During the keynote address at the Google developer’s conference, the company announced that it is partnering with hardware maker, ASUS, to produce a new 7 inch tabled known as NEXUS-7. The tablet will more easily fit into purses or bags than an iPad which is sure to please at least the female portion of our population as well as those brave guys who carry their stuff in a shoulder bag.
The tablet is incredibly thin, light and boasts a quad-core processor and 12 core graphical processor, There is no word yet as to how all these processor cores will affect battery life. NEXUS-7 is optomised for use with Google Play, their cloud-based entertainment and media service.
The price is right; NEXUS-7 will start at $199.00. The device may be purchased online via Google Play and is expected to begin shipping in mid-July.
Of all the recent tablet announcements, Microsoft’s Surface seems to be the device most likely to make headway against Apple’s iPad. How much headway they will make really depend’s on the public’s awareness that there is something else besides the iPad out there. Nonetheless, the Google NEXUS-7 is a mobile device to keep our eyes on in the coming months. No doubt, Apple will find some reason to file for patent infringement.
More from the Google Developers Conference via C|net:
It all depends on your age.
Baby Boomers worry about a lot of things; Hair loss, retirement vanishing over the horizon, dentures and . . . computer security. While those of us who are . . . umm . . . somewhat more secure tend to think that those “kids” in “Generation Y” are more computer savvy than the rest of us, that apparently is not the case when it comes to security. While there are differences between the ways each generation uses their computers, there is no denying that Boomers are more likely to have security features in place.
Zone Alarm, a manufacturer of internet security products, posted in graphical form on its website, the results of their analysis of just who employs computer security and how much. Fifty-eight percent of Boomers believe that security is more important than productivity, entertainment, etc. Only thirty-one percent of Gen. Y think the same way.
The really frightening thing to be found in all this is that, as a whole, 71% of all age-groups do not follow best practices in security like having a two-way firewall in addition to anti-virus software.
Just something to think about.
Ahhh, the late 1970′s. Disco, the Hostage Crisis, Mork & Mindy, FAX machines; It just doesn’t get any better than that! The micro computing industry was just getting started in those days. We were all used to hearing about mainframes or small business systems but having a computer in your home? That was something that nerds dreamed of. (The term “Geek” had not come into common currency yet with the possible exception of HAM Radio enthusiasts.)
Ads for micro systems and early PCs started appearing in publications like Scientific American and that was only the beginning. To take you back to an era where some of us had more hair and smaller waist-lines, Tech Republic offers a slide-show featuring Vintage Computer Advertisements from the late 1970s. If you look through these ads and smile fondly at the thought of days long past, then you are truly a geek. An uber-geek will look at the ads and say “Wow!” If you weren’t around in the late 1970′s, then this is just another thing that you missed out on.