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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Forget Bomb-Sniffing Dogs, Why Not Mice?

Israeli researchers have trained mice to sniff for bombs instead of dogs.  Eight mice are placed in one container and air is pumped into the container.  The mice are trained to flee when they smell explosive materials.  When the mice detect an explosive, they flee to the back corner of the cage.  For there to be an alarm more than one mouse most move to the back corner.  This system is said to be more accurate than x-ray or dogs.  In a test of the new system, the mice were able to pick out which 22 people out of 1000 people were carring fake explosives. 


To read more click here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to get a Honeycomb Tablet for under $300

1.  Buy a color Nook for $250.
2.  Buy an SD card of at least 4GB.
3.  Download nookhoney04.img.zip onto your computer.
5.  Unzip the file you downloaded (WinRAR is one program that will do this).
6.  Connect the SD card to your computer.
7.  Download WinImage, and under 'Disk' choose "Restore Virtual Image to Physical Drive." Choose your SD card reader's drive. Change the files shown at the bottom to "all files" and select the file.
 8.  Turn off your Nook, put the SD card in, then turn your Nook back on and you will be running Honeycomb for less than $300.

For more detailed instructions click here.

What do you think?  Who wouldn't want a table PC for much cheaper?

Eye Tracking Computer

Lenovo is devolping a computer that will use eye tracking help control the computer.  They are teaming up with Swedish eye-control company Tobii, and say that the earliest release would be in two years.  Using a motion sensing device similar to Kinect for X-Box, the laptop has amazing accuracy.  It could be used to play games, or help select items on the computer.  It would not be useful to replace a mouse however because, the movement would be crazy and detracting.  However, this technology could some day be used in conjunction with a keyboard and mouse, and be extremely useful.

For more information click here.

What do you think?  Would you like your next computer to read your eyes?  Tell me by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Navy working on super laser

The Navy is working on a laser that will be able to cut through 2,000 feet of steel per second.  The project is ahead of schedule and is quite promising.  Instead of using crystals or chemicals to produce the laser, the navy is using magnetic fields to produce a much stronger laser.
What do you think of this?  Leave me a comment. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Why Sony is Right to Sue

 Sony has every right to sue George Hotz and as of right now should win the case.  According to the Digital Millenium Copyright act, George Hotz broke the the law, and Sony has every right to look at the IP addresses of those who were on Hotz's site.  Sony has the right to request subpoenas for the IP addresses of those who visited the site, and those who downloaded the materials.  It is stated in the Digital Millenium Copyright act that Sony has the right to that information.  This is a law that is fully constitution, and to say it is not is to say that the constitution is unconstitutional.  Second of all Hotz did break the law.  The law "criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works." This means that George Hotz broke the law.  You may point out that cellphones are an exception to this law, and that the PS3 should be under the same exception as a cellphone.  The problem with that argument is that the PS3 is not included under the exceptions.  As the law stands now, Hotz broke the law.  Not only did he break the law, but he helped others break the law by providing the information on a web-site.  If he had wanted to not break the law he could have gotten the PS3 included under the exception.  Until the law changes, Hotz broke it and should be punished accordingly, along with anyone else who broke the law. 

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

Sunday, March 6, 2011

33 Foot Long Touch Screen

At University of Groningen in the Netherlands students were able to take a 3-D theater and turn it into a 33-foot long touch screen.  The screen is used for teaching computer science and math.  They used six HD video projectors to backlight the screen.  Then for the touch screen they used six Optitrack cameras, 16 inexpensive infrared emitters, and 1,000 LEDs.  They connected the cameras to three older computers.  Then the computers are used to make the screen a touch screen.  The system is able to handle one hundred points of connect in real time.  With more touch, the system slows down. 

For more information click here.

What do you think, would you like to have one of these in your living room?  Write me a comment.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why we should leave Facebook


Facebook could sell our personal information and we would not be able to do anything about it. Facebook could lead to your identity stolen.  Facebook itself admits that it cannot completely protect your sensitive information.  In Facebook's Privacy policy they say, "Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on Face book will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on Facebook."  If your identity was stolen, Facebook would just say too bad for you.  They will not even care, but would say it was your own fault for trusting them.

What if you delete your account?  They state, " When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Facebook."  But Facebook contradicts itself.  Facebook could still keep that information.  They say, "Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested."  What does "certain information" mean  and why does Facebook have the right to keep it after you delete your account? 

If Facebook already provides our information to advertisers on their website, who will stop them from sharing more sensitive material to other companies?  Facebook admits that they provide your information to advertisers, "We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about Facebook, remove repetitive information from our user lists, process payments, or provide search results or links (including sponsored links). These service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service."


What if Facebook is sold and some new company is now in charge.  Will the new company be able to sell all of our information?  Facebook says, " If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy."  That means that the new company will be able to share as much as Facebook is sharing now, but that new company would have the right to change the privacy policy, just as Facebook has the right to change the privacy policy.


Facebook has the right to change the privacy policy, when ever they want to.  They sated, "We can change this Statement if we provide you notice (by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment."  That means that they can change the privacy policy at any time if they want to and you would not be able to do a thing about it.

What about Mark Zuckerberg? Would he ever sell this information?  Well he has already changed the privicy policy and said," When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was 'why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'"
And then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way and all these different services have people sharing all this information. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds of information, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.
We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are."

Who gave you the right to say what information is shared and what is not? Is that not the right of the user to say what is done with our personal information?  If some people want to share their information fine, but why should we be forced to share our information? 

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb f***s.

So why do we trust Facebook at all?

Read more:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/09/six-reasons-why-wired-uks-editor-isnt-on-facebook/

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

iPad 2 is Here!

The iPad 2 will be available March 11.  Here is a video of Steve Jobs explaining the iPad:

On another note my predictions for the iPad 2 were quite accurate.  All of my 100% predictions came true.  And about half of the 85% predictions were correct.  I was wrong on one point: the white iPad.  That feature caught me by surprise.  Otherwise my predictions were accurate.

Did your predictions come true?  Did you want to see a feature, but Apple did not give it?  What is your opinion on the iPad 2?  Tell me about it by making a comment.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Predictions of the Features that iPad 2.0 Will Have

 
100%  The new iPad will have these features:
The iPad 2 will be thinner and sleeker.  
A front facing camera
A dual-core Apple processor, possibly named A5
At least 512 MB of RAM
Verizon and AT&T 3G








85%  The iPad 2 probably will have these features:
1GB of RAM (instead of 512MB of RAM)
An HD video camera facing away from the screen
Updated iOS











0% iPad will NOT have these features:
SD card slot
Retina Display
Thunderbolt port
4G capability
White iPad
USB port
Removing the Home button
128 GB memory
And anything else you might want in the iPad 2

To see why not to buy an iPad 2 scroll down.
What do you think?
Post a comment and tell me how you feel about my prediction.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Why NOT to buy the iPad 2.0

Because the iPad 2.0 has the features it has: DO NOT BUY IT.   Yes Apple has a new iPad with new features, but now is not the time to buy.  First of all Apple had no competition when it released the first iPad.  At this point in time Apple's competition is still not even close.  Apple had 84% of the sales of tablets last year.  While this number is going down, with the release of the iPad 2.0, the sales will once again favor Apple.  As of right now Apple only needs to hold its own.  It does not need to make a spectacular iPad 2.0.  The iPad upgrade is similar to the MacBook Pro upgrade (mostly an upgrade in processor and nothing really interesting).  Apple upgraded the processor and the RAM, and added two cameras.  Honestly it is not worth $500 or more to upgrade a system that works fine already.  The only other upgrade Apple made is slimming down the iPad and adding an option for another color.  There is a very good chance that Apple will release another iPad around September.  If they do this think of all of the new features they might be able to include:  Retina display screen, another processor and RAM upgrade, SD slot, replacing the home screen button with mulit-gestures, a thunderbolt port (which by that time will have a wide selection of products and will allow the iPad to connect to you TV, monitor, printer, external hard drive, ect.), and even more apps designed specifically for the newer version of the iPad.  This makes sense because Apple needs a new iPad now to keep up with the tablet market, but with an even newer version of the iPad in September, they will be able to sell the iPad as a Christmas gift.  This sequence makes sense for Apple, however it is horrible for all the people who buy an iPad 2.0 now.  So do not buy an iPad 2.0.

If you disagree tell me by making a comment.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thunderbolt

Apple has just come out with a new MacBook Pro.  While Apple upgraded the processor for the laptops, they also added a new type of port.  The Thunderbolt port will be able to connect to both external displays and everything that a USB port can connect to.  It will be twenty times faster than a normal USB 2.0 port, twelve times faster than FireWire 800, and two times faster than USB 3.0.  While currently there are almost no devices that use the port, the two major external hard drive companies, Seagate Technology and Western Digital, plan to make devices that support the new port.  Another advantage of the new port is that it provides 10 watts of power which is new for a laptop.  The port is able to transfer a full HD movie in 30 seconds and in ten minutes transfer enough mp3 songs to play nonstop for a year. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Laptops of the Future

While there are some amazing laptops that can be bought in you local store, laptops are continuing to improve.  In the future laptops will be extremely thin and have dual screens.  Here is a look at some of the best looking prototypes of the future.
This laptop is from Anna Lopez, and seems a little dangerous to me, but looks cool non the less.
This laptop comes from hp and seems to have dual touch screens. 
V12 Design created this particular laptop.  It also has dual touch screens.
This laptop was design by Intel and Ziba Design and is only .7 inches thick.


This laptop was designed solely on what people want to see in laptops.  It would use holographic technology to make a piece of glass into a screen.   It was designed
by Eno Setiawan.





For more information about these laptops and others like them check out Laptops Arena.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hydrogen Car

Who wants to save money on gas?Who wants to save the environment?    Who wants to kill two birds with one stone?  Hydrogen cars could be the future.  They could be the perfect way to both save the environment and save the pocketbook.  Unfortunately there is no real option to buy a hydrogen car at this point in time.  And even after they do come out they will be expensive and it will be difficult to find fuel.  However, there are solutions to these problems.

The first problem is the fact that no one owns a hydrogen car, and no one can just go out and buy one.  Even if we could buy a hydrogen car they would be absurdly expensive.  Luckily all is not lost.  A normal car has the capability to use hydrogen as the fuel.  While it requires a few changes ( mostly making the engine water proof), it is possible to make your everyday car run on hydrogen as well as gas.  Of course this fact is no secret and has been around for some time.

Now we come to our second problem: how to fuel our hydrogen car.  We could hire some large gas company to sell everyone hydrogen, but  that is not going to happen for quite a few years.  Some people think that we can just break water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity.  While we can obtain oxygen though this method, it will require extra electricity and is not efficient.  Fortunately there is a way to obtain hydrogen from the least likely place: waste.  Researchers at Penn State found a type of bacteria that in certain conditions is able to create hydrogen from garbage. Using this method we would be able to create hydrogen efficiently and will little energy.  The amount of energy needed to create the hydrogen is important because if it is small enough (as with the bacteria method) it is possible to create the hydrogen inside the car. If the hydrogen is created inside the car, then there is no need to store the hydrogen (how to store hydrogen is one of the biggest problems using hydrogen has a fuel has). 

All of the problems have been solved.  All we need to do is put these ideas into practical use.  Just imagine never buying gas again.  We have the technology.  All we need to do is put it into place.