September 24, 2013

iOS 7 Pros and Cons

Apple's new iOS may be the biggest update to come in a long time, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. There are some significant flaws with this iteration of Apple's iOS. First off, a major flaw you should know about is that your phone can be used to do lots of things while screen locked, even with the passcode set. Siri is accesible from the lockscreen, so any Siri functions can be used without entering a password. Things like sending texts, calling, facebook updates, etc. A few more things, the learning curve has become steeper now, with more complex integrated features, and how different it is from previous versions of iOS. Also, one thing to think about is that most of your apps will not update to iOS 7 compatible apps for a little while. Most major app vendors should be ahead of the curve with iOS 7  compatible apps already, but some may not.

On the other hand, iOS 7 has some advantages. the visual overhaul is very pleasing to the eye. It is also the biggest visual change since the release of the original iPhone. Common settings are also more convenient in control center which is quickly accessed from anywhere. Siri can also do more, including changing system settings.Siri now has a male voice as well. Multitasking has also been improved with the Android-style swipe to close apps. Now, I must say the multitasking pisses me off, because it looks extremely similar to the Motorola droid multitasking, which came years before iOS 7. Seems like Apple is desperately looking towards some features of the fastest-growing OS of the past few years.... Android. Just wait for Android KitKat rolling around the corner, expected in mid October.

May 22, 2013

Homemade Cell Phone Charger

I put up a materials list and directions to make you own cell phone charger! Check it out here!


May 17, 2013

Google I/O 2013: The Ups and Downs


So, unfortunately we didn't get any new hardware, or mind-blowing software. :( However, Google did throw the techies a few bones yesterday. They released a lot of new API's for app development that will make Android apps much more appealing. Major upgrades to Google Play Services were made, and Google Game Services was released. So expect to see leaderboards and multiplayer matchmaking games brought to Android. They also released Google Play Music All Access, where you get to listen to whatever music you want for $9.99/month. It's basically Google's take on Rhapsody. Major updates were also made to Google Maps. We may also see Google Glass hit the market next year.


We did get one piece of cool hardware, though. Google released a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Google's version is 16GB, has an unlocked bootloader, and best of all runs Google's stock Android. The same version running on the Nexus devices. It will be $649, and run on T-Mobile or AT&T. You can buy it as early as June 26, 2013.

May 2, 2013

Ship My Pants Commercial

So Kmart put out this commercial recently.......


I don't know what you were thinking, but they're saying ship my pants. Get your head out of the gutter. 

February 28, 2013

Google Glass


Recently, Google came out with a product called Google Glass. This was unveiled at their last I/O. Now that the dust has settled, I thought it was a good time to write about it. Now, a few days ago, the application deadline for hopefuls wanting to get Google Glass expired. So, soon we should see some people walking around with these things on. As for the rest of us who weren't so lucky, Google Glass is supposed to be available by the end of 2013, so not that long of a wait. The price is going to be somewhere around $1500, maybe as high as $2000. For the lucky few who are selected to receive Glass very soon and become the first Glass Explorers, the price is $1500, so maybe that will be the retail price, or it may be higher. As far as the technology, it has a camera and mini-screen in the top right corner of your field of view for those of you that haven't seen it. The speaker is located back along its little arm just above your ear. One question that's been floating around is whether or not it can be used with prescription glasses or sunglasses. It appears that you can use their frame or attach it to any existing pair of glasses with a small screw, that screw is the only thing that holds the actual Google Glass onto the frame it comes with. The interface is all voice activated, starting with an "okay glass", and then whatever you want it to do, take a picture, video, etc. The one huge issue Google has to solve is the internet connection, as of now, it can use your phone's 3G/4G connection over Bluetooth, or use Wi-Fi. So on top of the huge price, you also have to buy a smartphone with a pretty sizable data limit. All in all, I wish it was cheaper, but I can't wait to get one.

January 14, 2013

Google Wallet (and its security)


So, for anyone out there thinking about jumping on the Google Wallet bandwagon. Here's a little guide to the basics of that technology. Google Wallet uses NFC (near-field communication) to transfer card data to the point-of-sale receiver. Google has released security updates to their original product. One thing to know, NFC is not like Bluetooth which has a much wider range, NFC has a range of only 4 inches. So, the likelihood of someone using a reader to intercept the data is very low. One other thing you should know is that Google doesn't store the card data on the device itself. Google Wallet stores the data in the secure cloud. When you make a purchase, it charges it to a Google MasterCard attached to your account. After you make that purchase, Google then charges that purchase to the card you specified in the app. This system is a lot more secure now then it used to be. I hope this cleared up any rumors/myths flying around about this new technology. For more technical information, you can click here.


January 4, 2013

Mozilla X-Ray Goggles

Mozilla recently came out with an awesome tool for looking at and modifying code behind websites. You can even save the html code for the hacked page and publish it. Be sure to save it if you like it, because as soon as you refresh the page, it will disappear! You can check out a picture of the Google homepage that I hacked to change with the X-Ray Goggles below. You can learn how to use the goggles on Mozilla's website through this link.

December 9, 2012

URL Change!

Sorry about this guys, but my blog's URL had to be changed. Now, you can access my blog at: http://tflecktech.blogspot.com.

October 23, 2012

Suspicions Confirmed!

Apple confirmed all the suspicions with the release of the iPad mini and the 13" MacBook Pro. You can watch all of their promo vids here.
In truth, though, the promos are nothing new, it's thinner and lighter, big surprise. If you want a cheaper, almost the same tablet, go for the Nexus 7 here.
With the Nexus 7 for $200, you get a 7" display, the same display, a quad-core processor, Android 4.1 which is really close to iOS 6, and Chrome as the default browser.

October 18, 2012

Mysterious Apple Invitation

These mysterious Apple invitations came out recently that just say "we've got a little more to show you" and to come out to California on October 23rd. The suspicion is that the iPad mini will be released along with a 13" MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini. However, no one knows for sure, but we will find out on the 23rd.

October 17, 2012

Nexus 7

Check out the new Nexus 7 8GB for $200, and 16GB for $250 and all its tech specs here!

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Freefall

Check out the video of his world-record freefall here!

October 5, 2012

Ultra HD is Now Becoming a Reality

New technology called Ultra-HD is being released. This is taking the form of huge 84" TV's. This new extremely expensive high-def is now step up from the 1080i HD. Read more about it here!

October 2, 2012

iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III

The all-new iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III are going head to head, watch the promo videos and vote for your favorite! For the videos click here. For the vote click here.

Cowboys Get Destroyed!

Cowboys get destroyed by the Bears! Check it out here!

September 20, 2012

iOS 6 Has Hit the Streets!!!

The all-new iOS 6 is now available for download! Update now and enjoy all the new features of Apple's newest mobile operating system! Or so we thought..... iOS 6 has made a few major changes but if you take Siri out of the equation, for those of us who don't pre-order Apple devices and camp outside their stores, there really isn't much for the average user. The new Maps application is cool with new features like flyover, but on the flipside, they've removed the youtube app that I know lots of people, myself included liked. Now there is a workaround for the Youtube app quandry. If you go to http://m.youtube.com, the videos are now viewable on Apple devices. Some of the new settings are nice, but built-in dictation is part of the Siri package unfortunately. I think if Apple had made Siri available for every iOS 6 device and not changed the charging plug to the new lightning plug, which is basically USB 2.0 and very similar to microUSB, Apple's next generation of products would be a huge success. With the new faster chips, LTE for iPhone, and the bigger screens, the next generation would be much more impressive and have less downsides. There's the scoop on the new iOS 6, now you can decide whether it's good for you. And please vote for the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III and we will see which one you choose to be the better overall device an why!

Clarification

I made a small error on my latest iOS 6 info update. I will clarify: Siri is only available on the new iPad (3rd Gen.), the new iPod touch (5th Gen.), the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 5. I didn't read Apple's fine print, and I was misled.... so if you're looking for Siri on your older iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you won't be able to get it, sorry.

September 14, 2012

Lance Armstrong Cheated!

Lance Armstrong was convicted of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Check it out here!

September 12, 2012

iOS 6 Coming Soon

Now get Siri on every iOS device! And get lost even less often with the new maps app! Check it out here!

The iPhone 5 is Here!!

The all-new iPhone 5 from Apple has hit the streets!!! Check out the promo video here!

September 4, 2012

Back to School

September has, unfortunately i might add, arrived. We're all back in school, and life is looking grim.... just kidding! Now we will continually devote 6 1/2 hours of our lives to our futures for 180 days of the year.... that's 1,170 hours per school year! That's a long time....I hope it goes by fast!

August 10, 2012

Olympic Medal Count

Check out the Olympic medal count here!

July 21, 2012

London's Pool is Short!

London's Olympic pool was found to be 2 inches too short of the olympic standards. Check it out here!

Olympics

The London Olympics start on Friday, July 27, 2012!!!

Summer

Summer's halfway over!!!! :(

June 15, 2012

Rube Goldberg Video

Check out my awesome rube goldberg project here!

June 3, 2012

Lemurback

Check out Jeffrey Li's new website at: http://lemurback.zzl.org!

May 20, 2012

Facebook Went Public!

Facebook went public!! The current share price is $38 per share! The company is now valued at 104.81 billion dollars!! Check it out here: http://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:FB

May 11, 2012

Facebook IPO Change

Facebook changed their IPO date to May 18th! One week from today! Check it out the NASDAQ said this earlier: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/facebook-ipo-time-to-revisit-top-tech-debuts-20120511-00533

May 6, 2012

Games

Have you made any of your own games? Want to share them with other people? Post them to my blog! Email me at emailtfleck@gmail.com if you're interested.