What I’m looking at on the internet

Facebook is now offering anti-virus software from McAfee, Norton and Microsoft to its users via the Facebook AV Marketplace. Photo credit: PC Mag

My how time flys by! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire semester now.

Seeing how this will be my last ‘official’ blog, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting things I’ve found on the web the past few days to give you an idea of what my browsing habits are like.

Here we go!

This really awesome concept video from 1994 shows a tablet computer that can read newspapers just like an iPad, but no one had any idea what an iPad was back then.

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Apple’s iMessage is a hot mess, for now at least

iMessage is a feature of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, but it's doing a lackluster job keeping messages synced across devices at the moment. Photo credit: Slash Gear

Apple’s iOS 5 feature called iMessage is a bit broken and buggy at the moment, as I’m sure many users have noticed.

I purchased an iPhone 4S earlier this year, and I remember how stoked I was for the new feature. iMessage offers free messages I could have synced across my Mac and my new iPhone – that’s just a sweet deal.

It still is an awesome deal, but since I got my phone, I have yet to be able to sync all of my iMessages from my phone to my Mac.

I also remember that a lot of iPhone users were really looking forward to the new feature because they would be able to cut down on their use of SMS messages (messages sent over a wireless carrier).

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Apple sold 3 million new iPads last weekend

The screen has been much improved on the new iPad. In the image above, the icon is shown on the iPad 2 screen on the left and the new iPad screen on the right. Photo credit: The Verge

Yep, you read that correctly.

Apple sold three million of their latest 3rd generation iPad tablets since last Friday, according to tech website The Verge.

I couldn’t believe that either when I read it.

I had to read it a few times.

That’s a huge number of devices to sell, even for Apple.

When they launched the iPad 2 last year, they sold about one million of them during launch weekend.

The difference this time was probably in part due to Apple taking pre-orders for this new generation iPad, which they did not do for the iPad 2.

The biggest new feature on the 3rd generation iPad is the screen, which has four times the resolution, making images look much sharper, as can be seen in the image above.

I’m very interested to see how many iPads Apple will sell this year.

They sold 15.4 million of them in the last quarter of 2011, which topped HP’s PC sales during that same timeframe.

How many will they sell this year?

I see them selling a lot more iPad 2s because they slashed the price to $399 for a brand new one, or a refurbished one can be bought directly from Apple for about $349.

How many iPads do you think they will sell?

Tech events to watch for over the next few weeks (including the new iPad)

Apple's latest generation iPad (unveiled today) will be available on March 16. Photo credit: The Wall Street Journal

There are a lot of exciting things going on in tech world over the next few weeks to be on the lookout for!

Purdue will be on spring break next week, so I will not be blogging, but I want to give everyone a heads up about some of those events.

Upcoming events hosted by Purdue, according to their newsroom:

  • March 22: Executives from Google and Twitter will speak about social media and democracy in Loeb Playhouse. The forum is called, “Is Social Media Changing the 2012 Election?”
  • April 16: Purdue will host an event for high school students to explore computer science. The event is targeted for high school aged girls, but ANY high school student is welcome.

Some upcoming events in the wider world of technology:

  • March 9-13: The 19th Annual SXSW Interactive festival – a giant tech festival where some of the brightest minds show off their ideas, takes place in Austin, Texas.
  • March 16: Apple’s new version of the iPad goes on sale. It has 4G LTE data speeds and a retina display. The iPad 2 will still remain on sale, with a starting price of $399.

Will this be a revolutionary change to how many iPads Apple will sell? They already sold more iPads than HP sold PCs last quarter.

Will they sell even more now?

Here’s an audio clip of Purdue professor Dr. Sorin Matei, who is a communication technology scholar, giving his opinion about the features of the new iPad.

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Mobile World Congress 2012 hints at future of tablets, smartphones

Mobile World Congress, a large convention for tech companies to reveal their latest and greatest phones and tablets, kicked off today in Barcelona, Spain. Photo credit: Pocket-Lint

Did you know that every year, there is an event called Mobile World Congress where the world’s top technology companies (like LG, Samsung and Nokia) show off their newest phone and tablet designs?

Well, if not, today was the first day of the huge event for companies to show off bigger, better, and smarter phones and tablets at MWC in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is expected to host about 60,000 people this year.

Virtually the only major company that does not make an appearance at this event is Apple. They just like to do things their own way.

Some big news from the first day at Mobile World Congress:

It looks to be an interesting year for mobile computing, with devices at both ends of the spectrum getting more advanced. B2G phone and iPad 3 anyone?

I’m particularly excited to see what happens on the less expensive end of the smartphone and tablet markets.

Making them available to more people around the world should be interesting for the future of the content that people view on them.

Here’s a great example: YouTube spending $100 million to create original content for the site.

Are you looking forward to any mobile tech products this year?

Or is all of it just getting too confusing?

I’d love to know what your thoughts are about all this mobile tech, so please let me know in the comments!

ABC Nightline gets an inside look at Apple’s ‘iFactory’ in China

Workers assemble Apple products at the infamous Foxconn factory in China. Photo credit: The Verge

ABC Nightline aired a very interesting report on Feb. 21 about the infamous Foxconn factory in China, where big names like Apple, Intel, Dell and others produce their tech products.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Foxconn has been in the news frequently over the past few years because of reports of workers committing suicide, bad working conditions that lead to explosions at the factory, and most recently, mass suicide protests.

The Nightline report pointed out some shocking information about Foxconn.

Here are some of the most interesting findings published by tech blog The Verge:

  • It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade.
  • It takes 5 days and 325 hands to make a single iPad.
  • Foxconn produces 300k iPad camera modules per day.
  • Foxconn workers pay for their own food — about $.70 per meal, and work 12-hour shifts.
  • Workers who live in the dorms sleep six to eight a room, and pay $17.50 a month to do so.
  • Workers make $1.78 an hour
  • Louis Woo, a Foxconn Executive, when asked if he would accept Apple demanding double pay for employees replied: “Why not?”

In the video it’s said that ABC Nightline was the first crew to ever be allowed inside the factory.

Apple and other big name tech companies are very secretive about their products, so that is likely why no other crew has been allowed into the factory before.

It’s a very interesting report because ABC’s parent company is Disney, and the largest share-holder for Disney was the late Steve Jobs, who was Apple’s former CEO.

I always thought there were many more machines that put iPhones, iPads and Macs together.

But this report says otherwise.

It says that the products are almost completely assembled by hand.

As I’m typing this report on my Mac that was likely made at Foxconn, it makes me really appreciate all of the work that went in to making it.

Here is a video of the report and an alternate link on ABC Nightline’s website:

iPhone 4 owners: Apple will offer compensation for ‘Antennagate’ flop

Apple's news conference about the iPhone 4 issues in 2010. They called it 'Antennagate'. Photo credit: Gadget Cage

Remember all of the fuss when the iPhone 4 first came out?

If not, let me jog your memory a bit.

The first reviews of the phone were great, but then complaints started coming in about covering the antenna on the bottom left corner of the phone – that killed the cell signal.

The worst part about the fiasco was Apple failed to acknowledge the complaints at first, even to the point of telling some iPhone owners the antenna problem was a “non-issue”.

It was absolutely ridiculous, and a terrible PR move by Apple. They essentially told people who had just bought their new phone they were “holding it wrong”.

In response to the poor handling of the situation by Apple, some disgruntled iPhone 4 users sued in a class-action lawsuit, and last week a settlement was reached.

The result?

Anyone who bought an iPhone 4 previously, is entitled to either $15 compensation, or a free bumper case.

In addition to the compensation news, another good thing that came out of all the iPhone 4 craziness was the hilarious videos that mocked Apple for their mistakes.

Here’s a great example from David Letterman:

It was handled very poorly by Apple, but at least iPhone 4 users can finally get some compensation for any problems they experienced.

It’s good to see them offering something to those people, although, it took far too long.

I don’t have an iPhone 4, I have the 4S, but I would suggest that anyone who has an iPhone 4, and is interested, should check it out.

More information will be available in a few weeks about the settlement on the iPhone 4 settlement website.

Update (Mar. 27): The settlement website is still inactive at this time, but it should be up within the next few weeks. Here’s an article from Consumer Reports with more information.

What are your thoughts about the compensation?

Did Apple do enough?