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“Don’t Piss Off A Radio DJ”: Lil Wayne’s Cell Phone Number Made Public

If you’re in the upstate South Carolina area or in extreme Northeast Georgia [and surrounding areas] you might’ve heard a celebrity’s phone number read over the air. Lil Wayne, [Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.] supposedly had a scheduled an interview with Hot 98.1′s “Shorty”

 

Tweets directed at @RadioShorty were double sided as always, some calling for him to be fired and others commemorating him for his stand against Wayne’s cancelation. According to his Twitter page, Shorty is back on the radio today though he had a meeting concerning the number being given out earlier in the day. Though it’s being broadcasted as a real event, since it was April 1st we cannot currently determine whether or not this is April Fools or a real occurrence.

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With over 35,000 Apps, Windows 8 has in Two Months what Windows Phone had in One Year

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Greetings readers! Today, we hit a new milestone. The Windows Store has over 35,000 apps worldwide. Reaching this number of apps took Windows Phone one whole year; Windows 8 has reached it in merely two months since release. According to Win Rumors, Windows Phone was released in October of 2010, and in October of 2011, it had over 35,000 apps. Windows 8 was released on the October of 2012, and, now, in December of 2012, we have passed that milestone.

This is a huge and unprecedented milestone. Windows Store continues to be the fastest growing app store, and it makes sense. Windows is sold in hundreds of millions each year, making it the biggest platform in terms of market share. There is absolutely no reason that developers won’t flock to this platform. As Microsoft MVP Richard Hay likes to say, “It’s Windows, developers will develop apps for it.”

We are getting this number courtesy of the third party Windows Store tracker known as the Metro Store Scanner. That website tracks newly released and updated apps and the latest app count. Note that the 35,000 is the worldwide app count. You will certainly see less apps on the Windows Store. The amount you can browse and download depends on your country. The US market has 22,703 apps, which is stall a big amount. Your country may have more or less than that amount.

This the Third Party Metro Store Scanner Page
This the Third Party Metro Store Scanner Page

In the US, there are 18,469 free apps, and 4,233 paid apps, making a ratio of 77% free apps and 23% paid apps in the US market. Again, your country can have more or less apps.

App Count 2012

What we don’t know is if the 35,000 thousand apps include apps that Microsoft or the app publisher might have taken down from the store. If it doesn’t, the total number of apps published will be much more than the 35,000 amount.

While the app developers doubted the feasibility of making apps for the Windows Phone due to its small market share, we are not seeing this trend in terms of Windows 8, and reasonably so. Also note that total number of apps doesn’t mean much because we are interested in quality apps. We will continue to feature apps that are truly quality apps, so be sure to stay tuned on this site! As always, you can follow @McAkins and me, @NazmusLabs, on twitter.

Sources:

Metro Store Scanner

Win Rumors

WP Marketplace Deals App is in the Store

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My apologies I should have informed you about this tool earlier. It has been in the Store now for a number of days. If you are a user of Windows Phone this App is right in your alley. WP Market Deals is exactly what is says, shows you apps dynamics in Windows Phone Marketplace, Apps that have gone Free, or lowered in Price. Keeps you up to date with high-profile apps for which price have temporarily reduced by Vendor so the app can gain popularity. The following is the description of the App by LuviSoft in the Store:

Get the most downloaded apps in the Marketplace at a discount price

Download apps FOR FREE while offers last

Adjust settings to your likings

Description:
Find out about the best deals on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and get your favorite apps at a discounted price.

Features:
Automatically shows new deals when they are available
Filter apps by popular (most downloaded), top rated, apps gone free, Xbox Live (Deal of the Week),
Share deals

Download this tool for your Windows Phone via this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/31a0584a-626c-4d02-a5bb-45bdb86c0836

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Will We Use Cloud Storage To Host Our Primary Data In The Future?

Storage In The Cloud

We are in a world that was beyond imaginable just a few decades ago. By providing access to global information, to people all aroundCloud-Storage the world, and to a vast number of multimedia, the internet has gained grounds to becoming an integral part of our life. But consuming content isn’t what the internet is all about.

The internet has proven to be a valuable means for us to store our own data. This is often referred to as storing data in the cloud. The cloud is basically a fancy name for the internet. As CNN puts it, “the cloud is just a fancy term for all the computers — other than your own — that are connected to the internet.

Companies like Amazon and Google maintain huge networks of computers that are stored, row after row, in secret warehouses all over the world. These machines hold data that computer users don’t want to store on their own hard drives. Think about all the photos you have on Facebook; any documents you’ve stored with a service like Dropbox or Mozy; or all of your Web-based e-mail. Those files are stored somewhere out in the cloud instead of on a personal laptop.” (Sutter)

As the internet becomes more prevalent in our lives, and as portability becomes more important, storing our data in the cloud becomes more convenient and reliable. As such, in a future not too far from now, our primary means of storage will be in the cloud.

Mobile Convenience

flash_driveBefore looking at why our primary storage method will favor the cloud, it is important to take a look at where we stand, at the time of this writing, in regards to how we store data. In the 1990’s, people didn’t see the need to carry gigabytes of data in their pockets; but now, this is a common reality. We have reached a point where we want to have access to our data from anywhere, not just in a static desktop machine at our office desk.

Andrew Kantor, technology writer of USA Today, notes, “being able to carry a ton of information in a two-ounce package is…a necessity. We’re not only a more mobile society, but we’re also an almost entirely information-driven one. Data are everything — names, addresses, documents, images, music, video — and we feel the need to take it with us.”

“Being able to carry a ton of information in a two-ounce package is…a necessity.” 

So it is not surprising that having access to our personal and professional data is important, and that’s why many are carrying portable storage devices like USB flash drive and smartphones storing documents, music, and movies. However, storing data in these portable devices have its downfalls as well.

The biggest headache is the scattering of data. People storing data in multiple devices, portable or not, fall in the situation of having some data in one device and some other data in another device. Sometimes, it is difficult to remember where a particular data is stored. What’s worse is that data are not easily synced across devices. For example, one may have a Word document on two devices; however, if he/she updates the document in one device, that document isn’t updated in the other device.

Another problem with portable devices is that it has to be carried around. If one, for example, forgets to bring his/her USB flash drive containing essential data to work, that person does not have access to that data. Storing data in the cloud solves these issues, making it a much more convenient experience.

Cloud Storage You Can Access

It is, therefore, no wonder that cloud storage has gained such popularity. Companies like Dropbox are making storing data in the dropboxcloud as seamless and convenient as possible. PC Magazine author Edward Mendelson explains what the primary purpose of Dropbox. “Dropbox stores synchronized files in the cloud so they’re available at any machine on which you’ve installed Dropbox. You can also reach your files through a Web interface from any Internet-connected system.”

Essentially, Dropbox does what a portable storage device does. It gives the user access to his/her files from any computer using simply a web interface. However, unlike the portable devices, users do not have to carry anything around when using Dropbox.

Another plus for Dropbox is that it syncs the same data to the devices that the user specifies, as long as the devices have an internet connection. Thus, one can have his/her data stored on his/her personal devices as well as having that data available through the internet. And when that person makes changes to a document in one device, that document is updated across all his/her devices. This clearly resolves the syncing problem that portable devices created.

Mendelson also mentions that Dropbox takes the extra step to preserve earlier versions of the users’ data. This means the users does not have to do this manually, as he/she might have had to do if relying solely on portable storage devices. This makes it really easy for someone to undo errors, and all the processing for preserving these earlier versions happens in the background, in the cloud.

Dropbox also lets users sync the same data on their mobile phones, as stated on their own website (“Can I access”). Dropbox is not the only service around. Other competitors, like Microsoft Skydrive, and Box.net offer similar services to the users. Services like these offer gigabytes of storage absolutely free for the users, with paid options for additional storage space.

Benefits & Convenience

With all the benefits of online storage, it is not hard to see where the world is heading. People are storing more of their data in the cloud, and companies are investing more on companies offering cloud storage (Kopytoff). According to The New York Times, 60 percent of adults with internet access have at least two devices that can connect to the internet.

60 percent of adults with internet access have at least two devices that can connect to the internet.

 

As such, services offering cloud storage is seeing a boom in the number of users. For example, Dropbox has 25 million users uploading 300 million files a day! Box.net has six million users while another service, called Mozy now has three million (Kopytoff). This increase in the number of users is not coincidence as online storage has clear benefits over just using portable storage devices. It is only logical to assume that these numbers will go higher in the near future.

Privacy In The Cloud?

With all these benefits, where does cloud storage stand when it comes to privacy? While sites can get hacked and data can be stolen, this is nothing new. One can more likely loss his/her flash drive, say, by accidentally dropping it on the street. Another possibility is that an unprotected PC may be hacked and the data stored on that PC can be stolen. Stolen data is a possible risk when storing data anywhere, not just the cloud.

A possible way to secure data is to encrypt it. According to dictionary.com, encrypting data means “to cipher or encode” it. Encrypted data is essentially scrambled data that cannot be unscrambled without a password, which the owner of the data creates. Thus, only those with the correct password can access it. So, encrypted data stored in the cloud, or a personal device is very unlikely to get hacked because those who steal that data can’t read it.

Cloud storage is very popular for it convenience. It can be accessed from anywhere and from any device. It also stays synced, so the user does not have to worry about what version of their document they are using.

Finally, as internet connectivity improves and more people have access to the cloud, it only makes sense to store one’s primary data in the cloud for easy and efficient access. In the ever-changing world of technology, cloud storage might very well be an integral part of our lives in the near future.

 

References

“Can I access Dropbox on my mobile device?” Dropbox. Dropbox, 8 Apr. 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.dropbox.com/‌help/‌32>.

Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, LLC, 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://dictionary.reference.com/‌browse/‌encryption>.

Kantor, Andrew. “Finding places to carry all your digital stuff.” Editorial. USA Today. USA Today, 3 Dec. 2004. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.usatoday.com/‌tech/‌columnist/‌andrewkantor/‌2004-12-03-kantor_x.htm>.

Kopytoff, Verne G. “Data Grows, and So Do Storage Sites.” Editorial. The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 5 June 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/‌2011/‌06/‌06/‌technology/‌internet/‌06dropbox.html>.

Mendelson, Edward. “Dropbox.” Editorial. PCMagazine. PCMag.com, 25 Mar. 2009. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.pcmag.com/‌article2/‌0,2817,2343852,00.asp#fbid=n6rgw_SyYMO>.

Sutter, John D. “Why cloud storage is the future of music.” Editorial. CNNTech. Cable News Network, 30 Mar. 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.cnn.com/‌2011/‌TECH/‌web/‌03/‌30/‌cloud.music/‌index.html>.

 

The “Post-PC Era” Debate

I posted this on Engadget editorials: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/editorial-its-apples-post-pc-world-were-all-just-living/#disqus_thread
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My former post was a reaction to the title, now my reaction to the post itself. Anybody that reads this can see really see how sad these tech-bloggers are (don’t call them journalists, it will be an insult to real journalists). This whole article reflect exactly on the level of intelligence of Apple-fanboys, and I am afraid to say it has even dropped further.

So you don’t need specs anymore, all you need is “experience”, the ability to have your brain thoroughly washed, and who can wash brains like they do at One Infinite Loop? Josh, if you think these underpowered devices will heal the sick, and the rid the world of hunger you’re in for a surprise. They are devices we use when we want to power-down, to enjoy our break. They are not, and never will be our workhorses. The PCs and the Macs will remain the workhorses. You can keep on dreaming.

And I am tired of this much repeated “Keep it Simple” shit cry. Those are the kind of cries you hear from empty heads who can’t solve simple quadratic equations. You know what, nothing is simple in life. If you can’t compete, you’ll become extinct! That is the rule of life. So we don’t want “look under the hood” anymore? All we want is sit in our car and just drive off. But you know what, it pays to look once in a while under the hood. It makes you technologically astute.

This is why the West has become nations of fools and trailing the East! We don’t want to learn anything, just make it simple, because people are stupid. This is why the East is where the action is today, and their economy is catching up fast to the west. We are lazy people who are afraid to program our VCR, we don’t want know how our TV works, we don’t want change our tires, we don’t want to know how our computer works. “Just make is simple”, yes we make ourselves simple into oblivion.

Serendipity does not go along with simplicity, there is sweat involved. You brain will get fat and soggy if its not challenged. Simplicity breads complacency. Go study world history, great nations die after they reach the apogee of their strength because they become complacent. Commoditization is a sign of complacency. It assumes stupidity. Apple is commoditizing technology, they are not innovating. I for one became an IT worker because I wanted to know how my computer works, and why if it doesn’t. I am not saying we should all be mechanics, but it pays to be aware of how things work. You make a great nation that way.

Microsoft Future Slate vision (2001)=Windows Phone 7 OS

In 2001/2002 Microsoft released a video depicting her vision of how we will be using slates/tablets in ten years.
To commemorate the release of Windows Phone 7 I have uploaded this video for the public at large. What do you think? Apart from the GUI, do you think the vision depicted in this video meets what we are seeing today with Windows Phone 7 OS release?
I have uploaded it to my SkyDrive so you can download it (just 25Mb). Enjoy: http://cid-ecf91c8ccaaa35bf.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/2001-Microsoft%20Future%20Slate.mp4
Happy new Windows Phone era, welcome Windows Phone 7, go blow them out of the waters! http://www.windowsphone7.com/

Google Releases ‘Call Feature’ for gmail

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Just recently, Google released a new feature for their Email provider (Google Gmail) that lets you call telephone numbers from inside Gmail! Apparently, from what I have read from other news sites, over 1 million calls have been using Gmail in 24 hours! that is a LOT of calls… Imagine someone calling one person 1 million times, that would be severely annoying! Currently, this feature is only avalible to US users of Gmail but will be released worldwide in the future.

 

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Apparently, from what I have read… this feature will be free for the current time… But I am unsure about the future of the calling feature of gmail, But my opinion on this new feature is that Google could easily beat Skype once the Gmail feature is released worldwide… What is your opinion on this, leave your opinions in the comments… I always like to see that the viewer gets to participate in my blog posts… :-)