Feb. 19th, 2013

Feb. 19th, 2013


If you have not already done so, please go & take a look at today’s Google Doodle ©. Feb. 19th is the 540th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus and Google is celebrating the anniversary with a Copernican model of the Solar System as the logo on the search engine’s front page.

Don’t put it off! The Google Doodle © is available for only one day and this one is too good to miss.

Lost in all the  frantic preparations for Hurricane Sandy was Google’s product announcements on Monday, October 29th. In fact, the event itself was cancelled; it was in New York City after all. It’s an ill wind indeed that doesn’t blow someone some good and Apple seems to be the main beneficiary by having its upstart competitor’s announcement quashed.

Since there are no speeches to analyse and no live demonstrations to recount, here’s what we do know:

  • The Nexus 7 is gaining additional storage. The 8 GB tablet is history. Now, there is a 16 GB tablet for $199 and a 32 GB tablet for $249. Doubling your storage capacity for an extra $50.00 seems like a good idea to Dr. Data.
  • The version of the 32 GB tablet costing $299 can support HSPA+on T-Mobile and AT&T. Google gave 4G LTE a miss as it would drain the battery and increase the cost of the device.
  • Samsung is manufacturing the Nexus 10 for Google. This tablet supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC and offers up to 9 hours of video playback and 500 hours of standby time. This last bit is great if you’re like Dr. Data and hate booting your tablet every hour or two to check your e-mail. The Nexus 10 will be available on November 13th at a price of $399 for 16 GB of storage and $499 for 32 GB or storage.
  • A 4″  smartphone manufactured for Google by LG. T-Mobile will be offering the device for $199 with a two-year contract.

For more details, see the article on PC Magazine.

The last week of October was supposed to be a pleasant time of the year. Mild days and nights, autumnal glory amongst the trees and Halloween to close out the month. The perfect opportunity for Microsoft to launch not only a new Operating System, but a completely new product – the Surface RT – as well. All this just in time for the holiday shopping season. Then Apple had to get in on the act by announcing – supposedly – the iPad mini and heaven knows what else today, October 23rd. If that wasn’t  bad enough, Google is rumoured to be stealing the spotlight from Microsoft on October 29th. claims that Google will announce a 10″ Nexus tablet – among other things – on Monday. Google is supposedly working with Samsung to create this addition to the Nexus family. The Nexus 7 was/is manufactured by Asus so Dr. Data is a little unsure as to why Google would switch suppliers. The Nexus 10 is supposed to have a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution which means that it may very well have a higher pixels per inch density than iPad’s Retina display.

The Nexus 10 is not the only thing that Google is supposed to announce next Monday. A 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 is in the offing as well as a second 32 GB model that will offer High Speed Packet Access and 3G connectivity. The Nexus 7 is suddenly becoming very mobile.

Since Microsoft’s Surface tablets will only come in a 10″ model and will only accommodate Wi-Fi connectivity, Microsoft is looking to be an also-ran before the first tablet is delivered to the customer. If Microsoft is indeed serious about joining the fray that is the tablet market today, the boys from Redmond will need to have additional entries waiting in the wings.

To get more on this story, see:

Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy week.

This is a new feature of The Parsons Rant. Quite often, there are news items in the computing press where the article is short, everything that you need to know is contained within the article itself and there’s not much that Dr. Data can add in the way of commentary. So, rather than having 3 very short posts, Dr. Data will combine these small bits into one big byte. These digests won’t be a daily or even weekly occurrence but they will appear as situations warrant.

Now that that’s settled, let’s get on with today’s bits and bobs.

Google’s Sub-Aquatic Street View

A good many of us know and love Google Maps and find it extremely helpful to see a street view of the address. Google has unveiled a new feature that will allow you to see a “street” view” of what’s under the water starting with the Great Barrier Reef. There is no word at this time if places of interest will be marked such as Neptune’s Palace, sunken treasure or mermaid hang-outs. Apple’s maps currently place Neptune’s palace in the vicinity of [ANYTHING-POPUP:3].

See the full article.

Siri Still Causing Problems

Not all of the problems with Siri have been resolved in the release of  iOS 6. Reports are coming in that something must be askew in how Siri processes location information as it is delivering inaccurate weather forecasts. Ask it for the weather in NYC and you just might get the current conditions in Boomer, NC.

See the full article.

Has Apple Lost Touch?

As long as we’re taking potshots at Apple, one blogger is beginning to think that Apple is dropping the ball more and more since Steve Jobs’ departure.

See the full article.

 New Beta Version of START 8 Released

Stardock Corporation has released a new beta version of its START 8 menu feature for Windows 8. Dr. Data will be going into the labs at Parsonage Data Services later today to take at look for himself.

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