had with it that it was very laggy. Launching apps was a slow and a painful experience both 1st and 3rd party apps alike. But after the app launches you can jump right back to it without any delay or lag.

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Also, being a new ecosystem, the Windows store is very low on apps and is lacking in both quantity and quality of apps. But Microsoft is pushing this real hard so I think it will get there eventually. Especially that Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 all share almost the same kernel and porting apps to the other platform should be a breeze.

Surface RT Software 2

Gestures and swipes work great on the RT/Surface and the touch-sensitive windows button and the bottom of the screen jumps you to the home screen. A swipe from the right bring out the charms bar and a swipe from the left cycles through previous apps.

 

You can also make an app occupy one third of the screen and keep the other two-thirds fee to do something else. I used the Twitter app/browser combo and t was great. I wish both iOS and Android did this natively.

 

Keyboard and Touchpad:

Surface RT Touch Keyboard

There are 2 types of keyboards for the new Windows tablet. A regular physical keyboard that was really good and preferred it to the other touch-sensitive keyboard which I had a hard time getting used too but looks great. I couldn’t tell if I pressed the key or not and had to look at both the screen and keyboard as there is no button feedback. The issue is made worse by the slight lag in typing. It can be frustrating when backspace-ing when you hit it one time too many as the cursor takes a moment to catch up with your inputs. As for the touchpad, it works great. I didn’t experience any lag on it.

Surface RT Type Keyboard

Battery life:

Surface RT Power Brick

The Surface has very good battery life. I charged the device just twice in the week that had it with low to moderate use. I was very impressed with that but I didn’t do a lot processor intensive task such as gaming or video watching so that effect the battery life a bit more.

 

Conclusion:

Surface RT 01

The Windows Surface is a wonderfully built product that is being held back by the software and ecosystem. The latter will get there with time but I’m not sure about the performance of the tablet getting better with future updates.

Surface RT Boxed

My brother got his surface from Microsoft’s Store in Times Square in New York (where he actually stood in line to get his hand on one). The General Manager of Microsoft Surface Mr. Panos Panay was at the store and he managed to get him to sign hi Surface RT.

Surface RT Signed

How To Update Your Nexus One To 2.2 (Froyo)

23 May 2010  1 Comment

  • Download the update from here.

The rest of the steps I posted before here. But just incase you are lazy, here you go:

  • Rename the file to update.zip.
  • Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  • With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards.
  • Select “Bootloader.”
  • On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
  • Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  • Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  • Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip”

After the installation is complete, you will still have to download and install Flash 10.1 to get things going, just click on any “get latest flash” link in the browser and you are set. or just search for it in the market place.

Enjoy

Android Froyo 2.2: Flash and First Signs of Arabic Support

23 May 2010  12 Comments


I just managed to download and install Froyo on my Nexus One today. I have been playing with it for a few hours at it is definitely a great upgrade.

The device feels snappier all around especially in the browser. The inclusion of Flash is awesome, it make mobile browsing much more tolerable. Also the battery life seemed to have improved, I played around with the device for a while a definitely notice a better battery life……. I think. will let you know after a full day use.

Another great feature is the WiFi hotspot. you can transfer your device into a wireless hotspot (think MiFi). this is a great feature indeed making me carry one less device, or maybe just an extra battery.

Also I have notice the first glimpse of Arabic support, I see separated Arabic letters instead of the usual block in both the browser and in the messages. This means that the next major update 3.0 perhaps will include full Arabic support.

I Might Jailbreak My iPhone Just For This!!

18 May 2010  1 Comment

I am not using my iPhone at the moment and its collecting dust in the apartment, my partner in crime is the Nexus One which I think is a much better phone to carry around for daily use. But after seeing the WiFi syncing app for the iPhone I’m thinking of jailbreaking it now, I have already jailbroken the iPad just to get “Backgrounder” but WiFi syncing sounds good.

Top 8 iPad Apps

24 Apr 2010  7 Comments

So you just got your fancy iPad, what are you doing with it? are you just browsing the web with the flashless browser? here are some apps that I think should cater all tastes.

AirVideo

$2.99

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This is by far the best app you can get for your iPad, being able to stream all your video files via the internet to your iPad no matter what format it is is just great for anybody with any kind of a video collection. It does live conversion on the fly and  its pretty quick. and its just amazing on a local network.

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Zinio

Free

photo 3 (1) Do you read magazines? I’ve been using Zinio on my PC for more than 2 years now, and I was disappointed with their iPhone release a few months back but man is the new iPad version is just awesome. It has a very good variety of magazines and the annual subscription prices are just too compelling.

Offline Pages

Free

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This app lets you store a full webpage wth its formatting for offline viewing it later. This is great especially that this version of the iPad is wifi only, and this will really helpful when you are an a flight. its better than RSS reader in my opinion but needs a little bit more work.

LogMeIn

$29.99

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I’ve talked about logmein before, its a remote desktop controlling app. the free desktop version is just so compelling. I know $30 seems much but its the best remote desktop app there is I think. and it was an easy decision because I already purchased the iPhone version.

Evernote

Free

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This is the might not the best note taking app on the iPad but the ability to sync your notes to multiple platforms make this the most efficient one. I’ve got this setup on my Desktop PC, desktop Mac, Macbook pro, My windows laptop, my 2 Android phones , my iPhone and now my iPad. When I take a note on any platform it will be synced to my other devices automatically. Just great.

SoundHound

$4.99

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This is a very good app, its an upgrade to Shazam, in addition to the ability to recognize songs via the iPad built-in microphone, it can  be integrated to your iPad music library and search for music lyrics, videos, artist bio and discography.

GoodReader

$0.99

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This is a very nifty little piece of software, it gives you the ability to transfer file wirelessly to from your PC to your iPad and it has a built-in browser that you can download files in which is also great.

Notable Mentions:

NewsRack, Delivery Status, Kindle, IMDB, PenUltimate, Camera For iPad, Weather HD and Notes.

For more app considerations, check out Marzouq’s post.

Microsoft Announces Kin One & Two

12 Apr 2010  2 Comments

Kin Phones

In today’s “It Time To Share” event. Microsoft announced the long rumored “Project Pink” devices. Its nothing that extravagant, its based on some variation of Windows Phone 7, so what we are seeing here is a very cool integration with social media networks and “should” be in the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

Its only going to be on Verizon so no GSM version just yet. Don’t think anyone will be disappointed though.

 

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iPad – First Impressions

5 Apr 2010  11 Comments

After posting the first iPad pic in Kuwait and first unboxing in Kuwait now its time to talk about the device, here are my first impressions.

Activating the device was a breeze (I have a US based account (Mark wrote a work around if you have a Kuwaiti account). FIrst thing I noticed how fast and responsive the device is, I mean its blazing fast. Loving the new Apple CPU.

The browser shows the full web pages and not the mobile ones, as seen from the pic above. Didn’t expect that as it ran the same webkit browser that the iPhone has, or so I thought.

The screen in nice, nothing super amazing . its large (bigger is better here) and some apps make use of the extra real estate.

A big letdown is not being able to charge the device via USB unless you’ve got a new mac. If you are a windows user you have to hunt down a wall socket to recharge.


The iBooks app is downloaded separately for free, after doing so you get a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh for free.

I’ll be doing a review and should be up soon. If you have any question please do so in the comments.


iPad Unboxing

4 Apr 2010  23 Comments

Just finished unboxing my iPad and here’s a bunch of pictures:

 

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A ton more pictures after the break, click below……..

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