This past week or two I’ve had the fun of playing with my new Google Nexus 7 tablet. I can now read all of my books and news feeds without having to either remain in bed or drag my laptop to the deck. What impressed me even more was how simple the setup process was, and the environment that was established for me. I’m a pretty heavy Google user already, so I went ahead and linked up my Google account when I placed my order. When my tablet arrived, I started it up, verified my account, and instantly all of my apps, e-mail, music, and books were synchronized to my device. There was a handy widget on the home screen directing me to what I have, and where I could go to get more (that is, the Google Play Store). All of this gave me a few moments of pause and reminded me that as much as we say we hate them, we still love walled gardens. Continue reading Which walls do you prefer?
If you had eavesdropped on any of the conversations I’d had this last week about technology, it was probably about Microsoft’s future. With their unveiling of SmartGlass at E3, Windows 8’s Release Edition, and my general love of their Windows Phone platform, there was a lot to talk about. And then, late last week, there was a rumor that Microsoft would be releasing a tablet that would be self-branded, rather than simply licensed. This was a big rumor, and initially many people had doubts. Was the event related to Nokia? Perhaps to Barnes and Noble? When both of them denied any involvement, people began to go forth with the rumor. Continue reading Microsoft’s Surface: The Tablet to Compete with the iPad
For those of you who keep up with the tech world, we have seen quite a bit happen in just the last few years. Just four or five years ago, no one was using Facebook, YouTube was only six months old, and no one had heard of an iPad. It was about four years ago that the concept of a netbook was introduced; finally, mobile productivity was becoming a reality. People had laptops for years, of course, but the relatively short battery life, heavy hardware, and a lack of small screens made mobile computing a chore rather than something useful. I bought a laptop back in 2005 with the intention of carrying it to all of my college classes. Alas, I quickly decided it was not worth it, and took notes via paper and pen, shifting my laptop to a decidedly more dormant state. Continue reading Windows 8 and the Convergence of Desktop and Mobile Computing