So last night I had do a factory restart of my android phone. ( why I had to do it doesn't matter ) what matters is that my favorite app is gone thanks to CBS.
The Tricorder App a very fun and useful app for my android. it would allow me to follow sun spots and solar activity. You could see what satellites you were connected to, and where you were located in the world. it detected magnetic fields and motion.
I mean I can get all these apps on the store, but they are no long in one place in a fun nerd package because CBS shut them down..
This is a sad thing in my opinion for trek fans that they would crush the creativeness of a fellow star trek fan because he had an application that was free, and it promoted star trek. if anything this helped them, but instead greed won the day in the end.
Never heard of this app before. Then again, I don't have an android phone. Mine's a flip-top made by Samsung. (I'm considering checking to see if I can find a Communicator-Themed Ring Tone, though [current Ring Tone is Ride of the Valkyries ])
Still, this seems to be a fairly idiotic move by CBS.
I heard about this when it happened. And I wasn't at all surprised. As I recall a time when Viacom bought Paramount, the suits (lawyers) consistently issued cease and desist orders against those selling unlicensed products. I recall the heated reports from fans when such actions were visited upon Star Trek conventions at one point to shut down certain booths. It was a rather dark time for fan innovation.
Only through CBS working out the deal with Cafe Express has some fan innovation opened up again. Something I consider quite significant. So innovations like the Android app put this kind of thing at risk. If CBS hadn't pulled it (as was said from another CBS owned site) that might suggest legally obtained licenses to be weak. This move isn't near as over-protective as Viacoms all those years ago.