What's a "security-savvy user"
The figures are pretty meaningless without defining the terms..
50 posts • joined 28 Jun 2007
Before a factory reset, try clearing the cache from recovery mode (via Fastboot)
- Power down
- Press Power and Volume buttons at the same time
- Continue holding until you see the fastboot mode screen
- From Fastboot Mode
- Press Volume down twice to 'Recovery'
- Press power button to select
- From exclamation mark screen:
- Press & hold power button then press Volume Up.
Then (carefully) select "Wipe Cache" using volume buttons to highlight and power button to select.
Once complete, select reboot now.
This won't remove data and may well resolve battery life issues.
I'm curious as to what apps you are installing to find so much malware?
I've been using Android since it was first released and have never yet had a problem - I install apps only from the Google Play Store and pay attention to the publishers, the permissions and the reviews.
I realise that as a platform it has issues (some of which will probably never be addressed by manufacturer updates), but I've yet to encounter an issue.
"This isn't purely Google's fault, but it is their ecosystem and they don't seem to be doing anything about keeping their customers patched."
Moving core functionality to Play Services and apps to the Play Store (Gmail, Maps, Calendar, etc), early release of Lollipop previews to OEMs - i.e. everything they can in the face of OEM and carrier reluctance to provide timely updates.
"I’ve likened this Chromebook storage tie-in as being much like getting a cheap printer, only to find you spend a fortune on ink over time."
(Current) Monthly cost of 100GB = $1.99 = GBP 1.19
Current set of replacement cartridges for an HP Photosmart 6510 = GBP 23.00
So for the cost of 1 set of small ink cartridges that will print 300 pages, I can have 2 years of 100GB storage. Really not the same at all.
App Ops permission screen is included (but hidden) in 4.3 and above.
Use at your own risk.
Personally I read the permissions on install, and if the app is unreasonable I cancel the install.
"Incidentally, the Nexus 4 supports inductive wireless charging and eventually you will be able to buy a charger-cum-stand which looks a lot like the old Palm TouchStone charger."
You can buy QI standard wireless chargers now - eg. the Maxell Air Voltage, the LG WCP-700, etc
It's not a question of waiting for the Google branded accessory (which may be some time...)
I can't recall seeing any of those reports specifying that Google Play is the source of those malware variants.
Android has a wide range of third party app stores which are much less regulated than the Play store (eg routinely carry obvious rip offs of other developers' work, etc). I would expect them to be the primary sources of Android malware.
Android safety advice remains the same as it always has been:
- Understand permission requests
- Don't install apps that make unexplained requests for permissions they should not need (more and more app publishers have a section in the app details on Play explaining why they need the permissions they request)
- Read reviews
- Check the publisher (do they have a website, is this their only app, etc)
I still have the email on record of the changes, with instructions on how to login. The notification was sent to all 4 of the ntlworld email accounts I had at the time of the switch, giving 2 weeks notice.
And spam for me has dropped to none, with no false positives across 4 separate ntlworld addresses.
Quite frankly, as a customer back from the CableTel days, having email moved over to Google's back end was a massive, massive improvement.
No more outages, no reports of lack of space on the mail server.
I'm using a Popcorn Hour A110, which I've had for a couple of years.
The interface wasn't the USP for me - it was the ISO support.
I use a set of scripts published on one of the many forums that links with some movie database software to generate an index for my 400+ DVD rips that are housed on a WHS (and yes I do own the original disks).
They are somewhat fiddly to setup but *touch wood* my setup has been pretty robust for the past year at least..
Rather disappointed to see that Syabas seem to be dropping ISO support.
Our 50mb connection dropped to 2.69mb download speed on Sunday, and after a reboot is clocking between 8 and 21mb download...
It's the usual problem: whenever they make changes to anything (servers, cabinets, hubs, cables) it plays merry hell with the whole network for 2 weeks...
Actually I went from a headless debian server (bubba One from excito.com) to a MediaSmart EX490 3 months ago which I picked up on a cashback offer, making it quite good value.
I originally used the debian server as a backup for the two laptops in the house (Macbook, Windows 7) and a media server for music and photos. It all worked find until EDF fried it by blipping the neighbourhood's power supply one afternoon, but was very low on free space.
The new server (with 3 2TB drives installed) acts as the backup server (including TimeMachine and Windows 7 backups as well as data only backups), music server, photo server, and DVD store (we use a Popcorn Hour A110 as a movie jukebox for 300+ ripped DVDs).
This is all backed up to a 4.5 TB NAS (belt and braces approach), with the laptop image backups protected using WHS replication).
Essentially I am using the WHS as a NAS on steroids, but at the price point I purchased it at it worked out better value than a dedicated NAS with the feature set (and room for expansion) that we required.
As someone who was permanently damaged at the age of 26 by a lorry drive using his mobile phone I'm against this idea for many of the reasons already listed above (accident reporting, personal safety, etc). The first person to die because they are unable to contact emergency services whilst trapped in their car after an accident would put an end to jammers in vehicles.
There are laws on both sides of the Atlantic already in place to cover driving when not fully controlling the vehicle (for whatever reason).
Just enforce the damn things!
And this is why I postponed upgrading to iPhoto 11..
I was just adjusting to my first Mac when I upgraded to iPhoto 10 - I'd finished moving my photos across from my old windows box, upgraded iPhoto and BANG - start all over again..
Yes Macs have an easier user interface, right up until something goes wrong...
I use both Google Nav and CoPilot on my Nexus One.
Google Nav has much better integration with contacts etc (unsurprisingly), but CoPilot proved vital when holidaying in Spain earlier this year - I bought the Iberia map pack to add on to my UK version.
A couple of important things to bear in mind with CoPilot on Android:
1. Support is email only after an initial period, and responses are slow.
2. They still haven't implemented AppsToSD for Froyo based users, and have failed to respond to numerous queries from myself and others about when / if they will implement it.
3. A major plus for Android users is that you can carry your licence to your next Android phone - it is very fiddly to do but can be done..
"A control that lets me automatically manage the radios" - Setting Profiles, Locale, Tasker, Timerrific - pick an app...
"A real task manager, integrated" - you really, really, really don't need a task manager on Android. There are some very good articles, & engineer blogs about this.
"Give us screen brightness/timeout options that are a) user-selectable and b) sensitive to charge status" - see the apps above for b, and check your settings for A..
I've been using Amaze since March on a W850i. It's not fancy but more practical than a dedicated satnav for the occasional user - my total setup cost was £20 with a modern bluetooth GPS unit via eBay.
If used in it's turn by turn directions mode (rather than map display) the data costs are very reasonable.
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