5.13.2013

Bill Gates Talks About Steve Jobs

Bill Gates was interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS' 60 Minutes this week. He talked about his second act; his philantropic ventures to help the world, and briefly but very fondly about former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.


3.14.2013

WTF Samsung!

About an hour ago, I saw Samsung's much anticipated keynote for their latest Galaxy phone iteration - The Galaxy S4. All I can say is WHOA. No, I'm not awed by how great the device is. I'm shocked at how condescending, racist and sexist that keynote was!

I don't know if the people responsible for making the script for this event even thought about it thoroughly. I understand that they were trying to demonstrate "real world scenarios" but it is such a fail. Note, that I have not even discussed the device itself since I was distracted by the stereotypical and intolerant skits that Samsung planned to unveil their next flagship phone. I'm not a woman but I am very offended how Samsung thinks American women behave. I guess, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they see American reality TV and think that all women in the United States act and think like the Jersey Shore people.

Ok, done with the rant. Hardware wise, the device is pretty impressive. The most sought after upgrade from the Galaxy S3 was the processor. Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa core processor is really the star here. It basically packs 2 quad-core CPUs a 1.6 GHz A7 and 1.9 GHz A15 respectively. For less intensive tasks, the device uses the A7 cluster to save on battery consumption while the A15 is used for high performance tasks like playing HD videos, games, multitasking, etc. The graphics processor is a PowerVR SGX544MP3 triple core unit, which is one model up from what their famous iOS rival sports. The screen is 4.99 inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1920x108px with a density of 441ppi. This is more than the iPhone 5 but less than the HTC One's screen. It is rocking 2GB of RAM while internal storage varies upon price point (which is still yet to be announced) at 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It has the option for more storage in the form of a microSDHC upto 64GB. It carried a bunch of radios such as WiFi a/b/g/n, LTE, NFC, and BT4.0. As far as the camera, the rear is a 13MP and the front facing is 2MP. The battery is a removable 2600mAH unit. This should offer longer battery life (in theory) as it is the largest amongst non phablet devices.

Software wise, Samsung packed it with a lot of proprietary stuff like S Health; which is like a built in fit bit type pedometer, Smart Pause, etc. Frankly, I understand that they are trying to "innovate" or differentiate from other manufacturers with stuff like this but to me, this is all bloatware. I hope Samsung has included an option for us to use the bare bones Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean that it is releasing with.

Overall, it sounds like a great device. However, there is nothing that leaps out that would make me want to go to my carrier, shove my money in their face and demand a pre-order. I'll have to wait and see what LG and Google/Motorola will show us in the next coming months.

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2.21.2013

One Sexy Device

Two days ago, HTC unveiled its long awaited newest flagship phone: The HTC One. This new device no longer is trapped in a pure polycarbonate shell, like it predecessor; Verizon's HTC Droid DNA. Instead, the device is carved from a premium metallic alloy (not just aluminum) and topped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass incarnation (Gorilla Glass 2). Despite being metallic, the device has been reported to only weigh 143 grams and measuring 5.4 (137.4mm) x 2.7 (68.2mm) x 0.37 (9.3mm) inches -- a thickness that puts it on par with the recently released Blackberry Z10. Surprisingly, it will accommodate such a large integrated 2300mAh Li-Polymer battery. This should significantly boost standby and talk time numbers.

As far as the phone's display, it has a 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display boasting about 468 dpi. Pretty impressive. It will be powered by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600, clocked at 1.7GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. As far storage, consumers have an option or 32 or 64GB with no external microSDHC  card slot. This is a bummer but not a deal breaker. It has two front facing stereo speakers for watching videos and movies on those long plane rides. As far as networking, it sports radios for WiFi a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.

The most important part is that this new device will be rocking Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 overlayed by HTC's own Sense 5 UI. Most Android users (including myself) prefer Google's stock UI but HTC's Sense, IMHO, is not as intrusive or invasive as the ones from Samsung, Motorola, LG and others. From my previous experience with HTC products, their widgets are very useful and intuitive. No word yet on the US release date. Verizon users get the short end of the stick since the carrier will not be carrying this device due to the fact that it would cannibalize their relatively, recently released HTC Droice DNA.

2.04.2013

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Yesterday was a very emotional day for San Franciscans everywhere. After a grueling battle, the San Francisco 49ers were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in Superbowl XLVII. I'm sure a lot of fans transfer the blame on rookie QB Colin Kaepernick. I agree that some of his actions were a direct result of the loss but I think the rest of the team, including the coach, should shoulder the responsibility.

They did not capitalize on the opportunities they had. I know some fans will argue that the officiating was biased. I agree with it to some extent. There were calls and non calls for both teams that changed the dynamics of the game. Believe me, as a Sharks fan, I'm still upset over the WCF officiating that allowed Vancouver to compete for the Stanley Cup, so I can understand how the hardcore 49ers fans feel.

Nonetheless, 49er fans should be satisfied. The team had an excellent season once again under Coach Harbaugh. SF is a young team overall and with most of them staying on the roster, the chance to make it back to the big dance is still high. Kaepernick has gained valuable experience and will only improve. The best is yet to come. Go Niners!

1.31.2013

Capo 4th, Fret

Tony Sly - 12 Song Program
Like a child, I will sit in the corner. With these pills, I can barely get by. So I wait until the hour of approval. Ten minutes until its five.

And its Friday so I don't feel so lonely. I know the wolves are out tonight. The sound of ice in a bottomless glass,tells me that all is fine.

Playing guitar and I'm forgetting words like a baby who just learned to speak. Unfinished songs that I swear I'd get done but the premise was just kind of weak.

Like the moon, you are cold, you are distant. Like the sun, I can burn through the day. In the valley, the echo gets longer. They've all gone away.

Playing guitar and I'm forgetting words like a baby who just learned to speak. Unfinished songs that I swear I'd get done but the premise was just kind of weak.

There is time to reflect and ponder as the chips fall where they may. I will live for the sake of others. So they, can do the same.


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The New Blackberry

I know I'm a day late and a dollar short with this one but its still interesting.

Research In Motion has announced a couple of devices that will be sporting the new BB10 OS. The Blackberry Z10 will come equipped with a 4.2 inch 1280x768 display (which should be able to produce a 720p resolution), 1.5GHz dual-core Snap Dragon S4 Plus CPU, 2GB of RAM, MicroSDHC slot (up to 32GB) NFC and LTE. Sounds very impressive. This phone is akin to the league of the newest touch screen devices such as Apple's iPhone, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and Google's Android devices. It promises a better web browsing experience and better battery life (compared to existing non-BB devices). It would be interesting to see how much of the public sector will switch to this device.

For the more traditional crack-berry addicts, BB did not let you down. They've also released the Q10 which is a smartphone with an on-board physical keyboard, 3.1 inch AMOLED Touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and LTE. This is good news for consumers of all kinds. More competition means more choices. I would like to see BB make a comeback. Too bad its too late for a Palm come back, but oh well. What do you think? Will BB10 resurect RIM and bring it back to the top 3 device market?

VIA: Engadget