Teens: Facebook is just, like, too much drama | Technically Incorrect - CNET News.
It was inevitable. As adults discover that they can connect with long lost high school friends on Facebook, and lawyers discover that they can mine Facebook for discovery in litigation, teens have discovered that there are better ways to communicate with each other without being followed around by their nosy parents. It was a foregone conclusion that, when parents started using Facebook, they would demand to be friended by their teens. And, most teens absolutely, positively do not want their parents to see everything they post. Of course, they can send private messages to each other; but, that limits the scope of their teen connections. So, what to do? Why, start using Twitter more, of course. And, find alternative social networks that parents haven't discovered yet. It's an old story. Facebook has become old hat. The good news is that your teens will grow up, and, when they need money, they will always find you on Facebook.
About Caffeine Magazine | Caffeine Magazine.
In my pantheon of useful magazines, I have always lamented the lack of a good mag about my favorite obsession, coffee. I am not a coffee snob, and I hate expensive stores like StarBuck's that make coffee into an overpriced, snobbish indulgence. I want my coffee black, and plentiful, and cheap. I am not above learning the craft of independent coffee making, and a magazine that will teach me, without its nose in the air (pun intended) is just my cup of tea. Wait, I mean my cup of coffee, of course. Here's to my favorite drug, and my favorite delivery device. But, I will accept a cola in a pinch.
Google Hangouts %u2013 Google Hangouts.
Google's new unified messaging is very cool. I deleted my Text messaging app, and no longer make calls with the Phone app. Just bring up hangouts, and enter a phone number or an email address. You have the option to make a regular phone call, a video phone call, send a text, or send an email to any of your contacts, which are synced across all your devices. One stop communicating. What a concept.
BillyJim47: My Life With Technology - Chapter 2.1.
Bill Holmes continues his quest to learn everything there was to know about early computers; but, he has to do it in Valdosta, Georgia, in the early seventies, and while driving an Opel. Apparently, the life of a computer geek hasn't changed much over the past 30 to 40 years. In computer years, 1970 seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. However, the details of what it took to process simple check data in the early days of computing is instructive for our future. Is it better that human minds and hands were required back then, or that today we are dealing with billions of electronic bytes stored in a far away data center that runs itself, except for a few humans at computer consoles? This all makes me think of the rise of the machines in the Terminator series.
Google app update for Android adds auto-backup and enhancement tools for photos.
The new Google+ interface is a rich environment for collaboration and discussion with like minded souls. However, the new photo improvements will make the service much more useful for social interaction as well. Along with the unified Hangouts messaging system, it shows that Google is never standing still, and is always looking for better ways to do things. The updates are available now in the Play Store.
The news that some lawyers are accepting fee payments in bitcoin transactions caused me to investigate this peer-to-peer currency that seems to be popular on the Internet. This encrypted public network verifies payment transactions from anywhere in the world, and is free or low cost. Compared to the other payment networks, which are commercially based it is very inexpensive, and is free from manipulation by any government. Call it the people's currency. This wiki will tell you all you need to know. I am not using it yet, as I need to do some further research. Anyone out there want to share their experiences?
Google updating Android without updating Android is the biggest news out of I/O 2013 | Android and Me.
The biggest announcements at Google I/O this year were not really announcements at all. A host of changes to the Android operating system for phones and tablets and hybrid devices were designed to improve the user experience, and to make all mobile Android devices' core services work the same for everyone. The best way to get the flavor of the changes is to read this article, and to work with the OS on your own device. Android just keeps getting better and better. Google Now has become a much more full featured intelligent friend that anticipates what information you will need. It has fully leveraged Google's vast superiority in search engine technology.
The lack of a delete key makes the Chromebook a disappointment | Techi.com.
As computer buyers are finding out, a Chromebook can be a very useful tool for the computing lawyer or professional. While the author berates the Chrome Pixel for the lack of a delete key (please), I am typing this post on a $199 Chromebook by Acer that has a 320 Gigabyte hard drive, and on which I have installed, and am using Chrubuntu, which is all I need when traveling. If I want to run Windows software, which I need to do often for document creation and processing, I just power up TeamViewer, and I am running my notebook machine from the web. I thought about installing WINE, and running Windows natively; but, then I asked myself, WHY? If I am carrying the little 3 pound netbook around, I just leave my notebook connected at home or the office. Click, click, and I am looking at a miniature version of my Windows desktop. And, the Acer Chromebook has a Delete key.
Verizon HTC One: 5 Things to Know. The HTC One is a beautiful phone. It has two front facing speakers and Beats audio, and it has a one piece thin, light, all aluminum body. And, it is coming to Verizon later this month. The screen is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, at 4.7 inches; but, it is a brighter, ultra pixel screen that will compete with the new Samsung Galaxy S4. I am still staying with the Note 2, however, because HTC has the worst upgrade record of any phone manufacturer, and, when combined with Verizon, which has the worst upgrade record of any carrier, you have the perfect storm of unhappy user experience over the next couple of years. These days, a new and better phone experience comes around every couple of years, so you will be living with the device you choose for a while. The HTC Thunderbolt was groundbreaking when it came out, being one of the first 4G LTE phones; but, it didn't get upgraded until two years after most users had moved on to other phones. I never forgot, HTC, and I will never trust you again. I hope HTC has changed its ways. They now have a super phone. Let's see what they do with it.