I was listening to a podcast the other day, and they were talking about how Build-A-Bear sneakily collects your personal information, and it took me a moment to realise that they really were talking about the do-it-yourself teddy-bear chain.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, June 28 2013 10:50 AM (PiXy!)
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is now available in Australia. This is one of the phones I've been looking to as a mini-tablet; it has a 6.3" 1280x720 screen, so the screen is nearly as big as on the Nexus 7, but the device overall is much slimmer and lighter.
There are two models; the only difference is that one has 8GB of onboard flash and the other has 16GB.
Prices are $669 and $679 respectively.
Why do they even bother? The cost of handling two separate SKUs across multiple markets has to be more than the cost of just giving everyone 16GB in the first place.
I'm still thinking it over. If they had a 128GB model at, say, $799, I'd have jumped already.*
* I have a 160GB iPod classic. There is nothing, literally nothing, on the market that can replace it. Flash memory prices are now low enough, and capacities high enough, that it would be cheap and easy to build such a device. But no-one has bothered.
It seems someone got hold of my credit card details and went on a short-lived spending spree, before my bank caught it and cut them off. Not sure how, because I'm pretty careful with it, but all it takes is one website that isn't careful and splat.
I wouldn't be too surprised if we hear in the next few days that some internet company or other got compromised.
Anyway, that's one of the things that messed up my Monday and Tuesday this week, though I only found out the cause of the mess today. New card is on the way now.
Of course, this happened right when I needed that card to pay important bills, but there's not much of the month when I don't need that card. So, ugh.
Also need to check that AVG and Ad-Aware are up to date and scan the hell out of my computer, in case I picked up a nasty. Just did a full AVG scan on the weekend, though (it runs Sunday night), and it came up clean.
My day job really came through for me here, letting me put some urgent bills on a company credit card. So I don't need to worry about the lights going out either virtually (one of them was for server hosting) or literally (the other was my electricity bill).
After being sandbagged by Sony at E3 last week, Microsoft has wised up and removed the requirement that the Xbox One connect to Microsoft to re-authenticate itself every 24 hours. They've also removed the restriction on selling or lending disc-based games.
Now if they just allow you to run it without the Kinect and cut the price by $100, they'll have a slower PS4 with less available memory...
They could also stop trying to bullshit everyone about the cloud, but there I'm not sure that they actually realise what they're doing; I suspect they may believe their own nonsense.
It isn't so much that they believe their own B.S. about the cloud, it's that they fervently want the World to believe their B.S. about the cloud so they can rake in more money from those who sign up.
Reminds me of when they sent a pair of sales dweebs over to our office with a big pitcher of Vista-flavored Kool-aid back when it first launched. (Sadly for them, there were 4 or 5 of us there that day that did nothing but hammer them on Vista's failings. They were sweating when they left.)
No kidding! That was my degree in college as well. Good on her!
~I bet you thought this is where I'd say something like "None of the girls in my classes looked anything like her", but No! I will take the high road here.~
P.S. They didn't.
Posted by: Tommy at Wednesday, June 19 2013 07:37 AM (70H8v)
If they take that prototype and go into production, I'll buy one! No matter how much it costs!