USB Stick in the Wall

I got a great laugh reading this article from Gizmodo. It’s about USB sticks that are embedded in brick walls and in curbs all over New York. People are naturally curious as to what’s in them. There is only way to find out is to pull up a laptop next to it.

I think it’s great idea, until your laptop gets infected with some kind of virus.


Remember the CherryPal? I wrote about the low-cost computer two years ago. Now, there is a CherryPad, a 7 inch computer tablet based on the Android 2.1 OS. It’s priced at $188. The CherryPad can browse the web, check emails, listen to music, watch YouTube videos, work on documents and presentations.

It also has access to the Android Market where you can download thousands of applications. Battery life is about 6 to 8 hours. It comes withWiFi 802.11 b/g. By the way, I found more specs from CherryPal’s website.

So far, so good. Will people buy it?

Read the review of the CherryPad from PC Magazine.

A Color Nook is Coming

A color Nook is coming to a Barnes & Noble near you. The latest e-Reader from Barnes & Noble comes in a seven inch display and retails for $249. It sounds like competition for the iPad in terms of the color display, although the Nook is mostly just an e-Reader.

The competition is tough in the e-Reader business. With Amazon’s Kindle at just $139, it’s a tough sell for B&N’s to get consumers to buy a Nook for $249. Who knows?  The market will very much decide if color displays is the way to go with e-Readers.

Color displays usually requires more power and can be an issue under direct sunlight.

California is an iPhone State

It looks like I live in a state (California), where the iPhone, is the popular choice. The report is based on the Retrovo Gadget Census. See map below. The map details which smart phone is popular state by state. It’s no surprise that the iPhone dominates California since Apple’s headquarters is in Silicon Valley.

What was surprising, is that the iPhone is also popular in the Southeast region of the country, the northern states as well as in West Virginia of all places. What even more interesting is, the iPhone is also popular in the state of Washington. Where are the Window 7 phones?

The Android in the other hand, dominates the Midwest, Alaska and Hawaii.

What does the graph tell us? Not much. You can draw your own conclusions. It could just be, that the local providers in each state, have a lot to do with it more than we think. It could be about economic status. What do you think?

Does Steve Jobs Really Hate The Android?

Does Steve Jobs really hate the Android? Probably not. Hate is a such strong word. But he does have to play the part. That part is, where he puts down his competition and promotes his own product.  Jobs claimed that the Android is too fragmented?

Jobs’ comment about fragmentation is based on Twitter Deck’s challenge to develop software for hundreds of handsets. Supporters of the Android were quick to point out that Android development is focused only in three versions of the Android. Versions 1.5, 1.6 and 2.1, and half of the devices these days run on version 2.1.

iPhone development is based on tight control, while the Android is based on open development. There is good reason that both approaches can work. At the moment, the Android is ahead of the iPhone and the Blackberry in terms of market share. And that is probably the reason why Steve Jobs is acting the way he does.

Apple’s New MacBook Air

Apple just released today, two new models of the MacBook Air, available in 11 and 13 inch models starting from $999 to $1599. The latest iteration of the MacBook Air comes with flash storage ranging from 64 GB to 256 GB.

The new MacBook Air is fast, light and efficient. It’s only 0.19 inch thin. It boots up instantly in stand-by mode. Because of the all-efficient flash memory, battery life is 5 hours for the 11-inch and 7 hours in the 13-inch model.

The new MacBook Air comes with a multi-touch Trackpad, allowing users to pinch, swipe, drag, open and rotate images using one, two or several fingers. Users can swipe up, down, left and right in just about any application.

The screen resolution for the MacBook Air is quite high. The 11-inch screen features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. The new MacBook Air also comes with FaceTime, stereo speakers, Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor. And, it’s powered by the Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Here’s a piece of the next generation of the MacBook Air from ZDNet.

NBA Bans Athletic Propulsion Labs Shoes

The NBA just banned its first ever pair of shoes in its 64 year history. The NBA commissioner, David Stern said, the shoes will give players an unfair advantage . The shoes allegedly will give players an added vertical boost. As if they really need more air time. They are all tall.

The banned shoes are made by a company called Athletic Propulsion Labs. They are called Concept 1. See a picture of the banned shoe below. For mere mortals like you and me, you might want to go to the bank first before heading out to the store, because the shoes will cost you $300.

In my opinion, the shoes are not going to make you any taller, dribble or shoot any better. It might give you, one inch or two, of added vertical jump, but what good is it, if you’re 5’8 and under.

If everyone in the NBA wears the Concept 1, the added vertical leap will be all a wash. No gain nor loss. Maybe, quite a few more thunderous dunks. By banning the shoes, the commissioner’s message is quite clear. He is protecting business, protecting Nike, Adidas and others. I’m not surprise. It’s a business after all.

Is Microsoft Feeling The Heat From OpenOffice?

Is Microsoft feeling the heat from OpenOffice? Microsoft just launched a video attacking OpenOffice. See video below. A very interesting tactic from Microsoft. The attacks revolved around higher support costs, interoperability issues, decreased performance and efficiency, and increased frustration. For a minute there, I thought they were talking about MS Office. Ha!

Here’s the video.

And why would Microsoft attack OpenOffice? I don’t think OpenOffice is a threat to Microsoft’s dominance. Not yet, anyways. Are they really worried about OpenOffice eating away their market share? And why would they acknowledge the competition and giving them credibility. Interesting tack.

Internet Has 2 Billion Users

There are now 2 billion Internet users worldwide. That is one out of three people in the world as reported by Mashable. Interestingly enough, only 21% of the population in developing countries have access to the Internet, compared to 71% in developed countries.

That’s understandable, because broadband access in developing countries is hard to come by. One thing I don’t understand, is why 30 percent of the population in developed countries have no access to the Internet. Unless, they prefer to live under a rock. Anyways, here’s the breakdown of users per region, etc.

By the end of 2010, 71% of the population in developed countries will be online, compared to only 21% of people in developing countries. Regionally, 65% of the population is online in Europe, 55% in the Americas, 21.9% in the Asia/Pacific regions, while a mere 9.6% of the population is online in Africa.