Is Amazon Go really that good?

For those of you who haven’t heard, Amazon is testing out a new shopping experience in Seattle called Amazon Go. You walk into the Amazon store, scan the Amazon Go app on your smart phone and then start shopping. 

As you pick up items it keeps track of what you have. You can put things back and it removes them. When you are done, you just walk out of the store. No waiting in lines, no talking with a cashier, nothing.

Your Amazon account is billed and you get a receipt on the app. 

In my opinion this will be a game changer for shopping. I already use the self-checkout at my local grocery store. If I can get in and get out without waiting in line, bingo. I will be happy and it will be much more efficient to go to the grocery store.

Amazon Go should significantly reduce overhead costs as they would not need to have as many staff as a modern day grocery store would. But is that good thing or a bad thing?

What do you think? Will you shop there if one comes to your neighborhood? Will Amazon do to grocery stores like what they did to bookstores? Let me know in the comments below.

iPhone 5 battery issues

My iPhone 5 battery has been lasting less and less recently. So much so that I’m having to charge it 2-3 times in a day.

So before I investigated my options with Apple I decided to reset my phone, download everything again and see of things improved.

They have do far. I’ve been using it pretty heavily the last 4+ hours and I’m down to 34%. But that’s been heavy use with the screen constantly on.

It actually wasn’t too bad while I had my weather apps off. But as soon as I fired up those the battery started going down faster.

I’m going to see how it does tomorrow and then decide if I go to Apple to see what can be done.

iOS 6 is a nice incremental step

I upgraded to iOS 6 today and it is a nice incremental step. There are definitely things that are better but it is an incremental step.
Things that I like are the do not disturb option, reminders app, passbook, and the maps.

I’ll play with this version for awhile before I upgrade to the new iPhone next month when my contract expires.

What do you think?

iOS Podcasts App not quite ready

Editor’s note: After I posted this today, I just found out that Apple had just released version 1.0.1 of the Podcast app that is supposed to address many of the problems that I am having. I’ll be testing it out soon and see how it does.
After WWDC in June I downloaded the new iOS app for podcasts on my iPhone. But after just over a month I have deleted it and will be waiting for an update when iOS 6.

After managing the various podcasts I listen to in iTunes I thought the Podcast app would help save me time and effort in getting new episodes on my iPhone, but that wasn’t the case.

It started out great. When I first installed the app the Podcast app imported my podcasts from iTunes and it was already to go. I made some adjustments to how many I wanted to keep and it was ready to go.

I would open it in the morning before leaving for work and it would download the newest podcasts and I would be set for the day.

But that didn’t last long.

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Evernote Hello Shows Promise

I just downloaded Evernote Hello to my iPhone and it looks promising. I need to take another photo of myself in better light, but it has the potential to replace business cards. It could be that powerful.
Take a look for yourself.

The only thing I could see a problem with the app is the actual photo being taken of the person you are getting their contact information.

I’d be interested in getting your thoughts on this.

Good job Evernote.

The iPad is definitely worth it

For Christmas this year our family got an iPad. All I can say is that it’s a perfect addition to what we do around the house.
We are working through the newness of it and the addiction of playing games. But once you finish angry birds what do you do? 😉

I think this can be a great productivity tool and help our family move to less paper around our house. I look forward to playing around with it. I’m sure that my wife is also.

Outlook 2007 Tasks and Blackberry Problem

I use Outlook 2007 at work with a Blackberry Bold.
But I have one big problem, if I mark a task complete on the Blackberry, it marks it complete on the Blackberry and in Outlook. However, the completed task just moves from the day I completed it to the next day, to the next, etc. You get the picture.

This is quite frustrating and I hope to get this solved. Are there any suggestions out there?

Lots of complaints about TweetDeck’s livestream – How to fix it if you don’t like it

TweetDeck today launched a new version that brings live feeds to its application. The problem is that it is overwhelming people.
Here’s how to fix it and return to the previous way.

  • To pause the stream in a column, just scroll down the column. The stream will pause, but updates queued until you return to the top.
  • To disable the real-time stream go to settings, Twitter and uncheck the option. It’ll return to the old polling method.

I like TweetDeck and look forward to trying this new version over a period of time. What do you think of the new version? Let us know by leaving a comment.

WordPress 3.0 is working well

I have been using WordPress 3.0 over the weekend and things are working quite well. I am really enjoying it. The bulk changes, the management, and flexibility are working great.
One of the best things I like is the new default template. It is one of the best templates that I have found with WordPress. It is nice looking, extremely flexible, and robust.

Verizon Wireless, please stop placing apps on my Blackberry!

I am getting quite tired of Verizon Wireless just adding apps to my Blackberry. I paid for the Blackberry and my service and I control what goes on this device.
These apps just keep showing up and I have no clue what they are or what they are for. The latest was for VCast apps. What? I don’t even have VCast.

Also I can’t delete them. All I can do is hide them.

Verizon Wireless please fix this now!