Vincent Chow

Vincent covers mobile, startup, social media and the web in general on Dice Blog Network. He also writes on SheepTech ocassionally, a blog he started in 2008. You can reach him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus.

iPad’s First Real Threat Has Finally Arrived

Steve Jobs - iPad
Acer unveiled a new line of Windows 8 devices this week at Computex Taipei, including a laptop-tablet hybrid called Iconia W510. The form factor, first introduced by Asus’s Android-based Transformer Prime, will soon be the norm, thanks to the very nature of Windows 8. In case it’s not clear by now, Apple’s iPad has finally met a worthy competitor. Staying complacent is no longer a choice. Apple has tried hard to position the iPad as a content creation tool, aside… continue…

Yahoo’s Axis Is An Alright iOS Browser

Yahoo! Axis
Yahoo topped the list on Techmeme again — this time with a product launch instead of a laundry list of company troubles. The company’s new offering, Axis, is a hybrid search tool and Web browser that’s available as a plugin for major desktop browsers. For iOS devices, it comes as an app. iOS already has a decent collection of browsers, but two are glaringly missing: Firefox and Chrome. Axis, with its positive review (AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher loved it so much that… continue…

MaKey MaKey: Replace Your Touch Screen With Bananas

Makey Makey
Computers and bananas, bananas and computers. If your dream is to use bananas to control your computer, you’re in luck. Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, both final-year Ph.D. students at the MIT Media Lab, are about to mass produce a nifty invention kit called MaKey MaKkey — a tool that can turn almost any object into an input device. The kit consists of a circuit board, alligator clips and USB cable. It’s completely plug-and-play, so you won’t have to worry about soldering… continue…

Why Facebook’s App Center Is Important

App Center
Facebook’s new App Center has three categories: Mobile apps (for both iOS and Android) that use the Facebook Login Web apps that use the Facebook Login Facebook.com apps on a canvas page How dramatically will the App Center influence app development? Share your comments below.  For downloads, the App Center transfers users to Apple’s App Store or Google Play. For Facebook, creating the center is a logical step to maintain its relevancy in years to come. The App Center is different… continue…

The Most Original Wi-Fi Concept We’ve Ever Seen

DOG USE
Terra, an ISP in Mexico, has set up bins that will provide free Wi-Fi whenever they’re fed, well, what you get at the wrong end of a dog. Free Wi-Fi access is available to everyone in the vicinity, and the amount of time it’s active corresponds directly to the weight of the… package it’s being fed. Check out the video to see possibly more than you want to know. Related Link For free Wi-Fi, please deposit your dog poop here… continue…

RIM’s Apple Store ‘Wake Up’ Flash Mob Was Just Silly

Wake Up
The Apple Store in Sydney was the scene of a mysterious protest last week, with people chanting and waving placards that read “wake up.” After Samsung, the number one suspect, denied any involvement, BlackBerry Make Research In Motion came forward. Surprise! The company that was once the leader of smartphones, which has failed to stop Apple and Android OEMs from eating away its market share, wants Apple’s customers to wake up. But wake up from what, exactly? It’s one thing… continue…

Kindle Fire Sales Trounce Other Androids Tablets

Kindle Fire
Amazon’s Kindle Fire has proven one point in the six months since its release: You don’t need to get there first to win. Doing it right is all that matters. A recent study by comScore indicates that the Kindle Fire has captured 54.4 percent of Android tablet market share in the U.S, more than all the other players combined. The Fire’s success can be attributed to Amazon’s brand name, aggressive pricing and digital content. The last two aren’t common in… continue…

Apple Fragrance: No, Not The Fruit. Your MacBook

Apple perfume
Dude A: Hey buddy, it’s been a while since we met. Wait, what’s that smell? Dude B: Yo! It’s just my new Apple-flavored fragrance. Dude A: It doesn’t smell anything like an Apple. It smells more like a brand new gadget. Dude B: Exactly. It’s made to smell like a new Apple product, as in the Apple that makes the iPad, not the ones in the supermarket. Specifically, the MacBook Pro. Dude A: Awkward. OK, so the conversation’s made up.… continue…

Apple Patents App Tool for Beginners

App Store icon
Apple filed a new patent application, “Content Configuration for Device Platforms,” for an app authoring tool for users with minimal programming knowledge. Based on the sketches published by AppleInsider, the tool relies heavily on a user-friendly graphical user interface, not unlike Google’s App Inventor released two years ago. Do you think the Apple Store will become overcrowded with cheap apps with this new tool? Share your thoughts below.  These tools remove the entry barrier for people who are interested in… continue…

Splashtop’s App Lets You Test Drive Windows 8 Metro

Win8 Metro Testbed
Microsoft’s Windows 8 won’t be released for at least several more months, but for those who can’t wait to give it a test drive, there’s Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed. For a mere $25, the app lets you experience Windows 8 Metro in all its glory on your iPad. Unlike other remote access apps that treat your taps as mouse clicks, Win8 Metro Testbed turns your device into an almost native Windows 8 tablet with full gesture support. Do you want the app… continue…