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New Domain For This Blog

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I’ve always wanted my own domain name for a blog and now I have one. From now on new posts will be at http://dualsub.com

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May 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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If Michael Dell farted would it leave a Dell Streak in his shorts?

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I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to Michael Dell and Dell computers. I will admit that I have a deep hatred for all things Dell and it was owning a Dell computer that turned me to building my own computers. I hate Dell. There.

Mike Dell, the same Mike Dell who in 1997 famously said in answer to a question from C|Net about what he would do if he were running Apple:

“What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders,” Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.

That Mike Dell. He’s at it again when it comes to taking swipes at Apple. He had this to say to the Wall Street Journal:

Not tomorrow. Not the next day. But again, if you look at 18 months ago, Android phones were like, “What is that?” And now there are more Android phones than iPhones. I don’t see any reason why the same won’t occur with Android tablets.

Now, you know, it’s not the thought behind his quote that I take issue with, it’s the idea that Michael Dell said it. Nothing that Dell has done with Android has been worth a mention. Their past Android based devices haven’t been received very well and their upcoming 10″ model doesn’t give me the tingles either.

Dell has been shipping what to me are shit computers, laptops and now tablets for a really long time, but that isn’t stopping Michael Dell from stating that Android devices will out ship iPads soon-ish. He’s likely right, based on the number of devices that are or will soon be available Android tablets will likely out ship iPads in the not-so-distant future. You’re just not going to find Dell tablets anywhere near the top of the Android sales leader chart.

Mike, leave the trash talking to the CEO’s of companies that are actually in the game.

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April 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Why Google has to Buy Spotify and not “Partner” with Spotify

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If this deal happens it simply must be a purchase and not a contract. Google cannot have what would be one of the featured Android services controlled by a third-party and by nature available for sale to someone else.

Remember back to when Apple bought LaLa.com for a rumored net of only $3 million.

At the time of the buyout by Apple, LaLa provided the featured content for the failed Google Music OneBox product. It really isn’t much of a leap to assume that one of the things that made LaLa attractive to Apple was scuttling this Google service. Google Music OneBox was growing in popularity and assumptions were made that Google wanted LaLa for themselves if they could work out a deal that allowed LaLa’s licenses with the labels to survive a buyout. Apple had no interest in LaLa’s licensing deals as they never intended to maintain LaLa’s business as a separate product.

Now, back to Spotify for a minute. Let’s say that Google announces their cloud music strategy and the logo says “powered by Spotify” down in the corner. Would it not make total sense for Apple or Amazon to call the Spotify people up and offer more billions than can be declined to buy Spotify out and shut it down?

Spotify would have a contract with Google but either Apple or Amazon would see the cost to buy Spotify and settle a breach of contract claim from Google as money well spent if it totally derailed Google music.

I’m aware that a buyout of Spotify would hinge on the deals that are signed with the labels. If a sale voids the licenses that Spotify has to stream music then a buyout won’t happen. Then again, if a buyout voids the licenses that Spotify holds to stream music this would only increase the danger of another company like Amazon, Apple or even Microsoft strolling in and cutting a deal to buy Spotify.

Given that Google was very close to a $1 billion deal last year it is reasonable to assume that those licenses would survive a buyout. Google doesn’t need Spotify’s streaming media technology, they could easily create their own storage and streaming solution.

This cannot be a handshake deal with Spotify, there are too many big name, deep pocket companies that would love nothing more than to stab Google in the chest on Google Music launch day. Google must own whatever technology is used to power Google cloud music.

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April 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

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Amazon Instant Video is Coming to Android

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You either have or will soon see the story of the Lenovo Android Honeycomb tablet leak on all of the various Android news blogs. The stories are all based on this article at thisismynext.com. It looks like a very interesting tablet, but that’s not what this is about.

Last week I wrote this post at androidheadlines.com making the case for Amazon branded tablets and in it I speculated about the tablets having Netflix style streaming video from the new Amazon Prime Instant Video service.

Returning for just a moment to the Lenovo story, I found this image in their story about that tablet:

See that little highlighted area there? It says “Amazon Media – Movies/TV (US Only)”, which is not currently a service provided by Amazon for Android. I doubt that any of the news stories that you read about this Lenovo tablet will say much if anything at all about this reveal, but it is further evidence in support of my theory that Amazon branded Android tablets are coming.

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April 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

Google Wants Spotify Again?

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There are rumors making the rounds that Google is once again trying to acquire Spotify to power its online music product. I can’t even keep count of the number of times Google has been rumored to be chasing after Spotify, is this the third time?

It almost did happen last year with a rumored purchase price of $1 billion but infighting at Google killed the deal. It seemed that there were multiple groups inside the plex that each wanted to control the product and put their own spin on the outcome.

The current version of this rumor has Google wanting to either buy Spotify or enter into an agreement for Spotify to power the Google Music service. Partnering with Spotify is not the answer here. Google either needs to buy Spotify or choke it down with the music labels.

Amazon’s Cloud Player is available right now. Apple’s cloud music product is coming very, very soon. Time is up and Google needs to have an actual plan for a real release for the product that the announced and showed at Google I/O last year.

Source: Business Insider

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April 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

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Something to love about HTC Sense

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It may have taken Apple three years to invent copy/paste but did they ever invent it well. The Android implementation of this Apple invention had always been a real letdown for me, until I got my Thunderbolt.

Thank you HTC for implementing a clean, functional copy/paste function. It seems so simple, but the HTC implementation on Froyo is far better than than the AOSP implementation in Gingerbread.

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April 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

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One iPhone feature for Android?

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I was asked over the weekend “if you could have one iPhone feature ported over to Android what would it be?”. At the very least it is a thought provoking question. Would it be Air Play? Facetime? What about the iTunes Music Store? Or maybe the volume of “quality” apps? Nope, wasn’t any of those. I could have just as easily bought an iPhone if I had wanted those things.

If I could have one feature ported from the iPhone to Android it would be to have all OS updates pushed from Google. I’m not talking about carrier crapware updates or updates to Sense or Blur, those could still be pushed from the carrier outside of the OS update and could be uninstalled by the user without root access. I’m talking about core OS updates and upgrades that fix bugs or exploits that device manufacturers and carriers seem to enjoy ignoring. How would you like to get Gingerbread pushed to your phone straight from Google without delay? It works for the Nexus, why not my Thunderbolt?

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April 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

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