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Faster Everything Comes to the MacBook Pro

When you buy from Apple, you usually buy a computer with the fastest and up-to-date hardware. With the new MacBook Pro line, this makes that fact more clear. The first improvement is every MacBook Pro can get up to an Intel i7 processor, which means these laptops will be very fast. The 15 inch and 17 inch can get the quad-core i7 processor. Another improvement is Apple has introduced the Thunderbolt port, which plugs into the MiniDisplay Port unfortunately, that can get up to 10 Gbps of data transfer. Another big improvement is better graphics. The new models include the AMD Radeon graphics processor, which gives the MacBook Pro up to 3x faster than earlier models. The last big improvement is an HD webcam built in to the laptop screen. So when you're FaceTiming your friends, they can see you in crystal clear HD, which probably isn't that clear because most built-in webcams are really bad, but hopefully Apple changes this trend of crappy webcams. What do you think of the new Ma…

Jolicloud: The Online OS

Netbooks usually ship with very slow hardware, and Windows. Now there's nothing wrong with Windows, but when Windows is mixed with slow hardware, you're in for a bad time. So if people actually want to use their netbooks, they download a Linux distribution. If you're looking for an easy to use Linux distro that will work fast and be able to control it from anywhere, consider Jolicloud. Jolicloud is based on Gnome, which is a flavor of Linux used by Ubuntu and many other solid distributions, and Chromium. It comes with internet apps, and you can download apps for Linux so if you need to use OpenOffice.org or Skype, you can. If you have some old computers lying around that are extremely slow, Jolicloud can make them seem like they're new again. A great feature to it is if you want to customize it or get info from it somewhere else, you can install the Jolicloud Chrome app so you can reach everything from anywhere. Like all Linux distros, it's free and can be download…

When do you join Social Networks?

The internet is full of social networks these days. Thanks to MySpace, everyone wants to try to create the next thing. The next thing gets created almost everyday, but when they first come out, do you instantly join? I usually join networks when they get popular. I didn't join Facebook for a while, same with Twitter. I usually wait for social networks to gain members so I am not just using something no one else is on. The only other networks I am on that are not as popular are orkut and Google Buzz. Do you join social networks when they first come out, or wait for them to get popular? Leave your opinion below.

IBM's Watson: Smarter than a human?

With computers becoming faster and smarter everyday, sometimes it seems like they are smarter than a human. Well, Jeopardy and IBM are going to see if that's true or not. Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter have come back for a three day special to see if a brain can beat a supercomputer. After the first day, it looks like Watson has won with $77,147,  Ken with $24,000 and Brad with $21,600. I think we can all predict how the game will end. What is your opinion on this three day Jeopardy special? Leave your comment below.

Justin Bieber. Who cares?!

I just want to start out by saying no offense to any of his fans. This is just my opinion on him. I really didn't think he needed a movie. We all know who Justin Bieber is, and if you don't, then you must be living under a rock that doesn't get cable, internet access or any source of news, because some rocks do at least get cable. Some people love Justin Bieber, mostly 12 year old girls, and most people hate him, because he sounds like a girl. But why does he need a movie? From the previews it looks like a documentary/concert movie about his life and scenes from a concert. Honestly, if we really wanted to know at what age he started singing, we could just use Wikipedia, or his website! Why pay $30 to get this information and go see a concert when you can look one up on YouTube for free?! But that's just what I think. If it were someone I liked, I probably still wouldn't see a movie like this. Leave your opinion below about the movie, or what you think of Justin Bie…

Apple to Make Smaller, Cheaper iPhones

Android phones come in many shapes and sizes, and HP's webOS is doing the same. So of course, Apple has to join in, late as usual (Netbooks to MacBook Air, SD Card Slot). So to get more people on iPhones, they will be releasing smaller iPhones at smaller prices. To me, this idea might work, but I honestly can't see how it would. iOS is made to work only with the iPhones today, and they have the same screen sizes. So, I can't see how they could make the screens smaller if everything has been made for the one screen size. What do you think out this? This isn't coming out anytime soon, or at least until July, but if you have an opinion, leave it down below in the comments.

Verizon iPhone Launch Fail?

Usually getting a new iPhone on the first day means you'll have to go through humongous lines and the possibility that they will be sold out in an hour of the store being opened. But when we heard that Verizon was getting the iPhone, everyone thought that there would be even larger lines. I mean, people have asked for this for 4 years so everyone must be switching, right?! Well, this wasn't what happened. There were the fanboys who got there at 6 in the morning, but the lines weren't that large. More like 10 people waiting. Compare that to a block of people waiting in line. Why weren't there as many people as the AT&T; iPhone? Is it because people wanted to wait for their contract to end, or do people not care as much as they said they did? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

I think my next phone will be Android

I've had my iPhone for a year now, and my contract will end in August, and I want to get a new phone as fast I can. My iPhone 3G is very slow and I won't be able to get the new iPhone updates in the future, so I don't want to buy another iPhone if the same thing will happen to me. So even though I have a couple months to think about it, I think my next phone will be an Android phone. Google has been very good to Android, and it's become the number one mobile OS, so why not! I've also been thinking about a Windows Phone 7 because it just looks pretty cool. What is your phone? Leave a comment below.

Could Honeycomb overtake the iPad?

Apple’s iPad has become a great seller for Apple, so like many other Apple products, many companies are trying to get some customers with their tablets based on Android. But the current version of Android isn’t meant for a large screen that tablets have. So what’s Google’s solution? Make a tablet OS! Honeycomb is Android, built for tablets. And from the looks of it, it looks pretty epic. But is it enough to overtake the iPad? Leave your opinion below.

Facebook or Twitter: Who will die first?

When you think social networking, two names come to mind: Twitter and Facebook. Today, they are the top social networks. But as we’ve learned from MySpace, they don’t always last forever, and sometimes die unexpectedly. So that makes me wonder, which one will lose thunder first? Even though Facebook and Twitter are two totally different sites, they get grouped together because they both allow you to connect with people. It’s crazy to think which will end first because Facebook got more hits than Google! But if I had to guess which one will end first, I would say Facebook. The reason is Facebook does so much, someone else could offer a better version of it. In fact many other companies have tried, like Google with orkut. But Twitter is its own thing. Twitter is a mini-blog that lets anyone, even unregistered to the site, access. Facebook is a social network for you to talk with your friends and a mini-blog, but you have to be a member of the site to use it. So more people can try Twitt…

I Just Bought a Lenovo IdeaCentre K320

Yesterday I bought the Lenovo IdeaCentre K320! It has an i3 Processor at 3.2 Ghz, 6 GB of memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. This computer is pretty fast! The reason that I bought it is because the laptop I own is an Acer Aspire 5532, that has a 1.6 Ghz AMD processor, 3 GB of memory and a 160 GB hard drive. When you edit videos and do a lot of processor intensive things, it can take a very long time. So to be more efficient and have the capability to do more with my work, I bought this. So far after a day of use, I can tell a major difference between my laptop. I don’t have to worry about filling up my hard drive, which is getting close on the laptop, and I don’t have to wait an hour to export a 3-4 minute video in 480p. So the reason I chose this over a laptop, is because desktops are faster for less money, and desktops are more easily expandable. So if you are looking for a fast desktop, consider the IdeaCentre.