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Facebook Reportedly Tells Employees to Replace iPhones with Android Devices

Posted on 03 November 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Facebook has literally taken over the lives of many people who consume the social network for hours on end every day, and they don’t even realize it. As it turns out, Facebook wants to dictate to their employees on what smartphone they should also be using as they reportedly tell workers to replace their iPhones with cheap Android devices.

As with anything, there is reason to the rhyme, as such, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, said in an interview with Wired that company employees were asked to give up on their iPhones and start using Android phones. His reason for this is that they need to try out the Android Facebook app and optimize it for emerging markets, where Android is believed to have a larger market share than iOS.

The fanboys are going to have a field day with this news to come out of Facebook on both ends of the iPhone iOS and Android spectrum.

iPhones have undoubtedly had some major success in many markets across the globe. When it comes to emerging markets, ones that are steadily adopting the use of Facebook, iOS may not have such a grasp on the population where Android is the dominating platform for smartphones and other mobile devices. Facebook knows this all-to-well and is thriving on making the Facebook app for Android the best yet so that there is seamless transition for markets that Facebook looks to grow in.

“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Chris Cox is quoted as saying. “They can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

The statement made by Chris Cox doesn’t necessary mandate that all employees should forget about the iOS version of the Facebook app. Facebook just has a plan to increase focus on Android and testing other methods that the public may access Facebook, such as through a slower 2G network.

Facebook is covering all angles with their growth, even with well over 1 billion estimated users. Sometimes giants want to have it all, and Facebook may just be the one to get it all.

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Tablet Wars: WePad vs iPad

Posted on 19 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

A German manufacturer has produced a tablet computer to challenge the iPad.

Microsoft, HP, Nokia and Google have all announced upcoming tablets, and the newest entrant into the tablet sweepstakes is German manufacturer Neofonie GmbH’s WePad, which might just be the first true Apple rival in the tablet market.

The WePad features an 11.6-inch screen (compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch display), a webcam, a SIM card slot, multitasking and USB ports. Perhaps more importantly the WePad is operating on a Linux-based platform that supports Flash, Java, and allows the user access to the Android Marketplace as well as other apps through the WePad meta-store. The tablet uses an Intel Atom Pineview-M chip with 1.66 Gigahertz chip and promises to ship with an open source office package.

Neofonie is planning to release the WePad in July 2010.

Neofonie wants to attract publishers who are unhappy with Apple’s restrictions and pricing. European publishing giant Gruner + Jahr has already announced a partnership with Nefonie and will have materials ready for launch day. Negotiations are underway with several others, including Axel Springer, Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher.

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Apple Tablet Ahead of the Game

Posted on 25 January 2010 by SlimboCA

Apple Tablet Apple’s much awaited Tablet computer is a major gaming platform, analysts say. A large amount of video games publications have been invited to the event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The recent lack of announcements from several major iPhone game developers is being suggested as an indication that a number of major announcements are imminent.

Crunchgear reports that either Mirror’s Edge or World of Goo could debut on Wednesday, while the New York Times is also suggesting that the multi-touch interface popularized on the iPhone could be adapted for gaming on a larger 10-inch screen.

Mobile analytics firm Flurry, claims that the new tablet will also include applications built to fill “those in-between moments while in transit”, such as location-based information allowing users to search for nearby restaurants.

Flurry revealed that it found roughly 50 devices that “match the characteristics of Apple’s rumored tablet device,” operating from Apple’s Cupertino campus in California. The analysts say someone at Apple’s campus has been playing with applications containing Flurry’s tracking code.

Peter Farago, Flurry’s vice president of marketing wrote on the company’s blog:

“We have a fair level of confidence that we are observing a group of pre-release tablets in testing. Testing of this device increased dramatically in January, with observed signs of life as early as October of last year.”

Flurry claims it has seen roughly 200 applications used by Apple’s testers running an updated version of Apple’s iPhone OS.

In addition, analysts indicate that the tablet will include some applications aimed at classrooms and businesses, like a new version of Office-suite iWork maybe.

The emerging theme across all of these rumors is the extension of the iPhone’s multi-touch interface to a range of uses that have not previously benefited from the technology. It is, however, in line with what Microsoft is also predicting as the future of computing with its touch integration in Windows 7.

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Top Tech Gadgets of CES 2009

Posted on 13 January 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s largest consumer technology trade show.

This year it featured 2700 exhibitors, but it wasn’t simply about showcasing the latest TVs and audio systems; a range of new products emerged that could redefine how technology will be used to interact in future.

Top 10 Gadgets of CES 2009

3D TV

The biggest trend at CES this year was definitely three dimensionality. Following the hype surrounding James Cameron’s hit 3D flick, Avatar, the major television makers all touted 3D as the next step in the evolution of home entertainment. Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and JVC all showcased glorious high-definition 3D TVs, but it was Panasonic’s TC-PVT2 that ran away with first prize, winning technology site CNet’s coveted award for the best product on show. Apart from 3D TV sets, there were dual-lens 3D camcorders, laptops that convert 2D content to 3D, and 3D video games, with Sony showing 3D versions of Gran Turismo 5 and Avatar on the PS3. Still a relatively new technology with various methods for producing depth in images, it remains to be seen if consumers will spend money on 3D, especially as people have just begun upgrading to HD. We hope the next generation of 3D TVs find a way to ditch the ridiculous polarized glasses.

E-Readers

Guaranteed to be as indispensable as your smart phone in the near future, portable electronic reading devices were some of the hottest gadgets on display. Forget Kindle and the Nook, though; the third generation of e-readers go far beyond simply displaying electronic books on easy-to-read ePaper screens. Plastic Logic showed off the full-touch Que e-reader, which is designed to replace all business uses for printed paper, with support for PDF documents, a calendar, as well as displaying magazines and newspapers in their original printed layout. Taking e-reader technology a step further, Qualcomm showed its full-colour Mirasol display, which combines the low power usage and readability of ePaper displays with the colour capabilities of an LCD screen and has greatly improved readability in indoor and outdoor conditions. Mirasol technology is also rumoured to be in the new generation of Kindle e-readers.

Tablets and Smartbooks

CES also pointed to the emergence of two new categories in computing. Smartbooks are mini laptops that aim to bridge the gap between smart phones and netbooks, combining the connectivity of a mobile phone with the ease of use of a netbook. Lenovo’s skinny Skylight Smartbook is designed as an app-based, Internet-ready device running on a Linux platform with a high-definition screen and 10 hours of battery life, all in a package that weighs just less than 1kg.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer was the first to introduce a full touch-controlled tablet PC at CES in his opening keynote, showing off the unnamed HP tablet. Running Windows 7, the sleek HP tablet features an accelerometer and support for multi-touch gestures. Sony also had one of the most talked about gadgets at CES in the Dash Mobile Internet Device, a sort of mini-tablet the size of a digital alarm clock, designed to provide easy access to Internet applications while streaming multi-media content from the Net and your home media network.

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2010: Year of the Apple Tablet

Posted on 12 December 2009 by GranTorinoGuy

Apple is expected to start 2010 with the launch of a new gadget: a tablet computer that will allow users to surf the internet, watch television shows and read online magazines and newspapers.

Speculation is rife that Apple will unveil the device, which has no keyboard and resembles a large iPhone, on January 26 in San Francisco and two days later in Sydney.

Some technology bloggers have named the touchscreen device the iSlate after it was disclosed that the company had registered the iSlate.com internet domain name.

The company has previously investigated the possibility of producing a tablet computer and there are already tablets available from rival manufacturers. France’s Archos, which ‘pioneered digital music players but saw its market lead stolen by Apple, has already created an internet tablet based on Google’s Android software. Microsoft’s latest tablet prototype – codenamed Courier, rumours have it – involves two 18cm screens side-by-side in the form of a booklet.

The explosion of digital content services, the rise of downloadable applications and the widespread availability of wireless broadband has created a market for a tablet PC that is more of a multimedia device than merely a ”keyboardless” computer. It would essentially be a cross between the iPhone, Apple’s TV service and an iPod.

There are also a number of content deals in the works that would make the iSlate a valuable platform for media groups.

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