I realize I”m a little late to the party in talking about the Kindle Fire. But I thought I’d briefly add my two cents. On first glance of the new 7 inch color tablet from Amazon, I’d say it’s very much like the Nook Color…only crippled. Yes, clearly the Fire has a much more powerful dual-core processor compared to the single-core processor found in the NC. Additionally, the Fire runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box while the Nook is still running Froyo 2.2.
Ever sicne Slashdot posted a story regarding the “hidden” Wi-Fi Diagnostic tools found in OS X Lion, I’m getting lots of questions on how to use it. First of all, the tools aren’t secret or hidden but simply not documented or highly advertised. In fact there’s lots of really interesting tools and utilities in OS X that you probably aren’t even aware of.
The big news today is that the new iOS 5 beta 5 has been released by Apple to developers. For those of you that don’t know, iOS 3 had a total of 5 betas and iOS 4 only had 4 betas before going Gold Master (GM) which means the software is ready for the real world.
It seems as if Apple feels now is the right time to attempt a knockout blow to faltering corporate smartphone champ, RIM and their Blackberry lineup. Recent developments regarding the handling of large scale distribution and the handling of privately created apps have recently emerged that specifically target the needs of large organizations that may give Apple the opportunity to increase market share in large companies at the expense of RIM.
OtterBox is by far my favorite smartphone case company. Their products are of high quality and are really designed with the user in mind. That’s why I had really high expectations when I finally got my hands on the OtterBox Commuter Series case for the Nook Color. Needless to say, my expectations were met after working with the tablet case for a few days.
I have this pair of shorts that I really love to wear. They look nice and are comfortable. The only problem is that the zipper slides down during the course of the day. I don’t want to look like a slob and so I’ve gotten into the habit of checking the zipper every so often to make the necessary adjustments. It’s a pain in the ass but I really like the shorts so I deal with it.
That’s sort of how I feel about the current state of the CyanogenMod 7 (CM7) project for the Nook Color. It’s a really sweet Android OS and by far the best I’ve tested. The only problem is that a new nightly update comes out a several times a week, if not every night. Since I love to tinker with the latest and greatest, I have to make sure to frequently check for updatesâ€¦similar to frequently checking the zipper of my shorts.
The currently nightly is up to version 40 and making progress all the time in many critical areas including video playback and Bluetooth. One major note is that back in nightly 37, CM7 merged with Tablet Tweaks; which are a bunch of mods specifically designed for tablets as opposed to smartphones. The tweaks include features such as: Continue reading
I grew up in the Midwest and therefore far away from any earthquake fault lines. Now that I’m spending some time in Thailand, I experienced my first earthquake a few weeks ago. Fortunately it wasn’t nearly as devastating as the quakes that have rocked Japan over the past few months but it was jarring enough to learn some lessons so I will be more prepared in the future to help stay safe and connected.
So after rooting my Nook Color that came pre-installed with Android 2.1, and playing with SD bootable versions of Android 2.2 and honeycomb 3.0, I finally decided to check out Android 2.3 in the form of CyanogenMod 7.
According to their “About” page, CyanogenMod is a “customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices”. CM is basically a group of android developers that are very talented at modifying the Android open source project source code for developing ROMs for a range of hardware devices. And back in January of this year, CyanogenMod decided that the Nook Color was a worthy hardware candidate.
The WoPhone OS is a Chinese-government backed operating system for smartphones and tablet devices that is said to be ready to go head-to-head with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS. Continue reading
I’ve been to plenty of lunches and dinners with various friends, family and business associates where the conversation hits one of those common yet uncomfortable lulls in the conversation.
I finally got back to the United States to visit family and friends for a few weeks. That visit also means that I get to finally play with my Barnes & Noble Nook Color e-reader. On opening the box and checking out the unit, I found that the Nook Color is a solid and high quality piece of hardware. The display is bright and colorful and the touchscreen has a soft glaze applied to it that is very easy on the eyes.
The stock Barnes & Noble software leaves a bit to be desired however. I noticed that there are noticeable delay times between my touches and the Nook Color processing the input. All of that was cleared up however when I rooted the Nook Color and began my “tweaking”.
At CES 2011, Cisco Systems came out with several new announcements. One of the biggest announcement that was co-introduced by Verizon wireless was a new 4G wireless WAN interface for Cisco ISR G2 routers. The new card can be installed in a router and use Verizon’s new LTE network for access. If the 4G signal is not available, the card can fall back and use 3G signals. Verizon has partnered with Cisco and will begin selling packages to small and medium sized businesses that can use the Cisco hardware to access Verizon’s LTE network anywhere in the nation.
Does your wireless telephone carrier use GSM? I use T-Mobile in the USA and AIS 12Call while in Thailand. Both of these cellular providers use the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) stardard. In fact, GSM is the most widely used wireless standard in the world.
Mobile computing has grown by great lengths in the past few years and looks to continue that trend into the future. The mobile market is now filled with smartphones and tablets that are tasked with taking on more and more of our daily computing tasks. For those applications that cannot yet be run on smartphones or tablets, laptops fill the void. These too are evolving to become faster, lighter, and capable of rivaling desktops in performance.
It’s official…The NOOKcolor has been rooted so you can access the Android app store and install all your favorite Android apps. The instructions to root your NOOKcolor can be found here. I will get my NOOKcolor when I return to the States next month and will report back how the hardware functions. A couple of things to note about the hardware that some may find limiting:
This week Barnes and Noble released their latest flagship E-Reader named the NOOKcolor. As one would expect from the name, this latest devise sports a full 7 inch color screen. It might seem strange to go with a full color E-Reader as opposed to the easier to read E-ink gray-scale screens but this is not your ordinary E-Reader. In fact, it’s very close to being a tablet PC.
Verizon seems to be one of the few US wireless carriers that “get’s it”. It was recently revealed that Verizon will specifically target their LTE wireless broadband network in 30 Cities that have NFL football stadiums. The goal is to have these 30 cities blanketed in 4G wireless by the end of the year.
Cisco Systems and Jawbone will team up to create hands-free wireless headsets that can transparently move from mobile devices to Cisco IP phones. This is a very small but cool feature for those of us that have Cisco IP phones and like to use Bluetooth headsets for both our mobile and desk phones.
It seems that just about every major telecommunications and computer manufacturer is presenting their tablet this quarter. This week the honor goes to Research in Motion (RIM) and their BlackBerry Playbook. That’s great, but what does it bring to the table that is different from the others?