Posts Tagged ‘Amazon’

16: Don’t Kill Me Please

January 16, 2013

1. I Didn’t Come Here To Die

Check out the trailer [YouTube link] for this Horror flick that recently made its way onto digital avenues. I hear good things and intend to check it out this weekend. You can rent I Didn’t Come Here To Die on iTunes by tapping/clicking here, and on Amazon if you have a Prime membership.

via a friend on Facebook

2. Txt-Alternative For Kids

My search-fu is failing me at the moment, but based on personal interactions I’d wager that a significant amount of young kids send txt messages fairly regularly.

It’s no secret that txt messaging kind of sucks and is a pure cash grab by our mobile carriers, and that we’re all better off using alternatives like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, etc. Unfortunately services like Facebook Messenger aren’t incredibly youth-oriented, and now a youth-oriented alternative called Jongla is launching on iOS and Android.

Honestly I don’t particularly care what alternative service that kids use, but if we want to end the txting hegemony, all age groups need to contribute. If there are services targeting youth, I’m all for them.

3. Ashton Kutcher Really Really Looks Like Steve Jobs

The resemblance is striking. I’m still not convinced that he’ll do a fantastic job acting as Steve Jobs in the upcoming flick jOBS, however we’ll have to wait and see.

via FlipBoard for iOS

4. Self-Published Authors Kicking Butt On Kindle

At least in the UK, 15 of the top 100 best-selling Kindle books were self-published. That’s fascinating, and the situation is probably similar in many countries where Amazon sells Kindle books.

The world is changing.

via Thirst for iOS

5. The 6 Best Dresses At The Golden Globes

There are some days where you can’t not love The Onion.

via @acarboni on Twitter

6. 7 Men Gang Rape Bus Passenger In India

Faith Karimi and Shah Singh, CNN:

In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night.

So sad. It’s surreal to think of how much evil there is in the world. One of the things I hope to see in my lifetime is world peace, although I realize that it’s probably a few generations away. Maybe 100% hate-free is impossible, but I think that 99% can happen with time.

You can say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. [YouTube link]

via With Fetus

7. Wearable Computing Is The Next Big Thing

These days you can’t find a tech publication raving about watches and glasses that can do more than tell time and help you see, but do tech writers represent the general population?

I can see the value in reading my Twitter notifications without having to take my iPhone out of my pocket, but I’m not sure that everyone wants to make fashion accessories out of their mini-computers. I could be wrong though.

8. Easter Eggs In January

Arrested Development is one of the few TV shows that I’ve ever watched, and the fact that Netflix is bringing it back is fantastic. If you’re in the US (presumably — I can’t test anything in Canada or the UK) Netflix has a bit of a promotion going on. If you’re an Arrested Development fan, follow these instructions and enjoy!

via FlipBoard for iOS

9. Reason To Recover #709

100 Reasons To Recover:

Because one day my story will change someone’s life.

I’ve linked to 100 Reasons To Recover before, and if you haven’t checked out that blog yet, you really should. It’s kind of inspirational and it can satisfy as a life guide for most everyone feeling down.

10. The Death Glare

A common look that I receive from people who see me using both my iPad and iPad mini at the same time is the Death Glare. For whatever reason a solid amount of people have a problem with me carrying around two iPads; these people often tote around Macs which are more expensive than my two iPads combined, but that’s beside the point.

The iPad mini kills the larger iPad at “consumption” — it’s smaller size and weight makes it easier to use kicking back leisurely-like — so I use my iPad mini to find articles to share here. When it comes time to write bits about those articles, I keep the articles open on the iPad mini and type up my thoughts on the big iPad, which saves time as opposed to switching between writing and reading on a single iPad which I did before picking up an iPad mini. Not having to leave the app that I write in saves a whole lot of time, I can probably finish blogposts twice as fast now.

In addition, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m learning a nifty coding language called Processing. Prior to getting an iPad mini I switched between both the book and the Processing app on my iPad, which was slow. Now that I have an iPad mini I code on the larger iPad and read on the iPad mini. Again, having the iPad mini probably makes me go twice as fast.

There are genuine reasons that I have and use both an iPad and iPad mini. So what’s the deal with people?

I’m reminded of when I picked up my first iPad in 2010; I had an iPhone 3G at the time, and friends derided me for having an iPhone and a big iPhone that couldn’t make phone calls. The problem was that the differences between iPhones and iPads hadn’t yet been established, so to a lot of people I was seen as A) wasting my money and/or B) an upper class jerk showing off my wealth (which was a laughable idea if you knew my financial situation).

The iPad and iPad mini have loads of crossover, I won’t pretend that they don’t. But I have each for their differences; the iPad’s larger screen makes it good for typing, coding, drawing, and the type of content creation that I do, whereas the iPad mini’s smaller screen makes it good for leisurely gathering and consuming information, gaming, and consumption in general.

The hate that I’ve received is weird and, in my mind, unfounded.

e-Book Hysteria

July 26, 2011

If you use any number of e-Reader apps on an iOS device, you might have noticed yesterday that the ability to purchase e-Books within the apps (excluding Apple’s iBooks app) has disappeared with app updates. Misinformation is swarming and everybody hates everything, which saddens me. For the purpose of clarity, this entry will focus on only one of the now storeless e-Reader apps, Amazon’s Kindle app.

Apple earlier in the year revised its App Store rules for iOS developers to comply with, which addressed how content can be purchased within apps; Under the new rules, the only method allowed for developers selling content is to use Apple’s proprietary In App Purchases (IAP) feature. Developers can sell subscriptions to their services outside of their apps, but every transaction within apps is required to go through Apple, and developers cannot link to their web stores within apps.

The founding idea to this rule change was — and I believe still is — that if Apple is giving Software as a Service (SaaS) developers new customers (that they wouldn’t otherwise have), Apple deserves a cut of the revenue. That cut is 30% of every transaction, and can only be enforced through IAP. Not liking the idea, Amazon chose to not conform and instead removed the ability to reach the Kindle store within the Kindle app, which is ticking off customers. Some railing against Amazon, and others railing against Apple; It’s chaos.

So think of it this way…

Existing Kindle customers know that the primary method to purchase e-Books is through a web browser, and e-Books purchased are instantly available on every Kindle device/app used by the purchaser (including the iOS apps). The inability to purchase e-Books in the Kindle app on an iOS device is an extremely minor hinderance to these people. They are Amazon’s customers in the e-Book space, and they will remain Amazon’s customers.

Alternatively, Apple’s customers that stumble upon the Kindle app in the iOS App Store and download it might not understand that purchasing e-Books can only be done through a web browser, and will immediately gravitate to Apple’s e-Book service, iBooks. They are Apple’s customers, and they will remain Apple’s customers. Fair is fair; Until Amazon agrees to share its e-Book revenues with Apple, Apple shouldn’t allow Amazon to take advantage of Apple’s customers. When Amazon agrees to give Apple a cut in revenue, Apple will give Amazon new customers again, it’s that simple.

Amazon is not evil and the updated Kindle app should not be receiving as many negative reviews on the App Store as it is. The ratings should be as positive as they once were, and instead I’ve noticed reviewers decrying Amazon for removing the ability to access the Kindle store from inside the app. Amazon needs to find a way to better educate people on this — Amazon absolutely doesn’t deserve those negative words. Apple is not evil either. From what I’ve read, those that know why Amazon updated its app as it did typically rail against Apple, which saddens me not because they have an opinion opposing Apple, but because it isn’t an educated one.

Sources: AppleInsider, App Store [iTunes link]

By the way, sorry I didn’t have this up yesterday.

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