Last Tuesday, as part of our trip to Poza Rica (the nearest "big" town) I bought and iPhone, first I've tried to get and android phone, I was about to get the Moto X in a contract, but the contract was way too expensive and I'm just not willing to pay around $1230 USD just to get the phone, also, my budget is quite limited. So, I got the iPhone for just a couple of pesos... :-p
Actually it was a bit more expensive than two pesos, but was way too more cheaper than the Moto X, this because I got an "old" iPhone, I've got the iPhone 4.
Why did I got it, well, I've already said that my budget is quite limited and buying an android phone for around 4k pesos is not an option for me, let me be clear, the issue is no the OS, is the with the device itself, most android phones that are sold at that price don't have a high density screen, the micro is a piece of crap and it comes with a custom version of the OS by Telcel.
The again, the iPhone, I see it as an affordable way to really test iOS, my dram to have either the Moto X or the Nexus 5 is stand still, but until then I have a phone that have pretty much decent hardware, a build quality superior to any device on that price and still a phone that looks better than any other on the price.
So far, the phone does a nice job, let me check my emails without having to touch the computer, take pictures without carrying my DSLR camera (which is no longer mine... I sold it), and of course, let me read my books and keep in touch with social networks.
I have my thoughts about iOS, I think Android is really far ahead than iOS, even for iOS 7. But I think that's something for another post.
Sent from my iPhone ;-)
Do any of you have any clue of how to fix this?. I'm currently working on my Mac Book Pro 2011, which have a pretty decent intel HD3000 who has accomplished almost all the tasks I've given to it. But form Metro Last Light it seems that it will not work.
It's a shame because I paid $29 USD for the game at the Mac App Store, there is no clue about this game not working on intel HD3000 (or any other intel HD graphics) chip. But it seems that I can't just get my money back.
To me this is more a driver issue than the game. Intel HD3000 can play this game on other platforms (Linux, Windows) but a) I don't want to pay for this game again, and b) I don't want to be switching the OS just to play a game.
Do any of my few readers know if there is any "updated" driver for the intel HD 3000? or any trick to change the settings of Metro Last Light? which btw falls in the absurd of simple when it comes to graphics.
At then I think I'll have to buy the PS 3 version :-(
There are two separate gaming industries. One deals with home video games while the other deals with casino games. Traditionally, there hasn’t been a lot of overlap between the two, but recent developments have led to the latter taking more and more cues from the former.
It all started about six years ago when slot machine makers began adding an element of skill to their games in an effort to reach out to a generation weaned on video games.
The first few machines were simple. Bally Technologies cut a deal with Atari to make a Pong-style machine with a paddle control knob that comes into play when a player reaches the bonus round. The better the player is at the game, the larger the bonus.
IGT, the company behind numerous Castle Jackpot games and most of the on-ground slot machines used in casinos, has also put its full weight behind bringing a more video game-like experience to slots players.
One good example is their slot machine based on James Cameron’s Avatar. Just from looking at this behemoth you’ll know that it is clearly not your garden variety slot machine. With its 42” vertical cabinet and 3D touchscreen, it looks more at home in an arcade. It even lets players create and save their own player profiles for future play.
The company is also taking a long view of the shift to online and mobile gaming. In the words of IGT CFO John Vandemore, online and mobile gaming may eventually eclipse land-based gaming, but there’s no reason to think that you only have to pick one side. As Vandemore recently told Bloomberg, it’s all about giving players what they want and where they want it.
For now, it looks like skill-based gaming is what the players want, so expect to see more of that in the following years.
Since the establishment of privative software there has been always one problem, piracy. Piracy in software means that the user gets the software without paying what the developer/publisher is asking to be paid. Fortunately or, unfortunately, it depends on which side of the fence you are, piracy hasn't been eradicated, but I'm pretty sure it will in some point.
Let's get back a few years, not too many, just around 2000. At that point, the computer was nicely developed, of course nothing that can beat what we have today, but personal computers were a lot more accessible than in the 90's. Many computer magazines came to the new-stands and they became the de-facto way to get new software. Internet on this part of the time did existed and started to get popular across families, in developed countries it was not an issue to have a stable connection but here in México it was a total different picture.
Okay, we are in 2000 and we get software from magazines, of course, we have a very poor dial-up internet, so having software from the internet is a luxury, and we keep the installers for the future. Magazines included beta software, at some point we needed to either reinstall the OS or go to the guy that sells pirate software to keep using that software we are used to. It doesn't matter the software gets cracked, it will work almost forever, we don't have internet and with that software "what's done is done", I mean, the publisher can't modify it. Updates were something you just don't get.
You can see the very same lack of updates in other software, like games, I mean, you bought "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" the version where Ganon's blood is red, you got it for your whole life!. There's no way the publisher could update it but selling another version of the game which you can just skip.
Now, back to the future, I mean, back to the present. Today we get mobile devices that are online most part of the day, we are used to the internet, to get pictures at a snap, videos, just get youtube, no matter if it is in your computer or with the youtube app for your device, you don't have the app? easy, just get to the App Store or Play Store, search for it and tap install. This is not just the case in mobiles phones. You can do the same thing in the computer, there is the Mac App Store , the Ubuntu Software Center or Steam just to mention a few, software gets installed in your computer and you don't need to know from where it comes and which version it is.
There are several benefits with this, as I've already said, you don't need to worry to check the software origins, you don't need to check if the software is the latest because it will always be the latest stable, you'll get updates every time a new app is updated and if you format your computer you can easily get the exact same software installed again. Software is, if not free (gratis), very cheap since is published in a massively accessed store.
But there are some problems with this kind of software distribution method:
- You need an account, and the software installation is tied to it, the benefit is that free (gratis) software is available on all your devices. But payed software may be restricted to a number of devices and can't just be copied to another device without your account.
- You can't get cracked versions of the software
- You get binary only software, this kind of stores does not distribute the Source Code (Ubuntu Software do)
- If you loose your account you loose all your software
- They tied you to a specific store and in some cases they tied to yo to a specific device.
That's how to keep the customer today, it is not the device (they are precious I know) but the ecosystem and what the customer have already payed in that ecosystem what makes them stay and pay for that software, no more shitty cracked software (unless you run a rooted version of the software of course..)