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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Fine, as long as I can delete them (427 comments)

When I got my Samsung Note 3 there were several shortcut icons that looked like pre-installed apps, but were really just shortcuts to where you could download the free app(s). That way the part that comes pre-installed is tiny (probably only a few kilobytes), just enough room for a URL and an icon. If they went that route, so that it looked like the apps were there, but didn't eat up storage space, then most people wouldn't have an issue.

about 1 month ago

Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Why all the separate PLAY apps? (427 comments)

Play Books, Play Music, Play Newstand, etc. are the applications you use to view/play the media that you bought in the Play Store.

about 1 month ago

Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

I dipped my toes into the Bitcoin world, just to say I'd done it... My $0.1245 worth of bitcoin is now worth $0.0955 Yeah, that's a lot better than keeping my money in a bank...

about a month and a half ago

E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

Oliver Wendell Jones "older iPads" (116 comments)

What "older iPads" had 3.5" screens? Did you mean iPhone?

about 2 months ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Oliver Wendell Jones Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

Maybe they could get around to putting the series up on Netflix so that the rest of the world, other than hardcore scifi nerds, will get a chance to view it and be ready for when it comes to theaters?

about 3 months ago

Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:As someone who... (154 comments)

I buy stuff from Hong Kong on ebay all the time - you can get items shipped from there for $0.00 - $0.99 shipping and handling - sure it takes 7-10 days to show up, but if they can ship that package 1/2 way around the world for $0.99, why does it cost $7.99 - $10.99 to get the same package shipped from 2-3 states away?

about 5 months ago

Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Obviously.. (184 comments)

It will only be available in one color, that no one really wants, to begin with, and then ~6 months later, it will become available in the color you really do want, forcing you to buy a second roll of stamps... That's what the USPS is counting on - selling twice as many stamps!

about 8 months ago

Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:SMS without a telephone number? (121 comments)

You sign up for a free number from something like Google Voice and you can text only over WiFi with that...

about a year ago

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Oliver Wendell Jones Re: Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

And there are ample anti-malware/anti-virus apps available for Android in the Play Store. I'm on my 4th Android phone and have installed all kinds of software, legit and less so, and have yet to encounter any malware or viruses. Know how many are available in the Apple iTunes store? Zero. If they allowed one to be listed, it would be admitting that their precious iPhones are vulnerable.

about a year ago

The US Now Faces the Same Dilemma Over Drones As It Did Over Nuclear Weapons

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Not the same... (211 comments)


about a year ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Maybe (365 comments)

Swatch(tm) makes a video watch for that purpose... but they call it the Twatch(tm)...

1 year,19 hours

Woz Says iPhone Features Are 'Behind'

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:about the same as my android (587 comments)

If you root your phone and install an ad blocker (I use AdAway by Dominik Schürmann), then most of those "free apps w/ ads" become "free apps".

If it's an app I like, I'll usually pay the $1 (or more) to buy it - I've purchased over 50 apps through the Google Play Store - usually ones that were part of a $0.99 sale, but a few others that I use all the time, like Titanium Backup and CoPilot GPS because they were definitely worth more than the few dollars they cost.

about a year and a half ago

64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:OK. Next? (588 comments)

Then root the damn thing and un-install all that crap!

My first Android phone was the HTC Desire from US Cellular - it was actually a pretty decent phone, but they partitioned the memory and only allowed you access to a small partition - the rest contained the OS plus all of the bloatware that USC wanted on the phone - Myspace? Seriously? In 2011 you're still putting Myspace in the system partition where it can't be uninstalled?

Long story short - rooted it, repartitioned the storage area and installed a "stock without all the bloat + Apps2SD" ROM and after that it truly was a good phone.

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S III now - rooted it right away and uninstalled (after backing up) any crappy bloatware I didn't want.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:It seems arrogant (134 comments)

Without knowing which app, we can't know for sure if it was pulled. The App Store filters (by default) apps based on whether they are compatible with your device(s) -- if you de-registered your old device and only have the new device registered,then incompatible apps will not be shown.

about 2 years ago

Tolkien Estate Sues Over Lord of the Rings Slot Machines

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Doesn't the Tolkien estate... (211 comments)

I was outraged by the fact that it was a penny (1 cent) slot machine, but the lowest possible dollar amount you could play was something like 200x, so even though it's a $0.01 machine, it ends up costing you $2.00 every time you push the Play button... Admittedly, not a lot of money, but you don't sit at the $0.01 machines because you want the pay $2.00 per pull...

about 2 years ago

Ad Agency's Bizarre Steve Jobs Tribute Flash Mob Hits Seattle

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:ugh... (75 comments)

I would have watched that!

about 2 years ago

Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:so? (200 comments)

I'm just waiting for Apple to claim that they invented the concept of a ~7" tablet and that all of the ones that have been on the market for years are actually copying their design...

about 2 years ago

Walmart Abandons Amazon's Kindle Lineup

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Who's affected? (104 comments)

Those of us who live in small towns in the Midwest where Walmart K-mart or Target are your only real options for modern day electronics, unless you feel up to a 75 minute drive to a "big city" that has an electronic appliance store. If I'm going to waste that much gas and time, I'll just have it shipped Next Day Air - or go to Wal-Mart and get it right now.

more than 2 years ago

No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Expect more of the same (383 comments)

You push the power button on the Kindle Fire and the screen turns off. You push it again and the screen comes on and you're looking at the lock screen with adds - swipe the screen and the lock screen and ads go away. They are not displayed on the screen when the device is off. On the e-ink displays the ads are displayed when the Kindle is turned off, but it requires no power to maintain the screen in that state - every once in a while the device wakes up, updates the ad and goes back to sleep - it uses very tiny amounts of power and has almost on impact on expected battery life.

more than 2 years ago


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