Today is Google’s 11th birthday and to celebrate, the company has changed its logo accordingly and turned the letter “L” into the number 11. I’ve been thinking about the past 11 years online and how much things have changed. We have seen so much technology, web services, new products, and other advances (and failures) it is almost unreal. Congratulations to Google for being at the forefront of technology and I hope to see them continue to lead and innovate into the future.
So in honor of Google’s 11th birthday, I have compiled a list (in no particular order or relevance) of 11 things that have occurred in my life (related to technology and not) over the past 11 years. I also want to encourage you to leave a list of 11 things (or as many as you can think of) that have happened to you over the past 11 years, so feel free to do that in the comments.
It’s here! It’s here! Finally. As promised, iPhone MMS (Multimedia Messages) on the AT&T network is here. While it took over two months, we finally have it and that is good enough for me. Well, by that, I mean you will not see me suing AT&T for releasing MMS technically after summer was over (last day of summer is September 22nd, MMS was rolled out on the 25th officially). Anyone signing up for this class action suit and suing AT&T over this is just out for some money and besides the case is weak (I think, but, hey, I’m not a lawyer).
I’m sure mostly everyone has gotten the update by now but just in case you haven’t or are having trouble this is how you can get MMS on your iPhone. I should mention that MMS is only available on the 3G and 3GS – it is not available on the original iPhone.
I’ve never owned a GPS unit. Can you believe that? I ordered from Amazon the TomTom GO 720 and decided to record the unboxing. As someone who has never owned a GPS unit before I really do not know much about them. I’ll have a review of the TomTom GO 720 up in the near future once I get a chance to really learn and use all of the features.
If you have any tips, tricks, advice, or recommendations about either the TomTom GO 720 or any GPS unit feel free to leave a comment. One thing that I like about the TomTom GO 720 so far is that the maps are already preloaded so that saves a lot of possible headache. I’ve included the tech specs after the jump for those interested as well.
I’ve seen a number of people “poke fun” at the idea of Microsoft opening up their own official stores and honestly I think it’s a brilliant move for Microsoft. Microsoft needs to get out from the giant boulder that has been pinning them down for years now – the OEM’s (PC manufactures) and consumer electronic stores. That’s right. I’m calling them all out. Dell, HP, Gateway, Best Buy, Circuit City (not anymore), every single one of them. In the early days of computing all these OEM’s and consumer electronic stores behind Microsoft helped them tremendously, but in more recent years, they have only harmed Microsoft.
Microsoft, despite what many people believe (mainly due to Windows Vista), makes some really excellent products and pieces of software (Windows being one). They also make some not so great products, but, you can’t win them all. Nonetheless, what I’m getting at here is Microsoft will now have a direct line to the consumer with their own stores – no more middle man. Now they will be able to show off their products to the fullest extent and not have to rely so much on third parties like Best Buy and Dell. Honestly, who knows your product better than you?
I Am T-Pain, no really. I am. I sound just like him thanks to his brand new iPhone app (download here). I Am T-Pain is by far the coolest app in the App Store to date. At least, I think so anyway. The application gives you Auto-Tune in the palm of your hand. Auto-Tune by the way is the same technology T-Pain himself uses in the studio to record his music. That software can cost you $500 or more, but, in the App Store I Am T-Pain is a measly $2.99.
Before I go on, I don’t want you to expect to sound like you are in a recording studio – because it doesn’t. It uses the very crappy iPhone microphone to record you. Nonetheless, it works and it works well enough for it to be extremely fun. I spent hours on end singing into my iPhone (no joke, I drained my battery). All you have to do is plug in your headphones and get to work. You can even plug your iPhone into a speaker system via an auxiliary cable and amplify your new Auto-Tune voice for everyone to hear (great for a party).
As many of you know (see video and blog post) I had a chance to play with a Microsoft Surface while I attended Gnomedex this past August. I was so impressed by it, I decided I had to find out more about it. Eric Havir, the Senior Manager of Digital Communications for the Microsoft Surface was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the Surface. If you have any additional questions or comments that you would like to direct towards Eric feel free to leave a comment and I will send them his way.
1. What is the Microsoft Surface and how did it come to be?
Microsoft Surface is an innovative computing platform that responds to touch, natural hand gestures and real-world objects placed on the display. It’s simple and intuitive in that it provides interaction with information and digital content. Its large, 360-degree, horizontal user interface offers a unique gathering place where multiple users can collaboratively and simultaneously interact with content and each other. It also provides businesses with unique value in delivering information and services in a more friendly way that allows for better engagement with their customers.
Windows 7 is coming out in October and with all the hype surrounding Microsoft’s new operating system there might be some features which you missed in passing. Here are 5 new Windows 7 features which are pretty awesome and all (except one) are available in all versions of Windows 7.
Feature 1: HomeGroup
HomeGroup is essentially Microsoft’s way of fixing the potential pains of sharing files and printers on home networks. Whether you yourself or you know someone who has spent hours on end attempting to share a file or printer over their home network, you will be welcoming HomeGroup with open arms. The way it works is simple, you create a HomeGroup on Windows 7 and then simply have your other Windows 7 machines join that particular group. HomeGroup’s are password protected by default for security and privacy reasons, so you will need the password to join the group. Additionally, you can pick and choose what you share – it’s completely customizable.
People have been talking about an App Store for OS X ever since the one for the iPhone/iPod Touch came out. Well, now, Bodega has delivered (at least until Apple comes out with something). Bodega prides itself as being your one stop shop for all of your software needs. And honestly, it has a lot of potential to be just that.
Bodega is very feature full. Not only is it just a place to find applications, but, you can buy directly through it, store your receipts and serials, review applications, and update applications through it (even if you didn’t download it via Bodega – it just has to be in the Bodega store).