Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Monday’s List

Monday is not my favorite day. And that fact has been true for as long as I can remember. But what can you do? Grin and bear it. It will pass.

I have some reading reco’s for you today.

Welcome to the mobile malware mess, we hope you enjoy your stay

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a dramatic surge in activity in the mobile malware arena.

The anti-malware industry has been talking and warning about mobile malware for more than five years now. It seems the time has finally come.

Apple’s iPad 2: An incremental upgrade enough to kill the competition

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 on Wednesday and the festivities went about as expected. The iPad got two cameras, dropped some girth and introduced some snazzy new covers.

Missing from the equation was a USB port and a new display.

Motorola: to compete against iPad 2, you need a cheaper XOOM

This week’s launch of Apple’s iPad 2 was a real eye-opener for a lot of us. Nobody expected the company to be able to deliver a thinner, significantly faster tablet at a base price of $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. Right now, Apple’s competitors are eating the iPad 2’s dust, and the device hasn’t even gone onsale yet.

Some manufacturers, like Samsung, are just plain dumbfounded and are finding themselves having to re-evaluate their tablet strategies altogether and reconsidering their product launches.

(A brief aside: yesterday I was in the Verizon store, looking at “mobile devices”, and young man [I would guesstimate was about 8 yrs] ran up to the tablets and said, “Cool! A Xoom!” and the first thing he did was start playing Angry Birds.)

HTC Inspire 4G review: High-powered Android at a low-ball price

The HTC Inspire 4G is a high-end Android smartphone that is priced like a discount phone. Learn why it’s such a bargain and the pros and cons of this highly-anticipated device.

I have been seriously looking at tablets. One big reason I don’t own a Galaxy Tab is that the carriers (cellular providers) insist on two stupid things, which though they might claim are due to technical reasons, I suspect are due simply to greed — one, voice not allowed; two, tiered data plans.

Typically you can buy either 1 GB, or pricier 5 GB, per month data plans (for a data-only device) which kind of forces you to depend on Wi Fi.

If Wi Fi is available, I’ll use my laptop, thank you. Bigger screen. Keyboard. Optical disc drive…

PhoXo – FREE and POWERFUL Image Editing Software

I truly love software and get excited when I see a software developer put their heart and soul in an application, then turn around and offer it for FREE. I recently came across a FREE image editor that was a new one for me and it is good; really good! There are tons of image…

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March 7, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, computers, gadgets, hardware, Internet, mobile | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Xoom, Xoom

As I mentioned in my My First Look At Android, part 1, I recently purchased an HTC smartphone, and have been exploring its Android operating system. In that article, I referenced Apple’s iPad, and this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show). I talked about the “year of the tablet”.

The iPad was the first consumer ‘tablet’, and its popularity (read “sales”) ensured that other manufacturers would produce their own tablet PC’s, and try to grab a slice of that market share. Well, a year later they’re coming, (or here) and Motorola’s Xoom – with it’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system – seems to be the lead contender for unseating the iPad as the tablet to own.

I have been watching the tablets, as I really am not satisfied with my smartphone. Why? The small, 3.8″ screen. I really would prefer a 6″, or 7″ screen. Large for a phone? I guess. But if their were a tablet/phone available here in the US, that’s what I’d get. I am considering selling my phone, getting a tablet, and using Skype.. or waiting until a 4G phone/tablet hits the market.

So I was watching for the Xoom reviews, and, lo, two arrived today.

Motorola Xoom review: Google Android reaches adolescence

“The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet computer to use Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Is it ready to rival Apple’s iPad?”

First impressions of the Motorola Xoom: Five quick insights

“The Motorola Xoom is more of a PC replacement than the iPad, but it still has some frayed edges that need to be evened out before most early adopters will want to jump on board.”

I have been a tech for too long, and am too ‘seasoned’ to be anyone’s guinea pig (aka “an ‘early adopter'”), so I will not be rushing out and buying a Xoom. (I urge people not to buy version 1.0 of anything.. as kewel and hip as be-the-first-on-your-block might be.) But I will be watching developments. These gizmos do indeed look like they are here to stay; and, yes, I want one.
But just not yet. I agree with these articles, and I’m giving myself a year for this new stuff to shake out. (And competition will lower the price by then, too.)

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February 28, 2011 Posted by | computers, gadgets, hardware, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments