thinklikegeek:

We’re all waiting for the Apple iWatch to come out, and there have been very weird rumor pictures of how it might look, though this is my favorite.
Is it going to come out? YES. How do we know? We have more than enough perfect proof that starts months ago:
1) A few months ago, Nike laid off it’s whole group that worked on Nike Fuelband. The product was discontinued, just like that. But Nike had a reason behind it. They’re known to be close partners with Apple. And if Nike quit Fuelband, it means that something else will come up, a partnership between Nike and Apple that will drown Fuelband, and take over. That’s iWatch.  That’s the only logical reason that Fuelband was discontinued.
2) Then, a very recent news arrived. Apple just hired a senior executive from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, which could be (obviously) to help it with the launch of its iWatch expected this autumn. Tag Heuer, part of luxury goods group LVMH, said on Friday its vice president for sales, Patrick Pruniaux, who had been with the brand for seven years, was leaving on Monday to join Apple. Of course, why would Apple hire a swiss luxury watch salesmen? iWatch.
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Yes! Yes! It’s true, people. The iWatch has two options: delay itself until 2015 (aww) or reveal itself on the magical day: September 9th, 2014. 
Read more now at http://thinklikegeek.com!

thinklikegeek:

We’re all waiting for the Apple iWatch to come out, and there have been very weird rumor pictures of how it might look, though this is my favorite.

Is it going to come out? YES. How do we know? We have more than enough perfect proof that starts months ago:

1) A few months ago, Nike laid off it’s whole group that worked on Nike Fuelband. The product was discontinued, just like that. But Nike had a reason behind it. They’re known to be close partners with Apple. And if Nike quit Fuelband, it means that something else will come up, a partnership between Nike and Apple that will drown Fuelband, and take over. That’s iWatch.  That’s the only logical reason that Fuelband was discontinued.

2) Then, a very recent news arrived. Apple just hired a senior executive from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, which could be (obviously) to help it with the launch of its iWatch expected this autumn. Tag Heuer, part of luxury goods group LVMH, said on Friday its vice president for sales, Patrick Pruniaux, who had been with the brand for seven years, was leaving on Monday to join Apple. Of course, why would Apple hire a swiss luxury watch salesmen? iWatch.

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Yes! Yes! It’s true, people. The iWatch has two options: delay itself until 2015 (aww) or reveal itself on the magical day: September 9th, 2014.

Read more now at http://thinklikegeek.com!

(Source: macworld.co.uk)

Google+ VS Facebook

thinklikegeek:

Face it, Google Plus is just better than Facebook.
The battle between Google+ and Facebook has been going for at least 3 years now, but it’s time to realize the truth: Facebook just isn’t getting any better. Just like we depend on Google for search, mail, YouTube, and everything else, let’s do…

thinklikegeek:

I guess we can say it’s time for a new, simplistic, minimalistic although powerful, majestic mobile browser to come through. Well take a look at this outstanding mobile browser (what I expected Mobile Google Chrome to become in the far future), for iOS and Android. Say hello to Mercury. 

Mercury is a brilliant browser for very many reasons. First, just like most Apple devices, Mercury browser is simple, elegant, and minimalistic, making it very easy to use. The most powerful settings like changing the User Agent, etc, are just a few taps and swipes away. 

Mercury supports adding extensions and plugins like AdBlock, Google Translate, QRCode Scanner, Lights-Out, and more. Mercury also supports a cool safari-like reading list, neatly organized into priority-based sections.

Bookmarks and History are easy to view, and Mercury even has it’s own File Manager for downloading and storing files easily in the cloud. Mercury syncs with all of your devices much like Chrome, and now Safari. 

Mercury protects your privacy using SSL, a handy Incognito Mode, and a secured Private Folder. It includes key features like pretending to be another browser, an awesome downloader, text size adjusters, a useful toolbar, full-screen mode, and more. 

Mercury syncs data with your Google account (and chrome!), your Facebook account, or via email. Mercury even has themes that make the app’s user interface feel nicer and more welcoming.

Some features I’d like to see are improved passcode lock intergration (there’s already a lock, but it could be better), voice search, multiple user integration, and network connection settings.

Overall, if you’re looking for the best desktop browser, look to Google Chrome. As for mobile, Mercury should be your choice.

thinklikegeek:

You might be wondering… how does the biggest web search provider (often named “search giant”) do it’s job? I mean, for you, it’s just “go to google.com, type your search terms, press enter”, and boom, you’ve got what you wanted. But what’s working behind that half-second where Google returns you your search results, is much more complex than you think.

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(Source: google.com)

thinklikegeek:

We all have our own rubric and default rating of Google’s online document/typed media web application, Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs). But the images you see above probably don’t look like what http://drive.google.com looks like, for you. 

That’s because Google Drive is giving free access to “what’s coming next”, or the beta version (beta versions mean that the version you see is not available for the general public just yet). In a few months, this is how Google Drive will look for all of us. So, to keep up with the hubbub of version updates and beta testing, we’ll be reviewing and rating the new Google Drive.

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thinklikegeek:

This year’s 2014 Mary Meekers Internet Trends report was viewed by lots of us in the tech industry. Let’s review some of the main topics of what’s up with the internet usage:

  • Internet user growth has slowed below 10%, smartphone growth is still strong but slowing.
  • But mobile data traffic is accelerating—up 81% year-over-year—thanks to video, where mobile is now 22% of consumption.
  • Only 30% of the world’s 5.2 billion mobile users have smartphones—still room for growth.
  • There are still more global TV users (5.5 billion) than mobile phone (5.2 billion).
  • 97% of smartphone share OS “made in USA” vs. 5% in pre-iPhone era.
  • Mobile advertising is still underperforming vs. time spent on mobile devices, whereas print is still significantly overperforming.
  • About 5 million Bitcoin wallets exist, up 8 times year-over-year.
  • Tinder users “swipe” 800 million times per day, up 21 times year-over-year.
  • 66% of U.S. tablet owners are surfing the web while watching TV. 44% are shopping.
  • 52% of ESPN’s digital users access only on smartphones and tablets, representing 48% of time spent.
  • China’s mobile Internet users now ~80% of total China Internet users. More critical mass for mobile web than anywhere, and leading mobile commerce revolution.
  • Six of top 10 Internet properties “made in USA”—down from 9 of top 10 last year—with more than 86% of their users outside America. “China rising fast.”

We’re not at all done here, though. Let’s do some under-the-hood look analysis:

We see that more than half the globe is filled with people using TV’s. That’s a lot. Lots of people are cutting down cable, but it’s not like they don’t use other smart TV hubs, like the Amazon FireTV (recently reviewed by ThinkLikeGeek). Compare that to about 5.4875 percent of the globe having tablets. Almost a radical difference. This means out of everyone you meet in one sunday (on average a hundred people), about five will own a tablet, and most will own TV’s, right? Not exactly. Here in the US, tablet population is way up. When surveyed, over 1/3 of United States residents own at least one tablet. Could be an iPad, Surface Pro, Nexus, whatever. 

Speaking of tablets, last year, many would visit websites on mobile devices. This year, the amount of website visitors viewing from a mobile device is almost two times as much as last year:

Mary Meekers Report 2014 slideshow credit

It’s awesome how more people turn to mobile devices to bring them everything a laptop could, much like Microsoft Surface’s motto, which Apple thinks of as haywire. A lot of these companies have been fighting for the mobile market share. But I think you could give it up to Google. I mean it.

Android (Google’s Mobile OS) has literally been given up about 80% of the mobile smartphone market share. It started with Nokia Symbian, then to Blackberry, and Android took over from there. Apple’s iOS has less than 20% of the smartphone shares, yet everyone thinks iOS is in the lead. As always, Windows phone is really lagging behind, and Blackberry has almost lost it. Nokia Symbian, Linux, and any other mobile OS, they’ve all been swept away into the past. This shows how eager people are to switch to anything new, anything that seems to give them more pleasure. In less than 15 years, people have switched from old Symbian to Android and iOS fast. 

Just like this, I bet you guys are all waiting for iPhone 6 and Apple iWatch. We’ll do a later talk about why the Apple iWatch is definitely going to release very soon. 

Bye, and remember to follow thinklikegeek

(Source: qz.com)

thinklikegeek:

The smartwatch war is still going! Recently, we did a blog post on the Qualcomm Toq, a color display smartwatch. But if you’re looking for a slightly cheaper watch, I say “go getpebble.com”! 
Pebble is a special kind of smartwatch, that allows you to get more apps for it. Instead of a touchscreen, the Pebble has 4 button controls for it, and instead of a color display, it goes with purple/white displays. You might say that’s terrible, but when you see the pricing you’ll be glad.
Pebble’s charger is different from others cause you don’t push it into a socket, you just let it touch the charging area. It’s cheap and cool, but with a little motion, the charger easily comes off.
Pebble comes with these apps: Music, Notfications, Alarms, Watchfaces, Settings, Pebble Cards, and Clock mode.
Pebble Steel (newest version) prices at the same as Qualcomm Toq. I recommend Qualcomm Toq versus Pebble Steel, although, because it has a color touchscreen, but Steel is also great cause you can add more apps to it.
But all the other Pebble products rate well in pricing, so go get them at getpebble.com now.
The PROS of Pebble is that it’s cheap, can hold lots of apps, and is easy to learn. The CONS are that it’s a black/white non-touch display, and the charger comes off easily.

thinklikegeek:

The smartwatch war is still going! Recently, we did a blog post on the Qualcomm Toq, a color display smartwatch. But if you’re looking for a slightly cheaper watch, I say “go getpebble.com”! 

Pebble is a special kind of smartwatch, that allows you to get more apps for it. Instead of a touchscreen, the Pebble has 4 button controls for it, and instead of a color display, it goes with purple/white displays. You might say that’s terrible, but when you see the pricing you’ll be glad.

Pebble’s charger is different from others cause you don’t push it into a socket, you just let it touch the charging area. It’s cheap and cool, but with a little motion, the charger easily comes off.

Pebble comes with these apps: Music, Notfications, Alarms, Watchfaces, Settings, Pebble Cards, and Clock mode.

Pebble Steel (newest version) prices at the same as Qualcomm Toq. I recommend Qualcomm Toq versus Pebble Steel, although, because it has a color touchscreen, but Steel is also great cause you can add more apps to it.

But all the other Pebble products rate well in pricing, so go get them at getpebble.com now.

The PROS of Pebble is that it’s cheap, can hold lots of apps, and is easy to learn. The CONS are that it’s a black/white non-touch display, and the charger comes off easily.

blackman1111 asked:

Since your working on Google glass (which I find astounding) what is your imput/comments on other companies that are doing what you guys are trying to achieve? Some might argue even better for example meta pro and anther labs AR glasses.

ThinkLikeGeek.com Moderator Answer:

astronomicalwonders:

For those of you that don’t know, these are the products we are discussing:

Meta Pro:

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AR Glasses:image

Google Glass:

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Like Glass, Meta Pro and Atheer Labs are still in development so this conversation is going to change a lot over the lives of these devices. First, I’ll list a few reasons why I think Google Glass is going to be more successful in this market/what companies can achieve with it:

  1. Glass is light weight and small so it does not get in the way of sales/customer interaction in a retail setting.
  2. Glass is relatively cheap compared to the other products so the barrier to entry is lower
  3. There is already a large Android programming community and there are well establish API’s that have been ported to Glass. This makes developing on Glass more appealing because it is easier to jump in to
  4. Google’s marketing teams and vast sums of money will make Glass seem more appealing to the public than some of these smaller companies products

I think these other companies are doing something great, but their audience is much smaller than Glass’s audience. Glass is something that is activated at your convince and seamlessly integrates itself into reality. In other words: Glass does not want to augment your reality, it wants to become part of it.

Unlike Glass, these other products seek to augment your reality. For example, Meta Pro boasts having “holographic interfaces”. This is pretty sweet but from a retail stand point it’s not as useful as an interface that allows you to talk to a customer and search item inventory at the same time (like Glass does). Now don’t get me wrong, I love these other technologies. I think they’re great (especially for gaming or generating 3D models)! I just think that Glass will have a larger piece of the market because of how it interacts with market conditions/existing tech/experienced developers and so on.

Very cool question, thanks for the ask & DFTBA!