Facebookís new ďHomeĒ Apps, launched today, and appears to me to be another way of locking users in to the Facebook atmosphere, and out of others, such as Google. I havenít had the opportunity to evaluate it, but if itís as I believe, I doubt Iíll install the Apps. From what I can see, it looks like the same facility you get on the Microsoft Windows 8 Phone, but from Facebook. Obviously, thereís deeper integration, which, from a technical point of view, is a good thing.
What is this obsession with having to be logged in! No need to answer that, I know why.
Again, I can only speak from a personal perspective and any Apps on my phone I cannot turn off have become a nuisance. Before you say it, it is possible to turn them off, but they are self-reloading. Most often I uninstall them. Iíve got an Android phone I use for development and research, and itís pretty much overloaded with self-reloading Apps. I keep my own Android phone pretty much minimalist.
Clearly, the Facebook Home Apps are not aimed at me, but at the millions that are hooked on putting their life stories online.
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I heard that China's is Baidu developing "Baidu Eye", described as digital glasses similar to Google Glass. I wonder how similar it might be, and whether it'll end up being locked out through litigation.
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