Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Google Drive: Replaces Docs, Doesn't Replace iCloud

After a few months of annoying user speculation, Google has finally revealed what looks like their competitor to Apple's iCloud. They call it Google Drive. It's a full rebranding of Google Docs, now with desktop integration and the ability to store more than just documents. But that's pretty much it. It certainly isn't a replacement for iCloud, and I don't think that's what Google was aiming to do. In reality, it's the new Google Docs, now with desktop support. It's free with the base 5 GB of storage, and Google will be offering up to 25 GB of storage for $2.49 a month, 100 GB for $4.99, and a full terabyte for $49.99 a month. Holy crap. So, if you're looking for a proper, more mainstream solution to storing your eons of files for a good price, look no further than Google Drive.

Source: Google

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Samsung Vs. Apple: Really Settled?

Finally, after almost two years of crazy court battles, pointing fingers, allegations of theft, Steve Jobs rolling in his grave, and multiple tablets being pulled off retail store shelves all across the planet, the battle has ended. Apple and Samsung have been forced to bow their heads, shake hands, and walk away from this somehow unscathed. Or will they? What are the true plans for both companies looking forward? What will Apple do now that Samsung is essentially free to do whatever they want? What will Samsung do now that Apple won't be shoving subpoena after subpoena down their throats?

Lets look at this first as what it really is: Apple and Samsung have been forced to stop fighting like possessive children over that awesome toy laying on the floor. Because all kids LOVE toys, right? And this little toy happens to be really popular. All their friends want one. But only one of the kids are allowed to have it. And the parents are sort of just willing to watch them argue. Well, until they started wrestling on the floor for the toy. That's when things got ugly.

Pardon the obnoxious analogy, but it is true. Patent wars exist because the patent system not only in the states but across the pond and everywhere else is just as horrible, if not worse. And to be honest, there really isn't anything we can do about it.

Because of this, it's best just to look at the positive side of things- Apple and Samsung are FINALLY prepared to agree to disagree. Lets get real here- people like choice, and although companies want you to choose their product over the competition, they don't want anything that can threaten their business. Well, except Apple. Apple wants to rule the earth. But that's them, and that has always been the "Apple way" of going about things.

And come on guys, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II are going to look like the iPad and the iPhone. Why? Because you can't make a damned tablet look like a circle. Or a triangle (although The Office makes it look pretty cool). Also, users look for the same thing in the Galaxy Tab as they do in the iPad, the Motorola Xoom, and every other tablet.

Both parties vouched for a Magistrate Judge Settlement in order to bypass further legal action. However, if either company is unable to reach agreement, then a trial will be set for late July. The legal battle between Apple and Samsung involves more than twenty lawsuits in ten different countries.

And hopefully this time, they'll reach some sort of agreement. Hopefully.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why Isn't Everyone Using Ubuntu? (Rant)

I've been an avid Linux user for many years now, starting with my adoption of Red Hat on my old beige box HP, going down to running Ubuntu 7.04 on my old Gateway 15 inch hunker of a laptop, and now on my 14 inch Dell Vostro 3450. I've at least tried every version of Canonical's famous community-supported OS since 2003. And I've also experienced such distros as Fedora, Mint and MEPIS. Needless to say, I've certainly gotten my feet wet in the Linux world, so using Ubuntu has never been anything new or odd to me.

There's just something so intimate about using Linux, from the installation, to boot, to use- everything feels more personal, more customized, more free. And isn't that the very purpose for the existence of Linux distributions?

This in itself is one of the main reasons I typically recommend Ubuntu over other linux distributions. It works with incredible consistency, is supported by an unbelievably large community of devout users, is super easy to use, and is just gorgeous. Also, it's the only distro backed by a corporation that puts money into the project because they BELIEVE in it. And that's what makes Ubuntu, at least for me, so damn cool.

But why don't that many people use it? Seriously? It's backed by a company launched by Mark Shuttleworth, who, if you aren't aware, is not only one of the biggest Linux supporters in the world, but also the second man to tour space. It's so easy to use, supported by real human beings, beautiful in almost every way, and it's FREE. That's right. Free. Wait, there are products in the world that are good AND free of any cost whatsoever? Yes. Yes there are.

So, my Linux-ignorant reader (which I am assuming you are since you are still reading this article), please continue to read, and learn more about the world of Ubuntu. Because although Canonical isn't paying me to write this, they might as well.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Google's Project Glass is the Future of Mobile Technology

I write about technology for many reasons, but one of them that I think is the most important, is that technology is constantly evolving. Sure, it's frustrating that it evolves so frequently that you may need to replace a product every two years. However, this is a big part of the cycle that keeps everything up to date and fresh. The best of the best now instead of later. Then again, it isn't everyday that a product released that will become a main part in our lives, and it certainly isn't everyday that the product in question only requires your voice. And that in itself, is certainly incredible.

Google did it. They've found a reasonable way to have a HUD (heads up display) device that is right in front of your eyes, yet all the same, disappears when it doesn't need to be there. It seems to be fully integrated with Google's services, and while it doesn't look to be the device for a huge app market, it definitely has a place as an inexpensive convenience tied to your phone and other devices, and it really looks to be that hassle-free product that we've all been looking for for so long.