I found an awesome video which shows the history of media storage (oh my god it took me back) which got me me thinking about how far we have come from the days of spending vast amounts of money on floppy disks, zip drives and CD’s to paying a few pounds/dollars a month for storage online.
To put in perspective, check out this picture
Evolution of Storage - Courtesy of Techi.com
When looking at the picture I can’t help but think that will there be a time when there is too much data and not enough storage? Or if the devices today will ever be able to keep up with the demand? Either way it’ll be interesting to see and in today’s world to technology, anything is possible
Either way, we hope you have taken a moment to reflect on data storage and hope you’ll appreciate where we are and where we have been.
Hope your all doing well on this fine day. I was browsing the World Wide Web and came across an announcement which is making me question whether or not I should upgrade my phone now or later.
Confirmation via Twitter
As you know the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Operating System has been around for 6 months and has only been seen on the Samsung Nexus handset but now Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Note users can expect an upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system in the next few weeks.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
This is exciting news for Samsung Galaxy and Note user’s as features such as Facial Unlock, Content Rich home screen, Improved Text and Spell Check will be coming to your devices. Also the upgrade will literally give customers a fresh new feel of their devices meaning if you’re tied into a 18/24/36 month contract, be expecting a fresh new feel from your old device.
Be sure to check with your network provider if there are any updates on when the software upgrade will be available to you but judging by Samsung’s tweet, you won’t be waiting too long.
Until next time, keep geeking and gaming!
Yesterday marked a sad day in the world of technology as one of the major brains behind the uprising of Apple’s greatness over the past 15+ years sadly passed away.
Steve Jobs elevated Apple into a global brand when he became CEO in 1997 releasing innovative devices from the various iMac computers to the iPad and iPhone.
Steve Jobs known for his attire of a black sweater, jeans and trainers when presenting new products opened the world to a range of new ideas of what’s possible in the technological world. Without his vision, mind and knowledge would we have a phone which defines convergance? a computer which has a cool backlit colour monitor? or a laptop which is so thin that you can fit it in an A4 envelope?
I’m not an Apple fan (many of you who know me will agree) but I’m deeply saddened by this tragic news like many of you will miss the man who made the impossible, possible.
Thank god it’s the weekend and to make it that much better, I found an awesome Apple iPad alternative.
As some of you not know, I’m not Apple’s biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong some of their products are awesome (the iPad being one) but I feel the amount you spend on them, you can buy something at a fraction of the price AND just as good; and my latest finding is just that.
I was shopping in Uxbridge Town Centre on Wednesday and after grabbing my Oreo milkshake I went to Maplin and came across a small 7 inch tablet which caught my eye – The Viewsonic Viewpad 7. The device does everything the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer can do – it plays all music and video files, ability to check your e-mail on the go, dual cameras, has access to the Android marketplace and the best part of it all is that you can use it as a phone!
Viewsonic Viewpad 7
Here’s the full spec from the Viewsonic website:
• Operates with Android 2.2 OS, 802.11b/g networking, Bluetooth and is 3G ready (Quad-band GSM)
• Supports Android Google Mobile Service Apps (GMS) for the easy access to Gmail, YouTube, Voice Search & more
• Direct access to Google Marketplace for more than 100,000 apps and games
• High-resolution 800×480 screen with a high-quality capacitive multi-touch panel
• Dual auto focus facing cameras for video chatting and capture the important moment in action
• Expandable memory option with Micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
• Features built-in G-sensor, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor
• Enhanced productivity with the Document-to-Go app to review and edit documents on the go
• GPS/AGPS and E-Compass and let Google Maps shows you nearby points of interests and places to go (requires WiFi or 3G)
• Enjoy eBooks, videos, photos, games and apps for full entertainment on the go
• Slim, ergonomic and lightweight design, weighing in at 0.8 lbs. and measuring 0.45 inches thick
The only downside about the device is the screen – it’s not the crisp finish like the other tablets because it’s a VGA screen rather than an AMOLED screen but to be honest I really couldn’t care. For the money you pay for this product you get your tablet needs for such a reasonable price.
Looking at the price of the product, I feel the main competitor is the soon to be release Amazon Fire – both devices will more or less be the same; though the main differences between the products will be that Amazon will be running their own Android OS, the Fire is a lot smaller and has a better processor; but again looking at both specs as well as their prices, I’d still go for the underdog, Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
Another interesting bit of information I found about the Amazon Fire is that the device will be able to track your movements across the web which, in hindsight, really does not surprise me because if you have ever used the Amazon website, they track what you view so they can recommend other products to you. It’s another method for them to up-sell and generate more revenue which, in today’s world, can be seen anywhere. Some people may find that they are being monitored a problem but let’s face it, it’s happening everywhere.
Going back to the Viewsonic Viewpad 7, I’m not saying it’s better than the iPad or the Galaxy Tab but I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Here’s a video which was taken at the 2010 IFA event which shows the features of the tablet.
I’m off to Maplin to buy mine and make sure you check back in a month when I’ll provide a full overview of my first month with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
It’s been a while since I posted something but I’ve found something REALLY cool. There are plenty of shareware/trial-ware software’s out there which are excellent but when it comes to the end of the trial, you either have to buy it (which helps the software developers) or uninstall it and reinstall it to start the trial again (which is tedious and time consuming).
Anyway I was Stumbling Upon’ing and found this brilliant bit of software which is FREE and it allows you to select a end date which is longer than the 15/30 day trial.
Go HERE to download the software and start enjoying trial-ware software.