My Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet received a minor update to Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) last night. You can see photos of the process here. The AllShare Play and Next Issue noted in the update text (second photo) are two Samsung apps that provide a way to share media and subscribe to magazines, respectively. The update also appears to have added apps named S Suggest (suggest apps) and Screensaver.
The most interesting aspect of this minor update is the change to how bookmarks are displayed in Android’s default web browser. Previously, the browser required a lot of taps to go into a bookmark folder, back out, and then to a different folder. Folders are now displayed on the left side. Tapping a folder displays its bookmarks. This makes for a better and much faster web browsing experience for me.
Three word response from Steve Ballmer to my recommendation to stop being nice to notebook/tablet partners
I’m no Microsoft cheerleader or fanboi (though I am a former Microsoft MVP). But, after reading reports like this one in All Things D about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemingly trying to placate notebook and tablet hardware partners, I had to vent. And, since Ballmer often gives out his email address and tells people he reads his own email, I figured, why not send it to the man himself.
I’m not convinced that the Surface RT (Windows 8 ARM based hybrid tablet-notebook) will be a success. But, it does look interesting and generated more buzz than Microsoft has seen in a long time. We still don’t know key information like availability date, price, performance, and battery life. However, none of Microsoft hardware partners seem to be producing anything half as interesting. So, I told him that it was the wrong message to send partners who had designed failures in the Tablet PC, UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC – aka “Origami”), and netbook categories for the past decade. I suggested these four points should be the message sent to these underwhelming hardware partners.
Todd Ogasawara speaks with Spring Partners CEO Jeff Janer about the firms Springpad note taking product available for the web, Android and iOS.
From December 2011
Todd Ogasawara speaks with Untiy 3D CEO David Helgason about the firm’s 3D graphics application development tools for desktops and mobile devices in this podcast.
From December 2011
Todd Ogasawara speaks with Smule CTO and co-founder Ge Wang about the firm’s recent acquisition of Khush. Both companies create creative music apps for iOS.
From December 2011
The Spider-man movie series gets rebooted this week with a new cast and a different take of the character’s history. Young early readers who might find the movie itself a bit too intense might enjoy Disney’s $2.99…
It features photos from the upcoming movie and a story line that retells the Spider-man origin that is mostly faithful to the 1962 Amazing Fantasy comicbook version. The treat for kids and adults alike is the Augmented Reality (AR) mini-activities that puts the iPad user literally in the picture of the mini-game. The app is compatible with the iPhone 4 & 4S as well as the iPad 2 and the 3rd generation iPad.
FYI: If you are familiar with Spider-man’s history, the story in this app-book does not provide spoilers for the film itself since it only takes you up to an earlier point in the movie.
Sony Pictures has a free Spider-man AR app for the same iOS devices. This one requires you to go into the real world to find AR markers that activate animations in the app (marketing app). You can find this app here…
I’ve long wondered what the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System’s Sea-based X-band Radar (SBX-1) vessel was like close-up whenever it docked its massive frame in Pearl Harbor. The SBX-1 is a semi-submersible self-propelled, mobile radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. Today, I got the chance to find out thanks the efforts of Honolulu-based technologist and radio show host Burt Lum and the hospitality of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System. Eleven people were allowed to tour the ship and learn more about our occasional visitor. You can see a lot of what I saw in the 25 photos posted here. You can click on any of the photos to see it in full resolution.