Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best and worst of mobile technology in 2013

As 2013 is coming to an end, I’d like to talk about what I thought was the best and worst things about mobile technology that happened this past year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Apple buys Catch Notes: Where good apps go to die

 Catch, one of the best note taking apps on Android and iOS issued warning a few months ago that they would be shutting down their service on 30 August 2013.  There was no mention why they shut down the service.  There were only notices from Catch telling users to export their data before it would be deleted and no longer accessible.  Well, now 3 months later its clear what happened.  Apple bought out Catch and forced them to close up shop.

I  guess this is what most good mobile applications hope for really.  Have a great idea, make it popular in iTunes and Google play, then hope someone buys you out.  It's happened to Vine (bought by Twitter), Instagram (bought by FaceBook), Waze (bought by Google) and many others.  It's both good and bad since an app that I used almost daily is now gone but they got their payday and hopefully Apple does something useful with the product. 

There's no telling if Apple bought Catch because it was becoming a competitor to Evernote or if it was purchased to enhance their own notes app, only time will tell.

 Source: 9to5Mac

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Free 20GB of SkyDrive for Windows Phone users

If you're a Windows Phone user, you should have received an email saying that you can get 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for 1 year.  All you have to do is click the green link in the email before 31 January 2014 and you'll be able to redeem the free 20GB for 1 year offer.

Microsoft is doing the most to gain customers and keep them happy.  Previously, if purchased a Surface device you got 200GB of SkyDrive storage with your purchase.

Microsoft already had the most free could storage out of the 3 biggest mobile platforms (Android - 15GB spread across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ photos, iOS - 5GB of iCloud, and Windows Phone - 7GB Skydrive for new users 25GB for long time users) but now there is even more of it.

If you were a long time Microsoft Hotmail, MSN, or Live user, and you purchased a Windows Phone, and a Surface device you should now have 245GB (25GB+20GB+200GB) of SkyDrive storage.

Getting this much storage from any cloud storage provider would cost users over $200/year.

Thanks Microsoft

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

[Updated] Acer C720P unboxing and first impressions

I purchased an Acer C720P so I could do a Chromebook review since I’ve never had one and loved the idea of a cheap laptop replacement.  Here is the unboxing video and first impressions of the device.