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July 6, 2014

Skybox

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:05 am

A joke was making the rounds several years ago: Some politician was using Google Maps and wanted to know why he couldn’t see his car parked in front of the building.

The truth is, Google Maps uses satellite imagery that often months if not years out of date. That’s fine for getting around or becoming familiar with an area, but not useful if you want to see where your car is parked.

Enter Skybox. Their goal is to have very fresh satellite images available, maybe three times a day. They can do it with only a small number of satellites. It’s fascinating stuff, and it will affect how you use Google Maps in just a few short years.

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July 5, 2014

3D Printers in Libraries

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:36 pm

Coming soon to a public library near you: A 3D printer. Pretty cool, and apparently you can print illegal stuff too.

Now I have to figure out what illegal 3D printing is.

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July 4, 2014

A Word Spreadsheet

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Word’s table commands are impressive, but for serious table work you need to use Excel. And when you can’t make up your mind, you just shove an Excel worksheet into Word. Believe it or not, but this procedure is legal everywhere but North Korea.
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July 3, 2014

Adios Samsung Media Hub

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:05 am

I ranted about it before (see rant link below), but now apparently my admonitions are ringing true: Samsung is shuttering its Video and Media Hub. And good riddance!

Way back when, I subscribed to the Media Hub. I paid about $30 to “buy” two movies, and I watched them. Then Samsung upgraded the Media Hub and “lost” my password, my account, and my movies.

No refunds are coming for the media you have in the Video and Media Hub; Samsung is urging users to move the material to some movie hosting site. Yeah, like I have any faith in that.

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My Samsung rant from earlier this year.

July 2, 2014

Facebook’s User Manipulation Bodes Not Well

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:26 pm

I’m starting to believe that Facebook will one day join AOL on the “Oh? You still use that?” heap of technology history.

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Battery, Battery, Tell Me What You Know

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

battery There it goes again. The battery meter is draining. Why? I mean, it’s been only a few hours and already my mobile Android gizmo has less than a 50 percent charge! What the hey?
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June 30, 2014

Command Line v. IDE

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

For most grizzled programmers, the command line was where all the programming action took place. In fact, you’ve got to admire the dedication required to write some several-hundred thousand lines of code using a terminal, but they did it.
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June 27, 2014

From Gallery to Photos

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

photos-figure1 You’ll always find a place for the Gallery app on your Android mobile device, but the real power for organizing and coordinating images on your phone or tablet comes from using the Photos app.
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June 26, 2014

Android 4.4.4 is Here

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 8:16 am

Don’t sweat it: The latest Android update is more of a maintenance release than anything else. If it’s available for your mobile device, then you’ll see an update notification, otherwise it’s nothing to worry about.

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Android 4.4.4 upgrade screen.

Android 4.4.4 upgrade screen.

June 25, 2014

Supreme Court Victory For Smartphone Users

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:05 am

The US Supreme Court has ruled that your cell phone cannot be searched by the authorities without a warrant. This decision is a victory for privacy advocates and those of us remaining who still understand and appreciate the 4th Amendment.

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