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(Bloomberg)   Remember how Android devices used to let you configure what features apps had access to? Turns out that was too evil; or perhaps not evil enough   (bloomberg.com) divider line 15
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3236 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Dec 2013 at 8:54 AM (39 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-15 09:28:46 AM
2 votes:
Want free apps? Then you're going to end up allowing those apps to gather and sell your information.
2013-12-15 08:58:25 AM
2 votes:
I would just like to get rid of apps like `flashlight` that need to be able to make accounts, alter SD contents, have full internet access, read phone state and identity etc etc etc

My current flashlight has one permission.

operate flashlight.
2013-12-15 07:17:23 PM
1 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Want free apps? Then you're going to end up allowing those apps to gather and sell your information.


What I want is a hack that lies to all the apps so they report erroneous data.

Anything out there?
2013-12-15 06:43:42 PM
1 votes:
Subby had to slip this shiat in on Sunday.

Google removed an incomplete and hidden feature that can already be replaced by something that works for the people that want it with the intent to release it again in a non-hidden, more complete form in the future. I have no idea if my phone has this feature, because I don't know how to get to it and I remember reading you had to jump through hoops just to find it.

60%+ of the anti-Google bullshiat is bullshiat. I'm sure some is legit, but at least 60% is bullshiat.
2013-12-15 03:24:26 PM
1 votes:

lordargent: I wish they would have a way to disable the version compatibility check that apps do.

Because this app is pissing me (and a lot of other people) off right now.

// the upgrade from android 4.4.1 to 4.4.2 killed that app. The developer sets a hard limit to what version it will run under. If you have even a minor version above that, boom, the app exits on launch with an "incompatible android version" error.

This is akin to a windows application refusing to run because you installed the latest service pack.

And unfortunately, this is the best (by a wide margin) of about a dozen different android video players that I've tried. Grrrrrrrr.


That's just terrible coding. It makes sense to set a minimum OS version, but a max version is just silly because updates are always being pushed out. I don't know why any coder would think it is a good idea.
2013-12-15 02:16:30 PM
1 votes:

Tobin_Lam: divx88: Or you could you know, read the permissions being asked for on install & update. I know reading is hard though.

Getting apps on Google play allows you to not have to worry about dealing with apps that use push notification ads or icon drops since they're against ToS now.

Care to dig through all the crap for an app that matches the permissions you'll allow? You either accept all the permissions requested or you don't install the app.


Yup pretty much, if I don't like the permissions they're asking for, I don't install the app.  You fall under the I Agreed by Accident category?  Can't read a very short list?  Can't be bothered to learn a bit?  I know reading is hard.
2013-12-15 11:50:40 AM
1 votes:
2013-12-15 11:45:21 AM
1 votes:

Flint Ironstag: skozlaw: I've never seen a company that keeps things in beta for so long and uses that as an excuse to kill useful tools so often...

When that company essentially gives away it's products and services then you can't really complain. Just a couple of decades ago stuff like Google Maps, Streetview, cloud storage, translate, Youtube etc were pure science fiction. No one would have imagined they would be free to use if and when they did arrive.

My android phone is full of apps, only one of which I had to pay for. I accept that ads and tracking to support those adds pays for that. For me it's a good deal, so I accept it.


Good point.
2013-12-15 11:40:45 AM
1 votes:

skozlaw: I've never seen a company that keeps things in beta for so long and uses that as an excuse to kill useful tools so often...


When that company essentially gives away it's products and services then you can't really complain. Just a couple of decades ago stuff like Google Maps, Streetview, cloud storage, translate, Youtube etc were pure science fiction. No one would have imagined they would be free to use if and when they did arrive.

My android phone is full of apps, only one of which I had to pay for. I accept that ads and tracking to support those adds pays for that. For me it's a good deal, so I accept it.
2013-12-15 11:36:26 AM
1 votes:

theflatline: Tyrone Slothrop: One thing that's going to suck about Austin getting Google Fiber is that you know Google will be mining the hell out of the data going through their system.

All major Telecoms do.


Private VPN...they are cheap.
2013-12-15 09:36:55 AM
1 votes:

skinink: Sometimes I really want to just ditch the smartphone for a standard cell phone that just makes calls and receive texts.


I carry a basic phone, an iPod Touch for music, messaging, & internet (wifi only), and a 3DS for games.

No data plan, no text plan. And each of those is better than a smartphone for what it does.

Granted, my jacket needs seven pockets....
2013-12-15 09:33:14 AM
1 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Want free apps? Then you're going to end up allowing those apps to gather and sell your information.


You don't think paid apps do the same thing?
2013-12-15 09:16:26 AM
1 votes:
Sometimes I really want to just ditch the smartphone for a standard cell phone that just makes calls and receive texts.
2013-12-15 09:13:52 AM
1 votes:
Lucky Patcher.

Root required.

Does all that and more.
2013-12-15 08:59:37 AM
1 votes:
Are we having a `bash android` trifecta as this got greenlit so quick?

You are getting obvious.

Let the `against the rules of the forum but encouraged by the mods` trolling begin...
 
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