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Not directly related to investing, but I can't be the only one getting absolutely exhausted by all the latest gadgets coming out, and their seemingly hell-bent desire to lock consumers out from using what they want.

I guess the iOS Maps thing is the first one to get my attention. I don't know what kind of gall it takes to just not allow your consumers to use one of the more popular (and awesome) sites on the web. You mean to tell me I that if buy an iPhone I can't use Google Maps? Why do I want to use Apple Maps? Because I'm some insufferable fanboy?

 Apparently you can put google maps on your iPhone, but you have to jump through a few hoops. The idea is just ridiculous to me.

I guess people are complaining that this new Maps isn't really cutting it. They're probably mostly just a bunch of nitpicky jerks, but I think the response is telling. You can't just expect Apple, or Google, or Amazon to just magically create a site to rival the best ones on the Web. I see stories on the Fool and other places frequently suggesting how Apple can, in an effort to sqeeze a few more EPS into its next quarter, just make its own Maps or just stream videos better than NFLX or just make a TV better than Samsung. It's not that easy, everybody!

And, as a consumer, I don't think I want all my content coming from one provider, especially not one that even specializes in what it's forcing me to do now.

On my regular windows computers or even my Chrome netbook I can get to any site I want. In these ridiculous "Smart Phone Wars," each major brand is trying to lock everyone out of websites we know and use regularly. I have zero interest in any Kindle tablet because it's going to try to get me to use Amazon Instant and probably won't run Netflix properly, some kind of software sabotage forcing me to use their "services." 

i thought Apple had it right, because they focus on making devices. iTunes is a pain in the ass, but that's old news and just helped sell more iPods. 

 Amazon's Bezos is living in a dream world if he thinks anyone wants a "service" and not a device to play with. You everhear any 20-something say "OH GEE I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY NEW SERVICE!"? No, they want a damn phone, and they want to play with facebook on it and text people, and that's pretty much it, I think.

My mother-in-law got a new Android smartphone and is already complaining about the Facebook compatibility. Is this so difficult? Is there really not enough to go around? Come on guys.  

Meanwhile, I'm doing whatever I want on Windows, and am still resisting the smart phones (don't have one yet, might get a Nexus tablet if/when my netbook dies). 



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