Posted on March 31, 2014 by Mark Urbin
It’s spring and the mind of the geek turns to new hardware releases.
The iWatch is still the hot rumor, but I wouldn’t expect that to even be announced until September. That is when Apple will, probably, announce the iPhone 6, and iOS 8.
I’ve seen rumors that Apple will include a range of fitness tracking options in the much debated iWatch. If they do, then they have a chance to pounce on the market hole created by FitBit recalling their Force device
. This also puts a lot of pressure of FitBit to come up with a Force replacement (with a functional wrist band) PDQ. If they wait too long, and the iWatch rumors get stronger, they will loose market share to Apple’s vaporware.
On the Amazon front, they have discounted their Kindle devices. Given that they had razor thin margins at best at the retail price, I’m taking the discounting as a sign they want to dump inventory. Flushing the channels of the current inventory in preparation for new model Kindles in the pipeline. I expect them to announce these well in advance of Apple’s big announcement in September. Big retail sale days for consumer electronics include Graduation and Father’s Day (Dad loves his gadgets). If they can make those dates, that would make up for the loss from discounting the current Kindles. They count on the downstream sales on those devices anyway.
For the Android fans out there, take heart. The Google I/O show is slated for June. The rumor mill is expecting the next flavor of Android to come out as well as some new hardware. A new Nexus and some more wearables to go with Google Glass are expected.
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Posted on October 21, 2012 by Mark Urbin
$250 is a very good price point for a light laptop for basic email/web surfing/document editing. It’s not a full feature laptop with a full OS, that is one reason the price point is the same as a 7″ Android tablet. It’s fairly full featured hardware wise. Web cam, USB ports, card reader and a 16GB Flash drive for storage. This $250 laptop is a good second system. I have a big desktop with a Drobo for storage, picture editing and other higher end functions. For the cost of the Nexus 7, you can get a real keyboard and better monitor. I’ve been using tablets, both iOS and Android for years, but I keep coming back to a device with a real keyboard for content creation.
For another $80, you can get a 3G version of this Chromebook, which is important if you are going to be using this device on the road. It really does require Internet access to be entirely useful.
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Posted on July 11, 2011 by Mark Urbin
I recently “upgraded” to IE 9 on one of my systems. Remember that “upgrade” doesn’t mean “better.”
This cartoon sums up the browser wars pretty damn accurately.
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Posted on March 1, 2011 by Mark Urbin
Wired has the details. I’m already using the Thunderbird method.
I’ll probably use the GetMail method on the linux box as well.
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