Friday, December 30, 2011

Your Favorite Tech of 2011

Hey guys! Happy New Year to all of you! As the year comes to close, I would like to take some time to look back on what I think are the best new tech products and breakthroughs of this past year, and also think about what's in store for 2012. Here are my favorites in no particular order:

1. Tablets - I put these in a general category, because there are so MANY of them now. Tablets fill the gap between smartphones and laptops/netbooks. They allow you to do what you can on most smartphones like browse the web, listen to music, and install apps, but they give you more screen real estate to work with. They do not do as much as laptops, however, like heavy word processing, and tablets do not offer complete operating systems (i.e. Windows, Mac).

2. YouTube - YouTube started way back in 2005, as just a way to share videos online. It quickly blew up into the site it is today, the most popular video sharing site in the world. I like YouTube because it's a cool way to discover learn new things, from recipes to card tricks. There are also plenty of videos that'll give you a good laugh.

3. Siri - Siri has become famous (or infamous) ever since Apple added to its latest edition of iPhone, iPhone 4S. (More info on iPhone 4S here: http://soleiltechprincess.blogspot.com/2011/10/iphone-4s-will-you-get-it.html) Siri is the virtual personal assistant that will help you remember to feed your cat or go to the bank. It can also help you find nearby businesses, and all you have to say is, "I'm in the mood for a latte," or something like that. It has certainly been an attractive feature on the new iPhone, and hopefully Apple will extend it to other Apple devices, such as iPad and iPod touch.

4. Android - You may not remember, but the first Google Android device was launched in September 2008, the TMobile G1. They don't make these anymore, but it will forever remembered as the phone that started the Android craze. Android phones are popping out right and left these days. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the small, simple, and affordable to the huge, fast, and expensive. Smartphones are available on a four major US carriers: TMobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. And while everyone may not own a smartphone yet, (http://soleiltechprincess.blogspot.com/2011/11/smartphones-taking-over-no-not-yet.html) they are becoming exceedingly popular.

There are a load of other technologies that have developed this past year, those are just the ones I feel are most important.

Comment below and tell me what YOU think are the best technologies that were released or that developed in 2011. I want to know what you think!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

- Elisabeth

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flipboard for iPhone Review

UPDATE: You are able to post status updates and share photos. Go to settings, then hit the compose button.

Hey guys! It's been a little bit since I have posted, but I am back with a new review for you guys.
Today I am reviewing the Flipboard for iPhone app, previously only available for iPad. This is a long awaited review, so here it is!

If you have an iPad, you most likely know what Flipboard is. On the iPad, it's sort of like a magazine, where you "flip" through all your selected content. On iPhone or iPod touch, you do the same thing, but on a smaller screen.

Here are some screenshots:

Homepage of Flipboard for iPhone

Flipping animation

Reading a story by selecting a tile on the homepage

The Flipboard user interface is simple to use and figure out. Everything is clearly labeled and laid out in front of you. The 3.5'' iPhone/iPod touch screen has plenty of room for everything. There are six tiles per page. You can pick about 18 different tiles to add to each of your three pages. If you press and hold a tile, you can delete it and move it around (similar to iOS itself). If you tap a tile, it will bring you the feed with everything most recent related to that topic. If you tap a story in the feed, you will see a picture, the title of the story, and usually a tweet related to that topic. If you tap again, you get the full story to read just like you would on a magazine website or something like that. 

Also, besides stories based on topics like Design, Technology, and News, you can also get your Facebook feed through Flipboard. Just like with the Facebook iPhone app, you are able to comment and like other people's statuses, but you cannot post your own status or photos. Therefore, you still need a Facebook app or would have to access Facebook on your phone some other way. You can do the same for your Twitter account. 

The Flipboard for iPhone app is available for free at the App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard/id358801284?mt=8&uo=4

You may also download the iPad version of Flipboard here for free: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard/id358801284?mt=8&uo=4


I hope you enjoyed this review. Please comment and follow my blog, so I know what you think.

Thanks for reading! 

-Elisabeth