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Alright, here’s the deal. When people think Android, they think it’s only for nerds you can find on “Revenge of the Nerds“( For you younger folks, google it!). That’s not the case as 63% of us have significant others. The platform in 2011 branched out globally and knocked Nokia off their pedestal! As far as other overwhelming numbers, most of us Android users are the t-shirts and jeans kind. That fits me pretty much! You can check the rest of the numbers below… Enjoy!

 

Source [AndroidandMe]

During my absence from the blog, the Android Market reached 10 billion downloads. 10 billion downloads!! Within a 6 month period alone, the Market had 4 billion downloads. This feat is a testament to the engine that could with the Android platform. I bet if I counted how many apps I have downloaded from the Market since I’ve joined the Android platform, some people’s mouth would drop open. Developers used to first create an app for iOS (iPhone) then move on to Android. However my friend, those times are changing rather quickly. Now, I am not talking about profitability here. That’s a whole another subject for another day. Check the numbers Google was nice enough to display for us here and broke it down a bit for y’all. Enjoy!

 

 

Source [AndroidGuys]

Next Time I’ll Use Brown Rice

The Saturday before Halloween, I became part of the not-so-exclusive club that has become victims of dropping their phone in the toilet.  Ordinarily, I would panic and act as if the world was coming to an end.   Continue reading

We Still Have Money to Buy These Things?

A huge blanket statement right?   A sweeping generalization?  Well I don’t have time to go over specifics or this post would be longer than 500 words.  And we don’t have time for that!

The late, great George Carlin said it best; “Spending money you don’t have on things, you don’t need.”   This is the greatest clip on any subject I have ever seen.

Is there a need to always have the latest gadgets?  This is not a competition.  Contrary to what we have been told, life is not meant to be a battle or divide amongst each other.  The rat race is exactly that.  A race that was created by a group of people to control us and keep the status quo.  It’s who has the biggest this and biggest that.   If you choose to live within that matrix, then you have plenty of company.

With the economy the way it is,  people still tend to be buying the latest technology at a rapid pace.   What recession?  Ahem.

If you choose to follow your own path, it may be lonely.   That’s the point: it’s your own path!  But that is where you attract others like you.  It does happen.  I struggle with it to this day.   I know I am better than this and most people are.

The contests for who has the best Smartphone, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry is more prevalent than you notice.  It’s become second-nature to ask, “What kind of phone is that?”  We were not asking these questions until very recently.   Now it’s very subconscious (or not) but there is a competition to have the biggest, baddest, most expensive. most exclusive hand-held technology there is.

What is the point?  When does it stop?  Does having all this “stuff” make you happy?  Do you feel incomplete without it?

Now I understand that many of these devices have made things more convenient.  As we expand and evolve, do we reach a zenith?   Have we already?  When does the conveniences and competition, become an inconvenience.   (If that hasn’t happened already).

Remember: This stuff is supposed to help us and make us feel good.   Along with everything else, if it becomes a nuisance or burden, it’s time to take a break.

The sad part is, a lot of the these companies are quick to make new devices, with heavier upgrades, that quickly make your previous phone become obsolete.  It’s superficial and from within.   You need to get the newest item so you can quickly get to 4G, 5G, whatever.  Those precious few seconds of Internet loading time are too much.  You can’t wait anymore.   You become impatient, it becomes addicting, it’s narcotic-like.

I am projecting because I was like this at one point.   But I understand that I only need the basics and want to simplest way to get there.  If I need a Smartphone or iPhone to do it than ok.   But I am not in a race.  I retired.  No more.   I just want peace and to be happy.   And I really think that is why these toys were made in the first place.   Hopefully.

I will have a multitude of things to say about this at a later time.  Thank you.

Transhumanism – Sounds Cool! Oh Wait..

I didn’t know the official term for this either.     But I have researched this for the past 5 years.  I am now growing weary and concerned, for where we are headed.

Here is the definition of Transhumanism from Wikipedia :

often abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.[1] They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman“.[1] Transhumanism is therefore viewed as a subset of philosophical “posthumanism“.[2]

This post will be general and won’t be chock-full of information.  But this is disconcerting.

A lot of people go through life acting as if everything is hunky-dory, and may think this stuff is hilarious. If you are a spiritually healthy person, than you also understand the realities of things.    We are exposed to so many images during the day.   If you watch television, watch movies, read magazines, and go on YouTube, then that exposure increases exponentially.   Most of what is promoted is anything but positive.   There is not a lot of love for human beings.    However, the love for robots, androids, technology, and gadgets is ubiquitous.   I bet many people have never noticed that.   You might think it’s just clever marketing and advertising.   We assume conflict between people, male-bashing, and division of genders is normal.  It’s not.  And it’s a tragedy that this has been tolerated and accepted as normal.  Now we get movies where robots are involved in the same quandaries as you and I.   I will reinforce this point; these are machines and they are promoted in a more sympathetic fashion than people are.   Robots.  Not people.  Not animals.

One example is District 9.  I happen to think it’s an incredible movie, but I understand (more on this another time) why our corporate-run media is now churning out these movies at a rapid pace.   There are heavy themes of a police state, xenophobia, segregation, and uprising.   The movie really makes homo sapiens look like buffoons and robots look educated.  It’s such a masterpiece, but like many other examples, human beings are viewed as afterthoughts and marginalized.

Other examples are Terminator, Short Circuit, Robocop, A.I., Wall-E,  I Robot,  and currently Real Steel.    During Fox’s coverage of the NFL, you see animated dancing robots.  Anyone stop to think why this being presented to us?

This is not a movie review site, but Real Steal’s premise is that robots have replaced humans, in the year 2020, as the top boxers.   Nice story on the surface but I smell something demonic.

If you care to do some research, you will find a plethora of other examples.   Search your favorite artists in pop music. (Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Keisha, etc.)  Do a search for their respective music videos and see what you get.   If you choose to call me uptight, paranoid, conspiratorial, or delusional, then so be it.  See for yourself.  I am just asking pertinent questions.

We are evolving as a species, but my concern is that we have reached our zenith.    (Or the powers that be think we have.)   We should know better and should know otherwise.  In a short while this may be a positive.   Every revolution is just that.  A rotation/revolution always goes back to it’s starting point sometime.

It was a slow process 20+ years ago, but technology is exploding at a frenetic pace.  And humans are being brushed to the side.  The societal implications have started to show up in the last 10 years and even faster in the last 5.    I broached this topic with a lot of generalities.  More specifics are going to be used in future posts.    Most of my blog posts so far have come with a promise of follow-ups.  This will be no exception.

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Everybody knows I pro-Android and sorta anti-iPhone but when it come to tablets I am neither. If I can’t do everything on my tablet that I do on my PC, it’s a waste of time and money for me. Let’s say I used a certain program on my PC to create some type of document and need to modify that file on the go; but now my Android or iPad can’t because the program is not compatible on those platforms. What now?? For the price of these oversized iPhones and Android phones, I’d rather get a fully functional device. And with Windows 8 around the corner, I can’t wait!! Looking at the numbers from Boston Consulting Group, you can see that U.S. consumers agree. So do Chinese consumers for that matter. iOS and Android are both holding their own but still not quite there yet. What about you? You got a tablet already? If so, which one? If not, what are you waiting for?

Tablet Preference

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I plead guilty to all allegations of conspiracy.

This has become  quite the phenomena.   I have a Motorola Droid X, which is diddly squat on battery life.   I need to make sure I have my cell phone charger in my car (along with my car charger), so I can plug it in when I need to.

Thankfully, I am friends with certain bar and restaurant managers, bartenders, hotel managers, and other various hospitality employees, that I can get away with asking to use their electrical outlets.   I refer to them as holes.  🙂

When I am at a friend’s house, I find the nearest outlet and plug away.   The irony is, I am not always on my phone.  The battery life is an absolute travesty for Droid X. Now I know there are Extended Battery Pack’s, but why the need to make us spend more money?   The point is already made for me.

I have been involved in deep and profound conversations, but have to check on my phone to make sure it’s no longer in the orange (under 30%) and headed towards the green.  I have seen other folks doing this and it’s a hilarious, yet disturbing trend.  In the middle of dinner and drinks, let me just check on my phone and see how it’s doing.  🙂  What have I become?  What have we become?  Wow.

Now do other phones have terrible battery life?  I know the iPhone has a great reputation for extended battery times.   I have been with Verizon for nearly 10 years.  I feel a loyalty to them but not sure they are deserving.  I may have to switch from Android to the iPhone, the next time I am eligible.

Anyone dealing with this existential issue?  I would love to hear other stories.  Thanks!

iPhone vs Android War Visualized! [Video]

I came across this funny commercial on YouTube for Swiss website swissinfo.ch , a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, and thought I would share it with you guys! I guess they are trying to sell apps for both platforms and pushing the message of peace between them. Here’s their own explanation and video below:

swissinfo.ch released new apps for both Android and iPhone today, along with a short clip stating our neutrality on the subject… and a message of hope for world peace and more understanding among fans. Enjoy.

Source [Youtube]

I will tell you I have an obsession with Google Chrome extensions just like I did with Firefox before. Unfortunately, Firefox suffered from serious initial load up times and other hiccups. I think that I am starting to have the same issues with Chrome too. However, I have gotten so accustomed to using these extensions that I can’t live without them. I will share some of these with you today!

WOTWOT

The Web of Trust extension shows you which websites people trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.

This has to be on everyone browser. It’s an added protection against going on a virus infested website. All these virus links people post on Facebook everyday shows me a red circle that they’re not safe and all I have to do is avoid them. Pretty easy!!

 Google Share Button

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Here we go again with some pro-Android statistics. You cannot escape the facts and numbers brought to you Nielsen. Looking at the survey of recent acquirers of operating systems, you can clearly see that Android is continuing to put it’s foot down and taking over the mobile market at 43% with 56% in the past 3 months. Blackberry seriously need to get their QNX platform on the shelves before it’s too late. For the past 3 months, they only account for 9% of recent acquirers in the past 3 months whereas they are now at 18% of overall subscribers. Clock is ticking guys and the competition isn’t letting up! iOS is staying steady with their niche market numbers. They hold 28% of the overall subscribers shares and stay at the same percentage for shares of recent acquirers. And with the introduction of a new iPhone 4S or 5 on Oct. 4th, those numbers may increase very quickly.

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