Smarty Blog - September 2014

Google Retracts Physical Address Requirement for Play Store DevelopersArrow Icon
Google has decided jump into the Big Brother arena with their latest project, Google Strands: a DNA-based developer identification system.
September 23, 2014 - Posted by Rob G. Must Have Address to Play Every month, tens of billions of apps are downloaded from the Google Play store. Users of those apps have historically had limited contact with the app developers for asking questions or lodging a complaint. And getting a response from some developers has proved to be a very difficult experience. Google briefly considered requiring app developers to provide their physical address or have their app removed from Google's play store. Providing a physical address where customer questions or complaints can be handled would work well for developers that have a separate business address.
Celebrating the Death of ComcastArrow Icon
We love our movies and our television. After a hard day at work, many Americans like to enjoy some downtime with a good TV show or movie.
September 11, 2014 - Written by Jonathan Oliver Comcast's Evil Twin We love our movies and our television. After a hard day at work, many Americans like to enjoy some downtime with a good TV show or movie. When technology advanced in the 1980s in the form of video cassette tapes, this gave us a new choice for how and when we consumed media. From this innovation came a natural outgrowth: the video store. Virtually every town in America had one. The stores weren't glamorous, but we came. We came because we value our ability to choose.
Constrained & DisloyalArrow Icon
If there are 1.333 trillion barrels of oil left on the planet, and we use 6.89 billion barrels of oil each year, how long will it take for us to run out of oil?
September 9, 2014 - Why Do Some Businesses Fail, and Others Succeed Against All Odds? On the last day of my microeconomics class, my professor asked us a question: > "If there are 1. 333 trillion barrels of oil left on the planet and we use 6. 89 billion barrels of oil each year, how long will it take for us to run out of oil?" Pencils and calculators came out to solve what seemed like a math problem. I also started to do the long division, but then stepped back. It occurred to me that economics is a branch of sociology, not math.
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