My youtube videos: Google Analytic Stats

I was checking out the google analytics of my youtube videos that I have created for my students (tutorials) and thought the stats were really interesting. So I am going to post them here.

So far my videos have had a total of 180,586 views

Users have spent 224,904 minutes watching them (thats 3,748.4 hours or 156.18 days)

My most viewed video is how to add sound in Flash CS5. It has 33,404 views, has been watched for 25,326 minutes, and has 79 likes

65% of my viewers are male

Most users are 35-54 yrs age and from the US

Anyway, there are some more stats but those were the most interesting.

Android 4.2.2 out now!

Looks like the latest Android update is hitting Nexus based phones today! I got mine this morning. For those android users without nexus phones – sorry, thats what you get for buying phones with bloatware:)

Here is what the update does:

  • Fixed Bluetooth audio streaming bugs
  • Long-pressing the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons in Quick Settings now toggles the on/off state
  • New download notifications, which now shows the percentage and estimated time remaining for active app downloads
  • New sounds for wireless charging and low battery
  • New Gallery app animation allows faster loading
  • USB debug whitelist
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Read about all the updates here:

Rumor: Motorola X phone said to be a game changer

The phone many have been waiting for (me since I purchased my galaxy nexus). This is the rumored phone that is said to change everything and set the bar for the next generation of phones.

Here is some of the article: “But then once Motorola either trolled us all or slipped up completely by listing a job opportunity for a director of product management for the X Phone team, we haven’t heard much. Well, until now, thanks to a rumor out of Australian electronics site, SmartHouse. 

According to sources of theirs, who claim to have spoken with Telstra CTO Hugh Bradlow on the matter, the X Phone will be a “game changer.” It’s supposed to be a “real breakthrough” that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple, something no one in the smartphone industry has done in a couple of years.”

The phone is rumored to be announced in May and released in July but usually those rumors are off so I wouldnt hold my breath on those dates..especially if you are waiting for carriers to get it.

Full article

google x phone

Doodle 4 Google Kids Contest

“Doodle 4 Google is an annual program that invites K-12 students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign our homepage logo for millions to see.

This year, we ask students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “My Best Day Ever…” One talented student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school along with some other cool prizes!”

Link to contest

Google announces nexus 4, 7, and 10

The nexus 4 is a phone and 7 and 10 are tablets. I am going to talk about the nexus 4 because this is the device that both amazes and disappoints me.

First of all, here is the information on all 3 devices:

Now onto the nexus 4:

8mp camera
Quad core processor
2 GB Ram

So what disappoints me: NO 4G. I really wish this phone had 4G. And since this phone is HSPA I am not 100% sure it will run on verizon (rumor is that it will not work on verizon) but it will definitely with ATT.

Now why is this phone the best phone on the market right now: I can buy an unlocked version for $299. Thats right, under no contract with a carrier I can buy this phone outright for $299.

Now for those that do not know what this means let me share with you….When you normally get a phone under contract through verizon/att you pay $299 for a phone that normally costs $650. So you actually pay for that difference in your contract, meaning that your plan is higher than what it really should be so that you pay back that difference in the 2 year contract you sign. So technically when you buy a phone outright, your monthly plan should be significantly cheaper. But its not, why? Phone companies are making money off of you not knowing this information. Well the information is well known just not by the general consumer so no one complains. So if we start buying phones off contract then companies will have no choice but to get rid of their ridiculous monthly fees that we are currently paying.

How Google glasses might impact education

Nice article by that I suggest you take a look at. Here are the main points (please see article here for explanations):

– Immersive educational experiences will be possible
– Educational apps will get whole new ways to be implemented
– Disruptive technology may actually get more disruptive
– Memorization will take a backseat to problem solving and complex thinking
– Traditional textbooks may be replaced
– Classes can take place anywhere
– Field trips will take on a whole new dimension
– They can remove the language barrier

Apple vs. Samsung: When does it stop?

If you have been following tech news or my blog you know about the patent war going on between these two companies. Here is a good article by mashable describing the ridiculousness that these patents claim. For instance, the article explains how patents are so broad that its impossible to build a phone without copying. This would be equivalent to Ford claiming that a mercedes was copying it.

The article uses this example from history with the wright brothers:

“Everyone knows the story of the Wright brothers and their historic flight in December 1903. What you may not know is that the Orville and Wilbur Wright submitted a patent for their invention months earlier, which was eventually granted in 1906. Then the airplane patent wars began.

The Wrights sued Glenn Curtiss (among others) for infringing on their patent with his company’s aircraft designs. The thing was, the Wright brothers’ patent was so broad, it was virtually impossible to build any kind of aircraft without infringing on it. Eventually the two sides were forced to settle their differences at the advent of the First World War, when the U.S. government stepped in and created a temporary patent pool for wartime production, which eventually became permanent.”

Here is the full article:

And the lawsuits continue…this time against Apple

Motorola (Well Google really as Google is parent company) is suing Apple for various patent infringements.

“Motorola is demanding a ban on the imports of the iPhone and iPad for alleged infringements of intellectual property used in Siri, E-Mail notifications, location reminders and music/video players.”


Personally, all of these lawsuits need to stop. Get rid of these patents because they are slowing down progress and innovation in the tech world.

Tethering and Verizon: Yes you can now download free tethering apps legally:)

First, what is tethering? Tethering is the ability to take the 3G/4G internet on your phone and use it on your PC. So if you are somewhere where there is no wifi but would like to connect to the internet on your laptop, just use your phones internet on your computer.

Just yesterday it was announced that the FCC has told verizon that it can no longer block apps from the Google Play store that allow people to tether their phones to the computer. Why was verizon blocking them? Because Verizon offered its own service that did this which of course was $20-$30 a month (I cannot recall actual price but it was around there). So now you can download those apps and use them for free. Yay!

Now notice I did not mention apple but only google. Apple has complete control of their app store and blocks these app, so iPhone users are out of luck for now. The only way to do this with your iPhone is to jailbreak it.

So what are these apps I speak of? The most popular is probably PdaNet. This app offers both a free and paid version. The free version will allow you to connect to any website for free unless it is an HTTPS site, meaning you cannot connect to your email. If you pay $15 you will be able to connect. So feel free to download and use. You no longer have to worry about getting in trouble, however, please watch your data usage if you do not have the unlimited plan.

For detailed info about the FCC ruling see here