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Comment Who cares? (Score 1) 121

There are plenty of alternatives. Anyone who is putting all of their eggs in one basket doesn't understand the shelf life of technology.

Most everyone I know has some kind of personal music collection on their local machine(s), and the streaming is a complement to that. Because of the general hassle associated with managing a large and growing music collection, of course we'd love to offload that to someone else for a nominal fee.

My current strategy involves tripling up on cloud storage and trying before I buy any of the streaming services. Google and Amazon both offer substantial music storage for ridiculously low prices. $20 a year for a cloud drive with UNLIMITED storage means a one time hassle of tagging and uploading everything to the cloud...let them worry about it after that. Amazon is the winner now, just because of the download capability. Google Music is great too, though. Both work well on your mobile device with limited bandwidth requirements.

After investigating and playing with Spotify a little bit, it actually appears to be an inferior product to MOG [assuming you plan to pay for either service] for a few reasons, which you can seek out for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

BitTorrent and File Lockers aren't going away. is fantastic. We've got options. Let Spotify do whatever it wants, and we'll do whatever best suits our needs/wants.

Comment Re:iPhone ONLY. (Score 1) 162

After having some time to play with the dedicated iPhone app yesterday evening, it's not much better (performance-wise) than the HTML5 version that runs nearly identically in mobile Safari. Give that a shot if you haven't already. Menus, swipe to change categories, etc...all work just like the app.

Comment Re:Already an issue.. (Score 1) 429

No offense, but your post suggests you aren't even familiar with how to *sync* your phone properly. I'm going to wager that you are doing it wrong. For every person *you* know with a 3G who is having issues, there are probably a thousand who are happily fast switching apps and enjoying orientation lock, among other things. Honestly though, you'd be better off getting an iPhone 4. The antenna issue really is a non-issue. Never had a problem. Been using a bumper since the first week it was out.

Comment Re:Already an issue.. (Score 5, Informative) 429

iOS 4 sucks on the iPhone 3G (nearly no new features, but much slower), so many are reluctant to update.

iOS4 doesn't suck on the 3G if you do a clean wipe of the OS before moving to 4. This has been a known issue for some time now. Wipe your 3G, then move to iOS4. I know plenty of folks running iOS4 on their 3G who absolutely love it. They have no issues with performance or it suck-ing. If you upgraded and already experience performance issues, backup your phone, restore to factory settings, upgrade to iOS4, then restore from backup. Problem solved.


Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod 757

An anonymous reader writes with some discouraging news for hack-oriented purchasers of the new Droid X phone: "If the eFuse fails to verify [the firmware information (what we call ROMS), the kernel information, and the bootloader version], then the eFuse receives a command to 'blow the fuse' or 'trip the fuse.' This results in the booting process becoming corrupted, followed by a permanent bricking of the phone. This FailSafe is activated anytime the bootloader is tampered with or any of the above three parts of the phone has been tampered with."

BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal 192

BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk spoke at the 2010 Develop Conference about the current focus within the video game industry on making huge, blockbuster titles, and why that is the wrong approach. Quoting Gamasutra's coverage: "'While blockbuster game creation is everything that most game developers working today growing up wanted to do, it's precisely the wrong thing to chase in gaming's contemporary landscape.' Risk-taking from publishers and investors has dramatically declined in recent times, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age studio-runner noted: 'As a result, innovation and creativity [are] being squeezed. Where the bottom of the market had dropped out at one point, now it’s the middle of the market has dropped out. Unless you can be in the top ten releases at one given time, it's unlikely that a triple-A game is going to make money.'" Zeschuk also commented that consoles aren't necessarily the future of game platforms, and that BioWare is experimenting with smaller scale MMO development in addition to working on their much larger upcoming Star Wars title.

Comment Blame the user, not the tool (Score 1) 545

My gadgets serve their purpose. If I choose to "waste" time, that's my problem. If I didn't have a gadget to distract me, I would find something else to distract me. Often times, when I'm stumped and knee deep in code...a good distraction jars loose the best ideas of the day/night. I wouldn't expect a politician to understand that though.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2, Informative) 853

Seems to me that it's all part of Steve's marketing campaign... This guy probably never existed in real life and the guy playing his role will soon start shooting videos threatening to disclose more information, prototypes, etc a la Bin Laden and leaking them to Arab news networks from time to time so everyone at Apple is scared and work harder...

The guy exists in real life. "Friend of a friend."

Google Visual Search Coming Soon to Android 111

Several sources have shared the news that "Google Goggles," publicly known as Google Visual Search, will be "coming soon" to an Android phone near you. Rather than typing in the search term, you will be able to just take a picture with your phone and search results will be returned. The new search was recently featured on CNBC's "Inside the Mind of Google." Unfortunately Goggles didn't pass muster with a recent focus group, so it could be a while before Google decides this is ready to hit the streets.

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

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