Google Drive is Live

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google LogoToday Google announced their newest offering, Google Drive.

Everyone gets 5GB of storage free.  Other price points are:

  • $2.49/month – 25 GB
  • $4.99/month – 100GB
  • $49.99/month – 1 TB (yes, 1000 GB)

Sure to be a major competitor to DropBox, as their prices beat out any competitor that I know of (if you know otherwise, let me know).

The new Google Drive service is available for PC / Mac, and Android devices currently.  iPhone and iPad apps are sure to follow soon.  Full integration with Google Docs is sure to push adoption of the technology (the instant sharing of edits is a great feature for remote collaboration).

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WordPress 3.3.2 Released

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

WordPressYesterday WordPress released version 3.3.2.

Included are some minor security fixes, and maintenance issues.  Not database changes were made.

 

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Chrome beats IE Usage on Sundays

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google’s Chrome browser has been beating out IE usage on weekends since March 18.  People are choosing Chrome for their home browser, while being forced to use IE at work during the week.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Due to Chrome’s automatic updates, more people are using Chrome 18 now, than any other browser version.  It’s a delight for developers to know people are automatically going to be using the most recent version of a browser.  Probably why I’d expect it to be the most recommended browser by web developers.  The graph is amazing to see how quickly use of the “old” (Chrome 17) browser drops off and the new browser jumps up.  Compare that to the IE8 and IE9 graphs.  They are slowly switching (over years, not days).

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Version Market Share

Chrome has been experiencing slow but unstoppable growth in browser usage.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Thanks to StatCounter for the cool graphs.

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WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 Released

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

WordPressThis morning it was announced that the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 was released.

If you are a web developer who develops custom themes and/or plugins, you should be watching the next release as there are changes very relevant to your work.

Here’s some of what’s new:

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

And some of the under-the-hood changes:

  • New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
  • New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
  • Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
  • Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
  • Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
  • Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory

You can download the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 here.

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Project Glass: Google’s Augmented Reality

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

It’s been a rumor for a few months, but Google is actually putting their “Project Glass” technology out in the wild.  They’ve been seen in the hands of Google employees.

This stuff is the future. We just need to find out who does it right. Google has some impressive technology here, and it actually works.

All powered by Android.  I’m still an iOS guy, but I can see this as changing my tune.

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jQuery 1.7.2 Released

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 1.7.2 was released a week ago (sorry, work has been beyond crazy, and I haven’t had time to update the blog!).

You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on blog.jquery.com.  Most fixes are standard bug fixes.

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:

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iPad 3 Event Today – Possible Haptic Display?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

AppleWhen word went out saying “We have something you really have to see.  And touch.”, who wasn’t thinking if Apple put in a haptic display (a display that gives touch feedback).

Some more rumors are popping up, saying Senseg may be on the new iPad 3.

Anyway — we all find out in a few hours.  The live blogging starts at 1pm eastern.

 

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Apple’s iPad Event (Apple TV?) – Summary of Expectations

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

AppleWith the event looming, now only 13 hours away, what can we expect from the event?

Apple has kept a lot secret this round, but there are certain things we all know:

What can we expect?  There are a few likely outcomes:

 

 

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iPad 3 Launch (mostly) Official

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

AppleI have stayed generally quiet in coverage of the iPad 3 because there are just too many rumors going around.  Everything you read is based on a “leaked” product prototype, or someone who knows someone who heard something…

Based on a series of rumors, it seems like March 7th, 2012 will be the date the iPad 3 will be announced.

This information comes from a site iMore, iPad 3 announcement March 7, quad-core, possible 4G LTE.  They have a track record of being on the ball, and the information seems to corroborate with some known insiders at Apple.

What do we know about the iPad 3?  Nothing is concrete, but here are the mostly accepted details:

  • Quad Core processor
  • Retina like display, of 2048×1536
  • LTE support is highly likely
  • The design will change only slightly

There are rumors of multiple form factors, but personally I’m not sold on them yet.

I can’t wait to get my first iPad (I think it’s finally ready).

 

 

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Google Chrome 17 Released

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google Chrome LogoYou probably have it already, as it was released yesterday.  That’s the nice thing about Chrome, no more old browser versions.

Changes seem minimal:

  • Pre-fetching and rendering of URLs as you type them
  • Safer browser downloading (downloaded files are not only checked against bad files, but against a white list, with a likely warning)
  • Minor UI tweaks (the plus icon is missing from the new tab window

Otherwise … it’s just a minor release in my opinion.

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