Archive for June, 2011
This seems a bit curious, and there might actually be something behind it. I read a few places on Monday that Verizon was raising its regulatory charge by 3 cents on July 1. Most outlets covering speculated that you could perhaps terminate your Verizon contract pursuant to this new rate. That’s always interesting. No one likes being contractually bound to a cellular carrier, and so the ability to clip your contract and free yourself can feel liberating. But this does seem a bit odd. Terminating your contract over a 3 cent rate raise? Something’s up.
The Consumerist is always on things like this. As expected, they laid out the route for you. Call up customer service and ask for the Retention Department. You can then point out the fee raise — call it a material adverse change, since that’s the language in the contract — and apparently they will let you walk with no early termination fee. You can then play the field and check out what Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and even prepaid carriers such as Cricket and MetroPCS, have to offer. Ah, but be careful what you wish for, my grandmother always told me.
If you’re tired of the boring interfaces used by many other media players, you might want to check out the latest from LauncherPro developer Fredrico Carnales. He previously teased his latest project, a new music player, and now we’re getting a look at it. It’s largely based on the stock music app, but it adds some flair. The above screenshot puts that on display. The app automatically downloads images such as this for the band you’re currently listening to. This includes album art as well. The interface is pretty intuitive as well, and it includes other add-ons such as Last.FM scrobbling. You won’t find this in the Market quite yet, but you can just head to Ubermusic.com or click the download link here to get the APK. If you’ve got some room on your handset, this is definitely worth the try.
Via Android Police.
What’s the No. 1 reason people don’t lock their smartphones? Survey says: it’s a pain in the ass. That’s not from any actual survey, scientific or otherwise, but it’s the answer I’m willing to bet that most people give for leaving their devices unsecured. Clicking a button and swiping an icon across the screen? Sure, that’s fine. But entering a certain pattern on the touchscreen, or using a password? That’s an extra step that many, if not most, people are unwilling to make. Thankfully, Android developers have been great about making the platform more user friendly. One area where we could see developers make headway is in device security. There is already a fingerprint recognition engine on the Motorola Atrix, and now, from Visidon, comes a face recognition application lock program. More than just an app, it’s a glimpse into the future of our mobile security.
There are many ways in creating good outdoor activities along with your families or friends. One of them is boating. You can go to the nearest beach and find great time in cruising or even fishing if you want to. Certainly there are lots of activities that you can do while you’re on a boat. It is also a great way to feel relax and comfortable by yourself since you certainly won’t be annoyed by anything when you’re already set your foot to your boat. With much excitement that a boat can offer, many people took interest in this activity even more. As a result, the demand on boats is quite increase for the past few years.
When you’re sailing on your yacht, certainly you will be able to have many water sports activities if you want too. However, some of the small activities would mean you will need a smaller kind of boat so that you can play water skiing and some other while you’re sailing. For all boat owners, it is necessary to have people who had the experience, knowledge and also good service in giving you the best choice of inflatable boats that you need in order for you to be able to have fun as much as you can. And all of the categories are able to be fulfilled by Yacht Tender Match.
There was no possible reaction other than outrage to the news about Verizon’s tiered data pricing. We knew it was coming, but given its fierce competition with AT&T, we — or at least I — also figured that the pricing scheme would work out a bit better. But when word leaked that the plans would only limit use and impose more costs on users, well, I lost a lot of faith in the company. We’ve gotten plenty more details since then, though, and some of them mitigate the issue. It’s still a raw deal, and I expect that they might adjust along the way. But in general terms, if you’re not a Verizon customer before July 7th, I don’t see the point in becoming one.
The tiers, which Droid Life broke on Monday, provide high caps for a high price. That is, the 10GB plan costs $ 80 per month. The worst part, though, is that the $ 30 plan, which currently covers unlimited usage, will cover only 2GB right now. There is a middle plan, 5GB for $ 50 per month, and there are some plans that include tethering, but none of them ease the outrage of the issue. After all, as Android Police’s David Ruddock ranted, didn’t Verizon advertise that LTE was actually cheaper for them to deliver than EVDO? If so, then why the hell is it going to cost us more?
No, I’m not pleased with Verizon’s tiered data intentions. There are mitigating factors, yes. But we’ve grown used to a land where we can stream videos and music at will. Those days, at least for those not grandfathered into the unlimited plans, are over. Eventually, they’ll end for us grandfathers as well. As I said in last night’s editorial, I will be leaving Verizon once this is implemented (so long, at least, as other carriers have more palatable deals). Not everyone feels the same, of course. In some areas Verizon has by far the best coverage, and perhaps it has the one handset you’ve craved. In that case you’ll have to limit your data usage. Today we’ll look at a few recent article and apps that can help you along the way.
If Gmail is your primary email client, and you go through a lot of emails, chances are you also make heavy user of labels. They do take a little getting used to, coming from a folders-based system, but most people I know, myself included, have come to prefer them. They make it a bit easier to keep your inbox clean and distraction-free while you tend to actual work. Unfortunately, there are no label-specific notifications on your Android. And app that performed this function was inevitable, and Android Central has kindly pointed it out. It’s called Gmail Label Notifier, and well, you get the gist.
The app has plenty to offer, including the ability to set different alerts for each label. This includes LED, notification sound, and vibration — which includes vibration patterns, for the truly OCD. The app also gives you the ability to select a different color Gmail icon for each label, making them even easier to discern in the notifications bar. Each label shows up as a separate notification, which means you don’t see the subject line or sender on the notification pull-down. (That’s fine, though, because if you have more than one email you only see the count, anyway.)
Typically, people have one of two possibly philosophies about keeping their phones on while they sleep. Those who don’t silence their phones don’t want to miss out on one of those important, unexpected phone calls that you’ll never see coming, but you don’t want to miss. Of course, they are left prone to all other nuisances, such as wrong numbers and rude — and drunk — friends. There are others who simply silence the phone at night, but they might miss a fantastically important call. White lists apps provide a quality solution. Via the xda blog, there’s an excellent app that will let you sleep in peace, unless an approved contact tries to call or text you.
There are two ways to use the app. First, you can create groups of contacts and create definitions for them. That is, you can have a business group, a friends group, and a family group. At any time you can set whether their calls and texts will ring or vibrate your phone, or whether they’ll be muted like the rest of ‘em. If you’re in a rush and don’t have a group ready for a certain contact, you can add him or her via a quick activation, which will patch them through when calling. In other words, this app allows you to leave your phone on mute whenever you want, or all the time. Only the people you want to get through will be able to.
There is no such thing as too many music apps. Maybe your device doesn’t have enough room for them all, in which case there is such thing for too many music apps for you. But in general, different apps bring different features to the table, and different interfaces work for different people. Different is the word I’m really looking for, I think. It appears that Google has a firm grasp of music ownership, with its Google Music service. They’re rolling out invites pretty quickly at this point, and after using it for almost a month I have to say that I’ve been using my other music apps less and less. But I still do use them, because Google Music doesn’t quite have everything. Yahoo!’s new music app does add a few features to the table, and so it will find a home, if only temporary, on my device.
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