I have no Android devices myself but a good portion of my family and friends do. Last Christmas I was shocked to find that there was no Android Marketplace gift cards. Today Google finally righted that wrong and is rolling out Google Play gift cards at Target, Radioshack, and Gamestop stores.
I use to be the absolute worst about backups but I don’t have any horror stories about losing it all, I somehow managed to dodge that bullet. Now I’m using a combination of Time Machine, Dropbox, and CrashPlan. I was also using SuperDuper to make clones but ran out of spare drives so that has lapsed for the moment.
After they refused to investigate the MPAA issue, I completely stopped paying attention to any new WhiteHouse.gov petitions after that. Neat idea but if the process has no teeth and can just be ignored or vetoed, it’s pretty much pointless.
Wow, two days in a row I had posts with hate in the title, let me lighten things up a bit with a quote.
“I spent a semester in Africa harpooning giraffes, and giraffes are basically just land space whales.”
AT&T is finally making FaceTime available over 3G!!! But only for customers with one of their new shared data plans….
I have been with AT&T for a long time but I’m getting to the point where I will probably jump ship with my next phone. Both Verizon and Sprint have 4G networks here in tiny Eugene, if the next iPhone has 4g capabilities I might just pay the termination fee and leave AT&T early.
Bonus tangent: I don’t know what it is exactly it is about shared data plans I hate so much but I would rather share my toothbrush than my monthly allotment of data.
More awesomeness from Twitter today directed at 3rd party app developers including API rate limiting and a limit to the amount of users you can have. They even include a graph called “quadrants of ecosystem development” to break it all down.
I only use Twitter with third party apps but I am a nerd who only occasionally tweets. I wonder what the reaction will be of normal users when something like Tweetbot stops working. Will they angrily leave Twitter? Or will they just download the official app and move on?
Update: Changed my initial title as it was way to close to the title of Mr. Gruber’s article on the same subject.
Updated the text for the blog title and added a quick about on the main page, exciting.
The one feature for iOS 6 I’m actually excited about is Wifi + Cellular, the ability to fall back to a cellular network if there is no internet connectivity on a wifi network. Seems like one of those features that should have always been there, better late than never I suppose.
Added a few more blogs and a podcasts section to the ever growing iOS Resource List page.
App.net reached it funding goal today though I am a bit unsure what that means. App.net seems to be taking the “Field of Dreams” approach to social networking and are building the platform for people who don’t want ads.
I hate ads but since I use Tweetbot for iPhone I never see any. I don’t use Facebook so I don’t see ads there either. I want App.net to succeed but I’m not sure what that would look like. are they wanting to be an upscale Twitter? How will it reach critical mass? Only time will tell, I’m glad it at least was funded so I can sit back and watch how all of this turns out.