Author Archive | JR Raphael

Google Music and Movies: Your Questions Answered

That little green robot must be struggling to catch his breath.

In addition to unveiling two significant updates to its Android operating system on Tuesday — Android 3.1 and the next-generation Android Ice Cream Sandwich — Google took the wraps off its long-discussed Google Music service and launched a new movie service for Android, too. It was all part of Google’s annual I/O conference for developers, taking place this week in San Francisco.

So what are Google’s new music and movie services all about, and how will they work for you? Here are answers to all your burning questions.

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Verizon iPhone Arrives: Is Android in Trouble?

[Note: This article republished courtesy of our pals at PCWorld.]

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has finally arrived: The Verizon iPhone is officially a reality.

No joke: Unlike the past 7.2 billion times the iPhone’s Verizon launch was absolutely, definitely confirmed to be imminent, Apple’s prized product is actually making its way to Big Red this go-round. The iPhone 4 will become available to current Verizon Wireless subscribers on February 3, with orders opening up to everyone else a week later.

Naturally, the Internet is brimming with reactions and predictions, many of which include the inevitable cries of “Sayonara, Android!” — a suggestion that the iPhone’s expansion will mark the end of Android’s impressive growth streak in the U.S. mobile market. Now, I know the tech world loves nothing more than finding a new reason to toss the hyperbolic “killer” label around (I’m still waiting for Facebook’s messaging service to deliver that final deathblow to Gmail, by the way), but let’s take a moment to put things in perspective.

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The World’s Wildest Wearable Gadgets

wearablesplashWelcome to the Future

When Marty McFly donned power-lacing shoes and a self-drying jacket in Back to the Future Part II, geeks everywhere gushed with excitement. Fast-forward 20 years to today, though, and that futuristic fashion is almost a reality. All right, so the auto-lacers aren’t here yet–but they weren’t supposed to debut till 2015. Plenty of other high-tech attire is actually available or under development right now, and you don’t even need a DeLorean to track it down.

Grab your hoverboard and get ready: We’re going on a journey to see the wildest wearable gadgets around. And–it probably goes without saying–where we’re going, we don’t need roads.