A**ple fankids have been the snidest bunch I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with - going all the way back to the 80's at SF Macromedia conferences, where, when the PC's crashed during presentations, howls of laughter and yelled-out snide remarks were all the rage. When the Macs crashed... polite silence. Some things never change.
I'm getting a Fire for my honey for Xmas. I'm not expecting it to be the damned second coming of Christ. Nor am I expecting it to perform on par with / exceed a $500 to $900 tablet - because I actually did my research before buying it. (And if I WERE going to buy one, you can bet yer ass it wouldn't be an iPad) The Fire is is a media consumption tablet with some extra bells and whistles - and if you compare it apples to apples (sorry) to something like an iTouch (which I have)... I'll take it in a heartbeat - if for no other reason than the fact that I don't have to use some POS proprietary software (iTunes) to get an damned MP3 on it. And for those of you who protest when someone rightfully describes iPads and iTouches as closed systems - well, hope yer enjoying the Kool Aid.
Amazon never positioned this as an iPad killer - pundits and press did - and in a sense they were right - maybe not killing the iPad as a device - but definitely taking a big chunk of the market that the iPad never could. Why? Because there are a whole bunch of folks out there who would never shell out over half a grand on a tablet. They are now.
One last thought - I work independently in tech - have for over 20 years, on both platforms. So do a bunch of friends - some of whom have actually made the plunge and bought a Fire. Everything I've heard back is positive - they think it's a lovely little device that does what they expected it to. In fact, I haven't heard a single negative.
So I started searching the web for a simple device that does this, figuring that there had to be one out there. But other than standard settop boxes, which don't automatically loop content, or digital signage boxes, running 4-500 bucks with network capabilities, etc., I can't find anything. So I thought I'd ask you folks. Is there a solution for this I'm not seeing? Format doesn't matter — I'm generating it from scratch, so I can compress however it's needed. But it has to be HD, and output to a TV.
A slew of problems have made managing Android apps a "nightmare," they say, including three versions of the OS (Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0), custom firmware on many phones, and hardware differences between different models. For users, it means apps in the store could be buggy, might not work well depending on their handsets, and could deliver a frustrating experience. Unaware of the increasing back-end complexity, they would then be more likely to leave bad reviews for those apps — a potentially lethal blow for small businesses, say developers.
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State authorities are testing a plan that would see the Emergency Management Office issue alerts over online gaming networks in addition to regular channels."
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We would like the ability to allow users to visit a web site or program and be presented with some kind of ID/Password that they give to us, and then connect to their computer without the users needing to know their IP address. The solution would need to work outside of our firewall as well as inside.
We absolutely can not use third-party solutions such as Team Viewer as we can not allow our data to interact with a third-party vendor due to both company and government regulations. I am trying to find something similar to their service; only where we host the server and software ourselves. I haven't had any success searching for solutions and hoped to reach out to fellow Slashdot'ers."