Magazines were something I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid. I loved Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, and I always gazed at other magazines like PCworld and other magazines to do with Mac’s and other stuff that was technology related. On top of that I read Automobile and also Car And Driver. But do I still read those magazines?. Lately they have just been sitting in boxes in my closet collecting dust. The magazine I read now is blogs on the internet. Okay, well, I also write on this one. Could man simply write their own magazine back when the Internet didn’t exist?. Heck no.
There are also “online magazines” which are magazine articles placed on the magazine publishers website that you require a paid subscription to view. I see an article on alot of these magazine subscription sites and there is a button you have to click on the bottom of the article saying “Subscribe to see the whole article”. Of course, the article is cut off and you only see a preview of it. But you can Google search the same article and find it simply reworded or paraphrased some where else on the internet, leaving you the option to read it for free otherwise, without paying that subscription fee.
Some magazines are still popular and many people still read them I think, same as TV still being popular these days. But both those things are fading, and websites with content are replacing the content in Magazines and TV. These content publishers are seeking new ways of bringing their content to the web, on our computers. But so far they have not reached me. My TV is on Youtube, and in other blogs like mine. I read it all on my Desktop PC, Smartphone and Laptop.
Ever since blogs began in 2001, since then 160 blogs have formed into existence. Of course, they are all written by people like you and me, some not. But most of them are all free to read. How do some of us bloggers make money?, advertising. But if you are still a magazine fan, put a comment in below and share what you think of this big transition.
I can say that I will agree that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a winner for it’s title of being a “Pro” in the MacBook lineup, even though it’s now only either an “Air” lineup or a “Pro” lineup and the regular MacBooks are no longer. With the rumors speculating on a new Apple notebook coming out and being both an Air and a Pro, in a design of being a super slim MacBook Pro, that will be an interesting one to see surface from the heavens when it comes out. Now my argument regarding in having an old boring laptop is, if you have one yourself, then I would say that it is probably worth $100 if your lucky on Ebay if it’s like the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 which is in the article by CNET author Scott Stein. So having that is very good asset to your posessions because if you just wanted a laptop while not having one in the first place, you’d be spending $400 on a cheap Acer, or scouring the used electronic shops for an old one, which people usually snatch those things pretty fast from those shops if it’s a good price.
So it also comes down to your needs too. If you just need something that surfs the internet, a smartphone with a $100 bill is fine, as long as all you need is a web browser. But with everyone being different with their needs of the internet and computers, mine goes specifically this way: I have my desktop, and my laptop, and my smartphone. You could say my smartphone is my tablet, as it is a touchscreen computer that surfs the internet from virtually anywhere, but with a very small screen. For me to get an actual tablet, it will come down to the price. I look forward to do the day the iPad 5 comes out and the first iPad’s that were released are going for $100 on Ebay. Because I don’t want to spend minimum $600 on a tablet right now, that is the price of my laptop alone. I dream of having an iPad mount for my own bed, so when I go to bed I can just lay there and surf Youtube or anything else without having to hold it up, watch a movie, etc. My laptop stand I bought for my bed has to be moved everytime I want to get up, it’s so annoying. I have held the iPad and I really liked it, and I don’t think that an iPad 2 or a 3 would have features that would meet my needs more than just having the first generation iPad itself.
I don’t think that Apple would ever make a tablet like the one shown above either, it’s not there style, it doesn’t show off the “simpleness” or “coolness factor” enough to be an official Apple product. The only thing that they have made to date that is kind of a slightly successful product and not totally revolutionary is the Apple TV. Sure, it’s cool to have a little media box to stream your content from your home computer but… I have an Xbox 360 for that. For those who don’t have an Xbox, there is the Apple TV. And Tim Cook has declared it as a “hobby” product of Apple. That just hides it’s “slight” success it has had so far, and making it look like something that is still useful to them.
I guess eventually there will be some sort of device for every place we go in our lives to help us navigate the internet. A computer for the toilet, a computer in the car (well that does exist but, most car computers cant search Google), a computer tablet device in the shower, and every where else. Oh yeah, and the fridge. I could go on. So to answer your question, it is OKAY to have a boring everything!, if it’s cheaper than buying a whole new “boring” device to suit your needs for accessing the internet.
It has been reported by The Wall Street Journal that Apple is looking into actively recruiting a newer senior-level executive in assisting with the company’s new cloud-based services to users. This move is coming from Apple as they are no doubt seeking to build their iCloud services that were officially released last month.
In recent weeks, Apple has been looking to recruit senior-level executives with backgrounds in Web-based software, according to people familiar with the matter. It has approached at least one prominent Internet entrepreneur since at least earlier this year about a possible position, according to these people, who say the details of the possible job were unclear. The company has also discussed its needs with recruiters, one of the people said.
The report says accordingly, that Apple has been thinking of creating a new cloud-based team focused on in the engineering level, and they are now looking into filling out their department with more senior ranks. Directly near the end, it has been indicated by sources like The Wall Street Journal that it has been looked upon broadly by Apple for a very talented Web-focused managers who could be a good fit for the company’s director level or even further rather than just recruiting just for the specific positions.
The effort of the iCloud is being currently overseen by Eddy Cue who was already promoted to a position of the senior vice president level which was back last September as his own role had beein growing in visibility and also responsibility, as he had been taking on the iCloud, the iBookstore, and also the iAd additionally to his own long-standing position in being the leader in the iTunes Store and App Store efforts.
The U.S. cellular carrier, T-Mobile today revealed that they are expending their services into even more markets, as well as adding more top data speeds in more areas. They claim to be the “Largest 4G network”, and in the U.S. they are now available in 208 different markets, which covers more than 200 people within the U.S.
The biggest markets that are treated to T-Mobiles 4G HSPA+ network is mostly towns with colleges that are home to larger universities. It was launched by T-Mobile of a network that should of received a theoretical top speed of 21 Mbps in these following markets:
-Oregon (Oregon State University), Corvallis, Medford, Bend.
-Holland and Kalamazoo, Michigan (Western Michigan).
-Peoria and Decatur, Illinois (Bradley, Robert Morris, and many others).
-Evansville, Indiana (Southern Indiana).
-Santa Barbara, California (UC-Santa Barbara).
-State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State)
-Yuba City, California
The areas have been expanded by T-Mobile aswell, which where can users can reach their theoretical speeds topping 42Mbps. Which is granted, a theoretical blown out of proportion from actual speeds, though the data speeds in this area will still be faster than any other market with HSPA+ services. (Also you should be aware that the smartphones that are used on T-Mobiles own network in local conditions can and will influence speeds of data). Stronger speeds that have a solid portfolio have not yet been good enough start off a tide of the customer exodus, though T-Mobile just keeps trucking as the world just waits for AT&T to buy out T-Mobile. The markets that are launched today with HSPA+ 42 services are in some areas that include:
The Next Web noted, that Apple has silently changed the title of marketing chief Phil Schiller, which drops “Product” from his own previous title as the “Senior Vice President” with Worldwide Product Marketing. As the report is saying, though, it’s unsure if the new title of Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing is reflecting a change in his responsibilities or just more simply of a acurate way of saying what he is already doing currently.
The biography page of Schiller previously lists him in “Product Marketing, Developer Relations, and Business Marketing”, as his main purview, though the updated page only omits a mention of any of the specific programs with the Worldwide marketing that Schiller could be currently responsible for.
It is suggested by The Next Web that Ron Johnson may have departed Apple as of November 1st to start off as being the CEO of department store J.C. Penney, which Schiller could of taken on some newer responsibilities that is related to the retail store marketing. Another possibilitymay be related to the Apple education division, which Tim Cook has already reportedly integrated into the company’s more broad marketing and divisions of sales. With the man overseeing the market, for educational initiatives, Apple could be feeling that the broader “Worldwide Marketing” title is alot more applicable to his current responsibilities in his job.
Changes were made by Tim Cook to the executive leadership team ever since he took over as the CEO of Apple in late August. It was the departure of Johnson that as head of retail is now obviously shown to be one major change, though Apple has yet to name the replacement man for that position. The major change otherwise so far, has been Eddy Cue being brought up to vice president in his role as the iTunes App Store chief which has since expanded recently in the iBookstore, iCloud, and iAd.
Net Applications has revealed their monthly data on traffic on the Web, showing that Apple’s own iOS was able to sustain the horse ride through the launch of the iPhone 4S, and the continued momentum of the iPad shows a 60% share of traffic in the past. iOS was responsible for 61.64% of mobile Web Traffic during last October on a geographically basis weighted out.
Net Applications Mobile/Tablet Top Operating System Share Trend (Nov '09 – Oct '11)
Apple’s share has become very dominant, showing a strong position across all of the devices in the mobile category, with their iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The Google Android OS is seeing quite strong growth too, with it’s rapidly-growing sales with their devices running the OS, though the popularity of the Android has been strictly only set on smartphones.
For the PC and Mac side, Apple is showing increasingly higher amounts of Web traffic, reaching the 6.94% mark as of last October, which is quite a healthy increase over the comparison versus September, which is where it was up nearly a percentage point and a half since April.
Apple is definitely thinking of releasing their TV set, which Nick Bilton says, from the New York Times. The Television, which may come with voice control as courtesy of Siri, may be announced as of later in 2012, with a release to the consumers in 2013. Quoted by Bilton, is sources that are anonymous saying that an Apple television is a “guaranteed product for Apple” because Steve Jobs thought the industry is totally struggling”, which is said in the passages in the biography of Steve Jobs.
Apple television mockup courtesy Nick Bilton/New York Times
As said by Bilton, the project has been worked on for a number of years, as far back as 2007, (which is the year the iPhone came out and the company released the Apple TV set-top box):
It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.
Of course this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news. As the line between television programming and Web content continues to erode, a Siri-powered television would become more necessary. You aren’t going to want to flip through file folders or baskets of content, checking off what you want. Telling Siri to “play videos of cute cats falling asleep” would return an endless YouTube stream of adorable napping fur balls.
It’s firmly agreed by Bilton that the TV set from Apple will be coming, though he says the company “still has quite alot of work to be done on the project”, seeking out a physical design of the TV in paticular. He has also cited the expensive of the display itself, since the prices are falling rapidly right now.
The bids to set aside all the rumors circulating, with wonder if an Apple television is indeed in the works, the piece finishes very simply, “it’s coming though. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.”
I have tested Firefox 4 as it now is available as the default download from Mozilla’s website. There are many sites that do not display properly, like Apple’s Mac OS X Lion webpage which I wanted to see. Comparing some pages that do not display properly wiht Safari helped me see what was really wrong. My suggestion: Do not use Firefox 4 yet, it is not ready, stay with Firefox 3.6 and here is directions on how to downgrade if you need to do so, like I did. I am using Mac OS X, but I’m guessing that Firefox 4 is the same way between Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
At 9 P.M. IE 9 was launched today, which is apparently the best web browser coming from Microsoft to date. IE9 now brings forward a new slick GUI (Guided User Interface), better efficiency, integration with Windows 7, and a whole lot more. Take a look below at the newest browser coming from Microsoft.
You’ll notice first that IE9′s GUI is completely changed around and takes up alot less space than before. The reality previously of a billion toolbars is now non-existent. The toolbar at the top is more friendly-pixel oriented than Google’s Chrome. It crams the most needed directional buttons, redifined search feature which is also the address bar, with all the tabs and options that you need all in one slice. With the ability to size the address bar if needed, to fit your own liking, and all the other features are available under just one redifined button, just like in the newest version of Google Chrome. The bar (search/address), is very useful and it provides information on your past search history with Bing and also now including images to help you figure out what you are searching for. You can also add Google as a search engine if you want, which you and I will probably do. Down with Bing.
New Standards and Efficiency
Internet Explorer 9 brings it’s wings out in the direction it’s friendly enemies have endeavored in the attempt for improved speed, reliability, efficiency. Adding into this big competition is hardware speed increases (taking the GPU to help bring the rendering to alot better web app performance), with also alot better HTML5 support. Microsoft’s test page called “Test Drive” allows you to see what these features perform like in games and video demos on the web. There is a few rendering issues but it may of been because of my computer. This is though, a huge hierarchy reached by Microsoft and their IE8 that was out before. Issues that exist now will for sure be fixed as time goes by, every first release of an application has problems. So far this is the most click browser I have seen out of all of them. I still stand by the old Firefox with the open source ego. I’ve been using the same profile between like 6 computers for like 5-6 years. I’m suprised Firefox still launches as fast as it does now with all the stuff I have bookmarked so far.
Support for Windows 7 Application Shortcuts
With Chrome becoming the people browser for it’s skill of building App shortcuts to web apps by which you can pin to the taskbar in Windows 7, this feature has been taken a step further by Microsoft which they have partnered with Facebook, Twitter, and of course Pandora to build their own taskbar-docked shortcuts or I should say “Bookmarks”. This also comes with jumplist support. An example: dragging a Facebook URL from the address/search bar to the Taskbar will give you a shortcut with a jumplist so you can click to navigate between different parts of a certain site. Like in Facebook the News Feed, Inbox or Profile would be all in a list. Plus, when you open that up it will create it’s own window with all the buttons matching the color scheme of the website within itself.
Performance Advisor for Add-ons
The coolest feature to date is the feature for routine users. This is the Performance Advisor for Add-ons which looks after your installed add-ons and will tell you which of them are slowing your web browser down by far. You may not be able to access this list given manually, but you have to wait for a popup to show up in your web browser which will happen when a slow add-on is detected by IE. You can also manually adjust how many seconds the add-on will delay your web browser before it actually notifies you. It’s an extremely cool feature I think and that would be very cool to have in Firefox I believe.
Some Other New Tweaks
And finally, the firefox and other web browsers feature that we all have wanted in IE in the first place. The little “downloads” window where you can monitor your downloads. OK this is not very revolutionary, but it adds some icing onto the whole package of IE9 as a whole.
Here is a IE9 Tab Tearing Demo from Lifehacker:
Management of Tab’s has improved quit a bit in IE9, with the biggest change which is Tab tearing. If it is your desire to separate a tab in a new window, all you’ve got to do is drag the some of a.. from the task bar. It will not refresh the page too, so if you are watching a youtube video it cannot begin the video over again because of moving the tab. And also since it turns into a new window instantaneously you will be able to drag a tab right over on the side of the screen to cause an Auro Snap. Check the youtube video above for a sweet demo.
The newest tab page looks like Chromes, giving you the most recently visited web pages. It’s not anywhere as good looking as the other ones out there though, which I think it’s really ugly, though it is very useful otherwise.
IE9′s other changes include the way it provides new notifications. It acts like a Chrome or Firefox, sliding up the side of your web browser portal until you decide to get off your ass and do something about it. Last but not least is the tracking protection gadget. This will let you disallow some sites to track you when your online. It’s an option that you can turn on or off, and you can block sites with the built-in blacklist that you have to sign up for. This is not unlike the AdBlock Plus that works well in Firefox. For some more details on this feature, you can look at Microsoft’s own blog post on the matter.
IE9 is free for download for windows, check it out here.
Meanwhile, I will be using Firefox still, I don’t care about these features… I am happy with what I got and the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” belief of mine.
“Opera Mini” is the codename for the newest app coming from Opera Software (maker of the Opera browser for Windows). It will be revealed at next weeks Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera’s mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.”
Supposedly the “Opera Mini” for the iPhone has not yet been submitted to Apple for reviews yet though it remains unclear if Apple will even think about verifying a phone web browser that”s a direct competition with Apple’s own mobile browser called “Safari” which is always for Windows and Mac obviously.
“We have not submitted it yet to the Apple App Store. However, we hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing experience,” said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera.
Opera has a compression technology which they claim will allow up to six times faster downloads and about ten times smaller data traffic than Apple’s own Safari.
Also on top of the Opera Mini for the iPhone this company will also be planning to show off beta versions of it’s current Opera Mini and Opera Mobile products in a variety of other platforms of phones.
Mike is an ordinary geek that works weird early morning shifts like some people, that has a striving interest in anything to do with Technology, and with this blog he wants to share what he has learned to show how passionate he is about his hobby.