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Microsoft's Surface changes everything

Last week, Microsoft sent out invitations to a huge announcement on Monday June 18, 2012. The mystery announcement fueled rumors and speculation from media outlets and bloggers. Is it a new Xbox? A movie or tv service for Xbox? Or, maybe it is about Windows 8? So, what was the big announcement?

ICS 4.0.4 for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has arrived

Last week, Android Central reported that Verizon was rolling out an update for their Galaxy Nexus LTE phones to Android 4.0.4. The phone launched with Android 4.0.3 when it debuted on December 15, 2011. I have been checking daily for the update with no sign of the update. It finally arrived sometime overnight and was there to greet me first thing this morning. I promptly updated to see what was new. I have not noticed many changes yet, but I have not had much time to test it.

We are cutting the cord!

Cable companies and satellite television providers call it a myth, but cord cutting is a reality. What is cord cutting? Cord cutting is when someone cancels their cable or satellite television service for alternative sources. Most cord cutters rely on receiving over-the-air television broadcasts with an antenna and online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Some just settle for a good book.

Georgia State Bar takes aim at Consulting Foresters

The State Bar of Georgia has issued a public hearing notice for June 1, 2012 to determine whether a consulting forester that uses a timber sale contract without hiring a lawyer constitutes the unlicensed practice of law. A lawyer has filed a complaint on the issue, therefore the State Bar is required to hold a hearing. The notice describes the situation as follows:

Forget gas, fill up your tank with wood

I love my truck, but I really hate when I have to fill up the 36 gallon fuel tank. As gas prices remain in the $3-4 range, it usually costs over $100 to fill up my Ford F150. I am always looking for ways to lower my fuel costs and increase fuel efficiency to offset the impact of higher gas prices on my wallet.  Last month,  I wrote about a way to lower my fuel costs by using the GasBuddy app to help find the cheapest nearby gas prices. I use the app every time I start thinking about stopping to fill up my truck.

Alabama Forest Owners Associaton Wrap Up

On April 21, I spoke at the Alabama Forest Owners Association (AFOA) annual meeting about Android and iOS apps that can be used in forestry for landowners, property managers, and foresters. Many of the apps can be found here on in the review or tips sections. I was pleased with the amount of people that were interested and the positive feedback I received. 

Google Drive has arrived

Google has launched a new cloud service that has been rumored for months called Google Drive. The service allows users to store up to 5GB of documents, videos, photos, pdfs and other file types. Google Docs is now integrated with the new Drive service. If 5GB is not enough, users can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or 1TB for $49.99 per month. 

Wish List: Pebble watch for Android or iPhone [Updated]

Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a website that provides a platform for people to raise money for projects. Earlier this week, a new smart watch called Pebble launched on the site. Pebble is a customizable watch that can download different watchfaces and connects to apps on your Android or iPhone using bluetooth technology. Once connected to your phone, the watch will alert you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

Last Week, I wrote about Instagram introducing their new Android app. In just under 24 hours, the app had over 1 million downloads from the Google Play store to add to its 30 million iOS users.

Weekly App Wrap: Splashtop Remote Desktop

No, the pictured tablet is not running Windows 7 but it is the next best thing. Pictured is the Splashtop Remote Desktop app running on my Android tablet (the tablet is an HP Touchpad with Android 4.0). The app allows users to remotely access their desktop or laptop computer from a mobile device when away from home or the office. I use the app when I am in the field or traveling and need to access maps or files on my computer at the office.

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