This morning, the inevitable happened, Amazon announced the Amazon Fire TV. We all saw this coming, we all knew it would happen. However Amazon seems to have hit all the marks on their way to making a challenger for the streaming box market. The box also mixes in an effort to take on systems like OUYA in the android gaming market. Which with a retail of $99USD it seems like it has a pretty solid future in the market.
Amazon has crammed more into this box than any other one on the market. First and most impressively is that it packs a Quad-Core processor, Adreno 320 graphics engine, and 2GB of memory. On the remote side Amazon has included voice search, something that might come in handy when searching for titles with long names. The box itself is pretty small, square, and glossy. It packs ten different streaming services, although its oddly missing HBOgo. The box also features a service called ASAP which starts streaming of a title right when you hit play instead of showing that buffering or loading screen we are all accustomed to.
On the Android side, the box has a strong push to become the big Android console. Amazon has also released a game controller peripheral (A great hands on can be found on Engadget, who detail it as a similarity to an Xbox 360 controller. Speaking of Xbox controllers, a USB one can apparently be used with this Fire TV, so thats a plus.
I’m not especially socially inclined. I can’t small-talk to save my life. Eye contact is just about the Worst Thing Ever™. And then there are those times where I’ll just about lose my shit if I have to interact with another human being. Thank goodness I live in a world where Cloak exists.
Cloak is an iOS app that warns you when people you’d rather avoid—an ex, that obnoxiously chatty coworker, whomever—is in your vicinity. It works its magic by scraping location data for your, um, “friends” from Instagram and Foursquare. What? Your friends don’t use either of those services? All bets are off, then; good luck, have fun, etc…
Cloak is a free download from the App Store and requires iOS 7 or later. Check it out if you dare. Or don’t. Just don’t expect me to acknowledge your existence if I see you out around town.
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My Curve was a gift from a friend and former boss Chip. Chip bought the phone through T-mobile probably when it first came out as the Curve 8320 was released in 2007 and it was gifted to me in 2009. Chip moved from that crackberry to another quickly, and shortly after moved to AT&T for an iPhone. When my Nokia flip phone, whose model number I am too lazy to find but we can suffice that it was a piece of crap, died after a long string a abuse (being pushed into the pool during JAWS camp, being thrown into my wall and getting stuck, being dropped out the car window on the interstate on accident [you get the idea]) I tried to seek a cheap alternative to pay for a new phone.
As someone who has task management issues I found myself craving the scheduling features that a smartphone packed. Posting around and tweeting asking if people had any old blackberry’s laying around *since i knew no one would give out a free iPhone or Droid* @ichip offered his to me. I fell in love as soon as I unlocked the T-Mobile device to work on my wireless carrier, a process that only took me 18 hours of active hacking. The phone…
Apple initially rejected Jelle Prins’ iPhone app Lyrics, which displays lyrics for the songs in your music library, including the profanity contained in some song lyrics. Apple cited that fact as the reason for turning Prins down.
Oh Apple, look what I found:
Perhaps maybe you should make them censor it?
Ooh, and there’s this other app that allows unfiltered access to the internet, including objectionable content which you seem not to like allowing. I think it’s called… um.... Safari, that’s it! Wait a minute....
Yeah, make the developers of that conduit of smut pay for their sins against our children.
Speaking of children, won’t somebody think of them?
And it’s been quite illuminating. Before I go on, however, I should note that this post contains images, and that if you’re using dial-up you should take a moment to remember that you are accessing the internet using the telephone line, which although may have sufficed in a bygone era, is a preposterous thought in this day and age. You should then go get something to drink because this page will take a while to load, what with you calling it up and asking it what it looks like instead of using broadband like civilized people.
For starters, I found a minor display bug in iTunes.
I also found that glossy displays are better than matte. All matte advocates are hereby committed to a mental institute for their choice, which is wrong by virtue of differing from my choice.
Lastly, I’ve found that the mobile web is more fun the larger the display gets.
The interesting thing that I’ve noticed is that, despite coming from a dual-monitor setup, I feel more like an evil genius now than I did before. There’s something about a guy hunched over in front of a huge panel that exudes the feel of 1960s evil.
And this concludes the last content-free post I’ll be making.
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- An Adventure In Phone Shopping (Ode To Crackberry)
- In Light of the Lyrics App Debacle
- So I’ve Just Come Into the Posession of a New Monitor
- Saying Is Believing
- Who’d’a thunk it? Most facebook apps are pointless
- Adobe Photoshop Express
- Quick Tip: Improve Locate Me’s Accuracy
- iPhone event roundup
- Blu-ray wins, consumers lose
- The iPod Touch January Software Upgrade
- Report: Internet to experience traffic jams by 2010
- All-in-one desktop shootout
- Updated: Dell officially unveils XPS One, Latitude tablet
- Jailbreak your iPhone in one easy step
- Thoughts on iPhone’s third-party application support…
- iPhone SDK to arrive in February
- DT @ Digital Life 2007 - Novint Falcon Game Controller
- Random Geek Toy: The WiFi T-shirt!
- UC Berkeley now on YouTube
- Verizon unveils “iPhone killer”
- DT @ Digital Life 2007 - Gateway One
- Microsoft’s new Zunes [UPDATED]
- DT @ Digital Life 2007 - Jess Domain demos FordSync
- Everyone wins with an open iPhone
- A quick look: AmazonMP3
- AmazonMP3: DRM-free MP3 service debuts
- Apple warns against unlocking iPhone [UPDATED]
- The ringtone revolt
- iTunes 7.4.2 released; Breaks Some Ringtone Hacks
- $100 Apple Store credit for Early iPhone owners Now Available
- RETRACTION: iPod touch: iTunes account optional
- iPod Touch requires iTunes account, registration [RETRACTED]
- Laptop theft strikes UC Berkeley
- Free your iPhone from AT&T… for free
- Cool find: iTunes Visualizer Cheat Sheet
- iTunes ringtones - a first look [UPDATED]
- iPhone: over 1 million sold
- Some thoughts on the iPhone price cut
- Apple issues open letter to iPhone owners
- New iPods: a very early first impression
- Palm kills Foleo
- iPhone Launch: Modesto, CA [Updated: with pics]
- From the iPhone launch - Berkeley, CA [UPDATED - PHOTOS+VIDEO]
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- Popular Mechanics reveals Microsoft Multitouch Platform: Milan
- Format Shootout: Blu-ray vs. HD DVD
- iPod responsible for downfall of Western Civilization
- The AOL CDs that time forgot!
- WTF? Printer Lies
- Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Copyright Infringement
- Canon PowerShot A540 Quick Review
- iPhone released at long last; it’s not quite what you think
- Creative Zen Vision:M 30GB
- Logitech’s diNovo Media Desktop Laser
- Can Nintendo Win By Losing?
- Conversations with a Robot: Part 1
- Casegear 450w X-plug modular PSU review
- Zune debuts, reactions stream in
- TiVo price hikes: Goodbye Tivo, Hello EyeTV
- Some iPods shipped with Windows virus
- Apple Releases (Product) Red iPod Nano
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- Convergence Anxiety
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- The Blue Whale of Cameras
- Apple Showtime: The accumulation of everything ripped off
- Verizon FiOS - The next generation of broadband.
- Old School Gaming Console on eBay
- Mac Pro vs Dell Precision: The REAL price comparison [UPDATED x2]
- After all these years - I’m still a Linux Geek
- Xbox 360 Reaches the Next Level
- Creative sues Apple over iPod UI
- 30GB iPod
- UC Berkeley now on iTunes U
- On AMD, RAM, and Dual-Heads
- Dell Buys Alienware and Announces Pricing on XPS 600 Renegade
- Unfolding Origami
- News of the Weird: Microsoft responsible for iPod packaging parody video?!?
- Apple sells movies--sorta [UPDATED TWICE AGAIN]
- News or Rumor? Apple to announce film downloading service [UPDATED]
- Rumor Mill: Is this the new video iPod? [UPDATED x3: We’ve been duped]
- iTunes: Over One Billion Sold [UPDATED]
- Summary of Computers this week in my life
- GMail is now GMail +talk
- Ambulance Chasing: Apple sued over iPod volume
- Homestar Runner: Coming to an iPod near you
- Rumor Mill: Optimus Keyboard coming soon?
- Ordering computer parts online sucks [UPDATED]
- iPod dominates 2005 Froogle Searches
- Dell issues battery recall
- Apple adds more shows to the Music Store
- Rhapsody is Mac-accessable, kinda
- Rumor Mill: Mac mini to Morph into Mega Media Machine?
- The Top Eight Products of the Past Year
- SonyBMG apologizes for DRM brouhaha
- Sony pulls DRM technology [UPDATED]
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