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February 8, 2014

Bye, Bye Flappy Bird

Filed under: News — admin @ 3:17 pm

The insanely frustrating Android game Flappy Bird is to be no more. Download it before midnight tonight!


February 3, 2014

Feminists Take On Wikipedia

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:31 pm

Wikipedia is just too slanted to the male perspective, or so say feminists who want to fix it through extensive editing. They’ll be holding editing-a-thons across the country over the next few weeks.

Being a man, of course, I can’t fathom their specific issues. I expect they’ll be changing the third person singular from “he” to “she” all over the place. You can’t do that in Chinese or Latin or other languages. And maybe references to a ship as “she” will go down the tubes. I know a ship is a “she” in Italian. Can’t change that one, of course.

Oh, English is so sexist!


January 31, 2014

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:37 am

Much fanfare met the purchase of Motorola (one of the world’s leading Android phone manufacturers) to Google (the only Android operating system developer) last year. It was like an Android fanboy’s fantasy: The operating system and hardware would be made by the same organization. Take that, Apple!

Recently, Motorola has been sold by Google. The buyer is Lenovo.

If you recall, Lenovo is the Chinese company that made news about a decade ago. That’s when IBM sold them their entire PC division. IBM decided it wanted out of the consumer computer division, and that was a smart move.

As a consumer of consumer computers, I was a bit worried. I prefer the IBM brand. My first PC was a (used) IBM PC. (My first computer was a TRS-80 Model III.) Since IBM sold their PC business, I’ve purchased many Lenovo computers. In fact, the first one I bought still had the IBM logo.

My most recent Lenovo computer is a laptop I bought last year. It’s a solid machine. In fact, I recommend Lenovo laptops. The extended warranty is worth the price, and the service is excellent. Lenovo delivers a good product, so I’m not concerned about them dipping into the smartphone waters.

In the big picture, I believe Google wants to remain a software company. True, they have the Nest line of products and Chromecast. But these, too, may be spun off to various hardware manufacturers. I see that as a good move.

The only concern I have is that Lenovo try to keep the Nexus line pure. The Nexus phones and tablets are as close to stock Android as you can get. I like that.


January 30, 2014

Play with Virtual Legos

Filed under: News — admin @ 12:17 pm

I don’t know whether or not to be thrilled, but apparently Google has introduced a Chrome app that lets you play with virtual Legos on your computer. Perhaps the app also lets you bury random Lego pieces in the carpet, which you can step on at 3:00 AM? Or maybe Lego pieces that become eternally stuck to each other?

O the possibilities!


January 17, 2014

Google Glass Citation Dismissed in CA

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:35 pm

Apparently, for now, it’s okay to drive while wearing Google Glass, providing that you can convince the cop that the device isn’t on.

This Google Glass stuff just keeps getting weirder and weirder.


January 15, 2014

The Problem with Facebook

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:17 pm

Yeah, here I go with another anti-Facebook rant, although in this case it’s someone else doing the ranting. spot-on.

January 12, 2014

Serious Dropbox Problems

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:25 am

I’m a pretty avid fan of Dropbox. I use the file synchronizing service frequently to coordinate files between my desktop computer and my laptop/tablets. It works like a charm, much better than the old Briefcase and whatever Windows Sync utility Microsoft is currently using.

Last Friday Dropbox vanished from the Internet. Apparently they were updating software and the update pretty much yanked everyone’s account off line. I was unable to sync some screen shots on Saturday, let alone all the files for my current major project.

As of today (Sunday morning), any new files I add or remove form my Dropbox folders are synchronized. The major folder reorganization I attempted Saturday, however, is still “Updating.”

The most disappointing aspect of this issue are the whiners on the Dropbox support forums. Dropbox is free for most people. Yet they bitch and bellyache about the service being down like they’re paying for the service. That’s really sad.


December 30, 2013

Facebook is Dead and Buried

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:15 am

No, I didn’t say it, but a lot of teenagers are saying it.

One could argue that teenagers, and their older siblings in college, were the entire reason that Facebook existed. Apparently that’s no longer true.

According to the article (link below), most young people use Facebook only to keep in touch with older relatives who only use Facebook. That’s an interesting twist.


December 24, 2013

Top Android Phones of the Year

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:15 pm

According to Droid Life they are:

1. The Moto X.
2. The Nexus 5.
3. The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition
4. The LG G2
5. The HTC One

Collect them all!

December 17, 2013

Google Holiday Singalong

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:19 am

Yet another feature of Google Now was unveiled recently. It’s the “Let’s Go Caroling feature,” which I describe in the video below.


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