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Android vs. iOS - a clear winner emerges

I'm a big fan of mobile computing, and have been for as long as I can remember - ever since I first got my grubby little fingers on the Epson PX-8 back in the mid-80's, I've been hooked.

So I'm a big fan of mobile OSes, particularly iOS and Android. Until recently I would have had a hard time choosing which OS I would want if I had to pick one.

But recently that has changed for me. Surprisingly, I'd have no trouble picking now, and it would be iOS all the way.

What could change my mind? It's an easy question to answer: Ads.

Mobile advertising is becoming so offensive that blocking it is becoming imperative in order to be able to scroll pages and tap controls without accidentally hitting an advert and being redirected to a site or application that I wasn't intending to use.

So it's becoming important to me that the vendor of my browser is on-board with blocking offensive content, something that Safari on iPhone has recently gone to extreme lengths to provide support for.

Google, on the other hand is actively working to prevent users from controlling their mobile web experience on Android. Ad blocking applications are banned outright in the Google Play store.

As the web's largest ad vendor, Google's interests are in direct opposition to mine. Google have a vested interest in packing every page with as much advertising as users can stomach and in accepting any kind of advertisement no matter how intrusive - that's how they make their money.

So, on one hand we have Apple - supporting the consumer and choice, and on the other is Google - supporting big business, forced consumption and censorship.

I've long felt Apple were the ones most likely to censor and take away choice from their users, but Apple aren't the ones trying to force me to endure page after page rendered nearly unusable by offensive irrelevant advertisements.


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#freeAJstaff now!

Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have been imprisoned for more than a year now on trumped up charges for reporting honestly.

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Conservatives are funny.

Apparently a human being's right to life needs protecting from the moment of conception right up until the point of birth, where someone has to actually contribute something in order to sustain their life, at which point they're on their own.
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Did Google buy Sparrow out of spite?

It's nearly 2 years now since Google bought the makers of Sparrow, my favorite desktop email client.

I was expecting great things: At the time, Google's iOS Gmail client was a weird hybrid html/native glom thing, while Sparrow on iOS was a clearly laid out and extremely snappy native iOS app. It seemed obvious that Google would rework iOS Sparrow's UI and release it as the official GMail iOS app. I even secretly hoped Google might start work on an official desktop gmail client based on (OS X) Sparrow's UI.

Since then, apart from there being no more updates to Sparrow, nothing has changed. No official desktop clients, and GMail on iOS still sucks balls. 

Which leads me to ask why the hell they bought Sparrow in the first place. Was it just to ensure that I have to suffer through Google's own terrible UIs?
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I am the terrorist! Terrorist!
T-E-R-R-O-R-IST
The terrorist!
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Here is an artist's rendering of Sol-3, a habitable planet orbiting a nearby star.
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The swoopy zoomy animations and retina searing colours in iOS 7 make so much more sense when you're tripping on acid.

You, Sir Jonathan Ive are a true design genius, and I tip my hat to you!
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2014: Worst Year Ever

Too many people have died or had major health problems to mention, everybody seems to be struggling to hold on to what they have. I'm personally facing the threat of eviction, and consequently losing everything I own because I can't afford even a modest rental home on the outskirts of town.

And it's still not over. Hopefully 2015 will be better for those of us who manage to survive until then...
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A group of druggie meth users living in my grandmothers house illegally did this to her toilet.   Police in Trinidad Colorado did nothing absolutely nothing because the courts there are also druggies.   I HOPE SO MUCH THEY CAUGHT A DISEASE FROM THERE FILTH.   I have no idea which one of us is crazy enough to clean the mess up in the bathroom like this!
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Hey Zoomy, KiwiBank, 2degrees, TradeMe etc. I want to love your mobile apps but you use butt-ugly titling fonts everywhere, even for showing screeds of text.

You hurt my eyes with your thoughtless amateur interface typography! 😫
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Now is a great time to stock up on disposable burner prepaid phones from The Warehouse. 

This $9 2degrees Prepaid SIM & Samsung 1205T bundle is discounted from $19, making them the perfect disposable phone that you can snap in half and throw into a river after using for one call.

http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/2degrees-Samsung-1205T-Bundle-Black?SKU=1661416
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Just watched my favourite film again for the first time in a while. :)

B L O N D I N I ! ! !
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Zoomy App Revisited

New Zealand's first major ride-booking app has been around for a while, however the last time I attempted to download the app I was informed that #Zoomy is incompatible with my device. 

Putting the failure to download to teething problems, I decided to check back in a month or so to see if there were any improvements.

Sadly, Zoomy still believes it's incompatible with my device (Google Play won't tell me exactly what the problem is, so it's hard to imagine what they've cocked up, but - needless to say - arbitrarily locking your customers out of your business isn't the best way to grow your customer base). 

I decided to download the APK of Zoomy from the Google Play Store using APK Downloader, which at least allowed me to install the app on my phone. Unsurprisingly it installed without a hitch on my supposedly incompatible device.

With the APK installed, I faced another problem: Zoomy started, but I was unable to sign up for the service because a link to Zoomy's "Terms and Conditions" overlaps the "Sign In" button. I put this awkward text formatting down to Zoomy's decision to use their own font instead of the very readable fonts included with Android.

I can understand the need for companies to extend their branding as far as possible, but there is no reason - or rather, no excuse - for choosing to format data in a non-standard font. Why on the blue marble do app authors feel that my username and password need to be branded with Zoomy's typeface. It's idiotic and creates unnecessary problems with formatting and readability that mobile OS vendors have worked hard to avoid.

Refusing to accept defeat, I used the "App Settings" Xposed module to change the DPI for the application, which allowed me to click the "Sign In" button and register.

At this point Zoomy sent me a registration code, and I was expecting all to be right with the application. However, it was not to be, Zoomy now insists that I need to upgrade to the latest version which I already have, and which I am banned from downloading.

The moral of the story is that Zoomy need to do a lot more work on their Android application if they expect people to use their service, particularly in the area of not needlessly blocking compatible devices

A service that is just trying to get established needs to do a better job of being inclusive, and not leaving money on the doorstep by refusing to serve certain people based on technical trivia.
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Lazy ignorant forecourt attendants most of the time, have to walk around to find them and yell, and then STILL wait for them to acknowledge your presence. It's easier and quicker to go inside and pre-pay and be treated as a potential thief than to be insulted by the ignorant forecourt attendant.
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Needs more psychoactive plants.
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Nice place, could pop out and watch auto-racing at the Hampton Downs racetrack during one of my many escapades. Security is a little on the low side though, was always worried an outsider might take stuff out of my cell while I was out.
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Too bloody cold. Staff are much less corrupt than in Auckland. All in all, my stay was miserable.
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Boring! Being so far off the beaten track its hard to get all the comforts of home. The staff do their very best to help, but nothing can make up for the isolation, not even a hike in the surrounding bush.
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I had a good time for a while, but then got moved abruptly. Staff seem to take a harder line on extortion schemes than I'm used to.
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Easily the best correctional facility in Auckland. Had great fun networking with others in my line of work. Will definitely be staying again.
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