Monday, May 23, 2011

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

The time for needless spending is at hand and today my shifty tricky eyes have landed upon the new tablets coming out from Android. I've been following their products since Froyo, as an alternative for jumping on the iPhone/AT&T bandwagon. For those who don't know, Android names each following product after each letter of the alphabet and the name of a dessert. With Gingerbread out, we have 19 more platforms to go before we see what comes after "Z". But enough about this, let's check it out!

New UI

Take a look at that! Their first UI design meant specifically for larger screened tablets with vibrant colors and 3D experiences. Building upon the idea of Systems Bar from other operating systems, Android decided what works, works. They put in one themselves for notifications, systems status, and soft navigation. The Action Bar, located at the top, is meant for navigation, widgets, and context menus, depending on the app that is opened.

Customizable Home screens are back with more widgets you can shake a stick at. They did offer better visibility with visual cues and drop shadows, but most of it is the same ol' customizations (not necessarily a bad thing mind you) with widgets, apps, and wallpapers. along with a fancy new universal search bar. It will go through all of your apps, contacts, media files, web content, etc.

A nice strength the Android tablets are emphasizing is their multitasking ability. Something similar to the Mac's visual windows of applications running, you can use the Recent Apps list in the System Bar. Good call on their part and definitely useful for when you're trying to do more than one thing at at a time.

That's all I'll get into at the moment, but there definitely are more features such as a redesigned keyboard, improved copy and paste, new connectivity options, and an updated set of standard apps.

Definitely something worth considering for those who have needed to update their laptop for the past five years. I know I've been!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The world didn't end?

The only problem with living like it's your last day on Earth is that 99.9% of the time, it won't happen, and you have to deal with the aftermath the following day. "I'm sorry Debbie, I didn't mean it when I said your introvert personality was the reason why I don't take you out on the weekend. No, no. That's nothing to do with the fact I took your sister to the club yesterday. Uh huh. Yes, well, we all said things we regretted yesterday and were probably not true. No! I didn't really sleep with your roommate and your sister. At least not at the same time... Hello? You still there?"

Since the world didn't end and doesn't seem to care for the obvious mistakes, the only to do is move on and learn. Of course, what the human race generally believes is that the past is past. We've no real need to learn from what has happened so many times already. What are the chances it'll happen again? And again? And even after that you got to admit the chances aren't like for it... Unfortunately, much like  Pirates of Caribbean, we keep trying to hold onto the chance it'll work. Only difference being is that Disney is exponentially more likely to succeed than say, trying for the fifth time to get a burrito to agree with you.

Well maybe I should just be grateful on this whole issue and start actively enjoying the world now. Speaking of setting sail, while a small fraction of the world was selling their houses and getting rid for the end on nigh, scientists have started plans on surfing on one of Saturn's moons, Titan. Wonder if we'll find any life this time around. Wonder if we'll even be paying attention to it, since it'll take over 15 years for it to occur. For all we know, the world will have ended by that point (not bloody likely). Suppose I should make the most of my limited time, break the old piggy bank, and invest in the new double touch-screen Acer Iconia.

After all, I'll only get the chance to blow my investments so many more times before the world actually DOES end. Might as well be on something cool like this.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Welcome to Rapture

So the world is coming to an end tomorrow, huh? And with your last day here on Earth, I'm sure we've all decided it would be best to browse the internet. All your unnecessary possessions that you spent your whole life collecting will be gone. All of those peers who pressured you into doing things you wouldn't tell a priest about in a confessional will be gone. All of the sinful images you've collected and stored in your computer will be gone.

Eh... can't really say I see a downside to all of this.

Still nonetheless, with the rapture only hours away, we should make good use of this time and appreciate all the little things in life. Such as this clever link involving Pringles. Once you pop you can't stop, or in the case click. Got to hand it to the creators for making such a surefire way to get their viewers attention. With all the time spent clicking on this, you might wonder if you could have better spent it with your loved ones or playing on the PSN before it gets shut down again. Did you hear that? That was the sound of all the PS3 Black Ops players' hearts stopping for a second time this month.

Well go on and enjoy the time we have left! In the off chance the world doesn't end this weekend, you'll at least have an interesting story to tell your friends about how you spent your last few minutes alive, drinking yourself blind, running down your street stark naked, yelling profanities. But that's only in the 1/1,000,000,000 chance that the rapture doesn't come. After all, what are the odds that the guy who predicted the end of the world would be wrong twice?