Technology

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.

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.

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.

Instagram debuts for Android Phones [Updated]

Instagram for Android has finally arrived. The app was released in the Google Play Store earlier today. Android users have been waiting for over a year for one of the most popular iOS apps. The new Android app was teased a few weeks ago at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in Austin and again a little over a week ago when Instagram posted a sign-up page on their website for interested Android users. Over 430,000 Android users signed up in a week and a half.

The Geek Corp: Code for America takes on cities' technology shortfalls

This morning, my wife emailed a link to an article from CNN about a program called Code for America. The purpose of the program is to get technology and design experts (geeks) to take a year off from work and go work for a city government that is in need of boosting its technology. Many cities in the U.S. are struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology.

Weekly App Wrap: Evernote and GeoCam Free

Each week (usually on Friday), I plan to share information about one or two iOS or Android apps that may come in handy to those who read this blog. Whether you're a forester, landowner, outdoorsman, a lover of technology, or someone that just stumbles upon this blog, I hope that you will find the information useful and maybe find a new app that will benefit you. This week's app wrap features two apps: Evernote (multi-platform) and GeoCam (Android). 

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