On My Tech Radar

On My Tech Radar

by RJ Jacquez

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Android 3.0.1 for Motorola Xoom is Available

March 12, 2011 2 Comments

I just installed the Honeycomb 3.0.1 update on my Motorola Xoom. The process only took a few minutes and was pretty straightforward. Other than what we have read about this update, namely that it includes required enhancements to support upcoming Adobe┬« Flash┬« Player 10.2, scheduled for March 18th, I haven’t found a list of what else is new.

I did notice that the Browser is now much more stable and even a bit faster, as well as switching between running apps. If you find a list of what else is new, please share by leaving a comment. I’m looking forward to installing Adobe Flash Player 10.2.

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If you have an iPad and like Flipboard, you are really going to like this new App. Now if they can only make it available for the Motorola Xoom. Here’s the video and you can get the App from the App store:

Zite: Personalized Magazine for iPad from zite.com on Vimeo.

Zite: A Personalized Magazine that gets Smarter as you use it

March 9, 2011

Digging Memolane

March 8, 2011

Are you ready for yet another service that organizes and displays your Social Media updates? That is precisely what memolane.com does. I just signed up and you can see my Memolane here: http://memolane.com/rjacquez

The site pulls your updates from the following Social Media sites: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blog RSS, Flickr, Last.fm, Picasa, Vimeo, foursquare, Instagram, TripIt, and myspace.

Check out this video, which explains how to navigate around the timeline:

Memolane Tutorial – Navigating Memolane from Memolane on Vimeo.

After only a few minutes, I’m very impressed with the aesthetics of the site and the ability to go back in time and see what I tweeted or posted on Facebook.

Found More Tablet-optimized Apps on the Android Marketplace

March 6, 2011

Most criticism directed toward the Motorola Xoom has been about the lack of Tablet-optimized Apps. My Xoom arrived on Friday (2/25/11), immediately after the launch. Like most other Xoom owners, I’ve been visiting the Android Market place a couple times a day, hoping to find more Tablet-optimized apps, thus far to no avail.

To be fair, Google Released the Honeycomb SDK on February 22, so developers have only had a few weeks to work on their Tablet-optimized apps.

Having said that, today I crossed my fingers and tapped on the Market app and was pleasantly surprised to find two new apps I really like, USA TODAY for Tablet and TouchDown (an Exchange email app, not a Football app) for Tablets.

I have used USA TODAY on my iPad for a while and like it, so I’m excited to use it on my Motorola Xoom. I actually like the fact that the sections are always visible on the Xoom better than I do on the iPad, which requires extra taps to display them.

I have never used TouchDown for Android but after installing it and adding my Adobe Exchange email, I like it and it works great.

As I continue to learn more about my new Motorola Xoom, I find myself liking it more every day. I especially like the potential Honeycomb has for developers, because of widgets, notifications and other things like the higher screen resolution on the Xoom. All we need now is more Apps from the Android developer community, but we are off to a good start.

Motorola Xoom vs. iPad 2 vs. other Tablets: Specs

March 3, 2011

Yesterday Apple announced the iPad 2. I bought the first iPad the day it came out and use it every day, so naturally I was interested in learning what was new in the next version. In general I wasn’t blown away by the new features, faster, thinner, lighter. In fact having used the first iPad since day one, I’ve never found it to be slow or heavy or thick in any way. I have found the overall experience to be great.

However, what I did find impressive is the new iLife apps demonstrated during the event namely, GarageBand and iMovie, particularly because it shows the beginning of what will be possible with Tablets beyond just consuming content. As more Tablets beging to go primetime, I’m very excited about the new Tablet era we are entering.

I work in eLearning at Adobe, and much of my interest in Tablets is from the perspective of Mobile Learning and whatever your preferred Tablet is, this new revolution is a great thing for all of us developing and consuming eLearning. I also own the new Motorola Xoom and have plans to post short reviews in the coming days. In the meantime, I found this comparison table between the most talked-about Tablets on Engadget to be very useful:
Courtesy of Engadget.com

What’s your take on Tablets in general?

[Tip] Hiding Unwanted Tweets (e.g. Foursquare check ins) in TweetDeck

March 1, 2011

I have no idea when TweetDeck introduced this feature, but I just found it and like it. Let’s say you follow some great people on Twitter, but occasionally they tweet about something you care little about, like say checking into Foursquare, or perhaps tweets from a particular TweetChat, well now you can set TweetDeck to hide these tweets in your columns.

This option is in the Settings dialog box (click the little wrench icon) and then the Global Filter category on the left. I just added @Foursquare to my settings and it works well.

I’m happy to see that the Motorola Xoom has finally arrived. I work on eLearning at Adobe and I’m particularly excited because of the potential Tablets like the Xoom bring to the future of Mobile Learning. Here’s a video by Robert Scoble, who does a quick review, as compared to his iPad.

Motorola Xoom arrives today via Verizon

February 24, 2011

“Statusphere” was coined by Brian Solis http://bit.ly/ibA2Cw

February 18, 2011

TED Conversations

February 16, 2011

I’m a big fan of TED.com and always make it a point to watch at least one inspiring video a week. Today I read about TED Conversations on Mashable and quickly checked it out.

TED Conversations is somewhat similar to Q&A Services like Quora, however there’s a expiration date attached to each discussion. TED Conversations are broken down into the following three categories: questions, ideas and debates. Among the the discussion leaders are Seth Godin and Tim O’Reilly.

You can experience TED Conversations here: http://www.ted.com/conversations

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