Look at what's happening here. Overwhelmingly, across the tech blogs, feathers are a bit ruffled and support still given to Google Glass. Close and protect the ranks! There is a bit of sensitivity because not only is the product being ridiculed but also the disconnect that tech journalists often demonstrate when it comes to reviewing something in terms of the average Joe. The comments under the articles posted by the more general consumer outlets show, for the most part, an identification with the absurdity demonstrated by the parody. As tech takes a greater and greater position in our society, how will we deal with divide in both expectations, values and more? Why does it exist? What does it say about us as a culture? Interesting how a little skit can make us face ourselves in such a bare manner. Looks like we can see even more as a result of Google Glass, huh?
Comments abound regarding the "Saturday Night Live" parody on the upcoming Google Glass product. The show's infamous "Weekend Update" segment features a would-be tech reporter who reviews Google Glass during their news segment only to find repeated bugs and awkward movements yet still reports that the product is amazing. For any of us who have ever been frustrated with a new tech gadget, the product errors are dead on. Let's look at what the technorati and others have to say about the piece!
...I cringed through this entire video; it’s one thing to make fun of flaws but it’s just sad when you make up things about a device just so you can make fun of it. Hopefully this doesn’t turn people off to Glass but I’m guessing it will.
Fuzzy area here, as is evidenced by our comment archaelogy. It seems to be safety vs. right, but is it that clear a divide. Watch for this issue to be discussed more and more now as we have more chaotic elements touch our daily lives. What is legal and what isn't is going to become a huge talking point in terms of carrier and government authority. In the meantime, CB radio, anyone? Our thoughts are with not only the victims, but the rescue teams and medical personnel involved!
While condolences, prayers and assistance abounds in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon; people are also pondering status of mobile phones and emergencies. This issue most recently came up during superstorm Sandy. Now it is being revisited. Disruptions in service have taken place due to what has been said to be over-usage and not at the request of authorities. Many have questioned if it is, in fact, legal to order cellular phone carriers to shut down their services under certain circumstances. Apparently it is, and it's really a matter of procedure in how it would take place. Naturally, this is very controversial. Commenters abound with thoughts on the current state of the law given in the wake Boston...
...it’s a scary feeling not being able to get in touch with loved ones, but not being able to get in touch with them because a phone can potentially set off another explosion is even worse. i rather go hours without and then being relieved afterwards finding out they’re okay and not allowing a phone or whatever the remote device was to set it off and possibly never hearing from them again. to me it’s common sense.
Kanye West performed at a private event for Samsung to herald the company's Galaxy Note 2. This hybrid of phone-meets-tablet is about to hit the market. However, many reports are wondering if West's brand actually helped Samsung or over-shadowed it a bit. Let's see what the comment-sphere thinks!
One man's carrier charm is another's nightmare, if you go by the below. While there may still be some T-Mobile loyalists out there, looks like that is changing rapidly. Interesting to note, the 3rd commenter below is actually most happy because of the freedom it gives him/her to use unlocked phones, rather than speed of connection of other services, indicating that its more and more about self-determining: the phone I want under the circumstances I want it in. But be that as it may, this event is more about signifying how much further ingrained mobile is becoming not only in our society but around the world; and how the future winners of the industry will create staying power by firmly staying in touch with myriad customer needs and anticipating them more quickly. Another example of individual leading the way in this new era, not the corp. Can you hear me now?
T-Mobile's attempts at creating new price models and plan options have not worked at keeping customers and subscribers on board. In addition to a $205,000 revenue drop this period, the company has seen a 9 percent drop from the same period a year ago. Deutsche Telekom AG's U.S. mobile division is T-Mobile, and they are seeing that things are not a mobile as before. Consumers discuss....
What made a Twitter Trending Topic today is surely not going to go away any time soon. Watch for growing citizen concern as these reports become released more and more, particularly if the request can be made by authorities without the carrier/tech company having to let its user know. There is a fine line between this type of activity protecting and abusing, as the comments below have indicated. But what will be next in how each individual handles his/her own security and privacy as the months build. This just may become a very large business opp for the right companies. Remember how people rocked the device which caught the police's radar on the expressway before it caught you. Now multiply that for the cyberworld. Undetected encryption, anyone? You know there's an young engineer working on it somewhere in the world right now. The genie is out of the bottle, Kidz.
Police across the country asked cellphone providers for the phone records, text message transcripts, location data and other information of at least 1.3 million customers during 2011, according to data provided by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The report states that the number of such requests has exploded over the past five years. Approximately 700 requests every day were directed to AT&T alone. What do mobile phone users think about Big Brother?
Maybe it’s easier for law enforcement to submit a request for Sprint customers. I bet a lot of those requests are junk and out right violations of privacy. … It appears that over 30% of the requests are emergencies that bypass the need for a court order or subpoena. I really hope that that type of request is made if someone’s life is in physical danger. … The good news is that 1.29 million of the requests were by law enforcement officers trying to get the text logs for their daughters, daughters’ boyfriends, and wives.
I really don't care how many requests are made. I want to know how many requests are made that turn out to be for malicious purposes, self-gain, abuse of the system. … We need real data on what the requests are being used for, and what information is being granted. … This is WAY too many requests for me to believe there is any sort of "due process" taking place here. … So taxpayers paid about a billion to compensate the telecoms for spying on taxpayers at the request of the government. This is infuriating.
This really isn’t surprising. … I can choose to not own a cellular phone. That does not absolve any officials in any manner from willfully deciding to break the law. … We continue to be in a very precarious situation regarding our privacies and our cell phones. … All that is truly needed is to have the fourth amendment followed. No info without a warrant, and no warrant without probable cause. That is the only answer.
We've only just begun to see the tip of the iceberg in Tablet entrants, but one thing is sure - the tech-minded make no bones about which companies and systems they are behind. Only time will tell if consumers will really be checking for Surface. Funny that the same week Microsoft makes this announcement, a study is released that says that consumers want more ad-supported Tablet apps (so that they don't have to pay for them). In the era of bottom up, rather than top down, how will companies manage to stay on top of consumer needs when consumers are actually outpacing the ad agencies, etc. that actually used to dictate to them? Interesting to watch!
Microsoft is joining the tablet game. Just announced this week: Surface. The devices are based on Windows 8 and are designed for work and play. It's 9.3 millimeters thick, and it weighs 1.49 pds. Its display is 10.6-inch widescreen HD. The big difference between that and other tablets? Surface is sold with a keyboard. In a way, it looks like mini-mini laptop. But do techies think the market is ripe for Surface? Let's see.
Microsoft has a much larger user base to support than Apple. Apple can safely remove legacy support but if Microsoft does it, they'll get lots of big business complaining because their ancient specialist software no longer works. Microsoft did kill of 16-Bit support in Windows x64, which means the majority of DOS and all Windows 3.1 apps don't work....
What I don't get is why they came up with 2 versions. Its like they were conflicted in the direction of tablets, and so bet on 2 designs. Pick one. Either tablets are fully functional notebook replacements...or they're a new class of computing device with a separate mobile OS. Personally, I would be happy with a mobile OS that is a portal to a Windows 8 computer.
Microsoft's new tablet... could change how CIOs think about tablets. Mobile devices are so intrinsically personal that CIOs have almost been forced to allow employees to dictate which mobile devices they’ll use for work purposes....But CIOs secretly wishing for a Windows device attractive enough to entice consumers that also includes features businesses need, like support for legacy applications, should rejoice in Surface.