3 years ago

Carrier IQ being grilled by FTC, but who's asking questions of the carriers?


We're all getting tired of the whole Carrier IQ mess.  Analytics are necessary evil, but in this case done in a totally bullshit way, with little or no regard to how the consumer might feel about it.  No wonder it caused a huge uproar, which has now found its way to Washington.  Federal lawmakers have executives from Carrier IQ in front of them today, hammering them about how the software works, why it's needed, and how bad this is for you and I.  According to Mira Woods from Carrier IQ marketing communications, Carrier IQ has been completely transparent and has nothing to hide.  She also confirmed that Carrier IQ chief executive Larry Lenhart and the company’s senior vice president for marketing Andrew Coward met with regulators today to the Washington Post.  The FTC and FCC are investigating after being asked by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) as a possible unfair or deceptive act or practice.  Yes, a bunch of people who may or may not really care about you and I are putting on a good show during an election year.  Hallelujah!

But that's all a load of crapola.  Where are the execs from the Big 4 U.S. carriers that hired Carrier IQ, and why aren't they sweating it out in front of some elected people or FTC bigwigs?  Yes, I said all four -- Verizon may not use Carrier IQ, but they collect the same exact information somehow.  

This whole campaign against a small company from Silicon Valley that writes software for American cellular carriers is a lynch mob going after the wrong people.  The folks you pay every month are the real culprits here, and were just looking for an easy way to harvest information out of you.  They found someone smart enough to write it and went all-in.  When Carrier IQ gets driven out of business, and the bids go out for someone else to write the same style software, there will be plenty of takers.  Suits from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon need to be held accountable for this one folks, because they aren't going to stop until they are forced to -- even if that means contracting another company to do their dirty work.

More: Washington Post

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3 years ago

'Almost CyanogenMod 7' ROM for LG Thrill 4G and Optimus 3D coming along nicely


Have an Optimus 3D or LG Thrill 4G (the U.S. version on AT&T)?  Here's news you'll love -- Ricardo Cerqueira, an Android hacking mastermind when it comes to high-end LG devices, has released a new version of his "Almost CyanogenMod 7" ROM today.  Why the "Almost" tag?  Ricardo explains thusly:

This early release is based off the current CyanogenMod code, but unlike CM its components aren't public yet, so you can not build it yourself. Since being able to roll your own is a core feature of CyanogenMod, I prefer to think of this as something close to CM, but not quite CM.

If you're using an LG Thrill 4G, go download it now from the source link.  If you're using an Optimus 3D, you'll need to have the Gingerbread baseband installed (unlike the previous version of Almost CM) so you'll need to flash the current stock ROM from the LG Updater tool, then re-root your device.  That sounds like a bit of a headache, and it is, but it's well worth it as the new baseband brings along an impressive speed boost from HSPA+ networks. 

This should tide us over until CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich gets cranked out for the Cosmopolitan.  Go slow, read everything, and be sure to visit the forums if you have any questions.

Source: RootzWiki; via +Ricardo Cerqueira

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3 years ago

Available from Verizon Dec. 15 ... More cities get 4G LTE


See what we did there (again)?

Verizon today announced that on Dec. 15 (that'd be tomorrow) it's adding the following cities to its 4G LTE roster:

  • Dover, Del.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.
  • Duluth, The Rochester Area and St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Manchester/Nashua, N.H.
  • Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio
  • Indiana, Pa.

Verizon also announced 4G LTE expansions in San Diego and San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Chicagoland, Ill.; and Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive 7 review


In the vast sea of Android tablets, it can take a bit to stand out. Toshiba managed to do so with the original Thrive tablet thanks to a bevy of full-size ports that no other tablet saw fit to include. On the other hand, a good many other Android tablets are thinner and lighter, too. But the Thrive bucked that trend and gained a decent following.

The Toshiba Thrive 7, as its name implies, scales things down a bit. Gone is the 10-inch display, trading it in for a 7-inch display. It's not terribly svelte, but neither is it horribly heavy, and Toshiba's seen fit to include a good number of ports and features unseen on other tablets. But it's also got a couple of quirks that have left us banging our heads against the tablet.

Head on past the break for our complete Toshiba Thrive 7 review.

We're loving the 7-inch size, and the screen and its 1280x800 resolution are excellent. Tegra 2 performs as well as ever.

A bit of a big bezel, a bit pricey when compared to the e-reader tablets, and the rear camera is pretty horrid.

As far as 7-inch tablets go, you could do worse, we suppose. It's fast, the display is great, and so long as you don't intend on taking many pictures, you could find yourself plenty happy with the Thrive 7

Inside this review

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3 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 gets officially official


We're live in London at the LG Prada 3.0 event, where the eponymous phone was just announced. Lots more coming up. But in the meantime, hit the break for the specs list and presser.

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3 years ago

Telstra is the latest carrier to have the Galaxy Nexus before Verizon


As if the warm weather, beautiful people, and awesome accents weren't enough for us to be jealous of our friends down under, here's another kick: Australian carrier Telstra is now offering Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, becoming the latest carrier to scoop Verizon  for the device. On the carrier's cheapest $59/month plan, you'll be responsible for a $10/month handset payment; on the carrier's $79, $99, and $129/month plans, the headset payment is included. You can order one at the source link below before December 16 for a guarenteed Christmas delivery, or you can visit Telstra's flagship stores in Sydney and Melbourne to get your hands on Google's still drool-worthy powerhouse. 

Source: Telstra

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3 years ago

Google+ update will allow you to initiate Hangouts from your phone


The Google+ Android app has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. Back in September, Google added the functionality to be able to join a Hangout from any Android phone running Android 2.3 and up. One of the biggest frustrations, however, was not being able to initiative a Hangout from your mobile device. Google has finally brought that ability to the app by allowing you to start a Hangout from Messenger. If you've started a a Messenger group, you'll now see a camera icon that will initiate a Hangout with a simple tap.

Great features just keep coming. Google announced on their blog post that the app will update in the next few days, so keep your eyes out. They also announced that similar functionality will be brought to iOS so you'll be able to Hangout with your family and friends even if they have iPhones and iPads.

If you don't yet have the Google+ app, please find links to the free app after the break.

Source: Official Google Blog

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3 years ago

American Airlines adding Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to select flights


American Airlines has announced that it has begun rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to select flights in place of current media devices available in the first-class section. These tablets will come preloaded with more than 70 movies, 30 of which will be new releases and three exclusives from Paramount, all in addition to some TV shows and other media. The Galaxy Tab's will offer a special touchscreen interface which is aimed at making the tablet extremely user friendly, and easy to navigate. Hit the break for the full press release!

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Ozzy's Odyssey


YouTube link for mobile viewing

Everyone, meet Ozzy. Ozzy, meet everyone. Ozzy is your typical robot (almost looks like a long lost cousin of Andy/Bugdroid), just floating around and doing his robot thing. Unfortunately for him, whoever built him left off that whole "ability to jump" thing. In its place, they gave him the power to suck things into his head using some robot technology, then dump it out at will. It is this that powers the engine that is Ozzy's Odyssey.

Ozzy's Odyssey is a physics-based platformer that puts you in control of the aforementioned Ozzy. Your goal in each level is to reach the exit while collecting as many batteries as you can. Batteries are what contribute to your score, so without them, you're just a jumpless robot bouncing from level to level.

The physics come into play namely when you've sucked something into that noggin of yours. The first one you come across is a barrel or a coin. (Something brown.) There's a switch somewhere you need to activate, but of course, you're either too tall to fit in the passage or you can't jump. Simply drop the item, push it, and sweet physics will send it careening into the switch, opening your path.

Like all games, the challenges and levels start off simple then become more and more difficult as advance through the levels. A few levels in you're presented with deadly spikes on the ground, but seeing as you can't jump, you've got to come up with a more innovative way to not get impaled.

If you do happen to lose a level, you're treated to a sad but goofy animation of Ozzy's head popping off, then you're free to restart the level. As far as I can tell there's no limit on how many lives you have, so you're free to try and fail as many times as you want before you inevitably succeed.

Ozzy's Odyssey looks great on phones and tablets both, and while you might feel silly holding a tablet while playing this, it really shines on the larger screen. The graphics are simple, but everything looks good, colors are nice, and it's really just a great gameplay experience. Plus, it's on sale.

Ozzy's Odyssey is 99 cents in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Desire S Gingerbread update, and Sensation XL world versions


HTC has released the kernel source and other GPL bits for the Desire S Gingerbread update, and for the various Sensation XL versions across the globe.  As usual, average and well-adjusted people have no need for this, but for the true Android Geek and kernel developer, it's time to party.  They can use these sources to further customize ROMs and streamline the kernel for better performance, which everyone loves.  More importantly, it shows HTC is honoring their commitment and the terms they agreed to when using GPL software, which makes an old *nix nerd warm and fuzzy inside.

If you're in need of these sources, grab them at the link.  If you're using a Desire S or Sensation XL, hang tight while the magicians do their magic now that they have the tools.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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3 years ago

Available from Verizon Dec. 15 ... the white Motorola Droid RAZR!


See what we did there?

Yes, folks, the white Motorola Droid RAZR will be available from Verizon on Dec. 15 for $299 on contract. Or, you can get it for $199 if you pony up for a Droid XYBOARD for another several hundred dollars -- and yet another two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II getting fixes for caller ID, battery life, Wifi calling


T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is getting an update today to Android 2.3.5, software version T989VUVKL1. You're getting a trio of "enhancements" (read: bugfixes) with this update, including caller ID, battery and Wifi calling. T-Mobile notes that the update's not mandatory, but we can't think of why you wouldn't want a better phone. 

You can get the update over the air, or use the Kies Mini desktop app thingy if you're a glutton for punishment.

Source: T-Mobile; More: T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums
thanks, Burt, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II (I-9100) Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaks out


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Whatdaya get when you slap TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an original Samsung Galaxy S II? Something that looks very much like TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an Original Galaxy S II. The enterprising folks at SamMobile managed to score themslves an early Android 4.0 ICS build for the I-9100 (that's the original international version of the GSII). And just like with thie jump from Froyo to Gingerbread, we're not seeing any huge differences in UI. After all, it's TouchWiz On Top™.

Where you do see a little bit of a dfference is in menus, of course, as well as with features like Face Unlock. Check out the video for the whole thing, and hit the source link if you're up for some experimental flashing.

Source: SamMobile; thanks, Romeo!

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3 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 sneaks out of Germany ahead of today's launch


Update: And the official press release has gone live in Germany.

Feast your eyes on a phone most of us will likely never own -- the LG Prada 3.0 announced late last month. That little slice of sexy is being officially unveiled in London in a few hours (we'll be there, of course), but it's sneaked out of other parts Europe ahead of time. Specs are said to be a 4.3-inch NOVA display at 480x800 resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1 GHz running Android 2.3.7 with a custom UI, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camrea, NFC and a 1540 mAh battery. 

No word on pricing, but Prada ain't cheap, no?

Source: BestBoyz; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Plants vs Zombies finally available in the Android Market, brings Peggle with it


Plants vs Zombies coming to Android was big news, albeit big news if you lived in the US and could access the Amazon Appstore. All that changes this week though, with the announcement from Popcap Games that Amazon's exclusivity on the title is over. 

And today, Plants vs Zombies along with other Amazon exclusive, Peggle, is in the Android Market for all the world to enjoy for $2.99

If you've yet to come across the game, and wondering what all the fuss is about, check out our hands on way back in May when the title first appeared. 

Here are some download links:

Peggle (North America, Rest of World); Plants vs. Zombies (North America, Rest of World)

 Via Android Central Forums; More: Popcap Games

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