Saturday, 31 December 2011
The FCC, who has surprisingly been all up in every carriers business as of late has now spoken about Verizon's $2 convenience fee that will go into effect as of January 15th.
“On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter,”
What, exactly that means in anyone's guess -- but given other carriers have been charging such things for years now, we'll just have to wait and see what they have to say about Verizon now starting it up. In the meantime, enjoy this soundbite.
European Motorola RAZR owners should be waking up to an update this morning to software version 651.73.30, bringing with it some useful bugfixes along with a couple of new features. Here's whats new:
- New Evernote™ application
- Camera - General improvements to camera performance
- New Smart Rule Trigger - 'Motion Detection'
- Security features - Added new security features in the Google™ Android™ release
- Phone stability - Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth® connectivity
- Localisation improvements
- Wi-Fi performance and stability General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity
You can get the update by hitting Settings>About Phone>System Updates
Thanks to Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, we've now had a glimpse at what the Windows 8 welcome screen will look like. As you can see, the typography is very Metro indeed. Within Windows also mentions that the background image is customizable, and we're wondering if it might not pull from your current Windows 8 theme. This particular shot shows the CTRL + ALT + DELETE login option, but we imagine you'll still be able to log in by clicking your account picture tile as well.
Rivera and Thurrott also mention that the tablet version of the welcome screen will allow you to log in by swiping a pattern on the screen -- as you can on current Android devices.
Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string -- results load as you type.
There's a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.
Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It's also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.
It's also interesting to note that there are now more than 1,000 sites utilizing Internet Explorer 9's Windows 7 integration features -- like the new desktop notification support we showed you in Hotmail.
But perhaps the best news of all is that Microsoft's IE6countdown.com now has more than 400 partners and is generating nearly two million pageviews per month, helping to lure users away from the woefully out-of-date browser. Can the end come soon enough, DS readers?
Friday, 30 December 2011
From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it's clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We've posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google's cache after the break.
Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX -- a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.
Discrimination?...Few days ago, the government officials forcibly shut down a Christmas Gala organised by Christians in Xitan village (溪坦村) in Zhejiang province, the situation was like "a dog biting a rat". Video after the break...
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We're getting ready to toss away 2011 on tonight's Android Central podcast but if you're looking for something to do while we get things ready, you can check out the Android Central forums and hit up some of the threads below.
- HTC Thunderbolt Forums - PRL version 15098 and data issues
- HTC Rezound Forums - Missed $150 deal, any price drop soon?
- Galaxy Nexus Forums - [Poll] - If you have probs, LTE or GSM Nexus?
- HTC Vivid Forums - Unlock bootloader / Root
- Motorola Xoom Forums - Sams Club blowout prices on the Xoom
If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.
At last we can buy individual issues in Comics with minimal fuss!
Thursday, 29 December 2011
As you sit back this weekend and gorge yourself on ham, turkey, and gingerbread (not the Android one), remember that M.I.C. Gadget loves you. We hope you’ve had a great year, and we want to thank you for your continued support and constructive comments. So, happy holidays, dear all, and thank you for reading M.I.C. Gadget. While we didn't send out cards to each of you, we did put our favorite tech CEOs together in their holiday attire! Watch the video after the jump!
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Microsoft is quick to take a couple shots at competitors' app stores, beating its chest about not re-counting tanslations of an app or "lite" apps, "increasing tonnage" by supporting apps from other mobile platforms, and not listing wallpapers as a category.
That's all fine and dandy, but we spend a lot of time sifting through WP7 app feeds -- and we're still not seeing a lot of awesome apps on the platform. We think a few marquee apps would've made a pretty nice first birthday present -- along with a much smoother update process for WP7 users.
In the earliest Windows 8 images, we saw Windows Live integration on the taskbar. In the far right corner, there's a user tile displayed. If you'd like to do the same on Windows 7, download Taskbar User Tile from DeviantArt user AngelWZR.
Once installed, your current picture will appear on the taskbar. Click it, and a menu appears which allows you to log off, switch users, and access the control panel. Right now, the mod only works if your taskbar is displayed on the bottom of your Windows desktop.
Leaked memo details Verizon's $2 fee for paying your bill; autodraft or ACH the only way out (update: confirmed)
For those unaware, AutoPay automatically drafts the most recent amount from either a linked checking / savings account or a credit card on file, and while we can understand VZW's desire to better control when it's getting paid, charging customers to make it happen is just downright ludicrous. Here's a thought, Verizon: enforce stricter penalties on late payments, or just offer those that shift to AutoPay a small discount for going out of their way to make your life a little easier. Or, you know, for all those hours that your network has been down during the holidays.
Update: Verizon has officially confirmed the change to its policies and the $2 surcharge you'll be hit with each month if you're not using autodraft or some other small subset of payment options. Head after the break for all the details straight from the horse's mouth.
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