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Skynet is Destiny

Let’s face it, a Google/Apple showdown was destined to happen. With all the recent moves Google has with Glass, self-driving cars, Nexus, and fiber optic internet all powered by Android, Apple had to swing back. Well, the gloves are off and the fight is on.

Disclaimer: Techsnoop believes Apple makes good products. Just not superior, and they’re overpriced for value. Techsnoop’s main objection to Apple world is their invasiveness. If I buy a product, I own it. Don’t shackle me to your way of life. Rant over.

According to Mashable, Apple feels they can meet your needs with seamless cross-device integration. Phone, tablet, laptop, TV are all powered and connected with the same familiar interface. Leave off email or movie on your phone and pick it up on your laptop or TV.

Android vs Apple

Innovation Fail

Hello? Where is the innovation in this? Google has seamlessly integrated across devices already. Ever heard of Google Docs, Google Voice, Calendar and Maps? (Have you picked up a Samsung phone lately?) All of these apps are connected through the Android system and are just as easily accessed from your Windows laptop, tablet, or PC. Oh yeah, and that little Google owned platform called YouTube.

Once again Apple has taken someone else’s great idea, tweaked it a bit and yelled INNOVATION! Thinking that if they yell loud enough and slap enough slick Apple logos on it, no one will notice they copied (stole) from some one else.

The upside is that Google will certainly fight back with a tightened up Android universe and some goodies to boot.

Taking a look at some of Apple’s “innovations”, check iCloud Drive with 5GB of free storage with larger amounts available for monthly or annual fees. This sounds remarkably similar to Google Drive, yet Google offers 15GB free. But, hey, you can now auto back up your photos in iCloud. A feature that Android has had for four years.

Does Techsnoop think some of the Apple software tweaks are good? Absolutely. And, frankly, Apple fans deserve the overdue upgrades. But Techsnoop needs an ice pack for the headache that comes in when Apple claims innovation when all they did is take a bunch of great ideas from other companies and scoop them into the Apple universe. But, if you are an Apple Fangeek, you’re in for some awesome treats that Android users have  enjoyed for five or more years. Congratulations.

Let Techsnoop know if you are a Droid or Fangeek.

Credit: Popular Science

Credit: Popular Science

Happy Geek Week.  Techsnoop is a certified, second-generation geek who loves tech and gadgets.  So we’ll be translating here for non-geeks some of the great stuff happening during Geek Week.

Barbie Grows Up

First up, Barbie.  Barbie is the world’s hardest working woman.  She is the face of the women’s movement.  Barbie is a great role model for young girls.  She has her own beach house, SUV, sports car, has tried several professional careers and refused to marry her beach-bum boyfriend, Ken.

Now Barbie is going to space to explore Mars complete with pink accessories and a ray-gun.  How cool is that?  Techsnoop is going to have to get one of these for the office desk.  Inspiration, here I come.

Geek Cliff Notes

If your Geek factor needs a bump up or refresher course, check out the following from Mashable.com;
Talking robot goes to space (maybe with Barbie?)
Free education from top sites
Top 10 tech
Apply for jobs from your smartphone
Affordable holographic displays
Why you should be afraid of artificial intelligence

You Tube Entertainment

If you are putzing around with no idea what Geek Week is about, check out the official YouTube channel of videos.  Get started with the video below from Matt Mira.

And let us know if you’ve joined the ranks of the Geeks.

samsungs3 vs iPhone5This ultimate test of smartphones lies firmly in the “don’t try this at home” category.

Both phones are placed in a Blendtec blender and blended till smooth.  While this is not an accurate test of a smartphone’s capabilities, notice that the Samsung Galaxy S3 took a lot longer to turn to e-dust than the iPhone 5.  Surprising since many have dissed the Galaxy S3 as seeming frail in construction.

Apparently, thinness and lightness are not an accurate predictor of durability.  Congrats to the Galaxy S3 for standing up to the Blendtec for a longer time.  Ultimately, however, no phone is going to compete with high-density steel blades rotating at high speeds for long.  But, your phone may survive a few additional drops from your pocket longer.

(Image credit: Reuters / Baz Ratner)

Green energy and recycling are popular topics, but not usually related to design (except in recycled art).  But Izhar Gafni has put a new spin on how design, technology and recycling can come together for a great product.

Cardboard has been used for lots of things and is great for recycling.  But in a new twist, Izhar, an engineer who works in industrial design, has used cardboard to build low cost, low tech transportation – bicycles.  To ensure the bikes would hold up, Izhar experimented with folding, gluing and coating the cardboard in various ways.  The results are both sturdy and waterproof.  For those who want to travel long distances, a planned portable electric motor will be available.

Check out the video showing how this product progressed from idea to production.

Hey, designers.  Ever had a great 2D photo you wished you could make a movie clip with?  Didn’t want to be stuck with a flat, boring slideshow?

Well Techsnoop has the answer to your problem with this great tutorial from JSWoodhams.  Thanks for the great video showing how to achieve this effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

So, break out the Coke or coffee and pay attention!  Oh, and please let us know if you want more of these tutorials to be posted in the comments.  Have a great week.

So, your business is on a tight marketing budget and you want to leverage Social Media.  Know going in that it is comparable to entering the bear cave with a club and flashlight.  Neither will help, you need better tools.

Where to start?  Well, that actually depends on your goals and strategy.  Techsnoop is here to tell you where not to start.  Don’t buy Twitter followers or Facebook Likes.  These are bogus accounts set up by spammers with automated tools and they do not give you credibility.  The entire point of social media is to establish yourself as reliable and trustworthy in your field.  Having spammers on your accounts opens up your followers and fans to spammers as they now can access them.

Building a quality following is a task that takes time.  Humans have to monitor and track progress and interaction.  Quality content has to be shared both ways for it to be meaningful.  Otherwise, it’s not social media but tech media.

Once it is known that you host spammers, you will lose much of the traction provided by social media.  So what can you do?  If you are unable to hire a Social Media Strategist, do it yourself or get an intern.  If you get an intern, make sure you give them a specific list of guidelines on who to follow and who to block from your pages.  This prevents embarrassing mistakes caused by technology and generation gaps.

People with no profile picture need to be reviewed.  If they have no pic and no bio, they may be a spam account.  Look at the web addresses on the bios, if there are suspect terms like “getfollowers” it is probably a spam account.  Either report the account as spam, or if you are unsure, just block them.

To help you out, use tech tools like Fakers that will quickly let you know what percentage of your followers might be fake.  You can then go through your followers list and prune accordingly.

Who.Unfollowed.Me will help you keep up with those who follow then unfollow you in a short time span.  Another trick of spammers.  They have to keep dropping people to move on to the next target due to Twitter limits.

Let us know in the comments if these two tools have helped you to tame the social media beast.

Techsnoop loves all things tech and Sci-Fi so finding the pilot for the web series Tether is like an early Christmas present.  While the entire story arc has not been revealed, it is a post-apocalyptic Earth-based story with many mysteries that can be revealed slowly.  All the best elements for a great series.

The creators are seeking feedback and funding to continue this great project so be sure to click “like” if you enjoy this and consider contacting them regarding donations for future episodes.

Techsnoop will be rooting for this series to continue.

This is a tale of hubris run amok.  Apple has lost some of their glamour.

Massive patent lawsuits, manufacturing woes, public image hits, actual customer dissatisfaction and loss of focus have left the giant stumbling.  And now, their advertising is lame.  These commercials are not bad per se, but they lack the focus that creates genuine desire for a product.  They fail on selling the service aspect by depicting the potential customer as idiots.  But you judge.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

The great guys at HISHE have done it again for your laugh out loud fun.  Happy weekend.

The Avengers

Prometheus

Comic-Con

Here is a great way to create a 3D space background in Adobe After Effects.  Backgrounds are the glue that holds scenes together when creating videos and effects.  If your background is fantastic, your entire project looks better.

Happy Wednesday