Stock Android is hard to find

Daring Fireball Linked List: Wired: ‘Bloatware Creeps Into Android Phones’

It seems more clear now why Google made the Nexus One: it’s hard to get a phone with the default Android OS. It also seems clear that Android’s openness is largely about being open to the carriers’ ability to customize the user experience.

This is one thing that I agree with John on. There should be more phones with stock Android. As much as I like my HTC Evo I wish it had, at least, Android 2.1 and I could install 2.2 later. And its not the the Sense UI is bad, it really is pretty good, I just would like to run what Google released or be able to pick what I want on the phone, Sense or stock Android, at the time I get the phone.

Apple tracking location every 12 hours

Apple Tells Congressmen it Batches, Encrypts Location Data – Web Services Web 20 and SOA from eWeek

With the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and can see why location-based data is needed. What I don’t understand is why Apple needs to know where I am when I am using my MacBook. If I am using Chrome and Google wants to know where I am using HTML5, does that info go back to Apple and if so why?

Apple offers location-based services on the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, Iphone 4, iPad WiFi/3G and on older iPhones, iPad WiFi iPod touch and Macs running Snow Leopard, and Windows or Macs running the Safari 5 Web browser, albeit to a more limited extent.

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Don't worry, Be happy

Sometimes you just have to say sorry.

Jobs is Apple’s spokesperson, and he usually does a terrific job. But in this case, his anger and his defensiveness got the better of him. Apple is now a dominant player in the consumer technology market and it can’t afford this kind of ham-fisted performance. Jobs should remove himself from the lineup and let someone else take over. Or he should get over himself and cheer up. But Friday’s press conference was not good corporate PR.

Steve Jobs’s Disastrous iPhone 4 Press Conference – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

There is a fix to the non-problem that your iPhone doesn't have

John Gruber posted a image from page 13 of the Droid Eris User Manual that shows the area where the antenna is and it says you should avoid contact with that area. It says that you should “always use your device only in its normal-use position”. The problem with the iPhone 4 is that if you use it in a normal-use position it drops signal.

But that is not the real problem at all. We all know now that most phones will lose signal if held in just the right place and I say most phone because nobody has test every phone out there. I didn’t know anything about attenuation till this all got started but the real problem with the iPhone is the one thing that Apple prides itself on the most, the design. They took a chance and put the antenna on the outside, something that I am sure other cell phone manufacturers have tested, and it didn’t work as good as they would of liked. Now if Steve Jobs said that last week then this would all be behind them but they decided to point fingers like a teenager. But you could always do like Jobs says and “just avoid holding it in that way“. Or just wait for one of the free bumpers to fix the non-problem that the iPhone 4 doesn’t have.

Android "Junkware", Just Like The iPhone

The Droid X comes loaded with several nonstandard applications for Google’s Android, most of which cannot be removed. Among the phone’s so-called junkware is a Blockbuster video app and a demo for an Electronic Arts game called Need for Speed: Shift. The software from the struggling movie retail chain includes a store locator and a section to download mobile movies from Blockbuster’s catalog. This app cannot be uninstalled from the phone’s software library using any traditional means. Users can delete it from the home screen, but it lives on — permanently part of the software embedded on the device.

link: ‘Junkware’ comes standard on Verizon, T-Mobile smart phones | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Where to start. There is always a way to uninstall with Android but Mark doesn’t want to point that out so he just says the “app cannot be uninstalled from the phone’s software library using any traditional means“. Also there are apps on the iPhone that you can not uninstall using traditional means or any other way. Are those apps junkware? Later on Mark adds this…

The EA racing game, which provides limited functionality and a large button on the introduction screen urging players to buy the full version, can be removed.

Mark seems to forget that the EA game is a demo so it has, shocker, limited functionality. Just like every demo for every game ever made. Even free versions of games for the iPhone that also have a paid version have limited functionality. And EA must be a evil company for putting a button in there demo app for people to buy the full game because that never happens in iPhone apps.

Apps for your first Mac

Any time someone switches from Windows to a Mac they end up posting some top 10 app list. The problem is that most of these people are what we call power users and the apps they list don’t really help normal users get there work done. For awhile now I have been thinking about posting what would really help someone like my mom if she ever got a Mac. So if you are a power user or have been using Mac’s for awhile this might not be for you but if your not, keep reading.

The first thing to clear up is the wording. I hear people all the time say “Mac” when they mean “Apple”. So everyone knows Microsoft and the operating system (OS) they make is called Windows. The newest version of Windows is “7”. Apple is the name of the company and the operating system they make is called Mac OS X (pronounced /mæk oʊ ɛs tɛn/ mak oh es ten). Apple numbers the release of each OS and the current version is Mac OS 10.6. They also name each version of there OS after cats so to quote Wikipedia, “Releases of Mac OS X are named after big cats: for example, Mac OS X v10.6 is usually referred to by Apple and users as “Snow Leopard” 10.5 is called Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and 10.3 Panther.


The Day of The iPad

Today is the day that Apple released it’s new “magical and revolutionary product” the iPad. A 9.7 inch Multi-Touch tablet or as some call it a really big iPod Touch. People have been waiting in lines for a few days to be the first to pay what will be the highest price point for this new product. I will not be one of the few million that will get a iPad, at least not this version.

The problems I have with the iPad are many. First is that it is a new untested product and there are already some things that people are finding out that make you say What the Hell? Another is, like all Apple products, the first version always cost the most. Remember the first gen. iPhones? Also there is going to be a iPad with a camera and it will for sure have a bigger hard drive. So why spend the money now when I can wait a year and get a much better, much more tested product for close to the same cost as today?

But my biggest problem with the iPad, and it seems to be the direction that Apple is heading, is the eco-system that you have to buy into. With the iPhone I was willing to do just that because there was nothing as good. It was so far better then any phone out at the time I didn’t mind Apple having full control over anything that you could put on it. I don’t fell that same way about the iPad because it is a niche product and it doesn’t fill any gap in my life. My MacBook does everything that I need it to do and I don’t have to wait for Apple to approve some app and get it into iTunes to do some work. As it is now you are paying for a product and then told what you can and can’t do with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple products. I have more then enough stuff with a Apple logo on it and I do because they are very well made and easy to use. But when Apple starts telling me what I can and can’t do with the product I just paid for, I have a big problem with that. It is a very strange world we live in when Microsoft is a more open company than Apple.

Apple’s iPad videos on YouTube.