only most interesting thing announced at the Apple special announcement last week was the new Apple EarPods. Apple has redesigned the earbud headsets that have come standard with every iPod and iPhone since they were released in 2001. I picked up a pair and unboxed them for your viewing pleasure...
After the obligatory months and months of iPhone rumors, Apple has finally announced its latest smartphone, the iPhone 5. If you were waiting with bated breath for something new and exciting, go watch the iOS 6.0 announcement from WWDC back in June. The only really exciting features in the new iPhone 5 are the features that come with iOS 6.0, which is coming to the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S on September 19th. In fact, I can sum up the differences between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 in under sixteen words: it’s a little bit taller, a little bit lighter, a little bit thinner, and it’s faster. That’s it. Oh, and it has a new connector that doesn’t work with any of the accessories you already have, but you’ll be able to buy an adapter. The only thing that the iPhone 5 can do that the iPhone 4S can’t do, other than showing an extra bar of icons, is take pictures while I’m shooting video. I guess that’s kinda cool...
I have a bad habit (or good habit depending on your perspective) of updating apps without even looking at the description. As soon as I see the badge next to the App Store, I will automatically update all apps as soon as I get on Wi-Fi. So far this hasn’t been to my detriment. I know that a rogue update or bad app could slip through, but my mild OCD just can’t handle leaving badge numbers that can be cleared. So far, the worst that has happened has been that I have overlooked awesome new updates. That is apparently what happened yesterday. This morning, I opened my iPhone to take a look at next week’s show. I opened this week’s script for Deemable Tech, and I noticed a new green button that said “Edit.” I jumped for joy! Does this mean that Google Drive finally has native editing on iOS? Yes, it does!...
I hate to give Android fanboys fuel for the flames, but it is true that sometimes convenience makes us stupid. Don’t take me the wrong way. I love my iPhone. I love using it. I love the way it works. I’ve never had as enjoyable an experience using a mobile device as I have had since I bought my iPhone 4S. I sometimes wish it was more like webOS, but otherwise I am quite happy.
However, last night I realized that I had accepted a less than ideal situation simply because it was the most convenient at the time...
I'm selling this beautiful Baby Taylor Guitar. It's a gorgeous 3/4 scale guitar with a solid spruce top and sapele laminate back and sides. It's in great condition. The only reason I'm selling it is because I never play it anymore, and I live in a small apartment. Perfect for kids learning how to play guitar, backpacking and traveling, and great for folks with small hands. If you're interested, email me or call me. The information is in the video. If you're not interested, go ahead and like and share this video on Twitter and Facebook and everywhere! Thanks!
Here's what a Baby Taylor sounds like when it's played by someone who actually knows how to play guitar:
After the hullabaloo that was made out of Marilyn Hagerty's Olive Garden review, I thought to myself, "What would make a crazier restaurant review than Olive Garden?" Fortunately, while I was driving home tonight the answer was shining at me from the side of the road. In a mash-up that should turn out a whole lot better than that comic book where Indy was supposed to meet Chewie and Han, Taco Bell has just introduced the Doritos Locos Tacos! When I saw the signs beckoning me into the hallowed halls of the FourthMeal, I yanked my car across four lanes of traffic into the Taco Bell parking lot. A lovely young woman wearing a giant foam Doritos Locos Tacos hat took my order, and handed over the powdery, cheesy goodness. (My apologies for not snapping a picture of the hat. She was quite bashful. Orange County Register's article has a picture of the hat for reference)
Without further ado, here's my review of the new Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell. As the slogan says, the Doritos Locos Tacos is "Taco Bell on the inside, Doritos on the outside." And, to no surprise, there is nothing new inside of the taco. It is just a standard Crunchy Taco Supreme: just good ole' diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and cheddar cheese on top of sour cream and seasoned ground beef. The flavor of the much anticipated Doritos shell is surprisingly mediocre. The shell did not have nearly as strong a flavor as I expected it would. It seems that they are using a lot less of the "flavor dust" on the shells than they do on the chips. Also, the texture of the Doritos shell is much softer than regular Doritos chips or even Taco Bell's normal hard taco shells. Isn't a taco shell supposed to break when you bite into it? It was crispy, but my teeth just sank into it when I took a bite. Also, my taco became soggy from the sour cream and meat in the less than 5 minutes it took me to find somewhere to park. The Doritos Locos Tacos came wrapped in paper and packaged in card stock packaging shaped like a taco. I found this out the hard way when I tried to eat mine in the car while I was driving; it was quite a surprise when I bit into cardboard! This is most likely to prevent "Doritos fingers" and to help it keep its shape, which I appreciated after the initial surprise.
In summary, the Doritos Locos Taco wasn't bad, but unfortunately, it wasn't good enough to make me want to buy it again. Although this seemed like the perfect combination of two brands' iconic products, it turned out to about as boring as that episode of The Simpsons when Jay Sherman of "The Critic" judges a film festival in Springfield. Perhaps if Taco Bell and Doritos improve the hardness, or crispiness, of the shell and consider adding more of that yummy "flavor dust" I would consider trying it again. Until then, I'll stick with the Cheesy Gordita Crunch.
Yesterday, I visited First Coast Connect's Melissa Ross in Studio 5 to talk about the HzO Waterblock announcement that happened at CES. Here's the full story posted at Deemable Tech.
Here is my first radio news piece in case you missed it, or if you just want to hear it again.
RAY HOLLISTER: Recently HP announced that they are open-sourcing the operating system that runs their phones and tablets called webOS. In a nutshell, open-sourcing means that Hewlett Packard will be sharing the source code of webOS, the human readable code that the operating system is programmed with. Now this is quite different compared to companies like Apple who jealously guards the code that their iOS operating system runs on.
This puts HP's webOS at a crossroad. This could revitalize the operating system to where you could see webOS devices everywhere, or they could just be putting it out to pasture.
To give you some background story, webOS itself was wildly praised by many critics and users when it was announced by Palm at the Consumers Electronic Show in January of 2009, but the phones and tablets that it ran on were all disappointing sellers.
JEFF BAKALAR: The phone is great, they just have absolutely no quality control.
RAY HOLLISTER: That was Jeff Bakalar, Associate Editor and Co-Host of CNET's "The 404" on the episode just after he had received his 9th Palm Pre. All of his previous eight Palm Pre's had to be taken back to Sprint because they were defective. Sales of Palm's phones were so dismal that the company was rumored to be on the edge of bankruptcy when HP announced that they were purchasing Palm for 1.2 billion dollars in late April of 2010.
After HP purchased Palm, they excited fans by holding an event on February 9th of 2011 announcing two new phones and a tablet device with what can only be compared with the excitement of an Apple keynote event.
("Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" by LCD Soundsystem begins playing. A crowd applauding and cheering can be heard.)
TODD BRADLEY: Well good morning! Welcome to San Francisco.
However, that excitement wore off quickly as HP did not announce prices or when the devices were expected to launch. The HP Veer, a diminutive phone with a face only slightly larger than a credit card finally came out over three months later, and the HP Touchpad was finally released on July 1st. Both sold so poorly that only 48 days after the Touchpad was released HP canceled all webOS devices. In the same announcement they stated that they would “explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.”
Four months later, HP’s newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman finally announced that they would be open-sourcing webOS.
So, unless you're already familiar with how open-source software works, you are probably asking, "OK, what does that mean?" Well, it means that HP is letting everyone take a look under the hood, and take out the parts they want, or they can take the entire system and install it on their own devices. This is the same way that Android, which is primarily made by Google, works. In fact, webOS could potentially become a serious competitor to Android, which has taken over the market share from Apple's iPhone.
The question is, will webOS be successful as an open source platform? The main factor that has separated the successes from the failures has been the level of manufacturer support. If only modders, hackers and tinkerers put webOS on their phones and tablets, and hardware manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony do not adopt it, then webOS may not find success in the open-source after life.
DEREK KESSLER: If that is to be the future of webOS, that’s a death sentence.
RAY HOLLISTER: That was Derek Kessler, Editor-in-Chief of webOSNation.com, a news site dedicated to webOS news and discussion. Derek has been following the news around Palm and subsequently webOS and HP since 2000, and despite his concern that HP still has not announced any partners in manufacturing, he still remains optimistic.
DEREK KESSLER: I'm very hopeful that HP and other companies latch on to this open-source webOS and actually do something with it, and they do something amazing, and make hardware and software that is actually worth putting out, and worth buying, and good for the users, and good for the companies that make it.
From 89.9 WJCT, I’m Ray Hollister
If you were a child of the 80's like I was, you most likely remember that iconic moment in Back to the Future Part II when Marty arrives in 2015, and he has to change into clothes that fit the time period so he will pass for his future son. He puts on a jacket that looks five sizes too big for him, but with the press of a button it adjusts to fit him perfectly. Before he did that, he slipped on the coolest pair of high tops ever designed. The Nike MAGs had glowing lights (not really sure why, but they looked really cool), and everyone's favorite part, they had automatic, power laces.
Today, Nike announced that they have made 1,500 2011 Nike MAGs! The sneakers are almost exactly like the shoes that Michael J. Fox wore in Back To The Future II, with one unfortunate exception. They do not have power laces, yet. According to Nike's commercial starring Bill Hader, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, Donald Fullilove and Kevin Durant, this highly coveted feature won't come out until 2015.
Nike is auctioning these items of sneaker geek lust off on eBay with 100% of the net profits going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research starting tonight at 11:30 pm EST, and ending September 18th, 2011. Also, Google Co-Founder, Sergey Brin has pledged a matching donation of up to $50 million. Michael J. Fox will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight wearing a pair of the famous shoes "for the future" to announce the auction.
You can have Marty McFly’s shoes from 2015 today! (Power laces, not included.) is reprinted with permission from Deemable.
I've never understood why people hate the rock band Creed so much. While I'm not a huge fan, I've always found their music at least palatable. However, from all of the Creed hate I read on the interwebs, it would seem that I am not in the majority. There are over five million pages of search results for the phrase "I hate Creed" and several Facebook pages and groups dedicated to the hatred of all things Creed. Now, apparently even wild life hates Creed.
Earlier this week, a Norwegian boy used Creed to fend off a pack of wild wolves. On his way home from school, a pack of four hungry, but clearly musically snobbish wolves approached young Walter Eikrem. Thinking on his toes, Walter grabbed the nearest weapon he could find to fight off the beasts: his Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 phone that was blasting Creed's "Overcome" in his earbuds. He yanked the headset out of the phone and turned the phone up as loud as the little tiny speaker could go. He yelled and waved his arms while Scott Stapp's vocals screamed from the little white Android phone. Seeing, and most importantly, hearing all of this, the wolves just turned around and left.
Now, did the wolves really just hate the sound of Creed's first single in seven years, or is there something more sinister afoot here? Wind-Up Records, Creed's label, just happens to be owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which just happens to be owned by Sony, which just happens to own half of Sony Ericsson, which just happens to be the company that makes the Xperia X8! (OK, when I started that rant, I didn't realize how many layers were involved. I even skipped Sony Corporation of America.) The Xperia X8 was featured prominently in every story about this young boy's little convenient miracle. Perhaps, this was all an elaborate setup to create a viral story to promote two of Sony's interests. I would like to believe that just the wolves were agents working for Sony, (maybe they were prototypes of Sony's new attack AIBO) and Walter is innocent in all of this, but honestly, even in Norway, what kid is going to admit that he listens to Creed? This whole story smells of a conspiracy, or I've been watching too many TV mysteries and I haven't had enough sleep lately.