Archive for August, 2011

By Loren Wiener

September 2011

Jays t-Jays Three

Sometimes smaller is also better. – Small Price, Big on Quality






When small head phones became all the rage prior to the launch of the iPod, quality was secondary to size.  The iPod offered their white headphones with average quality that many including myself really did not like, and being in white was personal thing I did not like, offering the unwelcome notice, especially, when they became very common, a small thing but I believe I am not alone there.

Also when others started offering small form factor headphones you could pay a lot of money for looks but not much quality, no low range and very tinny distortion in the upper range, and often many of them did not fit very well, another big deal to manly like me not having the single perfect ear size.  Not being of the younger generation, I like my volume a bit high sometimes, and other

Enter the Jay Three, a small form factor at the middle price range of $70-89  AUD, but with very impressive sound, various size sleeves to fit any ear, gold plated plugs, travel case, Kevlar reinforced, soft cables (a good touch), a little longer cable to prevent those pesky tangles, and even has a flight adapter for those plane rides we love so much. I am not sure how Jays fits so much in such an affordable paid of headphones but it is the reason they are so popular in Australia.

Whether you are in to classical, head banging rock or both these compact headphones do them both justice.  

What a difference a few months make.

Melbourne Australia25 
August 2011…


A few months ago, Apple had the only Tablet Computer the iPad and the only serious smart phone in  the Marketplace with the iPad and the iPhone there are over a dozen tablets and even more Android smartphones running the latest Gingerbread OS. Then the apple iPhone was the growing market leader and the one to beat. In many global markets the iPhone is being beat by Android with more models and selection, a different model than Apple only having one real model of Tablet and one real model of phone.

Apple Challenges
Now in the pending Autumn of his life Steve Jobs and Apple are likely facing the moist challenging time in the history of Apple.

As one of Steve Jobs favourites songs goes times they are a changing. The Apple OS is 5 years old and though it has had various updated it is starting to look dated.

However, not only is Android Honeycomb, still a young tablet OS only released in early 2011 also launching the first potential iPad competitors, but a battle is looming.

Android is poised to release the next version of their OS,  Ice Cream late 2011, Apple is releasing the iPhone5, iOS5 and iPad3, within weeks of the Android launch, and the dark horse Microsoft is due to launch Windows 8 beta, around the same time as well. Microsoft has shown with the browsers wars that coming in last is not a losing recipe when it went from 0% to 94% market share between 1999 and 2003.

Windows 7 has impressed critics in many ways, though the Windows eco-system (App Market) is even more immature than the Android Marketplace, it’s usability and integration is different than both Android and Apple.

Apple has recently fought to prevent, or delay its rivals from competing with it, winning injunctions against Samsung  and the 10.1 tablet in Europe and Asia Pacific and some against the Motorola Xoom as well.

Ok confused, I thought we had 6 out and 7 & 8 (aurora and nightly)  running in beta, pre-beta  respectively.

4 reasons to upgrade


Will Full Figured Tablet Features vs. Thinness May Win Out.

Loren W
Melbourne, Australia

18 August 2011

It is hard to tell for sure what generation of Tablet Computer we are in at the moment.

The iPad version 1 was released in 2010, offering what is often referred to as a 10.1” form factor, then the iPad2 May 2011, and shortly afterwards, flurry of Android Tablets, with some manufacturers already releasing 2nd and 3rd models already) models with newer operating systems than others (Samsung and Asus) even with some differences geographically (Samsung and Asus), still others are late to the party.

The winners so far the iPad2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung 10.1 (USA only), have offered style over features so as to keep the weight and thinness to a minimum.

A new contender has emerged with the release of the Toshiba Thrive. Being introduced with a full size, USB port (for mouse and keyboard) , full size HDMI, SD Card, and even a replaceable battery, it might still justify its bulky design.

Weighing, 1.6 pounds, and at .63 inches thick, is not sleek, and has a few bugs on release and is twice as thick as the iPad2 and Samsung 10.1 and is even thicker than the fatty daddy the Xoom at .5 inches thick.


However, going with a rubberized feel, 16:10 ratio, and all the features discussed does not a successful tablet make.

In a recent survey of 448 business stakeholders by Model Metrics , 22% have deployed tablets, and another 78% say they will by 2013

Companies that have not formally introduced tablets also have a strong presence as well.

The common thread is 83% say the tablet of preference is the iPad. The CMO of Model Metrics did go further to say that, ‘Android was catching up, especially when looking at enterprise usage’.

Considering that the Android market is so new, and the latest operating system is still only weeks old and viewed as as a transitional one to the next version which is Android Ice Cream, it is logical that the even 6 months from now, those number could change dramatically.

SO, does the full feature fatter Toshiba tablet win any points over the rest of the field. No not really, remember currently all tablets are running on prett much the same processor.

With some the initial reports of buggy-ness and subpar sound quality the Toshiba does not look like breaking any records to the checkouts.

The next tablets to watch will be the Amazon, and Sony Tablets that will offer some uniqueness and even faster processors for the Android Marketplace

RIM the big Loser in US and Australia

Well on paper it is no surprise to many. Apple has one OS and multiple variations of the same phone.

Google Android has multiple models via multiple partners, running multiple versions of Android OS.

Google has a large network of sellers, Apple less.

So now it has been announced that in the last 12 weeks 43% of  all smartphones sold were, Android, 37% Apple,

RIM was flat so a big loser,

Source: Kantar WorldPanel ComTech


Apple suing Motorola over Xoom

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Misc Tech

After getting injunctions in Europe and Australia against Samsung and the 10.1 iPad2 Table beater, Apple now focuses on Motorola.