When word broke last week that Apple was raising their App Store prices by a good 25% in the UK - and ONLY in the UK - a good number of fans took to the internet to protest this seemingly bizarre and unwarranted price increase. Though Apple claims that the price increase is a direct result of changes in local tax laws and foreign exchange rates, many customers remain dubious of the company's justification. Comments from iPhone and iPad owners included threats to begin jailbreaking their products as well as clever statements such as, "the only Apple product worth buying is the one you can eat."
Seeing as how this is a money saving blog, my initial reaction was to
provide iPhone users with a list of alternative app markets where they
could find them for cheaper without having to resort to obtaining them
illegally. The developers who provide us with quality apps for our
phones can only continue to do so if we give them our support, afterall.
However, as I've documented in the past, I am actually an owner of an
Android phone and therefore forgot about the fact that unlike Android,
Apple doesn't allow for alternative app markets (such as the Amazon
Appstore, Getjar, and SlideMe).
Recently, the Google co-founder told of what could only be described as an "Orwelian horror story of mass proportions" by fellow internet users. The claim was that other big companies, such as Apple and Facebook, were taking, or trying to take, the internet into their own hands. How much of this is true? Well, according to recent events, it's pretty much
all true and it applies not only to Apple and Facebook but to all the world's
superpowers. I mean, who can forget SOPA and all of that nonsense? Yes, that counts in the
"trying to rule the internet" category.
What does this mean for the average internet savvy saver like you or I?
Well, it could possibly be a disaster of epic proportions--or slightly
smaller less significant proportions. Imagine the internet but with a
subscription fee for different parts. Not like Xbox live but a
subscription for going to Amazon or for searching on Google.
Possibly even a little ticket booth on the side of your computer with
an annoying gnome who asks for ID when you go on to any unlisted
As someone who self-identifies as a geek, I completely understand just how difficult it can be shopping for one. We kind of have a tendency to be somewhat lacking in communication skills yet at the same time very particular about the things we like, which makes the already frustrating process of gift buying all the more complicated. I mean, I can only hide the look of disappointment on my face so much when I unwrap a present to find the original Nintendo Wii Remote instead of the Wii Remote Plus. So, that said, here's a short list of some surefire gifts to get for the geek in your life, each priced at £100 or less.
Although the majority of the talk surrounding Apple as of late has been centred on the iPhone 4's various antenna issues, the company was, at least for a day, allowed a bit of reprieve from the public as they handed out free t-shirts to customers on August 7th. At the company's new flagship store in Covent Garden, London, thousands of people stood in queue to be among the select few who would receive a shirt commemorating the store's opening date and location.
While even the most ardent Apple supporters would admit that the free
shirts lack the flash of some of the company's more recent products
like the iPad and the aforementioned iPhone 4, many claimed that the
appeal of the shirts were due more to their limited numbers.
With school soon starting, there's certainly a more than reasonable chance that many of you are looking to purchase or have just recently purchased a new computer. If that's the case, you'll probably have noticed that your computer is missing some essential pieces of software, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and a quality antivirus program. Purchasing copies of these programs new can cost upwards of several hundred pounds, making that a rather pricey option, especially for students.
Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives to these that are
available completely free of charge. Though they might not offer quite
the same functionality or versatility, more often than not, they provide
more than enough to get your work done. Below is some of what we've
found to be the cream of the crop:
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