Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Future Tech Chats

Is anybody interested in participating in my next tech chat (in the future)? We had a lot of fun in the last one! Probable time is this weekend (February 22nd - 23rd) midday.

Working on topics now...

 

Let me know, and be sure to check out last weeks!

Friday, February 7, 2014

iCloud and Auto-Uploads (Extra details)

In case you haven't seen my latest video, you can watch it here: 


I just want to provide a little additional detail for those interested about this idea. First of all, it would work equally well on Android with Google+ Photos as it does with iCloud on iOS. 

Also, for those of you who don't know anything about networks or photo stream, and who will note that it actually isn't much of a drag at all for me to upload that photo to several networks as I did in the video, in that it seems quick, note that I am on Wifi in the video, and that means that anything I upload goes about 5 times faster than it would if I was on a data network, and that usage caps on home internet are much higher than they are on cellular networks.

In addition, this example only used one photo, whereas if you were taking photos at an event, you could want to upload an album of any number of pictures, each of which can be 1-2 MB. Multiply that by 10-20 in one go, as I have done frequently, and you will see that uploading all of those photos 3 times, and then a 4th time to post any photos to another network (such as Twitter or Instagram) will start to seriously slow down your phone and will use a lot of data. 

With the changes I suggest in the video, you will alleviate a lot of network congestion on cellular networks, and corporations whose servers store your photos can use their networks to quickly and efficiently save copies of your photos without requiring you to upload them separately to each service.

I'll be back next week with more on cell phones and mobile technology, so subscribe to my YouTube channel here and add me on G+ at +Rob Attrell for more interesting videos.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Your cell phone provider might be screwing you. [This is not click-bait, it might actually help you]

Hey guys, if you have a few minutes to fill out this nifty survey of cell phone plans, I would really appreciate it. It's for a project I'm working on regarding cell phones and the contracts that bind us all to carriers. Fill it out below, or click here to see the survey on a new page.

I will be collecting answers for about the next 48 hours, until Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating further in this project, drop me a line.

**I am in Canada, but I'd love to hear what international folks have to say about their plans!


Thanks to +Mike Attrell for help preparing this survey!