NPD: Apple will lose quarter of tablet market by 2017

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Okay so I’m back, it has been a week sinse I updated because I was visiting my exchange partner from BC. This blog a very short and to the point statement. ‘Apple will lose quarter of tablet market by 2017.’  According to NPDImage representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase Display Search (global market research and consulting firm) PC tablet sales are expected to grow five times over by 2017, but Apple will not account for a lot of it. NPD stated that by next year Apple will control close to 75 percent of the global tablet market with iOS on the iPad. As the Android market increases, NPD believes that Amazon‘s Kindle Fire will become the new number 1 because of their amount of diversification in the market. Another possibility for market toppers would be the new Windows 8, leaping from a fractional 1.5 percent in 2012 to 7.5 percent in 2017.

Like I said it was very short and to the point and is a good read for Monday morning.


Hulu Plus Review

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Hulu is a is an app found on Google Play that allows users to watch television on their computer for free. Recently Hulu has released Hulu Plus, which allows user to watch television shows on their mobile phones. While the Hulu app on Google Play is free, the Hulu Plus service requires a US$7.99/month. The main problem with this service is the fact that many shows that were available on the free, PC version of Hulu, are not available on Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus does offer shows that the free version of Hulu doesn’t however. This article explains the pros and cons of this app from Google Play, and explains what devices are supported by the app. Also the article contains many problems that the reviewer faced while testing the app, and what he thought about them. Most of them were only minor errors, but some of them were huge let downs. Anyone who has ever wondered if the $7.99/month price of the Hulu service was worth it, read this article to help you decide.

Nintendo Struggling from new mobile technologies

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Technology has been advancing at an alarming level the past few years, slowing down many companies income. Recently the Nintendo market has fallen drasticlly. Out of all the consoles available today, Nintendo is becoming the least popular. The rapidly increasing speed of mobile technology has caused Nintendo to fall behind in sales and popularity. Even the new 3DS was unable to compare against the rising amount of mobile sales. Nintendo needs to widen their hardware to mobile phones like super mario 64 on android phones, or a new warioware for tablets. This really disapoints me. I remember the days when Nintendo was the first game console to ever be released, and Mario, the Italian, mushroom eating, plumber was released onto television sets everywhere. It literally gave birth to all those video games that we see in stores today. When systems such as these are becoming more and more popular in dumps and dirty closets, it sorta disrespects Nintendo. In a wierd nerdy sorta way. I hope that Nintendo realizes their issues, and figures out a way to solve it. Also maybe the WiU will boost Nintendo’s sales up a notch, so that they don’t have to abandon their fans and leave their buissiness in dumpsters.

Epson America Ships Android-powered Moverio BT-100

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This rather large clunky device, is an image enhancing projection screen, in the form of glasses.

It was first released in Japan in November, but is now available to buy in the U.S, for $699.99. These glasses project a virtual floating screen in frount of the user that grows in size the further away the wearer stares into the distance.  The device is the equivalent of a 320-inch screen at a distance of 65 feet(20 meters) The projected image seen by the wearer is created an HTPS TFT colour liquid-crystal panes on each arm of the glasses, that project the image by being reflected by mirrors, to a half-mirror layer that projects the image to the wearers pupils, and directs external light through the lens. Epson says that the projected light is balanced with the light intensity from the outside world . That is so the user can see the enhanced image through the lens, as well as his/her surroundings. Though the device looks uncomfortable, Epson included padded arms , 3 diffrent sizes of nose pads, and replaceable lenses. Epson even included a unique pair of earphones, one earbud and cord for each arm, to activate Dolby Mobile Surround Sound.

This new device is sure to be a new experience to wearers. I know I won’t try them because they are not sold in Canada, and they are too much money anyways. In fact I would be kinda nervous, trying those things on. Trusting technology to saftley direct images to your pupil. It seems risky to me. Anyways if you readers are interested in these kinds of things, feel free to visit the links at the bottom of the page. I am exited for their future models though because they could offer mobile entertainment, and virtual 3-D environments. (That wuld be SWEET!)

Windows 8 kills desktop computers!

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This is another article about Windows 8, this time providing more information. The article’s main point is to describe how the world might react to the new ipad touch-screen tablet like format called Metro through reviews and tests on older computers.

The new start screen is completely diffrent than previous Windows systems. Instead of the start menue, there are just apps and simple to use shortcuts, to navigate the system. These changes might be irritating to some users who are used to the old windows computers (almost everyone). For example: to start the system instead of a passcode that the user must enter like in ipods, the user must drag the screen down to reveal a log in. This might seem cool and very simple for users on the windows 8 tablet, but on a desktop it is just plain annoying. Windows realized this problem and tried to fix the issue by inserting a function that allows the user to change the format from mobile tablet to desktop computer, with the start menu, programs arranged in their folders, and even the old command prompt. They also inserted the run program to easily run any program that you want. The article explains that this new idea of windows 8 being a desktop computer, and a tablet would dissapoint users no matter how smooth the system is. Users who were looking for a desktop computer would be irritated by the new mobile tablet format, and users who were looking forward to buying a new mobile tablet, may find that purely focused mobile phone tablet would be a better choice, instead of a tablet/desktop fusion.

I was very dissipointed with this article. The new windows system is really going to destroy desktop computers. The article said that years from now people would still have a desktop computer at their house but all the old programs and functions would be gone. I was happy about the way windows tried to fuse the desktop and mobile tablet together though, that would be very sweet. If only it had recieved better reviews. I always hated computers anyways, maybe windows will start to go out of buisiness and x-box will be destroyed as well someday. That would be awesome. GO PLAYSTATION!