Manage Multiple Cloud Services With Jolicloud Drive Google Chrome Extension

Do you use online cloud storage service?  Do you have multiple accounts with multiple cloud storage services?  Do you use Google Chrome browser?  If you say yes to all of these questions, then Jolicloud Drive Extension for Google Chrome can help you manage multiple online cloud storage services at once with ease.  In the video right after the break, I briefly introduce you to Jolicloud Drive Chrome Extension.  Enjoy!!!

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Installing ManagingNews, An Alternative To Google Reader

Google announced that they will shut down Google Reader in couple months.  I don’t remember the exact date which Google has set to shut down Google Reader, but if I’m not wrong it will be sometime in July of 2013.  Anyhow, since I’m a heavy Google Reader user, it’s hard for me to think that I can go without Google Reader for months and into the infinity.  Nonetheless, Google will shut down Google Reader, and there is nothing we can do about it.  So, I’ve been looking around for Google Reader replacement and I’ve found ManagingNews.  Of course, there might be better alternative Google Reader software/services out there, but for now I’m sticking with ManagingNews.  If you want to know how to use and install ManagingNews onto your computer, please watch the video right after the break.  By the way, ManagingNews is free!  Enjoy the video!!!

Chromebook Pixel Unboxing Video (YouTube)

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel (Photo credit: Stratageme.com)

Google’s premium laptop Chromebook Pixel is a nice expensive toy, but how nice?  Well, if you ask me, I would say probably not much.  Nonetheless, if you ask other people, I bet some of them would bet that I’m wrong.  I’m not going to be mad though, because everyone has their own opinion.  This is why I don’t mind to embed the YouTube video right after the break which shows you the unboxing of Chromebook Pixel.  Oh, if you insist on asking why I do not think much of Chromebook Pixel, you can just check out my other article which is “Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!”  By the way, check out the awesome unboxing of Chromebook Pixel right after the break.

Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!

chromebook pixel

chromebook pixel (Photo credit: Frances Berriman)

Is Chromebook Pixel real or just a concept?  It seems that arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel is indeed a real product.  According to arstechnica’s “Google’s new touchscreen Chromebook Pixel: a $1,299 laptop for cloud dwellers” article, Google had just announced the existence of Chromebook Pixel.  If Chromebook Pixel is real, so?  The buzz about Chromebook Pixel is that it’s an exotic animal.  By this I mean it’s basically a machine which mainly focuses on staying connect to the Internet only, but it’s a very gorgeous only online machine (if we discount that it does have some offline features).  I’m sure it got some offline features, but it is designed to be working with the cloud.  It’s no surprised really since Chromebook Pixel is a more expensive version of other Google’s Chromebook products.  So, Chromebook Pixel is more of a beast among Chromebook products, but its core functionality is still all about cloud functionalities.  Simply really, Chromebook Pixel is just a lot more gorgeous in terms of screen resolution and other whistles and bells.

arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel has screen resolution of 2560×1700 with 239 pixel per inch, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB flash storage for Wi-Fi model and 64GB flash storage for LTE model.  By purchasing Chromebook Pixel, a customer will get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for free for 3 years.  Cloud storage?  If you never heard of cloud but know of Dropbox, then Google Drive is somewhat similar to Dropbox.  1TB of Dropbox would be nice eh?  So, if you like Dropbox that much, then I guess 1TB of Google Drive is definitely one of those temptations that is hard to refuse.

It seems that the screen resolution for Chromebook Pixel is the main focus, because 2560×1700 is a lot.  It’s a beast!  I’m not a fan of i5 processor, therefore in term of processor Chromebook Pixel is a let down for me.  4 GB of RAM only?  In my opinion, 4GB of RAM for any machine from today onward isn’t enough (but you might think otherwise and I don’t mind).  Since Chromebook Pixel is an always online machine, 32 or 64 GB of flash storage does make sense until it doesn’t.  How come?  In my opinion, the 2560×1700 screen is a waste on Chromebook Pixel.  I’m reasoning that whoever wants to work with such beautiful/exotic screen resolution might need to store humongous sizes of visual data (e.g., videos, photos, etc…), but what Chromebook Pixel doesn’t carry — Chromebook doesn’t support USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi speed — will hamper the productivity of whoever wants to use Chromebook Pixel in a more hardcore manner.

Now, if Chromebook Pixel supports USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, even though Chromebook Pixel doesn’t have huge local drive storage space, I will definitely want a Chromebook Pixel for myself, even with the current might be Chromebook Pixel’s price range $1200 – $1400.  How come?  Let pretend that I’m a real photographer (because I’m only an aspiring one), I definitely have tons of photos and videos to store, to make backups of, and the likes.  With USB 3.0 support, I can use USB 3.0 capability to speedily transfer my videos and photos back and forth between the external hard drives and Chromebook Pixel, because making data backups is so important to people like the photographers.  Let say I’m a paranoid data integrity and data redundancy freak, and so if Chromebook Pixel supports 802.11ac standard, I can definitely speed up my backup of data to the cloud.

You see, I think Chromebook Pixel lacks some really important features even though it is obviously designed to be an online only machine.  I think Chromebook Pixel should not emphasize an online only machine to the point that alienates the good features that it supposes to carry for offline needs.  Instead of carrying USB 3.0, Chromebook Pixel carries USB 2.0.  We know USB 3.0 is the way forward, but people are also comparing USB 3.0 against Thunderbolt too.  This is why it’s so weird for me to see Chromebook Pixel carries only USB 2.0.  Perhaps, not carrying any USB support at all might make more sense than not carrying USB 3.0?  Also, faster Wi-Fi is always a must have feature.  We know that we have the faster Wi-Fi capability through 802.11ac standard/capability, but Chromebook Pixel decides to not support 802.11ac?

Besides the lack of various important features I mentioned, Chromebook Pixel does look like a very nice toy.  From what I’ve seen of it, it looks nice!  The screen, the body, and the shape of Chromebook Pixel speaks to me in a very positive manner.  Simply put, I love the overall look of Chromebook Pixel.  Unfortunately, it reminds me of Macbook products.  Fortunately, I think it might look even better than Macbook Pro, but I’m not sure unless I can see and touch it (only see a video of it).  Oh yeah, if you think I’m a Mac fanatic, then you don’t know me at all.  Obviously, that should be the case since you don’t know me at all in real life.  Nonetheless, let me reveal to you something about me, I’m also a Windows 8 and Linux fanatical sort of person.  If I know another good sort of OS-brand-hardware type out there, I might as well be a fanatic for such too…

Before I end this post, let me say that you can also reach out and touch that beautiful Chromebook Pixel’s screen.  How come?  It’s a touchscreen yo!  Check out the Chromebook Pixel in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

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Will Google Glasses Let You Fight Your Friends In Boxing Ring, Get Slim With Fitness Application, And More?

Google Logo officially released on May 2010

Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google glasses has yet to make an official debut, but I feel like this Google’s futuristic eyewear might become a boon for video games and fitness applications.  Here is an idea for a video game using Google glasses.  Imagining if you are going to do some boxing with a few friends.  Instead of putting on real boxing gloves and get into the ring, you and a friend just need to put on the Google glasses, and the augment reality kicks in which transforms you and your friend into boxers.  Of course, the Google glasses needs to turn you and your friends into boxers with real audience.  Imagining the world can watch your friends and you best each other out with augment reality gloves in augment reality boxing matches, and when your a friend loses the fight, someone in the audience can actually challenge you to an augment reality boxing match (this person too must wear a Google glasses or else he would not be able to appear among the audience).  The people in the audience can be anywhere in the world.  OK, maybe this is probably going to be super hard to be implemented even for Google glasses, but what if it will be possible?  Using the scenario above, one can imagine that someone will be able to create something like fitness video game or fitness training application too.  Then again, everything about Google glasses is only now a hearsay, because people like us (not Google employees) have yet a chance to try it out and seeing its real capability — but I so wish that Google glasses technology will be able to allow app developers to create something like a boxing video game which I had a pleasure of describing and imagining above.

Google Glasses To Enhance Users’ Normal Sight With Computational Information

The image of Seattle being refracted through m...

The image of Seattle being refracted through myopic glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google envisions Google glasses which enhances users’ normal sight with computational information.  For an example, when you look up and at the sky, the Google glasses might tell you the weather information.  When you need to use a Google map, just speak out loud and the Google glasses will understand your natural language and pull up a Google map with complete direction.  Turn by turn direction?  Not a problem!  Furthermore, Google glasses can even snap a picture and allow you to either do a voice chat or video chat with friends.  How about email?  Not a problem!  So basically, you can do a lot by just wearing a Google glasses, and the only requirements you ever need are your own voice and the intelligence which understands the information that Google glasses digitally draws onto your normal sight.  The video right after the break will demonstrate Google glasses concept.  I don’t think this is yet a product, but it might be if Google dares to push this concept ahead.

Personally, I think Google glasses will be so distracting that I might get a headache from using it.  Perhaps, if Google does it right, then Google glasses — if become the real product — might not be so bad.  Nonetheless, just thinking about Google glasses and how the information might interfere my normal sight is rather giving me a headache already.  Perhaps, if you can switch between normal sight and enhance sight mode, then it won’t be too bad all the time.  In fact, if you can switch between normal sight and enhance sight, Google glasses might become a super useful eyewear.  Additionally, I think Google glasses can also be very useful for teleconference type of meeting (i.e., more than two or three people meeting up virtually through the use of Google glasses)!

Oh, I can already here you say, can this be the next iPhone?  I don’t see why not if in the near future people rather wear Google glasses than carrying around an iPhone.  Then of course, Google glasses has to allow people dial the phone numbers through voice.  Perhaps, with Google glasses, people might call each other up and see each other too if both users have their Google glasses on at the same time.  Intriguing?  How about the idea of playing games and using all types of apps with Google glasses?  For this to work, Google might have to incorporate Kinect technology or similar technology into Google glasses.  One thing which I’ve a hard time imagining is the large amount of sophisticated technology that will get cram into something as small as a Google glasses.  Can Google do it?  Obviously, we don’t know, but at least we can bet that Google has the cash and the brains to boldly go about figuring this one out!

Just an update to this post!  I think Google glasses might take the argument of privacy to the whole new level.  How come?  If Google or anyone else has the access to how Google glasses stores information, that’s if Google glasses does stores what it sees, then there will be very little privacy one might has when using Google glasses.  Perhaps, people who are interacting with you when you’re wearing Google glasses can get very uncomfortable since they might think that anyone who has access to your Google glasses (besides you of course) can actually spying on them as they are interacting with you either face to face or through the pipe of the Internet.  This reminds us that hackers might love this kind of technology, because if without proper security, hackers can totally have a really close up and intimate kind of access to a Google glasses wearer and the people that interact with the Google glasses wearer.  What do you think?