Reflections on WWDC 2020
June 23, 2020
Yesterday was the keynote for WWDC 2020, the yearly Apple developer conference. While nothing in the keynote was that surprising, there were some interesting tidbits which signal solid direction in the way Apple is advancing. One of the most interesting “experiments” will be the long awaited convergence of mobile, tablet, & computing platforms.
Android Pay shows Apple how it's done
March 15, 2016
The latest front in the ongoing Apple vs Google mobile war is payments. Apple with the sadly named Apple Pay (Let’s be honest, everyone was hoping for iPay) and Google with Android Pay. Both have their own unique sets of pros and cons, but function in a mostly similar fashion. However, if they aren’t that drastically different, can one really be “better” than the other? Yes, and for a surprisingly simple reason.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – I'm quite impressed
May 30, 2013
Oh darn! I ruined the entire review. Here I was, going to tell you what I thought of the Samsung Galaxy S4, after my first week of use… and I gave away the ending in the title. Well, you know what? Screw it. I’m going to tell you what I think anyway because “I’m quite impressed” means very little to you, the discerning internet denizen. You want details, damn it, and I’ll try to provide them.
Getting to know the Google Nexus 7
July 24, 2012
I’m in an abusive relationship with Android. I love her, so I buy her. For a while things are good, then I slowly realize she’s gotten slow, kludgey and prone to crashing. After constantly abusing me, I swear I’ll never go back to her. Then the new hotness shows up, I forget my promise to never go back to her… so I buy her again. Over and over the cycle repeats. Well, on last Tuesday I received my Google Nexus 7 tablet and so far it looks to be the end of the vicious (abusive) cycle.
How to successfully launch a mobile app – for newbies
April 19, 2012
The other day a family member emailed me and essentially asked me “How do you make a mobile app?”. I could have written back “Write code, publish it”, but that would have been the smart ass remark. It’s not that I don’t love to be a smart ass, but I presumed they wanted a real answer and I refined the question a bit. It’s not “How do you make a mobile app?”, but “How do you successfully launch a mobile app?”. Other than writing some code, there are a few more steps to successfully launch an app. The app might not be wildly popular (If you want to know how to make a wildly successful mobile app, please go talk to Rovio), but it will have a solid foundation on which you can build. I’m not even sure if my family member wanted to make money from this mobile app, but if I were to sit down and write a serious app — these are the steps I would follow.
iPad 3 is hot? Try the original 3G/4G chips
March 29, 2012
An iPad 3. I know, it looks just like an iPad 2… er iPad 1… er…I’m a little confused about all the current fuss over the iPad 3 (sorry… “The New iPad”) and its love of warm temperatures. An electronic device is warm — this is astonishing? Really, It’s all Consumer Reports fault for being… antiquated.
Splashtop Remote Desktop
January 24, 2012
A few weeks back, Amazon’s free app of the day was Splashtop Remote Desktop (normally and currently $4.99). It sounded pretty intriguing, so I picked it up. I had low expectations from a free app, but was pleasantly surprised by the functionality. Out of the box it requires some minimal configuration, namely running the hosting software on the computer(s) of your choice and setting a password, and then you are good to go. Just launching the app on your Kindle Fire will allow you to connect (provided you are on the same network).
Amazon Cloudplayer for iOS (iPad) is useless
December 15, 2011
I have all my music uploaded into Amazon Cloudplayer because I buy my music predominately from Amazon. On my computer, Cloudplayer works just fine, except at work where my docking station messes with my laptop’s sound. On my Droid 3 the Cloudplayer app works fantastically (other than my headphone port being broken). So when I wanted to get some work done in peace, I figured I’d give Cloudplayer on the iPad a shot. Major mistake.
Review: Uber (Private Driver Service)
October 4, 2011
Since I’m in San Francisco now, I have had a need for taxi service on occasion. The biggest issue with taxis in San Francisco is that like any big city, it can take a while to get one — especially on busy drinking nights. I had heard about this service called “Uber"; that it was a cab service with a mobile app to request rides, so I figured I’d give it a shot. In the last couple of weeks I’ve taken four rides with Uber and it’s been really nifty so far.
How NOT to inspire faith, the mobile app for Ike's Place
September 27, 2011
As of last week, I’m now officially a resident of San Francisco. With this comes many benefits (like delicious food from crazy places) and many detractors (I have to sell my truck). Let’s ignore the down sides of living in the city and just focus on one thing, a sandwich place in the Castro called Ike’s Place. Their sandwiches are delicious and the place is AMAZINGLY busy. It seems that they’ve taken this as a sign that the food gods are pleased and invested a little into their technology. Normally this wouldn’t anger the tech gods, but Ike’s has invested just enough in their mobile app to be embarrassing.
Woah, I should get Mom a Samsung Fascinate (Phones for the older folks?)
July 12, 2011
Nexus S CC-BY-SA-3.0 Luca VolpiNo, I don’t actually have any plans to get my mother a Samsung phone. For those living under a rock (or don’t have cable), that’s the recent tag line from a Verizon commercial. It’s a rather amusing commercial about a dude deciding that he should get his Mom a smart phone so he can send her pictures of his child… a child which doesn’t currently exist… but if it did he would name it Brian. A little odd, though amusing. It has set me to pondering about my own Mother’s need for a new phone and specifically how there are no good phones for the older generation.
Ok AT&T, I'm offically sick of you
September 3, 2010
Look, I understand that cell phones are imperfect devices. Hell, everything computerized is imperfect. That being what it is, I only have so much patience and I’ve reached my limit with AT&T Wireless. They suck, and they drive me up a mother loving wall. All I want to do is be able to make a bloody phone call, and I can’t. For years, I’ve accepted a multitude of dropped calls and dead zones, it is imperfect after all… When I can’t even walk down the damn street without losing my call, you’ve lost me as a customer.