iPad Mini sells out quickly at Apple’s top NYC store… A let them eat cake moment? Reply

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57544500-37/ipad-mini-sells-out-quickly-at-apples-top-nyc-store/

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Comfortable in the Nexus Reply

ImageAfter a long hiatus finishing my MBA, I am back checking out the latest in gadgets and tech. And for the past month or so I have had my hands on an Asus Google Nexus 7. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Hopefully the device will operate faster than it takes to say the name. It is my consensus that the Nexus 7 will stay a formidable player in the tablet wars in the future, due to a perfect price point, a quality build feel (although there have been reports of build issues), fast hardware, and the latest in OS design and features. This device features one gig of RAM, a quad core Tegra 3 processor, front facing camera, NFC, and Jelly Bean with Google Now (a feature much more useful than Siri I might add). Does this sound too good to be true? Not necessarily. But it should be noted there is a risk in being a beta tester on a device, and that risk is bugginess. It has been my experience that: 

  1. This tegra powered device is a load of fun and is cheap at $200-$250 price point.  
  2. That a few bugs exist that need to be worked out.

The largest reported problems have been build quality issues, which Google is happy to warranty, and the one I experienced the most is non-compatible apps causing system slow downs for whatever reason. This was fixed with a factory reset, and then only downloading Jelly Bean friendly apps that have been updated relatively recently. I have since not experienced the same system slow down, but for the non-tech savvy, this may be more trouble than it is worth. but if you are reading this blog, this device is probably for you. 

 

 

More on tablets designed overseas… Reply

A few weeks ago I gave in to my baser instincts and decided to purchase a generic tablet designed and produced in China. The brand name was simply  “Mid”. I hadn’t heard of it before, but the specs impressed me on the device and I was looking for an Android tablet to play around with, and the advertisement of Ice Cream Sandwich installed was too much for me to resist! 
Enter: Buyer remorse. Though the device was a little over one hundred dollars, I can’t help but say that it was really only useful as a gift to a child perhaps, if that. Supposedly, the device wasn’t terribly equipped, according to the advertised specs. The device came with 1.5 gigahertz processor, 576 megabytes of RAM, front facing camera, tft touchscreen with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All for a little over $100. Sounds like a deal right?
Well, the tablet did not live up to the advertised specs. The screen was slow to respond, requiring pressure almost like a resistive touch screen. Also, there was a delay between wen an icon was clicked, and the program opened-certainly not ideal. 
The point? Sometimes you get what you pay for. I have heard of people having good experiences with Chinese Android tablets, but I am not one of them. If you want a good deal on a functional tablet that will do the job buy a Kindle or Nook. If you are a power user, hack it, It will be worth the extra money, for something that you can actually use. 
    

FB IPO…Oh the pain…. Reply

FB IPO…Oh the pain….

This is a great article from Gizmodo that explains the shenanigans That occurred on Friday during Facebook’s IPO event. And just to be clear, this author has already lost a bit of money on this stock! One of the largest IPO events in history, and one of the biggest IPO failures in history. Can the stock lose the black mark it has received on opening day anytime soon, or is it short city for this stock. Read the article to find out! 

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From luxury to necessity, an article on smart phone usage and demographics. Surprisingly, even those making very little money are now buying smartphones and their accompanying data plans, out of a social necessity, even though they have little to no room in their budgets.

Motorola Droid 4, It Just Works! Reply

The Motorola Droid 4 just works.

I loved the Iphone series, but like all things, you grow up, and move on. The HTC Thunderbolt was the next foray into smartphone user-ship, and Marveled at the the increased freedom . I’ve enjoyed all of these products, as well as their jailbroken and/or rooted counterparts.  As everyone knows by now, the Iphone invented the “it just works” test. And the best thing about that platform is ease of use. My mother has an Ipad for example, and she loves it. She can’t use a PC to save her life. But for her, the IOS platform, “just works”.    The

downside of this platform, in my opinion, is its uniformity. If there is something specific you need to have the Iphone do, it better fall in line with the boundaries of the existing platform, otherwise, the only option is to buy another phone. You want your todo list to show up on your home screen? Sorry, to bad.

The Thunderbolt was a unique change from this user’s perspective. It was my first foray into the Android series, and I was both pleased and disappointed. The level of augmentation the user is allowed to make on the Android platform was far different from the “model T” nature of IOS. The Thunderbolt was Verizon’s first 4g phone, and in 4g coverage the phone navigated through websites like a foreign sports car. The downside of course, much like a foreign sports car was the Thunderbolt’s infamous many issues. Random reboots, bad data connectivity, locking up, the list of issues I had to work through with Verizon’s troubleshooting staff was long. The Sense UI was a joy to use, and very attractive, perhaps my favorite of the Motorola, HTC, and IOS interfaces. But a robust user interface comes at a price of reduced performance, and once rooted the Thunderbolt, with a rooted/modded UI, was much faster.

Enter the Motorola Droid 4: 8 megapixel rear camera, Slide out keyboard laser cut with back lighting, 16 gigs of internal storage, two 1.2 gigahertz processors and an ample gig of ram. Though upon first glance, I preferred the sexiness of the Sense UI, I found the performance and reliability of the Droid 4 to be quite good. No random reboots, excellent data reception, adequate call quality, combined with a slim size for a phone with a keyboard, makes for an excellent high end business phone. The Droid 4 also features the security protection of a phone designed to be used in the office, and an HDMI port, and docking station compatibility. The phone can be recommended as an excellent choice, for any student or professional, that would like to have the use of a full keyboard with the convenience of a candy bar multitouch smart phone. The only downside this writer has encountered is mostly aesthetic, the Motorola UI isn’t really my preference, but that is easily changed with third party software available in the Market.

Even Zuck has got to Pay the Man! Reply

Everyone by now knows that Mark Zuckerberg will be one of the richest people in the world, but do you also know that he will have paid the highest tax bill of all time?

Zuckerberg owns Imagemany shares outright, and in 2005 received options to buy 120 million shares of Facebook for 6 cents a share. The shares are currently valued at more than $40 a share” (Forbes, 2012).

How is this profit taxed? According to Forbes, it is taxed as the options are exercised the same way that one would be taxed for any sort of compensation, at the hefty tax rate of 35%.

$1,500,000,000 in federal taxes

$500,000,000 in state taxes. That’s a hell of a lot of zeroes.