Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Want free apps? Then you're going to end up allowing those apps to gather and sell your information.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
skinink: Sometimes I really want to just ditch the smartphone for a standard cell phone that just makes calls and receive texts.
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