Ads for Humans [Video]
The video linked in the title will take you to a 60-second ad spot for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Don’t worry if you can’t figure that out, though. The phone itself is shown in it’s entirety for a whopping 4 seconds out of 60. Did I mention it says nothing about what the phone actually does?
Hey Samsung – how about you make ads for humans as well?
And, yes, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a disappointment to me. I might talk about it later, but probably not.
Target doesn’t want to be a showroom
Yesterday I posted about Target wiping it’s shelves clean of Kindles. Turns out that they’re just angry because they feel that those shelves were being used to be a showroom so people could play around with the Kindle and then go home, get on Amazon.com, and buy it there. Cheaper, no sales tax (for most places), and much easier. In their words:
What we aren’t willing to do is let online-only retailers use our brick-and-mortar stores as a showroom for their products and undercut our prices
Fair enough, Target. I’m going to have to agree with you there.
And Amazon – maybe it’s time to open up a B&M showroom yourself. If not a full-blown store, at least pop-up shop where people can play around with your hardware, and then order them straight from there.
Google, Please Stop Forcing YouTubers into Google+
Interesting point by Wil Wheaton in the post linked in the title. His issue is that YouTube has dropped the thumbs up/down buttons for a big G+ Like button. And the only time you can use it? You guessed it – if you have a Google+ account. In other words – you need Google+ to have your say in YouTube.
Now, in essence – there’s nothing wrong with this. Kind of like on Facebook where you can only “Like” a video, YouTube is Google’s Facebook Video…but just a lot bigger and better. But what’s wrong with it is that it’s a regression. Google didn’t go forward, they quite literally went backwards with this one. And that sucks. Especially when it’s their way of shoving a service down everyone’s throat.
I love Google+ but I love YouTube as well. And this? This is bad for YouTube, and I can’t agree with it. Bring back the multiple options, Google.
Mr. Wheaton gives his own reasons as well, so I suggest you hit that title and read his thoughts on the situation. He breaks it down really well.
Target to phase-out Kindle products
Interesting. Especially considering this gem from an earlier post:
it should be noted that Apple recently partnered with [Target] for a small number of “mini-stores” earlier this year
And another straight out of the post linked in the title:
It’s worth noting that Target’s statement also notes that its continued support of other e-readers and accessories — including, specifically mentioned here, Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
Yes, the Nook that Microsoft recently invested in.
Huh. Hit the title link for Target’s statement.
OS X Memory Management is “Deeply Broken”
Adam Fields talks about how OS X Lion has been giving him a little bit of…er…trouble. And the post linked in the title isn’t the only one where he talks about it. He also talks about it here, here, and discusses the linked post further here. Hint: you have to hit the terminal a ton of times. Two thumbs up for intuitiveness!
I’ve had to use OS X for a little while in my old job. Hated it. I was so happy when I was back on Windows it’s not even funny. I know – it sounds crazy. I’ll talk about this a little more in a later blog post, but there’s no way anyone can convince me that OS X is a superior OS in it’s current state. It looks pretty, sure – but I need to get work done, not glaze over slow and sleek animations.
Xobot OS: Android Ported to C#
Very, very cool stuff here. The interesting thing is that – based on their tests – the performance using their Mono platform (open source .NET implementation) is significantly faster. I’d love to see some demos and get some more information. The awesome part is that they’re focused on continuously staying up-to-date with the latest version of Android by automating the process of translation and then refining it. In time, they likely won’t even need to change any of the translated code. The cool thing is that if you’ve developed apps for Android in the past, you’ll likely be able to use this translation tool to convert it into C# for Xobot as well. And it’s open source. Yep. Very cool. Hit the title link for more info.
“How to Sync an iPhone to a New Computer Without Losing Data”
Hit the title link for guidelines that’ll help all you iOS-ers to keep your data when switching computers. In light of this, here’s how you sync your Android phone:
- Turn on your phone
- Sign in with your Google account (if you haven’t already)
- Wait…that’s it
- No, seriously, that’s all you have to do
It just works.
Thanks for link, +Pearl Chen!
Yep, it’s finally coming after months of anticipation. Looks gorgeous, and takes clear cues from Windows Phone and Android. However, it has some great ideas including the sentence-completion touch keyboard. I’ve played with early versions of the OS, and I have to say – quite fluid (much like the Playbook). That being said, there’s a lot of friction RIM will have to endure over the next little while. But no matter what anyone says – there’s no “too late” in mobile right now. People may think that users have made their final choice, but this is just the beginning. Android and iOS may have had a head start, but Windows Phone and BBOS will have their turn. They may not dominate, but the bites they’ll take out of the pie will eventually become considerable. More on this in a later blog post.
The Verge has done a great job getting all the BB10 articles into one stream (as usual). Hit the title link to get some awesome BB10 coverage.
Judge Posner on Apple’s latest lawsuit against Motorola:
I deny the second half of Apple’s motion (seeking prohibition of the deposition) as frivolous and the first half (seeking substitution) as untimely. I’ve had my fill of frivolous filings by Apple. The next such motion, and I shall forbid it to file any motions without first moving for leave to file.