ABC, CBS, and NBC Block Google TV October 23, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Television, ThrasherTechnoTrash.
Tags: ABC, CBS, Google, GoogleTV, John Thrasher, NBC
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So, like…what’s the point of Google TV then?
Apparently ABC, CBS, and NBC have blocked their programming from being watched on GoogleTV. Did Google know this was going to happen?
Yes you can use the internet and search things on it, but if three of the biggest networks on television are blocking their content…isn’t that a huge problem?
Someone explain this to me!
Google App Inventor: Make Your Own Android App July 12, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Android, app, Apple, Google, Google App Inventor, iPhone
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Hey this is neat!
Google has released Google App Inventor, a drag and drop editor that allows you to make your very own Google Android app! Unlike Apple’s app store, there is no approval process, which means that there will be a huge influx in apps available for the Android, but most will probably be annoying ones like the Cat App that was made in this video.
Either way this opens up some really cool opportunities for developers and regular old people like myself! Check out the video of how it works below:
Apple Tablet Talk Revving Up! December 24, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Music, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Apple, apps, Engaget, Google, internet, iPhone, MacRumors, rumors, Steve Jobs, tablet, technology, TUAW
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We’ve all been hearing rumors about Apple’s tablet production in process over the last year. But, the rumor mill hit was a-churnin’ yesterday as several reliable sources are now saying that Apple is scheduling a preview or release come January.
According to The New York Times, and a few other reliable sources, here is what we (‘we’ being the fanboys) are apparently taking as truth:
- Apple has reserved a space for a few days, specifically January 26, for a product announcement, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. This is the same site that the music events (iPod refreshes) are held each fall.
- The announcement will be a 7 and 10 inch Apple tablet.
- Apple has asked select developers to begin producing high-res versions of their apps for demonstration on a larger mobile device.
- It’s unlikely the product will be available right away, giving developers time to mature their apps for the new device.
- Users will be ‘surprised’ at how they will interact with the tablet.
- Possibility of an iPhone refresh – upgrading the camera to 5 megapixels, and possible high-res screen to compete with Nexus and Droid products.
- Steve Jobs, after many canceled tablet projects, now seems to be very happy with the new product that is expected to be announced.
Though there are a variety of specs floating around the internet, there is one thing that I think we should all expect on these tablets: SD card slots. I mentioned this in a previous post. Considering Apple has no other device that requires or uses SD cards, I thought it was interesting and peculiar that they would randomly refresh the iMacs and MacBooks to have SD cards. Of course people with digital cameras use them, but it seemed like a rather large and interesting update. I can totally see Apple promoting the idea of using interchangeable SD cards on the tablet and your iMacs/MacBooks, or some variation of this.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
The above picture is not what the new tablet is expected to look like, and is just a concept image I found on Google Images. Though I have to say I can’t imagine an Apple tablet looking dramatically different than that. We’ve come to nearly expect certain designs of products based on products of the past.
London Bringing Digital ‘Cloud’ to 2012 Olympic Games November 12, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: 2012, Google, London, Olympics, Raising the Cloud, The Cloud, Twitter
This is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen so far in my life! The construction of a 400 foot tower to be built over the London skyline has been proposed for the 2012 Olympics. This ‘cloud’ they are calling it, will ‘float’ above both the Olympic stadium and the city itself. The bubbles of the cloud, which all interconnect and can be used as observation decks, have digital LCD displays on the outside that can relay such information as scores and results of the Olympic games, as well as photos and videos.
The coolest part of this project could come after the games are over, when the cloud’s displays could be used to relay the city’s mood (using Google searches):
“We could provide a custom feed of… searches made by Londoners during the Olympics to give a real time ‘barometer’ of the city’s interests and mood,” said Google, one of the supporters of the project, which has also offered to provide the information feeds.
I could totally see Twitter being a part of this as well. Or seeing certain parts of the cloud change based on the mood of the city. This concept could be viral in other cities in the world and create some very artistic forms of architectural expression.
Here is the official video of the proposal:
The mayor of London has yet to decide on a design, but I am really hoping he chooses this one. I have every intention of going to London for the Olympics in 2012, so maybe I’ll get a chance to float in the cloud!
Google Honors MJ’s Birthday August 29, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music.
Tags: birthdays, celebrities, Google, Michael Jackson
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Google Offices Are Neat! February 24, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Television, Travel, Uncategorized.
Tags: creative workspace, design, Google, Google offices, interior design
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Check out Google’s offices above. This is just one picture. Google allows their employees to decorate their offices any way they want. I assume they do this in an attempt to not feel constricted and to promote creativity. To check out other creative workspaces click here. They’re all so neat and give me inspiration when I finally get my first apartment/first job!