How much of that is due to auto-playing video on social media, that people didn't actually want to watch?
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For the paranoid amongst you, I'd suggest staying away from any CyanogenOS phone (note, this is different from CyanogenMod - COS is the commercial software found here, and CM is still fully open Source).
CyanogenOS contains a fair bit of what some may consider bloat, including "Truecaller" dialler - which uploads all your contacts to their server to provide you with a caller ID service. So if your friend as Truecaller, then your name & phone number (& possibly other details) are on their server. Nice, eh?
Streetmap was probably the first full online mapping system (in the UK at least). However, they thought that was good enough, and were soon overtaken by pretty much everyone else - Google, Bing, Here, etc. kept updating and innovating. Streetmap hasn't simple.
A month or so ago Marshmallow was released which enables you to block facebook's location / contacts access.
Oh you mean when will non-Nexus users get it? Maybe in a couple of years, when they upgrade their phone.
"But not everyone online is such a cockwomble"
Unfortunately, the vast majority are.
"Why remove very useful functionality"
To improve the customer experience, obviously...
"You Won't Believe What Happens Next After Not Reading The Article!"
I've been reading too many internet comments - I read the headline as "loses", and got confused.
Re: Radio 4
Ars says "no"
"Moreover, TalkTalk has confirmed to Ars that some of its customer data was stored in plaintext, i.e. not encrypted. The spokesperson admitted this was "not ideal,"
"No, I'm the one who makes the decisions"
Re: What power does this have?
Every devices has to pass google's test before it gets access to the play store, gmail, etc. So if the OEMs don't encrypt, they won't pass, and therefore won't get the google apps.
"Interactive Advertising Bureau"
That's the whole problem - being "interactive". Make them static images / text, non-tracked (unless clicked on), and I'll unblock it, no problem. Until then, I'll only unblock for sites I feel are worth my annoyance at the ads.
It's Apple, so "it just works" as we've all been told.
Or maybe not...
Re: OK how many did this?
Not me - I skipped the first two pages instead.
Now that's a CV to be proud of!
The story was about Vulnerabilities, not backdoors
Xl is 5.7" and there's a possibility of a larger phablet one? Jeez...
Re: Optional security - bah!
New apps will ask when used. Older apps can still be denied permission (system>apps), but it comes with a warning that it may crash the app.
Re: How do you know there's scrollable content?
When the web page you open is just an image and headline, then you know you have to scroll (glares at ElReg "hero" images....)
Re: What not How?
Screw that, the more important question is "why?"
Re: Passwords on Post it notes pasted to monitor
Just add a 1, 2 or 3 to the password written on the post it.
That's what all our lot do when it's time to change the password, anyway.
That's enough. Just stop it. Sticking "gate" on the end of a word, doesn't make it a more impressive scandal.
How about "diesel-lies" or "MPGfudge" or something, anything else...
Re: FUD as far as the eye can see...
Still doesn't work, after manually changing it, though.
Re: Android Updates?
As it's direct from google, it'll be 2 years guaranteed updates, with 18 months of security updates after it stops being sold.
Of course they could change their minds, but it's a much better bet than anything from an android 3rd party.
Re: Shift to paper?
$10 for an ebook or $10 for a dead tree book? I'll take the paper one please - it seems better value to me, for some reason!
CyanogenOs is the same as Touchwiz, or Sense, or any other OEM Overlay - they've been through google certification, and no separate install of gapps is needed. Also, it has some Proprietary stuff installed.
CyanogenMod is slightly different (fully Open Source, for starters), and no OEM would pre-install that, as it doesn't contain Gapps - a fatal flaw for any Western-targeted Android phone.
Re: Vanishing scrollbars - can't wait !
"Please tell me they don't mean that they will only appear on a mouse over"
Oh yes. Because everyone nowadays is using tablets and phones, and that extra 10px of width is crucially required, don't you know?!
One of the first things I've been disabling on Ubuntu installs for a very long time. Hopefully the Gnome ones aren't quite as idiotic as the Ubuntu ones, otherwise, they'll be disabled pretty sharpish too.
Most of the time the "you are using an adblocker, please disable it" messages, can be blocked by the adblocker custom rules.
cat and mouse games!
Re: "what's not to like?"
The way it does the second half of that sentence.
I haven't had the update on my devices yet, so I can't test if this is true, but have they tried turning off "block offensive words" within the google app settings (under "voice")?
Sorry Huawei - I suspect your name / history is not premium enough to charge the same prices as Apple just yet. Don't bank on selling lots of them things...
Bigger number = better to most people, it seems...
So far the partnership is a couple of pre-installed apps, that can easily be deleted. Nothing particularly nefarious, I'd say.
" phone that isn't Google"
Erm, you'll be disappointed with this one then. Despite Cyanogen's assertion that they're going to "take Android away from Google", they ain't done it yet.
"Bute councillor Len Scoullar thundered: "It makes us look bloody stupid. I’m not a Gaelic speaker but I would apologise to people who are Gaelic speakers and we will rectify it right away.""
How refreshing for a counsellor to actually say there's a problem, and get it sorted quickly.
The Moto G has always been the recommendation I made to various family members, but I have a soft spot for Sony - their hardware is damn good, and their commitment to ASOP and the dev community is second to Nexus only.
I shall have to have a play with one of these!
Re: Hading a good time reading El Reg
There's an editorial team?
Ubuntu / Canonical tells us that we don't need apps, as they have scopes.
I'm not sure I believe them.
I agree - but at least Mozilla gives you the choice - something MS doesn't seem to want to do.
Re: disable uncertified add-ons
"release" versions of FF will block unsigned plugins - you'll need to use the dev channel / unbranded versions to run unsigned stuff - at some point:
Re: Am I being exceptionally slow again?
Unroot and the OTA will come in the next few days.
Or reflash the factory image (new image was released today with this update).
Re: Nein! Nein! Nein!
You're safe for now - no sign of a ribbon...
Nope - bought from Clove as unlocked UK model when it was "new" (June 2013), and it's never received an update. until about 6 months ago when I put CM on it, that is.
I know some handsets / territories got an update, but this one, for whatever reason, never did.
I'm liking the look of this - tablet for mindless surfing around in front of the telly, but the keyboard means I can do proper work on the train with it - replacing my ageing Acer netbook.
Is it safe to assume Sony will support this properly? (wife has an xperia SP phone which has never had a firmware update in it's life, even though it was "promised")
Historically, Motorola have been one of the best at keeping it all up to date, So I'd be pretty confident of it getting updates.
To be fair, there's fuck all else to do in Aberdovey...
Re: What's not to like?
Or maybe you'll need to subscription to Sky, BT, Virgin, TalkTalk, Discovery, and god knows who else in order to get the same content as you currently get from just Sky (e.g. recent Discovery/Eurosport purchase of Olympic rights)
Just like the UK gov?
I recall the last UK government said all documents needed to be odf... I work for a supplier to DWP, and we get document in pretty much any format you can think of - doc, docx, xls, rtf, pdf, the list goes on.
Whilst I support the open formats (for future use / interoperability), I think the people who actually do the work won't pay any attention to this.
Re: Not seen one in the wild yet
Two of my friends have one - from what I can tell, the only thing they use it for is a remote shutter for the camera.
And posting the results to social media to show everyone they have an iWatch, obviously.