Verizon Offers To Buy Its Customers’ Privacy

Verizon Wireless is encouraging its customers to opt-in to a new program in its Precision Marketing portfolio, Verizon Selects. In exchange for all your mobile secrets (e.g., browsing history, location and app data) Verizon may offer a Verizon Selects coupon or some other yet-to-be-named goody which it says will  likely be from a popular retailer. If you own a tin foil hat: big brother is watching and this is the beginning! If you’re already posting everything online and don’t mind the occasional SPAM: this is your chance to cash in.

Here’s how Verizon says you can expect the program to work: Verizon Selects will use location, web browsing and mobile application usage data, as well as other information including customer demographic and interest data, to create specific insights. Verizon Selects analyzes this information about customers to see whether they fit into certain audiences Verizon or third party marketers are trying to reach. Depending on the results, participating customers will receive marketing messages or offers that may be of more interest to them than what they see or receive today. These messages could be delivered in various ways such as email, text, postal mail or online or mobile advertising. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

Private Google Play Store Opens, Brings Internal App Distribution to Businesses

We’re all aware that that the Google Play Store is the place we go to peruse the thousands of apps to do everything from entertaining us to making our lives easier. If you happen to use Google Apps for your business however, today the Play Store was updated to distribute internal apps to your employees via the Google Play Private Channel. Google is suggesting these apps can be used for things like filling out an expense report or finding an available conference room.

The apps will need to be loaded on the backend using the Developer Console. Once they’re loaded, users simply log on using their company email. From there they can find, peruse, and download the internal apps. The internal ‘Store’ looks and acts just like the normal store, including security and ratings. This should make published reviews interesting in the workplace. You can find more information in the link below.

source:  Google Enterprise Log

Set your calendars folks, Google I/O 2013 is set for May15-17

Google has formally announced that next years Google IO will be held from May 15th through the 17th at Moscone West in San Francisco California. Registration details will be provided by Google come February of 2013 so be prepared for that as well. Keep in mind that this years Google IO sold out in a mere half hour, so if you plan on attending this event I would definitely be as prompt as possible.

Any of our readers planning on attending event? Let us know!

source: Google+ Page

Backup and manage your Android phone or tablet with a desktop PC using SnapPea

We recently reviewed Moborobo, which allows you to manage and sync your Android phone with your desktop, but I wanted to tell you about another one that I found called SnapPea. SnapPea has a clean and easy to use interface that is perfect for the Android beginner, but advanced users might want to check it out as well. It has some pretty cool features and you will most likely want to recommend it to your newbie friends and family since it’s a great application to backup and manage any Android phone or tablet.
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New Toshiba Excite 10 SE Tablet Only $350 With Jelly Bean

The Excite 10 SE is the newest addition to the Toshiba Excite tablet lineup. The 10.1-inch tablet is a little late for black Friday but  will be offered at the hard-to-pass-up price of $349.99 and will be released, on December 6th, in plenty of time to make it under a few trees. The sales pitch is simple: low price + quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It comes with 16GB of internal storage, two cameras (3MP rear and HD front-facing camera), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, a microSD slot and uses a micro USB port for charging.

Design wise the 10 SE doesn’t look too shabby either. It weighs 22.6 ounces and is only 10.16mm thick. While the Excite 10 SE doesn’t have the same sleek design as the Excite 10 LE we reviewed back in May, it isn’t without its charm. Did I mention it’s only $350? That’s $100 less than the Excite 10 which came with Ice Cream Sandwich. Deal hunters will have their chance in a couple days. The Excite will be available from ToshibaDirect.com and “select retailers.”

Full Press Release after the break


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Samsung’s S Pebble coming to the US as the ‘Muse’

Samsung’s portable MP3 player/accessory for their Galaxy line will make its American debut dubbed as the “Muse.” The music player will work on devices such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II. The Muse syncs to your music with the Muse Sync app and allows you to transfer some of your favorite tunes and store it on the go with the device.

It’s definitely ideal for times when you don’t want to carry around your 4+ inch device such as working out or going for a run. The Muse music player comes with a metal clip, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4GB internal storage and SoundAlive audio tech.

Samsung will have the Muse available for $49.99. Any Galaxy owners out there thinking of grabbing this?

source: Samsung

LevelUp Studios releases Beautiful Widgets 5, boasts new features and Jelly Bean support

LevelUp Studios teased some of the new features in Beautiful Widgets 5 not too long ago, and claimed the application was being reworked from the ground up. We’ve already raved about Beautiful Widgets being one of the better weather widget apps available, so new features and more support on top of that can only be a good thing.

This version of BW offers full Jelly Bean support, including better notifications, lock screen widgets, and “daydreams” from Android 4.2. The visual aspects of many of the widgets have also been reworked. There’s also a new forecast app and a theme store. If you like extreme widget customization, you’re going to be very happy with this update. Hit the break for the download links.
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Facebook Messenger To Only Require Name And Number To Use Service, Pushes SMS One Step Closer To Extinction

 

Facebook’s Messenger app has loosened its chains a little and is on its way to being a viable replacement to standard SMS. Hot off the heels of integrating itself with standard texting, Facebook recently announced that users will no longer need to sign into to their Facebook accounts in order to use Messenger— instead, users will only need to provide a name and a number in order to communicate with their friends— similar to what GroupMe or WhatsApp does already. There seems to be some sound reasoning to this decision as Facebook is looking to compete directly against iChat and BBM users. More importantly– the new Facebook Messenger app will be set up as a more efficient and more compelling alternative to the slow and outdated SMS standard.

While the new advancement of Facebook Messenger is exciting and all— most users probably shouldn’t expect to see the new update at least right away. It’s worth noting that India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa are the only countries able to take advantage of the new update for now. Knowing Mark Zuckerberg though– it probably won’t be too long of a wait to see other countries take advantage of this sooner than later.

source: The Verge

How to adjust your settings for pinch-to-zoom and swiping in Gmail 4.2 for Android

Gmail for Android gets updated regularly and normally it’s just a matter of downloading and installing the update, but with the latest update (4.2), you will need to make some adjustments to your settings in order to enjoy the new features. This new update includes pinch-to-zoom for all HTML emails as well as a new swiping gesture when looking at emails in your inbox or other labels. They are both quite easy and won’t take more than a minute or two, so hit the break to see how it’s done.


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The Times UK Offering A Nexus 7 Tablet For £50 With Subscription

 

If you are in the UK, then famed publication The Times has quite the offer for you. The publication is offering a special promotion where potential customers can pay a mere a £4 a week for a new subscription to the publication. What’s special about the promotion is that in order to entice potential subscribers, The Times is offering to bundle a snazzy new 32GB Nexus 7 that’s worth £199 for just £50. So basically— readers can get a £4/week subscription and save on a Nexus 7 tablet at the same time. As an alternative, readers can also pay a one time £299 fee for an 18-month subscription that includes The Digital Pack and score the tablet as well.

Prospective or interested customers can grab more details at the source link below.

source: The Times UK