11 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd March 2011 14:51 GMT
The best thing to do with Motorola is bin all the software people responsible for Android outside of the US. It's not like they are doing that well, they still haven't managed to get ICS onto the Xoom and Razr for most of Europe yet.
Currently sharing content between three Android devices, desktop pc, and a netbook. It is effortless with Google, my calendar, mail, documents and photos are just there. I logged on with my new Nexus 7 and my contacts, and calendar were populated, photos were on Drive as soon as I logged in, books were ready to download as soon as I wanted to read them.
I use dropbox as well for a selection of music, so it didn't take long for that to be set up on the Nexus 7 as well.
I've watched people struggle with iCloud and iTunes, I'll pass on that.
They have a Marketig director?
You only have to look at the farce of updating the wifi Xoom to see why Motorola is going to die in europe, they are getting panned on facebook and their own support forums for their inability to roll out an update to ICS in the UK and most of the EU.
Maybe Victoria McManus should have offered updates to the things you don't have to worry about.
I just did a factory reset on my Desire, you get asked enough times in the setup about location based services that there is no way you can say you didn't know, and you can opt out at any time, it's all there in the settings menu.
Of course, these people won't have looked in their phones settings, they probably just clicked okay on every page without reading a thing, too intent on getting facebook and twitter set up to care. The ironic thing is they have probably been happily signing into places on facebook and announcing where they are going on twitter.
I had to go for John Varley in the end, I still remember buying all three books at the WH Smith in Euston Station in 1985. I couldn't even begin to guess how many times I've read them now. With a decent director there's a good chance they would all be watchable.
That doesn't mean I wouldn't want to see at least 50% of the rest of the list being made as well.
It just seems sad that no one else seems to want to have seen the mechanical computers (babbages?) of the Cassini Division make it onto the big screen.
Not Just Kindle
I have the Sony Pocket Edition, didn't want WiFi, didn't want 3g, I buy my books from many places depending on price. I use Calibre on my desktop to sync to the Sony, my Desire, and N900. I don't use Kindle software other than for downloading books I buy from Amazon, on the Desire I use Aldiko and on the N900 I use Dorian.
Unfortunately the ebook market is screwed thanks to his Jobsness, forcing publishers to go down the agency route so he can be sure of his 30% take, essentially fixing prices for all users of ereaders. I hope the enquiry into ebook pricing gives the publishers and Apple a kicking, Until that ends I'll stick with sites such as Smashwords and feedbooks.
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While Banks would be good, I'll shout for Ken MacLeod,
Fall Revolution series.
1. The Star Fraction (1995)
2. The Stone Canal (1996)
3. The Cassini Division (1997)
4. The Sky Road (1999)
I know Johnny Mnemonic has already been done, but they could do it properly and do all the Gibson books.
Apple may have said the iPhone was 5 years ahead, but it wasn't, plenty of phones had more functionality. All the iPhone had was a nice UI and design. It took Apple 3 years to catch up properly, even now plenty of phones have more functionality.
To be honest I think Nokia did more to drive the smartphone market than anyone else with the N series, their problem was that they wanted a different device for everyone. Instead of concentrating on one or two devices that could cover the business side and the personal user, they used a shotgun approach that ultimately failed. Their treatment of the N900 and its buyers was diabolical.
I don't want to pay £500 for a tablet, I don't want to pay £400 either, Give me a £250-300 device with a reasonable 7" capacative screen, expandable memory, and wifi, with the option for blue tooth tethering and I'll be happy, so I suspect, will be many other people.
You'll find his Jobsness at the heart of this, Apple have 'encouraged' publishers to head down the agency route so that they can all pay their 30% tithe on each purchase, and to ensure that no one can buy books cheaper than they cost on the iRipoff platform. Random House have just caved and said they will move to agency.
You can read just about anything through the kindle, but to read books from Amazon you'll either need a kindle app, or Calibre, and the relevent plugins, for other ereaders such as the Sony.
Another option is go to Smashwords, Wattpad or Feedbooks, all three have good selections of free books, the quality does vary though.
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