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  • Matt 11:35 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asus, , Nexus7   

    Google I/O: Nexus 7 Tablet 

    It turns out that the Nexus 7 is the rumored device built by Asus. It runs Jelly Bean. Focused on Google Play.
    1280×800
    Tegra 3
    Front Facing Camera
    Wifi, bluetooth, nfc
    9 hrs HD video/300 hours standby
    340 grams

     
  • Matt 11:08 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google Now, , Search   

    Google I/O: Google Search 

    Google Now
    Learns your standard route to work and suggests faster options based on traffic/time of day. Google Now will automatically detect your location when at a train station and gives you the train schedule. Google Now will automatically learn your favorite sports teams and keeps you up to date with scores. Google Now monitors your appointments, and tells you when to leave based on traffic. Google Now learns your habits, for instance you go to the gym every day, and will automatically find gyms for you when you travel.

     
  • Matt 11:01 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Notifications   

    Google I/O: Jelly Bean Notifications 

    Many application features will now be available in notifications. For instance, you can view and share photos, like a FourSquare checking, and perform many other functions from notifications.

     
  • Matt 10:57 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bluetooth, ,   

    Google I/O: Android Beam and Bluetooth 

    Jelly Bean will allow you to connect to any Bluetooth device by tapping the device with the phone.

     
  • Matt 10:54 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Voice Typing   

    Google I/O: Voice Typing 

    The Voice Typing engine now runs locally, so you can use voice typing with no internet connection.

     
  • Matt 10:50 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android 4.1, ,   

    Google I/O: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 

    Icons will move to make room for widgets and widgets will automatically resize to fit on a screen.

     
  • Matt 10:48 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Google I/O: 1 Million Android activations a day. 

    That’s 12 per second!

     
  • Matt 7:50 pm on July 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Google Music, Spotify   

    Spotify is OK, but unless you are planning on upgrading to Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month) it’s just another music player for your computer, only with limited access to other music. Premium is required for the phone app. It’s kind of like Pandora, but you can actually pick the songs you want to listen to, but not forever. The free service is unlimited for the first six months. There is a 10 hour/month limit after that. You are also limited to 5 plays of any given song per month. I got a code for a free month of premium, and the Android app is pretty nice, but I don’t think I’ll would be willing to pay $10 a month for it.

    If you’ve already got a pretty nice music collection Google Music is great. It allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and access them from anywhere. Especially if you have an Android device, but you can still access your music on iPhone or iPad by navigating to http://music.google.com.

     
  • Matt 4:56 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baseball, basketball, lebron, lechoke, Mavericks   

    I’m Excited For The Part Where They Talk About LeBron 

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    via awfulannouncing.com

     
  • Matt 10:22 am on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Canada, health care,   

    Things Seem Greener on the Other Side 

    I joined a an Internet bulletin board the other day in an effort to get a valuation on some items I’m trying to sell. I posted pictures of the items. Being that the people on the bulletin board were collectors, many of them were eager to ask questions about the items and emailed me directly.

    One of these gentlemen was from British Columbia, Canada. We’ll call him “Bill”.

    Bill really liked one of the items I was selling, but lamented the fact that he had just purchased another similar item and really didn’t have the extra money because he was waiting to have surgery.

    He and I proceeded to exchange a few emails. I told him how much I loved the Northwest and thought it would be great to live there. I also wished him the best regarding his surgery.

    This was his reply:

    I know things seem greener on the other side until we dig into it a bit further. It is like the so-called free medical we have here, if you can get it it is free. So people die before they can be treated as the waiting list is so long and the quality is really substandard. Most of the doctors that were any good left for jobs in the US and the ones that remained are from India, China and places like that without proper training here. If you want something done in a hurry you pay for it yourself and get it done in the US. That is what all the politicians do here. Thanks for the good wishes though, I’ll need it here.

    I’ll tell you the same thing I told him:

    Wow, I couldn’t have asked for a better validation of my feelings about government run health care.

     
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