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My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 6, 2014 11:05 pm
thisistheverge:

Exclusive: this is Android TV Google’s plans for the living room come into focus with a simple TV interface, apps, and games

The end of the article says it perfectly, unless there is direct integration with Chromecast, as in it gets this skin, I’m not buying. I’m not getting Roku or any of the other set-top boxes, why would I shell out for this?

thisistheverge:

Exclusive: this is Android TV
Google’s plans for the living room come into focus with a simple TV interface, apps, and games

The end of the article says it perfectly, unless there is direct integration with Chromecast, as in it gets this skin, I’m not buying. I’m not getting Roku or any of the other set-top boxes, why would I shell out for this?

March 9, 2014 11:44 pm
Ouya Kills Android Gaming Console, Focuses on Software Platform

techheat:

Is this the beginning of a new life for Ouya — on others’ devices, that …

Via PCMAG

Can’t say I’m at all surprised by this.  The idea of consoles in general is dying, put games on a multipurpose device instead. If anything the next big “console” I believe will be in the cloud, though it doesn’t seem that samsung’s attempts at this are working out so I’m probably already wrong.

10:57 pm
Google developing SDK to make Android the standard for wearables

I don’t think the wearables trend is picking up quite as well as the companies seem to believe but creating a “standard” certainly helps. I’m assuming this SDK has special API’s that can allow it to be customized to non-specific devices and that’s what makes it special?

March 5, 2014 11:11 pm
Masters of Their Own Destiny
March 3, 2014 8:02 am
Apple takes Siri for a spin with launch of CarPlay, hands-free software for drivers

techheat:

Apple has chosen the Geneva Motor Show to launch CarPlay, an in-car system for iOS …

Via ZDNet

Smart move by Apple given the open automotive alliance that formed with android. Once again I have doubts about the innovation in a closed wall system but you knew they weren’t going to wait to see the features come up with there. Maybe they’ll actually get specific car makers to partner with them as well.

February 23, 2014 12:34 pm
Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update | PCWorld

I’ve always said the strategy for Windows Phone should be to target the enterprise. The consumer market has been decided, iOS and Android aren’t giving up any ground, go after the users that involuntarily switched off Blackberry. Now the question is is it too late?

January 7, 2014 11:56 pm October 29, 2013 11:39 pm

cjwho:

Motorola’s ‘Project Ara’ modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset’s components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with Phonebloks creator Dave Hakkens on an “endoskeleton (endo) and modules.” Announced this evening on the company blog by Paul Eremenko, the company says it’s already “done deep technical work” and is opening the process up to the community and volunteers (aka Ara Scouts, sign up here) to begin designing hardware modules. Its stated goal is to do for hardware what it says Android has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.”

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This project has a kind of “cyberpunk” feel to it, I think I like it. Though the only way I think it will be successful is if it is easy enough for anyone and their grandma to do it.  If  it’s like building a PC it’s not going to appeal to a large enough audience.

May 31, 2013 6:48 pm
Computer scientists oppose Oracle's bid to copyright Java APIs | PCWorld
February 11, 2013 11:42 pm
me*dia*or: Boy Tries To Win Back Ex-Girlfriend On Valentine’s Day By Building Her An App | TechCrunch

mediaor:

Reposted from http://bit.ly/XDyfuv on February 11, 2013 at 12:39PM

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