For many a posts, I have suggested that there is a great divide between Android and iOS users. I also recently posted that the number of Android users far exceeds that of iOS users. It would seem that Apple is now looking at these numbers and trying to figure out what to do. Is it possible to persuade Android users to switch to iOS? To come to the dark side, so to speak. Or is it a case of brand loyalty, like I’ve suggested numerous times? Whatever the answer is, Apple is tackling the idea that maybe they need (or want) more people using iOS.
How are they doing this, you ask? They have been releasing short videos to showcase why their operating system is better. They released three earlier in the month, and then another three today. But I wonder how effective this strategy will be for them? If I’m being honest, the videos actually aren’t that good. They don’t necessarily explain what you’re getting. I should rephrase. They tell you what you’re getting, but they don’t explain it in a way that would make you consider switching. Let me explain. In one of today’s videos there is what is supposed to be a criminal taking over “your phone”. But he’s not able to get into the iPhone because it’s so secure. If I’m going to consider switching, shouldn’t you tell me how it’s so secure?
As I’m writing this, I am thinking about this from a marketing perspective. … Read the rest
Here’s What Was Announced at the Google I/O Conference Today
There were a lot of announcements at the Google I/O Conference today. Almost too many to put in just one post. But I will highlight some of the more interesting ones to start. Or at least more interesting in my opinion. First of all, it is estimated that there are 2 billion android devices being used world wide. Two billion! That is almost 1/3 of the world’s population. Which is insane. It is almost 3 times that of the number of iPhone users, which is only at 700 million. That in itself is incredible. Which means there is a huge market to be tapped. So bring it on Google.
Let’s start with Google Home. So far, it’s just been able to give you answers to questions that you ask. I’m not trying to downplay this at all. That in itself is incredible. Not just from the perspective of Google Home, but in general. What’s really interesting about the next version is that the device is going to be more proactive. Meaning, if there is a traffic jam on your regularly route to work, it will let you know. Presumably, this would work for public transit delays and maybe some weather related events. All and all, this is pretty amazing. I wonder what else it could do? Maybe predict my mood swings? Just kidding. I am interested to see what kinds of things this ends up being able to predict.
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
Hey Cord Cutters! This is how to watch the Super Bowl without cable
It’s time for the big game. What game? Just kidding you know it’s Super Bowl. What happen if you are one of those that have cut the cord? Don’t worry you won’t be stuck watching the the Bud Bowl. I mean Puppy Bowl. You can still watch the Super Bowl without cable or a great over the air signal. As you might have guessed the Super Bowl is the most-watched night of television every year. This Super Bowl LI on February 5th will be no different. Well nevermind, it will be pretty different in that the whole game will be in able to be watched in 360, VR and also streamed.
Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots battle it out at 6:30pm Eastern in NRG stadium in Houston Texas. The game will be on Fox but you will be able to watch it on a multitude of streaming devices & over the air. The Super Bowl will be on Fox and to watch it you will have to have a cable plan, an antenna, or streaming devices. If you have a Roku, Xbox One, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Windows device, iPhone, Android, a tablet or even web browser you are in luck. If you Verizon you stream the game via NFL Mobile from for free.
All you need to is download the Fox Sports Go app or the NFL app. Since this is such a big game.
You have a shiny new Android phone. You are wondering what is the best app take advantage of that lovely phone. Well here you go. Our top picks for the new phone are as follows. If you’re new to the platform after crossing over from iOS; don’t worry some of your favorite apps are here. However we will be focusing on apps that take advantage of the Android’s openness to the system.
500px was around before Instagram. It is the go to place for those that care not about how many likes a picture get but rather the quality of the picture. It is a portfolio service and marketplace for professional photographers. If you have never used the app I recommend it. You will discover the most gorgeous photos you have ever seen. Sorry, there are no selfies here.… Read the rest
Pokémon Go is a drug. Pure and simple. You know it is killing your battery and productivity but you continue to play. The servers crashing left and right but you just keep logging on. Nintendo’s first mobile-based Pokémon title is an official worldwide even in its broken form. This is also the first VR/AR hit. Pokémon Go shows the power of VR/AR if done right. People are walking around cities and towns looking their phones disregarding hazards in the quest to catch them all. Catching them all is not going to be easy but here’s our complete guide.
“The point of Pokémon Go is to travel around, exploring different geographic areas to find appropriate Pokémon. In a small town, expect to find a lot of normal- and grass-types. Going near water will attract water Pokémon. Playing at night brings out more nocturnal creatures, like Clefairy and Gastly.”
There are plenty of Pokémon if live in urban areas. You can find Pidgeys, Nidorans, Meowths, and Eevees, however if you want to catch a wider variety of Pokémon, good luck. Make friends and expect to do some traveling. Don’t be surprised if you start looking for rustling grass in real life only to disappointed that these patches actually contain no wild Pokémon.
No Pokémon popping up?
Tap the lower right hand bar on the main screen for a “nearby” menu of what Pokémon are in your area.
Footprints beneath each Pokémon meaning tell you how close they are to you.
Don’t be surprised but Amazon has finally unveils the Fire Phone. Amazon’s new handset is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Has a big 4.7-inch 720p HD display. Amazon also claims that the screen will be bright enough to be visible in outdoor lighting. We are going to have to test that out before we can believe that one. The Fire Phone comes packed with 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera and front-facing camera for video chats. The Fire Phone come with earbuds that are tangle-proof, with flat cables and magnetic buds that stick together. A pretty big perk of buying the phone is the unlimited cloud-based photo storage that comes with it. To play devil’s advocate, what happens when you change phones? Do you have a set time frame to remove your pictures or is there a fee to keep them in the cloud? ,
The phone has a customized version of Android. Think Kindle Fire but smaller. You will not find the Google Play Store in this phone. You will have to use the Amazon Amazon Appstore or download one of the many other knockoff Android stores out there. The phone does not look any different than the other touchscreen phones out there. It’s basically a black thin slab. What makes the phone unique is the combination of sensors and four front-facing cameras. The sensors and cameras will track the user’s head so it can create the right UI for you heads location.… Read the rest