Meet the Ubuntu Edge

Popular Linux OS Ubuntu is working on their own smart phone, the Ubuntu Edge. They’re currently trying to raise $32,000,000 to secure funding for the project. The phone will be able to boot up into Ubuntu OS or Android OS, and will have some majorly impressive stats.

Compared to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4:

Ubuntu Edge Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4
Mobile OS Dual-boots Android and Ubuntu mobile iOS Android
Desktop OS Ubuntu Desktop No No
RAM 4GB 1GB 2GB
Internal storage 128GB 64GB 16GB
Screen 720 x 1,280, 4.5 inches 640 x 1,136, 4 inches 1,080 x 1,920, 5 inches
Protection Sapphire Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Connectivity Dual-LTE, GSM LTE, GSM LTE, GSM
Speakers Stereo Mono Mono
Battery Silicon-anode Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Price $780-830 $849* $750**

CPU/GPU, screen technology to be finalised before production. * Apple Store ** Best Buy

 

Only thing I can see that isn’t better than either the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 is the screen, but honestly on a 4.5 inch screen 720p is still pretty damn impressive.

Check out the full details and contribute at indiegogo.com.

Samsung announces new tablets

Samsung has announced a few new tablets, confirming to The Verge that they will release a new 8-inch and a new 10.1-inch tablets.

Now the 8-inch tablet will have 1.5 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, WXGA TFT 1280 x 800 (189 PPI) display, 1.5GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 4,450 mAh battery, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

As we previously reported the new 10.1 inch tablet will be dropping their old ARM chips for  an Intel 1.6 GHz dual-core processor. It will also have 1280 x 800 (149 PPI) WXGA TFT display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a 6,800 mAh battery. However it will only have a 3-megapixel rear camera and the same 1.3 front camera.

They’ll both be available in June, no prices announced yet.

Check The Verge for the full story.

Google Has Destroyed Apple’s Walled Garden From Within

So, minyanville.com has an article that hits on a few of my favorite things:

  1. Bashes Apple
  2. Talks about how awesome Android is
  3. Forgets Windows Phone even exists

When Apple released Siri (October 2011), the body-less ”assistant” everyone thought it was so revolutionary. However, the truth is, they took a page from Android’s ‘Voice Commands’ program. As much as I hate to admit it, Apple did one up Android, in that Siri allowed for a bit of “fuzzy language”. Instead of just knowing specific commands, it would try to figure out what you wanted as long as it was close-ish. While this didn’t always work as intended (http://whysiriwhy.com/) it did have an advantage over the current Google offering. But even Apple co-founder the great and powerful Woz (Steve Wozniak) and many other didn’t think it was up to Apple’s standards.

Then in June 2012 Apple tried to distance itself even further from it’s users reliance on Google and their tools, by launching Apple Maps. This was to offer better graphics, turn by turn directions, real time traffic updates and built in reviews from yelp! But too bad they spent so much time making it look pretty they forgot to make the map portion of the program any good at all. Entire Cities were missing, wrong directions were given and bridges rippled like water. And again the Woz was not ammused.

Apple Maps was so bad that Apple actually started referring people to Google Maps, except Apple banned the Google Maps app, so people had to use their web browser (Safari, THANKS APPLE!) to get to Google Maps that way. By December of that same year, Google Maps was back in the apple App Store.

“Big deal.” you may scoff, “Apple is allowed to make one mistake, Siri is still lightyears better than anything Google has!”

Not so fast. Google just launched Google Now. This is a Siri alternative that many people are saying, plays Siri better than Siri. Unfortunately there are a few things it can’t do, because Apple doesn’t allow third party applications access to them, such as setting alarms, e-mails, texts, etc. For the record it can do all these on Android. It also won’t provide a homepage widget, because again Apple says no.

What it can do, is search for things better than Siri. The author on minyanville.com took his wife’s iPhone 4 opened Google Now and asked when William Shatner was born. In about 1 second Google Now presented a card with the Shat’s photo and birth date, which G.N. read out loud to him. The same test on Siri, on the same phone, offered a 6 second delay after the question then Siri said that she was unable to find a “William Shatner” in the contact list and asked if he meant a different William in the list. It took the author a bit to realize Siri was waiting on a reply, when he said “No” she said “OK and that was it. No follow up, nothing just done.

Now this only 2 examples, but think about it. Most iPhone users would rather use Gmail, Google Chrome and Google Drive than the apps Apple supplies. And the really funny thing to me, is that this goes against Apple’s walled garden approach to everything. And despite what they may try Apple has no choice but to just smile and take it, because so many of their users are programmed to need Google apps.

Read the full article without my input here.

theweek.com 5 ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 stunned an iPhone user

TheWeek.com has an interesting article up. The author, an admitted iPhone lover who has used iPhone nearly exclusively since the first one launched, took a look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 and lists 5 things that jumped out at them after years of not truly giving Android a chance.

1. It does what I want it to do.

2. It can do several things at once.

3. The Galaxy’ S4′s internal camera app is brilliant.

4. More room for podcasts.

5. “Wait. You mean I can just replace the battery?”

 

I highly suggest visiting the page here and read the details of each point made. In the end, the author is still an avid iPhone user, however as they state they “ understand now why Apple needs to send out letters to its product owners reminding them why they bought their iPhone in the first place.”

17 – NERDITRONICS – Robots – I for One Welcome our Future Metal Overlords

 

Nerditronics 10/27/2012   Episode 17.0

Intro -

Many New Posts On the Blog! I kept my promise and posted a number of articles

News -

Happy 35th, Atari 2600! By Chris Morris  Oct 14, 2012 http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/happy-35th-atari-2600-175216071.html

Curiosity Rover Digs Up Shiny Particles on Mars by SPACE.com Staff October 18 2012 http://www.space.com/18115-mars-rover-curiosity-shiny-particles.html

Trekkie Dating Site Helps Geeks Boldly Go Where Non-Trekkies Go All the Time Brent Rose  Oct 19, 2012 http://gizmodo.com/5953196/trekkie-dating-site-helps-geeks-boldly-go-where-non+trekkies-go-all-the-time

New Android Trojan Found in Google Play By Damon Poeter  October 18, 2012 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411163,00.asp   Black Hole in Our Galaxy by SPACE.com Staff  October 22, 2012 http://www.space.com/18166-black-hole-revealed-rare-star-explosion.html

Zune is dead, long live Zune By Sean Buckley  Oct 3rd 2011 http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/03/zune-is-dead-long-live-zune/

Microsoft launches Windows 8, Surface: Winners and losers By Zack Whittaker  October 25, 2012 http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-launches-windows-8-surface-winners-and-losers-7000006403/

G4 cancelling X-Play, Attack of the Show  By Eddie Makuch October 26, 2012 http://www.gamespot.com/news/g4-cancelling-x-play-attack-of-the-show-6398986

MechWarrior Online open beta starts Monday By Tom Sykes  October 27 2012 http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/10/27/mechwarrior-online-open-beta-starts-monday-for-real-this-time/

This Is The Nexus 10 By Chris Velazco October 26, 2012 http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/26/this-is-the-nexus-10/

Feature topic -

Robots – I for One Welcome our Future Metal Overlords

Show Wrap-up -

Good Time – Cosplay Parody of Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMCz_eZHcs8&hd=1&t=1s

Legend of Zelda Medley on STL Ocarina – Lena Leclaire http://youtu.be/wJrQDe_mBHA

gizmodo.com 5 Things Woz Would Change About Apple

No I’m not going nuts about gizmodo.com today, although that it is a great site. My buddy Ian sent me this a while back and I just didn’t get around to posting it until today.

They have a great Q&A with the one and only Woz, Steve Wozniak himself. In it they talk about 5 of the things he would change about crApple if he were in charge. I’ll list the things he’d change, but to get this explanations of what and more detail on how, you’ll have to read the article linked below.

Woz would want iTunes on Android

Woz would want less lawsuits

Woz sees value in bigger phones

Woz on how Apple can survive without Steve Jobs

Woz on open source versus being closed

 

If crApple changed some of these things, I might not hate them as much… maybe… possibly…

Five Things Woz Would Change About Apple: iTunes on Android, Less Lawsuits and More

16 – NERDITRONICS – Horribly Awesome 80s movies

 

Nerditronics 10/13/2012  
Episode 16.0   Intro -

Blog has been updated

Now Marshal can get off my back! More updates this week.

News -

ALIEEEEEEENS!: Mars Rover Curiousity Takes Its First Scoop Of Soil, Spots Mysterious Metallic Object Nearby October 9, 2012 http://www.geekologie.com/2012/10/alieeeeeeens-mars-curiosity-rover-takes.php

Wallpaper: All Swords From All The Zelda Games October 9, 2012 http://www.geekologie.com/2012/10/my-new-wallpaper-all-swords-from-all-the.php

The LED As We Know It Is 50 Years Old Today Jamie Condliffe Oct 9, 2012 http://gizmodo.com/5950131/the-led-as-we-know-it-is-50-years-old-today

UK engineers developing harpoon that could help space junk meet a fiery end Alexis Santos  Oct 8th 2012 http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/08/space-junk-harpoon-astrium-uk/

Google Passes Microsoft As The World’s Second Largest Technology Company Roland Hutchinson October 2nd 2012 http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/google-passes-microsoft-as-the-worlds-second-largest-technology-company-02-10-2012/

Astronomers Discover Huge Comet Hurtling Towards Us Jesus Diaz Oct 1, 2012 http://gizmodo.com/5947845/astronomers-discover-huge-comet-coming-towards-us

Apple Maps Accidentally Revealed a Top Secret Military Base Casey Chan Oct 9, 2012 http://gizmodo.com/5950391/apple-maps-accidentally-revealed-a-top-secret-military-base

NASA’s Mars rover finds rock with Earth-like chemistry Irene Klotz Oct 11, 2012 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/12/us-space-mars-idUSBRE89B02Q20121012

Feature topic -     Horribly Awesome 80′s movies Movies so bad they’re awesome   Show Wrap-up -

The Space Invaders Are Really Invading! [Video] Nicole Wakelin October 9, 2012 http://youtu.be/qIKbKjjBN6E

http://nerdapproved.com/gaming/the-space-invaders-are-really-invading-video/

14 – NERDITRONICS – NERD WARS – Star Trek vs Star Wars

 
http://www.gizmag.com/dark-energy-camera-first-images/24193/

Intel: Windows 8 Is Being Released Before It’s Ready

Jamie Condliffe

Sep 26, 2012 6:38 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5946510/intel-windows-8-is-being-released-before-its-ready

Permanent quartz glass data storage announced by Hitachi, could hit market by 2015

By Steve Dent

Sep 26th 2012

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/hitachi-announces-permanent-quartz-storage/

Google’s Self Driving Cars Hit The Streets In California

By Roland Hutchinson

26th September 2012

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/googles-self-driving-cars-hit-the-streets-in-california-26-09-2012/

Rover finds evidence of ancient water on Mars

By Elizabeth Landau

September 28, 2012

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/27/us/mars-rover-water/index.html?c=homepage-t

Apple CEO apologizes for Maps flaws, recommends rivals

By Poornima Gupta

Sep 28, 2012

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/29/us-apple-cook-idUSBRE88R0SN20120929

Artificially Intelligent Gamer Bots Convince Judges They're More Human Than Humans

By Rebecca Boyle

Sept 28, 2012

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-09/artificially-intelligent-gamer-bots-convince-judges-theyre-more-human-humans

Feature topic -

Nerd Wars

Star Trek vs Star Wars

Show Wrap-up -

Dude breaks the computer and pees himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=469zNXTCHdk

13 – NERDITRONICS – Computers from Nerditronics History

 



 

Nerditronics 9/22/2012

Episode 13.0

Intro -

Nerditronics.com Update

Final Fantasy VII post

STILL WAITING ON MARSHAL FOR KNOW YOUR NERDS

Nerd Nugget

Don’t get your windows phone on my Android – John

News -

Strange Mystery Spheres on Mars Baffle Scientists

Tariq Malik

15 September 2012

Starting Today, Canned Air Is On Sale in China

Brian Ashcraft

Sep 17, 2012

Now Run Them Through With A Katana!: London Movie Theater Employs Ninjas To Silence Cell Phone Talkers

September 14, 2012

NASA Says a Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive Is Possible

Amy Ratcliffe

September 19, 2012

Well, Here’s What RoboCop Looks Like

September 17, 2012

Joel Kinnaman

Arcade coin slot belt buckle

By Conner Flynn

September 19, 2012

Feature topic -

Computers from Nerditronics History

From Humble Beginnings to Modern Day Nerds

Show Wrap-up -

Journey Separate Ways

Crazy guy fed up at work

12 – NERDITRONICS – Music in Video Games: Underappreciated Gaming Glue or Boring Mute Fodder?


Nerditronics 9/15/2012
Episode 12.0

Intro -
Blog Update -
Big posts coming

Nerd Nugget -
The French are dumb… Except for French Fries…those are awesome!
-Marshal

News -

It will be Mine
September 11, 2012
http://www.geekologie.com/2012/09/it-will-be-mine-hungry-hungry-hippos-gam.php

Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)
Jamie Condliffe
Sep 12, 2012 4:29 AM
http://gizmodo.com/5942503/amateur-astronomer-spots-massive-explosion-on-jupiter

Google Apps Says Goodbye To Internet Explorer 8, Pulls Support For the Browser
Drew Olanoff
September 12, 2012
http://www.techcrunch.com/2012/09/14/google-apps-says-goodbye-to-internet-explorer-pulls-support-for-the-browser/

No More Needles: ‘Painless’ Laser Injects Drugs
Gregory Ferenstein
September 13th, 2012
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/13/no-more-needles-painless-laser-injects-drugs/

Here Are the Blueprints for the iPhone 5
Molly Oswaks
Sep 15, 2012 12:30 AM
http://gizmodo.com/5943498/here-are-the-blueprints-for-the-iphone-5

Feature topic -

Music in Video Games:
Underappreciated Gaming Glue or Boring Mute Fodder?

Good Game Crappy Music:

Mega Man (NES):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1w_S2K37Lo

God of War III (PS3):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqrs3dv-TAM

Armi Ja Danny – I want to love you tender (Crappy Music)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA5GkLM5C7M&feature=g-all-lik

Marshal Games:
Halo
Super Mario
Descent
Descent OST – Level 1: Lunar Outpost
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eou6Z3WrCbQ

John Games:
Final Fantasy VIII – Eyes on Me

Zelda (Orignial)

Mass Effect

Fall Out 3

Show Wrap-up -

Legend of Zelda (Chipophone)
Legend of Zelda, composed by Koji Kondo in 1986, performed on the Chipophone.
Mp3 available here: http://www.linusakesson.net/chipophone/legendofzelda.php
Category:
Music
License:
Standard YouTube License

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK19z06WMU4

1967/1968 Battleship Board Game Commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrHs8CWDzmc