30 Dec2010 Digital Media Adapters Part 2 – Apple TV

This is part 2 in a blog series about “digital media adapters” (DMA) or “Internet-enabled living room devices.”  In Part 1, I introduce the term DMA, which is essentially a living room device that gives access to commercial and personal movies, music, pictures, and even access to the web in some cases.  In part 2, I […]

29 Dec2010 Digital Media Adapters Part 1 – Introduction

It’s difficult to get online today and NOT see an ad, announcement, rumor or discussion on the new breed of TV-connected computing devices like the Apple TV and Google TV. Also known as a “digital media adapter” (DMA), media extender, Internet-enabled living room device, or by one of about ten other terms, DMAs are popping […]

13 Oct2010 Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 3

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In this three part blog I’ve been looking at using the iPod touch and iPad to create a portable video editing studio to use when I’m on the road at horse shows. In the first two entries in this series, I looked at capturing video with my fourth generation iPod touch and importing to my […]

12 Oct2010 Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 2

In my last post, I talked about my experiences with capturing video using my fourth generation iPod touch and getting that video into my iPad for use. Recording video with the iPod was easy. Getting the video from the iPod 4 to the iPad was painless, but there were trade-offs. So let’s look at the experience of […]

11 Oct2010 Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 1

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With my new fourth generation iPod touch I now have a 720p video camera. I also have an iPad, and I wondered what I could do with them together.  As I have said in earlier blogs, one way I stay on top of today’s technology is to “stretch it” or make it do things it really wasn’t […]

24 Sep2010 What I Want In a “BlackPad”

Undoubtedly you’ve heard rumors of a “BlackPad”, or a BlackBerry-based tablet device. I don’t know anything specific or even general about RIM’s rumored device, but after having used an iPad since launch and a lot of other tablets, I wanted to share a few things I would like to see in a BlackBerry tablet if it does become a reality. […]

02 Jul2010 The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

25 May2010 The Unique Nook E-reader

The evolution of e-readers is far from over and the Barnes and Noble Nook gives us a peek into that near future. In my last blog, I compared the Kindle and the iPad on the merits of e-reading and chose the iPadafter a tough race. In this blog I look at the Nook and it offers a few things the Kindle doesn’t, […]

02 May2010 Amazon Kindle DX, Still the Best E-Reader?

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I know, this sounds like heresy after the iPad launch.  The iPad has a touch color screen AND the internet AND videos AND the App Store AND WiFi and the Kindle DX doesn’t.  Well, the great thing for consumers about a maturing technology market is the granularity of offerings get finer, more targeted to their needs and demographics. […]

12 Apr2010 iPad in the Enterprise

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While most see the iPad as a new product category, I have heard a few rumblings on the risks of the iPad “killing”  notebooks. Seeing that our industry is supposed to ship over 300M PCs this year, I thought it important to check it out for myself starting from a work usage model standpoint. I decided to […]

05 Apr2010 Apple iPad: Early looks and things you may not be aware of

I am one of the last guys to jump onto anyone’s product bandwagon, including Apple’s. I choose electronics to make me more productive or have the most fun, regardless of the brand.  Good products are good products, and the Apple iPad looks to me like a good product that thankfully has injected some excitement into the tech […]

05 Apr2010 Apple iPad: Early looks and things you may not be aware of

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Apple Store at the Domain in Austin, TX (Courtesy Deb Mathews) I am one of the last guys to jump onto anyone’s product bandwagon, including Apple’s. I choose electronics to make me more productive or have the most fun, regardless of the brand.  Good products are good products, and the Apple iPad looks to me like a […]

22 Jan2010 Android Donut on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (IT) with the Google Android operating system.  As a refresher, the Archos 5 IT is a 5″ personal media player for videos, music and pictures but can also surf the internet, do email, and run a subset of Android applications.  ”Donut”, or the Android OS […]

19 Jan2010 Google Nexus One First Impressions

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Since I first reviewed the T-Mobile G1 with Android OS last year, I was really looking forward to the improvements Google and HTC could bring to the end user experience with subsequent products.  The G1 felt like a beta piece of hardware and software at the time, but I was impressed about many things too.  The difference between the […]

22 Dec2009 MIDs Versus PCs

This is the final part in an eight part series where I look at emerging Mobile Internet Device (MID) technology and predict whether or not MIDs may displace netbooks and notebooks in the future.  Check out the introduction, and part 2 (where I take an extremist view on why I believe MIDs will dominate the earth), and part 3 (where I […]

13 Dec2009 Extremist’s View of Why MIDs are little threat to PCs

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This is part three in an eight part series where I look at emerging Mobile Internet Device (MID) technology and predict whether or not MIDs may displace netbooks and notebooks in the future.  Check out the introduction here, and part 2 here (where I take an extremist view on why I believe MIDs will dominate the earth). Here in […]

17 Feb2009 BlackBerry Bold as Mobile Cloud Workhorse

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Cloud computing is rising in interest even during these uncertain world economic times and AMD is taking an important leadership role in the creation of the cloud. And in opinion, smartphones are increasingly becoming one of the most important cloud clients. What makes smartphones cloud-unique is their portability and versatility. One minute a phone, the next a […]

22 Jan2009 The Significance of HD Palmcorders to Netbook and Notebook Design

Low-priced, 720P HD pocket camcorders (palmcorders) are gaining market momentum and I believe consumers are drawn to the value proposition of low cost, high quality, portable, and convenient video capture and playback. As these devices proliferate, it leaves me contemplating how consumers will respond when they discover just how many of these notebooks or netbooks […]

29 Dec2008 Archos 7: The Best Portable Media Player You’ve Never Heard Of

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Everyone has heard of an iPod, most have heard of the iPod touch, and some of you may have even heard of the Zune or even ZEN, but how about an Archos? Well, if you haven’t, you should check it out, because if you get into watching video, in my opinion, it may be the […]

01 Dec2008 One Week with the New BlackBerry Storm

New and exciting smartphones are coming out every few months from the major players and November was no different. Smartphones include products like the 3G iPhone, the BlackBerry Bold, and the G1 Android, which I blogged about last month. These little guys do a lot more than make phone calls as they are slowly becoming […]