For the most part, it seems people are either skeptical or not feeling it at all. The more Facebook seems to do, the more it seems to create negative sentiment by the public. All this begs the question, do most people want Facebook Home or would they prefer that it run away? Privacy is, indeed, an issue; but under the surface, this may just be more about power and control. This could be a bumpy ride as we watch the individuals who made the disruptors powerful - and who are now becoming the established corporate outfit - push-back. Fasten your seatbelts.
Naturally people have quite a bit to say over the latest (and all) Facebook developments. This bit of news is no different. The launch of the new Facebook Home app has reopened the privacy debate over whether the social networking site is becoming too much apart of our lives. Home integrates all of the social network’s services into the operating system of Android phones. Instead of having to download apps to use Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Camera, access to these features is consolidated into Facebook Home, which appears on the user’s home screen. The criticism that has arisen is that Facebook wants to compile more information on its users so that it can sell more advertising. Facebook has responded to the criticism following the launch in a blog post to say that the data Home would collect is no different from what the social networking site already tracks and that it is used internally to improve the user experience. For tech-savvy people, who share personal information frequently the hype around Home could be seen as a non-issue, or not.... Let's check it out.
The first thing I will do with any phone that has a facebook page is uninstall the application, if I can't do that. I will take it back. Facebook is one thing in this "Brave New World" that I will never accept or be part of...
Interesting to see facebook to get into the mobile buzz not through hardware of their own but through software. Curious to see how the phone companies will deal with this sort of thing. I doubt iOS or Android would want anybody to slap an overlay on their mobile OS...
So what do the comments show us here? A mixed bag, though leaning more toward skepticism than blind consumerism. Many corporations are still not listening to consumer fatigue and the fact that people truly want helpful products at good prices. Already between the watches, talking Google shoes and more, tech companies are pushing products like street pharmacists with more of an eye toward competition rather than consumer interest. Over-saturation is hard to dial down once it has reached a certain level. So let's watch and see which tech brands, if any, actually get it. And in the meantime, we're wondering what the luxury answer to these watch extensions might be, 'cause you know that's gotta be on the horizon as well... Stay tuned!
The buzz in tech news today is about Samsung, yet again. Technology giant Apple should hurry and let the cat out of the bag because Samsung just announced the development of the S-Watch, the obvious competitor to Apple's secret (and yet to be announced) iWatch. Both accessories will essentially be wearable computers equipped with touchscreen, a retina-display interface, and Internet accessibility. Samsung has already released screenshots of the S-Watch in the hopes of exciting Android fans about its release. The S-Watch is not Samsung's first attempt at a "smart watch". Back in 2009, the tech company released the S9110 watch-phone to the public to positive reviews. So, which are you waiting for?: the iWatch or the S-Watch?
...will all of these work with DIRECT sunlight shining on them? Most of the idevices...are unreadable in direct sunlight unlike older LCD watches. Or do the designers of these things work in small dark cubicles and never see the sun and assume no one else does either.
Throughout the comment arena, the beliefs around competition keep coming up in user posts. This speaks to a larger issue in society now regarding fairness, consumer rights. Interestingly enough, sociologist and author Joel Polodny talks about how it is actually status that influences who a product producer does and does not accept as a partner and how the producer's inventions are perceived. And here's the good part: "to achieve desired status, firms must offer more than strong past performance and product quality--they must also send out and manage social and cultural signals." See any relation to this situation???
Google Maps has a special Christmas present for their fans using iPhones: their mapping system app is back. Nearly three months ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app, which was a disaster, according to users. Apple's maps made huge errors including the fact that they misplaced landmarks and overlooked towns. Daniel Graf, mobile director of Google Maps, said that they started the app from scratch. A new feature, according to reports, is the turn-by-turn directions and street-level photography of local neighborhoods. There still isn't a Google Maps app for the iPad, however. Tech savvy lost people think what?
To worry or not to worry, that is the question. Funny that the FBI is sending out such a message when, wasn't their site crashed by Anonymous not long ago??? Anyway, while the comments below demonstrate many are tech savvy enough to know better, some may not be as with it as others. One thing is certain, as we come to rely more and more on these tech devices, they will become more and more of a target - from your personal device to larger enablers such as cell phone towers. Watch for this to become a larger part of the conversation in the months ahead.
Android users face a problem, the FBI warns. Watch oiut for "Loozon" and "FinFisher." According to reports, one advertises that the user can earn a lot of money just by sending out an email; an attached link then leads to a website that spreads Loozon to its target. The other one, FinFisher, is spyware that can take over parts of a mobile device. When it's installed, phones can be remotely controlled, according to a release from the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Few recommended safety steps include enabling encryption to protect personal data, installing apps that offer malware protection, and avoding connection to unknown wireless networks.
... The malware mentioned ... is on BB, iOS, Anrdoid, and Windows. ... This entire thing is being blown out of proportion when you consider how dumb you'd have to be to install either of the two malwares mentioned. ... If you install that mess, you've got bigger problems when using technology and the platform you choose.
So, the Apple critique continues. Love it or hate it, people will probably be checking for this device. But the move to up the ante in the number of releases per year is tellling, and consumers seem to be optimistic yet wary. What's it mean for Apple? That the company will have to continue to challenge itself in new ways to remain in position. Funny that economics seem to make no impact on new phone releases, though. Hmmmmm......
Apple is reportedly planning to officially introduce its new iPhone on Sept. 12. A September release would be slightly ahead of Apple's established one-iPhone-per-year pace. Slightly larger screen and a smaller dock connector are among the new features that are speculated the new device will have. Another expected feature is NFC technology that would make it easier for shoppers to make payments through their phones. The iPhone is still the most popular handset in the smartphone field, but Google's Android is catching up in terms of sales. Lots of talk on this one.
I'm looking forward to the next iPhone release but let’s face it: … NFC, better notifications, better processor … is what everyone is doing today. … Apple is falling to follower status. The 4S was absolutely nothing to brag about. ... The last time Apple showed everyone "how it was done" was a few years ago.
Like every other device in the world Apple uses their rivals to build their products. Let's take away Apples orders for Samsung products and see how well Samsung does. … No company manufactures their entire product start to finish
iP4 user here who is likely to get the next iPhone. … The leaked images are meh, but I expect what will get me is the whole package. ... I really do think android phones are winning (dominating) the feature wars... It would be nice to see something that puts the wow back in the iPhone, but sadly I don't expect it this September.