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Noah Chelliah
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An unrepentant Linux / Open Source enthusiast working every day to convert people from propitiatory software one person at at time.
An unrepentant Linux / Open Source enthusiast working every day to convert people from propitiatory software one person at at time.

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I know that I have been called an Apple Hater in the past and wanted to explain the main reason why I hate Apple devices. It all comes down to the principle of "Who actually owns your device?". Allow me to explain.

First, If I own my device, I should be able to purchase any standard MicroUSB cable and use it rather then purchasing $30.00-$40.00 proprietary cables from Apple. I know knockoff lighting cables do exist but should I really need to use them?

I have no problems with Google and Apple policing and disallowing certain applications in their respective Application Catalogs. Android, unlike iOS allows users to obtain Android Applications from other sources such as directly from the developer and install them without the need to Jailbreak your phone/tablet. Hell, with Android, you can even have a choice of Application Stores (Google Play, Amazon, etc).

Lets think of this like a laptop/desktop computer. Would you pay $500-$999 for a laptop that you could not install your choice of applications on? Who really owns this laptop, you or the manufacturer?

Sorry, I am not spending any money for devices that I have to go through additional hoops to actually assume ownership of my new expensive purchase.

Apple bans several applications that compete against their own internal applications. An example of this is the WebBrowser, in which developers are FORCED to use the WebKit Engine. ALL Web Browsers on the Apple store including Chrome and Opera are little more then a re-skinned version of Safari with some added features. FireFox for example uses the Gecko Engine and Chrome's normal engine on all other platforms is known as "Blink"

Apple further locks down several features of their devices such as NFC for no real reason except keeping it exclusive to ApplePay. In Android's case, NFC is open and free for every application to use for various purposes. There are also competing mobile wallets such as SoftCard (Formally ISIS). Again, if you indeed own your iPhone, why cant you choose your mobile wallet and use the NFC for things like;
-Exchanging business cards
-Sharing WiFi details
-Home Automation
And a whole lot more


Note : I do not support downloading pirated Android Applications to sideload on your device. There are several applications that Google either does not want to host on the App store (such as penetration testing tools). There are also developers who would rather not distribute their applications in the Google Play Store and use services like the HumbleBundle/Indie Bundle.
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I'm told OwnCloud has much improved the data loss issues. Should I give it another go?
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I seem to be collecting more friends on G+...I may have to try to pry myself from Facebook and onto G+
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I've always been positive about Google Glass. I understand and accept that it is a product in development. XE16 is the straw that broke the camel's back for me. Here's what we got with the latest update...

1. I can no longer do Hangouts which didn't work all that well to begin with but in a pinch at least the option was there.

2. No more song ID...I used this feature constantly and now it's gone. I can understand (even if I don't like it) why Google removed a feature like Hangouts that didn't work very well, but song ID worked PERFECTLY!

3. If you take more than three pictures in a row the device freezes.

4. I just learned that now randomly some of the units are bricking.

What works better you ask?

Well the volume got a bit louder.

In typical Glass fashion the update is pushed down and you have no option not to upgrade which I DO understand but XE16.1 illustrates perfectly WHY this is a bad idea. Let a few people test the waters before pushing it out to everyone.

Google...you make a great product, and your support has been second to none. Do something and do something fast because I consider myself relatively understanding when it comes to this stuff and right now I don't understand.
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