This week, Google released their "Year in Search". At the end of every year, Googe reveals the top searches from the year. Nearly every year, Apple's new iOS device makes it to the top of the list for technolgy, and this year was no different. Google's tired of taking second place on their own search engine apparently, because besides admitting that the #1 tech search was for the iPhone 6, Google doesn't mention it at all. In fact, Google even made a special page dedicated to mobile technology of the year. What was missing? The actual #1 search in technology, the iPhone 6. Also missing? The most popular smartwatch search, "Apple Watch". Are you sensing a pattern here?
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Xiaomi's copying tactics are infamous. The company recently found some success by copying designs from Apple. However, those tactics now have the company in hot water. Xiaomi's copies of Apple designs weren't the cause of their current legal troubles in India, it was actually their copying of Ericsson (the company known for their parnetship with Sony to make cellphones). An India court found that Xiaomi had violated eight of Ericsson's patents. Those patents were mostly related to cellular data, 3G and EDGE. This is the first large legal move taken against Xiaomi, but it certainly won't be the last.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
What technology is the biggest pain for me on a daily basis? Is it Kim Kardashian's game? No. Is it the bluetooth headsets that make suited business men and women look as crazy as the homeless guy trading oranges for batteries on the street corner? No. Is it freemium apps? No, although I do hate them more than I can say.
It's the universally poorly reviewed infotainment system, MyFord Touch. Let me get this out of the way: I love driving for sport, and I love my car. It's fast, it has amazing handling, great torque and pickup, a spacious interior, comfy seats that hold you in place, and amazing features. I probably love this car more than I should, if I'm being honest with myself. But the fact that it has MyFord Touch (and that I have to put up with it for the rest of my car's life), makes me want to scream. It's slow, the interface is annoying, and almost impossible to use, it has weird bugs (currently, it can pause, but not re-start my music. This issue popped up randomly), the screen looks terrible, is reflective, and unresponsive to touch, and the Sync voice commands that come with it are useless. Ford may finally change this, although it may not mean much to current Ford drivers.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mad Catz promised us a bluetooth controller for iOS back in February of this year. They promised a release in April, however, they were silent for months. Now, in the last month of 2014, Mad Catz has finally lived up to their promise, with the new Mad Catz C.T.L.R.i, as well as a smaller version. The controllers connect to iOS devices using bluetooth, and also feature a detachable clip to hold the user's iPhone or iPod Touch while they're gaming. There have been other iOS controllers like this, but Mad Catz is a popular manufacturer of third party controllers for consoles, and has been a trusted living room name for years.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The iPad is an incredible prouctivity tool. Many readers may already use one at work, for taking notes in meetings, keeping a schedule, responding to emails, or typing up a report. But did you know it's also an amazing tool for musicians? Apple's Garageband app is just one of many that enable musicians to create music with an easy to use interface. Garageband also has a number of software instruments, including a guitar, bass guitar, the strings section, a piano, and even a drum kit. One drummer recorded his amazing iPad drumming skills, and it's caused quite a stir on the internet. Check it out as he plays along with a song recorded on Garageband. It's quite a show.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
According to current technology trends, there's a good chance you're reading this from a smartphone or tablet. If you bought that device recently (and it's from a reputable manufacturer like Apple, HTC, or Samsung), you're likely reading this through a layer of Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is an extra strong variant of normal glass, made by Corning of NY. Just how much stronger is it than glass? Well, with some help from Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, better known as the Mythbusters, Corning has released a promotional video showing just how strong Gorilla Glass really is. It's clearly a marketing ploy, but it's still an interesting video.