Techerous

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 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
February 6, 2014 9:23 pm January 7, 2014 11:56 pm November 11, 2013 9:39 pm
me*dia*or: Drop A Pin, Tell A Story With Google's New 'Tour Builder' Tool | Read/WriteWeb

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1i336fB on November 11, 2013 at 07:42PM

Today Google launched a new experimental feature for crafting and sharing stories using Google Earth. Released in honor of Veteran’s Day, Tour Builder—which requires both the Google Earth plug-in and a Google…

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.

October 16, 2013 11:22 pm
5 Reasons Tech Companies Make Bad Gadgets (An Inside Look)

scaffoldsofthought:

Great article over at cracked.

Everything that bothers me at work in an article (well, that’s actually work-related).

September 14, 2013 1:10 pm
Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB
July 27, 2013 11:43 am
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I think the Google TV team have a huge opportunity with the new Chromecast device. Despite all of the previous awful efforts at Google to get into the living room, Chromecast is really different. It’s simple — a wireless dongle that plugs into the back of the TV, no wires, and a wireless connection to the internet that allows control of the TV as a video streaming device from smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It especially does not require a remote.

Google has blindsided Apple with what I think will be the TV device of the decade.

(via stoweboyd)

What’s interesting that just occurred to me is Google essentially beat Apple at their own game. Apple prides itself on simplicity and having things “just work” without a lot of wires and whatnot.

(via emergentfutures)