Monthly Archives: August 2013

Google VP Splits From Android To Join Xiaomi Not Due To Sour Romance

Google has confirmed that Hugo Barra, VP for Android Product Management is leaving the company to join China’s emerging tech company Xiaomi. Sources closed to the matter deny the departure is related to the complicated romantic fall out between Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki. It was reported, that Mr Brin was involved with a female Google employee who previously had a relationship with Mr Barra. When asked, Mr Barra told that he had been discussing his move with Xiaomi for some time.

Mr Barra joined Google in 2008. He had a Master’s degree in Computer Science at MIT. He stated the following through his Google+ account “After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most amazing group of people I’ve ever worked with in my life — I have decided to start a new career chapter. In a few weeks, I’ll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally — as Vice President, Xiaomi Global.  I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.

How Holho Turns Your Smartphone Into The Next Level

Smartphones these days are like packages that consist of many toys all packed in to one. They contain many apps, such as games, social networking, calendars, online stores and so much more. But no matter how may apps you have, you still crave for more. Thanks to Imagination Farm USA LLC, based in Houston, Texas, they took our smartphone usage into another level by deciding to do something more, a HOLHO “Hologram generator” which uses a set of mirrors rested on a smartphone or tablet to produce the illusion of a moving 3D image.

HOLHO is one of the smallest and most original holographic Pyramids in the market. It works with all smartphones or tablets, regardless of the brand. This is the focus of Kickstarter project which run until September 14. Like any other pyramids, it consists of 4 mirror in an inverted angle, meaning the pyramid is put upside down on smartphones and tablets. These mirrors provide an illusion of a floating image that can be seen in any angle. It is actually four images generated by an app and positioned beneath the mirrors. With an image in full motion that you can actually see a jelly fish swimming, fireworks exploding and a couple dancing. What’s more is that more videos have been developed and the best part is that the apps allow users to create their own images and videos.

How to enable Telnet in Windows 8

Telnet is a network protocol that allows a user on one computer to log on to another computer or network devices such as routers that is part of the same network. This protocol uses TCP/IP to connect to remote computer or network devices. It is a tool also to check if you can connect browsing problems that you might encounter in some websites. On the Web, HTTP and FTP protocols allow you to request specific files from remote computers, but not to actually be logged on as a user of that computer. With Telnet, you log on as a regular user with whatever privileges you may have been granted to the specific application and data on that computer.

In Windows 8, Telnet is by default disabled for some security reason. So how do we enable Telnet then?  Below is a step by step on how to do this.

How to Read and Write Files to an External USB Flash Drive from a MAC

If you are new to MAC, the first issue that you will encounter is the inability to transfer files from your computer to an external hard drive. This is because Apple does not support NTFS and FAT, these are filesystem’s developed and specifically made for Microsoft Operating System, they do not have a driver for it.

When I had OSX86 or the Hackintosh NTFS-3G was fully free until they decided to form a company called tuxera to furnish and further develop the code. NTFS-3G is still free but Tuxera NTFS is more stable and faster this is the proprietary version with support from them in case you need it. The price is $31.00 USD as of this time of writing.

How to Use an External Microphone to your MacBook Pro

I do not understand why Apple is trying hard to make non standard technology specifications, they just keep on making their own stuff and trying to isolate compatibility with other devices. This is similar to what some Japanese companies like Sony have done in the past years, some became successful but most are not, example of these from apple are FireWire, Thunderbolt etc.

This affects consumers like myself and forces us to buy another product for cross compatibility to other devices that we already have e.g. HDMI to Thunderbolt to connect your TV to your MacBook.