Thursday, June 28, 2012

Google demonstrated streaming AAA video game content like Electronic Arts' Bulletstorm without the need for Flash or Java At Google I/O today in San Francisco, Google demonstrated streaming AAA video game content like Electronic Arts' Bulletstorm, made by Epic Games and People Can Fly, in the Google Native Client on a Samsung Chromebox. By working closely with Google's team, Gaikai will soon allow you to run high end console-quality games instantly from the Cloud in your Chrome browser and Chrome OS without the need for Flash or Java. You can run a complete gaming experience, including using a gamepad and playing full screen. Over the last three years, Gaikai has built the fastest interactive gaming network in the world and is proud to be chosen to demonstrate this new Chrome capability in the Google Keynote today.

Friday, June 08, 2012

NOKIA please bring a 42 mega pixel Windows Phone to US now!

The company is not doing itself any favors as it lumbers within the smartphone business. It missed a rare opportunity to release a version of the Nokia 808 with its 42-megapixel camera. This unit was shown in the big Mobile World Congress earlier in the year with no plans to bring it out in the U.S. Why not? One reason may be because it was running on the old Symbian OS. But why did the company do that in the first place? I’m positive that a Windows Phone from Nokia packing a 42-megapixel sensor would get a lot of attention and subsequent sales. But the company apparently doesn’t think so.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sequoia's "RIP Good Times" Revisited

IE10 and FLASH

Finally, there’s Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft’s in-house web browser, which adds a couple of interesting features. First, Microsoft has added a strip of frequently visited and pinned/bookmarked sites that appear when you begin typing in a URL. Potentially more useful, however, is “Flip Ahead,” which adds an arrow (only visible if your mouse is close by) to the right of the screen. The arrow looks at Bing user activity and page data and actually tries to predict the most likely page you want to go to. This would be very handy for, say, articles split among multiple pages — that is, if it actually took you to the next page. In my brief test with a few multi-page articles from Slate, it did nothing of the kind, but perhaps it just needs tweaking (and more user data). Most important, IE10 now has Flash compatibility built in. However, as Microsoft explained to me, this does not mean that every Flash site will render properly. Since IE in Metro uses a customized version of Flash that Microsoft worked directly with Adobe to create, sites need to submit themselves for approval to work with IE10. Microsoft said it’s already taken care of big Flash sites (like YouTube) and more are getting added to the bucket. This seams to be the best way to avoid bogus SWF to mess up your CPU and so forth. This should be the same for Android APP to reduce the ridiculous amount of ADB log draining the battery Please Google implement a turned on or off ADB LOG in the settings of next Android OS.

Microsoft with its unveiling of Xbox SmartGlass

SmartGlass is not a kind of glass. Maybe it's the buzz about the Gorilla Glass featured on the new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Or the fact that touchscreens are a key part of the feature. Or -- you know -- the fact that they called it SmartGlass. But some folks have been confused on that score. The feature is actually an app. It will work with the Windows 8 operating system, which runs on both PCs and mobile devices, to link up tablets and smartphones with the Xbox console and, by extension, a user's TV. So I need a Windows phone or tablet? No, you don't. Obviously, Microsoft would prefer you buy something such as the Nokia Lumia 900 or one of the many tablets expected to be released once a final version of Windows 8 is up and running later this year. But SmartGlass will also work with Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, or mobile devices running Google's Android operating system. As long as you have an Xbox 360 and either a PC running Windows 8, mobile devices running Windows 8 or an iOS or Android device, you're good to go.