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Re: Funny...
Yesterday, 11:41 AM
in the Article: Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK forum

Other people have on the most recent Kitkat updates. Not all phone manufacturers implemented it.

Waiting for someone to tell me if SD cards are still crippled
Friday, 6:04 PM
in the Article: Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK forum

No clear info out there yet. Unless fixed, the planned behavior was no edit/delete access to the SD card for any apps not included in the OS (ie, 3rd-party photo editor can't edit/save/rename files), and the OS will delete files it considers related to any apps you uninstall without notifying you (ie, save a photo with a photo editor and it remains trapped in a section which will be deleted if the app is uninstalled).

Re: $149 at Cricket ??
Oct 7, 2014, 5:14 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Sell Moto G with LTE for $180 On Oct. 10 forum

Phones have always been a profit source for post-paid customers (since, historically anyway, you would be trapped in a contract). For prepaid customers, the phones have always had competitive pricing without a guarantee that the carrier will recover any major loss. Therefore, while there was no enormous subsidy as you would get with a postpaid contract, prices tended to range from a very minor profit down to a slight (but not enormous) loss compared to the postpaid unsubsidized prices being ...

Re: They need to
Sep 26, 2014, 5:11 PM
in the Article: RadioShack May Gain Second Life Thanks to Shareholders forum

> Lower the prices of their products as > their quality or lack of it, doesn't justify their higher prices. You can't just lower prices at a convenience-store-style business. They need to get exclusive products, even just with minor-yet-intelligent feature choices, to make people pay a little more. They used to do this for decades. > Find a way to subsidise phones even more > so and make it easier for lower income folks > to have nice phones. Feel free to ...

Heathkit phone
Sep 24, 2014, 2:48 PM
in the Article: Apple Publishes, Then Pulls, iOS 8.0.1 Update forum

How cool would that be?

"Does it have a unique shape?"
Sep 24, 2014, 2:47 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry Shows Off the Passport for Mobile Pros forum

"No... not less square is unique to ya."

15 minutes was crazy
Sep 12, 2014, 4:54 PM
in the Article: Google Gives App Buyers Two Hours to Return Apps forum

Especially when you buy an app and then it has to download 200+ megabytes of extra files before you can use it..

Re: that sucks
Sep 11, 2014, 5:44 PM
in the Article: RadioShack Weighing Bankruptcy forum

Long time coming. Continuous degradation of parts/accessories availability, loosening training requirements (in the old days, you actually had to learn stuff to work there), dumbing-down of the target market (used to appeal to moderate tinkerers, but they never sold unlocked phones). They tried dumping low-profit services and items, but the problem is that leaves people with no reason to enter your store. Upper management had a fantasy of everyone in the world coming in for high-profit phone activations without ...

Re: ugly...
Sep 9, 2014, 4:30 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the Apple Watch forum

I wouldn't call it "ugly". More like goofy or childish, which I am sometimes OK with. But it looks like a $10 watch.

Re: Mini-Browsers
Sep 9, 2014, 4:29 PM
in the Article: Opera Makes Mini Browser Available to Windows Phone forum

And it won't be getting any better, since they fired most of the programmers who made it. However, I am not sure what they are presenting as Mini for the Windows phones. On iPhones, I think they are now using the full Chromium browser and calling it Mini, with "off-road" enabled.

Installing from unknown sources...
Sep 9, 2014, 12:35 PM
in the Article: Amazon Makes Prime Video Available to Android Phones forum

Turning this option on is somewhat of a security risk in that it allows you to install stuff not vetted by Google's lame standards. However, you can turn it off again after you install the one non-PlayStore app you need to install.

Re: Stop making phones bigger, you jerks!
Sep 6, 2014, 2:27 AM
in the Article: Moto G Goes Full-Size forum

But there are ALREADY larger phones, from the same manufacturers. "People want large phones" is not a reason to make the small model larger. And you are at least partly wrong, because many people chose the smaller models.

Why don't they just change their name?
Sep 5, 2014, 11:08 AM
in the Article: TwitPic to Shut Down Sept. 25 forum

It's weird for Twitter to do this after so many years, but in general it's not surprising that a company does not want others making modifications/trunks of its name and using it for their own.

Can you access the SD card with 3rd-party file managers?
Sep 5, 2014, 11:04 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the new Moto G forum

Access, and of course modify/delete?

Stop making phones bigger, you jerks!
Sep 5, 2014, 11:02 AM
in the Article: Moto G Goes Full-Size forum

Seriously, they just keep getting bigger, you can't operate them with one hand or fit them in pockets.

Re: Apple Lawsuit
Aug 12, 2014, 4:07 PM
in the Article: New, Reversible USB Connector Finalized forum

Brad K said: In 3... 2... 1... ...Koh!

Re: The reason why Verizon Wireless and AT&T are so large today:
Aug 9, 2014, 9:00 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

Big difference between buying up competitors in areas you already serve and buying up non-competitors in areas you don't. Most of those large mergers in the past required the buyer to sell off redundant properties. It was not just a competitor buyout like Sprint was aiming for (or AT&T when they recently tried to do the same). As of now, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon have little need to add more area.

Oh good...
Jul 29, 2014, 10:50 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry to Buy Encryption Company forum

Another possibly crumbling company which probably now owns important patents.

Re: Doesn't matter
Jul 25, 2014, 2:43 PM
in the Article: Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama forum

That statement is dumb in at least 2 ways.

Thanks, FTC...
Jul 1, 2014, 2:09 PM
in the Article: FTC Drops Cram-Hammer On T-Mobile forum

For filing a complaint in 2014 over things which happened in 2012 and T-Mobile announced they would refund in 2013. And which, for all we know, other carriers are still doing.

Re: Ridiculous...
Jun 25, 2014, 11:38 AM
in the Article: Congress Gives Unlocking Bill Another Shot forum

Unlocking usually isn't difficult, but if you are not the original customer of the carrier, they often won't do it. If the carrier doesn't want to play nice, you can usually find a way to unlock a phone elsewhere. But it doesn't always work and sometimes costs money even though you own the phone. It shouldn't be a gamble when you buy a phone. The whole concept of locking phones is a shady monopolistic attempt at bundling and manipulating users as ...

Ridiculous
Jun 25, 2014, 11:28 AM
in the Article: Congress Gives Unlocking Bill Another Shot forum

To the degree that a carrier does try to do that arbitrarily, it's another problem which needs to be fixed. We fixed it with crooked landline carriers like ATT, we can do it with Sprint's wireless shenanigans as well. Compatibility CAN be an issue, but that's a silly argument. There are plenty of phones which work on multiple carriers.

Re: The neutering of Android continues
Jun 19, 2014, 11:59 PM
in the Article: Google Puts Generic Android Email App in Play Store forum

This is how it should be. Email clients, browsers, document viewers should not be locked into the core of the OS. If you think you like it the other way, wait until you get your next Android phone. Google is making file browsing a core function exclusively, and 3rd-party file managers won't have access to your memory card. Only special google-provided apps will be able to do it.

Re: The Future of Apps?
Jun 14, 2014, 12:54 AM
in the Article: Mozilla Says Android Phones Can Run Firefox Web Apps forum

I use that one too. Too bad Google crippled the HTML viewer app, which is why it no longer re-arranges the text when you zoom in.

Too bad...
Jun 13, 2014, 4:02 PM
in the Article: Mozilla Says Android Phones Can Run Firefox Web Apps forum

Firefox for Android is a total piece of garbage. Bloated, slow, hardly any options, crashes.

Re: T-Mobile Charges...
Jun 12, 2014, 4:55 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

Might have been some computer issue not wanting to activate a previously-used SIM on a different account. I have activated unused SIM cards from prepaid kits on my postpaid account. I have never paid for a SIM card.

Re: Nothing but a scam.
Jun 12, 2014, 4:36 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

What a load. They advertise a phone discounted to $100, then they say just kidding we want another $40 because we don't actually want to sell it for that price, and you come along and say "no problem, just pay $500!" Besides that, they usually stick people for the activation fee anyway.

Nothing but a scam.
Jun 12, 2014, 12:24 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

In what other business do they offer a product for $200, then when you check out add another $40 because OMG it's so expensive and we forgot to price our products to include employee payroll and the electricity and phone bill? Or how about advertising a product for 50% off, then you get to the store and they tack on an extra $40 because the advertised discount is more than they can afford?

Re: T-Mobile Charges...
Jun 12, 2014, 11:52 AM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

Only if you don't already have a SIM card from your first phone, and are buying a non-T-Mobile phone which doesn't include one.

Re: SIM card
Jun 12, 2014, 11:51 AM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

Not if it's a new signup or a phone discount, which requires the incredibly expensive process of an underpaid phone operator clicking a few buttons to sell you the phone.

Swiftkey gets dumber every time
Jun 11, 2014, 11:45 AM
in the Article: SwiftKey Changes Direction, Offers Basic App for Free forum

They keep "improving" predictions by assuming the user to be dumber. The result is CORRECTLY SPELLED words constantly being "corrected". There was once an option in Swiftkey to indicate that you are not a complete fool, and it would only "fix" words which were actually incorrect. They removed this option for unexplained reasons and deny that the newer versions aren't as good.

Re: What is with this
Jun 2, 2014, 12:59 PM
in the Article: Review: Motorola Moto E forum

This will explain it: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+are+subsidiz ed+cell+phones

Copyrighting an API is insane.
May 9, 2014, 4:39 PM
in the Article: Oracle Wins Appeal Against Google Over Java APIs forum

APIs aren't the functional part of the software, they are just instructions which tell one OS or software how to interact with another. This is like making headphones which include a user guide with a sketch of the headphone jack on an iPod, and Apple suing you because they have a copyright on knowing which hole is the headphone jack.

HTC's low-end phones can only get better
May 6, 2014, 6:13 PM
in the Article: HTC Starts Outsourcing Some Manufacturing forum

They sure made some garbage.

Re: The Apple/Samsung patent war is stupid.
May 6, 2014, 10:44 AM
in the Article: Jury Adjusts What Samsung Owes Apple forum

So you want Samsung to pay Apple $35 per phone?

Re: Hate that judge
May 6, 2014, 10:43 AM
in the Article: Jury Adjusts What Samsung Owes Apple forum

I don't like her either, but this particular event is not evidence that she is dumb or biased. This is a perfectly reasonable correction.

Re: interesting move
Apr 26, 2014, 1:40 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile to Shutter MetroPCS Network in Select Cities July 1 forum

It's still not impossible, but last I heard it was not looking like a very sure thing because the FTC and/or FCC expressed unhappiness in some way. T-Mobile should probably continue life as normal, rather than pause everything for an indefinite time and end up years behind if the merger doesn't happen.

Re: convoluted
Apr 15, 2014, 11:14 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

Data is the arrangement, not the physical tokens. It does not exist. Data transmissions don't accumulate over time, the transmitted data is not a persistent thing, and it doesn't have to be paid for in the future as Slammer tried to assert as a rule.

Re: Throttled Vs Capped.
Apr 14, 2014, 2:24 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

Slammer said: slower service, data will still be used and someone will end up paying. Once everyone is on a plan, the cost is fixed whether the available system is used or not. Using data is not some expense which must be paid for later because data doesn't really exist. By slowing down the cheap customers and therefore spreading their use over more time, it ensures that more system capacity is available for others at any specific time, which is all the ...

Re: The next apple lawsuit
Apr 10, 2014, 5:09 PM
in the Article: New Universal USB Connector Revealed forum

Hmm... symmetrical, and the corners are rounded. AND it has no keypad! I'm guessing Monday?

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