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Question by mike j: Is there an Android app where I can input my own data of local store prices to compare?
Does anyone know of an Android shopping app that will allow me to input my own prices on items from local retailers? It seems like most apps scan the barcode and then search the internet for it. I would like an app that I can input my own data about products to compare local retailers. Thanks!
Answer by Gene
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NeuLion announced a deal a few days ago to bring â€œa brand new service for UFC offering the most interactive, far-reaching digital experience yet.â€ Last nightâ€™s UFC 126 was the first pay-per-view event to receive the NeuLion treatment, so I decided to check it out to see what all the fuss was about. Fair warning: There will be spoliers.
First, whoâ€™s NeuLion? The company describes itself as â€œa leading IPTV company providing a comprehensive suite of technology and services to content owners and aggregators.â€ Its partners include MLS, the NHL, the NBA, Bellator Fighting Championships, and now UFC, which is by far the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world. Non-sport clients include Dish Network and several international organizations Iâ€™m not too familiar with, including Latin Americaâ€™s JumpTV and Scandinavia’s ScandiTV.
UFC 126, broadcast live from Las Vegas, featured Anderson Silva front-kicking Vitor Belfort into next Tuesday, fast-rising sensation Jon â€œBonesâ€ Jones guillotining Ryan Bader, whoâ€™s an altogether excellent wrestler, and the UFC debut of Norifumi â€œKidâ€ Yamamoto, Japanâ€™s most famous mixed martial artist—excepting Kazushi Sakuraba, of course. Too bad he lost.
What do you get for your $ 44.95? (Fun fact: The event was free on ufc.tv in Germany and Austria. Gotta build that audience somehow: UFC was thrown off the air in Germany about a year ago.) Naturally thereâ€™s a high-quality Flash livestream—there was a noticeable bump in quality once Jones vs. Bader began—but thatâ€™s always been available on previous official UFC streams; itâ€™s nothing to brag about. That the steam jumped around in bitrate was annoying but to be expected. (I should think my Internet connection, with 101 mbps down, can handle a mere Flash stream!) The NeuLion-ness begins with the ability to choose from multiple camera angles: the standard broadcast camera, cameras from each fighterâ€™s corner, and an overhead camera. These disparate camera angles can be viewed simultaneously in a â€œquad viewâ€ mode. Similarly, thereâ€™s a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to hover a secondary camera angle window on top of your primary camera angle window, which remains at full-size. English and Spanish-language audio feeds are available, as well as each fighterâ€™s cornerâ€™s audio feed. If you, like me, studied Portuguese in college for seemingly no reason then you could have listened to Anderson Silvaâ€™s corner bark orders at him for the duration of the fight. Well, the duration of the round.
Good, clean fun, but I think Iâ€™m correct in noting that Strikeforce launched a multi camera angle online stream last year, too.
On the right-hand side lies an â€œenhanced view,â€ which contains a live chatroom where you can talk to other folks about the on-screen action. Fans can also score rounds in this panel. Will you, unlike pretty much every judge out there, be brave enough to give a round a 10-8 score, or perhaps the even rarer 10-10?
A built-in Twitter panel follows the #UFC and #UFC126 hashtags.
Now the question on everyoneâ€™s mind: is this better than a traditional pay-per-view that youâ€™d buy from your cable or satellite TV provider? Iâ€™m going to say no, itâ€™s not, but itâ€™s getting there.
First off, I canâ€™t imagine too many people will want to huddle around a laptop to watch a sports event, though I suppose you could connect your computer to your TV and watch it that way. Iâ€™d imagine the number of people who know how to day that, much less are willing to do that, is effectively zero. UFC tends to be a communal viewing experience: you invite your friends over, order a couple of pizzas, the whole nine yards. You stand to lose that here. For $ 10 more I could have ordered the HD version of the event from DirecTV and watched it on my 50-inch TV.
That said, I did enjoy the experience. The livestream was of a high enough quality that I didnâ€™t feel like I was watching a YouTube video in 2006 (or an illegal stream), and the same can be said of the audio quality: top-notch. Itâ€™s not Dolby Digital, but what are you gonna do? The multiple camera angles certainly added the the whole experience—I believe â€œimmersionâ€ would be the word to use—but I often found myself sticking with the standard broadcast camera. The chat room was largely No Buys (read: lame), but thatâ€™s to be expected: people in live sports chatrooms tend to be rather prickly. â€œSo-and-so sucksâ€ and so forth. Stop trying to get yourselves over, sirs.
It should also be said that if usage-based billing were to ever make its way to the U.S. this service would wither and die. (And you need more evidence why cable companies would love to charge by the gigabyte? It makes things like Internet pay-per-view streams prohibitively expensive, pushing people back to plain ol’ pay-per-view where they get a nice cut of the action, sharing that revenue with the likes of UFC and WWE.)
My biggest concern is price: $ 45 is simply too much money to ask for a livestream of sometimes dubious quality, particularly when a proper HD pay-per-view from the cable company (in my case, DirecTV) is a mere $ 10 more. As much as people like to hate on Comcast and Time Warner and the like, the fact is your HD pay-per-view isnâ€™t going to â€œbufferâ€ at inopportune times. Until all of the kinks have been worked out, UFC would do well to experiment with their stream prices. The card last night was one of the deepest in history, so $ 45 doesnâ€™t sting as much as it would have stung for, say, last Septemberâ€™s UFC 119. Why not price some of the â€œBâ€ events at closer to $ 30 and make them impulse buys?
Then again, UFC fans tend to be among the most affluent in all of sports, so maybe Dana White & Co. are right to charge whatever they want.
Another annoyance is the fact that youâ€™re only given a 24-hour window to watch the event. Thatâ€™s in direct contrast to Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor Internet pay-per-vew (iPPV) events found on GoFightLive.tv. There, you buy the event (typically $ 15) and can watch it on-demand forever, usually beginning the very next day.
If nothing else, UFC should be commend for trying to bring its product into the Internet era. While itâ€™s true that the company is suing everyone under the Sun in an effort to eliminate illegal Internet streams—a difficult task at best—at least itâ€™s offering viable alternatives to would-be customers. (Kid Yamamoto’s fight aired on the company’s Facebook page for free, as seen in the above grab.) The RIAA used to sue everyone, too, but it never really offered a legal alternative to sate the obvious demand for digital downloads. No, Apple had to drag the music industry kicking and screaming for that to happen.
Samsung Galaxy vs Blackberry Storm, Pre or iPhone …iPhone?
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…speed, responsiveness, meta data support, reliability, and codec support?
*.mkv with h.264 and/or VC1 video with AC3/DTS sound.
do either support HD lossless codecs in *.mkv
embedded and/or external subtitles in *.Mkv and *.mp4/*.m4v
-*.idx & *.sub subtitles
*.m4v with h.264 video and ac3 sound
In terms of WAF, which of these 2 work…
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Compare Android phones with Google Phone Gallery
Google has realized that the number of Android smartphones on the market is growing rapidly, and choosing one might be tough when presented with all the options. To solve this Google has rolled out Google Phone Gallery. The gallery acts as a showcase for Android phones. Each phone in the list has a link to a [...]
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Android apps collecting GPS data? You consented…right?
It’s time for Google to step in and make sure that Android users are protected from malicious applications.
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Your Android Apps May Be Sweet-Talking Advertisers Behind Your Back
A study conducted jointly by Penn State University, Duke University and Intel Labs has found that some Android apps surreptitiously send user information to remote servers at ad networks and analytics firms. Some of the apps send users’ geographic locations to remote ad networks; others send a unique hardware identifier and, in some cases, the phone number and SIM card serial number to …
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When you have only a few products in your line it’s hard to really encourage people to use a comparison engine but Apple has gone and done it anyway. A new service called “Compare Macs” allows you to, well, compare Macs.
The service brings up a comparison engine that allows you to see specs for each Mac you’ve chosen, perfect for picking between an MBP or a standard MacBook.
Did you notice I didn’t use the pun “compare Apples-to-Apples?” I’m proud I didn’t do that. It was very tempting.
Props to CrunchGear
From the outside of its white box, labeled “Phone no. 4,” it’s clear to see that the Air Phone 4 is trying awfully hard to be an iPhone 4. But then we already knew that. How does it compare to the real thing in the real world? Not well, according to intrepid reviewer Stuart Ashen. The external metal surface (which you might be familiar with) is here actually plastic, so you don’t have to worry about dropped calls if you fondle it the wrong way, but the phone is said to have awful signal regardless — despite showing full bars even when missing a SIM. Ashen concludes the thing is an “astonishing bit of copycat work” held back by “the worst touchscreen ever.” (Yeah, it’s resistive.) Oh, and that Facetime app we spotted before? It “doesn’t seem to work properly,” about the kindest thing that can be said about this junker. If you’d like to see the full (and thoroughly entertaining) review, it’s embedded for you right after the break.
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