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Hi. I’m John and I’m an addict. No, seriously. I have an addiction to buying new devices and this one has me jonesing. I had the G3 and LOVED it. I changed to the Nexus 6 and now to the S6 Edge, purely for the camera. They say the G4 can best the S6 camera and that has me highly interested.

I don’t know if I’ll get this one just yet. Well, I know I won’t but in a couple months…maybe. 🙂

Source: LG G4 hands-on: Where vegetable tanning, ceramics and Quantum Display come to play with Android | Android Central

Google TV v3 Looks Shaweeet!!

I love my GTVs but have been waiting on it to mature. This update gets it about 85% to where I want it to be and I can’t wait to upgrade my Revue units. It is by far more useful than my Apple TV (I loathe changing TV inputs) already and this just takes it to another level.

Nuance, do right by my beloved Vlingo!

T.C. Sottek writing for The Verge:

With the acquisition, Nuance says it aims to create natural language interfaces for a variety of devices, including tablets, cars, televisions, navigation devices, music players, and PCs — and since Siri already uses Nuance’s technology, the company stands to make money nearly everywhere voice recognition is used.

The future is bright for voice recognition. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of this acquisition as Vlingo is one of my favorite apps on Android.

Source Nuance acquiring Vlingo to accelerate voice recognition software development

Refuse to Lose

It is comical how much of a competition it is for iOS zealots to be #1. I’ve read I’ve still never seen a single person using one in the wild, so I don’t think it’s helping Samsung sell tablets, which is a perfectly fine metric for measuring growth [/sarcasm], and, oh, one of my favorites was how Apple won simply because people are “copying” them. You can Google the past few years and see many of these arguments change. It seems the common thing to do now is dissuade readers into believing the stats don’t matter because You cannot compare Android to an iPhone. That’s comparing an operating system to a hardware device, like we’re not smart enough to know it means “Android-based Smartphones vs iPhone”. It is all an interesting game of checkers. There seems to be a thread flowing through all of these common posts: losing matters. (more…)

Acer shrinking product portfolio by two-thirds in 2012

Of course, Acer also makes 42 models of netbooks split across three families, a pair of Chromebooks, and countless tablets, desktops, monitors, projectors, smartphones, and more. So, while two-thirds sounds like a dramatic swing of the axe, Acer will still offer plenty of choice as the company restructures itself around profits and away from the “cheap” grab for marketshare that had been its approach under Acer’s former CEO Gianfranco Lanci.

Great move. I’d like to see more companies do this [hello Samsung].

Source The Verge

Apple is Laughing at Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

They absolutely have to be laughing at Samsung’s marketing arm and their decision to give a phone 7 words within the name. I just wonder how hard the execs laughed when they heard the name. The specs probably made them take pause but the name is for the birds! At some point, manufacturers will learn simplicity in naming helps consumer purchase decisions.

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

Beyond such a terrible name for the S II, it is a Sprint only name! AT&T is just the Galaxy S II. I think they shouldn’t change the device per carrier. There should be one cohesive name for every carrier [ ex – iPhone, regardless of AT&T or Verizon] and the same specs per carrier. Slight changes to hardware [antenna, etc] are expected but device size, etc should not change.

With that said…I do want one. 😀

The Smart Cover: Another Apple Non-Innovation

Yeah, weird title but you’ll see what I mean. It is really simple:

Apple did not create the Smart Cover concept. InCase did.

What? My thoughts exactly when I read about this a few months ago. It seems every blog [tech writer] has deemed it a true innovation by Apple but they merely copied and improved, as they are doing more and more now-a-days.

Granted, Apple integrated it better in the iPad 2 than the InCase Convertible Magazine Jacket for the iPad 1 but the news of the Smart Cover for the Samsung Galaxy Tab copying the Apple Smart Cover is ludicrous seeing how Apple copied the InCase Convertible Magazine Jacket. Samsung didn’t even create the cover for the Tab, Anymode did.

In the 90’s when the Dallas Cowboys were routing the Buffalo Bills, I was solo eating a plate of BBQ [namely sausage w/ pickles] and cheering for the Bills. Being from TX the obvious position would have been to cheer for Dallas but the “underdog” was Dallas and that’s who I wanted to see win. If I were a lawyer, I’d do all sorts of pro bono work the unfortunate. As a web dev I do a lot of stuff for free or, at a minimum, shave prices.

My point? I like the lil’ people to get their due and to see them win, at times. InCase is the underdog and they aren’t getting a lick of credit for it while Apple is sitting on high looking like the smartest company ever.

Kudos to Engadget for bringing light to this but it is very weird to see them follow-up with “The Anymode Smart Case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may bear a suspicious resemblance to Apple’s iPad 2 Smart Cover…”. Maybe they don’t read each others’ posts. 🙂


Sincerest apologies to those who caught the first rev of this post via RSS, etc. I was testing out the WordPress formats for this theme and published this too early by clicking the wrong button. I won’t detail which changes were made since the original accidental publish but this is the final state of the post. Thx for your understanding.