Month: June 2014

I Almost Pre-ordered The #FirePhone…Almost…

After reading numerous articles, tweets, blog posts praising, condemning, or questioning Amazon’s Fire Phone’s existence, I’ve decided that I am NOT going to buy Jeff Bezos spectacular device (yes, this iLover thinks the Fire Phone is awesome!). Ironically though I’m not buying Fire Phone for different reasons than what what most geeks are probably arguing about (i.e. yesteryear’s screen resolution or the lack of apps). A Mutated Jelly Bean‽ After searching the Twitterverse for micro eons I had a close encounter with @MBCrump, who enlightened me that the OS powering Amazon’s greatest creation is in fact based upon a semi-outdated Android OS formally known as Jelly Bean. As Engadget explains: “The software is Fire OS 3.5, which is a forked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (or the AOSP, at least). However, Williams insists that there’s very little relation between the two, primarily because Amazon has made so many adjustments of its own that it has plenty of different features and new user interface elements on top.” Although I’m sure Amazon will solve any security issues that pop up, app developers may opt to focus their attention upon the latest & greatest Android OS first, before making their app “backwards compatible” for Jelly Bean (aka Android 4.2). Unless startups can raise an army of clones to release updates simultaneously upon 3.5 mobile OS’s (iOS, Android, Windows Phone & Fire...

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Waiting For Feedly…Hating These Hackers…

It’s funny how you do not realize how important an app is until it’s down! Case in point, Feedly: “2:04am PST – Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop. We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can.” “We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement. (Official Feedly Blog)” Truthfully I’m not thrilled about what is happening to Feedly but glad the company chose the wiser (albeit more expensive) option by refusing to give into the demands of parasitic losers who do nothing to contribute to the overall greatness of humanity. Sadly I can’t do more for Feedly than patiently wait although if anyone uses their services and finds them invaluable then I would highly recommend upgrading (as fending off these attacks is not...

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