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Dear click-hungry writers: if your article’s title has the following:

  • “You won’t believe…”
  • “You have to…”
  • “The funniest thing you’ll see today…”
  • The words “awesome”, “great”, “incredible”

or anything else that might indicate that your title was specifically designed to attract clicks, fuck you. You won’t get me to “click here” to “find out more”. If your online publication has some sort of reputation, you’re losing it (Yes Boy Genius Report, I’m pointing my fingers at you). I’ve been on the internet long enough to know when an article is written just for clicks and has no substance.

On a related but separate note, how hard is it to NOT click on the “You might also be interested in” section at the bottom of online articles? I mean, I do want to find out how I can eat all the chocolate in the world without gaining weight, about how Obama has ruined America, how Emma Roberts, Jessica Lawrence or Kate Upton feel about Ebola, and the latest ways to avoid paying taxes. Seems like a great way to invest a click.

Getting back into tech blogging

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So after a 2 year hiatus from technology blogging, I’m going to start to write my again, here in this space. At this point I have four places where I’ll be (hopefully) writing on a consistant basis:

  • FliteReport.com: This is the blog where I’ve been writing the most, where I chronicle my RC hobby.
  • UAVnotDrone.com: My newest blog where I share interesting information, videos and advancements in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles, just don’t call ‘em drones

I’ve also decided to redirect my main domain name, jjmelo.com to my About.me page, where I have a quick overview of myself.

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Are Verizon sales people detering people from buying iPhone too?

The latest report of Apple iPhone bashing comes from Jeff Stern, a college student who overheard weird sales pitches while playing with a Samsung Galaxy SIII at a Verizon store. In his blog post he points out the way Verizon store sales reps try to sell phones to people, but what really stood out was the following:

“They released the iPhone 4S because Steve Jobs died so they just threw in a couple more features and pushed it out.”
“Apple’s servers are really small and when you use Siri it normally redirects to Google anyway.”
“Every icon looks alike on your homescreen and it’s really hard to find applications.”
All things I heard salespeople say in the 40 minutes I was there. I’m certainly not an Apple fanboy. I was in your store to buy an Android phone. But you’re really trying too hard to steer people away from the iPhone and I’m not the only person that’s noticed it.

Those are statements he overheard. I don’t know if Apple bashing by sales reps is trend, widespread, or merely coincidental. Even worse, he links to another story where the same exact thing happend. Earlier this week we reported on something similar happening over at at&t stores. I really hope this is not a trend.

Via [JeffStern.co]

Phil Schiller reveals amazing stats about iPhone sales during Samsung trial

Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of marketing, made an astoundishing statement about the historical sales of iPhone. He declared that every new model if iPhone sells more than any other model of iPhone combined. Let’s put that into perspective: Apple has sold more iPhone 4S than iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G and original, combined.

Schiller made this statement at the end of the second full day of the Apple vs. Samsung trial, but some seem to think of the statement as an internal joke, but some analysts believe that the statement is actually true:

Though CNBC writer Jon Fortt says that Schiller’s statement was an ‘internal joke‘, this statement matches up with numbers from Matt Richman, who broke down sales by year back in January of this year, concluding that Apple had sold 93.1M iPhones in 2011, just over the amount that it sold in the period from 2007-2010. Note that Richman’s numbers include sales from the current model year as well as previous phones, so Schiller is likely referring to the sales of the current iPhone generation backed up by sales of whatever model was still selling the year before.

Not only has this trend been an anecdotal statistic, but some believe that it is what Apple tries to do with every iPhone launch. If it is true, Apple must feel pretty confident about the next generation iPhone.

Via [TheNextWeb]

Sony Xperia SL images leak

Images for Sony’s latest Android phone, the Xperia SL have leaked, showing its bold design and rectangular shape, which kind of makes it look like an old-school Sony TV remote. Sony is taking a stab at the Samsung Galaxy SIII, with its high-end components and special detail to design.

Specs are as follows:

The smartphone, which we imagine will be unveiled during IFA at the end of August, reportedly sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor overclocked to 1.7GHz, a 12-megapixel camera, a 4.3-inch LCD display with an HD resolution, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and a thin illuminated notification bar below the homescreen.

What do you think? Does it stand a chance against the Samsung Galaxy SIII? Hit up the link to view the full gallery.

Via [TechnoBuffalo]

Cross-posted from TechnologyTell

The new Outlook.com will not scan your emails to display ads

Along with Hotmail’s new interface, the snazzy-looking Outlook.com, Microsoft has changed another important aspect of how you get your webmail: they pledge to not scan your emails to show relevant ads. This perhaps comes after Google received some backlash because Gmail does autonomously scan email content to display relevant ads. We’ve all seen it. You get an email about flowers and you will most likely see an ad for 1800-Flowers.

While Google put some of the privacy-oriented folks concerns to rest after assuring them that its just algorithms that scan your email, Microsoft has taken a completely different approach to display ads: newsletters. Outlook.com has a neat feature that grays out newsletters, which most people ignore anyway. So, if you receive fashion related newsletters, you will probably see fashion-related ads on the right side of Outlook.com.

Microsoft has also shuffled divisions and departments around, so the new Outlook.com isn’t under the money-losing web division that controls Bing. Wired explains it best:

In another sign that Microsoft isn’t looking to its revamped email service mainly as a platform for ads, the company said Outlook.com was not being overseen by its money-losing online services division, which includes Bing and MSN. Instead, Outlook.com’s launch was announced by Chris Jones, the head of Microsoft’s Windows Live division, which makes web apps for Windows. This comes just weeks after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came to San Francisco to unveil the new version of Office, which posted nearly $24 billion in sales during Microsoft’s most recent fiscal year. Microsoft has deeply integrated the cloud into Office 2013, which will offer monthly subscription-based access. Microsoft is also looking for ways to turn SkyDrive and Skype into moneymakers. In that light, Outlook.com looks more like a gateway to selling software, not ads.

Have you check out the new Outlook.com? Its very clean and employs lots of whitespace, making Gmail look a bit date. You might actually like it and perhaps you’ll end up switching your webmail interface. You’ve been warned.

Via [Wired]

New Facebook stats: 83 million fake users

Facebook, the social networking giant, released the latest breakdown of what they consider to be fake users at thefirst quarterly earnings report as a public company. This is the numbers breakdown:

  • 4.8% duplicate accounts
  • 2.4% user-misclassified
  • 1.5% undesirable accounts
  • Total: 8.7% or about 83 million fake users

Under Facebook’s terms and conditions, people aren’t allowed to have more than one Facebook account, those are considered duplicate accounts. User misclassified refers to accounts for set up for businesses or pets, as those entities are supposed to set up pages instead of profiles. Undesirable accounts are those set up to spam.

Facebook boasts an impressive user base: 955 million active monthly, but dispute their huge numbers, their stock price keeps dropping. Facebook’s stock IPO price was set at $38 and it closed today at $20.04. In the end, if the social networking giant has less than 10% fake users, its still better than my email/spam average.

Via [CNet News]

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD images leaked

New images of Motorola’s upcoming flagship phone have been leaked, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, which is the updated version of the Droid RAZR MAXX, which was the upgraded version of the Droid RAZR, which keeps the ridiculous Android naming convention.

The images confirm that the device is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but some speculate that it might actually ship with Jelly Bean. Other details, such as the exact processor specs, battery life (which will be amazing, keeping with the RAZR tradition), or release date have yet to be release by Motorola or Google.

What do you think about Motorola’s new flagship? I’m going to hold off until they release the Droid RAZR MAXX HD Pro III.

Via [DroidForums]