Hollywood Is Jacked Up

Going through my RSS this morning, I came across an article on The Verge titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is already slated for a June 3rd, 2016 release” and it made me cry a little inside. There are a few┬áreasons that this headline just makes me sad: For starters, the movie was only justContinue reading “Hollywood Is Jacked Up”

Don’t Get Excited About Wireless Charging At Starbucks

If you’re online today, you’ve seen the news – you can now wirelessly charge your phone in select Starbucks locations – the first of a planned nationwide rollout in all Starbucks and Teavana locations in the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia. The “Powermat Spots” are “designated areas…where customers can place their compatible deviceContinue reading “Don’t Get Excited About Wireless Charging At Starbucks”

Southwest Airline’s Slippery Slope With iOS Access

As the FAA begins to ease the restrictions of using gadgets on flights, we’re going to see more silly things. For example, Southwest Airlines recently announced a new in-flight data option for $2/day that allows you unlimited access to iMessage. iMessage is the SMS/IM solution baked into the latest iPhones and iPads. I get whatContinue reading “Southwest Airline’s Slippery Slope With iOS Access”

Two Big Reasons that Sponsored Data Sucks

At CES this week, AT&T announced a bunch of stuff, but the biggest is arguably their new ‘Sponsored Data’ product. You can read the full announcement here, but essentially, Sponsored Data is similar to 1-800 numbers for your mobile data plan. Companies can pay to ‘sponsor’ your data usage when you visit their site orContinue reading “Two Big Reasons that Sponsored Data Sucks”

RIP Google Reader

Today, Google announced that it would be killing Google Reader as of July 1st, 2013. I really can’t believe I’m typing this. I’ve been an AVID Google Reader user for as long as I can remember. I’m still in shock. When I built my own website, Symbian-Guru.com, it was because all of the sites INContinue reading “RIP Google Reader”

When Customer Service Isn’t

There was a story circulating the Internet last week about a little girl at an Apple store. It seems this little 10-year-old girl saved every penny she could for nearly a year so that she could buy herself an Apple iPod touch, which she desperately wanted. All good so far – I’m all in favorContinue reading “When Customer Service Isn’t”

Apple Ping Is Barely Half-Baked

After fighting it since the announcement, curiosity got the best of me and I turned on Ping in the new iTunes v10. I only did so after confirming that there is an easy way to turn it off, so I figure I don’t have anything to lose. After trying to use Nokia’s various Ovi servicesContinue reading “Apple Ping Is Barely Half-Baked”

How To Piss Off Your Paying Customers, By GMAC Financing

In December 2006, I purchased a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck, financed through GMAC Financing on a SmartBuy. The SmartBuy was an awesome setup where you paid smaller payments, like a lease, but own the vehicle, like a purchase. At the end of your term, you had several options, including paying the final ‘balloon payment’,Continue reading “How To Piss Off Your Paying Customers, By GMAC Financing”

The Truth Behind The Nokia Booklet 3G Pricing

I’ll admit, it’s tough to understand the concept of a netbook, for some. I mean, it’s *almost* the regular cost of a low-end notebook, but it’s smaller, and tends to be less capable in terms of processing power and that sort of thing. However, there’s tons of inaccuracies floating around out there, specifically in regardsContinue reading “The Truth Behind The Nokia Booklet 3G Pricing”

I’m Bored With Dumb Electronics

In a conversation with my friend Jason Harris yesterday, we were chatting about why I’m bored with cell phones. It’s the same reason I’m bored with my laptop and my coffee maker – they’re all dumb electronics. They all sit dormant, inactive, until I input something. Then, activities happen based on my input, after whichContinue reading “I’m Bored With Dumb Electronics”