Thoughts on Apple iPad

Having followed the Apple iPad since the Cali based tech company first released word they were working on something fresh, here are my thoughts as they stand today.

Apple iPad Picture
Apple iPad Picture

This is my personal site, so naturally personal bias and opinions are sure to jump in between facts and relevant concerns. It should be known that I currently use an iTouch. This is the only product I currently use from Apple other than iTunes. It is my second iPod and I cannot be happier with this version, and to tell you the truth, my older iPod Video 30 gig is still going strong.

I bring a balanced perspective to any discussion about technology. Over the years, I have embraced  many  product manufactures.  I’m not one of those die hard Apple aficionados that will pay through the roof for the latest and greatest, generally glitch prone new Apple product.

If you somehow missed the Apple iPad release video with Steve Jobs, please go here and watch, http://www.apple.com/ipad/. Also, if you would like to read one of my older post about the iPad, to help get the historical perspective before the official release, you can just click here.

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Thoughts On Life

I’m not one to divulge personal thoughts onto digital paper. I never have been one to keep an totally open dialogue with the world. Although, over the years, with the advent of social networking and the merging of technology with friends and loved ones, much of many of our personal lives, mine included, are becoming more and more public. With mixed feelings on that subject, essentially being social networking and privacy, I write this.

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Alarming report: cell/wifi frequencies and your health

I was in Walgreens last night waiting for traffic to die down when I opened the current issue of GQ magazine. I found an article in it called, Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health.

I was disturbed by the science behind the article. I think this is a must read for many of us who are attached to our cell phones, have WiFi networks in home and/or live near high power lines. Time will tell, and probably in the upcoming few years if radio frequencies can in deed harm human DNA. Or, at the least, cause DNA to mutate, causing potential cancer and other health risks.

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Google Offers Satellite Images of Haiti, Post-Earthquake

From Read Write Web, “In the immediate aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake that caused an unbelievable amount of destruction to Haiti’s capital, Google has been asked by relief organizations and users to show images of what’s actually happening on the ground.

Google Earth Haiti earthquake before and after photo
Google Earth Haiti earthquake before and after photo

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Upcoming Google Chrome Operating System

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Another update and revolutionary product from Google is there upcoming Google Chrome OS. I’m pretty sure you are familiar with the browser version, which since the last update has become my browser of choice. Nothing comes close to loading Web pages, especially data intensive ones like Facebook.com. If you feel like trying it out, I highly recommend Google Chrome Browser by clicking here. But, will the Chome OS (Operating System) honestly be stable and ready to seriously challenge Microsoft’s OS, Windows 7, Vista and so on. Well, from what we know, that is not Google mission. The following is a collection of articles about previews and information Google has released.

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Can Apple’s iPad Succeed with a $1000 Price Tag?

I have been following the Apple tablet since it was announced last year. Mashable had an interesting conversation/post on the recently speculative 1,000 price tag of the Apple Tablet. Following the stock of Apple closely as well, the stock is at record highs and has recently experienced another increase from the tablet concept soon to be reality. But, as this article points out, yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that the Tablet could be as much as $1,000. As Mashable points out, for $1,000 one can purchase a rather decent fully-functional lab top. So, this begs the question will the Tablet succeed?

I honestly believe that the minds at Apple have something huge up their sleeves. Possibly as big as incorporating SixSense technology. I will be keeping a close eye on this product. Time will tell. Who knows, maybe Apple will launch the thing at around $699, the price of the 32 gig Apple iPhone.

Adam Faragalli

ESPN to launch 3D network in June

According the the USA Today Article, “ESPN is going 3D. The venerable sports network will launch ESPN 3D on June 11 with a World Cup soccer match, creating what it says will be the first all three-dimensional television network to the home.”

This could be the future of watching sports. I have some questions on exactly how the technology works to create 3D images on a standard TV but I’m game.

According to the USA article:

“There are challenges. You may need a new set-top box to watch 3D. It’s unclear if you’ll have to pay a premium. ESPN says it expects deals with distributors will be in place prior to launch.”

“Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro says the ESPN 3D announcement parallels where HDTV was six years ago. “This is a turning point for 3D,” he says.”

Sounds very interesting. I would love to watch my Titans in 3D.

Happy new year,

Adam Faragalli

Skype HD: 720p videocalling from PCs or directly through LG & Panasonic HDTVs

From engadget: “Skype has already made an impact on the home phone, mobiles and PC desktops (couldn’t do our podcast without it) and now it’s taking on the living room. LG and Panasonic are already lined up to deliver new HD webcams for their internet connected plasma and LCD HDTVs that will enable living room-to-living room calling in 720p.”

To see pictures and read the full post, click here.

I think this is a brilliant idea. Many of us, myself included, use our LCD and Plasma TV’s for Skype right now. I run my XPS lab top  to my LG TV with an HDMI cable and can see my caller practically life sized and clear.They might as well be sitting on my table. But add better quality and remove the lab top, even better. Cheers to LG and Panasonic for the idea.

Happy new year,

Adam Faragalli

Pranav Mistry, Inventor of The SixSense technology that will change your world

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

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http://www.ted.com/talks/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

Enjoy, this in incredible. I know I will be recommending sponsor IBM’s stock and any other company that decides to move forward with this technology.

Adam Faragalli