If you are in the market for a smartphone, and have been eyeballing the Droid Incredible or the Droid 2, today might not be a bad time to shop. Best Buy has added the Droid Incredible to its Free Phone Friday promotion. Further, according to Droid-Life.com, the Droid 2 will join the Friday Feebie party, though I have yet to see confirmation of the Droid 2 in today’s Best Buy’s Free Phone Friday promotion online.
Verizon is offering something nearly as good as free. Big Red currently has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer on the Droid Incredible.
ALERT: The word on the street is that the Incredible and Droid 2, though both released this year, already have an EOL (End-of-Life) date set within the next three of four months. Rumor is there is an Incredible HD on the way, and the Droid 2, will be replaced by a Droid 2 Global (running on CDMA domestically and on a SIM card internationally). Add to that, the HTC Merge will be out soon, too. Finally, Verizon is switching over to a 4G network in the coming months, and there will be a number of new phones introduced to take advantage of the increased speed.
With all of that said, both phones are more than capable, and will be so for some time. The only unknown is how long Verizon will support these phones — namely with updates — into the future of a two-year contract. For example, the Droid Eris was barely on the market for one year before it reached it’s EOL date. Additionally, Verizon pushed out one update (Android 2.1) and will no longer support the phone with updates. It’s, unfortunately, that’s how things are going to be for a while.
So…here’s my advice. If you’re someone who loves to have the latest…wait. If you’ve been looking to upgrade to a smartphone, and want a reliable device, I would consider taking advantage of the Best Buy free or Verizon BOGO offer. Naturally, if you’re holding out for the iPhone to debut on Verizon, you were just reading this blog piece to humor yourself…or me.
I was catching up on some blog reading yesterday, and came across an interview by Robert Scoble of Tristan Harris, founder and CEO of Apture. I was very intrigued, to say the least, and jumped at the opportunity to add this tool to my blog.
In a nutshell, now that Apture is enabled on my blog, anytime you come across a term that piques your interest, simply highlight the content and a “Learn More” button pops up.
Once you see the “Learn More” button, click it and you will be presented with a window directing you to additional information and media about that subject.
You can click on any of the content in the Apture popup window and still remain within my blog.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
If you have a site or blog, and want to add this functionality, go to Apture’s site. (In fact, I won’t provide a hyperlink here. Highlight the word Apture and see what happens!) If you use the following broswers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox or IE8+, you can install Apture plug-in, Apture Hightlights. Oh…if you use WordPress, like I do, there is also a plug-in — though I found the simple addition of the script language to the footer pretty easy. You get the script code when you register your site with Apture.
If you’ve got the time, check out Robert Scoble’s interview with Tristan Harris below. It was very interesting to learn more, no pun intended, about Apture.
This ties into my break from social media and posts about too much noise in my ears and my head. This video is focused on the latter form of noise.
The distraction/lure of the computer faced by the guy when he tried to read made me think of Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. I love the “dontbealone.com” billboard. Too funny!
Pretty cool, huh? These mini kenetic sculptures are made by Philadelphia-based artist, Brad Litwin. You can order a finished sculpture, or, if you’re feeling crafty, buy at DIY kit. I may have to pick one up. This has my father written all over it. If you’re interested, check out MechniCards’ website to learn more.
On Monday, October 18, Netflix will release an app for Sony PS3 consoles. This means a disc will no longer be needed to access your Netflix queue and watch movies instantly. Additionally, the app will push Dolby 5.1 surround sound and 1080i HD content on some titles. Check out this video to hear a little more.