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Cell phones becoming a must have of all people in all walks of life, meaning you might need cell phone repair. This is because of the possibilities and features of the cell phone. It is device for unfathomable entertainment. If you want live TV, you can easily get it on a cell phone. Yet at the core of it, you can still use a cell phone to access social network sites. This is one of the reasons why kids as young as 12 years posses a cell phone. If you want to access streaming music, a cell phone is all you need. You can also enjoy good gaming platform even when you are mobile. In short, the possibilities and features of cell phones are almost endless. Despite all these positive accolades, the cell phone is still vulnerable. You will need cell phone repair no mater how careful you are.
iPhone Repair – When news of the iPhone location tracking scandal reached the public in late April, the story went viral and enraged iPhone users and government agencies alike. The protests came as it was discovered that the iPhone keeps a log of everywhere it’s been and stores it on your computer when a user syncs it.
At the core of the issue is the ever-eroding sense of privacy that our digitally linked new world affords. Frantic cries of “Big Brother” and “1984” conspiracy theories were inundating message boards across the Web and the blogosphere was set alight with all manner of speculation and hearsay.
The question everyone seems desperate to answer now that the issue has come to light is – Is this a big deal or not?
First we have to ask ourselves why would Apple program the iPhone to keep a log of its owner’s location history? Apple insists it is part the iPhone GPS feature that tracks where you go in order to make relevant suggestions for you pertaining to your interests and location.
But a lot of people aren’t buying that explanation. They say it opens people up to spam marketing, which follows the same lines as Apple’s explanation only from a differing perspective. Then there is the issue of law enforcement.
Since law enforcement is already using digital and social media to investigate suspected criminal activity, some people fear that a location log records open the public to the possibility of the US becoming more of a police state. But once people began connecting the dots they realized that the tracking was coming from not only the iPhone, but any GPS-enabled device – including smartphones (Android, Palm, iOS, etc.), GPS systems, tablet computers, etc.
But whatever the cause and effect of location tracking on our gadgets, it’s likely here to stay so smartphone operating system developers like Apple and Google are taking steps to ease public concerns of privacy violation.
The Apple iOS is getting a proposed update for the iPhone and iPad that will no longer keep the “consolidated.db” file copies in the iTunes database. If the iPhone Location Services feature is turned off, the files will be deleted. The update will also include increased battery life as well.
Is Apple going far enough to give back the public its sense of smartphone privacy? Is location tracking an issue for you? Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.
iPhone Repair – New hints are surfacing that Google is following Apple’s in-app purchasing model for their popular Android app marketplace. A story surfaced this week that visual voicemail app developer PhoneFusion was removed from the Android Market for using an outside platform to accept in-app payments.
After Apple announced its plan last week to deny its app content developers from using out-of-app platforms for accepting subscription payments beginning this June, many skeptics pointed to the Google Android app marketplace as a model for a free and open market for content developers where they wouldn’t be subject to the strict rules Apple is planning to introduce. Now it seems Google is employing similar policies of its own and could be eyeing the more controversial policies that developers like Sony are currently railing against.
Section 3.3 of the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement states that, “all fees received by developers for products distributed via the Market must be processed by the Market’s Payment Processor.” This is the section that Google cited for banning PhoneFusion’s app, which had over a million downloads. Google said PhoneFusion violated the policy when they routed users to their own payment system for upgrades instead of using Google Checkout.
Google will likely claim this is a security issue for payments and that they can only ensure secure payments through their own payment platform, but app developers have been put on notice that the app world is changing and they need to think about playing ball with Apple and Google if they plan of remaining in the game.
Apple also drew fire for the provision in its upcoming subscription policy that stipulates Apple will receive 30% of all app subscription payments received through its iOS platform. This is the biggest source of contention for content developers that say this stipulation is economically untenable for their businesses. The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking into the matter for antitrust concerns.
Google is likely waiting on the DoJ and FTC to rule in Apple’s case before making a similar move. If all goes well for Apple, will Google make a move to adopt a similar policy for its Android app makers that forces them to cut Google in on a significant percentage of app sales? What do you think? Leave a comment below.
iPad Repair – With the release of the new Android tablets flooding the marketplace recently to counter the dominance the iPad has established, many consumers are finding the newest tablet on the block is not living up to the hype.
While many are drawn to the Android tablet’s lower-priced models, the old saying is still true – “You get what you pay for.” This tablet comes not only with a lower price tag, but with a list of shortcomings as well.
The first thing to note is that Android tablets require you to sign cellular contracts in order to get them at the lower prices. What seems like an attractive deal at first, may end up leaving you paying more and getting less. But that still isn’t the biggest complaint slamming message boards around the Net.
The biggest complaint with the Android tablet is the unwieldy resistive touchscreen. Already with the $200 version, you’re dealing with a small 7″ screen, so visually you’re not starting out very well. As for the touchscreen, it forces you to apply pressure in order to register movement. This causes considerable problems when you’re trying to swipe. Swiping and clicking also becomes cumbersome if the unit is not responsive and many commands must be repeated before successful. There are also no home or volume buttons and the processor often freezes when tested.
Another outcry over the Android tablet is its poor compatibility. It simply won’t work with many external hard drives, printers, burners and scanners, and does not support many major software titles. It doesn’t support Bluetooth, Adobe Flash, multitouch, video out or GPS as well.
The Android app marketplace is another area in which this tablet is lacking. Spam and malware is a constant problem in Droid apps and you never know what you’re getting until the damage is already done. This has caused a vast majority of app and game developers to concentrate their efforts on the more lucrative Apple platform, leaving the Android with far less options in apps and gaming.
So is the Android tablet going to be an iPad killer? The answer is not yet. There are still far too many bugs to be worked out and issues to be resolved before anyone can say that paying a little less for the Android tablet is a good deal.
What do you think? Leave a comment.