Windows 8, As A Whole, Will Be Relevant

Microsoft has released a lot of information about Windows 8 over the last few days, but one that surprised me is that Windows 8 ARM-based tablets and notebooks won’t be arriving until mid-2013. With the ARM-based mobile industry changing so quickly, it’s easy to take a cynical approach to Windows 8’s hopeless delay. Who knows what will be around in 2013. Will tablets still be popular? Will tower-based desktop still exist? Will we have computers in our brains? Who knows, but while I was and still am cynical about Windows 8 on tablets, now I understand that Microsoft is positioning … Read more…

So About This Windows 8 Thing…

While researching the ASUS Transformer Prime, I came across some interesting information and an interesting trend. While reviews for the tablet are fantastic, the only thing that is keep potential buyers away is the promise of a Windows 8 version later next year. To me it seems like begging the question, since Windows 8 on tablets will be a different experience than Windows 8 on a desktop, and here are a few reasons why: Legacy in Limbo The reason Windows 8 has any traction at all is because it contains the name of the most widely used operating system in … Read more…

How to sabotage a highly anticipated game

It’s no secret that Battlefield 3 was the most highly anticipated FPS game of this year. It’s also no secret that the game has had its share of server, multiplayer and various online issues. Now, this is to be expected because DICE doesn’t exactly have the best reputation with producing games that are flawless on launch. It is also to be expected because EA and DICE are testing out a new digital distribution system. However, that’s not exactly the whole story. What’s Good The “real” focus of the game, the multiplayer, is fantastic. Many players and reviewers have reported various … Read more…

Amazon’s New Fire is Kindled

The Amazon unicorn has finally been unveiled and it’s sporting a new noun in it’s name: The Amazon Kindle Fire. It’s sporting an incredible spec sheet including a dual-core TI 1Ghz CPU, 7-inch IPS screen, and unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content, all for the low price of $199. This specs and price surprised the heck out of me, the tech community, and you, I’m sure, as well. While this device will sell well, and it will be the first successful Android(ish) competitor to the iPad, I want to slow down for minute. Let the adrenaline ease away. Let’s … Read more…

Will the “Amazon Tablet” Change Tablets for the Better?

There has been a lot of typing and hurrahing about the possibility of an Amazon Tablet of late. It seems like once a week there is someone talking about how successful it will be, that it will be the only competitor to the iPad, or that it will become Android’s White Knight. Frankly, every time I read such an article I want to slap these writers in the face with reality. The question isn’t whether it will sell well. No matter what, Amazon has the brand loyalty and will most likely set a price low enough(supposedly $250) to make it … Read more…

It Takes Two: The Future of Tablets

  Tablets have become much more of a sensation than anyone could predict. As many tech sites were buzzing about the new Apple slate (thinking back to the original iPad seems like ancient history now), many of us in the tech world were wondering how useful a bigger iPod Touch would become for the general public. Now we can all look back and laugh at our doubts considering the iPad has not only become a sensation but has also inspired major changes to MacOS, inspired many competing devices, and also changed the tech industry as a whole including forcing Microsoft … Read more…

Mac Ditching the Disc, Should We Care?

Last week, Apple’s decision to ditch the classic CD/DVD drive in its new update to the Mac Mini caused many reviewers and bloggers feverishly pound their keyboards in distress. The ODD was in jeopardy. The physical was being ditched in favor of the digital. Is it possible that iMacs and Macbooks in the future would lose their constant circular companion? Probably. But it makes sense, and you should probably not be as worried as you are. What About The Disc Man?! Honestly the reason anyone is freaking out about this is decision is because it’s a huge shift that has … Read more…

AMD Has A Point…

Ever since Llano was released and reviews started pouring in, I’ve had mixed feelings about the platform. On one hand I felt betrayed that AMD had essentially thrown an Athlon II processor in the same die as a beefy IGP and strung them up with an underpowered memory controller. It seemed a waste for AMD to seemingly put no development into their aging CPU cores (other than making them smaller and therefore more energy efficient) and continue to ride on the backside of ATI’s GPU success. Then I saw a letter from AMD, which I have unfortunately lost and cannot … Read more…

HP Touchpad–Dead on Arrival?

So the HP Touchpad came out last week hoping to fulfill the dreams those many Tablet lusters that are uninterested in Apple and disenchanted by Android. Most of the major review sites have poured in their opinions now and unfortunately, its not the slam dunk that HP and us geeks were hoping for. Should have been surprised? Probably not. I have to admit that I was drooling with the thought of an OS platform that seemed to be designed specifically for the needs of tablet users that would seemingly be as integrated as Apple hopes to be but as customizable … Read more…