Monthly Archives: November 2012

I’ve stopped automatically updating my mobile Android apps

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I have had enough and stopped allowing automatic updates to my Android apps from Google Play. Done. Finished. Period.

With each new release flying out the door from the majority of the developers I have seen slowness, features stop working, loss of account data and constant crashing. Reviews from other users pour in with the same complaints. I have reloaded my OS cleanly.  The phone is brand new. It is the apps.

Let’s talk about some examples that I reverted back at least one or two versions:

  • Foursquare – crashes, location issues being too far away with GPS and wifi on, force closes
  • Waze social GPS – resetting of privacy, crashes, forced Facebook hooks
  • Fring – loss of friends, requirement of Fring Out, loss of deposited funds
  • Square Register – forced wifi (even if none available) for some transactions
  • Shazam – numerous “connection cannot be made” complaints scared me off
  • Facebook – An introduced slowness on refreshes, crashes, loss of picture uploading abilities

That is a starter list of applications I am refusing to update from Google Play.  I keep checking back in on them and look for more recent updates that may have fixed issues.

I know there are so many different Android devices and flavors to account for.  I know that it is hard to cover them all.  But when users across all types of newer devices have the same complaint, something in the code went wrong and leads me to think testing was not done enough.

I appreciate Flipboard for example.  I have been on four of their latest beta builds. We can report bugs, UI issues and more.  When I load the new gold update I never have an issue. They are testing it right.  While they are larger, no matter what you size you need better testing.

So what about you? Are you allowing Android to update all your mobile apps automatically? Have you switched to manual and started reading reviews first? Give me some feedback here, Google Plus or Twitter.

Loosecubes closes it’s doors permanently

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Sad news for those in the coworking space as Loosecubes sent and email and made a blog post it was closing the doors on the service November 16th, 2012. For those unfamiliar, Loosecubes allowed you to book office and meeting space across the globe at companies that had extra offices they were not using. THis allowed the end user to have an office for a day or more and the business to recoup some costs on unused floor space.

Dear Loosecubes Community,

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Loosecubes will be closing its doors and shutting down this Friday, November 16th.

We want to thank you, our amazing community, for spending your workdays with us, for sharing your valuable time and feedback with us, and for allowing us to be part of your lives. Thank you to our wonderful hosts, who have so hospitably welcomed our community into your offices over 10,000 times in just the last six months and accompanied us on this journey.

I begin to wonder if they were not  making funds from the amount of registrations or were they not collecting enough from the system to maintain operations? As a service it worked well from the one or two times I worked with the system.

Sometimes you need a productive place to work that isn’t your company’s office, your sofa, or a coffee shop. Loosecubes connects you to your very own network of friendly offices based on your vibe, network, & skills.  Search for an awesome place to work for the day. Use your phone or your browser to book your ‘cube. We’ll connect you with the host and let him/her know that you’re on your way.

The amount of locations was staggering for anyone looking for somewhere in most major cities. What I found interesting was you had the ability to look for locations that may also have skills you need for a project that you could hire or trade services. It seems Loosecubes never went after this portion of the market to also become a bartering and contract work site since they required you connected Facebook or LinkedIn.

Another site down in the long list. I liked this one.  If you have reservations after November 16th they have been cancelled it seems.  Good luck to Campbell and the Loosecubes team

Top 5 web clients for Instagram

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With the growth of Instagram many have looked at the best web client for ways to see the photos without loading their application on a mobile device after creating an account.  Instagram just answered with their own web profiles but there are other choices to investigate including ink361, Statigram, the Photo Flow and Webstigram.  All of the sites use oAuth from Instagram to give access so creating new accounts on these websites is not required.  Just remember you are allowing an external application access to your Instagram photos private or not.  Here is a breakdown and my opinions for the top 5 web clients for Instagram

Book Review: What the Plus! Google+ For the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki

What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us

Guy Kawasaki is back with a new book What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us that I was anxious to have them send over for review.  I have had the pleasure of interviewing Guy a couple of times now (see the archived audio interview here) and was sent Enchantment for review and liked his writing style. This book was not an exception to appreciating how he simplifies things.  As a Google+ early adopter I was curious to view it from the eyes of a new person but I came away learning a bunch of things along the way in the ~200 pages.

The chapters walk you through reasons Guy likes and believes in Google+, creating your profile and into mastering circles and streams.  He does a great job of explaining how circles work in simplified terms and why you should build your circles around you interest.  As well as share your own circles with others.

Before you start commenting away or posting your own material Guy explains how important your profile is to those to draw people in and have them circle you. I know I need to go back and now update mine a bit more. Your own picture is a key along with reasonable information about who you are and why they may find you interesting. All of us have something to share and that is what Google Plus is for.