Chromebook Pixel: Walks Like a Premium Laptop, But Can It Act Like One Too?

ChromebookIf you have a Ferrari, but only dirt roads to drive it on, you don’t drive your Ferrari. This is the challenge for Google’s premium laptop the Chromebook Pixel announced today by Google via a blog post. By the laptop’s very nature, it’s reliant on an Internet infrastructure still missing investments or incentives to increase overall speed. This impacts how much you can rely on the cloud to truly replace your old hard drive for a server, and with most consumer Internet connections rounding out at 15 Mbps – a speed introduced with broadband over a decade ago – Pixel’s main challenge isn’t just Internet speed, it’s apps and price. Continue reading

2012: The Year Google Figured Out Hardware

2012 GoogleRewind six-months ago and you would have found an entirely different Google. From a software perspective, the company still continued to flourish, but from an in-house product line, the company was still missing a blockbuster. Products like the Galaxy Nexus and various Chromebooks came and went – seemingly missing an “it factor” that would grant them lasting power. But as the beginning of the year teased future products like Project Glass, Google I/O was really the pivot point for the company’s hardware alongside its OEM partners. There it unveiled the power of Google Glass, the impressive Nexus 7, and the Nexus Q (currently being reevaluated). Continue reading

5 Threats the Cloud Poses to Apple’s Future

Apple makes money through a variety of services and products. Unlike most competitors, all of these offerings are available through one entity: Apple Inc. It allows the company to make oodles of money through a variety of platforms, but what happens when most of the framework in these spaces change? What happens when the cloud and its pieces become the norm? iCloud causes its own problems while fixing others, so below are five things that are moving into the cloud that could threaten the tech giant. Continue reading

Current Decade Will Mark End of Cable and Satellite

Since moving to Boston, I haven’t had cable and frankly don’t miss it. I don’t say this as a granola hippie claiming there is nothing on television or that it’s a waste of time. I love television, and frankly think we are living in another golden age of TV where shows like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and others have developed some of the best writing over the life of each series. Continue reading

Would You Buy Apple’s iPad Mini?

Bloomberg reports, that two individuals with knowledge of the project say Apple is designing a 7 to 8 inch tablet “iPad Mini” to compete with less-expensive alternatives like Google’s new Nexus 7 model.

Google designed the $200 Nexus 7 after Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which is currently the only tablet to gain any significant traction against the iPad by completely undercutting Apple’s dominant tablet presence through price ($200 Kindle Fire to $500 iPad). Continue reading

Would You Buy the Nexus 7 Over the iPad?

Like Amazon, Google is trying to penetrate the tablet market through price. At $200, the Nexus 7 comes in at less than half the cost of the New iPad – without sacrificing too much on the hardware end. So how do they stack up? Below is a comparison of what you may be missing by making the switch to the Nexus 7 and whether price is enough to entice you to buy. Continue reading

Google I/O: What I Want from Android

It’s hard to get excited about new Android OS. This is largely because of the well documented fragmentation in how each new OS is delivered. I’ve fallen victim to this trap with owning multiple devices outside of Google’s pure Android line of Nexus devices. If you’re like me, one of the 95 percent of devices running something other than pure Google, you have a love/hate relationship with new updates. They’re fun to learn about, but the sinking feeling of wondering when your device will get updated is absolutely painful. Continue reading

3 Features Google Music Needs to Fix to Compete with iTunes

Google is trying desperately to get you to use their music service – which has been available for over a year now and out of Beta for seven months. There are several things the music service does better than any other, but adoption rates have been less than what Google would have wanted. When Google Music launched (now titled Google Play Music, Music Play, whatever), the service’s store failed to have all of the major labels (Warner Music Group). In fact, the service still fails to feature Warner Music Group. It seems not everyone was convinced it would be a success. So far, it’s still hard to tell.

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WWDC: iOS 6 Replaces Several Google Services But Is It Anything New?

So now that iOS’s feature list is out of the dark I wanted to see some heavy hitting features that might allow me to reconsider my current Android ownership. Sure, Apple did its fair job of mending a lot of noticeable gaps in how it differentiates from Android, but it did not make that leap I was looking for. It seems Apple did more to catch up to Android than actually surpass it. Here’s why:

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Are We Brainwashed by Apple?

The other day, one of my friends, who works in the film industry, told me that in order to truly be accepted at work, you have to have an iPhone. Of course, owning an Android myself, I freaked. So I continued to ask her repeatedly the choice, decision, and argument centered around this. Her overall point was that even though she would entertain the idea of getting an Android, it was much easier to be included in “The Club” if you had an iPhone at work. So with this said, are we brainwashed? Continue reading