Friday, May 28, 2010

How To Destroy Angels?

interesting new band that includes trent reznor (NIN) and his wife mariqueen maandig.  i'm guessing that since trent is (?) done with nine inch nails he's pursuing something for fun with the woman that he loves, and possibly a dream that she had as well.

mine as well check out the free pre-order and release



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FW: Google lets the world enjoy FroYo

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Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:21 PM
Author: Michael Bettiol
Subject: Google lets the world enjoy FroYo

Here's the deal. We weren't able to make it out to California to catch Google I/O 2010, but just because we're not there in person doesn't mean we can't cover it. We know you're dying to see what was announced today, so hit up the jump to drink it all in!
Before we get into the specifics of the big announcement, we thought it'd be a good idea to relay a few interesting stats.
In the 18 months since Android's first debut, there are now over 60 Android devices. 21 OEMs, 48 countries, and 59 carriers have helped make Android what it is today. Google announced in February that it was activating 60,000 units. Today, Google is activating 100,000 Android devices. Google is now second only to RIM in U.S. smartphone sales. In terms of total web and app usage, Android is now first. Google was hoping to have 500 million miles navigated with turn-by-turn by the end of the year. Today they're well over 1 billion. People love applications, and to help serve their needs there are now over 50,000 applications and 180,000 developers helping to keep Android front and center in the smartphone world. And now to the big news… Android 2.2 aka FroYo! Here's what it's all about.
  • Google has done a lot of work. FroYo's Dalvik virtual machine has a JIT compiler that's good for a speedup anywhere from 2x to 5x.
  • For corporate users, there are a bunch of new Exchange policies. You know, good stuff like auto-discovewrt, security policies, global address books, remote wipe, etc.
  • Elsewhere, there's a cloud-to-device messaging API. Developers can send messages to Google's servers and it will send an Android intent to the device. For example, if you're looking to get to a nice Italian bakery, you can hit up Google maps on your desktop and send the directions to your Android smartphone. It won't send some crummy text message or email, though. Oh, no. It will open up Google Maps Navigation and send you on your merry way.
  • Tethering and Hotspots The rumors were indeed true. Android will let you enable tethering at the platform level. Just open up the Wi-Fi settings, create a hotspot and you're good to go.
  • Browser FroYo brings major enhancements to the browsers. Javascript performs 2x to 3x faster. Google is working closely with standards bodies to make more capable and versatile browsers. Soon (and not necessarily in FroYo), you'll be able to do things like use the camera, manometer and accelerometer from within the browser thanks to some clever APIs.
  • Google has upped its game with voice recognitions. In the future, again, not with FroYo, voice recognition will be able to better understand human intention. So if you tell it to look up a picture, it will do that in browser. But if you tell it to call your favorite restaurant, it will do that, too. You'll also be able to use voice commands with the Google Translate website. Just say whatever it is you want translated and Google will
  • Google wants the most comprehensive mobile browser. "It turns out on the internet… people use Flash!" We saw a quick little demo of Flash running on Nickelodeon's site, and truthfully, it looked to run fairly smoothly.
  • The Quick Search box will allow you to easily search for applications. Developers can also tap into this. Say you bought something and plugged it into the Mint app. You can search for that particular transaction with the Quick Search bar.
  • You'll be free to shove games and apps to the microSD card and use them as if they were loaded on the devices on-board memory.
  • There will be an update all button for apps in the Android Market. If that's too much hassle, you can select any number of your apps to auto update. Very nice! Report feedback If an app crashes, you can send feedback directly to the developer and let them know what happened. Developers can view the entire stack trace and isolate the problem and fix it.
  • You'll be able to take advantage of a little known as the "internet" and have it push the app directly to your phone. The same can be done for music and videos. *drool* Streaming Music Thanks to Google's acquisition of Simplify Media, you can now stream your non-DRM music collection from your computer straight to your Android smartphone.

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FW: Android 2.2 Froyo: everything you ever wanted to know

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Posted on: Friday, May 21, 2010 2:25 PM
Author: Ross Miller
Subject: Android 2.2 Froyo: everything you ever wanted to know

Since its initial launch on the T-Mobile G1 in October of 2008, Google's Android operating system has evolved rapidly -- perhaps more rapidly than any other operating system in recent memory -- to become one of the most important and prolific smartphone platforms in the market today. Its latest incarnation, announced at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco this week, began life as codename "Froyo" (continuing its tradition of naming new versions as desserts in alphabetical order, starting with Cupcake) to officially become Android 2.2. Don't be fooled by the mere 0.1 boost in the version number over 2.1 Eclair, though -- this is a huge upgrade that represents the most user-friendly, compelling, and feature-complete version of the little green guy to date. Read on for our full look!
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Friday, May 14, 2010

FW: Report: 10 million CDMA iPhones on order

Oh boy…

I really didn't think we'd ever see a Qualcomm chip in an iPhone.  Maybe they realized they should go for one last hurrah?  Guess we'll see.

Honestly, if Verizon could just get EV-DO Rev B and something like an iPhone I think they would make all of their consumers happy and we'd be fine waiting a few more years for LTE…  since I'm sure most people don't even know or care about LTE since it's a non-existent market but everyone cares about the iPhone and most, simultaneous voice and data.

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Posted on: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:16 AM
Author: Michael Bettiol
Subject: Report: 10 million CDMA iPhones on order

DigiTimes has released a pretty interesting report this morning, one that would have us believe that Apple has just placed an order for a whole whack of CDMA iPhones. The CDMA iPhone is to be built by Pegatron — a subsidiary of ASUStek — and the company is expected to deliver up to 10 million devices per year. Naturally, both Pegatron and Apple have declined to comment, but it's pretty interesting that this rumor closely mirrors what the WSJ recently reported. Factor in that just two days ago we discovered that Verizon is working on an iPhone advertising blitz targeted for the end of summer and we'd say these CDMA iPhone rumors are getting really, really hard to ignore.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Duke Energy Center

The new Duke Energy Center building in Charlotte has some pretty sweet lights (LED?) incorporated into the exterior of the building.  Tiffani and I were out driving the other week at night and saw them being tested, I guess cycling through all the colors patterns.  Not really sure what was going on but it looked really neat, so cool to see a giant building be lit up with style and new technology.  I really like multicolor If it turns out to be as cool as it could be I was to get an apt/condo/house/etc with a view of it so I can just watch it every night.  Brandon has a pretty good view from his apartment, in the fall he said he saw the sides all lit up--i'm guessing it was something like this:

however, after seeing it lit up sometime in the fall while it was still under construction we didn't see any of the lights on the sides until a couple weeks ago.  Brandon heard they had problems with the original installation and were either working to fix it or replace it--not sure what happened.  A couple months ago Tiffani met the contractor that was working on it and confirmed that light installation did encounter a lot of problems, being complicated and very new technology they were essentially doing things for the first time.  Anyways, here's a video that someone captured while the lights were on, in person I didn't think it looked as fast as it does in the video but whatever, probably just part of testing.

I got the video from CLT Blog, here's their site if you want to check it out:  
Also, here's a new diner they moved to Charlotte last week, it's only about two blocks away from me. should be pretty sweet, I'm excited.

Since it is May 8th, Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and sister!

Monday, May 3, 2010

trying out fwd rss feeds to blog...

Steve Woznaik co-founder of Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne also known for his passion for practical jokes and jokes of all kinds. His latest prank is dedicated to Gray Powell who lost iPhone prototype in a brewery in California. The co-founder of Apple has turned the photos you see in the opening in his personal mailing list devoted to jokes and pranks, through which shares some of his contacts with funny pictures and other "pranks".
WOZ_GRAYStep, a work of art, Woz drinking a beer and watch your iPhone sideways wearing a T-shirt with the inscription "I went drinking with Gray Powell and all I got was a lousy iPhone prototype."

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