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Archive for January, 2012

31
Jan

Motorola Unlocks Bootloader…and Pisses Off Everybody In The Process.

Motorola has done it again and successfully pissed off a lot of Motorola customers.  In our previous post we talked about how Motorola is screwing over their customers by releasing too many upgraded devices in a short period of time. Well Motorola did not disappoint and in fact planning on releasing a new phone.

If you have followed Android at all, you probably have heard of the concept of locked bootloaders on Motorola phones.  For years now developers have asked Motorola and Verizon to unlock the bootloaders so that development on Motorola hardware can take place.    However, the CEO of Motorola Mobility has been quoted saying that developers are the reason why Android is messed up and bootloaders need to be locked to protect device integrity.   Nice slap to the face of all Android developers out there. Read moreRead more

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31
Jan

The 58th Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is Underway

If you have lived in Tucson for any period of time, you probably have heard of the Gem and Mineral Show. If you have not, then you are missing out on the largest showcase of gems and minerals from around the world. Every year people flock to Tucson from all over the world looking for rare collectable pieces of earth rocks. Whether it be jewelry or a home center piece, more than likely the Gem & Mineral show will have it. One of the things that I find enjoyable about the Gem and Mineral show is the showcase of Native American artifacts from pottery, quilts, and weapons. Also showcased are beautiful furniture made from the combination of wood, metal, and gems. I always find it interesting to see all the antique guns, knives, and swords.

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27
Jan

Why Does Motorola Hate the Consumer?

Update (1/30/2012): Looks like Motorola furthered pissed off consumers because not even after a week after the Razr Maxx was announced, they are going to release a Razr Developer Edition which will come with an unlocked bootloader but carries no warranty whatsoever.  Motorola really needs to stop.

If you are a fan of Android devices on Verizon Wireless, you have no doubt seen all the Droid commercials available.  Back in August 2011, after a very long delay Motorola releases the Droid Bionic which was supposed to be a beast of a phone.  The Bionic was supposed to be one of the first dual-core 4G LTE phones.  After a few weeks and bunch of people complaining about issues with the phone, Motorola releases the Droid Razr.  Approximately less than a month from the release of the Bionic, Motorola decided to release the Razr.  This should anger a lot of customers because shortly after Verizon Wireless’s 14-day return policy, Motorola releases a better phone.  Add insult to injury is that Motorola then decides to update the Razr more frequently while the bug riddled Bionic is left in the dust.  And now yesterday, Motorola announces the Razr Maxx only a few months after the original Razr’s release.  Essentially, the Razr Maxx is just the original Razr with a hefty battery.  So if you purchased a Razr, have fun sitting next to an outlet charging your phone while people who waited a couple of months gets the same phone with a bigger battery.
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26
Jan

Don’t Get Latest and Greatest Envy from the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show

With the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show in full swing, it is important to remind potential buyers that there is a lot of hype and money being thrown around convincing that company ABC released a new golf club called XYZ and it will make you hit the ball farther. This happens every year and club manufacturers will take advantage of the golfers want to hit the ball straighter and longer.

But don’t let the big name manufacturers sucker you in on dropping $400 on a new driver or $1000 on a set of irons just yet. Remember your local clubmaker.

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25
Jan

Enter the Man-Bag

The time has come where us men cannot fit everything in our pockets anymore. Yes for everyday things, I usually can get away with just my cell phone, wallet, keys, and batteries. However, take a trip away from home and that task gets a lot more complicated. Tablets, laptops, paperwork, pens, cameras, gum, water, snacks, glasses, and whatever you can’t live without just will not all fit in your pockets anymore. Yes, with just a simple trip to the mall, I can fit everything in my two pockets. With such large smartphones nowadays, I am relegated to wearing a belt clip to protect the screen from being scratched. But as I found out recently on my Vegas trip for CES, it is just not possible to be away from the hotel room for 10 hours or more and not have access to the essentials I listed above.

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24
Jan

Scentsy – Campus Collection

Maybe you have seen signs around town of people selling Scentsy. Have you wondered what that really is? Well, I have got a treat for you. Let me explain how Scentsy products work.

Scentsy is basically a wick-less and flame-less scent warmer. Think scented candles minus the flame. How it works is you put a scented piece of wax available in an assortment of scents and place it in a warming tray. In the warmer is an incandescent light bulb that uses the natural heat from the light bulb to melt the wax. As the wax melts, the fragrance trapped inside the wax is released into the air providing a pleasant smell in your living quarters.

What are the benefits of Scentsy warmers over scented candles you ask? Well, you never have to worry about candles tipping over causing a fire hazard or injury due to an open flame. The worst that could happen is that the light bulb burns out and nothing happens. Replace the light bulb and you are in business again.

Why am I talking about Scentsy you ask? Isn’t this a technology and golf blog? Well find out more after the break.

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23
Jan

Gunnar Optiks

One item that I was really impressed with at CES 2011 was Gunnar Optiks glasses. The idea behind these glasses are that they help your eyes from being tired and strained during activities involving a computer monitor or some back lit screen.

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18
Jan

Recon Instruments – Innovation for the Slopes

One item that instantly caught my eye the first day I arrived at CES was a product developed by Recon Instruments called the Mod Live. This product is essentially a computer running the Android OS that displays “data” in a Heads Up Display (HUD) inside your goggles. As you are riding down the slopes, the HUD will display things such as speed, temperature, air time, slope conditions, maps, GPS tracking, and a whole lot more. The Mod Live also has the ability to capture video of your run and when synced with your Android smartphone giving you the ability to upload your videos and statistics to social networking sites. The Mod Live also acts as a music player and communications device. If someone sends you a text message, you can read it on the HUD.

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17
Jan

XShot 2.0 Camera Extender

Funny how you discover devices when you are in need.  So at CES 2012, I accidently walked into a huge crowd of people and was immediately shoved forward into the crowd without any ability to escape.  It was absoulte madness.  I found out that I had just walked into an exhibit featuring Justin Bieber.  Enough said.  I have never seen middle aged men and women act like 12 year olds trying to meet and touch Justin Bieber.  Since there was no escape route available, I thought I might as well take a picture.  Low and behold everyone in front of me was 6’5″ and above.  So much for that.  Ironically after I was able to weave my way around the circus, I walked into this booth called XShot, LLC.

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16
Jan

Television and Camera/Video Manufacturers Continue Pushing 3D Technology

One of the problems I have with 3D HDTVs is that there is currently not enough programming available on the market that takes advantage of these features. However TV manufacturers continue to push 3D to the forefront of all there portfolios. First we had televisions with battery operated glasses then we had glasses without batteries then we
had no glasses. Currently only DirecTV has 3D programming available to customers in the form of ESPN 3D. Walking to your local Best Buy and you will have a hard time finding 3D blu-ray movies. Now you’ll find cameras and camcorders that have the ability to shoot in 3D. But how many people actually own 3D TVs due to their price. Even cell phones are capturing video in 3D. For the past few years at CES the push for 3D has wowed the attendees but cannot garner enough buzz to get the consumer to empty their wallets for a 3D set. It almost
really bothers me that the major of exhibits at CES are showcasing 3D products. Remember on these 3D TVs, the picture that it provides usually provide depth into the TV and not so much coming out of the screen. Until more programming is made available to the public, 3D will be something that wows the consumer but not create the sale.

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