On 5/12/2015 1:18 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, nice to have that sort of information. With most weather apps, you
get an alerts issued by the NWS in seconds. You can also keep tabs on
the weather where your hunting cabin is in Montana and your yacht in Key
True about needing cell service for immediate weather updates. However
if you use the right map app (Google or CoPilot for example) most of
the other map functions will work without cell service and are quite
handy when hiking and camping in the wilderness.
They do require that you preload the maps of course but with modern
phones that's not a problem. I keep all of North America on mine and
it hardly makes a dent in the SD card.
On Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:50:34 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I think a big part of this is that without actually using
one, you don't realize how useful they can be. My two main
uses are for internet access when away from the house and
for some internet access within the house, eg checking
emails or news while watching TV. Away from the house
a good example is if I'm at say HD, find a product of
interest or more likely that they don't have it,
and I want to find out if Walmart, Lowes has it, or
has it at a better price. You can also go to the
manufacturer's website for information to make a purchase
decision. Or if it's 6PM, you can pull up the hours
of some store and see what time they close. Waiting
for an email from someone? You can check it while away.
Away from the house, getting near dinner time and
want to know if there are any dinner specials at
some restaurants, just pull it up.
The GasGuru app shows me a map with the lowest gas prices
in the area that I'm in. Like you, I haven't found the
need to pay for any apps.
When I first started using mine, I was really impressed
with how much you can do on such a small device.
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:48:21 AM UTC-4, J0HNS0N wrote:
I can see that, if the app has ads. So far, the apps I've loaded,
haven't had that problem. I guess it depends on the particular app.
Apps I have are:
Holo Bulb (flashlight)
Shush Ringer Restorer
Cocktail Flow (really cool, has recipes, and you tell it what booze
you have available and it will tell you what cocktails you can make)
ConvertPad (unit conversion, metric etc)
Wifi File Xfer
If you don't already, you might want to save your apps current
versions before updating them. In more than one case I've had to go
back to a prior version because the update added advertising along
with the new 'features'.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:24:21 PM UTC-4, J0HNS0N wrote:
I have to admit, I've never understood a lot of internet
economics. Those apps I have are all free and I don't understand
how their free stuff makes them any money, with the exception of
Ebay of course. I guess Youtube has ads when you watch the videos,
just like the regular version, so there's that. But apps like
Powerbubble, ConvertPad, etc, I have no idea how or if they make
money. Some of them do offer versions that cost $1 that have
extra features. But in every case with what I do, those extra
things aren't worth it. An example is Touchpal, the keyboard I
use. It's free. For extra you get some different color skins
for the keys kind of stuff. I guess that floats some folk's boat,
but I doubt I'd use it if it were free.
I use Google frequently but have never paid them a penny, yet they seem
to have lots of money. I also ignore the ads, but evidently others don't.
Plenty of good apps for phones too that are free, some ad supported, but
it is easy to ignore them too. I guess it all works though.
I can only guess that the authors just like to give away their work.
And it's not unheard of in other OSs, especially Linux.
I would have difficulty bringing myself to pay $20 to $99 for Windows
software but I don't mind paying a buck occasionally for an app that I
really enjoy. And I tell myself that since I spend several bucks a day
on sodas, why the heck not... :)
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