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October 18, Verizon Will Allow You To Add Google Play Purchases To Your Phone Bill

Oct 17, 2012 - 5:08 AM - by Astrix
Verizon, 18 October 12
Verizon Will Allow You To Add Google Play Purchases To Your Phone Bill

If you are on Verizon‘s network, you will be able to make purchases from the Google Play Store and add the charges to your Verizon phone bill, starting tomorrow October 18th. AT&T and T-Mobile users have been enjoying this facility for some time now, and it was about time Verizon included carrier billing support for its customers.

The ever-so-alert folks from Droid-Life were tipped off by their sources, that Verizon plans to allow Google Play carrier billing from October 18th. While this is a great move, and we are sure that Verizon customers would welcome it, there is a small catch though. Verizon will have a cap on the amount you can add to your phone bill, and this would be set at $25 per phone you have registered on the network. Pity you can’t go ahead and order that 32GB Nexus 7 and charge it to your Verizon account- too bad!

At this point, pending official or details from Verizon, we are assuming that the $25 is a monthly limit. Even so, it is a welcome facility for Verizon users, and will just make the process of purchasing apps, music and other content from the Google Play Store that much easier.

So what do you plan to purchase from the Play Store tomorrow?

Source: AndroidSoul
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Unofficial Android 4.1.2/Jelly Bean for Your WiFi Motorola Xoom

Oct 15, 2012 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm

Just last week Google released the JZO54K build of Jelly Bean for the Nexus 7. This is Android version 4.1.2, and although it hasn't been officially released for the Motorola Xoom, there is a method to get it on the WiFi edition of the device. Some folks over at XDA figured out how to make the ROM work on the WiFi Xoom before any official rollout. Here's a quote with the details:

In case you’re wondering how they were able to get the file ahead of the official roll out, you have to thank soak testers who received an OTA update of the JZO54K build of Jelly Bean. It was only a matter of time before they were able to track the URL down on Google’s server, which allows others to manually download the 7.3MB file and install it on their device.

Installing the file shouldn’t be hard, as you can easily use the update via USB option in stock recovery, the details of which you can find on the following thread at XDA. You can also use the ADB sideload method as well, which means you don’t even need to use a USB stick to apply the update.
Source: AndroidAuthority
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Motorola Forced To Pull Out of Germany by Apple and Microsoft

Oct 10, 2012 - 6:46 AM - by dgstorm

This is what it looks like when innovation is stifled completely by raging patent trolls. Motorola Mobility must now pull out of Germany for selling Android tablets and Android phones, at least for the foreseeable future. Motorola lost a patent fight brought by Apple and three brought by Microsoft in the European country this year, and was not able to get any reversals our workarounds going yet. A Munich court, just last month, said that Motorola must stop selling Android smartphones and tablets in the country. Here's a quote with a few more details,

On Wednesday, Motorola Mobility's German website showed just the Motorola Gleam which uses a proprietary OS, and two upcoming Android phones, the Motorola RAZR and Motorola RAZR HD. Those who want to buy the Android modes can register to buy them later. The tablets page is blank with no product for sale. Motorola Mobility devices are still offered by retailers although inventory can dry up if the company decides to end wholesale shipments.
According to the reports, Motorola is actively developing a software work-around to be able to eventually sell the RAZR series in Germany, but it is not fully developed yet. Interestingly, in the aftermath, Motorola's new CEO, Dennis Woodside played off the setback as if it were simply a new business strategy. Here's his statement,

"As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany."-Motorola Mobility Spokeswoman
Apparently it's not just the U.S. that has a broken patent system.

Source: PhoneArena
  1 Reply | 3,472 Views

New Apple 'Camera' Patent Will Allow Remote Shutdown of Your Phone or its Features

Oct 09, 2012 - 3:51 PM - by dgstorm

There is an incendiary topic starting to heat up the web right now. Apparently Apple filed a new patent that would ultimately allow them or another third party to remotely deactivate/activate your phone or even just specific features of the phone. The patent is disguised as a way to remotely deactivate your camera at concerts or other venues where someone could potentially record copyrighted material illegally.

However, the patent is much broader in scope and functionality than just that. Based upon the way it is worded, it would actually allow any third party, like a governmental agency or a corporation to remotely control your phone. In fact, specific wireless "zone hotspots" could be created in which your device automatically has certain functions shutdown when you enter that area. The implications of this patent and the potential misuse of it are staggering.

The video above goes into a bit better detail explaining it. Here is what the patent itself states,

Apparatus and methods for changing one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event. In one embodiment, the event comprises detecting that the wireless device is within range of one or more other devices. In another variant, the event comprises the wireless device associating with a certain access point. In this manner, various aspects of device functionality may be enabled or restricted (device “policies”). This policy enforcement capability is useful for a variety of reasons, including for example to disable noise and/or light emanating from wireless devices (such as at a movie theater), for preventing wireless devices from communicating with other wireless devices (such as in academic settings), and for forcing certain electronic devices to enter “sleep mode” when entering a sensitive area.
As you can see, the patent tries to sound quite harmless, but it's not too much of a stretch to envision virtual blackout areas and a dystopian future. Of course, the intent may not be nefarious, but we thought the information was worth sharing with you so that we could hear your perspective.

Thanks to our tipster, G-Man!
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