In-App Banner Ad & Microsoft WTF

These days, we’re all slaves to some technology or other.  I am a willing slave to three (at least three) megacorp electronic/software giants: Microsoft, Google, and Adobe.  I know, I’m so original.  But today, my weekend sanity was saved by Microsoft, a new company called CloudOn, and of all things, an in-app banner ad.
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Scan Shopping

Some of you may have misread that title as “scam” shopping instead of “scan.”   That is intentional; but we’ll get to that later.  First, a report from the field.

My first smart phone was a blackberry.  I tried out this whole scanning bar codes kick on that phone and wasn’t too impressed.  Part of it was almost definitely the app itself, but I also blame the phone.  So I was kind of excited to give scan codes another try on my Android.

With all the chatter about shopping apps–mostly the Amazon app–I decided to check out this branch of the buzz.  Since I pretty much detest Amazon with every waking breath (apologies to all my dear friends who happen to work for the devil.  I still love you), I went for the Shop Savvy App.  Last week I played mall rat (browse the local mall with no definite purpose) purely to find things to scan.  I was a bit disappointed in the lack of QR codes, though that is another blog post for another day.  I wound up in Barnes & Noble (paradise!) and scanned a few books that had been on my wishlist for a while.   Continue reading