WiFi is easy — as long as you have the wireless spectrum all to yourself. For most, people’s experience with WiFi is simply a matter of going to their local Best Buy, buying a consumer grade wireless router and plugging it in at home. If they live in a suburban area where the houses are fairly separated, these people really don’t have much to worry about in terms of interference.
After reading about the search engine result doctoring that Google seems to be taking part in these days, I finally decided that after twelve years using Google search exclusively, it was time to try out a new search engine. Clearly, the next in line behind Google search in the United States would be Microsoft’s Bing. So I made the switch to Bing as my go-to search engine.
It’s that time of year where tech bloggers all around the world give their predictions about the future of hardware/software in 2012. I realized that I haven’t made a single prediction yet so I decided that I should at least try. Here goes:
Someone asked me today: which one should i get, the Nook Color or the newer Nook Tablet? I had to scratch my head a bit because I didn’t realize that Barnes and Noble still even sold the Nook Color. But I checked, and sure enough, the Nook Color can still be bought for $199 while the Nook Tablet is going for $249.
The CyanogenMod team is at it again. This time, they’re taking on Androids’s recently released 4.0 software — otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ice Cream Sandwich version of CyanogenMod will be known as CyanogenMod 9 or simply CM9.
But let’s not get too excited just yet as the CM team has stated:
I finally received the Nokia N9 upgrade notification on my phone on November 23rd while in Bangkok Thailand. I knew that I could have download the update onto my computer and performed a manual install off of the USB earlier but I wanted to see how the OTA upgrade worked.
I was doing some traveling on the 23rd and wanted to be in a spot where I had a WiFi connection as was recommended by Nokia. So I had to wait a full 24 hours until I was back at home. Once there, I performed the recommended backup and then pressed the update software button. But nothing happened.
Nothing in life is perfect and that even goes for the Nokia N9. I’ve already admitted in previous blogs that I love my N9. But…I do have some complaints at the same time. For one, the Facebook app is pretty weak sauce. It’s horribly slow and you are often presented with the now famous black screen with the: “FacebookQML not responding” message. After 10 seconds or so, the app kicks back in but it’s very annoying. Also, the Facebook app lacks the ability to check-in and really seems outdated compared to the iOS Facebook app.
When I first started using the Nokia N9, right away I knew there was something special about the display but I couldn’t put my finger on just exactly what it was. You see, when you use the N9, it’s almost as if the icons on the main screen float in mid-air. This is because the black background produces no light whatsoever…as if the LCD’s were simply turned off. It truly is remarkable and puts my iPod Touch 4th Generation Retina display to shame despite the Retina displays higher pixel count.
I did a bit of digging and discovered that Nokia is using a technology in their AMOLED screens called ClearBlack. This new technology uses a polarized filter between the Gorilla glass and the LED lights that blocks light when it shouldn’t be seen by the end user–this is obviously most useful with the color black.
I should note that Nokia is using this tech not only on the new N9 but also on the E7 and C6 phones. But in my opinion, ClearBlack is perfect for the minimalist-look of MeeGo on the N9.
Many people are currently in the same boat that I was. You’ve been using the iPhone for years and feel like you’ve spent so much time with iTunes creating all your playlists that it would be a shame to not be able to use them again. So much so that it is causing you to rethink your plans to buy the super-cool Nokia N9 because it doesn’t play nice with iTunes.
I read about how to make a SIM into a Micro SIM when the original iPad came out. But because I never had a device that actually used a device that required a Micro SIM, I never attempted this until just a few days ago.
I finally put my money where my mouth was when I previously stated that the Nokia N9 was the most interesting smartphone of 2011. When Apple finally announced the iPhone 4S, I honestly was a little let down with their offering. After all, nobody I know was asking for a faster processor, marginally better camera and voice recognition with a slightly modified OS. Instead, I was looking for something completely different from end-to-end and the Nokia N9 does exactly that.
To start, the hardware of the N9 is absolutely first rate. Nokia has been in the hardware “biz” for a long time now and it really shows. The phone is very light, yet it feels like you could drop it without any worries. For those of you that are really concerned, Nokia was nice enough to include a protective silicone case. The great thing about this particular case is that it really becomes part of the phone as it fits very snugly and doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk. Also included with the N9 is a pair of headphones, USB charger and AC adapter.
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.
Cisco just announced a new entry-level certification called the “Cisco Certified Technician” (CCT). This certification sits along side the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) level of certification. According to Cisco, the CCT is for individuals that “have the skills to diagnose, restore, repair, and replace critical Cisco networking and system devices at customer sites.” There are three different flavors of CCT certification including: Continue reading
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.
Most of us have already heard about Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet…But did you know that Barnes and Noble is also rumored to release the Nook Color 2 in just a few weeks? Not only that, but I just read today that Lenovo is also expected to release a budget tablet very soon as well.
For those that have been following my Nook Color blogs, you’ll know that I’ve been raving about the OtterBox Commuter case that has been far and away better than every other Nook Color case I’ve seen out there. The OtterBox is strong, sleek and honestly makes the NC a better device in terms of button responses through the protected rubber buttons. Continue reading
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.
I see many complaints about how Apple and their new OS X Lion update is pushing the “natural” two-finger scrolling which mimics how you would use a touchscreen device such as an iPhone or iPad. The new scrolling is completely backward from what we are accustomed to and many people are asking how to change it back to the good-old-days of Snow Leopard.