Archived entries for Technology

Apple announces the iPad


Computing will never be the same again. Steve Jobs just announced the iPad, a personal computer/pmp/mobile device all combined.

The tech pundits as usual are quick to write it off saying “don’t need one”, “doesn’t have a camera”, “no multitasking”, “no flash”, etc. However, I strongly feel that it is here to stay, and that it will probably change the way we compute on a day to day basis.

The iPad would be great for consuming media – your RSS feeds, tweets, etc. Moreover, it is by far the best device for browsing the web, for email, watching photos & videos, playing games and of course – for reading books.

It is also very competitively priced, and those considering buying a first/second computer for their homes will increasingly choose the iPad over netbooks and PC alternatives. Microsoft – Watch out!

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Robots!

I was watching a TED video by Juan Enriquez: The Ultimate Reboot, in which he covers a wide range of topics like Banking, Economics, Robots, Technology, etc. Somewhere near the end of the video, he shows a small demo of Big Dog. This kind of stuff amazes me. Mind Blowing.

Check this out!

Snow Leopard – The next Leopard

I love Macs because they are fast, reliable and easy to use. My Macbook runs on Mac OSX Leopard.

Apple is planning on releasing the next version of the Mac OSX operating system: Snow Leopard. Looking forward to more productivity.

MacOSX_SnowLeopardDisk

Update “Got the Snow Leopard OSX disk while on a trip to Singapore. Works great. Loving it!”

MacOSX_SnowLeopard

Mobileme

Quoted from Apple.com:

“MobileMe is a service that pushes new email, contacts, and calendar events over the air to all your devices. So your iPhone, Mac, and PC stay in perfect sync. No docking required.”

Mobileme is a fantastic service. I’ve personally used it and find it to be a simple solution that works really well. There have been glitches when the service was initially launched, but all that seems to have been sorted out.

iPhone users and those that are constantly on the move, find it difficult and cumbersome to keep their data in sync across various machines. Mobileme solves this problem, but at a rather hefty price of $99.

Problem
You use an iMac at home, a PC at work and¬†carry an iPhone and Macbook while on the move. You constantly check your email on the iPhone, bookmark websites on your macbook and add new data to the contacts and calendar while at work on the PC. You’ll need these to constantly be in sync, in order to be productive. For this, you’ll need to manually connect and sync each of these devices. You could otherwise use third party services like DropBox, etc to do bits and pieces of this mundane task. but thats not a proper solution.

Solution
Mobileme solves this problem by pushing any changes on one machine to the rest of the linked machines, instantly.This is useful and saves a lot of time.

The service also offers iDisk, a virtual storage space that allowed users to store and access files via a browser(me.com) and the iPhone(via an iPhone app, iDisk). Users can also host their websites using iDisk and iWeb. (Mobileme doesn’t however support databases at the time of writing).

A new feature “Find my Phone” has been recently announced for Mobileme users. With this, users can track their lost iPhone, remotely send messages or wipe their data. Awesome!



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