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Aug
08

Android vs. Apple phones

Posted By · August 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

What have you noticed when you’ve seen others pull out their smart phones or talked with friends about the type of phone they’re using, are you seeing more Android or more IPhones?

Research firm IDC says Android is increasing it’s hold on the mobile phone market, going from a 47% worldwide share a year ago to 68% today.

Smartphone

The market share for IPhones fell slightly to 17%.

Most of the people I see with smart phones are people I work with, and I’m seeing mostly IPhones, which is contradictory to the information above. And that’s why I put the question out there, what types of phones are you seeing most people using?

As far as other operating systems, Blackberry and Symbian are each below 5% market share with Windows phones having even less.

And if this trend continues, does it mean that Google will be the next Microsoft?

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.
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Aug
01

Google glasses

Posted By · August 1, 2012 at 5:07 am

A new device from Google has me fascinated and concerned. It’s Google Glasses. This is what looks like a normal set of glasses, but off to the side and slightly above one eye is a lens which displays information into the user’s field of vision. With these glasses you can access the internet, receive and make phone calls, take video or pictures or do dozens of other things.

From a geek point of view, this sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to try them out.

But from a societal point of view, I have to wonder what affect it will have.

We’ve already seen people sitting in a restaurant while talking on the phone and ignoring others sitting at the same table. We’ve seen people in the grocery story checking out while talking on the phone and acting like the clerk checking them out doesn’t even exist.

With Google Glasses, if we can not only be on the phone, but also be watching a movie, reading a book or doing research while walking down the street or the hallway, what affect is this going to have. We’ll no longer smile and say “Hi” when we pass a co-worker in the hallway or a friend on the street. We’re already losing some of our face-to-face communication. Will that only get worse?

Or is this a case of the positives outweigh the negatives?

Again, I’d love to try the glasses, but I have non-tech concerns.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think, Google Glasses, good or bad?

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.
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Jul
31

New streaming player set to hit market

Posted By · July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

The latest tech gadget that I’m excited about is the Co-Star from Vizio. It turns an HDTV into a smart TV with a one-time cost of $99, below many other streaming players on the market today.

What makes this device different is that it not only has a web browser, but it gives you the full web experience by supporting Flash and HTML 5.  This is the only streaming player I’ve seen that supports Flash, and we all know there are hundreds of thousands of web pages that use that technology.

But in addition to the browser, the Co-Star has the features of Google TV. Vizio claims this means you get access to thousands of apps in the Google Play Store along with the already installed Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

Vizio has partnered up with OnLive, a gaming site that lets you play with no discs or downloads.  Personally I’m not a gamer, but for those that are, this is one of the most promoted aspects of Co-Star.

The remote is two-sided. One side has your normal volume, channel, input, etc. controls plus a trackpad. The other side has a QWERTY keyboard for entering text.

Vizio also has apps that turn smart phones and tablets into remotes.

Now for some of the tech details. The only output is HDMI, so if you don’t have an HDMI connection to your TV you’ll need to get some type of converter cable. I’ve got and HDMI to DVI cable that I’m hoping will do the trick.  This is the one drawback I’ve found. There is also an HDMI input. The theory is that you run a connection from your cable/satellite box to the Co-Star and then from the Co-Star to your television. This allows you to continue to watch your favorite shows while interacting on the Internet, all on one screen. Maybe you’re watching “The Office” while in a “The Office” chat room.

This player supports 1080p Full HD as well as 3D. You’ll still need a 3D television to watch 3D video.

You can connect to the device with built-in wi-fi and LAN, Bluetooth, USB and DNLA-enabled phones, tablets and computers.

The Co-Star is taking preorders, but be aware that Vizio keeps running out of the product.  There is an estimated shipping date of August 14 and will hit stores soon after that.

So not only is this the most complete streaming player I’ve found, but it’s one of the least expensive. Google TV was not ready for prime time when it debuted. But with players like this and an upgrade to the Google TV system, it may now be ready to compete with other systems like Apple TV. Only time will tell.

When I get mine I’ll let you know how well it actually works.

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.
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Oct
20

Drive a Real Car… Online

Posted By · October 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Mitsubishi has engineered  the world’s first online test drive
of a real car.

The vehicle  is a full sized Outlander Sport, rigged to be driven via remote control.
It is called the Mitsubishi Live Drive.

Soon, they will open it up to the public.

Go to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport site to see the video and
sign up to take an online test drive.

(Click on “Early Sign-Up Starts Now” to participate)

Maybe one day Ferrari will get on board…

Todd Donaldson

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Oct
15

iPad for Verizon

Posted By · October 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

In a press releasetoday, Apple announced that the iPad will be sold
at Verizon Wireless stores nationwide beginning  Thursday, October 28th.

Verizon will sell Wi-Fi only iPads bundled with a MiFi 2200 mobile
hot spot device.  The bundle price depends on the memory in the iPad.

16GB iPad + MiFi = $629.99
32GB iPad + MiFi = $729.99
64GB iPad + MiFi = $829.99

These are the same prices of the iPad with the built-in AT&T 3G.

While Verizon iPads do not have a built in 3G, the MiFi bundle
has its advantages.

The MiFi 2200 is a portable broadband device capable of sharing
an internet connection with up to 5 devices.  It can run off batteries
or AC power.

So one little MiFi could provide wireless for your iPad, your
brother’s Android tablet, your sister’s iTouch, your son’s Droid and
your daughter’s laptop.

Maybe while everyone is online, they could carry on a conversation…
on Skype.

For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com/ipad

Todd Donaldson

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Oct
10

Happy 10.10.10 Day!

Posted By · October 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Happy October 10, 2010!

10.10.10

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Oct
10

I “LIKE” Pampers

Posted By · October 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

You can now purchase Pampers online… via Facebook.

The feature is powered by Amazon and allows you to buy diapers for
your diminutive dandy without ever leaving your favorite site.

This is not cool because it is Pampers, it is cool because it is commerce.

E-commerce has existed in Facebook for a while, but Pampers is a sign
that it has gone mainstream.

With this critical piece, Facebook is one step closer to being an independent
world within the web.

On Facebook, you can: buy stuff, play games, find information and, of course,
talk to your friends.

Because Facebook, is a closed system, they set the rules.   While this can be
maddening, it does have some advantages.

The page loads fast, the games work without hassle and when was the last time
you got spam on Facebook?

Facebook began as a social network, it has grown into a one stop shopping for
all of your online needs.

Just be sure to check your privacy settings.

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Oct
04

Changing the World, One Book at a Time

Posted By · October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

The other day, I was looking through a list of the best
100 tech start-up companies.

The company locations were all to familiar.

New York, New York.

San Francisco, California.

New York, New York.

San Francisco, California.

This went back and forth for dozens of companies, until…

Elkhart, Indiana!!!!!?????????

The company is called Better World Books.  It was founded and
is still operated, right here, in Indiana.

Better World Books is a for-profit company that collects and sells
books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.

On September 24th, the following national spot aired during the Notre Dame game.

 

 
Most companies have a single bottom line, profit.
 
Better World Books claims to adhere to a triple bottom line, which is revealed in
the following ways.
 
Social: power to the people
The company provides funding for over 80 literacy partners.  This knowledge gives
families around the world hope for a better life.
 
Environmental: love your mother
The company implemented the first carbon neutral shopping cart.  By reselling used
material, they have kept over 8,000 tons of books out of landfills.
 
Economic: true accounting
The company maintains profit to ensure long-term viability.  The company answers
equally to their employees, customers, literacy partners, investors and the environment.
 
 
 
I venture to say Better World Books has a fourth bottom line… helping Hoosiers.
 
They provide jobs in northern Indiana, an area hit hard by RV manufacturer
layoffs.
 
World Books shows everyone that Hoosiers can be technological
leaders and change the world, one book at a time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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