R.I.P Steve Jobs, and 5 Awesome Things He Brought to the Me

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

 

I could not call myself as an Apple fanatic, nor could I say I am a loyal follower of Steve Jobs.  But I admire his vision and creativity.

 

Think Different

The first time when I got a sense of his creativity is the Think Different ad series.  I was a kid and that time, yet I could still remember the shock these ads gave me.  Simple but powerful, a picture could really say a thousand words.

Think Different Apple

 

Newton

The second thing I like about Apple and SJ is Newton.  I have never been a Newton owner, but thanks to a friend of mine I got the chance to play with this innovative product for a few days.  That was the time when iPhones first hit the market.  Even as of today I still think that Newton is a great product.  The user control is very intuitive, it is truly an electronic notepad.  Write with the hand and the texts are recognized.  Delete a word by rubbing it out like using an eraser.  Draw a straight horizontal line to start a new page.  The note taking apps for present-day tablets are simply followers.

Newton and iPhone

 

iMac

The first mac I have ever touched and used was the original iMac.  The OS was a bit new to me at that time, but the way that the computer and the monitor were packed in a stylish and tiny all-in-one case was really impressive.

iMac

 

Mac OS

Being a kid who grown up with DOS, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, Mac OS is simply a heaven.  I began using Mac OS everyday when I bought my first 17″ iMac, which is the one I am using to write this blog post.

When people ask me why I like Mac OS, I always tell them Mac OS is designed for human and Windows is made for (and by) engineers.  You virtually do not need to learn before using Mac.  Windows is a totally different story.

Mac OS

 

iPod

iPod is not the first digital music player, but it is truly revolutionary.  Just like how Apple made computers that fit in the living room as a decorative piece, iPod is not only a music player.  It’s a companion when jogging, an accessory to wear, a news receiver (via podcasts), a pain reliefer (meditation tool)…  I spend many hours on iPods everyday.

iPod

 

In Memoriam

Many mega web sites have found their ways to pay tribute to Steve.  Google did not change the doodle, but added a line underneath the search box.

Google Steve Jobs

 

Amazon dedicated a corner of their main page to Steve, which links back to Apple’s official web site.

Amazon Steve Jobs

I have already pre-ordered the Kindle ebook version of his official biography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the pre-orders of which jumped 418 times on Amazon, according to thenextweb.  There are some other books and movies that you may have a look if you want to know more about him.  My top recommendations are:

Steve Jobs the Biography

The Official Biography

 

Inside Steve's Brain

An Informative Book About Steve’s Way of Thinking

 

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates of Silicon Valley

 

Steve Jobs, the man who changed the world, I’ll miss you.

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Pre-order Opened, Carry the Cloud With You Anywhere

As a Kindle user, I’m so excited to see the announcement of Kindle Fire, Amazon’s latest 7″ multi-touch color tablet.  It is slim, ultralight and most importantly, give users a shortcut to the cloud at anytime and anywhere.  The best of all, Kindle Fire is only $199, a truly bargain price for an Android tablet.

 

Amazon Silk: A Cloud-accelerated Browser on Kindle Fire

The most impressive thing about Kindle Fire is Amazon Silk, the built-in browser of this tablet.  Amazon claims that Silk is much faster than other browsers due to the support of the cloud.

Amazon Silk Browser on Kindle FireEvery time there is a page request Silk determines what tasks to be handled by the tablet and what data to be processed by the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) server, taking into consideration factors such as network status and page complexity.  And Amazon said that they had peered with major internet service providers and top web sites, so many of the web pages you browse actually has a cached copy on Amazon’s server.  This shortens the loading time of web pages.

Besides, Amazon’s server learns from billions of web sites so that it can push associated content to the tablet, without having to wait until the whole page has been loaded to determine what to download.  This again accelerates the whole loading process.

This is not the first time we see similar technologies.  For example, SKyFire is a browser that converts flash content into iPhone compatible format before pushing the content to iPhone, to make iPhone “flash-enabled”.  This is a clever design because the iPhone hardware may be incapable to process the data.

Watch this video for an in-depth (5 mins+) explanation of Silk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u7F_56WhHk

 

Amazon Content with Free Cloud Storage

Kindle Fire fully utilizes the rich content pool of Amazon (the existing Instant Video and MP3).  There are over 100,000 movies and TV shows and 17 million songs users can enjoy on Kindle Fire.  Besides, Amazon released color digital publications including magazines, books and children books.

Kindle Fire Free Cloud StorageThe huge collection of content is stored on Amazon’s server for free, meaning that users can “buy” the contents without having to spent any local disk space for storage.  Only when needed the contents are streamed or downloaded to the tablet.

Again, this is not a completely new concept.  Since the first generation Kindle, Amazon keeps all books I bought online, I can delete the local copy and re-download at anytime.  Now Amazon pushes this forward to all other multimedia content.

And with the Whispersync technology, Amazon keeps track of your reading and watching progress.  If you finished playing 25 minutes of a TV show, when you switch on Kindle Fire, it plays from the 26th minute onward.  This is a truly remarkable design that brings convenience to users.

 

Summary:  The Cloud on Hand

Cloud High Club is not a gadget blog, I’ll leave the many other attractive features of Kindle Fire to you to explore on Amazon.  I simply want to point out that Amazon truly “invented” a product that effectively integrates the cloud with a tablet.  Not to mention the rich multimedia content that Amazon brings.

Why?  Although there are many tablets (iOS and Android) out there, that all “connect” to the internet.  On the other hand, I have the impression that Kindle Fire is built to “utilize” the net.  It’s like a simple terminal that delivers the best of the internet contents to users.  To a certain extent this matches the belief behind Chromebooks.  And Kindle Fire is slim (0/45″ or 11.4mm thick) and light (14.6 ounces or 413 grams).  It truly makes the cloud portable while enjoyable.

If you are a heavy web user who enjoys watching and listening to multimedia content, reading books and games, Kindle Fire is a must-have tablet.  Of course, it’s not a truly Android tablet, since the OS is custom-tweaked to run Amazon Apps only.  Perhaps users would soon find out that Fire could be “androidized” as easily as for Nook.  But even running the stock OS, I could see huge potential of Kindle Fire being a killer cloud-centric tablet.

Buy one or check out more at ==> Amazon

Kindle Fire at $199 only

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUtmOApIslE

 

Top 20 Google Plus vs Facebook hilarious animated GIFs

It’s Social Wednesday!   Every Wednesday I write about web apps and browser add-ons or observations related to social networks.  SUBSCRIBE to RSS feed or email updates to follow these stories!

Ever since the launch of Google+, the internet community seemed to be so happy about Google+ and begin teasing Facebook.  The most common (and funny) way is to mock Facebook with animated GIFs.  I have been following these animations for a while, today let me share with you the top 20 pieces I like the most.

(It may take a few seconds to load all of them, but lots of laugh guaranteed!!!)

Soccer Animated GIFs: Google+ vs Facebook

Boys love sports!  We show our passion about Google+ by creating funny animations, like these:

Google vs Facebook soccer animated GIF

Oops… it hurts!

Google vs Facebook soccer animated GIF

Google: “Who’s stronger?  Now you know!”

 

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Google Plus to surpass 10,000,000 users tomorrow (12 July)? Some say 8.5M only

According to Paul Allen, a Google+ user, Google+ will surpass 10 million users tomorrow, 12 July.  He has been doing a Google+ user number survey on a surname basis.  He had already made estimations on 5 and 10 July that came up with the figures of 1.7 million and 4.5 million respectively.

 

What did Paul find out?

Google Plus 10 million user count

Paul drew data from the US Vensus Bureau and sampled the appearance of some surnames on Google+.  Certainly this is not an accurate method because he did not count in non-English surnames.  Besides, his sampling size was small (the 5 July survey only counted 79 surnames).  But we did get an useful idea from Paul’s survey, i.e. the growth of Google+ has been crazily fast.  He found on 10 July that some surnames had a growth of double or more:

Surname………………Monday ……………….. Saturday

Maring ………………….. 3 ………………………….. 9
Tomczyk ………………. 5 ………………………… 20
Lagana ………………… 7 …………………………. 13
Shireman ……………… 2 ………………………….. 12
Tat ………………………. 12 ………………………… 51
Tozzi …………………….. 15 ……………………….. 31
Trudel ……………………. 9 …………………………. 25
Yasin …………………….. 25 ……………………….. 52
Greb ……………………… 3 ………………………… 11
Toepfer ………………….. 3 ………………………… 13
Cullinane ……………….. 7 …………………………. 18

 

Another Estimation by Jorge Steffen

Google user count around 8 million

Another Google+ user, Jorge Steffen, used “Google Search” to find out the answer.  He searched plus.google.com for all profiles, and got a fluctuating result between 5.5 million to 8.5 million.  This is the search parameter he used:

inurl:plus.google.com/*about site:plus.google.com

I ran the same search and nested a even more fluctuating figure from 2.5 million to 6 million.  Why’s that?  I’m not sure, perhaps people are playing hide and seek with their profiles?  Google+ users could choose to block Google Search from reaching them, perhaps this is the reason.

 

Basically being silence is how Google respond to queries about product subscription, just like what they said about the Chromebook sales figure.  is No matter what, we are pretty sure that Google+ is so popular that a user figure of several million is by no means surprising.  As long as Google keeps the invitation system open to all current users, some day Google+ will be as popular as Facebook, I believe.  (Ya I know I’m a big fan of Google+, so what?)

Meet Paul here and Jorge here.

 

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