Microsoft to add Outlook to Windows RT | PCWorld.
I still am having trouble with Microsoft trying to sell Windows RT tablets. The tablets are brain dead from the start, since they can only run a few Microsoft software applications; and, adding Outlook to the mix won't help. Why would any buyer who already owns an Android or Apple tablet throw away the investment to buy a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet that won't run legacy Windows applications? Get a grip, Microsoft. Putting lipstick on this pig won't change it into a princess.
How-to: Navigate the New Gmail App for Android | The Droid Lawyer%u2122.
Put me on the list of those who hate the new GMail, Jeffrey. I realized why the swipe to delete function wasn't working for me. Your instructions show how to delete by swiping from the list. However, I am used to deleting email while I am reading them in full text. I just click the little garbage can. Call me simple; but, that is easy and intuitive. And, I can do it while actually reading the email. And, I hate the new interface, which is cluttered with tabs, and color coded letters, and a lot of other stuff I don't need or want. Just give me a simple list of email, which I can touch to read, and touch to delete while reading. GMail (new version) #FAIL.
Is Google Glass hospital ready? Advice from a physician to developers - The Washington Post.
This article is written from the viewpoint of a Doctor asking whether Google Glass could enhance medical practice for doctors. It might as well have read "Is Google Glass Courtroom Ready?" because many of the same issues apply to the use of the devices in law practice. While it would be less problematic for lawyers to touch the Glass to help with navigation and commands, the security and confidentiality issues are just as important in the courtroom environment. Before lawyers will be able to wear these in a courtroom, the security of confidential client and court information will have to be locked down, and the courts will have to be convinced that they can't be used to pass information out of the courtroom that is not permitted by other means. If a legal version can be created that is limited to giving the lawyer information about case law, pertinent statutes, documents and transcriptions connected to the case at hand, and otherwise become a useful tool for the practicing lawyer, then I predict a healthy market for the devices in the vertical legal field. However, unless the price comes down, and confidentiality and security issues are addressed, I predict that Google Glass will remain a novelty rich geek toy that is banned from hospital operating theaters and courtrooms.
Samsung's surprise patent win could block Apple iPhone 4 sales in US | Technology | guardian.co.uk. Just when I thought I was out, I get dragged back in. This time Samsung has won a patent infringement battle against Apple for 3G phone technology. Samsung's patents are for the guts of the phone, and, while it is unlikely that Apple iPhone 4 phones will be banned for sale in the U.S., this battle is Exhibit A for the dysfunctional patent system that stifles innovation and draws resources away from providing the best products for consumers. Apple has used and abused the patent system itself, so it is ironic that it is now having to appeal an adverse patent verdict. I really, really hate writing about this stuff. I would much rather be writing about new products and cool toys. Sigh.
E Ink and Sonostar pair up for Mobius flexible-display smartwatch, we go hands-on at Computex.
If the resolution of the current crop of SmartWatches isn't enough for you, EInk has announced that it will power a SmartWatch from Sonostar later this year. Fans of EInk swear by the grayscale display in use on EReaders, and its ability to be seen clearly in bright sunlight. Grayscale displays also last a long time, perhaps a week between charges. The only question is whether the buying public will warm to smartwatches on their wrists, or whether that time has past. Most young people these days tell time on their phones. Those of us who grew up reading Dick Tracy are intrigued by the devices. I wear my Sony SmartWatch every day, and it is a truly useful way to know what is happening on my phone while it is safely stowed away in its case. It is especially useful while moving about during the day. Will you be buying a SmartWatch in the future?
Gmail Update for Android Begins Rolling Out | GadgeTell.
Over the next few weeks, Android users will begin seeing a new update for GMail on their phones and tablets that looks a lot like the new tabbed filtering version on their desktops. I am getting used to my InBox being spread over several tabs, and am teaching it where I like my regular emails to go. Whether the coded tabs will work on the phone and tablets remains to be seen. It hasn't populated my devices yet; but, it may take a while. If you can't wait, and are willing to download a download manager with ads, the Android Police site has a sideloadable version.
ASUS FonePad Note hands-on at Computex 2013 (video). And, in the category of huge, honking, phones, ASUS has announced its entry, which looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note; except, at 6 inches, it is bigger. I declare the competition for biggest, baddest phone over. If these phones get any bigger, you will have to have hands like LeBron Free. The distinction between tablets and phones just disappeared.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio announced, runs Android and Windows 8 | Android Central.
ASUS has announced its new Trio today at Computex in Taipei, and it is going to be wonderful. How about a Transformer style tablet rocking Android Jelly Bean that is light and slim, and connects to a keyboard dock similar to its successful predecessor line of Transformers? But, the really cool part is that it has two processors. The Atom processor runs Android and has a 64 Gig flash drive for all your Android apps. The second processor is a Core i7 U4500 that comes with a 1 Terabyte hard drive, and runs Windows 8. The user can switch back and forth between an Android machine and a Windows 8 machine, at will. It is going to be called the Trio, for obvious reasons. It is the ultimate ultrabook/tablet, and I want one. However, I probably can't afford it; so, I will drool from afar.
Google Now will change the way we use our smartphones | Android Central.
How would you like a significant other that anticipated your needs, and met them without your having to ask? Well, as Google Now improves, and learns more about you, it does just that. It already knows the way to work, what movie theaters I go to, what sports scores I want, what the weather is where I am, and other stuff. Of course, so did SkyNet in the Terminator movies, and you know what resulted from that. So, let's keep an open mind, and try to stop computer development just short of total annihilation.