I know, I know. Promises are like nickels. They’re actually 75% copper! And easily lost. But I promise my promise is more of a promise than a transition metal. My phone is coming in Friday or Monday (here’s hoping to the former more than the latter) and as soon as its here I’ll be posting all about my second experience with this phone. I also did manage to obtain a white one (yay eBay!) and will allow you to live vicariously via all my random posts. If you happen to own one, let me know in the poll below, I’m curious to see how many of you are still here after the whole Droid 2 debacle. You guys enjoying the OTA Gingerbread? I’m gonna enjoy CM7.
Believe it or not, I’m abandoning my Droid 2. Yes, I know tearful. But it had to happen. Why? To be perfectly blunt, Motorola is royally messing (like to use another word…) their phones with this locked down bootloader bologna. Samsung and HTC have taken the stance of being open to development and it was Motorola that even got this ball rolling! I don’t know what got into their heads (I’m looking at you Verizon) but I don’t like it. The inability to access core functions of a phone at the kernel level is crippling the ROMs available for the Droid 2/x. In all honestly, the fact that they have the incredibly customizable (Froyo) ROMs at all is amazing considering what they’re working with. I’ll still keep on the development side of things from time to time (a la Twitter) and post some significant things to happen here. But it will be significantly less, I’m sorry.
But then again I’m really not because my new phone is…
Enjoying your PlayStation Store access? After weeks of being down the PSN is finally (almost) entirely up again. But wait, what’s this? As per lulzsecrity.com, Sony Pictures has indeed been hacked. While not quite as big a publicity deal as pulling down the whole PSN, over 1,000,000 accounts have had information compromised. Passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, dates of birth and any opt-in information has been compromised. This is similar to the PSN attack, but quite a lot more individuals, and even more pathetic was how they were obtained. The method used was a simple SQL injection and (if you can even imagine doing this) what’s worse is how all the information was stored. They weren’t even encrypted! They were in plain text!!! This is beyond unacceptable for home or office files, let alone a major corporation. I think I speak for everyone when I saw that Sony as a whole needs to get its head out of its ass and use some kind of basic security. This is beyond atrocious and unreasonable and Sony must make this stop. None of this should have ever happened and it’s going to be a long time before people can ever really trust Sony again. *slow clap*
After years waiting folks, the day has finally arrived! No more icons, themes, or fake apps. Yes, the real 100% genuine Plants vs. Zombies is now available for download in the Amazon Appstore for Android. No longer must you be chained to your computer or iOS to protect your lawn from the undead onslaught. Free today, this app brings the full functionality of the other platforms to Android for the first time. Is it really that big a deal? It is to me, because it’s one less thing for iOS users to hold over my head. This plus Netflix makes me pretty dang happy I’ve stuck with my Android phone. Anyways, get the app yourself today just as soon as you can. It took about 10 minutes to download over my WiFi, so be sure to take that into account. I’ll be doing a full review later today over at TechHog.com, so be sure to check that out. For now, here’s some screenshots to get ya started.
P.S. I’ll also be doing some digging to see if there’s anyway to transfer your status and achievements from other platforms so you don’t have to start over. I did just to get you some screenshots, but the overall feel is pretty much the same as other platforms. Totally worth it.
This just in! Sprint and Google almost finalized their marriage! Supposedly being announced sometime next week, the service would use Verifone hardware as well to let your Nexus S (or other NFC capable phone on Sprint, largely absent) act as a credit card. With the inclusion of a mobile data carrier, it stand to say that Sprint will be the only carrier offering this service as there’s not a hint of T-Mobile’s Nexus S to be found. What interests me most is if this becomes a carrier dependent service, something you sign up for (and possibly pay for) when you get a new contract. It would most likely be linked with a credit card/bank account that Sprint already has confirmed on file, but that’s just my speculation. Considering NFC is a new and upcoming technology I would be very sad to see it already shackled and balled like wireless tethering is. Of course this technology is worthless without a place to scan it, and only several markets will be available at launch, specifically the following:
Yeah that’s not too many. And considering it’s only available on one phone on one carrier, it seems the incredibly cool new technology Near Field Communication is off to a slow start here in the states. But, it’s a start nonetheless and I’m finding it awful hard to resist how Android friendly Sprint has become…
Oooh. That beautiful slab of black you see above is most likely the next in the heralded line of Droids from Motorola. Glossy black wrapped in chrome and sporting a great looking new 5 row keyboard, this beast of a phone has already been leaked. Yeah, I know my post about it is a little late and most certainly not exclusive, but I make up for it in original commentary. And my dashing good looks. Find out all my impressions, predictions, and fantastic wizardry with just a single click! Continue reading →
Yessiree, the next statement is false. That last sentence was true. And also I got an exclusive invite to use Google’s Music Beta program! W00t w00t! What does that mean for you, dear reader? Well, not much really. Actually, it’s mostly just so I can rub it in that I got invited and you didn’t. Nana-nana-boo boo, stick your head in doodoo. Is that all spelled right? I’ll look it up later…
Actually it means you get to hear how my experience is going so far with it and (down the road) if you’re even gonna want to use it. Yes, it’s always cool to use something cutting edge. Like a knife, for example. But what if that new latest and greatest isn’t so great? Who cares if its new if it doesn’t work! Like the iPhone 4 for example. OH! That just happened! Anyway, I’d love to tell you how I’m enjoying it but unfortunately CableOne has a max upload of 1 Mbps which is in reality only 100kbps of actual throughput. Which means it will literally take days to upload all my music. Only ~3900 songs total and at about 15 hours into it I have 535 uploaded. I’ll keep you folks posted on the end result time, how the web based player works in Chrome, the Android app itself, and how it all works across my devices. Keep it tuned right here folks! (Just pretend it’s the 50’s and you have to get up to change the channel.)
You stay classy, World Wide Web.
P.S. Actually, one of my main reasons was to see just how many of you had gotten invites. Hit up the poll good fellows! (Using the term asexually of course)