Jan 16 2014

Expect Netflix and other streaming companies to raise their prices next year

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Over the past 20 years, the Internet has been this great and wonderful thing that connects everyone together and shares information freely. It’s done more to transform so many things that we do every day than any other technology that’s ever been introduced. but in roughly the same amount of time, the Internet has gone from being so vague from the common person to absolutely vital to people’s daily lives; education, banking, government, etc.

One of the awesome things about the Internet was that information was shared freely and it was a construct where things were supposed to be a level playing field for everyone, but you can thank people from AT&T, Verizon and Comcast that have spent tons and tons of money on lobbying and influencing key members of government to be able to influence the Internet the way they want.

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Jan 13 2014

Roku Is Going To Have To Do It Better, If They Are To Survive

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Almost 2 years ago, I purchased a Roku and I had zero buyers remorse about doing so. Roku allows you to stream content from the Internet directly to your TV and it doesn’t allow you to have a smart TV to do it. In addition to having all the channels are available to Roku, it’s also a portable unit. Just a couple of months ago, I packed up my Roku, when on vacation and took everything that I was comfortable with and was used to seeing [music and videos], I was able to plug-in, connect to Wi-Fi and everything was there— it was very nice.

I’ve been seeing some articles on the Internet about how smart TVs are going to kill Roku. I’m not going to argue that Roku has a hard road ahead of them, what I’m going to illustrate is that Roku is really going to have to step things up and make themselves different than what a standard smart TV can provide.

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Jan 06 2014

I Don’t Care About Ultra HD 4K TVs; I Want What Comes Later

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It’s interesting to think about the introduction of Ultra HD 4k televisions when most cable broadcasters still offer 4:3 displays [standard resolution]; it’s stupid. And what’s more interesting is that in the past, customers purchased records and then they purchased cassettes. Then they moved from cassettes over to CDs. There’s always been a natural progression and evolution of technology when it comes doing something better, but oddly enough we know that Ultra HD 4k televisions are going to be replaced by 8k televisions.

So if the consumer base knows that 4k televisions are just the entrance into Ultra HD, why would customers even think about purchasing an entry-level type product when they know something better is coming?

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Dec 13 2013

8 Tech Gift Ideas For Christmas 2013 – Under $200

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Sometimes picking out gifts for people who are certified tech-nuts is kind of difficult. Especially if you’re not into technology as much as other people. Don’t be discouraged or afraid to venture out, and if you’re looking for some ideas on things to get people who are into tech, here’s some ideas.

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Dec 10 2013

This is WHY you should avoid DOWNLOAD.COM [c|net]

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I’m posting this article for the sole purpose to advise people NOT to download stuff from Download.com.

I was in search of some Windows Bluetooth drivers today because while Android and iPhone seem to have NO PROBLEMS detecting Bluetooth devices [mics/headsets], Microsoft Windows won’t even try to detect devices correctly.

BUT this brought me to Download.com. It’s been a while since I tried to download anything from them, but I decided to give it a try again. It’s just as bad as ever. I honestly can’t imagine how they are able to get away with the crap they do so blatantly.

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Dec 04 2013

Techie Review: Able2Extract Professional 8

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Have you ever been placed in a position where someone presents you with a PDF that has information in it that you would like to be able to extrapolate or extract into a form that was more edit friendly? There are lots of PDF viewing applications, but there’s not a lot of applications that allow you to extract the information that you’re looking at into an editable form.

Most of the time, if you’re presented with a PDF with marketing or statistical information, they don’t want you to be able to extract that information, they’re giving it to you as a presentation. But having the ability to extract information from like columns of information and then be able to convert that directly to say a spreadsheet or Microsoft Excel type application, can be very beneficial.

This post is just a quick look into an application called Able2Extract Professional.

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Nov 20 2013

Format Text Using Nuance’s Swype On Your Android

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On my android smartphone, I tend to to try to use voice recognition for text input wherever possible. The two main choices for voice recognition on smartphones [android/iPhone]; using Nuance or using Google.

On my PC at home, I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and that application has the ability to do some basic commands as your dictating. You can indicate that specific words have to be capitalized, some words should be in all caps, words should be in parentheses or in brackets.

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Nov 18 2013

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Facebook

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Facebook started in February 2004, and ever since then, people have been placing status updates on Facebook; putting everything out there. In most cases, people enjoy seeing status updates on what their friends and family are doing, but in smaller circles, where people talk under their breath, you might find yourself in a category where no one wants to listen to you.

Here’s five things that you should avoid doing on Facebook if you want to continue having a healthy Facebook relationship with all of your friends and family; or potential friends.

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Nov 15 2013

Netflix-Comcast Deal is NOT Going to Kill Roku and Apple TV

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I was reading a very interesting story the other day, less interesting, actually, more provocative than anything. The base of the article was that the deal that Netflix and Comcast is whittling out, to put Netflix as an application/channel onto a set top box that Comcast would provide, would essentially kill Roku and Apple TV.

What’s interesting about this proposed relationship is that Comcast video on demand and Netflix are essentially the same service; excluding the fact that Netflix does video on demand service so much better in people’s perspective on Netflix’s customer service is in stark contrast to that of Comcast.

The concept is that if Comcast allows Netflix to be installed on their set-top box as an application, people won’t need Roku and Apple TV boxes to get Netflix. And just be clear, I’m not really sure that everyone realizes that from TV to TV and from device to device the interface to Netflix is not always the same, and one damning point to this whole relationship is that it involves Comcast.

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Nov 13 2013

Auto Updater For MyNotesKeeper

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For several years now, I’ve been using a personal information manager called MyNotesKeeper. I first wrote about MyNotesKeeper in 2008, if that gives you any indication. MyNotesKeeper is a shareware application, but purchasing the full version is relatively cheap and the regular updates on the application are still active. In my experience, the author of the software has been receptive to suggestions and in some cases actually applied some of these suggestions that I’ve put forth, and corrected bugs when they been reported.

Like most applications, MyNotesKeeper has the ability to check and see if the latest version of the software is installed. While it has the ability to go out and check to see if you’re running the latest version, it doesn’t give you the option to download/install the latest version of the software.

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