For a holiday-shortened week, there sure is a lot of tech news out there to discuss. For instance: Is Facebook making its own smartphone? We’ve heard this rumor before and we’re hearing it again.
GameStop is making a mobile move, too, selling Android tablets in its stores, even with a few pre-loaded games. Tablet screen sizes are turning out to be popular with gamers, but what about a 1080p HD screen on a 5-inch phone? LG is working on it, so we’ll probably see it soon.
Flame, Flamer, SkyWiper — no matter what you call it, it’s a worm with a mission and its snatching sensitive data off computers around the Middle East and making a lot of people very unhappy. Check out the Kaspersky Labs blog post that covers it all.
Get ready for the next flurry of actual non-rumor Apple posts this month! The keynote speech at the World Wide Developer’s Conference is scheduled for June 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. While you’re waking, you can always watch some Amazon Instant Video on your Xbox, mourn the loss of the Nextel network next year or watch the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Summer vacation season is now officially here, so what mobile camera apps and photo editors do you favor? Facebook hopes you’ll go with its new Facebook Camera app for iOS, but I still favor Camera+ for its ease of use, ability to upload to multiple sharing sites and rockin’ Clarity filter. Pedro likes the similarly named Camera Plus Pro for firing off quick snaps with the 5 megapixel camera on his latest iPad. (He also has a thing or two to say about HDR photography and why it looks so nice.)
As for editing photos on tablets, although it’s possible to do quick edits like cropping and red-eye removal with the Photos app tools in iOS 5, there are a ton of other options, including Adobe’s free Photoshop Express and Photoshop Touch apps for iOS and Android. Apple’s own iPhoto for iPad is another option for iOS users who prefer the iPhoto take on photos and Snapseed has its fans as well. Pedro also likes the Photoforge 2 and Photogene apps. As for the photo-friendly accessories, we both get a lot of use out of the iPad Camera Connector Kit and the Digital AV Adapter for iPad.
Now, if only some of these apps would run on this phone….
Well, after a five-month hiatus (and one book deadline), the Kaiser and I are back yapping in front of live microphones. Welcome to Pop Tech Jam, our new independently produced audio magazine where we discuss the current state of both popular technology and popular culture — and other fun stuff. We wouldn’t be here without help, so here’s a big shout to Christian and Mario of BROS, for hosting the show and getting us back online.
On this week’s episode of Pop Tech Jam, Pedro and I catch up on some of the big things that have happened while we were away, including the looming Windows 8 Release Candidate Preview expected next month and anticipation for Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference in mid-June. (And on the topic of Apple, how about that sudden name change for the 4G iPad?) But at least they finally put out a software update that turns off the “reopen all windows” checkbox when you shut down — because that was driving me nuts having to remember to uncheck the box every time so my Mac didn’t take forever to start up the eight programs I’d been using the last time.
The Facebook initial public offering of stock last week continues to make headlines, but not in a good way. At least we have some geekworthy summer movies (After The Avengers) to take our minds off such things, including Men In Black 3 this weekend, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises. And let’s not forget The Amazing Spider-Man.
We are also sad to note the passing of engineer Eugene Polley this week. The man who invented the wireless TV remote control died this week at the age of 96. Couch potatoes everywhere are forever in his debt.
This week’s podcast is just a quick preview of what we’ll be up to. In future episodes of Pop Tech Jam, Pedro and I will share our favorite tips, tricks and techniques for happier computing, keep up with current events, rant when necessary, discuss apps and games and hopefully wrangle some guests onto the show for a chat as well. Let’s jam!