Saturday, March 10, 2012

How to run Android on iPad

It is possible to run android apps on the iPad.  A program called Alien Dalvik 2.0 runs the programs in the cloud and sends the information down to the iPad.  This will work to run android on iPad 2 or the new iPad.  Unfortunately this will run a little slow.   An alternative would be to actual install android on the iPad.   This takes a little know how and is not for the faint of heart.   Here is a video that explains the details of installing Android on the iPad.  This is done with OSFaker.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Why not to buy the new iPad (yet)



The new iPad is out.  Apple says that it is so much better than the iPad 2.  But is it really?  When I buy a new laptop, look up the specific processor that is in that laptop.  I can research how fast that processor is compared to other processors.  But with the iPad I can not do that.  The only information that is available right now is that fact that the graphics of the new iPad are supposed to be two times faster than that iPad 2.  When I buy something more than a hundred dollars I like to actually know what I am buying.  Is it too much to ask for the actual specs before I purchase the item.  I am not saying that the iPad is a poor devise or that Android rules and only Android tablets should be bought, I am only saying that one has the right to know the performance of a five hundred dollar computer before (keyword) one buys it.  By looking at what Apple themselves told about the new iPad it seems as if it has a great screen, a better camera, and a better graphics engine (and optional 4g).  But those are not the only specs that I care about.  What about the processor itself, is it any better than the old processor? Why did Apple not include a quad core processor?  The point is until someone else has reviewed the iPad I do no think that it is worth buying.  If you want a great camera on a tablet (for the record using a tablet a a camera seems difficult to me), a great screen or 4g, then buy the iPad.  If these things are not extremely important, do not bother. 

What do you think?  I would love to hear your opinion.

Why not to buy an Ultrabook

Ultrabooks are extremely expensive.  Right now they will run you upwards of 800 dollars.  Unfortunately for all who wish to compute on a portable computer it is necessary to pay an arm and a leg for a computer that will not be able to hand anything other word processing and web browsing (nice ultrabooks can do a little more but since ultrabooks do not have discrete graphics they will never be able to do much more).   Thankfully all of that is about to change.  AMD is coming out with (in April) a new line of processors code named trinity.  They will be a continuation of their A series processors.  The great thing about these processors is the fact that they have a discrete level graphics on the processor chip.  This means that they can make average level gaming computers for much cheaper.  AMD claims that they will be able to have ultrathin laptops in the 500 dollar range that will be as fast as current A series processor.  This means that instead of paying 1000 dollars for an ultrabook that has pathetic Intel graphics one can pay half of that for a computer that will have ATI level graphics.  Unless you simply love Intel or send your free time burning hundred dollar bills, do not buy an ultrabook right now.  Wait for AMD to come out with their ultrathin.  

Tell me your opinion by writing a comment.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Light-Driven Computer

IBM is working on a new type of circuit that uses light instead of electricity.  This new technique will make supercomputers much faster and more efficient.  Part of the chip are the same.  For example the parts that store information and process information, are normal part.  The interesting part is that fact that the connections between these parts are based off of light.  These connections are faster, they use less power, and they do no loss information.  One day, all of our computers will use this, and our computers will be much faster. 


What do you think?  Tell me about it by making a comment.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Apple vs. Andriod vs. ????? Tablet PC

What company has the best tablet PC?

Apple started the whole industry and has significant advantages to the competition, and with the iPad 2 they are putting the bar extremely high.  The advantages of an Apple tablet are:
1.  The App store.  Apple has many more tablet apps than Android.  That fact may change one day, but for Apple has a solid software advantage. 
2.  Looks.  Apple makes its devices look great.  The iPad 2 is slim and just looks cool.  Not to say that the Xoom does not look cool, but I think Apple has the advantage here (especially with their new cases). 
3.  The Apple name.  Apple has the advantage of being a cool company.  People want Apple products for the Apple logo. 
4.  Preparedness:  Apple is extremely prepared and has been planning its devices for a long time.  Apple only makes products that work extremely well.  Xoom on the other hand seemed rushed and did not seem to be very well planned. 
Android (Specifically Xoom(for now)):
1.  Customization:  The whole point of the open source operating system of Android is to all lots of customization.  Unless you want to jailbreak your iPad (and void the warrenty, and spend time actually doing it) the Xoom wins here. 
2.  Ram:  The Xoom has a GB of ram as opposed to the iPad 2's 512mb of Ram.
HP Touchpad:
This product will come out this summer.  Its success will come down to the success of the operating system: webOS.  If HP can get developers to create large amounts of Apps for the tablet, HP may become the new tablet leader. 
Other:
There are other tablets, but I do not think that any others really have much of a shot to over take Apple. 
Conclusions:
Apple has a significant lead in the tablet market, and Android will not be able to catch up until, they have enough apps to compete with Apple.  Even then, I do not think that Android will be able to catch up unless the tablet manufactures are able to make cheaper products.  Also since Android is a free operating system, the manufactures do not worry about software at all.  Only when Android tablets are much cheaper than the iPad will Android be able to defeat Apple.  HP is the obvious underdog, however if they are able toe get developers, they have a large enough company to overtake Apple.  In many ways HP is similar to Apple a few years ago.  If HP is able to do not only produce hardware, but also the software for their prodcut, I think that they have the best chance of over taking Apple. 
The iPad 2 is the best tablet now, but I think that HP will eventually overtake them.  Android will remain a competitor, but will never be a huge threat to either. 

What do you think?  Tell me by making a comment. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

How to put Flash on your iPad or iPhone

One of the biggest problems with the iPad and iPhone is that they are not able to use flash.  However there are some ways to put flash on your iDevice.  One way is to download the app called CloudBrowser.  It allows you to access flash content on the web.  It is not the best solution, but if you really want to watch a Hulu movies (and do not want to pay Hulu lots of money each month) it will work.  Another way to get flash is to use Frash.  You will need to jailbreak our device to be able to use this app.  Also the app is still in development, so it might not work well for you.  To see a guide in how to install it click here.  Another way we might be able to get flash is wait until Wallaby tool is used widely and websites will be in HTML5 instead of flash.

Do you have flash on your device?
Do you wish you did?
Tell me about it by making a comment. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What will the specs be for the iPhone 5

 To see why not to buy the iPad 2 click here.
What upgrades will Apple make when they come out with the iPhone 5 this summer?
1.  Better antenna.  The iPhone 4 has problems with dropping calls and the antenna needs to be fixed.
2.  Upgraded processor.  The iPhone 5 a better processor, maybe dual core.
4.  64 GB of hard drive space.  The logical thing is to add more space to save all your files.

Maybe:
1.  1 GB of Ram.  Apple will continue to upgrade the speed the the phone.
2.  Larger screen.  A 4 inch screen would be nice, but Apple already has three different screen sizes on the app store and adding another would be a headache to developers. Of course there are many bezels on the internet that show a four inch screen so maybe Apple will include it. 
3.  Adding NFC capaplity.  Apple may do this, but Apple does not add qualitiies to their products unless these qualities will work well, and not cause problems.  NFC technology may be to new and untested for Apple to use it.
4.  Remove the home button.  Apple wants to do this at some point, but it may be to early for to expect it in the iPhone 5.
5.  4G Apple might add the faster network, but maybe not.
6.  Different types:  Apple may add an iPhone nano, or an iPhone with a slide out keyboard.

What do you think the iPhone 5 will have? Tell me by making a comment.