The Rikomagic MK12 arrived yesterday morning. I like these devices, Rikomagic has made some interesting stuff in the past like the MK802. This device is like a tiny PC with some pretty good specs. It runs Android and is ready for your TV.
Not too long ago I reviewed the Banana Pi R1, and even before that I reviewed the Banana Pi original. These boards keep coming out and they keep getting better. The new M2 is not out yet at the time of writing this but the Banana Pi website lists it as coming soon. There are a lot of interesting new features which may make you reconsider this as opposed to another device for one of your projects.
The Nexus Player is Google’s first Android TV device, it is a device that is like a large hockey puck. It is surprisingly small but very exciting when you actually play with it. There was a slight delay getting the devices out because of a lack of game pads, which is one of the best ways to use the player. The Nexus Player is Chromecast enabled but if you don’t have your device handy to stream to it you can launch an app directly from it.
I am an avid Chromebook user. I have been using mine for about a year now, it is a great little device that serves several uses for our house. It is my daughter’s primary computer, she plays games and reading exercises on it. My Girlfriend uses the Chromebook for general purpose web browsing and I use it to stream to my Chromecast. The Chromebook is one of the most used computers in my house, so when Google announced at Google I/O this year that they were toying around with the idea of bringing Android apps to Chrome OS I lost my mind.
Lately if you are on any social media platform you are probably being bombarded by people posting videos and status updates about how the new Facebook Messenger app is tapping their phone and how this is the worst thing to ever happen. This is largely the fault of the Huffington Post.
Personally I am a huge fan of Android, I have been a user for some time and I have even developed several apps which are being used by more than 50,000 users total. It should come as no surprise that when Google first Announced Android Wear I was excited and when everybody at Google IO 2014 (which I didn’t win a ticket to!) received a device I was jealous. I finally got my hands on the LG G Watch, in my opinion the nicest looking of the first 3 Android Wear watches.
Today was the keynote for Google’s developer conference, Google I/O. This is an exciting time for people who develop for and work with Google’s services and platforms like Android, Chrome, and ChromeOS. This year all kinds of exciting new things were announced like Android L, Android apps running on your Chromebook and Android TV. These are all new form factors for app developers and designers to consider when working with these services but it is exciting to be a consumer right now and get to experience some of this stuff.
The Firefox Flame is Mozilla’s newest and in my opinion most exciting phone that is hitting the market this year. The Flame is their new reference standard phone which makes it similar to Google’s Nexus line for Android. The Flame to me is refreshing because it is the first phone that I have personally used that I would consider an every day phone.I have in my arsenal the ZTE Open, Geeksphone KEON and now the Firefox Flame and I have to say the Flame really is going to be a nice reference.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. It has many uses and is well worth the small price tag that accompanies it. If you are learning to code or learning about hardware there are projects for you. It was not a surprise to me that the open hardware Raspberry Pi would spawn similar devices but I wasn’t expecting much.
This week os Prairie Dev Con 2014, a 2 day conference in central Canada focused around development and technology. This year the theme is the Web and Mobile. Today was day 1 of 2 (3 if you do the work shops) and so far it has been a pretty awesome experience. This morning we were greeted after a non-continental breakfast by the keynote speaker Joel Semeniuk, co-founder of Imaginet Resources Corp talking about The Coming Tsunami of technology opportunity coming to the tech industry.