Google Play is Here! But What Is It?


Android users, say goodbye to the Android Market and hello to Google Play!  Earlier this week, Google re-vamped their online marketplace.  Not only did they redesign the store, they re-branded it as well to Google Play.  But they didn’t just stop with the marketplace, Google Music is now known as “Google Play Music” , Google Movie is “Google Play Movie, and Google Books is “Google Play Books”.

This recent changes benefits both Google and the end users.  For Google it takes the stigma off “The Android Market” being only for Android users.  Google offers a suite of products for all users to take advantage of yet with “Android” being in the title it gives the impression that those products are exclusive to Android users only.  For users like ourselves, we can now seamlessly store all of our entertainment in one place utilizing the power of the cloud.

One thing to keep in mind is that your experience will vary while using this service based on your location. Here is a quote from the official blog:

“In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play. In Canada and the U.K., we’ll offer movies, books and Android apps; in Australia, books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps.” Google Blog

Like all things from Google we need to wait until the newness of it all wears of before passing judgement.  Google has had many products that have not performed as predicted (anyone remember Google Buzz?) but so far things are looking promising for Google Play.

Check out the introduction video below and let me know your thoughts.

The New iPad Released March 7, 2012



“The New iPad” was officially launched by Apple yesterday.  Most of the reviews were overwhealmingly positive, but some tech writers question whether or not the new features are worth iPad 1 and 2 owners to trade up.

Some of the top features of the new iPad:

  • Apple Retina Display - 2048×1536 screen resolution
  • Apple’s Updated iOS 5.1 software
  • 4G Wireless Capability
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera
  • HD Video Recording in full 1080p
  • Flash Storage for instant “Touch and Go” power on and off capability
  • Dictaition capability – Talk into text
  • Smart Cover – Magnetic snaps snug into place
  • Apple Air Play compadability to sync to your TV

With the tablet market continuing to grow, Apple also announced that they will continue to manufacter and sell the older version of the iPad, or “iPad 2” at a discounted price of $399.  To get into the latest and greatest model, be ready to spend anywhere between $499-$829 depending on memory options of 16GB up to 64GB.

Will you get “The New iPad?”

Apple iPad Keynote Today!


Today is the day many Apple and tablet fans have been waiting for; the iPad HD (not iPad 3) keynote!  Rumors have been circulating around the web about this product almost right after the release of the iPad 2.  For more information regarding the keynote see below:

Starting just before 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, Deputy Editor Chris Taylor and I will be squeezed next to each other, and dozens of other journalists, in the Yerba Buena auditorium as Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage. Cook will present what we expect to be the iPad HD. Big questions remain: Just how powerful and light will the new iPad be? Will it have a smaller, 7- or 8-inch sibling? Mashable

We could continue to discus all the rumors that have been floating around but it makes much more sense just to wait until we get official information today straight from the source.  All that we know (and even take that with a grain of salt) is that it will incorporate a high resolution retina display and an improved processor.  We are anxiously waiting for more news about this just as your are and once we get more information we will update this post to make sure you are not left out.

But for those of you that already have an iPad/iPad 2, will you be making the switch to stay current?  Granted we do not have all the specs on the product but from what I have seen in the past most people already have their minds made up before they have all the details.  Let us know in the comments!

HootSuite - The Social Media Dashboard


Social Media has become a full time job for most marketing personal, media types and small business owners.  HootSuite is a nifty third party application that acts as a quick one stop shop to assist in your daily pursuit of social media excellence.

Hoot Suite defines itself as the he leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.  The site allows you to:

• Manage multiple social profiles

• Schedule messages and tweets

• Track brand mentions

• Analyze social media traffic

Instead of logging into LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, HootSuite gives you a single sign on for all of them.  From here, you can manage all your social media boradcasts and activity in one single dashboard.

Some of the advance features include ‘Custom Analytics’, allowing you to create custom reports from over 30 individual report modules to share with clients and colleagues.

With the enterprise version ($5.99/mo. vs. the free basic version), ‘Team Collaboration’ allows you to have multiple contributors to your social profiles without sharing passwords.

You can also schedule messages in advance, so for example you can hit the LinkedIn crowd in the morning, the Twitter folks throughout the day and round out the afternoon with some Facebooking.  Enterprise edition allows for up to 50 pre-scheduled messages at any time.

Of course they have a mobile app too, so you can manage your accounts on the go from your iPhone/ iPad, BlackBerry or Android mobile device.

Check them out at!

iPad 3 - Release Date and Technology Rumors


The iPad rumor mill is churning feverously again, as many reports, though unconfirmed by Apple, are calling for the release of the 3rd generation of the wildly successful iPad will hit the shelves as soon as March 7th 2012.

Some of the new features that are rumored for iPad 3 include beefier graphics display functionality, which have been rumored to include a full touchscreen HD display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 15236.  Other changes include a lighter battery, decreasing the overall weight of the tablet, along with a new sleeker design, perhaps shrinking the form factor down 20% compared to iPad 2.  Perhaps the most intriguing change is a shift to a wireless battery charging capability along with wireless data transfer ability as well.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the iPad 3 will run on 4G networks and both AT&T and Verizon wireless will both sell a version of the iPad 3.  They are still the only wireless carriers that sell the iPad. It was also reported that Apple will be introducing smaller versions of the popular tablet, with screen sizes as small as 7 inches vs. iPad 2’s current 9.7 inch screen.   Many industry analysts feel that Apple will shrink both the screen size and the price point of the smaller option in order to compete with devices such as Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire.

Although the changes to the new product as well as when it will hit the shelves still remain to be seen.  One thing is for certain.  It should be another hit for Apple and spark alot of renewed interest in and around the technology circles, watercoolers, and perhaps even amongst you and your friends.  What do you think about the Apple iPad 3?  Can’t wait?