Mobile tech and computer technology in general is supposed to make our lives a little easier. Or so the theory goes. But then we all know that old cliché: “technology, it’s great when it works.” When technology does work it can indeed make our lives easier. But when it doesn’t it sends any user into a downward spiral of frustration and often anger. When that happens clichés and reasoned explanations don’t serve to soothe and salve. Of late, it also creates large political and social issues as well. A few weeks back we wondered aloud if we’d ever see a big tech rollout that wouldn’t fail. You know that developers and strategists who design [...]
It was only a matter fo time before the Kickstarter horror stories hit.
“Kickstarter scammers cheat backers out of $344,000″ screams the headline on The Daily Dot.
The article tells the tale of 2,106 Kickstarter backers who funded the ZionEyez HD video recording glasses for Facebook, and a year later have nothing to show for their money.
The ZionEyez team, headed by Joe Taylor of Seattle has cut communication after collecting nearly $300,000 in backer money, leaving behind a Kickstarter page of angry comments.
It appears that the ZionEyez team underestimated [...]
Google Voice can be a life saver for long distance calls on your smartphone, when the Google Voice app fails, you could be left with a hefty bill and no recourse. Sophie makes a good number of calls to France every month. She uses Google Voice to complete the calls at .02 cents per minute, a very reasonable rate. Last month though, her bill was $700 more than expected because a failure somewhere in the process sent the calls over T-Mobile’s network, at a much higher rate.Google Voice Breakdown
The calls should have been sent through Google Voice’s service. According to Sophie, the proper notification was played each time, but the calls don’t show up on her [...]
My first inclination was think up a snarky, sarcastic headline, but then I realized there just isn’t a more ridiculous way to state that Apple sent me 40 SIM cards than to flat out state: Apple sent me 40 SIM cards.
So, I took Dwight Silverman’s advice on Twitter and tried to reserve an iPhone for pickup using the new Apple Store iPhone app. I had tried this earlier today and it didn’t work. Actually I tried it twice more. The first time I thought the App had kicked me out of the process rudely, but later I received an email confirming my reservation. It told me that I’d have a shiny new 32GB Black iPhone (thank goodness I don’t want the white one) waiting for me at a price of $699.
Yikes. I didn’t want that as I qualify for the discount at the $299 price. So I canceled that order. A few minutes later I tried again and once again I felt like I was kicked out [...]