Now Google Can’t Be Trusted To Be Google!

January 5, 2010

Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam – Why?

They have devastating screensnaps. I’ve verified it myself.

And I also tried it out with another group:

And I tried some others…

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I Don’t Like The Future Apple And Google Are Creating

January 5, 2010

Exclusive: Apple to Buy Quattro Wireless for $275 Million

Google (GOOG) recently forked over an astonishing $750 million for Silicon Valley’s AdMob, a Quattro competitor, which Apple (AAPL) had also made a bid to acquire.

Both innovative start-ups are aimed squarely at the fast-growing market to advertise on smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices.

I do not like this at all.

Apple and Google are two of the smartest and most nimble companies on this planet.

They are now revealing they see the same economic future I’ve been seeing.

* We’re all shit poor
* We can’t afford shiny devices
* We can have the shiny devices for free if we are bitches to their ads
* The ads will be intrusive and inescapable
* Some ads will require “opting-in”
* Every ad will cause a privacy invasion
* No ads, no opting in, no services: no voice, no data, no nothin’
* Apple and Google have more data about us than every government agency

Some disgusting fanboiz out there will cheer each company for their foresight, so they can keep up their supply of shiny toys.

I wasn’t put on this earth to be anyone’s ad bitch.

When The Truth Finally Comes Out, It Is Brutal

December 31, 2009

Ten reasons why an Android phone is not a phone for me.

This is excellent. The first truthful account I’ve read.

Some choices quotes:

For whatever weird reason the tech news scene tends to grant everything coming out of Google with premature praise.

Welcome to the Planet of the Tech Gadget Whores. It’s a rude awakening, isn’t it? They’ll open their mouths to any insertion by a large corporation so they can flaunt their early access to shiny things. That’s what matters to them — not you, the reader and potential purchaser.

I don’t consider it to be a consumer’s primary task to fix a flawed smart phone OS

Exactly! People shouldn’t have to fix something that’s supposed to be a tool. I’ve been down this road investigating the Palm Pre. People told me of all the shortcomings and all of these ridiculous patches that would “fix” them. Who in their right mind wants to have to deal with that? I’ve been down this road with the original Palm OS and hacks. Been there, done that. Go get lost now.

It’s Google’s freaking operating system and they should have imposed at least basic means of quality assurance to make sure that Android partners provide a consistent experience to consumers.

This is what Palm isn’t getting: they can offer that. Unfortunately, they’ve retreated into the crowded and cutthroat cellphone space instead of swerving and avoiding it altogether with a mini-tablet. They would have been well ahead of the game by now. The lust of the market would have caught up to them and they’d own the mini-tablet space right now instead of people looking at the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the Camangi WebStation, and the upcoming Dell Streak, Notion Ink Adam, and the ICD device. Without having to devote resources to the telephony aspects of a device, they could have conquered all the current shortcomings in webOS and it would have been a superior product to what it is now.

Go read that post. It’s the kind of writing we should come across every damn day on the Internet. Instead we are constantly fooled by the hype of self-interested whores.

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Nails Authors Guild

December 23, 2009

In her resignation letter, this is the key sentence:

And now you have sold us down the river.


Now where the hell is the rest of the membership to overthrow the sellout bastards?

Previously here:

And You Will Trust Google With All Of Our Books?
This Is Print Publishing’s Final Warning
Mark The Words Of Dave Winer
Sergey Brin: Also Absolutely Inexcusably Clueless
Google Thinks It Owns Our Books!
The First Step Towards A Google Book Search Solution
Google Always Had POD Planned
God Bless Marybeth Peters Of The Copyright Office!
Google Books Settlement Notes #2
Tomorrow: Google Books Settlement Deadline For Writers
Cooler Adds Google’s One Million ePubs Of Crap!
Google Books Settlement Notes #1
Google’s Great Writer Rip-Off
Google’s One Million eBooks Of Crap!
The Capitulation Of Print Publishing
Reject The Google Book Search Settlement!

First Credible Apple iTablet Twitter Leak?

December 20, 2009

Oh, I’ve been down this road before. Someone casually mentions he has the Hot New Thing on Twitter and a pile-on develops, the guy insists he does have it, then his Twitter account is switched to Private and that’s the end of it.

So, here we go again.

Is this the first credible leak about the Apple iTablet on Twitter?

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Barnes & Noble Nook Browser Hack

December 17, 2009

Those madmen over at Nook Devs have been busy.

They’ve gotten an unspecified web browser running on the Nook.

See two photos after the break.

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Blue Magic Android Mini-Tablet

December 13, 2009

Oh yes, China has created yet another Android-powered mini-tablet.

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Wind River’s Optimized Android OS: For Tablets?

December 13, 2009

I came across this news originally in a French post.

Then I went to the Wind River site for the press release.

This is the most interesting bit:

Pre-integrated third-party software, including existing Flash® technology from Adobe, OpenCORE™ mobile multimedia software from PacketVideo, firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and device management software from Red Bend;

My god! They’ve baked Flash into it!

And while the video part sounds exciting on the surface, it’s not.

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