Does It Matter How Many Apps?

Does It Matter How Many Apps?
27th May 2011

Microsoft hit a milestone today on the way to what they are hoping is mobile world domination; their Windows 7 Mobile Operating system has now reached over 18,000 applications.

Apple in their advertising and when Steve Jobs speaks constantly reminds people they have hundreds of thousands of Apps.

Google is also constantly saying they have a hundred thousand or so apps.

  • But does the number actually matter?
  • Realistically how many does a person need?
  • How many do they really use?
  • Aren’t most of the Apps really do the same thing? I have seen at least 20 Twitter apps without even trying/

Microsoft states its quality over quantity – “We stayed focused on giving consumers the apps they wanted most,” declared Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone 7 marketing, Achim Berg on the services rapid rise in available app content.

I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.2 (still waiting for Samsung to upgrade it to 2.3) and also own a Samsung Galaxy S (also running Android 2.2), and have loaded Apps on to both devices but here is what I found:

  1. I installed the Apps I actually use – currently Twitter, Seesmic, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Flash and that’s about it. Do I really need an App that is a Compass? Makes Fart noises?
  2. It’s actually difficult to find what you want and make sure the App when you do is form a reputable provider (of course if the App comes from Twitter etc you know its okay)

So what I would like to know is:

  • How many Apps do you have on your phone?
  • How many do you actually use of the ones you have installed?

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£42,000 an hour per Apache

£42,000 an hour per Apache
26th May 2011

It costs the UK taxpayer £42,000 an hour during peacetime to keep an Apache attack helicopter in the air.Te UK has announced it is sending them to Libya to enter the battle.

These cost rise during war.

  1. At war the Apaches work a lot harder.
  2. They attract metal; and they require repairs, fuel, and a base
  3. You’ve got the cost of a ship or on the ground support.

The cost to the taxpayer of flying an Apache during peacetime is £42,000 an hour. That is £7,000 more than it costs to keep a Tornado in the air for an hour, at £35,000, while a Eurofighter Typhoon costs £70,000 an hour – taking into account the cost of fuel, staffing and maintenance. This doesn’t include the cost of missiles and other armaments.

In parliament the Liberal Democrats said that sending Apache helicopters into Libya would see a move from desert warfare to urban warfare, and a sharp rise in the cost of war. It is estimated that even without the Apaches, the cost would exceed £1 Billion by August this year.

The Conservative/Liberal Government is cutting spending on health, education and other major programs which effect real people in the UK, but can waste this money on the Libyan conflict.

Why aren’t politicians in all three parties saying anything and cutting the funding off to this war? Destroy the young’s education prospects, reduce services in the National Health Service, cut welfare to the needy, but its okay to attack Libya. Isn’t it time that the UK and other Western powers get out of Libya and leave the civil war that is currently under way? Prime Minister David Cameron in all his talk about social equity and fairness seems to not care really about the people of the UK. Use the money on the UK and not on foreign adventures

A no-fly zone has turned into regime change and as I posted yesterday, this is again a good example of ‘mission creep’. The UK parliament must get a spine and stop this now.

As the song goes “War, what is it good for?” Looks like the answer is David’s ego and the industrial war complex.

3 Reasons to move to WP7 (Mango)

3 Reasons to move to WP7 (Mango)
25th May 2011

Microsoft demonstrated on Tuesday at least 20 of the 500 ways Mango is better than Windows Phone 7. But even 20 improvements is too many for most people to easily comprehend. Here are 3 reasons why I think people will move to WP7 at the end of this year.

  1. Internet Explorer 9 integration
    If you’re a speed nut (and who isn’t?), you might appreciate that Mango is running a full desktop version of the IE9 browser, not a mobile variation.
  2. Quick cards and Bing integration
    Microsoft describes quick cards as a way for a user making a Bing search to get a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps. In one demonstration of quick cards, Microsoft showed a search for the movie Water for Elephants, which resulted in show times, ratings and a quick synopsis rather than taking you to a separate website. They then clicked on the IMDB application, which quickly opened to a specific section of the online film database for the movie.
    Bing search is also being enhanced with visual searches. In another demo, Microsoft took a photo of a book, which launched a quick card that gave reviews and places where the book could be purchased online, including Amazon’s Kindle app. Then tapped the Kindle app and downloaded the book to the phone for future reading.
  3. Office, Xbox and Skype
    Mango includes an updated version of the Office suite that will ship with new versions of Excel, One Note and PowerPoint. Among the improvements, users will be able to highlight cells in Excel to change data.
    The upgrade will also include the Internet voice and video service Skype to allow users to make Skype calls from Windows Phones.
    Mango will also have an Xbox Live gaming capability, the only smartphone OS to do so. Users will be able to see a friend list, and every game on the device can be accessed through the Xbox Live tile on the home screen in Mango, Microsoft said.

I for one will be moving from my current Android device, a Samsung Galaxy S to one of the new WP7 (Mango) OS phones when they are available, and as I said in the previous post, I will be moving to a Nokia device as they also have the best camera lenses on the mobile phones (Carl Zeiss).

Nokia + WP7 + Carl Zeiss = Awesome Photos

Nokia + WP7 + Carl Zeiss = Awesome Photos
25th May 2011

As most people now know, Nokia will be dumping the failed Symbian OS for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) at the end of 2011. This will be in time for the latest upgrade of WP7 to what has been designated “Mango” by Microsoft, although the live version will be called WP7 (version 7.1).

The Nokia N8 has a 12Mb Camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and the photos are spectacular as anyone who knows about photography knows its the lens not the number of megapixels that make the difference. One would assume the new Nokia WP7 phones will have around the same configuration (12MP).

Is it getting closer when you can dump that point and shoot camera and just have and use your smartphone?

Over the past several months I have been taking photos with a Samsung Galaxy S (has the Android OS) and the daylight photos are really good, although anything in low light is just crap. Some of these photos can be seen on the SpeedingDragon Daily Photo Blog (click here). Below the first photo is one from the Samsung Galaxy S and the second photo from a Nokia N8. Click on them for a larger size.

Libya : Mission Creep (again)

Libya : Mission Creep (again)
24th May 2011

The West is again about to flaunt UN Resolutions on Libya with the UK and French about to send “attack helicopters”. What was only to be about a no-fly zone, has now expanded with Military Advisers and now attack helicopters. It is obvious the main mission by the West is to get rid of Gaddafi, even though the UN Resolution was not about this.

French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Monday that Britain would follow France in using attack helicopters against Col Gaddafi. He said that the use of helicopters would not represent an escalation of the mission, and insisted, it was only a “tactical shift” to improve the ability to strike moving targets more precisely. However some military sources do regard the use of French attack helicopters and UK Apache attack helicopters as an escalation of the campaign.

How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse by the CDC

How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse by the CDC
21st May 2011

The first step in preparing for a zombie attack — or for that matter a hurricane or pandemic — is to put together an emergency kit. “This includes things like water, food and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp,” Khan wrote.

You can’t say government scientists don’t have a sense of humor — or a healthy interest in genre fiction. (Khan’s favorite zombie movie, he says, is Resident Evil.)

The CDC’s “Zombie Apocalypse” post, which was published on Monday, got so much traffic that the agency’s servers couldn’t handle it, the New York Times reported. “A typical post gets 1,000 hits,” CDC spokesman David Daigle he said. “We got 10,000, then 30,000 on Tuesday, and then it crashed the server.”

So, while flesh-eating zombies probably aren’t going to terrorize your town anytime soon, a pandemic or natural disaster might, and the CDC’s advice is straightforward and easy to heed: put together an emergency kit (see the items you’ll need here), then sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan.

Read the full list of recommendations from the CDC