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Old 01-27-2010, 11:12 AM  
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #1591
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Has it occurred to anyone else that since none of these devices are capable of supplanting a real computer yet, what we're essentially doing is arguing way too much over toys? Would any of us bother to get this fired up if someone bought a Megazord over Optimus Prime back in the day? ...Stupid question, of course we would.

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Uh, yeah, your dumb ass should have bought a Prime. Good Lord, man.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #1592
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Uh, yeah, your dumb ass should have bought a Prime. Good Lord, man.
I DID buy a Prime. I also bought a Megazord. Equal opportunity toymonger, sir.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:19 PM   #1593
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Has it occurred to anyone else that since none of these devices are capable of supplanting a real computer yet, what we're essentially doing is arguing way too much over toys? Would any of us bother to get this fired up if someone bought a Megazord over Optimus Prime back in the day? ...Stupid question, of course we would.

Carry on.
Anybody who bought a ****ing Megazord over Optimus ****ING Prime is probably the dumbest ****ing sumbitch in the world. That person might as well die in a fire. I'll fight any of you who feels otherwise.... just tell me where to meet up...
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:23 PM   #1594
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Anybody who bought a ****ing Megazord over Optimus ****ING Prime is probably the dumbest ****ing sumbitch in the world. That person might as well die in a fire. I'll fight any of you who feels otherwise.... just tell me where to meet up...
The Optimus Prime killer is just around the corner... don't you worry. There's some promising shit in this next generation of transformers. Optimus Prime doesn't even offer flight or much in the way of weapons. He's a truck for god's sake. A semi-truck. Only blind, deluded fanboys would pay that kind of money for a semi-truck when they could own a Starscream or a Megatron for less money. Any day now, Optimus Prime will start bleeding market share and the next generation of transformers will replace him. Yup... any day.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:27 PM   #1595
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I DID buy a Prime. I also bought a Megazord. Equal opportunity toymonger, sir.
Yeah, but that Prime doesn't allow you to use the same guns as Leader 1.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:26 PM   #1596
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The Optimus Prime killer is just around the corner... don't you worry. There's some promising shit in this next generation of transformers. Optimus Prime doesn't even offer flight or much in the way of weapons. He's a truck for god's sake. A semi-truck. Only blind, deluded fanboys would pay that kind of money for a semi-truck when they could own a Starscream or a Megatron for less money. Any day now, Optimus Prime will start bleeding market share and the next generation of transformers will replace him. Yup... any day.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:04 PM   #1597
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In case anyone cares, Android apps are forecasted to overtake iOS apps in quantity in August.

http://www.research2guidance.com/and...y-august-2011/

Of course, I stand by my earlier position that the quantity really doesn't matter.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:43 PM   #1598
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In case anyone cares, Android apps are forecasted to overtake iOS apps in quantity in August.

http://www.research2guidance.com/and...y-august-2011/

Of course, I stand by my earlier position that the quantity really doesn't matter.
Well, when there's no restrictions and any fool with a computer can throw an app into the android marketplace, that doesn't surprise me. I'm with you; quantity means nothing if so many of them are shit.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:21 PM   #1599
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Well, when there's no restrictions and any fool with a computer can throw an app into the android marketplace, that doesn't surprise me. I'm with you; quantity means nothing if so many of them are shit.
Exactly. I only posted it because of the earlier discussions about app quantity being a selling point of iOS in this thread.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #1600
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I just got an iPad 2 in addition to my iPhone 4. Have been very happy so far. Have a couple of friends that have some Android tablets and some of the functionality is wonky such as webcam displays upside down. Even replaced the device and drivers with the same result. I've done enough server maintenance in my day to know the difference between Mac and PC. The wife is getting tired of me having to constantly fix something on her laptop. I envision Android to be the same kind of burden. I think my next media center is going to be a Mac too. I can do everything I need on it without the extra hassle. It's worth the extra price tag to me.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:49 PM   #1601
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Well, when there's no restrictions and any fool with a computer can throw an app into the android marketplace, that doesn't surprise me. I'm with you; quantity means nothing if so many of them are shit.
It has nothing to do with them being shit (which is true for both) but it has to do with critical mass. Both markets (in regards to phone apps) have reached critical mass.

On a side note, Android's apps just got a MAJOR boost with the addition of a ton of cool new developer tools and the Open Accessory API. Google knocked it out of the PARK with today's announcements.

Here are some quotes on Android 3.1 and what is now available to developers...

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Android 3.1 includes a new Open Accessory API (for interfacing with hardware accessories), a USB host API (for connecting USB controllers and devices), resizable home screen widgets, a media transfer protocol (for connecting cameras), and a real-time transport protocol (RTP) API for audio.
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Perhaps the most intriguing initiatives to emerge from Google I/O are Android Open Accessory, a specification that allows developers to build hardware accessories that can communicate with Android, an Open Accessory hardware reference design (ADK) based on the open source Arduino system, and Android @ Home, a project that provides Android APIs for interfacing with appliances.
Google's open approach to peripheral hardware development stands in stark contrast to Apple's iOS accessory program, MFi, which requires licensing and approval.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:54 PM   #1602
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For what it's worth, Google's making an attempt at fixing the fragmented updates issue. We'll see how it works in reality.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/10/g...-android-upda/
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:00 PM   #1604
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For what it's worth, Google's making an attempt at fixing the fragmented updates issue. We'll see how it works in reality.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/10/g...-android-upda/
Pretty sure this is a byproduct of the massive changes we'll see in Ice Cream Sandwich. The UI (moving forward) is going to be extremely easy to "skin" so the carriers won't need to waste as many resources getting the updates ready. Combine that with the fact that the base interface itself is WORLDS better and it won't require as much customization anyway.

but as DaFace said... we'll see.
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Why You Should Be Outraged by iPad Subscription Model

A few months back, Apple unveiled its subscription service for content distribution on the iPad. The model first used by The Daily news app is now available to all app content makers, such as magazines, newspapers, and even video and music. Anything that’s published can be delivered automatically to your iPad without the need for individual in-app or App Store purchases, if you wish.
On the surface, this sounds great. It will certainly make life easier for iPad users. It’s just like the difference between having to run down to your local magazine stand to pick up your favorite rag, vs. having a subscription that sends your magazine directly to your house. The latter is just more convenient. But there’s more to it than just subscriptions. This is a grand, sweeping change that goes into effect on June 30th, and requires any content provider to sell their content from within their app — not just subscriptions.
The old way of doing things, for example, was if you want to buy an ebook for your Kindle app, you have to go to Amazon.com in your web browser and purchase the ebook there. Amazon would then send the ebook to your iPad’s Kindle app. Now, Apple’s requirement means that Amazon has to make all of their ebooks available to buy from inside the Kindle app.
This doesn’t sounds so bad at first, until you look at Apple’s new policy of taking a 30% commission on every in-app purchase. Amazon and other content providers can sell their stuff outside of their app, but they must also offer it inside the app, at the same price or lower. And no longer does Apple allow developers to include links to websites for purchasing content — which makes it a lot harder for consumers to know that they can buy content for their apps on the Net. Adding insult to injury, Apple had the gall to announce this new policy in a happy/shiny press release that makes it sound as if Apple is doing everyone a favor.
Because of this new commission structure, one app has had to pull its own plug, after a quarter of a million downloads. And they’re not taking it lying down. iFlow Reader, a slick ebook app that took 15 months to develop and cost its makers over a million dollars to create, is shutting down as of May 31st (the app has already disappeared from the App Store), because the commission that Apple is demanding equates to more than the profit that iFlow Reader itself makes on each book. Meaning they have to take a loss for every ebook they sell.
BeamItDown software, the company behind the iFlow Reader, has fired off an angry tirade against Apple for essentially screwing them over after selling them on the dream of digital content. And I can’t blame them for being upset. In fact, as a writer myself, I’m siding with BeamItDown on this one.
Whatever else your sentiments toward Apple — and I love their products more than I love some people — this policy is just plain evil. I want to believe that Apple never foresaw how this content model would negatively impact the little guy developers out there, but this feels way too calculated a move for that kind of innocence.
The folks at BeamItDown go so far as to call this move “an eviction notice” from a “totalitarian dictator” who wants all ebook purchases on the iPad to come from iBooks and nowhere else.
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