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It’s Here ……
All that Nerdy Stuff finally received its console for backing the OUYA Project on Kickstarter.com. We have long anticipated the OUYA arrival since March 28th 2013 when OUYA announced shipping had begun with early backers receiving the first units. OUYA is manufactured in Hong Kong, China and is shipped directly from the manufacturer to the early kickstarter backers. Head on past the break for the essential details, and look for our impressions throughout the week!
I received an interesting email this morning, with a message from Intuit regarding their Quickbooks GoPayment app support for Windows Phone. Normally this isn’t something I’d bother blogging about, but this is something that goes well outside the normal email for a service provider to send to its customers. The long and short of it is this: Intuit is actively encouraging users to abandon the Windows Phone platform in favor of Android and iOS. Yes, you read that correctly. In spite of the very new launch of Windows Phone 8, which offers more than adequate support for everything an Intuit app and card reader could possibly need, the company has not only pulled its existing Windows Phone 7 app from the store but is actually telling users to leave the platform for competing OS’s. This kind of behavior from a major app vendor is unusual and, quite frankly, unacceptable, but hopefully it’ll mean that Square, PayPal or one of the other processing merchants will step up to the plate and address the market that Intuit apparently doesn’t care to.
For the full details, plus a workaround, and where you can write to complain, hit the break!
Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS Deliver The Goods
How did I end up with a Nokia Windows phone? For the past 10 years I have been an Apple fanboy: from their computers to their iOS devices and everything in between. When rumors of an Apple branded cell phone started flying in 2006, I knew I had to have it. I hoped it would be more than an iPod (at that time only the iPod classic existed) that could make phone calls. Finally in 2007 Steve Jobs announced the iPhone to the world. I was so glad it wasn’t just an iPod with a phone built-in! It was a new, mostly never seen device. It introduced us to easily acquired apps, and a new breed of smartphone was born. It took the world by storm, and everybody wanted one. The truth is that at that time, it was the best there was. Every year Apple religiously introduced a new model: Faster. Thinner. Smaller. A better camera. It became expected, foreseeable, and that’s where it is today.
What happened, unfortunately, was that although they introduced new features and devices, the OS practically stayed the same. It felt–and feels–stagnant. The same row after row of icons smiled back at me, year in and year out. Swipe left. Swipe right. I became bored and eventually disappointed. So after 4 years of living the iPhone dream I made the big decision. I switched ecosystems. Android was my new system of choice. I got me a spanking new Samsung Infuse. Nice phone, big screen, sharp colors–but that was it. Out of the box the phone is slow and the battery doesn’t last very long. Sure, Android offered incredible customization, but deep inside it felt like iOS. Yes, there are widgets (and I do love me some widgets), and yes I flashed a new rom a few times (as many an Android aficionado will tell you, the OS is really at its best when customized by the community. Out of the box the OS is…yeah) and yes, most of my apps were available in the Google market.
But the novelty wore thin after just a few months. I became bored again. Bored and tired of having to make sure the new app would be compatible with my phone. Yes, I went there, the bane of Android, the ugly “f” word: fragmentation. If not for the turn-by-turn spoken directions Android offers, I would had gone back to an iPhone (I can’t believe that after 5 years the iPhone still doesn’t offer native turn-by-turn spoken directions). But in this big “Google vs Apple” smartphone world, what else is there? To my shock and near horror, my attention was next caught by…Microsoft. Let me tell you what I found after the break!
Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2, Internet Groans
In the interests of full disclosure, let me just put this out there: I’m an iPad owner. But with that said, I’ll stipulate: I’m a disappointed iPad owner. Since getting my iPad last year, I’ve been disappointed enough in what it can do that I’ve kept my eyes on some of the competition, hoping for something to come along and woo me away. So far nothing has, if only for the fact that Android, for all its wonderful features, lacks the fit and finish that I expect in an expensive device. That fact is changing with Android 4.0, the deliciously named “Ice Cream Sandwich” release, and I’d hoped that some new hardware packing native support for the OS would be similarly impressive. Unfortunately, a first look at the released specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 don’t aren’t very promising.