Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Anarchy Live Podcast: Episode 9

Hello Everyone!  Here is Episode 9 of the Anarchy Live Podcast!  Hope you enjoy it!
On this episode we talk about:

  • AOL Shutting down Winamp
  • People still complaining about YouTube and Google + Merge
  • Google needs to protect Content Creators more
  • Google Wallet card is finally here!
  • COIN
  • Apple and Samsung still in court
  • Are Teens leaving Facebook? 
  • KitKat already being pushed out to some Moto X devices, Oddly enough Verizon was first
  • Things to look forward to this week: 
  • How to come up with a good Password:  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Anarchy Live Podcast: Episode 8

On this weeks Anarchy Live Podcast I'm on my own so I tried hard to make it a quick one but doing this on my own is weird! 
  • Facebook offered Snapchat 3 Billion dollars, Google 4 Billion
  •  YouTube people hate Google +
  •  ISIS Mobile wallet goes live nationwide
  •  KitKat is out for Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 edition and Nexus 10
  •  You can manually download the official Nexus 4 KitKat and side load it
  •  Is Google planning a Nexus 8? 
  •  Moto G is out 
  •  Is OFF Contract the new way to go? 
  •  Podcast App on iPod Touch 4th Gen
  •  Google Music now available for iOS
  •  Google Awesome Movies
  •  Ipad Mini with Retina display is out
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Apple lacking innovation? Blame Samsung!

According to Apple’s Phil Schiller Samsung’s alleged copying of his company products has damaged Apple’s reputation as innovators. Some of you may remember the big trial last year between Apple and Samsung where Apple actually won and Samsung had to pay 1 Billion dollars to Apple.  Well, they are actually still fighting that battle, Judge Lucy Koh ordered a retrial because she believes that the original Jury made some errors in their calculations. 

According to Schiller  "It's much harder to create demand and people question our innovation and design skills like people never used to,"

So apparently people are questioning Apples innovation because of the way Samsung copies them.  It apparently has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that iOS has looked almost identical since day 1, or the fact that whenever they release a new tablet all they really do is make it a bit faster, thinner and lighter, or the fact that they've kind of stuck to the few devices that worked for them in the past and have not really tried making anything new.  On the contrary, I think they've killed more products than created in the last few years.  It apparently has nothing to do with the fact that they seem to spend more time trying to sue people rather than figuring out new cool things. 

I’m not a big fan of Samsung, I do believe they are sneaky bastards, I also believe that soon they are going to get rid of Android and try to use their own OS and they certainly have the right to do that, but I will say this about Samsung, they are trying to come up with new ideas.  True, most of those ideas are horrible, but every once in a while they come up with something like the Galaxy Note series.  I don’t want to take anything away from Apples past innovations, they've certainly been great, but don’t keep making minor updates to your current products and expect me to continue thinking you guys are awesome. 

I mean, look at the iphone, we know that next year we can expect a new look, it’ll probably still look very similar to the iPhone 5s which in my opinion looks similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, but we also already know that in 2015 we are just going to get the exact same phone as in 2014 with some improved specs.  Come on Apple, you want me to continue considering you innovative?  Then go take some risks!  Lord knows you can afford them!.

Javier "STUFF" Torres

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is Apple killing your old Apple Products?

On the Mac side of the Apple world things aren't so bad, we just got a rather nice OS update that works fairly well on older equipment, as far as I know anyway, I just have 1 Mac and it's a 2010 Mac Mini I use as a Media center.  The fact that they made an OS that would work with any mac 2007 and higher is however impressive to me.

On the iOS side of things however I feel like Apple is trying to just down right make products useless.  Let me try and explain why I say this.  I have an iPod Touch 4th Generation, I bought it as soon as it came out in 2010, so it's 3 years old but when I look at it, it still has a very nice screen and I keep thinking that I should still be able to do quite a bit with this.  The problem however starts with the fact that I got the iOS 6 update.

Ever since my iPod Touch got the iOS 6 update it is practically useless for anything other than music.  Which you'd think is good because that's what you buy an iPod Touch for right?  Well not exactly, I bought it because I'm an Android guy but every now and then there is an iOS app I like so the iPod Touch was a great alternative to an iPhone.  When iOS 7 was announced for some reason I thought it would make my iPod faster, but they didn't even make it available to the 3 year old device.

I understood why my 3 year old device wasn't getting an update, 3 years is a long time in the tech world I guess.  The iPod Touch is still a very nice device though, if I could downgrade it to iOS 5 it would run faster again and I'd be able to use non iOS 7 apps.  So I go and I try to figure out how to downgrade to iOS 5 but apparently I can't.  Ok so I can't really use my iPod Touch for apps much, I can use it to check facebook and a few other apps but everything is so slow that I would rather not really do that.  I would use it for music but I use Google Music and apparently there is no iOS version yet.  So what could I possibly use this little device for?

Since I started making my Podcast I have also been listening to a lot of podcasts.  I have a 1 hour commute so it's been great.  Subscribing to podcasts on iTunes seems nice and easy, even adding my own podcast to iTunes was painless, so I figured, most of the podcasts I listen to are weekly podcasts, I could load the little guy up on Monday mornings and keep it in the car all week!  Perfect!

I go to the iTunes app and find my podcast and try to subscribe.  I'm told I need the podcast app.  Ok fine, I'll download the podcast App.  Oh wait, I can't download the podcast app because it requires iOS 7. What about the older version of the program?  Nope, I am not given the option to download an older version of the Podcast app.  So I can't even do that with the iPod Touch.

I don't want to have to buy a new iPod, the screen on the one I have is great, the battery still lasts a good amount of time, there is still so much I could do with it if it wasn't running so slow, so come on Apple! Just let me downgrade my devices!

UPDATE Nov 15th 2013: So 1 day after I write this post stating there is no Google Music app for iOS, today Google Released an iOS version of Google Music All Access.  I have not been able to test it with my iPod Touch yet, hopefully it doesn't require iOS7.  That'd be funny, if Google kept my iOS device alive. Will update more later.

Javier "STUFF" Torres

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Anarchy Live Podcast: Episode 7

Hello Everyone!  Please Join me for yet another episode of The Anarchy Live Podcast!
On this episode we try to talk about the following topics:
  • Sprint trying to not activate Nexus 5? 
  • iPad Air costs $274 - $361 to make
  • Verizon Ellipsis 7
  • Ironi Aizawa
  • Google Ordered to block Max Mosley Orgy Photos
  • Google Helpouts
  • Google Voice can now do MMS on T-Mobile!
  • iFixit gives the Nexus 5 an 8 out of 10
  • Samsung 4k Displays on Phones???
  • Netflix Launches first UHD (4k) Videos
  • BlockBuster closing remaining 300 stores
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Googles New Awesome Movies Feature

A lot of times we get so focused on certain aspects of a company that we completely tend to ignore other aspects of it.  In the case of Google we tend to care about only a few things like Android or what kind of crazy new project they have going on but we forget about some of the smaller announcements.

Just recently Google updated their Google + app to include a new Google Photos app.  This app is supposed to help you make your pictures and videos awesome.  Google has already been making a lot of pictures awesome for a while, so many times I've gone into my Google + just to find out that certain pictures have been automatically enhanced or if they were very similar pictures I'll find that Google has created an Animated Gif with the pictures which is always fun to see.  Everything they do with pictures is pretty fun but today I want to talk about what they can do with video now.

Basically when you go to this Google Photos application you can select a bunch of pictures and video files to make "Awesome".  What the program does next is it creates a video file that includes all those files you asked for.  It automatically decides how long each clip should be played for.  It also adds music to your creation.

November 4 wold have been my mothers 65th Birthday, however back 2011 she had an accident that took her life.  My family still likes to try and celebrate her birthday by bringing her flowers, singing Happy Birthday and having some cake.  Since the 4th is on a Monday we decided to celebrate on Saturday.  I took my phone and recorded some videos.  At the end of the day I decided to select all those videos and test out this Awesome Video thing.  Here is the final product:

The actual program does let you edit the video a little bit and it is very intuitive.  If there is a clip you didn't like, you can easily take it out or make the clip shorter or longer.  You can also chose from a descent selection of music if you don't like the one Google picked for you.  

I love the idea of this program because so many times we go out to special events and we take pictures and videos with our phones thinking "Oh this is great!" but then those videos never make it out of our phones.  We basically let them go to waste because we don't do anything with them.  With a program like this you don't need to know anything about video editing to use it, so I could certainly see it being more useful to more people. 

I'm also hoping that by thinking bout the results they want from the app, people will start making smaller videos and not expect me to sit through their 1 hour long family reunion video :(  

Javier "STUFF" Torres

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Anarchy Live Podcast: Episode 6

Hello Everyone!

The Anarchy Live Podcast Episode 6 is here!

On this episode we talk about keeping your information safe from Crypto Locker, Bad iPhone 5s, Ashton Kutcher, Apple’s need to overcharge, the Nexus 5 and more!

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Thank You!