Ummm… who cares? That is in reference to the fact that Kanye West has deleted his Instagram and Twitter accounts. And you might be thinking, why are you writing an article about it if you don’t care? Well, I would like to be the one to defend Kanye in his decision. I do like Kanye, but find that he can be a bit much from time to time. But who’s to say that we would react any differently being in his shoes? I am not defending any of his previous actions, but I feel that we are too hard on people who want to take a social media break. Justin Bieber did it. He’s probably back online. I don’t even know, that’s how closely I follow celebrities.
But what I will say is that everyone needs a break from social media from time to time. I have done my anti-Facebook rant many times, so I will leave it out for now. But I can see someone, especially celebrities wanting to take a break once in a while. There are of course, many speculations out there as to why he is taking the break. Ranging from working with Kim on a new clothing line, to his hospitalization late last year. People are also freaking out about the fact that he’s taking a break. To those people, I want to say, who cares? Aren’t we all entitled to some kind of privacy once in a while?… Read the rest
What You Can Expect from the Google I/O 2017 Conference
Last year we did a GOOGLE I/O 2016 : COMPLETE RECAP WITH VIDEO and it was well received. So this year we thought we would give a preview. What can you expect from the Google I/O conference this year? Well… maybe not much. I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for that statement. Rubens Saintel actually is looking forward to the event and can’t wait to do a write up of the event but I’m just not really seeing it. The big three are: Android O, Google Assistant everywhere, and a stand alone virtual reality headset. Maybe I am on the cynical side, or maybe I have high expectations, but I’m just not feeling that this is all that big. Don’t take this as me hating on Google. In fact, I love almost everything Google does. But I’m struggling to see how this is so huge.
But let’s start with Android O. The developer version has been released, so you can see what Google has been doing with the platform for the last year. And also what to expect when it’s released. According to a post on androidcentral.com, they anticipate that the Android O will be released along side a Pixel 2. But that’s not what we’re hearing from Google. Or at least not at the conference in May because it is a developer conference, which means they typically don’t announce devices. But maybe in the fall? The platform itself is getting a lot of visual changes, like dynamic icons and a refresh from the old quick settings menu. … Read the rest
So what is YouTube TV? All your questions answered.
Google is the latest company to jump onto the streaming TV world. Following the footsteps of Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. Just like Sony with PlayStation; Google is using it’s most recognizable property as the namesake for its service. YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that aims to be better than the rest with the familiar YouTube interface you are used to. YouTube TV is internet-based TV service that is on both iOS and Android. It is not on any game systems yet. YouTube TV offers live streaming content from traditional broadcast networks and cable channels. Here is everything you need to know about the service.
How is this different from a cable TV subscription?
It’s not cable. There is no long term contracts. It works wherever you go unlike cable services that sometimes let you stream limited content when home around your home. YouTube TV costs a lot less than the any cable subscription.
How much is this going to cost me?
Speaking of cost. To get you hooked Google is giving you a free one-month trial when you sign up. After the free month the cost for all this TV goodness is only $35 per month. You will get over 40 channels including live local channels. There are more channels constantly being added over time. If you need more you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus.
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago where I talked about how Nintendo had discontinued the Classic NES. And it didn’t make any sense. The system was selling, the company was making money and everyone was loving it. But now, maybe we have a reason for it. It is rumoured that Nintendo might be planning on releasing a mini SNES for the holiday season. Why mini? My guess is that the original was just too bulky. And with the advancements in technology, they can now produce a smaller version. And thank goodness for that.
Nintendo hadn’t planned that the Classic would be so popular. And I guess it’s better to underestimate your product and exceed those expectations, than to overestimate and fail. That aside, the Classic was a hit. Flying off the shelves within minutes in some cases. The argument I made in the last post was around the idea of nostalgia. People of my generation and maybe a little bit older want to be able to experience these moments again. Not necessarily because they want to play with that system today, but because it brings them some level of joy from days past.
I recently was listening to a podcast where the host and the guest were talking about how they had purchased items recently, because they couldn’t afford them in highschool. And I don’t just mean a pair of shoes. I mean a specific pair of shoes to the time when you were 17. … Read the rest
Are You Sad That Nintendo Has Discontinued the NES Classic?
I am one of those people that reminisce about the past in a poetic kind of way. I have extremely fond memories of playing the NES Classic with my brother. We only had a few games, but we played those almost constantly. Saving our money until we could buy another game. Which means, I fondly remember the pixelated Mario in the first game. And how I always thought it was his head hitting the bricks, and not his hand, as it didn’t really extend past his hat. So why am I waxing so poetic about the classic NES system? Because they brought it back and now they’re taking it away again. How can they toy with my emotions like this?
Released as a nostalgia product, essentially, the NES Classic was not intended to be available long term. And with far “better” gaming systems on the market now, that only makes sense. But I think Nintendo is missing the mark in a big way with this. There are so many people in my generation who want to bring back those memories of old. Who want to remember what it was like sitting on the floor of their living room as they played this for hours. So why only release it for a short amount of time? Or only make a limited number of units?
My thoughts are that they were looking to boost sales, and bring people back to Nintendo. While I love Nintendo, I feel a bit juvenile in that. … Read the rest
These are the Best Tech April Fool’s Day Pranks this Year
I know there is no way you were able to get to all the April Fools pranks happening so we did you a favor. Here are the best tech ones in one spot. The T-Mobile one is my favorite. I mean I would actually order it on Amazon if it was real. The Google Ms. Pac-Man game was actually fun to play. This year more than others, April’s fool was a hit.
Google went all out this year. With a few great and a few not so great pranks from the different departments. From the Google Maps team, Ms. Pac Maps. It turns any map on iPhone and Android in a huge Pac-Maps game. It’s actually fun. There is the Bubble Wrap Keyboard, Google Gnome and Haptic Helpers.
Hulu: Hu Short Cuts
Hulu is cutting shows to just a few seconds.
Amazon Echo that can talk to animals.
Lyft: Power Glove
Raise your hand in the air and request a ride.
T-Mobile ONEsie full-body wearable that monitors everything for $40 is fake but I want it!
Lucid: The Haramed Mattress
I don’t know if I want to laugh or smh. I ended up doing both.
We knew it was coming but it still feels good for Android fans out there to finally have Nintendo’s Mario Run. The game aside from being highly addictive is the first mobile Mario game on Android. Super Mario Run is available to download now from the Google Play Store. Just like the iOS version you can only play the first three levels for free before it will cost you. You’ll have to pay a one-time $10 fee to unlock the whole game.
If you have somehow been living under a rock. The game Super Mario Run is a platforming game where Mario runs on his own. It’s a pretty easy game to play. Mario jumps over obstacles automatically without any interaction from the player. Players simply tap on the screen to collect coins and of course jump on the heads of Koopas. When Super Mario Run originally debuted on iOS in December it was an instant hit. It jumped to the top of the download and grossing charts right away. The only thing people didn’t like about the Nintendo’s Super Mario Run was the $10 price it forced you to pay to play. Many people would have prefered microtransactions.… Read the rest