Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

18: Oh No! My iPad (3rd Gen) Fell And Cracked! :(

January 22, 2013

Well. Thankfully I at least gathered articles for today’s entry. I was saying goodbye to a cute girl and my iPad was on my lap, and it slipped and fell to the floor. The result:

Shattered iPad Corner

Hopefully Apple replaces it. Fingers crossed. I’m too in shock to write blurbs on the nine news articles I want you to check out, so what follows is just a few links. I’m stunned.

1. Wrath Of The Titans Insults Intelligence

2. Intel (Finally) Ramping Up Investment In Mobile

3. How To Limit iOS Device Time For Your Kids

4. Pope Benedict XVI Tweets In Latin

5. iPad or iPad mini?

6. iPhone 5 Jailbreak “Behind The Scenes”

7. First Kick-Ass 2 Photo

8. Surprise: Google Doesn’t Like Microsoft

9. Anti-Apple Anger

12: Go Science!

January 8, 2013

1. Giant Squid Filmed Alive

The video kind of stinks, but this is pretty cool. Japanese scientists filmed a live giant squid, which is the first time that one has been captured on camera alive! This is exciting because it means now we can look for other camera shy sea creatures.

Despite my outright fear of the ocean, the idea that there are so many creatures we probably can’t even fathom living on the same planet as us is fascinating, and while we already knew that giant squids existed, seeing a live one on film that isn’t CG is fascinating.

via @geekCouch on Twitter

2. Dreamies

If you’re like me and miss Twinkies, you can thank Mrs. Freshley’s for filling the void with a little snack called “Dreamies“. After I get settled into my new home this weekend, I’m going to give Dreamiest a test drive. Here’s hoping that it can live up to Twinkies at least a little bit.

3. The New Way Teens Shame

The next big thing in cyber bullying is teens dissecting other teen’s pictures.

I wasn’t ever bullied — let alone cyber bullied — so I have a difficult time empathizing with these bullied teens. But it’s clear that a few parents need to take a course in parenting.

4. iOS Users Have Downloaded 40 Billion Apps

The best part about this story is the comments section; Engadget’s commenter base is so anti-Apple despite the publication being fairly neutral that it’s scary.

Aside from that, it’s pretty impressive that iOS users have downloaded 40 billion apps in less than five years — half if that in just 2012. Consider that the 40 billion number doesn’t include pirated apps, and it’s clear why iOS is a highly desirable platform for developers despite the elephant in the room Android’s presence.

5. Beat Underestimation

Christa Campbell, one of Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s producers, is proving people wrong with the success of her film. “I love that people underestimate me”, Campbell says, and while I’m not aware of how often she is underestimated, it’s a great sentiment.

When someone tells you that you can’t do something, take it as a challenge to prove them wrong. You’ll probably fail a lot, but there are few things as rewarding as beating expectations. Live for that and you’ll live happily.

via @scottEweinberg on Twitter

6. News: Justin Bieber Might Be Crazy

If rumors are to be believed, Justin Bieber calls his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez approximately 100 times per day.

I don’t buy this story, honestly, for a few reasons. Namely I’m not sure that Bieber has enough spare time to call an individual 100 times per day, and that Gomez is smart enough that she would seek a restraining order. Nonetheless, it’s fun to fan the “Bieber sucks!!!” fire among my peers.

via @cambio on Twitter

7. Huawei To Samsung: Top This

At CES yesterday, Huawei announced a 6.1″ smartphone which it calls Ascend Mate. I’m not aware of anyone with jeans that justify a 6.1″ phone, and what’s frightening is that this probably won’t be the only 6″+ smartphone released this year or next — infact 6.1″ might be viewed as small in a few years.

Please Apple, ignore this “trend”.

8. Goodbye, David R. Ellis

David R. Ellis, the director of Snakes on a Plane (which you may be aware is one of my favorite B-movies) passed away yesterday. He will be missed.

Not to be a shill for Netflix, but if you have an account, you can stream Ellis’s recent movie Shark Night. It’s a fun throwaway flick if you’re a B-movie fan.

via @scottEweinberg on Twitter

9. Huh

The designers of Microsoft’s Windows 8 logo, Pentagram Design, have redesigned NYC parking signs. I have little more to say than “huh”.

10. Being Wrong Redux

Part of the reason today’s post (Issue? Edition?) is a few hours late is that I spent more time talking with my associates than researching/writing. Probably the largest topic that we covered is pride; being immovable, right until proven wrong, creating straw men, etc. These types of discussions are healthy because they help to point out personality flaws that I choose to pretend don’t exist.

Yours truly, two months ago:

I make a whole lot of statements every day — it’s like an Olympic sport for me. Be it here, in person among physical people, or on Twitter or Skype, I talk a lot about things I know a lot about and things I know little about. Unfortunately I’m not right 100% of the time which is probably something to be expected. The most important thing is how I handle being wrong — I’d argue that it’s more important than being right.

Pride itself isn’t a bad thing, in fact I’m proud of a lot of things — but it’s when pride supersedes judgement that things take a turn from okay to not. I was very recently wrong in a very big way. Personally, I’m happy I was wrong, because it’s led to sometching so much better than the results that sticking to my guns would have yielded.

I decided to revisit this after a session of meditating followed by Screeching Weasel’s cover of I Can See Clearly Now, because I forgot what I myself wrote just two months ago. It’s true that I’m highly opinionated and have been for as long as I can remember, but my attachment to pride changed for the worse in a very short amount of time.

I’m at a point where I can say that my behavior is healthy — that drawing lines in the sand and alienating myself from others makes me an easy person to identify — or admit that I’m wrong and need to change. I believe that the latter is probably the healthiest thing to do. And if you find yourself in a similar slump, I hope that you have friends as good as mine who can call you out without judging you.

This is one situation where I really hope that I’m not wrong.

9.2: No YouTube for You (Microsoft)!

January 2, 2013

Google is blocking Microsoft from developing a YouTube app for Windows Phone phones, and in addition isn’t (yet) developing a YouTube app of its own, leaving Windows Phone users with just the browser version. So says All Things D:

But the YouTube issue is not a new one; Microsoft has complained about it to regulators multiple times since 2010. YouTube clients for Android and iPhone have fuller search, favorites and ratings capabilities, while YouTube for Windows Phone is basically a wrapper for the mobile Web version of the site, because it doesn’t have access to full APIs.

What’s new is that Microsoft is now claiming that people at YouTube are in favor of helping provide a good Windows Phone experience, but senior Google executives recently told them not to do so.

Interesting. Apparently YouTube isn’t as independent of Google as I had thought last year.

For Apple to Win

August 20, 2012

Why I don’t like Google is a topic which I will likely cover in the days, months, and years ahead as Google continues to release new services.

Me, July 20, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately (“Ha!” you laugh) and I’ve decided that I’m done talking about Google and Android in a derogatory* way. It just isn’t productive or good for anybody.

I obviously prefer it for people choose iOS devices over Android devices and things in that “Other” category. The more Apple’s ecosystem grows, the more I benefit since I’m so invested in the company’s products and services. In addition, I like to help people when I can and I’m next to no use to people outside of Apple’s ecosystem.

I think that when you’re so invested in seeing one ecosystem succeed, you lose sight of how to promote it effectively. By going on a tirade about how Google sucks and/or drilling things like “you should’ve purchased an iPhone instead” into people’s heads, you make them either feel bad or pissed off.

Imaginary scenario:

Last month Jake purchased a $199 Android phone and signed a 2-year $100/m service plan to a carrier. All in all that’s a $2,599 investment that Jake has made. Darren, an enthusiastic iPhone user, approaches Jake and goes into detail about why he made a bad decision and should have instead purchased an iPhone. As the return date for Jake’s Android phone has passed, he reacts in one of the following ways:

  1. Sadness. Darren convinced Jake that he outright wasted $2,599 on something he’ll hate for two years, knowing that he should have purchased an iPhone.
  2. Resentment. Surprisingly to Darren, Jake is quite happy with his $2,599 investment, and becomes irritated with Darren for bugging him about something so trivial.
  3. “Block/Ignore”. Jake is a busy guy and doesn’t have time for Darren’s shenanigans, so he chooses to forget that Darren even exists.

NONE OF THESE REACTIONS ARE HEALTHY.

Personally, I don’t directly bug people about something that they’ve purchased. However the things I’ve written here (but mostly on Twitter) are as toxic because people value my opinion and read what I write/tweet, even if it’s not specifically directed at them. I don’t have to approach someone to elicit a response, they just have to read what I write.

And if I want to respect my audience and not publish things which are designed to provoke (at least some of) them, I need to move on in my approach. I need to not talk about Google or its partners negatively, and try to not talk about them at all. If you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say it.

But we get back to the point that I’m heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem and my tech life improves as Apple grows. I can’t just say nothing, it’s in my best interest to do what I can to promote Apple gear and I genuinely enjoy doing it. So when I want to promote Apple, what should I do?

Put my focus on Apple. Talk up Apple. Demo its products and services, write and publish “how-to’s”, answer questions, and personally use the stuff I promote. Instead of expressing how Android sucks — instead of putting any amount of focus on the negative — I should be expressing how Apple rocks.

And that’s how you make people want Apple gear.

Infact I know this to be true! As you might be aware, I was Apple’s representative at Portland State University for the 2010 school year, and part of my job was to turn people into Apple customers without ever mentioning a competitor. I converted a solid amount of people just by being available and helpful.

We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose.

Steve Jobs, August 1997

I know it’s a little bit different since Apple and Microsoft didn’t hate each other like Apple and Google do. However, as users we should replace “Microsoft” in Steve’s quote with “Google”. Love what we love and let the companies be nasty themselves.

*However if there’s a story that I feel needs to be told, I will tell it as long as it’s research and fact-based journalism.

Au Revoir, Google

July 20, 2011

Earlier this week when I transitioned from Blogger to WordPress with my Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Google+ entry, I quit using Google services. Blogger was the last service by Google that I was using, and now that WordPress is my blogging platform of choice, my life is void of Google. I still intend to test Google services in order to restrain from ignorance, since I hope to be a responsible tech writer. But otherwise, Google is dead to me, and it has been a long time coming.

Why, you ask? My reasoning is very simple, and putting more than an iota of thought into it will strain your mind: I don’t like Google. I don’t like most of Google’s services. I don’t like Google’s attitude, and I don’t like Google’s actions more. I rail against Google on a regular basis in debates and discussions about Google’s services. In order to put my money where my mouth is, and not be hypocritical, I need to quit being one of Google’s products. It really is that simple.

Now if you also desire to quit Google and you have a hardware setup similar to mine, pay attention. The following are the products/services I use in place of Google’s offering(s):

Bing Search / Google Search
Safari / Chrome (Browser)
iOS / Android
Mac OS / Chrome OS
MobileMe + Facebook Messages / GMail
Facebook + Twitter / Google+
iWork / Google Docs
WordPress / Blogger

See, it isn’t that hard. Do note, however, that I don’t count YouTube as a Google service. You can say that I’m cheating by claiming that, which is a fair criticism. But YouTube was YouTube before Google purchased it, the YouTube folks still have their own offices, and on top of that, every YouTube video I watch is in Apple’s YouTube app on my iPhone and iPad. Meaning, the front-end I see is Apple’s work, and the YouTube app on iOS is about as Google-less as one can get. That said, you can find me in the VEVO app more than in the YouTube app anyway. ;-)

Why I don’t like Google is a topic which I will likely cover in the days, months, and years ahead as Google continues to release new services. I will credit Google any time I see credit is deserved, and I won’t when it isn’t. My ban on Google services is not future proof, as I’m in no position to say that in five years from now Google won’t have created a service that compels me to return. And there’s always the nuclear possibility, which is for Google services to be ubiquitous enough that I’m forced to use them. But today is not that day… Today, we fight.

As a sidenote, I’d keep an eye out for this little search engine when it’s released. It’s called Ness, and from what I hear, it’s promising. ;-)

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