Need to carry more music on your Android phone? As of this week, you can, provided your handset has a microSD card slot. The Google Play Music app got an update that adds support for storing music on a memory card. The card support for offline music is officially supported on KitKat but Google says it could work on Android devices running older versions; its experimental on those for now.
Although the Moto X now runs KitKat, it doesn’t have a memory card slot. Still, the Moto X was a bit popular this past week since Motorola attempted to offer it at a $150 discount for the no-contract model. I say attempted because it didn’t go as planned.
On Cyber Monday, the day of the deal, Motorola’s servers couldn’t handle the influx of traffic. And for those customers that could actually order a Moto X, the discounted prices weren’t applied. Motorola quickly apologized for the issues and decided to hit the re-dial button, offering the same discount on Wednesday. It was still difficult to get the reduced price but if you struck out, Motorola is repeating the sale this coming Monday.
Also this week there was much ado about Chrome apps coming to Android; reports surfaced as if this was breaking news. But those who went to Google I/O in May knew this was already in the works. It’s part of Google’s strategy to unify the web and native platforms with one tool set to create apps.
Tune in to the 12:20 minute mark here to see a demonstration from May: The 500px Packaged App runs on both a desktop version of Chrome and on an Android phone:
Google did add something new to the mix this week however: It improved support for emulating and screencasting Android phones directly in the Chrome browser. Through its Chrome Developer Tools feature, Chrome can now be used to more easily create and debug web apps on Android devices; without the need for arcane command lines or the Android SDK. Eventually, I expect are more uniform experience between apps on Chrome and Android, provided developers see this as cross-platform opportunity.
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The New York Jets are now 5-7, and are as close as you can get to being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after being 5-4 and in the second Wild Card spot just a few weeks ago. However, if you think this is bad, just look at rookie quarterback Geno Smith‘s stats since Week 9.
Since Week 9, Smith has failed to complete more than nine passes and 127 yards in a game, and has not thrown a single touchdown since Week 7, while throwing a total of eight interceptions. By the way, we are now entering into Week 14 of the NFL regular season; just adding more perspective on just how bad Smith has been.
I don’t know about you, but Smith is looking a lot like another Jets quarterback of recent memory, Mark Sanchez. Okay, so first Sanchez and now Smith. Both started in their rookie seasons, started off their careers well, but then dramatically regressed. You can’t blame the offensive coordinator, since Sanchez and Smith have had different ones. So, what is the constant here?
Oh, I know. It’s head coach Rex Ryan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ryan is a glorified defensive coordinator who is not fit to be a head coach. There usually is a reason why most coaches do not start a rookie quarterback, and Ryan has done this not once but twice in his now fifth season as the head coach of the Jets.
Ryan is a quarterback killer.
I would love to have him on my coaching staff, but only as a defensive coordinator. He has a great defensive mind for the game, but he neglects and is so bad on the offensive side of the football that he stunts the growth of rookie quarterbacks.
Once the Jets miss the playoffs for the third straight year this season, it is time to let Ryan go and hire an actual NFL head coach who can properly mold and teach a rookie quarterback, since I bet the Jets will draft another one for next season.
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“How much coverage has this incredibly egregious behavior gotten on the 24 hour news networks?” Jon Stewart asked Bee. “Zero. Bupkis. “Really? 600 television channels three 24-hour news networks…”
“And nothing.” Not the New York Times, not BuzzFeed, but almost Pat Kiernan.
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