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Comment choices are too many and change quickly (Score 1) 565

I guess the biggest problem with linux desktop is that choices are too many and change quickly. I started using fedora from college days and still do but I realized that my enthusiasm to troubleshoot a problem and learn new things is slowly dying out. Recently, I wanted to convert a png to jpg image. there was no default app to do it. come on, how hard is it. I had to install gimp to do it. I spent a good 10 mins trying to convert it with a default app. I could use the command line but didnt want so installed gimp. These are small things but make helluva difference.

Submission + - Apple launches iPhone trade-in program (washingtonpost.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Today Apple announced the launch of a trade-in program for iPhones. Users will be able to send in their older devices and get credit toward new ones. The announcement precedes an event on Sept. 10th at which Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone model. The trade-in program is being managed by a company named Brightstar. Trade-in value maxes out at $336 for a 16GB iPhone 5. the 16GB iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS max out at $221, $151, and $52, respectively. (The value drops depending on the device's condition, of course.) 'With its new program, Apple steps into a crowded field of competing programs offered by companies such as Gazelle, Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon and others, all of whom accept older iPhones for money. The broader market for used smartphones has been estimated to bring in as much as $5 billion in sales by 2015. With Apple participating as well, more smartphone users may opt for the trade-in option, and could potentially send that estimate even higher. Running its own program would give Apple a way to drive more iPhone sales within its own stores rather than seeing sales from carrier partners, and drive more traffic through its retail stores as well.'

Submission + - Why is China Downloading All My Apps? 3

imagmast writes: Some background: I am a small (4 apps in 2 years) iPhone app developer. My apps are all different; 3d graphics, signal processing and database based; 3 apps are charged for, 1 app is free.

I've noticed that within 2 days of being available for sale, each app is downloaded from china.

Questions: Being somewhat paranoid, I was wondering if other slashdot developers have noticed similar China download instances of their apps? And, does this pattern have wider nefarious implications?

Comment no replacement (Score 1) 287

I dont think there is an exact replacement for google reader.. maybe the features can be emulated but not the ease.. google reader can be accessed from my office network but not feedly which is blocked.. .. I just needed to sign in with my google account to check mail,rss etc .. I wish google didnt decide this.. I have been using it since 2006..

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