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.

Apple and Valve: What Are They Cooking Up?

Project Glass
Google’s Project Glass isn’t a new concept, but augmented-reality glasses are still seen as futuristic, or even awkward, by the mass market. It now appears that Google may not be the only company looking to develop this new category of consumer electronics. Valve, the game development company behind wildly popular titles like Counter-Strike, Portal and Team Fortress 2, is experimenting with the idea of its own Project Glass. Valve employee Michael Abrash wrote in a blog post that wearable computing is… continue…

Instagram’s Users Leery of Facebook’s Acquisition

Instablack tag
Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram doesn’t seem to sit well with many of the photo-sharing network’s users. Has Instagram lost its appeal to you now that it’s with Facebook? Share your comments below.   Right after the announcement, hash tags like #Instablack and #RIPInstagram were shared on Instagram itself, complete with photos carrying messages disapproving of the deal. The same dissatisfaction has been seen on Twitter, and numerous blogs have protested by recommending alternative apps and ways to export photos… continue…

Mobile Devices Continue to Threaten PCs

Mobile Devices
Microsoft is determined to earn itself a place in mobile, a space dominated by Apple and Google. And one new tactic could be paying as much as $600,000 per app to third-party developers in order to expand the offerings for Windows Phone, the New York Times reports. Are you planning to drop your PC anytime soon? Let us know by posting a comment below. Microsoft’s desperation is understandable. For the first time, smartphone shipments exceeded PC shipments in 2011, and… continue…

Android Updates May Not Be Worth Much to Users

Android figure
Google may regularly release major Android updates, but manufacturers often take far too long to implement them. Does anyone care? Do you care if you’ve got the latest and greatest version of Android? How many average Android users even know whether they have the most current version on their device? Even if they do, how many will bother to understand the new features? And how many even care if they don’t have it? The same is true for iOS. Sure,… continue…

Bicycle Blenders Make Smoothies On The Go

Bike Blender
If you already have, or plan to get yourself a zombie apocalypse survival kit, consider adding this to the list: A human-powered blender. The idea is similar to that of a bicycle dynamo. Both convert your energy to power an external device, but instead of a crucial headlamp, the blender makes you smoothies or anything that you decide to throw in there. A bicycle is probably the best mode of land transport in the case of a zombie apocalypse. You get to… continue…

What’s Wrong With Girls Around Me?

Girls Around Me
Sure, there are strange apps, but then there’s apps that are creepy. “Girls Around Me” is an app that can show you ladies who have publicly checked-in, either to Foursquare or Facebook, that are near you. What other apps have you come across that are questionable? Share your thoughts below.  At this point, Foursquare has pulled the app’s API, so you can’t try this yourself. But you can read John Brownlee’s article in Cult of Mac to learn more about this… continue…

Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy Might Just Work

Nokia Lumia 900
Microsoft, perhaps being too complacent or just ignorant, failed to react in a timely manner when Apple’s iPhone took the storm in 2007. In an interview, CEO Steve Ballmer outright laughed at the prospect of the iPhone, commenting that at $500, it’s the most expensive phone in the world, and without a keyboard, it wouldn’t appeal to business customers. Of course, after witnessing the overwhelming popularity of the iPhone, the Redmond-based software giant dumped its Windows Mobile platform to build… continue…

Startup Prints Tweets On Toilet Roll for a Mere $35

Shitter
For those of you who love to grab your smartphone or tablet when you go to the washroom, you know how it feels when you forget your device. Good news! Instead of turning to the shampoo labels, you can now read tweets right on your toilet roll, thanks to the appropriately named startup, um, S****r. (The actual name doesn’t have all those asterisks, but this is a family blog, so…) What do you think? Brilliant innovation, a little weird, or… continue…

Apple iPad 4G Connectivity is Absent in Australia

4G LTE for iPad
The new iPad’s 4G connectivity is certainly an appealing factor for many buyers. That is, at least for users in the United States and Canada. It turns out other countries don’t have 4G compatibility with the new iPad. While this hasn’t stopped Apple from marketing the new iPad in other countries as 4G capable, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took exception. It filed an injunction against Apple in a Melbourne court to ensure Apple makes consumers become aware of the technical incompatibility with the 4G mobile… continue…

Google Drive Cloud Storage Might be Launched Soon

Google Drive logo
Google will be launching a new cloud-based storage service called Google Drive, so says recent rumors.  Would you be interested in a Google storage service? Weigh in with your thoughts below. While Google has built an ever-expanding empire that spans from advertising network (AdSense), mobile operating system (Android), PC operating system (Chrome OS), and more recently, a social network (Google+), Google has yet to deliver an official cloud storage service. For now, Google has several different services that can be used… continue…