Mark Zuckerberg s heading up Internet.org, a collection of companies looking to reduce costs for implementing data services in developing areas. By reducing hardware costs for mobile phones, expanding wireless networks, and working with software developers, he believes that we can cut the costs of setting up and operating networks by 100X.
He recently posted this video to Facebook detailing some of the ways we can expand data connectivity for people unable to access the internet. Even if he can pull off this program, it probably wont mean much of any improvement to our services here for those of us who don’t live in a Google Fiber area…
Making The Internet Affordable
I like finding quirky, new, and unique accessories for personalizing our technology. Toast in Portland is one of my favorite finds this year. Using wood and leather surfaces which are laser cut and engraved to precisely fit our phones and our personalities.
Let’s take a look at how I turned my Galaxy Note 2 into a wooden phone!
For more info check out: http://ToastMade.com
My interview with Toast CEO Matias Brecher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x1YOTRaFg0
Moving forward, I’ll be testing more accessories like I do smartphones.
You can find a collection of videos where I test the speakers on phones for example, using the same audio and video clips, so you can see and hear the differences between different phones. Bluetooth speakers are becoming very popular, and now I’ll be building that same audio test into my reviews. Starting with a speaker which really helped to popularize wireless audio, the OG Jawbone Jambox.
Coming soon, reviews on the HMDX Jam and Nokia Play360
Shop for the Jambox on Amazon.
Open sourcing education with services like the Khan Academy might just be our future, providing free access to high quality materials, easily accessible via any data connection (more pressure to keep the web Net Neutral, but I digress).
Now online language educators DuoLingo are looking to increase their visibility by releasing this online promo. DuoLingo offers completely free courses for folks looking to learn Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese. Having just signed up myself, it looks like a well structured way to learn another language, and the price is certianly right.
You can find more info at DuoLingo.com.
Shown off during the MS keynote unveiling Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 was a new touch cover for the little slates. Instead of sporting a keyboard, it offers a series of custom built controls for remixing music through XBox Music. Hopefully this will be the beginning of custom built hardware for a variety of different creative solutions.
Joe Hahn from Linkin Park takes us for a quick spin around the Surface Remix Project.
Kingston Technology is hooking us up with an incredible prize pack to give away for Fall!
SD cards, USB flash drives, MobileLite wireless card readers, and a big daddy 240GB HyperX solid state drive! Some amazing gear to up your flash storage game!
I know you folks want to be on board, so here are the details:
I can’t thank Kingston tech enough for supporting SomeGadgetGuy with this amazing prize pack. For more info on Kingston products, please check out: http://www.kingston.com/
Full rules and regulations after the jump.
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The phrase “data security” can mean a couple different things. Is your data safe from hackers? Is your data backed up? Would your data survive a flood or a fire?
Rob Moore, the CEO of ioSafe, joins me to chat about some of their solutions which should help answer ALL THREE of those questions about your data and how secure it might be!
Shop ioSafe on Amazon.
More info on ioSafe.
And no fights broke out…
I might just start doing this for all launch day activities. The folks at AT&T were kind enough to open a store early for me to check out the iPhone launch. I got hands on with the iPhone 5S, and got to see a store in action on one of their busiest days of the year.
I did the whole day on about three-ish hours of sleep, so I might’ve gotten a little goofy… Yes I’m holding a Lumia 1020… This photo of me MIGHT have been taken with an HTC one…