DROID Incredible 2 Update 5.10.605.9 Rolling Out

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Alright Incredible 2 owners, today is update day! That’s your cue to head to Settings>System updates>Check new.

In a somewhat surprise update, a handful of security bugs have been addressed as well addition of some new capabilities, including playing video in airplane mode. Of course that’s not all. Here’s the gist of it, straight from Verizon:

Security Features

  • Includes Google BT/DigNotar security patch
  • Includes Google security patch for upgrading libpng to 1.2.46
  • Includes Wi-Fi password security patch
Device Features
  • Support local video playback when in Airplane Mode
  • 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indicator (R55I) support
  • Improvements to Clock and Alarm Features
  • The “Disable While Roaming” selection will work accurately when roaming in Canada
  • Update Sync & Connect configuration to enable Push email sync during off-peak hours
So there you have it. The update is 29.35MB.
Of course, there’s also…alternatives. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our post on the Ice Cream Sandwich Beta for the Incredible 2.
[via DroidLife]


Verizon To Possibly Purchase Netflix for $4.6 Billion? Say it Ain’t So

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Stories continue to surface according to some investment bankers  who have it in with Verizon that the carrier is looking to possibly place a bid and snatch the popular streaming video service, Netflix, for $4.6 Billion.  According to the source, Big Red is beginning to monitor ways of snatching up profits and slashing costs when it comes to video streaming services like Netflix, hoping to expand its offerings beyond just Fios.  And according to the report, if the deal occurs, it will most likely occur around April of next year.  I’m completely against the acquisition of course in fear that Verizon my take the popular product and only make it native to their own devices.  Only time will tell and who knows, it’s possible we could see vast improvements and integration with the app as well.  I’m not trying to be a complete pessimist, I just can’t see Verizon playing fair with this one for some reason.  However, we’ll be keeping a sharp eye on this one, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  And now you can sort of gather how much of a dependency I have when it comes to being able to access Netflix on all of my devices :)

[via Bloomberg]



Qualcomm Tosses Ice Cream Sandwich On Their Snapdragon S4 Tab

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The folks over at Qualcomm have exceeded our expectations in that they have recently successfully loaded Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on their Snapdragon S4 tablet.  Their MDP Tab, sporting an on-die LTE modem and dual 1080p cameras just got a sweet face lift and things look extremely promising for other Snapdragon classes too.  The mobile platform isn’t supposed to ship until next spring but Qualcomm says they are “rigorously” aiming to optimize ICS for most of their Snapdragon CPU’s.  Hey, we’ll take it.

[via Engadget]


National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Nation-Wide cellphone Ban for Drivers

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Alright folks, buckle your seat belts and put down your mobile phone. Actually that’s exactly what the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) wants you to do and recommends that all US states ban the use of cellphones while driving. Now this doesn’t mean that they want you to stop using navigation or music playback, they are gearing this more towards texting and making phone calls without the use of a hands-free method. The following quote from the NTSB sums it up fairly well:

The safety recommendation specifically calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of the NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and heightened enforcement.

Although I am sometimes guilty of such an act (my girlfriend punishingly reminds me), I think this law should be in effect and nation-wide as well. If you have a decent Bluetooth headset or an in-car set-up, there should be no reason for distracting yourself while driving with your cellphone. You can even text with speech-to-text apps such as Vlingo, that don’t even require you to touch your phone. I have no excuse for breaking my states law and deserve the punishment if I were to get caught.

Thousands of people have been killed or injured due to drivers being ‘occupied’ by their phones, when in reality all attention should be devoted to the road. This recommendation from the NTSB stemmed from an accident in 2010 that involved a truck, 2 school buses and a teenager who had been sending text messages while driving. The crash killed two children and injured 38, reason enough for me to support a nation wide law against the use of cellphones while driving. I will definitely have to change my driving habits moving forward and I am going to make an honest attempt at doing so.

What are your thoughts, for or against?

[via NTSB]


European Premium SMS Toll Fraud Rising, Thanks in Part to RuFraud

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In recent months premium SMS toll fraud apps have been on the rise and have been primarily targeting users in Europe. Known as downloaders for for well-known third party software (i.e. an app like Opera Mobile) and can be primarily found on various file sharing sites and alternative markets.

This week, a new threat known as RuFraud, has come to light. It’s posted to the official Android Market and the first batch appeared as a string of horoscope apps with a hidden Terms of Service indicating charges. When you first use these apps you are presented with one option to continue, and this is presumed to be an agreement to premium charges buried in layers of obscure links. These short codes can affect users in the following countries:

- Russia,
- Azerbaijan,
- Armenia,
- Georgia,
- Czech Republic,
- Poland,
- Kazakhstan,
- Belarus,
- Latvia,
- Kyrgyzstan,
- Tajikistan,
- Ukraine,
- Estonia. » Read the rest

Skype Updated To Version 2.6, Brings Video Calling Support For 3 New Devices

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Skype has just announced a major update to the Android application. The update known as version 2.6, brings not only minor bug fixes, but also the the ability to share photos, video and files to those on your contact list. All of this can be done over 3G or WiFi! Very impressive indeed. Oh there’s more too– if you’re an owner of a Tegra 2 device like I am, you can look forward to improved video quality and battery life while using the app. Oh and of course the engineers at Skype added video support for some new devices too. Owners of the HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola DROID 4 and Motorola DROID RAZR should now be able to make video calls without hassle– but Skype does highlight “almost anyone with a Froyo (Android 2.2) device or above should be able to make video calls” as well.

The Skype 2.6 update is available in the Android Market today. You can find the QR code and Android Market link below.

Android Market link


[via Skype Blog]



Nexus or Not? Varying builds have come to light, are your updates from Google?

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone which should stand as the epitome of a pure Google Experience device, has been receiving a lot of flak lately for inclusion of bloatware and exclusion of Google Wallet, at least in the Verizon version. That being the case, many have resorted to obtaining a purer version elsewhere, purchasing the GSM counterpart for use on alternative networks. As it turns out the GSM version may have its fair share of problems as well, besides the volume bug. One of the key aspects of a Nexus device is the fact that it is updated before any other devices, and the updates come to you straight from Google immediately thereafter they release them. As expected, Google pushed out update 4.0.1 and people started receiving it without missing a beat, some people that is. A buzz began when select XDA community members realized they had failed to receive the 4.0.1 update. Many of them anything but new to Android took matters into their own hands and decided to flash the update to their devices manually using the Google provided update zip file. They subsequently found that they could not manually install either.

What’s going on here?

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Telstra to Sell the Galaxy Nexus Tomorrow, December 14th

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Australians rejoice! You are next in line to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Starting tomorrow, Telstra is offering the device online and in two flagship stores in Melbourne. You can get a hold of this America-illusive device for as low as $69 a month on up to $129 depending on which contract you go with. For all the details check out the source link below.

If you plan on going to one of the Telstra stores you might wanna get there before the doors open. I imagine you aren’t the only one craving a piece of the GNex action.

[via Telstra]



Costco To Sell Galaxy Nexus For $289.99– Expects Device To Be Available “As Early As December 15″

by Roy Alugbue on
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The Galaxy Nexus may not be out yet, but that hasn’t stopped Costco from sharing its GN expectations. The gang at Droid Life came across some leaked info highlighting Costco’s intentions for the jewel. As indicated in the screenshot above, Costco expects the GN to launch as early as December 15th– this Thursday. Don’t hold your breath folks– it’s an expectation, so it’s not definitive (yet).

Also of added interest, Costco hasn’t changed its previous stance on selling the phone at $289.99.

Here’s hoping the phone is finally released Thursday.


[via Droid Life]

Carrier IQ Drops 19 Page Report Explaining Business Process

by Jack Holt on

When the whole Carrier IQ scandal dropped there were articles galore. We’ve touched upon it a few times and if you still aren’t sure just what the heck the problem is you can read our summary here. However, in the slew of lawsuits, blame pushing and complaints one thing was missing, and that was Carrier IQ’s stance on the entire situation. Well it is missing no longer as the company dropped a 19 page PDF on every concern and complaint you’ve had regarding the application and its services. So if Carrier IQ concerns you like it does most, hit the source below to get your fill of the Carrier IQ process. While it may not be a thumbing good read, it will certainly give you some insight.

[via Carrier IQ]